Edwin McCreary was born in Trace Hollow near Lampe, Mo. on Apr. 5, 1934 to Joe and Vada (Moore) McCreary. He passed to his eternal home on Nov. 25, 2015 in Enon, Ark. to join his first love, Pat McCreary, who preceded him in June of 1992.
He is also preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Vada; son-in-law, Mike Mann; brothers, Fred and Bimbo McCreary; and great-granddaughter Karter-Lea Mann, who in her brief time on earth left a lasting impression on all who loved her.
Edwin is survived by his wife, Wanda McCreary of the home; daughters, Debra Mann of Blue Eye, Mo. and Stephanie Goins and husband, Carl of Berryville; one son, Joy Rider; brother, Rex McCreary and wife, Berniece of Berryville, John McCreary and wife Jeanann of Green Forest; sister, Lorene Newboles and husband Willie of Green Forest; grandchildren, Michael Mann and wife Leslea of Berryville, Ark., Dwight Mann and wife Jessica of Lampe, Mo., Dwayne Mann and wife Brittany of Blue Eye, Mo., Joseph Goin and wife Kayla of Berryville, Justin Goins of Berryville, Carla Goins of Berryville, Sara Rider and Benjamin Rider, both of Carr Lane, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Hunter, Jarett, Andrew, Josey and Cale Edwin Mann as well as Jaelyn and Leyton Goins.
He was employed for a number of years at Empire Gas Company. Edwin was presently a deacon at Calvary Temple Full Gospel Church, which he helped to build. He was also a member of Blue Eye Cemetery Association. He worked with his father and mother to build several churches in the Lampe and Blue Eye area. He worked very diligently to help build the Southern Stone County Fire Department. He also served on the McCullough Cemetery board (and shed a lot of sweat mowing and care-taking there). He was a lifetime NRA member.
Edwin's love of trading cars started when he bought his first car at age 9 and sold it and made a profit, which allowed him to buy another one and led to a lifelong passion. He loved to fish White River and guided fishing parties on the gravel bars, cooking and sleeping under the stars. When Table Rock Lake was created he adapted and kept right on fishing, while making a living for his family. His love of deer hunting continued also.
After moving from the farm to Enon, he shot a deer from his front porch, which scared his daughter out of their wits, as they were still sleeping in their travel trailers in the yard. He loved hearing his beagles chase rabbits and coyotes.
Celebration Of Life Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 at Calvary Temple Full Gospel Church in Blue Eye, Mo. with pastor Billy Rogers and Larry McCreary officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Eye Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 at Smith Family Funeral Home in Green Forest, Ark. Memorials may be made to the Gideon's at Gideons.org or to the McCullough Cemetery.