GARY DEAN “FLASH” IVIE is now 6 foot 5…donning his steel toe, tapped, genuine leather Acme Boots; rolled up Levi 501’s; crew cut hair slicked back with Tiger Balm; dancing the peppermint twist and high fiving into Heaven.
Gary was born prematurely on August 9, 1944 to C.D. and Nadine (Shahan) Ivie, thus resulting in his lifelong bondage of Cerebral Palsy. He proudly graduated High School in 1964 with a whole lot of encouragement, shenanigans, and love from his classmates earning the nickname “Flash”.
Gary was a member of Southern Heights Baptist Church, I.O.O.F., Berryville Lodge #82 and Kingston Lodge #116. He was proud to visit with Bill Clinton on two occasions and was sad his girl, Hillary, didn’t win. Gary loved to read the Bible, watch CNN and anything on the History Channel. He had a lifelong affair with Vienna Sausage, egg salad, yellow cakes with chocolate frosting, cottage cheese, and Pepsi (with a straw). Gary had a great disdain for phoniness, loved to talk politics, was quick witted and would laugh at your jokes before you started telling them.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cargile Dewey Ivie.
Gary is survived by his mother, Nadine Ivie, of Berryville, siblings, Mava Fout of Springfield, Missouri, David Ivie and spouse, Lisa, of Rogers, Arkansas, Pat Jones of Springdale, Arkansas; C.D. Ivie of Little Rock, Arkansas, Gail DeWeese and spouse, Bill, of Berryville; and adored by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.
Gary’s dad, Cargile, built their house on Freeman street for the purpose that he could walk to school and church. He received his last ride down Freeman street on Saturday night.
If his family has ever been sure of anything it is this, Gary was sent here on this Earth to work through us to inspire others, to change people, to open people’s hearts to endless possibilities, to inspire hope and healing. The family would like to thank anyone that ever gave “Flash” a ride from Poynor’s Drug Store, the Main Theatre, or Wilson’s TV. He appreciated your patience and time.
The family would like to give thanks to the staff at Autumn Hills Nursing Home and Mercy Hospital, where he received such love, peace, and respect.
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville, Arkansas. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville with Pastor Alan Brown officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery, Berryville, Arkansas under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-9984 or the Berryville Community Restoration Project, PO Box 367, Berryville, Arkansas. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.