Jerry Bardin, 79, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away March 14, 2015. He was born September 23, 1935 in Marion, Louisiana to Silas and Dolly B. (Reppond)
Jerry was a successful restaurateur with businesses in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee, St. Louis, Coco Beach, Fla. and Natchez, Miss. He was a sportsman who enjoyed duck and deer hunting, fishing, NASCAR and golf. He was also an amateur student of the Civil War. During his life he was privileged to travel through North and Central America, Europe, Israel and Egypt. Jerry was a member of the Spa City R.V. Club and traveled often with friends. He and his wife Mae served as the camp hosts for Arkansas State Parks. After his retirement he started a barbecue catering service and won the Great BBQ Cook-off in Des Moines, Iowa.
He was a 32 degree Mason, a former Grand Master of his lodge and a member of the Al Chymia Temple. Jerry was an avid supporter of the Shiners Children’s Hospital. He was
also a member of the Baptist church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and committee member. Of late, he was a congregant of Jessieville First Baptist Church. Jerry was a follower of Jesus Christ, devoted in his faith and a student of the Bible.
He is preceded in death by: His parents; sister Christine Graham; and nephew Chuck Graham.
He is survived by: His devoted wife of almost 48 years, Mae Bardin; sons Michael Scott Bardin (Beverly) and Dr. Randall Maurice Cummings; daughters Sharon “Pat” Pillow
(Randy) and Renee Holmes (Chuck); grandchildren Jonathan, Timothy and Joel Cummings, Heath, Dylan and Grant Bardin, Kendal Kimbell, Dr. Keel Williams, Taylor and Savannah Pillow; and great grandchildren Tylar and Bryce Kimbell.
Visitation was held at Caruth Village Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Marion, followed by burial at Concord Cemetery.
Jerry’s grandsons served as pallbearers.