Nelvin E. Friday, age 86, of Cabot, Arkansas went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.
Nelvin was born on October 25, 1930, in Antoine, Arkansas to Sidney Albert Friday and Edith McWhinney Hutson Friday. He graduated from Lockesburg High School in 1950.
He married his high school sweetheart Gladys White on May 21, 1949 in her parents’ home in Lockesburg where they lived for the first year of their marriage. In 1950 they moved to Taos, New Mexico where he worked in a lumber mill. Nelvin joined the Air Force in 1951 and served at Amarillo Airforce Base as an aircraft instructor during the Korean conflict. Both of their children were born on Amarillo Air Force Base. Upon discharge he taught in the same school for over two years as a civil service employee. In 1958 he was employed by Mason Hanger under the Department of Energy Security Administration’s Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas. Most of these years were served as an engineering technician in research and development. He retired in 1993 and he and Gladys moved to Cabot, Arkansas in 1996.
His greatest joy was to be counted a child of God. He committed his life to Him through God’s son, Jesus at the age of 12 and served Him many years through Eastridge Baptist in Amarillo. He spent his retirement years striving to honor God through Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot.
He is survived by two children, Kathy Latimer (Larry) of Cabot, AR and Deryll Friday (Charla) of Sanger, TX; four grandchildren – Brett Latimer (Naomi) of St. Paul, MN, Chris Latimer (Amber) of Rogers, AR, Julie Friday Cates (Bobby) of Slidell, Texas, and Kaitlyn “Kaity” Friday Dennis (Joel) of Denton, TX; great grandchildren Zadie and Phoenix Latimer of St Paul, MN, Zoe and Andi Latimer of Rogers, AR, Jeremiah, Mackenna and Adeline Cates of Slidell, TX, and Taylor, Gracie, and Cooper Dennis of Denton, TX; one brother, Kenneth White (Julie) of Grapevine, TX; one nephew Tony White (Julie), and great-nephew and great-niece Ian and Mia of New Braunfels, TX. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, his parents, sisters Nan Eason and Eris Lipscomb, and brothers Frank Friday, Glenn Friday and A.L. Hutson.
Visitation will be held for friends and family at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot, AR on Friday, November 18 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19. Burial will be in Lockesburg Cemetery in Lockesburg, AR that afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400