Edward Burnard Schafer, 89, of Carlisle, Arkansas left this life peacefully surrounded by family on august 15, 2017. He was born May 28, 1928 to Ben and Lois Jackson Schafer of Carlisle. Edward was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Betty S. Tefteller Schafer. He is survived by his four sons, Donald (Donna), Ronald (Deeanne), Roger (Pammy), and Cliff (Rachel); five grandchildren, Scott Snider (Tiffany), Lee Schafer, Emily Durden (Reed), Morgan Clark (Tyler), Nicholas and Savannah Schafer; four great-grandchildren, Tabitha and Samantha Snider, Dawson Schafer and Reagan Durden. Edward is also survived by his current wife of 18 years, Betty Kelly Schafer and her two sons, Eddie (Mary) Kelly and Jerry (Janet) Kelly, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Edward was prceded in death by his brother, Albert Schafer and is survived by his siblings, Melvin (Judy), Elbert (Nell) and Thelma Munnerlynn.
Edward was born and raised in Carlisle into a long-line of farmers. The love of farming flowed deeply within his blood. He graduated school at Carlisle High School. Edward was an active member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic church. He was a man of many talents within the agricultural industry. Due to his strong work ethic and love of farming, he never retired. Although he was a man of few words, he left a lasting impact on his family, his community, and everyone he met.
Visitation will be held Thursday, August 17, from 6-7:30 P.M. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church followed by Rosary at 7:30 in the church. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Fr. Shaun Wesley officiating. Graveside burial will directly follow the funeral at the Carlisle Cemetery under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.
Pallbearers will be Danny Rieke, Mitch Golleher, Clint Miller, Tommy Joe Pauschert, Mike Walters, and Willy McCallie.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to care givers, Cynthia Morgan, and Clara Neighbors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, P.O. Box M, Carlisle, Arkansas 72024. (870-552-3601).