June McClintock Gresham

J.G. picture 001June McClintock Gresham, age 89, of De Valls Bluff, passed away February 24, 2015.  June was born June 13, 1925 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Joseph L. and Mabel Forrest Gresham.  He lived in Pine Bluffuntil he joined the Marine Corp. where he was severely burned over his entire body, except the bottoms of his feet, as the result of a flame thrower backfire, when thrown into a cave.  He spent much time recuperating in Guam, China, and in the Russell Islands.

June ran a skating rink in Brinkley, Arkansas for many years for his own rehabilitation and to create a clean and fun environment for teens and others and for sheer pleasure.  He taught many to skate backwards, to dance, and other unique moves.  He said many couples were married due to meeting at the rink.

Construction of Industrial buildings such as paper mills and auto plants took him to many cities in the country.

After his marriage to a school teacher, Vi, he moved  to De Valls Bluff, Arkansas where he was active in local organizations; city council, civic clubs, and a volunteer for many building projects.  June was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church.  He loved sports and was a supporter of school sports programs, as well as the De Valls Bluff Fire Dept.

June is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vi Gresham and a host of in-laws, step-son, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and the community that he served.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations sent to the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff,Arkansas or to Gideon International.

Visitation will be held 10:00 A.M., Friday, February 27, 2015 at the First Baptist church in De Valls Bluff followed by funeral services at 11:00 A.M.. Burial with military honors will be in the Oakland Cemeteryin De Valls Bluff.

9 Condolences to “June McClintock Gresham”

  1. Sue Palsa Says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Mr. June was a special person and someone who will be lovingly missed. You are in my prayers.

  2. Joe and Nina Gasaway Says:

    Vi, we are so sorry to hear of June’s death. We have fond memories of him.
    I especially remember the orange saucer sled that he bought for our boys.
    We will not be able to attend the funeral due to an appointment in Little Rock on Friday morning. We will keep you in our prayers.

    Nina

  3. Phyllis Voumard Says:

    Ms. Gresham, I am so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly misses. Prayers hugs and much love to you.

  4. Carl Hampton Says:

    Viola so sorry for your loss…June was a special person and you and June were the perfect couple prayers going up to get you thru this loss.

  5. Garnett & Lana Dodson Says:

    You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  6. Robbie Mason Jordan Says:

    Vi,
    I am so sorry to hear of June’s passing. I know I hadn’t seen you both in many years. I do have wonderful memories of visiting Aunt Necie and Uncle Jimmy and having the opportunity to see you. You are a special couple. A smile comes to my heart when I think of June and you. May God comfort you and all the family. With much love, Robbie Mason Jordan

  7. Vonnie Ellithorpe Says:

    I met June in 1958 when I was 10 years old. He taught me how to skate, which was very scary for me. He was the kindest, most gentle man I ever met. His is a wonderful childhood memory I’ll cherish my whole life. My condolences go out to the family.

  8. Clarence & Peggy Wiesle Says:

    We are so sorry to hear of June”s passing.. Vi, our love and prayers are with you and the family. we hold many special memories of June.. A good man and a dear friend… May God wrap his arms around you and hold you.. You are always in our prayers

  9. Martha Shinley Says:

    My condolences on your loss, Mrs. Gresham. Mr. Gresham was a pillar of the community and will be sorely missed. He was one of the most honorable men I’ve had the pleasure to know and his loss is immeasurable.