Agnes K. Gathright, 88, of Strong, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Timberlane Health and Rehabilitation following a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 11, 1924, in Timpson, Texas, she was the daughter of John W. and Pearlie Foster Kyle. Agnes was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Strong and the Strong lodge of Eastern Star. She enjoyed swimming and fishing. Agnes worked for more than 40 years as an LPN starting at Warner Brown Hospital and later the Medical Center of South Arkansas. She was known as “Miss Agnes” for the loving care she provided to the many families she worked with through years in the nursery.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Curtis and Byron Kyle; a sister,† Allie Barnes; two sons, Barry and Keith Gathright; and her husband Max D. Gathright.

Survivors are a son, Ted Gathright of Strong; a daughter, Janice (Alva) Cobb of Germantown, Tenn.; sisters, Maureen Johnson of Leigh Acres, Fla., and Yvonne Tackett of Forrest, Va.; daughters-in-law Billie Gathright and Mona Johnson, both of Strong; along with 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Strong Cemetery with the Rev. Rex McDaniel and the Rev. Luther Harris officiating.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Timberlane Health and Rehabilitation and Life Touch Hospice for the loving care they provided “Miss Agnes.”

Memorials may be made to Life Touch Hospice 2301 Champagnolle Rd El Dorado, AR 71730; or First Baptist Church of Strong, 554 S Concord, Strong, AR 71765; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Published: 01/22/2013