Mildred Fahy Lemley, 79, of Van Buren died July 20, 2021 at a local health care facility. She was born April 4, 1942 in El Dorado, Arkansas. She was Christian and a longtime resident of Van Buren. Millie was a 1960 graduate of Smackover High School. In the summer of 1962, Millie’s father Guy B. “Skipper” Hays hired James Lemley to be an assistant coach at Smackover High School. Coach Hays not only hired a coach but found a son-in-law. Millie married James Lemley on December 22, 1962. She served as a teller, branch manager and consumer lender in the banking industry and community volunteer. She worked at the Smackover State Bank in Smackover and at Peoples Bank & Trust, First National Bank of Crawford County, Mercantile Bank, and Firstar in Van Buren. She was also an active member of Sertoma. Millie loved to travel and spend time with her family. She loved her trips to the beach, through the Smoky Mountains, and cruising Alaska. She loved watching her grandkids participate in whatever they were doing and just being there if needed.
She was preceded in death by her husband James Lemley, parents Guy B and Martha Hays; a sister Carolyn Wise and a granddaughter Cassie Lemley.
She is survived by her two sons, Evan Lemley and wife Brooke of Oklahoma City; Hays Lemley and wife Jackie of Van Buren; a sister Georgie Bryant of Durham, North Carolina; five grandchildren Allison, Tyler, Ben, Logan and Eli Lemley.
Graveside services and burial will be held 10A.M., Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
Visitation with the family will be held Monday, July 26, 2021 from 5-7 PM at Ocker Funeral Home, 700 Jefferson Street, Van Buren.
The family would like to thank Legacy Heights Retirement Center, Memory Lane and Van Buren Health and Rehab for taking great care of Millie in her last years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Van Buren Boys and Girls Club, or Van Buren Education Foundation.
Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com