Obituary – Gary Floyd Blythe

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Gary Floyd Blythe passed from this life on August 1, 2021, at the age of 80 years old, due to complications from lung disease. Gary was born in Waldron, AR to the late Floyd and Lora (Little) Blythe. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Clyde Blythe.

Gary is survived by his wife of 47 years Shirley Sue Blythe. One son Steve Bunting and wife Laurie of Waldron, AR, two grandsons; Taylor Bunting and wife Raedin of Fort Smith, AR, Brandon Bunting of Waldron, AR, one great-grandson Bryce Bunting of Fort Smith, AR and one sister-in-law Jerri Blythe of Edmond, OK.

Gary was enlisted in the Air Force and later became a member of the 188th Air National Guard in Fort Smith, he later transferred to the 296th Army National Guard in Charleston, AR where he retired as an E-6 as a Motor Pool Sergeant. During his time in the military, Gary was a collector of items and stories that would later become Blythe’s Museum in Waldron, AR. Gary loved Waldron and Scott County and his museum reflected that. He had a story for every item he had in his museum and he loved to tell them to everyone who visited the museum. To make sure that everyone would continue to enjoy his museum items, he donated them to Scott County.

Gary was the owner and operator of Blythe’s Garage and Towing. He later added a Gun and Pawn Shop. He was a former member and past president of the Waldron Area Chamber of Commerce. A member of the VFW Waldron Post, The American Legion, and also a member of the Western Arkansas Mountain Frontier Tourism, and many other organizations.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Butch Morgan officiating. Burial will be at Duncan Cemetery following the service under the direction of Martin Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be James Nelson, Mike Stringer, David Sikes, Danny Brown, Rick Black, and Scott Clemmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Stewart and Henry Dixon.

Online condolences may be sent at http://www.martinfuneralhomes.com

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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