Ira Lee Southerland, 85, of Jacksonville died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. He was born in Jacksonville to Joseph Marion and Hazel Hall Southerland.

He was a member of Bible Missionary Baptist Church. He was a World War II Navy Veterans and member of the American Legion. He retired as Sales Rep for commercial equipment.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marilyn McNew Southerland; sons, Tim Southerland and wife Susan of Cabot and Tony Southerland of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Ryan Southerland, Kimberlee Pelkey and Aronel Presley; great-grandchildren, Gauge, Jackson, and Emily; sister, Janice Clark of Jacksonville; brother, Leon Southerland of Jacksonville and a host of other family and friends.

A funeral was held 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Bible Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Greg Dowd officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Slot 623, 4301 W. Markham St. Little Rock, AR 72205 or Bible Missionary Baptist Church,

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