Marlene (McElrath) Chronister of Newport, departed this life on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at the age of 82.

She was born June 4, 1938, in Lawrence County, the daughter of Ray and Hazel (Burns) McElrath. She was salutatorian of the 1957 graduating class at Egypt High School. On Feb. 8, 1958, Miss Marlene McElrath was wed to Mr. John Chronister, and together they spent 62 years building a life together.

Mrs. Chronister retired from Shield of Shelter Insurance after 28 years, where she had worked as a secretary. She enjoyed reading, fishing, gardening, antiquing and traveling. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

Mrs. Chronister was an active member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ. During her time there she served meals on Thursdays, worked VBS, and was a member of the Caring Sister’s Ladies Group. She was a volunteer at the Paragould Children’s Home, as well.

Mrs. Chronister was preceded in death by her parents; and four brothers, Wayne, Bill, Lonnie and Jerry McElrath.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, John Chronister of the home; one son, David Chronister and wife Leigh Ann of Magness; one daughter, Lisa Poppleton and husband Mike, of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Erin Poppleton of Jonesboro, Katie Chronister of Magness, and Alyson Ward and husband Chad of Texarkana, Texas; one great-grandchild, Emily Ward; several nieces, nephews, and a lifetime of friends.

Visitation was Sunday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Holden Avenue Church of Christ. Funeral services followed at the church at 3 p.m., with interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers were Chad Ward, Gunner Faulkner, Jeff Rutledge, Andy May, Jason Tubbs, Todd Norris, Bryce Shelton and Bo Brownd. Honorary pallbearers are J.R. Arnold and Alfred Couch.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children’s Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 10201 West Markham, Suite 100, Little Rock, AR 72205.

An online guestbook is available at www.jacksons fh.com.

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