Albert Cherington Marlar, 66, of Sheridan, Ark., went to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 16, 2017. He passed peacefully at 3:13 a.m. at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., with Pam and Shiloh by his side.
Albert was born to Tilman and Jessie Marlar of Willisville, Ark., on June 19, 1951. Siblings are Anita Marlar Dickerson and Amber Marlar Kenny. He is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Pamela Rose Bissell Marlar and his daughter, Shiloh Melody Marlar.
Albert started delivering the GRIT newspaper and selling the TV guide at a young age. He spent his teenage years fixing flat tires at Marlar Grocery and mowing the church cemetery. Albert earned a Business Administration Degree from Southern State College.
He started working for Arkansas Social Services on Oct. 2, 1972 – currently Arkansas Department of Human Services. He devoted 42 years and 9 months of service to Arkansas and held numerous leadership roles for DHS throughout those years. Albert had retired from the state level and was currently serving as the County Administrator for Saline County.
Albert started serving the Lord at an early age: he served as youth director in his teenage years at Waldo First United Methodist Church; treasurer at Willisville United Methodist Church during his college years and numerous other leadership roles throughout his lifetime. Albert and Pam married on Sept. 8, 1978 and early in his marriage he became a Certified Lay Speaker for the Arkansas United Methodist Church and served the Camden District for many years. Albert received his license to preach and served Bethel UMC in Ico, Ebenezer UMC in Tull, and Altheimer UMC.
Albert and Pam enjoyed spending time together playing PacMan on the Atari, taking their boat to Lake DeGray to water ski, remodeling their home, and gardening. He became an avid softball fan after Shiloh was born. From the days of plastic bats and balls to high school varsity and everything between – Albert coached Shiloh both on and off the field. Since those early days, his coaching cap identified him as “Shiloh’s Dad” and he loved spending countless hours teaching her to pitch and hit.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at A.O. Smith Funeral Home, 805 Thomas Street in Stamps, AR. Funeral services were Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Willisville United Methodist Church in Willisville, Ark.
Rev. Kem Reeder will hold the service and uplifting music will be provided by Amanda Oldner Hooper and Rodney Rowe. Pallbearers will be family and friends who volunteer to carry Albert to his final resting place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Willisville Cemetery Fund – P.O. Box 14, Willisville, AR, 71864; Altheimer United Methodist Church; Pancreatic Cancer Action Network – pancan.org or your favorite charity.
Online registration is available at www.aosmithfuneralhome.com.