DeWitt Fred Aebly, 86, of Jonesboro, formerly of West Helena, passed away peacefully January 9, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born May 24, 1925 in Zion, IL, to Fred and Jessie Galloway Aebly. He served as an Army/Air Corp cadet during World War II. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Helena-West Helena in 1984 and from Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in 2005. He was an active member of Nettleton Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
DeWitt is survived by his wife, Frances Warren Aebly; his son, DeWitt Aebly, Jr. (Melisa) of Vilonia; his daughters, Donna Catlett of Jacksonville and Sandra Dillier (David) of West Helena; step-daughters, Eva Williams (Jim) of Furlow and Pam Watkins (Jim) of Jonesboro; six grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren and a sister, Barbara Holmgren of Panama City, FL.
DeWitt was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Nina Bullard Aebly; his stepson, Stewart Warren; a son-in-law, Gary Catlett; and a daughter-in-law, Marcia Aebly.
Visitation will be 5-7 pm Tuesday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro.
Graveside funeral services will be 1 pm Wednesday at Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena with Rodger Hooker and Stan Ballard officiating.
Lasting memorials may be made to either, the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews Avenue, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or to the Nettleton Baptist Church, PO Box 2415, Jonesboro, AR 72402.