Earl E. Southerland, 84, of Drasco went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2018 after a long battle with Dementia.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Cora Martian Southerland; his brother, Cloys Southerland and sister, Erma Lee Rackley.


He was survived by his wife, Ruthell Deckard Southerland of 60 years; his son Tim Southerland and wife Sharon; his daughters, Pam Brooks and husband Ronnie, Kim Ezell and husband Dewayne; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many friends.


He was a member of Drasco General Baptist Church. He served as a sergeant in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the Cleburne County Quorum Court as a Justice of the Peace. Earl was known for his ability to talk to anyone, this carried over to his successful career in sales. He sold everything from cars to health and beauty aids. He passed this down to many of his family members. Earl also owned a grocery store called Southerland’s Market in Heber Springs.


Earl knew almost everyone, if by some small chance he didn’t know you, he was always quick to ask his trademarked question “who youns belong to?” Then he was sure to know at least half of your family.


Earl also loved dogs and enjoyed running his dogs at his sons-in-law Fox Pen in Drasco. He was also very well known for having one of the best yards in Cleburne County. He always enjoyed mowing and gardening.


Visitation will be held at Heber Springs Funeral Home 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. Memorial service will also be held at Heber Springs Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.