Darrel Edward Way, passed peacefully into Heaven on June 9, 2022. He was born in Carlisle, Arkansas, the son of Emory and Ruby Way. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Earline Archer Way, his wife of seventy four years, who died September, 2021.
Darrel is survived by his three children, son Gary Way (Debbie) of Mountain Home; daughters, Glenda Way Scott (Douglas) and Gayle Way Quattlebaum (Allen), both of Little Rock and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Darrel was a 1944 graduate of Carlisle High School and enjoyed attending reunions through the years with fellow classmates. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in World War II, in the fall following graduation. He went on to Arkansas State University where he earned his BSE in 1949, graduate studies at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas in 1950, and then on to Oklahoma State University where he received his Master’s Degree in 1954. He began teaching Vocational Agriculture in Harrisburg, AR, and married his high school sweetheart, Earline, who was also teaching in Harrisburg. They raised their children there before moving to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1963, when he took a position with the Arkansas State Department of Education. In Little Rock he was an area supervisor, and later became Coordinator of Vocational Finance until retirement in 1987. He also spent over twenty years in the Arkansas Army National Guard, retiring with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2. Darrel and Earline were life time members of the United Methodist Church, and he was a life time Mason. After retirement, they enjoyed traveling to all forty eight states in their converted mini-van, and flying to Hawaii and Alaska. He enjoyed both the Razorbacks and the Red Wolves, he and his wife were great fans. Darrel was still gardening up into his nineties, growing okra and tomatoes with which he made gumbo to share with family and friends. He was a man of many talents in his “shop” which he kept even upon their move to Parkway Village, and he continued to help both family and residents at Parkway ‘fixing things’ that needed to be repaired.
Burial will be at Carlisle Cemetery, with military honors, following a funeral service at First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Carlisle at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, with visitation at 10:00 AM. Arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home. www.boydfuneralhome.net