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“I was the night caregiver to Irma's Mother, Edith Pyles,some 30 plus years ago. Irma was a joy to do business with and I was very honored to have...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Leah Oakes Seagraves - Seattle, WA

“I have known Irma all my life. Her aunt was married to my uncle. She was one of the best people I have ever known. She took good care of her family,...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Janice Jones Moore - West Monroe, LA

“A true Lady I never saw without a smile on her face and a happy story to tell. I thought she was beautiful inside and out and I loved her laugh!...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Fonda - Searcy, AR - Friend

“My cousin Irma was a true lady and I will miss her greatly. She was the very last of my Strahl and Pyles relatives in Judsonia, so her passing is a...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Dan Strahl - Memphis, TN

“The Pyles & Emde families were friends of my parents many years ago, so Mrs. Irma always kept in contact with our families over the years. She was...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Spurlock - Judsonia, AR

“My love & respect for Mrs Emde. She was a lovely person, & a great teacher. A sweet friend I looked forward to seeing @ the alumni weekend. She was...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Ramona Bloodworth Callaway - AR


Irma Neal Pyles Emde, 96, of Judsonia, AR, died peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at the Heritage Living Center in Conway, AR. Mrs. Emde was born on October 31, 1919 in Judsonia. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Hilton Emde, her parents, Loyd and Edith Moore Pyles, her brother, Loyd Henry Pyles, and numerous other close relatives.

She was a teacher in Plainview, Judsonia and Kensett, and she and Hilton operated the Emde Motel in Judsonia. She volunteered at CARTI and was an active member of Judsonia First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her last first cousin; Tommy (Lydia) Sharp of Newport Beach CA; a niece, Jane Sheffield of Atoka OK; nephews Ted Bennett of Minden LA and Derrik Land of Little Rock; and caregivers Jack (Meg) Thompson of Colleyville TX, Jim (Teresa) Thompson of Conway, Kathy (Chris) Cooper of Conway, Carolyn (Keith) Mullins of Conway, and Susan (Mark) Freedle of Conway.

Funeral services will be at the Judsonia First Baptist Church at 11:00 o'clock on Tuesday, January 19 with visitation to follow. Memorials may be made to Judsonia First Baptist Church or Judsonia Evergreen Cemetery Trust. Funeral arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home of Searcy. www.powellfuneralhome.net

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