East Funeral Home

602 Olive Street, Texarkana, TX


Elora Bernice Caery

12 April , 193112 May , 2019

Elora Bernice Caery departed this life on May 12, 2019. Bernice was born April 12, 1931, eldest of four, to William (Bill) and Grace Richey in Lawrence County, Arkansas. She graduated valedictorian in 1948 at Lynn High School, Lynn, Arkansas. She later attended two years at Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. There she met and married Kenneth Caery, a ministerial student.

Their churches were in Arkansas, California (planting five new churches in eight years). There she began a secretarial career in addition to church duties (Sunday School Teacher, Training Union Leader), Vacation Bible School director, church pianist and/or organist.

She was a member of Beech Street First Baptist Church and Mary/Martha Sunday School Group since 1971.

Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and a sister. Survivors include two sons, Kent Caery of Texarkana and Jon Caery (wife, Victoria) of Clarksville, Arkansas; one grandson, Kirk (wife Amanda) of Texarkana, AR; two granddaughters, Grace and Aley of Clarksville, two great granddaughters, Zoey and Lanie Caery of Texarkana, Arkansas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Beech Street First Baptist Church with Rev. Craig Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens under the direction of East Funeral Home - Downtown. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the funeral home. Online tributes may be made at www.eastfuneralhome.com.


  • Son, Kent Caery of Texarkana
    Son, Jon Caery (wife, Victoria) of Clarksville, Arkansas;
    One grandson, Kirk (wife Amanda) of Texarkana, AR;
    Two granddaughters, Grace and Aley of Clarksville
    Two great granddaughters, Zoey and Lanie Caery of Texarkana, Arkansas
    Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.



  • Funeral Service Wednesday, 15 May , 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, 14 May , 2019


  • Burial


Elora Bernice Caery

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Ken Turner

15 May 2019

God bless !
I remember once she told me before I was married that “you never get over divorce, you just get used to it “ how true that is!

Maxine Whitney Stegall

15 May 2019

Kent, Jon and families,
I am remembering you guys today with sweet memories of your Mom. Earl and I send you special love and hugs.

Tracy Campbell

15 May 2019

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your mother/grandmother. Praying for all of you.

Carol Ann Duke

15 May 2019

Jon and Kent,
I am so sorry for your loss and am keeping all of you in my prayers. Know that as she exhaled on earth, your sweet mother inhaled in the arms of our Savior in Heaven.

Carol Ann Duke

Marsha McKinley

14 May 2019

Jon and Kent, I know how your heart hurts right now, but Aunt Bernice is in the arms of her Lord. She was a kind, loving, and humble person. And, oh so wise. I will forever be thankful to her for her calls and cards when we were suffering the same hurt. She always made a point to call either me, Tim, or Scott on Dad's birthday, to say she loved him and us. I will miss her, but rejoice knowing all of them are together again. Love to you both! Marsha

Loretta Shell

14 May 2019

Many memories have flooded over me for the last two days. Bernice was always supportive and loved you two unconditionally. She was a sweet, loving person and I will never forget her. May God bless you both, and your families, as you grieve.

My Love,
Aunt Loretta

Scott Richey

14 May 2019

My dear Aunt Bernice, so many memories in Texarkana and Powhatan Arkansas. I will always cherish your phone calls, your support and wisdom after the death of my Dad, and I will always hear your laugh! To Jon and Kent...I am so sorry for your loss, I only wish there would have been more time for visits. I have many home movies with your Mom in them. I do know one thing, there is a wonderful reunion going on right now in Heaven! They are all together again!! Sending lots of love and prayers your way!!

Mary Welch

14 May 2019

We are so saddened by the loss of dear, sweet Mrs. Caery. Oh the memories we will always treasure from being neighbors for so many years. Mrs. "Granny" Caery had the kindest and most giving heart, always thinking and remembering others, from family, friends and even her Doctors and nurses! She will always be loved and missed. Jon, Kent, Kirk and families,you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you feel God's love everyday and especially in these most difficult days.
In His love,
Lawrence, Mary, Wesley and Meredith Welch

Nancy Lambert

14 May 2019

She was our neighbor for over 22 years, and was a beautiful sweet lady. Gave me a bag of pecans for pie one Christmas! Heaven surely gained a sweet soul and I rejoice that she is celebrating with Jesus today!

Our sincere prayers for Kent and family during this difficult time.

Guy & Loretta Whitney

14 May 2019

Kent, Jon, and Family, we're thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort during this time. May God give you good memories to fill your thoughts. Sending love to you.