Geraldine June Witherspoon

June 7, 1928September 27, 2018

Geraldine June Witherspoon, age 90, died at Mountain Home Arkansas September 27th, 2018. She was born June 7, 1928 in Durango Colorado to Walter Reece Deer and Mary Ellen Betzer Deer. She grew up in Huntsville Arkansas She attended John Brown University, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and she graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, in 1975 with a major in Fine Arts. On February 20, 1949, she married Dr. Robert Paul Witherspoon, who was a long time psychology professor at the University of Central Arkansas. He predeceased her in 2009. She lived in Conway, Arkansas from 1955 until 2016. Her last years in Conway were spent at College Square. The family thanks College Square for their loving support of her. In 2016, she moved to Mountain Home Arkansas to be near her daughter Elizabeth Tallman. Her daughter Elizabeth and her granddaughters took loving care of her for those years, and her family is grateful to them and also to Care Manor of Mountain Home Arkansas. A faithful Christian, she was very active in her community and in her church. She was a founding member of Harlan Park Baptist Church, and she served as a church volunteer there in many roles. She was a leader in the Bible Study Fellowship program, and mentored younger Christian women. She was also active in the UCA Faculty Club and was its president in 1967-1968. She held various offices in the Junior Progressive Club of Conway. Survivors include her daughters, Susan Witherspoon Nowlin of St. Louis, Elizabeth Witherspoon Tallman of Mountain Home Arkansas, and Kathleen Witherspoon McLarnon of Terrell, Texas, as well as 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, wife, grandmother and friend. She died strong in her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in the hope of the resurrection. Visitation will be Tuesday October 2nd from 12-2 with a memorial service to follow at 2:00pm at Griffin Leggett Conway Funeral Home, 1751 Dave Ward Dr., Conway AR 72034. 501-327-5000. The Rev. Dr. B Gary Nowlin, an Episcopal priest and her son-in-law, will officiate. Burial will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Harlan Park Baptist Church in Conway Arkansas, or Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock Arkansas. Please visit the online guest book at


  • Dr. Robert Paul Witherspoon, Husband
  • Susan Witherspoon Nowlin, Daughter
  • Elizabeth Witherspoon Tallman, Daughter
  • Kathleen Witherspoon McLarnon, Daughter
  • 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

  • Mark Witherspoon, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark McLarnon, Active Pallbearer
  • Johnny Caststeel, Active Pallbearer
  • Rev. B. Gary Nowlin, Active Pallbearer
  • Tim Adams, Active Pallbearer
  • Joe Howerton, Active Pallbearer

  • Harlan Park Baptist Church
  • Arkansas Childern's Foundation


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • Committal Service Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Geraldine June Witherspoon

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October 1, 2018

I treasure many fond memories of good times shared with Geraldine as we grew up in Huntsville. She was so special to me that I named my pet goat "Jerry" after her. She was the first person who told me that a radio would be invented whereby we could see the people as they talked. I keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this time of your loss - and mine.