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Marc Evan Despain
(April 16, 1977 - August 24, 2011)

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Marc Evan Despain

Marc Evan Despain, 34, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, August 24, 2011, at his home.

A native and life-long resident of Jonesboro, Marc was a real estate appraiser and member of Central Baptist Church. He was a 1995 graduate of Nettleton High School where he was a member of the football team and many other sports. Marc enjoyed the beach, hunting, and scuba diving. He was a sports fan and supporter of the Valley View Blazers.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Loretta Blankenship, grandfather Lawrence Despain, and a brother-in-law Brant Luke.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Michelle Despain of the home; 1 daughter, Brooke Despain; 2 sons, Zac Despain and Blake Despain, all of the home; his maternal grandfather, J.C. Blankenship and paternal grandmother, Doris Despain, both of Lake City; His father-in-law, Carl Kelley of Paragould; mother-in-law and husband, Kathy and Kevin Luke of Jonesboro; his aunt and her husband, Mandy and Kevin Turman of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law; Mary Kelley of Paragould; sister-in-law and husband Jaelyn and Daniel Goodwin of Jonesboro; brother-in-law and wife, Tyson and Nikki Luke of Campbell, Missouri; cousins, Alex Turman and Austin Turman both of Houston, Texas; his parents, Jack and Tana Despain of Jonesboro;1 sister, Jacquelyn Clayton of Jonesboro; 3 nieces, 2 nephews and many more loved ones and friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 2:00 at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Don Blackmore officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Active pallbearers include Jason Marshall, Matt Cossey, Josh Bean, Joey Perry, Kevin Cook and Jon Stotts. Honorary pallbearers include Jeremy Ragsdale, Nate Webb, Nick Thompson, Dave Tomlinson, Kevin Rouse, Mark Thurman, Brian Priddy, Jody Waleszonia, Mike Barkley, Jeremy Stracener, T.L. Davis, Michael Alexander, Clay Cahoon, Denver Ferguson, Jared Seeman, Jason Deatherage, Preston Ergle, Scott Holden, Chris Mitchell and the Nettleton Raider Class of 1995.

Visitation will be held Sunday 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church.

Donations may be made to the Michelle Despain Fund benefitting Brooke, Zac and Blake at any BancorpSouth Bank location.


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