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Paula Crook Mardis

September 11, 1943 — January 29, 2022

Paula Crook Mardis, age 78, of Jackson, Tennessee, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2022, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by loved ones.

She was born September 11, 1943, in Searcy, Arkansas to the late Harry Leo Crook and Pauline Fredrick Crook. Paula was a faithful wife to her husband and mother of three children, whom she loved dearly. She was the grandmother to seven
grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren. She was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Paula is survived by her devoted husband, Dr. Marcus Raymond Mardis, II; her daughters, Marta Mardis Ray (son-in-law, Edward Neal Ray, Jr.) and Marjorie Rhonda Belk of Munford, TN; her son, Marcus Raymond Mardis, III (daughter-in-law, Melissa Meyers Mardis), her brother, Michael Lee Crook (sister in law, Nancy Jean Crook) of Jackson, TN; her sister, Nina Louise Crook of Little Rock, AR; eight grandchildren, Heather Ray Weaver, Edward Neal Ray, III, Benjamin Seth Ray, Zachary Allen Ray, Nikki Rena’ Barry, Monica Rae Chumley, Madeleine Elizabeth Eila Mardis; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

SERVICES: A funeral service will take place 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at Bethel Baptist Church in Jackson,
TN. Burial will follow in Harrisburg, AR at Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery, with a committal service to be held at 3:30 PM.

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, February 2,2022 at Bethel Baptist Church beginning at 10:00 AM.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed to the building fund of Bethel Baptist Church, 2155 Vann Drive, Jackson, TN 38305 or

Arrington Funeral Directors
148 W. University Pkwy
Jackson, TN 38305.
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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Bethel Baptist Church


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Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery

, Harrisburg, AR 72432

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