Emma was born in Paris, Ark, and has an identical twin sister (who lives in Alabama). Emma grew up in Logan, Co., attended Ark. Tech in Russellville for two years and then UCA in Conway where she graduated. Earl and Emma married while he was attending school at Emory University in Atllanta, GA. After he graduated we returned to Ark. and he was apppointed to the church in a small town just outside Clarksville (Hartman). We lived there for a couple of years, then moved to Jonesboro where Emma began teaching school, first in jr high then high school, where she got lots of extra assignments including doing the year book, newspaper, etc. After 3 years Emma decided she needed a rest. We moved to Leachville, a small delta town in Mississippi Co., where for six years we enjoyed the quiet and serene atmosphere of eastern Ark., and for the most part have lived here. We have three children, Bonnie Hartz, who lives here, Stephen in Morrilton and Nan Clem in Hot Springs. We have 6 grandsons and one granddaughter. After we got our children in school, Emma went back to college, changed her major, got a Master's Degree, taught elementary school in Sherwood, then went into administration. She retired after 24 yrs. working for Pulaski County School.
Earl was born in Altus, Franklin County when he was very young. There were 10 boys and 2 girls in his family. They had a lot of fun, especially on holidays. “Saturday Night Live” at their house was far better than the one you see on TV. Earl graduated from Ozark High School, and soon, thereafter, enlisted in the U. S. Navy. This was during World War II. The Navy sent him on a tour of the South Pacific where they were greeted with open arms by the natives, but the Japanese who were there were not too happy about the Navy’s presence. He got to visit the Philippines, Iwo Jima ,and Okinawa where they were received with a display of fireworks that would make Jennings Osbourne's place look like a Boy Scout campfire. He was discharged when the war was over and was proud to say that during his tenure in the Navy he did not log any time in the brig.
Earl went to Hendrix College and Emory University and then pastored churches at Hartman, Jonesboro, Leachville, North Little Rock, and for seven years served as Council Director of the North Arkansas Conference. He then went to Dallas, TX., where he served seven years as Executive Director of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. He retired in 1992 and returned to their home in this area.
Earl and Emma have been members of the Builders Class since 1972 and enjoy the fellowship and friendship of this group. Their hobbies are reading, working in the yard, grandchildren, and "piddlin."