Freddie “Fred” Harold Epperson, 87, was called to Heaven on April 28, surrounded by family, in his Marion home.
Fred was born to Flora Epperson (Gaugh) and Ed Epperson on April 14, 1933, in Clarksville, Arkansas.
Fred enlisted with the United States Army at age 16, and then by 17 was on a ship to Korea, where he served 22 months in the war and was a decorated soldier.
In 1954, he married his sweetheart, Bertha, and together they had three children.
Through much of his adult life, he was employed with Love Box Company in Wichita, more than 25 years. His career began as a truck driver, and he was promoted to the position of logistics and manager of all Love Box’s transportations companywide across several plant locations.
Fred very much enjoyed the outdoors, in fact, he was well known for having the most fantastic garden, with an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers. He had a love for all types of animals, especially his cats, Gidget and Buster, who kept him company after the passing of his sweetheart in 2018.
He and his wife enjoyed spending time outdoors together, where they would take motorcycle rides and camping trips to Table Rock Lake and other nearby lakes.
He is survived by his children, Harold (and wife Kim) Epperson, David (and wife Susan) Epperson, Charlotte (and husband Chris) Coleman, brother Jimmy (and wife Maria) Balentine, and sister Carolyn (and husband Don) Simpson; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Bertha, brothers Leroy Epperson and Everett “Bud” Epperson and sister Charlotte Baskin.