Bobby Gatlin, 79, of Alma passed away Sunday, June 5, 2016, at his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Rudy to the late Alfred and Lois Gatlin. He was a retired dispatcher for Ballentine Produce in Fort Smith and an avid Airedale supporter. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Gatlin of the home; a daughter, Linda Dickerson and companion Mike Bartels of Alma; a son, Eddie Gatlin and wife Sherry of Fort Smith; and three grandchildren, Erin Young and husband Cody, Alex Dickerson and Jake Gatlin.

Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Newberry Chapel United Methodist Church in Alma. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

The family will visit with friends immediately following the service at the church, 3406 Old Rudy Road, Alma.

Memorial contributions may be made to Newberry Chapel Cemetery Fund at 2317 Peach Way, Rudy, AR 72952, or Alma Athletics, P.O. Box 2359, Alma, AR 72921.

To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.