Murrey "Bear" Priest, 59, of Van Buren died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at a Little Rock hospital. He was a former employee of Southwestern Glass Co. in Van Buren.

A family-hosted memorial service was Jan. 13 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Van Buren. Cremation was under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy; four daughters, Miranda Johnson of the home and Dayna Priest, Heather Priest and Candice Stines, all of Van Buren; three sons, Joseph Priest of Fort Smith and Joshua Priest and Chase Greer, both of the home; four sisters, Josephine Moore and Jacqueline Byrd, both of Fort Smith, and Brenda Brown and Vicki Hamilton, both of Van Buren; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.