Frank and Bobby Brunner

Friday, February 24, 2012

Two men tied to one of Marked Tree's longest running businesses have died.

Frank Brunner Jr. of Jonesboro and Bobby Brunner of Elizabethtown, Ky., both formerly of Marked Tree, were part of the family operation John and Frank Pharmacy.

Bobby retired in 1990 as treasurer of the business, and Frank served as sole owner of the pharmacy until his retirement in 2001.

Frank Joseph Brunner was 79 when he died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at the NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Harry Hill Sunday School Class.

He was a 50-year member of the Arkansas Pharmacy Association, was on the Marked Tree School Board for 20 years, serving as board president the last years, and had served on the board of Marked Tree Bank (now Iberia Bank).

He he graduated from UAMS School of Pharmacy in 1955 and began working in the family business, John and Frank Inc. He loved his career, mostly due to his relationship with his customers and his community.

He continued to work as a pharmacist in the Greer's Ferry Lake area and volunteered at the Christian Health Center in Heber Springs.

Frank was preceded in death by his father, Frank Joseph Brunner Sr., and mother, Hadassah Brunner, and sister, Ann Neel and her husband Bob Neel.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Carla Brunner; sons, Philip Gardner Brunner of Jonesboro and Stewart Louis Brunner of Mountain Home; daughter, Elizabeth Brunner Morrison and husband Thad of Van Buren; six grandchildren, Brittany Milligan and husband Kenny of Jonesboro, Eric Joseph Brunner of Columbia, Mo., Michael, Mary, Hattie and Zoe Morris of Van Buren; four great-grandchildren, Madison, Maizy, Marleigh and Mackay; brother-in-law, Chuck Gardner and wife Betty of Little Rock; special cousins, Sister Henrietta Hockle, Greg Thielemier and his wife Becky, all of Jonesboro, Gene Brunner and wife Coletta of Pocahontas, Wilma Wren, Bob Thielemier and wife Mary, all of Engleberg, Ark., and Pat Thielemier of Pocahontas; four nephews, and one niece.

A memorial service was held Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Miles officiating. Visitation was from 10 a.m. until service time at 11. A graveside service was held at 4 p.m. that day at the Marked Tree Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. An online guest book is available at

Bobby Brunner

James Robert "Bob" Brunner died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at his home, Allegro Assisted Living, in Elizabethtown.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marked Tree and was a business manager for Brunner Inc., and treasurer of the family business, John and Frank Inc. until his retirement in 1990, when he and his wife, Juanita, moved to Florida.

Bobby attended Kemper Military School and was a member of Marked Tree Rotary Club with perfect attendance for 40 years. He a