Willard (Ted) Prestidge

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

TYRONZA - Willard Roosevelt (Ted) Prestidge, 93, of Tyronza, Arkansas passed from this life Monday, April 13, 2015 in Marked Tree. He was born on April 20, 1921 to J.H. Sr. and Flonnie Prestidge. Mr. Prestidge was a graduate of Tyronza High School, went to college at Mississippi State, was a member of the Sigma Pi Faternity and he served in WWII from1942-1945. He joined the Army at age 21 and served in the 254th Squadron and 27th Fighting Group. On April 3, 2015 at Three Rivers Healthcare and Rehabilation Mr. Ted Prestidge was presented a citation recognizing his service during World War II by Representive Dwight Tosh.

Mr. Prestidge is preceded in death by his parents; one brother J.H. Prestidge, Jr.; and two sisters Ruby Gandy and Mary May.

Willard (Ted) is survived by his companion Mary Helen Duncan of Tyronza; two sons James Prestidge of Trumann and Ralph (Bo) Prestidge of Itta Bena, Miss.; two daughters Rosanna Arnold of Marked Tree and Priscilla DeFord of Trumann; two sisters Polly Arnold and Billie Burnett both of Memphis; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his best friend Harold Blackwood.

Graveside services were April 16 at Tyronza Cemetery.