FAYETTEVILLE - The Rev. Gordon A. Speak, 71 of Fayetteville, went to live with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 12, 2008, in Fayetteville. He was born Sept. 17, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa, to William Riley Speak and Bertha Faye (King) Speak.
He was a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army after 22 years of service with tours of duty in France, Germany and Viet Nam, and was a retired International Four Square minister who spent 35 years in the ministry. He graduated from the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California, and attended John Brown University and the University of Arkansas. He was a member of the National Association for Amateur Radio and the International Net Inc. He was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing and church fellowship.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Glenn Speak, and two sisters; Joye Speak and Marilyn Fuller.
Survivors include his wife Melpha Speak; one son, Riley Speak and wife, Dawn, of Watertown, Tenn.; one daughter, Joye McEntee and husband Henry of San Lorenzo, Calif.; two stepsons, Bruce Southern of Farmington, Jerald Southern and wife, Beverly, of Prairie Grove; one stepdaughter, Lisa Southern Cooley and husband, Glen, of Fayetteville; one sister, Carolyn Sharon and husband, Charles, of Centralia, Mo.; 10 grandchildren, Bradley McEntee, Kyle McEntee, Joshua McEntee, Lia Speak, Krystina Southern, Tyler Southern, Trenton Southern, Tanner Southern, Travis Southern, and Colton Cooley.
Visitation will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. today at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville, www.nelsonberna.com.
Funeral services will be held 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home at with the Rev. Troy Robinson and the Rev. Billy Burks officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the Diabetes Association.