Gary Lynn McElhaney, July 31, 1957~ February 20, 2014

Gary Lynn McElhaney, 56 of Fayetteville passed away, Thursday, February 20, 2014 at his home. He was born July 31, 1957 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to Clatis McElhaney and Doris Long McElhaney.

He was preceded in death by his Parents and his step brother, Randy Harvey.



Survivors include his step mother, Virginia McElhaney of Fayetteville; two sisters, Peggy Leach of Greenland and Linda Campbell of Farmington; brother, Mike Harvey of Greenwood, Arkansas; four nephews, Brian Noel , Gregory Leach, Jonathan Harvey and Luke; four  nieces, Janell McClelland, Amy Hall ,Casey Campbell and Jessica Harvey and several great nieces, nephews and many friends.


The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 PM, Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.

A funeral service will be held 2PM, Monday at University Baptist Church with Pastor John Mueller officiating. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.




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    Robert Ridley » 21. Feb, 2014

    Very Sorry to hear about Gary. He was one of a kind.


    Cynthia McClanahan » 21. Feb, 2014

    Virginia, Peggy, Linda and entire family…

    Emma Overton and I express our most sincere condolences and pray for God’s peace for your family.

    Gary is a true testament to how a disciple of Christ should live his life! He modeled Christ’s love and would do anything to help anyone. He had a very tender heart and loved to get together with family, friends and he considered all his friends.


    Gary, you will be greatly missed and our “get togethers” will never be the same without you!!!

    We love you!

    carolyn broughton » 21. Feb, 2014

    Gary was a wonderful boss, and friend; at Washington County. He was very well liked & will be greatly missed by all who knew him. May God Bless & give you peace & healing during this very difficult time.

    Donald Cleavenger » 21. Feb, 2014

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know I am here for you if you need anything. May God watch over your family in this troubled time.


    Name » 21. Feb, 2014

    Gary will be truly missed. Dixie Hawkins and Gayle Green Later Tator

    Gayle Green and Dixie Hawkins » 21. Feb, 2014

    Gary will be truly missed

    Steve & Cindy Nimmo » 22. Feb, 2014

    Our memories of Gary will always be that he was a very kind person. Deepest regrets and condolences to all who have known and loved this gentle man.

    Patsy Langham » 22. Feb, 2014

    I knew Gary from his teaching Sunday School at UBC. He was very dedicated, always prepared. He will be missed.

    Matt Tomlinson » 22. Feb, 2014

    Peggy and Linda, I was shocked and sad beyond belief to hear about Gary. You both know that he was as much family as me or Brad or Scott. Mom considered him just as much a son. Due to recent traveling Joy and I can’t be there to lay this good man to rest but our hearts and prayers are with you. As I told Brad, this world needs more Garys, not fewer. God Bless you and your families.

    Jaime Leach » 23. Feb, 2014

    So sorry to hear about your loss. I will never forget him. Every time
    I watch a baseball game or play soft ball I hear Gary coaching. He was my first baseball coach and I model my own coaching from the lessons he taught me. Every time I ran into him he was always Coach Gary to me. Gary touched so many lives, he may be gone but he will never be forgotten.

    Bruce Bradshaw » 23. Feb, 2014

    My God Bless
    Bradshaw Family

    Vickie Hughes Henson » 23. Feb, 2014

    Peggy and Linda,
    I am so sorry about the loss of your brother, Gary. He is a wonderful man. And I have good memories of him in high school playing football. I am sending love and prayers! Vickie

    kathy alsobrook » 24. Feb, 2014

    Gary was the first supervisor l worked for at the university. He was a good man and a good person to work for.

    Michael F Dolan » 24. Feb, 2014

    I will always remember Gary’s kindness and big heart. He was a very funny fellow, too. It is a shame that I hadn’t the chance to see Gary more often as I grew older in life. But he will remain forever young in my childhood memories, and that is a good thing. RIP, my friend.

    Name » 24. Feb, 2014

    My thoughts and prays are with you at this time of loss. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. Only God and time helps heal.

    Linda Tipton Phillips » 24. Feb, 2014

    I haven’t seen Gary in many years, but I remember how kind, patient and nice Gary was – always. I’m very sorry to hear of his passing. The world lost a good man.

    sheila williams » 26. Mar, 2014

    We will surely miss Gary. He was such a kind person with a big heart. The world needs more people like him. Gary and I started first grade together and continued on and graduated together. I have only the fondest memories of him. R.I.P. Gary !!

    Name » 18. May, 2014

    I’m so sorry to hear about Gary. I have such
    Good memories of all I found us growing
    Up together.
    Kathy Shory