Jeannine Elizabeth Campbell McMurtrey Presley, September 25, 1929~July 10, 2016

Presley2 copyJeannine Elizabeth Campbell McMurtrey Presley, 86, of Fayetteville, died peacefully surrounded by family on July 10, 2016.  She was born at the Fayetteville City Hospital on September 25, 1929, the only child of her parents, Evertt and Evalee Campbell.  She was educated in Fayetteville public schools and then graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1951 where she was a Razorback cheerleader and homecoming queen; she later obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Texas Women’s University.  She married her first husband Winfield McMurtrey, Jr., in 1952 and bore three sons in Texas. In 1969 she returned as a widow to Fayetteville and taught at Farmington High School until she retired in 1992. In 1978 she married George Henry Presley; together they ran Presley’s Brake Shop for many years.

She was very active in her community and church and was a member of: Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Social Club (OES), Olive Branch Shrine #3, Beta Sigma Phi, Northwest Arkansas Symphony, Fayetteville Country Club Golf Association, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Garden Club, Metropolitan Club, Northwest Arkansas Noblettes, BPOE Ladies Club, Order of the Amaranth, Rose Croix Shrine No. 2, and others. She was especially active in United Commercial Travelers and served as Grand Chaplain of the Ladies Auxiliary, National Co-Chairperson on Cancer, International President of the Ladies Auxiliary, Grand Counselor (Regional President) of Arkansas (twice), committee member of the May E. Tisdale Scholarship Fund, and Grand Chaplain of Arkansas (twice) during her son Mark’s tenure as Grand Counselor of Arkansas. Last week she and Mark attended the 129th Annual UCT International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.  Jeannine had an infectious laugh and smile, was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan, and enjoyed watching Jeopardy every afternoon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Dr. A. W. McMurtrey, Jr., and George Presley; stepson Robert Presley; step great-grandson Billy Hampshire; and step great-granddaughter Natallie Elizabeth McNelly.  She is survived by her sons:  Winfield McMurtrey III (Cindy) of St. Charles, Missouri; Ward G. McMurtrey, M.Sc., of Farmington; and Mark E. McMurtrey, Ph.D., (Jacki) of Conway; and her stepchildren, Janis, Don, and Michael Ted (Tangi) Presley of California; Steve Presley (Marilyn) of Missouri; and caregiver Robert W. Wilkes of Fayetteville; her grandchildren, Katie, Rachel, and Samantha McMurtrey; and Grace Elizabeth (Gigi) McMurtrey; and her step-grandchildren, Tina, Teresa, Brenda, Bobby Presley, and a host of step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a reception to follow.

Interment will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery with no graveside services.  Memorial donations may be made to the May E. Tisdale Scholarship Fund (UCT), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, or a charity of your choice.


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    Steven Zeltmann » 12. Jul, 2016

    To: The McMurtrey Brothers

    I am so sorry about the loss of Jeannine. No doubt she was a wonderful mother to you as she was a wonderful friend to us. May God bless her and you three.

    Steve Z.

    James A. Prewitt » 12. Jul, 2016

    Mrs. Presley (Mrs. McMurtrey at the time) was such a nice host to Winfield’s friends, including me, on several visits to her home in Fayetteville, especially when Winfield and I were in college together. I really appreciated that hospitality, and enjoyed knowing her, albeit briefly, during that time of our lives.

    John Wells » 12. Jul, 2016

    AW, sorry for your loss. Your Mom did a good job of raising three headstrong sons. She was a very gracious hostess when I was in your home during college. Sure there are a bunch of great memories of your time with her.

    ILDA VETETOE » 12. Jul, 2016

    I am so sorry to hear of Jeannine’s passing! She was a great lady! I have enjoyed picking her up for the lunches at the church and the Lunch Bunch. I will certainly miss her!! If there is anything I can help you with please call me. I gave her a small address book with my phone number in it. Again I am so sorry!!!

    Sandra Stough » 12. Jul, 2016

    Our deepest sympathy to the family from Lorin and I as well as the May E. Tisdale Scholarship committee. Jeannine was a courageous member of our committee and we were pleased to have her with us as recently as just last week at our convention. She will be missed by all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who loved our most.

    Janelle Diffin Wright » 12. Jul, 2016

    I am sorry for the passing of your mother, Ward. Please remember the fond memories!

    Name » 13. Jul, 2016

    Mark and Family,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your mother peacefully rest in heaven.
    Cindy Page Phelan

    Christopher Brothers » 13. Jul, 2016

    Jeannine was always sweet and good to me, as a kid and as I grew to adulthood. My deepest condolences to Win, Ward, Mark, and all the extended family.

    Dave Wilson » 13. Jul, 2016

    So sorry for your loss, may she rest in peace

    Steve Morgan » 13. Jul, 2016

    Our sympathies to the family. We taught together from 1984-1992. Prayers with you all.

    Joyce Tuller » 13. Jul, 2016

    Sincere condolences to the entire family, in particular Mark since he is the one with whom I was more acquainted.

    Linda Hall » 13. Jul, 2016

    My condolences to this family. I remember Mrs Presley as one of the best teachers I ever had. She was a wonderful lady and I’m sure she will be greatly missed.

    Caroline Smith Hamilton » 13. Jul, 2016

    I am very sorry for your loss. She was a good friend and lovely person. We will miss her at meetings of the Marion Chapter, American Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

    Jess Setzler » 13. Jul, 2016

    Winfield and family… so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother.

    John Faucette » 13. Jul, 2016

    Jeannine was a special lady. She was very generous and kind. The Faucettes’ have known Jeannine for years. I had the pleasure of working with Jeannine on the sale of her home on North Street a few short years back. Glad I had the opportunity to help such a gracious person. She was one of a kind. Always enjoyed running into her and seeing her nice smile, always pleasant, always hospitable. A truly wonderful person. Yes, she will be missed.

    Joan Philip » 13. Jul, 2016

    Such a lovely person. She faced challenges in her life and she overcame them. I am glad she did not have to suffer through a long illness. Sympathy to her three sons and her stepchildren.

    Judith and Daniel Levine » 14. Jul, 2016

    We are so sad to hear about Jeannine. We remember Jeannine and George who enjoyed life to its fullest on the northeast corner of Cleburn and Vandeventor. We loved visiting with her at the many neighborhood events that they attended arriving in their matching golf carts. Rest peacefully, Jeannine Presley. A lovely soul, a good neighbor. An accomplished woman. May all our memories of them be good ones.

    Amie » 14. Jul, 2016

    She was my drivers education teacher when I went to farmington high school. I have always remembered the things she taught me. I remember her funny laugh and how she taught us how to drive thru fayetteville and hit every light green.

    Anabelle Steelman-Berry » 14. Jul, 2016

    It was always so much fun to see and visit with Jeannine when we ran into each other, usually at church or some event at St Paul’s. After running into each a couple of times a year for about 30 years, we developed a real closeness. She was always smiling, always seemed so happy, even through the rough times. I will miss seeing her.

    Debra Davis » 14. Jul, 2016

    Jeannine was a wonderful person. She was one of the first people I met at the Washington County OES when I moved here and always made me feel welcome and at home. She always had a smile on her face and something good to say about everyone! My heart aches that she is gone but I know she is soaring amongst the clouds looking down on us and smiling. God Bless you all!

    Name » 19. Jul, 2016

    On Sunday last
    a bright and beautiful star
    flared up, then dimmed out;
    and, if only for a moment,
    all the night sky was dark’d.

    Denele Campbell » 20. Jul, 2016

    I met Jeannine back in the 70s when I married her first cousin Steve Campbell (son of Evertt’s brother JC). I enjoyed the times we visited at the brake shop but became even closer when I began working on history of the Campbell family. She generously gave her time to assist in that effort, sharing stories of her father and mother and what she knew of older generations. I borrowed some clippings about Evertt’s store opening as well as a few photographs. During the time I had them in my possession, her house burned down. She was thrilled when I returned the photos, all she had left. My most sincere condolences to the family for this loss of a charming, intelligent woman.