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A. Wayne Tennille

Dr. A. Wayne Tennille, 83, of Searcy, passed away on January 18, 2013. He was born February 4, 1929 in Baker County, Georgia to the late Glynn W. and Polly Isler Tennille.

Dr. Tennille earned a BSA degree at the University of Georgia in 1950, MSA degree at Oklahoma State University in 1955, and a PhD degree at the University of Florida in 1959. He joined the US Air Force in September 1950 and received an honorable discharge in 1954. He was an extension state soil specialist at the University of Georgia from 1959 until March, 1962, when he became a professor at ASU-Jonesboro, where he retired in December, 1987.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, J.D. Tennille.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Tennille; daughters, Deborah Riley and husband Wayne of Little Rock and Rosemary Haynes and husband Jim of Port St. Joe, Florida; grandchildren, Chris and Matthew Riley, Autumn, Anna, and Austin Haynes.

Dr. Tennille was a member of First Baptist Church in Searcy where a visitation will begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday, January 21 followed by a funeral ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Weir Cemetery.

Services have been entrusted to Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left at www.SearcyMcEuenFuneralHome.com

  • Visitation

    January 21, 2013
    12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

    First Baptist Church

    105 South Spring Street
    Searcy, AR

  • Funeral Service

    January 21, 2013
    2:00 PM

    First Baptist Church

    105 South Spring Street
    Searcy, AR

  • Interment

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I remember Dr. Tennille very well growing up, as I was in the same grade as his daughter Deborah. I'm so very sorry for your loss. He was always so nice to me.

Posted by Tiana Haley - Daughter's Classmate   January 28, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. What a wonderful pleasure to have known Wayne Tennille, such a great man and friend to all. May God's grace sustain his caring family!
Phil and June Bridger

Posted by Phil and June Bridger - Jonesboro, AR - friend   January 21, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mrs. Tennille & Family,
I am sad to hear of Dr. Tennille's passing. He was my advisor in the Ag. Dept. at ASU. Dr. Tennille was a wonderful instructor and a friend to his students.
God bless you.

Posted by Jim Thieme - Manila, AR - Friend   January 21, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Pat, Deborah and Rosemary,
My heart is with each one of you as you grieve the loss of a wonderful man. I can remember Mr. Tennille vividly from the many times I spent in your home with my friend Rosemary! I also have several memories of attending church together in Jonesboro and believe it or not can remember one evening in particular in which Mr. Tennille taught my children's class - I believe it was a Sunday evening (Training Union) and I can still remember something specific he said in the lesson! He lived a great life and accomplished much in his lifetime. He was very well educated, smart, and a good teacher. It is with joy in my heart I feel much peace and comfort in knowing he is with our Savior! Love to each of you. Candy

Posted by Candy Anderson - Santa Barbara, CA - friend   January 21, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I was a college student of Dr. Tennille's. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Kenny and Sharon Long

Posted by Kenny Long    January 20, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

What a joy to have met Wayne and Patricia in 2012 and to have been blessed by "hallway visits" at church! I learned something good every time! Fred and I are deeply saddened to learn of Wayne's departure but so grateful for his legacy. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Janet Williams - Little Rock, AR   January 20, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Pat, Rosemary and family: I am sad to read of Dr. Tennille's passing. He was a great man. I pray that God gives you comfort and peace. Sharron Turman, University Heights Kindergarten Teacher.

Posted by Sharron Turman - Jonesboro, AR - friend   January 20, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Wayne was as fine a man as ever lived. Our prayers are with all of the family.

Posted by Greg and Danielle Schneider - Beebe, AR - Friend   January 19, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We love u uncle Wayne Tennille and u will be greatly missed.

Posted by Paul Tennille and family - Arlington, GA - nephew   January 19, 2013

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