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Jesse Aiken

CAMDEN, Ark. — Services for Jesse “Carl” Aiken, 84, who died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, Ark., will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Camden.

Burial will follow at Camden Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Proctor Funeral Home in Camden.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Aiken was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Crossett, Ark., the son of Jeff Curtis and Eula Mae Aiken. He was an honor graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He was the assistant personnel director at the Camden mill for 11 years. He retired with 27 years of service as personnel and industrial relations director of the Natchez mill in December 1983.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Natchez and in Camden, where he served as an ordained deacon and Sunday school teacher for a number of years. He was also an active member of the Camden Good Sam R.V. chapter. While working, he served as the president of the Camden Kiwanis Club and the Natchez Lions Club.

Mr. Aiken was the author of two children’s books.

He served in the Pacific theater of Operations in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Lester Curtis Aiken.

Survivors include his wife, Harriett Mauney Aiken; one daughter, Kay Vanlandingham and husband, Joe; one granddaughter, Kelly Vanlandingham, all of El Dorado, Ark.; one brother, James Edward Aiken and wife, Ella Faye, of Plano, Texas; one sister, Linda Annette Moore and husband, Karl, of Landrum, S.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund of Camden, Ark., or the Gideon Memorial Bible Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.proctorfuneralhome.com.