Deric Antuane Geiggar

September 21, 1970 ~ May 8, 2020 (age 49)


Mr. Deric Antuane Geiggar, 49, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was born Monday, September 21, 1970, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to the proud parents of Melvin Geiggar and the late Doretha Cook Geiggar. He transitioned from this earthly life in the afternoon on Friday, May 8, 2020, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He was the second of three children (sons) born to this union.

Deric was educated in the Pine Bluff School District where he received his high school diploma from Pine Bluff High School in June 1988. Later in life, he decided to continue his education at the University of Phoenix where he received an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 2012. Later, he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 2014, also from the University of Phoenix. His thirst of knowledge led him to begin his Master of Liberal Studies program with a concentration in counseling and business at the University of Memphis.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1989  and was honorably discharged in 1992.

Deric’s work experience began at an early age. He worked at his father’s service station—University Quick Check and learned the various tasks of operating the business. His work experiences included multiple jobs which helped him to become skillful in many professions. Deric was an outgoing and gregarious person who loved to communicate with individuals.  He worked as a car salesman (new and used automobiles) for several companies in Memphis, a telemarketer (long distance calls for MCI), and a communication sales representative.

Deric professed a hope in Christ at a young age at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Rev. Curlee Thomas. While at New Jerusalem, Deric was faithful in Sunday School, a participant in the Christmas and Easter programs, and church service. His current membership was with the Pentecostal Missionary Baptist Church, in Memphis, Tennessee where Rev. Steven J. Turner is the pastor. Deric was an active member of the Men’s Ministry. Deric faithfully read the Bible and enjoyed listening to Gospel music.

Deric was a stranger to no one. He enjoyed playing board games--dominoes, cards, etc. He also enjoyed listening to music and traveling (Bahamas, Hawaii, Jamaica, Mexico, Cayman Island, the Grand Turk, and then many states of the United States.

He was united in Holy Matrimony to Rhonda Reese on March 31, 1990. They celebrated 30 years of wedded bliss this past March. No children were born to this union.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Doretha Gook Geiggar, his grandparents—Mrs. Everlena Ringo, Mrs. Jessie Mae Cook and Mr. Decoy Cook.

He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving wife, Rhonda R. Geiggar of Memphis, Tennessee, one son, Kelly Scarver of Hammond, Indiana, father, Melvin Geiggar of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, two brothers—Rickey (La Tina) Geiggar of Pine Bluff and Bryce (Star) Geiggar of North Little Rock, Arkansas, one sister—Cassandra (Julie) Geiggar of Wichita, Kansas, one granddaughter, one brother-in-law Kevin Reese and two sister-in-laws Angela Reese of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Lynetta Reese of Conway, Arkansas and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Soldier Rest 

Soldier, rest! thy warfare o’er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking;
Dream of battled fields no more,
Days of danger, nights of waking.
In our isle’s enchanted hall,
Hands unseen thy couch are strewing,
Fairy strains of music fall,
Every sense in slumber dewing.
Soldier, rest! thy warfare o’er,
Dream of fighting fields no more;
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Morn of toil, nor night of waking.

No rude sound shall reach thine ear,
Armour’s clang, or war-steed champing,
Trump nor pibroch summon here
Mustering clan or squadron tramping.
Yet the lark’s shrill fife may come

 At the daybreak from the fallow,
And the bittern sound his drum,
Booming from the sedgy shallow.
Ruder sounds shall none be near,
Guards nor warders challenge here,
Here’s no war-steed’s neigh and champing,
Shouting clans or squadrons stamping.

Huntsman, rest! thy chase is done;
While our slumberous spells assail ye,
Dream not, with the rising sun,
Bugles here shall sound reveillé.
Sleep! the deer is in his den;
Sleep! thy hounds are by thee lyin
Sleep! nor dream in yonder glen
How thy gallant steed lay dying.
Huntsman, rest! thy chase is done;
Think not of the rising sun,
For at dawning to assail ye
Here no bugles sound reveillé.

By Walter Scott

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May 14, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
New Jerusalem Baptist Church
1317 South Texas Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

Graveside Service
May 15, 2020

11:00 AM
Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens
6219 Princeton Pike
White, AR 71602

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