Gerald Glenn Salsbury, October 26, 1950~January 26, 2024

Jan 27, 2024

Gerald Glenn Salsbury was born October 26, 1950, in Fayetteville, AR to Vol and Edna Salsbury.

Gerald was raised in Fayetteville, AR, and was of the Baptist faith.  He was saved and baptized at a young age at Round Mountain Baptist Church.  Upon high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Kunsan, South Korea, and was an air traffic controller during the Vietnam War era.

Upon his return from service, he was a contractor and built many homes throughout the Fayetteville area during the mid-1970s.  He would then start a business with a childhood friend and relocate his family to Van Buren, Arkansas. He owned and operated Waterbed Showcase and Furniture for over 35 years.  He hand-crafted many of the furniture pieces sold with precision and perfectionism that can not be replicated. It brings comfort to know that some of these pieces likely still stand in homes throughout our region today.

He was very opinionated but always true to his values.  He loved his country and was passionate about politics.  For decades his days were filled with listening to news talk radio. He carried his portable radio from room to room and regardless of inquiries made sure everyone was well informed.

Everyone who knew Gerald would agree that he was humorous and quick-witted. He had a gift of filling the room with laughter through his storytelling, impressions, and way of seeing the world.

Above anything else on earth, he loved his family. He remained devoted to his wife for 50 years.  Many of those years they worked together running the family business. His children were his source of pride and joy. He taught his family valuable lessons through his commitment, hard work, and integrity. These values were evident in his final years when he cared for his mother.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Kathryn Salsbury, of the home.  His son, Gerald “Whitney” Salsbury, and wife Jenifer of Vian, OK.  His daughter, Suzzanne Salsbury, and Chris of Alma, AR. His mother, Edna Salsbury, and brother, Bryce Salsbury, of Fayetteville, AR.  Two granddaughters, Paighton Moore and Makayla Martinez, and two great-grandsons, Mateo Martinez and Maverick Moore.  He was preceded in death by his father, Vol Salsbury.

Visitation for Gerald will be Tuesday, January 30th, 2024 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville, AR from 5:00-7:00 PM.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 at Round Mountain Cemetery.

If you are led, memorial contributions in Gerald’s memory may be made to Round Mountain Cemetery c/o Louise Wood 753 Lake Sequoyah Drive, Fayetteville, AR 72701.


4 Condolences

  1. Tina Keck

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace and comfort for you and your family.

  2. Michele Young

    Oh, Suzanne, I am so sorry to hear that your Father passed away. Words cannot express the deep feelings I have for your loss. It’s the little things, the small, everyday occurrences that you’ll remember. The laughs, the stories, the smiles. And even though it seems like you can never recover from your loss, it is these very memories that will help push the pain away and bring back the smiles. Much love, hugs and my sincere condolences to you and your family. On a side note, I miss you!!!! XO

  3. Kim Pendergraft

    Please know we are praying for each of you. So many of my childhood memories include Gerald.
    Thinking of you all and sending our love,
    Kim Pendergraft and Sue Salsbury


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