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Paragould baseball figure passes away

Orland Crail (Source: GCT Baseball via Facebook) Orland Crail (Source: GCT Baseball via Facebook)
PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

A long-time baseball figure in Paragould has passed away.

According to a Facebook post from the Greene County Tech baseball team, Orland Crail has passed away. The team stated they learned of the news Monday morning.

Crail was a volunteer coach for the Eagles and also held positions on American Legion baseball teams in Paragould for a number of years. 

The American Legion field at Francis Bland Park is named after the man.

"We are so thankful for the time he gave and the influence he had on our many men throughout the years in our program. He will be deeply missed," the post concluded.

Greene County Tech baseball coach Bruce Hunt says when Crail was in his 70's he began volunteer coaching at the school.

"I really thought with his age and everything, he might stay, a year or two and everything, but he stayed for 17 years," said Hunt.  "His legacy here is this, that he is just a fine Christian gentleman, he loved these kids."

According to Crail's obituary, the man died Sunday at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. He was 89.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould.

Funeral services will begin 1:30 p.m.Wednesday at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel.

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