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Bobby Alan Denton

Bobby Alan Denton, age 69 of Old Potter, went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born on November 2, 1947 to Alvin and Gladys Denton in Mena, Arkansas.

Bob was a 1966 graduate of Hatfield High School. His sense of humor was evident even as a young man. In his senior yearbook, he remarked his ambition was to start a gambling casino on wheels in an old school bus. Shortly after graduating, Bob suffered a tragic accident, which resulted in the loss of his mobility. But through the love of his family and his determination, he overcame doctor’s predictions that he would never walk again.

Bob’s true passion was classic cars. He owned a Chevelle that was the envy of many national collectors. Throughout his life he was also a model car enthusiast, and carefully curated a collection that contained thousands of vintage models. He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed the works of Walt Whitman. His love for the outdoors also included hunting and fishing. He faithfully followed the Arkansas Razorbacks, an activity he shared with his father.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, who will always remember him for his well-timed dry sense of humor. When his great-niece and nephews were young he took great interest in their care. He organized elaborate scavenger hunts, and always took time to include them in his hobbies. They remember him teaching them to use a Polaroid camera and taking ‘selfies’ long before they had a name.

He is preceded in death by his father, Alvin Denton.

Bob is survived by his mother, Gladys Denton of Old Potter; his sister, Betty Smith of Mena, his nephew, David Smith of Mena and niece, Debra Miller of Mena; several other close family, friends and loved ones.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Keith Rose and Dr. Wes DeSpain officiating.   Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery in Potter.   Visitation will be general at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Thacker, Jerry Denton, Jacob Miller, Joel Miller, Monty Gray and Wes DeSpain.

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