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Don Ray “Pappy” Milham

Don-Milham-1Don Ray “Pappy” Milham, age 80, of Mena passed away at his home Friday, May 13, 2016.

He was born in Old Dallas, Arkansas on September 1, 1935 to the late Ode C. Milham and the late Della R. Long Milham. He was happily married to Elizabeth JoAnn Burke Milham for many years and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked as a manager for Mena Arkla Gas Company until he retired. Don also retired from Mena Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed coon hunting, fly fishing and was an avid sports fan. He was a proud member of the Mena Bearcats1951 District Conference Champs, and was All State Defensive End. Don was an active member of the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church. Most of all he loved and enjoyed his family and friends.  He was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend to all.

He is survived by, wife, Jo Burke Bell Milham of Mena, Arkansas; sons, Wayman Bell, Jr. and wife Cyndy of Cedarville, Arkansas, Steve Bell of Mena, Arkansas, Tim Milham and wife Tara of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Dedria Gorden and husband Brent of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Brandy DeLassus and husband David of Springdale, Arkansas, Sarah Stinson and fiancé Steven Nesbitt of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Wayman Bell, III and fiancé Shelley Neimeyer of Springdale, Arkansas, Luci Cannon and husband Mark of Mena, Arkansas, Chelsea Holt and husband Cordale of Mena, Arkansas, Timrie Milham Wells of Mena, Arkansas, Taryn Milham of Mena, Arkansas, and Tanner Milham of Mena, Arkansas; great-

grandchildren, Hunter Cannon, Jasper and Ember Holt, Elijah DeLassus, Nicholas DeLassus, Raelynn Wells, and Allie Wells; brother, Glen Milham and wife Jamie of Tyler, Texas; sister, Ruby York of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by, his parents, Ode and Della Milham; brother, Paul Milham; his infant sisters; his son, Roger Bell; daughter-in-law, Paige Bell and son-in-law, Doug Garrison.

Funeral service will be Monday, May 16, 2016, 10:00 a.m. at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church with Brother Justin Leonard officiating. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friend visitation will be Sunday, May 15, 2016 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home

Pallbearers will be Joe Head, Mark Cannon, Brent Gorden, Tanner Milham, Phillip York, Kerry Wayne Milham, Eddie Milham and Wayman Bell, III.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Gandy, Cordale Holt, the surviving members of 1951 Mena Football team and Dallas Avenue Baptist Church Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Gann Cemetery or Old Dallas Cemetery.

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