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Donald Ray Dearing

Donald Ray Dearing, 83, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, formerly of Cove, Arkansas, died peacefully in his sleep on November 23, 2019, exactly twenty weeks after losing his loving wife Nelda of 63 years.  Don was born on Friday, May 29, 1936, to Buford and Katie Dearing in Wynne, Arkansas.

Don was the youngest of nine children and led an interesting life where he never met a stranger along the way.  He met and shortly married his dear Nelda in Wichita Falls, Texas while at Sheppard Air Force Base.  He served our country in the US Air Force stationed in Japan and after the service, went to work for the Army at Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, as a civilian instructor in the aviation field.  Don was a pilot and always had a love for aviation.  He and Nelda started out on a small farm in Rush Springs, Oklahoma.  He loved the Lord and served as a Deacon and Choir Director in the First Baptist Church there.  Eventually, they made the decision to move the family to Cove, Arkansas, to purchase a farm where they raised cattle and chickens.  For a while, Don had a construction company where he built and equipped many of Polk County chicken houses.  Don also started working for Lane Poultry as a service technician and eventually retired from Tyson Foods as a Breeder Technical Advisor. After retirement, he and Nelda moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to live on the lake where he would fish almost daily and sit in the coffee shop spinning tall tales with his friends.  Everyone that knew him knows of the great love he had for his grandchildren and spending time with them on the lake.  He walked a life kindness and grace and passed those traits along to his children and grandchildren. Don always had a big smile and a joke to share and was so loved for his gentle soul.  The world has lost a good man, but Heaven has gained an angel.

He is preceded in death by his parents and all of his siblings, Joy Dearing Hall, Troy (Jab) Dearing, Pauline Dearing Murphy, Carl Dearing, twins Leona Dearing Hubbard and infant Leon Dearing, twins Winston Muriel (Blackie) and Wayne Earl (Whitey) Dearing.

Don is survived by his two children, his son and daughter in law, Steve and Felita Dearing of Cove, Arkansas and his daughter and son in law, Laura and Will Robbins of Pearl River, Louisiana, grandsons, Arkansas and grandson, Chance Dearing of Richmond, Virginia, granddaughter Harly Dearing of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and great grandson, Beau Hawkins of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A graveside funeral will be Monday, November 25, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove with Brother Steve Bradley officiating.  Visitation will be Monday, November 25, 2019 from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.  Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

The family wishes to thank everyone for all of your support during this difficult time.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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