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Joe Dale Head

Joe Dale Head, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas, passed from this life to his heavenly home on Sunday, December 10, 2023, on his farm doing what he loved. He was born on Tuesday, June 17, 1941, to Arthur Ervin Head and Anna Lee Beasley Head in Mena, Arkansas.

Joe was a devoted family man, esteemed educator, and cherished member of the community. Joe led a life marked by unwavering dedication to his faith, family, and service to others.

A cornerstone of the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church, Joe was not only an active member but also served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for over 40 years. His commitment to his church community left a lasting impact on the lives of those he touched, as he shared his wisdom and faith with a passion that resonated with all.

During the Vietnam Era, Joe bravely served his country in the United States Army, exemplifying the values of duty and honor. His service was a testament to his deep love for his country and his willingness to sacrifice for the greater good.

As a high school and college math teacher for an impressive 35 years, Joe left an enduring mark on the minds and hearts of countless students. His tenure was characterized by a genuine passion for teaching and a commitment to nurturing young minds. Joe took great pride in his role as an educator, recognizing the profound impact teachers can have on shaping the future.

Beyond the classroom, Joe found joy in his family, with his children and grandchildren being a source of immeasurable happiness. He loved showing them around on the farm and seeing who could catch the most fish. His love for them was evident in every interaction.

Joe reveled in the tranquility of his farm. His days were spent tending to his cows and garden, embracing the joys of agricultural life, and finding solace in the beauty of nature. A passionate deer hunter, Joe appreciated the solitude of the outdoors and the thrill of the hunt.

Joe’s legacy is one of faith, service, and a deep love for family and community. He will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we mourn his passing, we also celebrate a life well-lived—a life dedicated to sharing the gospel of his Savior and making a difference in the lives of others.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 62 years, Melba Lewis Head; seven brothers, James Head, Henry Head, Tom Head, Bill Head, Otho Head, Dan Head and Judson Head and one sister, Frances Watt.

Joe is survived by his son, Johnny Head of Dallas, Texas; his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Chad Humphrey of Bedford, Texas; his four grandsons, Dallas Head (Ryelle) and Brandon Head of Phoenix, Arizona, Carter Humphrey and Chase Humphrey of Bedford, Texas; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; many nieces and nephews; his church family at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church and a host of other relatives and friends. He had a very special connection with several of his neighbors in Old Dallas, who loved, helped and supported him in his life on the farm.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 15, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church with Brother Justin Leonard and Brother Rusty Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the Board Camp Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, December 14, 2023, from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Travis Youmans, Jake McCauley, Russell Myers, Jimmy Driggers, Edward Kennedy, Steven McNeeley and Greg Watt. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Rowell, Al Hadaway, Ken Dodgen and Randy Burgess.

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