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Joseph Dwight Evans

Joseph Dwight Evans, age 91, of Zafra, Oklahoma, died Sunday, August 27, 2023. He was born Tuesday, March 8, 1932, to William “Bill” and Addie Evans in West Valley, Arkansas.

Dwight, affectionately referred to as Pa, was a hard worker who dedicated his life to faith, family, and farming. He was an avid guitar picker who loved to sing gospel music and never missed a Sunday morning church service. By profession, Dwight worked at “the shirt factory”, was a field agent for Lane Poultry, owned a layer house, and raised cattle. There was never a time when he didn’t have his hat “tipped” and a smile on his face. In addition to church events, he enjoyed spending time at the sale barn, Mena and Wickes Senior Centers, and any sporting event that his family was involved in.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Arvella Marie Evans, his parents, siblings, Ollie Callahan, Emmett Evans, and Dorothy Bickel.

Dwight is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Sherry Evans of Zafra and daughter and son-in-law, Valerie and Jimbo Wise of Wickes; grandchildren, Rachel Fowler and husband, Nick, Andra Youngblood, Charlotte Wiles and husband, Clay, Tell Evans and wife, Nicole, Brett Cunningham and wife, Susan, and Jana Carr; great-grandchildren, Whitley Lindvigsmoen, Ty Fowler, Bailey Fowler, Drew Fowler, Sage Evans, Bryce Youngblood, Ally Youngblood, Case Wiles, Colt Wiles, Kasen Carr, Korbyn Carr, Archer Cunningham, and Brooke Cunningham; and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 29, 10:00 a.m. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Todd Webb officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers: Tell Evans, Clay Wiles, Clifford Johnston, Henry Bruce, Garland Owens, Jerry Self, Dale Toon, and James Green.

Honorary Pallbearers: Zack Frachiseur, Jay “Gator” Gisclair, John Smith, Will Sprague, Terry Plunkett, and Quinton Owens.

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