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Orville Lewis Wagner

Mr. Orville Lewis Wagner, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on Tuesday, July 1, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family. The son of Earnest and Lizzie (Davis) Wagner, Orville was born on November 11, 1939, in Mena.

Orville served his country in the United States Army National Guard. He was united in marriage to Sandie Warren. Orville’s legacy is his love for cars. He is a legend in the racing world, both drag racing and stock car racing, a passion which he has passed on to four generations of his family. He owned and operated Wagner’s Mena Paint & Body, and later Wagner’s Classic Cars. You can find some of his restorations in museums across the country. Spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was special to him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Sandie; sons, Steve Wagner, Mike Wagner and wife Dawn, Scott Buss and wife Barbara, and Eric Latham and wife Kim; grandchildren, Mindy Menotti and husband Chris, Mycah Thurman and husband Kyle, Lindsey Buss, Cameron Wagner and wife Brittany, Caitlin Hurst and husband Adam, Kelsey Wagner, Tori Morton and husband Tanner, Jonathan Buss, Bradley Anderson and fiancée Kailyn Deramus, Olivia Latham, and Connor Latham; great-grandchildren, Karson Bowles, Blaisen Bowles, Kross Bowles, Brantley Phillips, Kyra Morton, Demi Morton, Raelynne Howard, Brody Menotti, Anneliese Thurman, Maverick Menotti, Vincent Menotti, Cordelia Anderson, and Sutton Hurst; brothers, Bennie Wagner and wife Janice, and Willie Wagner and wife Barbara; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Orville was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Olen Wagner; and his sister, Faye Wagner.

A funeral service for Mr. Wagner will be held 2:00 pm, Monday, July 5, 2021, at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Chapel with Brother Billy Dunahoo and Ronnie Wagner officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Sunday, July 4, 2021, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Cameron Wagner, Karson Bowles, Jonathan Buss, Vincent Rudman, Brennon Ayers, and Wyatt Wagner. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Medlin, Ray Lovett, Carl Polk, and William Deramus.

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