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Paul D. Alexander

Paul D. Alexander, 87, of Cherry Hill, Arkansas, made his long-anticipated journey to heaven Friday, September 1, 2023, with family members present.

Paul was born in the farming community of Malden, Missouri, February 20, 1936. He served his country for 12 years as a Military Policeman in the Air Force in the states and in South Korea. After leaving the military, he pursued his dreams and became a livestock auctioneer for several cattle sales in the region, becoming well-known and highly sought-after for both his skills as an auctioneer and his reputation for honesty and fairness. He retired at age 80, after 50 years in that career.

His love for family was at the forefront of his life. He still has a small hutch that was in his grandmother’s home during his childhood. He also still used and treasured the dining table his dad ordered for $5 from the catalog (chairs were $2 each) that he played under as a boy. Although he loved nothing more than staying in the home he and his wife had built on the farm, they rode all over the state with her daughter, Mitzi, to hundreds of football, baseball, softball, volleyball, track, and cheering events of grandchildren Clay and Whitney.

Paul was very much looking forward to reuniting with those who’d moved to heaven before him ‑ his beloved wife and soulmate, Joyce Deramus Alexander; father and mother, Wayne and Ann Basey Alexander; brother Douglas Alexander; and devoted daughter Mitzi Duckett.

Paul is survived by his son, Monte Alexander, of whom he was extremely proud, and wife Eileen; grandchildren Clay Knighten (who he was sure could do anything) and wife Hayden; granddaughter he adored, Whitney Milum, and husband Michael; special sister-in-law, Sue Egger (to whom he had gifted his prized mule, Lulu) and husband Arvin; wonderful son-in-law Ronnie Duckett and grandchildren Rhonda Benson and husband John; Kyle Duckett and wife Heather; great-grandchildren Kate, Easton, Hudson, & Kinley Diane (of the Knighten home); Cooper Mac, Conley Grace, and Mitzi Catherine (Milium); Maddie, Lauren, and Charlie (Benson); Trevor Pierce; and Parker and Mac Duckett; niece and nephew Duana Hawkins and Scott Egger; dear friends Ollie Williamson, Marietta Gillean, and Bruce Arrant.

He was very grateful to the outstanding staff at Homewood Cottages, to whom he spent his last months sharing his faith in Jesus and making numerous, very specific requests.

Graveside services will be led by Pastor Bruce Arrant at Cherry Hill Cemetery on Wednesday, September 6, at 10:00 AM under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Pallbearers will be Monte Alexander, Clay Knighten, Ronnie Duckett, Arvin Egger, Scott Egger, and Johnny Miner.

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