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Troy Junior Denton

Troy Junior Denton, age 81 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at his home.

He was born May 24, 1939 in Ludlow, Oklahoma to the late Zack Aud Denton and the late Emma Leona Williams Denton. Troy was a retired logger. He worked with his son Troy E. for 20 years as a cutting machine operator. He was united in marriage to Jan White Denton for 57 years. They raised three children, Henry Denton, Nora Newsom and Troy E. Denton.

Troy was a magnet for little children and animals. Little Mavis was the light of his life. He was a Christian man, who loved the Lord and always shared the gospel with all he met. He enjoyed his adventures with special friend Clyde. We will all miss their escapades as they kept us amused. He proudly served his country in the United States marines during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and working on cars.

Troy is survived by his children; Henry Denton and wife Kathy, Nora Newsom and husband Neyland, Troy E. (Jug) Denton and wife Anna, and Will Rios and wife Tammie, brothers; Gary Denton, Kenneth Denton and wife Yvonne, sisters; Wanda Holt and husband Wayne, Virginia Rose, Kathie Branson and husband Floyd and Sherri Pollard and husband Larry. Also surviving him is a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, infant sisters Fern, Lavern and Shirley, brothers Alvin, Alfred “Doodle”, Dillard and Zack, Jr. and his great-grandson Troy Leon Denton.

Funeral service will be Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Homer Frachiseur officiating. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

Pallbearers will be Will Rios, Jerry Denton, Paul Maechler, Horace Gandy, Caleb Denton and Zac Denton. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen McLellan, Jason England and Malachi Ludlow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bridges For Peace (Aid to Isreal), P.O. Box 410037, Melbourne, FL 32041-0037

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