Funeral services for Dale Dunavant, 76, Pryor, are Wednesday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m., at First Christian/
Presbyterian Church, Pryor. Pastors Anna Hubbard and Matthew Radcliffe will officiate and burial will follow at Graham Memorial Cemetery, Pryor. Services are entrusted to Stephens Memorial Chapel.
Dunavant was born Dec. 11, 1936, in Gridley, Calif., the youngest son of Sidney and Nola Osbourn Dunavant. He died Sunday, Sept. 15, at home with his family by his side.
He moved with his family to Arkansas in 1950. He left home when he turned 16 years old to go to Wichita, Kan., to find a job. Shortly after he moved to Wichita he met Nellie Weaver. She was 15 years old. After a two-year courtship they were married on Feb. 5, 1955, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Wichita. They had 58 1/2 happy years together.
In 1958, they moved to Pryor. He worked as Maintenance Engineer for Grand Valley Hospital for 20 years. He worked many years at the nursing homes for Henry Enterprises. His last five working years he spent at Hemsaw, retiring early so he and his wife could travel. Their passion was camping and fishing, where they met many long-time, close friends. One of his greatest joys was getting to take his grandchildren with them.
After his children were born, he went back to school to get his GED. Continuing his education was very important to him. He took every course the Vo-Tech offered that interested him. He was a long-time member of the First Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and a sponsor of his children's age youth groups where he was the "biggest kid." He was involved in the Jaycee's, Lions Club and umpired church league softball for many years.
Dale and Nellie, along with their three daughters, made their home northeast of Pryor for 47 years. Then health issues forced them to move to town.
He is survived by his wife Nellie; daughters Sharon and Glenn Troyer, Wanda and Steve Ince of Pryor, Deanie and George Vaughn of Vinita; grandchildren, Kristy Troyer, Jeremy Troyer and fiancée Keelee Hilton, Megan and Ryan Sutton, Tyler and Lindsey Ince and Zachariah Vaughn; one great-grandson Keegan Troyer; brother Roy Dunavant of Oswego, Kan.; best friends Ernest Young and Virgil Miller; bonus family Matthew Radcliffe and family and his little dog Betsy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harold Dunavant, sister Fay Sewell, infant sister Una Vee, father-in-law and mother-in-law Raymond and Lucille Weaver.
In lieu of other remembrances memorials can be sent to First Christian/Presbyterian Church in memory of Dale.
The family will receive relatives and friends tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stephens Memorial Chapel.