Dewey Dark, Jr., 87, Cherokee Village

Dewey Dark, Jr., age 87, died on Thursday, August 17, 2017.

He was born April 30, 1930 in Possum Grape, Arkansas, and was raised in Hardy, Arkansas, to where the family returned in 1932. He was one of four sons and four daughters born to Dewey Dark and Ona Dell Groom Dark.

In 1951 he met Bonnie Lee, Youth Director at Clarksville First United Methodist Church, at a youth sub-district meeting in Ozark. They married at McCrory Methodist Church in 1952, and moved to their first appointment together in Lavaca. Through the years they joyfully worked together in ministry.

Among his many talents he used in ministry were counseling and building, renovating parsonages, and building churches. He built an A-frame cabin on Spring River in Hardy, which became home and roots for the family of four children.

He retired to Cherokee Village after serving 40 years as a United Methodist minister in the North Arkansas Conference, where he served as Conference Secretary for eight years.

His ministry included Superintendent of the Paragould District, pastor at Wynne, Mountain Home, Marianna, Beebe, Trinity at Fayetteville, Midland Heights at Fort Smith, Central Avenue at Batesville, Prairie Grove, Bald Knob, Lavaca, Alix Circuit, and Bard/Morning Star.

Dewey was a graduate of Hardy High School, College of the Ozarks, and Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. While a student he started Glencoe United Methodist Church there.

After retiring, he served on the Cherokee Village City Council, oversaw the zoning of the newly classified city, and led in the redesign of a spacious house into apartments for Fountain Place, an independent living facility sponsored by churches in Cherokee Village.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, and son Paul Douglas Dark.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, daughter Lee Ann Kendrick of Fayetteville, sons Stan Dark of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Barry (Susi) Dark of Nashville, Tennessee; grandchildren Heather Holaway, Chelsea Kendrick, and Alexa Dark; great-grandchildren, Marti Pearl and Penelope; and many nephews and nieces.

Funeral service will be 2:00 pm Monday at Cherokee Village United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Bronaugh Cemetery in Hardy.

Arrangements entrusted with Wortham Funeral Home and Cremations of Highland.

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