Van R. DeVore died April 14, 2014 at White County Hospital in Searcy, Arkansas. He was born in Des Arc, Arkansas on October 23, 1938 to the late J. R. & Lucy Eddins DeVore.
Van is survived by his wife of 53 years, Letain (Crismon) DeVore; Son, Roger DeVore (Kathy); Daughter, Janet DeVore-Benight (Zach); three grandsons, Dustin DeVore, Jackson Benight and Jordan Benight. He is also survived by two step-granddaughters, Allison Quattlebaum and Ashley Cordell and two step-great-granddaughters, Peyton and Kinsie Quattlebaum. All of the above are in Searcy.
In addition, he is survived by one sister, Idena Greenwalt of Hazen, Arkansas, and two brothers, Dennis DeVore (Marynell) and Gary DeVore, all of Des Arc, Arkansas.
Van graduated from Des Arc High School.
Van was a member of Oak Prairie Methodist Church in Des Arc.
Van worked at Southwestern Bell for 32 years. He was known for his practical ideas and inventions. Many of his suggestions for reducing costs and increasing efficiency were adopted. He designed a template to be used as a coin phone background which would aid in installation. Southwestern Bell patented the template and marketed it as the Van DeVore Background. Van was also recognized for installing the 500,000th Southwestern Bell telephone in Arkansas.
Van was not well known by many people, but those who did know him, treasured their relationship.
Burial will be Thursday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m. at Lakeside Cemetery in Des Arc. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Searcy First Baptist Church Building Fund, 105 S. Spring, Searcy 72143.
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April 17, 2014
April 17, 2014