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Van R. DeVore

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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  • Graveside Service

    April 17, 2014
    9:00 AM

    Lakeside Cemetery

    Des Arc, AR

  • Memorial Service

    April 17, 2014
    11:00 AM

    Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home

    2616 S. Main St.
    Searcy, AR
    (501) 279-9300


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Reading about Van passing has brought back many memories of our young days. After high school I moved to LR into an apartment with two guys that were one yr older that I grew up with and Van was a room mate. He and I became good friends. We did not have TV in our homes and I would go home with him not every seeing how rice was grown I was a amazed to see all of the water. Van would go home with me and he had not seen the hills that was home to me. I met Letain when they started dating. After marriage only saw Van a few times. I was happy to see Letain at a meeting in Searcy several years ago. God bless all of the family.

Posted by Earl Glover - Little Rock, AR - Friend   April 18, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My heart goes out to Janet, Zach and their two boys May God give you comfort and hold you in his arms

Posted by SHARON WOOODELL - jacksonville, AR - family friend   April 17, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember when Blair was a baby and you lived in Cloverdale . I don't remember how it came about , but I had seen Latain and I had to go somewhere and she said bring Blair by the house and she would keep her for a couple of hours while I ran my errands . I had never met Van, but when I went in he had Blair in his lap just making her laugh. That was one of the few times I ever saw him until a couple of years ago when he was out with Janet for lunch. He was a quiet man, but he meant so much to his family and will be missed by them.

Posted by willette Thomas - Searcy, AR - Friend of Family   April 17, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Van and I worked together in Little Rock back in the late 50s and I think it was at Fones Bros. hardware which is now LR library.He was a super nice guy.I regret your loss.
Gary St.John
Cabot AR

Posted by Gary St.John - Cabot, AR - friend   April 16, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Mrs. Letain, Janet, Roger, & wonderful grandchildren,
My family is lifting up your family in prayer. Daddy's are so special. 17 1/2 years later, I still miss mine just as much now as then, so I feel for you all big time.
Love to you all,
Kim & family

Posted by Kim Nugent - Searcy, AR - friend   April 16, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I hope I make you proud dad, even though you're no longer here,
Your memory will grow stronger, with every passing year,

At the end it was a battle, one you weren't to win,
A fight against a demon, no choice but to give in,

I'm glad I said goodbye, that night when you left,
Told you you were my hero, and that you were the best,

Tears I cry in secret, at night before I sleep,
Wishing you were beside me, you'd be forever here to keep,

The days don't make it easier, they said the pain would go,
It seems I've just got better, not letting my feelings show,

Wishing I could hold your hand, to shout your name aloud,
You're no longer here dad, but I hope I make you proud.

Posted by Roger.devore@gmail.com - Son   April 16, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I hope I make you proud dad, even though you're no longer here,
Your memory will grow stronger, with every passing year,

At the end it was a battle, one you weren't to win,
A fight against a demon, no choice but to give in,

I'm glad I said goodbye, that night when you left,
Told you you were my hero, and that you were the best,

Tears I cry in secret, at night before I sleep,
Wishing you were beside me, you'd be forever here to keep,

The days don't make it easier, they said the pain would go,
It seems I've just got better, not letting my feelings show,

Wishing I could hold your hand, to shout your name aloud,
You're no longer here dad, but I hope I make you proud.

Posted by Roger devore - Searcy, AR - Son   April 16, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Although Van and I have not seen each other in the past few years, I will always treasure memories of our childhood and have a special place in my heart for a favorite cousin. Thoughts and prayers to his immediate family.

Posted by Clyda Phillips - Pine Bluff, AR - first cousin   April 15, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Van's passing. My thoughts and prayers with you all.

Posted by Alfred Eddins - Little Rock, AR - First Cousin   April 15, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM