Celebrating the life of Dale Monte Bearden
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Monte Dale Bearden, 79, went home to meet the Lord on August 16, 2011, after a long battle with heart disease. He was born June 20, 1932, in Springdale, Arkansas, to E.W. (Ed) Bearden and Bertha (Savage) Bearden. He married Billy Jean Simmons in January of 1951. From that union came two sons, Bobby and Jeff. He married Cleo Obera (West) Brawley on December 4, 1982.
Monte accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of 12 and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Duke his whole life. He was very active in the RA program for over forty years and was named Mr. R A in 1985. He also coached Little League baseball and basketball for a number of years. He never missed an opportunity to mention Jesus to a child.
Monte was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Bertha, two brothers, Chester and Omar, and by four sisters, Gertrude, Nina, Maggie and Edith. He is survived by his wife of the home, Cleo; his two sons and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Betty Bearden of Yukon, Oklahoma, and Jeff Bearden of Altus, Oklahoma; his sister, Mary Green of Duke, five grandchildren Michael, Chase, Shamana, Tiffany and Jeremy; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by six step-children, Randall Andrus, Sharon Brown, Pat McCollum, Barbara Adkinson, Noma Daniel, and Connie Donithan; six nieces, Joan Wycoff, Janice Beach, Katy Briggs, Estelleta Slaton, Charlotte Evans, and Andrea Curry; two nephews, Donivan Green and Ronald Owens; special great-nephews Lane and Lance Womack; special great-niece Amy Kite; and a host of relatives and friends.
Family visitation for Monte will be at the Lowell-Tims Funeral Home, Altus, Oklahoma, from 7:00-8:00pm Thursday, and Graveside services will be held Friday at 10:00am at the Duke Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Gideons International.
Old Duke Cemetery
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