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The Memorial of Dale Ezell

Born – June 24, 1924   Summers, AR

Died – May 22, 2015     Fayetteville, AR

Services –  Weddington Baptist Church     Weddington, AR

Wednesday May 27, 2015  10 A M

Officiating – Pastor Phil Misenheimer     Pastor Leon Gregory

Pallbearers – Nathan Ezell, Chuck Abell, Foy Willis, Chris Ezell, Michael O’Keefe, Zbow Sanders

Internment – Weddington Cemetery    Weddington, AR

Conducted by Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home    Siloam Springs, AR


Billie Dale Ezell, 90, of Siloam Springs (Weddington) died Friday, May 22, 2015, at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, AR.

He was born June 24, 1924 in Summers, the son of Claude Elmer Ezell and Edna Catherine Wassum, and raised by a loving stepmother, Ada Jean Willis Ezell.  He married Theda Cawthon on June 22, 1946, and was a retired dairy farmer on a farm which has been in the family since 1860’s.

Dale service in the U S Army Air Corps in World War II, flying 32 missions over Gremany and Occupied Europe, including 2 over Omaha Beach on D-Day.  For his service he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, And specifically for his service on D-Day, the French Legion of Honor Medal.

He was active as a Mason for 49 years in Key Lodge No. 7 in Siloam Springs, having been a past Master and Lodge Secretary for 22 years, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite KCCH and Past Patron several times of Siloam Springs Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include his wife, Theda Faye Cawthon Ezell of the home; two sons, Richard Dale Ezell and husband John Michael Morgan of Atlanta, GA, and Michael Lloyd Ezell and wife Holly Anne Millsap Ezell of Spring, TX and Weddington; three sisters-in-law, Helen Lucille Slaten Ezell of Farmington, Anna Elizabeth Brandon Ezell, of Summers, and Julie Margarett Burdick Ezell of Anameim, CA; four grandchildren, Stephania Ann Ezell Abell and husband Charles Dana Abell of Norman, OK, Chritopher Dale Ezell and wife Penny Celeste Stewart Ezell, of Fayetteville, Nathan Michael Ezell of Austin, TX and Rachel Ann Ezell and husband Michael Travers O’Keefe of Duxbury, MA; six great-grandchildren, Zachary Hayden Abell and Benjamin Orin Abell of Norman, OK, Katherine Elizabeth Ezell and Alexander Dale Ezell of Fayetteville, and Alden Ezell O’Keefe and Harold Dale O’Keefe of Duxbury, MA and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews , and cousins.

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