Old Obits, Van Buren Co., Ar

--submitted by Cathy Duvall

October 3, 1935
Van Buren County, Arkansas Democrat

"Uncle David Henley"

Uncle Dave Henley, one of Van Buren County's best known and belovedcitizens died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.H. O'Neal, nearAtkins, Sunday, September 22, aged 86 years, 9 months and 8 days.

Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, near his home at Rupert,Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Godbey and Son undertakers in charge.

"Uncle Dave" as he was familiarly known by his friends over this county, was born in Jackson County, Arkansas, December 14, 1848. He enlisted in the Union Army January 12, 1865 in Company 3, Arkansas Calvary under Major Mason. He served until June 30th of the same year, when he was honorably discharged at Lewisburg. He was married to Miss Martha Martin in Faulkner County in 1868 and on May 3, 1872, they came to this county settling 3/4 mile west of Rupert where they continually resided until April 22, 1932 his wife was taken from him by death at the age of 85. To this union eleven children were born, six of whom survive as follows: Mrs. M. J. Millsaps of Hannah, Okla: Mrs. Ella Lowder and Mrs. Pearl Beverage of Muskogee, Okla.: Mrs. G. C. Mason of Rupert, Ark. Ben L. Henley of Eufaula, Okla: and Mrs. J. H. O'Neal of Atkins with whom he was making his home.
He is also survived by a hundred or more grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

"Uncle Dave" was one of the pioneer settlers of the west part of this county and saw many hardships in his early life, but by his frugal and industrious habits he overcame many obstacles and was considered one of our most substantial and prosperous farmers.

In his death his family and the county suffer a distinct loss.