JONESBORO — Dale Lee Roy Kegley, 88, of Jonesboro, passed from this life Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. He was born Nov. 27, 1931, in Campbell, Mo., to the late Lee Roy and Lela Kegley.
Dale has resided in Jonesboro since 2011 after coming from Cabot. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lonoke. He began a long tenured career with White River Production Credit Association in Corning in the early 1960s and retired from Newport in the early 1980s.
He loved working with farmers and was never afraid to get on a tractor in his suit and tie. He served on the school board in Corning for years, managed the hot and humid hamburger stand on the Fourth of July, could detail a car like no one else – every Saturday morning, and with his endless patience pulled many a teenager behind a ski boat at the lake.
After his retirement he spent a decade in the car business selling cars and in the finance department. In his later years, he enjoyed driving cars for dealerships. He said the best thing about the car business was “seeing someone get a new car.”
Dale loved spending time camping at Norfork Lake. He was an avid sports fan who loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Razorback basketball. He spent countless hours watching his grandkids and great grandkids play sports.
Dale was known by so many as “Daddy Dale” and will be missed dearly.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by his brother, Gale Kegley, and an infant brother.
Dale is survived by his four daughters, Charlotte (Mike) Smith of Corning, Brenna (Craig) Boone of Jonesboro, Renee Kegley of Corning and Tammy (Harold) Fitts of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Joseph (Johnna) Boone, Madaline and Abigail Boone, Zach Prater, Ty (Emily) Prater, Michael (Shelley) Smith, Christy (James) Varvil and Matthew, Aaron and Frances Fitts; and great-grandchildren, J., Anniston and Ellery Boone, Charlee and Savvy Prater, Clay and Seth Smith, and Reid and Jo Varvil.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway with Mike Smith officiating.
For lasting memorials, the family requests in lieu of flowers a donation to a charity of your choice in his honor.
The family would like to say a special thanks to the Interventional Radiology Department of NEA Baptist for all the care and support they have provided over the past year.
Online registry: www. emersonfuneralhome.com