William Edward DeLoach January 31, 1934~May 31, 2014

DeLoach for BookIt is with profound joy and sadness that we announce the passing of William E “Dub” DeLoach. After a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s Disease which spanned many decades, Dub was called to his heavenly reward on 31 May 2014. While we are saddened concerning this loss, we are assured of his eternal destiny and this gives all of us great peace. Dub has been a life long servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, ministering and serving churches in Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia and most notably at the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. The most cherished and happiest days of his life include his service at the White’s Ferry Road Church during the years 1965-1987. Along side many other faithful servants, he worked to build a church which continues to impact many in a positive way for eternity.  Born on 31 January 1934 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Dub was raised by loving parents, William DeLoach, Sr and Clara Maples DeLoach, who proceeded him death many years ago. He was a 1952 graduate of Muskogee Central High School.  Upon graduation from High School, Dub served in the US Army during the Korean War era. He served as a Artillery Instructor at Ft Chaffee, Arkansas from 1952-1955. While serving in the military, he met the love of his life, Nancy Echols. A lifelong romance began and spanned almost 60 years.  Dub and Nancy were married in Muskogee, OK on 28 January 1957 and recently celebrated 57 years of faithful marriage. Throughout the course of this marriage, there has been an abundance of unconditional love on full display for all to see. The marriage has produced 5 faithful followers of the Lord Jesus; Stephen DeLoach, Roger DeLoach, Derrell DeLoach, Jeff DeLoach and Kara Tabor. Without question, the marriage has been defined by selfless love, serving as an example to future generations, impacting all who witnessed the love they shared.  In 1957, Dub entered Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and eventually obtained graduate Degrees from Harding School of Religion and the Alabama School of Religion. Following these academic pursuits, a life long service to the Lord Jesus ensued as Dub served numerous churches, leading many people into a deeper commitment to Christ, impacting many for eternity. During his life, Dub served in and directed evangelical campaigns for Christ throughout the United States and in Canada.  Most notably, Dub was extremely proud to serve as a Professor of Greek Studies at the White’s Ferry Road School of Preaching. From 1970-1985, Dub was involved in the training of others to become gospel preachers. During these years, Dub was proud to serve on the ministry staff at the White’s Ferry Road Church. In addition, Dub served as an Elder of the church during this time as well. Without a doubt, these years were the finest and most joyful years of his life. Lifelong bonds and friendships were formed during this time which endure to this day and these associations will endure throughout eternity.  In 1982, Dub was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and began a 32 year battle, one which caused many struggles and challenges within his life. Throughout these challenges, his life long partner, Nancy served faithfully by his side, assisting him daily, showering him with love and displaying a level of commitment and devotion not often seen. While this disease ultimately claimed his earthly life, the love witnessed by Dub and Nancy will never be forgotten.  In 1987, Dub relocated to Springdale, Arkansas where he served at the Robinson Avenue Church of Christ. This association ended in 2000.  Since the year 2000, this faithful servant, husband, father and grandfather has been cared for at home by his devoted wife. During this time, many of us witnessed the struggles associated with Parkinson’s Disease; however, we also witnessed the power of unconditional love, selfless devotion and commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. While many challenges persisted, we are honored to have witnessed the acts of devotion demonstrated by our mother, and we will never forget them. Nancy was present at Dub’s side on a daily basis during these years, and she was at his side as he passed to eternity.  During the course of this blessed life, the presence and providence of God have been clearly evident on a number of occasions, serving as great testimony to the fullness of joy that is freely given to those who surrender to the call of Christ. Despite numerous challenges, a steadfast faith was always embraced and on full display. Without question, this life can be defined by a legacy of faithful and selfless service to the kingdom of God. As a result, Dub can boldly recite the words of the Apostle Paul: “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Now, there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge will award of that faithful day. (2 Timothy 4:7-8).  Dub was proceeded in death by his loving parents, William DeLoach Sr and Clara Maples DeLoach, in addition to two sisters, Bobbie Marshall and Ruth DeLoach. He is survived by his faithful wife of 57 years, Nancy. He is also survived by his children and their families: Steve and Colleen DeLoach of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Roger and Rita DeLoach of Independence, Missouri; Derrell and Andrea DeLoach of Bushland, Texas; Jeff and Melissa DeLoach of Bella Vista, Arkansas and Kara and Charles Tabor of Winslow, Arkansas. Additionally, he is survived by 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. The family is grateful to many who have served as lifelong friends; however, we are most especially and eternally grateful to the finest neighbors any one could ever hope for, Gerald and Vicki Harp. Funeral arrangements will be conducted by the Beard Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas and the family will available for visitation at this location on Tuesday evening from 5-7 PM. Services will be held at the Mt Comfort Church of Christ in Fayetteville and led by Dr Jim White, a former ministry partner and dear friend. Services will be held on Wednesday June 4th at 10 AM. Following these services, Burial will occur at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Casey DeLoach, Matt DeLoach, Dustin DeLoach, Isaiah DeLoach, Joshua DeLoach, Riley DeLoach and Max DeLoach. Family and friends are encouraged to attend this celebration of a life will lived, one marked by service to the Lord. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial gift be made to Operation Guyana, a ministry operated by Stephen DeLoach. Gifts may be made on line at www.guyana-missions.org/donation.htm or they may also be mailed to the Jacksonville Beach Church of Christ at P.O. Box 51153 Jacksonville, Florida 32240.  William DeLoach

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    Joe Loethen » 02. Jun, 2014

    My condolences to the DeLoach family. If a man’s impact on the world can be measured by its influence on one person, then Mr. DeLoach’s life has been a grand success. While I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr. DeLoach, I have had the pleasure to interact with one of his sons and I believe that the integrity, commitment, and outlook on life shown by Jeff is a reflection of the influence and example provided by his father. The influence of Dub DeLoach will carry on through his family and will continue to improve the lives of many.

    Leslie and Scott Jones » 02. Jun, 2014

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of this great man!

    William and Barbara Spurlock » 02. Jun, 2014

    Our sincere sympathies to the entire DeLoach family at this time in your lives. Seeing the faith and endurance of this family is an encouragement to so many. Dub’s legacy lives on through his wife and faithful children as well as his grandchildren. Dub’s life was a life lived well through serving God and so many people. It truly is true that as a Christian the best is yet to come. Dub is experiencing that best life now. May God wrap his living arms around you all.

    Greg Gilliam » 02. Jun, 2014

    I have been blessed to be in contact with Roger and Rita DeLoach for many years. I consider them both my friends. I want to take time today to let you know that I am thinking of you and your family. May God touch all of your hearts and lives at this time in a very special, special way.

    jim huffman » 03. Jun, 2014

    Dub was a genuinely fine and gentle man. I feel most fortunate to have known him and counted him as a friend. I also greatly value knowing Steve and Kara who are wonderful reflections of their parents’ love and grace. God bless the memory of Dub DeLoach.

    Caron Henington » 03. Jun, 2014

    Our deepest sympathies to your family at this time. I Knew Dub from Robinson Avenue Church Of Christ he was a very kind to my mother Delia Stephens. He will really be missed,

    Josh Tuberville » 03. Jun, 2014

    My family and I are praying for the DeLoach family. While it is a sad time for your family here on Earth, your Heavenly family is celebrating Mr. DeLoach’s arrival and he is receiving his reward! Mr. DeLoach’s faithful service to God will be carried on for generations through his family.

    “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:21

    Don Wilkerson » 03. Jun, 2014

    To the family of William DeLoach: my prayers are with you in the loss of your father, grand father. No words of mine seem appropriate to comfort you in your loss. Steve, I love you and your family as brothers and sisters in the Lord’s kingdom. I am saddened with you in your loss, but also rejoice because he has gone to his reward as a champion for the Church and his Lord. I have never forgotten you all, and pray The Lord comforts you at this time. In Christian love.

    Keith Gregory » 04. Jun, 2014

    Our prayers are with the DeLoach family, especially, Jeff and his family. May God wrap His comforting arms around you all.

    Don and Jean DeLukie » 04. Jun, 2014

    Dear DeLoach family:
    Our hearts are broken over the loss of our long-time friend Dub. We have so many mixed emotions. One thing in which we rejoice, is his relationship with the Lord. We know he has
    truly gone to a better place. We will never forget him, or anyone in your family.
    Love in Christ
    Don & Jean DeLukie

    Harold and Judy King » 04. Jun, 2014

    Nancy and family, we were so sorry to hear of “Dubs” passing. He was a very dear friend and brother and we will miss him greatly. Harold said to tell you he will miss him very much and his telephone conversations from time to time. His influence will be felt for a very very long time.

    David Tyree » 04. Jun, 2014

    I do not remember our first meeting. Much of the contacts were by phone or at Tulsa. If I knew he was close by or he knew that I was close, we would make contact, even if for a few minutes. They always meant much to me, so that I counted Dub a true friend. A friend that I will look for in God’s eternity.

    Judy Goodner Griffith » 05. Jun, 2014

    Nancy, my memories of your and Dub’s support when my husband died are still vivid. Dub visited him in the hospital and afterward conducted the memorial service. You both helped in that time of need, and during the next years. Seeing your love for each other was comforting and uplifting. I pray God sends his loving comfort to you and your family.