OBITUARY

Paul Denver ESTES

February 4, 1945November 17, 2020

Our loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, passed away on November 17, 2020 in Dallas, TX.

Paul grew up primarily in Arkadelphia, AR with his parents, Otis and Ellen Estes and his three siblings: Pat, Otis Jr. and Mary Jo.

He had fond memories of little league baseball and his experiences in the Boy Scouts in which he was recognized by his peers with the prestigious Order of the Arrow.

He was Senior Class president at Arkadelphia High School where he graduated in 1963. He was awarded All-State honors in football and tennis that year and accepted a full football scholarship to Tyler Junior College in Texas. Afterwards, he transferred to Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR where he was elected Senior Class president, inducted into Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities and served as president of the Theta Xi fraternity chapter until he graduated with a B.B.A. in Marketing in 1967.

Upon graduation, he served in the Naval Reserves then the Arkansas Army National Guard, before serving in the Texas Air National Guard out of Grand Prairie, TX for ten years. During this time, he married his college sweetheart, Jackie Wilkins Estes, in 1968 and moved to Texas where they started their family together and Paul utilized his degree to begin a successful career in computer programming and software sales for many notable companies such as IBM, Bank of America and Digital Equipment Corporation, to name a few. Paul attended as many of his three childrens' sporting, school and dance events as he could. He was rarely seen without his enormous VHS camera on his shoulder at these events. He often took his family on long road trips across the country.

Paul retired in 2007 and spent his time playing volleyball, bridge, traveling and spending time with his family. He was a real people person and loved to be silly and crack jokes with anyone he came into contact with. Paul spent years researching and documenting the Estes family heritage and genealogy. He was passionate about it and would proudly share his findings with his Estes cousins.

Paul was a life long believer in Christ and a member of the Methodist church. He taught his children to pray with gratitude before each meal and to turn to the Bible for guidance and strength in all situations. Paul joined his heavenly family at the age of 75.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Ellen Estes of Malvern, AR. He is survived by his three children, Patricia Lamastus (Robert), Julia Morgan (Billy), and Jason Estes (Sayako), 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his 3 siblings, Patricia Whitten, Otis Estes Jr. and Mary Jo Estes; along with a host of loving cousins, nieces, nephews and friends whom he loved like family.

He will be buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern, AR. The service will be held some time in December, date TBD due to some delays related to the current COVID-19 precautions.

Memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Dementia Society of America - https://www.dementiasociety.org/donate

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Marilyn Green Coy

November 28, 2020

Jackie & family..Memories of Paul from our growing up years in Arkadelphia come to me very vividly. I can recall how polite of a guy he was, & always enjoyed being around him. RIP, Paul.....

Judy (Estes) Herrington

November 26, 2020

I remember when Paul, Mary Joe, and family moved to Little Rock. Once Paul took Mary Joe and me riding in his new "two seater" car (Austin Healy, I think). It was so neat all 3 of us in a two seater car. Also many family reunions at Grand Dad Estes' in Malvern. I even think he was with Johnny when the cedar tree in front of Grand Dad's caught fire. So many great memories of family togetherness.

Ellen Kaye Harper-Darr

November 25, 2020

So many funny memories of Paul in Arkadelphia. It was always a treat to spend a couple of weeks with Mary Jo and Paul (cousins) each summer. Way back then, a one hour drive+ from Magnet Cove was a special trip I always looked forward to. Today we drive those distances without much of a thought. Rest in Peace, Paul. You made many people happy just to be in your presence. XXX

Daisy Waldenmyer

November 25, 2020

Julia Bill and family
So very to hear of your dads passing. He will always be watching over yinz. You have all your memories in your heart n thoughts
Luv
Aunt Dais n family

Ruthann Wilkins

November 25, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences to Patty, Julia and Jason and families.
And much love!
Aunt Nan and Uncle Bill

Cathy Wilkins Taylor

November 25, 2020

I will never forget going “skipe hunting” with Uncle Paul one summer in LBI NJ. He took us down to the bay with garbage bags and told us to close our eyes (since the skipe wouldn’t come close if they saw our eyes). He told us to hold our bags open on the sand so they would climb in and when we felt something to quickly close our bags. While our eyes were closed he would run around and throw sand into our bags so we would fumble and try to catch these damn Skipe (little birds with tall legs as he explained them)! We were such gullible children and he must’ve had a blast fooling us!!! They didn’t have Google back then, so it took us kids a while to realize we were being played!! Lol! RIP Uncle Paul! XO

Robert Whitten

November 25, 2020

I only wish we were closer to you so we could have visited more often. You always had a smile and a laugh ready for everyone around you. We are going to miss that smile and the joy you filled a room with. Rest In Peace, Uncle Paul. We will see you in paradise.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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