Paul L. Denton
August 16, 1940 – April 6, 2019
Paul Lee Denton of Mayflower, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at age 78. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Sybil Denton; his brother, Richard Denton; and his sister, Sherry Bullard.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Bobbie Denton; his children Valerie Denton (Micah) and Carl Denton; grandchildren Jacob Denton (Tracy), Alexandra Denton, and India McFarlin (Matt); three great-grandsons, Ben, Lane, and Leo; and several beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members and close friends. Paul began his career in the radio and television industry in the 1960s, and in 1968 opened an advertising firm, The Denton Agency. He and Bobbie operated the agency for 35 years, and specialized in the advertising and promotion of family entertainment shows such as Ringling Brothers Circus, Ice Capades, the Harlem Globetrotters, and Disney on Ice at venues in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Alabama. They also promoted several musical acts, including Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys. However, the venture that Paul was proudest of was his creation in the 1980s of Denton Attractions, which produced Marine Expo, the Arkansas RV Show, and the Hot Springs Boat & Tackle Show, all of which continue to be produced to this day. The shows perfectly combined his love of the outdoors and business.
As much as he loved business, Paul also loved spending time with his family. He coached baseball and softball for his children’s teams and his competitive spirit was ever present. He managed to teach seven-year-old boys to execute a double steal, and was memorably ejected from a teeny-league girls softball game for arguing a call at home plate. He was also competitive at his favorite hobby, fishing, and once placed second in a national striped-bass tournament. But he enjoyed the relaxing side of fishing as well, and loved teaching the grandchildren and great-grandchildren to fish from the pier of his home on Lake Conway. Family picnics and gardening were also his favorites, and he loved to gather as many relatives and neighbors as he could on holidays and other occasions to cook and play games. His home-grown tomatoes were greatly anticipated each summer.
After he and Bobbie retired, much of his time was spent caring for other family members or neighbors who were sick or elderly. He was always generous with his time and his strength, which only failed him in the last month of his life. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
A family graveside service will be held in Russellville, Arkansas, at a later time. To sign the online guestbook, click “Add a Memory” at: www.griffinleggettconway.com
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Paul L. Denton
April 19, 2019
One of the things about Paul that I will always remember is cooking for him, usually on holidays . One thing I always appreciated about him was how sincerely he would enjoy something new that I had made. One year it was little smokies sausages in a crockpot, another it was French toast casserole. Perhaps the easiest thing I ever served was last Christmas's butter-toasted Italian sweet bread called Panettone.
He had been having trouble with appetite and had lost a good deal of weight. We were worried about him of course. That morning he filled his plate and we all sat down to eat and talk. In short work, he was done. "I believe I'll have some more of that!" he said. Valerie and I looked at each other, pleasantly surprised. That morning he ate 4 pieces and I packed the rest up for him to take home. The following day he called Val to ask where he could find more of that bread and we did our best to help him find it. It was such a good feeling, his pleasure with that simple meal. His hunger for that toasted bread. I think he bought himself as much as he could find.
Paul was a big strong presence in our lives. And one of the most generous men I've ever known. Giving him something simple, like food, was my way of letting him know that I cared for him. It's fitting that the last interaction we had was around food. They'd been trying to tempt him to eat a breakfast plate in the hospital and he wasn't having it. He turned and looked at me and said, "Micah, get me some ice cream. Of course, I did just that. When I fed him the first bite his eyes got wide: "THAT'S the real stuff!" He was so excited; he ate the whole cup. That was happiness for me - just giving him a bit of something so satisfying that required so little from him in exchange. I will miss Paul. And what am I going to do without a yearly summer full of his home-grown tomatoes? :~) :~)
April 17, 2019
When I was a senior in high school, I was named a "sweetheart" on Searcy High School's homecoming court. We were supposed to have our fathers escort us onto the field at half time. Having lost my father when I was 5, the next choice was for my grandfather to escort me. However, at that time, he was extremely ill and unable to walk the field. That's when Paul stepped in. He was so sweet about it. He made me feel like I had don'e something for HIM by asking him to escort me instead of the other way around. He never treated me me like a step-grandchild; he made me feel like family. I'll never forget that night. I was nervous and he tried to make me laugh on the field by making jokes to me. He was a good and decent man who treated me and everyone around him with so much kindness and sincerity. He always made me feel like family. Matt and Leo and I will miss him so much.
April 16, 2019
I do, and always will, love this man. He was my uncle... but if we could choose, I would have scooted him over to the DAD slot any day! He was larger than life and will remain so in my memories. So much love!!
April 9, 2019
I was Paul’s barber at His Place Barbershop until three years ago when I retired. He was one of my favorite customers. I always looked forward to visiting with Paul when he came to the shop. He was like a father figure to me. His amazingly unique voice was always relaxing and enjoyable . I did not know that he was struggling physically and was shocked to see his obituary. My wife and I will be praying for you and the family as you try to absorb this great great loss.
April 9, 2019
All of our family will miss Paul as he was always so loving and caring throughout all his years.
He was very special in all ways. Cheryl Denton
mike & carolyn nichols
April 9, 2019
we've known paul and bobbi for many years, shared many good times. we will miss him.
April 8, 2019
Ive know paul for many years. Always loved seeing him and talking about things. He will be missed. My heart goes out to the family