James Alton Avery

September 23, 1918November 21, 2011

Alton Avery, 93, of El Dorado, died Monday November 21, 2011, at Oak Ridge Nursing Home. He was born September 23, 1918, in Prescott, AR to Edgar Venson and Nellie Mae Avery.

Alton served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Following his time in the military he worked as a barber in El Dorado for 39 years. He married Dorothy Fay Garrett in 1946. He was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church where he served on the stewardship committee, and he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and all sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Fay Garrett Avery, sons; Joe Avery and wife, Marilyn of El Dorado, Glen Avery and wife, Elizabeth of Silsbee, TX, Alan Avery of El Dorado, and Ted Avery and wife, Rose of White Hall, AR; grandchildren; Shane Avery, Jason Avery of Silsbee, TX, Jeff Avery of El Dorado, Jessica Dumas of El Dorado, Amber Avery and Rachel Avery of White Hall, AR; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Cromer.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 22, at Young’s.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 23, at St. Mark United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Proctor officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Family will be at the home of Joe Avery.


  • Service Wednesday, November 23, 2011

James Alton Avery

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Jamie Rhyan Armour

November 29, 2011

Dear Joe, Marilyn and family,

We were so sorry to learn of the loss of your dad. The loss of a parent is heart-rending no matter how many years we have them in our lives. His life of 93 years has to leave you all with such a breadth of memories to help sustain you in the coming days. Know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Eric and Jamie Rhyan Armour

Clay Blackwell

November 24, 2011

On this Thanksgiving Day we do have a lot to be thankful for. Left behind by Uncle Alton are his memories that we will all share and treasure. Having a large family to comfort each other in this time in itself is such a blessing and a great thing to be thankful for. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time. Love always, Clay and Vickie Blackwell

William Avery

November 23, 2011

So sorry to hear of your loss. May God give you comfort and peace in the days ahead.
Love to all,
William Avery,
Connie Bagley,
Janet Sanford

Virginia Burton

November 23, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you. It broke my heart not to be able to be there with you during this time. There was never a time that Uncle Alton was not there for us when we needed him. I will always treasure the many wonderful memories that I have of him;he will live in my heart always. I love each one of you.

Virginia Ann

harrel and beth kinard

November 23, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

November 23, 2011

My deepest sympathy to Alton's family. I am a son of Stella Avery McNew, and I remember Alton fondly.

Ben McNew

November 23, 2011

Why this was a shock, I don't know. 93 years of a good life has to end sometime, I suppose, but I felt Alton would be with us forever. I have the most pleasant memories of his life as a friend to Shorty and to me, memories of all of the family growing up and becoming good members of the community under his guidance and discipline...and of all the times at the barber shop when he cut the hair of both my boys and Shorty...He was a great person, a friendly righteous man and I'm happy to know he will be there before me to greet me someday soon. Much love to all of you. Dee Ludwig (El Dorado)

Gene & Frances Ross

November 22, 2011

We were in Wal-Mart in Arkadelphia this afternoon and received a phone call about Alton. We were so sorry to hear this and started toward El Dorado to the funeral home and HWY 7 was closed due to high water. Alton was always very special to us and our prayers are with the family. The last time I saw him was when my brother, Harold, died in April and he came to the funeral home.
God's Blessings Gene & Frances Ross, Prescott, AR

Scott Lachut

November 22, 2011

He was a good man. Scott A. Lachut and Family.

Lachut Family

November 22, 2011

Although there is distance in miles, our hearts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. We pray you will find joy and comfort in the midst of heartache as you remember, and as you look forward to seeing him in that great heavenly family reunion.