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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Good Bye for Now Uncle Orvil

Daniel, Amy and Sarah being swung on Uncle Orvil's front swing seven years ago.
Just after midnight on Monday, Uncle Orvil went home to be with the Lord. He was a great family leader and farmer and he was always full of fun.

Uncle Orvil feeding his cattle
Dad, Jennifer, Amy and Sarah are flying out Tuesday morning to be in Louisiana for the viewing and funeral.

With his sister, our Aunt Joyce Ann, at our last visit with him three years ago
William Orvil Durrett
Born in Simsboro, La on Feb. 3, 1920
Departed on Oct. 8, 2007 and resided in Ruston, LA.
Visitation: Tuesday,Oct. 9, 2007
Service: Wednesday, Oct 10, 2007
Cemetery: Oak Grove Cemetery

William Orvil Durrett of Simsboro, LA was the son of Hester Mozelle Daniel Durrett and Daniel Richard Durrett. Memorial services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at Oak Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church south of Simsboro with the Reverend Ron Cathey officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home. W. O. was a cotton farmer, a cattle farmer, and a tree farmer. He spent 34 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as County Executive Director for Jackson and Winn Parishes from 1949-1985. During this time he met and became friends with many families in the area.
He was a member of the Jonesboro Lions Club and the American Legion Post 0070 of Arcadia, LA. During WW11 he served on the USS Bootes. He was well known for his support of Simsboro High School Athletics, attending every sport his six children took part. This support continued with grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mr. Durrett was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 55 years Myrtle McClellan Durrett, his sister Hester Elizabeth Stinnett and his brother Ralph D. Durrett. He is survived by three sons, Richard and wife Nancy Durrett of Ruston, Don and wife Martha Durrett, and Doug Durrett of Simsboro; three daughters, Diane Alexander of Minden, Sue and husband David Gullatt, Marilyn and husband Ted Polman of Simsboro; one sister, Joyce Ann McKinniss of Loveland, Ohio; sisters-in-law Mary E. Cathey of Simsboro, and Doris Heard of San Antonio, Texas. Pawpaw had 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be grandsons Ricky Durrett, Tony Durrett, Daniel Durrett, Toby Polman, Garrett Durrett, and nephew Gary Cathey.
Visitation will be from Tuesday October 9, 2007 from 5:00 -8:00 P.M. at Kilpatrick Funeral Home in Ruston, LA. Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Memorial Cemetery Fund, 11341 Hwy. 80, Simsboro, La.


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