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Rev. Orvil L. Stahl

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Born 8-21-1919 -- Died 9-10-2003

Rev. Orvil L. Stahl, 84, of Salem, Ark., died Sept. 10, 2003.

Born Aug. 21, 1919 in Green County, he was the son of Alonzo Orbin and Bertie Ratledge Stahl.

On Nov. 27, 1947, he married Wanda Owens in Piggott, Ark.

Rev. Stahl was a World War II Army veteran of the Pacific Theater, and a mason.

He attended Perkins School of Theology. For 32 years, he served a pastor to several churches in the North Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife -- Wanda Owens Stahl of the home; a son, George Orville Stahl of Salem, Ark.; four daughters -- Teresa Stahl Crisco of Caddo Gap, Ark., Jo Ella Weir (son-in-law Corey) of Jonesboro. Ark.; Phyllis Stahl of Jonesboro, Ark. and Charlotte Sanders (son-in-law Tommy) of Newport, Ark.; two sisters -- Nova Holt of Braymer, Mo., and Francis Stokes and husband, Rev. Denzil Stokes of Mountain View, Ark.; eight grandchildren -- Patty Stahl (Dale) Ball of LaPorte, Ind.; Mark (Debbie) Stahl of Valparaiso, Ind.; Kristina (James) Kendall of Little Rock, Ark.; Jeremy (Michelle) Crisco of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer Bowles and Amy Bowles of Jonesboro, Ryan (Dense) Baker of Sherwood, Ark., and Craig Baker of Newport, Ark.; seven great-grandchildren -- Wesley Ball, Cody Kendall, Taylor and Tanner West, Anna Harris, Danielle Stahl, and Mitchell Baker. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin Meadors; four brothers -- Gerald, George, Olin and Irvin "Doc" Stahl; a brother-in-law, Rev. Jim Holt; a nephew Tony Michael Stahl; and niece, Becky Stahl Melrose.

A celebration of his life was held Sept. 12 at the Salem United Methodist Church with Rev. Carroll Jackson and Rev. Doug Criss officiating.

A graveside service was held at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector, Ark., with Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of the Barker Funeral Home of Salem.

Pallbearers were Mark Stahl, Jeremy Crisco, James Kendall, Ryan Baker Craig Baker and Jason Miller.

Memorials preferred to The Raphah Project, P.O. Box 247, Mount Ida, Ark. 71937 or Arkansas Methodist Children's Home in Little Rock.