Donald Ray Mangis, of Salem, Ark., son of the late Johnny Jefferson Mangis and Oma Lee Mullins Mangis, was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Twitty, Texas. He died Nov. 15, 2008, at his home in Salem, Ark., at the age of 76.
He was united in marriage to Donna Lee Lockwood on Aug. 2, 1951, in Seaside, Calif. To this union four children were born.
He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was employed by PG&E Electric in San Jose, Calif., for 11 years.
He was a Baptist minister at Spring Lake Baptist Church in Ozark Acres, Ark., and he also ministered in Cash and Walcott, Ark. He was nursing home administrator in Hot Springs, Junction City and Horseshoe Bend, retiring in 1994.
Survivors include: his wife, Donna of the family home; his children, Deborah Lee Branscum and husband Corbie of Salem, Ark., Donna Rae Young and husband Chuck of Salem, Delynn Kay Kerr and husband Gary of Greenwood, Ind., and David Keith Mangis and friend Theresa Espy of Jonesboro, Ark.; grandchildren, Tammy Lynn Lemon and husband Tom, Stephanie Cook and husband Rodney, Chuck Young Jr. and wife Kim, Andria Kerr and Melissa Mangis; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Sue Stabler of Lubbock, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by three grandsons, Charles Heath Young, Baby Boy Young and Corbie Richard Branscum; a sister, Betty Jean Billie; and his father and mother.
Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at the Cox-Blevins Chapel in Salem, Ark., with burial following in the Salem Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem.