David Alan Henley of Saddle, Arkansas, a wildlife biologist for the Arkansas Game and Fish, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 3, 2021, at the age of 51.
David was born in Batesville, Arkansas on June 23, 1970, to Don Alan Henley and Ina Lee (Boles) Henley. Following his graduation from Cord-Charlotte High School, David received his bachelor’s degree from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville, Arkansas, and went on to get his master’s degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
From an early age, David enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time in nature, a love he got from his Pawpaw Boles. There could have been no better career for David than his position with the Arkansas Game and Fish. He loved nature conservation and being outdoors in God’s creation. His best friends were those who shared his love of the beautiful Ozarks and who wanted to preserve its beauty and bounty for generations to come.
David was baptized into Christ on December 16, 1986, and regularly attended the Antioch Church of Christ. The service honoring David’s life will be conducted by Dean Fugett, and Arkansas Game and Fish Chaplin, Michael Stanley. Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Antioch Church of Christ located southeast of Cave City. Burial will follow in the Young Cemetery with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
David was survived by his parents, his two brothers, Bryan (Mary Ellen) of Evening Shade, Arkansas, and Mark (Mary) of Charlotte, Arkansas, and his maternal grandmother, Norma Jean Boles of Strawberry, Arkansas. He also leaves behind a nephew, Mark Aaron Henley, and three nieces, Avery Henley, Audra Henley and Addley Henley, as well as numerous aunts and uncles and cousins who also loved him greatly.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Alvis and Ruby Henley, and his maternal grandfather, James T. Boles.
Pallbearers for the funeral service are Ryan Hill, Shawn Caldwell, Todd Henley, Landon Miller, and members of the Arkansas Game and Fish to include: Brad Carner, Chris Majors, Allen Cathey, Myron Means, and Roger Tate (alternate). Honorary pallbearers include members of the Arkansas Game and Fish, Dallas Harrell, Adam Green, Jonathan Stanley, Capt. Shad Pierce, and the Cord-Charlotte class of 1988.