Clay Oldner, 66, of Dumas, passed away on April 25, 2019.
He was a former mayor of Dumas, an avid Arkansas Razorback and Dumas Bobcat fan, business owner and a master story-teller. He never met a stranger and had more friends from every walk of life than one could imagine.
Mr. Oldner attended the University of Arkansas where he worked on the Razorback training staff during the 69’ Big Shootout game. He continued his passion for helping on the sideline after moving back home to Dumas to take over the family business. As a volunteer for the Dumas Bobcats as an athletics trainer, he worked more than 50 years and over 400 games on the sideline rooting on the Mighty Bobcats. He encouraged thousands of young athletes throughout the years.
As a business owner Mr.Oldner owned and operated their family business, John Puryear Furniture, where he and his mother, Mrs. Betty Jane, or “Mama B”, sold paint, carpet, gifts, and swapped stories for many years. He also put on the John Puryear Labor Day Volleyball Classic, a weekend long event.
During his full life, Mr. Oldner served as the mayor of Dumas where his knack for promoting and cheerleading rose to a new level. He loved campaigning and he loved being a part of the community. During his tenure as mayor, Mr. Oldner was instrumental in the following community projects: new city jail, police station and EMT units, and the new hospital.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Woodrow Oldner; his mother, Betty Jane Oldner; and his sister Jane Oldner Traylor.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sherry; sons, Steven and Jonathon of Dumas; and daughter, May Margret Oldner Johnson, her husband Karle of Little Rock; his brother, John William and wife Missie Oldner of Houston, Texas; and many friends.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church FAITH Center. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, April 28, at 2:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Dubs Byers officiating. Burial will be at Tyro Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas.