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Milton Earl Finley

On September 25, 2020, Milton Finley, beloved husband, brother, and father, passed away at the age of 81. Milton was born on March 29, 1939 to Onie and Maudie Finley in Paradise, Texas. He leaves behind his loving wife, Amy, his Little Princess, Emily and a brother, Ben (Ethel). He was preceded in death by brothers, John, Onie Junior, and Thurman, sister, Ethel, wife Barb, and his parents.

He grew up working on the farm with his family, and was well known for his close-mouthed silence and his keen mind. From a young age, everyone who met Milton said that he would go far with his intelligence and perseverance. He had no problem with hard work, and easily accomplished his farm chores and school work while simultaneously earning a spot on every sports team the school had to offer. After losing his father at an early age, and with the Draft Board rolling into town, Milt made the decision to join the army, taking advantage of 3 squares a day plus the opportunity to better himself through military training. He frequently made reference to how easy basic training was, as they were allowed to sleep in until 4 am and then given "breakfast with meat in it!!" every single day. Nobody was surprised when he excelled in his military career, eventually attaining the rank of Sergeant Major before his retirement in 1978. Along the way, he traveled throughout Europe, became a superior mainframe programmer, worked in intelligence, served twice in Vietnam, and raised a family. He even met JFK while surveying the White House grounds, and often reminisced about the Monte Cristo sandwiches he shared with the survey crew on their lunch break.

After leaving the military, Milt settled down in Florida, where he entered the private sector as a computer programmer / data analyst. He eventually found true love in the form of Barbara Behny, and they wed in 1986. They enjoyed watching their granddaughter, Eliza, grow into a happy child, but eventually the call of the country was too much. They left Florida and bought a small farm in South Carolina, where they raised miniature horses and made lasting friendships. They enjoyed 28 wonderful years together, and anyone who spent time in their home could see the abiding love and affection between them.

After losing Barb in 2014, Milton eventually remarried Amy Davis in 2016. He also adopted his Little Princess, Emily Nicole. The couple enjoyed many adventures together and loved each other deeply. Before his health declined, Daddy and daughter could frequently be found sneaking up past bedtime to watch Walker, Texas Ranger, while gobbling ice cream and other prized treats. Milt, aka Cowboy, lived life to the fullest for as long as he possibly could - he ziplined in his late 70's on his honeymoon, rode horses till he could no longer get in the saddle, and kept his red boots shined at all times just in case the opportunity arose for a "scrumptious meal" at Longhorn. Milt loved his ponies, his farm, riding a tractor, dogs, cowboy boots, miniature Hereford cattle, and most of all, his little family. He will be grievously missed by all who were fortunate enough to have met him.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Ben Finley and Brother Andy Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the Calvary Baptist Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Finley, Randy Cook, David Martin III and Michael Aleshire.

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