John Dale Enoch, 71, of Conway, Ark., died peacefully on the morning of Saturday, March 23, 2013. He died of complications of heart congestion and prostate cancer.
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He was born on 1/11/42 in Detroit, Mich., USA, to his parents, Taz Sledd Enoch and Rubye Mae Gates Enoch.
On Nov. 4, 1966, Dale married Joan Elizabeth Davidson of Memphis, Tenn., who loved him through 46 years of marriage and was beside him when he died.
He will be remembered and missed by Joan; his adoring daughters, Jana Dyan Enoch Perciful and Jennifer Dawn Enoch of Kingsport, Tenn., Stephanie Anne Enoch of Searcy, Ark.; and his grandsons, Tristan Matthew Perciful and Logan Alexander Perciful, also of Kingsport, Tenn.
Others who will miss him are his devoted brother, J. Rex Enoch and wife Nancy Taylor Enoch; his other sisters-in-law, Anita K. Enoch of Kernersville, N.C., and Beverly Davidson Walton of Brisbane, Australia; his brother-in-law, Lee Merrill Davidson of San Jose, Calif.; his nieces and nephews, Karen Enoch Smith (Tony), Kristie Enoch Campbell (Kevin), Kimberly Enoch York (Adrian), Kenneth Enoch (Michelle), Kirk Enoch (Laura), Kerry Enoch (Tammie), Joel Enoch, Jerol Enoch (Eva), Lisa Joan Walton (Marcelo Amauri); many other Enoch family members; and a host of treasured friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his elder brother, Taz Ronald Enoch; his grandparents, Joe Thomas Enoch and Shelley Swann Enoch and John C. Gates and Rosa Whittle Gates.
He graduated from Central High School in Bolivar, Tenn., and from Union University, in Jackson, Tenn. After college graduation, Dale moved to Memphis, Tenn., became a full-time newsman for the Commercial Appeal, and reported on politics, government and other major events. In 1966, he married Joan and they moved to Little Rock, Ark., where he served as Bureau Chief of the newspaper's office, covering house, senate and other major news. He then spent 3 years as Legislative Assistant and Speech Writer for Congressman Bill Alexander (D) in Washington. Then he moved back to Memphis where he again worked for the Commercial Appeal. Dale was invited to become Director of The Institute of Politics and Government in Conway, Ark., which had the purpose of upgrading and improvement of the political system through education. In 1988, he became Executive Director of The Arkansas One-Call System, the ""Call Before You Dig"" center for the state of Arkansas and remained in this position until he retired in 2003. Throughout his life Dale was known as an innovator, leader and a hard worker whose desire was to complete every task to the best of his ability no matter how difficult or time-consuming. Dale was friendly, generous, a peacemaker, loved people and was respected by many.
Relatives and Friends are invited to gather on Saturday, March 30th at 10 a.m. for Family Visitation, followed by a Memorial Celebration of his life at 11 am. The location is Fellowship Bible Church, 1051 Hogan Lane, in Conway, Ark..
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., Conway, AR 72034; Bethlehem House, 930 Faulkner St., Conway, AR 72034; or AETN, 350 N. Donaghey, Conway, AR 72034. Arrangements are by Griffin Leggett Conway, 501-327-5000.
Please send the family your messages of love, comfort and encouragement about Dale to www.griffinleggettconway.com.
Published in The Log Cabin Democrat from Mar. 27 to Apr. 3, 2013