David Gerald Candler, 82, of Batesville, departed this life on Friday, November 3, 2023. He was born on September 24, 1941, on Hutchinson Mountain, Arkansas to Earl Candler and Bertha O’Neal Campbell Candler.
He married Norma King in 1968 and they enjoyed over forty-eight years of marriage until her death in 2016. He was a member of Believer’s Community Church in Batesville.
David had a family of friends which gathered every day at McDonalds to enjoy much fellowship together.
During his younger years he was a fast pitch softball player and he also coached women’s softball for many years. He was a sports enthusiast and loved the Razorbacks. He also enjoyed yard sales, auctions and being outdoors.
David is survived by his daughters, Jo Long, of Batesville, and Pam (Richard) Gillean, of Batesville; his brother, Arnold (Sharon) Candler, of Southside; his sister, Mary Branscum, of Maumelle; grandchildren, Heather (Brent) Riggs, Sean (Sarah) Gillean, Clay (Kylie) Long, and Joshua Gillean; great grandchildren, Kaylee Riggs, Landon Riggs, Abel Long, Hudson Long, Haven Jones, Channing Jones, and Micah Weaver; his beloved brothers and sister in-laws, several nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brother in-laws, Alvin Branscum and Jim Mills, and grandson, Kelly Gillean.
Service will be Saturday, November 11, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Doty Southside Funeral Service with Bro. David Insell officiating.
Visitation will be prior to the service at 1:00 p.m. and continue until service time.