Dave J. Monks, 86, of Panama died Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Poteau. Dave was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Tahona to Dave Sr. and Minnie H. (Robinson) Monks. He was a homebuilder. He was of the Baptist faith. Dave was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in the China-Burma Theater in Troop A of the 124th Cavalry Regiment which was part of the MARS Task Force during 1943-45. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alfred Monks and W.C. Monks; sister, Viola Butler; and grandson, Shon Pilkington.
Survivors include his wife, Wynona of the home; three daughters, Tita ILiff of Datil, N.M., Key Eidschun of Howe, Mony Chambers of Winston-Salem, N.C.; stepsons, Wesley Bell of Katy, Texas, Wayne Bell of Panama, Michael Bell of Bokoshe; stepdaughter, Teresa Hall of Panama; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brothers, August Monks of Shady Point, Frank Monks of Fort Gibson; and sister, Lois Raymond of Spiro
Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, June 18, at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Burial will be in Shady Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Tex Williamson, Russ Chambers, Lee Shipman, Rick Hall, Al Monks Jr. and Little Al Monks.
The family will be at Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday to visit with relatives and friends.
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