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Will H. Havens the son of Ray Havens and Mary E. (Tooley) Havens was born Nov. 21, 1910 in Douglas County, and was promoted to glory on July 8, 2005 at the age of 94.
On Dec. 12, 1933, Will and Clara E. Keeler were united in marriage in Willow Springs, and to this union four children were born. Will and Clara enjoyed 68 years together.
Will was a lifelong resident of the Ava area. He was a minister of the Gospel since 1930 and a member of the Ava General Baptist Church. Will’s motto was ‘Keep on Keeping On.’ He encouraged people with spoken words, written poems and devotions. Many people have had the privilege of having some of his poem books.
None of Will’s earthly accomplishments could compare with his desire to daily live a faithful Christian life. His family is blessed and thankful to have had his example of spiritual wisdom. They will miss him greatly but will have wonderful memories of his faithfulness and love.
Will was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, three brothers, his wife, Clara, and a grandson, Preston.
His survivors include two daughters, Ruth Evans and husband, Darold, Thornfield, Ann Dowell, Springfield; two sons, Ivan Havens, Florissant, and Bill R. Havens, and wife, Brenda, Springfield; five grandchildren, Mark and Kelly Evans, Margaret and J.L. Frazier of Thornfield, Bridgett Havens of St. Louis, Eric Havens, and Carla and Randy MacLachlan of Springfield; and nine great grandchildren, Sarah, Sam, Rebekah, Hannah, Daniel, David, Ivan, Antwan and Cameron; two brothers, Jim Havens, Lyle, Wash., and Wayne Havens, Waynesville; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2005 in the Ava General Baptist Church, Ava, with the Rev. Oren Alcorn officiating. Interment followed in the Thornfield Cemetery. Visitation was Sunday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava.
Memorials can be made to the Gideons International.