Obituary - Aug. 24, 2016

Roy P. Vail, 88 of Van Buren passed away Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at his home. He was born on July 20, 1928, in Methvin, La., to Everett and Clara Vail. He graduated from high school as valedictorian and attended Northeastern College in Natchitoches, La., graduating in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting. In 1949, he was employed as a cost accountant by the Ford Bacon and Davis Co., which was beginning the construction of a booster station for natural gas in Texas County, Okla. While stationed in Guymon, Okla., he met and married Helen Jo Glatthaar on Sept. 2, 1950. In the same year, he was drafted into the Army to serve in the Korean War he obtained the rank of sergeant first class. He received his basic training in Camp Atterbury, Ind., and was then assigned to the Pennsylvania National Guard which was sent to Germany as part of the occupational troops. After serving two years in the Army, he returned to Guymon, Okla., where he found employment. In 1954, his daughter, Barbara, was born. The same year he was invited by a college classmate to move to Gallup, N.M., and join him in his accounting firm. He and his family lived there two years before moving to Fort Smith in 1956, where he was employed by Marion Bell Accounting Firm in the Professional Life building in Fort Smith.

The family has always felt this was a move of destiny that God had made as Roy and family not only found their home, their working career, but their ministries in the Lord. Roy passed his CPA and opened his accounting business which grew into the firm of Vail and Bell. In 1980, he sold his part of the firm to Bill Bell who greatly expanded the business to become Bell and Barclay. Roy and Bill still owned their old building together, and when Hannah House the home for unwed mothers wanted to buy it, Roy donated his share of the profits to them.

During all of Roy’s life he was dedicated to serving God, and passing along the Good News of Christ. He was part of the first Christian Businessman’s Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. He served on the State Board of Child Evangelism, and worked with children in the Inner Faith Center. In later years, he was a President of Full Gospel Businessmen’ Fellowship. He helped establish the 2nd Chronicles 7:14, Inc. Prayer Ministry, and was active in the National Days of Prayer. He found great pleasure in helping his wife (whom he called “Jo”) in Women’s Aglow Fellowship, Cluster Fellowship, Inc. and the Ministry House, Inc. a personal prayer and counseling ministry. He attended church faithfully and was a member of the Van Buren First Assembly of God. He was a man of honor and integrity and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and a niece.

Graveside service was Aug. 20 at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen J. Vail of the home; one daughter, Barbara Vail of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Sheila and her husband Pete Prophit of Baton Rouge, La.; three nieces and two nephews and their families.

Memorial contributions may be made to Van Buren 1st Assembly Missions Program 1014 Fayetteville Road, Van Buren, AR 72956.

Online tributes: www.ockerfuneralhome.com.