The service to the Hope Public Schools by the second-longest tenured member of the HPS Board was recalled here Thursday at the passing of Denver L. “Denny” Dickinson, 74, of Guernsey.

The service to the Hope Public Schools by the second-longest tenured member of the HPS Board was recalled here Thursday at the passing of Denver L. “Denny” Dickinson, 74, of Guernsey.
“Hope Public Schools’ faculty, students, staff and school board send their most heartfelt condolences to the family of longtime board member Mr. Denny Dickinson,” HPS Superintendent Bobby Hart said.
Dickinson passed away Wednesday morning in Texarkana.
“Mr. Dickinson was a champion for public schools, and for children,” Hart said. “His compassion and caring were always evident in the decisions he made as a board member.”
Dickinson was first elected to the Hope Public Schools Board in September, 2002, serving 15 years on the board, the second-longest tenure among current members of the board. He was a 1960 graduate of Hope High School.
Dickinson was born Oct. 7, 1942, in Hope, to Denver and Muriel Dickinson. He was a rancher and businessman, a former director of the Hempstead County Farm Bureau, and he served on the Hempstead County Natural Resource Conservation Service board. He was also active in the Hempstead County Cattleman’s Association, and was an organizing member of the Guernsey Volunteer Fire Department, and served as GVFD Fire Chief.
“An advocate for agriculture, Denny was a charter member of the Hope Future Farmers of America, and he continued his support for the program throughout his life,” Hart said. “Our board and our district extend our deepest sympathy to his family, and we appreciate them for sharing him with the district and the community.”
The family announced the establishment of a scholarship fund in Dickinson’s memory through Delta Kappa Gamma to benefit a graduating member of the HHS FFA chapter. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Muriel Dickinson Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship Fund, c/o Diana Keith, 504 Columbia Circle, Hope, Ar.,71801. An account has been established at Farmer’s Bank in Hope.
Memorials may also be made to Renewal Ranch, 75 Lake Drive, Houston, Ar.,72070.
Dickinson was former co-owner of Hope Livestock Auction, and owner of Dickinson Realty in Hope. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hope.
Visitation is set for Friday, Sept. 22, from 6-8 p.m. at at Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hope, with Bro. Daniel Bramlett and Bro. Jake Vandenberg officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope, under the direction of Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Coleman Dickinson of Guernsey; two daughters, Jan Dickinson McKinnon, and husband, Randy, of Guernsey, and Amanda Beck of Greenville, S.C.; a son, Rusty Beck, of Conway, and fiancé Brooke Gregory of Arkadelphia; a sister, Sherry Chandler, and husband, Kelley, of Lonsdale; grandchildren Brad McKinnon, and wife, Alice, of Guernsey, Jordan Jones, and husband, Jacob, of Hope, and Carlie and Ramsey Beck, of Guernsey; and, great-grandchildren Jaycee and Erin McKinnon, Jenna and Jett Jones, and other relatives and friends.