Alan Clark Sickel, 64, passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family and friends. Alan was born august 24, 1958. He was the second son of Horace “Pete” and Faye Word Sickel of the Tollville community. Alan lived in Tollville all his life. The family farm he was born into would become his life’s work. Alan would plant his first crop at age 12 which was 30 acres of soybeans. Alan along with his brother, Lindy and family would be recognized as a Century Farm Family in 2019.
Alan was one of the first in Prairie County to obtain a Commercial Applicators license to be able to spray crops for himself and others. He also surveyed crop land for the family farm as well as others.
Alan was among the founding members of the TollvilleVolunteer Fire Department and he had served as Fire Chief for over 40 years. He was serving as a Governor Appointee on the Board of Selective Service Committee being appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee and was a member of the TollvilleTillers, which is the men’s group of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
As a young man, Alan worked a construction job in Texarkana for a short time. It was there he met the love of his life, a young Texas lady, Mable “Mamie” Elaine Williams. They would go on to marry and have two children and raise their family on the farm. They celebrated 45 years of marriage on April 22, of this year.
Alan was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville, serving as Senior Warden, Jr. Warden, and on the vestry. Alan, along with Mamie served as Youth Director for 2 terms.
Alan was a great friend in the community and was always willing to help where he could, be it a neighboring farmer needing help getting their crop harvested or just a friend in need. He thoroughly enjoyed duck hunting in his younger years and enjoyed spending time at the lake house in Hot Springs. He will be sorely missed by many. Alan was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Adolph and Blanche Sickel and Bill and Sarah Word; father and mother-in-law, Harold and Joy Williams and a brother-in-law, Harold “Skeeter” Williams.
He is survived by his wife, Mamie; son, Christopher Sickel; daughter, Kayla Sickel; brother, Lynn Sickel and wife, Marilyn; nephews, Mason Sickel and wife, Janan, and Andrew Sickel, and wife, Brittney all of Tollville; brother-in-law, Rodney Williams and wife, Lisa of New Boston, Texas; sister-in-law, Babb Williams of Tollville and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is also survived by two ladies that should have been his sisters and have been there through the many years and through this difficult journey, Lisa Grady Harpole and Carol Jene Vail and his devoted caregiver, Heather Owens, who made this journey survivable.
Pallbearers are Austin Foot, Jimbo Guenther, Larry Stackhouse, Andrew Sickel, Mason Sickel and Bryce Sims. Honorary pallbearers are Joe Adams, Danny Rieke, Robert Seidenstricker, Ricky Strohl, Terry Joe Vail, and Rodney Williams.
Visitation will be Friday, July 14, 2023 from 9:45 to 10:45 A.M. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Tollville. Funeral service officiated by Father Mark Nabors will follow at 11:00 A.M. in the church. Burial will follow at the Hazen Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the community and St. Peter’s Church for their love, prayers, and support during this difficult time. Thank you to everyone who cooked meals, visited and just offered support and prayers. Thank you especially to Carol Jene and Terry Joe Vail for the many trips to Little Rock and the extra care they gave to their god son, Christopher. Much gratitude is extended to the staff of UAMS. Their care and compassion was much appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1432 Hwy 86 East, De Valls Bluff, Ar. 72041.