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Obituaries Last Updated: May 17th, 2017 - 15:18:18

Aylene Martindale
By The Waldron News
Aylene Martindale of Bates, Arkansas was born May 21, 1931 in Weeks, Arkansas to Fred Stafford, Sr. and Lora (Stevens) Stafford and passed away May 12, 2017 in Barling, Arkansas at the age of 85.She is survived by:
One daughter: Karen Orite of Mulberry, Arkansas. One son: Steven Martindale of Wister, Oklahoma; Four sisters: Freda Hunt of Waldron, Arkansas; Maggie Scott of Nashville, Arkansas; Modene Hall of Pocola, Oklahoma Sandra Leonard of Jones, Oklahoma. One brother: Gary Stafford of Bates, Arkansas. Seven grandchildren: Keely, Angela, David, Dustin, Shanna, Jennifer, and Cindy.

Twelve great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Martindale; second husband, Royce Moudy; one son, Stanley Martindale; two grandsons, Steven Martindale, Jr. and Matt Martindale; and three brothers, Bob, Fred, Jr., and Sam Stafford. Aylene married Bill Martindale on September 28, 1947.

Though Aylene had only an 8th grade education and had never worked outside of the home; she was able to complete an Associates equivalency and become the Director of Bates Head Start/Home Start Program. To many in Scott County she was known as “Miss Aylene”. Aylene was instrumental in gaining support to convert Bates School to a Community Building that is used for multiple purposes. She wrote a grant application that helped fund the conversion from Bates School to Bates Community Building. Aylene was an active member of Bates Baptist Church for much of her life, where she taught Preschool Primary Sunday School for many years. In her later life, she attended Weeks Church and Bates Pentecostal Church.

Funeral service was held 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Weeks, Arkansas with Reverend Larry Free officiating. Burial followed in Weeks Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma. There will be a dinner at noon at the Weeks Community Building. Pallbearers will be: Family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Weeks Community Building or Weeks Cemetery. Viewing was from noon until 8:30 p.m., Sunday and 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Monday. To sign Mrs. Martindale’s online guestbook please visit