Danny Kay Whelchel, age 71, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Huntsville, Ark. 

He was born in Fullerton, Calif., on Feb. 9, 1951, to James Avis and Audrey (Kisor) Whelchel. 

He is survived by his wife, Leah Whelchel; sons, Michael Shane “Grumpy” Baxter of Hillsboro, Texas, Chris Sutherland of Arizona, John Ford and Steven VanBrunt, both of Huntsville; six daughters, Caryn Henry, Camilyn Sutherland, Megan Whelchel, all of Washington, Carol Brown of Fayetteville, Ark., and Jessica Scott of Springdale, Ark., Rebecca VanBrunt of Huntsville; Steve Bowers of Fayetteville; sister, Joy Cooper of North Carolina; 17 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Adam Whelchel; stepfather, Lloyd Bowers; two sisters, Janice Bowers and Vickie Mason; three brothers, Ken Whelchel, Clifton Bowers and Jerry Bowers.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at Japton Church of Christ in Wesley, Ark. 

Funeral arrangements under the care of Heritage Funeral Home.