Brother Dana Jerome Dirden Jr. was born to Evelyn Frazier Dirden and the late Dana Jerome Dirden, Sr., on February 1, 1976.
On August 4, 2021, Brother Dan Dirden departed this life at The Springs of Magnolia, Magnolia, AR.
Brother Dirden accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 6. He was baptized at the New Jerusalem Baptist Church under the pastorage of Rev. R.Z. Wright. His life was established on sound religious principles, not only from his church, but also from his grandmother, Elizabeth Frazier, who continually taught the principles of and the need for education.
Brother Dirden graduated from the Camden Fairview School District in May, 1995. He relocated to Cincinnati, Ohio where he was employed with Cincinnati Gas and Electric. He later relocated to Grove City, PA and attended Penn State University and worked with behaviorally challenged youth at Georgia Junior Republic until his health began to fail.
Brother Dirden was united in marriage to Pamela Marie Thornton. To this union two children were born. He is the father of three children, Santana Dirden his eldest son, was his constant companion since birth and throughout his illness.
Brother Dirden leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Evelyn Dirden who cared for him throughout his illness; his wife Pamela Dirden, and two children, Dakota and Levi Dirden all of Cleveland, OH; his son Santana Dirden of Camden; three, brothers, Kentrell Dirden and Anthony Dirden (Maya) of Cincinnati, OHJ and Courtney Dirden (Natasha) of Ft. Worth, TX; two sisters, Starlett Burnell of Camden, AR, and Dorothy Dirden, of Texas; and a host of relatives and friends.
Public visitation will be Wednesday, August 11, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home Van Buren. Services will be held graveside on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at New Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery. with Rev. Raymond Jordan, officiating.
Active pallbearers will be Anthony Dirden, Courtney Dirden, Santana Dirden, Vincent Elliot, Pedro Frazier, Reginald Frazier, Rodney Frazier and Hershall Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Dirden, Eugene H. Frazier, George Edward Frazier, Walter Orval Frazier, Willie James Frazier, Kenneth Johnson and James A. Williams.