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Frankie D. (Denton) Casey

March 25, 1933 ~ January 29, 2021 (age 87)


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Frankie Denton Casey, age 87, long-time Russellville resident, died January 29th, at James River Skilled Nursing Center in Springfield, MO.  She was born March 25, 1933 in Russellville, Arkansas to John Jacob and Edna Dowell Denton.  Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lowell Casey; her brothers Lawrence, Loren, Dowell, and Dale Denton, and one sister, Nell Denton Smith.

Survivors include her two sons Michael Robert Casey of Springfield, Missouri, and Patrick Franklin Casey of Newberry, South Carolina, Pat’s wife, Elisabeth Ramirez; grandchildren, Jonathan Michael Casey of Ft. Mill, SC, Daniel Patrick Franklin Casey and Anna Elizabeth Casey of Blacksburg, VA, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews from the Denton and Casey lineage. 

Frankie graduated from Russellville High School in 1950.  She then earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Arkansas Polytechnic College, and her Master of Music Education degree from North Texas State University.

Throughout a forty-four-year career in public school education, Frankie taught in Hazen, DeQueen, Crossett, and St. Charles (Missouri), before returning back home to teach in the Russellville public schools.  From 1971- 1975, she served as the chorus teacher at Gardner Jr. High, followed by a twelve-year service as general music teacher at Dwight Elementary, before finishing her career as the building principal at London Elementary (1987-1992) and Oakland Elementary school (1992-1998). 

Frankie was a member of First United Methodist Church in Russellville, where she was a proud member of the FUMC Chancel Choir, the United Methodist Women, and the Lois Griffin Friendship Class.  For many years, she was an active member of the Arkansas Tech Dames Club, and served as a volunteer with the Russellville Community Concert series. 

In retirement, with her beloved husband of 63 years, Frankie enjoyed entertaining, traveling, fishing (…mostly watching Bob fish), and keeping up with friends and family.   She remained a forever nurturing “mom”, both to her two sons, but also as well to her godchildren and many former colleagues and students.  

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the women and men who serve at Brookdale Assisted Living in Russellville, the Castlewood Senior Living (Nixa, MO), and at James River Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation and the Phoenix Home Care and Hospice, both in Springfield, Missouri.

The private funeral service will be livestreamed from Humphrey Chapel on Saturday, February 13th, 10:30a.m.   Afterwards, a public burial ceremony will be held at Booher Cemetery, 12:00noon.  Pallbearers are Michael Casey, Patrick Casey, Jonathan Casey, Daniel Casey, John T. Casey, and Steve Northup.  Honorary pallbearers are John T. Casey, Ken Futterer, Steve Northup, H.L. Shepherd.            

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Robert L. and Frankie D. Casey Guest Artist Series, Arkansas Tech University Foundation, 8820 Tech Lane, Russellville, AR  72801, or through the website at 

Internet obituary and online guest book are available at 


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 Memorial Folder with Order of Service


Private Family Funeral Service in Chapel
February 13, 2021


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