Richard Emory Deese


Personal and Family Information

Richard was born on 27 JAN 1922 in Wattensaw, Lonoke County, Arkansas, the son of William Henry Deese and Susan Elizabeth Flynt.

He died on 23 FEB 2006 in Alburn, Alabama.

He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Mary Ellen Wiley, who he married in 1946. The place has not been found. Their three known children were Rebecca (1946-?), William Dodson (1948-?) and Robert Andrew (1948-?).

His second wife was Jennetta Pickens Ware, who he married on 17 MAR 1974 in Auburn, Alabama. They had no known children.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Richard Emory Deese


William Henry Deese


Culpepper Watkins Deese


Milton Deese


Mary P.


Nancy Thomas Josephine Clemintine Bryant


Susan Elizabeth Flynt


Richard Milton Flynt


Stephen Clayton Flynt


Elizabeth Malinda Hall


Mildred Thomason


William F. Thomason


Susan A Clowe



Birth27 JAN 1922
Place: Wattensaw, Lonoke County, Arkansas
Death23 FEB 2006
Place: Alburn, Alabama
Age: 84y 27d
Census3 APR 1930
Place: Lonoke County, Arkansas
Age: 8
Address: Prairie Township, ED 43-31, Sheet 1B, line 89 dwelling 20, family 20 with parents and 3 siblings
Agency: 1930 census
Census 1930 Arkansas, Lonoke County, Cleveland, Prairie, & Butler Twp
Source: Census 1930 Arkansas, Lonoke County, Cleveland, Prairie, & Butler Twp
Publisher: Dept of Commerence

Census25 APR 1940
Place: Lonoke County, Arkansas
Age: 18
Address: Oak Grove Twp, dwelling 93 Dees, Bill H 48, Lola wife 47, Emory son 18, Flint William stepson 19 in same house April 1935 family 94 Marshall, Orville and Lorene
Address: 838 Janet Drive Auburn, Al 36830
Other EventFROM 1943 TO 1945
Place: Europe
Address: Military Service in WWII, Bronze Star
See Note 2


Education1965Beebe HS, OBU, Mississippi State, and U of Flordia
Place: University of Florida
Type: PhD in Animal Science
See Note 3
OccupationFROM 1965 TO 1985USDA extension animal scientist at Auburn University
Place: Auburn, Alabama


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Note 1

Richard Emory Deese ... Find A Grave Memorial# 13504953

Birth: 1922 Wattensaw, Lonoke County, Arkansas, USA

Death:  Feb. 23, 2006 Auburn, Lee County, Alabama, USA

Opelika-Auburn News, March 3, 2006

Funeral services for Richard Emory Deese, 84, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 4, 2006 at Auburn First Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. Jim Evans and Rev. Dr. John Jeffers officiating. A private burial will precede the service at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Dr. Deese died February 23 at the Bethany House in Auburn, Alabama after a lengthy illness. He was born the youngest of eight children in 1922 in the rural community of Wattensaw, Arkansas and raised on a small farm. He attended high school in Bebee, Arkansas and played for the 1941 State Championship basketball team. He served as an Army ambulance driver during European combat in WWII, earning a Bronze Star. He was married in 1946 for 25 years to Mary Ellen Wiley and raised three children while pursuing an education and managing various USDA experiment stations. He attended Ouachita College and the University of Arkansas and later graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in 1952 and an MS in 1953. He received a PhD in Animal Science from the University of Florida in 1965. He later married Jay Pickens in 1974 until her death in 2005. He served from 1965 until his retirement in 1985 as a USDA extension animal scientist at Auburn University working with cattlemen throughout the state to improve their beef cattle herds through better breeding and genetics. He was inducted into the Alabama Cattleman's Association Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of distinguished service to the state cattle industry. During his retired years Dr. Deese enjoyed traveling the country with his wife and friends, grandparenting, gardening, golfing, woodworking and serving as a deacon and other capacities at his church.

He is survived by his children, Becky, Bill, Bob, Billy Pickens, Sweet Hopkins; grandchildren, Luke, Jacob, Samuel, Andrew, Timothy, Hannah, and Joseph; great grandchildren, Megan, Bailey, Emma, and Preston.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Auburn First Baptist Church and the Bethany House.

Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Note 2

Army ambulance driver during European combat in WWII, earning a Bronze Star.

Note 3

Woodlawn was primary and some secondary school, this school remains as of 2006 and is about 1 1/2 miles north of Flynt/Deese home.

1936 Pud changed to Beebe high school to play basketball for coach Bro Irvin? He was on the championship team of 1941 and won full scholarship to Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

After service in WWII, he attended University of Arkansas and is in 1947 Razorback page 79. He and Mary Ellen lived in a trailer/temp building for vets, daughter Becky was born in Fayetteville, Dec 1946

1952 BS from Mississippi State University

1953 MS from Mississippi State University


  1. Census 1930 Arkansas, Lonoke County, Cleveland, Prairie, & Butler Twp
    Source: Census 1930 Arkansas, Lonoke County, Cleveland, Prairie, & Butler Twp
    Publisher: Dept of Commerence