West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Funeral Services for David Lee Ivey, 78, Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, will be 11:00am Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Graveside, Riverside Cemetery with the Bro Brad Pierce officiating under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Thayer.

He was born the son of Etta Lee Ivey, on September 21, 1941 died November 10, 2019 in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas.

He was united in marriage August 1, 1964 in Thayer, Missouri to Nilene Jones.

He is survived by one son, Dale Ivey and wife Jane of Glencoe, Arkansas; one daughter, Shelia Godwin and husband Stephen of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Seth Godwin and wife Sally of Mammoth Spring, Sagen Godwin of Mammoth Spring, Terra Marie Godwin of Mammoth Spring, and Cody Tharp and wife Kriston of Salem, Arkansas; special niece, Carol Johnson and family of Republic, Missouri and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Etta Nickels; his wife, Nilene Ivey; one sister, Carolyn June Todd; one brother, James “Jimmy” Nickels; one infant brother Donald Ray Nickels and his very special grandmother, Henretta Holloway.

David spent his early life living a simple life on the farm with his beloved grama Henretta Holloway in Thayer, Missouri. He was a Thayer Graduate of 1960. He and his wife moved to and lived in Kansas City the first few years of their marriage where he worked for General Motors Co. They move back home when they had their son Dale in 1966 where they remained. He loved to fish and hunt which he did often with his kids and grandkids. He was a hard worker spending most of his working days in local factories and was a truck driver for Wilcox Mail. He will be remembered for joking and always making people laugh and listening to Cardinals Baseball and other ballgames. He had a big heart especially when it came to his wife, kids and grandkids. He will be greatly missed by his family and by the community for which he lived.

Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery



  1. Mike and Linda Ward
    November 11, 2019 @ 10:39 pm

    Sheila and family, so sorry to hear of the passing of David, I know you will miss him dearly, just keep the precious memories in your heart! May God give you peace and comfort in this most difficult time!


    • Sheila Godwin
      November 22, 2019 @ 3:01 pm

      Thank you Mike and Linda ..Yes we are very greatfull for our precious Memories
      God Bless your !!


      • Sheila Godwin
        November 22, 2019 @ 3:11 pm

        Thank you for your kind word Dean … Friend to ALL is a very peacefull statement !! God Bless !!


  2. Dean Williams
    November 13, 2019 @ 9:38 am

    Good bye my friend. David and I had lots of good times, laughs etc. when we were young. Now that life is over we can remember those times as a joy. David, always a friend to all. Peace to all his family and deepest sympathy.


    • Sheila Godwin
      November 22, 2019 @ 3:04 pm

      This just made my day …Friend to All.. is such a nice and peaceful statement …Thank you !!

      Davids Daughter ,
      Sheila Godwin


    • Sheila Godwin
      November 22, 2019 @ 3:07 pm

      This just made my DAY !! Friend to All !! Thank you for your kind words about my daddy !! God Bless !!


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