Born: October 04, 1942
Died: October 24, 2013
Elmer Ray Broadbent II, age 71, of Heber Springs, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, October 24, 2013 in LeFlore County, Oklahoma. He was born October 4, 1942 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, to Elmer Ray and Lola Evalyn (Hieronymus) Broadbent. He was their only child. He attended Mississippi State University in Starkville, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. Ray then went to Law School at Louisiana State University where he earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.) and graduated in 1970. He worked as corporate counsel for General American and also Marathon. Ray was a licensed attorney in both Texas and Louisiana. He practiced as an oil and gas attorney for over 30 years. He flew as a commercial pilot for Pan-Am for a few years, as well. Ray owned a flight services company named Flight Services International and enjoyed flying many people around the country. He then began a manufacturing company in Natchez, Mississippi. He was President and CEO of Champion American Energy Reserves, Inc. His company manufactured hydrapulse machines and trailers. He decided to sell his company and move closer to be with his parents in Greers Ferry, Arkansas, where they had purchased The Redbird Inn. Ray enjoyed helping his parents run the resort. After his father passed away, Ray decided to sell the Inn. Ray worked for Schonwald Land, Inc. as a professional landman in Heber Springs, then became the crew chief at T. S. Dudley Land Company in Searcy, Arkansas. Ray eventually moved their office to Heber Springs. He then went to work as a professional landman in several states, traveling alot and coming home to Heber Springs on weekends. He decided in 2012 to get his real estate license and go to work with his wife at Crye-Leike Brock Real Estate, at the Greers Ferry office. Ray loved life and everyone that knew Ray loved him. He was full of personality, intelligence and charm. Ray had gotten his pilot's license at the age of 19 and had always loved to fly. He will be buried near Leedey, Oklahoma alongside his father and grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Dardee; his stepdaughter, Lexi; and his mother, Lola.