Danny Chris Ivy (1952 - 2017)



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Street Jazz The passing of Dan Ivy - and what most people never knew about him
Posted By Richard Drake on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Dan Ivy is being buried today. Once I heard that Dan was in poor health I should have made more of an effort to make contact with him. I should be ashamed of myself, and I am.
When I was in ICU some years back, it occurred to Dan that he should call my house, and once I was moved a regular room, he came to see me in the hospital.
Lots of folks had a lot of fun at Dan’s expense over the years - his “Rebel Attorney” TV ads - but he and I both shared a moral repugnance for temporary employment agencies.
Dan himself said that there was no such thing as bad publicity, and by the merits of that simple argument, he had plenty of good publicity in his time. But beyond the headlines was another Dan Ivy, one the general public had little to no knowledge of.
Born into poverty and dropping out of school in the fifth grade so he could help put food on the table, Dan returned to school as a young man. After earning his GED he went onto to college and then to law school.
When I interviewed Dan for the Ozark Gazette in 2002 he told me, “I had a speech impediment. People thought that I was possibly mentally challenged.” But in his 30s he went to a speech pathologist, and discovered that he had an audio perception problem.
With the speech pathologist’s help, he overcame his difficulties.
Dan was also a public access producer. In fact, the first time I met Dan was when he took a studio class I taught. And today, they are burying Dan Ivy.
Dan Ivy was what folks might refer to as a character - an eccentric, if you will - sometimes as if that were a bad thing, or something to be avoided at all costs.
Communities need men and women like Dan Ivy, folks who don’t seek the life of the bland, the safe life of one consumed by their personal reputation, or their standing in the community. Colorful folks who just want to do the right thing.
Because it is through people like Dan Ivy that we prosper as a community. Perhaps not in any financial sense, or in any way that might matter to a developer, but in a true spiritual sense.
They keep a community in touch with its own humanity, and its own diversity.
They are burying Dan Ivy today. Let us celebrate and honor the characters, the eccentrics, those who aren’t afraid to stand out from the crowd, before the steamroller of civic progress rolls over them and what they give to the community.

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Danny Chris Ivy was also known as:

Dan Ivy Esq.


at Newport, Arkansas,


at Fayetteville, Arkansas,

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Attorney at Law at Dan Ivy Law Centers
Former Founder and President at The Ivy Corporation
Former Sales & Purchasing Director at North American Industries, Inc.
Studied at University of Arkansas School of Law
Studied Political science at Arkansas State University
Went to Arkansas G.E.D. '78
Lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas
From Pennington, Arkansas


Dan Ivy was a superb attorney. I am a New York and Pennsylvania Document Examiner. Dan met my daughter and when he told her that he was an attorney, she blurted out that her mother is a famous handwriting expert. He said, "I need a handwriting expert. Well, he called and we won this case in Arkansas. Later I had to defend the same client in Texas and I won there too. Dan Ivy was so bright and professional and made mince meat out of the other expert who was lying and presented no evidence whatsoever but I had fifty exhibits! The Judge gave a long summation and looked directly at me the whole time. Dan Ivy did a fantastic job. I'll miss him.
Sandy Stevens, CDE [Amanda S. Stevenson is my legal name.]


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1952 - In the year that Danny Chris Ivy was born, on July 2, Dr. Jonas E. Salk tested the first dead-virus polio vaccine on 43 children. The worst epidemic of polio had broken out that year - in the U.S. there were 58,000 cases reported. Of these, 3,145 people had died and 21,269 were left with mild to disabling paralysis.

1960 - By the time he was only 8 years old, on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

1964 - He was merely 12 years old when in June, three young civil rights workers - Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner from New York City, and James Chaney from Meridian, Mississippi - were kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi. Working with "Freedom Summer", they were registering African-Americans to vote in the Southern states. Their bodies were found two months later. Although it was discovered that the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Neshoba County Sheriff's Office and the Philadelphia, Mississippi Police Department were involved, only 7 men were convicted and served less than six years.

1971 - He was 19 years old when in March, Intel shipped the first microprocessor to Busicom, a Japanese manufacturer of calculators. The microprocessor has since allowed computers to become smaller and faster, leading to smaller and more versatile handheld devices, home computers, and supercomputers.

1989 - At the age of 37 years old, Danny was alive when on March 24th, the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker, struck a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and oil began spilling out of the hold. The oil would eventually contaminate more than a thousand miles of coastline. It is estimated that over 10.8 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the Sound - killing 100,000 to 250,000 seabirds, over 2,800 sea otters, about 12 river otters, 300 harbor seals, 247 bald eagles, and 22 orcas - as well as an unknown number of salmon and herring.

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Danny Chris Ivy
Published: February 21, 2017
Mr. Danny Chris Ivy, age 64 of Fayetteville, passed away on February 17th, 2017 at Willard Walker Hospice Home. He was born November 15th, 1952 in Newport, Arkansas to Daniel and Minnie Bell Hickman Ivy and was of the Assembly of God faith. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by a brother Rickey of Weiner, Arkansas. His nieces and nephews Crissy Jones, Nena Whitehead, Roben Ivy, Nikekey Ivy, Caleb Jones, Jacob Jones, Tyler Jones, Dillan Jones, and Blaze and Bryan Whitehead. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Elm Springs Assembly of God with Reverend Jerry Boatright officiating. Donations may by made in care of Reverend Jerry Boatright at 1103 Delaen Street Springdale, Arkansas 72762. Arrangements by Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home Rogers, Arkansas.


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He was a fine attorney and I watched him win a very tough case.
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