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Classmates Obituaries - Letter D
These obituaries correspond with the yearbooks that are listed on this website. Whenever possible, the source of the obituary will be shown as well as the date.
Dacus, Elizabeth Allene Caudell - Elizabeth “Allene”
Dacus of Bryant, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 17,
She was born July 31, 1943, in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Alvin Elvert Caudell and Lillie Pearl Thomason-Caudell.
Allene loved her savior, Jesus, and spent most of her time in prayer and studying the Holy Bible. She longed to be home with Him and loved talking about His soon return. She worshiped Him with her piano playing and by writing hundreds of songs praising Him. She instilled in her children a strong foundation of faith and the certainty of being together in eternity.
She loved her family deeply. She chose to be a home-maker and raise her children. Her children know they were loved and that she was always ready to support them, tend to their needs, hurts, trials, and fight for them. When her physical health would not allow her to be present, her children knew she was talking to the Lord on their behalf.
She enjoyed watching football and basketball with her husband. They spent many hours watching and rooting for the Razorbacks and other SEC conference teams. She loved traveling with her husband and in the last several years they were able to see the Ocean, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Canada, and Niagara Falls. They often reminisced about these trips and the memories will not be forgotten.
She is survived by her faithful and devoted husband of 43 years, James “Jim” Dacus; son, David Terry (Holly); daughters, Donna Sanchez and Dana Ray (Wayne) all of Bryant; grandchildren, Faith Terry, M’Kenna Moore, Josh Terry, and Austin Sanchez; great-grandson, Garrett Poirier; sister, Alta Jackson of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Audrey Reighard (Mark) of Oklahoma; brothers, Alvin “Bud” Caudell (Kathy) of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Gene Caudell (Monna) of Indiana.
Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2014, at Roller-Drummond Funeral Home Chapel, 10900 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209, (501) 455-5800. Family will receive friends following the service. [from Roller-Drummond Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1961]
Dale, Frederick R. - Frederick
R. Dale, age 79, of Hot Springs passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011.
He was born January 28, 1932, to the late Plumer and Pearl Dale in Hot Springs,
Arkansas. He was a graduate of the Hot Springs High School Class of 1950;
a veteran of the U.S. Navy and received the National Defense Service Medal;
a graduate of the University of Arkansas, member of the SAE fraternity;
past President and Co-Founder of the Hot Springs Savings and Loan; past
President of the Home Federal Saving and Loan of Ada, Oklahoma; and a real
estate agent with Meyers Realty starting in 1993 before retiring with ERA
Rushing McAdams Polychron Realtors in 2011. He was the Hot Springs Board
of Realtors' 2007 Realtor of the Year and President of the Hot Springs Board
of Realtors for 2007. His community service and other organizations served
included the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Hot Springs Civil
Service Commission, the Hot Springs Lions Club, the Garland County Industrial
Development Commission, the U.S. Savings and Loan League, the YWCA, the
United Way of Garland County, the Salvation Army, the Special Olympics,
and the Lake Ouachita Camping Association.
He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Karla Dale of Hot Springs; one sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Bill "Pops" Muse; four daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Gene Riley of Hot Springs, Karen "K-K" and James Montgomery of Hot Springs, Kelli and Branson Mulburger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Kristi and Darren Clinton of Ada, Oklahoma; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Jennifer Dale of Collierville, Tennessee; seven grandchildren; and on great grandchild.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gross Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Hot Springs Lions Club.
The family is truly grateful to the many caregivers at St Joseph Hospital, Garland Nursing Home and Rehab, and to the many friends that have provided their unconditional care to Mr. Dale over the last several months. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. [Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1950]
Davasher, Darrell - Darrell
Davasher died at home on Saturday, December 18, 2010 of colon cancer. He
was born on February 12, 1937, and lived in Hot Springs most of his life.
He was a skilled, gifted and self taught mechanical engineer, and used his
talents to help others, often without recompense. He was a talented gardener,
well known for his expertise with heirloom tomatoes. He loved his family
with all his heart, and devoted his heart to their well being. He cherished
his big white house on the hill. His wife of over 52 years, Marty, was his
best friend, confidant, and the love of his life.
He was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Shannon Sherrill [Ralph]; his adopted parents, Roy and Rachael Sherrill; two brothers, William "Bill" Sherrill and Stephen Sherrill; and by one sister, Lillian Sherrill Smith of Longview, Texas, all cherished and missed.
He is survived by his wife, Marty, his cherished children: daughter, Antonia Lambert [David], two sons, Brandon [Faith] and Marc Stephen Davasher and a grandson, Devon Davasher, who was like a son to him and grandson Hunter Davasher. Also six beloved granddaughters, Aubriauna Davasher, Miranda Ragsdale [Brian], Megan Pree [Travis], Madeline Lambert, Shannon and Charlotte Rose Davasher. Also surviving are two great grandsons, and two great granddaughters, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
He leaves behind his beloved brothers, Pat Sherrill [Anna], of Hot Springs, Bill D. Murphree of Australia, Steven Hotho [Emma Lou], Charles Edwards [Judy] and Elmer Miles [Jackie], all of Hot Springs, and five sisters, Martha Murphree of Alaska, Gwen and Judith Sherrill of Texas, Jackie Bull and Susan Sherrill of Hot Springs. Some he found later in life, and were chosen by his heart. He was deeply loved, richly blessed.
Darrell was cremated, and services will be held to honor his beautiful life on Monday, December 27 at 11 am at Tranquil Cemetery.
Please send no flowers. Instead, Darrell requested that you do a kind deed for someone, or if preferred, send a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in memory of Darrell.
Honorary pallbearers are Ethan Holland, the wonderful Hot Springs Hospice Home Care, Doctor Patrick from Ireland in Mena, and Doctors Robert Breving and Mark Lefler both in Hot Springs, and Darrell’s’ nephew, Doctor Jim Roy Guerin of Oklahoma. [Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1956]
Dean, Leonard Norman "Buddy"
- L. Norman "Buddy" Dean, 85, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on
March 29, 2013. He was born in Hot Springs on September 3, 1927, to Fulton
Leonard and Elsie Mae (Norman) Dean. Buddy was a member of the Hot Springs
High School Class of 1946. In 1949 he played freshman football for John
Barnhill at the University of Arkansas and continued playing football at
Henderson State Teachers College where he lettered and made all conference,
graduating in 1953. He was a Navy veteran. Buddy owned Dean Insurance and
Real Estate Company.
He is predeceased by his parents, wife, Lonnie Jean (Daniels) Dean and sister, Betty Laverne Baldwin.
Loving survivors include his son, Leonard Dean Jr. of Hot Springs; daughter, Connie (David) Davila of Little Rock; daughter, Dona (Gene) Scott, of Little Rock; grandchildren, Hunter Scott, Taylor Scott, Emmie Davila and David Dean Davila; and one great-grandchild, Weston Scott.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home, Hot Springs. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with his nephew, Phil Baldwin officiating. Burial is at Greenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Leonard Dean Jr., David Davila, Gene Scott, Hunter Scott, Taylor Scott, David Dean Davila, Phillip Baldwin and Keith McAnally. Honorary pallbearers are Frank Taylor, Bobby Hecke, John "Pancho" Wolf, James McNeil, H.A.'s members and his many wonderful caregivers.
Memorials may be made to the Garland County Humane Society or the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation. [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1946]
Dennis, Thomas Edwin
- Thomas “Ed” Dennis age 72 of Hot Springs died, Wednesday, November 14,
2012 in a Little Rock hospital. He was born August 21, 1940, in Hot Springs
to Cloyd and Nellie Shortreed Dennis. They preceded him in death as well
as his first wife, Marnette Sue Smith Dennis. He was a graduate of Ouachita
Baptist University and sold franchises for TCBY during their hay day. He
was an avid baseball fan and player.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Dennis; one daughter, Jill and husband Dennis Thomas; three grandchildren, Adam Lee Thomas, Abby Susanna Thomas and Brooke Elizabeth Thomas; one brother, Bill Dennis and wife Beverly of Bryant; six step children and many step grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Trinity Church with Brother Bob Thornton officiating. [from Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services online obituary] [Class of 1958]
Dever, Frances Ida Williamson
- Frances Ida Williamson Dever, 84, of Hot Springs died on Saturday, March
20, 2010, in a local nursing facility. She was born on February 6, 1926,
in Hot Springs to the late William Roscoe and Ida Belle Jones Williamson.
She was a graduate of Hot Springs High School in 1944, a member of the Central
Baptist Church, the Ladies of 44, a former member of the Garland County
Historical Society, the Arkansas Archeology Society and was a retired timekeeper
for Arkansas Power and Light.
She was predeceased by her parents, one sister, Lois Hutchinson, and two brothers, Fred Williamson and Al Williamson.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bill “Bunny" and Linda Dever of Hot Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Earl van Boeschoten of Napa, California; one sister, Stella “Teta” Smith of California; four grandchildren, Devron Dever, Angela Dever Nuckolls, Tami Robbins and Robbie Robbins; and three great grandchildren, Annalise Nuckolls, Maraelynn Nuckolls and Madalynn Robbins.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 25, 2010, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 26, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hot Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Bill Blackmon officiating.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Robbins, Devron Dever, Earl van Boeschoten, Jim Moshinskie, Charles Moshinskie and Jamie Nuckolls.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Lester Dierksen Memorial Hospice, Ladies of 44,members of Central Baptist Church, the staff of Canyon Springs Nursing Home and Uneda Herron.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Memorials have been designated to the Lester Dierksen Memorial Hospice, 3648 North Hwy. 7, Hot Springs, AR 71909. [from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary] Class of 1943
Dickson, Robert L. - Mr. Robert L. Dickson, 35-year
resident of Pacific Palisades, California, passed away on Sunday, July 24,
2005, after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Dickson grew up in Hot Springs where his father, Constantine John, owned and operated an FM Radio Station, KGUS. His mother, Georgia, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He attended University of Texas at Austin, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration; then his Law Degree from University of Texas Law School.
After moving to Los Angeles, Mr. Dickson practiced law for 45 years, first at Haight, Dickson, Brown & Bonesteel, then later at Dickson, Carlson & Campillo. He specialized in pharmaceutical and medical device products litigation, trying over 250 jury cases. He was a pioneer in creating and implementing national coordination of mass tort litigation, including DES pharmaceutical cases and then breast implant national litigation.
He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and past president of the Federation and Defense and Corporate Counsel. He was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and past president of Southern California Defense Counsel. He was listed in Who's Who in America. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Civil Justice, The Society of Law and Medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Trial Advocacy. He lectured extensively for these organizations as well as for the California Bar Association Continuing Legal Education programs, the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association, the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers, and many others.
While residing in Pacific Palisades, Mr. Dickson helped coach the Westside Bruins Pop Warn Football team where his son, John, learned to play football. In 1992, he helped coach the Westside Bruins to a National Championship played in Las Vegas.
Mr. Dickson leaves behind his wife, Christina; six children, Robert Jr., Geoff, Chris, George Fulton, Alexandra and John; and his father, Constantine John Dickson of Hot Springs.
Services will be held at Corpus Christi Church at 1 Wednesday. [Sentinel-Record; date unknown] [Class of 1950]
Digby, Mary Faith Slack
- Mary Faith Digby, 72, of Hot Springs passed away Thursday, July 07, 2011.
She was of the Baptist faith; predeceased by her parents, Raymond and Vivian
Survivors include one daughter, Tracy Digby of Hot Springs.
There will be no services per Mary’s request; she will be cremated.
Memorials may be made to the Garland County Humane Society. [from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1956]
Dillard, Margaret Sue Connelly Echols -
Margaret Sue Echols-Dillard, 64, of Hot Springs, went to be with Her Lord on Saturday, May 5, 2007, with her family by her side.
She was born September 15, 1942, in Hot Springs to Herman J. and Christine McGill Connelly. She was a member of First Assembly of God and worked with Garland County, where she was a voter clerk.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Christine McGill and Herman J. Connelly; two husbands, Billy M. Echols and Charles Dillard; her son, Gary Echols and her daughter, Cheryl Parker.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Clara Echols of Mabelvale; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Judy Connelly of Hot Springs and Douglas and Jerri Connelly of Bossier City, Louisiana; three grandsons, Christopher Echols of Jonesboro, Bryan Echols of Mabelvale, Joshua Echols of Story; two granddaughters, Lauren Parker and Madison Parker, both of Hot Springs; many nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at Gross Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Rick Porter officiating.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Echols, Josh Echols, Chris Echols, Nathaniel Hammick, Gregory Morris, Jr. and Douglas Connelly, Jr. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gross Funeral Home. The family will be at 1100 Woodlawn Avenue, #44, after the service. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1960]
Dodd, Raymond - Ray Dodd,
83, of Hot Springs died Saturday, November 21, 2009, at a local hospital.
He was born September 20, 1926, to the late Hattie Young Dodd and Ernest
Dodd in Hot Springs. He was an Army veteran; he served in World War II and
Korean War. He was a retired carpenter and of Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Dodd of 62 years of Hot Springs; two sons and two daughters-in-laws, Larry and Noot Dodd of Thailand and Mike and Linda Dodd of Hot Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Don Everright of Royal, Arkansas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Helen Dodd and Derrel and Sharon Dodd, both of Hot Springs; one sister and brother-in law, Sandy and John Sparks of Dallas, Texas; thirteen grandchildren, twenty five great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 27, 2009, at Memorial Gardens with his grandsons, Jonah Dodd and Tom Hunter officiating.
Pallbearers are Angelo Bailey, Clint Harris, Seth Hunter, David Irpino, Steve Penor, Tommy Hampton and John Freeman.
Honorary pallbearers are Ralph Harrison, Sam Harrison, Wally Harrison, Arthur Austin, Ms. Lorin Harrison, Jr., Dr. Amr Bacil, Dr. Richard Finch, National Park Medical Center Med Surge, ICU and the case management department.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or charity of one's choice. [from Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1943]
Dorris, Jeanette Pickering
- Jeanette Dorris, 72, of Hot Springs, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011.
Born April 11, 1938, in Hot Springs, to Roy Paul and Emma Estelle Emory
Pickering, she was of the Baptist faith and was a devoted mother, grandmother
and great-grandmother. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, scrapbooking and
was a church organist. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald Dorris;
son-in-law, Wade Pike; and her parents.
Survivors include three daughters and one son-in-law, Kay and Dr. Raj Shroff, of Hot Springs, Kristy Pike, of Dallas, Texas, and Kim Newman, of Hot Springs; one brother and sister-in-law, Roy Jr. and Judy Pickering, of Buckville, Ark.; one sister and brother-in-law, LaVerne and Buddy Wilson, of Hot Springs; six grandchildren, Ashley, Jessica, Kyle, Bethany, Amanda and Alex; three great-grandchildren, Madison, Michael and Brianna; aunt, Inez Gibson, of Hot Springs; brother-in-law, Johnny Hunter; three nephews, Tommy, Tony and Trey; three nieces, Paula, Joy and Sonya.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Gross Funeral Home chapel with Brother Aaron Polk officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Kyle McKinney, Alex Akin, Roy Pickering, Jr., Buddy Wilson, Samuel Langston, Tommy Scott, Tony Wilson, Troy Pickering, Michael Polk, Gene Pennington and Earl Shelton.
The body will be cremated. [from The Sentinel-Record, March 15, 2011] [Class of 1956]
Douglass, Wayne L., Sr.
- Wayne L. Douglass Sr., 74, of Hot Springs passed away February 22, 2013,
at National Park Medical Center with his loving family at his side. Wayne
was born October 5, 1938, in Hot Springs; He was predeceased by his parents
Lee Andrew and Rubie Douglass both of Hot Springs.
He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Sara Martin Douglass, daughter Cynthia (Greg) Parker and Son Wayne L. Douglass Jr. (Lora) all of Hot Springs; five grandchildren Jesse Lee, Hannah Corinne, Kristopher Corey Parker, Paige Marie and Leigh Ann Douglass; a sister Pat (Carroll) Bridges, a brother Mark Thomas (Susan) Douglass; brother-in-law David Clifford (Safronia) Martin, Juliet Mitsy (Raymond) Findley, and Julia Bitty Martin; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his loyal companion Sammy.
In 1992, after serving his country and completing two tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam during conflict he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force as a SMSGT. Upon retirement he continued to work with the Disabled American Veterans at local state and national levels. He also was employed with the state of Arkansas Employment Security Division. He was an active member of the following organizations: Elks lodge #380, Disabled American Veterans, Athletic Commissioner for the state of Arkansas, member and deacon of Central Baptist Church, member of the Caleb Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, He was youth leader to the protestant youth group in Spangdahlem Germany, youth leader at Central Baptist and the Gideons.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Conly, Don Chmura, Larry Frazier, Howard Daniel, Rudy Bischof, Gene Watson, Jimmy Faulkner and Mike Dennis. Honorary pallbearers are Elks Lodge 380, Disabled American Veterans, Deacons of Central Baptist Church, Caleb Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, Staff of National Park Medical Center, Dr. Barony, Dr. Kaual, Dr. Shaw, VFW, Hot Springs High School class of 1958, Jim Geurin and Odyssey Hospice.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday February 25, 2013, at Gross Funeral Home. Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday February 26, 2013, at Gross Funeral Home with Pastor John McCallum, Brother Coy Sample and Brother Bill Harris officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1958]
Dowling, Ronald F. -
Ronald F. Dowling, 66, of Hot Springs, died Thursday, June 28, 2007, at
He was born July 17, 1940, in Hot Springs to the late William Floyd and Juanita (Winkle) Dowling.
Ronald graduated from Hot Springs High School, class of 1958 and went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas and was a devoted Razorback fan. He was a member of Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church.
He worked in the tile and marble business with his father and mother, also with the pipeline and retired as a long haul over the road truck driver from Ozark Motor Lines.
Ronald was a very loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved his family. He leaves a very devoted wife of 32 years, Jacqueline Murphy Dowling of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a son and daughter-in-law Steven and Darcy Dowling, and their children Cassidy, Erica, Randi and Morgan Dowling all of Swansea, Illinois; a daughter Rhonda Baker and her children Amanda and Amber Albright all of Malvern, Arkansas; a daughter and son-in-law Dana and Kevin Worth, and their children Alana and Emily Worth, of Pearcy, Arkansas; a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Kevin Burks, and their child Levi Burks, of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a stepson and daughter-in-law, James and Nicole Wallace, and their children Emily and Laney Wallace, of Malvern, Arkansas; a daughter and son-in-law Tina and Earl Sims, and their children Autumn and Kayla Sims, Soraya, Michael and Dreshauna Sims, and Parion and Ahman Johnson, all of Hot Springs, Arkansas; a brother Gary Dowling of Hot Springs; a sister Trelleya Merriott of Hot Springs; one cousin Elaine Shuffield of Arkadelphia; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of devoted friends. A sister Ruth Ann Dowling preceded him in death.
Pallbearers are Earl Sims, Kevin Burks, Levi Burks, James Wallace, Kevin Worth, Steven Dowling and Jim Edwards.
Honorary pallbearers are Richard and Delia Ashbaugh, Wayne and Dorothy Ratcliff, Betty Murphy, Roger and Betty Murphy, Dr. Greg St. John, Dr. Brian Reilly, Pat Muse, Carlene Warren, Lu Smith, Mary Reeves. Dr. Rhetta Stecker, the City of Hot Springs Underground Utility Barn, Jacks Pancake House, McClards Barbeque, Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church, the Hot Springs Police Department of Records, his hairstylist Brenda Hill, and Ozark Motor Lines.
Visitation will be Monday, July 2nd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 3rd at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeff Hill officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation or the National Kidney Foundation. [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1958]
Dugan, Allene - Allene Dugan, 81, of Hot Springs, died
Sunday, December 10, 2006, in a local hospital. Born September 4, 1925,
in Hot Springs to John William and Pearl Fleming Dugan, she was an active
member of First Baptist Church. She worked as a church secretary in Abilene,
Texas, for 30 years, returning home in 1990. She worked at Dillard's for
She was a loved sister and aunt. Her family will miss her.
She was predeceased by four brothers, Robert Franklin Dugan, James Francis Dugan, John William Dugan, Jr., and Richard Don Dugan; and three sisters, Vivian Elaine Turner, Dorothy Weatherford and Juanita Janette Spencer.
Survivors include two sisters, Lillian May Anderson and Patricia Ann DeWitt; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2006, at Morning Star Cemetery with Reverend John McCallum officiating. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Gross Funeral Home. [Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1946]
Dugan, James Patrick - James Patrick Dugan passed away
Wednesday, August 29, 2012. He was born February 24, 1918, to James and
Vera Dugan in Hot Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Nora Jenny and brothers, William and Joe of Hot Springs and Charles "Stuffy" of Blacksburg, Virginia, brother-in-law, Evelyn Young of Hot Springs and niece, Kelly Hunt of Blacksburg.
He is survived by son Mike and his wife Susan and granddaughter, Mary Kate of Hot Springs, sisters, Betty Shamblin and Clara Howard of Hot Springs along with sisters-in-law, Jacque Dugan of Pine Bluff and Betty Lou Dugan of Blacksburg, Virginia, nieces, Elizabeth Echols, Jorga Young, Dinah Marrall (Carl) of Hot Springs, Diann Jones (Stewart) of Pine Bluff, Melissa (Bill) Knoecke of Blacksburg, Virginia, and nephews, Jimmy Young (Vicky) of Hot Springs.
Pat retired as Airport Manager for the city of Hot Springs in 1983 after 34 years at Memorial Field. He was a flight instructor for 26 years and the FAA examiner for 18 years for Western Arkansas. During that time he gave thousands of flying lessons and hundreds of final check rides for pilots.
He was a 1937 graduate of Hot Springs High School. He played on the 1934 Hot Springs Junior High School undefeated State Championship football team and was selected as the All-State Quarterback in 1935.
In May of 1941 he joined the United States Marine Corps and during World War II he saw combat action with the Fifth Marines, 27th Raiders on Bougainville, Choiselle, Talaga and was on the first wave ashore at Iwo Jima where he was wounded on the fourth day receiving the Purple Heart. Following the war he served a year in China and a year as a drill instructor at Paris Island, South Carolina, before returning to Hot Springs.
Burial will be a private service at Greenwood Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are all his many friends and the pilots he taught over the years, also Bobby Cox, Chipper Jones, Greg Maddox, John Smoltz, Roger Staubach and Randy White.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hot Springs Boys and Girls Club. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1937]
Douglass, Lera Mavis
Griffin Contos - Lera Mavis Douglass, 84, of Hot Springs died
October 31, 2011, at her home. She was born in Hot Springs on September
29, 1927. She was the first of two children born to Othir David and Martha
Ellen Hammond Griffin. She graduated from Hot Springs High School.
Lera was preceded in death by her first husband, George James Contos, who died on June 28, 1992. They were married for 44 years and lived for many years in Oakland and Hayward, California, until George retired and they moved back to Hot Springs. Lera was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Hot Springs.
Lera is survived by her husband, George Douglass Jr., whom she married in 2000 at West Minister Presbyterian Church which they both attended. She is also survived by her son Greg Contos, his wife Karen, her grandchildren, Erica and Cristina (Spokane, Washington), her sister, Beverly Griffin Frazier and husband Leonard, of Hot Springs. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime friends.
One of Lera's passions was gardening and collecting rocks. She also traveled extensively throughout the United States and visited Tahiti, Hawaii, Canada and several countries in Europe.
Her memorial service will be held Thursday November 17, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of the West Minister Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Reverend Lacy S. Sellars, Jr., will officiate. [from Gross Funeral Home] [Class of 1946]
Duncan, J. Shelby - Bismarck
- J. Shelby Duncan, M.D., 67, of Bismarck, died Friday, April 8, 2005, at
Born July 20, 1937, in Nashville, Arkansas, to John Franklin, Jr., and Ethel Shelby Duncan, he was a graduate of Hot Springs High School and Henderson State Teachers College. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas Medical Science, received his M.D. degree in 1964, completed his internship and residency at the University of Arkansas Medical Center.
Dr. Duncan was a captain in the U.S. Air Force as a flight surgeon and staff physician at the V.A. Hospital. He began private orthopedic practice in Benton in 1971, becoming the first orthopedic surgeon in Saline County. He practiced general orthopedics in Benton and Malvern from 1971 until his retirement in 1998...
He was predeceased by his parents.
Survivors include one son, John S. Duncan, Jr., and wife, Tracey Duncan...
Graveside services are 11 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2005, at Greenwood Cemetery with the Reverend Roger Reid officiating.
Honorary pallbearers are Ralph Cash, Gordon Spivey, Don Keck, Mike Callahan, Fred Zipkes, Joe Stewart, Ed Hogaboom, and Troy Smith...
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, 800 Marshall St., Little Rock, AR 72202-3591. (Gross Funeral Home) [Sentinel-Record, April 9, 2005] [Class of 1955]