Dr. Harry Dee Starnes of Clinton, Ark., passed away at the age of 72 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock on May 3, 2014. He was born and raised in Walnut Ridge, Ark.
Harry graduated from the University of Arkansas. After obtaining his medical degree, he served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon in Vietnam. He practiced medicine for over 40 years in many parts of the country and returned to his home state to settle in Clinton, Ark., in 1993. In Clinton, Dr. Starnes helped build the new regional medical facility to serve the people of North Central Arkansas.
Dr. Starnes was a man of deep reflection, passion and integrity with an enduring sense of purpose and compassion for his patients, his colleagues, his friends and his family. His loving kindness and healing hands will live on in all that he touched. He made a difference in people’s lives and he will be missed by many.
Dr. Starnes is survived by his wife Connie; daughters Jennie Starnes Campbell Hitchcock (Alan) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sarah Starnes Baguley (Chris) of Little Rock, Ark.; sons Michael Starnes of Orlando, Fla., and Dr. Harrison Benjamin Starnes (Katy) of Little Rock, Ark.; sister Sandra Sue Starnes of Little Rock, Ark.; and grandchildren Heather Campbell of Knoxville, Tenn., Harrison Michael Starnes of Orlando, Fla., and Alexander James Starnes of Little Rock, Ark. Louise and Joe Starnes of Walnut Ridge, Ark., and Bob Starnes of Booneville, Ark., preceded Dr. Starnes in death.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in memory of Dr. Starnes to Van Buren County Library, 119 Shake Rag Road Clinton, Arkansas 72031 or the Clinton United Methodist Church. Memorial service 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Clinton United Methodist Church with Pastor George Odell officiating. Cremation and Memorial Service Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Ark. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
J. Ramsey Williams
Reverend J. Ramsey Williams 84, of Clinton, Arkansas, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 4, 2014. He was born August 30, 1929, in Malvern, Arkansas to the late Jesse James and Gladys L. (O’Neal) Williams.
Ramsey was very much a family man. He grew up with four rambunctious brothers and three loving sisters. There were wonderful times to be had down at the "Old Home-place", stories that he continued to tell often. Then came along the love of his life, his wife Nelva. He loved her with all his heart and anyone that knew the two of them knew they were still in love to the day of her death. His "pride and joy" was his daughter Kathy. And she was and always will be a total Daddy’s girl. He loved his son-in-law Bob so much and always called him his son. Then came the two most precious gifts, his grandsons, Brandon and Paul. He beamed with such pride anytime he spoke of them and enjoyed every moment he got with them. They were loved beyond measure by their grandpa.
Ramsey held various job titles throughout his life. But his greatest love was that of an Assembly of God ordained minister. From preaching his first sermon as a young teenager to becoming an evangelist and then on to pastoring several churches, Ramsey truly was a Man of God. He was the most comfortable behind the pulpit preaching God’s Word. He had a very compassionate heart and loved his church family immensely. Heaven is much fuller today because of his obedience to always listen to God’s leading for sharing his salvation with those he came in touch with.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 60 years Nelva C. (Crouse) Williams, grandson Brandon Tyler Bradford, three brothers, Ed, Joe, and Ken Williams.
He is survived by his daughter, Kathy Bradford and husband Bobby of Clinton, Arkansas; grandson, Paul Andrew Bradford of Springfield, Missouri; three sisters, Adell Spears of Malvern, Arkansas, Mary Lou Douglas of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Sue Mitchell and husband J.D. of Malvern, Arkansas; many nieces, nephews and close friends.
Pallbearers: Don Williams, Ken Mitchell, Dennis Mitchell, Curt Hagerty, Steve Williamson, Donnie Collins, and Jim Hawk.
Honorary Pallbearers: Harry Pritchett, Don Ray Williams. David Williams, Ron Williams, Sonny Hall, and Aaron Duvall.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. and Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel Clinton, Arkansas, with Pastors Michael Powers, Bud Avants, and Terry Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Pee Dee Cemetery Clinton, Arkansas.
Donations can be made to: Arkansas Hospice 1105 Deer Street, Suite 10 Conway, Arkansas 72032.
Funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Arkansas. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.