Samuel “Dick” Lawlis Jr., 97, of Siloam Springs, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at the Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale.
Dick was born on April 6, 1922 in Oklaunion, Texas, a son of Samuel D Lawlis Sr. and Maggie Butler Lawlis. He married Juanita Strickland on April 16, 1941.
Dick and his family owned Lawlis Dairy and delivered raw milk in glass bottles for over 40 years.
He was a long standing member of the 1st Christian Church where he served as a Deacon. He was the oldest member since the church began.
His greatest joy was family and welcoming everyone to Sunday night dinners at his beloved farm.
Being an avid golfer, he had many friends on the Siloam golf course.
He was voted outstanding farmer and he sponsored many FFA field trips to the farm during school years.
He is survived by his son, Brian Lawlis and wife Bambi of Siloam Springs; two daughters, Donnita Gray and husband Walter of Siloam Springs, and Larrita Canova and husband Dennis of Springdale; a son in law, Dale Akins of Siloam Springs; 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife Juanita and his daughter Rebecca Akins
Funeral Services will be held at the First Christian Church of Siloam Springs on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 2:00pm. Pastor Joel Rutherford and Pastor Wayne Thomas will officiate the service. Burial will be conducted at the Oak Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home. To sign online guestbook please go to www.backstrom-pyeatte.com.
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