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Samuel "Dick" D. Lawlis

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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The memories I have of Dick have lasted me a lifetime and will continue till I'm gone. He has left this Earth but he will always be in our hearts.

James M Collins Dec 31 2019 12:00 AM

Evangeline---it's been so many years!

James M Collins Dec 31 2019 12:00 AM

Uncle Dick have gave me so many fond memories to hold of him and his family. He always called me Rooster, spending a few summers at his house and how he would always take time to saddle up the Shetland pony to ride, squirting me with milk in the milk house, his Irish Setter he hunted quail over, and even the phone call when Arkansas beat Oklahoma. Most of he treated everyone as family and being around him you could not help but take some of his wit and playful joking along with you and I see that in my Dad and Uncles. Thank you for the memories Uncle Dick you will be missed. Love Chris, Sherri, Michael and Sean Collins.

Michael Collins Dec 31 2019 12:00 AM

I have many happy memories of my family's trip to Arkansas when I was about 10 and my brother 11. We had such a good time at Dick and Juanita's ! Dick was so much fun and such a character; we all loved his sense of humor. What a wonderful legacy he has left for his devoted children and all of his beloved family. He witnessed for his faith and brightened the lives of those who lived around him. " Well done, my good and faithful servant, " certainly applies to Dick Lawlis.

Evangeline Gant Dec 29 2019 12:00 AM

The most wonderful uncle in the world has left this world yo be with his beloved wife snd daughter. The memories the Collins family have of our times together, the laughter the great food prepared, just the many times we spent together. Dick and Juanita were the ultimate Uncle and Aunt. Love to the family. Our sympathy and prayers are with you. Love to all from Bill, Marcia, Jimmy, Pam, and David.

Marcia Collins Folger Dec 29 2019 12:00 AM

Mr.Lawlis always had the greatest sense of humor. I was blessed to have known him and partake in his care for a year. He always had a basket of suckers for us girls. I was quite fond of him and proud to have known such a wonderful person. Sorry for his family as they deal with his loss. He can finally be with his beloved wife once again.

Amanda Snarr Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

good memories of Dick & Juanita. a dear sweet couple. our thoughts & prayers are with all the family.

Dave & Maxine Joseph

maxine joseph Dec 27 2019 12:00 AM

I was dicks nurse for a few years now he was "grandpa" to me. We would watch the cardinals play whenever I worked an evening shift and could stop in his room for a few minutes. It started when i was telling him a story of my grandparents. At the end i shared that my only grandfather had passed away when I was 14. Without skipping a beat he said I'll be your grandpa then. He was such an amazing person. Every morning we would hug and say hello grandpa and he would follow with hello grand daughter. He will be missed forever..

Felicia hodge Dec 26 2019 12:00 AM