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Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard – EMT#10699







Scotty Douglas “Doug” Deckard, 51, of Quitman, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017. Born July 27, 1965 in Heber Springs to Richard Lee and Marilyn Martin Deckard, Doug, as he is known by everyone, was a communications dealer for Hyteria Radio.
Doug made his life as a public servant. Beginning his fire service career in 1981 at age 16 and becoming an EMT in 1986, he had served as Chief for the Quitman Fire Department, Director of Quitman EMS, and was the Chief of Cove Creek-Pearson Fire Department for the last several years. Doug also served as Constable of his township and Director of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue. Doug also served on many communications and fire committees and board. Whenever someone needed something, Doug was there. Doug was also a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church since 1975.
Doug is survived by his mother, Marilyn Deckard; uncle Dale and Charlotte Deckard and Harmon Deckard; and his Cove Creek-Pearson Fire Department family and a host of many friends and other family.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Lee Deckard; paternal grandparents Carl and Zelmer Deckard; maternal grandparents George and Pearl Martin.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Quitman. Funeral Services will be Friday, May 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Quitman with Brother Darriel Ezell and Pastor Paige Gustin officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Pall Bearers are Cove Creek Pearson Fire Department.

LT. Jason Adams – Firefighter/First Responder

May 21, 1986 – January 22, 2016

Lieutenant R. Jason Adams, 29, died January 22nd, 2016 in the line of duty while responding to a medical call. He is preceded in death by his beloved grandmother, Carrie Adams, his sister Tamara Adams Stearns, and his father Ronald Bruce Adams. He is survived by his love of his life, Jeannie De Meyere, his mother Phylis Stroud Farley, grandparents Frances and David Miles, sister Amanda Stroud, brothers Dakota and Colton Adams and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jason Adams was born on May 21st, 1986 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. A lifetime resident of North Little Rock, Jason was a 2005 graduate of Sylvan Hills High School. Following graduation, he worked for Kroger, Direct TV and Philander Smith College before graduating from the Arkansas Fire Training Academy, Firefighter Standards in April 2012. Following graduation, he was immediately hired by the Sherwood Fire Department.

What many don’t know about Jason is the fact that he was a two-time cancer survivor. While undergoing chemotherapy treatment for his second battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, his interest in the fire service was sparked when he was assisted by a volunteer firefighter who responded to his home. The spark developed into a fully-involved 10-year love affair with the fire service as he went on to become a member of East Pulaski County Fire Department, where he served as training officer. He also was a member of Sherwood Fire Department, and Scott Fire Department. Additionally, he was a member of Arkansas Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1, served as an adjunct instructor for the Arkansas Fire Training academy, and was a trustee of Sherwood Firefighter’s Association-Local 4756.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lt. Jason Adams Memorial Fund, c/o of US Bank, benefiting Arkansas Volunteer Fire Departments and Firefighters. Memorials for this fund may also be mailed to Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 6689, Sherwood, AR 72124.

Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m., Thursday at McArthur Church in Jacksonville. Burial will be in Arkansas Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the church.

Wayne Hartness – EMT# 14458

Wayne Hartness
Date Of Birth: 11/17/1962

Wayne Hartness, 52, of Wooster, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, September 7, 2015. He was born on Saturday, November 17, 1962, in McGee, Arkansas to E. Juanita (Johns) Hartness and the late Robert F. Hartness.

He was survived by his loving wife of thirty-two years, Donna (Casteel) Hartness; his son, Clay Hartness and wife Heather his daughter, Ricki (Hartness) Isom and husband Steven; grandchildren; Harlee and Asher Hartness and Ella and Fisher Isom; brother, Lamar Hartness and wife Tina; sister, Glenda Priest and husband Eric; nephews, Billy, Kenny, and Matthew Hartness who stayed by his side; along with numerous other nieces, nephews, family, friends, and Fire Service Brothers .

Wayne was truly a humble hero in his community with three main passions in life: Faith, Family and Firefighting. He and his family attended First Baptist Church in Wooster where he served as deacon for many years. He served for thirty-four years as a volunteer firefighter for the Wooster community including ten years as chief. He gladly served the Conway Fire Department for twenty-three years as Engineer. During that time, he established new classes as an advocate for Cancer Awareness within the fire service. He had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, riding horses and playing sports with his kids. However, Wayne’s greatest joy was his role as “Papa” to his four beautiful grandchildren who had his heart.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Wooster First Baptist Church.

Funeral service is set for 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 10, 2015 at New Life Church in Conway with Brother Keith Hicks officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery with Myron Milholland officiating.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to The Conway Fire Department Benevolent Fund. 1401 Caldwell, Conway, AR 72034.

Darrell Alan King – EMT# 14680


Darrell Alan King, 45, of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas passed away Monday, October 27th, at White County Medical Center in Searcy, Arkansas. Darrell was born in Highland, Illinois on July 10, 1969, the son of Patricia Ann (Seitz) and Darrell Udell King. On August 7, 1994 he married Vicki Lynn Keast in Horseshoe Bend and together they had 6 wonderful children whom he loved dearly. He served four years in the U.S. Navy. Darrell was employed as a Paramedic for NorthStar EMS for over 20 years. He loved helping people and lived that out day by day. Darrell was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for many years and was a member of the Arkansas EMT Association, Arkansas Paramedic Society and National Registry of Paramedics. He received Paramedic of the Year in 2011. Darrell is survived by his wife, Vicki King of the home, his parents, Patricia and Darrell King of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, his 2 brothers, Stefan Paul King and wife Stephanie of Edwardsville, Illinois and Nicholas King and wife Emily of Mount Pleasant, Arkansas, his children, Kyle King and fiance Laura of Mountain View, Arkansas, Chris King, Patrick King, Alex King, Jenifer King, and Samantha King all of the home, and one son Darrell King JR of Pasign, Philippines, 2 granddaughters, Abby Stair and Kinsley King and many nieces and nephews. He was known for always helping people and having a kind word to say every time you spoke with him. Darrell loved his family with all his heart and his work family as well. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 29th at Doty Family Funeral and Memorial Service beginning at 5:00 PM. Funeral Service will be held Friday, October 31st at First Baptist Church Horseshoe Bend beginning at 4:00 PM with internment to follow at Evening Shadows Memorial Park in Horseshoe Bend. There will be an additional service beginning at 1:00 PM at First Assembly of God Church, 211 South Benton, Searcy, Arkansas 72143. Memorials may be sent to NorthStar EMS c/o The Darrell King Memorial Fund 1701 East Beebe-Capps, Searcy, Arkansas 72143. Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral and Memorial Service of Horseshoe Bend.
Charitable donations may be made in Darrell’s memory to the following organization:
NorthStar EMS c/o The Darrell King Memorial Fund
1701 East Beebe – Capps, Searcy, Arkansas 72143

Chief Ricky Lee Winkles, Sr. EMT# 12130

Ricky Lee Winkles

Ricky Lee Winkles

February 5, 1960 – January 28, 2014

Chief Ricky Lee Winkles, Sr., of Trumann, Ark., died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., at the age of 53 years, 11 months and 23 days. He was born Friday, February 5, 1960 in Trumann, Ark., and had lived his lifetime in Trumann. He was the fire chief for the City of Trumann Fire Department, a reserve deputy for Poinsett County Sherriff’s Department, veteran of the Army National Guard, a Master Mason and was a member of McCormick Baptist Church. Mr. Winkles was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia A. Whitsett and his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Bonnie Holt Winkles of the home, two sons, Ricky (Misty Barnes) Winkles, Jr., and Jeremy (Lauren) Winkles of Trumann; four grandchildren, Dixie Winkles, Reed Morgan, Shawn Winkles and Kain Winkles; parents, Carl and Shirley Winkles of Trumann; two sisters, Carolyn (Doug) Qualls of Trumann and Sherri (Randy) Tribble of Jonesboro, one brother, Randy (Lori) Winkles of Tucson, AZ and his father and mother in law, Frank “Bud” and Joyce Hamby of Trumann.

Lasting memorials can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospi- tal, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Burn Center, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Ark., 72202-3591 and Make A Wish Foundation.

Mr. Donald Eugene Girod – EMT#17246

May 9, 1968 – July 7, 2013

Don Girod

Don Girod

Don Girod, age 45 of Leslie, Arkansas passed from this life on Sunday, July 07, 2013 at the North Arkansas Regional Medical Center Ambulance Bay in Marshall, Arkansas. He was born in Merced, CA on May 09, 1968 to Loyd D. (Doc) and Faye (McIntosh) Girod. At the age of 2, Don moved with his family to Searcy County Arkansas. The remainder of his life was spent here in this beautiful place that he called home. On April 18, 1996 he married Sandra Horton. To this union two beautiful daughters were born—Brittney Ann and Kasey Dawn. He loved them very much.

Don had a variety of things he enjoyed doing. This included riding 4-wheelers; fishing and hunting; working; being a volunteer fireman; serving as a youth minister; chaplain; and being an EMT/Paramedic. He loved people and doing things for people. He was President of the Senior Class of 1986 at Leslie. Classmates have shared how he always made them smile and laugh. A former teacher considered him a special person and a friend. People who have called for an ambulance have told how he helped them and offered to accompany them on to other places if they desired. One childhood friend called him a good, simple and Godly man. Youth at church have referred to him as a father figure. Just someone he talked to shared that Don encouraged him to pursue becoming an EMT. So many people have mentioned his smile and friendliness. New arrivals to Searcy County have mentioned that he always made them feel welcome. A co-worker stated that although work would now be difficult, Don’s words came to mind, “You know the folks in this community and all of Searcy County still has to be taken care of and it’s up to you all to do it for me now….SO GET TO IT!!” He was a big man with a big heart. He cared about people physically and he cared about their souls and them having God in their life. All who came in contact with him will miss him greatly.

He was preceded in death by his father, Loyd (Doc) Girod.

Survivors include his wife Sandra (Horton) Girod and daughters, Brittney and Kasey of the home; his mother, Faye Girod of Leslie; his brother, Dewayne and wife Kathy of Hartselle, AL; his sisters, Sonya Wilson and husband Lonnie of Big Flat and Rhonda McMahan and husband Mike of Watson, AR; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other family members, friends and acquaintances.

Donations are being accepted in memory of Don Girod at the Homebank of Arkansas, PO Box 1282, Marshall, AR, 72650.