Hollis Erwin Fair, 89, of Heber Springs, and longtime resident of Forrest City, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Searcy.
Hollis was born in Oden, to Henry Alvin and Dessie Leona (Barber) Fair on Nov. 29, 1927. He was the youngest of eight children: Raymond, Bernice, Sharon, Juanita, Neubern, Wanda and Winnie. At 16, Hollis joined the Navy and served in the Pacific during WWII. When he returned to the States after serving his country, he married Judith Stiles of Aubrey. The couple were married until Judy’s death in 1967. He later married Joyce (Renfro) Chism of Forrest City and they were married until his death.
During his career days and particularly after retirement, Hollis could be found working in his garden or his workshop, serving at church, or spending time with family. He was a man of integrity who had a heart for people, and a keen insight and wisdom as a father. He will be greatly missed.
Hollis leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Joyce Fair of Heber Springs; sons Larry Fair and wife Melanie of Bridgeport, Texas, Donnie and Wayne Chism, formerly of Forrest City, and Michael Chism, of Forrest City; daughter, Peggy Smith and husband Tim of Forrest City; grandchildren Laura Moore and husband Scott of Wylie, Texas, Stacy Bost of Lubbock, Texas, Taylor Chism and Lauren Smith, both of Forrest City, and Savannah Chism of Elgin, Ill.; great-grandchildren Bella and Grayson Moore of Wylie, Chay Long of Jonesboro and Paisley Chism of Forrest City; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, one hour prior to the service at 2 p.m., at Sugarloaf Baptist Church in Heber Springs, officiated by Bro. John Criswell and Bro. J.E. Hughes. Burial will follow in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers are Dennis Zelinski, John Hall, Don Dunavant, Michael Chism, Roger Rutherford and Scott Moore.
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