David H. Dees, Jr., 66, of North Little Rock, passed away on August 6, 2017.

He was born December 25, 1950 in Little Rock and was the son of the late David H. Dees, Sr., and Helen Kvaternik Dees. His family owned and operated the Ritz Restaurant for over 45 years.

After graduating from McGehee High School in 1969, Mr. Dees became active in the Shriners Club while in McGehee. He worked for the Cable Co. and then managed Staple Cotton before leaving McGehee. He worked for Simon & Simon Corp. in the mall business managing malls in Memphis, Tennessee and Lafayette, Louisiana before returning to Little Rock to manage the University Mall and McCain Mall. He left Simon & Simon Corp. and moved to San Jose, California for several years before returning to North Little Rock where he purchased the Best Shot Liquor Store. He later sold the liquor store and retired.

Mr. Dees had many talents and could fix just about anything. He enjoyed being called upon by his many friends whenever they needed him. He also enjoyed making furniture in his spare time and was very gracious in giving pieces he made to family and friends.

He is survived by his sister, Pat Sherland (Raymond) Day of McGehee; nieces, Marcy (Bryan) Smith of Newport and Sarah Jane (Mitchell) Thiele of Fort Smith; a nephew, Mike (Jackie) Sherland of Ridgewood, New Jersey, and their children, Garrett Smith and Madelyn Smith, Mark Mitchell Thiele, Andrew Sherland, and Liam Sherland.

A rosary service will be held on Saturday, August 19 from 1:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, followed by a visitation from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow visitation at 3 p.m. at McGehee Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Creutzfeldt-Jakob (Prion) Disease Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 5312, Akron, OH 44334.

A special thanks to three special people who helped care for him during his illness, Suzanne Moss, Carol Carson and Lemuel Tubbs.

 

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