Harry Lee “Buddy” McCaskill, 92, of Warren, passed away on January 14, 2019.
He was born on December 27, 1926 in Malvern and was the son of the late John McCaskill and Mildred Taylor McCaskill.
In addition to his parents, Mr. McCaskill was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Ernest Jones.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen McCaskill; daughters, Donna Smith of Wynne and Cheryl McCaskill of Warren; his sister, Jane Jones of Wynne; three granddaughters, Sunne Moore (Stephen), Jill Davis (Chris), and Robin Fowler (Bart); 10 great grandchildren, all from Wynne, and many nieces, nephews, and good friends.
Growing up at the McCaskill Drug Store, Mr. McCaskill learned the value of serving others by working behind the soda fountain and later alongside his dad with the business.
A true servant, he served his country during WWII, as well as countless hours volunteering with the Bradley County Veterans Museum. He served on the program committee and participated in the annual Memorial Day and Veterans Day services.
He was humbled to be invited for veteran’s appreciation on WWII Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2014. He served as chairman of Bradley County Veterans, Inc., the only WWII veteran on the board, and was a member of the American Legion.
He served his church as an elder, on various committees, as the “go-to” person when anything needed attention, and always made sure there were fresh donuts and coffee. He was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church since moving to Warren in 1936.
Serving his community was always important to him. He was on the Board of Directors for the Bradley County Fair, the Warren Housing Authority Board, the Tomato Market Board, the Bradley County Board of Education, the Bradley County Economic and Industrial Development Committee, the Fair and Market Association, and was a past member of both the Warren Lions Club and the Rotary Club.
Mr. McCaskill also served his community as the executive director of the Bradley County Chamber of Commerce, and the past chairman of the Bradley County Pink Tomato Festival. He was instrumental in the success of many festivals and activities to promote Warren and Bradley County.
He was a recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award, recognizing his contributions throughout the years. He was always available and ready to serve, valued his family and friends, and knew the benefit of a good laugh, social connections, and recognizing priorities.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Warren with Rev. David Richie and Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the church at 12 p.m. prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to the Bradley County Veterans Museum, 210 N. Main Street, Warren, AR. 71671.