Larry Ross Hillis, 80, of Dumas, passed away in Dumas on February 23, 2018.
He was born on August 8, 1937 in Redfield, and was the son of the late Chester and Ara Moring Hillis. His parents and a grandson, Lanny Patrick Sack preceded him in death.
Mr. Hillis graduated from Plum Bayou High School in Wright, Arkansas, with tales still being told about his time there. He was a farmer and lived in England for about 40 years where he and his friends enjoyed participating in much mischief. In 1979, he moved to Dumas and continued to build on that reputation.
Larry lived a thousand years in the 80 that God gave him here on earth. He was a man who enjoyed life to the fullest and had a firm understanding of all the things that were most important. He was a man who knew his Savior, loved his family, his many friends and was a faithful member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He was a very generous man and the members of his church and community, in England and Dumas, felt that compassion in real ways, whether it was in a financial way or a physical way, he was the first to meet a need.
He was fortunate enough to have a long list of good and happy times in his life, but his single greatest accomplishment was marrying his wife and best friend, Patricia Morrison Hillis, who supported him in all his “glory days”, more importantly, took such loving care of him in the last few months of his life when living was not much fun. He enjoyed flying (and scaring the heck out of first time passengers), farming, hunting with his family and friends. He loved a good rare steak and looked forward to a hot cup of coffee with all his buddies at Cash’s every morning.
Larry lived life just like he wanted. He touched many people in his life, some were willing and several not so willing. He laughed often, many times when not particularly appropriate, and those close to him said he never had much of a filter. Larry was always so much fun to be around. He had a great sense of humor that was very creative and sometimes outrageous! He was a great story teller and you can rest assured that at least 50 percent of the stories were true or at least partially true. His grandchildren loved those tales and thought he was the coolest “Big Daddy” that ever lived.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Pat; two sons, Greg (Sheree) Hillis of Pickens and Doug (Carrie) Hillis of Conway; three daughters, Vicky (Bill) James of Russellville, Shelley Sack of Winnetka, Illinois and Stacy Roebuck of Dumas; his loving sisters, Judy (Gene) Holman of Conway and Linda (George) Elias of Cummings, Georgia. He was also blessed with eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren with two more in the oven.
Visitation will be held on Monday, February 26 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Faith Center in Dumas.
Funeral services held Monday at 10 a.m. at the church with Rev. Julius Carter officiating. Burial will follow service at 3 p.m. at Mulberry Cemetery in England, Arkansas.
Pallbearers are his grandchildren, Matt Hillis, Jordan Hillis, Trey James, Jon Ross James, Kyle Hillis, Peyton Hillis, Haley Hillis Davis and Zachary Sack. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Maynard, Adrian Ward, Jimmy Moss, Herschel Neeley, Dane Neeley, Danny Day, Jr., Woodie Castleberry and Jake Jacobs.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Missionary Baptist Church113 North John Street, Dumas, Arkansas 71639, American Cancer Society, Delta Memorial Hospital or charity of the donor’s choice.