William Franklin Teeter

William “Bill” Franklin Teeter, 84, of Tillar passed away on August 6, 2020 in Dumas.

Born in Pottsville, Arkansas on July 14, 1936, Mr. Tetter was the son of the late, Paul William Teeter and Thelma Agnes Rankin Teeter. His parents and a brother, Rankin Teeter preceded him in death.

Mr. Teeter served as the Conservation District Director Emeritus, Federal Land Bank Association Director, director of the National Association of Conservation Districts, and the chairman of National Association of Conservation Districts Soil Stewardship Committee. He was a member of the Arkansas Association of Conservation for 50 years and served as president, secretary, and treasurer.

His other leadership roles included vice chairman of the University of Arkansas Agricultural Development Council, president of Southeast Area of Arkansas Conservations District, founder of Dumas State Bank, and Simmons Bank Board member. He was a member of the Dumas Chamber of Commerce, Soil Conservation Society of America, and Chicot-Desha Metropolitan Port Authority as well as former president of the Desha County Farm Bureau. In addition, Mr. Teeter was director of Delta Crop Management, Inc., MS&T Flying Service, Inc., Loyd Implement and Supply Company of Dumas and Dumas Farmers Cooperative.

He was awarded Farm Family of the Year 1984 and Conservation Tillage Cotton Farmer of the Year. He was a Conservation Hall of Fame inductee and Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame inductee.

Outside of his professional life, Mr. Teeter was an active member of the First United Methodist Church serving as a member of the choir and building committee in addition to Sunday School Superintendent. Mr. Teeter was also chosen Ding Dong Daddy of Dumas in 2005.

Survivors are his wife, Shirley Teeter of Tillar; two daughters, Lorrie (Ken) Holt of Dumas and Lisa (David) Holland of Camden; two sisters, Theva Jimenez of LaJunta Colorado and Patsy Blount of Independence, Missouri; five grandchildren, Megan Leanne (John) Shull, Lauren Ashley (Chris) Grillis, Sarah (Murray) Benton, Julie Beth (Bennett) Gardner and Kathryn (Dalton) Smith, four great granddaughters, Ava Marie Shull, Dylan Grillis, Charlotte Ann Shull, Holland Rose Benton.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2020 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Dumas prior to funeral services with Covid 19 safety precautions in place for safety of family and friends. Funeral services will follow visitation at 2 p.m. at the church. Dr. Tandy Hanson will officiate. Burial will be at Jefferson Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas.