Richard "Bone" Hamby

Monday, December 6, 2004

Richard "Bone" Hamby, longtime Eureka Springs businessman and co-founder of Planter's Paradise Greenhouses and Landscaping, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in the surgical intensive unit of the Northwest Arkansas Medical Center after battling a lengthy illness. His former wife and lifetime friend, Gerri Hamby, was with him.

Hamby was born in Kingsport, Tenn., the son of Simon P. and Natalie S. Hamby.

In 1977, Richard and Gerri moved to Eureka Springs from Daytona Beach, Fla. They opened Planter's Paradise in 1980.

Hamby was a disabled veteran who served with the Air Force in Vietnam.

In addition to Gerri, Hamby is survived by five children, Shawn and her husband, Kevin Caldwell and their sons, Tyler and Jordan, of Severn, Md.; Donna and her husband, Damon Hunley and their daughter Madyson and son Cameron of Chesterfield, Va.; Richard Jonathon and Vivian Hamby and Emily Rose and her husband, Michael and their son Stephen Preston Efird of Springdale; and Harley Thomas Hamby of Eureka Springs; a brother, Scott Hamby and a sister and brother-in-law, Bob, and Debi Coffman, all of Kingsport. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sandra H. Woods.

A private memorial service will be held on the top of Paradise Mountain, where Bone's ashes will be spread.