Dr. Robert M. Spurlin, DDS

Friday, May 13, 2011

Dr. Robert M. Spurlin, DDS longtime resident of Berryville, AR, was born September 6, 1938 in Louis-ville, KY, a son of Dr. Robert Parker, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth (Meyer) Spurlin. He departed this life Monday, May 9, 2011 in Berryville, at the age of 72 years.

Dr. Spurlin was a third generation dentist for 47 years following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. He obtained his undergraduate from the University of Arkansas and his dental degree from the University of Missouri KC. He loved farming and was an avid gardener. From 1969-1979 he and his wife owned a commercial greenhouse. They built Hickory Ridge Plaza and owned it from 1979-1989. He loved bird hunting and traveling.

On January 29, 1960, Robert was united in marriage with Louise Ryland Pistole who survives him of the home. He is also survived by one daughter, Laura and husband, Larry Clynch of Alpharetta, GA; one sister, Marilyn and husband John Holland of Rogers, AR; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Robert Parker, Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Spurlin; one daughter, Sara Elizabeth; one son, Robert Stephen; and one brother, Dr. John Parker Spurlin.

There will be no visitation. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Berryville United Methodist Church with Reverend Ed Pinkston officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Interment will be in the Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, First National Bank of Green Forest, Attention: Tiffany Ball, P.O. Box 272, Berryville, AR 72616; Berryville United Methodist Church, Highway 62 West, Berryville, AR 72616 or to the Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, 1 Children's Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202-3591. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.