James Francis Duggan

Friday, October 28, 2011

James Francis Duggan, also known as "Jimmy" or "Duggan", was born into this life on March 2, 1941 in Worcester, MA and departed this life on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at St. John's Hospital, Springfield, MO at the age of 70.

At the age of 13, Jimmy and his mother and father moved to Florida City, FL where he met and married Patsy Jo (Bennett) Duggan Johns and three daughters were born of this union. For almost 20 years Jimmy owned and operated Duggan Construction & Crane Service. In his early 30s Jimmy moved to Green Forest to begin his life with his second wife Carol (Borkowski) Duggan. In 1976 Jimmy began Diamond J.D., Inc. and began to learn all he could about cattle ranching and farm living. Jimmy was a member of the Cattlemen's Association. He was especially fond of Tiny Fryar and the Fryar boys, Shannon, Shane and Sheldon who have assisted him throughout the years. The Fryar boys will continue to work his cattle and assist his grandson's on the farm. Jimmy was a simple man, though not professionally educated; he was an intelligent man and held a wealth of knowledge about life and living. He was always available for "Reality Checks" and served his family and friends with an open heart, kind words and a listening ear. He loved the country life and being with his family. If you knew him well, you were sure to hear about his air boats, his glade buggies and alligator hunting in the Florida swamps. He lived life to the fullest and loved being with his friends and enjoying his hobbies.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Duggan. He leaves behind one sister, Gearldine "Gerry" Fisher of Homestead, FL; three daughters, all of Carroll County, AR, Deberor "Debbie" Norman, Kathrine "Kathy" and husband David Gardner, and Connie "Peewee" and husband David Proctor. Jimmy had six grandchildren Wesley Gardner, Jesse and wife Whitney Gardner, Jeffery Gardner, Leah and husband Derek Atchley, all of Green Forest, AR, Jake and wife Stephiane Norman of Brighton, MO and Brandon and wife Ashley Norman of Mt. Home, ID. He had five great-grandchildren, Payton, Kanten, Avaley, Hunter, Hayden and Lizzie. Though he never had any sons he thought of the Fryar boys as his own. Longtime friend, Doug Sunday of Interprise, AL who lived in this area for a time, will present a eulogy.

A memorial service will be presented by Brother Billy Williams on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Head School House on Highway 311 in Green Forest under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the Guillain Barre' Syndrome Foundation, The Holly Building, 104 Forest Ave., Narbeth, PA 19072. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.