Roger Farnsworth

Friday, April 26, 2019

Roger Gilbert Farnsworth of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was born June 28, 1933, in Bristol, Virginia, to Clyde Arthur and Deva Marie (Baldwin) Farnsworth. He departed this life on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the age of 85.

Roger earned his Eagle Scout Award, the Boy Scouts highest rank. He enjoyed many summer camps and camporees in the Sequoyah Council, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Throughout his life Roger loved music and movies. He played the baritone horn while in high school and also had a beautiful baritone voice where he sang in many church choirs.

At age 16, Roger carved from a block of wood, a model car 12-15 inches in length. He traveled to Detroit, Michigan, Mackinac Island where he was awarded a certificate of Design and Craftsmanship from the Fisher Body Craftsman Guild.

Roger attended the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. As a cadet he played the bugle and received honors. Roger marched with the Citadel Band in the parade for President Eisenhower’s inauguration in 1953.

Enlisting in the Army in 1953, Roger served in Korea and received a National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, and United Nations Service Medal for Marksmanship.

After serving in the Army, Roger worked with his father who owned Duvall’s Marina, Inc. “The Boat Store” located in Los Angeles, California. At that time he also attended UCLA and was only one credit short of receiving his BA degree.

Roger enjoyed theater acting parts around the country and traveled extensively throughout the US with his parents. In the early 1980s, he settled and lived the rest of his life in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He will be missed by his friends at Brighton Ridge.

He is survived by his niece Donna Crisp, her husband Gordon of Memphis, Tennessee and many other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Clyde Arthur and Deva Marie (Baldwin) Farnsworth and his brother Harold Cecil Farnsworth.

Graveside service and interment for Roger Gilbert Farnsworth will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Eureka Springs Cemetery in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at