In Memoriam: Carroll County residents leave legacy of service

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Carroll County lost some noteworthy individuals in 2019, and their loss continues to be felt by the community.

Here’s a look back at some of the county’s notable residents who passed away in the past year, in alphabetical order.

Vol Brashears Jr.

Vol Brashears Jr. died May 15 in Fayetteville at the age of 96. A Berryville native, he served as a pilot during World War II and later worked in the Pentagon. He and his wife, Helen, returned to Berryville in 1977 to help his parents with the family business, Brashears Furniture.

“Vol loved almost everything about the furniture business, including the many employees and customers he worked with over the years,” Brashears’ obituary said. “His positive outlook and his life were an inspiration.”

Cindy George

A longtime member of the Berryville City Council, Cindy George died on Dec. 7 at the age of 61.

A Berryville native, George retired as the chief operations officer of the First National Bank of Berryville. She had served on the city council since 2005.

“She was civically engaged her entire life, always giving back to the community she loved,” George’s obituary said.

Joel Gibson

Another longtime city council member, Joel Gibson died on Nov. 7, nearly two months after celebrating his 100th birthday.

Gibson was born in the Liberty community in 1919 and his family moved to Berryville after he finished the second grade. He served stateside in the Air Force during World War II. He and his wife, Mildred Gray Gibson, were married for 70 years until her death in 2010. He served as a church deacon for more than 50 years and was a Berryville alderman for 23 years, always running unopposed.

“He was a source of strength and joy to all the lives he touched,” Gibson’s obituary said. “Berryville has lost a true ambassador.”

Keith Ham

Keith Ham died on Oct. 6 at the age of 94. Ham served as the official piano player for the Berryville Rotary Club and with 50 years of services as a Rotarian, he received the highest recognition in Rotary by being named a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served for more than 20 years on the board of directors for First National Bank of Berryville. Ham and his wife June moved their family from Colorado to Berryville in 1968, and he became a grass and cattle manager, introducing the Charolais breed of cattle to this area. He also served as a church deacon and Sunday school teacher and superintendent. He was inducted into the Senior Arkansas Hall of Fame.

Danny High

Danny High, assistant chief of the Berryville Fire Department, died Aug. 23 at the age of 65. He served on the fire department for more than 46 years, starting in February 1973. He also was a member of the Carroll County S.O.R.T. team.

High was married to his wife, Colleen, for nearly 33 years.

“Together they enjoyed their life on the farm, traveling, and their morning coffee breaks,” High’s obituary said.

David Hoover

David Hoover, an Alpena resident who served as chairman of the Carroll County Election Commission for 13 years, died Nov. 7 at the age of 73.

A native of Lebanon, Mo., he graduated from high school in Phoenix. He served in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. He was employed by the Phoenix Police Department for 22 years and earned the City of Phoenix Excellence Award in 1994.

“Wherever he went, Dave maintained the spirit of community, and an unyielding love for people and justice,” Hoover’s obituary said.

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