Edward (Ed) Irving Pharis passed away January 18, 2020 in Berryville, Arkansas, at the age of 92. Edward was born in Berryville on September 28, 1927, the son of James Irving and Lillie Lea (Rowlett) Pharis.
Edwards is survived by his wife Joyce (Davis) Pharis of the home; daughter Janice (John) Howard of Berryville; sons Charles (Peggy) Pharis of Little Rock and Harold (Christine) Davis of Fayetteville; grandson Phillip Howard of Rogers; granddaughter Sarah (Joseph) Abercrombie; great grandson Caden Abercrombie of Republic, MO; several nieces and nephews; many neighbors and friends.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers Kenneth, Everett, Russell, Bill, Herbert, Harold and Vernon; two sisters Clara Mae Horn and Jewel Carter; and one infant son.
In 1945 Ed was drafted into the Army during WWII. He went to basic training in SanAntonio, Texas. Before shipping overseas, the war ended, he was discharged and returned to Berryville. Ed jointed the Army National Guard and his unit was activated during the Korean War. He was part of the Howitzer gun crew from 1950-1951. Before shipping out to Korea Ed married Joyce Davis in 1950. They enjoyed 69 years of marriage.
After completing the Eaton Barber College in Little Rock in 1949, Ed began a 62 year career as a barber in partnership with Earnest Hill. The shop located on the Berryville Square was known as Hill and Pharis Barber Shop. More than just a business, the Barber Shop was a meeting place and social hub for many. Itís been estimated that Ed gave close to 200,000 haircuts, always lending an ear and giving supportive advice to many. Childrenís first haircuts were always free and were the subsequent Double Bubble and Nickels. As inflation rose these nickels turned into quarters then half dollars. Speaking of change, Ed was always quick to plug the parking meters in front of the shop.
Ed was a longtime member of the Berryville United Methodist Church, the Lions Club, Berryville Chamber of Commerce, Berryville School Board and many committees at Church. Ed dedicated his free time to his family, occasionally taking time out for a horse ride with Lloyd Gibson and Monday golf outings. Always a lover of nature, Ed taught his children to appreciate and respect Godís creations. He also taught his children to shoot and fish. He enjoyed many hunting and fishing outings with his older brothers and their sons. Ed never fired at shot a anything, never even chambering a round. Always active, he walked to work and rode his bike up into his seventies.
Always a good listener and conversationalist, he loved good stories and funny jokes. Ed loved his family and friends but most of all he loved the Lord and Jesus Christ his Savior. He will be missed greatly.
Memorial Service with reception to follow will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Berryville United Methodist Church, 400 Eureka Street, Berryville. Memorial donations may be made to Berryville United Methodist Church (PO Box 267 Berryville, AR 72616), Mercy Auxiliary-Berryville (214 Carter St Berryville, AR 72616) and Berryville Memorial Cemetery (PO Box 311 Berryville, AR 72616). Cremation arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.