Obituary- Donald “Duck” Williams (1941-2020)

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Donald Powell Williams, 79, of Abbott, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Fort Smith. He was born February 3, 1941 in Abbott, AR.

Our hearts are filled with sorrow at the loss of a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, great-grandfather, and a Christian friend in our community. It was Donald’s Christian fruits we witnessed that earned our love and gives us assurance of where he is today. He was a faithful member of the Mansfield Church of Christ.

He was a gifted auto body repairman and owner of Duck’s Body Shop in Abbott.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; Verdell and Clarice Williams, and two brothers, James Linden Williams and Ronald Williams.

Donald is survived by his wife Hellen of the home; daughter Shelia Carson and husband Mike of Abbott; son Rickie Williams and wife Christine of Columbia, Kentucky; a sister Betty Pennington and husband Blake of Bella Vista; two stepdaughters, Brenda Kesner and husband David of Fort Smith, Renae and husband David Hughart of Greenwood and stepson, Rodney Leslie of Hot Springs, and grandchildren; Garrett Carson and wife Jessica, Jarrod Carson and wife Katelin of Abbott, Stephanie Gilbertson and husband Jordan of Lowell, Rachel Kesner of Bentonville and Monica Hughart of Little Rock; great-grandchildren Taylor Grace, Isaac, Lydia, Dayton Luther and Meredith Carson and Jacob Gilbertson.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 5 at the Dayton Church of Christ with interment at Pleasant Grove #2 cemetery in Abbott, under the direction of Martin Funeral Home in Mansfield. Public visitation will be Tuesday, August 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Eric Williams, Stephen Williams, Paul Williams, Arnold Williams, Bobby Musgrove, and Harold Musgrove.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers please donate to the Mansfield Church of Christ: PO Box 322 Mansfield, Arkansas 72944. Additionally, friends and family who attend the funeral service are asked to drive hot rod and classic cars in honor of Donald.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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