J.W. Russel "Johnnie" Darity died July 29 at the age of 78.
He was the the son of Frank and Ida (Young) Darity and he was born in Eureka Springs on April 29, 1930.
He was in the construction business for many years and loved to sing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Pauline Reynolds and Lorene Bonta.
He is survived by his two daughters, Tiffany Darity of Fayetteville and Teresa Darity of Berryville; four sisters, Ima Dean Studdard of Lampasas, Texas, Inez Luker of Kansas City, Mo., Wilma Gilley of Cassville, Mo. and June Darity of Eureka Springs; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.
Graveside services were held on Friday, Aug. 1 at Roach Cemetery with Rev. Jim Clay officiating under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Johnnie Darity Memorial Fund, c/o the Bank of Eureka Springs. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.