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Richard Hoyt Davidson

Service: 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Bergman Church of Christ, with burial at York Cemetery; Visitation: 1-2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Bergman Church of Christ , with arrangements by Roller-Christeson Funeral Home.

Richard Hoyt Davidson, age 99, of Harrison, peacefully left his earthly home for his Heavenly home Tuesday, July 28 (2020) at his residence in Bergman, with his family at his side.  

He was born Feb. 26, 1921, in Bergman, the son of Joseph S. and Rose Anna (Smith) Davidson, the youngest of 11 children, all of whom preceded him in death.

Hoyt was a veteran of World War II, serving in General Patton’s Third Army. His unit landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, shortly after D-Day and was awarded four major Battle stars, including the Battle of the Bulge. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. Hoyt drove a delivery truck for a local propane gas company until 1972. He then went into dairy farming until he retired in 1986. 

Hoyt was a long-time active member of the Bergman Church of Christ. He was a lifelong resident of Boone County. He loved to fish and work in his yard. He was well known for mowing his yard on his John Deere mower. He lived a long healthy life, loved his family and friends, and will be dearly missed.

Hoyt’s wife of 68 years, Laura Alice Davidson, preceded him in death on June 12, 2019.  

He is survived by his son, Danny Davidson, of Harrison; his daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Rickey Widner, of Harrison, and Sharon and Paul Shippey, of St. Petersburg, Florida; four grandchildren, Jerry S. Boyd, Krisy Boyd, Tara Adams and Richard McKinley; nine great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved very much.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Friday July 31, at Bergman Church of Christ.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Bergman Church of Christ, with Mike Moore and Larry Anderson officiating.  

Burial will follow at York Cemetery with Military Honors.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Hunt, Willie Young, Ron Hinson, Royce Jones, Ricky Moore and Tony Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Hospice of the Hills, P.O. Box 1927, Harrison, AR 72602 or York Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 322, Bergman, AR 72615.

Sign the online guestbook at rollerfuneralhomes.com/harrison .

Roller-Christeson Funeral Home is complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.