FORREST CITY - David Keith Dunn, 52, of Forrest City, Ark. passed away October 16, 2017, in Little Rock.

David was born November 20, 1964, in Pine Bluff to Leonard K. Dunn and Sue Dancer Dunn. As soon as he could walk, he was outside 24/7/365, digging with sticks, throwing rocks, and learning first-hand about fire and blowing things up. His summer wardrobe consisted of shorts with lots of pockets; eventually he added underwear, then boots. He “grew up” in Pine Bluff playing baseball, hunting, fishing, and riding motorcycles with a group of boys who would become his lifelong best friends. And it was in Pine Bluff where David met the love of his life and best friend, Lorri Waymack.

He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he was a proud member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, where his two sons and two nephews later became his fraternity brothers. In 1986, David and Lorri got married and moved to Hot Springs. The family ultimately planted roots in Forrest City with their four beautiful children.

David’s professional background was rooted in banking, economic development, and politics. He worked for the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission as an industrial prospect manager and community development specialist. He was a community bank president for Union Planters Bank in Forrest City, and was the executive director of the Forrest City Chamber. He served three terms as a State Representative, where he served on Legislative Council, House Insurance and Commerce, and House Revenue and Taxation committees. Ineligible to run in 2010 because of term limits, David founded a government relations firm, Capitol Partners, where he enjoyed the opportunity to put his experience and knowledge to work every day for his clients.

One of David’s most recent achievements was being appointed to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. As a lifelong Democrat, David was humbled and honored to represent the people from the Delta, and all of Arkansas, to make sure their interests were heard. He was a literal embodiment of making sure you have a seat at the table lest you end up on the menu.

But of all his many successes and accomplishments, he was most proud of his amazing wife Lorri, their marriage, and their four wonderful children. David’s life was guided by his strong personal faith in God, and by his love of the Catholic Church.

David Dunn was a larger than life individual who loved his family and his friends unconditionally. He lived every single moment. It has been said that as soon as “Double D” entered a room, you might as well start laughing because something outrageous was about to happen. You might want to cover your ears, as well. No gathering of family or friends will ever be the same without him.

A lifelong hunter and avid fisherman, he was always outside. Deer herds and duck flocks will benefit by his absence this upcoming season. In recent years, he began gardening in his backyard, where he was particularly proud of his harvests. David’s life was way too short in calendar years, but the love and joy he brought to this world, and to his family, friends, and his work, will live on forever. He will be missed terribly, but with smiles as well as tears.

David is survived by his wife Lorri of Forrest City, four children, Sunni Dunn of Little Rock, Ross Dunn of Little Rock, Jack Dunn and Susie Dunn of Forrest City; his sister Debbie Becton (David) of Little Rock, one niece, Amanda Becton McClusky, and five nephews, Barry Becton, Jesse Becton, Wes Hewett, Jay Becton and Nick Becton. David had many lifelong friends who remained very close to him through the years; they were truly like brothers. He continued to make an untold number of friends throughout his adult life.

He is preceded in death by his mother Sue Dancer Dunn of Pine Bluff and his father Leonard Keith Dunn of Little Rock.

A celebration of his life will take place October 20, 2017 at 11 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 North Rodney Parham Boulevard, Little Rock, and a reception will follow at The 1836 Club, 1406 Cantrell Road, Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Francis County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 3002, Forrest City, AR 72336, or at

Arrangements by Smith – North Little Rock Funeral Home. Online obituary at

Kimberly Watkins

Kimberly Elaine McGraw Watkins, 56 of Pine Bluff, passed away, Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Born November 15, 1960 at DeWitt, she was the daughter of Darlene Mannis McGraw Garrett and the late Charles Parker McGraw.

Mrs. Watkins was baptized into the General Assembly & Church of the Firstborn on June 2, 1978 by Brother Carrol Ward.

She married the love of her life, Garry Wayne Watkins on December 23, 1978. To this union was born seven children. Brother Garry preceded her in death on February 11, 2014 after 35 beautiful years of marriage.

Mrs. Watkins was also preceded in death by her step-father, Lewis Garrett; and grandsons, Rance and Braxton Sloate

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her sons, Seth (Felicia), Slade (Michaela), Brock (Laci), and Dalton Watkins, daughters, Paige Sloate (Brian), Jacole Sloate (Lamar), and Marandi Wright (Eddie); brothers, Lance (Renae), Brooks (Sandy), Brent (Sherri), and Drew (Stephanie); sisters, Jan Fisher (Fredrick) and Reiko Young (Phillip); grandsons, Craig, Kortlan, Camden and Creed; granddaughters, Abby, Annsley, Anyston, Alex and Kacey; and many other loving family and friends.

Funeral Services will be Friday, October 20, 10 a.m. at the Church of the Firstborn Pine Bluff with Brother Kip Payton and Brother Eddie Wright officiating.

Burial will follow in Thompson Cemetery in DeWitt, at 3p.m..

The family will receive guests at the Watkins’ residence at other times.

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Murphy Taylor

Murphy Roland Taylor passed away at age 90 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Born to Roland and Myrtle Barner Taylor in Grapevine, Ark., he was the 7th of 10 children, all of whom preceded him in death.

Murphy finished school with a high school diploma in 10 and a half years and enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1945. He was stationed in Korea in between WWII and Vietnam and served a year and half before being discharged in July of 1947.

In 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Nell Cearley and went to work for Southwestern Bell in unlocated construction. From there he became a station installer in Pine Bluff and then to chief Switchman in Blytheville, Ark. He moved to Fayetteville as Chief Switchman in 1967 and was later to promoted to Wire Chief over Northwest Arkansas. He was later promoted to Network Manager of the West side of Arkansas. Having missed only one day of work in 42 years, he retired in 1988.

Fishing and watching sports were some of Murphy’s favorite pastimes, but his greatest passions were beekeeping and gardening. In his garden is where he spent most of his time, tending to a bounty of fruits and vegetables for his friends, family and neighbors to enjoy.

Murphy is preceded in death by his eldest son, Glen Murphy Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Betty and two sons, Mark Roland Taylor and his rock Melinda McIlroy of Fayetteville and Rick Sam Taylor and his wife, Kimberly John Taylor of Conway, Ark.; Three granddaughters, Shannon Bode and her husband William, Nicole Taylor of Fayetteville and Abby Oakley and her husband Justin of Maumelle, Ark.; four grandsons, Ryan Taylor and his wife Ashley of Little Rock, Brett Taylor and his wife Amanda of Conway, Ark., Zachary Taylor of Tucson, Ariz. and Gavin Taylor of Conway, Ark.; four great grandchildren, Wyatt Samuel and Ella Jane Taylor, Jaxon Taylor and Norah Joan Oakley.

Visitation is from 4 - 6 PM on Friday, October 19 at Nelson Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville.

A graveside service will be held at Grapevine Cemetery at 1 PM on Saturday, October 20.

Memorials may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home at, the Alzheimer’s Association at, or Grapevine Cemetery.

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