Donald W. Terry, Sr, a committed follower of Christ, passed away November 15, 2020 at the age of 82. He was born April 27, 1938 to Walter and Jesse Terry in Hot Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents; Elsie Terry, his wife and partner of 56 years; his brother Buddy Charles Stevens, and his wife Lily; his brother in law, James Houston Barker and Sister-in-Law Mary Barker Johnson and a daughter in law Connie Hoggard Terry. He leaves behind three sons and their loving wives: Mark and Tommie Terry of Mocksville NC; David and Gena Terry of Statesville NC; Don Jr and Sheila Terry of Hot Springs, AR; a sister Brenis Jones and husband Paul of Anderson, SC; his close cousin Paul Hamilton and wife Peggy of Hot Springs, AR; his uncle William Terry of Mesa, AZ; ten grand children and two great grand children; and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends.
A native of Hot Springs, he grew up in a humble but loving home that taught him to work hard and care for others. He began working in a grocery store in high school, then after discharge from the Air Force, he worked first in supermarkets, then as rep for a brokerage firm selling to the stores. In 1975 he moved his family from California back to Arkansas to be nearer his older sons and his mother. He worked as a rep for several years with various companies. During the 80’s he was hired to be the Executive VP of Franchise Development for TCBY and took the company from just less than 100 stores to over a 1000 (and said it was the easiest sales job he ever had). In retirement he still worked part time as a consultant with smaller firms around the country.
During his adult life, he served in every church he was a part of until his health prohibited. He and Elsie taught high school Sunday school at Grand Ave Baptist in Glendora, CA, and College-and-Career then later Single Adults at Life Line Baptist in Little Rock, AR. For several years he and Elsie worked with Lay Renewal Ministries, and in later life would work behind the scenes where ever two hands and some organizational skills could be put to use, from planning events to washing dishes. Just as his childhood home was open to anyone needing family and friend, so what his home throughout his adult life. Don and Elsie routinely hosted small family and church gatherings, and many are the students, missionaries, friends and family that spent more than one night under their roof or were guests on the house boat they owned for a few years. Don cared for his mother and mother-in-law, as well as a great aunt, and provided homes for them through their golden years, and while knew some measure of success in this life, tried to use his blessings to bless others. In retirement, he was a member of Village Bible Church, Hot Springs Village 2009-2018 and 1st Nazarene in Hot Springs 2018-present.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.
April 27, 1938 - November 15, 202004/27/193811/15/2020
Donald W. Terry, Sr.
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