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Phillip Stanley Speer

Phillip Stanley Speer, age 61, of Mena, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on Wednesday, April 4, 1956 to Glynn Roe and Hazel Marie Chapman Speer in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Phillip graduated from Liberty Eylau High School in Texarkana, Texas, in 1974. He received his Bachelor’s of Science in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1978. He moved to Mena to work as a forester in 1979.  Phillip managed the same region throughout his career; he loved his job and was well-respected by many people in the forestry industry.

He was a firm believer in his faith, and was an active member of First Baptist Church in Mena. His belief in God was the most important thing to him, followed closely by his love for his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was loving, thoughtful, generous, selfless, and always willing to lend a hand when needed. He enjoyed volunteering for the FBC 9th Street Feeding Ministries, participating in every blood drive possible, and hosting fundraisers for CASA.

Phillip loved spending time with his family, no matter what they were doing. Favorite memories include cards on Friday nights, annual fall trips to Petit Jean, and playing croquet in the backyard. He also loved listening to his favorite music from the 70s, and was known to randomly break out in song lyrics relating to the topic at hand.

Phillip was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and a great friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Phillip is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Melony Speer of Mena; his son and daughter in law, Tyler and Britney Speer of Texarkana, Arkansas; his daughter and son in law, Stephanie and Stephen Olmstead of Mena; brother, Mike Speer of Texarkana, Texas; his two sisters, Carla Lacy of Texarkana, Texas and Marion Branson of Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Christopher Olmstead of Mena and Eleanor Speer of Texarkana, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Russell Threet officiating.  Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Memorial Park in Texarkana, Texas at 3:00 P.M. under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.  Visitation will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

Pallbearers will be Doug Palmore, Michael Palmore, David Palmore, W.D. Lacy, Eddie Cokeley and Kevin Lawing.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to First Baptist Church Feeding Ministries, 811 Port Arthur Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953; Visiting Nurses Agency of Western Arkansas, 600 7th Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953; American Cancer Society, 901 North University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207.

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