Richard Farrell “Richie” Shilling II, age 51, of Russellville, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He died in his home surrounded by family. Richie was born on May 24, 1967, in Little Rock to Richard and Sharon Watson Shilling. His family moved to Russellville in 1976 and Richie has resided there for the past 32 years. He is a 1985 graduate of Russellville High School. Richie worked with his father at their family business, Outdoor Living Center, for 21 years until his father passed away in 2010. At that time, Richie stepped into his father’s shoes and continued running the family business. Richie was an active member of First Baptist Church in Russellville. He loved to be surrounded by family and friends, grilling out and serving others. He was a loving son, husband, father, brother and friend. His hobbies were cheering on the Razorbacks (win or lose), playing a round of golf, working in the yard or on one of their many projects with Carrie, and spending time with his kids. He watched enough YouTube videos to be a professional farmer and project manager. He traded in his city shoes for muddy boots in 2017 and has been enjoying life at Playtime Ranch.
Richie is preceded in death by his father, Richard Shilling. He is survived by his wife, Carrie, and eight children, Madison, Mackenzie, Marley and Watson Shilling; Kyrston, Garron and Dylan Rice, and Mason Shilling. He is also survived by his mother, Sharon Shilling; his sister, Michelle Shilling; his mother-in-law, Judith McEuen (widow of John McEuen); and his father-in-law, Tommy Goad and his wife Beverly. He also leaves many family members and friends whom he loved dearly.
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church in Russellville from 9-9:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, and will be followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m., also at First Baptist Church. The family will have a private graveside service at Rest Haven Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Seth Irwin, Tracy Suter, Poncho Knight, Matt White, Damon Bolton, Jim Dunn, Brad Palmer and Richard Payne.
The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Sneed at CARTI and his entire staff, MD Anderson Hospital and the nurses at Arkansas Hospice for taking such great care of Richie. They also appreciate all the love and prayers they have received from friends, near and far. Memorials may be made in Richie’s honor to Boys and Girls Christian Ministries, P.O. Box 612, Russellville, AR 72811 (www.bgchm.org). The online obituary and guestbook may be viewed at www.humphreyfuneral.com
Boys & Girls Christian Ministries
P. O. Box 612, Russellville AR 72811