Herbert Wayne Millsaps, 80, of Dover, died Saturday, March 20, 2021, at his home. The oldest son of Andrew and Nettie (Pellham) Millsaps, he was born June 29, 1940, in Deer, Arkansas. He married Effie Mae Brown on July 15, 1972, in Russellville, and they spent 46 years together before her passing in 2018.
Following high school, Herbert enlisted in the United States Navy where he rose to the rank of Machinist's Mate Petty Officer 3rd class, and served from 1963 – 1969 during the Vietnam War era. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam). Following his military service, he became a self-employed draftsman & contractor building custom homes, including the one in which he spent the last years of his life.
Herbert held a great interest for the work of volunteer firefighters, and was instrumental in the establishment & growth of the Linker Mountain Volunteer Fire Department where he earned numerous meritorious awards. It was said of Herbert that he probably had more training than any other firefighter in the department. He was a history enthusiast and maintained a significant library of history books and a large collection of National Geographic Magazines.
He was preceded in death by his parents & grandparents; his wife, Effie; and two brothers, Wilburn and Marion Millsaps.
Herbert is survived by four sisters: Clydus (Pauline) Anderson of Dover, Ineda Meimerstorf of Russellville, Beverly Ahrens (Don) of Dover, and Janice Muncy (Leroy) of Fouke, AR; a brother, Robert Millsaps (Judy) of Russellville; a step-son, Johnny Brown of Russellville; a step-daughter, Freida Hankins (Jerry) of Dover; step-grandchildren: Mitchell Brown, Laura Wetzel (Will), Catherine Clark (Tyler), Erica Martin (Joe), and Jason Hankins (Audra); 7 step great grandchildren, 1 step great-great grandchild, and numerous other nephews, nieces and cousins.
A graveside service & burial will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:00 AM, at Owens Cemetery in Dover under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Rev. Joel Lauckner and fellow firefighter, Chuck Marcoe will officiate. A come-and-go viewing will be held in the Humphrey Chapel on Tuesday, March 23, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Donations in Herbert’s memory may be made to: Linker Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 9266, Russellville, AR 72811; or, Arkansas Hospice, 405 E Parkway Dr #3, Russellville, AR 72802. Internet obituary and online guestbook are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
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Linker Mountain Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 9266, Russellville AR 72811
Arkansas Hospice of Russellville
2405 East Parkway Ste 3, Russellville AR 72801