Luginbuel Funeral Home

115 N Neal, Prairie Grove, AR

Phone: 479-846-2141

David Ragon Wilson

Fayetteville, AR

1953 - 2018

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Published: January 12, 2018

David Ragon Wilson (Dave), of Fayetteville, passed away January 6, 2018 after a courageous battle with ALS. He was born April 8, 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was the son of Patti Casey-Wilson and Herbert Wilson.

Dave is preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Henry and Mary Jane Cantrell. Dave is survived by his wife Debra Wilson, a sister, Malinda Smith of Little Rock, one brother-in-law, Doug Cantrell of West Fork, three sisters-in-law, Donna Cantrell of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Jeanie Johnston and husband Herbie of Norwood, Missouri, Denise Channel of Fayetteville, nieces; Robin Gilchrist and husband Michael, Cassie Ferguson and husband Tyler, Madison Cantrell, Kennedy Channel, nephews; Sean Smith, Jason Smith, Jonathan Smith, and Nathan Cantrell and wife Elisha, and great-nephew Asher Cantrell.

Dave grew up in Little Rock and attended Catholic High School and Central High School. After high school, Dave enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany at the end of the Vietnam War. Upon completion of his service, he attended Fort Smith Junior College, University of Central Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

David Wilson married Debra Cantrell of West Fork, on May 27, 1978. There were married for over 39 years. Dave, a man of many talents, was a chef, restaurant and hotel manager, water color artist, photographer, arrowhead collector and music lover. He was also a beloved husband, brother, brother-in- law, and friend.

Family and Friends will gather to celebrate Dave's life, January 20, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

If so inclined to honor Dave's memory, donations may be made to: "Save the Buffalo Again", c/o Buffalo River Water Alliance, P.O. Box 101, Jasper, Arkansas 72641 or the ALS Association, Arkansas Chapter, 1200 W. Walnut, Suite 2309, Rogers, Arkansas 72756, e-mail: Full obituary may be viewed at

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