David Price Fanning was born July 21, 1938, in Roanoke, Virginia to the late William Herbert Fanning and Cecil Catherine Morehead. He passed away on January 8, 2021, in Sherwood, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Wayne Fanning (Katie), Carl Fanning (Glenna), Jean Fanning, Herbert Fanning, Linda Nelson. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Linda Gail Fanning; and children: Karen Wilson, Sandra Fanning-Taylor (Mickey), Debra Zimmerman (Robert); his grandchildren: Michael Wilson (Mary), Zachary Taylor, Matthew Wilson, and Andrew Wilson; and his great-grandchildren: Jayden Taylor, Emily Umbright, and Evelyn Umbright; his brothers: Ronald Fanning (Brenda) and James Fanning (Shirley); sisters-in-law Shirley Fanning, Patricia Thompson, Mary Donkers; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
David Fanning was raised on a farm in the rugged and beautiful mountains of Bland County, Virginia. He often shared stories with his children and grandchildren of life in the mountains, where he loved going fishing and playing baseball. He graduated from Bland High School in 1955, and then served his country honorably in the United States Air Force for over 22 years, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1978. During his military career, he traveled throughout the United States and enjoyed serving overseas in Iceland, Spain, and Greece. Following his time in the United States Air Force, he attended Pikes Peak Community College and worked for Parts Warehouse, Inc. until retirement. In retirement, he often traveled with his wife and spent time trout fishing. He will be remembered for the great love he had for his family and the kindness he showed to others.
Visitation will be at A Natural State Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 9:30-10:30 am. Burial will be held at Arkansas Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock at 11:00 am.
In light of the current health concerns, David’s family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers if you are not able to attend the service. Please be aware, as per Arkansas directives, attendance will be regulated in accordance to Arkansas guidelines, all guests in attendance will be required to wear masks/facial coverings and social distancing guidelines will be in place.
“To be a Virginian either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption or even on one’s Mother’s side is an introduction to any state in the Union, a Passport to any Foreign Country and a Benediction from Above.” -Anonymous
Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400
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