David Campbell Rupert, 67, of Cabot AR reunited with his wife and entered the gates of Heaven on 8/17/2021, while holding his daughter’s hand. He was born on 12/22/1953 in Shreveport, LA to the late Lt Col Walter Parke and Beulah (BJ) Rupert.
David was one of the most kind, gentle, humble men you could ever meet. He was an incredible guitar player who could listen to a song, and within an hour of picking could play that song himself. He loved anything to do with the outdoors: camping, hunting, fishing, bird watching, plants, and everything inbetween. As a young man he loved to be dropped off in the woods with nothing but a machete and spend days surviving and finding his way home on his own. He spent many years of adulthood hunting with his best friends and any weekend the weather was nice you could find him camping or boating with his first wife Debbie and family on Greers Ferry Lake, the Buffalo River, or Sylamore Creek. In his last few years his favorite thing to do was fish on the family pond and talk about guns with his son in law. He had a special love for wolves, westerns, and ice cream. He was his daughter’s best friend, and the proudest grandpa you’ve ever seen. He loved teaching Autumn to play the guitar, and spent so many afternoons playing with Everly after school. He was so proud of the man Dakote had become and little family he has made.
My dad didn’t ever have much to give, but he gave us every single bit of what mattered, his love, time, and support. No matter how much he was suffering he never missed a chance to support his grandkids, and was always the first to arrive. They were truly his greatest joy.
He told me not long ago “When it’s my time to go, don’t pretend I was always the perfect man, but tell everyone that I wanted to be and spent the last decade of my life trying to make up for it all.” He absolutely did.
In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by his two best friends Steve Hardcastle, Buddy Harrell, and the love of his life, Tina Rupert. He leaves behind one daughter and son in law, Amber and James Neumeier, three grandchildren Dakote (Tonya), Autumn, and Everly, and one great granddaughter, Jaylee. He also leaves seven siblings: Lauren (Kathy) Rupert, Ann Shannon, Martha Allison, Kathey Green, Susie Cooper, Stephen (Debbie) Rupert, John (Jeanette) Rupert, a host of nieces, nephews, and friends who all loved him dearly, and most especially the remaining member of the “4 Musketeers”, his good friend, Gaylon Wallis.
A special thank you to the staff of Arkansas Hospice of Searcy and Greystone Nursing and Rehab, and especially to his special nurse LaDonna Adams who loved and took great care of my daddy as long as she was able.
Services will be 1 pm Saturday, August 28 at Cabot United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to the church or to 15 Cinel Drive, Austin AR, 72007.
In lieu of flowers, please reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in too long. Make amends with a family member. Forgive someone, whether they deserve it or not. Maybe buy them a chocolate shake.
In the famous (and frequent) words of David, “Thank you for everything.”
Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.
Online guestbook is available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com