Donald Lee “Don” Fifer

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Mr. Donald Lee “Don” Fifer

Mr. Donald Lee “Don” Fifer, 65, of Blytheville passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side on February 1, 2018 at the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

Donald was born on November 19, 1952 in Galveston, Texas to Verna Marylee and Donald D. Fifer. He graduated from Springdale High School in 1971. Donald was known for being a hard worker by his friends and fellow co-workers in the steel construction industry and worked most of his adult life at The Systems Group as a general foreman until he was forced to stop due to his illness in 2017. Donald delighted in spending time with his children and grandchildren and would brag about them to anyone that would hold still long enough. He also enjoyed hunting for arrowheads, playing pool, bowling, riding his motorcycles, fishing and working on his retirement property.

Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Verna Marylee Kennington in 1999; and his father, Donald Dale Fifer in 2009.

He is survived by his step-mother, Bonnie Fifer of Springdale; two daughters, Stephanie Bryan of Commerce Township, Michigan and Tonya (Christopher) Isom of Livingston, Texas; four grandchildren, Brayden and Ainsley Bryan of Commerce Township, Michigan, Courtney Palmer of Excelsior Springs, Missouri and Samantha Palmer of Independence, Missouri; one brother, Robert "Bobby" (Lois) Fifer of Beulah, North Dakota; six half-brothers, David Donnell of Clayton, Georgia, Richard “Rich” (Sandy) Smith of Pacifica, California, Thomas Smith of San Bruno, California, Russell Smith of California, Dale Fifer of Gate, Oklahoma and Timothy Fifer of Nampa, Idaho; four half-sisters, Diana (Jim) Bray of Joplin, Missouri, Mary Lou (David) Stanley of San Antonio, Texas, Mary Ann (Bill Adams) Smith of Hayfork, California and Donna Kani of Murry, Utah; and one aunt, Sybil (Robert) Guthrie of Enid, Oklahoma; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Jonesboro as well as Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee for their attentiveness and loving care. Donations in Donald's name to the National Kidney Foundation are welcomed and appreciated. All services will be private.