Dr. Ronald Howell Follis, 75, of Russellville, died Sunday, December 31, 2023, at Dardanelle Regional Medical Center. Visitation with the family is Friday, January 5, 2024, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, at First United Methodist Church in Russellville, with funeral services following with Rev. Dr. Tony Griffin and Rev. Lauren DeLano officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of the J. Herman Humphrey Dignity Cremation Center with a private internment of cremains in the “Field of Honor” at Center Valley Memorial Gardens in Russellville, under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service.\n\nThe son of Clem and Mary Margaret (Stevens) Follis, Dr. Follis was born July 30, 1948, in Dermott, Arkansas. He married Linda (Lane) Follis, on June 26, 1982, in Memphis, Tennessee.\n\nDr. Follis was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Linda (Lane) Follis; their son, Joshua Lane Follis (Meghan) of Rogers, Arkansas; their daughter, Sabra Follis Chavez (Che) of Fort Collins, Colorado; and their six grandchildren who were his pride and joy of life: Grant Follis, Sarah Follis, Aviella Chavez, Elora Chavez, Lael Chavez and Brielle Chavez.\n\nFollowing his service with the Navy in Vietnam, Dr. Follis graduated from Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee College of Medical Sciences. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force and then completed his specialist training at UT. He practiced periodontal dentistry in Russellville for 26 years in a clinic he designed himself. He was a member of both the Arkansas Dental Association and the American Dental Association.\n\nFor many years, Dr. Follis coordinated Russellville’s Annual Christmas Parade for the Chamber of Commerce, an organization and holiday event he took great pride in, which was for many years the largest Christmas parade in Arkansas. Community involvement was a priority and passion of his life as he served on the Executive Committee for Valley Fest, an annual fund-raising event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the River Valley. Dr. Follis chaired the annual Memphis-sanctioned Bar-B-Q contest event at Valley Fest. In addition, he was very active in Russellville Rotary, the River Valley Radio Control Club, and the Arkansas River Valley Gun Club.\n\nHe and Linda were active members of the First United Methodist Church of Russellville where they worshipped and served many years in various ministries with their faith family. He was the #1 fan and front-row spectator at all the softball and swimming events his children competed in. Performance was another of his enjoyable activities in his youth as he loved to take the stage with musical events with guitar or trumpet in hand, and a production with the Arkansas River Valley Arts Center summer community theater. As a pastime hobby, he loved building and flying radio-controlled airplanes.\n\nThe family requests that memorial donations be made to: First United Methodist Church, 304 South Commerce Avenue, Russellville, AR 72801 (www.russellvillefirst.org), 479-968-1232; or the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Arkansas River Valley, 600 East 16th Street, Russellville, AR 72801 (www.bgclubsarv.org), 479-968-7819.\n\nYou may leave the family a special word of encouragement, share a memory, or make a memorial donation in his memory at www.humphreyfuneral.com.