Paul David (P.D.) DuVall, 77, of Van Buren died Monday, May 14, 2018, at Peachtree Hospice in Fort Smith. He was born Oct. 19, 1940, in Fort Smith, the son of Paul Uri DuVall and Bertha Mae DuVall (née Evans), also both of Van Buren. DuVall was a graduate of Van Buren High School (1958), and the College of the Ozarks in Clarksville (1962), where he completed a bachelor of arts degree in history. For a brief time, he taught history at Van Buren High School before entering the Air National Guard. He held several positions with the 188th Fighter Group, reached the rank of lieutenant colonel, and retired as deputy commander for resources in 1992.
Perhaps best known for his quick wit, marked intelligence and distinct charisma, DuVall enjoyed a variety of hobbies over his lifetime, including photography, sailing, restoring old Mustangs, collecting antique guns, watching movies and listening to many kinds of music, including bluegrass. He was a voracious reader with a near photographic memory of storylines and facts, and could recite whole stanzas from his favorite poetry. A self-identified “yellow dog” democrat, DuVall followed politics closely and began each morning of his retirement years quietly, with coffee, listening to National Public Radio.
DuVall is survived by a sister, Frances Ann DuVall of Van Buren; two children, Evan DuVall of Deerfield, Ill., and Sarah DuVall Murray of Pennington, N.J.; a son-in-law, Greg Murray of Pennington; three grandchildren, Isaac, Samuel and Eleanor Murray, also of Pennington; by his extended family of beloved first cousins and by many devoted friends.
Interment of ashes will be held privately at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith, at the request of the deceased. In lieu of a formal service, friends may remember P.D. by reflecting on the lyrics and artistry of their favorite song, or in contemplating lines from a favorite poem, book or movie. Celebrate him by sitting with a good friend. Think of him in laughter, as he laughed often and made others laugh.
Tax-exempt memorials may be sent to the Friends of the Van Buren Public Library, 1409 Main St., Van Buren, AR, 72956.