×

Young’s Funeral Directors

508 Champagnolle, El Dorado, AR

OBITUARY

Paula Drue Wills

July 27, 1939January 28, 2020
Play Tribute Movie

Paula Drue Wills, 80, of Norphlet, formerly of Clarksville, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020, in El Dorado.

Born July 27, 1939 in Hartman, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Paul Thomas and Imogene Needham James. She retired as Executive Administrative Assistant to the President at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas, and a Realtor. She was a member of Norphlet First Baptist Church and former long-time member of Clarksville First Baptist Church.

To her family, she was known as Drue. She loved family gatherings, and was known for her gardening, home-canning, sewing, and cooking skills. To her grandsons, she was Nana, and nothing in life brought her more joy than that title. God blessed her family with 6 additional years of her love following a previous serious illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one sister, Betty New.

Survivors include her son, Rev. Doug Wills (Tammy) of Norphlet, a brother, Luke James (Cathy) of Blue Springs, Missouri, a sister, Molly McClaine (Carl), of Clarksville, and two grandsons, Rev. Weston Wills (Ashlynn) and Mason Wills, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will be held Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with services at 3:00 p.m. at Young’s Chapel with Rev. Doug Wills officiating. Interment will follow on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in West Mt. Zion Cemetery near Hartman, Arkansas under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.

Memorials can be made to Norphlet First Baptist Church, 201 S. Main St. Norphlet, AR 71759.

An online registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, February 2, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 2, 2020
  • Burial Monday, February 3, 2020

Memories

Paula Drue Wills

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
Jorge Dieguez

February 1, 2020

Paula was an amazing person, always full of grace and joy. It was a pleasure to come by her office and share a couple of minutes with her. I’ll always remember Paula because, specially during the first few months of my time at University of the Ozarks, she definitely made me feel welcomed, and in a sense, cared for. Thank you so much Paula!

Teresa Sherman

January 31, 2020

She was so sweet and kind. I enjoyed visiting with her on the phone from time to time. I will miss her.
Teresa Sherman, LPN CM

Marlin Ward

January 31, 2020

Dear Family,

Sorry for your loss of Paula Willis. I only met her a couple of times and she always had a pleasant personality and sweet smile. Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort during this time.
Sincerely,
Marlin G. Ward (Mr. Ward)

Nancy Wallace-Keys

January 30, 2020

Such a grand and wonderful lady. Always welcoming and willing to help everyone. Will miss her smile.

Diane Gehring

January 30, 2020

I was Paula's student worker in the President's Office at U of O over 20 years ago, and I was so glad to reconnect with her through Facebook. I learned a lot from her through my time at U of O and felt like I knew her family from the stories she told me of you all. My prayers go out to you as you grieve this loss.

Fabiola Rivera

January 30, 2020

Paula was a sweet and kind person. I was a student at University of the Ozarks and I remember she was always smiling and had the sweetest voice. Our prayers go out to her family.

Marsha Turner

January 29, 2020

Loved getting to work with Ms Paula in Operation Christmas Child - she loved that ministry and enjoyed the fellowship with all the ladies ❤️

Stacie Guess

January 29, 2020

Paula was always so encouraging to me and my family. I first met her when I was a student at University of the Ozarks. Then we went to church together at First Baptist Church in Clarksville. My prayers are with Doug and family

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY