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Monday, August 20, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 08-18-07

Lucile Price

Lucile Price, 93, of London, died August 16 at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center. She was born Aug. 22, 1913, at London to William Henry and Mina Victoria Hon Becker.  

She was a member of West Side Church of Christ.  For the past two years Lucile had lived in Stella Manor Nursing Center.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Burris Price; two brothers, Henry Becker and Dwain Price; a sister, Nadine Dale; and a grandson, Jim Price.

Survivors include two sons, Darwin and wife Glennette Price of London, and Larry Gwyn Price and wife Nancy of Jacksonville; a daughter, Laura and husband Jerry Smith of Monticello; a brother, Joe and wife Ruth Ellen Becker of Russellville.

Also surviving her are four grandsons, Randy and wife Olga Price of Kokomo, In., Tad and wife Brenda Price of Jacksonville, Jerry and wife Stephanie Price of Cabot, and Dr. J. Scott Smith  and wife Celena of Searcy; three granddaughters, Joni and husband Mike Kozak of  London, Marilee Rodefer of Jacksonville, and Tracy and husband David Roberts of  Southlake, Texas; six great-grandsons, David Price of Kokomo, Ind., Trent Roberts, Turner Roberts, Connor Whitted of London, Trey Price of Jacksonville, and Jackson Price of Cabot; seven great-granddaughters, Kaylan Whitted, Lisa Goodman, Mikki Rodefer, Tori Roberts, Sydney Smith, Gentry Smith, and Jaclyn Price; and three great-great-grandchildren, Bailey Jackson, Wyatt Jackson, and Tristen Seiter.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, August 18 at Shinn Chapel with Mr. Dan Lightfoot and Mr. Bruce Grice officiating.  Burial will be in Price Cemetery near London.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the West Side Church of Christ, 2300 W. C Street, Russellville, Ark.  72801.  

Billy Floyd

Billy Roy Floyd, 68, of Searcy passed away at White County Medical Center Aug. 10.  He was born May 10, 1939. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy “Bud” and Estelle Floyd.  
At 18 years of age, he married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Sue Harrison. Together for 48 years, Billy and Sandra had three children, Tina, Ricky and Randy.

Billy’s life example of stability led each of his kids to currently be married for 25 years (Tina to Robert Hudgins), 23 years (Ricky to Kim Stark), and 18 years (Randy to Lu Anne Graves).  Each of these couples have three children, giving Billy nine grandchildren; Christina Hudgins, Scott Hudgins, Michael Hudgins, Audra Floyd, Austin Floyd, Abby Floyd, Madeline Floyd, Jacob Floyd and Joshua Floyd.    

He attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Starting out early as a route driver for Coca-Cola Bottling Company, he progressed to various senior management positions concluding a 35-year career with Coca-Cola.   In 1970, Billy completed his executive management certification at Harvard Business School.

Billy and Sandra left Searcy in 1986 with Coca-Cola, living in Little Rock then Shreveport, La., before returning to Searcy in 1996. Not a person for retirement, Billy worked for Yarnell’s Ice Cream for more than five years as a consultant. He concluded his career owning and operating a successful motorsport business, Searcy Yamaha Suzuki Kawasaki Polaris Sales for over seven years.    

He was also on various bank boards with First Community Bank. Billy was successful in the various aspects he pursued and will be remembered by the many employees that worked for him as a great leader who cared about them and their families’ well being.    

During his life he also was a Sunday school teacher and an ordained deacon of the Baptist faith. Billy was president of several groups, including Sidney Deener PTA, Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, Whitewood Shrine Club and the chamber of commerce.    
In 1978 he was named citizen of the year. He was involved with 4-H clubs because he showed cattle as a young 4-H member.

Funeral service was Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church in Searcy with Brother David Crouch and Dr. Dennis Bennett officiating.
Entombment will be at the mausoleum at the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Powell Funeral Home.