Loretta Jo (Decker) Brinsfield

Mrs. Loretta Jo (Decker) Brinsfield of Swifton, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the age of seventy-two. She was born November 29, 1942 in Jackson County, the daughter of Luke and Goldie Crossland Decker.
Jo worked as the City Drug Store clerk many years, and was a custodian for Swifton Schools until her retirement. She was always working, and cleaned many homes. Jo was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 4683, a former member of the Order of Eastern Star, and enjoyed playing bingo at the VFW. She enjoyed her friends at the Tuckerman Senior Citizen center, and helping other people. No job was too much for this honest, opinionated woman. Jo was very practical, growing vegetables, cooking, sewing, and cutting hair. She especially loved her family, and spending time with her kids and grandkids. She was happy, generous, and loved by many.
Jo was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Luke Decker, Carthel Decker, Chris Decker, and Gerald Tate; four sisters, Eva Joiner, Athalee Kirker, and Joan Dunivan; and her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Larry Brinsfield of the home; three daughters, Ronda Stoner and husband, Tim of Newport, Patty Ellis and husband, Eric of Batesville, and Melissia Montgomery and husband, Marty of Swifton; one brother, David Decker of Swifton; four sisters, Tominzine Herring of Jonesboro, Thalia Funches of Jonesboro, Lanelle Franks of Kirbyville, Texas, and Becky Davidson of Lubbock, Texas; seven grandchildren, Chris Baty (Brandy), Jessica Scoggins (Will), Katy Warren (Dustin), James Ellis, Samantha Ellis, Candace Montgomery, and Andrew Montgomery; seven great-grandchildren, Hunter Scoggins, Oliver Scoggins, Joe Scoggins, Isaiah Warren, Ezra Warren, Asher Warren, and Aaron Warren; and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Swifton Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to the VFW Post #4683, or the Tuckerman Senior Citizen Center.

Virginia Carol (Wright) Clark

Mrs. Virginia Carol (Wright) Clark of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Friday, October 23, 2015. She was born March 2, 1941 in Newport, the daughter of Burnett Lloyd and Maggie Tillie (Davis) Wright.
Mrs. Clark was a homemaker, and a member of Southside Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family. Mrs. Clark liked playing bingo and other games during her time at St. Michael’s Place.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, William Clifton Wright; two sons, Loman Clifton Clark and Jimmy Lynn Clark; and two sisters, Betty Inez Simons and Peggy Sue Henderson.
Mrs. Clark is survived by two daughters, Dianne Teague and husband, Paul of Southside, and Brenda Faye Rucker and husband, Charles of Newport; one brother, Lloyd Wright and wife, Dora of Amagon; six grandchildren, Kevin, April, Shanda, Charles, Loman Jr., and Kendall; seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Katie, Dakota, Kaylee, Junior, Matthew, and Alyissa; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Sandhill Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home

Charles Andrew “Andy” Crisher

Charles Andrew “Andy” Crisher, 79, of Amagon departed this life Monday, October 19, 2015. He was born February 2, 1936 to Charles and Mattie (Tubbs) Crisher. Mr. Crisher was a member of Pennington Church of Christ, enjoyed fishing, taking care of his cows, riding his 4 wheeler, visiting people, and most of all he loved taking care of his great granddaughters that he was raising.

He was preceded in death by one son, Lonnie Ray Tubbs; parents; one brother, Wayne Crisher, and one sister, Alta Lee Crisher.

His survivors are his wife, Laveda Crisher of Amagon; one daughter, Wreneta Tubbs of Amagon; two sisters, Tilda Peeler of Risher, and Rosie Lomnick and husband Charles of Tulsa, Oklahoma; three grandchildren, Willie Ray Tubbs of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Jessica Tubbs Howington and husband Adam of Bushcreek, Tennessee, and Sondra Stambaugh Bray of Weiner; and three great grandchildren, Kilah Eva Stambaugh of Amagon, Arial Wren Stambaugh of Amagon, Jasper Tubbs of Bushcreek, Tennessee, and Mark Stambaugh, Father of Kilah and Wren.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Pennington Church of Christ.
Burial will be in Pennington Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.

Buddy Gene Summers

Buddy Gene Summers, (aka, Hootie), 37, of Newport departed this life Saturday, October 17, 2015. Buddy was born December 22, 1977 and enjoyed playing pool, fishing, riding back roads, and music.

He is survived by one daughter, Trinity Gavigan of Jacksonville; mother, Annie Holt of Newport; grandmother, Verna Summers of Newport; two brothers, Billy Bob Holt of Newport, and Cody Lee Holt of Newport; four sisters, Anna Summers of Batesville, Nicole Summers of Newport, Tracy Summers of Newport, and Courtny Summers of Newport; and his dog, Angel.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until service time Thursday, October 22, 2015.
Burial will be in Sandhill Cemetery.

Martha Jane (Holder) Scott

Mrs. Martha Jane (Holder) Scott of Swifton, Arkansas, departed this life on Monday, October 19, 2015 at the age of 90. She was born March 10, 1925 in Swifton, the daughter of John Henry and Willie Beatrice (Myers) Holder.
Mrs. Scott was a homemaker, and helped her husband on the family farm. She was a member of the Swifton Assembly of God, where she played piano and sang, and taught Sunday school. She was the church secretary of during her time at Murphy’s Chapel Assembly of God. Mrs. Scott enjoyed sewing, cooking, canning, gardening, and working in her flower beds. She loved the time taking care of her grandchildren.
Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Odis Scott; one son, Leon Scott; two brothers, David Holder and Boyce Holder; and six sisters, Mary Harvey, Mattie Acklen, Ollie Campbell, Pauline Crane, Ruby Decker, and Greatha Burnside.
She is survived by one daughter, Wilma Church and special friend, Jinx of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; one brother, Paul Holder and wife, Helen, of Swifton; three grandchildren, Jimmy Dale Church and wife, Stacey, Marsha Nicholson and husband, Scott, and Michelle Fisher and husband, Jake; ten great-grandchildren, Heather Arnold, Scott Church, Chad Church, Brittney Church, Summer Nicholson, Chase Nicholson, Bryce Nicholson, Hunter Smithee, Seth Fisher, and Caleb Fisher; and six great grandchildren, Caden Arnold, Kymber Arnold, Kyleigh Cortez, Bentley Smithee, Chloe McComb, Zoey Cortez, and Lexa Smithee.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Swifton Assembly of God with Bro. Brandon Gates and Bro. Mark Duncan officiating. Interment will follow in Arnold Cemetery.
Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Loyd Anthoney Jones

Loyd Anthoney Jones, 55, of Cabot departed this life Wednesday, October 14, 2015.
He was born April 27, 1960 to Billy Joe Jones and Patricia Ann Rasch and was a member of Grace Community Church in Ward, Arkansas.
Mr. Jones was a people person, enjoyed cooking, fishing, duck hunting, and loved his dog, Bailey.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Janet M. Jones of Cabot; one son, Nicholas B. Jones of Cabot; one daughter, Holly M. Jones of Cabot; father, Billy Joe Jones and wife Nadey F. Jones of Cabot; mother, Patricia Ann Rasch of Conway; two brothers, Christopher Todd Rasch of Conway and Will Hunn of Conway; and one sister, Nadey Jo Dunn and husband Shane of Jacksonville.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 19, 2015 at Grace Community Church in Ward, Arkansas.
Burial will be in Coffeyville Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Grace Community Church in Ward, Arkansas.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.

Jerry Wayne Nicholson

Mr. Jerry Wayne Nicholson of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Thursday, October 08, 2015, at the age of 73. He was born January 19, 1942, in Newport, the son of Lindsey Leon and Arie Aline (Bagby) Nicholson.
Mr. Nicholson was a farmer until 1970, until starting work for the Arkansas State Police as a dispatcher. In addition to dispatch, he also worked in the DL and CDL divisions for 26 years, until his retirement in 2002. Mr. Nicholson was a United States Navy veteran, serving for two years. He loved watching Oakland Raiders and Minnesota Vikings football with his son. Mr. Nicholson collected classic cars during his younger years. Perhaps his greatest joy was time spent with his grandchildren, whom he greatly loved.
Mr. Nicholson was preceded in death by one brothers, Earl Leon Nicholson; one sister, Jean Nicholson Sullins; and his parents.
He is survived by one son, Lindsey Nicholson and fiancé, Barbara Boren, of Newport; one daughter, Linda Long and husband, John, of Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, John Alex Long and Spencer Nicholas Long, both of Walnut Ridge; his former wife, Dorthea (Anschultz) Nicholson of Newport; and his special friends, Bob McCollum and wife, Peggy of Newport.

Friends may visit at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. until services begin at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Danny Greeno, Payton Greeno, Mike Williams, Kenny Anschultz, and Bruce Long.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home

Thomas “Tommy” Dewayne Snyder

Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Dewayne Snyder, of Newport, departed this life on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the age of 59. He was born June 16, 1956 in Newport, the son of Thomas “Buck” and Carolyn June (Hodge) Snyder.
Mr. Snyder was a lifelong farmer, spending his days on Snyder Brothers Farms. He absolutely lived to farm. Mr. Snyder enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing cards with his friends. He was a great friend.
Mr. Snyder was preceded in death by his father, Thomas “Buck” Snyder.
He is survived by one son, Joshua Dewayne Snyder and wife, Crystal of Diaz; his mother, Carolyn June (Hodge) Snyder of Newport; one brother, Terry Lynn Snyder and wife, Belinda Gail of Newport; one sister, Vickie Mae Snyder of Grammercy, Louisiana; one granddaughter, Hannah Snyder; a host of family, and a lifetime of friends.

Friends may visit at the funeral home, Sunday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Monday at Balch-Johnston Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Dr. Frank Love, Walter Joe Breckenridge, Cortez Aitkens, Jeff Reeves, Nicky Jackson, Levi Carlton, and David Huckabee.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home

Sandra Saylors Belva Cox

It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our mother Sandra Saylors Belva Cox, age 82 of Oil Trough, Arkansas on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Orlando, Florida. She was born October 18, 1932 at Oil Trough, Arkansas to John and Myrtle Trotter Saylors.
She taught American Government and World History at Newport High School from 1966 until her retirement in 1983. She was a life-long member of the Oil Trough Church of Christ, served on the City Council of Oil Trough, and was the Director of the Oil Trough Senior Citizen Center for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband Charles Raymond Belva, second husband Norman John Cox, two brothers Patches Franks and Thad Franks, two sisters Catherine Pittman and Gene Blanchett; and one granddaughter Kristy Dill.
Survivors include one daughter Jonna Wooldridge and her husband Jerry “Pud” of Orlando, FL; two sons Charles Belva and his wife Denise of Cape May, NJ and David Belva and his wife Beatrice of Woodbridge, VA; one step-son John Cox and his wife Marty of Jacksonville, Arkansas; one step-daughter Martha Haslam and her husband Steve, of Homosassa, FL. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Erin Black, Karla Membreno, Sherah Campbell, Paul Belva, Melissa Browning, Adam Belva, Bradley Cox, Wesley Cox, Chad Haslam, Ryan Haslam, along with twelve great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Friends may visit at the funeral home, Monday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at the Oil Trough Church of Christ with interment following in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Newport Special School District Charitable Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 166, Newport, AR 72112, or the Oil Trough Senior Citizen’s Center, P.O. Box 300, Oil Trough, AR 72564.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Roy Bruce Hunter

Mr. Roy Bruce Hunter of Sulphur Rock, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the age of 67. He was born April 3, 1948, the son of Leroy and Katie (Bailey) Hunter.
Mr. Hunter co-owned and operated Hunter’s 66 Gas Station in Newport alongside his father. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. Mr. Hunter loved to shoot guns, paint, do woodworking, and building clocks. He also enjoyed drag racing cars.
Mr. Hunter was preceded in death by one sister, Vicki Hunter.
He is survived by two sons, Mark Hunter of Mobley, and Travis Hunter of Newport; three daughters, Regina Heick and husband, Ronald, of Mobley, Missouri, Kristy Stewart and husband, David, of Batesville, and Brittney Smith and husband, D.J., of Newport; one sister, Sandy Berry of Tuckerman; his parents, Leroy and Katie Belle (Bailey) Hunter of Tuckerman; eleven grandchildren, Tracy Smith, Trinity Smith, Conner Wilson, Chase Hunter, Ashley Lester, Joseph Hopkins, Amanda Schomaker, Heather Heick, Dalton Hunter, Dakara Brown, and Dakota Brown; and seven great-grandchildren, Ivy Brown, Zachary Clay Brown, Ajay Hopkins, Lexie Hopkins, Kadence Nejedly, Gerri Nejedly, and Sophia Hayes.
Memorial services are 5:00 p.m. Saturday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Carl Wayne Reams

Mr. Carl Wayne Reams of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Monday, October 5, 2015 in Searcy at the age of 60. He was born July 28, 1955, in Newport.
Mr. Reams worked for Abbott Laboratories, in Chemical Waste Management. He loved to work, and worked hard at everything he did. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well.
Mr. Reams is survived by one son, Christopher Reams of Honolulu, Hawaii; one daughter, Tyler Elizabeth Reams of Honolulu, Hawaii; three brothers, Kenneth Lee Reams and wife Chris of Angleton, Texas, David Honey of Auvergne, and Ronnie Rudd of Cabot; seven sisters, Ramona Reams and Wayne Matthews of North Little Rock, Dana Raeburn and husband, Chris of North Little Rock, Brenda Henard and husband, Randy, of Fayetteville, Bobbie Thatcher and husband, Ronnie of Amagon, Kathy Honey Buford and husband, Ricky of Newport, Gail Snyder and husband, Terry of Newport; and Beverly Honey Tharp and husband, Jerry of Newport; one granddaughter, Raynee Carley Elizabeth Reams; and his aunts, Betty and Bill Harris of Newport, and Jetta Hodge of Newport.
The Reams family will be holding a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Jacksonport State Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home

Christine Cole

Christine Cole, 88, of Tuckerman departed this life Sunday, October 4, 2015. She was born June 30, 1927, in Tuckerman, Arkansas. Mrs. Cole was of the Methodist belief. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, and her grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter James (Jim) Cole; her mother, Lillie Mae Whitlock; three brothers, and three sisters.
She is survived by one daughter, Martha Cole of Tuckerman; two brothers, Nick Adcox of Tuckerman, and Jimmy Adcox of Heber Springs; two sisters, Martha Hagar of Lonoke, and Mary Rice of Lonoke; one granddaughter, Christy Honey of Tuckerman, three great grandchildren, Haley Honey of Jonesboro, Ethen Honey of Tuckerman, and Ava Honey of Tuckerman, and one great great grandchild, Jacoby Lawrence.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 9, 2015 at Tuckerman United Methodist Church.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.

James “P.J.” Cooper

Mr. James “P.J.” Cooper, of Tuckerman, Arkansas, lost his seven year battle with cancer on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at the age of 51. He was born October 13, 1963 in Newport.
Mr. Cooper was a truck driver, and had worked for Arkansas Steel and Norandal, out of Newport and Little Rock. He enjoyed running around, keeping the roads hot, and going to drag and stock car races. Mr. Cooper had a good sense of humor, and was talkative, never meeting a stranger. He was free hearted, sharing what he had with others, and was loving and giving. He enjoyed fishing, and was a member of the Church of Christ.
Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his step-father, Cliff Riley.
He is survived by his children, Dexter Cooper and Sarah Cooper, both of Tuckerman; his mother, Dianne (Hubbard) Riley of Tuckerman; his father, James H. Cooper, Sr. and step-mother, Linda Nix, of Little Rock; one brother, Clifford Riley, Jr.; three sisters, Tammy Muir of Newport, Amber Emery of Tuckerman, and Sherry Abdullah of Little Rock; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2015 at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Michael Brotherton and Mr. James Duvall officiating. Interment will follow in Dowell’s Chapel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Ricky Baker, Greg Cooper, Freddy Cooper, Scott Cooper, Craig Dunn, and John Ward. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Montgomery, Steve Clark, and Dennis Cotner

Carylon Cooper

Carylon Cooper, 73, of Newport departed this life Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
She was born June 8, 1942 to Charles Arthur and Emma Gean Smart Chambliss. Mrs. Cooper was of the Baptist belief, enjoyed working in the yard, flowers, gardening and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her husband of thirty-nine years, J.C. Cooper; parents; and two brothers, Charles (Buddy) Chambliss and Bruce Wayne
She is survived by two sons, John Arthur Cooper of Newark, and Travis Lee Cooper of Newport; and one sister, Ann Daniels of Newport.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 5, 2015 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Coach William H. “Bill” Keedy, Jr.

Coach William H. “Bill” Keedy, Jr. of Newport departed this life on Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Little Rock, at the age of 70. He was born June 30, 1945, at Newport the son of William H. Keedy, Sr. and Faye Ernestine Keedy.

Coach grew up in Newport and was a 1963 graduate of Newport High School. During high school, he excelled in all athletic endeavors. Coach played basketball, American Legion Baseball, ran track, and of course played football for the Newport Greyhounds. He was awarded All District and All State honors his Senior year. Coach was voted Most Popular by his Senior Class. He was the 1962-1963 editor of the Greyhound School Newspaper. Coach participated in several clubs including FBLA, Student Council, and Quill and Scroll.

Following high school, Coach attended Arkansas State College and graduated from Arkansas State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a minor in Journalism. During his college years he was a member of the Sigma Pi Fraternity. Coach later continued his education earning his Masters in Education.

He began his twenty-seven year coaching career as Junior High Coach for the Paragould Bulldogs. The seven years he spent with the Bulldogs forged many lasting friendships. He then went to Sylvan Hills and coached the Bears for one year. Following a call from Newport Superintendent, Mr. John W. Mullins, 1977 marked the year that he began, ”Living his dream!” returning to Newport as Head Coach of his beloved Newport Greyhounds. He was quoted in a 2012 interview in the Democrat-Gazette saying, “I never wanted to coach the Dallas Cowboys or the Green Bay Packers, I wanted to become the coach of the Newport Greyhounds. Coach began his career with this philosophy, “We’ll be going on to the field with the intention of winning every game we play and until someone shows us we can’t, we’ll keep on thinking that way.” That is the way he coached his ball and the way he lived his life. Coach was a master at encouraging everyone around him. It has been said that the true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. Coach treated everyone the same. He never cared about the color of a person’s skin, the balance of a person’s bank account, or whether they were short, fat, skinny, or tall, each person was valuable to him. Coach used his power to motivate and encourage, he had a way of making everyone with whom he came in contact feel like they were important to him, and the reason why is that, they were. He was more than a coach; he was a true teacher, mentor, encourager, and friend to all. Fellow coach and friend Ronny Brown put it best, “Coach Keedy prepared his players for football games, but more so he prepared them for the game of life. He taught them how to win like you have been there before and how to lose with respect for your opponent.” When considering the measure of Coach Bill Keedy, Jr. you can come to no other conclusion than he was immeasurable. The next nineteen seasons were among the greatest in Greyhound history. He led the Greyhounds to the semifinals eight times and to the state championship game four times, winning two, the first in 1981 against Alma and the second in 1991 against Lake Hamilton. The Greyhounds reached the playoffs 19 times under Coach’s tenure, a record that earned him the name of “Mr. Greyhound” throughout Northeast Arkansas. He finished his career with an overall record of 199 wins, 55 losses, and 4 ties.

Coach is famous for many things, but his ability to give every single person he met their very own nick name and the many phrases or Keedyisms he coined, will be fondly remembered and repeated for years to come; “How ya doin’ today? Aaa-iiiiiiiiight? Jickin your Jack? Rippin and Dippin! and so many more!

Retirement never meant stop working or stop coaching to Coach Keedy. He began working for the EAB Red Wolves Sports Network in 2000 as a color analyst for the Arkansas State football radio broadcasts. He spent fifteen years in the booth for many of A-State’s biggest games, including the 2005 New Orleans Bowl, the past four GoDaddy Bowl games and A-State’s victory over Texas A&M in 2008, their first ever game as the Red Wolves. Coach served multiple terms on the Board of the Red Wolves Foundation. He donated much of his time every year to speak to incoming students at A-State.

Coach was selected as a member of the high school all-star coaching staff ten times and was an AHSCA Lowell Manning Award recipient for Outstanding Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. He was honored by Arkansas State University as a Distinguished Alumni in 2007.

Forever one of Newport’s favorite sons, Coach Keedy was twice voted Man of the Year by the Newport Daily Independent. He was also the recipient of the Newport Kiwanis Club’s Distinguished Service Award. The Jonesboro Sun honored Coach by naming him the first recipient of the ‘Best Under the Sun” Coach of the Year.

The legacy of Coach Bill Keedy will live on for generations to come. He changed many lives for good, he taught boys to become men, and taught young girls that they were of great value, a Keedy tradition that will surely be carried on by his sweetheart, Jennifer, his daughter, Kathryn, son, Billy, his favorite daughter in law, Brandi, and grandsons, Will and Jake.

Coach was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He shared his talent for speaking to encourage Methodist Youth Fellowship often. Coach also spoke every year at the Church’s Lenten Breakfast as well as speaking at many area Churches.

Coach was full of life and full of fun. He loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals. Coach loved a good game of poker and he loved going to the Dog Track. Of all the things he enjoyed in his life, he loved nothing more than his family. If you knew Coach, you knew his wife, Jennifer. Together they made their home, raised their two children, and became a dearly loved family of Jackson County. Coach’s greatest joy as of late was following his grandsons in ball. He loved watching them and had begun coaching them, just as he had nearly five decades of young men before, “#1 Act Right #2 Make Your Grades #3 Chase Girls and Play Ball! It doesn’t matter if you are smart or dumb, you can do right.”

Social media has exploded with so many loving tributes and memories. These tributes span coast to coast and young to old. Just as Coach would have it, reminding everyone to act right, have a little fun, make a difference in this world, expect to win, and above all, love your family.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William Henry Keedy, Sr. and Faye Ernestine Hinson Keedy.

Coach is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jennifer Ware Keedy of the home; one daughter Mary Kathryn Keedy of Emerson, New Jersey; one son, William H. “Billy” Keedy, III and wife, Brandi, of Newport; two grandsons, William Justus “Will” Keedy and Jacob Ware “Jake” Keedy; two sisters, Linda Keedy Harrison and husband, Dale, of Bryant and Cynthia Keedy Smotherman and husband, Don, of Newport. Also surviving is his devoted bulldog, Jac; a host of other family and a lifetime of friends.

Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Newport High School Football Stadium next to the Bill Keedy Athletic Training Facility, built and dedicated as a lasting tribute to Coach.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Craig Harrison, Christopher “Tic” Harrison, Jon “J-Byrd” Harrison, Stephen Smotherman, Stephen Choate, and Jessica Choate Fagan.

Memorials may be made to the Newport Greyhound Athletic Booster Club, P.O. Box 1684, Newport, Arkansas 72112. Jackson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 154, Newport, Arkansas 72112, or the Red Wolves Foundation, P.O. Box 2219, State University, Arkansas 72467.