Billy Bock, 68, of Pine Bluff died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.
He was a native of Kansas City, Mo., son of the late Neil J. and Sophia Bock Boles, raised in Clarksville where he attended Holy Redeemer Elementary School prior to graduating from Subiaco Academy where he holds the school record for receiving the most letters during his high school years. He was a four-year letterman in football, basketball, baseball, track, and tennis and five years in boxing. He received all-state and all-district honors and the Curry Award as a junior.
He received a BS degree from the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville and a MS degree (ed) from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. At the University of the Ozarks he was a four-year letterman in football, baseball and boxing.
In boxing, he was a five-time State Golden Gloves Champion, Mid-South Champion, AAU Champion, Louisiana-Arkansas National Guards Champion and was named “Outstanding Boxer” in the Regional National Golden Gloves Tournament in Tulsa, Okla., and participated in the National AAU Tournament in Toledo, Ohio, and in the Chicago National Golden Gloves Tournament. He also sparred with Muhammed Ali when he was known as Caucias Clay.
He coached in Arkansas for 44 years. During this time, he served as head coach in football, basketball, golf, tennis, boxing, and 35 years in baseball. Six years in baseball were as head coach at Henderson State University, 29 years were at St. Anne’s Academy in Fort Smith, Sylvan Hills High School in North Little Rock, Arkansas High at Texarkana, and Pine Bluff High School. His teams won nine state championships, five state runners-up, and six state semi-finalists. His teams had appeared in 27 state tournaments and won 23 district championships with an over-all record of 641-121. He never had a losing season in any sport.
He coached in State All-Star games in football, basketball, and baseball. He was the head coach in the first Arkansas High School Baseball All-Star game and was also the head coach in the first Arkansas Intercollegiate Baseball All-Star game. He was the 1986 head coach of the “Gold Medal” winning South Team in the USA Olympic Festival.
Bock received awards including District Baseball Coach-Of-The-Year (18 times), ABCA District VI Coach-Of-The-Year (three times), ABCA Coach National Coach-Of-The-Year (two times), NAIA District 17 Baseball Coach-Of-The-Year, AIC Baseball Coach-Of-The-Year, National High School Gold Baseball Coaching Award, NFICA Outstanding Coach for Arkansas, USBF Golden Diamond Award, US Baseball Coach-Of-The-Year for Arkansas, District Football Coach-Of-The-Year (three times), and District Basketball Coach-Of-The-Year (two times). Collegiate baseball named him Coach-Of-The-Decade for the 1980s and then Co-Coach-Of-The-Century. He was honored twice by the Arkansas Legislature and twice had a “Billy Bock Day” in Arkansas proclaimed by then Governor Bill Clinton.
Bock served as chairman of the executive board of the Arkansas High School Baseball Coaches Association and ABCA District VI chairman for the past six years. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Subiaco Academy and also the University of the Ozarks. He was inducted into the University of the Ozarks Hall of Fame and also the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. This year he was selected for induction into the American Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame. He is the 14th high school coach to ever receive the award. The induction will be in January 2004, at San Antonio, Texas.
Bock was a veteran of the U. S. Army and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Joe Ann West Bock; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kraig Bock of Austin, Texas, and Kirk and Lillian Bock of Harrison; two daughters and one son-in-law, Kellie and Jeff Cohen of Fort Smith and Kim Buck of Texarkana, Texas; five grandchildren, Jennifer Buck, Jessica Buck, Garrett Bock, Caroline Bock and Katie Cohen; two aunts, Laura Belle Bock of Ozark and Freda Lee Bock of Clarksville.
A rosary service was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Ralph Robinson and Son Chapel in Pine Bluff.
Funeral was at 11 a.m. Friday, July 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Andrew Smith, Rev. Nicholas Fuhrman, Rev. Harold Heiman and Monsignor John O’Donnell officiating. Graveside services and burial followed at 5 p.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to Subiaco Academy, 405 North Subiaco Avenue, Subiaco, AR 72865, University of the Ozarks, University of the Ozarks (Advancement), 415 North College Avenue, Clarksville, AR 72830, or to the Pine Bluff High School Baseball Booster Club to establish a Billy Bock College Scholarship Fund in his memory, c/o David Mazzanti, P. O. Box 9563, Pine Bluff, AR 71611.
Billy Gene Crabtree
Billy Gene Crabtree, 71, of Jasper, formerly of Harrison, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison.
A native of Coal Hill, he was a son of the late Robert Ernest and Vian Evans Crabtree, meat cutter for Bob’s Market in Jasper, veteran of the Korean War, and member of the Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Harrison. He was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Crabtree; two brothers, Arlis Crabtree and Andy Crabtree; and three sisters, Reba Favor, Lila Faye Crabtree, and Bobbie Lou Crabtree.
Survivors include his widow, Mary Traeger Crabtree; three sons, Billy Joe Crabtree of Houston, Texas, Michael Crabtree of Springfield, Mo., and John Crabtree of Jasper; three daughters, Marilyn Hensley of Everton, Laura Smith of Cecil, and Karen Messer of Jasper; one sister, Micki Hart of Conway; three brothers, Bernard Crabtree of Clarksville, Leon Crabtree of Coal Hill and Frank Crabtree of Altus; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A vigil service was held at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 10, at Coffman Chapel in Jasper. Funeral mass was at 11 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Mary Mother of God Church in Harrison with Father Gregory Hart officiating. Burial was in Jasper Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Rob Tanner, Brent Tanner, Tyler Hensley, Terry Hensley, Roger Tucker, and Travis Osbourne.
Honorary pallbearers were James Compton, Shannon Willis, Darrell Jones, Mike Coolidge, Jeff Smith, Dr. Hawk, Dr. Chitsey, and Phillip Willey.
Jack Hanson, 94, of Hartman died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
He was a member and deacon of the Coal Hill Baptist Church, coal miner, farmer, son of the late Sam and Turly Scott Hanson, and was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Ogden Hanson.
He is survived by one daughter, Doris Jean Hanson of Hartman.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, at the Coal Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Olin Odgen, Rev. Gene Bowles, and Rev. Dennis Reynolds officiating.
Burial will be in the Hess Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Cox Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers will be Tommy Dean Hanson, Walter Nagel, Chris Nagel, Dean Miller, Glenn Willhite, Nick Aldana, Jerry Willhite, and Hurchel Bowles.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Marvel, Tommy Garner, Ron Robertson, Joe Holmesley, Frankie Jones, Paul Walker, Charles Willhite and Johnny Ogden.
Memorials may be made to the Coal Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 10, Coal Hill, AR 72832.
Kenneth S. Davis
Kenneth S. (Bo) Davis, 74, of Richmond, Calif., died June 1, 2003.
He was a native of Coal Hill and U. S. Army Korean War veteran.
Survivors include two sisters, Janice Cardova of Tracy, Calif., and Mary Ellen Perry of Clovis, Calif.; one brother, Donald L. Davis of Clovis, Calif.; one nephew, Kevin Cardova of San Jose, Calif.; one niece, Karen Ortega of Manteca, Calif.; one great-niece; and two great-nephews.
Funeral and burial were Tuesday, June 24, at the Coal Hill Cemetery.
Lucile King Huie
Lucile King Huie, 91, of Destrehan, La., died Thursday, July 10, 2003, in River Parish Hospital in LaPlace, La.
She was a native of Clarksville, daughter of the late Robert Newton and Mary Lavinia Taylor King, and retired psychiatric technician. She lived and worked in Little Rock most of her life prior to moving to Destrehan, La., five years ago.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Pettigrew of Westville, Ill., Lucy Causey of Destrehan, La., and Susan Franklin of Fayetteville; four grandsons; and four granddaughters.
Graveside services and burial were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, at Stillwell Cemetery with Lang Causey officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Hardwicke Funeral Home.
Patsy J. Reynolds
Patsy Justice Reynolds, 78, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at home in Conway.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W. T. Reynolds, was a graduate of Clarksville High School, attended The College of the Ozarks, and was a member of Oak Forest United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
Survivors are two daughters and sons-in-law, Trisha and Mike Moore of Conway and Kathy and Bruce Holbrook of Richmond, Va.; one sister, Ruby Bailey of Clarksville; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services and burial were Saturday, July 12, at Roselawn Cemetery in Little Rock with Rev. Clif Springr officiating.
Ruby Adams Timmons
Ruby Adams Timmons, 90, of Clarksville died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Johnson Regional Medical Center.
She was a native and lifelong resident of Spadra, daughter of the late Will N. and Edith Mae Johnson Adams, widow of Charlie Timmons, and member of the First Assembly of God Church in Clarksville.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Norma Lou and Edd Young and Jeannie and Norman Crowden, all of Clarksville; two granddaughters and spouses, Lisa Jean and Ronald Perry of Fort Smith and Robin and Mike Rice of Springdale; two great-grandchildren, Edye Alicia Perry of Fort Smith and Alex Rice of Springdale; and one great-great-grandchild, Maliq JeRon Perry of Fort Smith.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Hardwicke Funeral Chapel with Rev. Dade Kindrix and Rev. Terry Cameron officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Johnson, Don Johnson, Wesley Kendrick, Carl Williams, Mark Simpson, and Billy Simpson.
Vicy Jane Case
Vicy Jane Case, 57, of Ozark died Sunday, July 13, 2003, in a Fort Smith hospital.
She was born at Mountain Top to H. P. and Eva Willis Farmer, poultry grower for Cargill for 20 years, and a member of the Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include her husband, J. C. Case; one daughter, Vickie Lantz of Altus; one son, Jerry Case of Coal Hill; seven sisters, Lillie Keech of Van Buren, Lois Martin and Pauline McCartney, both of Mountain Top, Dean Davis of Ozark, Ollie Pledger of Kibler, Mary Whitehead of Kansas City, Kan., and Faye McGuire of Clarksville; two brothers, Donald Farmer of Ozark and Rev. Ronnie Farmer of Aurora, Mo.; and seven grandchildren, Danielle Rinke, J. W. Case, Nick Case, Madeline Case, Crystal Lantz, Rachelle Lantz, and Rusty Lantz, all of Altus.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. J. D. Ellison and Rev. Sammy Alverson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery at Mountain Top.
Active pallbearers will be Worley Ellerbee, Ray Young, Pete Williams, Randy Markes, Danny Markes, and Kenneth McGuire.
Honorary pallbearers will be nephews, Preston Whitehead, Benny Whitehead, Cletus Davis, Ronald Cowan, Hank Keech, and Kenneth McGuire.