Billy Marvin Groves, 86, of Rogers, passed away surrounded by his family May 21, 2020, in Fayetteville. He was born October 27, 1933 in Macedonia, Arkansas, the son of Archie and Bertha Foreman Groves. Billy graduated from Magnolia High School in 1951 and served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1957. He graduated from UAMS College of Pharmacy in 1962 and was the owner of several retail pharmacies. He is preceded in death by one son, Alvin Groves.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Nancy Jenkins Groves. Children of Alvin: Billy Ryan and wife Ashley, Sarah Grace, and their mother Carol Groves Ratcliff and husband David. A daughter, Anita McAllister and husband James of Pittsboro, N.C., step grandchildren Jennifer McAllister, Jim McAllister and wife Lisa (step great grandchildren Chase and Katie Claire), and Meagan McAllister Carothers and husband Jason. A son Michael of Rogers, grandchildren Thomas, Taylor, Michelle and great grandson Brody Griffin. A son Joseph and wife Marie of Rockwall, Texas, granddaughter Lauren. His sister Pat Hime of Austin, Texas; several nephews and nieces; and special friends Florence and Ed Moore of Las Vegas, NV.
Private family service will be held on May 22, 2020 at the National Cemetery, Fayetteville, Arkansas. A celebration of life service will be at a later date. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online condolences to www.bentoncountyfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the UAMS Foundation Fund for the College of Pharmacy General Scholarship in memory of Dr. Billy M. Groves and mailed to UAMS, 4301 W. Markham #716, Little Rock, AR 72211. For assistance, call 501-686-8200. A Groves Family Scholarship will be established in Bill’s and Alvin’s memory.
Ruby Parrish, 98, of Pine Bluff, passed away Friday, May 22, 2020, at Amberwood Health and Rehab in Benton, Arkansas.
Mrs. Parrish was born May 10, 1922, in Kingsland, Arkansas, to the late John Cleveland and Donia Caroline O’Banion Bell. She grew up in Kingsland and received her education there. She was a homemaker and had worked for Fairfield Chemicals in housekeeping for a number of years.
She was of the Church of God faith. She loved gardening, quilting, and visiting with people during her free time.
Mrs. Parrish is survived by two sons, John Parrish of Cabot and Bobby Parrish of Pine Bluff; one daughter, Kathy Pack of Bryant; brother, Clifton Bell of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Eloise Reed and Annette Seamans, both of Pine Bluff; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Parrish; three daughters, Margie Parrish, Cleo Parrish, and Betty Parrish Wilkins; one brother; and three sisters.
There will be a visitation Saturday, May 23, 2020, 5:00 to 7:00 PM, at Fuller-Hale South Funeral Home. Burial will be private. A very special thank you to the staff of Amberwood Health and Rehab in Benton and her hospice team, Becky, Ryan, and Chaplain Lori. Online condolences: www.fullerfunerals.com.
Mrs. Emma Grayson 103, of Gould, Arkansas passed away Friday, May 22, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.