PEARCY — Ora Mae Willingham, age 84, of Pearcy, has passed away, leaving behind a legacy of love and devotion to those who knew her closely.
PEARCY — Ora Mae Willingham, age 84, of Pearcy, has passed away, leaving behind a legacy of love and devotion to those who knew her closely. It is with great sadness that we tell everyone that she left us on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.
She was born Jan. 19, 1926, to the late Earl Earnie Adams and Nannie Lee Howell Adams of Hempwallace.
She is predeceased by her first husband, Newman W. Phillips Sr. and late husband, George E. Willingham; her children, Leona Fay Long, Linda L. Phillips, RoyLee Willingham, Nancy Gale Willingham and Newman W. Philips Jr.
She leaves behind several children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grand children, as follows: her children, Elsie Marie Phillips of the home, Shirley J. Smith of Arkadelphia, Dorthy Harvey of Pearcy, Charles E. Willingham (Joy) of Pearcy, Raymond Willingham (Marilyn) of the home, and Ozella Willingham of Pearcy; 21 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Ora Mae was a homemaker and loved spending her time reading, sewing, cooking, listening to music and visiting with family and friends alike.
You could always rest assure that when you went to visit her that she would always say, “Come on in, I’ll put another cup of water in the soup!”
Family visitation will take place at Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs on Monday, Dec. 20, from 5-8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. with Ministers Duane White and Kirk Gassman officiating. Burial will be in Oma Cemetary.
Pallbearers will be Marvin Caple, Chuck Ray, Darius Melton, Bill Long, Bret Willingham, Darrel Phillips, Bob Bruen, Dewayne Edge and Robert Hopper.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the 70 West Fire Department, staff of St. Joseph’s 2 East, ICU and Respiratory Department, Dr. Kevin Hale, Dr. Mike Mullins and staff, Dr. Stan Josef and staff, Dr. Robert Johnson and staff, Dr. Daniel Rowe, Dr. Thomas Hollis, Jr., members of Crossroads Baptist Church in Bonnerdale, Fairdale Baptist Church in Hot Springs and Garland County Health Department.