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Otis Ray Book

December 30, 1923 October 27, 2018
Otis Ray Book
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Otis Ray Book passed from this life to his heavenly home on October 27, 2018, at the age of 94. He and his twin sister were born December 30, 1923, in Piggott, Arkansas, the eighth and ninth children of Curtis Richard and Mary Elizabeth (McCormick) Book.

He served in the US Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946 and was proud of his service to his country. He married his wife, Betty Jean (New) Book on August 31, 1946, in Pontiac Michigan. They had two children and resided in Keego Harbor, Michigan, from 1953 until his retirement from the West Bloomfield School District in 1978. He was ordained to the ministry in 1971, and served as pastor and interim pastor for many congregations in Michigan and the Piggott area after he and his wife returned to Arkansas in 1978. He loved singing, playing the piano, and studying history. In 2006, he wrote and published Keeping Memories Afloat, a memoir of his early life and the war years.

He is survived by his daughter Peggy (Peter) Thies of Waleska, Georgia; his sister Mary Doyle of Poplar Bluff, Missouri; his twin sister Ota Mae Brendle of Troy, Michigan; grandchildren Abigail and Greg Thies and Jared and Logan Book; two great-grandsons; two sisters-in-law; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years Betty and his son Clifford, his parents, five brothers and three sisters, and infant twin grandsons Eric and Gene Thies.

A celebration of his life will be held at Hitts Chapel General Baptist Church in Piggott at 1:30 pm on October 31 with interment following at Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway, Arkansas. All funeral arrangements were made by Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home in Piggott.

Memorials may be made to Hitts Chapel and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, Jonesboro, Arkansas.

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6:00 PM 10/30/2018 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/30/2018 8:00:00 PM
Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home

142 N 3rd Avenue
Piggott, AR 72454

Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home
142 N 3rd Avenue Piggott 72454 AR
United States





1:30 PM 10/31/2018 1:30:00 PM
Hitts Chapel General Baptist Church

Piggott, AR, US, 72454
Piggott, Arkansas 72454

Hitts Chapel General Baptist Church
Piggott, AR, US, 72454 Piggott 72454 Arkansas
United States

Cemetery Details


Mitchell Cemetery Final Resting Place

2643 CR 481
Greenway, AR 72430

2643 CR 481 Greenway 72430 AR
United States

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