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Bill D. Plunkett

Bill-Plunkett-1 Bill D. Plunkett, age 83 of Mena, Arkansas died January 21, 2016 in Mena.  He was born on June 28, 1932 in Cove, Arkansas to C.R. and America Plunkett.

Bill was a devoted husband, dad, papa, and friend.   He served as a Sunday school teacher for most of his adult life, and served for years as a deacon of the First Baptist Church, Mena.  He owned and operated Plunkett Drug for many years in Mena, then completed his pharmacy career with Wal-Mart.  In retirement, he continued being a pharmacist through his work with the Ninth Street Medical Clinic in Mena where he received recognition for having over 17 years of perfect attendance.  He was involved in the community and the State in several leadership positions over the years including past president of the Mena Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Mena Lion’s Club, past board member of the Mena Medical Center, past president of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, and just a few years ago was named the Citizen of the Year by the Mena Chamber.  Bill was a devoted husband, dad, papa, and friend.  Bill was known for his generous spirit, integrity, honesty, dependability, steadfast personality, and above all his love for the Lord and his love for his family.

He is survived by his wife and the love of his life of nearly 62 years, Catherine Jane (Katie) Plunkett, his sons, Terry Plunkett of Mena; Tim Plunkett and wife, Penny of Prescott, AR; P.T. Plunkett and wife, Christy of Mena; his daughter, Judi Plunkett White and husband, Tom of Mena; ten grandchildren, including Amanda Posey, Ty Plunkett and Ashlie Harris of Mena; Amber Hendrickson of Grand Rapids, MI and Abbi Peoples of Fort Smith, AR; Zach Plunkett of Cave Springs, AR, Caitlin Plunkett of Siloam Springs, AR, and Josh Plunkett of Prescott, AR; and Drew Plunkett and Jake Plunkett of Mena; twelve great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents C.R. and America Davis Plunkett; his brother, Harold (Spud) Plunkett; his sisters, Lillian Plunkett Bates and Gladys Plunkett Burkleo, and a niece who grew up with him, Marvetta Plunkett Dalone.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Russell Threet, Brother Jack Schoeppey and Brother Ray Peoples officiating. Interment will be at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena immediately following the service under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Mena.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory can be made to Ninth Street Ministry (A ministry of First Baptist Church) at 811 Port Arthur, Mena, AR 71953; Area 14 Special Olympics, 194 Cedar Bluff Road, Gillham, AR 71841; Clarice’s Room of Hope at 403 Morrow N, Suite C, Mena, AR 71953, or the organization of your choice.

Pallbearers honoring their Papa will be Bill’s ten grandchildren.

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