Frankye Jo Towry Driggers, age 77, of Glenwood died Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Benton, Arkansas.
She was born on December 31, 1938 in the Mt. Clair Community (between Cove and Vandervoort), the second child of James Franklin and Allie Idell Seigler Towry. She married Kavanaugh Ray Driggers on February 27, 1960 at Hugo, Oklahoma. He preceded her in death on September 25, 2004. She was also predeceased by her parents, and her sister, Wanda Joy Towry.
Frankye was a 1956 graduate of Van-Cove High School. She attended Baptist School of Nursing in Little Rock briefly before graduating from Henderson State Teacher’s College (now HSU) with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. She worked in the education field for 57 years, serving as a teacher at Norman, Caddo Gap, Glenwood, and Centerpoint School Districts. She was the last teacher, teaching grades 1-6, at the two-room Grandview Wing School before that school was moved to Caddo Gap.
For many years, Frankye taught GED classes at night through Rich Mountain Community College to the surrounding area of Glenwood. She started the first ACT Testing site at Glenwood for area high school students and administrated the test site at Glenwood High School and Centerpoint High School for many years. She was a member of the Western Arkansas Retired Teachers Association, Lifetime AEA/NEA member and held a Lifetime Teacher’s License through the State of Arkansas. She was named Glenwood Teacher of the year in 1985 and Centerpoint Teacher of Year in 2005.
She is survived by three sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth Ray and Cheryl Jean Driggers of Benton, Steven Wayne Driggers of Glenwood, and Michael D. Driggers of Hot Springs; four grandsons and one granddaughter-in-law, Kenneth Ryan Driggers of Benton, Jordan Chad Driggers (fiancé Kate Jordan) of Fort Smith, Blakely Harris and Lyndi C. Driggers of Benton, and Dylan Wayne Driggers of Conway, ; one great grandson, Beau Nelson Driggers of Benton; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gerald D. and Shirley Faye Driggers Pinkerton of Nashville; one nephew, Alan Dayne Pinkerton of Bryant.
Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 16, 2016 in the Glenwood First Baptist Church with Bro. J. B. Evans and Bro. Erby Burgess officiating.
Interment will be in Glenwood Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Visitation will be Friday, 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be, her sons, grandsons, and nephew.
Honorary Pallbearers will be, Tom Daniels, Lewis Diggs, her former students that she has taught throughout the years, the former and current faculty and staff of Glenwood School District and Centerpoint Schools and Dr. Lynn Cleveland and the oncology staff of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs.
Memorials may be made to the Memorial Flag Pole Fund, % Centerpoint Primary School, 1000 Lakeshore, Glenwood, Arkansas 71943.
Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.