Mr. King H. Bisbee, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away in the early morning hours of February 11, 2017 from a short bout with cancer. He was born in Pryor, Oklahoma to the late Lewis Henry Bisbee and Mary Lucinda Tucker Bisbee.
King grew up in Depression style on a farm around Vandervoort, Arkansas. After working with the Civilian Conservation Corps at Shady, he entered WWII and served as a Flight Engineer on a B-24 bomber flying missions over Japan. Like so many soldiers of that era after the war, he immediately married his wartime sweetheart, Mary Katherine Hardy. They bought a farm near Vandervoort and had two sons, Ronald Gene and Lyndell Dee. Eventually they moved to Houston, Texas where King worked in a factory making wire rope and various other jobs for forty years. They enjoyed living close to Katherine’s family and fishing on the Texas coast. King’s favorite activity on the coast was dragging a shrimp net in the bay.
After retirement, King and Katherine moved back to his beloved hills of Arkansas and settled in Mena. He became active in the Mena Elks Lodge and was recognized as the State Elk of the year for 1993-94 and served as Exalted Ruler for 2000-01. He was also a member of the American Legion and drove the DAV van carrying veterans to Little Rock for medical treatment at the VA hospital for a number of years. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, he served on the Session for a term.
King was a very active man, never liking to just sit around. Mowing grass (4 acres), raising a garden, and cutting firewood for the fireplace was enjoyment for him. As was tinkering around in his shop fixing things and making cutting boards for his friends. He was always willing to use his many talents to help others with such things as building garages, fixing cars, or repairing lawnmowers.
His parents preceded him in death, as well as seven of his siblings including: William Lewis (Bill) Bisbee, Leatha Lucinda Sprinkle, Mary Irene Phyllis McElfresh, Walter James (Jim) Bisbee, Elsie Marie Daniels, Ralph Royce Bisbee and Lynn Holden Bisbee.
He is survived by wife, Katherine, of 71 years; sons, Ron and his wife Brenda, Lyndell and his wife Carolyn; and sister, Ima Jean Davis of Pomona, California. Also surviving are four grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley- Wood Chapel with Pastor Bill Seitz officiating. Interment follows in Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, February 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Mena at 904 Church Street, Mena, AR 71953.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Daniels, Nathan Bisbee, Jared Bisbee, Wayne Hardy, Bobby James, Mike Hardy and Nathan Cline.