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Sonny Peek

Sonny Peek, age 75, of Hatfield, died Friday, October 8, 2021, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born on May 29, 1946, to Willie Peek and Iva (Hughes) Peek in Alder Springs.

Sonny was a loving father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who were a part of his life. Sonny was a generous and hardworking man. He was a simple man who loved living a simple life. Sonny loved his Casserole brand pinto beans, fried taters, and buttermilk corn bread. Whether at Weyerhaeuser, at any one of a number of sawmills, chopping and delivering firewood, or whittling tools with his pocketknife, he was always working with wood. Sonny loved being outdoors. He and his wife, Patricia, loved to drive all over Arkansas and Oklahoma. They especially loved going to Dogpatch and Eureka Springs. His grandchildren have many fond memories of going ‘bear hunting’ with Papaw and Mamaw Funny. Near the end of his life, Sonny spent two weeks in Texas with his youngest daughter and her family enjoying sitting on the porch watching birds and squirrels, counting the multitude of planes flying over, and questioning why the neighbors mow their yards and then wash (water) them. He cherished the extra time he got to spend with his three youngest grandkids while there. All of his nurses and his doctors said he told them daily how excited he was to get to go live in Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 33 years, Patricia Peek; two sisters, Johnnie Roberts and Jessie Cassell; and two granddaughters, Kirstie Peek and Megan Peek.

Sonny is survived by one son, Antonio Peek of Hatfield; two daughters and son-in-law, Jennifer and Eric Elerson of Arlington, Texas, Stacy Peek of Hot Springs Village; one brother, Frank Peek of Mena; two sisters, Myra Heath of Mena and Aline Heath of DeQueen; ten grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Derek Baumgardner of Charleston, South Carolina, Madison Elerson of Arlington, Texas, Braeden Elerson of Arlington, Texas, Lillian Elerson of Arlington, Texas, Gabrielle Peek of Hot Springs, Derek Peek of Springfield, Missouri, Zachary Trotter of De Queen, Jacob Dinger of Texas, Caleb Dinger of Nevada, Dustin Dinger of Dierks; ten great-grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. A small memorial service with Military Honors for Sonny and his wife Patricia will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021 at 3 p.m. at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena, Arkansas.

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