Billy Mize
MTHS Class of 1956

MOUNDS -- Billy W. Mize, 73, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, after a long illness with his loving family by his side. The youngest of nine children, he was born July 25, 1937, in Mounds to the late Jesse and Edith Simmons Mize. He is preceded in death by his brothers, Jessie Mize and Orval Mize and sisters, Mary Larrison, Freda Wilburn, Lillian Bagby and Maybelle Wilson.

Billy owned and operated ABLE Lift Truck Service Company in Little Rock for years. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool and was a member of VFW Post 9095.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna Mize of Little Rock; children, Teresa Evans and husband, Randy, of Little Rock, Ark., Shelley Kroencke and husband, Lee, of Lenexa, Kan., Stephen Mize of Little Rock, Ark., and Angela Pyle and husband, Tim, of North Little Rock, Ark.; grandchildren, John B. Hobbs, U.S. Navy, Kerry Evans of Little Rock, Ark., and Landon Davidson of Fayetteville; brother, William B. Mize of South Bend, Ind.; sister, Erma Essex and husband, Colby, of Villa Ridge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A special thank you to Baptist Home Health Care nurses, doctors, nurses and staff at Arkansas Hospice and Arkansas Hematology and Oncology for all of their care and concern during Billy's illness. A very special thank you to all the friends for their support, he loved all.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, in Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock, Ark. For more information, visit www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.