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Billy R. Shands
Billy R. Shands, 85, left this earth to join his loving Savior on October 23, 2021. He was born April 13, 1936, in Letona, Arkansas, to the late William Earl and Dorothy (Saunders) Shands.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 62 years, Jane Shands; one daughter, Gina Shands Ramey (Fred); four granddaughters, Lauren Haythorne (Ashton), Robin Ramey, Maryn Ramey, and Ann Ramey. Bill is also survived by his sister, Sue Slayton (Jerry) and a host of extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Donnie Shands, and Richard Shands.
Bill served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Pine Island (AV-12), a seaplane tender in the Pacific, from 1954-1958. He often recounted his naval adventures with pride.
Papaw Shands was extremely proud of his four granddaughters, and he always prayed for their spiritual well-being and success. He was a special uncle to his nieces and nephews. Bill always had a word of encouragement for his family and friends. He was definitely a “people person” making friends quickly and never meeting a stranger. Bill was a faithful member of West Race Baptist Church since 1964, where he served as deacon for many years, as well as a nursing home volunteer for forty years. He was a generous and fun-loving individual who brought laughter and joy into the lives of those who knew him.
His family is grateful to Arkansas Hospice for the wonderful care he received the past two and one-half years, as well as to his private caregiver, Peggy, who has been faithful to help care for him.
Memorials may be made to West Race Baptist Church, 1009 West Race St., Searcy, Arkansas 72143 (www.westracebaptist.org) or to Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 (www.alzark.org).
Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Saturday, October 30th at West Race Baptist Church.
Funeral services will start at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 30th at West Race Baptist Church with burial following at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
I was so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. Both he and his sister, Sue, were so good to my mom when she was in the nursing home in the last few years of her life. I bet he already has people in heaven laughing He was one of the best. RIP
Betty Shell Williams Oct 28 2021 8:21 PM
Bill was one of the finest men I've had the chance to know and call a friend.
We've spent many great moments just discussing the Lord and scripture.
Bill was always quick to talk about his love for the Lord, his wife, his family, and the rapture he looks forward to.
My prayers for his family and friends.
Kevin Taylor Oct 28 2021 8:36 AM
The finest man I've ever known.
Fred Ramey Oct 27 2021 9:53 PM
Billy was such a joy to know and work with. He will be missed
Judy Willingham Oct 27 2021 6:44 PM
Praying for the family.
Our deepest sympathy to everyone.
Donald & Carol Poe Oct 27 2021 2:35 PM
Bill was such a blessing to everyone. I always affectionately referred to him as my "favorite cousin". We loved him dearly and look forward to spending eternity with him in Heaven. Our love and condolences to Jane, Gina, Sue and family.
Jane Walton Oct 26 2021 7:20 PM
Love and Prayers for Jane, Gena and family, Bill was a faithful servant for the Lord
Nell Shelton Oct 26 2021 10:47 AM
Bill was one of the finest man I ever had opportunity to work with ! He loved Jane so dearly , if all us ladies could be loved like he adored Jane , we would indeed be blessed ! He's reunited with his dear Mom and Richard, I've heard him talk so much about his little brother . I know he's rejoicing in Heaven !
Wanda Pearl Conley Oct 26 2021 10:21 AM
Billy and I knew each other for most of our lives!
He was a great Christian man!
James L Wyatt Oct 26 2021 10:03 AM
Jane and family so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, He was a distant cousin to me we grew up together, alot of fond memories of the years growing up. Prayers for comfort.
Lyn Hogan Oct 26 2021 8:52 AM