P.O. Box 506, 943 Highway 425 North, Monticello, AR71655

William Jeffrey Busby
November 8, 1986 - November 20, 2021

William Jeffrey Busby

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William Jeffrey Busby, 35, of Monticello, Ark., tragically passed away on November 20, 2021, while working on his family's deer camp. He was born on November 8, 1986, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Bill Busby and the late Roselyn Grubbs Busby. William had many loves in his life, from serving Southeast Arkansas families through Edward Jones Investments and hunting with friends to cheering on the Razorbacks. Most of all, he loved being part of a large and loving family, the foundation of which was his love for his wife, Katelyn Busby, whom he married on September 28, 2013. After four years of marriage, William and Katelyn welcomed their first child, William Henry, and two years later, Clara Rose. Of all the roles William played, that of Henry and Clara's father was his most cherished. Gentle, loving, and kind, William's unconditional and unwavering love for his children will be everlasting.
William is survived by his wife, Katelyn Busby, of Monticello; his children, William Henry, 4, and Clara, 2; his father, Bill Busby of Monticello; his sister, Kelli Chandler (Colin) of Dripping Springs, Tex.; as well as a host of other family, including nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle William. William's family and friends loved him deeply for the traits that defined him. He was quiet and discerning, dependable and loving, and quick to both celebrate and commiserate. He was a joy to be with and a constant source of strength. He will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in William's memory to
the Robert H. Burch, Jr. Waterfowl Research Endowment, c/o UAM
Foundation Fund, PO Box 3520, Monticello, Ark. 71656. Contributions may
also be made to the Madeline Grubbs Scholarship Fund, c/o UCA
Foundation, Inc., UCA Box 4986, Conway, Ark. 72035 or the Jeff Busby
Memorial Scholarship, c/o UAM Foundation Fund, PO Box 3520,
Monticello, Ark. 71656.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Monticello, where William was a member, with a come and go reception immediately following in the Family Life Center. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. The family encourages guests to wear masks where social distancing is not possible.
Honorary Pallbearers include Paul Svoboda, Andrew Hilton, Will Bradshaw, Trey Burch, Lee Busby, Colin Chandler, Drew Beasley, John Davis, Jacob Hughes, and John Limozaine

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Come and Go Reception
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
317 South Main St.
Monticello, AR  71655
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Celebration of Life Service
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
at 3:00 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
317 S. Main St.
Monticello, AR  71655
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Oakland Cemetery
N. Hyatt St
Monticello, AR  71655
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Memorial Contributions
Robert H. Burch, Jr. Waterfowl Research Endowment
% UAM Foundation Fund; PO Box 3520
Monticello, AR  71656

Madeline Grubbs Scholarship Fund
% UCA Foundation, Inc.; UCA Box 4986
Conway, AR  72035

Jeff Busby Memorial Scholarship
% UAM Foundation Fund; PO Box 3520
Moniticello, AR  71656


  1. Cynthia McKinstry
    The Busby & Birch families have been life-long friends of my family & this loss saddened my heart. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you during this time of loss.
  2. Jane Thomasson
    My thoughts and prayers have been with you Katelyn and your whole family over the loss of William. You have my deepest sympathy. Love, Jane
  3. Classie Jones Green
    To Bill & the Busby Family my Sympathy, Prayers & Love to You all May God Comfort & Strengthen You Now & in Days to Come 🙏💚🙏
  4. Lesley L Lloyd
    Hi Bill, Michael Pomeroy alerted me to what happened. I am so sorry and even though I only met him once as a baby, It looks like he grew into an outstanding young man! My prayers are with you and God Bless. Lesley Lloyd
  5. Sharon Shook McIntyre
    Dear Bill and Family,

    I was so shocked and saddened when I learned of this. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Psalm 147:3. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

    In Christian Love,
  6. Denise Adam
    I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my husband a little over a year ago. (There is no comparison to what you are going through now.) But, William helped me set up my financial planning package. I had never done that kind of thing. I was at a loss for what to do. It was so confusing to me. He made it so simple, and I felt like I was good hands. At that first meeting I knew I could trust him. William was such a help in my time of need. He was was so sweet and understanding. I'm so thankful I was able to meet him.
    Now, my one piece of advice for you, as a recent widow myself, keep looking for the blessings he left for you. Everywhere I look I see blessings that are the result of my husband's love and care for me. They bring me such joy- even in the grief. If you look, you will find them too.
  7. Cynthia Halsey Trusty
    Father be with this family as they walk this Grief Journey and comfort them as only You can Amen
    Loved and respected all of you
  8. Marilyn Weih and family
    To Katelyn and children and the Grubbs and Busby families,
    William's loss is leaving a big hole in everyone's lives that can only be filled by God's everlasting Love. May prayer and the continued support of family and friends be of comfort to you now and always. Know that William is with you always, looking on from his new heavenly home.
    Our deepest sympathy, Marilyn Weih and family.
  9. Judy Webb Hubbell
    Bill, my heart breaks for you and your family. William was my Edw. Jones agent, and was such a nice young man. You and yours are in my prayers.
  10. Kim & David Hoffman
    Katelyn and Family,
    The huge crowd at William’s service today tells the story about how loved he was.by everyone that knew him. Please know that we will be keeping you all in our prayers.
  11. Diana Abney
    Praying for Katelyn & family may God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead. I’m so sorry for your loss!

  12. Ginger Wilkins
    We send our love to William’s family. So very sorry for your loss. Pop And Gigi
  13. Shane & Kimberli Kern
    We will continue to keep all of your family in our thoughts and prayers. Words cannot express our sorrow.
  14. John & Paige (Hill) Stell
    To the Busby Family - you are all in our thoughts and prayers during the days ahead. William always had a smile and was always friendly. Even when he was little and I was in the church nursery on Wednesday's and Sunday's. We can only imagine how much you all will miss him. Cherish all of your memories and share them with his little ones so they will always know what a wonderful man their dad was. Love and prayers.
    John, Paige, Jayson, Colt, Brayden, Jared, Jake, & Brad
  15. Bill Fudge
    Bill and Entire Family

    We would like send our condolences to the family!
    You are all in our thoughts and Prayers!
    May God Be With You in these Tragic Times!

    God Bless you all
    Bill & Ginger and Traci & Bynum
  16. Holli McGaha
    I am so very sorry for your loss. God bless all of you.
  17. Carla Smith
    I have fond memories of William and can see his smiling face. My son Ricky Rudolph, was a classmate of William's and we have so many great memories,from Elementary to Senior Prom.

    William was a very kind and polite young man, prayers for peace for the family.

  18. Randy, Rhonda and Daniel Brown
    Our hearts are heavy and sadden with the loss of William. Daniel wished to convey his heartfelt sadness over the loss of a childhood friend. Our prayers for your peace and for God to cover you with His loving hand.
  19. LaWayne Young
    I am so sorry for this tragic loss and extend prayers to all the Busby families.
  20. Jamie Rawls
    Katie, I was absolutely heartbroken to hear about the loss of William. I don’t think it has really sank in as I’m sure it hasn’t for you. But please know I am praying fervently for you, Henry, Clara, Mr. Bill & Kelli, as well as the extended Busby and Burch clan.
    William was never one to really fall for a girl but you completely changed all of that. When he fell, he fell hard. You changed his whole world and only for the better. You gave him everything he ever wanted. His family was everything to him and he made that known.
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal. May you remember to hold tight to those memories. They will be with you forever. As you traverse through your grief in the coming days and weeks, months and even years, do not forget how much you are loved and thought about. When you feel alone remember this verse:
    “God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46.1
    He is the only one that can bring you through this. Well God and those precious babies that will keep you going every day they will remind daily you of their precious daddy. 💙💗
    Much love and prayers always!

    Busby family,
    You are family and I’ve never known anything other than that. When you hurt I hurt. This is something we will never understand but we just have to trust God. William is with his Momma. In that I hope you can find a little bit of comfort. Mr. Bill, you couldn’t have had a more well mannered son and he has been that way for as long as I have known him, so respectful. Those grand babies need you, God will see you through this.
    I love you all so much.
  21. Calvin & Audie Grubbs

    Our thoughta sre with you and Kelli and your extended family.. Sorry we cannot attend.
  22. Mary Heady
    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers.
  23. Reathel Privett
    So sorry for your loss. Many prayers and hugs for the family.
  26. Kim and Steve Pigott
    Thoughts and prayers.
    Steve and Kim Pigott and family
  27. Shirley & Ronnie McMillan
    Bill, Kelli and family, we are shocked and saddened to hear of Williams’s tragic death. Praying that God will supply all your needs in the days to come. Love you all!
  28. Rane Barrett
    To the entire Busby family, my thoughts and prayers are with your family. Will was a great man and friend. I will always cherish the memories we had together, whether it was playing baseball together or going hunting etc. He will truly be missed.
  29. Tonja Eagle
    I am so sorry for your loss. My son went to college with William. I was so glad to have known him! He was a very nice young man! He will be missed! You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
  30. Allen Jeter
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Bill and the entire Busby family!!! Love all of you and may God comfort you during this difficult time!!! 🙏❤️
  31. Bettye Johnson
    I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers
    May our Lord be with you thru this sad time
  32. Nancy Jackson Chacon
    To Bill and the extended families, my most heartfelt condolences to you all in your loss.
  33. Beverly A Burchfield
    To all in William's family: While I did not know William, after reading all these condolences and hearing comments about him, it is apparent he belonged in this highly-respected family. Bill and I are so sorry for this tragic loss. It's something we just can't understand on this side. We are praying for God's presence to be near you now and in the days to come.

    Bill and Beverly Burchfield
  34. Alvin and Irma James
    To Bill and family : our hearts were burdened when heard of loss of William. We send our love and thoughts of all.
  35. Chris & Rosie Chandler

    Our prayers are with you all.
  36. Jimmy and Nickie Owens
    William had such a sweet soul! We are so sorry for his being taken so young! Many prayers for Katelyn and his children, Nat and family, Bill, Kelli and family and so many that knew and loved him!! He will surely be missed!!
  37. Gloria Schwab
    Bill and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for peace and comfort for you all during this very difficult time.
  38. Larry & Hilda Malpica
    We send our love and sympathy to your family. Always friendly and loving, William will be missed by a multitude of people, including us. We pray for your family and give thanks for his life and the time that he was with us.

    Much love to you,
    Larry and Hilda
  39. Gwen Huitt
    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of the family but especially those little ones who will miss growing up with their dad. I met William through my Edward Jones account business but enjoyed visiting with him always. He was such a kind, thoughtful advisor and I always felt he had my best interests in mind. He will be missed.
  40. Amy Daniels
    Our thoughts, love, and prays to all of the Busby Family. We have loved your family for many decades.

    Amy Daniels, Paul Daniels, and Teresa Daniels
  41. John Annulis
    So sorry for your loss
  42. Pearline Bealer
    To the Busby’S Families and the all the People that belong to the Dr. Busby Family of Monticello and all around sorry for your loss may He RIP you have my Condolences May God give you strength and peace stay safe and enjoy your day Pearline Bealer’s and Family,
  43. Andrew Franklin Briant
    Sincere condolences to Bill Busby and family. May The Lord bless you with peace and comfort at this sad time...
  44. Larry and Hilda Malpica
    We send our love and sympathy to this precious family. Always friendly and loving Bill will be missed by so many people, including our family. We pray for all of you for comfort.

    Much love,
    Larry and Hilda Malpica
  45. Robin Johnson
    My tears and sorrow are for you and the kids that you all have to go through such an event at this time of your life. Words will never replace the love we all have for you.

    Robin Johnson and Family
  46. Barbara Benton
    My heart sank when Alex called and asked me if I knew about William. My daughter thought the world of him. Bill and Roselynn, you raised beautiful, respectful children. Bill, my son has always spoken highly of you and extends his sincere condolences. Roselynn , Kelly, and the entire family, know that you will stay in my prayers and look to God, friends, family, and each other for comfort and strength to help you through this difficult time. 🙏
  47. Larry & Janie Fuller
    Katelyn & Family
    We are so sorry about William. We want you to know I considered him a “Bright & Shining Star”. We love your Family!
    May God grant you peace & comfort. We pray for you & your Children. May God Bless you all always!

    Janie & Larry Fuller
  48. Martha Barbee
    You are in my prayers; I'm so sorry.
  49. Melanie Rawls
    Prayers for the Busby and Burch families!!🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽❤️❤️❤️
  50. Jane Summerford
    Have been praying ever since I heard this. You need HIS help to get through your loss. So sorry and LOVE to all.
  51. Wesley Carnicle
    To the entire busby family my thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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