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

William "Bill" Dean Busby
May 29, 1957 - January 21, 2023

William "Bill" Dean Busby

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William Dean Busby, 65, of Monticello, AR, peacefully passed away on January 21, 2023, in his home surrounded by his daughter and his siblings. He was born on May 29, 1957, in North Little Rock, AR, to the late Dr. A.K. Busby and the late Louise Yocum Busby. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Roselyn Grubbs Busby, his son, William Busby, his brother, Jeff Busby, and his sister, Pat Busby Akin. Bill was raised in and blessed by a large, loving boisterous Busby clan. He married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Roselyn. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Kelli and William, and then again with six beautiful grandchildren. Bill enjoyed life. He enjoyed people, piddling, and playing. He had an infectious and sometimes mischievous grin. He served kids as a teacher in the Monticello schools for over 26 years. He loved Razorback football, the outdoors, woodworking, gadgets, and making frequent impulse purchases.
Bill is survived by his daughter, Kelli Chandler (Colin) of Dripping Springs, TX; his daughter-in-law, Katelyn Busby, of Monticello, AR; brothers, Kelton Busby (wife Betty) of Little Rock, AR, and Dr. John Robert ''Bo'' Busby (wife Nina) of Little Rock, AR; sisters, Susan Wooldridge of Centerton, AR, Melissa Claycomb (husband Sonny) of Edmond, OK, and Jana Calhoun (husband Daron) of The Woodlands, TX; his six grandchildren, Rory Chandler, Rose Chandler, Elizabeth Jane Chandler, Georgia Chandler, Henry Busby, and Clara Busby; as well as a host of other family, including nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Bill. Bill was blessed with a loyal and loving family and friends. If there was fun to be had, Bill was interested in having it! In his later years, he loved being ''Poppy'' to his grandkids. He was a genuine guy, and he will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bill's memory 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.
In lieu of a visitation, the family invites you to a Celebration of Life for Bill Busby at the Monticello Country Club on January 27, 2023, at 5:30 pm. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Please join us in sharing memories of Bill, Roselyn, and William Busby. A brief memorial service will be held Saturday, January 28th, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Monticello.
Honorary Pallbearers include Nat Grubbs, Robert Akin, Lee Busby, Paul Svoboda, Jim Beasley, Paul Lewis Dottley, Paul Henson, Phillip Herring, and John Ward.

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Celebration of Life reception
Friday, January 27, 2023
at 5:30 p.m.
Monticello Country Club
134 Golf Course Drive
Monticello, AR  71655
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Memorial Service
Saturday, January 28, 2023
at 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church
413 N. Main
Monticello, AR  71655
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  1. Cindy Trusty
    Who could ever forget Bill Busby
    Rugged good looks and wonderful personality. One of our best sports leaders back in the day. I thought you would live for ever but alas no one goes. ❤️
    Father be with this family as they walk this Grief Journey and comfort them as only You can Amen
  2. Craig & Sissy McRae
    Our hearts are saddened by the news of Bill’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with Kelli & the Busby Family during this time.
  3. Allen and Carla Jeter
    Bill was one of a kind and I am so thankful I have great memories of Bill and all the Busby family!!! You are in our thoughts and prayers and will continue to be during the coming days and months!!! Love all of you and may God Bless you !!!
  4. Sharon Shook McIntyre
    Dear Family of Bill,

    Having known Bill and all of you the biggest part of my life, his passing has brought me great sadness and a heavy heart. So many memories since childhood of Bill and the entire Busby clan. I will miss him, but as you all, I will see him again in Heaven. Each of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and give you strength at this very sad time.

    In Christian Love,
  5. Steve A. Davis
    Dear Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. He used to harass me like an older brother would. The Busby name and family has been a part of my life entirely from birth til now. All I can do from this end is send a prayer and much love and many prayers.
    Steve A. Davis
  6. Diana Abney
    So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Prayers for comfort and peace during this difficult time for all his loved ones. RIP Bill.
  7. Vickie Hickam McCall
    To all the Busby family:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Memories of Bill from High School are always good ones even though I was a *Pirate*--- he didn't let that stop us from being friends. May God be with you all and wrap you with his love in the days ahead.
  8. Lesley Lloyd
    While it is been years since I have seen Bill, I will never forget what a great guy he was. Prayers for his family and all who loved him.
  9. Allison Ray
    Kelli and family, my heart goes out to you at this difficult time. I wish you peace, comfort, and lots of love at this time of sorrow. I am thinking of you and your family and sending caring thoughts your way.
  10. Butch and Judy Selig
    Kelli and all the family,
    We send our deepest condolences at this sad time. Bill will be missed by so many. He was so nice and friendly, and we enjoyed being neighbors for many years. Love and prayers from the Seligs.
  11. Lisha and Bob Davis
    To the Busby Family:
    So many losses in one family is very hard to deal with emotionally. We have also travelled this path in recent years. Without the Lord’s help, love, and his strength, it would have been an impossible journey. Bill was a friend, former neighbor and a coworker for many years. His heart knew no boundaries. His friendship will always hold a special place in our hearts. Bill was part of the amazing Busby family that we love so much. We know you guys are in so much pain. Find peace knowing that Bill now joins so many of his family members in Heaven. We can only imagine the welcome party they are having! Find strength through the Lord and each other. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are always with you all!
    Lisha and Bob Davis
  12. Eugene and Laura McNeese
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family!
  13. Jimmy Hales
    So sorry to hear this Bill was a great guy and friend! Prayers for the family Rest easy my friend.
  14. Janie & Larry Fuller
    Kelley, Kaitlin & Busby Family.
    We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was such a nice friendly & compassionate Man! We know God has welcomed him to His Home.
    Bill, along with his Siblings & Parents, always gave all & generous to the community, Church, & whomever in need. They raised their kids & grandkids with same standards.
    We will miss him.
  15. Pat Rogers McKinney
    My deepest sympathy to the family. May God wrap his arms around each of you and bring you comfort! Bill was such a nice guy and I was lucky to grow up in Monticello and to have known much of his family.
  16. Jane Jo Summerford
    I love all of you. You, as well as Bill, were a part of childhood for so many in Monticello! Thinking of you.
  17. Mark Mason
    RIP Brother…
  18. Gary Newton
    To the entire Busby family we offer our deepest sympathies. It’s difficult to wrap one’s head around so much loss in one family in a relatively short amount of time. Bill was a great guy and I was proud to call him friend. He will certainly be missed by all who knew and loved him. We rejoice only in knowing he is reunited with his wife, his brother and son.
  19. Gloria Rawls Schwab
    Family, I’m so sorry for the loss of this life long friend . I have fond memories of all of you guys through the school years . My heartfelt condolences and prayers for you all .
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