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Viola Binns
November 17, 1920 - September 1, 2020

Viola Binns, of Monticello, Arkansas, formerly of Wilmar, Arkansas passed away at Belle View Nursing Home on September 1, 2020.
Viola was born on November 17, 1920 in Wilmar, Arkansas to the late Webster and Inez Kidd. She was preceded in death by three sisters: Ometha Shaw, Irma Ragland, and Beatrice Fisher. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Amos Paul Kidd.
She was married to the late Arzell Philips and to this union was born 5 daughters and 3 sons. She was preceded in death by sons Otis Phillips, Delbert Phillips and a loving son-in-law Curtis Calbert.
She married Calvin Binns on May 21st, 1988. They had a long and loving relationship until his death.
She leaves to cherish her memory five daughters: Pauline Wade of Monticello, Claudine Fruge of Charlotte, NC, Sallie Calbert and Arneice Gardner of Monticello, Irma Phillips of Hot Springs one loving step-daughter, Linda (Kevin) Moore of Cleveland, Ohio and one devoted step-sister, Bobbie Dunlap.
Viola accepted Christ as her savior at an early age and was a member of Shady Grove A.M.E. Church and Mount Tabor MBC in Wilmar before joining the Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church family. She loved going to church and serving others. She sang in the choir, served on the Deaconess Board and helped in other areas when her assistance was needed.
Although Viola did not complete her formal education, life was her classroom. She instilled in her children the most important values of putting Christ first in all you do and work hard to make your dreams a reality. She was a voracious reader and she loved writing poetry. Known as Mrs. Bonnie to all who loved her, she was affectionately called the "Maya Angelou" of Morning Star Baptist Church because she would write a poem for whatever occasion presented itself and read her poems for the audience. She loved her family beyond measure and enjoyed being a homemaker. She loved sewing, quilting with the neighborhood ladies, gardening, and cooking.


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