Born 10-29-1945 -- Died 11-3-2003
William Earl Beene Jr., 58, son of the late William Earl Beene and Dorothy Drennan Doddridge, was born Oct. 29, 1945, in Hughes, Ark. He died Nov. 3, 2003, in Little Rock.
He was married to Myra O'Neal Garrett Jan. 27, 1967, in West Memphis, Ark. and to this union a son was born.
At the time of his death he was married to Katherine Byram. They were married April 7, 1988, in Melbourne.
He was a member of Hughes Baptist Church. He owned and operated Beene's Car Care Center in Melbourne.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Beene of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, William Earl "Skeeter" and Donna Beene of Melbourne; three sisters -- Margaret Hurdle of Melbourne, Ann Birdson of Cabot, and Mary Ellen Allison of Columbus, Miss.; three stepchildren -- Renee McCollum of Oxford, Michelle McCollum of Melbourne, and Donnie Byram of Melbourne; two granddaughters -- Laiken Small and Cheyenne Beene; nine step-grandchildren -- LaSha McCollum, B.J. McCollum, Mandy McCollum, Joe McCollum, Ashton Byram, Shelby Byram, Charlee Jo Byram, Cody Cooper and Kelly Cooper.
The funeral service was Nov. 5 at Roman and Billy Howard Memorial Chapel in Melbourne with Tim Porter and Doyne Robertson officiating. Burial was at Melbourne Cemetery with arrangements under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home in Melbourne.
Pallbearers were Terry Dillard, Marc Miller, Doyle McCollum, Jack McCollum, Lethan Wolf and Mike Cone.
Honorary pallbearers were Dale Ivey, David Miller, John E. Miller, Clyde Wilson and Wayburn Watson.