Billy C. Karber age 85, of Alpine, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2023 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born October 25, 1937, to John Morgan Karber, Sr. and Myrtle Icee Pierce Karber.
Billy attended Henderson State University where he was a member of ROTC. He served in the 1st Battalion 153rd Infantry of the Arkansas National Guard for 8 years. Billy began working for the Arkansas Highway & Transportation’s Engineering Crew from 1966 until 1979. In 1979 he joined the AHTD Maintenance Crew in Clark County where he was promoted to Foreman 1983. Billy retired from the Arkansas Highway & Transportation Department in 2002 with 36 years of service. Mr. Karber was a Shriner and 32nd degree Mason with Arkadelphia Lodge #381. He loved the Round Table at Trudy’s in Amity and enjoyed being a part of the Andy’s Coffee Club on Sundays.
Billy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bonnie Lou Loy Karber; his siblings; Mark Karber, Maxine Cable Beaty, John Morgan Karber, Jr., James Karber and Jerry Karber, Sr.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Wright and husband, Brett of Glenwood, Tonya Harrison and husband, David of Arkadelphia; five grandchildren, Kris Jennings and husband Eran, Brooke Jackson and husband, Dalton, Jared Wright and wife Madison, Dalton Guthrie, and Blair Nutt and husband, Justin; two great-granddaughters, Reese Jennings and Georgia Nutt; two great-grandsons, Jett Jennings and Cooper Jackson; one special niece, Ktrina Loy Patton, and one special nephew, Jerry Karber Jr. and wife Jennifer.
Arrangements are entrusted to Ruggles Wilcox Funeral Home, 517 Clay Street, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71923. Visitation will be 6-8 PM Thursday. The funeral service will be 10:00 AM Friday, June 2nd with burial at Jones Cemetery at Amity.
Pallbearers will be Dalton Jackson, Jared Wright, Dalton Guthrie, Jerry Karber, Jr., Justin Nutt, Allen Karber, Bill Conine, and Eran Jennings.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital, 2900 N. Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or to Ryan’s Call Foundation, P.O Box 252, Amity, AR 71921.
The family will be gathering at the Karber homestead at the foot of the mountain in east Alpine.