William Edward Babb, 88, of Cabot passed away on March 9, 2018. He was born on June 4, 1929 in Mahomet, Illinois to the late Marion and Gertrude Babb.
He was a proud Navy Veteran beginning 1946, where he had basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Base, Illinois and stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas and Philippines. He attained the rank of Seaman First Class and then discharged in 1951. Mr. Babb was a roofer and a carpenter where he used his carpentry skills making various items for his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the North Central State Regional Council of Carpenters. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. His other past times were playing a good game pinochle, cribbage, bowling and horseshoes.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Carolyn Garret and son-in-law Richard Rounds.
William married the love of his life on November 11, 1953, Shirley Jean Dorsey-Babb. Of this 64 year union they had five daughters Joyce Rounds, Janet Robey (Michael), Judi Spoerer (Billy), Joanne Babb and Jean Sepe (Scot); sisters Pat Pagel and Gloria Morfey and brother Gene Babb. He leaves behind sixteen grandchildren and thirty-five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 10:30 A.M. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 6110 T.P. White Drive, Jacksonville, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Arkansas Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock, Arkansas.