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William Edward Babb, 88

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.


  • Megan Gullion -Otto Posted March 12, 2018 10:20 PM

    Sending all our love to Aunt Shirley, and his whole family. My Grandma Carolyn adored him.

  • Teresa Garrett Posted March 12, 2018 10:29 PM

    So sorry for for your loss! Sending hugs and prayers

  • Lynda Lowe Posted March 13, 2018 2:35 AM

    Love him forever and ever….My ONLY father figure I ever knew .He was a joker , I loved his pranks. Believe he had a photographic memory. That is why it was hard to win at any card game . He remembered every card played. Ooof..He taught me how to play checkers.Wonder in heaven if Uncle Dick and Grandpa are causing quite the smiles????

  • Bob Dorsey Posted March 13, 2018 11:07 AM

    Condolences to my sister Shirley and daughters. Love you all

  • Dan and Kim Mettendorf family Posted March 13, 2018 9:33 PM

    Your family has our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers.

  • Ricardo A. Babb Posted March 14, 2018 12:14 PM

    He was a good man who loved and cared about everyone. I am sorry that I was not round as much as I was when I was little, but I still love him and I will miss him a lot.

  • Jeff Dorsey Posted March 14, 2018 6:59 PM

    My Sympathies for Aunt Shirley and the families. With Love to all of you!

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