Donna Kaye Aebly Catlett Hill, age 73, of Cabot, Arkansas passed on Thursday, October 14, 2021. She was born on July 22, 1948 in Helena, Arkansas to DeWitt and Nina Bullard Aebly.
She graduated from Central High School in Helena in 1966. Donna graduated with the first graduating class of Phillips County Community College in 1968 and Arkansas State University in 1970. Also, in 1970 she married Gary Catlett. They were married for thirty-six years.
Donna led a full life of service, teaching for one year at Marvell Jr. High, three-and-a-half years at Jacksonville Junior High North, and 27-½ years at Jacksonville High School. After retirement, she deployed on several Arkansas Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts, volunteered with the Jacksonville Police Department as a chaplain, tutored at the Jacksonville Boys and Girls Club, and mentored in the Our Kids Read program at Bayou Meto Elementary.
On April 6, 2013 she married William R. “Bill” Hill.
Donna is survived by her husband Bill Hill; sons Kevin Catlett (Jana) of Hot Springs, and Grant Catlett (Krystle) of San Antonio, Texas; stepdaughter Cheryl Rhodes Davis of North Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren Malorie Magby (Spencer), Avery Catlett, Gage Catlett, Robert Davis, Colton Davis, Isaiah Contreras, and Benjamin Contreras; a multitude of nieces, nephews, and sisters-and brothers-in-law.
A special thank you to her Soul Sisters, the Sonshine Sunday School Class, Dr. Keith Fournier of MD Anderson in Houston, and Dr. Diane Wilder at CARTI.
Visitation will be held at Second Baptist Church, 1117 N. James St., Jacksonville, AR 72076, on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Memorial service will be at Second Baptist Church, 1117 N. James St., Jacksonville, AR 72076, on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM, officiated by Dr. David O’Dell.
Arrangements are under the trusted direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas Baptist Convention Disaster Relief fund, CARTI, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.