Loy E. Bittle was born June 8, 1935, to H. Gordon Bittle and Blanche D. Evans Bittle in Woodrow, AR. On Friday evening May 7, 2021, he saw Jesus, his Savior, when he finally made it home. Loy was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. On July 2, 1960, he married Beverly Soultz. They raised a family and enjoyed over 60 years of marriage.
In June 1964, Loy was ordained as a deacon in Marion, Indiana where he served Marion General Baptist Church. After moving to Arkansas, he spent 53 years as a deacon at Sunny Slope General Baptist Church serving until his death.
He and Beverly were active members of Eastern Star for many years. Loy was also a life time member of the Holland Chapter of the Masonic Lodge. He attained the level of 32nd degree Mason. He also served our country in the Army National Guard.
Loy was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, W.T. Bittle; brothers-in-law F.L. Decker and Wayne Harlan; and son-in-law Danny Stevenson. He is survived by his wife; one son, Chris (Mary) of Fort Worth, TX; daughters Kim (Chris) Gordon of Searcy, AR, Gina Davis and Kela Stevenson of Quitman, AR; Joann (Eric) Decker of Heber Springs, AR; and bonus daughter Nanechka (Merlin) Sawyer of Carrollton, TX; 14 grandchildren; 6 ½ great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Georgia Decker and Wanda Harlan of Heber Springs, AR, many nieces and nephews and countless friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Friday, May 14, 2021 at Heber Springs Funeral Home with Brother Eric Decker and Brother Dwight Decker officiating. The visitation will be held Thursday, May 13, 2021 at the funeral home from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will be at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Edgemont, Arkansas.
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