Willie Minton

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mrs. Willie Miranda Vernell Minton, longtime Manila area resident, passed from this life Thursday July 21, 2016 at her home at the age of 94.

Born February 26, 1922 in Batesville, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Altha Wright Hicks and moved to Oklahoma with her family at the age of 4. The Hicks family returned to Arkansas in 1934 where Willies' father worked on the Brinkley farm at Victoria. She married B. C. Minton in 1938 and the couple settled in the Milligan Ridge community in 1942.

Mrs. Minton was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at the Milligan Ridge Baptist Church where she loved to sing, but most of all she loved time spent with her family.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son Kenneth Minton in 1992.

Survivors include one son, Bennie Minton and his wife, Mary Ann of Manila;

A daughter-in-law, Janie Minton of Caraway;

Three grandchildren, Justin Minton and his wife, Michell, Michael Minton, and Brian Minton;

Five great-grandchildren, David Minton and his wife, Katie, Kaitlin Minton, Ty Minton, Kole Minton, and Paige Minton, and;

One great-great-granddaughter, Loreli Minton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday July 24, 2016 at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with Rev. Mike Colvin officiating. Burial will follow in Manila Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Robert Adams, Paul Adams, Harry Adams, Jimmy Adams, Ronald Holt, and Floyd Winstead. Honorary pallbearers will include Denise Clay, Charlene Winstead, Michelle McLaughlin, Charlotte Byrd, and the Women's Sunday School class from Milligan Ridge Baptist Church. The family will receive visitors Saturday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.

Guest register at www.HowardFuneralService.com