Velma Hillhouse Wilson

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Velma Hillhouse Wilson

Velma Hillhouse Wilson, 82 of Manila, widow of Mr. Ronald Keith Wilson, passed from this life Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born and raised in Manila, she was the daughter of the late Richard George and Ida Louellen Crews Hillhouse and had attended Manila High School. She was the founding owner of Wilson Manufacturing Company in 1974, formerly of Manila. After selling the ladies apparel manufacturing company, she later retired from Viskase Corporation in Osceola. She enjoyed sewing and reading and was a longtime member of Bethany Baptist Church in Manila.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Thomas Hillhouse, Hubert Hillhouse, Everett Hillhouse and Richard George "R.G." Hillhouse; two sisters, Margaret Miller and Birta Lee McElrath; and a son, Nicky Allen Bunch.

Survivors include a son, Anthony Bunch and wife Lee Ann of Yellville; a daughter, Cynthia Smith and husband Dennis of Valley, Ala.; two sisters, Katherine Phillips of Linden, Tenn., and Wilma Jean Edwards of Manila; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila with the Rev. J. Wayne Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Manila Cemetery.

Serving as active pallbearers are Jeremy Livingston, Larry Brooks, Carl Bunch, Rocky Bunch, Coty Bunch and Lewis Hatcher.

The family will eceive visitors Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time.

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