Robert “Bob” Stivers of Beebe passed away suddenly September 13, of an aneurysm of the lung during a battle with cancer.
He survived by his daughter Marsia, Zak (son-in-law/deer hunting buddy) and Kevin” Nutty” Zakowski (sidekick, best friend, roommate, only grandchild) and girlfriend Summer Mills and dog Zadie. He is also survived by sisters Cora (Gene) Orvis, Dora Glass, Sarah (Ray) Modlin, all of Beebe, Bertha Whiteside of Batesville, Louise (Steve) Norman of Lonoke, and brother Chris Stivers of Lonoke. These are the last of 16 siblings that he had the joy of growing up with. The girls made meals and took turns with daily visits since April when he started radiation and it continued until his passing. He enjoyed visiting with them, more than the food. Love is a Great Healer.
Bob is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Frances Stivers, in 2017; parents Dink and Roxie Stivers, seven brothers and one sister.
He served as a police officer in McRae and Beebe in the 70s before starting Bob Stivers Construction, where he became a master plumber and electrician. Bob was a jack of all trades, there wasn’t much he couldn’t fix or build. He was always willing to help anyone.
Besides his being with his big family, the outdoors, especially Deer Season, was the happiest of times. He was excited we had gotten his deer feeder and blind ready for this year’s upcoming deer season. A big buck left him a calling card as if just telling him “to get well Bob, I am rubbing this tree waiting on you.” He was looking forward to a meet and greet with him.
Visitation will be Friday from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at New Floyd Cemetery, a graveside service will follow at 2:00PM.
State of Arkansas COVID-19 directives: Face coverings required at all times, maintain social distancing. Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home. www.smithfamilycares.com
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