Royal Lee "Toots" Broadway

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Royal Lee "Toots" Broadway, 74, of Piggott, was born March 16, 1934. at Nimmons, to Laura Elizabeth Howell Broadway and James Henry Broadway. He died Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, at the Piggott Community Hospital.

He was married to Lois E. Owen on June 27, 1953, in Piggott, and the couple had four children.

He was preceded in death by both parents; a son, Jerry Broadway; two brothers, Harold Broadway and Bobby Joe Broadway, and two sisters, Helen Cooper and Audrey Stidham.

He was an avid baseball fan all of his life, and in his younger years played baseball for the American Legion League as well as other local and regional teams. He also enjoyed working with plants and flowers and keeping his (rather large) yard neatly trimmed. He was employed many years as a production supervisor at Emerson Electric in Kennett, from where he retired in April of 1994. Broadway accepted Christ in 1973 and attended the Hitt's Chapel General Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lois E. Broadway of Piggott; two sons, Rick Broadway and wife, Theresa of Farmington, Mo., and Barry Broadway and wife, Cheryl of Valdosta, Ga.; a daughter, Gayla Book and husband Mark of Piggott; five sisters, Betty Ann Broadway of Piggott, Marilyn Stokes and husband Bill of Piggott, Donna Clifton and husband Randy of Wappapello, Mo., Joyce Murphy and Ray of Puxico, Mo., and Joan Russell and husband Bill of Pontiac, Mich.; six grandchildren, Cara Ulrich and husband Mitch of Lorton, Va., Emily Broadway of Valdosta, Ga., Laura Henderson and husband Jeff of Maryville, Mo., Bryan Broadway of Farmington, Mo., Kristin Broadway of Valdosta, Ga., and Chris Book of Piggott. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 8, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Rick Broadway, Mark Book, Don Thrasher and Charles Richardson officiating. Burial was in Piggott Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bryan Broadway, Craig Broadway, Jeff Howell, Tim Broadway, Pat Murphy and Billy Russell. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hitt's Chapel church youth fund.