Helen Beatrice "Bea" Hitt

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Helen Beatrice "Bea" Hitt, 96, died on November 15, 2014, in Bentonville, Ark. She was born on December 8, 1917, in West Plains, Mo., to the late James K. Polk Rhodes and Amanda Elizabeth Patterson Montgomery Rhodes. She was the loving wife of the late William E. "Dink" Hitt.

She was part of the Rhodes family band in her early years and played the fiddle all her life.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Orr and husband Jerry Orr of Bentonville, Ark.; her son Carl Hitt of Fayetteville, Ark.; four granddaughters, Amy Hitt of Flagstaff, Ariz., Cara Sisk and husband John of Cookeville, Tenn., Paula Tiller and husband Matt of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Christy Oldham and husband Cody of Little Rock, Ark. along with five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister and her husband, William E. "Dink" Hitt.

Visitation was held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, the Bella Vista Church of Christ in Bentonville, with a funeral service to follow at 12:00.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Hoggard and Son's Funeral Home of Piggott. Graveside services and burial will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the Piggott Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the care of Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville and Hoggard and Son Funeral Home in Piggott.