Music Icon Bea Hitt Dead at 96

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Music icon Beat Hitt and her fiddle

Longtime regional music icon Bea (Rhodes) Hitt died Saturday, November 15, 2014 in Bentonville. Known as "The Girl With the Golden Voice" she was one of the original Rhodes siblings, along with her brothers Slim, Speck and Dusty.

The youngsters and their family first started playing on the street corners of rural north Arkansas communities in the early 1930's. In later years they become a national favorite, touring the country and appearing on the RKO Theater circuit.

At a fairly early age Hitt chose to leave the day-to-day life of show business when she met, and married, William E. "Dink" Hitt of Piggott. She went on to spend the bulk of the remainder of her life living in the Piggott area, but still appeared with the family when the chance arose.

She came to be known as an outstanding fiddler, singer and entertainer. And, in the words of her family an incredible Christian woman, entertainer, wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother--and a friend to all she met.

When the Rhodes Show was reincarnated in June of 2013, she and her sister, Ruby, appeared onstage for their first performance at West Plains, Mo. The West Plains location was special to Hitt, as it was not only her hometown but also the site of the family's first big break in show business.

Funeral services were conducted yesterday in Bentonville, with visitation and graveside services set for today, Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Piggott.

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