Ethel (Parks) Wheat

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Ethel Wheat, 81, of Rector, Ark., passed from this life on March 31, 2017. She was born July 31, 1935, to Claude and Dessie (Hillyer) Parks in Neelyville, Mo.

She was united in marriage to Bob Wheat on Jan. 16, 1954, and he preceded her in death on April 25, 2013. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Jimmy Wayne Parks; and her sisters, Josephine Clifton, Wanda Beaver, Martha Hatcher and Mary Mitchell.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda and Ernie Rinks of Rector and Shirley and Billy Rudder, also of Rector; her grandchildren, Dana and Paul Wilson of Wynne, Ark. and Tamarie and Anthony Wheat of White Plains, Md.; great-grandchildren, Davis Wilson, Praise Wheat, Drew Wilson, Addyson Wheat and Jaxton Wheat; a brother, Junior Parks of Malden, Mo., and a sister, Carrie Chumbley of Jonesboro, Ark.

A Celebration of her life will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., noon, on Wednesday, April 5, at the Irby Funeral Home in Rector.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent to the National Psoriasis Foundation in support of their work in finding a cure for psoriatic arthritis. This may be done online at

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