Otis Ray Book

Monday, October 29, 2018
Otis Ray Book

Otis Ray Book passed from this life to his heavenly home on October 27, 2018, at the age of 94. He and his twin sister were born December 30, 1923, in Piggott, Ark., the eighth and ninth children of Curtis Richard and Mary Elizabeth (McCormick) Book.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1946, and was proud of his service to his country.

He married his wife, Betty Jean (New) Book on Aug. 31, 1946, in Pontiac Mich. They had two children and resided in Keego Harbor, Mich., from 1953 until his retirement from the West Bloomfield School District in 1978. He was ordained to the ministry in 1971, and served as pastor and interim pastor for many congregations in Michigan and the Piggott area after he and his wife returned to Arkansas in 1978. He loved singing, playing the piano and studying history. In 2006, he wrote and published Keeping Memories Afloat, a memoir of his early life and the war years.

He is survived by his daughter, Peggy (Peter) Thies of Waleska, Ga.; his sister, Mary Doyle of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; his twin sister, Ota Mae Brendle of Troy, Mich.; grandchildren, Abigail and Greg Thies and Jared and Logan Book; two great-grandsons; two sisters-in-law; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Betty; his son, Clifford; his parents; five brothers and three sisters, and infant twin grandsons Eric and Gene Thies.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Hitts Chapel General Baptist Church in Piggott. Interment will follow at Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway, Ark. All funeral arrangements were made by Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott.

Memorials may be made to Hitts Chapel and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, Jonesboro, Ark.