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Dick Deviney, age 79, of Hot Springs, a former resident of Pine Bluff, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2023.
Ross Dickson Deviney was born September 30, 1943 in Pine Bluff to Ross and Bonnie Dickson Deviney. Dick attended First W... Read More
Dick Deviney, age 79, of Hot Springs, a former resident of Pine Bluff, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2023.
Ross Dickson Deviney was born September 30, 1943 in Pine Bluff to Ross and Bonnie Dickson Deviney. Dick attended First Ward Elementary School and was proud to be from the East Side. In 1961, he graduated from Pine Bluff High School, where he found his love for music. He had the privilege of being taught trombone by R. B. “Scrubby” Watson, who had played in John Phillip Sousa’s band. He continued playing in college at UAM and was first chair in their marching band, concert band, and swing band. Later in life, he once again picked up his trombone while at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff and played in the worship orchestra.
Dick married Karen Phillips in 1968 and they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this year. They have two children, Samantha Millard (Michael) and Rick Deviney (Kimberly). They have six grandchildren: Miles, Grace Anne, and Emma Millard, and Olivia, Lily, and Charlie Deviney. Other survivors include two sisters, Patricia Eaton and Virginia Griffith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.
Dick’s career centered around IT Banking. He started at NBC/Systematics, then to Worthen Bank, and then joined Simmons Bank in 1977, where he was Assistant Vice-President in charge of Systems and Programming. While at Simmons, he earned an MBA from UALR and graduated with honors. The remainder of his career was spent at BankCorp South in Tupelo, MS; UMB in Kansas City, MO; Compass Bank in Birmingham, AL; and back to Bank Corp South as a vice-president. After retirement, he took one more position at JP Morgan Chase in Tampa, Florida.
He and Karen enjoyed Florida and decided to retire in The Villages, Florida where he played many rounds of golf and pursued his music once again. He performed with the Village Voices choir, the Christian Chorus, and the Village Pops choir. Dick cultivated a love for theater at Tupelo Community Theater, and that continued in the Villages where he had roles in 1776 and Les Miserables. In 2020, Dick and Karen moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas to be near family. It was in Hot Springs where he finally had the opportunity to sing with his daughter, Samantha, and his granddaughters Grace and Emma at St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church. He also had the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker ballet with Emma.
Dick achieved many things in life, but his greatest loves were his faith and his family. He could usually be found singing in the choir, teaching classes, or in various leadership roles in the churches they attended. As a father, he was present for his children, passing on his faith, love of music, and great sense of humor. Dick was a wonderful husband to his wife, Karen. He was a good friend, unless you were opposite him in a game of Trivial Pursuit. Humble to the end, he was a great husband, father, granddaddy, and friend.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 17, 2023, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church at Hot Springs, with a Rosary Service at 10:30 a.m. The Funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Father Ravi Gudipalli officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Graceland Cemetery at Pine Bluff with the Reverend Dave Hughey officiating. Arrangements are by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors of Pine Bluff.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Springs music ministry or Geyer Springs Baptist Church missions fund.
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