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William Chidester

William Pickens "Bill" Chidester Jr.

June 26, 1933 - May 14, 2021
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Obituary

William “Bill” Pickens Chidester, Jr., 87, of Hot Springs, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021.

He was born June 26, 1933 in Kirby, Arkansas, son of William Pickens Chidester, Sr., and Verna Mae Thornton Chidester.

Bill was raised and received his early education in White Hall, graduating from White Hall High School in 1953. He attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello on the GI Bill.

He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He took pride in risking his life by searching out mines in advance of the foot soldiers. In addition, he was a medical vehicle operator. He considered it his job to do his very best protecting his fellow servicemen.

While he was raised in the Baptist faith, Bill attended the Catholic Church in Pine Bluff and Hot Springs for many years with his wife, the former Patricia “Pat” Ann Barranco Taylor. On April 27, 2021 they celebrated 64 years of a wonderful marriage.

Bill spent much of his professional life working in all aspects of the cotton industry in the Arkansas Delta. He retired as a manager of Southern Cotton Compress and Warehouse in Pine Bluff, AR. He also was involved with the family business of running and operating Taylor’s Gin in Tamo, AR. He found such pleasure riding in his pickup truck surveying the Delta fields covered in white cotton in late September and early October. Cotton was king in his world.

He was an avid quail hunter and could whistle a covey of birds without a call. He enjoyed raising and training his own bird dogs. If it wasn’t bird season, you could find him gigging some of Southeast Arkansas’ famous bullfrogs. He found great pleasure in being the hunter/gatherer for his family. And boy could he fry some fish.
Bill loved dancing to the tunes on a juke box or square dancing with Pat and their friends. John Wayne was one of his heroes. He could name EVERY western actor by name on all the good ole’ movies he truly enjoyed watching. He preferred to wear a Little Joe cowboy hat with his boots in the fall and sported a good old tam o’shanter cap in the summer. He also loved and played the game of softball as a pitcher with his buddies in the Hardin community.

Bill was a jack of all trades. He considered himself the mayor of his Lake Hamilton community. He loved taking care of all his neighbors’ lawns during the week so their arrival to their weekend home would be more pleasant.

The simple joys in life made Bill the happiest. A stack of white bread served at dinner, eating tuna straight out of the can with a sleeve of saltines, and enjoying a Sunday night meal of cornbread and buttermilk followed by a game of poker with his friends were things he loved. And no one enjoyed a Bud heavy served in a frosted mug or out of a long neck bottle more than Bill.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Along with his loving wife, Bill’s survivors include two daughters, Cynthia “Cindy” Chidester Trotter and her husband, Ford, of Pine Bluff and Christy Chidester Scott and her husband, Mike of Little Rock; sister, Marjorie Chidester Goldman of Hot Springs; and four grandchildren, Ann Elizabeth “Annie” Trotter Nelson and her husband, Adam, of Dallas, Texas, Henry “Hank” Ford Trotter IV of Pine Bluff, Sara Belle Scott of Little Rock and William Preston Scott of Little Rock.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 18, 2021 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son in Pine Bluff with Father Joseph Marconi officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until service time at Robinson’s. Private burial with military honors will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, PO Box 7434, Pine Bluff, AR 71611 or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 589 W. Grand Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901.

Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Location
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    Address
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Service

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:00pm
    Location
    Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son
    Address
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Interment

    Location
    Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery
    Address
    1501 West Maryland Avenue
    North Little Rock, AR 72120
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Ellen Nuckolls

Posted at 04:57pm
Dear Cincy, Marjorie and Pat, I send my sincerest sympathy in the loss of Bill recently. All three of you are special people to me, and I ache for you. My prayers are with you, for God's comfort at this difficult time, and for peace in your hearts. With love, Ellen Nuckolls
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Robin Landreth Baldwin

Posted at 07:04pm
Aunt Pat and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was loved by many and I know Randy met him with a high five and a beer. Love you all. Always Robin Landreth Baldwin
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Tammy Corkins

Posted at 08:41pm
I am sure Mr. Bill and dad are talking all things cotton in Heaven. Mr. Bill took me on many paper physical inventories at the warehouse when I worked at IP. It was work but he kept me in stitches and made it all bearable!!. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Much love, Tammy and Lee Corkins
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Butch and Christy Culbreath

Posted at 08:28pm
With heartfelt prayers and heart full of memories
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Juli Robinson

Posted at 04:20pm
Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. Am praying you and your family feel God's presence and comfort during this difficult time.
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