Billy Ray Gavin

Mr. Billy Ray Gavin, age 77 of the Pansy Community, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012. He was born April 5, 1935 in Baxter, a son of the late Clifton Harvey Gavin and Lillie Mae Webb Gavin.

Mr. Gavin was a 1953 graduate of Woodlawn High School. He served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean conflict. Mr. Gavin was a master electrician in the construction industry. He was a fifty year member of IBEW local 295. Mr. Gavin enjoyed family time, especially with his grandchildren. He was an avid sportsman; he enjoyed hunting, fishing and horse racing.

Mr. Gavin was a life time member of the Pansy Hunting Club and a Mason. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Gavin Triplett and Willie Gavin Grice; one son-in-law, Ricky DeWees.

Mr. Gavin is survived by his wife, Virginia F. Gavin of Pansy, whom he married on October 1, 1957; two daughters, Tammie Gavin DeWees of Hot Springs, and Susan Gavin Sanders (Roger) of White Hall; two sisters, Evelyn Hoover of Pansy, Anna Laura Burdine of Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, James Gavin “Jim” Sanders and Lauren Elizabeth Sanders, both of White Hall.

Memorial services are 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 9, 2012 at

Buie Funeral Home with grandson James Gavin Sanders officiating. A time of visitation will follow the memorial service. Memorials may be made to the donor’s charity of choice. Cremation arrangements by Buie Funeral Home of Rison (870) 325–6216. Online condolences at