Billy Jack Wynns, 86, of Magnolia, Arkansas died Thursday, January 17, 2013 in Magnolia. He was born October 23, 1926 on the family farm in Stephens, Arkansas to the late Robert and Olivia (Pullig) Wynns.
Billy Jack played professional baseball as an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds Baseball organization for numerous minor league teams including Longview, Austin, Midland, Odessa, Texarkana, Alexandria and Monroe. He was employed by the Southern Pacific Rail Railroad and retired from Shell Oil Company after a 34-year career in gas measurement and production. He retired to the family farm enjoying his favorite pastimes of hunting, fishing, and gardening with his beloved dogs at his side. He was a lifetime member of the Stephens United Methodist Church and a member of the Iowa, LA Masonic Lodge for 52 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Jody (infant), Raymond (at age 19 years while in service to the USAF), Johnnie and Roy Wynns and sisters Mildred McNulty, Christine Wright, Lena Mae Akers, Sue Blake, and Lois Lee.
Survivors are his wife Dinah (Cooksey) Wynns of Magnolia; daughters Lisa Winslow (Samuel) of Baton Rouge, LA, Dana Davis (Dr. Robert Davis) of Houma, LA; grandchildren Dr. Robin Davis (John Beducian) of Chapel Hill, NC, Lt. Hunter Davis USAF of San Antonio, TX, Harrison Winslow of LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, Taylor Winslow of Millsaps College, Jackson, MS, Harper Winslow of Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge, LA; and sister Carol Jean Pickering of Edmond, OK.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, January 21 at the Stephens United Methodist Church with devoted friend Dr. Randy Hawkins and Rev. Cedric Walters officiating. Burial will follow at the Mount Prospect Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc., of Magnolia. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Lewis Funeral Home, and 10-11 a.m. Monday at Stephens United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers will be Samuel Winslow, Dr. Bob Davis, Lt. Hunter Davis, Harrison Winslow, Harper Winslow, John Beducian, and beloved friend, Bill Givens.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Stephens United Methodist Church (304 E. Ruby St. Stephens, AR 71764), Beechhill AME Church (P.O. Box 233, Stephens, AR 71764) or to Columbia County Animal Protection Society (510 West Columbia St., Magnolia, Arkansas 71753).
The family wishes to thank Bill Givens for his unceasing devotion and care to Billy Jack and for giving him his last ride on the family farm. The family also wishes to thank Dr. Fred Murphy and his staff for their kind and professional care over the years.