Judy Inez Whitworth, 74, of Marmaduke, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at the St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR. Judy was born in Memphis, TN, on March 8, 1945, to Lonnie and Irene (Looney) Motes. After six boys, they were proud of their baby girl. She retired from Garlock Rubber Technologies in Paragould, Arkansas. Judy was a vivid gardener and loved playing bingo. She loved her family. There has never been a person or flower she didn’t like. Her love of helping friends and family showed in everything she did. Anyone who walked into her door would be made welcome to eat before they left. Anyone who stayed outside would be given the “Grand Tour” of the yard.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, David Motes, Wesley Motes, Vernon Motes, Fred Motes, Mitchell Motes; and sister, Carolyn Sue Motes.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Billy Gene Whitworth; stepsons, Billy Bryan, Earnest Riley Whitworth; daughters, Sandra Lynn Gates (George) of Paragould, Linda Price (Jamie Sloan) of Jonesboro, Wava Page (James) of Somerville TN; four brothers; fourteen grandchildren; and twenty-five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 20, from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Phillips Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home with Wesley Motes Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Hartsoe Cemetery.
Cecil Hardin, Tim Buck, Larry Whitworth, and Mike Hummer will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers include Justin Page, Bryce Eldridge, Nathan Eldridge, and Kevin Page.