Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home

4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR


Billy Wayne Crotts

April 17, 1935August 6, 2019

Bill Crotts, 84, of Alma, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in Van Buren. He was born April 17, 1935 in Charleston to the late Daniel and Opal Crotts. He was a 1953 Alma High School graduate, and went to Arkansas Tech on a football scholarship but after one semester he saw the fish floppin’ and the ducks flying and headed home. He was a member of the Alma United Methodist Church, the Alma Masonic Lodge #735, the Order of the Eastern Star Remy #260, and the Arkansas Fur Trappers Association. He was a retired driver for ABF, having retired early to become a commercial fisherman. He was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Hall, and two brothers, Paul Crotts, and Willie Max Crotts.

He is survived by his wife, Donna of the home; two daughters, Debbie Brown and husband Ricky, and Lisa O’Kelley and husband Tim, all of Alma; a son, Daryl Crotts and wife Pat of Altus; a sister, Marilyn Hawkins of Mulberry; a brother, David Crotts and wife Janee of Alma; seven grandchildren, Jerry Don Kelley (Jennifer), Wendi Bradley (Michael), Amanda Ewing (Barret), Jake O’Kelley (Holly), Hannah Crotts (Chris Huskey), Brandi Lanning (Aaron), and Rikki Turner (Justin); and nine great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Kelley, Caden Bradley, Welles Ewing, Cilas Bradley, Lennie Ewing, Olivia O’Kelley, Rylee Lanning, Gunner Lanning, Sam Turner, and baby O’Kelley.

Family-hosted graveside memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Dyer Cemetery. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Hood, Hugh Spencer, Ronnie Milsap, Brad McDaniel, Gerald Provence, and the Alma Masonic Lodge #735.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Crawford County Health & Rehab, and to Heart of Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alma First United Methodist Church at 416 Short Street, Alma, AR 72921


  • Daniel Lafayette Crotts, Father (deceased)
  • Opal Lola Jones, Mother (deceased)
  • Donna Rae Jones, Spouse
  • Debbie Brown, Daughter
  • Lisa O'Kelley, Daughter
  • Daryl Crotts, Son
  • Marilyn Hawkins, Sister
  • Maxine Hall, Sister (deceased)
  • David Crotts, Brother
  • Paul Crotts, Brother (deceased)
  • Willie Max Crotts, Brother (deceased)

  • Robert Hood, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Hugh Spencer, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ronnie Milsap, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brad McDaniel, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Gerald Provence, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Alma Masonic Lodge #735, Honorary Pallbearers

  • the Alma First United Methodist Church


  • Graveside Memorial Service Saturday, August 17, 2019


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Jim Winn

August 8, 2019

I remember Bill Crotts from when I was a young lad and lived 1/2 block away. Bill was several years older than me and I remember he was a talented athlete in many sports.
I seem to remember that after his one semester at Arkansas Tech on his football scholarship, Bill went to Spring tryouts with the Detroit Tigers. Bill did well at the tryouts and his future looked very promising as a baseball player for Detroit. However on his way home from the tryouts, he was involved in car wreck and sustained a head injury which put an end to his baseball career. Bill was a really nice guy and a good athlete. My condolences to the family.

Jamal Parham

August 7, 2019

I'm sorry to hear about your loss. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having God return your dear one to you.