William Robert Calkin
December 22, 1918 - June 11, 2010
William Robert Calkin
JONESBORO—William Robert Calkin, Sr., 91, of Jonesboro, passed away on June 11, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.
He was born Dec. 22, 1918, the eighth of 13 children to Luke and Lucinda (Cash) Calkin of Otwell.
In his early years he was a rice farmer at Otwell and later moved to Jonesboro where he owned and operated Calkin Plumbing Co., until his retirement in 1998. After his retirement, he enjoyed the outdoors and fishing with his grandsons.
He served with the 161st Infantry Regiment – 25th Infantry Division during World War II and fought in battles at Guadalcanal and New Georgia Island. He was awarded the American Defense Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, AP Service Ribbon and two Bronze Service Stars.
He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion Post 21 in Jonesboro, and a lifetime charter member of the National World War II Memorial Society. He was a member of Ridgecrest Missionary Baptist Church where he also served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dorothy Sammons Calkin, his parents; five brothers, Stephen Calkin, Ed Calkin, John Calkin, Robert Calkin, and Junior Calkin; and five sisters, Emmer Bise, Helen Owen, Lorene Evins, Alice Johnson, and Clara Gasaway.
He is survived by two sons, William R. Calkin, Jr. (Sharon), of Cash ; and Gary Calkin of Jonesboro; three daughters, LaNita Cooper (Ed); Phareta Calkin; and Darlene Calkin, all of Jonesboro; one sister, Mary Lou Payton; one brother, Paul Calkin, both of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Mitchell Cooper of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Wes Cooper (Ali) and Bryan Cooper (Sandra), both of Fayetteville; Bill Caldwell (Katina); and Michael Calkin (Felicia), both of Bell, Fla.; and Lloyd Collins (Victoria) of Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah; five great-grandchildren, Sarah Wesley Cooper of Fayetteville; Garrett Caldwell and Madison Calkin, both of Bell, Fla.; Jackson Lloyd Collins of Layton, Utah; Hunter Kennedy of Jonesboro; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. in Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at Monday 10:00 am in Oaklawn Cemetery with Rev. Gary Henderson officiating and Roller-Farmers Union in charge of arrangements.
For lasting memorials the family has requested that consideration be given to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.