of Conway, AR
August 22, 1930 - March 10, 2023
Bobbie Jo Reese Horton, 92, of Hot Springs died March 9, 2023 at Superior Health and Rehab in Conway, AR.She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Cliff Horton; her parents, Sam and Thora Reese; two brothers, Sam Reese Jr. and Douglas (Sonny) Reese and three sisters, Mary (Susie) Wilson, Margaret Parks and Mazie Hester.She was a graduate of Dierks High School and a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Southern Arkansas University, with a degree in elementary education. She dedicated herself to educating young people as an elementary teacher. She taught in the Crossett, Pine Bluff and Conway Public School systems, where she was honored as teacher of the year.Bobbie was a devoted Methodist and a member of First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs where she served on the Board of Stewards.She was a dedicated volunteer of the Miss Arkansas Scholarship Pageant for 45 years serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors. She was honored with the titles Honorary Lifetime State Field Director and Honorary Lifetime Traveling Companion to Miss Arkansas. Bobbie's many years of charitable and faithful service with the Miss Arkansas organization were rewarded when these young women completed their education and became successful in their chosen field as well as leaders in their community.She was a member of the Hot Springs Duplicate Bridge Club, where she served as President. She was a member of the Contract Bridge Association in which she achieved her Life, Bronze and Silver Life Masters. She was a member of Hot Springs Welcome Club, member of the Garland County Retired Teachers Association, member of AMI Auxiliary and a volunteer at National Park Medical Center.Bobbie is survived by her precious daughters, Diane Smith and husband, Kenny of Conway and Karen Atnip and husband, Larry of Rowlett, Texas. Memaw was extremely proud of her grandchildren, Preston Lee and Margaret Michelle Smith (Dustin Arnold), L.J. Atnip (Sorida), Shelby Lee Riley (Corey), Dalton Horton Atnip and great grandson, Christian Atnip. She is also survived by one sister, Ann Johnson; sister-in- law, Pat Reese; brother-in-law, Sam Wilson and 13 nieces and a nephew.Visitation will be held at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway, Arkansas on Monday, March 13, 2023 at 1:00PM, followed by the Funeral Service at 2:00PM, with the Reverend David Wilson officiating. lnterment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway. Pallbearers will be Dr. Bill Sorrels, Mike Bush, Rick Pruitt, Baxter Sharp, Kenny Smith and Larry Atnip. Honorary Pallbearers include Elizabeth Farris, Ruby Bush, Jennifer Smith, John and Sarah Nail, Carolyn Chunn, Verdie White, Sherry Jorgenson, Kelly Bales, Tina Broughton, members of the Hot Springs Duplicate Bridge Club and the Miss Arkansas Pageant family.Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1100 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901.Bobbie and her family extend special gratitude to Dr. John W (Bill) and Elizabeth Farris Sorrels, Mike and Ruby Bush, Hot Springs lnternal Medicine doctors, nurse and staff, especially Jodi Kelley. Also, for the loving care given by the dedicated physicians, nurses and staff at Superior Health and Rehab in Conway.
Ms. Bobbie was one of my favorite teachers and favorite people. I thought I had hit the jackpot when I got her for my second grade teacher. She was so kind, funny and so very beautiful up at the front of the classroom everyday. I remembering staring at her in awe. I’m sending prayers and love to all of you during this loss, she will be missed by so many.
Dear Diane and Kenny and family:Our family will forever be proud and honored for the love, friendship and good times that we shared when you were growing up and the coaching relationship that we shared while at Conway Public Schools and UCA. Your Mom and Dad will always be special to all the Strange Family members. We will always thankful that we crossed paths during their lifetimes. May she rest in peace start a bridge game up in heaven.
So sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman. She was always so kind. The family as in my thoughts and prayers.
Bobbie was my cooperating teacher. I had the privilege of doing my student teaching in her class just before she retired. She was a true teacher in every sense of the word. I learned so much during that nine weeks! She made managing 25 second graders seem effortless. Her students loved her and that includes me! I spent my entire career trying to live up to the outstanding example she set. My sincere condolences to her family especially Diane (another one of my favorite teachers)!
Bobbie and Cliff were such good and long time friends of my in-laws, Dee and Betty Halbrook. I remember Bobbie as such a beautiful and fun person. My love to you, Diane. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories that will comfort you and give you peace.
Diane, mom called me tonight to tell me about your mom. We talked of fond memories we have of her and you. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.Love,Debbie Mccaslin
Scott and I were blessed to know your momma! She was always so warm and loving. We are sorry and saddened —- may you all find comfort in your wonderfulMemories. Hugs 🤗
The epitome of grace, sincerity, patience, humor, dedication and love, Bobbie was a friend, a confidant and a true example of a giving spirit. Her laugh, quick smile, sparkle of the eye and arm ready to hug your neck were constants we could always rely on as those fortunate to be a part of her world. She knew what hard work could achieve and she was always there to be that example. May she now sore to new heights, join her beloved Cliff, and remain a guiding light to all of us touched by her amazing life.
Bobbie touched so many lives and made many wonderful memories. With our sincere condolences for your loss. She will be missed!!
May her sweet memories always keep you company
Mrs. Bobbie was a true lady in everyway! My condolences to the whole family.
Bobbie was a lady in the true sense of the word. The Miss Arkansas Organization was all the better because of her influence. She will be sorely missed in this life.
Bobbie was my cooperating teacher when I did my student teaching. I always thought she was one of the most beautiful women I’d ever seen.When i graduated and was hired to teach with her she told me we were coworkers and to call her Bobbie, not Mrs. Horton anymore. I felt like I had arrived! She was always so supportive and one of my favorite people. She was loved.
Karen and family: So sorry for you loss. I pray the Lord comfort you all at this time. My sincerest condolences.
Please accept my condolences.
She was my chaperone when I was Miss Conway. It was the first trip to the pageant in Hot Springs for both of us, I think. She would go on to play an important and longtime role in the Miss Arkansas Pageant. I love her dearly. Toran Pate Isom
All our love to the family. We were great admirers of Bobbie from our first association with her. We shared a passion for our grandchildren that belonged to both of our families. She will be in our hearts forever . Rip sweet one.
Bobbie was a beautiful person inside and out. We shared some wonderful times at the bridge table and she lit up the world with her presence. She will be missed.
Amazing is the word that comes to mind when I think of Bobbie. When I was a young wife, I aspired to be stylish like Bobbie. She was so pretty, dressed like a model, & had a personal presence so large that she owned any room she entered. I’ve never come close. She & Dorothy set the bar for all of us who were trying to be accepted in Conway society. I can still see Bobbie & Cliff & Dorothy & Jack holding court at the country club or dancing to the jukebox. What fun we had, & how good they were to us. We have lost a remarkable woman.
We love you and will always miss you.
Bobbie was a wonderful lady and I will miss her. May her memory be a blessing 🙏🏻
So sad to hear about Mrs. Bobbie, she was a dear friend of my mothers Dora Lamey, they are all together in heaven. Mrs. Bobbie was a special lady to me. I loved her. sincerely janis young