of Norfork, AR
October 7, 2021
Mrs. Abitha Hughes (Southard) Dye, 99, of Norfork, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021 at her residence. She was born on November 6, 1921 in Henderson, Arkansas to John and Curtis (Sinor) Hughes. She retired from Aeroquip in Mountain Home, was a seamstress, and a volunteer at the polls during elections. She also proudly volunteered with the Old Arkana Schoolhouse project by raising funds with her grant writing, yard sales, and selling of her famous fried pies.Abitha is survived by her son Robert Southard (Diane); 6 grandchildren: Brenda Dodd (Dennis), Sherry Mason, Robbie Southard, Mandy Switzer (Brad), Marty Southard (Missy), and Travis Southard (Elayna); 8 great-grandchildren: Ashley Wells (Steven), Sonya Switzer, Steven Switzer, Stephany Southard, Brooklyn Bissell (Justin), Denise Lake (Robert), Case Southard and Uriah Southard. 3 great-great-grandchildren: Aiden Lake, Jaidyn Lake, and Haidyn Lake; 5 step-children: Rick Dye (Linda), Dan (Sharon) Melton, Betty Dutton, Deanna Quincy, and Joann Reynolds (Otis); daughter-in-law: Linda Marsh, and many more loved family members. Preceded in death by first husband Clyde Southard; second husband: Clyde Dye; son Virgil Southard, 4 brothers: Armel, Arvel, Abija (her twin), and Lynn Hughes, and sister: Cordelia Jones. A visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 16, 2021, at Galatia Cemetery in Norfork, with a service to follow at 3:00 p.m.
Sincere condolences to the Family. Ms. Abitha was a very special lady in our community. She was always willing to help and was known for her Fried Pies. Her heart was so sweet and giving. She was one of a kind.God Bless the Family. Amen 🙏
Botha was always a friend, and willing too help. We will all miss her.
My love and heartfelt sympathy for the family.
We extend our condolences to the family of an obviously exceptional lady. We are relatively new to the area and didn't have the opportunity to meet her in person, but we feel as if we knew her (and her fried pies!) by reputation. May she rest in peace.
lots of good memories with abitha
So sorry to hear this. Sending my condolences.
I will cherish the time I got to spend with Abitha. Loved her and her fried pies. She was a very special lady and will be missed by many. Condolences to the family .
My condolences to all the family of Abitha Southard Dye!Bitha came to work with me at Norfork City Hall Water Department many years ago. She brought laughter in the door everyday she came through it to work. She was soon a friend.I pray the presence of the Lord will be felt by all the family and many friends at this time and months ahead!God bless, Deb Sutterfield Garrett
So sad to hear of Abitha’s passing. What a wonderful and awesome lady. I am so blessed to have known her....... we had some fun times together. So many great memories. My heart and prayers go out to her family. She will be missed by all that knew her. There will never be another like her ....... fly high Abitha !!!!!!
I first knew Abitha many years ago when she and Clyde used to come to the bank in Calico Rock.I would see her from time to time in later years after I retired and she was always so friendly.She was such a nice lady and I know you will miss her. She was so close to making it to 100.
Thanks for showing me how to make your fried pies, making me laugh with your great personality, and for just being a kind hearted caring helpful person. You will be missed❣
Bitha left such a big hole in our lives. That beautiful smile and laugh. She used to tell me that you just have to keep living when things are hard. Love her so much.
Aunt Abitha : You are going to be so missed. Loved learning how to make fried pies, biscuits, and your famous cobblers. Laughing with you as I learned how. You said you were going to make a cook out of me. Love you, Debbie
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you, especially with Lexie.
Abitha,the love you have always showed to people is something that will never ever be forgotten,the good Lord was kind enough to put you in our lives and what you and all the people did for me and Elton was such a blessing,thank you sweet sweet lady, to your family I am so sad and sorry may the the good Lord wrap his loving arms around you each and every one, you were truly lucky to have this wonderful lady. God bless you all
We’re so sorry, she was a lovely lady and we’ll miss her so very much at Old Arkana music. She was always a pleasure to be around.
Aunt Abitha was Loved by sll.