Aubrey Lee “Buddy” Lephiew, 73, of Crossett, passed away on March 6, 2021, at his home.
He was born on June 25, 1947, to his parents, Aubrey and Mary Lee Owens Lephiew.
He was a graduate of Star City High School and a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church.
In 1966, Buddy began a career with Georgia Pacific, and after forty-four years, he retired in 2010.
On September 27, 1969, he married his soulmate and the love of his life, Kathy Beatty Lephiew, which began a love affair that would last fifty-one wonderful years.
Buddy loved the outdoors and enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and camping at Snow Creek. He also raised chickens and goats and enjoyed working in his garden each year, putting up vegetables with Kathy, and sharing the fruits of their labor with the neighbors.
Buddy was just a jolly country boy who would do anything for anyone, especially if it meant using his tractor, which was his baby.
Buddy was blessed with many friends, especially Billy Threet, who carried him to numerous doctor appointments and treatments, and, Blue, who called everyday just to check on him. Buddy’s daily routine included visiting and drinking coffee with his best friend, Billy Smith, and often spending time with his grandchildren. His grandchildren were his world, and they loved him immensely in return, never hesitating to come to his side whenever he needed them.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Belinda Jo Lephiew Matthews, and one sister, Mary Leverne Williams.
Buddy is survived by his wife, Kathy Beatty Lephiew; a son, Danny Lephiew and wife, Angela, both of Crossett; a sister, Connie Rogers of Hernando, Mississippi; a son-in-law Donald Matthews; three grandsons, Peyten McNeice, Cody Lephiew, and Hayden Matthews; one granddaughter, Brittney Rice; and five great-grandchildren, Kyle, Olivia, Bailey Jo, Claire, and Ella.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at Medders Funeral Home, under our awning with Bro. Mike Chain officiating.
Pallbearers are Earl Carter, Andy Rials, Rocky Beatty, Ricky Taunton, Larry Threet, and Leon Hamm. Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons, Peyten McNeice, Cody Lephiew, and Hayden Matthews.
A come and go visitation will be Tuesday, March 9 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home in Crossett.