Billy Bert French

Billy Bert French, 94, of Hot Springs Village, passed away October 15, 2021 at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs.

He was born January 25, 1927 in Tyro to the late Arch O. and Eugenia Collins French.

Mr. French was a member of First United Methodist Church in Star City and a veteran of the United States Navy. He was a retired farmer and served as Lincoln County Sheriff from 1965-1985. He was also one of the founders of the Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch and served on the board for many years, He was also on the Board of Directors for Relyance Bank for over 30 years.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Tanya French; and two brothers, Robert French and A. O. French.

Survivors include two daughters, Ashley French Steed (Drew) and Jennifer French Griffin (Keith), all of Star City; a granddaughter, Lezleigh Altom of Hot Springs; three grandsons, Zachary Altom (Amanda) of Fayetteville, Kyle Steed of Los Angeles, California, and Lukas Steed of Little Rock; one great granddaughter, Adilyn Knight of Hot Springs; and one great-grandson, Asher Knight of Hot Springs.

Graveside services will be held Monday, October 18, at 3 p.m. at Walnut Lake Cemetery with Bro. Elwin Ollar and Tracy French officiating. There will be no formal visitation.

Pallbearers are Tracy French, John French, Kyle Steed, Lukas Steed, Zachary Altom and Daniel French. Honorary pallbearers are the Board of Directors at Relyance Bank. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Arkansas Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, 100 St. Vincent Place, Batesville, AR 72501.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City.