Philip Mears Couey, 68, of Hamburg, died on May 27, 2018.
He was a native of Fountain Hill and a former resident of Hot Springs and Casper, Wyoming.
A 1968 graduate of Fountain Hill High School, Mr. Couey attended the Arkansas A&M College in Monticello, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He was taught a strong work ethic as a young boy and while in high school and college, he worked for his brother-in-law, Bill Foote, at the Dixie Dandy in North Crossett. He went on to manage the Warren Dixie Dandy and later, the Monticello Dixie Dandy.
Mr. Couey was a faithful member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church and the Hamburg First United Methodist Church. He loved and was very proud of his two daughters, grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He would make daily calls to each one just to check on them. He truly believed his grandchildren and great-granddaughter hung the moon. He was devoted to his family and friends and took great pleasure in spending time with his great nephews, Connor and Porter Foote and Jay Alan Johnston, Jr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Quinton and Rachel Mears Couey and his older brother, Oliver Quinton Couey.
He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Summerlin and husband, Jay, of Bryant and Kathy Fleming and husband, Marc, of Casper, Wyoming; two sisters, Nancy Clair Couey Foote Spivey of Hamburg and Cheryl Diane Couey Wilson and husband, Chuck, of DeWitt; five grandchildren, Shelbi Dearing and husband, Randy, Lindsey Summerlin, Alex Summerlin, Tanner Summerlin and Abigail Fleming; a great-granddaughter, Charli Dearing; a special care-giver, Becky Atkins McDonald and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 29 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Greg Comer officiating. Burial will be at the Flat Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Tanner Summerlin, Alex Summerlin, Dr. William Foote, Quint Couey, Jason Wilson, Morgan Couey, James McDonald, Larry Johnson, Earnie Stephenson and Tommy Gray. Honorary pallbearer is Shelby Scott.
Memorials may be made to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, c/o the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.