William Melton “Billy” Winders, Jr., 66 of Monticello, passed away on June 25, 2020.

He was born on March 12, 1954, in Memphis, Tennessee to Ruby Iline Brixie Winders and the late William Melton Winders, Sr.

Mr. Winders was a riverboat captain, a member of Calvary Baptist Church, and a member of Pilot’s Agree Union. He was was a “piddler” that always had a project going. He was a procrastinator and a perfectionist. If things were not done up to his specs, the “Old Gray Wolfe” came out. He enjoyed woodworking, building things, fabricating, hunting and fishing but his greatest love was spending time with his family and grandchildren.

In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Mike Houston and Bruce Houston; his mother and father-in-law, Joy Mae and Cecil Lee Pharr; and a grandbaby.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Deborah Joy Pharr Winders of Monticello; a son, William Lee Winders and wife Wendy of Marion; a daughter, Elizabeth Joy Stringfellow and husband Brandon of Monticello; his mother, Ruby Iline Brixie Winders of Monticello; two sisters, Ruby Brixie and husband Milton and Mariann Woods and husband Mark of Monticello; two brothers, Randall Winders and wife Twila of Monticello and Jimmy Houston and wife Brenda of Mayflower; four grandchildren, Jordan Burch, Ethan Winders, Lizzy Grace and Sofie Kate Stringfellow; one great grandson, Aiden Burch; a brother-in-law, Byron Pharr and wife Marion; and a host of nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 30 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Monticello.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 1 at 1 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. Interment will be at Holly Springs Cemetery in Star City.

Memorials may be made to:

Hope Place
103 N. Main Street
Monticello, Arkansas 71655

SEARK Mission Project
c/o Calvary Baptist Church
150 Ragland Street
Monticello, Arkansas 71655