Billy Robert Askew, 87, of Henderson passed away Nov. 28, 2019 at Henderson Health and Rehabilitation Center. The family will be hosting a celebration of life gathering at Grace Baptist Church from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Fellowship Hall.
He was born on Jan. 27, 1932 in Bemis, the son of the late Robert Earl and Ruth Porter Askew. He attended school at Phillips School House. He entered the U.S. Army in 1951, serving in the 306th Field Hospital stationed in Germany and Vassincourt France as a medic.
He married Ruthie Otie Cupples, who passed away, and later Betty Kilzer, who also passed away. He had made his home in Henderson where he operated Asplundh Tree Service. He also was a landscaper alongside Arlin Porter. He later married Tennie McCaskill, who passed away in 2019.
He is survived by two sons, Rodney (Debra) Askew of Henderson and Jerry (Brenda) Wade of Austin, Ark.; two daughters, Frankie L. (Jason) Copeland of Henderson and Teresa (Ted) Ramey of Linden; one daughter-in-law, Tammy Askew; one son-in-law, Clay Barcroft; one sister, Leahrae Taylor of Jackson; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Randall Askew in 2017; one daughter, Jamie Barcroft in 2019; and one sister, Earlene Jones.