Billy Jack (Mercer Lillian) Whayne Holcomb

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Conway, Ark., for Billy Jack (Mercer Lillian) Whayne Holcomb, 94. She was born Feb. 24, 1918, to Robert C. and Phena Ball Whayne in Bentonville, Ark., where she married Warren G. Holcomb in 1946. She worked as a house mother at Arkansas Children’s Colony in Conway and was a seamstress all of her life, as well as a baby sitter for many families throughout the years. She was also a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.She is preceded in death by her husband, mother and father, a brother, Robert C. Whayne Jr. and a sister, Jane Cameron.She is survived by a son, Larry J. Holcomb and Colleen of Elgin; a daughter, Janie R. Hickman and Bill of Stuttgart, Ark.; grandchildren, Ryan W. and Tonya Holcomb of Bentonville, Robert “Bobby” C. Holcomb and Candace Chang of Bentonville, step-grandson Brent Beeson of Elgin, Will and Christy Hickman, Elizabeth Flake and Marshall Barnes, and Ray Hickman and Amy Jo Ferguson of Stuttgart, Piper and Jude Ault of Adona, Ark., and Whitney and Greg Tibbett of Minden, La.; and eight great grandchildren. She also leaves behind many friends and her church family in Poteau.In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be made to the First Baptist Church, 300 N. Witte, Poteau, OK 74953 or to the charity of your choice.Arrangements are being handled by by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway, (501) 327-7727. An online guestbook is available at