Billy “Sonny” Draper, 71, of Bauxite, passed away Sunday, September 9. He was born January 19, 1941 in Lono to the late W. W. (Bill) and Evelyn (Shelby) Draper of Bauxite. He worked for Dassault Falcon Jet in Little Rock for almost 25 years, having completed a long career in the aircraft industry that spanned 40 years starting in the Air Force as a Vietnam Veteran through various supplemental airlines that took the family to Abilene Texas, Ardmore Okla, Harrisburg PA, Fairborn OH and Memphis TN before moving back to Bauxite to be near family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Ellen (Rudolph) Draper and sister Betty (Draper) Lawrence of Chattanooga TN.
He is survived by his son the Rev. Keith Draper and wife, Barbara (Dahms) of Chicago IL, daughter Kathy (Draper) Johnson and husband Johnny of Bauxite and 10 grandchildren. His siblings include his sister Louise (Draper) Davis of Bauxite, brother the Rev. Jimmy Draper of Elkins, brother Ronny Draper of Star City and sister Linda (Draper) Kelly of Fairplay and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 12 at Trinity Baptist Church 702 Church Street in Benton, with burial to follow at Mt Olive Cemetery returning to his wife Ellen’s side. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and nephews.
Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, September 11 at Ashby’s, .
The family prefers that memorials be given to Trinity Baptist Church. A note box will be available to receive special memories you wish to share with family.
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