Ethel Delores Gettle Kissee Willcoxon, 90, of Hoxie, passed away Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in the Randolph County Nursing Home.

Born May 4, 1930, in Tampico, Ill., she was the daughter of Henry and Cecil May Littlefield Gettle. Ethel was once an owner and operator of the Black Rock Grocery Store. Later in life she became an LPN and worked in the North Little Rock V.A. Hospital and at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She loved to knit, crochet and cook. She was known for her Chex Mix.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, J.W. Kissee; her second husband, Billie Willcoxon; two sons, Robert Dale and Rodney Jay Kissee; a brother, Earl (Gladys) Gettle; a sister, Alta (Cyril) Heitzler; and a granddaughter, Cheri Renee Howard.

Survivors include her daughter, Pamela (Rickey) Manning of Walnut Ridge; daughter-in-law, Mary Sade Kissee of Black Rock; stepdaughter, Paulette (Larry) Phillips of Georgia; 12 grandchildren, Dr. Michelle (Mario) Cordoba Kissee, Jennifer (Adam) Vokac, Robert (Emily) Kissee II, Justin William Kissee, Heath (Ashley) Shaw, James (Lori) Manning, David (Blair) Manning, Daniel (Laura) Manning, John (Lisa) Manning, Sarah (Alex) Hogan, Amy and Jodie Lamarque; 40 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

The family will announce services at a later date.

Special thanks to the nurses and staff of the Randolph County Nursing Home and to nurse, Michelle Harris, who comforted and held Mrs. Ethel’s hand to the end.

In lieu of flowers, the family request any donations or memorial tributes to be made in honor of Mrs. Willcoxon to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital in Memphis.

An online guestbook is available at

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