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Melissa Raye Becton

Paragould, AR, 1956 - 2010

Melissa Raye Becton, 54, of Paragould, formerly of Rogers, died Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. She was born May 5, 1956 in Malvern, Arkansas. She was a graduate of U.A.L.R., registered nurse, enterostomal therapist and licensed real estate agent. She was a member of the Women's Council of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, graduate of leadership Paragould, Rotarian, President of the Northwest Arkansas Ostomy Association, member of D.A.R., member of the National Federation of Republican Women, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Rogers Athletic Booster Club. She was a member of the East Side Baptist Church and former member of First Baptist Church in Rogers.
She is survived by her husband: Paul Becton Jr., M.D., of the home; children: Lindsey Hug and Justin Philpott of Waco, Texas, Paul "Trey" Becton, III, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Mary Hannah Becton of Paragould, stepson, Robert Aaron Becton and his daughter Alyssa Faye Becton; parents: Raymond Robert and Marylene Holloway Digby of Little Rock; brother: Robert Raymond Digby of Little Rock, AR; and a granddaughter due on July 28, Caroline Raye Philpott. She is predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Tom and Ernie Digby, her maternal grandparents, Raymond and Pauline Holloway and her in-laws, Dr. Paul and Mary Lee Becton.
The family received friends last night at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould. Her life will be celebrated at East Side Baptist Church in Paragould, 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 14, 2010, with Reverend Ben Rowell and Reverend Jason Noel officiating. Interment will follow in Little Rock at 4 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers are Barry Davis, Jeff Block, Shane Carter, Mike Ford, Owen Lusk, Bob Moore, and Ron Rooney. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Women's Council of Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, Rotary Club of Paragould, and Mike Ford's Sunday School Class. Memorials may be made to the Women's Council of Arkansas at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. Sign online registry at

Published July 14, 2010