Boyd Heath, age 78, of Hot Springs, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018. He was born July 23, 1939, near Walcott, Arkansas, to the late A.C. and Nellie Heath.
Predeceased by brothers Jack Heath and Willie Heath; sisters Ruby Bottoms, Eva Matlock, Sue Smith, and Linda Clark. He is survived by his wife, Janet, of 51 years; sons, Shannon Heath (Melissa) of Bonnerdale; Chad Heath (Missy) of Prescott; six grandchildren – Ren Heath, Lucas Heath, Jake Heath, Colt Heath, Darien Overton, and Julia Overton; three sisters, Amy Carter of Jonesboro; Betty Mason of El Dorado; and Janie Rogers of Malvern.He graduated from Greene County Tech High School in Paragould in 1957; Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Service in Dallas, Texas, in 1966; and National Park College with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He was employed by Caruth Funeral Home from 1966 to 1969; the Hot Springs Police Department from 1969 to 1989, retiring as Sergeant; from 1991 to 2014, he was employed as Board Inspector and Investigator for the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. He honorably served in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to 1961. He was a member of Hot Springs Fraternal Order of Police #1; he was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Glenwood Masonic Lodge #662. He served as a member of a federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team – Region 6 (DMORT), which is charged with helping identify remains of people killed in disasters and is under the authority of Homeland Security. His first tour as a member of the team was in Guam when a Korean Airlines crashed killing 229 passengers; the next was working the flood in Del Rio, Texas, killing an untold number of people; and then working the 911 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
A special appreciation to his daughter-in-law, Melissa Heath, for her care and comfort until his passing.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at Caruth Funeral Home, and service on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at Caruth Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dierksen Hospice; Alzheimer’s Association; or American Cancer Society.
Pallbearers will be Hot Springs Police Department Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be Arkansas State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers; Current and Past Funeral Directors and Embalmers of the State of Arkansas; Amy Goode; Rachael McGrew; Employees of Davis-Smith Funeral Home; Everett Smith; Tony and LaDonna Smith; Employees of Caruth Funeral Home; Phil Hale; Marsha Arledge; Sharon Rowe; Employees of Hot Springs Funeral Home; Ann Loy; Rhonda Clenney; Employees of Gross Funeral Home; Patsy Moody; Johnathan and Danielle Moody; Raj Subbiah; Andie Reynolds; Sybil Grady; Gary and Jackie Ashcraft; Angie and Tim Moore; Joe David and Lynn Young; Charlie and Flo White; Alice Williams; Tim and Teri Ragsdale; Mickey and Pat McGuire; David and Renea Wolf; Ann Flatte; Roger and Sandra Lambert; Mike and Brenda Hulsey; Art and Nina Weston; Tom and Margaret Parris; Claudette Ford; Minnie Lenox; Vicki Stauder; Angie Fenley; Lance and Daris Hudnell; George Downie; Lance Spicer; Brian Albright; Jack Godfrey; Diane Poplaski; Lisa King; Bill and Diane Gaut; Mike Buck; Bill Cooley; Kenneth Billingsley; Joe and Evelyn Williams; Joey Williams; Joe and Kelli Wallace; David and Peggy Thurman; Bill and Tonya Burrough; Don Pullen; Mike Karber; Herbie and Judy Daniell; Bob and Joyce Golden; Ron and Carol Martineau; Terry Woodard; Tookie Thomas; Jason Stachey; Mike McCormack; Tommy and Nancy Tedford; Bobby Southard; Tommy Williams; Johnny and Peggy Smith; John and Patty Gould; Sonny Cox; Dierksen Hospice Employees; Dr. Manjusha Kota and Staff; Dr. David Pruitt and Staff; Dr. Hunter Carrington and Staff; Dr. Steve Baldwin and Staff; Past and Present Employees of the Hot Springs Police Department; Past and Present Employees of the Garland County Sheriff’s Department; Glenwood Masonic Lodge #662; Employees and Coffee Drinking Friends at Lux Café; Employees and Coffee Drinking Friends at Burgers N More.