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Samuel "Bus" Rye
Samuel M. ”Bus” Rye, age 87, of Pleasant View Community, Russellville, Arkansas entered into his eternal home on September 3, 2021 at Conway Regional Hospital, Conway Arkansas. He was born on July 15, 1934, he was the 9th son of S.B and Mollie Kendrick Rye.
Bus was an amazingly loving son, husband, father, pawpaw, brother and uncle.
He was a 1953 Russellville High School graduate. In 1949 at the age of 15, with his mother's signature, he entered into the Arkansas National Guard, where he served including the Central High School forced desegregation for the Little Rock 9 in 1957 and continued to serve until 1961.
He was a life-time member of the Russellville First Assembly of God Church. This church is where he would meet and marry, the love of his life, Virginia Mae Dare. They were married on September 2, 1956. Bus first and foremost loved God, his family, close friends and life in general. He never met a stranger. He always had a huge smile, big laugh, firm handshake and a story to share with everyone he came in contact with, regardless of where you met him. Bus loved farming, hunting, running a bulldozer, working cattle, working in the hay fields, being on his tractor, feeding the deer, gardening, just about anything dealing with the outdoors. Once in a while, you might catch him whistling a tune or singing funny folklores like: "The Ole' Gray Mare, She Ain't What She Used To Be" or "She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain" or even "Dinah, Blow Your Horn" just to name a few, but his greatest love was Old Church Hymns. He had a deep baritone voice when he would sing. He loved the fact that within the Rye Family there were some extremely God gifted musicians and singers. Some of his favorite Gospel Quartets, Groups and singers came from his own family.
He began early in his life working on the family peach orchard, working with one brother building homes, and working with another brother spraying chicken houses and working in the hay fields. His early years he worked for VALMAC poultry. Bus was a cattle farmer, and he loved the farm where he raised poultry and cattle. His work ethic provided him opportunity to work for the county as head of the road department. His love of people led him from the road department to having a long political career that he dearly loved. He served his community as Pope County Judge, Arkansas State Senator and Pope County Tax Assessor. These elected offices of service he loved because they gave him the opportunity to serve the people and community. After retiring from public service, he still had a strong desire to be in the public, for he truly had a servant's heart for the people in his community.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his eight brothers: Rev. Jesse (JB) Rye, Rev. AC Rye, James Rye, twins Fay and Ray Rye, W.B. Rye, T.M. Rye, Sonny B. Rye and two sisters, Agnes Harbin, and Nina Collins.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 65 years, Virginia Rye; two sons, Marshall Rye and wife Robbie, Phillip “PR” Rye; one daughter, Karen Rye-Cummins all of Russellville; four grandchildren, Duffey (Kaylynn) Rye of Russellville, Jessie (Perry) Evans, and Ginny (Erik) Hawkins of Danville, and Paige (Corey) Yarber of Starkville, MS; eight great-grand-children, Laykynn, Skylar and Kendrick Rye, Ryeland, Whitley and Heston Evans, Grady and Lennon Hawkins; one sister, Shirley (Ed) Lemley of Russellville; three sisters-in-law, Vivian (Seth) Arnold of Lamar, Wanda Price and Becky Price both of Russellville, and numerous nieces and nephews for several generations who will hear tales about "Uncle Bus".
He will be greatly missed for his infectious laugh, stories and bigger than life personality. He was a one in a million kind of man; son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be remembered by those who knew him for his kind, generous, sincere and compassionate nature, he was a "Good Ol 'Boy".
Open viewing will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 9th at Russellville First Assembly of God Church, with family receiving friends.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021, at Russellville First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Larry Moore and Pastor Keith Underhill officiating. Burial will follow the service in East Point Cemetery with Pastor Mike Norberg officiating. The burial will be private for family only. Arrangements are under the direction of Russellville Family Funeral Services.
Active pallbearers will be, Paul Rye, Dr. Mitchell Collins, Phil White, Kelly Davis, Bobby James and Wilson Moore.
Honorary pallbearers will be dear friends, J.B. Underhill, Dr. Robert Thurlby, Jimmy Parrish, Marcus Gunter, Jimmy Lampton and Ernie Deaton, Jr.
The Family requests in lieu of flowers and plants a donation be made to the Russellville First Assembly of God Church, 124 East G Street, Russellville, AR 72801
The church will provide a live stream of the funeral service.
Full obituary and online guestbook are available at www.russellvillefamilyfuneral.com
So sorry for your loss prayers for the family
David and Kim leggett Sep 10 2021 11:39 PM
From the moment I met this man he became a hero and a friend. I'm thankful and feel blessed for every conversation I had with him. He always had a story to tell and a smile to leave ya with. I can't tell you the times I left thinking what a treasure of knowledge he was. I'll miss our talks. One day we'll meet again. Praying for y'all.
Marshall L. Morris Sep 10 2021 7:14 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear father. He has been such a close friend to me since I was a child. I feel as if we are extended family. It has been such a very short time since I was with Buss at Aunt Teeny's house for her B-Day. I never will forget as always he would pat me on the back and say "You're a pretty good boy" " I sure am glad you got to see me" and chuckle. I will truly miss him. He was always willing to help in any way he could. I know guys that are State Troopers that your dad helped to go to work for the State Police. They truly owe their careers to Bus Rye. I recall once we needed the Colonel of the State Police to call a person, trying to become a State Trooper and the Colonel was not really cooperating with suggestive persuasion. So I reached out to "Uncle Bus" and explained the situation, to which he said "I bet he can/will make that call, He probably just needs his budget revied and I happen to know who chairs the budget committee" needles to say the next day the Colonel decided he didn't need his budget reviewed after all. And you know the rest of the story, another local guy hired in Troop "J". I love you all deeply and My sincere prayers are with you.
Tim Lem Sep 10 2021 11:31 AM
Bus Rye was a friend. I've known Bus all my life and he was a quality individual. I'm sorry we can't attend the funeral because of the Covid! The Rye's and the Lee's have been friends for a long time. Prayers!
Jim Lee Sep 10 2021 10:01 AM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time. As I read the obituary, I reflected back on some of the stories I heard you tell about your dad. Obviously, he served to the max in every category and I know you and your family will find comfort in the fact that he is in his new eternal home. And I bet they are glad to have him cause he obviously doesn't rest much and is pitching in serving there too. Hope to see you soon.
Mike and Jamie Brigance. Wilson, Ar. Sep 9 2021 11:01 AM
So sorry about the loss of your Father Karen and PR. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏼❤️
Denise Wilson Sep 8 2021 5:12 PM
Ginny and family,
I will keep you close in thought and prayer.
Becky Brooks Sep 8 2021 11:12 AM
Great christian, friend to all.
gary dixon Sep 7 2021 10:02 PM
So sorry to hear about Bus. He was a great man. Always kind and caring about other people. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
Lori Abington Sep 7 2021 9:49 PM
a man you did not need to wonder where he stood.
Charles M Wyrick Sep 7 2021 8:36 PM