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George Cleo Biggs

May 12, 1917 — October 15, 2013

George Cleo Biggs born May 12, 1917 to Tennie E. McNeil Biggs Jenkins & William (Bud) Biggs, both preceded him in death. He accepted Christ at an early age and united with Clayborn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church which merged with St Paul AME Church Arkadelphia. His life was centered on his unwavering love for God, his church, his family and the Masonic Lodge. He was known throughout the community for speaking and his recital of the poem “The Bridge Builder.” George was united in holy matrimony to the love of his life Ruthie T. Helms for 61 years. George was employed at Henderson State University as a pastry chef until he retired after thirty (30) years of service. He was most noted for his coconut cream pies. George was an ardent churchman and community leader. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Worshipful Master of Universal Lodge #229 which merged with Excelsior Lodge #13 and now is currently Universal Excelsior #13. He served his church as Steward, Trustee and Secretary and Sunday School Superintendent. To the Biggs Helms union four children were born: Patsy Biggs, Little Rock., Ar., Charolett (Randolph) Martin, Pine Bluff, AR., Rebecca Green, Little Rock, Ar., and George (LaGail) Biggs, Jacksonville, AR. Three daughters from previous marriages: Isabelle Biggs Morgan who preceded him in death, Flossie Biggs Mitchell and Betty Biggs Buckley both of Arkadelphia, AR. His siblings preceded him in death - Rosie McNeil Scott Helms, Rev. Leroy McNeil and Moses McNeil. George has one special nephew Charles(Martha) Scott Gum Springs, AR. ; Frank Scott (Tobi ) of Los Angeles, CA.; Nieces Olivia Scott, Charlene Williams both of California and Valerie McNeil, and Judy Hunter of Little Rock. A host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great great –grandchildren and other friends, relatives and loved ones. Public Visitation will be from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013. Mr. Biggs will lie in repose at the church at from 10:00 until 10:45 a.m. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 18th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul AME Church. The Service will begin at 11:00 with Rev. T.W. Scott officiating and Rev. Randolph Martin serving as the eulogist. Interment will be in Springhill Cemetery.
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