Obituary: Dr. Billy Cremeen, ADA Member for 66 Years

by Billy Tarpley on July 28, 2020

DR BILLY GENE CREMEEN, 91, of Maumelle went to be with the Lord, June 28, 2020. He was born July 3, 1928 in Brinkley, Ark. Bill graduated from Brinkley High School in 1946, Arkansas State Teachers College, Conway in 1950, and Northwestern University School of Dentistry, Chicago in 1954. He served the US Army 31st Infantry in Korea from 1946-1948.

He practiced dentistry in Helena, Ark., from 1954-2008. Bill became a pioneer in the new field of dental implantology, having obtained a pilot’s license so he could fly to seminars across the country. He and his wife, Louise, hosted implantology seminars in Helena attended by dentists from 14 states. He also gave lectures in Hamburg, Germany.

Bill served his community as a Helena city councilman, and as President of the DeSoto School Board, the Helena Lions Club, the Shrine Club, and the Helena Country Club. He and Louise were active members of West Helena Baptist Church from 1957-1987 where he served as a deacon, stewardship chairman and building chairman. Bill and Louise moved to Little Rock in 1987 and joined Fellowship Bible Church a few years later, where he was a leader of his community group.

Bill and Louise’s younger son Mark was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in the early 1960’s, when the disorder was relatively unknown. Bill worked to support the newly founded Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, serving as a leader at the state, regional and national levels. Bill was recently honored as the first recipient of CFF’s Ruby Bishop Award. Bill and Louise were also active in Self Help for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH).

Bill was a huge sports fan, from the time he played football at Brinkley High School. Later he served as president of the Razorback Booster Club in Helena. He and Louise enjoyed traveling to Razorback games and championships. Bill enjoyed playing golf at the Helena Country Club and at Maumelle Country Club.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Verna Cremeen, his loving wife, Louise Wilkinson Cremeen; son, Mark Andrew Cremeen; and brother, Dr. Thomas Lee Cremeen. He is survived by two children, William Curtis Cremeen; Leanne Cremeen Johnson (Kyle); grandchildren, Kylee Johnson; Andrew, Emma, and Lucas Cremeen; nephew, Thomas Cremeen; and daughter in Christ, Glin Hill Jones.

The family would like to acknowledge the incredible, compassionate care given to Bill by Dr. Greg McKinney, May Johnson, Tory Randle and Julie Willyard.

Bill was most proud of going with a delegation of Arkansas dentists, who went to Pegucigatpa, Honduras, to build a free dental clinic for some of the world’s poorest people.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in Bill’s name to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4550 Montgomery Ave., Suite 1100 N., Bethesda, Md., 20814. .

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