Billy Joe Kidder, Sr., 81, of Helena, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at home with his family at his side.

Billy Joe Kidder, Sr., 81, of Helena, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 at home with his family at his side.

Mr. Kidder was born Dec. 19, 1935 in Earle to Joe Benjamin Kidder and Perlina Coursey Kidder.

Mr. Kidder leaves his wife, Clarice Tooley Kidder; a son, Billy Joe Kidder, Jr. of Helena and a daughter, Sherie Denham of Clarksdale, Mississippi; three grandchildren, Tory W. Kidder, Amy Jo Kidder and Maggy Denham Pettit; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews,cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Kidder was member of the Helena Fire Department as well and served as fire chief. He also served on the Arkansas State Firefighters Association.

Memorial services will be held  Thursday, Dec. 14 at Roller-Citizens Chapel at 1 p.m., at 508 Plaza in Helena-West Helena. You may view and sign the on line guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.