12 : JONESBORO, ARKANSAS CITY GUIDE 2018 ...we have watched our hometown grow and change while maintaining its character. farmers • hunters • fishermen • sportsmen • outdoorsmen • bikers artists • musicians • runners • walkers • shoppers The COY Family Three generations of the Coy Family have been making sweet memories together with the largest honeybee operation in Arkansas. Bobby got his first hive from his Dad in 1969. From there Coy’s Honey Farm has grown to production of 1.1 million pounds of honey every year. Today, brothers Richard and David manage Coy’s Honey Farm with their parents, Bobby and Anna. It’s a sweet family affair which includes David’s wife Sarah and their sons Andrew and Martin. Richard’s wife Julie is also involved as the secretary of Crooked Creek Apiaries which sells their honey to local grocery and health food stores. They are involved in their community and church and are looking forward to the day when the fourth generation continues the operation. The Coy’s have a great legacy in Craighead County and say they can’t see themselves living anywhere else. ■ The HOLMES Family Tommie’s family has been living in Craighead County for generations - but Paul is a relative newcomer “I’ve been here just 49 years,” Paul and Tommie met in college at Arkansas State University, and got married in 1972. Jonesboro has been their home ever since and they can’t imagine living anywhere else. “We’ve had the distinct pleasure of living in a prosperous, vibrant city that is small enough to make friends easily and large enough to make a living,” Tommie said. “Like anyone else who has lived here for a while, we have watched our hometown grow and change while maintaining its character.” Downtown has become a wonderful entertainment district. A State offers a multitude of cultural activities - music, drama, art. But their favorite is cheering on their Red Wolves at home and on the road. All these amenities combine to make Jonesboro not only a place that welcomes you in, but a place that invites you to stay a while. Paul and Tommie agree that they have been blessed with long-term friendships made in college or while serving the community through the Jaycees, Rotary or one of many other organizations that are always at work to improve the lives of the citizens. “We and our friends have been privileged to watch our children, and now our children’s children growing up here - that’s a Jonesboro advantage that is priceless!” Three generations of the Coy Family have been making sweet three generations of the Coy Family live a great legacy in Craighead County with the largest honeybee operation in Arkansas