West Memphis Crye-Leike Associates Dianne Person, Mark Beatty, Reeda Hampton of the Literacy Council of Crittenden, and Associate Debbie Bailey.

WEST MEMPHIS, AR., – Crye-Leike, REALTORS sales associates Debbie Bailey, Mark Beatty, and Dianne Person had no idea that showing up at a sales meeting one Tuesday morning last fall would change their lives.  That day has not only changed theirs – but it’s had a profound impact on three people who have struggled with reading and writing most of their adult lives.


“Last fall Reeda Hampton for the Literacy Council of Crittenden County spoke at our sales meeting, talking passionately about a volunteer based program to help people read and write,” said Beatty.  “We decided that day to become volunteer tutors which is a year long commitment to tutor one student one-on-one for two hours each week along with; creating a lesson plan, setting goals, submitting status reports and most importantly being passionate about helping your student succeed.”


The trio explains that the students they’re working with weren’t chosen at random.  Instead the program coordinator went to great lengths to match them with a student based on personality, compatibility and other traits including the ability to be a role model.  To their knowledge, they’re the only real estate associates in the county who are participating as tutors.


“It’s been just a few months but we can already tell that we’re making a difference with our students,” said Beatty.  “We can see our student’s pride in learning vowel sounds, fractions, grammar and progress with everything we’ve covered so far.”


The Literacy Council serves adults (18 and older) who read below the fourth-grade level.  According to the council’s literature, 32% of Crittenden County adults are considered functionally illiterate and the organization cannot succeed without the work of concerned and dedicated volunteer tutors.

The Mid-South Community College in West Memphis administers the Literacy Council of Crittenden County.  Learn more about them on the web at


Bailey, Beatty, and Person are full-time licensed Affiliate Brokers in Arkansas assisting buyers and sellers in Crittenden County and surrounding communities.  They specialize in residential real estate sales.  Each is an active members of the West Memphis Board of Realtors (WMBR) in which they serve on the MLS Committee, Scholarship Committee, and as a Director.


To learn more about the Literacy Program or for your real estate needs and personal referrals, please contact Debbie, Mark, or Dianne by phone at 870-735-8000 or you can email them at,, or


Harold Crye and Dick Leike established Crye-Leike, Realtors in 1977.  Today, Crye-Leike?, the nations 4th largest real estate company, has a network of more than 4,100 sales associates and 132 corporate and franchise offices located in 65 counties through-out the eight-state southern region of Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and North Carolina.


Crye-Leike is a full-service real estate company offering buyers and sellers services in the following areas of specialty: residential sales, mortgage lending, title, insurance, commercial business and investments, property management, development and construction, builder resources, REO bank-owned properties, relocation, auctions, and home services referrals.  In 2007, the Crye-Leike organization attained sales of $5.7 billion with 32,500 closed transaction sides.