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Obituaries

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published July 13, 2011 at 3:51 a.m.

OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.

INDEX

Some obituaries may appear in certain editions of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and not in others. This list shows the names of all people whose obituaries are in at least one edition. For obituaries not in this edition, please see our website, Arkansas Online, arkansasonline.com/obituaries/.

PULASKI COUNTY

Brett Lee Barham, 36, of Maumelle. Christine Taylor Beasley, 81, of Little Rock. Mary E. Edwards, 82, of Little Rock. Joseph Evans, 15, of Mabelvale. Cynthia Ann Cathey Forbess, 58, of Little Rock. Laura Lee Henry, 96, of Little Rock. Versia L. Jennings, 80, of North Little Rock. Billie Edwin Johnson, 84, of North Little Rock. Gus Burks Smith III, 84, of North Little Rock. James D. Watson, of Little Rock.

ELSEWHERE IN ARKANSAS

ARKADELPHIA

Janice Jones Gentry, 60.

BAY

Leona Ward, 89.

BENTON

Densel W. Dyer, 81. Charley Edmonson, 62. Fayne W. Wilson Jr., 56.

BIG FLAT

Charles N. Holt, 57.

CHEROKEE VILLAGE

Charity Richardson, 97.

COTTER

James Edward Trivitt, 68.

HARRISON

James Thomas Atchley Jr., 86. Harriet Marie May, 87. Rickey Lynn “Rick” Reynolds, 50.

HEBER SPRINGS

Eve Nadelle Dawson, 93.

HOLLAND

Julia Mae Jackson, 83.

HOT SPRINGS

Timothy Hutson, 54. Clifton Hubert “C.H.” Steed, 90. Clarence “C.J.” Junior Young, 66.

JASPER

Archie H. Begley, 91.

LAKE VILLAGE

Homer K. Beavers, 89.

LOW GAP

Freda Mae Smith, 70.

MALVERN

Joushua Thomas Burks, 20.

MOUNTAIN HOME

Leona Markowski, 75. Gladys Richards, 76. Edna E. White, 88.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Romona Marjorie Robertson, 76.

NEW BLAINE

Edmund “Ed” John Friga, 84.

PIGGOTT

Ruby Fair, 85.

RISON

James Harold (Red) Power, 59.

ROE

Arthur Gerald Beachler Sr., 87.

RUSSELLVILLE

Elmarie Carey Stephens, 97.

SEARCY

Chris Smith, 53. Charles Dale Van Patten, 87.

WARD

Robert “Big Bob” Armstrong Sr., 69.

OUT-OF-STATE

MATHISTON, Miss.

Teresa Wells Daniel, 45.

MCKINNEY, Texas

Billy Dave Hicks, 81.

Pulaski County

BRETT BARHAM, 36, of Maumelle, beloved son, husband, father, brother, colleague, and friend left this world to join his Heavenly Father unexpectedly on Saturday, July 9, 2011. Visitation will be this evening, Wednesday, July 13, from 6-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 1201 Edgewood Dr. in Maumelle. A celebration of Brett’s life will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 14, at the church, followed by interment at Riverwood Memorial Gardens. The full obituary and guestbook may be found at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, (501) 224-2200.

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CHRISTINE TAYLOR BEASLEY, 81, of Little Rock, Ark., died Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in Bentonville, Ark. Chris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Chris and Ed were married 59 years and resided 54 years in Little Rock. She was a retired registered nurse and was employed by the Little Rock Public Schools for 28 years as a school nurse. Chris was a faithful member of St. James United Methodist Church and truly exemplified the Proverbs 31 woman. She was a member of La Moderne Civic Club, BLS Dance Club, UMW Women’s Ministry, and the Ark Retired Teachers Association. She will always be remembered for her compassionate and nurturing spirit in caring for others.

She is preceded in death by both parents, William Clyde and Ethee Taylor; a sister, Beatrice Stratton; a brother, Thomas Taylor; a son-in-law, Bud Brown; and a grandson, Jarred Phillips. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving and devoted husband, Edward Beasley; a son, Stephen E. Beasley and wife Elaine of Hearne, Texas; a daughter, Cheryl Brown of Rogers, Ark.; and a brother, William S. Taylor of Benton, Ark. She also leaves behind three grandsons, Barret Brown and wife Julie of Fayetteville, Benton Brown and wife Megan of Springdale, and Juston Beasley of Austin, Texas.

The service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, July 14, 2011 at the Chapel at Village on the Creeks. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Chris’ name to Circle of Life Hospice Legacy Village. Online condolences may be left at www.rollinsfuneral.com.

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MARY E. EDWARDS, 82, Little Rock, Ark., passed peacefully July 9th. Survivors: three sons, Billy Lee, Arthur Edwards and Johnnie Robinson Sr.; four grandchildren and a host of greatgrandchildren. Home going services: Saturday, July 16th, 2 p.m. Visitation: Friday, 7:30-8:30 p.m., both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home.

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JOSEPH EVANS, age 15, of Mabelvale, died on July 10, 2011. Services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011 at chapel of Dial & Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, 501-847-9099. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. To sign the online guestbook go to www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.

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CYNTHIA ANN CATHEY FORBESS, age 58, of Little Rock, left us July 10, 2011. She is survived by her husband of 31 years, William Forbess, and her children, Matthew Forbess and Lindsey Forbess, both of Little Rock, her mother and step-father, Catherine and Jake Timson of Hot Springs and brother, Mark Cathey of Maumelle, his wife Diane and nieces, Stephanie Cathey and Sara Servin.

Her lifetime work as a social worker was pursued during and after she received her graduate degree from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As one of the founding staff of the Arkansas Battered Womens’ Shelter, she continued her life’s work, with other agencies providing care, compassion and help for others and professional guidance to her co-workers. She loved tending her garden, spending hours arranging, planting and nurturing her flowers and ferns. She rejoiced in her home, providing a wonderful and relaxed environment for her family and pets. She is missed.

A memorial service will be held at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 2 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org). Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

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LAURA LEE HENRY of Little Rock, passed away on July 11, 2011 at the age of 96. She was born on May 15, 1915.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew F. and Bertie Baker Henry Sr. and her two brothers, Andrew F., Jr. and John Marion Henry. She leaves three first cousins, Pat M. Riley, Sr. of Little Rock, Hazel Burnett of Clinton and Juanita Ann Baker of Oklahoma City; nephews Butch Henry and Tom Henry; niece Marlene Henry, all of Phoenix; second cousins, Pat Riley Jr., Janna Knight and Katherine Shoulders.

She grew up in Little Rock where she graduated from Little Rock High School. During her early career she lived in Little Rock and then moved to Dallas where she lived over 40 years. She held many key positions in her employment, notably as the Administrative Assistant to the Commandant Camp of Camp Robinson during WWII. This was a very kind and sweet lady, who would share whatever she had including her last dollar for someone in need. For years in Dallas there were a number of gay young men in her neighborhood who would come from time to time to her apartment where she would play hymns and read to them from the Bible. Laura Lee Henry was a devout person. She believed the Bible and she had given her life to her Savior, Jesus Christ. In later years her favorite saying was, “God has been so good to me.”

The family has requested a private family graveside service at Roselawn Memorial Cemetery in Little Rock. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. (501) 982-2136. www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.

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VERSIA L. JENNINGS, 80, of North Little Rock died Sunday, July 10, 2011. She was preceded in death by a son, Glenn Jennings Sr. She leaves four sons, Ronnie Jennings, Erick Jennings, William Jennings Sr. (Deborah), Adrian Jennings; three daughters, Annette Stelivan, Versia C. Jennings, Cynthia Applewhite; six brothers; Joseph Stelivan, James Stelivan, Ervin Stelivan, Melvin Stelivan (Mae), Tommie Stelivan, (Katie) Larry Stelivan; two sisters; Carolyn Townsend, Cynthia Webb (John); a daughter-in-law, Valdora Ford Jennings; and a host of other relatives and friends to cherish her memory. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Woodson, Ark. 24100 Barton Street, Woodson, Ark. 72180. Visiting Hours: 1-6 Friday. Arrangements by Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W. 29th St. Little Rock, Ark. 72204. (501) 660-4323.

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BILLIE EDWIN JOHNSON, 84, of North Little Rock went to be with the Lord on July 11, 2011. He was born April 27, 1927, in Greenbrier, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnie and Mattie Owen Johnson, along with two brothers, Wandle Johnson and Eston Johnson. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Bessie, and four children: Patty Harris of Little Rock, Kenny Johnson (Dana) of Sherwood, Peggy Kelly (Robert) of Fort Smith, and Tim Johnson of Little Rock. They have eight grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. Billie is also survived by one sister, Eloise Pickens of North Little Rock and a brother, Owen D. Johnson (Peggy) of Lorton, Va., as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

Billie was a faithful member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Rose City. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was a member of the Crescent Masonic Lodge #403. He retired from Chicopee Manufacturing after 41 years of employment as an industrial mechanic. Billie took great pride in his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed sports and gardening.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Roller-Owens Funeral Home Chapel (501) 791-7400 with Brother Rick Etheridge and Brother Robert Kelly officiating. Interment will follow at Arkansas Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are Kyle Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Caleb Harris, Matt Taylor, Michael Stout, Joe Deeter and Tracy Krack. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at the funeral home. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes. com/owens.

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GUS BURKS SMITH III, 84, of North Little Rock departed this life Sunday, July 10, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Josephine Smith; two sons, Edward (Sherry) Smith and Gregory (Jeanette) Smith; four daughters, Carolyn Bias, Jacqueline (Dwayne) Dorn, Cynthia Renae Smith, Mary Winston Smith; one sister, Debra Brown of California, one brother, Floyd Brown of California; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends. He served in the U.S. Army, retiree of Missouri Pacific Railroad and Alcoa Aluminum. He was a member of the Airport Church of Christ, and served as president of the Senior Citizens Ministry. One of Mr. Smith’s joys was serving as a mentor to children in the community, and coaching his sons’ and daughters’ softball and baseball teams. Funeral Services, 10 a.m., Friday, July 15, 2011, Airport Church of Christ, 8000 Eastport Drive, Little Rock, Ark. 72206. Family Hour 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Hubble Chapel. Interment: Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. Funeral Services entrusted to Hubble Funeral Home, 374-3134.

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1st Sgt. JAMES D. WATSON (U.S. Army, Retired), 78, of Little Rock, passed away July 11, 2011. He was born to James D. and Ivey Marie Brown Watson in Fordyce, where he was raised. At the age of 10, he moved to New Orleans for a short stay and then returned to Little Rock where, at the age of 16, he joined the U.S. Army. During his 24 years in the Army, he served in Korea, Germany, Vietnam and Thailand, and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, (2nd award) Army Occupational Medal (Germany), Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device, Bronze Star Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 7 Overseas Bars, and the Good Conduct Medal (7th award). Upon his retirement from the military in 1973, Jim began his second career at the Veterans Administration and retired as Chief of Administration and Discharge at the Little Rock and North Little Rock hospitals. Following his second retirement, he was able to travel, play golf and enjoy spending time with his grandchildren, his favorite pastimes.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Terrell Watson; sons, James David Watson of Mayflower, Richard Alan Watson of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Stephen Craig Watson of Little Rock; daughters, Evelyn Marie Hinton (David) of Poteau, Oklahoma, and Elizabeth Michelle Leatherwood of Little Rock; brother, Edward D. Watson (Linda) of Benton; sister, Marion Nadine Laird (H.B.) of Mabelvale; grandchildren, Danny Watson, Kristen Watson, Katie Watson, Ryan Watson, Brandon Watson, Ryan Hinton (Jenny), Melissa Hinton, Julia Bullard, Britt James Hinton, Alivia Sahlin and Aubrie Leatherwood; great-granddaughter, Abby Kay Hinton; a host of nieces and nephews; and special daughters, Eva Lee of Hong Kong, China, Narissa Smanavawich of Bangkok, Thailand, and Phillippa Kim of Canberra, Australia. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Frances Mazur, and a son, Baby Watson.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 13, from 6-8 p.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Road). Services will be Thursday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Rev. Linda Singh. Graveside services will be Friday, July 15, fat 10 a.m. at Garland Cemetery in Stigler, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, Texas, 75284-1125. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home (501) 224-2200. Mr. Watson’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.

Arkansas

ARKADELPHIA — Janice Jones Gentry, 60, of Arkadelphia, formerly Delight, died July 7, 2011.

Survivors husband, Clemon Gentry; daughters, Kendra and Karla Gentry; father, Rev. Louis Jones; grandchildren, Hailee and Kennedy Gentry; seven siblings.

Service Thursday, 11 a.m., Delight Church Of Christ. Services by Williams Funeral Home. Sign guest book at www.funeralsatwilliams.com.

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BAY — Leona Ward, 89, of Bay died Monday, July 11, 2011. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home chapel with Phillip Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at Nettleton Cemetery. Online guestbook www. rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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BENTON — Densel W. Dyer, 81, of Benton passed away on July 10, 2011, with his family by his side. Densel was born on July 28, 1929, to the late Charles and Maude Dyer in Little Rock, Arkansas. He retired from Alcoa after 33 years and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church for 58 years; he was a member of the Kate Wright Sunday School Class. Densel was a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved wood carving, fishing and hunting. Being with his family was his most treasured times.

Densel is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Dyer; two sons, Denny Dyer (Pat) and Bo Dyer (Linda); seven grandchildren, Greg Dyer (Shelly), Carlena Heath (Chris), Chris Dyer (Tausha), Niki Mathews (Steven), Dustin Dyer (Ashley), Kyle Dyer and Charlie Dyer; 11 great-grandchildren: Alix, Dalton, Kayla, Johnathan, Cole, Carley, Daniel, Lane, Austin, Jared and Gwenna; one sister, Billie Jo Little (John) and a host of family, church family and friends that all loved and will miss him dearly.

A celebration of Densel’s life will be held on Friday, July 15, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church in Benton with Pastor Richard Hamlin and Muncy Harris officiating. Visitation will be on July 14, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant. To sign Mr. Dyer’s online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.

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BENTON — Charley Edmonson, 62, Benton, died Monday. Survivors: wife, Avon Edmonson; daughters, Ronda Edmonson and Carol Brown; sister, Mary Chism; grandchildren, Terrin, Abby and Gage; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation, 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Ashby Funeral Home. Services 10 a.m., Thursday, Ashby Funeral Home. Burial, Old Rosemont Cemetery.

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BENTON — Rev. Fayne W. Wilson Jr., 56, of Benton died Sunday July 10, 2011. He was born July 15, 1954, in Benton. Fayne was preceded in death by his father, Fayne W. Wilson Sr., and his wife, Jean Wilson. He is survived by his mother, Erna Wilson-Rea, of Benton. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.

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BIG FLAT — Charles Holt, 57, of Big Flat died July 11 at his home. He served in the National Guard for 22 years. Survivors: wife Betty Holt and four daughters. Services:10 a.m., Thursday, July 14, at Roller-Coffman Chapel in Marshall. Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Wednesday. Burial: Big Flat Cemetery Online guestbook: www. rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Charity Richardson, 97, of Cherokee Village, died July 12, 2011. Memorial service will be July 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cherokee Village, Ark. Interment will follow in Cherokee Village United Methodist Church Columbarium. Arrangements by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland, Ark.

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COTTER — Services for James Trivitt, 68, Cotter, 11 a.m July 13, 2011, River of Life Assembly of God. James died July 8. A bricklayer survived by his lifetime companion, Nora Bramlet, four sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren. Arrangements by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit online obituary/guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

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HARRISON — James Thomas Atchley Jr., 86, of Harrison died Sunday, July 10, in Springfield, Missouri. Visitation will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Christeson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. John Darnall officiating. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/harrison.

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HEBER SPRINGS — Eve Nadelle Dawson, 93, passed away July 12, 2011. Children, George Hentges Jr., Robert Hentges, Luanne O’Neill, Connie Dawson and Dixie Fenwick; brother, Jerald Mc-Carthy; sisters, Lois Lapp and Sharon Liles; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Kingdom Hall, Heber Springs. www. olmstead.cc.

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HOLLAND — Julia Mae (Judy) Jackson, 83, of Holland, Arkansas, departed this life on Monday, July 11, 2011, at Conway Regional Health System. She was born November 14, 1927, in Holland, Arkansas, a daughter of the late Augustus and Fannie (Bass) Lackey. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Calvin Lackey, a brother, O.D. Lackey, a sister, Lillian Watson and a sister Ardell “Boots” Holloway. Mrs. Jackson was a member of Holland Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and caring for her family. She was also an avid gardener and grew extraordinary flowers and vegetables.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, George Veldon Jackson; daughter, Connie Faye Perkins and husband, Bruce, of Morrice, Michigan; son, Clifford Paul Jackson and wife, Denise, of Saint Charles, Michigan; daughter, Yvonne Higdon of Pontiac, Michigan; son, David Lee of Holland, Arkansas; four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Mrs. Jackson’s funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the Chapel of Roller-Mc-Nutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier. (501) 679-2575. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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HOT SPRINGS — Timothy Hutson, 54, went home to be with the Lord on July 5, 2011, after a lengthy struggle with liver disease. He was born January 1, 1957, to the late Ray Hutson and Sadiebel Shirkey Hutson of Carlisle. He was of the Baptist faith. He graduated from Carlisle High School and UALR. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the 118th Airborne. Before his retirement due to illness, Tim worked for years with the elderly and disadvantaged, first at Guardianship Inc. then with Good Samaritan, where he started as Director of Resource Development and Community Relations. In that capacity, he was the spearhead of a fund drive to raise the money necessary to build an assisted living complex at HSV. He was later promoted to an administrator position and served at facilities in Grants, N.M., and Fairfield Bay, Ark. He loved Hot Springs, hiking the beautiful trails, attending gallery walks and poetry readings, and relaxing in the hot mineral baths (he cried when Libbey Memorial Bath House closed), and he was dedicated to the community. He worked with many civic organizations, including the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, Park Avenue Community Association, Hot Springs Volunteer Center, Kiwanis Club, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and others. He was a 32nd degree Mason. Tim enjoyed gardening and home remodeling, playing the guitar, listening to music, reading books and watching old movies. But beyond anything he was a family man, who loved his children and his favorite time was that spent with his children. He avidly recorded movies, videos and photographs of their activities together. Naturally, as young children, they did not appreciate the constant photographing, and “Oh, Dad!” was an oft-heard refrain. As adults these recorded memories will be priceless.

He will live forever in the hearts of his three children: Adrieanna Hutson, Abraham Hutson and Parker Hutson, and his big sister Irma Goodwin. He is also survived by two aunts, Dorothy Sims and Betty Abbott, an uncle, Lee Shirkey, and many cousins. In honor of his request, no services are planned.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements will be made by Hot Springs Funeral Home. Those wishing to honor his memory are encouraged to donate to the charity of their choice. Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.hotspringsfh.com.

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HOT SPRINGS — Clifton Hubert “C.H. Steed", 90, of Hot Springs, died Sunday July 10, 2010. He was born June 15, 1921, in Oma, Arkansas, to the late Minor and Lula Gregory Steed. He was a factory worker and restaurant owner for many years, and he loved his family and friends and was a full-time cowboy all his life.

He is survived by his wife, Melvia Steed; sons, Melvin and wife Wanda Steed, and Harold and wife Nell Rita Steed, sisterin-law, Shirley Ellison, all of Hot Springs; grandchildren, Ricky and wife Shannon Steed, Kevin Steed, Melissa and husband Tim Denen, and Vickie and husband David Horning, and several great and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gross Funeral Home with Chaplain Ed Losey and Bro. Teddy Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Oma Cemetery with Thaddeus H. Caraway Post 2278 providing full military honors. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers are Garland County Sheriff Department Employees, the Harold Tankersly family and the David West family. Guests may register at www.grossfuneralhome. com.

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HOT SPRINGS — Clarence Junior “C.J.” Young, 66, of Hot Springs died July 8, 2011. Survivors: wife, Pat Young; children, Trent (Candace) Young, John (Angel) Young, Carrey Gates and Malissa (Randy) Hall; grandchildren and extended family. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16th, 2011, at Hot Springs Seventh Day Adventist Church. Guest registry is at www.carriganmemorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to Carrigan Memorial Funeral Services Inc. 336 East Grand Ave., Hot Springs, Ark. (501) 623-7664.

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LAKE VILLAGE — Homer K. Beavers, 89, of Lake Village went to be with the Lord on July 11, 2011. He was one of six children born to Henry and Elizabeth Beavers of Portland.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Birdie Mae Beavers and three children; Jill Wrzesinski and husband Rudy of Lake Village, H. Kevin Beavers and wife Debbie of Russellville, and Lisa Vaughn and husband Larry of Lake Village. He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Jeremy, Bryce, Christopher, Michael, Caroline, Georgia, Jenna Mae and Parker, seven greatgrandchildren; Abby, Lexi Beth, Annalise, Mary Emily, Elle, Riley and Macie, two brothers; Dewey Beavers of Monticello and Curt Beavers of Lake Village and one sister Cloyce Koch of Columbus, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Vernon Beavers and Margaret Chinn.

He was a member and deacon of long-standing at Lake Village Baptist Church where he taught and served. All who knew him enjoyed his ability to entertain with stories of his experiences in the military and his adventures while hunting. He had a life-long love of his chosen occupation, farming. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.

Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday at Bishop Funeral Home. Funeral Services are 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Lake Village Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Bell and Bro. Jeff Tarver officiating. Burial will follow in Portland Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

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MALVERN — Joushua Thomas Burks, 20, of Malvern passed away on Sunday, July 10, 2011. Memorial Service: Calvary Baptist Church in Malvern, Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 2 p.m. Memorial fund: Southern Bancorp-Malvern (Thomas or Tracy McJunkin) or Calvary Baptist Church. Arrangements by Atkinson Funeral Home (501) 332-2711. Guest register: www.atkinsonfuneralhome.net.

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MOUNTAIN HOME — Services for Leona Markowski, 75, of Mountain Home, will be private. Leona died July 9, 2011. She was a store operations manager for K-Mart. She is survived by four sons, Sigmond, Michael, Gerald and Victor. Arrangements by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit online obituary/guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

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MOUNTAIN HOME — Services for Gladys Richards, 76, of Mountain Home were held July 12, 2011 at Norfork Baptist Church. Gladys died July 9. A homemaker, survived by her husband, Donald, six daughters, two siblings and 11 grandchildren. Arrangements by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit online obituary/guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

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MOUNTAIN HOME — Services for Edna White, 88, of Mountain Home, formerly of Bull Shoals will be private. Edna died July 10, 2011. She was an assembly line worker survived by two children, Joseph White and Patricia Mick. Arrangements by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit online obituary/guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW — Services for Ramona Robertson, 76, of Mountain View, 10 a.m., August 3, 2011 at Pineville Cumberland Cemetery. Ramona died July 4. A restaurant manager, survived by daughter, Delois Benefield of Melbourne and son, Wesley Trout of Gainesville. Arrangements by Kirby & Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit online obituary/guestbook at www. kirbyandfamily.com.

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PIGGOTT — Ruby Fair, 85, of Piggott, Ark., passed away on Monday, July 11, 2011. Services are Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Hoggard and Sons Funeral Chapel in Piggott, Ark., with Rev. Randy Dalton officiating. Burial is in Piggott Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. until service time.

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RISON — James Harold (Red) Power, age 59 of Rison, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at his home. He was born March 24, 1952, in Pine Bluff, a son of the late Martin Edward Power and Bea Hamilton Rembowski of Pine Bluff. Mr. Power was a 1972 graduate of Pine Bluff High School. He married Brenda Greenlee on June 15, 1973. Mr. Power retired from Varco Pruden where he was a supervisor. He was a member of Rison Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday School Teacher and a member of the Van McKinney Sunday School Class. Mr. Power was a Green Bay Packer and Razorback sports fan; he enjoyed fishing, gardening and riding his motorcycle. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, always had an encouraging word, and above all, was a Christian Man.

Mr. Power was also preceded in death by one brother, Sam Power; one sister, Tammi Renea Power. Mr. Power is survived by his wife, Brenda Greenlee Power of Rison; two sons and daughters-in-law, Eric and Polly Power of Rison, Chris and Janson Power of Fordyce; one daughter, Laura Power of Rison; Scott and Janna Greenlee of Whitewright, Texas, whom he loved as a son; mother, Bea Hamilton Rembowski of Pine Bluff; three brothers and sistersin-law, Ed and Sandy Power, Tom and Sherrie Power, all of Pine Bluff, Jeff and Charlotte Power of Sheridan; two grandchildren, Harleigh Power and Jaxon Power.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Buie Funeral Home with Brother Wade Totty officiating. Burial will follow in Wilmot Cemetery in Wilmot, Arkansas, at 2:30 p.m. Pallbearers are Ernie Westfall, John Clifton, Billy Knowles, Ronnie Brown, Calvin Riggins and Pete Paylor.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Buie Funeral Home in Rison. Memorials may be made to Rison Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 404, Rison, Arkansas 71665. Funeral arrangements by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. (870) 325-6216. Online condolences at www.buiefuneralhome.com.

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ROE — Arthur Gerald Beachler Sr., 87, died Sunday. He was a WWII Army veteran and retired farmer. Survivors are son, Arthur Beachler Jr.; three daughters, Alice Smith, Maxine Shelton, Stella Shadle; sister, Mary Meins; and seven grandchildren. Cremation services arranged by Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart. www. turpinco.com.

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RUSSELLVILLE — Elmarie Carey Stephens, 97, a resident of Russellville, and formerly of Pine Bluff, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Russellville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born September 23, 1913, in Pine Bluff, she was a daughter of Walter C. and Virginia Higgins Carey. Mrs. Stephens was reared and received her early education in Pine Bluff, attending Watson Chapel High School. Elmarie Carey married Robert Stephens on July 25, 1931. Mrs. Stephens was a long time beautician, an accomplished seamstress, and she worked at Dillards. Mrs. Stephens was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. She was a woman of faith, a prayer warrior, and an example of Christian strength. She was a devoted mother and a special friend to many. After moving to Russellville she was a member of Second Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Watson Chapel Garden Club.

Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Robert Stephens; one sister, Ruby Schultz. Survivors include two daughters, Norma Williams of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Bobbie (Al) Sparkman of Russellville; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandsons.

The visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, July 14, 2011, at Good Faith Cemetery. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. with Reverend Al Sparkman officiating, and directed by Ralph Robinson & Son.

The family wishes to express many thanks to the staff of Russellville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and Dr. Kevin Beavers. Memorials may be made to: Good Faith Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Steve Monk, 2402 Camden Rd. Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603, or Second Baptist Church, Frankfort Ave. Russellville, Ark. 72801. Register online at: www. ralphrobinsonandson.com.

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SEARCY — Chris “Scodie” Smith, 53, of Searcy, died July 7, 2011. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 14, at Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home, with funeral services following at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Gum Springs Cemetery under the direction of Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home. Online: www. SearcyMcEuenFuneralHome. com.

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SEARCY — Charles Dale Van Patten, Sr., 87, of Searcy, died Monday, July 11, 2011. He was born December 2, 1923, in Pangburn, Arkansas, the son of IB and Linnie Ray Van Patten. Dale is preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Herman Van Patten.

He is survived by his wife, Sally Van Patten of Searcy; a daughter, Angie Van Patten and a son, Chuck Van Patten, both of North Little Rock; a granddaughter, Alicia Vaughan and two great grandchildren of Flagstaff, Arizona; two step-daughters, Shirley Betts Baugh (Vaughan) and Peggy Betts Smith (Gary); four step-grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren; and two brothers, Leon and Irvin Van Patten.

Dale was a 33 degree Mason, a decorated WWII Combat Medic Veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star; a member of the First United Methodist Church of Searcy; a graduate of the University of Arkansas; and a member of the Razorback Marching Band. He had a passion for music, which was “the purest pleasure of his life.”

Graveside funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the White County Memorial Gardens in Searcy.

A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Powell Funeral Home of Searcy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pangburn United Methodist Church or to the Whitewood Shriners Temple. www.powellfuneralhome.net.

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WARD — Robert “Big Bob” Armstrong, Sr., age 69, of Ward, Arkansas, passed away July 8, 2011. “Big Bob” was a strong man with a big heart who loved his family and friends dearly. He was a dedicated member of the Patriot Guard. Bob was a retired Chief of the Lake Maumelle Volunteer Fire Department. He was preceded in death by a son; his parents; one brother; and one sister.

Bob is survived by his wife, Verna; three sons; two daughters; thirteen grandchildren; one great-grandson and countless friends. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2011, at Westbrook Funeral Home. www. westbrookfuneralhome.com.

Out-of-state

MATHISTON, Miss. — Funeral services for Teresa Wells Daniel will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at Mathiston First Baptist Church with the Revs. Wade Stevens and Douglas Browning officiating. Burial will be at Clarkson Cemetery with Oliver Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora, Miss. Mrs. Daniel, 45, died July 9, 2011, following an extended illness. Survivors include her husband, Johnny Daniel of Mathiston, Miss.; sons, Connor Daniel and Ben Daniel, of Mathiston, Miss.; sister, Rhonda Wells Carter, Little Rock, Ark.; and niece, Catherine Carter, Little Rock, Ark. Mrs. Daniel was a teacher for 20 years and a member of Mathiston First Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be Brent Crowley, Corey Stidham, Brad Huffman, Doug Naron, George Bland, Ken Carr and Butch Stewart.

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McKINNEY, Texas — Billy Dave Hicks, 81, McKinney, Texas died July 9, 2011. Billy graduated from Stuttgart High School. Visitation 5 to 7 p.m., July 15, Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. Services held 11 a.m., July 16, First United Methodist Church, burial in Walnut Lake Cemetery, Dumas. In lieu of flowers donor’s choice.

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