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By Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 1, 2011 at 3:44 a.m.

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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, at obituaries/



Zayden Redmon Baker, infant, of Little Rock.

Daphne McKenzie Bossier, 38, of Maumelle.

Irene Bumgardner, 91, of Little Rock.

Harris Lee Clements, 80, North Little Rock.

Shirley Fairburn Ebert of Little Rock.

Elsie M. Gaylor, 93, of Little Rock.

Jason L. Jackson, 28, of Little Rock.

Mary Lee Hollingshead Jones, 84, of Jacksonville.

Milton Russell Martin, 88, of Little Rock.

William Royal Patterson, 65, of Sherwood.

Betty Henricksen Pruniski, 88, of Little Rock.

Sheila Louise Tolbert-Lassus, 50, of Little Rock.


BEARDEN Jerry Wayne Moody Sr., 66.

BENTON Ed Rundel, 52.

BRADFORD Jimmie Ray Turner, 64.

CABOT Mary Ann Pipkin, 72.

CAMDEN Daniel Eppinette, 30.

CONWAY Craig Dewayne Garvin, 63.

Ida Beatrice Vaughn, 90.

EL DORADO Gloria Dearing Story, 83.

HAZEN Kenneth Wood, 82.

HOPE Elsie Reyenga, 75.

HOT SPRINGS Reba Remore Roe, 86.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE John Gordon “Jack” Nuckels, 78. MALVERN Eva Hendrix Sells Hall, 89.

MARIANNA Oris Reece, 93.

MCCRORY Billy Joe Bull, 75.

MCRAE Bobby L. Robinson, 77.

MOUNTAIN HOME Edmund C. Fischer, 81.

RISON Gladys Hopper, 79.

RUSSELLVILLE William N. “Bill” Abernathy, 77.

SHERIDAN Raymond Odean McMurry, 86.

SHERRILL Evelyn Chris Hobson, 58.

STRONG Ruth Keaster, 78.

STUTTGART Mary Opal Moritz, 89.

VAN BUREN Marie Lawson, 82.

WHITE HALL Ada Ruth Curry, 83.

Jane P. Lee, 82.


LOS ANGELES Ginger Leanne Gwatney Dennis, 53.


Myrtle Mae Vanderlois, 93.


Garland D. Gregory, 92.

HOUSTON Joan Olivia Chronister, 85.

Pulaski County

Master ZAYDEN REDMON BAKER was born March 29, 2011.He died Friday, April 29, 2011.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory: his mother, Myranda Baker; grandparents, Seqoura Mitchell, Kevin Baker; great-grandparents, Olivia Preston, Betty Goodwin; godmother, Keyona Clayton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 7401 Highway 5 North, Alexander, Ark. 72002. Arrangements by Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W. 29th St., Little Rock, Ark. 72204, (501) 660-4323.


DAPHNE McKENZIE BOSSIER, 38, was granted her angel wings on April 28, 2011. She was taken from our lives but never from our hearts. There isn’t a day that her smile, laughter and joy will not be missed.

Daphne was born Oct. 11, 1972, in Monroe, La., and was a resident of Little Rock, Ark. She was the wonderful wife of Stephen and loving mother of Jacob (7), Nicholas (5), and Kenzie (4). Her life was her family. She was a devoted mother, wife and daughter. Graduate of West Monroe High School, she was pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Central Arkansas. She was a member of the Pleasant Valley Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband Stephen and their three children; mother, Carmen J.

McKenzie; grandparents, Luther and LaVerne McKenzie; a sister and two brothers; many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie Cueto.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, (501) 224-8300. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ, 10900 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Ark. 72202, Online guestbook:


IRENE BUMGARDNER, age 91, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. She was born July 10, 1919, in Zoe, Okla., to the late Thomas Franklin and Bertha Graham Lockhart. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bumgardner.

Survivors include her daughter, Harmolene Gann of Little Rock; son, Don Skelton and wife Penny of California; grandchildren, Janet Brown and husband Terry of Wooster, Ark., Dewane Gann and wife Kajohna of Benton, Ark., Tessa Ratz, Melissa Skelton and Shaun Skelton, all of California; and great-grandchildren, Bradley, Caitlin and Courtney, Emily Moore.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 7401 Highway 5 North, Alexander, Ark., Dr. Gordon Garlington officiating. Arrangements by Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home, Alexander, (501) 455-1067. To sign the online guest book, visit


HARRIS LEE CLEMENTS, 80, of North Little Rock passed awayat his home April 28, 2011, after suffering a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

Lee was born Oct. 28, 1930, and was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn JoHolt Clements; and his parents, Charles Wells and Maggie Smith Clements of North Little Rock. He was also preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Hugh Clements, William S. “Bill” Clements, Charles Clements and Lucille Buckland.

Lee is survived by two sons, David Clements and wife Debbie of Sherwood, Larry Clements and wife Patricia of Sherwood; two daughters, Linda Wiley and her husband Danny of North Little Rock, Carol Brown Gregory of Sherwood; three grandsons, David Lee Clements, Mark Clements and Chris Brown; four granddaughters, Michelle Dietz, Leah Johannes, Rachel Abbott and Ashley Stahl; and seven great-grandchildren.

Lee was a member of the Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He began his career as the owner of a grocery store and then sold church furniture for Leird Manufacturing before finding his mark in life in the construction business. He worked with R&W Construction in North Little Rock and eventually became the owner of Mark-K Corporation, a family-owned construction business that specialized in building churches.

Lee has touched the lives of many people throughout his career. Everywhere you go in Arkansas and the surrounding states you hear stories from church leaders of how Lee built their churches with first-class workmanship while saving them money.

The family will welcome friends at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock, (501) 791-7400, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011. Funeral services, officiated by Reverend Jim Keith, will be at Roller-Owens Funeral Home Chapel, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2011. Interment will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander, Ark. Pallbearers are David Clements, Mark Clements, Chris Brown, Michael Abbott, Tanner Stahl, Chris Johannes and Aaron Dietz. Online guestbook:


Please join family and friends for a memorial service for SHIRLEY FAIRBURN EBERT on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 1818 Reservoir Road, Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Humane Society of Pulaski County or to a charity of your choice.


ELSIE M. GAYLOR, 93, of Little Rock passed away on April 26,2011. She was born in Arkadelphia to Jim and Lonnie Ellen South Mc-Junkin and was a member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by herparents; six brothers; four sisters; and her husband, Joe Mitchell Gaylor. She is survived by her only child, Darlene Hostetler (widow of Richard Hostetler) of Sallisaw, Okla.; granddaughter, Rhonda Agent of Sallisaw;grandson, Steve Hostetler and wife Laurie of Canada; greatgranddaughters, Dr. Nerissa Collins (Dr. Scott Collins) of Rochester, Minn., and Nikki Behan Hostetler, also of Canada; great-grandson, Nathan Perry Hostetler (Jen Perry Hostetler); and five great-great-grandchildren, also of Canada. She has one surviving brother, Doyle McJunkin and wife Sue of Little Rock.

Mrs. Gaylor was a lifelong resident of Little Rock, a retired employee of Westinghouse and the Little Rock School System. Her life was dedicated to her family and friends and taking care of others.

Visitation will be Monday, May 2 from 4-6 p.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Road). Services will be Tuesday, May 3 at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home, officiated by Chaplain Scott Martin, followed by interment at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

Memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. Mrs. Gaylor’s online guestbook may be signed at


SFC JASON L. JACKSON, 28, of Little Rock passed away April 22,2011. Jason was born June 14, 1982. He dedicated his life to his family, country and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sgt. D’Nell Jackson; children, Ava Brooks and unborn child AveryJackson; father, Oliver Jackson; mother, Penny Hinton; and a host of relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be Monday, May 2, 2011, 10 a.m. at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. Services entrusted to Premier Funeral Home, 1518 S. Battery St., Little Rock, Ark. 72202, (501) 376-4800.


MARY LEE HOLLINGSHEAD JONES, 84, of Jacksonville wentto her heavenly home on Friday, April 29, 2011. She was born Feb. 22, 1927, to the late Thomas and Gertrude Hollingshead in Sidon, Ark.

She retired from Franklin Electric in Jacksonville. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church in Jacksonville for many years. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved nothing more than feeding and being near all her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wiley C. Jones; two sisters, Lois Tapp and Hazel White; two brothers, Richard Hollingshead and James “Son” Hollingshead. She is survived by two sons, Spike Jones and John (Karen) Jones; three daughters, Shirlyn (Don) Russell, Patsy (Steve) Miller and Barbara (Stan) Forshee; nine grandchildren, Charlie Jones, Greg and Ashley Jones, Stephanie and Mike Russell, Brian Miller, Amy Goode, Christie Reddin and Ryan Forshee; and three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Moye and Velvalene Horton; one brother, Bud Ray Hollingshead; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cabot. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, (501) 982-2136. Please sign online guestbook at


MILTON RUSSELL MARTIN passed away April 29, 2011, atPleasant Valley Living Center. He was the husband of the late Rose Ellen Piazza Martin.

He was a contractor after WWII. Later he owned Arkansas Nursing Home for over 22 years. Mr.Martin served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot and was awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. He was a member of Albert Pike Lodge No. 714, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and a member of the Shriners for over 50 years. He was a charter member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan Martin; and a son, R. Wayne Martin; grandchildren, Shannon Goins, Brian Goins, Russ Martin and Courtney Palmisano; and four great-grandchildren, Kylie and Cole Martin and Michael and Julianna Palmasono.

His body will be cremated; a memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Mississippi and Evergreen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Sign an online guest book at


WILLIAM ROYAL PATTERSON, 65, of Sherwood departed thislife April 26, 2011.

He leaves to cherish his memory: children, William Oringe, Sandra, Lisa, Sheena Patterson; five brothers; four sisters; nine grandchildren;eight great-grandchildren; other family and friends.

Family hour: today, 4-5 p.m. at Robinson Mortuary Chapel. Funeral service: Monday, 11 a.m. at McAlmont Church of Christ, Bro. Robert Patterson, Eulogist. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock, (501) 371-0111. “Service You Can Trust.” --◊--

BETTY HENRIKSEN PRUNISKI, 88, of Little Rock passed awayWednesday, April 27, 2011. Betty was born to the late Arve and Zoe Dwyer Henriksen in Detroit.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Pruniski Jr.;

sister, Tense Wilder; and brother, Arve Henriksen.

She was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and former member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. Betty enjoyed reading and being with her family. She looked forward to her Thursday Bridge Club. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She will be missed by all that knew her.

She is survived by her son, Jack Pruniski and wife Mary Jane of Little Rock; one daughter, Ann Parker and husband Don of Little Rock; grandchildren, Brian J. (Julie) Pruniski, Jeff Pruniski, Beth (Chris) Barlow, Jeremy (Stacy) Colburn; two great-grandchildren, Kaleigh Barlow and Irene Colburn; one sister, Dot Morgan; and one brother, Karle Henricksen, both of Mobile, Ala.; and a host of other family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 7000 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock, Ark., Father James West officiating. Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Little Rock. The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, (501) 791-7400, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, Ark. 72116. Rosary will follow at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family expresses their appreciation to the staff at Woodland Hills Healthcare and Rehab and Arkansas Hospice for the loving care provided to Betty.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Ark. 72116; or Catholic High School For Boys, 6300 Father Tribou St., Little Rock, Ark. 72205. Online guestbook:


SHEILA LOUISE TOLBERT-LASSUS, 50, of Little Rock, a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, was born Nov. 28, 1960, to Rosetta Howard Tolbert and the late Ermon Tolbert Sr.

She graduated with the class of 1979 fromLittle Rock Central High School, earned an associate of science degree in general studies from Pulaski Technical College, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in health education with an emphasis in community health promotion from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and at the time of her demise, was in pursuit of a master's degree in health administration at Webster University.

Sheila was a Staff Sergeant (Ret.) with the Arkansas Army National Guard and employed by the Centers for Youth and Families and the Little Rock School District. She was a member of St. Mark Baptist Church in Little Rock, the Society of Health Educators, NAEYCE (Child Development), American Cancer Society, and the National Guard Association.

Sheila departed this life on Friday, April 22, 2011. She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Marion A. Birts Jr.; a sister, Blondell Tolbert; and a sister-in-law, Marquessia Tolbert.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Nikita Murdock and Diara Lassus; mother, Rosetta Tolbert; brothers, William Howard (Bobbie) of Fountain Valley, Calif., James Tolbert Sr., Ermon Tolbert II (Tova) and Emmanuel Tolbert; sisters, Irma Tolbert, Juanita Houston (John) of Austin, Patricia Tolbert, Wilma Tolbert-Smith (Jack), Rosemary Tolbert and Angelia Tolbert-Cox (Earnest); and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, at St. Mark Baptist Church, 5722 W. 12th St., Little Rock, with visitation before the service from 10-11 a.m. Interment will follow the service at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Services entrusted to Walton GateWay Funeral Chapel, 2405 S. Gaines St., Little Rock, Ark. 72206. Open visitation and signing the family register book will be from 1:30-4 p.m. today at the funeral home, (501) 376-7188.


BEARDEN - Jerry Wayne Moody Sr., 66, of Bearden, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at his home. He was born July 26, 1944, in Mississippi County. He was a retired logging contractor, a member and trustee of Bearden First Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Moody; son, Jim Edward Moody; sister, Denise Wheeler; grandpa and grandma Wheeler and Davis and LouellaBradley, who brought Jerry into their home when he was a young boy. He is survived by his wife, Marcella Moody of Bearden; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Katherine Moody of Fordyce; two sisters, Valerie Pettus and Ann Fleming of Athens, Ala.; four grandchildren, Tyler and Shelby Moody of Fordyce, Jim and Krysta Moody of Bearden. Visitation will be Sunday 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Bearden. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Bearden First Assembly of God Church with Rev. Thomas Stoker and Rev. Wayne McGuire officiating. Burial at Moss Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce/Bearden. To sign the online register visit


BENTON - Ed Rundel, 52, ofBenton, passed 2011. He was born Nov. 25, 1958, in Benton to Jack and Lucille Rundel. Ed was a service supervisor for Kone Cranes Corp., and a member of Kentucky Baptist Church. He wasaway April 28,preceded in death by his father, Jack Rundel; sister, Debbie Rundel; and a grandson, Jackson Michael Stapleton. Survivors: wife, Becky Greer Rundel, Benton; daughters, Michelle and her husband Dean Stapleton, Benton, Alesha Rundel, Benton; mother, Lucille Rundel, Benton; brother, Jack G. Rundel, Benton; sister, Marilyn McDaniel, Benton; grandson, Justin Michael Stapleton, and his two best friends Sandy and Scruffy. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed being outdoors with his friends and family, and was a lifetime Game and Fish license holder. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Pine Crest Cemetery. Minister will be Rev. Dennis McClintic. Memorials may be made to Kentucky Baptist Church Building Fund. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ashby’s. Online guest book at◊--

BRADFORD - Jimmie Ray Turner, 64, died Friday, April 29, 2011. He was a retired construction foreman, a U.S. Army veteran and was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Turner was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and always worked very hard to provide for his family. He enjoyed gardening, his grandchildren and his friends. Survivors: Wife, Ruby Turner; sons, JimmieL. Turner (Regina) of Ward and Royce Turner (Kris) of Pangburn;daughter, Michelle Turner of Bradford; grandchildren, Paige Turner, Brandon Turner, Ashley Spires, Keaton Turner, Kaleb Turner, Mara Turner and Owen Turner; brothers, Charles, Frank,Boyce and Eugene Turner all of Bradford; sister, Pauline George of Cash. Services: Monday, May 2, 2011, 3 p.m., Powell Funeral Chapel, Bald Knob. Visitation will precede the service, beginning at 1 p.m. Cremation will follow. Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home, Bald Knob-Judsonia.


CABOT - Mary Ann Pipkin, 72, of Cabot, Ark., passed away onThursday, April 28, 2011. She was born on Oct. 2, 1938, in Keiser, Ark. She was a member of the Cabot Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Vera "Iva" Gray.She left behind her husband of 55 years, Donald Ray Pipkin of the home; one sibling, Nellie Spencer McGeeney; one daughter, Sherrie Hankins; three sons, Donald Pipkin II, Tracy Pipkin, and Eric Pipkin; and 12 grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at the Cabot Church of Christ in Cabot, Ark. at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, with visitation at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home (501) 843-5816. Please sign the online guestbook at


CAMDEN - Daniel Eppinette, 30, went home to be with the Lord April 29, 2011. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeralhome. Services Monday, 2 p.m. at Elliott Baptist Church. To sign online guest register visit


CONWAY - Craig Dewayne Garvin, 63, of Conway, departedthis life April 25, 2011. He leaves to cherish his memory: daughter, Lisa Garvin; grandchildren, Brittany, Derek, and Paige Garvin, Tyler Hull, Ashly Woods; other special family, Cheryl, Lee, Kim Pfortmiller, Y.G. and Jimmy Harris, Matt Bolin, Maxanne Alexander; a host of friends. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Oklahoma City. Service entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock. (501) 371-0111. "Service You Can Trust."


CONWAY - Ida Beatrice Vaughn, 90, of Conway, died Friday, April 29, 2011. Graveside services, under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway, are 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Hartji Cemetery in Conway. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at the funeral home. On line guest book:


EL DORADO - Gloria Dearing Story, 83, of El Dorado, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2011. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, at First Christian Church. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.


HAZEN - Kenneth Wood, age 82, of Hazen, died at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock on Friday, April 29, 2011. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and a member of the Brown Grove fire department.Kenneth is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Nell; a daughter, Kathy Wynn and husband, Greg and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Charles Wood; 5 brothers; one sister and one grandchild. Visitation will be Sunday, May 1, 2011, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Monday, May 2 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery. Online obituary at


HOPE - Elsie Reyenga, 75, of Hope, Ark. passed away Friday, April 29, 2011 in Texarkana, Texas. Elsie was born Dec. 9, 1935, to Otis and Evelyn Kirby Duncan.Mrs. Reyenga worked and retired as a supervisor at Hudson-Tyson foods and was a greeter at Wal-Mart Supercenter and was a member of New Liberty Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband, James Reyenga Sr.; one daughter, Debra Kay Reyenga and one sister, Lessie Elkins. She is survived by two sons, Marty Reyenga and Rita of Prescott, Ark. and Ricky Reyenga and Cynthia of Prescott, Ark.; one daughter, Sandra Rodgers and Danny of Hope, Ark.; three grandchildren, Damian Rodgers of Malvern, Ark., Whitney Rodgers of Hot Springs, Ark. and Jay and Jessica Reyenga of Bossier City, La,; two grand-pups, Dok and Daisy Rodgers; a host of nieces and nephews and special friends, Elisa Ries of Germany and Devin Smithpeters. Visitation will be Sunday, May 1, 2011, between the hours of 6-8 p.m. at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.Chapel services will be Monday, May 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home with Bro. James Cox, Bro. Jerry Evans and Bro. Russell Neill officiating. Interment will follow in Snell Cemetery, Emmet, Ark. under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home. Sign our online register book at


HOT SPRINGS - Reba Remore Roe, age 86, born Sept. 12, 1924, in Marion, La., died April 28, 2011. She is survived by her sons Johnnie (Wanda) Roe of Hot Springs, and Billy Roe of England, Ark.; daughters, Edith Enloe of Pine Bluff, and Joan (Fred) Fredricks of Tulsa, Okla.; many grandchildren, great and great greatgrandchildren. Preceding her in death was husband James Roe.Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, in Carlisle Cemetery, arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Online guest book,


HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - John Gordon "Jack" Nuckels, 78, Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Thursday, April 28, 2011. There will be a service for the family later in Kentucky. Local arrangements by Caruth Village Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Guests register


MALVERN - Eva Hendrix Sells Hall, 89, of Malvern, Ark., died April 29, 2011. Born May 10, 1921, in Norman, Ark., to Rollo and Mary Hendrix. Visitation from 3-4 p.m. May 2 at Atkinson Funeral Home. Funeral at 2 p.m. May 3 at Big Fork Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Atkinson Funeral Home, (501) 332-2711.


MARIANNA - Services for Oris Reece, 93, of Marianna will be 11 a.m., Monday, Roller-Citizens, Marianna. Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. until servicetime. Burial-Marianna Memorial Park, Marianna. Survivors: wife and many friends. Services directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, Marianna, (870) 295-2528. Online guestbook


MCCRORY - Billy Joe Bull, 75, died Friday. Visitation: 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Service: 1 p.m. Monday, Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home, McCrory. Interment: Fakes Chapel Cemetery. Survivors: daughters, Ruth Ann Bull, Janet Simmons; brother, Tony Bull; grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, Joe Melvin, Melanie Young, Jade Kennon, Brent Simmons, Austin Melvin, Blair and Reid Kennon, Lexton Young. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Directors, McCrory. (870) 731-2551.


MCRAE - Bobby L. Robinson, age 77, of McRae, went to bewith his heavenly father April 29, 2011. He was born to H. M. and Pearlie Benton Robinson on Aug. 23, 1933. He loved to fish and hunt and he loved his Lord.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Horace and Doug; one sister, Velma Bostic; one daughter, Sherry Uttley; a grandson, Bradley Uttley; and a granddaughter, Brandi Lawrence.

He leaves to cherish his memory, wife Rose of 57-and-a-half years; son, Bob W. and wife Janet; three brothers, Roland of Cabot, James of California, Dewey and wife Camilla of Little Rock; one grandson, Jason Uttley; three granddaughters, Ashley Peeples and husband Arron, Crystal and Lacey Robinson; three great-grandchildren, Morgan Peeples, Jaden and Kaitlyn and their dad Trent. All of his children he loved dearly.

Pallbearers will be Mike, David, and Steven Robinson, Roger Wiley, Zack and Alex Rouse. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Smith, Huey Gowen and Dewey Sloan.

Funeral service will be Mon. May 2, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Visitation will be Sunday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home with burial at Antioch cemetery.


MOUNTAIN HOME - Edmund C. Fischer, age 81, of Mountain Home, died Friday. Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Monday, Roller Funeral Home Chapel; interment: Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery. Survivors: Son: Gerald (Beth) Fischer; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters; one brother. Online guestbook:


RISON - Gladys Hopper, 79, of Rison, died, Friday, April 29, 2011. Services are 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011, at Buie Funeral Home with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Arrangements by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. (870) 325-6216. Please sign the online guestbook at


RUSSELLVILLE - William N. “Bill” Abernathy, 77, of Russellville, died Friday. The funeral is 10 a.m., Tuesday, at the Shinn Chapel with burial in Rest Haven Memorial Park, by Shinn Funeral Service. Visitation is 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. The online obituary and guestbook available at


SHERIDAN - Raymond Odean McMurry, of Sheridan, passed away April 29, 2011, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock at the age of 86. He was born Oct. 31, 1924, in Fordyce, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Elmer McMurry and Minnie May Gober McMurry; a brother, James Alvin McMurry Sr.; and a sister, Virginia Fitzsimmons.

Survivors include two nieces, Jean Cochran and husband Clayton of Fordyce, Ark., and Joan Hill of Diamondhead, Miss.; three nephews, Jim McMurry and wife Nancy of Sherwood, Ark., and Mike Fitzsimmons and Mac Fitzsimmons of Alexandria, La.; two great-nieces, Becky Bryant and husband Andy of Sheridan, Ark., and Gwynne Dunlap and husband Billie of Fort Worth, Texas; two great-nephews, Tim Crawley of Jackson, Miss., and James McMurry and wife Molly of Memphis, Tenn.; and many,many friends.

Mr. McMurry graduated from Fordyce High School as valedictorian of his class. He had the opportunity to travel to many sites all over the world working for GeoSource performing oil and gas exploration. His later years, he worked with his lifelong friend, Gordon Offutt and his family at Offutt Signs in Little Rock, and then moved to Sheridan in 1994 to be near family.

He was a member of Lifeline Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved visiting with family and friends.

He was a prayerful, faithful servant to his Lord and contributed faithfully to many ministries to help others.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Monday at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce, Ark. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Stoney Point Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to your favorite charity will be appreciated. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce.

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SHERRILL - Evelyn Chris Hobson of Sherrill, Ark., went to bewith the Lord Friday, April 29, 2011. She was born Dec. 25, 1952, in Malvern, Ark., to Charles Russell and Ellen Weaver Russell. Chris loved the river, was considered to be a get-it-done typeperson, depended on by many people. She was a Methodist, also worked at The Corner Store in Tucker, Ark., for 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving her are her husband, Bill and daughter, Brandi of Sherrill, Ark.; nieces, nephews and extended family. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011. Funeral service 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, 2011 all at Roller-England Funeral Home. (501) 842-3939. Burial: Mulberry Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Ark. 72202. Online guestbook:


STRONG - Ruth Keaster, 78, of Strong, Ark., died April 29, 2011. Funeral service 10 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2011, at Assembly of God Church, Strong, Ark. Burial will be at Fellowship Cemetery, Dierks, Ark., under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.


STUTTGART - Mary Opal Moritz, 89, widow of Edgar Moritz, passed away Friday. She retired from the packing department in Riceland after 26 years and also worked in the fabric department at Wal-Mart for several years. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.Survivors are daughter, Jeanne (Jerry) Wallworth of Stuttgart; son, Bobby (Linda) Moritz of DeWitt; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Lone Tree Cemetery Chapel with visitation at Turpin Funeral Home from 1:30-2:30 p.m. prior to the service. --◊--

WHITE HALL - Ada Ruth Curry, 83, of White Hall, died April 28, 2011. Survivors: son, Brad (Debbie) Curry; daughter, Marcia G. Aden; brother, Billy Pat Daniel; sisters, Mary Sue Carrington, Juanita Carter; granddaughters, Tammy Stout, Ashley, Jordyn, Holli Curry, Amanda Emamali. Services 10 a.m. Monday, First Baptist Church-White Hall Cranford Funeral Home (


WHITE HALL - Jane P. Lee, 82, of White Hall, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at home. Born in Pine Bluff on April 3, 1929, a daughter of the late Harvey C. Sr. and Mattie Mae “Macie” Johnson Pierce. She attended Pine Bluff schools. She married William A. Lee Jr. in Pine Bluff Aug. 12, 1944. After 64 years of marriage, Mr. Lee went to meet the Lord in 2008.

Mrs. Lee was a devoted wife, loving mother, sister and friend. She was also a supportive grandmother and great-grandmother and a faithful Christian woman. The lifelong Jefferson County resident worked for Sears Roebuck and Company for six years and Pine Bluff Federal Credit Union for five years. An active member of Hardin Baptist Church, she taught the Truth Seeker’s Sunday School Class for many years and actively worked on many youth activities. She served on the Deacon’s Screening Committee, Flower Committee, Nominating Committee, wasa Senior Citizen’s volunteer and member of WMU.

Survivors include four sons, Randy Lee and wife Liz of Midwest City, Okla., Eddie Lee and wife Jeanine of Paducah, Ky., Ricky Lee and wife Nancy of White Hall, Mike Lee and wife Leslie of Hendersonville, Tenn.; daughter, Kay Werninger of Little Rock; brother, Harvey C. “Bud” Pierce of Pine Bluff; sisters, Willie Von Morgan of Rison, Ark., Rena Mae Triplett of Pine Bluff; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Patsy Lindsey and Nona Huntley. Services are Tuesday, 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Rev. Rudy Davis officiating. Interment follows in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation is Monday, 4-6 p.m. at Robinson’s. Memorials are requested to Hardin Baptist Church, 300 Todd Lynn Drive, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71602. Online register:


LOS ANGELES - Ginger Leanne Gwatney Dennis, 53, of LosAngeles, formerly of North Little Rock, Ark., passed away Monday, April 25, 2011. She loved cats, big dogs and was a natural in the saddle of a brisk riding horse. She was preceded indeath by her father, Garland Lee Gwatney. She is survived by her love and partner for 21 years, Jon Boston of Los Angeles; her mother, Carol Ann Bender Musick; stepfather, Bobby Jack Musick; stepmother, May Gwatney; grandmother, Connie Gwatney; daughter, Jamie Leanne Dennis Montgomery; one grandson, Bryce Hunter Montgomery; sister, Leslie Bender Roberts (Terry); brother, Curtis Bender (Marie); a bountiful count of uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces (including greats), and cousins.Services for Ginger have been provided in Los Angeles and the family welcomes those who wish to correspond please contact: Carol Ann Bender Musick, 761 Grant County Road 4653, Sheridan, Ark. 72150 - (no flowers please).


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Myrtle Mae Vanderlois, 93, formerly of Watson, Ark. died April 23, 2011, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 2, 2011, Griffin Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. Services to be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, Watson Assembly of God Church followed by burial in Watson Cemetery.


RUSTON, La. - Garland D. Gregory, age 92, passed awayThursday, April 28, 2011, at his home in Ruston, La.. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Trinity Methodist Church, Ruston, La. Visitation will be held at 2 p.m .,preceding the funeral service at 3:30 p.m.. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Ruston. The Reverend Rolly Walker will officiate.

Coach Gregory was born March 8, 1919, in Vixen, La., and graduated from Columbia High School having excelled in all sports. He attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, his athletic skills on the football team earning him a position on the All-American Football Team. On Dec. 8, 1941, he volunteered to serve in the Army Air Corps and served as First Lieutenant with the 4th Air Force. He was chosen to play football with the 4th Air Force Flyers and the Hollywood Bears. Following World War II he played for the inaugural team of the San Francisco 49ers in 1946, playing two years and being named to the All-Pro team.His coaching career included Bastrop High School, Virginia Military Institute and El Dorado High School, where his skills and character inspired many young men, resulting in many state championship teams and several of his players being selected asAll-Americans. His former players still remember his desire for excellence, his calm demeanor, and his high standards of character.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Sebron Alexander Gregory and Onie Railey Gregory, of Columbia, La.; four brothers, Harmon Gregory, Benton Gregory, Leo Gregory, S.A. Gregory; two sisters, Bernice and Beatrice; his wives Marion Willis Gregory and Alice Crow Williamson Gregory.

He is survived by a sister, Claudine Risdal and husband George of West Monroe, La.; daughters, Josie Gregory Herbert and husband Dr. Allen Herbert, of Ruston, Beverly Marcantel of Marietta, Ga., and Janice Thiel and husband David of Alpharetta, Ga.; sons, Al Williamson and wife Lillian of Dubach, La., Ambassador John Clinton Williamson and wife Ivanna of Washington, D.C. Grandchildren include Greg Herbert and wife Leslie of Ruston, Mark Herbertand wife Amie of Lake Charles, Jon Herbert of Towanda, Penn., Joel Marcantel of Marietta, Ga., Brooke Nugent and husband J.P. of Scottsdale, Ariz., Elizabeth McIntosh and husband Scott of Plant City, Fla., Andy Thiel of Alpharetta, Ga., Alice Lindsay and husband Scotty of West Monroe, Heather Inman and husband Randy of Dubach, La., Bert Williamson of Dubach, La., Isabel and Sofia Williamson of Washington, D.C.; and 13 greatgrandchildren. Loving caretakers were Linda and Christy Patton, Lela Cheney, and Joel Thurman. Pallbearers will be Jim Mooty, Charles Jinks, Billy Joe Adcox, Tom Hinton, A. L. Williams, and John Robert Williamson. Honorary pallbearers are Coach Jimmy Mize, the Reverend Doug Mc-Guire and Mike Reed. Memorials can be made out to the Louisiana Tech Athletic Fund or any charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Funeral Home Ruston, La. 318-255-2832.


HOUSTON - Joan Olivia Gardner Chronister, 85, of Houston, Texas, passed away in her sleep on Friday, April 22. A long-time resident of Searcy and Little Rock, she had been living atParkway Place in Houston since February, 2010. Ms. Chronisterwas born on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1925, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Bernice Harkin Gardner and Hunter Everett Gardner. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1945,where she met and later married Floyd (Zeke) Chronister, her husband of 60 years. Together they funded an annual scholarship at their mutual alma mater. Joan and Zeke lived in Little Rock for 18 years before moving to Searcy in 1967.

A lifetime supporter and enthusiast of all things musical, Joan was a member of the Little Rock Musical Coterie, Beethoven Club, and the Cantoria choral group, as well as a Life Member of Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs. She was an advocate for the Little Rock Symphony and sang in the choir of the First Baptist Church in Searcy for many years. Ms. Chronister was on the board of Newhope Specialized Industries, a member of the 20th Century Club, Baptist Health of Arkansas Auxiliary, and American Association of University Women. Joan enjoyed travel and wintered in Arizona for years.She was an avid golfer and the Joan Chronister Memorial Golf Tournament is held annually at the Searcy Country Club.

Ms. Chronister is survived by her sister, Barbara Gardner Manly and husband Eugene D. Manly of Houston, Texas. She is also survived by some of her husband’s siblings: Walter and Marjorie Chronister of Coffeyville, Kan.; Laura Chronister Shoemaker of Girard, Kan.; and George and Louise Chronister of Coffeyville, Kan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd (Zeke) Chronister. A memorial service, officiated by Reverend David Crouch, will be held 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 9, 2011, in the chapel of the Oaklawn Cemetery Mausoleum in Searcy. Service arrangements entrusted to Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy. Online guestbook or 501.268.3546.

Arkansas, Pages 24 on 05/01/2011

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