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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 6, 2011 at 3:04 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


Faye Annette Arrington, 68, of Little Rock.

Dale Edward Behmer, 80, of Little Rock.

Leila Otiler Bryson, 54, of Little Rock.

Meredith Jean “Suze” Burtcher, 67, of Little Rock.

Robert Francis, 53, of North Little Rock.

Kimberly Venessa Harden, 32, of Little Rock.

Linnie Jean Hawley, 78, of North Little Rock.

Alemeda Reddick of Little Rock.

Rose Tucker, 76, of Little Rock.

Melinda R. Gilbert Walls, 46, of Little Rock.

Janice Amelia Ware, 67, of Little Rock.


ARKADELPHIA James Terry Balch, 61.

Thelma Shaw Sparks, 87.

BATESVILLE Paul Dwayne Kelly, 37.

BELLA VISTA Darla Davis Hartman, 63.

BENTON Sharon Currier, 68.

BRYANT Mary Mann, 49.

CAMDEN Haynie Robertson, 87.

CLEVELAND Arthur Manderschied, 72.

COMPTON Elizabeth Anne “Liz” Ion 75.

CONWAY Hermina “Minnie” Poposky, 81.

CROSSETT Andy O’Neal Shaw Jr., 81.

DUMAS Bobby Gene Dancy, 63.

EDGEMONT Chester C. Hipp, 82.

EL DORADO Mary Lucille Ellis, 96.

ENGLAND Claude E. Spradlin Sr., 97.

EVERTON Kendall Ray Breedlove, 69.

FORDYCE Faye Venita Quantz Clark, 83.

Alvis “Bo” Muldrew, 72.

HAVANA Everett Gray, 95.

HICKORY PLAINS Walter “Sherman” Speight, 91. HOT SPRINGS Charles Larry Herrin, 64.

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE Ella Mae Farmer, 89.

HUMPHREY Terry Lee Huff, 61.

KINGSLAND Roy B. Hutchins, 87.

KIRBY Wavanee Whisenhunt, 77.

LEXA Sherri Lynn Mallard, 44.

MONTICELLO Mary Maude Graves Tiner, 73.

MOUNTAIN HOME Cecil David Adams, 96.

MOUNTAIN VIEW Christene R. Hill, 77.

MOUNT VERNON George William Lee, 78.

NEWPORT Eva Ruth Thompson Martin.

NORPHLET Joseph Daniel “JoJo” Pierce II, 42. PIGGOTT Mildred L. Beaver, 84.

PINE BLUFF Earnestine McClinton Bankston, 48.

Kenneth Rodney Nelson, 55.

Luther Shavers, 89.

Lawrence Gene “Billy” Smith, 56.

RUSSELLVILLE Roy Dean Dowdy, 66.

SEARCY Rachel Gaines, 88.

SHERIDAN John Crews, 64.

STAR CITY James McBroom, 71.

THIDA Juanita Randleas, 69.

WARREN Charlotte Aileen Parnell, 82.

WHEATLEY Ellis Coleman, 74.



Richard Charles Flowers, 43.


Barbara Jean Lee, 81.

Pulaski County

FAYE ANNETTE ARRINGTON of Little Rock departed this life May1, 2011.

The family will receive friends today, May 6, 2011, 6-7 p.m. at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St., Little Rock, Ark. Funeral Services will be Saturday,May 7, 2011, 11 a.m. at Leach Chapel CME Church, 307 N. Palm, NLR, Ark. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Cemetery, Hensley, Ark.


DALE EDWARD BEHMER, 80, of Little Rock passed away May 3, 2011.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2011, at Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church, Maumelle, Ark. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. May 8, 2011, at Griffin Leggett Healey and Roth.


During the early morning of Friday, April 30, 2011, LEILAOTILER BRYSON transitioned to a place of peace and rest to join her son, Reginald Otis Bryson II; mother, Juanita E. Harris; and father, Thessalonia Harris, to spend eternity. Ms. Brysonwas a member of Lewis Street Church Of Christ.

She is survived by her daughter, Nicole Regina Bryson-Cyril (Onwubuya C. Cyril); siblings, former Razorback Muskie Harris, Leon Harris, Curtis Harris (Sherry), all of Little Rock, Roger Harris (Georgia) of North Carolina, Sarah Harris and Judith Harris-Washington.

We would like to extend special thanks to Walmart for all of their support during this difficult time.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 7, 2011, 11 a.m. at Lewis Street Church of Christ, 2716 S. Lewis St. Visitation will be Friday, May 6, 2011, from 1 till 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Services entrusted to Premier Funeral Home, 1518 S. Battery St., Little Rock, Ark. 72202, (501) 376-4800.


MEREDITH JEAN “SUZE” BURTCHER, 67, of Little Rock passedaway May 4, 2011. She was born in Worcester, Mass., to Herbert and Frances Hamilton Hudson.

She was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a nurse at St. Vincent Infirmary. Suze was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Order of Rebekah and the Castle Valley Golf Women’s Club.

She is survived by her loving husband, Otis Burtcher; daughter, Cindy Bemis and husband Monte; brother, Michael Hudson and wife Sheila of Massachusetts; and two granddaughters, Caitlyn Bemis and Sarah Bemis.

A service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 12415 Cantrell Road, officiated by Rev. Ed Wills.

Memorials may be made to ACRC Cancer Research, 4301 W. Markham, Slot 623, Little Rock, Ark. 72205. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court, Little Rock, (501) 224-2200. Suze’s online guestbook may be signed at


Counselor, teacher and friend, Pastor ROBERT FRANCIS joinedhis heavenly Father on the 3rd of May 2011, leaving behind his wife of 30 years, Janice; son, David; and daughter, Bethany Elizabeth.

He is survived by his mother, Sylvia BufordFrancis of Texarkana; and brother, Gerald Wayne Francis (wife Judy) of Ashdown. Preceded in death by his father, Calvin Coolidge; and infant sister, Georgia Ann.

Robert truly was a man after God’s heart. With an unrivaled passion for others, Robert spent his life ministering to, caring for and loving on people. For Robert, there was no higher calling than sharing the love of his Father. Born the 14th of November 1957 in Texarkana, Robert would graduate from Arkansas High before attending Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, where he met his wife Janice (Beckham).

In May of 1980, after graduating with a teaching degree in English and History, Robert was called to the ministry and began his first full-time job as the Music and Youth Director at Nacogdoches Missionary Baptist Church, where he would later accept the role of Associate Pastor. During that time, he attended the Texas Baptist Institute and Seminary in Henderson, where his dad had previously received a doctorate of Divinity. Robert spoke at numerous youth conferences, camps and retreats, and in 1990, was called to speak for a youth week at Faith Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Ark., where he was later called to be the Youth Director and Associate Pastor.

While at Faith Baptist Church, he attended the University of Arkansas Little Rock, earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and became a licensed social worker and a member of the National Association of Christian Counselors. In 1997, Pastor James F. Holmes retired, and for the next nine years, Robert would serve Faith Baptist Church as its Senior Pastor. In 2006, he resigned to focus his energy on full time counseling. He took a part time position at East Union Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Pastoral Counselor, a position that quickly became full time. In the late fall of 2010, Faith Baptist Church called him again to be their pastor. Robert would serve as Senior Pastor of Faith Baptist Church until his unexpected and premature passing early Tuesday morning.

It must be said that it is inspiring to see a man wandering down a road, unsure of his direction, but certain in his mission, touching the hearts of allthose he happens upon. As those who know him well can attest, while Robert may have not always know the way, he knew the Lord, endeavored to follow the path laid out by Father, and never stopped traveling.

It can only be said of a rare man, that life is better in having known him. Robert was one of these few. He touched the lives of everyone he encountered, and in his time, literally affected thousands of individuals for the better. Perhaps Winnie the Pooh said it best when he said, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” We all who knew Robert are lucky.

Memorials may be made to the Brother Robert Francis Memorial Fund in care of the Bank of The Ozarks.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Family Fellowship Center at Faith Baptist Church in North Little Rock, to be followed by a Mexican Buffett at 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1921 Main, 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at


Homegoing celebration for KIMBERLY VENESSA HARDEN, age 32, will be held Sunday, May, 8, 2011, at 12 noon at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church, 4400 Highway 316 South, Poplar Grove, Ark. (Trenton Community) 72374. Interment will follow immediately at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Trenton Community. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 8, 2011, at Jackson and Highley Funeral Home Chapel from 1-4 p.m.


LINNIE JEAN HAWLEY, 78, of North Little Rock died April 23, 2011. She was born Aug. 13, 1932, in England, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis D. Hawley; and a son, Royce E. Hawley. She is survived by a sister, Virginia Fry; sons, Lewis D. Hawley and Victor L. Hawley; one daughter, Beverley J. Hawley; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending a Lakewood Cemetery in Hughson, Calif.


ALEMEDA REDDICK, Little Rock, transitioned May 1, 2011.Survivors: sister, Versie Epperson (John); nephews, Elbert Fairmon, Adrian Tisdale, Tony Fairmon, John Epperson Jr. (Latarsha), Ricky Epperson; niece, Kathy Roy.

Memorial service Saturday, May 7, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Arms of Peace Funeral Home, 1715 S. Scott St., Little Rock, (501) 377-2767.


ROSE TUCKER, 76, of Little Rock departed this life May 4,2011.

She leaves to cherish her memory: daughter, Julie Henry; brother, Narbon Tucker; grandchildren, Crystal Henry-Porter (Charlie), Cameron and Carmen Heard;great-grandchildren, Athalia Porter, Charlie Porter III, Camariyon Gardner.

Visitation: Monday, 9-11 a.m., with funeral service beginning at 11 a.m., both to be held at Robinson Mortuary Chapel. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock, (501) 371-0111. Sign online guestbook at “Service You Can Trust.”


MELINDA R. GILBERT WALLS of Little Rock passed away May4, 2011, following an extended illness. She was at home with family and friends.

She was born June 11, 1964, and grew up in Dierks, Ark. Melinda graduated from HendersonState University in 1985 and the University Of Arkansas School Of Law in 1987. She practiced law in North Little Rock, opening her own practice in family law, and was recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America. In 2008, Melinda was elected to the 11th Division Circuit Court, 6th Judicial District for Pulaski and Perry counties. This is a Juvenile Division of the court, a service Melinda felt called to serve. Though her tenure on the bench was relatively short, she cherished the work and the staff, who continue to serve the court.

She was preceded in death by her father, Denzil Gilbert; and her father-in-law, Carroll Walls Sr. Melinda is survived by her husband of 21 years, Carroll Walls Jr.; her daughter, Caroline; her son, Connor; her mother, Helen Berg and husband Ralph of Dierks; her grandmother, Oca Mae Vancil of Dierks; her special Uncle Keith and Aunt Ann of Dierks; and her mother-in-law, SueWalls of Little Rock. She is also survived by an extended family that she loved very much. Melinda had a host of friends and colleagues, too numerous to mention.

Their visits, cards, notes andflowers reflected their love and concern for Melinda. The family appreciates the support of the Wednesday Communion Group from St. James United Methodist Church throughout Melinda’s illness. Their faithful visits were a great comfort to everyone. The family would like to thank the medical professionals who served Melinda at UAMS and through Arkansas Hospice and Brightstar, especially Pat and Amalia who cared greatly for her.

A memorial service will be held at St. James United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011. A reception will immediately follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home.


JANICE AMELIA WARE, 67, of Little Rock passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011. She was born June 1, 1943, to the late Homer Cook and Ernestine Perry Ragan. Janice attended the Church of Christ and was employed with Timex for 15 years.

She is survived by her children, Joyce Hall of Little Rock, Elizabeth Stickley of Little Rock, Cheryl Harris (Greg) of Ward and J.R. Ware (Charlene) of Sheridan; three brothers, Eugene Cook of Seattle, Wash., Jewel Cook of Ward and Johnny Cook of Little Rock; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2011, in the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home with interment to follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, (501) 843-5816. Please sign the online guestbook at


ARKADELPHIA - James Terry Balch, 61, of Arkadelphia, diedTuesday. Survivors wife, Alice Juniel Balch; 21 children; 43 grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Services Saturday, 12 noon Gennesaret Baptist Church. Services by Williams Funeral Home, Inc. Sign guestbook at


ARKADELPHIA - Thelma Shaw Sparks, age 87, of Arkadelphia died Wednesday. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday at the Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Chapel in Arkadelphia with Rev. Johnny Jackson officiating. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home. Sign online at


BATESVILLE - Paul Dwayne “Poot” Kelly, 37 of Batesville,Ark., died Tuesday May 3, 2011 in a Little Rock hospital. He was born in Batesville on January 10, 1974 to Paul Glenn Kelly and Mayme Annetta Crutcher Kelly.

Paul was preceded in deathby his parents. Survivors include his son, Zachary Reed Kelly of Cabot; a sister, Tanya Lynne Kelly of Batesville; a brother, Stephen Glenn Kelly of Mountain View, Ark.; and several other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the First Baptist Church Annex on Main Street in Batesville. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2011 at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Batesville with Steve Norris officiating. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville.

Pallbearers will be John Carroll, Brad Langston, Mike Ball, Brent Howard, Robert Caldwell, Vinh Nguyen, Mike Hunnicutt and Gary Horness. Honorary pallbearers are employees of Lakeside Cadillac, Matt Montague, Chico Snyder, Kyler Gamelin, Michael Poski, Gerald Meacham and Harry Milligan.

Arrangements are being made by Hardy & Loresa’s Family Funeral Service, Inc. in Batesville.


BENTON - Sharon Currier, 68, of Benton died May 4, 2011. Survivors, husband, Ralph Currier; daughters, Vicki Wallis (Mark), Laura Brown (Scott), Silvia Overbey; brother, Roger Harvey (Linda); sister, Sandra Stepp (Wayne); six grandchildren; one great-granchild. Visitation, Friday, May 6, 6-8 p.m., Regency, Malvern. Services, Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m., Regency Chapel. Guestbook,


BRYANT - Mary Mann, age 49, of Bryant, passed away on May 3, 2011. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Pinecrest Memorial Park. To sign Mary’s onlineguestbook go to


CAMDEN - Haynie Robertson, age 87, of Camden, Ark., passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Funeral services will be held 10a.m., Friday at Proctor Funeral Home with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Reverend Don Phillips and Reverend David Dillard will officiate the service. To sign the online guest register, visit


CLEVELAND - Mr. Arthur Manderschied, age 72, of Cleveland, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at his home. He was born May 10, 1938 in San Francisco, California. All services will be private. Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Homes. Online guestbook:


CONWAY - Hermina “Minnie” Poposky, 81, a resident of Conway, and formerly of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Conway Regional Medical Center. Born March 2, 1930, in Argyle, Missouri, she was a daughter of Joseph and Johanna Renneke Bure.

Mrs. Poposky was reared and received her early education in Argyle, Missouri. She was a housekeeper in many homes. Hermina Elizabeth Bure married Louis Joseph Poposky Sr. on September 26, 1959, in Argyle, Missouri. Mrs. Poposky enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, and her many friends.She was a 50 year member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pine Bluff, where she volunteered for the Altar Society and was a member of the Catholic Daughters. After moving to Conway she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Conway.

Mrs. Poposky was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Ruth Ann Poposky; and five siblings.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Catherine and Robert D. Brown of Conway, Margaret and Anthony Bastolla of Altamonte Springs, Florida, and Deborah and Will Nipper of Conway; one son and daughterin-law, Louis Poposky, Jr. and Kim of Maumelle; one grandson, Collin Brown of Conway; five granddaughters, Kelsey Nipper, Shelby Nipper, Abby Nipper, and Brinley Nipper of Conway, and Stephanie Poposky of Maumelle; one step-grandson, Brett Wilson of North Little Rock; three brothers, Anton Bure of Westphalia, Missouri, Steve Bure of Vienna,Missouri, and Fred Bure of Argyle, Missouri.

The vigil will be at 6 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011, at Ralph Robinson & Son. Visitation with the family will follow. The Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. Jack D. Harris celebrating, and underthe direction of Ralph Robinson & Son. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Sulphur Springs. Online register at:


CROSSETT - Andy O’Neal Shaw Jr., age 81, of Crossett, Ark., passed away on May 4, 2011 at St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on May 23, 1929 in Nashville, Ark., to his parents, Andy O’Neal and Morgan Price Shaw. Mr. Shaw was a graduate of University of Tennessee, a Navy Veteran, a pharmacist and owner of City Rexall. He was a VFW member and a lay preacher.

Mr. Shaw was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lorene Hayes Shaw; a son, Mark Steven Shaw; and three brothers, Vaughn Henry Shaw, Paul Blackwood Shaw, Dwight LaRue Shaw.

Survivors include: his wife, Joann Shaw of Crossett, Ark.; one son, Andy O’Neal Shaw III of Little Rock, Ark.; two daughters, Deborah Shaw Akin of Crossett, Ark., Rhonda Kay Flemister of Monroe, La.; two brothers, John Thomas Shaw, Clyde Gerald Shaw, both of Monticello, Ark.; five grandchildren, Allison Akin Bostwick, William Dustin Akin, Steven Jacob Shaw, Michael Ryan Flemister, Morgan Tyler Flemister; nine great-grandchildren, Amanda Akin Bostwick, Lauren Elizabeth Bostwick, Grace Leigh Bostwick, Madison Elizabeth Akin, William DeWitt Akin II, Steven Jacob Shaw, Andy O’Neal Shaw IV, Anna Shaw, Michael Carter Flemister.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Church of Christ with Jerry Martin, Billy Gammel and Lee Padilla officiating. Interment will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, Ark. ( Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday at the Church of Christ.

Memorials may be made to Memphis School of Preaching, 3950 Forest Hill-Irene Road, Memphis, Tenn. 38125, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.


DUMAS - Mr. Bobby Gene Dancy, 63, of Dumas, Ark., died Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in Memphis. Funeral will be Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 11 a.m., at Mt. Moriah Baptist in Dumas with Rev. J.L. Morton officiating. Burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Dumas by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas.


EDGEMONT - Chester C. Hipp, 82, passed away May 4, 2011. Wife, Audrey Hipp; son, Gary Hipp; daughters, Kaye Fason and Kathey Crumpler; brothers, Odis, Otto, and Jearl Hipp; sisters, Georgie Everett and Dell Crockett; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral service Friday, Hilltop Church, Prim, 2 p.m. Interment Everett Cemetery.


EL DORADO - Mary Lucille Ellis, 96, of El Dorado died Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Vespers will be 6 p.m. Friday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.


ENGLAND - Claude E. Spradlin Sr., 97, of England, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 4th, 2011. He was born Saturday, November 29th, 1913, in Woodson, Arkansas, to Jesse James Spradlin and Mary LavadaRoberts Spradlin.

Claude was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 66 years, Frances Spradlin; a son: James Spradlin; a daughter: Lois Ann Newton; a granddaughter: Laura Slaughter; a brother: Jerrell Spradlin; a sister: Irene Woodell. He is survived by one son: Claude E. Spradlin, Jr. and his wife Carol of England, Arkansas; one daughter: Claudia J. Betzner of San Diego, California; four grandchildren: James Edward Spradlin of England, Arkansas, Tamme Newton Kinney of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Polly Milford of San Diego, California, Trey Spradlin of Dallas, Texas; six great-grandchildren: Carson and Cameron Slaughter, Jesse and Joy Spradlin, all of England, Arkansas, and Molly and Max Milford of San Diego, California.

Claude was part of the greatest generation serving in the United States Navy in WWII aboard the USS Duluth. He was in Tokyo Bay during the signing of the Japanese surrender. Claude and Frances, along with their four children moved to England in 1957, where they started the Dairy Delight, now a second generation landmark. Claude was a member of the First Baptist Church and served as a past Superintendent and Deacon at the Woodson Baptist Church and he was a 32nd degree Mason.

Funeral services are Saturday, May 7th, 2011, at the Roller England Funeral Home Chapel (501) 842-3939 at 2 p.m.Visitation will be Friday, May 6th, 2011, from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mulberry Cemetery in England, Arkansas. The family asked that memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 201 E. Haywood, England, Ark. 72046 or Mulberry Cemetery Association, 119 E. Haywood, England, Ark. 72046. Online guestbook:


FORDYCE - Faye Venita Quantz Clark, 83, of Fordyce died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Little Rock. Born April 19, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Bill and Cora Sanders Quantz. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fordyce where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Hardy. Survivors include her son, Dwayne Clark and his wife, Tennia, of Fordyce; two brothers, Bobby Quantz of East End, Billy Quantz of Haskell; four grandchildren, Drew Clark, Haley Clark, Seth Clark, and Logan Clark.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Benton Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stacy Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit


FORDYCE - Alvis “Bo” Muldrew, 72, of Fordyce, died Sunday in Camden. Survivors: sister, Florence Moore of Fordyce; nephew, nieces, cousins. Services Saturday, 11 a.m., Greenville First Baptist Church, Fordyce. Visitation Friday, 12-6 p.m., Marks Funeral Home, Fordyce.


HAVANA - Everett Gray, age 95, of Havana, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2011, at Danville’s Cornwell Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Smith Cemetery on Cedar Creek Road. Arrangements by Cornwell Funeral Home, Danville, Ark.


HICKORY PLAINS - Walter “Sherman” Speight departedthis life on May 4, 2011, at the age of 91. He was born on his family’s farm in Hickory Plains, Arkansas, on January 24, 1920, to David and Grace Speight. He was a 1939 graduate fromDes Arc High School. He started out farming with his father and later became a pipe fitter thatled him to travel the country. He retired from Safeway and resided on his family farm his last years. Sherman had a passion working the land he was born on. He loved being on the tractor or behind a chainsaw. He was the happiest when he was with his family at what lovingly became known as “the farm.” He was a member of the Hickory Plains United Methodist Church. He leaves behind a host of friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Louise Hartsell Speight; one daughter, Gail Jones and husband Jimmy Jones of Mayodan, N.C.; one son, Stan Speight and wife Shelly Speight of Wickes, Ark.; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Graveside funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Hickory Plains Cemetery. The family has requested in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Plains Cemetery fund or the Hickory Plains United Methodist Church. Visitation is open to the public at the Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy. Online guestbook or (501) 268-3546.


HOT SPRINGS - Charles Larry Herrin, 64, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Service is 1:30 p.m. Friday, Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Courtney officiating. Guests may register at


HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - Ella Mae Farmer, 89, of Hot Springs Village passed away on April 29, 2011. Ella was born August 1, 1921, in Dale, Ill., to the late James and Lillie Rose (Ritcheson) Kerr. Arrangements entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home (501) 922-6100. Guests may register at


HUMPHREY - Terry Lee Huff, 61, died Wednesday. Survivors are mother, June Hammans, Humphrey; brothers, Bob Huff (Rose), Frisco, Texas, and Mark Huff (Tricia), Richmond, Virginia; nieces, Allison and Katy Huff, Richmond; nine nieces and nephews by marriage. A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Stuttgart.


KINGSLAND - Roy B. Hutchins, 87, of Kingsland, died Tuesday May 3, 2011 at the Dallas County Medical Center. Mr. Hutchins was born in Electra, Texas, on February 9, 1924 to the late B.R. and Daisy Pearl Hutchins. He was a retired VA service officer for Cleveland County and a member of the First Baptist Church of Kingsland. Mr. Hutchins honorably and faithfully served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Emily Garlington Hutchins of Kingsland, Ark.; a son, Scott Hutchins and wife Ronda of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Jana Staley and husband Dean of Wichita Falls, Texas; two stepdaughters, Lee Ann Johnson and husband James of Fordyce, Ark., Rhonda Aist and husband Marty of Conway, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Carr Staley of Dallas, Texas, Jana K. and Leah Hutchins of Huntsville, Ala., Noah Bradley of Russellville, Ark., Alex Aist of Fayetteville, Ark ., Mitchell Grice of Fordyce, Ark., Conner Aist of Conway, Ark.; and two great-grandchildren, Evan and Elin Bradley of Russellville, Ark. He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 10 until 11 a.m., with a Memorial Service at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Kingsland, Ark. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Kingsland.Arrangements are by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit


KIRBY - Wavanee Whisenhunt, 77, of Kirby, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Services will be 3 p.m., Sunday, in Caney Valley Missionary Baptist Church with burial in Palestine Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood. Visitation will be Saturday, 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Guest registry is at


LEXA - Graveside services for Sherri Lynn Mallard, 44, of Lexa will be 2 p.m., Friday, Central Cemetery, Lexa. Survivors: husband, two children, two grandchildren, six siblings. Services directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571. Online guest book


MONTICELLO - Mary Maude Graves Tiner, age 73, of Monticello passed away Wednesday at the Baptist Hospital. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday at the Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial in Pleasant Springs Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday. Memorials may be made to the Drew County Disabilities Council, P.O. Box 359, Monticello, Ark. 71655. Online guestbook at


MOUNTAIN HOME - Cecil David Adams, 96, of Mountain Home, Ark., passed away May 4, 2011 at his residence. He is survived his wife, Joan Adams of Mountain Home. Services and burial will be in Kettering, Ohio, at a later date. Arrangements by Roller Funeral Home. Online


MOUNTAIN VIEW - Christene R. Hill, 77, died May 4, 2011 in Little Rock. Survived by a son, two daughters, five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation is 12-3 p.m., May 7, 2011 at Roller Coffman Chapel, Mountain View. Online guestbook


MOUNT VERNON - George William Lee, 78, of Mount Vernon, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011 at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home, Searcy. Services will be 10 a.m., Saturday at the Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Romance Cemetery. For online guestbook,


NEWPORT - Eva Ruth Thompson Martin died Wednesday. Survivors: daughter, Donna Martin Gould; son, Edwin “Eddie” Martin; granddaughter, Michelle Gould; uncle, Dr. Arthur W. Kennedy; step-granddaughter, Dana Gould Beeman. Visitation: Friday, 5-7 p.m. Funeral: 11 a.m., Saturday, Newport First Baptist Church. Interment: Palestine Cemetery in Pearson, 3 p.m., Saturday. Arrangements: Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.


NORPHLET - Joseph Daniel “JoJo” Pierce II, 42 of Norphlet passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at his residence. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011, at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Revs. Steve Pelz and Larry Hudson officiating. Cremation services were handled by Young’s Funeral Directors. www.


PIGGOTT - Mildred L. Beaver, 84, of Piggott, Ark., passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2011. Services are Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 2 p.m. in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Jay Masterson officiating. Burial is in Piggott Cemetery. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott is in charge of arrangements. Visitation is 6 p.m., Friday.


PINE BLUFF - Mrs. Earnestine McClinton Bankston, 48, of Pine Bluff passed away, Friday, April 29, 2011. Her services will be Saturday, May 7, 2011 at St. Paul Baptist Church by Reverend Ricky Parks at 3 p.m. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


PINE BLUFF - Mr. Kenneth Rodney Nelson, 55, of Pine Bluff, passed away, Saturday, April 30, 2011. His services will be Saturday, May 7, 2011 at Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff by Reverend Jerry Williams Jr. at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery. Online Register:


PINE BLUFF - Mr. Luther Shavers, 89, of Pine Bluff, passed away, Thursday, April 28, 2011. His services will be Friday, May 6, 2011 at St. Mark Baptist Church by Reverend Willie A. Rogers Jr., at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


PINE BLUFF - Funeral services for Lawrence Gene “Bill” Smith, 56, of Pine Bluff, died April 30 will be Saturday, 11 a.m., Pine Hill MBC. Burial: Graceland Cemetery by Perry Funeral Home. Survivors daughter, Tiffany (Dave) Rucker, South Holland, Ill.; brother, Antone Cenna (Tanita) Smith, Grand Prairie, Texas; three grandchildren.


RUSSELLVILLE - Roy Dean Dowdy, 66, Russellville died Wednesday. Survivors, wife, Vada Faye Dowdy; children, Laura Bailey, Brenda Linton, Randy Dowdy; sisters, Shirley Groom, Lonetta White. Funeral services: 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2011, Pleasant View Baptist Church, Russellville. Burial, Oakland Cemetery, Russellville. Visitation: Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chapel.


SEARCY - Rachel Gaines, 88, of Searcy, Ark. died May 4, 2011. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., at Elmwood Cemetery with Dr. Max Briley officiating. Visitation will be Friday, May 6, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cobb Funeral Home, Blytheville. Condolences may be e-mailed to cobbfunera


SHERIDAN - John Crews, 64, of Sheridan, Arkansas died Wednesday. Survivors: wife, Sarah Crews; daughters, Elizabeth (Chris) Hale; Susan (Richard) Hawkins; brothers, Donald; Larry; granddaughters: Rebekah, Juliann. Memorial services: 11 a.m., Saturday, First Baptist Church in Sheridan. Visitation: Saturday, from 10 a.m. until service time. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870) 942-1306.


STAR CITY - James McBroom, 71, of Star City, left this world April 28. Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, May 7, at the home of Bobby Beagle in the Griffith Springs Community of Star City, 5418 Alexander Road. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service of Star City. Online obituary at


THIDA - Juanita Randleas, 69, of Thida departed this life Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Services will be 2 p.m., Saturday at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday. Burial will be private. Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.


WARREN - Charlotte Aileen Parnell, age 82, of Warren, Ark. died Wednesday, May 4, at Wagnon Place Nursing Home. Funeral services 2 p.m., Saturday, May 7, Christian Fellowship Church. Burial in Moseley Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 6, at Frazer’s. Online guest register


WHEATLEY - Ellis Coleman, age 74, died Wednesday. Survivors, wife, Earlene Coleman, daughter, Penny (Phillip) Childs, brothers, Doc (Mae) Coleman, Tom (Vera) Coleman, sister, Martha Wise, grandson, Heath Childs. Visitation 6-8 p.m., Friday, Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home, Brinkley. Services, 2 p.m., Saturday, Brinkley First Baptist Church. Interment: Johnson Cemetery, Wheatley. Guestbook


RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Richard Charles Flowers, 43, of Riverside, Calif., departed this life April 16,2011. Preceded in death by his mother, Flotella St. Clair. He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Nina Ellis Flowers; children, Laurel, Rachel, Breon, and Carevia Flowers, Christian andKeith Ellis; father, Richard Flowers; step-father, Sherman St. Clair; siblings, Charles and Rose Flowers, Johnny Bland, Shirley Dumas, Sherman St. Clair, Latonia Jackson, Denise and Iris St. Clair and Raydesha Jefferson; grandchildren, Amariyah Johnson and Riley Freeman; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Memorial Service: today, 6 p.m. at Robinson Mortuary Chapel. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock (501) 371-0111. sign online guestbook at “Service You Can Trust.”

Arkansas, Pages 16 on 05/06/2011

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