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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published May 14, 2011 at 1:43 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


Lucille Whitley Cole, 77, of Mabelvale.

Virginia “Ginger” Jean Foot, 80, of North Little Rock.

Alleen Marie Hightower, 72, of Little Rock.

Louise Hamm Kirk, 85, of Little Rock.

Virginia “MeMe” McCool, 85, of Sherwood.

Breanna L. McKoy, 4, of Little Rock.

Victory Ellen Smith, 68, of North Little Rock.

Brent Richard Spence, 23, of Little Rock.


ADONA Walter Louie West, 69.

BLYTHEVILLE Bonnie Mae Lendennie, 86.

BRADFORD Linda L. Billsland, 59.

CARLISLE Elizabeth Ray Hasley, 70.

CHERRY VALLEY Harry “Rudy” Robinson Jr., 57. CROSSETT Billy Allison Sr., 64.

Velma L. Frisby Wilson, 91.

EL DORADO Leanna Nalls, 69.

ENGLAND Florene Thomas VanZandt, 92. FAIRFIELD BAY Dale Wayne Rose, 73.

FLOYD Pearl Naomi Barnes, 88.

GREENBRIER Evelyn P. Hodges, 70.

HAMBURG Ernest D. Johnson Sr., 92.

JONESBORO Carl L. Warner, 61.

LONOKE Rosa Lee Lassiter, 93.

MARIANNA Patsye Lee Butler, 63.

MOUNTAIN HOME Larry L. Frisque, 77.

QUITMAN Menta Faye Skinner, 80.

RUSSELLVILLE Bobby Gene Romine, 76.

SALEM Murphy Davis, 88.

SEARCY Dorothy Mae Anderson, 81.

Irma Bailey McConnaughhay, 89. SHERIDAN Thomas Raymond Royal, 68.

WARD Mary Margaret Rainwater, 77.



Martha Lile, 90.

TEXARKANA, Texas Warren E. Riddell, 72.

Pulaski County

LUCILLE WHITLEY COLE, age 77, of Mabelvale passed awayWednesday, May 11, 2011. She was born Nov. 16, 1933 in Haskell, Ark. Mrs. Cole was a member of Ironton Assembly of God Church in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by herparents, C.E. Preacher and Mattie Whitley; and three sisters, Ada Rogers, Lillian Whitley and Joyce Parnell.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Elton Cole; two sons, Phillip Cole and wife Ginger, and Tim Cole and wife Julie; three sisters, Louise Whitley, Janice Couch and husband Bill, and Barbara Atkinson; four grandchildren, Rhonda Warren, Terry Cole, Seth Lybrand and Karmen Lybrand; and three great-grandchildren, Cecelia Warren, Cooper Blankenship and Elijah Blankenship.

Pallbearers will be Tony Harris, Jerry Parnell, Keith Archer, Brandon Burton, Lin Peeler and Phillip Rappold. Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 16 at Ashby Funeral Home withburial at Mount Harmony Cemetery. Bro. Bobby Minick, Bro. Glenn Cole, Bro. Don Taylor and Bro. Tony Minick will be officiating. Online guest book at


VIRGINIA “GINGER” JEAN FOOT, 80, of North Little Rockdied Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Hospice Health Care Center in Little Rock. She was retired from the Arkansas Civil Air Patrol.

Ginger was an avid quilter and enjoyed sewing clothes for orphans in South America. She also enjoyed making lap quilts for the Veterans Administration.

She is survived by her four children, James Paul Foot and wife Lana Mae Foot, Debbie Henderson and husband Mike Henderson, Steve Foot and wife Nancy England Foot, and PhillipFoot and wife Judy Foot; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Foot, Natalie Vasilopoulos, Jarrett Fitts, Courtney Foot, Joanna Foot, Max Foot and Leslie Foot; and four great-grandchildren, Christopher and Zoie Vasilopoulos, and Jeremiah and Delaney Foot.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 2200 South Bowman Road, Little Rock, Ark. 72211.

Funeral services will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at


ALLEEN MARIE HIGHTOWER, 72, of Little Rock, Ark., died May12, 2011.

Her funeral service will be on Tuesday, 11 a.m., May 17, 2011, 1st Baptist Church Highland Park, 3800 W. 18th St., Little Rock. Interment follows at Haven of RestCemetery. Mrs. Hightower’s visitation will be Monday, May 16, 2011, 6-7 p.m. at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock. (501) 372-1305.


LOUISE HAMM KIRK, widow of Doyle “Pete” Kirk, was born Sept. 26, 1925, in Ash Flat, Ark., and passed away May 12, 2011, in Little Rock. She was also preceded in death by parents, Jason and Ruth Hamm; son, Michael Kirk; brother, Gordon Hamm; and sister, Annette Walker.

Survivors include Blaine (Kay) Kirk, Benton, Ark.; granddaughter, Cheryl Kirk, Benton, Ark.; grandsons, Jason Kirk, Afghanistan, and Paul Kirk, Maryland; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Louise retired from the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Little Rock.

At her request, there will be no funeral.

Please make memorials to the Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, Ark. 72205. Online guestbook: chenal.


VIRGINIA “MEME” McCOOL, 85, of Sherwood began her life onAug. 13, 1925, in Monroe County, Ark. Married G.W. McCool Jr. and moved to Sherwood to raise their family. They enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with friends andfamily at Lake Atkins.

She was a devoted, caring wife and mother and a loving “MeMe” to many. She loved to cook, sew and do crafts. She retired from Sherwood Elementary School as a cafeteria manager and was a longtime member of Victory Missionary Baptist Church.

She’ll be forever loved and remembered by husband of 67 years, G.W.; daughter, June, husband, Joe Owen; daughter, Gail, husband, James Blucker; grandchildren, Danny Owen, wife Lisa, Vicki McCourt, husband Keith, Christa Darr, husband Roger, MiChelle Moore; treasured greatgrandchildren Timothy and Zachary McCourt, Riley and Samantha Darr, Emily Moore; extended family: sister-in-law, Laverne Shepherd, brother-in-law, Kenny Boyle, Cecy King and son David Grisham, and generations of nieces and nephews that she loved dearly.

She left this world on May 12, 2011, to reunite in heavenly rest with her son, Wayne McCool; mother, Hazel Shepherd; father, Lugene Shepherd; sister, Jerliene Boyle; and brothers, Millard and Frank Shepherd.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday in the North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Arkansas Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at


Heaven’s gain was our loss when our angel, BREANNA L.McKOY, 4, was called by our Lord on May 12, 2011, at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Ark.

Breanna was born on June 2, 2006, in Little Rock, Ark. Shehad a deep love for Christ and accepted Him as her Lord andSavior on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, under the leadership of Pastor Eric L. Alexander, St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. She was a joyful and outgoing student in Mrs. Buffalo’s Pre-K class at David O’ Dodd Elementary School. Breanna, aka “Grandma,” was well-known amongst her peers and school staff.

Breanna leaves to cherish her memories: parents, Stephanie McKoy and James Ward; siblings: Carrie and Devin McKoy; Grandmother: Dorothy McKoy; Aunt: Louise McKoy and Temetrius McKoy; Cousin: Alena McKoy; and a host of extended family and friends.

The visitation will be Sunday, May 15, 2011, 4-6 p.m. at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., LR, (501) 372-1305. Breanna’s homegoing service will be Monday, May 16, 2011, 11 a.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 8205 Highway 161 North in North Little Rock, Ark. Interment follows at Elmlawn Cemetery.


VICTORY ELLEN SMITH, at age 68, of North Little Rock, Ark ., departed this life on May 12th at 2:19 p.m. Vickie was born on Dec. 20th, 1942, in McCrory, Ark., to the late Vernon and Edith McBroome.

Vickie was preceded in death by her father, Vernon McBroome; mother, Edith McBroome; and son, Chad Vernon Smith. She is survived by her husband, Richard Leonard Smith; daughters, Brenda Kay House and Stephanie Ann Machen; son, David Richard Smith; granddaughters, Jennifer Faughn Neighbors, Carly Ann Machen and Sophie Randall Machen; great-grandson, Peyton Duran Nelson; and sisters, Patsy Jean Morgan and Vernice Ann Hickerson.

Visitation will be held at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home located at 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark. 72211, on Sunday, May 15th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Services will be held on Monday, May 16th at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Riverwood Memorial Gardens in Maumelle, Ark., located on Carnahan Drive. Online guestbook: chenal.


BRENT RICHARD SPENCE, 23, of Little Rock, Ark., died Friday,May 6, 2011, in San Angelo, Texas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

He spent his life in the company of beloved friends and family, enjoying music, and givingall of his heart and time. He was often found watching his favorite shows, teasing and playing practical jokes, long drives with the windows down and music blaring, or just relaxing. His compassion and dedication to those he loved will forever define him. His mother always said “He has a good heart;” his father described him as “a man who would give you the shirt off his back.”

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, John Bisgood and Carl and Hilda Spence. Survivors include his parents, Richard and Regina Spence; sister, Kyah Spence, brother-in-law, Robert McDaniels, and nephew, Maddox Spence; grandmother, Norma Bisgood; aunts and uncles, Bobby and Lydia Bemberg, Ralph and Cindy Waters, Jim and Louise Malone, Barry and Carla Greenhalgh, Rebecca Spence, Charles Spence; and Brent’s girlfriend, Kasi Reed and daughter Madi.

A private memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011.


ADONA - Walter Louie West, 69, of Adona departed this life May 12, 2011. Survivors: wife Opal West, seven children, four brothers, three sisters and host of grandchildren. Graveside services will be today at 2 p.m. at Liberty Cemetery in Adona, Ark. Arrangements entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, Morrilton. (501) 354-0053.


BLYTHEVILLE - Bonnie Mae Lendennie, 86, of Blytheville, died May 12, 2011 at Great River Medical Center. Funeral is May 16, 2011, 10:30 a.m., in Cobb Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in the Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation from 3-5 p.m. May 15 at Cobb Funeral Home. Condolences may be e-mailed to cobbfuneralhome


BRADFORD - Linda L. Billsland, 59, of Bradford, died May 12, 2011. She was born July 2, 1951 in Newport, Arkansas to the late J.P. And Geneva Walker Modlin. Mrs. Billsland was a member of the Bradford Assembly of God, where she loved worshiping and loved all of her church family dearly. She was a restaurant manager and waitress for many years, and enjoyed cooking and baking, and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Eric Modlin. Left to cherish her memory is her husband, David E. Billsland; sons, Douglas Allen Billsland, Earl J. DeBerry and wife Tracy, Curtis DeBerry and wife Rebecca, and Shane DeBerry and wife Mary; daughters, Joyce Squire and Jodi King; three brothers, Earl Modlin and wife Connie, Billy D. Modlin and wife Elizabeth, and Lanny Modlin and wife Brenda; and nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild as well as a host of other relatives and friends whom she cherished dearly.

Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2011 at the Bald Knob Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at the Bradford Assembly of God, Bradford, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a lasting memorial to the Bradford Assembly of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 87, Bradford, Arkansas 72020. Arrangements entrusted to Bald Knob Funeral Home, 2101 Hwy. 367 N. Bald Knob, Arkansas, Phone: (501) 724-6155. www.


CARLISLE - Elizabeth Ray Hasley, age 70, of Carlisle was born October 2, 1940 in Dyess, Arkansas and joined her loved ones in heaven on May 12, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; granddaughter, Charity Johnson; herparents, one sister, and two brothers. Elizabeth is survived by sons, Ronnie of Romance, Bobby of Carlisle, and Cecil (Karen) of Des Arc; two daughters, Brenda Childers ( Robert-Peewee) of Furlow and Judy Andrejas (Jeff) of Carlisle; eight grandchildren, Chris, Jennifer, Eric, Monica, Brandon, Gene, Jamie and Jake; one special “grandchild”, Emiliano Matos of Curitiba, Brazil; seven greatgrandchildren, Jersy, Tommy, Shayne, Ariana, Keely, Ryan, and Charles; two brothers, Ed Coleman of Tyronza and William Sipes of Teague, Texas; three sisters, Cleo Carrol of Lepanto, Bonnie Howard of Byhalia, Mississippi, and Nancy Cash of Memphis, Tennessee; one sisterin-law, Marie Burdette of Sanford, Texas. She also left behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and “adopted” children.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, May 16 at Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff. online obituary at


CHERRY VALLEY - Harry “Rudy” Robinson Jr., 57, of Cherry Valley, died May 11, 2011. Survivors: wife, Linda; father, Harry; stepson, “Tee” Mulkey; brother, Richard; and two grandchildren. Graveside services Saturday, 10 a.m., at Vanndale Cemetery. Thompson-Wilson Wynne Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


CROSSETT - Mr. Billy Allison Sr., 64, of Crossett, died Thursday. Mr. Allison was a native of Dermott and a resident of Crossett for the past 40 years. He worked for Georgia-Pacific Corporation for 39 1/2 years. He was a member of the MagnoliaBaptist Church and a member of the White Oak Hunting Club. He was an avid Arkansas Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He loved his family and his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Erston and Virginia Smith Allison and a brother, Jimmy Allison. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Theresa Poplin Allison of Crossett; a son, Bill Allison Jr. of Crossett; a daughter, Michelle Allen and husband, Bryan, of Conway; a brother, Charles Johnson of Conway; four sisters, Margaret Brannon and husband, Andy, of Dermott, Lulu Mitchell and husband, Bill, of White Hall, Paula Wilson and husband, David, of Monticello and Wanda Williams and husband, Mike, of Winchester; two grandsons, Bryson and Brayden Allen of Conway.

Graveside funeral services and burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Crossroad Cemetery with Rev. Jody Gannaway and John Pennington officiating. Pallbearers are Bill Allison, Brad Burchfield, Bill Mitchell, Bryan Allen, Cliff Gee and Darren Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Archie Burchfield, David Wilson, Andy Brannon, Mike Williams, Wesley Cross, Terry Hammond II, Donald Joe Crowell and Bodi Ozment. Memorials may be made to the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 83, Crossett, Ark. 71635. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at


CROSSETT - Velma L. Frisby Wilson, 91, of Crossett, Ark., died May 13, 2011. Funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011, First Assembly of God Church. Interment at Crossroads Cemetery under direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, Ark. ( Visitation from 5-7 p.m., Saturday at funeral home.


EL DORADO - Leanna Nalls, 69, of El Dorado, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Smackover Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.


ENGLAND - Florene Thomas VanZandt went to be with Jesus on May 11,2011. She was born on May 7, 1919, and was a lifelong resident of England and Coy. She was a member of England First Baptist Church and longtime member of England Manor. Florene lived a life of service to others, her family, her twin sister, and friends.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Walter Matthew and Vannie Henrietta Burkett Thomas; her husband of 56 years, Buford Gaston “Boots” VanZandt; brothers Otho Thomas, Otis Thomas (Infant), Arnold Thomas, J.C. Thomas and Don Thomas; sister, Montene and loving twin sister, Corene. She is survived by one brother, Dean Thomas of Arizona; one son, Bufford Ray VanZandt and wife Artamesa of North Little Rock, Arkansas; two daughters, Jeanette Horner and husband Dan of Findlay, Ohio, and Vannie Lou Hayley and husband James of Little Rock; one grandson, Mike Horner of Findlay, Ohio; one granddaughter, Wendee Acthison and husband Jeremy of Findlay, Ohio; greatgrandchildren Tyler and Shelbee and twins Hunter and Sydnee. She also had many nephews, nieces, and friends.

Services will be by Wilson Funeral Home of England on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Chapel. Visitation will be Sunday, May 15 from 3-5 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mulberry Cemetery of England. The family wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the caring staff of England Manor. They are a living example of God’s love. To view obituary online go to www.wilsonfhengland. info.


FAIRFIELD BAY - Mr. Dale Wayne Rose, age 73, of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas passed away May 11, 2011 at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1937 in Rock Falls, Illinois to Joseph (Bud) Henry and Helen Audrey (Crossley) Rose. He was an Army veteran, earned a bachelor’s in education and was a schoolteacher and coach in Valmeyer, Illinois for more than 30 years, and a member of the Christian Church, Tampico, Illinois. He had a great love of music and kids, which showed with his volunteer work at the Ozarks Folk Center and assisting the volleyball coach at the Clinton High School. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need and Mom says, “He was one great son!”

Mr. Rose is survived by his mother, two brothers and three sisters - Robert (Jack) Rose, May Zemke, Randy Rose, Carole Rose, and Linda Tempel. He was preceded in death by his fatherand Olive Crossley.

A Memorial service will be held at Fairfield Bay Baptist Church on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Homes. Online guestbook:


FLOYD - Pearl Naomi Barnes, 88, of Floyd departed this life Thursday, May 12, 2011. Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Dillinger Chapel. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Sandhill Cemetery. Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.———◊———

GREENBRIER - Evelyn P. Hodges, 70, of Greenbrier, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2011. Born in Carnegie, Okla., she was a daughter to Mary Alice Montgomery Pritchard and the late Delmar Pritchard. Evelyn was a Special Education Aide and retired from the Greenbrier School District. She was a member of Bono Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Joe Hodges Sr.; her mother, Mary Alice Montgomery Pritchard; son, Billy Joe Hodges Jr. and wife Mary of Greenbrier; daughters, Patricia Widman and husband Paul of Clearwater, Fla., and Deborah Garjoulis and husband Mike of North Carolina; stepdaughters, Carla Fox and husband Mike of Greenbrier, Jaquita Zachary of Midland, Texas and Alicia Hodges of Enid, Okla.; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, JoAnn Carter and Mary Bunnell and numerousnieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the First Baptist Church in Mayflower. Local arrangements are by Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier. (501) 679-2575. Online guest book:


HAMBURG - Ernest D. Johnson Sr., age 92, of Hamburg, Ark., died Thursday, May 12. Funeral services 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church.Burial: Carlock Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at his home, 291 Ashley 464, Hamburg, Ark. Online guest register


JONESBORO - Carl L. Warner, 61, of Jonesboro went home to be with the Lord on May 12, 2011. A celebration of his life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday May 14, 2011, Higher Trails Cowboy Church, 9728 Highway 358 West, Paragould, Ark., led by Pastor Philip Brown. Online guestbook


LONOKE - Rosa Lee Lassiter, age 93, died May 13, 2011. She was born June 22, 1917, in Dennard, Ark., to Vinnie Gertrude (Watts) and James Cleburn Cates.

Rosa enjoyed her family and cooking for them. She was famous for her fried chicken, homemade biscuits and peach cobbler. You could always find a cake or pie at her house. Rosa was a devoted Christian. Her love for the Lord was always displayed, a Bible was close at hand. Her knowledge of the Bible was always shared to her children and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, George B. Lassiter; and a grandson, Timmy Ray Young; three brothers, Herman Cates, Garner Cates and J.C. Cates; and two sisters, Inez Pope and Ruby Pope.

She is survived by two sons, Gene (Jacqueline) Lassiter of Bryant, Ronnie (Patsy) Lassiter; and a daughter, Paulette Lassiter Ayers of Lonoke; three granddaughters, LynAnne (Russell) Ivy of Lonoke, Holly (Clint) Hutcheson of Benton, and DeAnn (Toby) Bostic of Enola; seven great-grandchildren, and another due in July; and three sisters, Madge Archer, Billie Ezell and Wanda Pettitt. She was loved by a host of friends and caregivers at Golden Years Manor.

Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Lonoke Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Online guest book,


MARIANNA - Patsye Lee Butler, Marianna, passed away May 11, 2011, at age 63.

Survivors include husband, Gene Butler; son, Bobby Myers (Becky), Moro, Ark.; daughters, Jamie McIntosh (Matt), Searcy, Ark., Layne Thompson (Raymond), Marianna.

Services Saturday, 1 p.m., graveside, Marianna Memorial Park. Visitation Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, 10 to noon Saturday. Online guestbook


MOUNTAIN HOME - Larry L. Frisque, age 77, of Mountain Home died Wednesday. Survivors: brothers: Hilary and Roland Frisque; cousin: Richard E. Goller; many nieces and nephews. Private arrangements by Roller Funeral Home. Online guestbook:


QUITMAN - Menta Faye Skinner, 80, of Quitman went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 12, 2011. She was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Enola to the late Ernest Thurlow Herring and Mary Cordelia Langston Herring. She was a homemaker and a member of Sulphur Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husbandof 63 years, Delbert Skinner; four daughters, Jeanette Colclasure and husband Gerald of Carlisle, Judy Reynolds and husband Tim of Marshall, Marilyn Brock and husband Erwin of Quitman and Brenda Burroughs and husband Keith ofQuitman; four sisters, Clestine Goodwin and Mary Lois Clark, both of Conway, Willie Mae Karber of North Little Rock and Ernestine Mauldin of Quitman; three brothers, Harrell Herring of North Little Rock, Carrol Herring of Quitman and Burton Herring of Alabama; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lola Kennedy and Nina Bess Hoggard.

Graveside services are 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Old Texas Cemetery with her grandsons officiating.

Memorials may be made to Lifeword Ministries, 609 Locust St., Conway, Ark. 72034. Online guestbook


RUSSELLVILLE - Bobby Gene Romine, 76, Russellville, departed this life May 12, 2011. Born Oct. 28, 1934, in Altheimer, Ark. Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday at Rest Haven Memorial Park, Russellville. Visitation Sunday, 6-8 p.m. at funeral home chapel. Arrangements entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home-Morrilton,, (501) 354-0053.


SALEM - Murphy Davis, 88, of Salem died Thursday at Fulton County Hospital. Services Monday, May 16, 1 p.m., Galatia Christian Fellowship Church in Jordan. Burial in Union Cemetery under the direction of Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem. Visitation Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Cox-Blevins Chapel.


SEARCY - Dorothy Mae (Mc-Spadden) Anderson, 81, died Friday, May 13, 2011. Born Oct. 25, 1929, in Possum Grape, Ark., a daughter of the late Raymond and Edna Mae Robertson Mc-Spadden. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors: husband, Billy Joe Anderson; son, Joe Dewayne Anderson; sister, Marjorie Winfrey; grandsons, Aaron and Austin Anderson; sisters-in-law, Linda Rayborn, Beth Robinson and Judy Mayfield. Preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Visitation: Saturday, 6-8 p.m., Powell Funeral Home. Graveside: 2 p.m. Sunday, Coffeyville Cemetery by Powell Funeral Home, Bald Knob-Judsonia.

Special thanks to Hospice Home Care for their kindness and wonderful care.


SEARCY - Irma Imogene Bailey McConnaughhay, 89, of Searcy and resident of Griffithville community most of her life went to be with her Lord and those that passed before her Wednesday, May 11, 2011. She was born Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1921,to the late Nell and Frank Bailey of Griffithville. She was a member of Dogwood United Methodist Church and continued working until she retired at the age of 82.

In addition toher parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnie R. McConnaughhay; her brothers, Wayne Bailey and Vernon “Red” Bailey. Mrs. McConnaughhay is survived by two sons, Larry McConnaughhay and his wife Wilma of Cabot and Rick McConnaughhay and his wife Wanda of Oxford, Ark.; five grandchildren, Sandi Merrow, Crystal Thurman, Johnie McConnaughhay, Tracy Barbarotto and Michael McConnaughhay; five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Drew and McKayla Merrow, Tanner and Max Thurman.

Visitation will be 1 p.m. Monday, May 16 at the Roller-Daniel Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Services will be 2 p.m. following the visitation with Rev. Bill Wise and Tom Feather officiating. Interment will follow the services at Dogwood Cemetery.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Dogwood Cemetery, c/o Tom Feather, 260 Hill Lane, Higginson, Ark. 72068. Online guestbook or (501) 268-3546.


SHERIDAN - Thomas Raymond Royal, age 68, of Sheridan died Monday, May 9, 2011, at his home. A private visitation was 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Buie Funeral Home in Sheridan. Online guestbook at Cremation arrangements by Buie Funeral Home of Sheridan, (870) 942-3231.


WARD - Mary Margaret Rainwater of Ward, Ark., age 77,passed away May 10, 2011, in Sherwood, Ark. She was born July 2, 1933, in Conroe, Texas, to Lewis and Lillie Adams.

Mary was a waitress for most of her life. She was a verypassionate woman who loved her family, reading, and never knew a stranger.

She is survived by three daughters, Connie Hall and husband Mitchell of Ward, Ark., Sheryl Rainwater of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Kimberly Johnson and husband John of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, Clarence Dettwieler of Oklahoma, George Davis and wife Gail of Cabot, Ark.; six sisters, Kathleen Higgs of Indiana, Christine Kerlin and husband Victor of Almond, Ark., Joanne Allen and husband Art of Searcy, Ark., Harriett Abbott of Searcy, Ark., Doll Robbins of Concord, Ark., and Carol Lane and husband Art of Kansas. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Steve Rainwater of Beebe, Ark., Angie Smith and husband Tony of Ward, Ark., Jesse Johnson of St. Petersburg,Fla., Lindsay Johnson of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mikaella Rainwater-Moore of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Sabrina Rainwater and Shawn Rainwater. She is also survived by a host ofnieces and nephews, and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Lillie Hare Adams Rainey; four brothers, Bill Dettweiller, Bud Adams, Thomas Adams, Richard Adams; and one infant son, Steven Peckinpaugh.

A Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011, at 2 p.m. with visitation prior to service, beginning at 12 noon, at Heber Springs Funeral Home in Heber Springs, Ark. Please sign online guestbook at


TEXARKANA, Texas - Warren E. Riddell, 72, of Texarkana, Texas, died on May 12, 2011, following an extended illness. He was born in Tollville, Ark. (Prairie County), to Bertha Swartwood Riddell and Orville H. Riddell on June 22, 1938. He wasthe grandson of Jeanette Stipp Riddell and John W. Riddell.

He graduated from Stuttgart High School in 1957 and attended Texarkana College, majoring in Psychology. He had been a member of the Arkansas National Guard, Texas National Guard and USAF for seven years, serving in France and Germany. He was a member of First Baptist Church for 44 years and a member of Carlton Fountain Sunday School Class. Warren had held several jobs during his lifetime, including Firestone tire salesman, Over the road truck driver and insurance salesman, but his favorite was his last job, Opportunities Inc. as a van driver for the handicapped, until his health forced him to retire.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brothers, Leland Riddell, Raymond Riddell, John W. Riddell; and sister, Norma Riddell Apker. Warren is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Carlene Crowly Riddell; his sons, Mark A. Riddell and wife Amy of Texarkana, Texas, Steven B. Riddell and wife Tammy of Richardson, Texas; daughter, Sonja Riddell Wagner of Texarkana, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Cole Riddell, Collins Riddell, Michael K. Riddell, Stephanie Riddell, Savannah Riddell, Sarabeth Riddell, Steven Pearson, Stephanie Pearson, Devin Pearson, Samantha Pearson and Ethan Wagner; his sisters, Betty “BJ” Riddell Haller of Conway, Ark., and Wanda Riddell Chastain of Stuttgart, Ark.; a special uncle, Carl L. Riddell of Russellville, Ark.; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Riddell of Stuttgart, Ark., and Russell Crowly Prine of Hazen, Ark.; his beloved dog, Heidi; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation services will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011, at East Funeral Home-Moores Lane. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church Atrium with Rev. Larry Sims officiating. Burial will be in Chapelwood Memorial Gardens under the direction of East Funeral Home-Moores Lane.

Memorials may be made to Opportunities Inc., 6101 North Stateline, Texarkana, Texas 75501. Friends or family may leave condolences at family web page guest book at

Arkansas, Pages 16 on 05/14/2011

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