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Christy “Bell” Ayers, 33, of Little Rock. Ella M. Bogard, 84, of Little Rock. Mildred Bonds Chandler, of Little Rock. Colleen J. Clay-Tyson, 86, of Little Rock. Ada Louise Davis, 88, of North Little Rock. Dorothy Lee “Dottie” Downs, 78, of Little Rock. Bertha Halliburton, 80, of Little Rock. Robert “Bobby” Lee Hepp, 51, of Maumelle. Erwin E. Hill, 52, of Little Rock. Patricia McGowan Payne Hill, 82, of Little Rock. Arthur Charles “Toothpick” Huff, 76, of Little Rock. Calvin F. James, 62, of Little Rock. John A. Kehoe, 66, of Jacksonville. Lois Marie Lewis, 63, of Little Rock. Joe Wallace Lovell, 75, of Little Rock. Diane Callison Ziler McConnell, 66, of Little Rock. Edileen Stingley Milam, 87, of Maumelle. Melma Lorraine Pruitt, 90, of Jacksonville. Willie L. Reaves, 90, of Little Rock. Robert Nolan Ritter, 95, of Little Rock. Robert Louis Whitby, 67, of Little Rock. Georgia Mae Wiley, 72, of Little Rock. Rosie Mae Williams, 87, of North Little Rock. Dexter Lee Wilson, 35, of Jacksonville. George Woods, 89, of Sherwood.
ELSEWHERE IN ARKANSAS
Wilbert Grogan, 87.
Larry O’Neal, 62.
Junius Chism, 86.
Helen Kathleen Crow, 99.
Kimberly Lynn Swain Keister, 44. Lorene Watson, 86.
Frances Marion Johnson, 84.
Burton William Reid, 49.
Jeff Blackstock, 33. Lorine Fortune Bunting, 101. Elizabeth Darton Shaw, 91.
Beanita Gale Stice, 60.
Vance Parker, 50.
Odis Ollen Tunnicliff, 77.
Billie Jean Perkins Bell, 87.
James “Nat” Dayton, 80.
William Thomas “Tommy” Harris, 67.
Lavada “Bonnie” Terry, 80.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE
John P. McGrail, 77.
Charles Steven “Tootie” Collins, 64.
Lorene Dykes Brandon, 91.
Mary E. Gray, 81.
Jake C. Caruthers, 86.
Kevin Eugene Whitbey, 43.
Ishmel Freeman Carlton, 86.
Woodrow Wilson Kesterson, 99.
Margaret Hopkins, 82. Lewis Jones, 71.
Charles Bennett Wear, 85.
Elizabeth Taylor-Weekley, 75.
Vernon James King, 93.
Roger Dale King, 55. Roy E. “Bubba” Thomas, 72.
Alex Reed, 49.
Rogelio Morales Jr., 24.
Ila Gene Workman Green, 95.
Wayne O’Neal Watts, 82.
John W. Swan, 76.
Mary Lee Myrick Ferguson, 80.
Smoky Scott Sanders, 80.
William M. “Bill” Youngman, 80.
Joe Bernard Nowell, 73.
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.
Martha Day Trusler, 86.
Christopher R. Grace, 48.
CHRISTY “BELL” AYERS, of Little Rock, Ark., was born November 19, 1979, and passed December 16, 2012. She is survived by husband, Kelton Ayers; two sons, Willie DeShone Ayers, James Lee Ayers; one daughter, KidaaKasha Marie Ayers; mother, Reba Ellis (Randy) Levi Bell; one brother, James Bell; three sisters, Michelle Hubseth, Rebecca, Amber Bell; mother in law, Rowena Hamilton; father in law, Willie Ayers, Sr.; a host of other relatives and friends.
Family hour will be Friday, December 21, 2012, from 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. at Gunn Funeral Home, LR Chapel. Funeral service Saturday, December 22, 2012, 12 p.m. at Primrose United Methodist Church, 3006 W. Dixon Rd., LR, Ark., 72206. Service entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W. 29th, LR, Ark., 72204, (501) 660-4323.
•–––––ELLA M. BOGARD, 84, answered the heavenly call with her family by her side on December 15, 2012. She leaves to cherish her memory: children, Zipporah Jones (Isaiah), Eddie Robinson, Stella Greene (Freddie), Alexander Bogard (Artis); 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; five greatgreat-grandchildren; other family and friends. Family hour: 7-8 p.m. Friday at Robinson Mortuary Chapel, North Little Rock. Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Shiloh Baptist Church, 217 N. Hazel St., North Little Rock. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 4511 East Broadway, North Little Rock (501) 374-0111. Sign online guestbook at www.robinsonmortuary. com “Service You Can Trust”.
•–––––MILDRED BONDS CHANDLER of Little Rock, Ark., passed on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Her loving survivors include: four daughters, Bobbie, Linda, Patsy and Janice; two sons, Robert Jr. and Rodney Chandler; one sister, Lela Hendricks; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be Friday, December 21, 2012, 11 a.m., Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 2200 North Willow, North Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Haven of Rest Cemetery. Family visitation: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 6-7 p.m. at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305.
•–––––COLLEEN J. CLAY-TYSON, 86, of Little Rock transitioned to her heavenly home December 15, 2012. Born January 25, 1926, to the late Isiah & Fortyne Clay, she retired from the Little Rock School District, where she was an Elementary School Teacher for over 30 years. Frederick M. Tyson, her husband of nearly 65 years preceded her in death; a brother, Isiah Clay (Gary, Indiana) also preceded her in death.
Left to cherish her precious memories are three daughters, Connie Gore, Fredlesha (Ray) Barnes and LaJuan Bedford; three grandchildren, Felise Barnes, Edmond Barnes Jr. and Vellori Barnes; God-grandson, Edward Aycock; six great grandchildren; three sister inlaws, Jewel Avery, Rubye Clay (Gary, Indiana) and Alice Tyson (Maywood, Ill.).
A celebration of her wonderful life will be Saturday, December 22, 2012, 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church, 1709 John Barrow Road, Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park, Alexander, Ark. Family visitation: Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:30-8:30 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., LR. (501) 372-1305.
•–––––ADA LOUISE CORKILL DAVIS, 88, of North Little Rock, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on December 17, 2012. She was born in Morrilton, Ark., on July 30, 1924. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Alta Corkill; her sister, Geneva Corkill Scroggin; and her two brothers, Merchia and E. L. Corkill.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Weldon Davis; three sons: Ben Davis and his wife, Linda, of Nashville, Tenn.; J. Lynn Davis of Little Rock; Tommy Davis and his wife, Jan, of Little Rock; seven grandchildren: Emily Davis of Los Angeles, Calif.; Aaron Davis and wife, Natalya, of Boston, Mass.; Ellen Davis of Memphis, Tenn.; William Davis of Little Rock; Gracie Davis of Little Rock; Blake Davis of Little Rock; Alison Davis of Little Rock. She is also survived by two sisters, Osa Corkill Moore, of Plaquemine, La.; Maxine Corkill Falls and her husband, Bunn of North Little Rock; and numerous nieces and nephews.
After graduating Morrilton High School in 1943, she briefly entered nursing training at Maryville College in Tennessee. After 1 year, she enrolled in Arkansas State Teacher’s College in Conway, where she graduated in 1948 in a degree in economics and accounting. She then taught elementary school in Scott, Ark., and Mt. Vernon, Ark., until she moved with her husband, Weldon, to North Little Rock where she became a stay at home mom with her three sons. Instead of a soccer mom, she was a football/basketball/baseball/track mom, also backyard coach and referee mom.
She loved bowling and playing bridge with her friends. She was involved in PTA from kindergarten through high school, performed volunteer work at the March of Dimes and Park Hill Presbyterian Church, where she was a member. She loved to travel, having visited Canada, Hawaii, England, Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Isle of Man, where she visited the Corkill ancestry home.
The family would like to thank 4NW nursing staff at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center and Arkansas Hospice Care for their care and understanding. A very special thanks to Sandie Kiser and Adrianne Furlough for their excellent loving care.
Visitation will be at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, Ark. 72116 (501-791-7400) from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012. Funeral service will be at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2012. Interment will follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a memorial donation be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, #1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Ark. 72202 or a favorite charity. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/owens.
•–––––DOROTHY LEE “DOTTIE” DOWNS, 78, of Little Rock passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Dottie was a founding owner of Don’s Supply in Little Rock, founding member of the English Riding Club and president of the Greater Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Don Downs, of Hot Springs; three children, Sandy Downs (Lisa), Karen Young (Michael) and Dean Downs (Lori); three grandchildren, Jonathan Young (Shelley), Lindsay Young and Megan Vandament (James); one great-grandson, Jackson Vandament; sister, Beverly Eberle (John). She was preceded in death by her parents, W.B. Sanford and Mildred Young Sanford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pulaski County Humane Society, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210.
An informal memorial gathering to celebrate Dottie’s life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.
•–––––BERTHA HALLIBURTON, 80, departed this life December 13, 2012. Preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Mary Marshall, Sr.; siblings, Charlie Jr., Lee, Rose, La-Verne, Joyce. She leaves to cherish her memory: children, Kerry Halliburton-Thomas and Irene Murphy; brother, Jimmy Lee Marshall (Brenda); one grandchild; special friend, Earnestine Marshall; neighbor, Gerald Warren; other family and friends. Family hour: 5-6 p.m. Friday at Robinson Mortuary Chapel, Little Rock. Funeral Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Baptist Church, 2603 Commerce St., Little Rock. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock (501) 371-0111. Sign online guestbook at www.robinsonmortuary.com “Service You Can Trust”
•–––––ROBERT “BOBBY” LEE HEPP, 51, of Maumelle, passed away December 16, 2012. He was a member of Crystal Hill Assembly of God Church and a roofer for A.W. Hepp and Company Inc.
He is survived by his parents, A.W. and Pat Hepp of Maumelle; three brothers, Richard Hepp (Julie), Kenneth Hepp (Marsha) and Gary Hepp (Leisha) all of North Little Rock; special nephew and niece, Noah and Kaylie Cone of North Little Rock; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins; and family members. He was preceded in death by his sister Lorie Ann (Hepp) Cone.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to Hospice Home Care for their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crystal Hill Assembly of God Church, 6722 Mountain Pine Road, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118 or Scimitar Shrine Temple, Interstate 30 Frontage Road, Little Rock, Ark. 72209 for the Shriners Hospitals.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday at the North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main, 758-1170. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery, Perryville, Ark. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.
•–––––ERWIN E. HILL, 52, Little Rock, departed this life December 13, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, LeRoy and Ardell Hill; siblings, Wendell, LeRoy, Shadrick, Paul and Linda. He leaves to cherish his memory: brothers, Loranzo, Anthony and Darroll Hill; sisters, Irma Marshall and Shirley Hill; other family and friends. Family hour: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday at Robinson Mortuary Chapel, North Little Rock. Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Covenant of Zion Cathedral Church, 3023 W. 12th St., Little Rock. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 4511 East Broadway, North Little Rock (501) 374-0111. Sign online guestbook at www.robinsonmortuary.com “Service You Can Trust’.
•–––––PATRICIA McGOWAN PAYNE HILL, 82, died on December 15, 2012. Patsy was born in Petersburg, Va., on December 5, 1930, to William Hal Payne and Audrey Rose Bozel Payne. She attended Petersburg schools and at age 16 attended Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia in Fredericksburg, Va., graduating in 1951. Following graduation, she was a school teacher in Petersburg where she met a handsome young U.S. Army officer stationed at Fort Lee. It was definitely love as this young second lieutenant from Little Rock was successful in a marriage proposal that resulted in Patsy crossing the Appalachian Mountains to live in the wild west of Arkansas. Jay French Hill and Patsy Payne were married on a very hot June 27, 1953 in Petersburg. Following a honeymoon in Nantucket, they made their home in Little Rock.
Mrs. Hill is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jay French Hill, a son, James French Hill, his wife Martha McKenzie Hill and two grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth McKenzie Hill and William Payne Hill, all of Little Rock.
Patsy was a member of the Little Rock Garden Club and, along with Jay, devoted to garden study and design. They enjoyed many garden trips throughout the United States and Europe. She is a direct descendant of many valiant heroes of the American Revolution and Civil War, including her great-grandfather, Francis Marion Ridout, who was the last surviving Confederate soldier from the April 8, 1865, Battle of the Crater, in Petersburg. Patsy was a long time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the American Herb Society. She was a sustaining member of the Junior League of Little Rock. Always a teacher and always a student, Patsy was a wonderful mother and grandmother assisting with every history or art project along the way. She loved the anonymous tribute to Virginia that reads: “To be a Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption or even on one’s Mother’s side, is an introduction to any state in the Union, a passport to any foreign country and a benediction from the Almighty God.”
Following a Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of St. Andrew, she was buried in Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that one make a contribution in Patsy’s memory to the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation, 300 Third Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72201; the Episcopal Collegiate School Foundation 1701 Cantrell Road Little Rock, Ark. 72201; or, the Catholic High School Foundation, 6300 Father Tribou Street Little Rock, Ark. 72205. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome. com.
•–––––ARTHUR CHARLES “TOOTHPICK” HUFF, of Little Rock, Ark., born August 14, 1936 and passed December 14, 2012. He is survived by children, one brother; Walter Lee Huff (Doris), three sisters; Lois E. Thompson, Queen Ester George, Mildred Louise Shaddawvine (Slyvester), primary caregiver; Shirlean Wright, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation: Friday, December 21, 2012 at Gunn Funeral Home from 1-6 p.m. Graveside service: Saturday, December 22, 2012, 10 a.m. at Elmlawn Cemetery. Service entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W. 29th, LR Ark., 72204 (501) 660-4323.
•–––––CALVIN F. JAMES, 62, of Little Rock, passed away December 16, 2012, with his family by his side. He is survived by daughter, Naomi (Steve) Guajardo; sister, Mary Coney and four grandchildren. Arrangements provided by Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christ Church, P.O. Box 517, Alexander, Ark. Visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
•–––––JOHN A. KEHOE, JR., of Jacksonville, Arkansas, died Friday, December 14th, 2012. He was born September 7th, 1946, in Queens, New York, to John Arthur and Jeanne Francis Taguer Kehoe. He was the oldest of four boys. He joined the Air Force after graduating from Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, New York. He married Marsha Lee Mayer in 1967 and they had one son, John A. Kehoe III. John retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant, and moved to Little Rock in 1987. Marsha preceded him in death in 2001. He is survived by his son, John A. Kehoe III; his brothers, Paul, Peter and James; and his sister, Patricia.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 20, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2012, at Griffin Leggett-Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock, (501) 835-3515. The online obituary, guestbook, and memorial tribute are available at www.griffinleggettresthills.com.
•–––––LOIS MARIE LEWIS, of Little Rock, Ark., born March 14, 1949 and passed December 13, 2012. She is survived by one son, Anthony (Phyllis) Mullins; two daughters, Martha (Morris) Parker, Karen Coleman, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three brothers, Roosevelt Burnett, Harrison Brunson, Donnie Pulliam; five sisters, Freemont Mitchell, Barbara Young, Elnora Perkins, Joyce Anna Thomas, Sharon Beard; a special friend, Vincent Poindexter; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Family hour Friday, December 21, 2012, 6-7 p.m. at Gunn Funeral Home, LR Chapel. Funeral service Saturday December 22, 2012, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Woodson Ark. Service entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home 4323 W. 29th, LR, Ark. 72204, (501) 660-4323.
•–––––JOE WALLACE LOVELL, 75, of Little Rock, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Ellen and Buel Lovell, one sister, Ruth (Midge) Davis, and one great-grandson, Gavin Nichols.
Survivors include wife, Karin Lovell; one daughter, Sharon Glenn and husband Pastor Jeff; one son, Keith Lovell; one sister, Buel Dean Barlow and husband Bill; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and good friends.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, (501) 224-8300. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes. com/chenal.
•–––––DIANE CALLISON ZILER Mc-CONNELL, 66, succumbed on December 17th to injuries suffered in a bicycle accident on November 10th, 2012. Born in El Salvador on December 11, 1946 to Ann Rigney Ziler and William Donovan Ziler, Diane leaves her daughter Darcy McConnell and son-in-law Mathew Roy of San Antonio, Texas; sisters and brothersin-law Jeanie and Tom Calhoun of Little Rock and Sally and Peter Ettlinger of Lincolnshire, Ill.; nieces and nephews Dan Morgan of Dallas, Texas, Katie Ettlinger, Kelsey Ettlinger and Jacob Ettlinger all of Chicago, Ill. and Sam Calhoun of Boone, N.C.; former husband Jim McConnell of Tucson, Ariz. and a host of friends to mourn her demise.
Reared on Army bases in the USA and Japan, Diane grew adept at making new friends and finding her way everywhere she went. She took a BA degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. and then headed to Washington D.C. where she landed a job with the Smithsonian Institute planning festivals on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Diane was touring with a puppet troupe for the Smithsonian when she met musician and engineer Jim McConnell in Montreal, Quebec. Over the years, Jim’s career with the Veterans Administration moved them to numerous cities including three separate moves to Little Rock. The last of these took place in 1987. Diane was through moving for she knew that Little Rock was “home”. It was here she had given birth to her precious daughter Darcy. She also earned a Master of Social Work degree from UALR during that first Little Rock tour. Subsequently, she decided that she did not actually want to practice, but found her true career in Information Technology working first for UAMS and then the VA from which she retired in 2010.
A physically active person, Diane loved to dance. Growing up with rock and roll, Diane could be found on the dance floor as soon as the music started. She took part in the Arkansas Country Dance Society, loving in particular the English Country dances and music and traveling to dance in other states. Diane loved dance so much, her workouts were at Jazzercise for over 20 years. And yoga helped keep her in shape for all her activities. She also loved the performance of dance; even TV’s So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars thrilled her when choreographer, dancer and music merged into ineffable art — right in her living room!
Diane took great pleasure in riding her bicycle locally on the River Trail and in group rides such as the Thursday morning Retired Ride and the Sandwiching in History ride which satisfied both her love for bicycling and for learning more about her adopted home town. Riding farther afield, Diane took part in the Training BRAA tours around Lake DeGray, the annual Overnighter ride to Hot Springs and the Tour de Hoot in McGehee. She rode in the Big Dam Bridge 100 and Cycle Zydeco in Lafayette, La. She delighted in loading her bike’s panniers for camping and touring. Active in supporting local bicycle group efforts, she served at Secretary/Treasurer for the Arkansas Bicycle Club and was a member of the Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas.
Diane loved beauty in its many forms both natural and human made. She sought out local artists’ work for her home; haunting galleries in the Heights; going on the monthly art walks in Argenta, Little Rock and Hot Springs; following Stone County — Off the Beaten Path studio tour, participating in the Friends of Contemporary Craft excursions and supporting Arkansas Arts Center Museum School artists. Nothing pleased her more than chatting with the artists themselves.
Diane’s eye for beauty found much to please it in our natural world. She loved being outside whether she was working in her own well-tended, lovely garden or trekking with the Ouachita Mountain Hikers in the wilds of Arkansas, North Carolina or Colorado. Diane loved the hikes locally and the trips to see the beautiful wildflowers where ever she hiked. It was hard to get her hiking; she wanted to see every wildflower in The Smoky Mountains of N.C. When Diane was home, she generally could be found piddling in her yard. She would ask gardening advice of others, but then end by teaching them instead. She enjoyed having native and unusual species among her many plants, yet the large pink camellias were her pride. She had a keen eye for wildlife and could identify birds even while driving. Totally open to nature’s grandest displays at sunrise and sunset, Diane also responded to the delicate beauty of fern life and fungi on a forest floor. Diane was an avid hiker who relished in Pinnacle Mountain’s proximity as well as the walk in Emerald Park near Fort Roots where she worked for many years. She delighted in canoeing and kayaking Arkansas waters such as the Ouachita, Buffalo and Little Maumelle Rivers.
Diane had a gentle kindness that warmly accepted everyone. She welcomed new families into the neighborhood by sharing the area’s history and randomly demonstrating her thoughtfulness. It was typical for her to give away a new yard tool that she found useful, her handmade soap, or a recipe along with the prepared dish simply because she thought the recipient might find it helpful or tasty. Diane took time to visit; no matter what other tasks was occupying her, she devoted her attention to catching up on the news of others. There wasn’t a child, dog, or cat in the neighborhood that she didn’t know.
A good day for Diane began on her bike or on a hike and ended in the company of family and friends, usually around food and wine and with lively conversation and lots of laughter. Diane had many friends in intersecting circles of acquaintance that were centered by “The Knitsters”, seven women who gather to knit a couple of times a month in each other’s homes. Together, these women knit a powerful friendship of love and respect; each bringing her own loved ones into the treasured circle; all kindred spirits. Those who remain are broken hearted and yet are comforted by memories of Diane’s vital intelligence and loving heart.
A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock located at 1818 Reservoir Road at 4 p.m., Friday, December 21, 2012. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Diane’s name to Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas, www. bicycleadvocacy.com.
To sign her guestbook, please visit www.arkansasfuneralcare. com. Arrangements by Arkansas Funeral Care, Jacksonville.
•–––––EDILEEN STINGLEY MILAM, 87, of Maumelle, Arkansas passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Good Shepherd Nursing and Rehab in Little Rock, Arkansas. Edileen was born August 21, 1925 to Homer McDaniel and Lona Vice in Rondo, Arkansas.
She is survived by one son, E. R. “Eddie” Stingley III (Vickie) of Russellville, Arkansas; one daughter, Judy Stingley Hartsfield of Maumelle; three grandchildren, Cheryl Hartsfield (Chris), Edward R. “Rusty” Stingley, IV (Kathleen) and Amy Hartsfield (Dane); one great-grandchild Annie Jeanne Stingley; two sisters, Bernice Connolley, of Southaven, Mississippi and Thelma Jobe of Augusta, Georgia; three brothers, G. W. McDaniel of Mt. Home, Arkansas, Robert Mc-Daniel of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Clyde McDaniel of LuRand, Mississippi; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands E. Roscoe Stingley, Jr. and George A. Milam, one infant son, Kenneth Larry Stingley; one brother, Billy McDaniel.
For thirty one years Edileen enjoyed gardening and church activities at her Moon Lake home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Roller-Citizens Chapel in West Helena, Arkansas. Reverend Mark Massey will officiate. Visitation will be from 12 noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 also at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park in Barton, Arkansas.
•–––––MELMA LORRAINE PRUITT, 90, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, was born February 2, 1922, at Antioch, Arkansas to Jim and Leona (Bobbitt) Mash, and she died December 17, 2012. She was a retired business manager for Cliff Peck Chevrolet and also traveled to many dealerships throughout the region serving as troubleshooter for any type of accounting problems. She was a graduate of Draughn School of Business and a member of Central Baptist Church of North Little Rock.
Melma is survived by her husband, Dennis Pruitt; stepson Craig Pruitt of Allen, Texas, stepdaughter Janis McAnally of Amity, Arkansas; six grandchildren; and eight greatgrandchildren; nieces Linda Fulks Ray, Glenda Fulks McElhanon of Beebe, Freida Mash White and Sue Mash Starkey of Sherwood; nephews James Mash of Beebe, Max Fulks of Camden, and Allen Fulks of Ashdown, Arkansas; and seventeen great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Joe Weir; one sister, Maxine Fulks; three brothers, Bernard Mash, Elvin Mash and James Rueben Mash.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012, at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Weir Cemetery. www. westbrookfuneralhome.com.
•–––––WILLIE L. REAVES, 90, of Little Rock, departed this life December 15, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Mary Anna Reaves. He leaves to cherish his memory: wife, Altha Mae Reaves; children, Tracy Bryant and Willetta Reaves; brothers, Charles, William and Coleman Reaves; sisters, Beatrice Steward and Sarah Lawhorn; grandchildren, Beral, Brittany and Dwayne Arnold, Mayonna and Grace Bizzell; other family and friends. Family hour: 7-8 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Mortuary Chapel, Little Rock. Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Covenant of Zion Cathedral, 3023 W. 12th Street, Little Rock. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock (501) 371-0111. Sign online guestbook www. robinsonmortuary.com “Service You Can Trust”.
•–––––ROBERT NOLAN RITTER, age 95 of Little Rock, Ark., formerly of New Orleans, La., passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Stonehaven Assisted Living. Bob was born January 4, 1917, in Decatur, Ind., a son of the late Quincy O. and Elva May (Zerkle) Ritter.
Bob was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He served in the Normandy Invasion and Battle of the Bulge. Bob was self-employed, and retired in 2008.
He is survived by his daughter Sheri (Dennis) McDow of Covington, La.; grandson, Robert (Sharon) Lambert, Jr.; granddaughter, Christi (Thomas) Rao; and two greatgrandchildren, Robert “James” Lambert, III and Christian Rao. He was preceded in death by a son, Ron Ritter, in 1978; a brother, Henry D. Ritter, Coldwater, Mich.; two sisters, Audrey Bleeke and an infant sister; and a brother, Leon Ritter.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 11-1 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, La. Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert (Bob) Ritter will be at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories in Metairie, La.
The family requests that donations to Red Cross be made in lieu of flowers. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
•–––––ELDER ROBERT LOUIS WHITBY, age 67, was born June 25, 1946 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas to the late RosaLee Vick Whitby and Floyd Whitby. Robert proudly served in the United States Army, was a member of Changing Channel Ministries under the leadership of Bishop Anderson Lewis Jr. and recently retired from Children’s Hospital. He is preceded in death by one sister, Joyce Ann Brown, two brothers, Joseph and Nylon Vick.
Robert is survived by his wife Betty Whitby: one daughter, Shy-Londa Whitby; two sisters Cecilia Wainwright (Dale) of Texas, Ann Vick Hines of Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers, Michael Vick (Joella) of Little Rock, Ark., Jasper Vick of Tennessee, six grandchildren, two uncles, a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Family hour: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Mortuary Chapel, LR. Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Changing Channels International Ministries, Bishop Anderson Lewis, Jr., officiating. Service entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock (501) 371-0111. Sign online guestbook at www.robinsonmortuary. com “Service You Can Trust”.
•–––––GEORGIA MAE WILEY, 72, of Little Rock, departed this life December 16, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, P.J. Wiley; parents, Sammie and Gestine Randolph; siblings, Leon, Warren, Freeman, Katie, Idell Randolph, Louise, Vera Walker, Sarah Neal, and Dorothy Scott. She leaves to cherish her memory: two daughters, Katie Wiley of Little Rock, Areatha Lougin (Terry) of El Dorado; three sons, Ronnie Wiley of El Dorado, Albert Pitts of Memphis, Elija Griffin, Jr. of Dermott; one sister, Gestine Williams of Little Rock; four brothers, Frank (Verdell), Anthony, Sam (Freddie Mae) and Leroy, all of Little Rock; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; special thanks to the staff of Oakridge Nursing Home of El Dorado and Sandlewood of Little Rock.
Family hour: 6:15-7:15 p.m. Friday at Robinson Mortuary Chapel, Little Rock. Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Temple Full Gospel Deliverance Center, 1920 South Broadway, Little Rock. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock (501) 371-0111. Sign online guestbook at www.robinsonmortuary.com “Service You Can Trust”. –––––
•–––––ROSIE MAE WILLIAMS, 87, of North Little Rock, Ark., passed peacefully Saturday, December 15, 2012. Home-going services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 105 N. Smothers, North Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Arkansas Memorial Gardens, North Little Rock, Ark. Viewing will be Friday, December 21, 2012, 2-5 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St. Little Rock, Ark. (501) 372-1305.
•–––––DEXTER LEE WILSON, age 35, of Jacksonville passed away December 15, 2012 in North Little Rock. He was born September 20, 1977 in Jacksonville, to Douglas and Darlene Smith Wilson.
Survived by children, Braxton Wilson of Cabot, Gracie Wilson of Paragould; parents Douglas Wilson of Jacksonville, Darlene Smith Wilson of Jacksonville, three brothers, Clyde Wilson of Jacksonville, Douglas Wilson of Austin, Braxton Wilson of Oklahoma; sister, Dawn Stills of Clinton; and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Service: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 2 p.m., The Assembly Church in Cabot. Interment, Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Cabot. To send online condolences visit www.thomasfuneralservice.com. Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot (501 )941-7888.
•–––––REV. GEORGE C. WOODS of Sherwood passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012. He was an Assemblies of God minister of Sherwood, who was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Lois Virginia Woods. Rev. Woods pastored the following churches in Arkansas: Miligan Ridge Assembly of God, Manila; Antioch Assembly of God, Donaldson; Oak Grove Assembly of God, Malvern; First Assembly of God, Arkadelphia; First Assembly of God, Cabot; First Assembly of God, Heber Springs; Oak Grove Assembly of God, Malvern (second time); First Assembly of God, Gurdon; Glad Tidings Assembly of God, North Little Rock; Rose City Assembly of God, North Little Rock and Crystal Hill Assembly of God, North Little Rock.
Survivors include a son Clinton Woods (Denease) of Harrison, Ark.; a daughter Brenda Zermatten (Martin) of North Little Rock; a sister Virginia Hale of Plumas Lake, Calif.; two sisters-in-law Joe Ann Taylor of Bakersfield, Calif., and Dorothy Sims of Visalia, Calif; three grandchildren Tonia Horn (Kevin) and Shelton Zermatten (Erica) of Sherwood, Ark., and Melissa Barnard (Scott) of Harrison and seven great-grandchildren Christopher, Hunter and Brady Barnard of Harrison; Katheryn and Emily Horn and Brooke and Peyton Zermatten of Sherwood; and a very special friend Willodean Sullivan of North Little Rock.
Memorials may be made to the 100 by 100 Missions Outreach at First Assembly of God, 4501 Burrow Drive, North Little Rock. 72116.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel, 1921 Main, 758-1170. Burial will be in Rest Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Share your special memories by going to the online obituary and guest register www.nlrfh.com
ARKADELPHIA — Larry O’Neal, 62, of Arkadelphia, died December 15, 2012. Survivors include son, Brandon (Kimberly) O’Neal; daughter, Bevan (Brian) Cherry; former spouse, Kay O’Neal; three brothers; and two sisters. Services will be at Park Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, 11 a.m. December 20, 2012. Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care, Jacksonville.
•–––––BENTON — Junius Chism, 86, of Benton, died Sunday in Benton, Arkansas. Survivors are his daughters, Donna Castiglia and Elizabeth Goodwin of Benton; brother, Fred Chism of Wynne; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation is Wednesday, 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Kernodle Funeral Home. Graveside services are 2 p.m. at Cogbill Cemetery.
•–––––BRINKLEY — Surrounded by her family, wrapped in love, Helen Kathleen McKay Crow passed away peacefully on Monday, December 3, 2012, exactly one month before her 100th birthday. Born January 3, 1913, in Postelle, Arkansas, “Kat” was the eldest daughter and fourth child of eleven born to Robert J. and Josephine Vick McKay. Kathleen was a 1932 graduate of Clarendon High School and a member of the Brinkley First United Methodist Church.
On May 8, 1936, she wed John Jefferson Crow of Holly Grove at Clarendon First Methodist Church. For over fifty years their home in Brinkley, Arkansas, was a haven of love and comfort for family and friends. Together they owned Brinkley Furniture Company for thirty five years and served the community in many ways.
She served as past president of the local PTA, was a member of the Garden Club and Gli Amici Club. Kathleen loved spending time playing golf with family and friends. She was an avid bridge player and traveled many places to play duplicate bridge including Hawaii. Most important in her life was her family, always making each member feel special. Kathleen was quick-witted, was the source of much fun and the loving matriarch of the family.
This spring, 100 family members celebrated her centennial year with a weekend of shared memories and love.
Kathleen is survived by her daughters, Mary Cay Crow of Fayetteville, Martha Crow Hunter and husband Schuyler of Huntsville, Ala., daughter-in-law, Candy Crow of California; sisters, Marjorie Maher of Silver Spring, Md., Josephine McCampbell and husband Harry of Athens, Ga.; grandchildren, Angie Crow, John Crow III, Casey Crow, Kelly Crow, Jud Norris, Kate Norris Baldwin, Scott Yarbrough and Brooke Hunter; and great-grandchildren, Avery Norris, Nicholas Crow, Noah Crow, Aaron Crow, Ben Baldwin, Mailer Baldwin, Gabriel Baldwin and Abraham Baldwin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John J. Crow, son, John J. Crow, Jr., brothers, Magnus, J.D., Robert, William, Paul, Forrestal and Pat McKay and sister, Mayola Powers.
Services were Saturday December 8, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church in Brinkley, where John and Kathleen had been members for over fifty years. Rev. James Rowland officiated. Pallbearers were Schuyler Hunter, John Crow III, Scott Yarbrough, Jud Norris, Casey Crow and Dewey Crow, Jr. Honorary Pallbearers serving are Donnie McKay, Pat McKay, Rick McKay, Robbie Powers, Todd McCampbell, Tom Ashburn, Mike McKay and John Paul McKay.
Memorials may be made to Brinkley First Methodist Church or Peaceful Valley Church, 2207 S. 40th St., Springdale, Ark. 72702. Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home, Brinkley.
•–––––CABOT — Kimberly Lynn Swain Keister, 44, of Cabot, born June 28, 1968, in Jackson, Mississippi, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012.
Kimberly is survived by her husband, Jimmy Keister; her parents, Herbert and Charlotte Swain; her four daughters, Kristen Wilson, Kayla Krippendorf, Heather Keister, and Hannah Keister; one granddaughter, Anna Wilson; several other friends and loved ones; and many friends from Jacksonville High School.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Arkansas Funeral Care, 2620 W. Main Street, Jacksonville, Ark. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at Arkansas Funeral Care. Interment will be in Mississippi. To sign her guestbook, please visit www.arkansasfuneralcare. com. Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care, Jacksonville.
•–––––CABOT — Lorene Watson, 86, formerly of Hoxie, died Monday in North Little Rock. Born March 8, 1926, in Alicia to Dan and Mary McGonigal, she had lived in Cabot the last 15 years and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Crossroads Baptist Church in Cabot. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Wiley Watson.
She is survived by daughter, Janice Watson Henry (Randall) of Lebanon, Tennessee; sons, Wiley Norris Watson (Laura) of Tucson, Arizona, and William Danny Watson (Jimmye Carol) of Cabot; eight grandchildren and 18 greatgrandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in the House Gregg Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Davis and Dale Bonner officiating. Burial will follow in Strangers Home Cemetery in Alicia. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.
•–––––CAMDEN — Frances Marion Johnson, 84, passed into her eternal home December 17, 2012. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Graveside services 10 a.m. Thursday, New Hope Cemetery. To sign online guest register visit www.proctorfuneralhome.com.
•–––––CLINTON — Burton William Reid, 49, of Clinton, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Survivors include his fiancee, Charlene Provencal; siblings, Mike Reid, Debbie Reid, Morgan Davis, and Elizabeth; three step-children; nine step-grandchildren; six nieces; and three nephews. Arrangements by Arkansas Funeral Care, Jacksonville.
•–––––CONWAY — Jeff Blackstock, 33, of Conway, passed away Monday, December 17. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 20, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway (501-327-7727), with Bro. Mike Lefler officiating. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
•–––––CONWAY — Lorine Fortune Bunting, 101, Conway, departed this life December 15, 2012. Survivors: sister Mary B. Cowan, and numerous nieces/nephews. Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, Sinai COGIC, Conway. Visitation 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the church. Interment Sinai Cemetery. Services entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, Conway. www.larrygacklinfuneralhomes.com
•–––––CONWAY — Elizabeth Darton Shaw, 91, Conway, departed this life December 12, 2012. Survivors: three sons, three daughters, one sister. Funeral services 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, Solomon Grove Baptist Church, Twin Groves. Visitation 1-6 p.m. Friday at funeral home. Interment Solomon Grove Cemetery. Services entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, Conway. www.larrygacklinfuneralhomes.com.
•–––––DES ARC — Beanita Gale Stice, 60, of Des Arc died Monday. Survivors include her mother, Loreda Stice, four brothers, two sisters, 18 nieces and nephews, 22 great nieces and nephews. Visitation 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services 2 p.m. Thursday at Garth Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Sandhill Cemetery by Garth Funeral Home. On-line guest register www.garthfuneralhome.com.
•–––––ELAINE — Vance Parker, 50, of Elaine, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012. He was a member of Elaine Baptist Church and a pipe welder. Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens. Burial at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena will direct (870) 572-2571. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
•–––––ELIZABETH — Odis Ollen Tunnicliff, 77, of Elizabeth, Arkansas passed away December 16, 2012 in Mountain Home, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, two children, nine grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. Visitation and services are December 19, 2012 from 12-2 p.m. at the Roller Coffman Chapel in Mountain View, Arkansas. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
•–––––GILLETT — Billie Jean Perkins Bell, 87, of Gillett, died December 16, 2012. She was born October 28, 1925 in Gillett to William R. “Shine” and Maude Tom Strode Perkins who preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death were her husband, Ephffous Valton Bell and brother, Cye Perkins. She was a member of Gillett United Methodist Church.
Survivors include children: Nan Milliken of Gillett, Carrol Ray Bell (Linda) of Farmington, Dean Bell of DeWitt, Roberta Griffo, devoted family caregiver of Gillett, Dona G. Bell, devoted caregiver of Heber Springs, grandchildren: Gena Milliken Jennings (Warren, Jr.), Kevin Bell (Jackie), Curt Bell, Chase Bell, Dena Carole Milliken, Misty Milliken Vega (Juan), Lesley Bell Skinner (Adam), Shannon Cantrell (Aaron), Sean Schader (Nicole) and numerous great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 19th at Gillett Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt. Memorials may be made to Gillett Methodist Church, P.O. Box 88, Gillett, Ark. 72055 or De-Witt Nursing Home, 1605 S. Madison, DeWitt, Ark. 72042.
•–––––HICKORY PLAINS — William Thomas “Tommy” Harris, 67, of Hickory Plains, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord Saturday, December 15, 2012. He was retired from Lomanco, and was a member of Hickory Plains Missionary Baptist Church where he served as Deacon and Church Superintendent.
He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Sheila; two sons, Travis and wife Debbie of Vilonia and Jason and wife Brooke of Bigelow; one daughter, Karla Oakley and husband Brian of Austin; five grandchildren, Brianna, Makayla, Makenzi, Kristin and Brandon; two brothers, Terry Harris and wife Anita of Rose Bud and Paul Harris and wife Sandy of Searcy; two sisters, Peggy Westbrook and husband Raymond of Kensett and Joyce Gaines (Richard) of Bee Branch.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012, at Hickory Plains Missionary Baptist Church, with burial in Hickory Plains Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hickory Plains Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 405, Hickory Plains, Ark. 72066. www.westbrookfuneralhome.com.
•–––––HOT SPRINGS — Lavada “Bonnie” Terry, 80, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away Monday, December 17, 2012. She was born June 27, 1932 in Malvern, Arkansas to the late William S. and Katie B. (Donnelly) Yancey. Bonnie loved to have her family all together and enjoyed cooking and preparing for them. She enjoyed knitting or crocheting items to give to friends and family (plus many baby blankets to the Crisis Pregnancy Center).
She was a loving, caring encourager and when she saw a need offered a helping hand to many. Bonnie LOVED her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and prayed for them often. She loved her “sweet Jesus” and her loving church family at Centerfork Missionary Baptist Church. While Bonnie loved celebrating life with her family, now she is celebrating in Heaven with loved ones that have gone before. Her family will miss her tremendously but look forward to seeing her again one day in a glorious reunion! Her favorite Bible verse “Be kind to one another.” Ephesians 4:32.
Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Nolan Terry. She is survived by her son Nolan W. Terry (Theresa) of Malvern, Arkansas; daughters Vicki James (Glenn) of Hot Springs, Arkansas and Karen Terry of Benton, Arkansas; sister Lorena Bennings of McKinleyville, California; sister -in-law Freda Green of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren Chad Rybard (Christy), Nolan Wayne Terry, Erin Jackson (Ben), Brian Terry, Megan Meeks (Mark); great-grandchildren Allysa Terry, Grace Rybard, John Rybard, and Emma Jackson.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Bro. Lynn Baxter officiating.
Honorary pallbearers include Sam Mullins, Glenn James, Bro. Bill Driggers, Bro. Paul Halbert, Vicki and Tom Wilson and Bro. Mike Smith. Guests may register at www.caruthhale.com.
•–––––HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — John P. McGrail, 77, of Hot Springs Village passed away December 17, 2012. He was born April 17, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late William Edward McGrail and Sarah Joyce McGrail.
John was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Alcoa Aluminum Inc. He was active in Village golf serving as chairman of the golf committee and worked as a course marshall. John had an amazing Irish tenor voice and was very active in the Village Players writing producing and acting. He was a faithful and proud member of AA for 27 years. John was also a die hard Notre Dame and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret McGrail of Hot Springs Village; son, Dennis McGrail (Carol) of Austin, Texas; daughter, Colleen McGrail (Tim Sanders) of McKinney, Texas; sister Frances Slivinsky of Pittsburgh; and grandchildren, Maggie Sanders, Claire Sanders, Jack Sanders and Veronica McGrail.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with Father Bill Elser as celebrant. Inurnment will be in Sacred Heart of Jesus Columbarium. Visitation will be 4-4:30 p.m. Thursday at the church with rosary recited immediately following.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Arrangements are under the care of Caruth Village Funeral Home; guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com.
•–––––KINGSLAND — Lorene Dykes Brandon, 91, of Kingsland, died December 17, 2012, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born December 16, 1921, in Kingsland, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Kingsland Missionary Baptist Church in Kingsland. She is preceded in death by her parents, William “Will” Dykes and Ludie West Dykes; husband, Johnnie Brandon; brothers, Charles Dykes, James “J.W.” Dykes, Odis Dykes and Sanford Dykes; two sisters, Grace Stell and Kathryn Franklin; two grandsons, Staff Sergeant Stacey C. Brandon, “Iraq” and Johnny Brandon; granddaughter, Tennia Nutt.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Barbara Brandon of Jonesboro, George and Nan Brandon of Kingsland, Glen and Shelby Brandon of Kingsland; one daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Glenn Lane of Ponca City, Okla.; eight grandchildren, Lisa Benton, Gina Roberts and Todd Brandon all of Jonesboro, Jeff Brandon of Houston, Texas, Robin Noles of Pine Bluff, Lora Rice of North Little Rock, Steve Nutt of Austin, and Amy Hamel of Owasso, Okla.; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesday 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kingsland Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Bolin, Rev. Paul Rice and Rev. Jonathan Mertens officiating. Burial will follow at Kingsland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Kingsland Missionary Baptist Church Music Fund. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
•–––––MALVERN — Mary E. Gray, 81, of Malvern passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012. Visitation: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 5 to 7 p.m., Atkinson Chapel. Funeral services: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 11 a.m., Atkinson Chapel. Interment: Round Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Atkinson Funeral Home, Malvern, Ark. Guests may register at www.atkinsonfuneralhome.net.
•–––––McRAE — Jake C. Caruthers, 86, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, in Searcy, Arkansas. Visitation 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home. Funeral services 1 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012, at the Funeral Home. Internment in Providence Cemetery. For online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
•–––––MORRILTON — Kevin Eugene Whitbey, age 43, of Morrilton, went to be with the Lord, Monday, December 17, 2012. He was born, June 18, 1969, in Morrilton, Arkansas, a son of William “Bill” Whitbey and Rita Hartman Whitbey. He was a Truck Driver and member of New Life Church in Conway, Arkansas, and also of Faulkner County Rescue Squad.
Survivors include his son, Justin Keith Whitbey of San Diego, California; daughters, Katie Honeycutt and husband Eric of Scotland; Tabitha Yang and husband Sue of Clinton, and Jennifer Faith Whitbey of Clinton; parents, Bill Whitbey and Rita Hartman Whitbey of Morrilton; brother, Chris Whitbey of Morrilton; sisters, Brenda Whitbey of Little Rock; Karen Smith and husband Kevin of Cabot, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, December 20, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Jack Harris and Pastor Jim Stockdale officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, with a Rosary to follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Online guestbook: www.harrisfuneralhomes.net.
•–––––NASHVILLE — Woodrow Wilson Kesterson, 99, Nashville, Arkansas, died December 17, 2012. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2012, in Umpire Community Church, Umpire, Ark. Burial in Burg Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home, Dierks. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 20 at funeral home in Dierks. Register on-line www. wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
•–––––NEWPORT — Margaret Hopkins, 82, of Newport, died Sunday. Survivors: sons, Jerry Hopkins and wife Belinda, and Gary Hopkins, one daughter Jamie Block and husband Dorsey; sister, Melba Holt Yazell; five grandchildren. Nine greatgrandchildren. Funeral: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Coffeyville Cemetery. Arrangements: Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home. www.jacksonsfh.com.
•–––––NEWPORT — Lewis Jones, 71, of Newport died Monday. Survivors: wife, Mary Lee; son, Mike Jones; daughter, Lisa Jones; brother, Dorsey Jones, Sr.; grandchildren, Lyndsie Roberts, Hunter Jones; great-granddaughter, Bayleigh Smith; special cousin, W.F. Sullivan; nieces, nephews. Visitation: Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. Funeral: 2 p.m. Thursday, Jackson’s Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Brown’s Chapel Cemetery. www.jacksonsfh.com.
OPPELO — Charles Bennett Wear, of Oppelo, was born June 27, 1927 and died December 18, 2012. Charles was married to the late Betty Jean Wear and was the son of the late Oscar Allen and Josie Myrtle Nix Wear.
He is survived by his son, Charles Steven Wear and wife Connie of Morrilton; daughter, Jo Beth Wear Hoyt and husband Paul of Oppelo; son, Gary Allen Wear and wife Tammy of Springdale; grandchildren, Stephanie Joy Wear Weigt of Conway; Christy Leigh Hoyt Meeler and Brian of Morrilton; Candice Beth Wear Thomas and Cole of Morrilton; Charles Allen Wear of Conway; Charles Scott Hoyt and Kari of Morrilton; Jordan Nicole Wear of Springdale; greatgrandchildren, Kanada Weigt, Abbigail Davidson, Caden Meeler, Darcy Thomas, Edin Hoyt, Kinleigh Meeler, and Molly Thomas.
Charles was a graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College, served in the United States Army; an Educator; retired minister of the word, of the United Methodist Church, Oppelo; and a cattle farmer. Charles was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Morrilton.
Visitation will be Wednesday, December 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, December 20, at Harris Chapel with Pastor Gordon Warren presiding. Interment will be at Wolfe Cemetery in Oppelo by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. The family requests memorials be made to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Morrilton. Online guestbook: www. harrisfuneralhomes.net.
•–––––PINE BLUFF — Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor-Weekley, 75, of Pine Bluff, passed Friday, December 14, 2012. Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012 at First Trinity COGIC by Elder Dr. Hayward M. Battle. Burial will be in Cypress Memorial Gardens by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Online Register: www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.
•–––––POCAHONTAS — Vernon James King, 93, of Pocahontas, passed away December 15, 2012 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale surrounded by family members. He was born September 4, 1919 in Warm Springs, Arkansas to James Franklin and Hattie Burrow King. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas.
Vernon attended Pocahontas public schools, graduating in 1936. He was a member of the University of Arkansas Class of 1940, where he graduated with a degree in Accounting and was a member of the Gamma Upsilon chapter of Sigma Nu. Vernon also graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1943. He served in the United States Army in World War II before returning to Pocahontas where he practiced law, worked at Pocahontas Federal Savings and Loan, and helped run the familyowned Kings Department Store.
Vernon was very active in a number of civic and community endeavors, including serving on the Chamber of Commerce, the Pocahontas Water and Sewer Commission and the School Board, as well as the Pocahontas City Attorney. He was a former president of the Pocahontas Rotary Club, of which he was a member for more than 50 years. Vernon also was instrumental in the formation of Rolling Hills Country Club, where he was an enthusiastic member. He was an avid golfer and a renowned pie maker.
Vernon was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Hattie King; his wife of 40 years, Martha Pickens King, who passed away in 1983; his son Vernon James (Jim) King, Jr.; and his sister, Berniece King Limbaugh.
He is survived and loved by his family: his wife, Mary Nell Spikes King, to whom he was married in 1990; one son, William (Bill) Craig King, of Cordova, Tenn.; one daughter, Ann King Lawnin and husband Jim, of The Woodlands, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Smith King of Johnson, Ark.; grandchildren, James Winston King and wife Jackie of Arlington, Va., Martha Ellen King Myers and husband Jeff of Springdale, Ark., Lindsay King Montierth and husband Eric of Covington, Tenn., Nelson Reynolds Lawnin and wife Brittany of Houston, Texas, William Carter Lawnin of Atlanta, Ga., and Elizabeth Ann Lawnin of Houston, Texas. Four great-grandsons and one greatgranddaughter also survive.
The family would like to thank all those who provided exceptional care to Vernon over the last few years of his life, including his medical professionals, the caregivers in the family home in Pocahontas, and the staff at both Jamestown Nursing and Rehab in Rogers, Ark., and Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Ark.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., December 18th, 2012 in the Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas, officiated by Rev. Victor Green. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 400 Thomasville Ave., Pocahontas, Ark. 72455 or to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark. 72762. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.
•–––––POPLAR GROVE — Roger Dale King, 55, of Poplar Grove passed away December 16, 2012. He was the former owner of Dale’s Auto Parts. Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Helena Baptist Church. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena will direct (870) 572-2571. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
•–––––POPLAR GROVE — Graveside service for Roy E. “Bubba” Thomas, 72, of Poplar Grove is 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sunset Memorial Park, West Helena. Visitation: Wednesday, 10-11 a.m., Roller-Citizens. Survivors: two siblings, sister-in-law, aunt, nieces and nephews. Services will be directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
•–––––RUSSELLVILLE — Alex Reed, 49, died Sunday, December 16, 2012. Funeral will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at West Side Church of Christ in Russellville. Burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Humphrey Funeral Service in Russellville.
•–––––SPRINGFIELD — Rogelio Conrad Morales, Jr., 24, Springfield, died Monday. Survivors, parents Roger and Deborah Morales; wife, Courtney Morales; sons, Trey and Ty Morales of Springfield; brother; two sisters; grandmother. Services: 10 a.m., December 21, funeral home. Visitation: 6-7 p.m. Thursday. Rosary 7 p.m. Arrangements by Bob Neal and Sons Funeral Home, Morrilton. Obit/photo/guestbook, www.bobnealandsons.com.
•–––––STAR CITY — Ila Gene Workman Green, 95, of Star City, died Saturday December 15, 2012 at her home. She was born June 24, 1917 in Kingsland to the late Eugene and Mattie Easterling Workman. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Star City and was a retired inventory clerk at Levi-Strauss.
Also preceding her in death were her husband, Manuel Green; three brothers, Clyde Workman, Craven Workman, and Wiley Workman; and one sister, Rosalee Pullam. Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, at First Baptist Church of Star City. Brother Bill Berry will officiate. There will be no visitation. Private burial will be at Pinecrest Cemetery in Little Rock. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at www. griffinfuneralservice.net.
•–––––STUTTGART — Wayne O’Neal Watts, 82, died Tuesday. Survivors are daughter, Nealetta Gordon of Sherwood; grandsons, Ryan Gordan and Jonathan Gordon; five greatgrandchildren; sister, Wilma Brady of Malvern. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Saturday at Turpin Funeral Home chapel with burial in Lone Tree Cemetery. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday at Turpin. www.turpinco.com.
•–––––WEST MEMPHIS — John W. Swan, 76, of West Memphis, Ark., died December 16, 2012 at his home. Services being handled by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, Ark.
•–––––WHITE HALL — Mary Lee Myrick Ferguson, 80, of White Hall, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012. Survivors, children, Betsy Land, Steven Mausehardt, Bonnie Carroll, Becky Morgan, Amy Dillard; brother, John Myrick Jr.; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Cranford Funeral Home, graveside at 1 p.m., Oakland Cemetery, Monticello.
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OKEECHOBEE, Fla. — Smoky Scott Sanders, 80, of Okeechobee died October 19, 2012, at the Hamrick Hospice House in Okeechobee. Mr. Sanders was born in 1931 and had been a resident of Okeechobee for 17 years. His greatest enjoyment was getting together and entertaining with his many good friends and family. Mr. Sanders was a US Marine and served two tours in Korea. Another of his notable accomplishments was the fact that he was a cowboy from the 40’s through the 60’s and also appeared in numerous rodeos and was the Montana State Champ in 1958 and 1960. Being a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, he was a motorcycle daredevil and performed at many events riding the bike through walls of fire. Over 30 years ago, Smoky and his wife Kaye also started Sanders Painting, an industrial painting business which is still in operation today by his son, Keith Sanders.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Kaye Sanders, whom was the love of his life and who he adored; son, Keith Sanders (Kalynn) of Little Rock, Ark., and his grandson, Shawn Sanders of Little Rock, Ark. He is also survived by nephews, Dr. Charles Johnson (Jane) of Reno, Nev., Russell Johnson (Jo) of Germantown, Tenn., as well as grand nephews, Christopher Johnson of Reno, Nev., Eric Johnson of Germantown, Tenn., and grand nieces, Sara Johnson of Reno, Nev., Brittany Johnson of New York, N.Y., and Emily Johnson of Germantown, Tenn.
A celebration of life service is planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent at www.buxtonseawinds. com. All arrangements were under the care of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, Okeechobee, Florida.
•–––––BOISE, Idaho — William M. “Bill” Youngman, 80, Boise, Idaho, died December 16, 2012, at a local Care Home. Services will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Boise Funeral Home, Aclesa Chapel.
•–––––COLUMBUS, Miss. — Joe Bernard Nowell, age 73, died December 16, 2012. He is survived by his children, Rita Newby of Vilonia and Joe B. Nowell, Jr. of Conway; siblings Patricia Ann Lott of Greenbrier, Linda Stricklin of Scott, and Gary Campbell of Roland; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 19 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel, Lonoke with burial in Brownsville Cemetery; visitation one hour prior to service. Online guest book, www.boydfuneralhome.net.
•–––––JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Martha Day Trusler, 86, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012, at her residence. She was a native of De Valls Bluff, Ark., and the daughter of the late Clarence C. Day and Hortia Moss Day.
She was a member of Marion United Methodist Church in Marion, Ark. Martha was a registered nurse and the former head of Infection Control for the Methodist Hospital System before moving to the Johnson City area approximately four years ago.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years: Jack E. Trusler; sisters: Lucille Tyson, and Mary Ingram, both from Arkansas; several nieces and nephews; special family friends: Dr. and Mrs. W. Shannon McCool of Johnson City. She was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.
A Celebration of Life Service for Martha Day Trusler will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012 in the Sunrise Chapel of Tetrick Funeral Services with Dr. Michael S. Lacy officiating. The family will greet friends at the funeral home from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour. A Committal and Internment service will follow in Washington County Memory Gardens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family and viewed online at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com or faxed to (423) 610-7177. Arrangements for the Trusler family are in the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, Tenn. 37604. (423) 610-7171.
•–––––SEATTLE, Wash. — Christopher R. Grace, 48, of Seattle, Washington, died of cancer in a Seattle hospital December 1, 2012. He was born in Orange, N.J., to Raymond S. and Barbara J. Grace. He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his mother Barbara J. White and stepfather, William G. White, of Hot Springs; two daughters, Sylver Grace of Hot Springs and Avalon Grace of Canmore, Canada; his brother, David E. Grace (Naoe); two stepbrothers, John Dewey White (Charise), and Michael Gibson White (Jamie).
Chris graduated from Hot Springs High School and UALR. For the past 13 years he has been employed by the Washington State Employment Security.
A memorial gathering was held in Burien, Washington, on Dec. 9.