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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published September 27, 2012 at 4:19 a.m.

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


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,


John Fitzgerald Beasley, 49, of Little Rock. Ralph Alfish Eudy, 91, of Jacksonville. Arvid Neal “Ed” Fisher, 75, of Jacksonville. Steve Hull, 56, of Little Rock. Helen E. Jones, 85, of Little Rock. O’Fredia Rose Coleman Lewis, 82, of Little Rock. Montine Roland, 90, of North Little Rock. Vernelle Wornock Rossi, 79, of Little Rock. Joyce Dillon Spencer, 86, of Little Rock. Keilon Tucker, infant, of North Little Rock. Michael Tyler, 54, of Little Rock. Mossie Lee Walls, 82, of Little Rock. Charles Hildreth White, 83, of Little Rock.



Nadine Jennings Hedges, 84.


Christine U. Lashlee, 79.


Jason Michael Swindle, 24.


Vicki Lee Bishop, 59. David William Kennedy, 83.


Edward Wainwright “Ed” Marsh, 72.


Geneva Landers Everright, 97.


Mary Frances Evans, 68. Marcella Joanne Welch, 71.


Mary Lin Archer, 67.


Randy Page “Running Bear” Freeman, 23.


Nellie Marie Garringer, 74.


Robert Eugene Clemens, 62.


Austin Bennett Morris, 58.


William Harold Beckham, 69. Adrian Dewitt Thompson, 76.


Rebecca Jane Sherman Watson, 65.


Betty Henderson, 77.


John Lewis Berryman, 83.


Shirley Russell Allen, 74.



Jewell Elizabeth O’Connor, 88.


Dexter J. Andrews, 32.


Labe Haynie, 66.

Pulaski County

JOHN F. BEASLEY, age 49, passed away September 24, 2012 at his home in Little Rock, Ark. John was born November 30, 1962 in Little Rock.

John is survived by his wife; Janice Beasley, three sons; Derrick Beasley of Beebe, Chris Beasley and wife Krystel of Benton, and Todd Beasley of Little Rock; his mother, Linda Slaughter of North Little Rock; three grandchildren, Haven and Kennedy Beasley of Beebe, and Jacoby Beasley of Benton; three sisters, Debbie Buckalew of Little Rock, Teresa Lee of Bryant and Kristi Loyd of Marked Tree; two brothers, Peter Beasley of Little Rock and Ronnie Davis of North Little Rock and many nieces, nephews, friends and other family members all who loved him dearly and will miss him greatly. He was preceded in death by his father, William Earl Beasley and one brother, Willie Beasley.

John’s favorite hobbies were fishing and watching Nascar. He also enjoyed working with wood, collecting coins, and watching football. His favorite team was the Dallas Cowboys and he enjoyed spending time with his pet yorkie, Charlie.

There will be a memorial celebration on Friday September 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Peaceful Haven Funeral Home. Arrangements are by Peaceful Haven Funeral Home in Benton, Ark. For more information call (501) 778-7100. Online guestbook:


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RALPH ALFISH EUDY, 91, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 25, 2012. He was born in Tuckerman, Ark., to the late James and Hattie France Campbell Eudy. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Jo Ann Nichols.

Ralph was of Baptist faith and a Veteran of World War II in Europe, Normandy and Battle of the Bulge. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, greatgrandfather, great-great-grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years Marie Eudy; four daughters, Carolyn Collins (Dennis) of Corsicana, Texas, Judy Steven (Jimmy) of Denton, Texas, Rita Wagner (Bill) of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Donna Marie Harp-Eudy of Sherwood, Ark.; grandchildren, Patricia Hunting, Vicki Wallis, James Trickey, Dennis Eugene Collins, Casey Collins, Michael Stevens, Jennifer Stevens, Evan Wagner, Travis Wagner, Micah Wagner, Alexandra Powell, and Roy Smith; 21 great-grandchildren; two greatgreat-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd. North Little Rock, Ark. 72116 (501) 791-7400. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, October 1, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans’ Cemetery. Online guestbook www.


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ARVID NEAL “ED” FISHER, age 75, of Jacksonville, passed away on September 25, 2012. He was born in Burke, South Dakota, on May 9, 1937 to Lucille Sanders. He graduated from Burke, South Dakota. He retired from the United States Air Force, built race cars and drove the big rigs for 12 years.

He is survived by his mother, Lucille Sanders, his wife Myrna Fisher and three children: David Fisher, June (James) Branch, Gail (Alan) Schnebelen; five grandchildren; two great-grandchldren: Katlyn and Jimmy Graham.

Ed is a member of Bible Baptist Church and a member of the Fillipino American Association. We would like to thank Dr. Patel, Baptist Hospital and Arkansas Hospice.

Visitation will be Friday, September 28 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, located at 7724 Landers Rd. N.L.R. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 29 at 10 a.m. in the Rest Hills Chapel with interment to follow in Rest Hills Memorial Park. Please visit the online registry at:


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STEVE HULL, age 56, died September 16, 2012 from complications of a stroke. Steve was born June 9, 1956 in Little Rock. He was a 1974 graduate of McClellan High School. He was employed by Frances Flower Shop.

He is survived by brothers Robert Pierce of Pine Bluff, Ronald Kreth Pierce of Little Rock; and step-father Jim Butler of Maumelle. He was preceded in death by his mother Mrs. Jim Butler of Mayflower and his long-time partner Don Gilbert of Little Rock.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home (501) 224-8300 at 5 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend. Online guestbook:


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HELEN E. JONES, 85, of Little Rock, passed away peacefully Thursday. She is preceded in death by husband, Roosevelt and son, Leonard. She is survived by daughter, Rose H. Watson (John) and a host of grand, great-grand, great-greatgrandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Services are 11 a.m., Friday, Wesley Chapel UMC, 1101 State St., LR, visitation begins at 1 p.m., today with family hour from 6-7 p.m. at Dubisson Funeral Home.


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O’FREDIA ROSE COLEMAN LEWIS, 82, of Little Rock passed away on September 24, 2012. Survivors include one son, Harold A. Lewis, Jr. (Lanniece) of Little Rock, Ark.; one grandson, Harold A. Lewis, III (Stephanie) of Lehi, Utah; three granddaughters, Jessica Duncan (Braden) of Little Rock, Ark., Leslie Lewis of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Sara Lewis of Gainesville, Ga. She also leaves five great-grandchildren and a host of loving cousins, other relatives and friends. Home going services will be on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, 600 North Cedar Street, North Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, Ark. Family visitation: Friday, September 28, 2012, 6-7 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 South Chester St., LR (501) 372-1305.


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MONTINE ROLAND, age 90, of North Little Rock went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 23, 2012. She was born June 6, 1922 in Holland, Ark., to the late John Calvin and Rose Ann Potter. She was a faithful member of Levy Baptist Church in North Little Rock, for 63 years. She was a retired cafeteria worker from the North Little Rock School District.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years Hulen Roland; five sisters, Jewell Bailey, Pearline Potter, Atheline Potter, Christeen Potter, Ephlene Austen; one brother, Roy Potter; and her daughter, Reta Brannen. She is survived by a son, Billy VanPelt of North Little Rock; brother, John “JC” Potter of Little Rock; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and host of nephews and nieces.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2012 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, (501) 791-7400. Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Edgewood Memorial Park. Online guestbook


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VERNELLE WORNOCK ROSSI, 79, of Little Rock, died on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. She was born on December 10, 1932 in Austin, Ark., to late Jeff D. and Ethel Wornock. She was a 1950 graduate of Little Rock High School (Central High), and attended Harding College in Searcy. Also, she was a charter member of Pulaski Heights/Pleasant Valley Church of Christ.

Mrs. Rossi is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert E Rossi; daughter, Suzanne Rossi Gates of Conway; son, Michael R. (Pamala Peachey) Rossi; granddaughters, Rachel and Rebecca Rossi; brother, Arnold “Buddy” (Gay) Wornock; sister, Dolores DuVall, all of Little Rock; brother, Don Wornock of Texarkana; sister, Joy (Cliff) Powell of Hot Springs; brother-in-law, Joseph A. (Inez) Rossi of Little Rock; and nine nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son-in-law, Robert “Bob” Gates; sister-in-law, Jan Wornock; brother-in-law, Norman DuVall and nephew, Darrell DuVall.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2012 at Pleasant Valley Church of Christ with Chuck Monan and Nick Hamilton officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 6-8 p.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home 13801 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock (501) 224-8300.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mariann Harrington and her staff, and St. Vincent’s Hospice for the care they gave to Mrs. Rossi. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Southern Christian Home, P.O. Box 649, Morrilton; Ark., 72110. In Search of the Lord’s Way, P.O Box 371, Edmond, Okla. 73083, or American Cancer Society. 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72207. Online guestbook: www.


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JOYCE DILLON SPENCER passed away on September 24, 2012 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was 86 years old.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, William R. “Gick” Spencer, Sr., and their son, William R. “Bill” Spencer, Jr. She was also preceded in death by her two beloved sisters, Arbie Callis and Ila Byrd, both of Little Rock. She is survived by her four grandchildren, William R. “Spence” Spencer III, of Tampa, Fla., April Spencer Wyatt of Valdese, N.C., Austin T. Spencer of Fayetteville, Ark., and Taylor D. Spencer of Little Rock. She is also survived by her five great-grandchildren, Lauren Spencer, Carter Wyatt, Samuel Spencer, Thomas Spencer and Autumn Wyatt.

Joyce Spencer was born on February 20, 1926 in Selmer, Tennessee to John and Allie Dillon. She graduated with honors and ahead of schedule from Little Rock High School. She then immediately worked for several years at the School Board here in Little Rock. In 1951, Joyce starting working for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and her career spanned over 30 years of service. In her final position, she served as the Executive Secretary to the Highway Commissioner before retiring in March, 1984.

Joyce was a lifelong member of the First Church of God, Little Rock, and over the years mentored dozens of young people on the importance of memorizing crucial portions of the Bible in order to grow in their relationship with Jesus. In her latter years, she attended Community Park Church in Bryant. Joyce will be greatly missed by her family and friends who loved her so much.

The funeral service will be held today, Thursday, September 27 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.), with Rev. Wayne Putman officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park in Little Rock. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. Mrs. Spencer’s online guestbook may be signed at


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KEILON TUCKER, five months, of North Little Rock passed September 22, 2012. Loving memories left to parents, Marlon Tucker Sr. and Yashika Peaster; siblings, Marlon Tucker Jr., Avron Britton, Conception Hicks, Kei’mar Tucker, Raven Peaster, A’Yona Green, A’Dreona Green, Keyona Tucker, Elexis Sterling, and Lauren Tucker; grandparents: Troy Tucker, Lisa Akins, and Nancy Eckwood; great-grandmother, Nell Rose Tucker. Graveside service September 29, 2012, 1 p.m. at Arkansas Memorial Gardens North Little Rock. Superior Funeral Services, 5017 E. Broadway (501) 945-9922. Trudean Long Brown “Providing Services Your Family Deserves.”


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MICHAEL TYLER, 54, of Little Rock, Ark., departed peacefully on September 25, 2012. His survivors include: parents, Paul and Laura Tyler; two brothers, Donald Tyler and Lavell (Katorry) Tyler all of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Casarine Temple (Wilsie) of Jacksonville, N.C. and Paulette Tyler (Courtney); three aunts, Jamie Reynolds (Herman) of Omaha, Nebraska, Lavell Brack (Robert) and Gwendell Ingram (Sterling) of Little Rock. Home-going service will be Monday, October 1, 2012, 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. North Little Rock, Ark. Family visitation will be Sunday, September 30, 2012, 5-6 p.m., both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Chapel, 1200 South Chester St., Little Rock (501) 372-1305.


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MOSSIE LEE WALLS (MOLEE), 82, of North Little Rock passed September 24, 2012. She later united with the Cornerstone Baptist Church in North Little Rock where she worked faithfully until her health failed. Survivors include: three daughters, Mosely Walls of Little Rock, Sarah Mitchell (Birtee) of Scott, Ark., and Georgeanna Rucker-Key of Little Rock; three sons, Larry Walls (Gwendolyn) of Atlanta, Ga., George Eugene Walls of North Little Rock and Calvin Walls of Dallas, Texas. Homegoing services will be Saturday, September 29, 2012, 12 noon. Viewing: Friday, September 28, 2012, 1-5 p.m., both services at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock (501) 372-1305. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Cemetery, Hensley, Ark.


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CHARLES HILDRETH WHITE of Little Rock, Ark., was born August 19, 1929, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the son of the late William Delane White and Kathleen Hardage White. He departed us on September 24, 2012.

He earned his master’s degree in social work from the University of Missouri. Mr. White joined UAMS on July 8, 1958 as a pediatric social worker investigating childabuse cases and helping families get medical care they needed.

In 1972, he was named director of social services, and then two years later he was appointed as director in the Office of Human Relations. He was named assistant vice chancellor for employee relations in 2003 and remained in that position until his retirement after 53 years at UAMS.

He had three brothers that preceded him in death: William J. White, Arthur D. White and Frederick T. White; and three sisters, Ruby L. Brewster, Georgia Bell White and Clara A. Thorpe. His loving survivors include: one daughter, Florence Caldwell of South Dakota; two grandchildren, Ronald E. Moultrie of Atlanta Ga., and Stacy L. Moultrie of Little Rock, Ark.; four great-grandchildren, Brittany Moultrie, Cydney Moultrie, Montay Moultrie, and Xavier Moultrie; one surviving sister, Anna M. Pope, of Pontiac Michigan and a host of other family members.

A celebration of Mr. White’s life will be Friday, September 28, 2012, 9:30 a.m., at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 West 17th Street, Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow with honors at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. North Little Rock, Ark. Family visitation: Today, September 27, 2012, 6-7 p.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St. Little Rock (501) 372-1305.


BATESVILLE — Nadine Jennings Hedges, 84, of Batesville died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Survivors: sons: Mike Hedges, David Hedges; grandchildren: Amanda Hedges, Toby Hedges; three great-grandchildren. Memorial visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Friday at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home, Batesville. Memorials: American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72207.


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BENTON — Christine U. Lashlee, age 79, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012. She was born March 22, 1933, in Malvern, Arkansas. Mrs. Lashlee was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Neill Carr and Ella Mae Carr, and her husband, Jim Lashlee. She is survived by two sons, Paul Lashlee and wife Karen and David Lashlee and wife Elaine; daughter, Debra Weiss and husband Mark; sister, Pam Grigsby and husband Ronnie; four grandchildren, Rebecca Ragsdale and husband Chris, Jeremy Lashlee and wife Leeanne, Jessica Lashlee and fiance Clark Yazza and Tonya Lashlee and fiance Michael Payton, and two great-grandchildren, Abby and Carter Ragsdale.

Pallbearers will be Rick Crumby, Brad Crumby, Lester Carter, Roger Frazier, Ed Merrick and Rodney Asbury. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 27, at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, September 28, at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at New Rosemont Cemetery. Bro. Vance Nutt will be officiating. On-line guest book at


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CABOT — Jason Michael Swindle, age 24, of Cabot, died September 20, 2012, while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. He was a 2006 graduate of Cabot High School.

Jason is survived by his wife, Chelsey; son, Paxton Michael and soon to be son, Jason Hunter Daniel; five brothers, his twin, John Daniel, Joey Don, Samuel Jacob, Matthew Ryan, and Jordan Brooks; parents, Jerry and Joyce Swindle of Fort Worth, Texas; paternal grandparents, J.B. and Betty Swindle; father and mother-in-law, Dan and Becky Blanchard of Beebe. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Troy and Opal Brooks.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Beebe. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012, at First Baptist Church, Beebe, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. –––––

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CONWAY — Vicki L. Bishop, 59, of Conway, went to be with the Lord on September 25, 2012. Vicki was born June 8, 1953, to Gene and Betty (Oakley) Burns in Little Rock. She was a very outgoing person who really enjoyed spending time with her family. She enjoyed collecting angels and writing in her journal.

She is survived by her sisters, Brenda Vinyard, Barbara (Mike) Wood and Patty Burns; sons, Justin (Ali) Bishop and Charles Swaim, and a granddaughter, Lily Winter. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2012, at Oakland Fraternal Cemetery in Little Rock. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home (801 8th Avenue) in Conway. The online guestbook may be viewed by visiting www.rollerfuneralhomes. com.


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CONWAY — David William Kennedy, 83, joined his heavenly Father Sept. 24, 2012, in Conway, Arkansas. David was born May 18, 1929, in Matheson, Colorado to Virgil O. and Ethel R. Kennedy.

He graduated from Winfield High School (Kansas) in 1947. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 serving five years. During that time he served 18 months at the U.S. Naval Air Station on Guam during the Korean War. On April 28, 1950, David married the love of his life, Regina Diane Heath. He became a registered architect in 1971, one of only three men to have ever done so without a college degree scoring the top score on five of seven tests. He became a partner with the successful architectural firm, Roark, Perkins and Kennedy in Little Rock.

He served on the American Arbitration Association and was president of the Construction Specifications Institute. He participated in programs with the Built-Up Roofing Systems Institute. He received the Arkansas State Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, and Interior Designers recognition as Emeritus Architect in 2011.

He participated actively in Boy Scouts of America, from 1962 to 1968, helping boys improve their lives through scouting principles and activities.

David was a member of Markham United Methodist Church, serving on numerous committees and programs. He was a chairman of the Building Committee and supervised the building of the original building of Markham Methodist Church in the 1960s. He was a member of Priscilla and Aquila Sunday school class. He held Sunday school teachers in high esteem after teaching a class one Sunday, noting that teaching the lesson was one of the hardest things he had ever done.

After retirement, David moved to Conway and lived on Lake Beaverfork where he enjoyed construction additions to his home and built an enormous china cabinet, which his wife dearly loved. He was a do-it-yourself person and was always busy working on some kind of projects. He enjoyed fishing when he could and was an avid reader of newspapers.

David was a fantastic husband for 62 years, helped raise his four sons, was dearly loved by many relatives, friends and neighbors and was the type of person who made the world a better place.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Shirley Jean Bradford, and his grandson Nicholas David Kennedy. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife Diane; his four sons, Robert Loren Kennedy, Kyle Gregory Kennedy (Linda), Joel Edward Kennedy, and Jon David Kennedy (Kathryn); siblings, Laura Bost (Al), Bob Kennedy (Rocky), Linda Sue Crabb (Rick), Kenneth Bradford; grandchildren, Katrisha Dawn Kennedy, Krystal LaShay Kennedy, Kara Alexie Kennedy, Kyla Danielle Kennedy, Mary Kathryn Kennedy, and Jack William Kennedy; and two greatgranddaughters, Isabelle and Julianna Osorio.

A memorial service to say goodbye to David will be held Friday, September 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Arkansas. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes. com/chenal.


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EL DORADO — “Ed” Edward Wainwright Marsh of El Dorado passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012, after a lengthy battle with metastatic bone cancer. He was born May 6, 1940, in El Dorado, Ark., the second son of Neill C. Marsh, Jr., and Lillian Bradley Marsh. He was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado serving as Deacon, Elder and Church Treasurer and served as a past Chairman and longtime member of the Property Committee.

Ed was a member of the 1958 graduating class of El Dorado High School, graduate of Southern State College in Magnolia (Southern Arkansas University) with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. After 1964 graduation from college, he went to work for Texas Eastern Transmission Corporation in Shreveport, Louisiana and Houston as an auditor. He joined Murphy Oil Corporation in 1967 as a Junior Accountant, and was promoted to Accountant in 1971 while retiring as Senior Income Tax Accountant in the Income Tax Department in March of 1996.

In April of 1996, Ed went to work for Mr. Charles H. Murphy Jr. as manager of the Murphy Family Foundation and continued with the Foundation until he fully retired in April of 2005.

Ed would tell you without hesitation that his daughter and son and their families were without a doubt his greatest assets. He was most proud of his six grandsons and the joy and laughter they brought to his life.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Neill C. Marsh III. Ed is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margaret Kilgore Marsh, a daughter, Margaret Alicia Marsh Whitaker and her husband, Sam Whitaker; and their two sons, John Arthur Whitaker and Harrison Marsh Whitaker of Monticello, Ark.; his son, David Edward Marsh and his wife, Laura Haas Marsh; and four sons Jordan David Marsh, Alex Edward Marsh, and twins, Wesley Allen Marsh and David Andrew Marsh of Fayetteville, Ark. He is also survived by a nephew, Lt. Col. Michael Bradley Marsh, and his wife, Lisa Marsh, and their two sons Braden and Blake, and a niece, Elizabeth Marsh Neff and her husband, Bryan Neff of Dallas.

Ed was an avid sportsman who loved and respected nature. He carried a State of Arkansas lifetime hunting and fishing licenses and enjoyed hunting and fishing for many different game species within the state. He was extremely passionate about Duck hunting and Bass fishing. He greatly enjoyed sharing times with friends and relatives while hunting and fishing. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending summers on Lake DeGray with his family and shooting sports with his grandsons. Ed was a member of Camp Nine Hunting Club of Arkansas City and a member of Copperhead Hunting Club of Selma, Ark.

Pallbearers include: Jim Kilgore, Lt. Col. Michael Marsh, Bobby Joe Edmonds, Ron Smith, Billy Ray Cook, Adrin Hargett, Bobby McKinney and David Elmore. Honorary Pallbearers are Don Wales, Sam Allen, Gerald Jones, Buddy Ball, Mickey McKinnon, Kenny Mattocks, Kevin Watts, Emon Mahony, Charlie Christian, Felton Clark, Harry Bain, Ralph Langston and Ian Vickery.

A private family burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Woodlawn Cemetery. A Memorial Service will follow at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado with Rev. Dr. Dan Loomis presiding. A reception celebrating Ed’s life, love and friendship will be held immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Memorials honoring Ed life’s may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main, El Dorado, Ark. 71730, The Haiti Education Foundation, P.O. Box 10775, El Dorado, Ark. 71730, Vera Lloyd Children’s Home of Monticello, Ark., 1501 N University, Suite 345, Little Rock, Ark. 72207, or the Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, Ark. 71730. An online guest registry will be available at


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FORDYCE — Geneva Landers Everright, 97, of Fordyce died Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Survivors include brother, Mack Landers of North Little Rock, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. To sign the online register visit


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HEBER SPRINGS — Mary Frances Evans, 68, real estate agent, passed away September 25, 2012. Husband, Terrell Wayne Evans of Heber Springs; daughters, Jeanna (Gerald Dale) Holland of Sherwood and Lisa Deaton of Heber Springs; brother, Ronnie (Liz) Walters of Heber Springs; eight grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren. Services Friday, 5-7 p.m., Olmstead Chapel. Olmstead Funeral Home.


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HEBER SPRINGS — Marcella Joanne Welch, 71, of Heber Springs passed away September 22, 2012 in Little Rock, Ark. She is survived by her son, Scott, of the home. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Heber Springs Funeral Home. For more information, please visit Marcella’s online obituary at www. or call (501) 887-9152.


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LESLIE — Mr. Randy Page “Running Bear” Freeman, 23, of Leslie, Ark., passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012. He was born March 18, 1989 in Russellville, Ark., to Rex Allen and Sandy Carole (Jones) Freeman.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Emma Jane and Clovis Freeman, and maternal grandparents, Riley C. and Ivalene (Bailey) Jones. He is survived by his parents, Rex and Leslie Freeman of Leslie, Ark.; and Sandy Jones of Russellville, Ark.; sister, Holly Holman of Lamar, Ark.; three brothers, Hunter Holman of Lamar, Ark., and Russell and Kyle Murray of Greenbrier, Ark.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Pallbearers: Jamie Jones, Dalton Brock, Jeremy Biggs, Russell Murray, Kyle Murray, and Morgan Freeman. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday, September 27, 2012 and Funeral Service will be 10 a.m., Friday, September 28, 2012 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel Clinton, Ark., with Pastor Dean Housley officiating. Burial will follow at Trace Ridge Cemetery Chimes Community, Ark. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Chapel of Clinton, Ark. Online guestbook:


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LONOKE — Nellie Marie Garringer, age 74, died September 25, 2012. She is survived by her children Johnny (Shelia) Garringer of Beebe, Tonya (Timothy) Curtis of Lonoke and Martha (Carol) Tippitt of Moore, Okla.; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Roland Carter, Haynes Carter, J.W. Carter, Carmen Coclasure, and Doris Reeves. Preceding in death are her husband John Garringer, parents, Jim and Lena Carter, and a daughter, Lena Tucker. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m., Friday, September 28, 2012 at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Visitation, 6-8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery. Online guest book,


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MELBOURNE — Robert Eugene Clemens, 62, died September 23. Graveside funeral service Friday, September 28 at 2 p.m. at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo. Visitation: Thursday, September 27 from 6-8 p.m. at Eddie’s Family Funeral Home in Melbourne, Ark. Survivors: Karen Clemens (wife), Pamela Stevens, Lisa Burton, Stephen Cardwell, Timothy Cardwell (children).


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MENA — Austin Bennett Morris, age 58, of Mena, Ark., passed away Monday, September 24, 2012 in Hot Springs. Funeral services will be Friday, September 28, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Cherry Hill Baptist Church. Interment follows in Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


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MONTICELLO — William Harold Beckham, 69, of Monticello, died Tuesday at JRMC in Pine Bluff. He was born December 31, 1942 in Monticello. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Friday at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial in Union Ridge Cemetery. Visitation 6-8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Online guestbook www.


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MONTICELLO — Adrian Dewitt Thompson, 76, of Monticello passed away September 20, 2012 at his home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home with burial in Campground Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Thursday. Online guestbook/obituary


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PINE BLUFF — Rebecca Jane Sherman Watson went to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Born April 13, 1947 in Conneaut, Ohio, she was the daughter of E.T. “Pete” Sherman of Albion, Pa., and Nellie Samuel Page Sherman, originally of Pine Bluff, Ark. Beckie was a graduate of Northwestern High School (1965) in Albion, Pa., and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Ouachita on May 30, 1969, and the following day, June 1, 1969, married James Watson at the Elliott Baptist Church in Camden, Ark.

James and Beckie were blessed by the birth of a daughter, Heverin Joy, on Beckie’s birthday in 1977, and blessed a second time with the birth of a son, Jonathan Edward, on July 13, 1982. They were blessed many more times throughout their 43 years of marriage to include others as part of their extended family as well.

A celebration of Beckie’s life will be held at Greenlee Memorial Baptist Church, 4901 Old Warren Rd., Pine Bluff, Ark., at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 30, 2012. A memorial service will be held later in Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made in Beckie’s honor to either: Belmont Childcare Association or Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, N.Y., 11003 (please be sure to specify your donation); Greenlee Memorial Baptist Church or Whispering Pines Cowboy Church, 4901 Old Warren Road, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71603 (please be sure to specify your donation). Online register at


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RUSSELLVILLE — Betty Henderson, age 77, of Russellville, died Wednesday, September 26, 2012. She was born July 13, 1935, to John E. and Laura Freeman Gray at South New Hope, Arkansas. She was a member of Russellville First Assembly of God and was a Russellville Ruritan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura Gray; her husband, John Henderson; a sister, Laura Faye Hutcherson; and a brother, Rev. U.L. Gray. Survivors include her son, John Henderson, of Little Rock; a sister and brother-in-law, Glyndolene and Herman Satterfield of Russellville; and special nieces, Dolores Hunter of Russellville, Scharlotte Maxwell of Russellville, and Judy Tanner of North Little Rock.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012, at the Russellville First Assembly of God, officiated by the Rev. Ronnie Morris, and the Rev. Mike Norberg, with burial in Pisgah Cemetery near Pottsville, by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening, from to 5 to 6 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God, 124 East G Street, Russellville, Arkansas 72801. The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.


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STUTTGART — John Lewis Berryman, 83, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at his home. He was born August 16, 1929, in Monticello to John and Nora Berryman. He worked for Leo Smith Chevrolet for 43 years starting as a salesman and later became sales manager. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Imogene Leder. Survivors are his wife of 63 years, Sue Berryman; three children, Steve (Sharon) Berryman of Jackson, Mississippi, Peggy (Jimmy) Clark of Heber Springs and Mark (Carla) Berryman of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Sue (Ralph) Davis of Stuttgart; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services, officiated by Dr. Sam Roberts, are 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with visitation one hour before. Burial will follow in Lone Tree Cemetery by Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church or Stuttgart Public Library. Please go to www. to sign the online guestbook.


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WHITE HALL — Shirley Russell Allen, 74, of White Hall, died Sept. 25, 2012. Survivors: sons, Bubba, Allen Vestal; daughters, Fran Hegwood, Lisa Holland, Kim Jackson, Monica Mahoney; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, C.H., Charles, Alvin Russell; her extended family, Dickerson Law Firm. Services: 10 a.m., Friday, Family Church by Cranford Funeral Home. www.


SAN ANTONIO, Texas — TSgt Dexter J. Andrews, 32, of San Antonio, Texas, passed September 15, 2012. Loving memories left wife: Katrina Andrews; children: Dezmon Wisniewski, Naomi Andrews, and Haley Wisniewski; father: Willie James (Carolyn) Andrews; mother: Iretta Scott; siblings: Chandler (Lawanda) Scott, Alex Andrews, Brian Andrews, David (Lerika) Andrews, Chris (Andrea) Thompson, Chandria Scott, Wilcara (Johnnie) Andrews-Smith, Lucretia (Stephen) Elliott, Jamie (Ozzie) Andrews-Carela, and Melissa (Marcus) Thompson-Andrews. Homegoing celebration September 29, 2012, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 401 North 1st Street, Jacksonville. Superior Funeral Services, 5017 E. Broadway (501) 945-9922. Trudean Long Brown “Providing Services Your Family Deserves.”


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TEXARKANA, Texas — Funeral for Mr. Labe Haynie, 66, of Texarkana, Texas, formerly of Prescott, 2 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2012 at Central Baptist Church, Prescott. Burial, DeAnn Cemetery, Prescott. Visitation, Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at funeral home. Arrangements by Brazzel/Cornish The Funeral Home of Prescott. Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online guestbook: www.

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