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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 28, 2013 at 1:50 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, at


Erma Alene Izell Adkins, 86, of Little Rock. Laila D’Moore Blakemore, 9, of North Little Rock. Morris A. Hall Jr., 81, of Little Rock. Hailey Jones, infant, of Little Rock. John “Jay” Maitlen, 60, of Mabelvale. Lynda D. Moore, 60, of Little Rock. LeRoy Nix, 84, of North Little Rock. Don Shumate, 81, of Little Rock. Frances Foster “Frankie” Smith, 88, of North Little Rock. Layton “Scooter” Stuart, 62, of Little Rock. Ray Anthony Williams, 53, of North Little Rock. Ruth Wooley, 93, of Sherwood.



Beulah Richardson, 105.


Billy Roy Duke, 80.


Wanda Louise Mowrer, 75. Robert Lynn Rector, 72.


Steve Anselmi, 63.


Paul Chestine Crenshaw, 88.


Frances Jean Peters, 69.


John Dale Enoch, 71. Wanda Fields, 67. William Howard Morgan, 74.


Donald Lee Carr, 68.


Opie Lee Hampton, 93.


Margie Ruth Webb, 85.


Joe Fred Starr, 79.


Pamela Christy Neep, 38.


Wilma Jean Reeder, 86.


Edna Verneal Langley, 88.


William Cowan, 86.


Mike Dilks, 87.


Steven A. Schwarz, 55.


Homer Herndon Grantham, 87.


Arvlin Leonard Ware, 94.


Poneta Ruth Ragland, 89.


Gerald “Mack” Conley, Sr., 78.


Kenneth Wise, 77.


Melva Gott Drewry, 98.


Lula Mary Allen-Tyler, 55.


Tony Henderson, 25.


Daisy Musgrove Turner, 82.


Donald Hess, 63.



Joseph Lee Harris, 82.


Ronald Edward Hardin, 63.


Edward S. McDonald.


JD Byrum, 79.


Ernest Dale Jennings, 82.

Pulaski County

ERMA ALENE IZELL ADKINS died March 25, 2013. She was born March 5, 1927, in Muskogee, Okla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Francis Adkins, parents, Ermond Allen and Eva Harwell Izell, a sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Joe Joyner, and a niece, Mary Kathryn Joyner. She is survived by a sister, Mary Frances Izell Hodges; niece Elaine Hodges; nephew John Joyner; and great-niece Ava Joyner all of Little Rock, and nephew Clark Hodges of Washington, D.C.

Alene graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in Journalism. She worked for over 20 years for General Motors Acceptance Corporation and was active in their retirement group. She is a past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the local Eagle’s Club.

Following retirement Alene traveled extensively within the United States. Alene always loved bowling, fishing, baseball and was a great Razorback football fan.

The family wishes to thank Central Arkansas Hospice Care for their kindness and concern during Alene’s final days.

The memorial service will be at Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013. Following the service there will be a reception in the church’s narthex. Interment will be private. Arrangements are by Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark., (501) 224-8300.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Foundation, 1101 N. Mississippi Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72207, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 191051, Little Rock, Ark. 72219. Online guestbook: www.


•–––––LAILA D’MOORE BLAKEMORE, 9 years old, of North Little Rock, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013. She leaves to cherish her memory, two sisters, Zykita Belcher and Champagne Blakemore; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, 11 a.m. at Hardy Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. The family will receive friends today from 6-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Personal and Professional services entrusted to Hardy Funeral Home, 2408 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Drive (501) 372-4129. To sign the online guestbook visit www. “WE CARE, When Caring Counts.”


•–––––MORRIS A. HALL JR., 81, of Little Rock, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2013. He was born in Blue Mountain on October 5, 1931. He retired from the Air Force October, 1991.

Preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Hall; father, Morris “Preach” Hall; and sister, Mona Pedigo; he is survived by his daughter, Vicki Odle; son-in-law Tommy Odle; son, Morris A. Hall, III; daughter -inlaw, Megan Hall; his mother, Jesse A. Hall; brothers Harrison M. (Bernice), Robert M. Hall (Barbara), Melvin S. Hall; sister, Martha Mills (Mack); grandchildren, Brian Odle, Michelle Crook, and Michael Odle; great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Amelia, Sofia and Leila and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Pam Prescott and The Greenbriar Staff; his special caretaker, Liz Vines, with Baptist Hospice; his nurse, Dee Dee Perry, with Baptist Hospice and all other staff with Baptist Hospice.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, reading (especially Western’s), and listening to country music. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 West 12th Street. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Baptist Hospice. Online guestbook:


•–––––HAILEY STEPHANIE OVERTON JONES, 5 months, Little Rock, departed this life March 25, 2013. She leaves to cherish her memory: father, Christopher Jones; mother, Tenesa Overton; twin sister, Heather Mariah Jones; and a host of other family. Visitation: 12-5 p.m. Friday at Robinson Mortuary, Little Rock. Funeral Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1200 Hanger Hill, Rev. Buchanan, eulogist. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock (501) 371-0111. Sign online guestbook at “Service You Can Trust.”


•–––––JOHN “JAY” MAITLEN, age 60 of Mabelvale, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on November 8, 1952 in Anderson, Indiana; he was the son of John “J” Maitlen and Susan A. Ballinger-Maitlen. “Jay” was a Survey Crew worker before becoming disabled. He was a member of Chicot Road Baptist Church and enjoyed caring for his pets and land.

He is preceded in death by his father and mother. Survivors include two brothers Jack Maitlen of Mabelvale and Jeffery (Paula) Maitlen of Saudi Arabia; two sisters Tamara (Bob) DuBose of Heber Springs and Cindy (Dickie) Echols of Mabelvale; many nieces and nephews, his church family and much-loved pets.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2013 at Huson Funeral Home Chapel at 6400 Mabelvale Pike, Little Rock, Arkansas, with a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be held at a later date at Forest Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Alexander, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Arkansas Veterans’ Hospice. Sign an online guestbook at


•–––––LYNDA D. MOORE, 60, Little Rock, departed this life March 26, 2013. Lynda was a member of the Trustee Board at ACI for 20 years, an Eastern Star, an employee of Blue Cross Blue Shield for 30 years and a former member of 34th Street

to cherish her son, Jackie A. Church. She leaves memory: one Moore; mother, Carrie Jackson; siblings, Carrie Torrence, James Grayes, Jr. and Jolene Hines; four grandchildren; a host of other family and friends.

Family hour: 6-7 p.m. Friday and Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, both to be held at ACI, 900 S. Pine, Little Rock, Dr. Lawrence E. Braggs, Eulogist. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock (501) 371-0111. Sign online guestbook at “Service You Can Trust.”


•–––––LEROY NIX JR., 84, of North Little Rock passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. He was born April 3, 1928 in Smackover, Arkansas to LeRoy Nix Sr. and Ruby Cagle Nix. He was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church and a Retired Major with the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Loretta Austin Nix; two daughters, Carrie Weindorf, of North Little Rock and Kathy Nix (Pat), of St. Louis, Missouri; son, John Nix (Kathy), of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Christi Weindorf (Tom), Roy Weindorf (Lauren), Michael Weindorf, Ellen Nix, Laura Nix and Jonathon Nix (Jackie); and one great-grandchild, Nohl Weindorf.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday at Park Hill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 10 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2013 with full military honors. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, a Smith Family Funeral Home. Online obituary at


•–––––DON AARON SHUMATE, 81, of Little Rock passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. He was a United States Army veteran in the Korean War, a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church, retired from St. Vincent and a HAMM Radio Operator (KE5AO). He enjoyed gardening, yard work and will be remembered as a true comedian.

He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Patsy Luroyce Box Shumate; son, Michael Don Shumate; brothers, Robert Shumate (Ann), J.T. Shumate (Juanita), Randall Rhoads (Sadie) and Dallas Rhoades (Mary); and sisters, Bobbie Lucille Joslin (Odis) and Tamsey Elder (Bill).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Vivian Glover Shumate; seven siblings, Wayne Shumate, EFLeda Rice, Robbie Speck, Montean Hollingshead, Oleta Lokey, Juanita Carter and Bill Shumate; and several nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, www.operationwoundedwarriorssupport. com. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, a Smith Family Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. Online obituary at www.SmithFamilyCares. com.


•–––––FRANCES FOSTER “FRANKIE” SMITH of North Little Rock, Arkansas, died on March 17, 2013, from the effects of a stroke suffered days before her death. She had lived for the past five years with Alzheimer’s disease in Foxridge Assisted Living Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Frankie was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, on February 7, 1925, to James L. and Beulah Mae Foster.

She was predeceased by her two brothers, James “Buddy” Foster and Billy Ray Foster, and is survived by her sister, Betty Fay Foster Cathey. Frankie was the widow of James E. “Jim” Smith. She is survived by her three children, Jim Smith and wife Jane, Sara Langston and husband John and Steve Smith and wife Jan. Frankie delighted in her grandchildren, David and Greg Hanks, Hope Wright, Vann and John Paul Langston, Stephen Smith, Callie Davis, Toland Smith, Kirbie Compston , Zach Smith and McC Smith. She had 12 beautiful great grandchildren.

Frankie had a great desire for the youth of North Little Rock to have every opportunity to succeed and to enjoy their public school years. She was a Cub Scout den mother, a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and a PTA officer in every school her children attended. She was President of the North Little Rock Youth Center and was everyone’s favorite chaperone at school dances. She was President of the North Little Rock Women’s Club and was instrumental in the creation of the North Little Rock Seawall Mural, which won honors during the Lady Bird Johnson Beautification of America program.

Frankie was a gourmet cook and an exceptional seamstress. She loved to play bridge and to golf. She loved to travel and was a chaperone for the touring International Children’s Choir for several years during the 1980s. She was particularly excited to have had dinner with Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat during the choirs’ Middle Eastern tour. Frankie never met a stranger and never left a room without making a new friend. Whether at a family dinner or a civic meeting, Frankie was in the middle organizing it all.

The family is so grateful to her Nurse Debra Stephens and caregivers at Foxridge, Monique Wilborn, Star Sellinger , Cullianne McClearen and Tameika Washington. Your love for our mother has been so genuine and the care you took of her was without measure. You have been her family over the past several years and we can never thank you enough for everything you have done for her and meant to us.

A memorial service to honor her life will be held in the chapel at Griffin-Leggettt Rest Hills in North Little Rock on March 30 at 11 a.m. Visitation will precede the service at 10 a.m. Brother Ricky Lee will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association or to the building fund at First Baptist Church of Sherwood Arkansas.


•–––––LAYTON “SCOOTER” STUART passed away Tuesday, March 26th, at the age of 62. Born and raised in Little Rock, Scooter was a charismatic, self-made man and a generous contributor to this community which he loved. He never entertained the thought of leaving his beloved hometown. A wonderful and loving husband and father, he leaves behind his beloved wife of 33 years, Tommye, and his two beautiful children, Hunter and Kirby. Per family request, there will be a brief visitation at Ruebel Funeral Home on Friday, March 28th, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Donations in his memory can be made to 20th Century Lodge, 4011 Maryland Ave, Little Rock, Ark. 72204. Arrangements are under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home,


•–––––RAY ANTHONY WILLIAMS, 53 of North Little Rock passed away March 24, 2013. Survived by sisters, Juanita Foster, Rosie Williams, Vivian (AL) Holman, Delois Williams, Peggy Williams, Marilyn James, Veronica Davis, Wanda (Russell) Smith; brothers, Dolas Jackson, Freddie B. (Catherine) Williams, Wade (Patricia) Williams, Eddie Strong, Leon Hickman, and Larry Davis. Funeral services, 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Stephen Baptist Church, 808 E Street, Dixie Addition, North Little Rock. Family Hour 6-7 p.m. Friday, Hubble Chapel. Funeral services entrusted to Hubble Funeral Home, 374-3134.


•–––––RUTH DYE WOOLEY, 93, of Sherwood passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. She served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. She then completed Nursing School and was a Nurse until her retirement. She formerly owned Cottage Flowers and Gifts. She loved the woods, hunting, the sun and being in the water. She was full of wisdom.

She is survived by two daughters, Sherry Wooley Davis and Carol (Ron) Stephens, both of Sherwood; three grandchildren, Duane Milton, Carol Townsend and Nikki Stephens; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and George Berry, of Cabot; and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends at Woodland Hills Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Wooley and six siblings.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, a Smith Family Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cato Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Online obituary at


ALTHEIMER — Funeral services for Beulah Richardson, 105, of Altheimer, passed Saturday at Arkansas Convalescent Center, will be Friday, 11 a.m., Mt. Bayou MBC in Altheimer. Burial: Community Cemetery, Altheimer. Services by Perry Funeral Home. Survivors four grandsons; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren.


•–––––ARKADELPHIA — Billy Roy Duke, age 80, of Arkadelphia died Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 29 at Degray Baptist Church with burial in Degray Cemetery. Visitation 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at the church. Online guest register available at www.ruggleswilcox. com.


•–––––AUSTIN — Wanda Louise Mowrer, age 75, passed away March 27, 2013. She was a longtime member of New Testament Missionary Baptist Church and was a Church Clerk for many years. She was retired from the Arlene Cherry Memorial Library.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years James Mowrer; one son Jeff Mowrer of Lonoke; daughters, Sharon High of Lonoke, Brenda Williams of Cabot and Elizabeth Campbell of Conway; sister, Ann Elmore of Lonoke; brothers, Woody Bryant of Austin and J.D. Bryant of Lonoke; nine grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. She is predeceased by her parents Marshall and Pearl Abshure Bryant; a son Bobby Mowrer and sister Louella Johnson.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Funeral Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29 at New Testament Missionary Baptist Church with burial following in Butlerville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to New Testament Missionary Baptist Church, Lonoke, Ark.


•–––––AUSTIN — Robert Lynn Rector, age 72 of Austin, passed away March 26, 2013 at his home. He was born January 28, 1941 in Cabot, Ark., to the late Lillie Faye Kinley. Survived by his sisters, Jacque Bartlett of Cabot, Geri High of Cabot, Wallie Moore of California, and Deloris Williams of Missouri; one brother, Robert Glen High of Mayflower; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. To send online condolences visit Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot (501) 941-7888.


•–––––BALD KNOB — Steve Anselmi, age 63, of Bald Knob, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013 in Little Rock. Visitation is Thursday, 6 until 8 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home Searcy. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home of Searcy.


•–––––BOONEVILLE — Paul Chestine Crenshaw, 88, of Booneville, Ark., died March 26, 2013. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Booneville Funeral Service chapel. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 at Lakeview Pentecostal Church of God, Booneville with burial at Glendale Cemetery, Booneville under the direction of Booneville Funeral Service. (479) 675-3392/ www.


•–––––CAMDEN — Frances Jean Peters, 69, died March 26, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. March 28, 2013 at Missouri Cemetery in Chidester, Ark. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest register visit


•–––––CONWAY — John Dale Enoch, 71, of Conway, Arkansas, died peacefully on the morning of Saturday, March 23, 2013. He died of complications of heart congestion and prostate cancer. He was born on 1/11/42 in Detroit, MI, USA to his parents, Taz Sledd Enoch and Rubye Mae Gates Enoch.

On November 4, 1966, Dale married Joan Elizabeth Davidson of Memphis, Tenn., who loved him through 46 years of marriage and was beside him when he died. He will be remembered and missed by Joan, his adoring daughters Jana Dyan Enoch Perciful and Jennifer Dawn Enoch of Kingsport, Tenn., Stephanie Anne Enoch of Searcy, Ark., and his grandsons, Tristan Matthew Perciful and Logan Alexander Perciful also of Kingsport, Tenn. Others who will miss him are his devoted brother, J. Rex Enoch and wife Nancy Taylor Enoch; his other sisters-in-law, Anita K. Enoch of Kernersville, N.C. and Beverly Davidson Walton of Brisbane, Australia; his brother-in-law, Lee Merrill Davidson of San Jose, Calif.; his nieces and nephews Karen Enoch Smith (Tony), Kristie Enoch Campbell (Kevin), Kimberly Enoch York (Adrian), Kenneth Enoch (Michelle), Kirk Enoch (Laura), Kerry Enoch (Tammie), Joel Enoch, Jerol Enoch (Eva), Lisa Joan Walton (Marcelo Amauri); many other Enoch family members and a host of treasured friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his elder brother, Taz Ronald Enoch; his grandparents, Joe Thomas Enoch and Shelley Swann Enoch and John C. Gates and Rosa Whittle Gates.

Dale graduated from Central High School in Bolivar, Tenn. and from Union University, in Jackson, Tenn. After college graduation, Dale moved to Memphis, Tenn., as a newsman for the Commercial Appeal covering politics, government and other major events. In 1966, he became Bureau Chief of the newspaper’s Little Rock office, covering house, senate and other major news. He then spent 3 years as Legislative Assistant for Congressman Bill Alexander in Washington. Following that, he again worked for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Dale later became Director of The Institute of Politics and Government in Conway, Ark. In 1988, he became Executive Director of The Arkansas One-Call System and remained in this position until he retired in 2003. Dale was friendly, generous, a peacemaker, loved people and was respected by many.

Relatives and Friends are invited to gather on Saturday, March 30th at 10 a.m. for Family Visitation, followed by a Memorial Celebration of his life at 11:00 am. The location is Fellowship Bible Church, 1051 Hogan Lane, in Conway, Ark. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St, Conway, Ark. 72034; Bethlehem House, 930 Faulkner St, Conway, Ark. 72034; or AETN, 350 N. Donaghey, Conway, Ark. 72034.


•–––––CONWAY — Wanda Fields of Conway lost her long, hard battle with both brain and lung cancer on March 25, 2013. Wanda was born in Barwick, Georgia on March 18, 1946 to the late Glen and Marie Matlock. Wanda worked for Turnage Employment Service Group in Conway for years until she retired in 2011. She was extremely creative and enjoyed making flower arrangements, wreaths and many various crafts.

Always eager to lend a helping hand, she worked as a volunteer for several years for the annual event, Fesitval of Trees sponsored by Carti. Wanda was a very caring and giving person who continually put the needs of others before herself. She will be greatly missed by the many people who love her.

Wanda is survived by her sons, Kevin Fields (Rena), of Cabot, Kyle Fields (Bill) of Bentonville; one brother, Glen Matlock (June), of Richland,Georgia; one sister, Glenda Sizemore (Jim) of Newnan, Georgia; numerous grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and a host of precious friends.

A memorial service will be held for Wanda in the near future; date, time and location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made, in honor of Wanda Fields, to Carti to further the fight against this devastating disease. Checks payable to the Carti Foundation, P.O. Box 55011, Little Rock, Ark. 72215.


•–––––CONWAY — William Howard Morgan Sr., 74, of Conway, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Howard was born on March 5, 1939 to Walter Howard and Myrtle Morgan in Pensacola, Florida. Howard was retired from Entergy and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church in Conway.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Robbie Vontungeln Morgan; and a daughter, Candy Morgan Jones (Arch) of Conway; grandchildren, Jordan Summers (Marty), Caitlin Church, Jessie Morgan, and Archie Howard Jones; and one great-grandchild Morgan Summers.

He is also survived by five brothers, Tom Morgan (Sue), Mickey Morgan (Delores), Jack Morgan, Frank Morgan (Tina) all of Pensacola, Fla., and Larry Morgan (Madelyn) of Birmingham, Ala., and three brothers-in-law, Jim Vontungeln (Brenda) of Lonoke, and Rick Vontungeln of Pine Bluff, Otha Yuhasz of Pensacola, Fla. He is also survived by six sisters, Virginia Sims of Atlanta, Ga., Libby Legler of Athens, Ga., Luna Hogue (Jack) of Tampa, Fla., Connie Moore of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Anne Watkins (Noel) of Stillwater, Okla., and Wanda Hammonds (Clarence) of Pensacola, Fla. and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, William Howard Morgan Jr.; and two sisters, June Wood and Judy Yuhasz.

Funeral services will be held at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway, Ark. (501-327-7727) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, with interment to follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park. The service will be conducted by Dr. Jason Aultman. Visitation will be Friday, March 29, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Arch Jones, Archie Jones, Marty Summers, Lee Hogan, Jason Cuthbertson and Kirby McGill. Honorary pallbearers will be his five brothers and three brothers-in-law.

Memorials may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, 150 Amity Road, Conway, Ark. 72032.

The online guestbook can be signed at www.rollerfuneralhomes. com.


•–––––DEWITT — Donald Lee Carr, 68 of DeWitt, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Donnie was born July 21, 1944 to the late Winston and Eula (Scroggins) Carr. He is also preceded in death by sister Shirley Mae and brothers Wince, Jr., Wayne, and Larry Mac Carr. He is survived by sons, G.W. Carr of Almyra and Larry Don (Lisa) Carr of Texas; daughters Terri Joslin (Rick) of Texas and Amanda and Hanna Carr of Utah; brother Buster Carr (Gladys) of DeWitt; sisters, Sue Weddle (Harry) of De Valls Bluff, Marlene Lee of Oneida, Vickie Little of Bryant, and Kay Burtram of DeWitt; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many friends. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013 at McAdams Road Church. www.


•–––––DOVER — Opie Hampton of Dover, passed March 26. The funeral is 10 a.m. March 29, Pleasant Grove Assembly of God at Dover. Rev. Phillip C. Collie II officiating. Burial in Coleman Cemetery under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at funeral home. Online obituary and register book at


•–––––FAYETTEVILLE — Joe Fred Starr, age 79, of Fayetteville died Wednesday March 27, 2013 in Fayetteville. He was born October 19, 1933 in Dryden, Okla. to Fred and Florence Starr.

He is preceeded in death by his parents and his infant sister, Margaret Alice. He is survived by his wife, Billie Jo Starr of Fayetteville; brother, Jon Larry Starr of Fayetteville; four children, Joe F. Starr, Jr. and wife, Rene’ Starr of Little Rock; David Starr of Cedaredge, Colo.; Kent Starr and wife, Sara Starr of Fayetteville; and Shannon Starr Arcana and husband, Michael Arcana of Fayetteville. Grandchildren include Kara, David, and Christopher Arcana; Christina Arcana Guerin and husband, Jacob Geurin; Rachel Starr Sloan and husband, Neill Sloan, all of Fayetteville; and John and Gracie Starr of Little Rock. Great-grandchildren include Faith and Troy Arcana; Emma Kay and Kyleigh Jo Geurin; and David Carter Sloan, all of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by caretaker, Marieta Pilka of Lowell and friends, Jonathon and Plum Simons of Santa Monica, Calif.

Joe Fred moved with his family to Northwest Arkansas as a child. His parents were school teachers in Fayetteville. He attended Jefferson Elementary and was a graduate of Fayetteville High School, and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a social welfare degree. While attending the University, he worked as a sports writer for the “Northwest Arkansas Times” and the “Arkansas Traveler”. He was also a correspondent for the “Southwest American” of Fort Smith. He was an active volunteer with the Jaycees as a sponsor for young golfers in Arkansas. He joined the Sperry & Hutchinson Company as a salesman and zone manager and traveled throughout Arkansas and the surrounding states before joining Tyson Foods as a board member, later serving as a Vice President of Tyson Foods. He was active in the growth of Tyson Foods until the late 1990’s when he retired. He enjoyed golfing with his friend, Rusty, vintage cars, pre-Columbian art, and trips to his second home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where he had many friends. Joe Fred was an entrepreneur with an expertise in real estate, developing Skull Creek Apartments in the 1960’s, as well as creating the Automaster car dealership with his longtime partner, Daryl Hickman. He also served on the Board of Directors at First National Bank of Fayetteville. Joe Fred was always there for his friends and family and will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, March 29 at Baptist Ford Cemetery under the direction of Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jon Larry Starr, Daryl Hickman, Herb Lewis, Frank Scott, Jacob Geurin, David and Christopher Arcana, Neill Sloan, John Starr, Jim Blair, Jimmy Culp, Jonathan Simons, and George Babb and friends at Village Inn. The Family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our friends at Bright-Star and Culpepper Place for all of the care and love they provided during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Walton Arts Center, P.O. Box, 3547, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701 or Central United Methodist Church, 6 West Dickson St., Fayetteville, Ark. 72701. To place an online tribute visit


•–––––HEBER SPRINGS — Wilma Jean Reeder, 86, of Heber Springs passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George Reeder. To honor the request of the family, Funeral services will remain private. To view Wilma’s online obituary please go to www.heberspringsfuneralhome. com or call 501-887-9152.


•–––––JUDSONIA — Edna Verneal Bonner Langley, 88 passed from this life on March 26th, 2013, at Oakdale Nursing Home. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. March 28th at Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday, March 29th, at Searcy-McEuen Chapel with interment following at White County Memorial Gardens in Searcy.


•–––––KENSETT — William Cowan, 86, of Kensett, died Monday in Kensett. Visitation is Friday, March 29, 2013, from 5 until 7 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Arnold Tabernacle CME Church in Kensett. Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home of Searcy.


•–––––MARIANNA — Mike Dilks, 87, of Marianna passed away March 26, 2013. Mr. Dilks leaves behind, his wife, Mary Dilks; three sons, two daughters, 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one brother. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Marianna Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Mike Holcomb officiating.


•–––––MONKEY RUN — Steven A. Schwarz, age 55, of Monkey Run, died Tuesday. Memorial Mass: 10 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church. Survivors: father and stepmother: Paul and Margaret “Marge” Schwarz; sister: Roxanne Stinebring; special friend: Sherry Sanders; uncles: Bill, Bob and Leonard Schwarz. Online guestbook:www.


•–––––MONTICELLO — Homer Herndon Grantham, 87, of Monticello, died Tuesday, March 19, 2012, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial in Oakland Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 35, Monticello, Ark. 71657. Online guestbook


•–––––PERRYVILLE — Arvlin Leonard “A.L.” Ware, 94, of Perryville, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Christene Ware; brother, Alton Ware; and a host of extended family. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Harris Funeral Home of Perryville. Online guestbook: www.


•–––––PINE BLUFF — Gerald “Mack” Conley, Sr., 78, of Pine Bluff, passed away, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home. Born September 8, 1934, in Pine Bluff, he was the son of the late Frank and Ruby Keith Conley. He was reared and received his early education in Plum Bayou, graduating from Plum Bayou High School. In January of 1957, he married Floy Jean Everett, together they had one son.

As a young adult Mack worked for Arkla Chemicals at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. He then went to work for the Cotton Belt Railroad, now Union Pacific, as a pipe fitter and sheet metal worker, retiring after thirty-five years of service. He also worked alongside his son, farming land in southern Jefferson County, during his spare time from the railroad and after his retirement. Mack spent many enjoyable hours coaching pee wee football and basketball. He, along with his wife, attended Southside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Mack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Conley, of Pine Bluff and his son, Gerald “Jerry” Conley, Jr. and Kathie of White Hall.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2013, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Paul Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Robinson’s. Friends may sign the online register at


•–––––PLEASANT VALLEY — Kenneth Wise, 77, of Pleasant Valley, died Monday, March 25, 2013. Funeral: 10 a.m. Friday, March 29th, 2013, Pleasant Valley General Baptist Church. Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 28th, at the funeral home in Morrilton. Donations: to Pleasant Valley General Baptist Church Building Fund, 1522 Hwy. 300, Houston, Arkansas 72070. Online guestbook: www.


•–––––RUSSELLVILLE — Melva Gott Drewry, age 98, of Russellville, died Saturday, March 23, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 at Rest Haven Memorial Park, and under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service. The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.


•–––––STAR CITY — Mrs. Lula Mary Allen-Tyler, 55, of Star City passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013. Her services will be 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2013 at Bethlehem #2 MBC by Rev. Nathaniel Thornton Jr. Burial will be in Bethlehem #2 Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Online Register:


•–––––WALDENBURG — Tony Henderson, age 25, of Waldenburg passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Weiner. Church services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Weiner. Burial will follow at Balch Cemetery. Online guestbook: www.


•–––––WHITE HALL — Daisy Musgrove Turner, 82, of White Hall, passed away March 26, 2013. Survivors husband, Francis Turner; daughter, Pam Demery; brothers, Ernest and Eugene Musgrove; sisters, Fannie Underwood and Dorothy Terry; one grandchild; one great-grandchild. Services 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall.


•–––––WYNNE — Donald Hess, 63, departed this life Tuesday. Survivors include son, Rodney Hess; daughters, Dina Milton, Lisa Middlebrook, Nancy Hess; six brothers; four sisters; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Funeral services was 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Thompson-Wilson Wynne Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. (870) 238-9400.


TORRANCE, Calif. — Joseph Lee Harris, born April 6, 1930 to Louis and Alice Harris, died December 12, 2012 after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer in October 2012.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Harris (Dawson) of Pine Bluff, his parents and his sister Norma Don. He is survived by his five children, Deborah Harris-Meek of Torrance, Jackie Reynolds-Thompson of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Alicia Harris-Erlemann of Lucas, Texas, Rebecca Harris of Tucson, Arizona, and Craig Harris of Gallivare, Sweden survive him. He had 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Born in Paducah, Kentucky, he grew up in Pine Buff, Arkansas. Joe attended Pine Bluff High School, Class of 47, and then attended the University of Southeastern Arkansas where he studied Forest Management. The family moved to the South Bay Area of California in the early 1950’s, where he worked for E.L. Pearson as a Field Engineer/ Surveyor until retiring in the early 1990s.

He was very active his entire life enjoying walking, bike riding, motorcycle riding, flying private airplanes, traveling, camping, hunting, fishing and tinkering in the garage on cars, boats, motorcycles, lawnmowers, etc. He was never without a project(s). He was interested and fascinated by everything and was forever seeking knowledge for the sake of knowing. He lived a life filled to the brim with valuable experiences and a myriad of adventures. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.

A graveside service will be held at Fitzhugh Cemetery, 1 and 1/2 miles from Sulphur Springs on CR20/Camden Cut Off road, on March 29th at 3 p.m. A reception will follow at Harbor Oaks Country Club, the Conference Room, from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the National Arbor Foundation to plant trees in Joe’s name in our National Forests or to the American Lung Association.

For additional information, to post comments or view a memorial video, refer to the Ralph Robinson & Son website, http://www., or call them at (870)534-3131.


•–––––WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ronald Edward Hardin, age 63 of Washington, DC, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. He was born October 4, 1949 in Searcy, Arkansas to Joseph McDonald Hardin and Martha Nell Chatman.

He is survived by his mother, Martha Greene of Searcy; three sons, LaVelle Payne of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ronald Hardin and wife Teresa of Searcy, Lucious Hardin of Searcy; one brother, Phillip Hardin of Searcy; one sister, Beverly Pittman and husband Maurice of Milwaukee; five grandchildren; and a host of loving aunts, nephews, nieces, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Joe Hardin; one daughter, Lashondra Hardin; and one aunt, Liddie Chatman.

Visitation will be Thursday at 11 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 12 noon at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy. Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home of Searcy. www.


•–––––NICEVILLE, Fla. — Edward S. McDonald passed away Friday, March 8th in Niceville, Florida after a long illness. Ed was born in Steubenville Ohio in 1937. He was the son of James E. and Wilma Mc-Donald of Pine Bluff. After graduating from Arkansas Tech, Ed was commissioned into the US Army, serving in the military for 20 years attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. His military career took he and his family around the globe including two tours in Vietnam. After retiring from the military, Ed returned to his hometown of Pine Bluff and worked for General Dynamics in Camden. Ed later moved to Hot Springs where he spent many years living on the lake and following his beloved Razorbacks as a member of the Road Hogs. Ed was an active member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs and was devoted to their 2nd mile program.

Edward is survived by his daughter Kym Overbey and her husband Scot of Edmond Oklahoma, his daughter Renee Hill and her husband Greg of Niceville, Fla, by his son Todd McDonald and his wife Lisa of Little Rock as well as 11 grandchildren that affectionately knew him as Pop.

Ed was known for his love of country, Razorbacks and story telling, but will be remembered most for his devotion to family. His loudest cheers were always reserved for his most treasured team of 11; Nathan, Anna Ruth, John Scot, George, Grace, David, John, Ella Ruth, Todd Alan, Kate and Anna. A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 30th at First Baptist Church of Hot Springs.

–––––v–––––NORTH PORT,, Fla. — JD Byrum, 79, of North Port, Florida, formerly of Russellville, died Sunday, at Port Charlotte, Florida. Graveside service is at 2 p.m. Friday, at Mount Zion Cemetery near Jerusalem by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. Visitation is Thursday, from 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home. Online obituary/guestbook available at

–––––v–––––LURAY, Va. — Ernest Dale Jennings, 82, of Luray, Virginia, passed away, Saturday, March 23, 2013. Funeral services: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at Harris Chapel in Morrilton. Burial: Huie Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. Family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 29th. Online guestbook:


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