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By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 16, 2014 at 4:04 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


Margie Alston, 90, of Little Rock. Robert R. Barker Sr., 96, of Little Rock. Shirley Ann Hampton, 60, of Little Rock. Jiwansingh Moorjani, 90, of Little Rock. Lewis E. Pearson, 87, of Little Rock. Steven Wayne Pollard, 57, of Little Rock. Evelyn Reichen, 88, of North Little Rock. David Alan Schonert, 60, of Little Rock. Max Roy Sears, 88, of Little Rock. Robert “King Rob” Storay, 52, of Little Rock. Dorothy Ann Weis, 82, of Little Rock.



Gladys Chambliss, 90.


Albert William Andrews Jr., 74. Jessie Daniel West, 81.


Billy E. “Bill” Starkey, 89. Mary Elizabeth Teel, 98.


Rebecca “Becky” Thompson, 67.


Dean Hartwell, 92.


Charles Garland, 88.


Doll Murrah Spradlin, 67.


Stephanie Chavers, 43.


Paul Bandy Williams, 54.


Dorothy Burke, 90.


Nancy Carol Cole, 56.


James Mullins, 89.


Milford Oran Morrison, 79.


Paul Murray Bowie, 69.


Vera Inez Dye Rial, 83.


Ruby Jeanette Duncan, 78.


Marie A. Martin, 91.


Floyd Murphy, 68. Mary Burke Sowell, 85. Travis Gene Turman, 76.


Vera Virginia Hall, 88.


Billy Boswell, 71.


James Ray Mears, 46.


Brenda Diane Davis, 67.


Dorothy Ann Phillips, 79.


Ivan F. Dollar, 71.


Harry Covey Jr., 89.


Frances Idell Rocha, 65.


Jase Andrew Scott, infant.


Louis Green Outlaw, 96.


Charles Allen McReynolds, 64.



Tsuneko “Jeannie” Esry, 88.


Fern Harris, 98.


Margaret Cooper Blackwood, 81.


Elizabeth Lucille Jordan Geren, 90.


Lacey Sachel Bradley-Story, 34.

Pulaski County

MARGIE ALSTON 90, of Little Rock, Ark., passed on March 8, 2014 at St. Vincent Hospital. She was a longtime resident of Sandalwood Healthcare. She was predeceased by her husband, Andy Alston. She leaves a special friend, Paula Martin. Graveside services Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 11 a.m., at Little Rock National Cemetery. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. Little Rock (501) 372-1305.


•–––––ROBERT R. BARKER SR., 96, of Little Rock, and recently of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Hot Springs. He was born in Durant, Okla., on Dec. 16, 1917 to the late Robert O. and Pearl Spencer Barker.

He enjoyed his large family and leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Rudene; son, Robert R. Barker Jr. (Bonnie) of Little Rock; daughters, Constance Manzer of Hot Springs Village and Joan Walker (Karl) of Benton; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of other friends and family members. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Christie; parents; five sisters; son, Ronald Barker; and granddaughter, Kelly.

Reverend Dr. Karen Akin will officiate the funeral service at 2 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014 at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home Chapel, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark. 72211, Phone: 501-224-8300. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to Arkansas Hospice In-Patient Center, 300 Werner Street, 5 West, Hot Springs, Ark. 71913, Phone: 501-622-4677.

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•–––––SHIRLEY ANN HAMPTON, 60, of Little Rock, passed away March 12, 2014. She was born in Scott, Ark., to the late Jack and Edwina Carter and was a member of the 65th Street Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Elijah Hampton; son, Derrick Hampton and his wife, Mia; daughter, Karcha Hampton; grandchildren, Logan Hampton and Jackson Hampton, affectionately known as LoJac, all of Little Rock; sisters, Florice Reynolds of Atlanta, Ga., Dorothy Carter of North Little Rock, and Gloria Williams of Chicago, Ill.; and a host of other family and friends.

Services will be Tuesday, March 18 at 12 noon at the 65th Street Church of Christ, officiated by Mr. Don McClain. Memorials may be made to the 65th Street Church of Christ, 7115 W. 65th St., Little Rock, Ark. 72209.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, (501) 224-2200. Mrs. Hampton’s online guestbook may be signed at www.


•–––––JIWANSINGH MOORJANI celebrated 90 years of life. He passed away peacefully at his home at 2 p.m. on March 6, 2014. Mr. Moorjani was a successful railway officer in India for 33 years. He had his wife, Laxmi Moorjani, of 60 years beside him through all the momentous events. Together they came to the U.S. in 1992 to live with their son Dinesh Moorjani, and daughter-in-law, Bharti. He enjoyed his time with grandkids, Anika and Aarish, in his last years. He will be dearly missed.


•–––––LEWIS E. PEARSON, 87 of Little Rock, passed away March 12, 2014.

He was preceded in death by a son, Terry Pearson.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Pearson; a son, Lewis Pearson Jr. of Florida; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be Tuesday, March 18, at 11 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

Arrangements are by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth.

Online guestbook: www.


•–––––STEVEN WAYNE POLLARD passed away on March 11, 2014. He was born on Aug. 10, 1956. Mr. Pollard was a Vietnam Era Veteran having served honorably in the USAF.

He is survived by his twin daughters, Amanda Adkinson (Bryan), and Rebekah Wilkins (Mike). Steven also leaves behind five grandchildren. In addition, he leaves behind his best friend, Stephanie A. Calderon, she made life not only bearable, but worth living.

Mr. Pollard was a licensed cosmetologist, a licensed private pilot, and a NAUI certified scuba diver.

He graduated from UALR in 1983 having achieved a BBA in Marketing in only three years. Upon completion of his degree, Mr. Pollard worked as a sales representative for first Dabois Chemical, and then Troy Chemical. After working for one year as an educator for Nexxas Products Co., he enrolled in Cosmetology school and opened his own salon where he worked for over 10 years before becoming disabled and forcing him to seek retirement. Mr. Pollard also renewed his faith in God in 1996 and strove to love every day serving the Lord. He was of the Episcopal faith.

A Funeral Service will be held in his honor on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 9 a.m., at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Conway with burial to follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway on Monday evening.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arkansas Food Bank; 4301 W. 65th St. Little Rock, Ark. 72209.

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•–––––EVELYN REICHEN, 88, of North Little Rock went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

She was born in Cherry Valley, Ark., to the late Lawrence and Jessie Harrison Hill Bigham. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her children’s father, David Frank Farris; husband, James E. Reichen; son-in-law, Aaron Murphree; two brothers; and four sisters.

Evelyn retired after 33 years of service at Timex Corp. She was a member and taught Sunday school at Chicot Road Baptist Church. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and friend. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by two daughters, Sheila Hinds of North Little Rock and Linda Bradley of Austin, Texas; one son, Jimmy Reichen of Dallas, Texas; her grandchildren, Kim Hinds Hall (Randy) and Steven Hinds (Paula); three great-grandchildren, Ashley, JR, and Chris; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral service will at 1 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, Roller-Owens Funeral Home Chapel, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd. North Little Rock, Ark. 72116, (501) 791-7400. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12-1 p.m. Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

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•–––––DAVID ALAN SCHONERT, born in Little Rock, Ark., on Aug. 3, 1953, passed away from cardiac arrest March 13, 2014.

David graduated from high school in El Dorado, Ark., lived in Fayetteville a number of years where he worked at Northwest Arkansas Steel Co.

He moved to Little Rock in 1985 to complete his Masters in Mathematics.

He taught at UALR in the Department of Math & Statistics for 20 years.

David had numerous interests, hobbies and talents. His lifelong study and love of art is evident in his painting, sculpting, woodworking, music and gardening. He enjoyed traveling and exploring new places with Lynna.

He is preceded in death by his father, Charles L. Schonert.

David is survived by his wife, Lynna; his mother, Betty Prince Schonert of Little Rock; sister, Carole Moore, husband, Philip; and nephew, Phil, all of Fayetteville; niece, Rebecca of Chicago; brother, Terry, wife, Katie; niece, Kathleen; and nephew, John, all of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many other family and friends.

We appreciate Dr. David Rutlen and his team of doctors, nurses and staff at HICU, UAMS for their kindness and tremendous care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) to benefit the Mathematics and Statistics Department. Remembrances may be sent to the UALR Office of Development, 2801 S. University Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72204, with a notation indicating your intent to honor David’s memory.

A gathering of remembrance will be held Monday, March 17 at 3 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 West 12th St., Little Rock.

Online guestbook is available: www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.


•–––––MAX ROY SEARS, 88, of Little Rock passed away on March 11, 2014. He was born Aug. 2, 1925, in Medford, Okla. Max proudly served as a Quartermaster on the Submarine, USS Pargo (SS 264) in WWII, where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for valor. A child of the depression, Max bought and sold his first insurance agency and became one of the founders of Reserve National Life and Health in Oklahoma. This paved the way for an exciting life including: aerobatics in his plane, sky and scuba diving, motorcycle trips, boating, stock car racing, mountain climbing, water and snow skiing, quail hunting, fishing, bridge and world travel. A highlight of Max’s life was an invitation on his 69th birthday to cruise beneath the polar ice cap on the Nuclear USS Pargo Submarine.

Max, retired at 40, was then recruited to organize, develop and lead the Arkansas Insurance Rehabilitation and Liquidation Division. He served under five Governors and helped reform the insurance industry. His influence led to the development of nationwide insurance regulations used today.

After insurance, Max entered a career in banking and retired as Senior Vice President of Worthen National Bank. One of Max’s great joys was to live on Lake Hamilton and own a houseboat on Lake Ouachita where friends referred to him as “Mayor of HB Dock.” Max was skilled at building and fixing anything. He spent endless time lending and teaching these skills to friends and family.

Along with his parents, Nelda and Roy Sears, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Sears. He is survived by his children, Jimmy Sears, Lee Ann Stuart (Hunter), Jo Ella Sears-Harkins (Chris), and Jerry Sears; his grandchildren, Tara Miller (Steven), Jeremy Stuart (Katie) and Abbigail Harkins; and his great-grandchildren, Addison and Max Miller. Additionally, Max is survived by his sisters, Carole Schmidt (Bob), Shirley Stiger; and his “half-daughter,” Lori Llewellyn.

A celebration of Max’s life is planned for a later date. Memorials may be made to:

Arkansas Enterprise for the Developmentally Disabled, Inc., 105 E. Roosevelt, Little Rock 72206 or Submarine Force Library and Museum Assoc., Box 501 US Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Conn. 06349, www.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court, (501) 224-2200. Max’s online guest book may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome. com.


•–––––ROBERT “KING ROB” STORAY, 52, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Services will be Tuesday, March 18, 11 a.m. and Family hour will be Monday, March 17, 2014, from 6-7 p.m., both services at the funeral home. Services entrusted to Premier Funeral home, 1518 S. Battery St., Little Rock, Ark. 72202. (501) 376-4800.


•–––––DOROTHY ANN WEIS, 82, of Little Rock passed away on March 14, 2014. She was born on Aug. 7, 1931, in Portsmouth, R.I., to Manuel and Belmeida (Furtado) Gibbo.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Linda Weis of Sherwood; sons, Francis Raimer of Rhode Island, David Raimer of France; grandchildren, Heather Johnson, Holli Raimer, both of North Little Rock, Allen Raimer of Virginia Beach, Va.; brother-in-law, Bill Wiess of Maumelle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Weis; her parents; and brother, Frank Gibau.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock, Ark., with Monsignor Francis I. Malone officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 19 at Little Rock Funeral Home from 4–6 p.m.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Court, Little Rock, Ark. 72205 (NW Corner of I-630 and Barrow Road) (501) 224-2200. Dorothy’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome. com.


BENTON — Gladys Chambliss, 90, Benton, died Friday, March 14, 2014.

Survivors: sons, Ken Chambliss and Michael Chambliss; sisters, Jackie Pruett and Eunice Guiling; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Visitation: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Ashby Funeral Home with services beginning at 11. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery.


•–––––CABOT — Albert William Andrews Jr. a.k.a. “Buddy,” 74, of Cabot passed away March 11, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, A.W. Andrews Sr.; mother, Gladis Jones; and son, Dennis Andrews.

Albert was retired from Union Pacific Railroad where he was a conductor for 33 years.

He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia Kuske Andrews. They just renewed their wedding vows on their anniversary, Dec. 17, with all family in attendance.

He was also survived by four sons, Albert III (Robin) of Rosebud, Brian (Robyn) of Little Rock, Keith of Little Rock and Paul Curtis of Cabot; three daughters, Teressa Misenheimer (Dwight) of Cabot, Jimmie Eyeman (Corey) of Cabot and Carla Cowles (Mike) of Jacksonville. He has 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Buddy was a wonderful man and will be missed by many.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, March 30 at 384 Grayhawk Cove at 2 p.m. He wished to be laid to rest on his old land, now owned by his nephew-inlaw, David Bettger.

www.arkansasfuneralcare. com.


•–––––CABOT — Jessie Daniel West, 81, of Cabot, born Oct. 15, 1932, passed away March 13, 2014. He is preceded in death by his wife, Masako West; and son, Jessie West Jr.

Jessie is survived by daughter, Millie West Newton; as well as numerous grandchildren.

To sign his guestbook, please visit www.arkansasfuneralcare. com.


•–––––CONWAY — Billy E. “Bill” Starkey, 89, of Conway died Saturday, March 15, 2014. He was born March 3, 1925, in Conway to the late Samuel Q. and Lena Gertrude Langford Starkey. Mr. Starkey was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church where he was part of the Pathfinders Sunday School Class. He was a veteran of WWII of the United States Army serving in the 110th Infantry, Company C, and the Battle of the Bulge 3rd Army under General Patton. His unit was known as the “Bloody Bucket” Keystone Division. Bill was also active in the Conway Senior Citizens Center where he was part of the Conway Shaker’s Beanbag Baseball and a member of the Faulkner County R.E.A.C.T. He was co-owner of Bob and Bill’s Auto Service and later Starkey’s Auto Clinic before retirement. He is preceded in death by wife, Betty Jean Kirby Starkey; parents; two sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Terry (Brenda) Starkey of Camden, Tim (Jackie) Starkey of Conway; daughter, Judith (Robert) Quinn of Conway; grandchildren, Teresa (J.D.) Munn of Austin, Texas, Charity (Ricardo) Estrada of Conway, Mandy (Chase) Hall of Damascus, Tim “T.E.” (Erica) Starkey of Conway, Sarah (Michael) Sigler of Conway, Rob (Karrie) Quinn of Bentonville, Lindsey (Jeremy) Middleton of Conway; brother, Bobby J. Starkey of Conway; sister-in-law, Etoyle Mouser of Pine Bluff; brother-in-law, Edward Kirby of Little Rock; several nieces, nephews, other family and close friends.

Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at the Antioch Baptist Church with visitation to begin one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the Conway Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 1429, Conway, Ark. 72033 or to the Antioch Baptist Church, 150 Amity Road, Conway, Ark. 72032. For online guestbook,


•–––––CONWAY — Mary Elizabeth Teel, 98, loving wife, mother, and Maw Maw went to be with her Lord, Saturday, March 15, 2014. She was born Sept. 6, 1915, in Jacksonville, Ark., to the late Peyton B. and Esther (Ringgold) Merritt. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Arnold Teel; two sisters; and one brother.

Elizabeth is survived by her son, Randy Teel, of Conway; daughter, Rosie Homan (Chuck) of Sherwood; grandchildren, Brad Homan (Whitney) and Angela Homan both of Little Rock; one sister, two nieces; and one nephew.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in the Oak Bowery Cemetery with Rev. Del Stone officiating.

A special thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff at Salem Place Nursing Home who loved and cared for her.

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•–––––CROSSETT — Rebecca “Becky” Thompson, age 67, of Crossett, Ark., died Friday. Funeral Services are 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at Jones Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Crossroads Cemetery. Visitation from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home Monday. Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.


•–––––DIAMONDHEAD — Dean Hartwell, 92, of Diamondhead in Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on March 14, 2014. He was born July 15, 1921, in Bonham, Texas, to Plummer and Lettie Hartwell. Dean was of the Methodist faith and member of Diamondhead Community Church. During his early career he worked as a corporate secretary for various van lines and warehousing companies. Later, he thoroughly enjoyed working for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he was honored with many awards. After being a lifelong resident of Dallas, Texas, Dean moved to Diamondhead in 2003 where he was affectionately known as Mr. Diamondhead for his many acts of kindness and service over the last 10 years.

He is predeceased by his parents; wife, Monetta Robinson Hartwell; five brothers; and two sisters.

Loving survivors include his daughter, LaDean (David) Diercoff, of Diamondhead; son, Gary Robert (Pam) Hartwell, of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Jennifer (Brian) Lucas, Jamie (Will) Janney, Christie (Brandon) Copling; great-grandchildren, Garrett Scudder, Rylie Scudder and Lauren Lucas; step-grandchildren, Randy Diercoff and Linsley (Don) Srygley; step-great-grandchildren, Nicholas Srygley, Rachel and Jeanette Diercoff.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. A memorial celebration will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at Diamondhead Community Church with Pastor Mark Williams and Pastor Mike Fikes officiating. Visitation will also be from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Wise Funeral Home in Bonham, Texas. Burial will follow at Arlidge Ridge Cemetery with Pastor Mark Williams officiating.

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•–––––DOVER — Charles Garland, 88, of Dover died Thursday. Funeral is 2 p.m. Monday in the Shinn Chapel with burial in Rest Haven Memorial Park, by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. The online obituary and guestbook are available at


•–––––ENGLAND — Doll Murrah Spradlin, 67, went to be with the Lord on March 14, 2014. She was born on Jan. 17, 1947, to the late Floyd and Floy Murrah. She worked as an account manager for Sharon Nichols Law Office. She loved to sew, bake, collect antiques with her sister, loved her family and grandkids very much. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years James Spradlin; daughter, Rosalind Laura Slaughter.

She is survived by her son, James Edward Spradlin of England; and a sister, Sharon (Van) Fortenberry Nichols of Star City, Ark.; four grandchildren, Carson and Cameron Slaughter, and Jesse and Joy Spradlin.

A memorial service will be Monday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at Wilson Robison Funeral Home Chapel. Wilson Robison Funeral Home of England will be in charge of the arrangements. To view obit online go to


•–––––EVENING SHADE — Stephanie Chavers, age 43, of Evening Shade died Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Funeral services: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel in Cave City. Visitation: Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial: Cave City Cemetery. Arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.


•–––––FAYETTEVILLE — Paul Bandy Williams, 54, passed away at his home March 12, 2014. He was born to parents, Glen L. Williams Jr. and Marilyn (Bandy) Williams on Dec. 17, 1959, in Little Rock, Ark.

Paul graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1982. Once graduated, he moved to Dallas, Texas, and worked for the federal government in the Office of Thrift Supervision for nine years. He moved back to Fayetteville in 1991 and worked for United Bank of Springdale. He would later work at Montgomery Ward and at Lowes until 2005.

He was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Little Rock and previously attended Christian Life Cathedral in Fayetteville.

He is survived by his brother, Glen L. Williams III of Fayetteville.

Memorial services will be held at a later date at Christian Life Cathedral in Fayetteville. Please contact the family for details.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Razorback Foundation, 1295 South Razorback Road, Suite A, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701.

To sign the online guest book please visit www.nelsonberna. com.


•–––––FORDYCE — Dorothy Burke of Fordyce, Ark. passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Parkway Health Center in Little Rock. Dorothy was born on June 20, 1923, in Woodlawn, Ark., to the late Noah and Annie Peek. She was one of 10 children.

She always made it known that her family was the most important thing in her life. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Bryan Burke, who passed away in 2006. She is survived by her son, Dr. Bryan Burke of Maumelle and daughter-in-law Susan; her daughter, Connie Denbow of Richardson, Texas, and son-in-law Ted. Her grandchildren brought a smile to her face each time someone asked about them. They are Bryan Denbow of Irving, Texas; Kyle Denbow and his wife Carrie of Dallas, Texas; Timothy Burke and his wife Lauren of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Sarah Vander Wal and her husband Greg of Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was also blessed with six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy retired from Alltel in 1988. She also enjoyed being election secretary in Dallas County for many years. She treasured so many friends and acquaintances that she made during these times.

She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Fordyce for many years and joined Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock after moving to Parkway.

The family will receive friends Monday, March 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. A celebration of a most blessed life will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 18 at First Baptist Church in Fordyce with Rev. Stacy Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery. Donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Fordyce or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit www.


•–––––FORREST CITY — Nancy Carol Cole, age 56, of Forrest City, Ark., passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at her home after a long illness.

Nancy was born in Houston, Texas, on June 29, 1957. She was a contracts manager for many years. Nancy was a member of the Junior League and served on the Project IMPACT Committee, was a member of Art Reach of Denver and served as Board Chairman and was a member of the Forrest City Country Club. She supported Excelsior Youth Center and started the Bruised Mint Society Book Club. Nancy was a member of the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Survivors are her mother, Doris J. McCollum Cole; father, Thomas W. Cole Jr.; brother, Thomas W. Cole III and wife Becky all of Forrest City; nieces, Taylor and Torrie Cole; great-nephew, Garrett DuVall; and many, many friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church from 1-2 p.m. with services following at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Forrest City. Visit online registry at Under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.


•–––––FOX — Milford Morrison, 79, of Fox passed away March 13, 2014. Survivors are his wife, Phyllis; two sons, Richard and Marvin; one daughter, Kathy. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 at Fox Assembly of God. Arrangements by Roller Coffman Funeral Home of Mtn. View. Online guestbook www.


•–––––GREENBRIER — Paul Murray Bowie, 69, of Greenbrier, passed away March 14, 2014. Funeral services will be Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Marcus Hill Church in Greenbrier at 2 p.m. Interment at Marcus Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Clinton Funeral Service. To sign Paul’s Book of Memories go to


•–––––HAMBURG — Mrs. Vera Inez Dye Rial, 83, of Hamburg, died Thursday, March 13, 2014. Mrs. Rial was a born in Monticello to the late Loren J. Dye and Janie McCarver Dye Burnette. She was a resident of Hamburg since 1955. Mrs. Rial was a homemaker, a seamstress and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church. She was very active in Women’s Missionary Union and was the matriarch of four generations.

She is preceded in death by a grandson, Jade Clark Rial in 1995; two brothers, Russell and Junior Dye.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Ted T. Rial; two sons, Randall Rial and wife, Tamara, and Danny Rial and wife, Vicky, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Brenda Houston and husband, Jim, of Little Rock; a step-daughter, Shirley Naron of Hamburg; a brother, Randy Dye of Little Rock; two grandsons, Kevin Rial of Crossett and Ted Gray of Monticello; two granddaughters, Tess Gray of Monticello and Lauren Rial Gardner of West Monroe, La.; five great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services are 2 p.m., Sunday at the Gardner Baptist Church with Rev. Keith Martin and Rev. Eugene Howie officiating. Burial will be in the Lone Sassafras Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church Women’s Missionary Union, PO Box 311, Hamburg, Ark. 71646 or St. Jude Tribute Program, In memory of Jade Rial, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.


•–––––HAMPTON — Ruby Jeanette Duncan, 78, of Hampton died Friday, March 14, 2014 at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado. She was born April 25, 1935 in Bradley County, Ark. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Hampton. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ford Wright and Lola Slaughter Wright; two brothers, James Wright and Clyde Wright; one sister, Clydean Wright. She is survived by her husband, Lucian Duncan of Hampton; one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Rickey Sanders of Hampton; two brothers, Floyd Wright of Norphlet and Ray Wright of Hampton; two grandchildren, Brett Sanders of Bryant and Derek Sanders of Hampton. Visitation will be Monday 12-2 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church in Hampton with funeral services following visitation. Burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery near Jersey. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. To sign the online register visit


•–––––HOPE — Graveside services for Mrs. Marie A. Martin, 91, of Hope, will be 2 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014, at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Hope, Ark., with Ronnie Hardin officiating. Arrangements by Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online Guestbook:


•–––––HOT SPRINGS — Floyd Murphy, 68, Hot Springs, passed March 10, 2014.

Loved ones: niece/daughter, Gwendolyn (Roy) Pollins; friend, Verna; sister-in-law, Samella Murphy; nieces/ nephews, Zina Bailey, Tamara Jolly, Henry Florence, Kendall Murphy, Alvin Pennix, Ricky Conner. Graveside service Monday 1 p.m. Rest Haven Memorial Gardens/Arkadelphia. Service by Williams Funeral Home-Arkadelphia. Sign guestbook:


•–––––HOT SPRINGS — Mary Burke Sowell, 85, of Hot Springs, died, Thursday.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, in First Baptist Church, Hot Springs.

Interment will be in Crestview Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs.

Visitation will be Monday, 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home.

Guest registry is at


•–––––HOT SPRINGS — Travis Gene Turman, age 76, of Hot Springs, graduated to glory Friday, March 14, 2014.

Services will be at 2 p.m., Monday, in Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs with Bro. Tony Essner officiating.

Visitation will be Sunday, 3-5 p.m.

Interment will be in the Lowe Cemetery.

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•–––––HUNTSVILLE — Vera Virginia Hall, 88, of Huntsville, Ark., died March 12, 2014 at her home. She was born Nov. 5, 1925 at Springdale, Ark., the daughter of Huel and Ina Patton Smith. She was a homemaker, a member of the Huntsville United Methodist Church, a member of the Madison County Genealogical and Historic Society and a former member and past president of the Huntsville Friendship Club. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Rex Smith and Greg Smith.

Survivors include: her husband, W.Q. Hall of the home whom she married on June 1, 1956; two sons, Tim Hall of Springdale, Ark., and Todd Hall of Fayetteville, Ark.; one daughter and son-in-law, Lydia and Cory Scates of Springdale, Ark.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Gaylene and Pat Clardy and Myrna and Bill Greenway, all of Springdale, Ark.; one sister-inlaw, Bobbie Elliott of Eloy, Ariz.; two grandsons, Zack Hall of Rogers, Ark., and Mark Hall of Fayetteville, Ark.; and two granddaughters, Elizabeth Jordan Hall of Fayetteville, Ark., and Quincee Scates of Springdale, Ark.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in the chapel of Brashears Funeral Home with The Reverend Rob Ernest officiating. Interment will be in the Huntsville Cemetery under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home of Huntsville, Ark. Pallbearers will be: Zack Hall, Mark Hall, Blake Clardy, Tom Greenway, Mark Greenway and Randy Greenway.

Memorial may be made to The Huntsville Friendship Club, Post Office Box 762, Huntsville, Ark. 72740-0762.


•–––––MAGNET COVE — James Ray Mears, 46, Magnet Cove died March 14, 2014.

Survivors: parents, John and Kitty Gaston; wife, Karen; children, James, Zane, Dillon, Aaron, Amber, Megan, Heather; two siblings; two grandchildren.

Visitation: Sunday, March 16, 2-4 p.m., Regency, Malvern.

Private memorial service at a later date.

Cremation Arrangements: Regency Funeral Home. Guestbook:


•–––––McGEHEE — Brenda Diane Davis, 67, died Saturday, March 15, 2014. Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014, at Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, Ark., with the Rev. Ed Balducci officiating. Online guestbook may be signed at www.griffinculpepper. com.


•–––––MONTICELLO — Dorothy Ann Phillips, 79, of Monticello passed away March 11, 2014, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello.

Funeral service will 11 a.m. Monday, March 17 at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Lacey Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Online guestbook at


•–––––SCOTT — Ivan F. Dollar, 71, of Scott passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, surrounded by his wife and kids. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivan T. & Helen Dollar; two brothers, Cleon F. Dollar and Jean E. Dollar; a sister, Colleen Dollar.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Helen Dollar; daughters Denise Mooney (Terry) of Beebe, Anita Dollar of Scott; son, the Rev. Fredrick Dollar (Jenny) of Scott; grandchildren, Laken, Olivia, & Noah Mooney; sister, Anita Sue McCarver of Malvern; and two sisters-in-law, Nina Dollar & Angie Dollar.

In 2001, he retired from Price’s Utility Contractors and also retired as a Master Sergeant with the National Guard. He served as a supply preacher for 15 years and helped build a church in Guatemala.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home at 10 Remington Dr., Little Rock, Ark. 72204. Visitation is Monday, March 17, 2014, 6-8 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home, 7724 Landers Road in North Little Rock, Ark. www.griffinleggettresthills. com.


•–––––SEARCY — Harry Covey Jr., 89, of Searcy for the past nine months, formerly of Hot Springs, Ark., died in White County Medical Center in Searcy of kidney and heart failure on Feb. 28, 2014. He was born at home in Rembrandt, Iowa, to Grace and Harry H. Covey. His education at the University of Minnesota was interrupted by WWII. He trained as a bombardier but never left the states. He was discharged from the Army Air Force as a lieutenant. He married Zona in 1947. He completed his business degree at the University of Minnesota and had great success in the track program.

Harry managed the Fort Smith branch office of KoolVent Alum. Awning Co. for his father-inlaw for several years, and later moved to Little Rock to become the owner, and President of KoolVent after the death of his father-in-law. Harry and Zona made Little Rock their home and raised their family there. He sold the business, and was the salesman for Solo Cup Co. for 18 years covering Arkansas and Northern Louisiana territory. He enjoyed handball and was the state champion in doubles for about 10 years in the 1960s. He and Zona retired to Hot Springs, where they were members of Hot Springs Country Club, and enjoyed golf immensely during retirement. They were members of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Covey and his wife, Mitzie; and a sister, Mary Ambrosen and her husband, Lloyd. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Zona; a son, David (Linda) Covey of Searcy; and a daughter, Shari (Chuck) Clark of Springdale; four grandchildren, Andrea Covey (Matt Sappington), Sarah Covey, Brian Clark and Stephanie Clark; one great-grandson, Calvin Sappington; and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to offer special thanks to wonderful caregivers at WCMC and River Oaks Village in Searcy, and to the Westshores Retirement Center in Hot Springs for the kindness shown to Harry and Zona during the last months of his life.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock or the charity of your choice. Memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs at 3 p.m. on March 29 after family visitation at the church at 2 p.m. Arrangements are with Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Guest register is at


•–––––STAR CITY — Jase Andrew Scott, infant, died Thursday. Graveside services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Nicholson Cemetery in Jefferson County with Bro. Mike Powell officiating. There will be no formal visitation. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at


•–––––SUMPTER — Louis Green Outlaw, age 96, of Sumpter, Ark., died Friday, March 14 at the Chapel Woods Nursing Home. He was born June 22, 1917, in Sumpter, Ark., a son of the late William Alonzo Outlaw and Etta Mae Wolfe Outlaw. Louis was a farmer, a cattleman and enjoyed raising a garden. With help, he managed to never miss a spring garden and was blessed to have lived independently until the last three weeks of his life, except for a few early adult years he lived his life on the farm where he was born in Sumpter, Ark. Louis was a faithful member of Martins Chapel Methodist Church and believed strongly in doing right and hard work. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lena Bell Mann Outlaw, who died Nov. 30, 1992; a daughter, Carylon Ann Outlaw, who died Oct. 31, 1945; brothers, William Preston Outlaw, Troy Curtis Outlaw, Rufus Spain Outlaw and Henry Elmon Outlaw; sisters, Bessie Erma Outlaw, Annie Mae Outlaw, Lena Belle Sharp, Lela Estelle Fletcher, Veda Lucille Pennington, and Verda Veree Lowry.

He is survived by a host of nieces and nephews who both loved and respected him.

Funeral services at 2 p.m. Monday, March 17 at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Outlaw Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials preferred to the Outlaw Cemetery Fund. Online guestbook at


•–––––VILONIA — Charles Allen McReynolds, 64, Vilonia, born Nov. 16, 1949, passed away March 11, 2014. Preceded in death by parents, Charles and Catherine McReynolds; and sister, Darlene.

Survivors: siblings, Mike, Eddie, Terry, Curtis, Marilyn and Betty; and the Sutherland family of Vilonia.

Memorial service will be held at a later date.


JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Tsuneko “Jeannie” Esry, age 88, of Jacksonville, Ala., formerly of Jacksonville, Ark., passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Shelby Esry, and one son, Frank Esry. She retired from Remington Arms Company in Lonoke. She was a kind, loving person who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Steven Esry; her daughter, Melanie Esry Delap, and her husband, Joe; and six loving grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Rest Hills Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home & Crematory (501) 982-2136. Sign online guestbook at www. mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome. com.


•–––––TULSA — Fern Harris, 98, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Jenks, Okla. Fern was born to Watt A. Small and Margaret (Cessford) Small on Sept. 20, 1915, in Cynthiana, Ky.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leslie Harris; her son, George L. Harris; and seven siblings. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Jerry Spradlin; her daughter-in-law, Rhonda Harris; one granddaughter, Monique (Harris) Ingalls and husband, Jason; and one grandson, Mark Harris.

Fern was a long-time resident of Vilonia, Ark. She was a military wife and lived in several countries. She came to Tulsa, Okla., in 2005 to live with her daughter. Fern was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church in Tulsa for eight years. While in her 90s, she made evangelistic bracelets for the mission work of her church. She made over 10,000 bracelets to be given to people in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Cuba by Jerry Hamlin. Fern was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the “AWANA” Clubs at either Evergreen Baptist Church, Bixby, Okla., or First Baptist Church, 1206 Main St., Vilonia, Ark. 72173 or a charity of your choice.

Memorial Service: 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Evergreen Baptist Church in Tulsa, Okla., with Dr. Michael D. Gabbert of Evergreen Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be at the Little Rock National Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark., on Friday, March 21, 2014, with Dr. John Hamby of First Baptist Church Vilonia officiating.

Under the direction of Moore’s Memory Chapel, 1403 South Peoria Ave., Tulsa, Okla., 74120-5616, (918) 583-6148.


•–––––CORDOVA, Tenn. — Margaret Cooper Blackwood, 81, of Cordova, formerly of Benton, Ark., died Tuesday, March 11, 2014. She was born June 22, 1932, in Larned, Kan., to the late Durward F. and Gladys Holopirek Cooper. Her family moved to Jonesboro, Ark., when she was 14. She attended Mississippi College for Women (the “W”) for one year before transferring and graduating from Arkansas State College, where she was a member and president of Alpha Gamma Delta. She married the late Thomas W. Blackwood on Aug. 30, 1953, and moved to Benton, Ark., in 1964. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Benton and a longtime member of P.E.O. Margaret is survived by her children, Cheryl Bryant (Royce) and Thomas W. Blackwood Jr. (Cathy); four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She will be remembered as a loving wife, amazing mother and trusted friend who lived her Christian faith. She had a passion and true talent for painting in oils, watercolors and pastels. Margaret made our lives better through her kindness. This legacy of love is what she leaves to all of us. The funeral service will be held March 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Beckwith Mortuary in Larned, Kan., followed by burial in Pawnee Rock Cemetery, Pawnee Rock, Kan. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market St., Benton, Ark., 72015. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting


•–––––HOUSTON — Elizabeth Lucille Jordan Geren, 90, passed away in Houston, Texas, on March 9, 2014. She was born on Sept. 22, 1923, in Fort Smith, Ark.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Elton Jordan and Lucille Vogel Jordan; her husband of 61 years, Jerry L. Geren; and her sister Mary Louise Schonaerts. She is survived by her sister Katherine Balser and her husband, Richard, of Magnolia, Miss.; three children: Lynn Geren, Ann Lohmann and husband, Jon, of Houston, Jerry L Geren Jr. and wife, Lisa, of Mahomet Ill.; six grandchildren, Jeffrey Baird and wife, Tara, Mary Lohmann Cavanaugh and husband, Mark, and Sarah Lohmann of Houston, Lauren Geren Trusler and husband, David, and Jordan Geren of Mahomet, Ill., and MSgt. Richard Geren, USAF and wife, Megan, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; six great-grandchildren, Lily Geren, Raelin Baird, Grace Trusler, Jack Trusler, Beau Trusler and Ellie Geren.

Betty was a 1941 graduate of Saint Anne’s Academy in Fort Smith, Ark. She worked at the Fort Smith Times Record prior to her marriage and was a volunteer in Catholic church groups and in the community throughout her life. She and Jerry enjoyed an activity-filled retirement for many years in Hot Springs Village before moving to Houston.

The Geren family wishes to thank the staff of Cameo Caregivers Westside; Jennifer and her Treemont nursing staff for their loving care; and The Houston Hospice, particularly Svanhaniel, who guided and supported all through her last months.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that friends honor Betty’s memory with donations to Houston Hospice, National Military Family Association, American Nurses Association Foundation or Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart.

A family service will take place at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, on Friday, May 2, 2014.


•–––––HERNDON, Va. — Lacey Sachel Bradley-Story, 34, of Herndon, Va., passed away, Thursday, March 6, 2014. She was born on Nov. 18, 1979, in Santa Monica, Calif. She resided in Little Rock, Ark., during her youth and attended schools in the Little Rock area. She graduated from Little Rock Central High in 1998. Lacey received her B.A. in fine arts from New College in Sarasota, Fla. She received her masters in finance and economics from Brandeis College in Boston, Mass., and her PhD in international relations from Northeastern College in Boston, Mass. She was the recipient of several academic awards, including the prestigious Boren Fellowship. Lacey spent two years in Shanghai, China, teaching at Shanghai High School. Upon returning to the United States, Lacey worked in the economic arena, taught at Northeastern University and was currently employed as a staff officer at the Department of Defense. In pursuit of personal and career goals, Lacey traveled extensively around the globe doing research and enjoying life. Part of her work included publishing papers in her field, where she was awarded citations for meritorious work.

Lacey is survived by her father, Michael Bradly of Maumelle, Ark.; one sister, Brie Alford (Jon) of Winston Salem, N.C.; two nieces, Mackenzie Abigail Alford and Sloane Sachel Alford; and one nephew, Jackson Bradley Alford. She is preceded in death by her mother, Cindy Bradley; grandparents, Margaret and Harold Bradley and Joe and Maxine Wofford.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2014, in the Chapel of Roller Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, Ark. (501) 224-8300. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Arkansas, Pages 16 on 03/16/2014

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