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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


Clara Christine Evans, 83, of Little Rock. G.W. Ligon Jr., 88, of North Little Rock.



Elliott Peebles, 76.


Lucille L. (Clark) Brewer, 92.


Nell Yarbrough, 71.


Eileen Steinke Williams, 88.


Wesley Kyle Murchison, 33.


Anna J. Wiggington, 77.


Clifford C. Councille Jr., 70.


Ollie Mae Thrift, 92.


Debbie Blanton, 63.


Mack “Cotton” Tomerlin, 74.


Juanita Burns, 47.


Rebecca Williams Dearden, 67.


Calvin C. Sparks, 86.


Marjorie Cole Deal, 85.


Charleen Collins, 69.



Esther Melton, 84.


Patricia A. Lane, 83.

Pulaski County

CLARA CHRISTINE EVANS, born June 27, 1930, in Des Arc, Ark., to the late Emmitt and Kathleen Mc-Farlin, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Christine was married to Charles Evans on May 7, 1949. They had wonderful and very active 66 years together. She loved to golf in her younger years and when Charles retired, she took up deer hunting so that she would not be a “deer widow.”

She was an avid gardener, spending many happy years in her backyard and you can tell by her flowers. She loved to cook and can from her vegetable garden. She loved trying out new recipes on her family and would make them their favorite cake for their birthdays from scratch.

She is survived by her son, Michael Evans and his children, Christopher and Jennifer, all of Cabot; her daughter, Deborah Stewart of Benton and her sons, Scott Stewart and wife Teresa of Bryant, Samuel Stewart and wife Patty; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Kathleen Olivia Stewart of Bryant; a brother, Emmitt B. McFarlin Jr. of Little Rock; and a number of aunts and cousins. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, at the funeral home. Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth. Entombment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery, under the direction of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth. 501-661-9111.

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–––––•–––––G.W. LIGON JR., 88, of North Little Rock made his transition from earthly life Thursday, May 15, 2014. He was born Aug. 6, 1925 in Augusta, Ark., the eighth of nine children born to G.W. Ligon Sr. and Mary Ratliffe Ligon. His parents and siblings all preceded him in death.

After graduating from Pulaski County Training School in 1946, G.W. moved to Chicago. On Oct. 15, 1950 he and classmate Margaret Dale were married at her parents’ home in the McAlmont area. He took his bride back to Chicago, where their daughters Jacqueline and Pamela were born.

G.W. was raised in the Baptist church, but joined his wife at St. Matthew-Gordon AME Zion Church and later at St. Mark United Methodist Church. After moving back to McAlmont in 1992, he became a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

In Chicago G.W. worked more than 20 years for Leavitt Brothers and 25 years for Johnson Publishing Company. He continued to stay busy as long as he was able. He was active in his community, as a member of the Community Voices of McAlmont, and the reunion committee for Holt-Pulaski County Training-Harris School.

G.W. Ligon Jr. is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughters, Jacqueline Ligon-Ivory (Alvertis) and Pamela Ligon Harris; and grandsons, Damon Goree and Richard Harris II, all of North Little Rock; granddaughter, Cristin Alexander; and great-granddaughter, Zian McFerguson, both of Sauk Village, Ill.; nephews, nieces, great-, great-great-, and great-great-great-nephews and nieces; cousins; church family; and friends.

Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 1109 S. State Street, Little Rock, Ark. Visitation: 2-5 p.m. Wednesday at Hubble Chapel. Family hour: 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the church. Funeral services entrusted to Hubble Funeral Home, 374-3134,

The family asks that in lieu of flowers you consider making a donation to Alzheimer’s Arkansas ( to further their assistance to individuals and their families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or to the Alzheimer’s Association (www. in support of research and assistance programs and services.


AUGUSTA — Elliott Peebles of Augusta passed away in his home on Friday, May 16, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 76 years of age. Mr. Peebles was born July 19, 1937 at Fitzhugh, Ark. The funeral service will be Monday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at Rhodes & Son Funeral Home in Augusta.

–––––•–––––BENTON — Lucille L. (Clark) Brewer, 92, of Haskell-Benton, Ark., formerly of Sheridan, passed away on May 17, 2014. She was born on May 22, 1921, in Tull, Ark., to the late Alfred Clark and Lovie (Gillis) Clark.

Mrs. Brewer was an L.P.T.N., employed at the Benton Service Center, Haskell-Benton, Ark., for many years.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Horace V. (Pinky) Brewer; two sons, Richard Leon Brewer and Aubrey Dean Brewer; sister, Lena M. Ramsey; brothers, Nathan Clark and Alfred Jerome Clark; and granddaughter, Deborah (Brewer) Herring.

She is survived by her son, Harvey Brewer (Kathy) of Benton; daughter, Diane (Brewer) Lyman (Joey) of Haskell; daughter-in-law, Connie Brewer; host of grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and her precious fur-baby, Duchess. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, (315-4047), 306 S. Main, Benton, Ark., with Brother Steve Cypert officiating. Visitation will be held from 10–11 a.m., an hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Mount Harmony Cemetery, Haskell, Ark. with Kolton McAllister, Colby Bukosky, Jonathan Lyman, Aaron Brewer, Ty Bowman, and Kenny Mitchell serving as pallbearers.

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–––––•–––––BRINKLEY — Nell Yarbrough, 71, widow of Earnest Yarbrough, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 16. Survivors: sons, James “Scooter” (Donna) Yarbrough of Brinkley, Donald (Michelle) Yarbrough of Des Arc; daughter, Pam Yarbrough of Brinkley; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Pat (Danny) Altom of Brinkley. Services: 2 p.m., Monday, Brinkley Missionary Baptist Church. Burial: Posey Cemetery, Wheatley. Arrangements by Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Homes. Guestbook: www.

–––––•–––––BRYANT — Eileen Steinke Williams passed away May 17, 2014. She was born March 19, 1926, in Fowler, Kan., the daughter of the late Tony and Rose Steinke. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jerry H. Williams; six sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by one brother; and one sister; her son, J. H. Williams (Kay) of Jonesboro; daughters, Terri Williams (Tommy), Cindy Jones (Robert) both of Bryant, and Brenda Williams of White Hall; grandchildren, Dr. Jason Williams (Brooke Talley), Dr. Jared Williams (Katy), Clay Jones (Shana), and Katie Brown (Jonathan); and two great-grandsons, Marek and Mason Jones; and her beloved dog, Lucky. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Pine Crest Memorial Park in Alexander.

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–––––•–––––CONWAY — Wesley Kyle Murchison, 33, of Conway, Ark. passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Wesley was born on July 14, 1980 in North Little Rock, Ark. to Harold Murchison and Penny Wagner.

Wesley was a Singer and Songwriter and had a love for country music. He enjoyed the duck cabin and being outdoors where he spent time duck hunting and turkey hunting. Wesley also loved the ocean and enjoyed being at the beach.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Wesley is survived by his parents; Harold Murchison (Sylvia) of Conway and Penny Wagner Hagerstrom (Ed) of Cordova, Tenn.; one sister, Heather Murchison Bari of Cordova, Tenn.; and his niece, Tatum Bari also of Cordova, Tenn.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway, with Bro. Tommy Miller officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014 at the Funeral Home. Online guest book:

–––––•–––––ENGLAND — Anna J. Wiggington died on May 16, 2014. She was born on Dec. 2, 1936, in Germany. Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Wilson Robison Chapel with visitation 6-8 Monday, May 19. Burial at Union Valley Cemetery. Wilson Robison Funeral Home will handle the arrangements. –––––•–––––FAYETTEVILLE — Dr. Clifford C. Councille Jr., age 70, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Fayetteville. He was born Oct. 11, 1943, in Blytheville, Ark., to Clifford C. and Carolyn Pride Councille.

Dr. Councille attended Blue Ridge School for Boys in Hendersonville, N.C., his undergraduate at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Hendrix College at Conway, Memphis State University at Memphis, Tenn. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock, Ark., Internship at the University of Tennessee at Memphis. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arkansas Medical Science in Little Rock.

He was a member of Cross Church in Springdale and was a physician at Northwest Arkansas Clinic for Women and Creekside Center for Women and laser Aesthetics. Diplomat American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Society of Pelvic Reconstructive Surgeons, American Fertility Society, Arkansas Medical Society, Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and a practicing Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Fayetteville for 37 years.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Branham Councille; two daughters, Ginger Davison of Kingsport, Tenn., Jennifer Clary and her husband Josh of Farmington, Ark.; three grandchildren, Emma Clary, Jake Davison and Ty Clary; his mother-in-law, Grace Branham of Springdale; brother and sister-in-law; numerous cousins; nieces; and nephews.

His hobbies were Sport Clay Shooting, Fly Fishing and an avid duck and goose hunter.

Visitation will be 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in the Chapel at Cross Church. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cross Church in Springdale with burial to follow at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens under the direction of Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville.

Memorials may be made to the Nehemiah Project Baptist Missionary Assoc. of America, P.O. Box 30910 Little Rock, Ark. 72260; or Baylor Pancreatic Cancer Research (214-820-2302).

To place an online tribute, visit

–––––•–––––GREENBRIER — Ollie Mae Thrift, 92, of Greenbrier passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014. She was born Feb. 2, 1922, in Faulkner County to the late Charles W. Smith and Florence L. Ross Smith. She was retired from the Conway Human Development Center in Conway.

She is survived by her daughter, Lora Alexander of Greenbrier; three sons, Nolden E. Thrift (Katherine) of Springdale, Dennis M. Thrift, and Bernis F. Thrift both of Wooster; brother, Troy E. Smith of Kansas City, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Janet, Janiece, Nolden Jr., Nola, Jacob, Joshua, Caleb; and 10 great-grandchildren. Services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in the chapel of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home Greenbrier with burial in Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Roller-McNutt Greenbrier. Online guestbook –––––•–––––GURDON — Debbie Blanton, 63, of Gurdon, Ark., passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014. Visitation Monday, May 19, 2014, 6-8 p.m. at Pharr Funeral Home, Gurdon, Ark. Funeral service Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 2 p.m. in Pharr Funeral Home chapel in Gurdon, Ark. Interment in Rose Hedge Cemetery. –––––•–––––HAMBURG — Mack “Cotton” Tomerlin, 74, of Hamburg died Sunday, May 18, 2014. Graveside services and burial are 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Judson Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 Monday. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.

–––––•–––––MARVELL — Juanita Burns, 47, of Marvell, Ark., passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014.

She is survived by her son; mother; two sisters; one brother; and two grandchildren

Graveside service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday May 20, 2014, at Sunset Memorial Park.

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571. Friends and relatives may sign the online guest book at www.

–––––•–––––McCRORY — Rebecca Williams Dearden, 67, died Friday. Visitation was 1:30–2:30 Sunday with funeral service at 2:30, Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home, McCrory. Interment: Fakes Chapel Cemetery. Survivors: husband, Ozzie Dearden; daughter and son-in-law, Krista and Tim Rickman; grandchildren, Ben and Zach Rickman; sister, Ruth Field; brother, Ben Williams. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home, McCrory. –––––•–––––SPARKMAN — Calvin C. Sparks, 86, of Sparkman died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at his home. He was born June 12, 1927, in Thornton, Ark. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave Sparks and Ader Underwood Sparks; wife, Bessie Russell Justice Sparks; five brothers; and four sisters. He is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Arlis and Bobbie Justice of Harmony Grove; one daughter and son-in-law, Doris and John Tye of Anna, Texas; and several grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday 6-8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Benton Funeral Home with the Rev. Ken Key officiating. Burial at Sparkman Cemetery. To sign the online register, visit

–––––•–––––WARREN — Marjorie Cole Deal, age 85, of Warren, Ark., passed away Saturday in Warren.

Graveside service 2 p.m. Monday, May 19 at Oakland Cemetery. Burial at Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 12:30 p.m. till service time Monday at Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials to The First Baptist Church or Bradley County Veteran Museum.

–––––•–––––WEST MEMPHIS — Charleen Collins, 69, of West Memphis, Ark., died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at Broadway Health Care in West Memphis.

Mrs. Collins was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her father, J. T. Doyle.

She is survived by her husband, Doug Collins of West Memphis, Ark.; three sons, Garry Collins of Franklin, Tenn., Jerry Collins of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Jon Collins of Proctor, Ark.; her mother, Jessie Doyle Gahr of West Memphis, Ark.; a sister, Jayleen Thrash of Springdale, Ark.; two brothers, Dentie Doyle and Danny Doyle, both of West Memphis, Ark.; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Claire, Christopher, Joseph, Tucker and Matthew.

Memorial service to be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, Ark.

Memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, P.O. Box 22445, Hot Springs, Ark. 71903.

Online guestbook at


EDDYVILLE, Ky. — Esther Melton, 84, of Eddyville, Ky., formerly of Swifton, died Thursday. Survivors: daughters, Kathryn Hatfield and Betty Musgrove; two brothers; one sister; and grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchild. Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday, New Hope Community Church, Swifton.

Interment: Swifton Cemetery. Visitation: Tuesday, 10-1 p.m. at the church.

Arrangements: Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home. www.

–––––•–––––MONTROSE, Mich. — Patricia A. Lane, 83 of Montrose, Mich., formerly of Monticello, Ark., passed away peacefully at the Montrose Medilodge, Montrose, Mich., May 14, 2014. Patricia was born on Nov. 23, 1930, in Monticello, Ark., to the late Espie and Dola Moore.

She was married to her late husband, Louis K. Lane, for 52 years. Patricia loved spending time with friends and family. She also had a love for her gardening. Patricia worked for the Montrose Community Schools for many years in the cafeteria. After moving back to Monticello, Miss Pat spent many years with an in home day care where she cared for many children, she loved them as if they were her own grandkids. She will be sadly missed by many.

Patricia is also preceded in death by: her brothers, Espie Moore Jr., Jerry Moore, Billy Moore; and her sisters, Margaret Cash and Colleen Hausman. Survivors include: her daughter, Pamela Wagner of Montrose, Mich.; grandchildren, Kristin Wagner of Birch Run, Mich., and Shawn (Lindsay) Wagner of Grand Blanc, Mich.; one great-grandchild, Kory Emmendorfer; many nieces; nephews; and great friends.

Services will be held at Stephenson-Dearman Chapel in Monticello, Ark., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 1 p.m.

Burial in Union Ridge Cemetery, Monticello, Ark. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 5-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family, for a concrete memorial bench, that will be placed at her home in Montrose, Mich.; Heartland Hospice, 1321 South Linden Rd., Suite B, Flint, Mich. 48532, or Pauline Missionary Baptist Church, 909 N. Hyatt, Monticello, Ark. 71655. Online guestbook

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