Saturday, April 2, 2011
LITTLE ROCK Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes.
INDEX 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 arkansasonline.com/obituaries/.
Bernice Jones Bell, 80, of North Little Rock.
My Kingkytisack, 48, of Mabelvale.
Tasha Raeonna Osmond, 19, of Jacksonville.
Tony Wayne Sharp, 40, of North Little Rock.
Robert “R.J.” James Smith, 61, of Gravel Ridge.
Berniece Elizabeth Ashcraft Sorrells, 93, of Jacksonville.
Leroy Travis, 81, of Jacksonville.
ELSEWHERE IN ARKANSAS
ARKADELPHIA Pamela Gray Hill, 52.
BENTON Joe Edgar Ryburn, 84.
DUMAS Mike Singleton, 47.
ENGLAND Raymond Harold Lawson, 77.
HOPE Adene Foley, 85.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE George W. Bell Jr., 86.
Robert M. Bertrand, 80.
HUNTINGTON Ann Marie Duerr, 101.
LONOKE Jimmie Jean Griffin, 81.
MORRILTON Charles Ray Davis, 67.
MOUNTAIN HOME Nervina Bentz, 77.
NEWPORT Lou Jean Manojlovich, 80.
PARIS Margaret Ann (Schluterman) Binz, 93.
SEARCY Verna Morgan Latimer, 89.
Dennis Howard Stracener Sr., 45.
WHITE HALL Lennie Ruth Branan-Hinkle, 62.
BERNICE JONES BELL, 80, of North Little Rock passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011. She was born on Jan, 13, 1931, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to the late Velma and Brunie Jones.
Bernice enjoyed teaching water aerobics, was actively involved in her church, Amboy United Methodist, and she worked for the railroad for 43 years. She loved, and was loved, by all of her family and friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Mona Fulmer and husband, Rowland; two grandsons, Cort and Cade; and special cousins, Norma Coleman of Jacksonville and Kim Pearson of North Little Rock; and many, many beloved cousins who will all miss her.
You are invited to join the family in celebrating Bernice’s life on Sunday, April 3rd at Amboy United Methodist Church, 311 E. Military, North Little Rock. Lunch at 12 noon. Memorial Service at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Children’s Fund or to the Hospice Home Care of Little Rock. Please visit www.ARcremation.com to sign the online guest register.
MY KINGKYTISACK, 48, from Mabelvale, Ark., passed away onMarch 31, 2011.
My was born in Paksan, Laos, on Jan. 10, 1963, to Khan and Nom Kingkytisack. My was an employee of Sysco Foods Inc. for over 20 years. My was an avid hunterand fisherman, loving nothing more than being outdoors. Some of his most favorite pastimes were singing karaoke and enjoying the company of his family and friends. He was a beloved father, husband and friend.
He is survived by his mother, Nom; spouse, Panhcha; and his three children, Elizabeth, Jonathan and Brandon.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church at 9 a.m. with Father Richard Zawadzki officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark. To sign the online guest book, please visit www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.
TASHA RAEONNA OSMOND, 19, of Jacksonville was bornJune 16, 1991, in Rockford, Ill., and passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Scott, Ark.
Tasha was a beautiful strong Christian angel.She had the biggest heart in the world and touched many lives in her few years. She was strong in her fight with cancer and is now in the arms of the Lord.
She is survived by her parents, Mark and Tonja Pruitt of North Little Rock; two brothers, Greg and Zane; two sisters, Brooklynand Mindy; and many other family members in Rockford, Ill.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 408 N. Walkers Corner Road, Scott, Ark. 72142.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Grace Baptist Church, Scott, Ark. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main, 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.
TONY WAYNE SHARP of North Little Rock, born 1970, was in a fatal accident March 31, 2011. Tony worked in the funeral industry as an embalmer for many years. The sudden and unexpected loss of a loving family man and loyal friend will forever leave us wanting.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer; his daughters, Ashton, Olivia and Talecia; his mother Shirley Casteel; sister, Melissa Fisher; brother, Randy Sharp; and many close friends and family. Also mourning his loss are Bonita, Betty, Cheech, King Cheese, Hamilton and General Duty, the family’s four-legged companions.
Tony was a man who never greeted you without a smile and held great love for all he met. He will be sorely missed.
A celebration of is life is to be held at the Burns Park Hospitality House in North Little Rock, Ark., Sunday at 5 p.m., exit 150 off I-40 off Military Drive.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society and/or All About Labs Rescue of Little Rock. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1921 Main, 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.
ROBERT “R.J.” JAMES SMITH, 61, of Gravel Ridge, Ark., died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at his home.
R.J. was born May 14, 1949, in Portsmouth, Ohio. He was a Vietnam Veteran and was proud to have served his country as a Marine. He partied with ZZ Top before they were famous. He loved Judge Judy and Bob Seger, but above all he loved his family.
R.J. was preceded in death by his father, Jesse James Smith; and grandfather, William Robert Murphy. Survivors include his mother, Ila Cudd; siblings, Jane Lesner, Mary Smith, Patty Campbell, Barbara Reitz, Lea McCartney, Dea Ann Jordan and Jesse Smith; the love of his life, Mae Sleen; children, Tracey Wilson, Kelley Revette, Robert James Smith Jr., Carl James Smith, Marialice Taylor, Cody Smith Armer; and numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
The memorial service is 5 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Sherwood. Interment is 10 a.m. Monday at Arkansas Sate Veterans Cemetery. To send online condolences visit www.thomasfuneralservice.com. Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot, (501) 941-7888.
BERNIECE ELIZABETH ASHCRAFT SORRELLS of Jacksonville passed away March 31, 2011, at the age of 93. She was born in Philadelphia, Grant County, Ark., on May 15th, 1917, to Rev. J.T. Ashcraft and Ida Reynolds Ashcraft. She grewup in Sheridan and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1935.
She is predeceased by her parents; her brothers, Dewey, Lee, Theo and Ottis; her sisters, Gladys Crimm and Elsie Berry;and her husband of 68 years, Leon Sorrells. She is survived by two daughters, Kay Smart and Lee Kipp of Jacksonville; four grandchildren, Karen Hall and her husband William of Greenbrier, Kathy Smart of Little Mountain, S.C., Kay Lynn Harris of Orlando, Fla., and Brent Kipp of Buda, Texas; six great-grandchildren, Katie and Ginnie Hall, Ernie, Brad and Noel Harris and Ivan Kipp; sister-in-law, Martha Atkins of Camden.
Mrs. Sorrells was retired from Citizen’s National Bank of Jacksonville where she was the driveup window teller for many years. She also served as bailiff in the Jacksonville Municipal Court when her husband was Court Clerk. She loved to read and was a frequent patron of the Nixon Library in Jacksonville until she was no longer able to drive herself there. She was a self-taught musician and even though she never learned to read music she could play anything from hymns to boogie-woogie on the piano.She was a loving wife, mother and momma.
The family would like to thank the staff of Woodland Hills Nursing and Rehab Center in Jacksonville for their care and for being her family when her family could not be with her.
Services will be Sunday, April 3, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Landmark Baptist Church in Jacksonville where she had been a member since the early 1950s. Bro. Tim Carter will officiate. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Please sign online guest register at www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, (501) 982-2136.
LEROY TRAVIS of Jacksonville went to be with his Lord April1, 2011, after a long illness. He was born Oct. 23, 1929, in Monore, La., to the late Martin and Annabel Travis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by twosisters and two brothers.
Mr. Travis was the owner of Travis Painting and Decorating in Monroe, La., for 43 years. He was a deacon at Fellowship Baptist Church before moving to Lake Claiborne, La., and joined Pleasure Point Baptist Church where he also became a deacon. Due to his illness, he moved to Jacksonville, Ark., in March of 2003 to be close to his children. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
He is survived by his loving wife, Violet, of 62 years; sons, Roy Travis and his wife Sharon, C.J. Travis and his wife Kathy, all of Jacksonville; one daughter, Gaylen Ballard and her husband Don of Spokane, Wash.; six grandchildren, Teri, Traci, Clayton, Clint, Reva and Buck; great-grandchildren, Matt, Taylor, Meagan, Grant and Tyson.
The family expresses heartfelt thanks to Arkansas Hospice who provided compassionate loving care for his final days.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, (501) 982-2136, with Reverend Ron Raines and Steve Walter officiating. Entombment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Sign online guestbook at www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com.
ARKADELPHIA - Pamela Gray Hill, 52, Arkadelphia, died Tuesday. Survivors: husband, Charles; mother Aline Culp; children,Onyette Cummings, Kyauna Hunter, Jotham Gray, Kelsey Cummings; 11 siblings, six grandchildren. Services 1 p.m. Monday, Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Services by Williams Funeral Home. Sign guest book in memory of Mrs. Hill at www.funeralatwilliams.com.
BENTON - Joe Edgar Ryburn, 84, of Benton died Thursday,March 31, 2011. He was born March 25, 1927 in Fort Smith to the late James H. and Myrtle Ryburn. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, James H.
Ryburn, Jr. and his stepmother, Inez Ryburn. Joe was a veteran of WWII, was retired from Alcoa, and was an active member of First Baptist Church of Benton.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Florence Ryburn; two sisters, Jean Ryburn Wayne of Peoria, Arizona and Faye Ryburn Jones of Benton; two brothers, John Ryburn (Pat) of Grove, Oklahoma and Don Ryburn (Charlotte) of Mena; two stepsisters, Betty Hanvey of Benton and Sue Ruff (Seth) of Harrison; one son, Joe Don Ryburn; two daughters, Bonnie Ryburn Scott (Scott) and Beth Ryburn Whitlow (Chuck); six grandchildren, Jennifer, Joe Douglas, and Lee Ryburn of Benton and Ian, Courtney, and Erin Whitlow of New Orleans; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2011 at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) before the funeral service, which is 11 a.m., officiated by Dr. Rick Grant. Burial will follow in New Rosemont Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Benton, 211 S. Market St., Benton, Ark. 72015 or Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House, 23157 Interstate 30, Bryant, Ark. 72022. We would like to thank the many loving caregivers of Saline Memorial Hospice for their wonderful care of our loved one. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.
DUMAS - Mike Singleton, 47, of Dumas, Arkansas died March 31, 2011. He was born June 3, 1963, in Dumas. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Griffin Funeral Home chapel. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Sunday. Graveside service at Tyro Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas.
ENGLAND - Raymond Harold Lawson, 77, of England, Arkansas formerly of Stuttgart, died March 29, 2011 at Little Rock Veteran’s Hospital. He was born August 10, 1933 in Almyra, Arkansas, and except for his military service was a lifelong resident of Arkansas. He worked for Riceland Foods for 28 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Dovie (Duncan) Lawson; his wife Dorothy Lawson; a sister, Dorothy Cavin, and several other close family members. He is survived by his son Mike Lawson (Melinda) of North Little Rock; a daughter Melinda Case (Randy) of Gillette; a stepson, Charles Jenkins (Pearl) of Jacksonville; two stepdaughters, Beverly Rhodes of England and Sharon Berryman (Steve) of Brandon, Mississippi; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one sister, Elsie Moss of Almyra; four brothers, Sidney Lawson of Copperscove, Texas, John Lawson, Lester Lawson (Patricia) and Ricky Lawson all of Almyra, Arkansas; and many other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life visitation will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2011, from 3-5 p.m. at Roller England Funeral Home (501) 842-3939 in England, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to England Senior Citizens Center. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
HOPE - Mrs. Adene Foley, 85, Hope, passed away Wednesday, March 30. Family to receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home, Hope. Services, 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3, Bethany Baptist Church, Springhill, Ark. Burial, Evening Shade Cemetery, Springhill, Ark., Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home, Hope. Guestbook and complete obituary: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com.———◊———
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - George W. Bell Jr., 86, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011. He was born August 11, 1924 in Brownsville, Texas to the late George and Versie (Morris) Bell. George was a WWII veteran who signed up the day after Pearl Harbor. He was very proud of his service in the South Pacific on the Naval Destroyer USS Flusser as a Chief Torpedo man, serving as the youngest sailor onboard and participating in 16 major battles during his 44 months of service. His family dearly loved his gentleness, humor and constant encouragement to work hard. Among his loves were lawn bowling, Monday night poker, and he could fix anything with his hardworking hands.
George is preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Mary LaMonte and Florence Clary. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 44 years, Muriel (Harper) Bell; daughters, Lou Ann Bell and Donna Bell Doeyof Houston, Texas, and Donna Schafer (Donald) of Carlisle, Arkansas; brothers, Charles P. Bell of Kemah, Texas and James H. Bell (Cecilia) of Houston, Texas; best friend and grandson Scott Snider (Tiffany); and his precious great-grandchildren, Tabitha and Samantha Snider all of Texas.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Village Bible Church with Mark Cain officiating, and a reception immediately following at the church. Memorial service and interment will be Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers include the Village Green Lawn Bowlers and the Monday Night Poker Group. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Village Bible Church Memorial Fund or the Wounded Warrior Project to honor our servicemen. Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com.
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - Robert M. Bertrand, 80, of Hot Springs Village, died March 31, 2011. He was born October 7, 1930 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was in the U.S. Army. Memorial service will be at Sabbath Day Church of God this Saturday at 2p.m. Arrangements by CedarVale Funeral Home. (501) 922-6100.
LONOKE - Jimmie Jean Griffin, age 81, died March 31, 2011.
She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Alfred) Popper of Oxford, U.K.; brothers, Joe Mack Campbell, Brady Campbell and Kenneth Campbell; one sister, Violet Campbell, all of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Claire (Oliver) Rosten of Brighton, U.K., and Kate Popper of Hampstead Norreys, U.K.; and great-grandchild, Faye Rosten. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Griffin; and a daughter, Cynthia.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Lonoke United Methodist Church with interment in Lonoke Cemetery, arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. www.boydfuneralhome.net.
MORRILTON - Charles Ray Davis, 67, Morrilton, died Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Survived by his mother, Mary Ham; sisters, Kay Stafford and Sharon Roberts, all of Morrilton.
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Monday, April 4, at the Harris Chapel. Burial: Plumerville Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. Online guestbook: www.harrisfuneralhomes.net.
MOUNTAIN HOME - Newvina Bentz, age 77, of Mountain Home died Thursday.
Graveside Service: 2 p.m. Monday, Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors: stepson: David Bentz; daughters: Myra Terry, Jackie Engles; sisters: Anita Treat, Annette McGuire; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Roller Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
NEWPORT - Lou Jean Monojlovich, 80, of Newport died Thursday.
Survivors: sons, Charles Fletcher and Gregg Fletcher; stepson, Chris Man; stepdaughter, Melena Hamnon; brother, Raymond Phillips; grandchildren, Kali and Kara Man; nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Sunday, 5-8 p.m. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Monday, Weiner Cemetery. Arrangements: Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home. www.jacksonsfh.com.
SEARCY - Verna Morgan Latimer, 89, of Searcy died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at her home.
Born Oct. 30, 1921, in Beebe, she was the daughter of the late John and Claudia Rogers Morgan. She was a longtime employee of the Headlee Drug Store in Downtown Searcy and a member of First United Methodist Church. A member of the Fulbright Sunday School Class, she was also a volunteer at the Methodist Church Thrift Store in Searcy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Latimer; a brother, Dewitt Morgan; and a sister, Fern Langford. She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Phillips (Barney) of Bryant and Sandra Dean (Chris) of Branson West, Mo.; two sons, Jack Latimer (Debbie) of Searcy and Ronnie Latimer (Cathy) of Indianapolis, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, Amanda Jolly, Traci Trusty, Todd Dean, Allison Page, Charles Dean, Tara Dean, Holly Latimer, Dr. Jennifer Latimer, Staci Booher and Jessica Latimer; and nine great-grandchildren, Megan Dean, Caleb Perry, Chad Jolly, Kathryn Dean, Avery Dean, Caitlin Gryszowska,Jackson Trusty, Bailee Latimer and Madison Dean.
The family wishes to thank her caregivers, Charlene Brown, Carmen Thomas, Naomi Runyan and White County Health Department Hospice.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy with interment to follow at the Beebe Cemetery. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Powell Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Searcy or to the White County Health Department Hospice, 112 Brantley Road, Searcy. www.powellfuneralhome.net.
SEARCY - Dennis H. Stracener Sr., 45, of Searcy died Thursday, March 31.
Visiting hours are 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3rd in funeral home chapel. Interment follows in Harmony Cemetery directed by Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home. Online: www.SearcyMceuenFuneral-Home.com.
WHITE HALL - Lennie Ruth Branan-Hinkle, 62, of White Halldied Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born July 11, 1948, in Vicksburg, Miss., daughter of the late Walter and Essie Mae Rushing Branan.
Lennie was reared and received her early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1969. She worked for Lowe’s in Pine Bluff for several years.
Survivors include her husband, John Hinkle (whom she married May 31, 1986, in Pine Bluff) of White Hall; daughter, Leslie Renee Browning of Belville, Ill.; three sisters, Ruby Hudson of Clinton, Miss., Freda Robbins of North Little Rock and Brenda Wilson of White Hall; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, at Ralph Robinson and Son.
Because of her love for animals, memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2233, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71613. Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
Arkansas, Pages 12 on 04/02/2011