Thursday, March 31, 2011
LITTLE ROCK 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, arkansasonline.com/obituaries/.
Ronny Hallum Aaron, 52, of Mabelvale.
Floyd Casey, 85, of Jacksonville.
Iqualla Marie Houston-Gilmore, 50, of Jacksonville.
Mayriann “Feetie” Conley Hurst, 85, of Little Rock.
Howard Laing, 90, of North Little Rock.
Richard F. Strozyk, 52, of North Little Rock.
ELSEWHERE IN ARKANSAS
AUSTIN Alfred Earl Franks, Jr., 57.
Thomas Lloyd “Tom” Toll.
BEEBE Mary Sartin, 82.
BELLA VISTA Roy Monroe Renfrow, 73.
BENTON Irene Eunice Moody, 80.
BIG FORK John T. Davis, 85.
BISCOE Albert Mathews Sr., 108.
Jessie Mae Minor, 84.
BRYANT Wilbert H. Kraehmer, 89.
CABOT Vernon Troy Fortson, 84.
CAMDEN Royce Wendell Chambers, 82.
Viola E. Herring, 93.
FORT SMITH Charlie Forest Parker, 92.
HEBER SPRINGS Jackie May Eggman, 85.
HOT SPRINGS William George Williamson Jr., 74.
JASPER Veronica Sue Kellogg Cole, 47.
LONOKE Earl Eugene “Gene” Johnson, 87.
MALVERN Neal Calley, 85.
Avanell Cates Overturff, 83.
MENA John E. “Ed” Hughes, 81.
Charles Thomas “Tommy” Lowrance, 63.
MONTICELLO Edna Jewell McHan Crouch, 76.
OSCEOLA Jean Hendrix, 87.
PARAGOULD Jackie Graham, 87.
SHERIDAN Mary Hitchcock, 75.
SILOAM SPRINGS Reva Alyene Whitlock, 85.
WARREN Emma Maxine Welch Stevens, 95.
LOS ANGELES Willie C. Morgan, 92.
MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio Anna Laura (Merwin) Rheinbolt, 88.
UNION CITY, Ohio Adell Pettie, 86.
OKLAHOMA CITY Janice Patterson Gates, 85.
MEMPHIS Retha M. (Proctor) Batts, 74.
EL PASO, Texas Virgil Beasley, 67.
FULSHEAR, Texas Andrew David Henderson.
WACO, Texas Jessie Faye Johnson, 85.
RONNY H. AARON, 52, of Mabelvale, Ark., died March 26, 2011. Ronny was born in Dermott, Ark., on Oct. 6, 1958, the son of John “Bud” Aaron and Mary Smith Hudgins. Ronny was employed by Ace Glass, he was free-spirited, loved life, quick wit, hardworking and family-oriented.
Ronny’s father, Bud Aaron, preceded him in death. Survivors are his mother, Mary Hudgins, Heber Springs, Ark.; daughter, Lacey (Amanda Crowder) Aaron, North Little Rock; brother, Johnny Aaron, Mabelvale; two sisters, Becky Peter, Heber Springs, and Vicky (Rick) Newton, Mabelvale; nephews, Jonathan Bell, Aaron Newton, Logan Aaron; nieces, Sheri Lynn and Jenna (Matt) Brush.
Visitation held 5-7 p.m. March 30, 2011, Griffin Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services held Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 2 p.m., Griffin Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Bill Hilburn officiating, followed by burial in Jefferson Cemetery.
Memorial Fund Ronny Aaron, c/o Becky Peter, First Arkansas Bank and Trust Heber Springs, Ark. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas, Ark.
FLOYD CASEY, 85, of Jacksonville, Ark., passed away March27, 2011. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Lillie Mae Crudup Casey.
Floyd was a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, a community activist, and amember of the NAACP Jacksonville Chapter. He was an Army veteran and retired concretefinisher-Civil Engineers LRAFB. He enjoyed gardening and landscaping.
Memories are left to children: Cordell (Kathy) Casey, Danny (Wanda) Casey, Tommy (Beverly) Casey, Bobby (Loretta) Casey, Michael (Michelle) Casey, Glenda Pruitt and Dianne Shead, all of Jacksonville; 69 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Visitation Sunday, April 3rd, 6-7 p.m. at Superior. Homegoing Monday, April 4th, 10 a.m. at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, 1017 Ray Road, Jacksonville, Ark. Superior Funeral Service, 5017 East Broadway, North Little Rock, (501) 945-9922. Trudean Long Brown, “Providing Services Your Family Deserves.”
IQUALLA MARIE HOUSTONGILMORE, 50, of Jacksonville,Ark., died Wednesday, March 23. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 2, 2011, 11 a.m. at the Executive Hall in Clarendon, Ark. The family will receive friends Friday, April 1,2011, from 6 till 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Services entrusted to Premier Funeral Home, 1518 S. Battery St., Little Rock, Ark. 72202, (501) 376-4800.
MAYRIANN “FEETIE” CONLEY HURST, 85, of Little Rock passed away March 29, 2011.
A visitation will take place Monday, April 4, 2011, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ruebel Funeral Home. The service will be Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. in First United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.
HOWARD LAING, 90, of North Little Rock passed away peacefully at his home on March 28, 2011, surrounded by his daughters.
Howard took great pride in being a Christian man and was formerly a member of Calvary Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Ark. He will always be remembered for his love of God and his family, and for his love of country and of the great outdoors. He was a gunnery sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. Before his illness, he loved to work in his vegetable garden and grow beautiful roses.
He was preceded in death by his father, Matthew Howard Laing; mother, Creasey Louise Laing; and by his wife, Dell Laing. Survivors include his sister, Elva Rhodes of Hot Springs Ark.; daughters, Sarah Howland of Monroe, La., Virginia Miller and husband Ken Miller of Boise, Idaho, Karen Teague of Monroe, and Janie Stecks and husband Gary Stecks of Mayflower, Ark.; grandchildren, Amy Devenney and husband Chad Devenney,Matthew Howland and his wife Ashley Howland; and greatgrandchildren, Landen and Laurel Devenney and Ethan Howland.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made the National Parkinson’s Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, Md. 21741-5018.
A graveside service will be held at Cutter Morning Star Cemetery in Hot Springs on Friday, April 1, 2011, at 3 p.m. with The Rev. John McCallum officiating. Pallbearers will be Matthew Howland, Ken Miller, Chad Deveney, Gary Stecks and Ronnie Rhoades. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.
RICHARD F. STROZYK, 52, of North Little Rock passedaway Wednesday, March 30, 2011. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Marche.
He is survived by his mother, Albina Strozyk of Maumelle;three sisters, Hattie Wilk of Maumelle, Rose Parker (Cliff) of North Little Rock and Marie Allison (Don) of Little Rock. Richard was preceded in death by his father, Felix Strozyk.
Memorials may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 7006 Jasna Gora Drive, North Little Rock, Ark. 72118.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be in Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery. The Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main, 758-1170. Online obituary and guest registry at www.nlrfh.com.
AUSTIN - Alfred Earl Franks, Jr., 57, of Austin died Monday, March 28, 2011. He was born April 29, 1953 to the late Alfred Earl Franks, Sr. and Gloria Franks Long. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather Roy Long. Mr. Franks was a member of Indian Head Baptist Church and a member of the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved gardening and anything outdoors.
He is survived by four sisters, Gloria Howell (Billy), Glenda Mayo (Dave), Nina Davis (Dave) and Leann Long; and two brothers, Alvin Franks (Lawanda) and David Derusse (Joyce).
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011 in the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home with Brother MikeBowien officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday evening at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home (501) 843-5816. Please sign the online guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com.
AUSTIN - Thomas Lloyd “Tom” Toll, 71, of Austin passed away March 27, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Janice Martin-Toll; children, Lynn Roberts, Ann Spradlin, Michelle Sexton, and Patti Cox, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Tom graduated from Hazen High School, attended Wentworth Military Academy, and Henderson State University. He was a pilot, an insurance adjuster for over 40 years, and served as a moderator on catadjuster.org. A private memorial service will be held on April 2, 2011. The family has requested that donations be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society. For complete obituary and to sign online guest register, please visit www.ARcremation.com.
BEEBE - Mary Lucille Burks Sartin, 82, of Beebe passed awayon March 29. She was born on September 27, 1928 to Ernest Burks and Clemmie Wallace Burks. She was a member of Landmark Baptist Church in England before moving toBeebe at which time she became a member of Union Valley Baptist Church in Beebe.
She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil Sartin, her parents, as well as three sisters and three brothers. She is survived by a daughter, Cathy (Elza Guy) Kirkwood of Beebe; two granddaughters, Cathy Yvonne (Alan) Kidder and Anissa Gassaway both of Beebe; one grandson, EG Kirkwood II of North Little Rock; four great-grandchildren, Matthew and Justin Kidder of Beebe and Alec and Abby Gassaway of Beebe. She is also survived by one brother, Leroy (Vernell) Burks of Furlow and many nieces and nephews.
Thanks to a dear friend Margaret Rodgers, employees of Golden Years Manor Nursing Home in Lonoke and the Bonsai team of Ar Hospice. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or Arkansas Hospice. Services will be held Friday, April 1, 2011 at Wilson Chapel in England at 2 p.m. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Mulberry Cemetery in England. To view online obituary www.wilsonfhengland.info.
BENTON - Irene Eunice Moody, age 80, of Benton, died Sunday, March 27, 2011. She was born July 18, 1930 in Little Rock to the late John and Annie Lawhorn.She graduated from Mabelvale High School in 1947. She is survived by her son, Marcus, daughter, Becky, several nieces and nephews, and sisters-in-law. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Landmark Cemetery in Little Rock under the direction of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501) 315-4047. No visitation is scheduled. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.
BIG FORK - John T. Davis, 85, of Big Fork, Ark., passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at his home. Graveside services will be Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Big Fork with Brother Wayne Burns officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
BISCOE - Albert Mathews Sr., 108, of Biscoe, died WednesdayMarch 23 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Two sons, two daughters, 10 grandchildren and a host of other relatives survive him. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 2 at 2 p.m. at the DeValls Bluff School Auditorium in DeValls Bluff. Interment will take place at Harrison Cemetery in Biscoe by Branscumb Funeral Home of Brinkley. (870) 734-2772. email@example.com & Facebook: Branscumb Funeral Home.
BISCOE - Jessie Mae Minor, 84, of Biscoe, Ark., passed Sunday, March 27, 2011. Visitation: Thursday, March 31, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Family hour: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services Friday, April 1, 11 a.m., Bethlehem M.B. Church inBiscoe. Burial in Harrison Cemetery. Service arrangements by McNeal-Calahan Funeral Home of Brinkley. Rai’Mundo Holloway, Funeral Director.
BRYANT - Wilbert H. Kraehmer, 89, was received home by his Lord on Tuesday, March 29 at his home at Fox Ridge Estate retirement community, Bryant, Ark. He was born on August 16, 1921 in Chicago, Ill. During World War II he met Aileen L. Kraehmer, who became his dear wife of 56 years. They lived in Memphis following eight years of service in the U.S. Navy during World War II andthe Korean Conflict until her death in October 2002. He then moved to Bryant, Ark. His sister, Erdine E. Hollenbeck and his brother, Charles W. Kraehmer, preceded him in death. He loved his Lord and was committed to him through service at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Memphis where he served four different terms as congregational president, treasurer, and member of the Board of Lay Ministry, Board of Church Properties, and four different building committees. Following his service during the Korean Conflict, he worked in Memphis with his father-in-law in a small company selling appliances, heaters, and air conditioners. Eventually he became the owner and continued to work until age 72.
He leaves behind a son, Herb C. Kraehmer of Seymour, Tenn.; a daughter, Karen L. Meyer of Schaumburg, Ill., and a son, Carl G. Kraehmer (wife Bobbie), of Bryant, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 31 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Memphis, Tenn., where he was a longtime member. Pastor Lane Reuter will officiate. The family will receive visitors prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Memorial Park on Poplar Avenue. Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel has charge.
The family thanks the many friends of Fox Ridge Estate of Bryant who provided exceptional care and personal love for our dad for nearly eight years. Their loving care sustained him while struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. The family also thanks the friends and staff of Arkansas Hospice who have also provided exceptional care for more than a year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Immanuel Lutheran Church Building Fund (6325 Raleigh LaGrange Road, Memphis, Tenn. 38134) or Arkansas Hospice (14 Parkstone Place, North Little Rock, Ark. 72116).
CABOT - Vernon Troy Fortson, 84, of Cabot died Monday, March 28, 2011. He was born February 27, 1927, to the late Hoyle and Virgie Fortson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Danny Fortson. Mr. Fortson was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked for Ceco Door Company for 27 years. He liked to fish, hunt and loved his dog Skipper. Mr. Fortson was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Louise Fortson; one sister, Artie Fay and husband Faber Vann of Cabot; a sisterin-law, Lilly Mae Mitchell; one stepson, Lloyd Tarkington (Marie) of Pennsylvania; one step granddaughter, Misty Tarkington of Florida; four step grandsons, Wesley, Philip and Bryan Tarkington of Pennsylvania and Dallas Duff; one granddaughter, Miranda Fortson; one step great granddaughter, Anastasia Tarkington-Wilson; and four nephews, Mike, Ronney, and DavidVann of Cabot and Tim Vann of Florida.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2011, in the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home with Reverend Terry Fortner officiating. Interment will follow at Sumner Cemetery. Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Cabot Manor and Arkansas Hospice for the special care given to Mr. Fortson. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home (501) 843-5816. Please sign the online guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com.
CAMDEN - Royce Wendell Chambers, 82 of Camden, died Tuesday.
He’s survived by his wife, three sons, one brother, seven grandchildren, and six greatgrandchildren.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.com.
CAMDEN - Viola E. Herring, 93, of Camden died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at her home.
Visitation: Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Proctor Funeral Home in Camden.
Graveside services: 2 p.m. Friday at New Holly Springs Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.com.
FORT SMITH - Charlie Forest Parker passed from this life on March 28, 2011, at the age of 92 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment follows in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
HEBER SPRINGS - Jackie May Eggman, 85, of Heber Springs,Ark., passed away Monday, March 28, 2011, at the Cabot Nursing & Rehabilitation with the support of Arkansas Hospice. Jackie was born on April 6, 1925, in Oakland, Calif., toJackson and Dorothea (Henry) Lymangrover. Jackie retired early as a produce manager with Safeway Stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard “Dick” Lymangrover and Brent Lymangrover. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Gene Eggman; one son, Gene Eggman II, and wife, Anita of Rogers, Ark.; three daughters, Gloria Hammond and husband, David of Hot Springs, Ark., Donna Hammond and husband, Mike of Beebe, Ark., and Terri Sherland of Ward, Ark.; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday, April 1, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Olmstead Funeral Home in Heber Springs with the Rev. Bob Ryan officiating, graveside service to follow at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens. Kevin Hammond, Keith Hammond, James Hammond, Tom Baumgartner, Brian Doyle, and Eugene Eggman III will serve as pallbearers. Joel Humphrey, Jeff Havens, and Kyle Mcginley are honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday. Online condolences can be made at www.olmstead.cc.
HOT SPRINGS - William George Williamson, Jr., 74, a resident of Hot Springs, Ark., died last Sunday, March 27th. Born October 4, 1936,, Bill was raised in Little Rock, and received his early education in Little Rock city schools and attended LRCHS. He completed his high school education at Baylor Military School in Chattanooga, Tenn. He also attended the University of Mississippi at Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W.G. Williamson, Sr. and Margret Young Valentine of Little Rock. His grandparents were the late Mark Valentine and Margret Young Valentine of Galloway, Ark. In addition to family, Bill was fond of being with friends growing up in Little Rock and loved music from the 40’s and 50’s and Swing dancing. He had several careers inhis lifetime as a radio announcer and salesman with local stations in Arkansas and Louisiana, and was a salesman with the former Jimmy Karam, a Little Rock clothier. Bill lived in several cities in Texas and Louisiana while pursuing a career in sales, but Arkansas was always “home.”
He was retired at the time of death. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Pepi Tiller-Webster, of Biloxi, Miss., and Mrs. Stephanie Mixon of Lake Charles, La., and two brothers, Mark V. Williamson of Little Rock and Robert Y. Williamson of Asheville, N.C.
Bill’s passion was football and other sports; he was especially fond of watching the Razorback games and professional football. A private service will be held in Little Rock. To sign Mr. Williamson’s online obituary, please visit www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.
LONOKE - Earl Eugene “Gene” Johnson, 87, passed away March30, 2011. He was born August 4, 1923, to Jesse and Minnie Johnson. Gene was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He was employed by CAT as a bus driver in 1945 and at the time of his retirement his 44-year tenure was a record among CAT drivers. Gene also farmed in the Furlow Community where he was raised, attended school at Union School,and remained a lifelong resident. Gene mentored the youth of the community, teaching them the importance of doing a good job and having a good work ethic, while sharing the message of “If you treat people with respect, they’ll treat you with respect.”
He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, son, Kenny and grandson Bradley. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ina, son, Douglas (Thelma), grandsons, Jesse and Eric, and two great-grandsons and one brother, Hubert Johnson of Austin.
Visitation will be held Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Funeral Services will be at Concord Methodist Church, Friday, April 1 at 2 p.m. www.boydfuneralhome.net.
MALVERN - Rev. Neal Calley, age 95, of Malvern, died Tuesday. Funeral services 11 a.m., Friday at Delight Missionary Baptist Church. Interment in the Delight Cemetery. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Welch Funeral Home of Arkadelphia. Visit www.welchfh.net to sign the online guest book and view the video tribute.
MALVERN - Avanell Cates Overturf, Malvern, died March 30, 2011. Born August 21, 1927.
Visitation 6 p.m.-8 p.m., March 31, 2011, at Atkinson Funeral Home.
Funeral services 2 p.m., April 1, 2011, at Atkinson Chapel. Interment at Lone Hill Cemetery in Malvern, Ark. Arrangements by Atkinson Funeral Home of Malvern, Ark. Guests register at atkinsonfuneralhome.net.
MENA - Mr. John E. “Ed” Hughes, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011, in Mena.
Funeral services will be Friday, April 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel.
Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
MENA - Mr. Charles Thomas “Tommy” Lowrance, 63, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011, at his home. Mr. Lowrance was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Memorial services are Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mena.
MONTICELLO - Edna Jewell McHan Crouch, 76, of Monticello passed away March 29, 2011, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello, Ark. She was born April 3, 1934, in Drew County. She was the widow of Willis Crouch, a homemaker, and a member of Oak Grove Assembly of God Church.
She was the daughter of the late James Acy McHan and Weda Newton McHan and also was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters. Survivors include four sons: James William Crouch of Dallas, Texas, Michael Anthony Crouch of Augusta, Ga., David Lee Crouch of Monticello, Ark. and Willis Alvin Crouch, Jr. of Minot, N.D.; two daughters, Rebecca Diane Leggett of Eldon, Mo., and Beverly Ray Ellis of Monticello; one sister, Juanita Hammontree of White Hall; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Irons, Adam Leggett, Tony Crouch, Kristina Clark, Jeremy Ellis, Marisa Ellis and Thomas Ellis; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 10 a.m., Friday, April 1 at Stephenson Dearman Chapel with burial to follow in Union Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home. Online guestbook at www.stephensondearman.com.
OSCEOLA - Jean Hendrix, 87, of Osceola passed away at her home on Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Born in Memphis on June 1, 1923, to the late Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Brooks, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Osceola. A former sales clerk with Sears for 10 years, she also worked as Mississippi County Court Clerk for 10 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Fred Hendrix Sr. She is survived by two sons, Allen Wesley Hendrix of Cordova, Tenn., Fred Hendrix Jr. (Janet) of Osceola, Ark.; two daughters, Susan Dillard (Wayne), and Venecia Hendrix, both of Osceola, Ark.; eight grandchildren, Carey Hendrix, Hyde Park, Utah, Angie Culp (Bob), Nashville, Tenn., Fred Hendrix III (Kim), Osceola, Ark., Ricky Jones Jr. (Tiffany), Manila, Ark., Lori Davis, Largo, Fla., Frank Hendrix (Catherine), Atlanta, Ga., Craig Hendrix (Lauren), Paragould, Ark., Gina Craig (David), Walls, Miss., and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 30 at First Baptist Church in Osceola, Ark. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 31 at First Baptist Church in Osceola, Ark., followed by interment at Mississippi County Memorial Gardens under the direction Roller-Swift Funeral Home.
PARAGOULD - Jackie Graham, 87, died March 30, 2011, at Greene Acres Nursing Home in Paragould. She was born on February 8, 1924, in Oak Grove and a graduate of Marmaduke High. She retired from Emerson Electric in May of 1986. She loved attending basketball games and traveling, she was a member of Marmaduke First Baptist Church.
Jackie was preceded in death by: her parents James and Lula Brewer, her brother Leonard Brewer and sisters; Lorene Shelley, Bonnie Vangilder and Melvina Rogers. Survivors include; her husband of 68 1/2 years, Charles Graham, two sons, Mark (Pam) Graham and Mike (Debbie) Graham, granddaughters, Lindsey Graham, Keena Graham and Teri (Matt) Horne, several nieces, nephews and special caregivers: Becky Cook and Jamie Ricky.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in Paragould, with Bro. Kim Bridges officiating, burial will follow in Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould. Active pallbearers will include; Larry Vangilder, Gary Richey, Jeramy Richey, Rocky Sutton, Nathan Little and Domingo Rojas. Honorary pallbearers will include Jerry McIntosh, Michael Carter, Sam Boyd, Danny Garmoth and employees of Graham Farms. Online guestbook: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
SHERIDAN - Mary Hitchcock, 75, of Sheridan, died March 29, 2011. Funeral services will be Friday, 2 p.m. at Fuller Funeral Chapel in Pine Bluff. Burial will follow in Flat Bayou Cemetery at Altheimer. Visitation: Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
WARREN - Emma Maxine Welch Stevens, age 95, of Warren, Ark. died Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday April 2, 2011 at Broussard’s Mortuary in Nederland, Texas. Burial in Oak Bluff Cemetery in Port Neches, Texas. Local arrangements by Frazer Funeral Home.
LOS ANGELES - Willie C. Morgan, 92, of Los Angeles, formerlyof Scott, Arkansas, departed this life Friday, March 18, 2011. His funeral was held at the United Christian Church under the directions of Angelus Funeral Home of Los Angeles,California. He was a World War II Veteran. His company was a part of the famous Normandy Beach Invasion.
He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Earline; two sisters, Elsie Lee Glover and Lillie Mae Holmes; three sistersin-law, Rannie Morgan, O’Lessie Moore and Freddie Whitehead; two brothers-in-law, Samuel Stafford, Emerson Stafford; five grandchildren, Veronica, Lorraine, Felicia, Melanie and Tracy. He is also survived by three stepchildren, Teddy, Susan, andKay, seven step-grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 15 greatgreat-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Celebration Services, 11 a.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011 Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 522 North Hickory Street, North Little Rock. Interment: Pea Ridge Cemetery, Scott, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Hubble Funeral Home, 374-3134.
MOUNT GILEAD, Ohio - Anna Laura (Merwin) Rheinbolt, age88, of Mount Gilead, passed away Thursday morning, March 24, 2011 at the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, following a long illness. Anna was born at home on U.S.42 Highway near Shauck, Ohio, the daughter of the late Vinton N. and Laura A. (Coriell) Merwin. Anna graduated from Johnsville High School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree at Ashland College, and a Master’s Degree in education from the Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway. She also studied at Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. Anna was quite a scholar and maintained a profound interest in history and civics. She had an in depth historical interest in the areas where she lived and traveled including Ohio, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Central and South America. Mrs. Rheinbolt’s professional teaching career started in Morrow County, teaching at Chesterville Elementary School and Iberia Elementary School. She also taught at Rose City School in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Mansfield-Madison Township Schools, and in Mansfield City Elementary Schools before her retirement. She enjoyed raising Short-horned Hereford Cattle on her farm. She also raised Golden Retrievers after she retired from teaching.
Anna’s many memberships included: the Morrow and Richland County Teachers Association, the Morrow County and Ohio Historical Society, the First Family of Ohio, the Republican Party, and the Ohio and National Education Association. Anna was also a member of the Perry Church of Christ in Darlington, Ohio. There she taught Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and worshiped all of her life. She was an avid student of the Bible, which sheread daily.
Anna will be dearly missed by her three sons: Richard Merwin Rheinbolt of Barnsville, North Carolina, Raymond David Rheinbolt of Mount Gilead, John Norman Rheinbolt of Highmore, South Carolina; one daughter, Michale Jane Rasberry of Bartlett, Tennessee; her grandchildren: Ranee’ Marie Uribe of Columbia, Joel Rheinbolt of Peru, Robin Rheinbolt of Guatemala, Joshua Rheinbolt of North Carolina, Rachel Terry of Albany, Ohio, Luke Norman Rheinbolt of South Dakota, Richard Dwight Rasberry of Mansfield, Ohio, Martin Wesley Rasberry of Arlington, Tennessee; 18 great grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Anna was preceded in death by her husband, William Richard Rheinbolt; her three sisters: Ethel V. Merwin, Coriel Rauch, Velva Morgan; and one grandson, Johnathan Rheinbolt.
Friends had called on the family on Monday, March 28, 2011 from 4-7 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 South Main Street, Mount Gilead. Funeral Services were held there on Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Leroy Bumpus officiating. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery. For those wishing to express their condolences to Anna’s family, you may do so by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
UNION CITY, Ohio - Adell Pettie, 86, of Union City, Ohio, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. She was born Jan. 25, 1924 in Holly Grove, Ark. Survivors include one son and four daughters. Memorial services will be held at Franks Cemetery, Holly Grove, April 2nd at 2 p.m. with Bro. Jerry Hopper officiating.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Janice Patterson Gates born August 25, 1925 in Pine Bluff, Ark. passed away March 21, 2011. She was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School and Texas Women’s University where she received a BAin Occupational Therapy. Mrs. Gates was employed as an Occupational Therapist, Easter Seals, Little Rock, Jenkins Center, PineBluff and Sunshine School, Pine Bluff. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, National Organization of Women, numerous civic and volunteer groups. She was recognized by Ronald Reagan for Coordination of Outreach Program for Arkansas Easter Seals, Hillary Clinton with name inscribed at Terry Mansion Decorative Arts Center for efforts in resolving Little Rock Central High School desegregation issues., equality for all and helping those less fortunate. She was married to the late Thomas Virgi Gates, PhD. in 1948 in Pine Bluff, Ark.
She was also preceded in death by mother, Readma Dansby and father, Jerry L. Patterson. Survivors include son, Jerry Davis Gates; grandchildren, Brequelle Keeney and Brenna Keeney; first cousins, Jerry L. Patterson II and Ted Dansby. There were no siblings.
Memorial Services are at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1818 Reservoir Rd., Little Rock, Ark. A memorial reception will be at 12 noon, Sunday, April 3, 2011 at First Methodist Church, 6th and Pine St., Fellowship Hall, Pine Bluff, Ark. Donation in lieu of flowers to Alzheimer’s Association, Oklahoma/Arkansas, Chapter 6465 S. Yale Ave., Suite 312, Tulsa, Okla. 74136-7810, phone 1-800-272-3900, 918-481-7741. Online donations: www.alz.org/alzoka.
MEMPHIS - Retha M. (Proctor) Batts, 74, of Memphis, retired from FedEx, died March 27, 2011. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Leona Mitchell. She leaves her husband, Lloyd Batts; stepdaughter, Charlene Taylor; two sons, Kenneth (Bonnie) Proctor of Little Rock, Ark. and Raymond Carmel of Dallas, Texas; four sisters, Doris Estes, Mary Bousquet, Linda Johnson and Janice Proctor all of Little Rock, Ark.; four brothers, Arthur Proctor and Melvin (Kathryn) Proctor both of Memphis, Tenn., Adbullah (Kaye) Muhammed and Ezell Proctor both of Little Rock, Ark.; three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Visitation from 5-7 p.m., Friday, April 1 and services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 2 at Mt. Moriah East. V.H. Bins & Son Mid-South Funeral Home, 1265 Mississippi Blvd., Memphis, Tenn. 38106 (901) 946-2061.
EL PASO, Texas - Virgil Beasley, 67, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2011 in El Paso, Texas. Burial will take place Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 9 a.m. in Rosehill Cemetery, Hope, Ark. under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home. Online guest book available at www.pharrfuneralhomes.com.
FULSHEAR, Texas - Andrew David Henderson went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 25, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Andrew was the infant son of Matthew and Chanie Larimer Henderson of Fulshear, Texas. He is survived by grandparents, Gary and Kathy Larimer of Batavia and Mike and Becky Henderson of Little Rock; and great-grandparents, Faye Williams of Deer and Marvin Thaxton of Newport.Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 1 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Memorial Park, 7724 Landers Rd., North Little Rock, officiated by Andrew’s uncle, Rev. Stephen Brannon of Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tennessee. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, (501) 224-2200. The online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
WACO, Texas - Jessie Faye Johnson 85, of Waco, Texas passed away Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Waco, Texas. Faye was born August 10, 1925 at Clinton, Arkansas to the late Jess and Maggie (Hargis) Smith.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Winford Johnson. Faye is survived by her two daughters, Sherry Cragen and husband Bob of Waco, Texas; and Mary Ann Thurman of St. Genevieve, Missouri; three grandchildren, Sean Thurman, Kelly Cragen, Preddy and Andi Cragen, three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Jackson, and Sadie Thurman, and her sister Jo Taylor of West, Texas.
Visitation will be 1 p.m., Friday, April 21, 2011 at the Roller Mc-Nutt Funeral Home Chapel prior to the Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Hardin Cemetery. Funeral Arrangements are under the care and direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton, Arkansas. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Arkansas, Pages 12 on 03/31/2011