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Keith T. Boyd, 60, North Little Rock.

John Henry Fleming, 52, Jacksonville.

Glen Ray Gill, 74, Little Rock.

Regina Lynn Hayes, 38, Little Rock.

James Ronald Moore, 61, Little Rock.

Jessie Moore, 71, Little Rock.

Diarl Frank Noland, 63, Little Rock.

Lula Irene Baker Sager, 81, Little Rock.

Hazel Marie Miller Shelby, 81, Little Rock.

Mary Lillian Tarkington Siems, 89, Little Rock.

JC Walker, 57, North Little Rock.

Angel Grace Wyatt, infant, Maumelle.


ALPENA Darrell Cash, 75.

BATESVILLE James Kelley Kramer Sr., 92.

BENTON Joseph M. Olds, 82.

BRINKLEY Berry Weaver, 73.

BRYANT Bertha M. Plumb, 93.

CHERRY VALLEY William Raymond Buchanan.

CLARKSVILLE Opal Mae Bennie, 80.

DRASCO Leonard Noel Gregory Sr., 78.

EL DORADO Artie A. Taylor, 93.

FORDYCE Thomas Ray Burkholder, 49.

GRUBBS Clois "Pete" Clark, 77.

HAMBURG Hoyt H. Cunningham, 72.

HEBER SPRINGS Florence Ernestine Norman, 79.

Juanita Taylor, 79.

HELENA-WEST HELENA Annie Ruth Parker, 76.

HOT SPRINGS Lucille Allen, 83.

Joe D. Hackney, 52.

Lawrence Edward "Bo" Piper Jr., 59.


MOUNTAIN VIEW Frances Lord Mangrum, 72.

PANGBURN Junior Adams, 77.

RUSSELLVILLE Barbara Berryman Booher, 66.

SEARCY Bob Parnell, 86.

STAR CITY Ida Mae Robinson, 87.

STUTTGART Ricky Lynn Crouch, 52.

Lois Vada Jenkins, 85.

THORNTON Judy Braswell, 66.

TIMBO Donald Lord, 79.

WHITE HALL Rose Marilyn Roper Simmons, 73.

WOOSTER Lonnie Gardner Pryor, 93.



Douglas James Hale, 72.


Arnold E. "AJ" Johnson, 64.


Perry Duane Gray, 87.

Pulaski County

KEITH T. BOYD, 60, of North Little Rock lost his battle with Hodgkinson March 13, 2008. He was born Jan. 24, 1948, in Gustine, Calif., to the late Bart Boyd and Lawuna Dupzyk. Keith moved to North Little Rock from California when he was 18 years old and became respectedand cherished by so many in the community. Keith was known by his abundant friends and family to be kind hearted, extremely honorable and quick-witted. He was generous to a fault, often helping out mere strangers who were in need. Everyone knew they could always depend on him. Keith especially enjoyed racing season at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs. He also enjoyed shooting pool, golfing, country music and making trips to Tunica, Miss. He is survived by his wife of over 40 years, Lois Boyd (North Little Rock) and two daughters, Tami Chudy, wife of Ronald Chudy (Mabelvale) and Tonya Lazzara (Tulsa, Okla.). He had one granddaughter, Stevie Marie Lazzara. He had two half-sisters, Carla Dias and Lyrae Nascimento of California and stepfather, John Dupzyk.

A very special thanks to Dr.Stephen Holt and Donna Crowder (P.A.), who cared for him for over 35 years. Also, Dr. Ira Gershner, who showed extreme compassion to Keith and his family in his final days.

Graveside service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Rest Hills Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at North Little Rock, 1921 Main St., 758-1170. Donations in Keith's memory can be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, 800 Marshall St., Little Rock, Ark., 72202. Online obituary and guest register at

JOHN HENRY FLEMING, 52, of Jacksonville, Ark., departed this life onMarch 13, 2008.

He leaves a wife, two sons, two brothers, two sisters and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

A Memorial service will be Thursday, March 20, 2008, 12:30 p.m., at Institute of Devine MetaphysicalResearch Inc., 202 South Palm Street, North Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., North Little Rock, Ark. Arrangements by: Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock, (501) 372-1305.


GLEN RAY GILL, 74, of Little Rock, passed away on Saturday, March 15,2008. He was born Dec. 8, 1933, in Little Rock, the son of Riley P. Gill Sr. and Minnie Reed Gill. He was a USMC veteran of the Korean War. Glen retired after 33 years from Western Electric and also worked for the Game and Fish Commissionfor 15 years. He was a member of the Rose Hill Church of the Nazarene.

His survivors include his loving wife, Pat Gill; two sons, Rommel Gill and wife, Lisa, and Rodney Gill; four granddaughters, Amanda, Whitney, Haley and Riley; three grandsons, Rommel Glynn, Buddy Gill, and Kaden; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Riley P. Gill, Jr. and Billy Gill and one sister, Wilma Grosenbaugh.

Visitation will be Monday, March 17, from 6-8 p.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.), Little Rock. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 18, at 12 noon at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. You may sign Mr. Gill's online guestbook at


REGINA LYNN HAYES, 38, Little Rock, departed this life March 12, 2008.

Preceded in death by her father, Wendell Hayes; mother and stepfather, Lorenze and Jimmie Griffis; brothers, Dale Pride, Jimmy Griffis Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories: one son, Samuel Robinson; sisters, Mary and Elander Griffis;

seven grandchildren. Family hour Monday, March 17, 6-7 p.m. at Robinson Mortuary. Funeral Tuesday, March 18, 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Pastor Michael Perkins officiating. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Little Rock (501) 371-0111. "Service You Can Trust."


JAMES RONALD MOORE, 61, of Little Rock, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Born Feb. 22, 1947, in Paris, Ark., he was the son of R.C. and Mary Nell (Goodson) Moore. He was a member of St. Thomas Reformed Episcopal Church.

A graduate of Central High School in 1966, he also attended ASU and UALR. He was employed with Southwestern Bell and retired with thirty years of service, a member of Southwestern Bell Pioneer Club, and a volunteer with the American Red Cross and St. Vincent Infirmary. He was a collector of guns and antique automobiles.

Survivors include his two daughters, Meredith Moore and Lindsay Briggs, and her husband, Timothy, all of Little Rock, two sisters, Judy Hollingsworth and her husband, Ozzie, of Bryant, and Mary Jane Grimes and her husband, Richard, of Branson, Mo., a granddaughter, Ava Briggs, a nephew, Steven Carlton of Bryant, and the mother of his children, Linda Moore, of Little Rock.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2008, at Forest Hills Memorial Park, 10200 Highway 5N, with Fr. John Lohmann officiating.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 16, at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th, Little Rock (501-661-9111).

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Red Cross, to St. Thomas Reformed Episcopal Church, or to your favorite charity.

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FIRST CLASS SGT. JESSIE MOORE, 71, of Little Rock, Ark. passed awayWednesday, March 12, 2008. He served in the Army Reserve and worked for Lucent Technology for 25 years.

His survivors include wife of 48 years, Ivera Moore; sons, Grellen, Jeffrey and Eric Moore; one daughter, CourtneyNicole Woods; grandsons, Rev. Benjamin Moore, Keighland and Kayleb Woods, Kaylan Collin, Tysheem, Jeremy and Marcus Moore; granddaughters, Ceirra Moore and Autumn Woods, with a host of cousins and friends. Home going service will be Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 11 a.m., at First Baptist Highland Park Church, 3800 W. 18th Street, Little Rock, Ark. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave. North Little Rock, Ark. Family visitation will be Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 6-7 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester, Little Rock, (501) 372-1305. Sign his online guest book at


DIARL FRANKLIN NOLAND, 63, of Little Rock, went home to be withhis Lord on Friday, March 14, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. after a long struggle with cancer, at his son's home surrounded by family. He was an avid fisherman, loved the outdoors and his two little dogs.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years,Debra; one son, Diarl Jr., and his wife, Nicole, of Little Rock; one daughter, Camillia, and her husband, Blake Mc-Swain, of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren that lovingly called him 'Pa'; two brothers, James E. Noland of Indiana, and Richey D. Noland of Little Rock; and three sisters, Mary Sinkey of North Little Rock, Elizabeth White of Little Rock, and Shirley Armstrong of North Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Madison Noland.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2008, at Roller-Drummond Funeral Home Chapel, (501)455-5800.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday.

The family wishes to thank his doctors and CARTI/UAMS Campus for the care they gave to him. He will be missed by family and friends.

Memorials may be made to CARTI/ UAMS Campus, 4130 Shuffield Drive, Little Rock, Ark., 72205.

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LULA IRENE BAKER SAGER, 81, of Little Rock, widow of Lt. Col. James C.Sager, died March 9, 2008, in Bartlesville, Okla. She was born July 14, 1926, in Ashford, N.C., to Larkin Lewis Baker and Eva Lula Daniels Baker and grew up in the Linville Falls area. She graduated from Berea College in Kentucky, laterearning Master's Degrees in Guidance and Counseling from The University of Colorado and in Social Work from UALR. Our Mom was a champion of children throughout her life, as a teacher, counselor, and social worker, and friend. She was well-loved and will be missed by all who were privileged to know her.

Surviving family members include her sister, Thelma Donahue of Cape Cod, Mass., six loving children and their spouses: Bruce and Mikki Sager of Chapel Hill, N.C., Martha Sager and Gary Boorigie of Bartlesville, Okla., James and Carol Sager of Chico, Calif., Sarah and George Karpoff of Little Rock, Laura and Gil Metzger of Dallas, and Myra and Doug Parker of Houston, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2008.


HAZEL MARIE MILLER SHELBY, 81, of Little Rock, passed away Thursday,March 13, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. Born July 24, 1926, in Bodcaw, Ark., she was the daughter of J.O. and Susie Miller.

Hazel worked her way through LPN and RN Schools, and later became the first person inher family's history to graduate from college at Little Rock University, becoming a Registered Nurse. She was employed by St. Vincent Infirmary for almost 30 years as an RN in Coronary Care, Intensive Care, and other critical care units.

Appointed to the Arkansas State Board of Nursing by Governor Bill Clinton, she later became the Board'schairperson, and was honored by the Board for her years of dedication to the nursing profession.

A long-time member of Westrock Baptist Church, she was also a wonderful and devoted caregiver to her friends, and will be greatly missed.

Preceded in death by her husband, Calvin, four brothers, and three sisters, she is survived by her son, Bob Teague, her daughter-in-law, Mary Jane, two grandsons, Bobby Teague Jr., and Jon Teague, all of Little Rock, and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nephews and -nieces in south Arkansas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 17, 2008, in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th, Little Rock (501) 661-9111. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the funeral home.

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MARY LILLIAN TARKINGTON SIEMS, 89, of Little Rock, formerly of Stuttgart, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at St. Vincent North, Sherwood.

Mrs. Siems was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Tennessee, to Jim and Mabel Warren Tarkington. She was a graduate of Stuttgart High School and was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of First Christian Church in Stuttgart.

She was known as Benny to her friends and Mama Dean by her family.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Leslie Epperson Eanes; two brothers, Ed (Ruth) Tarkington and Wilson (Elizabeth) Tarkington; and a sister, Lou (John) Scott.

Survivors are her husband of 68 years, Johnny Joe Siems; two sons, Kenny Joe (Linn) Siems of North Little Rock and John Alan Siems of Fayetteville; one daughter, Shirley Ann (Ed) Epperson of North Little Rock; one brother, Louis (Dorothy) Tarkington of Little Rock; one sister, Tennie Vickers of Stuttgart; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; seven greatgreat-grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Turpin Funeral Home chapel with burial in Lone Tree Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Turpin Funeral Home.

Her family requests memorials be made to Stuttgart First Christian Church, 911 S. Main St., Stuttgart, or the charity of the donor's choice.

Online condolences may be placed at

Her family would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Joe Lee Buford who is not only an outstanding physician, but a close personal family friend.


JC WALKER 57, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, departed this life on March 10, 2008.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Leeanner Walker.

His survivors include: siblings, Jesse Walker, Charles Walker, Joe Mack Harris, Susann Ford, Daisey Cousin, Clara Thompson, Mary Walker and Michelle Flemons, a host of other loving relatives and friends. Home going services will be Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 11 a.m., at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home Chapel, 1200 Chester St. Little Rock (501) 372-1305. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 Maryland Ave., North Little Rock, Ark. Viewing: Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 3-6 p.m., both services at the funeral home chapel. Sign his online guest book at


ANGEL GRACE WYATT, infant daughter of Kaitlyn Wyatt Zmudzinski,of Maumelle, went to be with Jesus on March 14, 2008.

She is survived by her mother; sister, Gabrielle Zmudzinski; grandparents, Kelley and Sandra Wyatt of Maumelle; Carol Fryer of Barling; great-grandparents, JeannieRoberts of Cabot and Otha Dorn of Gravel Ridge; great-great-grandmother, Lorene Dorn of Maumelle; four aunts, Shelby, Bailee, Amanda and Hannah Wyatt; and two uncles, Kaleb and Joshua Wyatt all of Maumelle, who also loved her very much.

Graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2008, at Riverwood Memorial Gardens, Maumelle.

The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, (501) 224-8300.

Our beautiful little Angel will live forever in our hearts! Online guestbook: chenal.


BATESVILLE - James Kelley Kramer Sr., 92, of Batesville, died Friday. Visitation is Sunday at Willis Funeral Service in Batesville from 5-7 p.m. Services are Monday, at 1 p.m. at Rosie Baptist Church. Burial will be at Egner Cemetery in Salado, Ark., under the direction of Willis Funeral Service.


BENTON - Joseph M. Olds, 82, of Benton, died March 15, 2008, in Benton.

Funeral services are Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Apostolic Tabernacle in Benton. Interment at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Visitation will be Monday, March 17, 2008, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Apostolic Tabernacle in Benton. Memorials to Apostolic Tabernacle, 2314 Military Road, Benton, Ark. 72015.

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BRINKLEY - Berry Weaver, age 73, died Thursday. Survivors: wife, Ola Mae Weaver; sons, Randy Weaver (Sherry), Kevin Faughn (Cindy), Michael Faughn; daughter, Sissy Rowan; brother, Lawrence Weaver (Sylvia); sisters, Mary Sanford (Cliff), Junette Kirksey, Lela Moore (Larry), Eva Golden (Kenny); grandchildren, Andrew Weaver, Candace Faughn, Daniel Scrape, Derrick Scrape. Services, 2 p.m. Sunday, Brinkley Church of Christ. Interment, Cotton Plant Cemetery by Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home, Brinkley. Guest book


BRYANT - Bertha M. Plumb, age 93, of Bryant, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2008. She was born July 13, 1914, in Saline County to John and Florence Hopkins of Benton. Mrs. Plumb was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bryant and worked in the Bryant School System until she retired in 1981. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Francis 'Puddin' Plumb.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Duncan and husband Donnis; son, Walter Lee Plumb and wife Dorothy; grandson, Chris Duncan and wife Beverly; great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Duncan; two step-greatgrandsons, Adam Husemann and Damian Jurasic; nephew, Johnny Hopkins and wife Louann and her best friend, Neighbor Jana McKnight.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Mary Rogers Circle of the First United Methodist Church of Bryant.

Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2008, at Ashby Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m.Monday, March 17, 2008, at the First United Methodist Church of Bryant with burial at Forest Hills Cemetery. Dr. Russell Moore will be officiating.

Online guest book at


CHERRY VALLEY - William Raymond Buchanan, of Cherry Valley, departed this life on Thursday at Cherry Valley. Survivors include two sons, William and Jerry Buchanan; two daughters, Mary Thompson and Dawn Theisen; several brothers and sisters, several grandchildren.

Private services will be held by the family. Arrangements by Jackson's Harrisburg Funeral Home.


DRASCO - Leonard Noel Gregory Sr. of Drasco was born May 18, 1929,in Helena, raised in Holly Grove and Brinkley and, while at home and surrounded by his loving family, passed into eternal rest after a long battle with Alzheimer's on March 14, 2008, at the age of 78. He joins his motherand stepfather, Emily and Fairell Helm; father and stepmother, Leonard and Johnnie Gregory; brother, Russell Gregory; nephew, Jason Gregory; and many dear friends and loved ones in The House of The Lord. He was a Christian man of the Presbyterian faith and was a retired truck driver.

Mr. Gregory is survived by Betty, his wife of 56 years; daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Rick Hartwick of Drasco; son and daughter-in-law, Leonard Jr. and Brenda of Heber Springs; brother, Paul Gregory, of Gravel Ridge, Ark.; two granddaughters, both of Drasco, Melissa Dill and husband Jeremy, and Brandy Hartwick; one grandson, Gabriel Cody Bruce and wife Christina of Manchester, Conn.; and two greatgrandsons, Tristen and Caleb Dill of Drasco; plus many friends in the community.

Military service by Mr. Gregory prior to the Korean War was with the National Guard and during the Korean War he served in the Naval Reserve. Mr. Gregory never met a stranger and the folks of the Drasco community will attest to this fact. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, horses, spending time with his granddaughters and socializing.

A celebration of Mr. Gregory's life will be held at Christian Lighthouse Church in Concord on March 29, 2008, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cleburne County Hospice, 600 S. 11th Street, Heber Springs, Ark. 72543. Godspeed, Leonard.


EL DORADO - Artie A. Taylor, 93 of El Dorado, Ark., passed away March 12, 2008, in Burleson, Texas.

Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2008, at Arlington Memorial Park under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors, El Dorado.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Young's.


FORDYCE - Thomas Ray Burkholder, 49, of Fordyce, died Friday. He is survived by one son, one daughter, two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Eagle Mills Baptist Church. Burial at Moss Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit


GRUBBS - Clois "Pete" Clark, 77, of Grubbs died Friday. Survivors: wife, Mary; son, Garland Shopher; daughters, Rhonda Holland, Becky Allen, Melanie Runsick; one brother; three sisters; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Funeral, 2 p.m. Monday, Ballew's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Interment: Ballew's Chapel Cemetery. Visitation: Sunday, 6-9 p.m.

Arrangements: Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.


HAMBURG - Mr. Hoyt H. Cunningham, 72, of Hamburg, died Friday. Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday at the Zion United Methodist Church. Burial in the Zion Cemetery. Visitation: Sunday 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. Online guest book at


HEBER SPRINGS - Florence Ernestine Norman, 79, died March 4, 2008. Sons, Philip (Lisa) Norman of Heber Springs and David (Donnette) Norman of South Beach, Ore.; husband, Isaac Norman of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial service: Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m., Apostolic Church, Heber Springs.

Arrangements: Olmstead Funeral Home.


HEBER SPRINGS - Juanita Taylor, 79, of Heber Springs died March 14, 2008. Survivors: husband, Alan Taylor; sons, Rick Taylor and Derry Hampton; daughter, Diane Huff; brothers, Henry and Lesie Vanlandingham; and sister, Adel Ferguson. No services are planned. Arrangements: Heber Springs Funeral Home, 1199 Wilburn Road, Heber Springs, (501) 887-9152. Online obituary


HELENA-WEST HELENA - Annie Ruth Parker, 76, of West Helena passed away Friday, March 14, 2008, at her home. Mrs. Parker was born December 14, 1931, in Pulaski, Tennessee, to the late Tom B. Garner and the late Eleanor Elizabeth Hazelwood Garner.

She is survived by her daughter, Pat Rogers and husband, Tommy, of Marvell; three sons, Gene Parker of West Helena, Jim Parker and wife, Sara, of Sardis, Miss., and David Parker of Moon Lake, Miss.; two brothers, Tom Garner and Dr. Art Garner; four grandchildren, Robyn Rogers White, Dana Parker, Kelley Faye Polk and Trenton Rogers; two great-grandchildren, Bailee Polk and Tristan White.

Services for Mrs. Parker will be held Sunday, March 16, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Roller-Citizens. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Roller-Citizens. Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena. Brother Bobby Baker will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105. Services directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571. Online guestbook


HOT SPRINGS - Lucille Allen, 83, of Hot Springs died Saturday,March 15, 2008, in a local nursing home. She was born December 22, 1924, to the late Nancy Williams Sutton and John C. Sutton at Bismarck, Ark. Survivors include two sons and two daughters-in-law; Ron & Karen Allenof Lonoke, Ark. and Don & Rebecca Allen of Winnsboro, La.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul & Betty Sutton, Bismarck, Ark., and Joel & Pat Sutton of Hot Springs, Ark.; two sisters, Jean Meeks of Little Rock, Ark. and Josephine Sutton of Hot Springs, Ark.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 2- 4 p.m. Sunday at Hot Springs Funeral Home. Service will be 10 a.m. Monday, Hot Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Bismarck, Ark.


HOT SPRINGS - Joe D. Hackney, 52, of Hot Springs, died Friday, March 14, 2008. He was born Jan. 16, 1956, in Dewitt, Ark., to Weber Paul and Margie (Ruffin) Hackney and he was a former member of Farmers & Businessmen's Club of Gillett and a member of the Postal Workers Union. Joe was a former member of Gillett United Methodist Church & now a member of First United Methodist Church of Hot Springs. He was predeceased by his father, WeberPaul Hackney.

Survivors include his wife, Lara Hackney and son, Patrick Hackney of Hot Springs, mother, Margie Hackney of Gillett, brothers, Jimmy and Sherry Hackney and Jay and Charlotte Hackney of Gillett, sister, Paula and Bill Cossey of Bradford and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday 3 to 5 p.m.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Benfer officiating.

Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Greg Hackney, Chris Hackney, Cary Cossey, Brian Cossey, Josh Hackney and Bennett Robertson.

Honorary pallbearers are Baker Fullerton, Ralph Travis, Darrell co*ker, Michael Meins and C.W. Simpson.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Youth Fund.

Guest register is at


HOT SPRINGS - Lawrence Edward Bo Piper Jr., 59, of Hot Springs, formerly of Pine Bluff, died Friday.

Survivors: wife, Cynda; son, Trey Piper; daughter, Darian Piper; sister, Stephanie Piper Cheney.

Funeral services: Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Good Faith/Carr United Methodist Church, Pine Bluff, with visitation following.

Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services, Pine Bluff.


HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - Dale A. Seamon, 54, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., died March 12, 2008. Visitation is today from 2-4 p.m. at Caruth-Village Funeral Home. Funeral will be at 10 a.m., Monday, March 17, 2008, at the funeral home with interment in Kilgore Cemetery. Guest register at


MOUNTAIN VIEW - Frances Lord Mangrum, 72, Sunnyland Community near Mountain View died March 12, 2008 in Mountain View. Survived by her husband, one daughter, two sons, one brother, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Graveside service is 10 a.m., March 17, 2008 at Mtn. View Cemetery, Mountain View. Roller Crouch Funeral Home, Mountain View (870) 269-3210. Online guestbook


PANGBURN - Junior Adams, age 77 of Pangburn, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 14, 2008. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 until 4 p.m. at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Henderson Cemetery. Online guestbook


RUSSELLVILLE - Barbara Berryman Booher, 66, of Russellville, passed away, Friday, March 14, 2008, at Little Rock.

She was born June 19, 1941, at England, Arkansas to Chester Burwell and Dollie Bolt Berryman. She was a wonderful wife and mother who loved to spend time with her family and grandchildren. Her other interests were sewing, baking, and playing cards. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Thomas Burwell Chaney.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Don R. Booher Sr. of Russellville; three sons, Ray, Don Jr. and his wife, Taira, and Franklin Booher, all of Russellville; a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Penny Berryman of Benton; a sister, Carolyn Howell of Benton; four grandchildren, Phillip Booher of Benton, Deanna Booher of Russellville, Sarah Beth Booher of Marmora, N.J., and Jacob Booher of London; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral is 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at Shinn Chapel. Burial will be in Booher Cemetery at Russellville by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.

Visitation will be from 7-8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

The online obituary and guestbook are available at


SEARCY - Bob Parnell, age 86 of Searcy, died Friday, March 14, 2008 in Searcy. Visitation is Sunday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Searcy with interment to follow at White County Memorial Gardens.

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STAR CITY - Mrs. Ida Mae Robinson, 87, of Star City died, Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Services will be Monday, March 17, 2008 at Polk Chapel Baptist Church in Yorktown by Reverend Jerry Hayes at 1 p.m. Burial in Polk Chapel Cemetery in Yorktown by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


STUTTGART - Ricky Lynn Crouch, 52, died Friday. His father James Crouch preceded him in death. Survivors are mother, Polly Crouch of Stuttgart, sister Sandra and brother Jimmy.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Turpin Funeral Home with burial in Lone Tree Cemetery. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Turpin Funeral Home.


STUTTGART - Lois Vada Jenkins, age 85, died March 14, 2008. Survivors: children: Charlie and Johnny Jenkins, Martha Kimbrell.

Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Essex Funeral Home. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Monday at Essex Funeral Home Chapel, burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery.


THORNTON - Judy Braswell, 66 of Thornton died Tuesday. Survivors husband, Willie Joe Braswell; daughter, Letrana Jenkins of Thornton; son, Howard Braswell of Pine Bluff; siblings, Jessie Jacobs, James Jacobs, Betty Smith of Bearden; three grandchildren. Services Monday 1 p.m. Greater St. Marks Methodist Church Thornton, Marks Funeral Home, Fordyce.


TIMBO - Donald Lord, 79, Timbo died on March 13, 2008 at Clinton. Survived by two daughters, two brothers, and six grandchildren. Funeral service is 2 p.m., March 17, 2008 at Roller Coffman Chapel, Mountain View (870) 269-3462.

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WHITE HALL - Rose Marilyn Roper Simmons, 73 of White Hall, departed this life Friday March 14, 2008 to be with her Lord and Savior. Born Oct. 5, 1934 in Centerpoint (Drew County), Ark., she was the daughter of the late William C. and Nellie Mae Eldsfelder Roper. She was a homemaker and a mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband of forty-three years, Curtis C. Simmons and a son-in-law, Dennis Whittaker.

She is survived by two brothers, Bill Clifton Roper of Mobile, Ala., and Dois Roper of Whitehall, Ark. and sister Mary Ruper Crane of Gulfport, Miss ..

She is also -survived by six children, Kerry C. Simmons of Fordyce, Vicki L. Barren of Whitehall, Linda K. Whittaker of Prairie Grove, AR, Curtis W. Simmons of Fredericksburg, Va., Danny L. Simmons of New Orleans, La., and Judy A. Cates of Pine Bluff; two granddaughters, Hollie Kay Whittaker of Cape Giradeau, Mo. and Niki Marlar Shaddock of Fordyce; one great grandson, Owen Bryant Shaddock. Rose is also survived by two sons-in-law, Phillip Barren and Don Cates and two daughters-in-law, Pam Simmons and Judy Faye Simmons.

She was a member of Hardin Baptist Church and the Golden Circle Sunday School Class.

A special thanks to Willie Jean Patrick, Linda Banks, Robbie Payton, Betty Young, and Velma Kentle of Hospice Angels.

Visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Monday evening 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce.

A memorial service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Hardin Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 2 p.m. at the Benton Funeral Home Chapel in Fordyce with Bro. Mike Minton and Rev. Buddy Lemons officiating. Graveside services will be held at Williams Cemetery, Blue Spring (Bradley County). Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to favorite charity of choice. To sign the online register visit .


WOOSTER - Lonnie Gardner Pryor, 93, of Pleasant Valley Community (Wooster), went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 14, 2008. Lonnie was the son of the late Frank and Elizabeth Pryor.

He is also preceded in death by his first wife; Mildred Pryor of Conway; secondwife; Maxine Pryor of the Pleasant Valley Community, a son; Lonnie Gardner Pryor, Jr., of Roeland Park, Kan., and a sister; Floy Wagner of Wichita, Kan.

Lonnie is survived by two sons; William Pryor and wife Regina of Conway, James Harley Glover, Jr., and wife Ellen of the Pleasant Valley Community; daughter-in-law, Jean Pryor of Roeland Park, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Lonnie "L.G." Pryor, III and Sarah Pryor of Roeland Park, Kan., Blake Pryor, Stephen Pryor, Logan Pryor and Matthew Pryor all of Conway, Elizabeth Glover Sketoe, Alexandra Glover Riba, James Harley Glover III, of Conway and three great-grandchildren; Ethan Riba, Grace Sketoe and Alexis Sketoe all of Conway.

Lonnie was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He previously worked as a lineman for Arkansas Power and Light Company and retired as a lineman for the Kansas City Power and Light Company. Lonnie was a Mason and a member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 19 at 3 p.m. at Roller-Mcnu*tt Funeral Home in Conway. Bro. Jack Bloxom officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Visitation is Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Douglas James Hale, 72, of Birmingham, Ala., formerly from North Little Rock, Ark., after a long illness passed away, March 12, 2008.

Mr. Hale retired from McGraw Hill Corp. after 33 years of service in sales and management.

He held sales and managerial positions in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Washington D.C., Alabama and New York.

Douglas retired from corporate life with McGraw Hill at headquarters in New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris J. Hale and Ethel V. Hale; his brother, Bill Hale, all of North Little Rock, and his wife Cathy Hale of Birmingham, Ala.

He is survived by his two sons, Stephen Douglas Hale of Nevada and Christopher James Hale of Alabama and their mother, Connie Hale of Florida.

Douglas was loved and supported in his battle with cancer by his large family of brothers, sister, nieces and nephews by whom he will always be loved and remembered.

William and Jean Hale, Frances Bratton of North Little Rock, Clifton and Nettie Hale of El Dorado, Raymond and Connie Hale of North Little Rock, Patricia Nunes of Maumelle, Virginia Berry of Beebe, Vivian Stouffer of California, Doris Moore and Paula Pinero of Beebe, many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

He will be interred at the Arkansas Veterans Memorial Gardens in North Little Rock on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at 10 a.m.

He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy as a SK-2 Petty Officer.

Services conducted by North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170.

Online obituary and guest register at


ALTON, Ill. - Arnold E. "AJ" Johnson, 64, of Alton, Ill., died Sunday, March 9, 2008, at his residence. He was born July 27, 1943, in Holly Grove, Ark., the son of the late Hoy Martel "Duke" and Velma (Davenport) Johnson.

Surviving are daughters, Suzanne (Chris) Holden and Dana Lavite; sons, David Johnson and Scott Wallace; six grandchildren, three sisters, Sandra, Connie and Rosie; three brothers, Wayne, Ricky and Ronnie Johnson; nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Marks Mortuary in Wood River, Ill., where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.


CORINTH, Miss. - Perry Duane Gray, formerly of Marianna, Ark., died Thursday, March 13, 2008, in Corinth, Miss., at 87. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel , Marianna, burial following at Marianna Memorial Park. Visitation 1 p.m. Sunday, in the chapel. Online guestbook

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