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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

OBITUARIES>> April 13, 2005

LA VAUN JAMES
Col. LaVaun “Buddy” M. James, 84, of North Little Rock passed away April 8. He was born in Belleville to William and Katie Payne James. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. He retired as a property and fiscal officer for the Arkansas National Guard in 1980. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, served as deputy brigade commander of 39thInfantry Brigade and was a member of the Arkansas Field Trial Hall of Fame. His photo hangs in the Field Trial Hall of Fame in Grand Junction, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo James of North Little Rock; a son, Larry James of Jonesboro; three sisters, Violet Roberts of Dardanelle, Velda Seese of Buffalo, N.Y., and Viva Oakes of Pensacola, Fla.; two grandsons, Seth James and Sloan James, and a great-grandson, Rush James.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Fleming officiating. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Brearly Cemetery in Dardanelle. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville. Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.
Norman Jeffery

Norman Joe Jeffery, 54, of Romance died April 10. Survivors are sons Aaron Standfield, Josh and wife Deanna Jeffery; daughter Kayle and husband Clint Kelly; grandson Levi Kelly; brother, Rick Cook and niece Megan. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

LINDA JENKINS
Linda Jenkins, 64, died April 10. She is survived by her husband, Robert Jenkins; a son, Amos Owen Jenkins of Lonoke; a daughter, Robbie Wakefield and her husband, Ricky of Carlisle; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, T.O. Ford, Jr. of Lonoke, William Ford of Arizona and Daniel Ford of Pine Bluff; three sisters, Josephine Cotton and Joyce Marie Bevil of Helena and Betty Jean Reynolds of Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Old Carlisle Cemetery, arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.

RACHEL PAUL
Rachel Marie Paul, 21, of Texarkana, formerly of Cabot. Taken too soon in her prime, on March 29, a band of angels escorted Rachel Marie Paul to rest in God’s arms and to join with Jesus Christ and the following beloved late family members: her sister, Alicia Marie Garner, her beloved Uncle Donald Wesley Noll and her cherished grandmother, Golda Orene Davis.

She was also joined one hour later by her cat “Angel.”

Rachel was born July 3, 1983 in Bellflower, Calif., to Stephanie Ann Garner. She was a 2001 graduate from Cabot High School.
Rachel was a volunteer cheerleader coach for Cabot Youth Pee Wee football for three years. She loved Taekwondo and was a second degree black belt. She was very athletic and she enjoyed swimming and was one of the first of just a few African American female members on the Cabot Panther track team.

Rachel leaves behind to cherish her memory, her mother, Stephanie Ann Paul of the home, great aunt Barbara Davis, great uncle Johnny, great aunt and uncle Vic and Linda Davis, cousins Cindy, Johnny, Dru and Alicia and their families of California.

She also leaves behind members of her extended family, including her second mother, Michalle Moss and her husband Russell and their children, Stephen and Caleb of Cabot; another second mother Carmen Mason and children Jarred and Luis of California; Jason Dwayne Absher of North Little Rock who was just like the brother she never had since the age of 7; sister of her heart Crystal Caldwell, goddaughter Jayden, Morgan Carver, Nikki and Terry and Terry and Gary and several other friends who are too numerous to mention.

The family would like to express a special thanks to the nurses and doctors at Baylor University Medical Center for their loving care during her two liver transplant surgeries, several rejections and her foray into the field of experimental rejection medications.
Further, the family would like to offer a warm and sincere thanks to Serenity Hospice for the exceptional care they provided for Rachel in her last days. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at Living Waters Church in Cabot with Rev. James Charlton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Twice Blessed, 2732 Gaston Ave., Suite 119, Dallas, Texas 75246. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service.

R.L. PRICE
R.L. Price, 76, of Jacksonville, passed away April 10. He was born Dec. 10, 1928 in Bonham, Texas, to Rowland and Hudie Bramlett Price. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Jackson-ville. He was a veteran of the Korean War and retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service. He was a life member of the VFW Post 4548 and the Jacksonville Senior Citizens Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Hattie, Ruby and Annie and brothers, William and Delbert. He is survived by his children, Vickie Word of Evansville, Ind., Lydia Schmidt of Coon Rapids, Minn., Charles Price of Jacksonville and James Price of North Little Rock; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 5 p.m. Wednesday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Raines officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, Va. 22038-1132.

Arrangements by Moore’s Jack-sonville Funeral Home.

LONNIE COX
Lonnie L. Cox, 78, of Searcy, died April 11. He was a retired building contractor, a Navy veteran and a Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Cox of Searcy; two sons, Ron Cox of Butlerville and Don Cox of Hale, Missouri; three daughters, Jeanette Martindale of Waverly, Mo., Anita Singer and Linda Judy, both of Hale, Mo.i; three stepchildren, Patricia Warner of House Springs, Mo., Lynne Prenzel of Collinsville, Ill. and Jay Rivera of California; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Odis Cox of Searcy and M. L. Cox of Paragould; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shade and Mary Jane Cox; a sister, Marie Bedwell and a brother, James Cox. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Lebanon Cemetery.

MICHAEL PENNINGTON
Michael Wayne “Pinky” Pennington passed away April 8. He was born May 24, 1957.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Pennington and brother, Gene Pennington. He leaves behind two children he adored, Chase Michael Pennington and Malissa Sue Pennington both of Lonoke; his father and stepmother, Muriel and Jean Pennington; a sister and a brother-in-law, Beth and Kerry Jacks; a niece and nephew he adored Kara and Preston Jacks of Lonoke and his wife Rhonda Swaffar of Little Rock. The family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at West Academy in Lonoke. Memorial services will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.