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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

OBITUARIES>> April 27, 2005

Emmett Reeves
After a long and prosperous life, Emmett Clayton Reeves of Jack-sonville went home to be with the Lord he dearly loved on April 23.
He was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Lonoke to John Emmett and Hazel Leona Reeves. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara Reeves.

For several summers before his 1949 graduation from Lonoke High School, he worked in the construction industry with his father.
In the early and mid-1950’s, Reeves worked on projects such as the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion during Gov. Orval Faubus’ term, housing at Little Rock Air Force Base, the Pine Bluff Arsenal and the Pine Bluff Pulp Mill.

He built many homes in the central Arkansas area and was a self-employed contractor for much of his career.

He ventured to Anchorage, Alaska, in 1968 to work on the Alaskan Airline terminal. In 1980, he and wife JoAnn semi-retired to manage their rental properties, but took on special projects occasionally. Reeves attended Bethel Chapel in Little Rock for eight years, where he built the church’s youth building, worshipped at Indian Hills Baptist Church for a decade, then moved to MacArthur Assembly of God Church where he had assisted with the construction of the original church building.

Through a long battle with cancer, he maintained his cheerfulness and was an inspiration to the people around him.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 38 years whom he married on Jan. 12, 1967, in Lonoke, JoAnn Treat MacDonald Reeves; four children, Leta Haggard and her husband John of Gravel Ridge, Bonita Rownd of Jacksonville, Vicki Reeves of Jacksonville, David Reeves and his wife Robbie of Gravel Ridge; three stepchildren, Fred MacDon-ald and his wife Sally of Higden, John MacDonald and his wife Joy of Jacksonville, and Randy MacDonald and his wife Karen of Hot Springs; four sisters, Marcia Parker of Dallas, Texas, Patsy Bounds of San Antonio, Texas, Hazel Wirt and Betty Meloon, both of North Little Rock; two brothers, Dr. John R. Reeves of California and Tommy Reeves of North Little Rock; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many well-loved friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at MacArthur Assembly of God Church with Rev. Larry Burton officiating.
Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Mausoleum. Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jack-sonville Funeral Home.

John Coleman
John David Coleman, 44, of Alexander died April 21 at his home. He was born Oct. 17, 1960, in San Antonio to Billy and Rosemary Wright Coleman.

He graduated from Duncan High School in Duncan, Okla. He served in the Navy and attended UALR, where he was majoring in history and French.

He is survived by a son, Ian Coleman of Arlington, Texas; parents, Billy and Rosemary Coleman of Alexander; three brothers, Glenn Coleman of Van Buren, Steve Coleman of Little Rock, Michael Coleman of Bryant.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock with Pastor Jack Diers officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jackson-ville Funeral Home.

Tolbert Balding
Tolbert G. Balding, 97, of Ward, died April 24. He was a retired farmer and worked at the Ward Co-op.

He was an avid hunter and a member of the Beebe Church of Christ. He is survived by four sons, Gerald Balding of Michigan, George Balding, Mack Balding and Carrol Balding, all of Ward; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evielea Balding, and one grandchild. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Apple Hill Cemetery.

Elizabeth Petty
Elizabeth M. Petty, 40, of Cabot died Monday.

She is the daughter of Erwin Stanley and the late Mary Ann Wilson Stanley. Petty is survived by her husband Mark Petty, one son, Matthew Petty and one daughter Kayla Petty. A brother, Austin Stanley and a sister, Shirley Gregory, also survive her.

She is a graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and a field compliance officer for the IRS. She is a member of the National Federal Employees Union and of the Episcopal faith.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Cabot Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 3822, Little Rock, Ark. 72203, or the charity of the donor’s choice.


Ralph Hanner
Ralph Allen Hanner, 51, of McRae, passed away April 24 in Searcy.

Born March 8, 1954, to Oscar and Ola Weldon Hanner in Downey, Calif. Survivors include three sisters: Joe Staley of Austin, Hazel Thomas (Nelson Walls) of Beebe, Linda and Bob Britton of McRae; one brother Butch Hanner of McRae and numerous nieces, nephews friends and loved ones. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Funeral Service.


Theodore Snellenberger
Theodore Snellenberger, 70, of Cabot, passed away April 24 at Arkansas Hospice, Fort Roots in North Little Rock.

He was born March 19, 1935 in Elkhardt, Ind., to Charles and Veronica Carlin Snellenberger. Mr. Snellenberger was a retired police officer, owner/operator of Corral CB Center and past president of the Moose Lodge in Cahokia, Ill.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Helen; three daughters, Margie Parker, Carolyn and Jean Snellenberger; one sister and four brothers.

He is survived by his daughter, Patsy and son-in-law Dennis Halverson of Cabot; three brothers, Don and Richard Snellenberger both of Illinois and Jim Snellen-berger of Indiana; sister-in-law Mildred and husband Donnie Hasty of Beebe; three grandchildren, Nikki Halverson of Cabot, Lisa and husband John Franklin Hice of Judsonia and Scott Robin-son of Cabot; five great-grandchildren, Stephen, Jamie, Kylah, Cody and Annalise.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lenny Brewer officiating.
Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Jean Bissell
Jean Leslie Bissell, 80, of Cabot, passed away April 25. She was born in Little Rock. She attended school in Little Rock, North Little Rock and Draughin’s Business School.

She was a housewife, a Baptist and the mother of four sons and one daughter; Robert of Chester, Conn., Rick of Guilford, Conn., Eugene of Walkerton, Ind., Michael of Bowling Green, Ky., Kathleen of Jacksonville. Also surviving her is one adopted son, Dan; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday in the Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

She will be cremated. Memorials may be made to Aplastic Anemia Foundation.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.