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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

OBITUARIES>> May 25, 2005

Delbert Flory, 74, of Cabot, went to be with the Lord Monday, May 23.

He was a retired supervisor in the meat department for Sexton Foods. Mr. Flory enjoyed woodworking and listening to Bluegrass music. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Frances; one daughter, Deborah Wooten and husband Steven of Cabot; two sons, Dwight Flory and wife Peggy of Austin and Phillip Flory and wife Camellia of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Jason Flory, Detria Birch, Chris Wooten, Daniel Wooten, Sean Wooten; three great-grandchildren, Madison Tounzen, Noah Birch and Madison Birch; one brother, Winfred “Buddy” Flory of Cabot; two sisters, Lorine Arey of Benton and Catherine High of Little Rock.

Visitation begins at noon Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Cabot, with burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home.

Scott Alexander McCraney, 20 of Jacksonville died May 19. McCraney was born Feb. 24, 1985 to Kimberly McCraney.
He worked for Pathfinder.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Thelma Gasaway, 95, of Beebe, died May 22. She was a retired sales clerk and a Methodist. Graveside service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Antioch Cemetery. Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home.

Bettye Ruth Bailey, 74, of Beebe, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 21. She was born in Walker, on July 6, 1930.
Bettye was a devoted wife and mother. She retired from the VFW Post 7769 after eleven years of service as a janitor and was a member of the Beebe First Church of the Nazarene.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Cosby Bailey, Sr.; one daughter, Juanita Evans; and one son, David Lynn Gray, Sr. She is survived by four sons, Louie Cosby Bailey, Jr. of Floyd, Charles Ray McElhaney, Sr. and wife Joni of Tall Timbers, Maryland, Allan D. McElhaney and wife Claudetta of Gravel Ridge, and Freeland Omar McElhaney and wife Michelle of Vilonia; two daughters, Shirley Dianne Haley and husband David and Lisa Monten Evans and husband Allen, all of Beebe; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; one brother, Orville D. Gray of Tuscumbia, Ala., and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Beebe First Church of the Nazarene, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home.

Clara Helene Kellogg Tubbs, 89, of Jacksonville, formerly of Ovid, Michigan passed away Sunday, May 22 at Woodland Hills Healthcare Center in Jacksonville.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville for many years and enjoyed volunteering there.
For over 30 years Mrs. Tubbs was an active volunteer at the Rebsamen Regional Medical Center in Jacksonville where she cherished her life as a member of the Hospital Auxiliary.

She enjoyed many precious friendships made in these two areas of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband Gordon Tubbs.

Mrs. Tubbs is survived by two sons, Norman (Marilyn) Tubbs of Burnsville, Minnesota, Dan (Pam) Tubbs of Sherwood; three grandchildren, LeAnne (Keith) Spears of Minneapolis, Minn., Nicole (Derek) Girtman of Farmington, Minn., Joshua Tubbs of Sher-wood; two great-grandchildren, Hannah Lee and Jack Norman Girtman of Farmington, Minn.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Carol Goddard officiating. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pathfinder Inc., 2411 West Main St., Jacksonville, AR. 72076 or Rebsamen Hospital Auxiliary, 1400 Braden St., Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Carol Franklin Young, 90, of Carlisle went to be with the Lord May 21. He was born Sept. 9, 1914 in the Hamilton Community to Charles and Lula Young. He was a member of Carlisle United Methodist Church.

He was a lifelong farmer and an avid sports fan.

He played semi-pro baseball for many years, and was chosen to play for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1940s, but family and farming took precedence. He was founder of Babe Ruth baseball in Carlisle where he coached for over 20 years.

For his dedication to baseball and youth, a field was named in his honor, Carol Young field at Rockefeller Park.

Carol also had a passion for dancing and did this on a regular basis. He was considered one of the best waltzers to have ever danced. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest and loved this community and its people.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Tince Boals Young.

Survivors include four daughters, Betty Flo Elder and Sandra Hart of Carlisle, Barbara (Dub) Hamric of Hazen, Sherry (Kent) Barbee of Gilmer, Texas; also, John Hart of Carlisle; a twin brother, Harold (Inda) Young of Dewitt; a sister, Hazel Thomas of Nashville; 11 grandchildren 16 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were held Monday at Carlisle First United Methodist Church with interment in Carlisle Cemetery.

Arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.

Carlene “Nick” Claybon Nichols, age 70, of Jacksonville was called to heaven on May 21.

This sweet angel departed in peace and tranquility. Carlene was born in Madisonville, Ky. on Sept. 15, 1934 to Pete and Marie Logan Nichols, Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George and Leroy Nichols, and sister, Effie Buell.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, with a wonderful sense of humor. Nick enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1954, rising to the rank of Technical Sergeant.

He served as a flight engineer for his entire 20 year career. He served in Vietnam and was stationed all over the world.
After his retirement in 1974, Nick opened an upholstery shop with a partner, becoming independent after about 10 years.
He continued in business until he became ill in 2000.

Nick also worked as a tax consultant for H & R Block for 15 years. Always wearing a smile, he never met a stranger and his jokes will always be remembered by those who knew him well.

Nick’s smiling face and sense of humor will be missed tremendously by his family, friends and acquaintances. His wings were truly earned and well deserved.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joanetta Steppe Nichols; daughters; Kimala Forrest, Carletta (Jerry) Wilson all of Jacksonville; son, Rochone (Cathy) Nic-hols of Arlington, Texas; brothers, James (Eula) and John (Frankie) Nichols of Madisonville, Ky., and Pete (Betty) Nichols of Indiana-polis, Ind.; sister, Annie Nell Nichols of Madisonville, Kentucky; mother-in-law, Mattie Larkin and Aunt Lillian Lyles also of Jack-sonville. Nichols leaves seven blessed grandchildren, Aramy Qualenta Forrest, Ashley Martin Nichols, Cortessa, Jerica and Jeremy Wilson and Adreanna Nichols. Nick cherished his friendship and love with Micheal Forrest, many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel followed by entombment in Chapel Hill Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Ray Murray, 92, passed away May 22. He was born to Lewis and Mary Stanfield Murray on Nov. 20, 1912.

He was a World War II veteran serving in the infantry 1942-1945. He was a veterans Friend, and life member of VFW and DAV.
A member of Lonoke Baptist Church and a self-employed timberman

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Walter, Marvin and Gilcy Murray.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Thelma Murray, and his nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, at Boyd Chapel with interment in Lonoke Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.