Leader Blues

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


Alvie Southern

Alvie Leon Southern, 76, of Mablevale was called home to be with his heavenly father on April 27 in Little Rock.

He was born on Feb. 24, 1929, in Carlisle to the late James and Mary Ellen Dennis Southern. He was a long time member of Victory Baptist Church of Cabot.

He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 17 years. He served the city of Jacksonville for 14 years and retired a police captain of investigations. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Frances Dolorese “Del” Southern; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Taylor Pinkerton, Patricia and David Stacks of Mabelvale and Letha and Alan Swicegood of Ellabell, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Victory Baptist Church in Cabot with Rev. Ben Leonard officiating.

Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Ursula Polk

Ursula Sue Nunn Polk, 52, of Lansing, Kan., passed away June 26 at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

She was born on Dec. 20, 1952 at Fort Hood, Texas, the daughter of Howard and Ilse Kalmering Nunn. As a child she lived in Germany and Turkey.

She was salutatorian of Jacksonville High School graduating class of 1971. She graduated with honors from the University of Central Arkansas, where she majored in political science. In 1976, she received her commission as second lieutenant in the Army.

The Polks were stationed in Germany, where Ursula gave birth to their daughter, Jessica Marie on Aug. 22, 1980.

She received her master’s degree in public administration from American University in Washington in 1983.

She graduated with distinction and was admitted to the National Honor Society for Public Administration.

She and her husband were stationed at West Point, N.Y., where both served as assistant professors.

She was one of the first women to teach at the United States Military Academy where their son, John Edward Ronald, was born May 19, 1985.

The Polks were stationed in Panama and participated in Operation Just Cause of 1989. She participated in both the planning and the execution of the operation and became one of the first post-Vietnam female soldiers to earn a combat patch.

She was an active member and advocate of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Leavenworth, Kan.

She is survived by her husband Fred and son John, both of Lansing, Kan.; and daughter Jessica of Topeka, Kan.

Her mother lives in Jacksonville. Her surviving sisters are Sandra Owens of Covington, Ga., and Angel Hope of Harrison.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Leavenworth, Kan., at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 11 a.m. Floral arrangements may be sent to Davis Funeral Chapel, 531 Shawnee St., Leavenworth, Kan.

Memorials may be made in Ursula’s name to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas, 75265.

William Pipkins

William Howard Pipkins, 61, of Liberty, Texas, passed away June 19.

He was the son of the late Jess and Rev. Mae Pipkins of McRae. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Harold Glen and an infant son.

He is survived by his wife, Connie; a son, Scott of Richmond, Texas; three daughters, Sherry Doucet of Beaumont, Texas, Pam Talent and Lisa Roy of Liberty, Texas; three brothers, Harlie of Quinlan, Texas, Arlen of Beebe and Lester of Farmington, N.M.; three sisters, Delois Mills of Jacksonville, Ruth Wyatt of Vilonia and Mabel Hooper of Beebe; eight grandchildren; an aunt, Dorothy Mason of Beebe; two uncles, Gene Mason of LeMesa, Calif., and Chuck Stidham of Eastland, Texas, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Military services were held June 23 at Liberty. Burial was in Oakdale Cemetery at Daisetta, Texas.