Leader Blues

Wednesday, July 13, 2005


Paul Elcan

Paul J. Elcan, age 67, went to the Lord July 10. He was born July 17, 1937, to Henry L. and Ethel M. Elcan. He retired from the Arkansas Highway Department in January 2000, after 40 years.

He was a member of Concord United Methodist Church in Furlow. He was a past master of the Lonoke Lodge #51, a 32 Degree Scottish Rite Mason as well as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #421. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn A. Elcan; son, Michael P. Elcan; daughter, Melanie A. Lloyd and husband Marshall; sister, Cora Oliver and husband Ernie; grandchildren, Austin and Ashleigh Lloyd; aunts, Rosalie Elcan Stovall and Freida Elcan; niece, Cynthia Rovnaghi and children Leah and Laila, all from Lonoke; nephew, Kevin Oliver and wife Mary and children Jessica and Kael; great-grand nephews, Mason and Skylar, of Fenton, Missouri; cousins, Kania Barkhart and husband Lester of Hot Springs, Derek Hood, Iowa; Anita Isbell and husband Dick and Chris Isbell of California and life long best friends, Bill and Troy Graves of Cabot.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Concord United Methodist Church with burial in Lonoke Cemetery, arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.

Carrol Hutchinson

Carrol Wayne Hutchinson, 63, of Jacksonville, died July 10 in North Little Rock. He was born December 21, 1941 in Little Rock to Eugene Hutchinson and Laverne Summers Hutchinson Holland who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his step-father, Albert Holland of Cabot as well as a host of cousins, aunts and uncles. Hutchinson was a driller for Holland Well Drilling and was a member of the Jacksonville VFW post. He was of the Methodist faith.

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

Judy Alexander

Longtime Garland, Texas, resident and business owner Judy Lorene Alexander died July 4 at her home in Henderson, Nev., after a long battle with Stevens-Johnson syndrome followed by uterine cancer. She worked for Garland Medical Center Hospital, Dallas Osteopathic Hospital and Parkland Memorial Hospital. She owned Alexander Transcription doing medical transcription in Garland for many years before moving her business to Henderson, Nev., in 1996.

She is survived by her mother, Virginia L. Alexander of Henderson, Nev., a sister, former Garland resident Norma Taliaferro and family of North Little Rock. Cousins; Robin Viray and family of Palmdale, Calif., and Shawn Salter of Los Angeles as well as countless friends in the Dallas and Las Vegas areas.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 1504 Loop Road in Jacksonville. She is truly missed by those of us who loved her.
Funeral arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Billy McManus

Billy Lynn McManus, Sr., 57, of Ward passed away July 9. He was retired from Pirelli Armstrong. He is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons, Lynn McManus and wife Sandy; Jerry McManus and wife Angel; two daughters, Wanda Simpson and husband Stacy, Kaye Adamos and husband Adrian all of Ward; a brother, Lewis McManus, Jr. of Fresno, Calif.; two sisters, Delphine Harris and Mary Ann Landgon of Hazelhurst, Miss.; eight grandchildren and many adopted children. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis, Sr. and Beatrice Delain Spears McManus.

Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lonoke.

Ruby Rechtin

Ruby Rechtin, 87, of DeSoto, Texas, formerly of Beebe died July 10 in Dallas. Born Oct. 16, 1917, at Des Arc she was a graduate of McRae schools and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-six years, James O. Rechtin and a son, Richard.

She is survived by her son, David and wife Sharon of Grand Prairie, Texas; two grandchildren, James and wife Marti of Keller, Texas and Daniel of Grand Prairie; one brother, Raymond Corder and wife Peggy of Boston, Massachusetts; three special cousins, Arlene Baxley, Burt LaFerney; and Roberta Lofton; and numerous other relatives and friends. Visitation begins at noon Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be 10 a.m. at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Weir Cemetery.

James W. Phillips

James W. Phillips, age 83, of Beebe was born Sept. 27, 1921, at Derry, Penn., to Angelo and Mary Phillips, and he died July 12. He was a member of the Catholic Church, a lifetime member of DAV and a member of the Shepherd’s Center. He was a retired construction analyst for the U.S. Depart-ment of Housing and Urban Development.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary Margaret; a daughter, Vicki Berg of Texas; a son Richard Phillips of California; three step-children, Micki Smith of Little Rock, Richard Smith of Connecticut and Julie Warme of Massachusetts; five grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; five sisters, Virginia Pezzoni, Carmella Spehar, Margaret Baroni, Dolores James and Maryann Schall all of Pennsylvania and his mother-in-law, Pauline Thompson of Beebe. Jim was preceded in death by his sister, Amelia Phillips.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral will be 2 p.m. Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Antioch Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Shepherd’s Center of Beebe, P.O. Box 247, Beebe, Ark. 72012.

Larry White

Larry Wesley White, age 63, died Thursday, July 7, 2005, after a valiant battle with cancer. He was born July 25, 1941 to James Wesley and Evelyn White. Larry graduated from Carlisle schools where he excelled in athletics and academics. He attended college at ASU Beebe and UALR. He faithfully served his country as a member of the United States Air Force. Larry was employed by Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission for 40 years and retired two years ago as assistant director. He also served on the board of Professional Counseling of Arkansas for ten years and was president of this board for three years.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Jimmie W. White. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Annette Wilson Lackie White; his mother, Evelyn White; three daughters, Melanie Morris, Mandy Forest-Lam and husband James, Jennifer Barnette and husband Danny; step-daughter, Kelly Lackie Waller Ratcliff and husband Charles; step-sons, Kevin Lackie and wife Barbara and Kyle Lackie and wife Amber; his sister, Brenda Halijan; grandchildren, Justin and Jordan Morris, Britney White, Lindsey Gammill, Josh, Tylor, Savanna and Ciara Barnette, Keith and Katie Waller, Haley, Felecia and Josh Ratcliff, and Kaylan Lackie and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at Boyd Funeral Home on Monday. Burial followed in Hebron Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Larry’s honor to the American Cancer Society or Hebron Cemetery, Rt. 2, Box 194, Ark., 72024.

Winona Carpenter

Winona Carpenter, 86, died July 10. She is survived by her husband, Louis Carpenter; one daughter, Patricia DeWhitt of Higdon; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Hodkin of Arkansas City, Kan.; 13 grandchildren, including grandson, Michael Faircloth of Carrollton, Texas; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; step-children, Louis W. Carpenter and Emily Carpenter of Lonoke, Martha Sanders of Jacksonville and Joyce Pittman of California. Preceding her in death were her parents and husband Charles Shipp.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke with interment in Concord Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Drs. Anderson, Dinehart and Bucolo; the staff at Golden Years Manor and Hospice Home Care.

Ruth Hatcher

Ruth Estelle Hatcher of Modesto, Calif., 79, passed away June 4 at Memorial Medical Center with her loving husband, daughter and son-in-law by her side. She was born Oct. 5, 1925 in Cabot. She and her husband Rick moved to Modesto in 1970.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Rick; daughters Beverly and husband Michael Ries of Stockton, Calif. and Anita and husband David Greufe of Oregon; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Joe and Roy Christian and sister Velma Jones, all of Arkansas.

Funeral services were held June 9 at Lakewood Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Hughston, Calif., with committal following.

Johnnie Loretz

Johnnie Louise Powell Loretz, 78, of Carlisle went to be with her Lord on July 9.
She was born April 29, 1927 in Monett. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jack Loretz; three sons, Michael Loretz and his wife, Barbara, Reverend Danny Loretz, Sr. and his wife Sally, all of Carlisle and John Loretz and his wife April of Castle Rock, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Melissa Wilson and her husband, L.V. of Searcy, Shelly Allen and her husband, John of Prattsville, Melanie Reinert and her husband, Jeff of Springfield, Mo., Danny Loretz, Jr. of Conway, Kirk Loretz of Maumelle, Tyler Loretz of Castle Rock, Colo., Todd O’Keefe and his wife Jennifer of Pine Bluff, and Jenifer Spears and her husband, Ronnie of Hot Springs and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Verla Gann Roberts of Beebe.

“Miss Johnnie”, as she was known, was a friend and a support for many children.

She spent many years as a volunteer scout leader where she earned the Quapaw Area Council Silver Beaver Award, Scouter’s Award, the Grand Prairie District Award of Merit and the Commissioner Arrowhead Award.

Funeral services were Tuesday at Lonoke Baptist Church where she was a member. Services were officiated by her son, Danny and assisted by Rev. Jimmy Wallace. Interment followed in Carlisle Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Lonoke Baptist Church Building Fund at 406 W. Front St., Lonoke, Ark. 72086. Arrangements are entrusted to Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.