Leader Blues

Wednesday, July 20, 2005


Wilma Burrow

Wilma Jewel Burrow, 92, of Jacksonville, passed away July 16.

She worked in sales at Sterling Dept. Stores of Little Rock and was a seamstress for Fort Roots for 15 years until her retirement.

She is survived by one son, Bill W. Burrow, Sr., of Cabot; two sisters, Louise Henderson of Cabot and Cleo McConkey of Little Rock; grandchildren, Bill W. Burrow Jr., Kenneth Allen Burrow, Bryan Burrow, Jenny Parker and Carie Anne Ebrahimi; three great- grandchildren and friends of Baring Cross of North Little Rock and Second Baptist Church of Jacksonville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Dozier Burrow, her parents, Benjamin E. and Eva Georgiana (Galbreath) Edwards, three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at North Little Rock Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Rest Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 2200 Fort Roots Dr., North Little Rock, Ark. 72114.

Elizabeth Edmondson

Elizabeth Marie Ball Edmondson, 57, of Lonoke passed away July 15. She was a member of Cabot First United Methodist Church, a school teacher with Cabot Schools, a farmer and rancher.
She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Melissa Marie Edmondson, and her parents, Ethel and Baxley Ball.

Survivors include her son, Baxley Glyn “B.G.” Edmondson of Lonoke; daughter, Gynger Edmondson of Cabot; sister-in-law and brother, D’Arylan and John Ball of Scott, and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held July 18 at Cabot First United Methodist Church with Bro. Richard Lancas-ter officiating. Interment followed at Lonoke Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Elizabeth Edmondson Memorial Fund at Cabot First United Methodist Church.

Hazel strickland

Hazel Strickland, 71, of Jacksonville passed away July 16.

She is survived by four sons, Victor Strickland, Jr., and wife Cecelia, Rev. Jerry Strickland, and wife Barbara, and David Strickland, all of Jacksonville, and Danny Strickland and wife Sandra of Venus, Fla.; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; five sisters, Ollie Fay Berdeaux of Cleveland, Ala., Nancy Brown and Patsy Curran, both of Crossett, and JoAnn Aguillard and Linda Harri-son, both of Port Allen, La.

Her husband, Victor B. Strickland, Sr. and her parents, David and Bonnie Sledge, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Pentecostal Church in north Crossett. Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery in Montrose.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at First United Pentecostal Church in North Crossett. Arrangements are by North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170.

Kenneth Spease

Kenneth F. Spease, 82, passed away July 15 in his Jacksonville home following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 20, 1922, in Aurora, Ill., he was a son of the late Frederick and Bertha Hartman Spease. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Doris Skaggs; brother, Robert H. Spease; daughter, Anna Marie Spease; grandson, Ronald Dirks, Jr., and nephew Ward Skaggs. He moved to Rock Falls, Ill., shortly after birth. He met and married Charlotte J. McNinch on Sept. 15, 1941.
Spease served in the Army and was a World War II veteran. He retired from Parris Alford in 1979. Shortly after retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Spease moved to Jacksonville.

He is survived by three sons; Charles F. Spease of Ward, Kenneth M. Spease and Robert J. Spease of Jacksonville; one daughter, Judith Martinez of Marion; six grandsons, Michael J. Spease of Jacksonville, Matthew Spease of Ward, Timothy Spease of North Little Rock, Rodney K. Duncan of Blytheville, Paul Martinez of Marion and Phillip Martinez of North Carolina; four granddaughters, Roxanne Long of Beebe, Melissa Telford and Sherie Swagarthy of Jacksonville and Lindsay Martinez of Florida, eight great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters.

Funeral services are under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, Ill. Local arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Russell Drake

Russell Kenneth Drake, 60, of Princeton, Ill., died July 16 in Blessings Hospital in Quincy, Ill.
He was born in Bureau County, Ill., the son of Kenneth and Nelda Drake. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his daughter, Dana and her husband, Greg Rozenski of Jacksonville; a son, Ashley Drake of Jonesboro; two sisters, Martha and her husband, Albert Flaherty of Princeton, Ill., and Linda and her husband, Jim Marlowe of Wyanet, Ill.; three brothers, Leroy and wife Edith Drake of Princeton, Ill., Howard and his wife Alice Drake of Granville, Ill., and Douglas and wife Cheryl Drake of Princeton, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

His remains were cremated and a private family service will be held at a later date.

Louise Cazer

Louise Cazer, a member of the Lonoke United Methodist Church, born March 2, 1912, passed from this life to eternity on July 15.

She is survived by loving cousins; nephew Larry Cazer of Brinkley; niece, Sharon Rushin of Ward, and many great-nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held July 17 at Lonoke Cemetery by Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke.
Arrangements by Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton, Ill.