Leader Blues

Wednesday, August 31, 2005



Billy Neil Brightwell, 67, died Aug. 30.
He was the owner and operator of Brightwell Family Foods in Lonoke for many years.
He was a member of Lonoke Baptist Church and was involved in many community activities and projects. In the mid-1980s, he was selected as man of the year for Lonoke. He also was chosen for an Arkansas Community Service award. A son, Tim, his parents, Dewey and Daphna Brightwell, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Brightwell; a son, Danny Brightwell; a granddaughter, Jennifer Brightwell, all of Lonoke, and his sister, Leota Kimbrough of Colombia, Tenn.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Lonoke Baptist Church with interment at Browns-ville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lonoke Baptist Church Building Fund.


Brenda Christine Tubbs, 65, passed away Aug. 27. Survivors include her husband, William G. Tubbs; son, David G. Tubbs; daughter, Nancy K.Woods; grandson, Kristopher Gearth, all of Cabot; and brother, Robert Chism of Charlotte, N.C. Services were held Tuesday at Gateway Fellowship Church in Lonoke with interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton, Okla., on Wednesday.
Funeral arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home.


Harold L. Counts, 85, of Cabot passed away Aug. 28.
He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church for over 45 years, Big Rock Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and a World War II veteran in the U.S. Navy.
He retired from the Navy Re-serve. He worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad for 40 years as a machinist.
He is survived by his wife, of 63 years, Elfetta Counts, of Cabot; two sons, James Counts and wife, April, of Benton and Dr. Ken Counts, of Vi-lonia; daughter, Joy Maddox, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Heather Grodzki, Jenny Parnell, Amy Counts, Katrice Noel Counts, Audrey Maddox and Jacob Maddox; and one great-grandchild, Abigail Parnell. He was preceded in death by his brother, Basil F. Counts.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church building bund or cemetery. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.
Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home.


Julia Doris Welch, 87, of McRae, died Aug. 26.
She lived in the Copperas Springs community all her life. She was a homemaker and a member of McRae First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kirby Welch and five brothers, Sidney, Wayne, Bernice, Neil and Exum Cranford.
She is survived by a son, Jim Welch and his wife, Liz, of Overland Park, Kan.; two daughters, Judy Latture and her husband, James, of McRae, and Cindy Lascola and her husband, Tony, of Ward; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Weir Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by West-brook Funeral Home.


William N. Warren, 94, of Beebe died Aug. 25.
He was born May 6, 1911, in Beebe to W. A. and Olga Warren. His father started Warren Brothers Store in Beebe in 1904, and William started working there in 1930 and retired in 1980. He was a lifetime and faithful member of Beebe First Baptist Church where he served as deacon, treasurer for 35 years, Sunday school superintendent and trustee. William also served as of Beebe treasurer and was a member of the Beebe Kiwanis Club.
He is survived by a daughter, Nancy Burnett, and her husband, Bill of Beebe; three grandchildren, Amy Lee and husband Chuck, Martha Dodson and husband Rick, and Debbie Adams and husband Matt; five great-grandchildren, Chris Lee, Walt Hefner, Katie Bunzell, Laura Adams and Emily Adams.
Funeral services were held Monday at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Beebe Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Beebe First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home.