Leader Blues

Wednesday, October 19, 2005



Dee Leslie Mathis, died Oct. 17. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Deborah Durham Mathis; five sons, Nolan, Leslie, Steven, Shane and Matthew; three daughters, Stacy, Deanna and Sunny Scott; one brother, Glenn Mathis Jr., four sisters, Opal Jones of Lonoke, Deanee, Kec and wife Lynn of Horseshoe Lake, Shirley Pope Joy and husband, Leon of Mablevale, Glynda Parks and husband Ken of Conway and special long life partner, friend, brother and more. Doug Gordon; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Graveside services will be in Concord Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Thursday.


Scott Alexander Ceurvels of Sherwood passed away Oct. 16. He was preceded in death by his father, John Edward Ceurvels. He is survived by his wife, Lori Lynn Ceurvels of Sherwood, mother, Charlene “Ceurvels” Livezey of Jacksonville; and sister, Johnette Ceurvels of Jacksonville. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Bro. John Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements by Roller-Owens Funeral Home.


Dominic Peter Cedio, 70, died Oct. 17. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Cedio; one daughter, Debbie Cooley of Jacksonville; a son, Larry Cedio of South Carolina; one step-daughter, Barbara Ingle of Hazen; three grandchildren; brothers: Tony, Jimmy, Joseph, Roserareo and Anthony; sisters, Kathleen, Francis, Virginia, Ann, Josephine and Eva. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hicks Cemetery, with arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.


Vergie Mae Rucks, 78, of Jack-sonville died Oct. 15 at Rebsamen Medical Center in Jacksonville. She was born May 15, 1927, in El Dorado to the late Robert and Willie Mae Cooper Rucks. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Stanley in 1955; brothers, J.B. Rucks, Au-drey Rucks, Howard Rucks, B.H. Rucks, Odell Rucks.

Rucks was employed 15 years for Dr. Grady Hill in El Dorado. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in El Dorado.

She is survived by her four children, Robert Stanley of Hephzibah, Ga., Lois Lewis of Jacksonville, Alvin Rucks of Montgomery, Ala., and Faye Cunningham of El Dorado, brother, Leo Rucks of El Dorado, 17 grandchildren, and 41 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Roark officiating. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Almarine G. Batts of Jackson-ville, born April 27, 1936, passed away on Oct. 15 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a devoted member of the Little Rock Air Force Base Chapel, Protestant Women of the Chapel, NCO Wives Club and volunteered for many years in the Pulaski County Special School District. She was preceded in death by both parents, one brother, dau-ghter, Tracy Lynn Coverly and husband, Horace Samual Batts.
Her sweetness will be remembered by her family and loved ones.

She is survived by three daughters, Rhonda Denise Kimble, L’Yana Capri Batts, Rachel Denise Futterer (Jason), two grandchildren;,Robert Wayne Gray, Jr. and Carmen Capri Kimble, two great-grandchildren, Aaron Samuel Futterer and Alayna Marie Futterer, one brother, Joseph Franklin Harris, Jr., two sisters, Joanna Bluford and Gloria “Peaches” Oates, 11 nieces, nine nephews, eight great-nieces, 15 great-nephews and “son” Don Landers.

The funeral will be held at the Little Rock Air Force Base Chapel on Friday at 11 a.m. Please allow time for security clearance. Visitation will be held at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 1504 J.P. Wright Loop Road on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


William Eugene Carmical, 70, of Cabot, died Oct. 18.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1934, to William and Mabel Counts Carmical in North Little Rock. Eugene was a 33° Mason, a Shriner, an avid golfer, a member of Rolling Hills Country Club, United States Navy Reserve for eight years, retired owner of Gene’s T.V. in Lonoke, a 50-year member at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot. Carmical was a dedicated grandfather and he also enjoyed hunting. Carmical was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Counts.
He is survived by his wife, Nell Duke Carmical; his children, Donny and wife, Laura Beth Carmical of Cabot and Christy and husband, Marty Cavin of Austin; grandchildren, Kortney and Drew Coates, Kaycee Carmical and Morgan Cavin.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at 920 W. Hwy. 89. Funeral services are 10 a.m., Thursday at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot with Bro. Terry Fortner officiating. Burial will be at Sumner Cemetery.


James Franklin Uzzell, 65, of Valdosta, Ga., died Oct. 15 at South Georgia Medical Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Hazen to the late James and Viola Uzzell. He was an accountant by trade most of his life and traveled the world in that capacity. He was most recently a computer programmer and part-time night auditor.
Survivors include two daughters, Sonya D. Uzzell of Nashville, Ga., and Cherlynn K. Boyer of Safety Harbor, Fla.; one granddaughter, Savannah M. Boyer of Safety Harbor, Fla., and two brothers, Ernest E. Uzzell of Lonoke and David H. Uzzell of Cabot.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon Thursday at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. in Lonoke Cemetery.


Robert Litton, 72, formerly of Conway, died Oct. 16 at his residence in Valdosta, Ga., following a lengthy illness.

He was born on March 31, 1933, in Lonoke to the late A.G. and Susie Litton. He graduated from Lonoke High School and attended the University of Central Arkansas. He was retired from General Electric and was a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his wife, Colleen Litton, a brother, W.C. Litton and a sister, Betty Durst. He is survived by two sons, Ed Litton of The Colony, Texas, Guy Litton and wife, Arsenia of Aubrey, Texas and one daughter, Suzanne Barnett and husband Hollis of Valdosta, Georgia; three granddaughters, Connie Barnett, Katie Barnett, Valentina Litton and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held in Lonoke Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society, Hospice of South Georgia or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.


Thurston Louis La Ferney, of McRae, born Aug. 10, 1923, died on Oct. 14.

Born in Des Arc, he lived much of his life as a dairy farmer and rural mail carrier in McRae.

He was a veteran of the China-Burma-India Theatre in World War II, a chaplin of the Rural Carriers State Association and a member of McRae United Methodist Church, where he was a lay speaker. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman and taught himself to play golf at the age of seventy-nine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Viola La Ferney. He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty years, Nelda Jean; his daughter, Gwen Fullen and husband David of Arkadelphia; son, Marty La Ferney and wife, Nancy of West Memphis; grandchildren Mark Wade Fullen of Oceanside, Calif., John David Fullen and wife, Allison of Little Rock, Stacy Lynn Dougherty and husband, Robert of West Memphis, and Dustin Louis La Ferney and wife, Mrinda of Palestine, Texas; and two great-grandchildren.

As the oldest of seven children, he will be deeply missed by his brothers, Charles La Ferney of Searcy, Claude La Ferney and wife Mary Lou, also of Searcy, Gerald La Ferney and wife, LaVeta of Austin, and his sisters Juanita Olmstead of Beebe, Freda Miller of McRae and Cleo Milton and husband, Charles of Searcy. Services were held Tuesday, at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Elmo Arthur “Bo” Cummings, 92, of Floyd, left this world on Oct. 14. He was born near El Paso, on September 12, 1913. Mr. Cum-mings was proud to be a veteran. He served in the Army in World War II and earned a Purple Heart. He loved coon hunting, fishing and baseball. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Suffering great pain from cancer, he was anxiously awaiting to be reunited with his twin brother, Elmer, his mother, Maud West Stoops, his baby girl, Connie and numerous other family members and friends. He leaves behind his beloved wife of over 65 years, Alma Cummings; two sons, Jimmy Cummings and wife, Mary of Pine Bluff, Joe Cummings and wife, Cindy of Romance; and one daughter, Linda Winfrey and husband, Lyndel of Floyd. He is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for all the loving support and encouragement given to them and their loved one. They especially want to thank Hospice for sending them an angel in the form of “Nurse Jim.”

He wished to be cremated with no public service or fuss. His family is respecting this wish.

Arrangements were made by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


Beulah A. Montgomery, 81, of Jacksonville, passed away Oct. 16.

She was born to Calvin and Nancy “Hamilton” Arnold in Norfolk.
She was preceded in death by her husband James of 59 years.

Montgomery is survived by her children, Glenn A. Montgomery and his wife, Janis; Janis Thomp-son and husband, James; and Beth Simons; sisters Ethel Lucas, Bernice Van Matre and Ione Partney; grandchildren Blake Montgomery and wife, Shannon; Melissa Jacob and husband, Kevin and Jeffery Hughes; great grandchildren Miles Montgomery, Anna Claire Jacob and Katherine Jacob.

She is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Woodland Hills in Jacksonville for their loving care. Memorial services were held Tuesday at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., 212 Natural Resource Drive, Little Rock, Ark., 72205.


Robert Oscar Phillips, 62, of Jacksonville, passed away Oct. 15 in North Little Rock.

He was born in Stamps on Nov. 9, 1942, to Paul and Irene “Warner” Phillips. In the 1960’s through the 1980’s he built houses for Thurman Lewis in Jacksonville and Bradley T. James. In 1980, he started his own business building houses in Jacksonville.

He was very active in Native American affairs and was past president of the Indian Inter-Tribal Association of Arkansas.

He is survived by his loving wife, Madelynn; three children, William and wife Jynnifer Leggett, and Angella and Bobby Phillips; brother, Larry and wife, Silvia Phillips of Cabot; sisters, Alice and husband Charles Shinn of Glenwood, Peggy and husband, Donald L’Amay of Jonesville, La., and Wanda and husband Rodney Peterson of Magnolia; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and 10 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tues-day at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Shiloh Cemetery in Stamps. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Robert Phillips, C/O John Loyd, J.P.L. Corporation, P.O. Box 342, Jacksonville, Ark., 72078.


Roy Lee Jones, 87, of Jacksonville, passed away Oct. 17. Jones was retired from AM&F Cycle Company. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

His wife of 66 years, Lois E. Melton, survives him.

He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Green of Bryant and Bernice Peters of Texas; one daughter, Shirley Ruth Peter of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Dr. Mark Corbell and Dr. Nathan Corbell and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Bayou Meto Baptist Church, 26200 Hwy. 107 in Jacksonville.