Leader Blues

Wednesday, January 04, 2006



Ocy Pearl Bucher, 97, passed away Dec. 31, 2005 at Cabot Manor Nursing and Rehab Center in Cabot. Ocy was born Sept. 28, 1908 in Brooklyn, Mo., to the late Isaac Talton and Laura Jane Edson Williams.
Ocy graduated from Ridgeway High School, Ridgeway, Mo.
She professed her commitment to God at an early age and became a member of Ridgeway Methodist Church in Ridgeway, Mo. On July 26, 1930 she was united in marriage to Lloyd S. Jones of Eagleville community until his death in 1943. Ocy Moved to Kansas City, Mo., in 1944 and worked at Gay Gibson Dress Factory until her retirement in 1973. On Nov. 8, 1948 she and Phillip B. Bucher were married in Kansas City, Mo. Ocy was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, sisters; Jewell Nelson, Ruby Burnette and Opal Foutch as well as one brother, Kenneth Williams.
She is survived by two children, Robert L. Jones and wife, Carolyn, of Kansas City, Mo., and Dawnna J. Huitt and husband, Roger, of Lonoke. Her surviving sister is Arlynn Strait and husband, Bob of Moses Lake, Wash.; two brothers, Dean Williams and wife, Maxine of Ridgeway, Mo., and Russell Wil-liams and wife, Kathleen of Gilman City, Mo. Ocy was blessed with 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.
Many nieces, nephews and other friends and family also survive her.
Ocy was a union steward for the Ladies’ Garment Union for many years and always took her job very seriously.
She also was affiliated with the American Business Women Associ-ation, and her association with these organizations gave her the opportunity to travel.
She was an avid swimmer and sports fan and remained loyal to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals teams. Always young-at-heart, full of opinions and advice, she will be remembered by many friends, family and associates.
Ocy’s preference was cremation and Moore’s Funeral Home in Cabot is assisting with her last wishes.
There will be no services in Arkansas, and the family has requested no flowers.
Those who would like to honor her memory may make a donation to: South Bend United Methodist Church, Youth Fund, Treasurer, 140 McDonald Drive, Lonoke, Ark. 72086.


Helen Louise Howell Holcomb, 87, of Austin, died Sunday, Jan. 1. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Woodrow W. Hughes and Ernie Holcomb, her son, John H. Hughes, and her parents, Hardy and Oma Howell. She is survived by her grandchildren, Tiffany Dodson and her husband Donny of Austin and David N. Hughes of Jackson-ville, and her great-grandchildren, Madison, Whitney and Matthew Dodson.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lonoke County. Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home.


Franna Emery Johnson, 50, of Benton died Dec. 27 in an automobile accident in Judsonia.
She was of the Church of Christ faith, and worked as a former longtime loan officer for First Security Bank and was a recent loan assistant for Summit Bank of Benton. She was a 1973 graduate of Grubbs High School.
She was the daughter of Marvin Emery Sr. and Mary Bowen Emery.
She is survived by her husband, Matthew Johnson; two daughters, Amy Jewell of Searcy and Brooke Johnson of Little Rock; two sons, Chad Johnson of Bradford and Brad and his wife Gina Jewell of Searcy; a sister, Sharon Smith of Bradford; a brother, Marvin Emery Jr. of Beebe, and three grandchildren, Brennan Hulsey, Greenly Jewell and Eliza-beth Jewell; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday at Possum Grape Church of Christ with minister Shane Otts and pastor Brian Moore officiating.
Interment was at Heard Ceme-tery in Bradford.
Arrangements by Powell Fun-eral Home of Bald Knob-Judsonia.