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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 03-22-06


Elfreda Baker, 74, of Cabot, died March 19 at Rebsamen Medical Center in Jacksonville.

She was born Nov. 18, 1931 in Lenexa, Kan., to Norman and Bessie May Leonard Reeves. She was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church. She enjoyed bowling and was a licensed practical nurse for 48 years who specialized in elder care.
Her parents and one brother, Leo-nard Reeves, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Bil-ly Baker of the home, one son Curtis Baker of Ward; one daughter, Tamela Robinson-Williams and her husband James of Cabot.

Also surviving her are two sisters, Rosalie Wetherill of Overland Park, Kan., and Guinda Reeves of Phoenix, Ariz., as well as two grandchildren, Kayla and Kimberly Robinson and one foster grandchild, Christian Morris in addition to a host of nieces, nephews and other family.

The funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Cabot Funeral Home with burial to follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association; 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas 75231. Arrangements are under the direction of Cabot Funeral Home.


Edith Ann Songer, 69, of Beebe went to be with the Lord on March 20. She is survived by two children, Clayton T. Songer and Shannon Magill, both of Beebe, and one nephew, James Armstrong and wife Crystal of Kensett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two daughters.

Visitation begins at noon Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe, with graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. at Weir Cemetery.


Ervin E. Spears, 83, went to be with the Lord on March 17. He was born Oct. 6, 1922, in Stigler, Okla. He was a member of Steel Bridge Baptist Church in Lonoke. He was a Mason for 50 years and was an Army veteran, serving in the Second Wolrd War.

He was preceded in death by parents, Frank and Nora Spears, three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Lexie Sprears; two sisters, Lucille Breshears of Hot Springs and Hazel Donahue of Stockton, Calif.; two daughters, Linda Moore and husband Vernon of North Little Rock and Martha Dunigan and husband Ronald of Lexa; two sons, Ervin Spears Jr., and wife Tracy of Little Rock and Samuel Spears and wife Joyce of Loogootee, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke, officiated by Bro. Joe Kraft and Bro. Ben Leonard with interment in Lonoke Cemetery.


Harold Carlisle, 79, of Jacksonville died March 17 at Rebsamen Medical Center. He was born Sept. 16, 1926, in Tull (Grant County) to Luther and Mae Burrow Carlisle.

He was a jolly man always with a smile on his face. He was the owner and operator of Carlisle Department Store until he retired.

He belonged to First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville where he served as Sunday School superintendent, on the building committee and on the board of trustees.

Carlisle was a member of the Methodist Men and the men’s Sun-day school class which is taught by Walt Jones and was a 46 year member of the Jacksonville Lions Club.

Carlisle was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Ed-ward Carlisle and three sisters; Cecil Kirk, Willie Mae Scarbrough and Dulcie Smith.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary F. Coppock Carlisle of Jacksonville; one son, Phillip Carlisle and his wife Karen of Jacksonville and one precious granddaughter, Taylor Carlisle of Jacksonville, who was the joy of his life. A loving family of nieces and nephews also survive him.

Funeral services were held Monday at First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville with Pastor Don Hall and the Rev. Carol Goddard officiating. Burial was held in Ebenezer Cemetery in Tull.

Pallbearers were Danny Scarbrough, Bruce Carlisle, Bob Carlisle, Roy Wayne Coppock, James Coppock and Mark Coppock.
Honorary pallbearers were the men’s Sunday School class and the Jacksonville Lions Club.

The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at Rebsamen Medical Center for all their care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Methodist Church of Jacksonville or the Ebenezer Cemetery in Tull.
Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Lester Thomas Palmer, 67, died March 17. He was a member of Brownsville Baptist Church; retired from GTE in 1990 and was recently an associate at Lonoke County Co-op.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Jean Palmer; four children, Joe Palmer, Jim and wife Lori Palmer and Jeremy and wife Joyce Palmer, all of Illinois and Janet and husband Wayne Brown of Texas; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Pat and husband Bill Duncan, Dora Jean and husband Louie Donath and Ina Smith of Illinois; one brother, George and wife Delia Palmer of Florida; stepchildren Chris Jones of Yellville and Jen-nifer Shepherd of Jacksonville.

Services were held Monday at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke with interment in Brownsville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Carle Hospice, 206A W. Anthony Dr., Champaign, Ill. 61822.


Vicky Irving, 68, of El Paso was born June 26, 1937, to the late Canada Lofton and Edith Opal Height Patrom, and she died March 15.

She is survived by one son, Albert Irving of Wooster; two brothers, Charles Patrom of El Paso and Chip Patrom of Conway; five sisters, Velma Colter of Malvern, Opal Holt of Missouri, Sharon Waddle of Mayflower, Rebecca Payne of Conway and Faye Kilbourgh of Georgia.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Grissard Cemetery.


Thomas Joseph Long, 48, of Leesville, La., died March 12 in Leesville.  

He was born June 6, 1957, in Riverside, Calif., to Charles Thomas and Joan Boytim Long. He served 20 years in the Army until retiring in 1996.

He was employed six years with the postal service.

He was married to Chong Yun Long. He enjoyed woodworking and loved to fish. He was also a shadetree mechanic. Long was preceded in death by his father; three brothers, Russel Long, Jerry Long and Gary Long; nephew, Derek Balog.

He is survived by his wife; two children, Catherine Long of Leesville, Kevin Long of Houston, Texas; mother, Joan Long of Jack-sonville; granddaughter, Catarina Harley of Leesville; five brothers and sisters, Pat Long of Benton, Diane Laurent of Jacksonville, Linda Ferrell of San Antonio, Texas, Carol Long and Doug Long, both of Jacksonville; a host of nieces and nephews and Lucky, the cat.

Funeral services were held Friday at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot. The family suggests memorials be made to Shriner’s Hospital in Shreveport, La.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


William “Leo” McAlister, 79, of Jacksonville, passed away March 21. Leo was born Nov. 30, 1926 in Searcy, a son of the late W.T. McAlister and Nellie Beaumont McAlister. Leo was retired from Franklin Electric.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.T. McAlister and Nellie Beaumont McAlister; his sister, Jewel Stephens, and his daughter, Barbara McAlister.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Joyce Toney McAlister of Jacksonville; daughters, Shirley Bradford of Missouri and Lisa McAlister of Arkansas; stepchildren, Christine Broyles, Brenda Carter, Virgil J. Heard, all of Arkansas, and David L. Heard of Germany; four grandchildren; four sisters, Vera Hardin, Opal Moye, Imogene Wheat, Margaret Poe, and one brother, W.B. McAlister, all of Arkansas.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Chapel, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock, with Bro. Doug Smith officiating. Interment will be at Bayou Meto Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to Marshall Road Baptist Church, 821 Marshall Road, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076.


Wendy Linn Davis Spencer of Cabot was born on May 25, 1975. Baptized July 29, 1985 in Strawberry River at Poughkeep-sie, N.Y., and went to meet Jesus and her baby Shae on March 20, 2006.

Wendy was preceded in death by her daughter Shae and her grandparents Radie and Irene King and special aunt Rhonda Glover.
She is survived by her husband Shane Spencer and son Tyler of the home; parents, James C. and Barbara Davis of Jacksonville; sisters and family, Gwen, Melvin, Cody, and Ali Styers of Jack-sonville; Leah, Michael Moyer, Abby and Zachary Davis of Cabot and twin brother and family Michael and Betty Davis, Maghan and Madison of Conway; grandparents, Gloria and Duaine Davis of Smithville; a special family, Jack and Judy Roberson; Ed, Kristy, Jessica, Samantha and Jill Terry; Ryan Faulk; Angela, Amber, Felicia and Molly Moore; Larry and Debby Spencer and many friends and co-workers.
Visitation will be held at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held at New Hope Baptist Church on Hwy. 236 East at 10 a.m. Thurs-day officiated by her uncle Tim Davis. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. Memorial may be made to the Arkansas School for the Deaf Foundation and Paragould Childrens Home.


Cora Mae Grandgeorge Coffelt, 90, died March 21.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Coffelt. Survivors include her children, Rosa Mae Evans and husband Carroll of Stuttgart; Delores Robinson of Arlington, Texas, Homer Louis Coffelt of Carlisle and Elmer Henry Coffelt of Hazen; four grandchildren, Mike Robinson, Pam Maddox, Greg Robinson and Caroline Raines; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, Carlisle with interment in Hamilton Cemetery, arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.

Visitation, one hour prior to service at the church.


Jennessa Louise Patty, 31, of Gravel Ridge, died Tuesday, March 21.  

She was born March 27, 1974 in Hazelwood, Mo., to Michael W. and Nancy E. Edwards Apperson.

Jennessa was a pre-school teacher and a member of Bible Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband Donald Patty; two daughters, Syerra Apperson and Donna Patty, both of Gravel Ridge; her parents, David and Nancy Cook of Romance; a sister, Virginia Apperson of Aus-tin; grandmother, Virginia Graul of Marble Hill, Mo., her grandfather, George Edwards of St. Louis, a stepbrother, David Cook, Jr. of Jacksonville, a stepsister, Amy Cave of Florida; a half-sister, Michelle Apperson of St. Louis; seven uncles, two aunts, two nieces, four nephews and best friend,
Nikki Dunn.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.Friday at Moore’s funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jack-sonville with Rev. David Cwenar officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.  Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.