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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 4-12-06

Annie Taylor
Annie Marie Taylor, 95, of Beebe was born Jan. 15, 1911, at Evansville, Ind., to Andrew and Christine Fisher Gable. She died April 7. She was a member of Union Valley Baptist Church. She is survived by her sons and daughters, Chester Tozer and wife Faye of McRae, Lester Tozer and wife Venus of Garner, Everett Tozer of Austin, Pauline Bass and husband Charles of Beebe and Linda Walker and husband Thomas of Beebe; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons and a daughter, Harley and James Tozer and Mary Campbell. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial at Cheek Cemetery at Garner.


Donna Crook

Donna Gayle Crook, 47, of Jacksonville died April 10 at her home in Jacksonville. She was born Oct. 29, 1958, in Harlingen, Texas, to J.C. and Naomi Bond Crook Sr. In 1977, she graduated from Jacksonville High School. Crook was employed the past eight years with U.S. Bank. Miss Crook was preceded in death by her parents who died in 1998; and a brother, Steven Lee Crook in 1989.

She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Wayne Hol-singer in Jacksonville; a brother, J.C. Crook, Jr., and his fiancée Bridget Norton of Cabot; niece and nephew, Bailey and Jace Crook of Harrison; her dog, Duke and cat, Kitty.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jerold Posey officiating. Burial will follow at Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Elsie Meredith

On the morning of April 8, the Lord Jesus Christ called Elsie “Dolly” Meredith of Lonoke home. She was born on Aug. 21, 1926, in North Little Rock to the late Louie and Augusta Lea of Jacksonville. She was also preceded in death by her husband, R.H. Meredith of Lonoke, two brothers and three sisters. She departed this life at the age of 79. She was a good wife and mother and suffered a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. She was a Christian and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Cabot.

She is survived by her children, Deborah Kennedy of Cabot and Robert W. Meredith of Harrison; two grandchildren, Ashley Phillips and Brooklyn Villines, both of Har-rison; one great-grandson, Coleman Meredith Phillips of Harrison; three sisters, Helen Kennedy and Janie McRaven, both of Sherwood and Betty Jean Burkett of Atkins.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Rev. Robert W. Meredith officiating. Interment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Moore’s Funeral Home in Jacksonville.


Geraldine Curtis

Geraldine “Gerri” Sims Curtis, 78, of Clarksville, formerly of Jacksonville, died April 7. She is survived by her husband Paul, son Larry Simms of Maumelle, daughters Elizabeth Warren of Clarksville and Mitzie Allen of Coal Hill, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and the children’s father Frank Edward Sims.

Services were held Tuesday at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Shady Grove Cemetery. Arrangements were by Hardwicke Funeral Chapel.


James Anderson

James B. Anderson, 62, of Ward was born April 23, 1943, at Hot Springs to Arthur W. and Gladys B. Sirratt Anderson, and he died April 7. He retired from the Lonoke County Road Department.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; four daughters, Suewaya Cotton and Shawnee Mercelle and husband Chipall of Wichita, Kan., Carol Halsey and husband Jackie of North Little Rock, Susan Patterson and husband Tim of Cabot; one brother, Douglas Anderson of Malvern; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Ernes-tine Dodson and Myrtle Farlow both of Malvern; and four step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shawna LeAnn Anderson, his parents and three brothers. Graveside service was Tuesday at Lebanon Cemetery, McRae.


Mary Burgess

Mary Elizabeth Garner Burgess, 83, passed away April 10 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born on June 4, 1922, to Claude and Kate Garner in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Chester Killingsworth; and three brothers, Gerald Wilson Garner, Gilbert Claude Garner and Lele Garner. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Troy Samuel Burgess; three daughters, Peggy Moore and husband Ben, Sandra Pawlowski and husband Jimmie and Debbie Roark; four grandchildren, Monte Moore and wife Mitzi, Melanie Hassen and husband Randy, Stacy Pawlowski and Courtney Roark and four great-grandchildren, Hunter and Holton Moore, Kate and Karly Hassen.

She was a retired nurse and a charter member of Roberson Bap-tist Church in Lonoke where she served as church secretary for several years. She was previously a charter member of Tyler Street Baptist in Little Rock. Funeral services will be held at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke at 10 a.m. Thursday with interment in Pine Crest Cemetery at Alexander.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Baptist Hospice or Alzheimer’s Arkansas.


Percy Hunt

Percy W. Hunt, 87, departed this life April 8. Born on May 12, 1918, in North Little Rock, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hunt. He participated and excelled in all sports and was a graduate of Catholic High School.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mildred “Pat” Bowen Hunt; his daughter, Mary Nelle Whitehead and son-in-law Albert; his son Paul Hunt and daughter-in-law Jeanne; grandchildren Chris Whitehead, Stacy Hunt and husband Jerry Driskill, Kathleen Whitehead and husband Tim Felty, Simon Whitehead, Jason Hunt, Ashley Hunt and husband Jonathan Peoples, Gregory Hunt and Brooke Whitehead along with eight great-grandchildren. He was a decorated World War II and Korean War Air Force veteran. He received more than 16 medals including two Distinguished Flying Crosses for heroism in flight and exceptional and outstanding accomplishment in the face of great danger above and beyond the line of duty over Wewak, New Guinea on August 29, 1943.

He finished his military career of over 30 years with the Arkansas 189th Air National Guard. He was an avid dancer and golfer with his favorite partner and love of his life Pat. He was a faithful and active member of St. Rose Parish in Carlisle and served as a eucharistic minister for many years. Rosary was Tuesday at St. Rose Parish, Carlisle. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Percy’s life at St. Rose for the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Wednes-day with full-military honors and burial in the National Cemetery, Camp Robinson, North Little Rock.
Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.