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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 05-31-06


Marcia Jean Cheatham, 60, of Scott, passed away May 26.  
She was born March 23, 1946, in Little Rock to the late Bernest “Rab” Overton and Lorene Carpenter Overton. She graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1964.
Also preceding her in death were her husband, Robert Herschel Cheatham and one brother, Wayne Overton.
Survivors include two sons, Mike and wife Clara Hughes of Keo and James Cheat-ham of Car-lisle; a daughter, Lisa and husband Jeff Goodman of Scott; two brothers, James Over-ton of Beebe and Boyd Overton of Paragould; five grandchildren, Michael-Ryan and Caitlyn Hughes and Daniel Cheatham of Keo, Melissa and Andrew Goodman of Scott; two very special best friends, Bonnie Mae and Mildred; two uncles, Charles Ouzts and Floyd S. Hines Sr.; along with numerous other family members and friends.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. today with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Toltec Baptist Church in Scott with Bro. Ron Pierce officiating. Interment will follow at Arkan-sas Memorial Gardens in North Little Rock.
James Overton, Boyd Overton, Michael-Ryan Hughes, Michael Hughes and Jeff Goodman are active pallbearers, and Charles Ouzts, Stanley Fleming, Tommy Goodman, Daniel Cheatham and Andrew Goodman are honorary pallbearers. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Wesley Chad May, 17, of McRae, drowned May 28 at the lake at Heber Springs.
He would have been a 2007 graduate of Beebe High School. He played football, ran track and played in the band. He was an employee of Heritage. Chad is survived by his father, Dwayne May of McRae; his mother, Wendy Conway of Kensett; one brother, Joel May of McRae; grandparents, Sonny and Linda May of McRae and Virginia Prestige of Greenville, Texas, and lots of aunts and uncles. His family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the family home, 450 Tweedy Road, McRae, Ark., 72102.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Westbrook Fu-neral Home in Beebe. Burial will be in Weir Cemetery.


Mitchell Alan Smith, 38, of Lonoke, passed away May 27. He was born Feb. 8, 1968, in Huntington Park, Calif., to Marvin Smith and Mary Jane Ellis Bay. Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mary Jane and Dennis Bayles of Lonoke; father, Marvin Smith of San Antonio, Texas; five children: Mitchell, Jane, Traci, Anthony and Russell; brother Michael and Suzanne Smith of Minnesota and aunt Betty Earnhart of California.
Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Monk Cemetery in Ward with arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


John Henry Jackson, Sr., 92, of North Little Rock, died May 28. He was a World War II Veteran who served as a medic in the Army in the Fiji Islands. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Trinity Methodist Church on Lynch Drive. John loved to watch Arkansas Razorback football and baseball at Travelers Field. He loved fishing at the White River with Arkansas veterans and he loved to dance. He always had a smile and kind words. He loved to spend time with his family. He attended the Nazarene Church on Hwy. 107.
John was preceded in death by his first wife, Vida Combs Jackson.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Jackson of Jacksonville; one son, John Jackson, Jr. and wife, Debbie of Cabot; one stepdaughter, Beverly Cole of Jacksonville; two grandsons, Travis and Justin Jackson of Cabot, and one sister, Alcidean Liles of Beebe. His family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at West-brook Funeral Home in Beebe.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Charles Eugene Haley Sr., 73, of McRae, left his earthly home to be with the Lord on May 27.
He was born May 19, 1933, to Carson and Dora Mapps Haley at Luxora. His hobbies were rebuilding guns, fishing, gardening and woodworking. He retired from Harding University and was a founding member of Gracepoint Church at Beebe. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Cecil Horace Haley and Carson Mayfield Haley. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Vernon Haley; two sons, Charles Haley, Jr. and wife Charlotte of McRae, and David Haley and wife Shirley of Beebe; one daughter, Diane McCollum and husband Tom, of McRae; five grandchildren, Bethany Manuel and husband Eric of Cave City, Seth McCollum and wife Jaunte’ of McRae, Megan Haley of Beebe, Cole Haley and Caitlin McCollum both of McRae; three great-grandchildren, Cris and Amy Reeve and Elijah Manuel. His two surviving sisters are Vernice Wilson of Pocahontas and Louise Vincent of Glendale, Ariz.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Donnie Cleveland Watson, 45, of Cabot, passed away May 29. He was born Aug. 10, 1960, in Mendota, Ill., to Joyce Parish and the late Carl Watson. Also preceding him in death is one son Chad Watson; paternal ggrandparents, Lawrence and Grace Watson and maternal grandparents, Sherman and Onie Parish.
Survivors include his wife Donna; daughter, Ashley; two sons, Adam Watson of Cabot and Eric Jones of Fayetteville; his mother and stepfather, Joyce and Charlie Win-gate of Cabot; sister, Phyllis Henry of Searcy; brother, Steve Watson of Romance, and two stepbrothers, Tommy and Richard Wingate of Cabot; along with many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday night. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ Worship Center with interment following at Romance Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Christine Jeanette Studer-Reh-bach, 48, of Cabot, went to be with the Lord on May 26. She was born April 5, 1958, in Oakland City, Ind. She was preceded in death by her father, William Edward Studer; a grandson, Jonathan Jackson; and two grandfathers, Clarence Martin and John Eckert.
She is survived by her mother, Beulah Ray and step-father, H.L. Ray of Cabot; a son, Toby Rehbach and a daughter, Amy Jackson, both of Jacksonville; four grandsons, Justin, Jordan, Jeffery and Skyler; two brothers, Bill and (wife) Pat Studer of Jacksonville and David and (wife) Amy Studer of Cabot; a sister Katina Ray of Cabot; two grandmothers, Naomi Eckert of West Baden Springs, Ind., and Elizabeth Martin of Winslow, Ind., and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.
Funeral services were held May 28 at Mt. Springs Baptist Church in Cabot with arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Tireless farmer, perfectionist, devoted husband, father of three, traveler, self-taught from the eighth grade, Carl Frederick Stecks went to be with the Lord at the age of 91 from a stroke and subsequent pneumonia. He was born Nov. 25, 1914, to Carl Gustave and Minnie Bock Stecks in Stuttgart. He was the son of early Arkansas settlers who introduced rice farming to the communities of Almyra and Crocketts Bluff.
He attended the Prairie Dell School, a one-room school north of Al-myra and a three mile walk from the family farm. In 1932, the Stecks family moved their machinery and livestock to a farm be-tween Lonoke and Scott. With wife and children he was named Farm Family of the Year for Arkansas in 1963. Carl and wife of 68 years, Ida Mae, retired to Sherwood where he lived at the time of his death. Preceding him in death were his beloved wife; parents; and brothers, William H. Stecks and Ervin G. Stecks.
Survivors are his sister, Eunice Watson; children, Carl “Freddie” Jr. and Jane Stecks, Michael and Jo Anne Stecks, Brenda and Randall Smith; grandchildren, Carl Stecks, III, and sons, Carl, IV, and Ethan; Gregory Stecks; Leigh and Brendan Quirk and children, Lily, James and Ernest; Kevin and Alecia Stecks and daughter, Haven; Michael Stecks, Jr., and daughter, Kennedy; Ami Stecks, Sarah, Stephen, Ben and Eric Smith.
Funeral services were held Tues-day at Lonoke United Methodist Church with interment in Lonoke Cemetery with arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.
Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lonoke United Methodist Church, Lonoke County Library, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or a charity of choice.


Elmer Durward Shubert, 87, of Cabot passed away May 26.
He was born April 19, 1919, in Mt. Pleasant to the late Carl Carroll and Mary Frances Carmichael Shubert.
Shubert was a lifelong member of Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. He was a Petty Officer First Class in the Navy from 1938 to 1945. He served our country in the Second World War in the South Pacific and was an Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va.  
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, A. Aleene Chancey Shubert and his second wife, Murrel Moran Shu-bert; as well as two sisters, Dorothy Brannon and Elzera Gwin. He is survived by his children, Dwight Shu-bert of North Little Rock and Kathy Ragar of Cabot; one sister, Maude Brannon of Cabot; two grandchildren, Heather Wagner of Monticello and Dr. Brent Ragar of Boston, Mass. He is also survived by one niece, Barbara Raley of Sherwood, and four nephews, Thomas Bran-non and Vernon Brannon, both of Cabot, Wayne Brannon of Jack-sonville, and Kenny Gwin of San Diego, Calif. Funeral services were held May 28 in the chapel of Cabot Funeral Home. Burial followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.


Irma Jean Boyd, 71, of Austin, went to be with the Lord on May 27. She was born July 2, 1934, to the late Russell Edison Davis and Ila Davis Johnson.
She was a member of Austin Station Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years. She served as acting mayor of Austin, city recorder and served on the Austin City Council. She was the editor of the Austin News for the Cabot Star Herald for many years. She was a member of the Nail Benders for Jesus and Grannies On The Go. She was a homemaker and a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her father, Russell Davis and brother Leland Davis.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Kenneth L. Boyd; two sons, Benjamin Boyd of Mississippi and Kenny Boyd of Austin; three daughters, Marilyn Trammell of Mt. View, Carolyn Oakes of Ward and Vickie Harmon of Austin; her mother, Ila Johnson of Beebe; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim Davis of Vilonia and Gary Davis of Beebe; three sisters, Laveda Freeman and Rachel Campbell, both of Beebe, and Deb McCormack of Little Rock.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Austin Station Baptist Church, with burial in Sylvania Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Rebsamen Home Health, 1400 Braden St., Jacksonville, Ark., 72076; Arkansas Hospice, 5600 West 12th St., Little Rock, Ark., 72204, or Austin Station Baptist Church, P.O. Box 130, Austin, Ark., 72007.


Alex “Pop” Boryschtsck Sr., 81, of Cabot, passed away May 26.
Survivors include his son Alex, Jr.; grandson Alex Shane Boryschtsck, two great-grandchildren and his caregivers Alisha and Brian Brooks.
Memorial services were held Tuesday at Holiness Tabernacle in Cabot.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Holiness Tabernacle. Arrange-ments were by Thomas Funeral Service, Cabot.