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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 5-17-06


Margaret B. Sutton, 80, of Jacksonville died May 15 in Conway.  
She was born in Albermarle, N.C., on Sept. 10, 1925, to the late Oscar R. and Cora “Simpson” Springer.  She is also preceded in death by her husband, Walter W. Sutton, five brothers, one sister and one great-granddaughter.
Sutton was a member of Marshall Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville where she assisted in the church nursery, volunteered at Fishnet Ministries and was a member of the MAC Group. Survivors include two sons; Walter W. Sutton, Jr. and wife Hazel and Donald E. Sutton and wife Barbara of Mayflower, two daughters; Barbara J. Thrall and husband Charles of Green-ville, Calif., and Diane Dolan and husband Jo-seph of Federal Way, Wash., a sister, Dorothy Rains of Galveston, Texas, 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and other friends and family.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Thursday at Moore’s Funeral Home  Chapel with Bro. John Sammons and Rev. Cliff Hutchins officiating.  Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.  Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with arrangements under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Steve McNutt, 59, of Floyd, was born Sept. 3, 1946, in Russellville, and died May 13.
He was a truck driver for more than 35 years and a Baptist. He is survived by his wife, Esther McNutt; his mother and step-father, Norman and Irene Hughes of Lawrenceville, Ga.; one son, Stevan McNutt of Floyd; three daughters, Theresa Harris of Floyd, Sandi Eason of Georgia and Alanna Hendrickson of Little Rock; five grandchildren and one step-brother, Mike Gately of Sheridan. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank McNutt.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Vilonia First Baptist Church, with burial in New Floyd Cemetery.


Ruth Peterson Merrill, 96, of Jacksonville passed away May 15. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville and was a registered nurse for Jacksonville doctors until her retirement. She is survived by her son, Hubert M. Merrill and wife, Mae, of Jacksonville; three grandsons; two granddaughters and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack M. Merrill; son, Col. Roland S. Merrill and her sisters, Isabel Peterson and Edith Littlefield.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 2020 West Main, Jacksonville, Ark., 72076 or First Presbyterian Church of Jacksonville, 1208 W. Main, Jacksonville, Ark., 72076 or Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 5600 West 12th St., Little Rock, Ark., 72204.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m, Thursday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St, 758-1170.
Arrangements are by North Little Rock Funeral Home.


Vernon Michael Anderson, Sr., 46, of Jacksonville, died May 30.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Anderson of Jacksonville, his parents; Virgil Jr. and Kathleen Anderson of Brooklyn, N.Y., two sons, one daughter, three brothers, three grandchildren, one nephew, one niece, and other friends and relatives.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Burial will follow in the Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Juanita S. Wood, 86, of Cabot, died May 16. She was born Nov. 11, 1919, to the late Frank and Amy Garner Sisson in Pulaski County. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cabot and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred H. Wood.
Wood is survived by two children, Fred A. Wood and wife Nancy, and Bettye Schelle and husband Bob, all of Cabot and two sisters, Amy Lee Bob of San Antonio, Texas; and Margaret Elizabeth Blaylock of Morrilton. She is also survived by five grandchildren; Lisa Gallogly, Fred A. Wood II, Lara Wood, Jimmy Schelle, and Lori Moix and 10 great grandchildren also survive her.  
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Cabot with burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.


Wanda F. McCoy, 70, of Jacksonville, passed away May 15.  She was born on Oct. 21, 1935, in Davis, Okla., to the late Buck and Lena (Harrison) Harris. Also preceding her in death were her sister, Geraldine Holcomb and nephew, Mike Holcomb both of Sulphur, Okla.
She graduated from Davis High School in Davis, Okla., in 1954 and married her husband Charles on July 1, the same year.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, three daughters; Marla “Susie” McCoy of Jacksonville, Sheila and husband Gene Boser of Cabot, Vickie and husband Wayne High of Cabot; sister and brother-in-law, Velma and Duward Walker of Yukon, Okla.; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Melba Harris of Coleman, Okla., eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nu-merous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel followed by interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends and guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  
The family would like to gratefully thank Baptist Hospice and staff for their kindness and professionalism. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Naomi Dean Hall, 79, of Beebe, passed away May 11, at the home of her daughter, Janice Hughes of Groesbeck, Texas.
She was born Oct. 31, 1926, to Comer Jesse and Pinkie Marie “Belew” Fulks in Antioch. Survivors include three sons, Dewey Lee Middleton and Donnie Ray Middleton, both of Whorton, Texas, Stevie L. Middleton of Waxahachie, Texas; two daughters, Sharon Ann Minter of Balch Springs, Texas and Janice Marie Hughes of Groesbeck, Texas; one sister, Mary Lee Clark of Grand Prairie, Texas; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two nieces, Julie Carlile of Grand Prairie, Texas and Joyce Keen of Midlothian, Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Cleo Hall. Graveside services were held Monday at Antioch Cemetery.