Leader Blues

Wednesday, May 24, 2006



Merle Nixon Elliott, 101, of Jacksonville, passed away May 23 in Jacksonville.  She was born on Oct. 9, 1905, in Greenbrier to the late Ada M. and Pernecy “Harvey” Nixon. Also preceding her in death, her husband James Bryant Elliott; son, Royce Elliott; two sisters and four brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Joy Elliott of Jacksonville, two grandchildren, James P. Elliott and his wife Sandy, Anthony Elliott, daughter-in-law, Mary Nell Elliott all of Jacksonville; great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Philip Elliott both of Jacksonville.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family extends a special thank you to Odyssey Hospice, Dr. Mitzi Washington, Cindy Jeffers and Betty Jackson. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Harley E. Keister, Sr., 97, of Jacksonville, died May 22 in Little Rock. He was born Nov. 2, 1908, in Ohio to the late George and Elizabeth Pearl Bolick Keister.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marie Clair Keister, infant son, Harold, six brothers, and one sister.  Harley served in WW II in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Wildcat.  
Survivors include his children; Cecil Keister of Jacksonville, Harley “Sonny” Keister, Jr. of Jacksonville, Clarence Keister of Rogers, Hazel Wylie of Cabot, Patsy Hall of Jacksonville and Faye Little of North Little Rock, sister, Mary Davison of North Little Rock, brother, John Keister of Jacksonville, 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., today.  Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Arrangements by Moore’s Jack-sonville Funeral Home.  


Mary Emma Knapp, 80, of Jacksonville, went to be with the Lord on May 19 in North Little Rock.  She was born Aug. 30, 1925, in Centerville, Iowa to Ross and Ruby Walker McElderry.  
She was a member of Maddox Road Baptist Church. Her father, her husband, Robert E. Knapp, a brother Jerry McElderry of Des Moines, Iowa, precede her in death.
Survivors include her mother, Ruby L. McElderry; son Doyle Wayne Knapp and his wife Diana, two brothers; Robert McElderry and his wife Elizabeth of Jacksonville, and Bernard McElderry of Moses Lake; two sisters, Marge Dullard of Jacksonville, and Beaulah A. Story, and her husband Ray of Shell Knob, Mo.; five grandchildren, Kathy Knapp of Rochester, Mass., Wayne and Jeffrey Knapp of Fall River, Mass., and Christopher and Benjamin Knapp of Rochester Mass., many nieces and nephews. Services were held Monday at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Interment will follow at Stanfield Cemetery. Arrange-ments under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


David Charles “Chuck” Vincent, 43, of McRae, went to be with the Lord on May 19. He is survived by his mother, Sue Bevill Vincent of McRae, a brother, Martin and wife April of Beebe, three sisters, Rebecca Goodman, Donna Kennedy and husband David of Searcy, Julie Shelby and husband Michael of Senatobia, Miss., and six nieces, four nephews and one grandniece.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Vincent and a brother Jordon Vincent. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe with burial in Antioch Cemetery.


Barbara E. “Bobbie” Hefner, passed away May 20. She was born June 30, 1932.
She was a Presbyterian by faith. Surviving her are her three sons Ray and wife Karen of Beebe, Lynn and wife Lynn of Cabot, Keith and wife Missy of Van Buren; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dueward, and infant daughter, Judy Ann. Graveside services were held Tuesday at Antioch Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Associa-tion, 212 National Resources Drive, Little Rock, Ark. 72205.