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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 5-3-06


Mary Louise Burks, 73, of Jacksonville passed away April 30.  She was born on Feb. 8, 1933, in Waverly, Kan., to Walter and Ruth Swenson. She married James O. Burks on April 17, 1953.
Burks was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Alice Jones.
She is survived by her husband; two sisters, Gladys Brashere of Coffeyville, Kan., and Virginia Robinett of Tecumseh, Kan., and two brothers, George W. Swenson of Sun City, Ariz., and J. Elvin Swenson of Cleveland, Mo.
Her memory is cherished by four sons and a daughter and their spouses; Robert O. Burks and his wife, Sandy, of Conway, Dr. Ronald A. Burks and his wife, Debbie, of Lonoke, Richard L. Burks and his wife, Pat, of Cabot, Christopher Jones and his wife, Terry, of Cabot, and Susan McCormick and her husband, Capt. (USN) Sam McCormick of Virginia Beach, Va.  
Close family survivors include 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Jack-sonville. She owned and operated The Hair Loft Beauty Salon in Jacksonville for many years. She was always a positive, happy force in her family’s life. She will be sorely missed not only by her immediate family, but also by her extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, one may give memorial gifts to Arkansas Cancer Research Center — UAMS, 4301 W. Markham, Slot 623, Little Rock, Ark. 72205.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Moore’s Jack-sonville Funeral Home, 1504 Loop Road in Jacksonville.


Nicole “ Nikki “ Megan Parsons, 19, of Cabot passed away April 28.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Chester Parsons. She attended ASU-Beebe.
Survivors include her parents, Craig and Barbara Parsons of Cabot; two brothers, Scott Parsons of Cabot and Jason Daniels of Little Rock; grandparents, Barbara Fomby of Texarkana, John Lowe of Cabot and Patricia Par-sons of Little Rock; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends and love ones.
A private service will be held for the family.  
Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service 713 S. Second St. in Cabot.


Stanley W. Waymire, 56, of Beebe, died April 30. He was an employee of Union Pacific Railroad.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Waymire of Beebe; one son, Shawn Waymire of Carder Lake, Iowa; two daughters, Kelly Way-mire of Beebe and Jamie Waymire of Carder Lake, Iowa; five grandchildren, Micah White, Stanley Waymire, Steven Waymire, Car-son Kyzer and Katie Greenawalt; three brothers, Jimmy Waymire and Lyle Waymire of Omaha, Neb., and Jerry Waymire of Texas, and 24 nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home.


Mildred Louise Sims, 80, of Cabot died April 30.
She was retired from Tillers Nursing Home in Oswego, Ill., and was a member of the Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard C. Sims, Sr.; her parents, Erby and Ellie Smith; her brother, Edmond Smith; her sister, Betty Taylor, and a grandson, Christopher Lents.
She is survived by four sons, Richard Sims, Jr. of Mineola, Texas, Don Sims, Sr. and Edward Sims, Sr., both of Ward, and Jimmy Sims of Gatesville, Texas; one daughter, Shirley Lents of Ward; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Wanda Moody of Beebe and Madie Whittenburg of Carlisle, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial at 2 p.m. Friday at Lincoln Memorial Park, Aurora, Ill.
Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home.


Vernon B. (Papaw) Hallum, 88, went to be with the Lord April 29.
He was a member of Browns-ville Baptist Church, a loving father, grandpa and friend.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marie “Mamaw” Hallum.
Survivors are his sons, Carroll and wife Mary Jane Hallum, Don Hallum, and Wayne and wife Jean Hallum; and daughter, Judith and husband Johnnie Tate, all of Lonoke; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke, with interment at Lonoke Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Brownsville Baptist Church in Lonoke, the American Heart Association or Arkansas Cancer Society.