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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 06-06-06


U.S. Army Specialist Bobby Russell West, 23, of Beebe was killed May 30, while serving in Iraq. He attended Beebe High School.

He is survived by his father, Ricky West of Carlisle; his mother, Linda Wiggins West of Beebe; one brother, Patrick West, stationed with the Ar-my in Iraq; grandmother, Syble West of Car-lisle; aunts, Marge Liddle of North Little Rock, Marcella Wiggins of Little Rock, Marie Smith of Alabama and Jan Anderson of Carlisle; and uncle, Leonard Wig-gins of Searcy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Beebe First Baptist Church, with burial in Meadow-brook Memorial Gardens by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

Memorials may be made to National Guard Family Assistance, 6402 Missouri Avenue, Bldg. 6402, North Little Rock, Ark., 72199.


Virtree Peeler, 79, of Cabot, was born Aug. 1, 1926, at Beebe to Arthur and Rosie Wilson Moss. She passed away June 3.

She was a Baptist and was retired from Remington Arms. She was preceded in death by her husband, O.D. Peeler Jr. and her parents. She is survived by son, James Peeler of Cabot; daughters, Glenda Achten and Dianne Cathey and husband, Mark all of Mau-melle; her sister, Tempie Wells of Indio, California; grandchildren, Angie Heffner and husband Bobby of Romance, Stephanie Cathey of Little Rock, Sara Servin and husband Luis of San Antonio, Texas, and Matthew Peeler of North Carolina; great-grandchildren, Bobby Heffner, Jr. and Emmalee Heffner both of Romance.

Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe with burial in Old Austin Cemetery.


Ray Benard Sturgis II, 17, of Jacksonville died June 3.
He was born Sept. 1, 1988, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, to Ray B., and Tyres Garland Sturgis, Sr.

He was a student at North Pulaski High School where he was a member of the chorus choir. He was a member of St. Luke’s Baptist Church in Jacksonville. He was a former member and served on the usher board at Mt. Olive Mission-ary Baptist Church in Lebanon, Illinois.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, O’Donnis K. Garland of De Kalb, Texas, and sister, Eboné C. Sturgis, all of Jacksonville; maternal grandparents; Jerrie D. and Donald K. Garland of De Kalb, Texas, and great-grandfather, Isaac Whitaker, Jr. of De Kalb, Texas. Other survivors in-clude his aunts, Pennie V. Jackson of Lancaster, Texas, Donna J. Lamar of Victorville, Calif., La-Honda Boyd and Juanita Garland both of Ft. Worth, Texas, Ellawees (Terry) Jones of El Dorado, Joy Andrews and Betty Usher, both of Camden, Helen Stanley and Emily Young, both of Las Vegas; uncles; Robert Sturgis of Rockford, Ill., Terry (Annette) Sturgis and Lavelle Sturgis, both of El Dorado, Stacy Boyd of Fort Worth, Texas, Ronald Lamar of Victorville, Calif.; great uncle, Peter Butler of Sagi-naw, Michigan; great aunt, Gertha Butler of Camden; and his best friend, Yoshi.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s Baptist Church in Jacksonville Baptist Church with Rev. Eric Alexander officiating.  

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.   Interment will follow at Garland Community Cemetery in De Kalb, Texas. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Faye Kulsa, 90, of McRae, was born Dec. 12, 1915, in Timbo, to John and Amanda Ward Good-win, and she joined her husband, Pete, son John, daughter Carol and sister Blanche on June 3.

She attended First Baptist Church, McRae. She loved spending time with her family and always had a story to tell. Faye and her stories will be greatly missed.

Faye leaves four grandchildren, John Kulsa, Brian Weston, Matt Oldham and Lisa Petriches; four great-grandchildren and a nephew, David Gibbs.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadow-brook Memorial Gardens, Beebe.


Mary Elizabeth Akin, 91, of North Little Rock passed away June 5. She was born April 25, 1915, to the late Eagle Walker and Alice Marie Baker Walker.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James K. Akin and her son, James W. Akin.

She is survived by her son William “Billy” Akin of Jacksonville, grandsons, James and wife Kathy Akin, and Chris Akin of Antioch; nieces, Jimme Lou and husband Harry Hulett of North Little Rock, Dianne Wilson of Sherwood; and nephew Tom and wife Susan of Tucson, Ariz.

The family appreciates the care provided by the nursing staff at Woodland Hills in Jacksonville and Arkansas Hospice.

The family requests no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville.

Arrangements are by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock.


On June 2, Jacqueline Hazel Keefover of Jacksonville joined her husband Cecil and other family in heaven at the age of 90. She is preceded in death by her mother Gertrude, father Homer, brothers Bill, John and Frank and sisters Lucille and Irma.

She loved bingo, jigsaw puzzles and sci-fi movies. She was an independent spirited outspoken wo-man until her last moments. She loved to go out to eat with her friends and have spaghetti dinners with her family. Christmas was her favorite holiday because she had everyone she loved in one room.

In her last days sick in bed when a relative asked Jackie what she was doing Jackie simply replied, “I’m playing bingo!”

Her family takes comfort in the fact that she is playing bingo with family in heaven now waiting for the rest of us to join the game.

She leaves behind her sister, Helen and her brother, Donald; her daughter Carla Nolen and husband Jim; her son, Chuck Keefover and wife Kathy. Jackie was also blessed with grandchildren, Chris and wife Casey, Jamie and fiancé Ricky, Chase, Lauren, CJ, Ben, Anna, Michael and great grandson Jacob. Many friends will remember Jackie including Edith, Daisy, Ted, Quida and Frank.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Floyd Hines Jr. officiating.
Interment followed in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Denise Fuhrman, 66, of Jack-sonville, passed away June 1 at her home. Denise Schwartz Fuhrman was born in Napoleon, N.D., the daughter of Jacob and Bertha (Schauer) Schwartz.

She was raised in Dawson, N.D., and graduated from Dawson High School in 1957. After graduation, she moved to Fargo, N.D., where she was employed with Northwest Bell Telephone Company.

On June 17, 1961, she married Duane Fuhrman in San Francisco. She worked for many years as a dental assistant, then went on to get her LPN. At the time of her death, she was employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in North Little Rock for more than 20 years.

She was an avid bowler and rarely missed a National Bowling Tournament. She loved to travel and lived in and visited many parts of the United States. She cherished her grandchildren and included them in her many trips to North Dakota where she loved to spend her weekends with her husband, children and grandchildren at their lake home in Greers Ferry.

She is preceded in death by her father, Jacob Schwartz; mother and father-in-law Theodore and Marie Fuhrman; and brothers-in-law Vern Bahm, Harold Bullis and Robert Morton.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Darin and wife, Lisa; daughter, Dana and husband, Scotty; two grandchildren, Danielle Fuhrman and Jake Otto; her mother Bertha Schwartz of Bismark, N.D.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Ar-land Grunseth of Bismark, N.D., Calista Bahm of Mandan, N.D., Louise and husband, Dick Lawson of Fort Collins, Colo.; one brother, Dale and wife, Pam Schwartz of Mandan, N.D., three sisters-in-law, Arlene Morton of Houston, Dolores Bullis of Fargo, N.D., and Janice and husband, Jim Lahman of Bismark, N.D.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Griffin Leggett Funeral Home-Rest Hill Chapel in North Little Rock, officiated by Tim McMinn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 909 W. 12th St., Little Rock, Ark. 72201.
Arrangements were by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock.


Dawn Yvette Landrum of Jacksonville born Sept. 4, 1965, died and went to be with her grandparents, Louise and Charlie Webb and uncle, Lewis A. Webb on June 3.

She is survived by her mother, Janie Lavonne Webb Mistric and her mother’s husband, Tim, and her father, Clarence Richard Land-rum and wife JoAnn; her sister, Delores Wil-son and husband Jeff and her best friend Carla Holmes.

She is also survived by two nephews, Nick Page and Marcus Holmes; two nieces, Melody Page and Jennifer McKinzie; grandniece Elizabeth “Bubbles” McKinzie; uncles, Charlie F. Webb and wife, Martha, John Webb and wife, Angie; aunts, M.R. Long and husband, Richard, Beverly Parker, and Helen Campbell and husband, Michael.

She also leaves behind her special friend Glenn Hollis and many other cousins and friends. She will be missed by all. A private memorial was held Sunday.