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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 06-14-06

Donald Griggs
Donald Lynn Griggs, DDS, 54, of Jacksonville died June 11.

He was born July 26, 1951, in Jacksonville, son of Gladys M. Dunham Griggs and the late Gus S. Griggs. He was a graduate of Jacksonville High School, University of Arkansas and University of Tennessee-Memphis Dental School. He was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church, a player for the Methodist Men’s softball team and an administrative board member as well as a member of the Building Committee of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Pat-rice Griggs; mother, Gladys Marie Griggs; two daughters, Kristen Danielle Griggs and Kirby Dawn Griggs; a son, Bradley Kyle Griggs, all of Jacksonville; two brothers, Kenneth Griggs and his wife Sue of Hot Springs Village and Frank Griggs and his wife Kim of Moores-ville, N.C.; a sister, Fran Honeycutt and her husband Bill of Little Rock, and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with Rev. Wendall Dorman officiating.  
Pallbearers are Kenny Elliott, Mack McAlister, Mike Fisher, Terry Toney, Mike Traylor, Leon Nolen, Jeff Welch and Danny Moore.  Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Youth Group and Jacksonville Youth Baseball Association.


Marigene Wright

Marigene Howell Wright, 89, died June 12. She was a member of Lonoke First United Methodist Church and a retired school teacher of 28 years.

Survivors include her sons, Randy Wright and wife Terrie of Lonoke and Howell Wright and wife J’Ann of Estes Park, Colorado; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Lonoke First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Lonoke Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. The family will receive friends Thursday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lonoke First United Methodist Church.


Margie Lou Hunsucker

Margie Lou Hunsucker, 74, of Cotton Plant, Memphis, Tenn., and lately of Beebe, died June 12. She was born Oct. 8, 1931, the first daughter of Charles Henry and Jettie Rich Hunsucker.

She attended school for 12 years in Cotton Plant, graduating May 26, 1949.

She, along with other members of her family, was an accomplished cotton picker at the age of six and went on to hold several jobs during her school years such as store clerk, cashier, and ticket seller at the local theatre. She participated in school activities, sang in a sextet, played in piano recitals, lettered in basketball four years and was a cheerleader.
She went to Memphis in 1951, where she was employed by J.C. Bradford Stock Exchange for seventeen years and Morgan Keegan Investments for thirty years, retiring as a vice president.

In 1999, she moved to Beebe, where she owned a home and had family. She had been a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and enjoyed membership in the First Security Walking Club of Beebe.
She lost her battle with cancer, but she fought valiantly.

She is survived by her brother, Charles A. Hunsucker, of Kerrville, Texas; sisters Zona Norwood and Wanda Woods; brothers-in-law Ira Norwood and Richard Woods; a nephew, Charles Woods and wife Kelly, and their children Garrett and Jettie, all of Beebe; and a niece, Tammie Covington and husband Cleve and their daughter, Leann, of Mt. Vernon.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at Cotton Plant First United Methodist Church, with burial in Cotton Plant Cemetery, by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.


Martha Bradberry

Martha Bradberry, 84, of Little Rock passed away June 10. Born June 12, 1921, in Beebe, she was the daughter of A. G. and Gertrude Rogers. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her son Jim Bradberry and wife Mary Jo and granddaughter, Alison of Little Rock. She has one brother, Hoben Rogers and wife Nancy of Lindsey, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace; her parents; a brother, A. G. Rogers and two special sisters, Kathleen Knox and Elaine Horton.

The family extends a deep appreciation to her caregivers at Baptist Medical Center and Pleasant Valley Living Center.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial at Beebe Cemetery.