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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 06-28-06

James McLean

James Dewey McLean, 38, of Cabot, went to be with the Lord on June 24. He was born Jan. 28, 1968 in Little Rock to Dewey and Barbara McLean.

He was preceded in death by his father Dewey “Sonny” McLean; grandparents, Henry McLean and Gertrude McLean Henderson and Antone Valentine.

He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Traci Gills McLean and one son, Devin McLean, both of the home; his mother, Barbara Mc-Lean; one sister, Barbara and husband David Wilson, all of Cabot; one brother, Brian and wife Melinda McLean of Jacksonville; his godparents, Paul and Peggy Fulford of North Little Rock; his father-in-law James Gills, sister-in-law, Kristi and husband Greg Gibson all of Cabot; brother-in-law, Michael and wife Jill Gills of Utah; nieces and nephews, Brandon and Kristi Wilson, Page, Jared and Emily Gibson and Lyra Gills; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and beloved friends.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Old Austin Baptist Church on Hwy. 38 in Cabot.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Olga Stroud

Olga Stroud of Beebe went home to be with the Lord on June 25 at the age of 74.

Stroud, who loved her Lord first and her family second, was born Feb. 10, 1932, at Turtle Creek, Penn., to Louis and Anna Vranich. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her husband, Robbie Stroud; two sons, John Stroud and his wife Connie, and Robbie Stroud and his wife Denise; and two grandchildren, Riley Stroud and Heather Stroud, all of Beebe.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Westbrook Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.


Lillian Jessome

Lillian Elizabeth Burley Jessome, 84, of Beebe, went to be with the Lord on June 26. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank A. Jessome and more recently, by her mother, Katie Mae Burley, 101 years old, who was lovingly cared for by Lillian until her death. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Koch and Lucille Webb, both of Little Rock.

She is survived by one loving daughter, Cheryl Jean Maack, who accompanied her mother, aunt, and uncle on many trips to Orange Beach, Ala., and Estes Park, Colo., where they loved sightseeing and just being together. She is also survived by twin grandsons, Robert Allen Maack and wife Autumn, of Cabot, and John Michael Maack and wife Kara, of Sherwood; three beautiful great-grandchildren, Ash-lynne Kate, Abigail Marie, and Carter Joseph; two sisters, Naomi Kemp of Beebe, and Jeanette and husband Ernie Wild, of Hot Springs; one brother, Fred and wife Dolores Burley of Oklahoma; special daughter Vanda Gatlin John-son; a host of loving nieces and ne-phews; and many loving friends and neighbors.

She had many friends and enjoyed being a member of The Ageless Divas chapter of the Red Hat Club for the past three years.
She was born in Ozark and moved to Little Rock when she was 8 years old. She worked for the telephone company until retirement after 27 years. She was a member of Beebe First United Methodist Church and formerly a long-time member of Lifeline Baptist Church in Little Rock. Although Lillian’s family and friends mourn her death and will miss her greatly, they celebrate the life she lived and the Christian example she set.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Beebe First United Methodist Church.

Graveside service and entombment will be held at 2:30 p.m.. Thursday at Pinecrest Cemetery, Little Rock by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 North University, Little Rock, Ark., 72207 or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 247, Beebe, Ark., 72012.


Katie Dean

Katie Mae Dean, 93, of Cabot died June 20 in Searcy. She was born April 20, 1913, in Cabot to the late Louis Harper Baker and Genettia Isadora Baker. She was a homemaker and the oldest living member of Mountain Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar David Dean; three children, infant twins, infant daughter, Paulette Dean; a grandson, David Stutzman; two brothers, George W. Baker, Mon-roe Baker, and two sisters, Sa-vanna Dillard and Nettie Mize.

She is survived by eight children, Bobbie Stanley and Cora Guess, both of Cabot, Leland Da-vidson of Austin, Marcine Stutz-man of Ward, Dale Dean of Chino Hills, Calif., Phyllis Dean of Cabot, Michael Dean of Norwalk, Calif., and Sharon Studler of Cabot.  

She is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and countless nieces, ne-phews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were June 23 at Mountain Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Donnie Hines and Dr. J. Roland Spears officiating. Burial followed at Mountain Springs Cemetery under the direction of Cabot Funeral Home.


Charles Gernold

Charles Kirwan Gernold passed away on June 23 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born May 7, 1937, in Helena, Mont., to Charles and Marie Kirwan Gernold.  

When he was 4-years-old, the family moved to Seattle, Wash. He was raised in the Catholic faith, and attended Catholic schools thru the eighth grade.

In 1953 the family moved to Los Angeles, and he graduated from University High School and received an associate degree in business from Santa Monica Junior College.

He was a driver for UPS for 13 years after which he worked several jobs.

He met his wife of 28 years, Pat Wingate Leigh in Arkansas in July 1977. In July 1978, they moved to the San Francisco area for Pat’s job with the VA.

The next year they relocated to the Miami area, and after 16 months, moved to Los Angeles.

He retired from the Simi Valley, Calif., School District in March 1995.

In early 1995 they moved to Arkansas to be close to Deborah Blackiston and her family.  He shared many good times with the three grandsons attending school and sport activities.  He loved all sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Pat and Ethel Wingate and stepson Avery Leigh.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; stepdaughter, Deborah and husband, Robert Blackiston and their three sons, Josh, John and Matt.

He has one sister, Kaye Perram and two nieces of Los Angeles; one aunt, Dorothy Gernold Traver of San Francisco, and a special cousin, Kittie Ann Taaler of Sidney, Neb.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Kidney Foun-dation of Arkansas, P.O. Box 453, Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1023, Cabot, Ark. 72023.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Cabot Funeral Home with arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home.