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Monday, July 31, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 07-29-06


Carlotta Jane Rogers McLeod, 54, of Jacksonville passed away July 25. She was the daughter of Stella Rogers and the late Thomas Rogers. Survivors include one daughter, Tina Potts and her fiancé James Cole; one son, Tommy McLeod; three sisters, Joyce Linker and Linda Dickens, both of Greenbrier, and Donna Romine of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Bonnie Potts, Elizabeth Potts and Adam Cole, all of Jacksonville, and two great-grandsons, Caleb and Colby Brackett.

She was a wonderful mother and was loved by her family and will be deeply missed. She lost a fight with cancer at Arkansas Hospice Care Center in North Little Rock. Her family is very grateful for all the loving care and support during her stay at the hospital and the family wants to extend a special thanks to the staff and nurses at Hospice for their dedication to their patients and their families. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Beebe City Cemetery. Arrangements made by Thomas funeral Service in Cabot.


Donald V. White, 63, of Cabot died July 25 in Jacksonville. He was born December 13, 1942, in Cabot to the late Virgil and Mary Tackett White. He was a lifelong resident of Cabot and a truck driver for Jimelco Corporation. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Ronald White. Survivors include four brothers, Kenneth White, James White, Billy White and Bobby White, all of Cabot; one sister, Betty White of Cabot; one grandson, Ronald White and three granddaughters, Mary Madine White, Rhonda White and Brittany White. Services were held July 28 in the chapel of Cabot Funeral Home. Burial was in
Pat Howell Cemetery.


Jeanne G. Beasley, 49, of Cabot died Wednesday in Jacksonville. She was born February 7, 1957, to Betty Bunch Rice of Searcy and the late Edward Eugene. She is survived by her mother, Betty Moran as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and other family and friends. Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the chapel of Cabot Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Concord Cemetery in Furlow.


Lucille Verser Baker, 92, of Lonoke, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend passed away Wednesday. She was born December 11, 1913, in Lonoke, to Earl and Maggie Verser. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Robert H. Baker; one sister, Allene Rauch and two brothers, Earl, Jr. and Jerry Verser.

Survivors include one son, Philip Baker and wife Jenna, of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Patricia Barnett and husband Jim, of North Little Rock; grandchildren, Phillip Baker, II, and wife Wendy, of Tyler, Texas, Elizabeth Currey and husband Jeff, of Dallas, Maggie Dicus and husband Craig, of Montclair, Va., and David Barnett and wife Kim, of North Little Rock; great-grandchildren, who will miss their Oma and Nannie, are Julianne, Laura, Phillip III, Matthew and Joshua Baker, Joseph and Jackson Dicus and Austin Barnett. Also surviving are four sisters, Josephine Bryant, Evelyn Hauk and Martha Chrietzberg of Lonoke and Carolyn Oudin and husband Marc of Little Rock.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lonoke First United Methodist Church, followed by burial in Salem Ceme-tery, nine miles north of Lonoke on Bethlehem Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Pine at Center St, Lonoke Ark.,72086. The family would like to thank the staff at Golden Years Manor, Lonoke and Dr. Diane Wilder and staff at Little Rock Hematology Oncology for their loving concern and attention.


Mary Margaret Griffin, 79, of Austin died July 25. She was a retired manufacturing worker and a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Griffin. She is survived by one daughter, Vickie Joslin of Austin and one son, Ricky Griffin and wife Pam of Ward; one sister, Elaine Weatherly of Cabot; three grandchildren, Stacy Ostraski and husband Mike of Ward, Rocky Joslin of Austin, David Griffin and wife Sara of Beebe, and one great-grandchild; Mackenna Griffin (Little Mack).

Funeral services were held July 28 in the chapel of Cabot Funeral Home with the Rev. Otto Brown officiating. Burial was in the 16th Section Cemetery in Austin.


Melva E. BeCraft, 58, passed away Wednesday. She fought a very long and hard courageous battle. She was a loving wife, caring mother and an astounding nana. She was a member of Hwy. 89 Community Church. Survivors include her husband, Garnett “Lee” BeCraft; one son and his wife, Phillip and wife Laura Morris; two grandsons, Brandon and Aaron; eight sisters, Francis Mitchell, Barbara and husband Ralph Anderson, Kaye and husband Earl Willey, Diane and husband Jerry Turner, Linda Cle-ments, Tammy Mandoza, Kathy Faith and Anna Martin; two brothers, Charles and wife Billie Peach and Paul Scott; closest friends, Jean Turner and Norman Boggs and 27 nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lonoke.


Ruby Pruitt, 86, of Beebe passed away July 22. She was a charter member of First Christian Church of Beebe and was retired from College Inn Restaurant in Beebe. Ruby was a loving and caring person who never met a stranger. She will be missed by everyone who knew her, especially her family which she loved so much. She is survived by two daughters, Paulette Anderson and her husband Jack of Beebe, Naomi Kyzer and her husband Tommy of St. George, Utah; six grandchildren, Tommy Kyzer and his wife Jennifer of Acworth, Ga., Stacy Romines of Moore, Okla., Chris Kyzer and his wife Cuma of Centerton; Shannon Anderson and his wife Jennifer of Beebe, Clinton Pruitt and his wife Jeanie of Dermott, and Larry Pruitt and his wife Alice of Denard; 13 greatgrandchildren, Brittany and Zachary Kyzer, Blake, Garrett and Lauryn Romines, Cameron Kyzer, Brittany, Amber and Shannon Anderson, Jr., Amanda, Rusty, Earl and Elizabeth Pruitt; and a great-great-granddaughter, Julie Pruitt. She was preceded in death by her parents, Moses and Mora Cannon Taylor; her husband, Roy Pruitt; a son, LeRoy Pruitt, Jr.; grandson, Jack Anderson, Jr.; sisters, Mexie Hembrey, Edna Hem-brey, and brother, Houston Taylor.
Funeral services were held July 28 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadowbrook Me-morial Gardens.


Jesse Allen Mizer, 15, of Beebe died July 21. He was born July 7, 1991, in Omaha, Neb., to Rodney and Sujuana Mizer of Beebe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Mizer, II. Survivors include his parents, three sisters, Marquita Moss of McCrory, Crystal Huntsman of Abilene, Texas, and Kimberly Mizer of Beebe; two brothers-in-law, Daniel Moss of McCrory and Shawn Huntsman of Abilene, Texas; and his nephew, Payton Moss of McCory. He is also survived by his grandparents, John and Louise Mizer of Dover, Ohio; Rusty and Nell Davis of Ward and Glenn Marksbury of Omaha. Funeral services were held July 25 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Gladys Nivall Thomas, 83, of Jacksonville passed away Saturday, July 22 at Searcy Healthcare. She was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Atkins, a daughter of the late George Venable and Lillie Mae Johnston Venable. She retired from Pulaski County School District where she worked in the cafeteria. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Jacksonville and the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved her friends and family. She will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by two children, Clinton Earl Thomas and wife Mayfan, of Batesville, Judy Kirsch and husband Jerry of Cabot; two brothers, Oliver Venable of Rus-sellville and Jerry Venable of Mayflower; one sister, Sybil Teague of Atkins; four grandchildren, Clinton Scott Thomas of Texarkana, Shannon Renee Arndt of Daphne, Al., Wesley Hill of Jacksonville, and Jerry Kirsch, Jr., of Long Beach, Calif., and six great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton Leon Thomas, one son and four brothers.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 25, at St. Joe Freewill Baptist Church in Atkins with the Rev. Roy Dale Smith Officiating. Burial was in St. Joe Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Conway. Memorials may be made to First Freewill Baptist Church of Jacksonville, P.O. Box 294, Jack-sonville, Ark. 72078.


Nellie Strayhorn, 83, of North Little Rock, died Tuesday at Springhill Baptist Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock. She was born Sept. 11, 1922, in Beebe to the late Frank Elmer and Clara Elea-nor Lindsey Peterson. She was a longtime resident of North Little Rock and a member of Lynch Drive Assembly of God Church. She is survived by her husband, Herman Strayhorn and two sons, Benny Lammers and Lynn Lammers, both of Beebe; one daughter, Tommie and husband Jerry Heath of Searcy and grandchildren, Honnye and husband Ted Athanasiou of North Little Rock, and Kris and wife Christina Heath and their two children, Ella and Thomas of Jonesboro; two stepdaughters, Linda Baker of North Little Rock and her five children and 13 grandchildren and Peggy and husband Johnny Robinson of Little Rock and their three children and five grandchildren; four sisters, Kaye Martinsen of Long Beach, Calif., Fran Parker of West Covina, Calif., Irma McCann of American Fork, Utah, and Ellen Reid of Frankfort, Ind.; one brother, Don Peterson of Cut Bank, Mont., and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and three sisters. Funeral services were held July 28 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Beebe with Rev. Bill Sims officiating. Burial was in Rest Hills Memorial Park in Sherwood. Ted Athanasiou, Johnny Robinson, Kris Heath, Franklin Strayhorn, Don Cannon and Buddy Powers served as pallbearers.