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Monday, August 07, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 08-05-06

Clinton Smith
Clinton “Popeye” Smith, 74, of Cabot, passed away July 29, after a three year battle with prostate cancer.

He was born April 4, 1932, in Lake Village, a son of the late Melvin Henry Smith and Jimmie Velma Brown Smith.

His family moved to Little Rock, where he met and married his wife of 56 years, Virginia Rhea Smith.

He attended elementary school at Pfifer and Kramer Junior High at Eastside in Little Rock and Nashville. In 1948, he at-tended high school in Elaine, while working with his dad to build a cotton gin. He helped the Elaine High School Pan-thers football team of 1949 go undefeated. He loved attending his school re-unions every other year.

The family moved to Altheimer in 1949.

He joined the Air Force in 1950. In December he and Virginia were married and their lives expanded to four continents and several states. He proudly served 24 years of his life in the military, most of it in the Army Security Agency.

He retired as a SFC in 1976. After retiring he attended UALR receiving a bachelor of science degree in education. In 1981 he also received a four year degree in metalurgy while living in Michigan from 1955 to 1959. He also attended school in England for servicing bowling alleys and taught Junior ROTC at White Hall Junior High from 1955-1959 and Senior High School 1981 until retiring in 1994. Clinton loved sports and he traveled all over the world during his military career playing fast pitch softball.

His love for music of all kinds has been a special comfort and joy to him. This love of music was passed on to his children. He loved to play pinochle and taught himself how to play bridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Patricia Renee Smith, and two brothers, John Henry Smith and William Oscar Smith.

Survivors include his two sons, whom he dearly loved, Clinton Stewart Smith, Jr., and his wife, Margaret, of Oklahoma, Douglas Henry Melvin Smith of Fayette-ville; two daughters, Melissa Ann and husband Dr. John Hampton, III, of Little Rock and Diana Rhea Fitzgerald of Cabot; his sisters, Wilma Lee Brimer of Mabelvale, Annie Bell Gicante of Little Rock, Meveline Schooley of Nashville and Vilma Josephine Allred of Pine Bluff; brothers, Herman Lee Smith of Cabot, John Lee Smith of Sherwood, Jimmie Lauren Smith of White Hall; all of his grandchildren who were very special to him, Virginia “Ginnie” Austin, Le Tricia “Trish’ McNamara, Patrick Smith, Nicholas Fitzgerald, Clinton Clark Smith, Jacquelyn Tracy Smith, Christopher “Chris” Smith, Seon Fitzgerald and Christopher Cody Akers; eight great-grandchildren, many sister- and brother-in-laws and friends all over the world through out his life.

He was loved and admired for his sensse of humor and helping others. He was Baptist and showed his faith through his gentle love of others.

Services were held Aug. 2 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Chapel in North Little Rock, with Pastor Harold O’Bryan officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, Ark. 72203.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who devotedly took care of him at Arkansas Oncology Associates, UAMS, Springhill Baptist Hospital, family members, neighbors and First Baptist Church members who showed the Christian faith through prayers, visits and food.

Fredia Faucett
Fredia Marcella Faucett, 79, of Jacksonville died Aug. 2.

She was born May 14, 1927, in Lonoke County to the late Sam Walls and Vida Brooks Jarry.  

She was also preceded in death by daddy, Marion Luther “Kip” Jarry and a brother, Marion Leon Jarry.  

She formerly worked in quality control for Regal Club Products.  She loved to garden and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Morris Luther “Bud” Faucett of Jacksonville; sister, Elsie Jarry of Plano, Texas; four nieces, two nephews, five great-nieces, four great-nephews, three great-great-nieces and two great-great-nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with the Rev. Tim Carter officiating.

Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.  

Michael Oldham
Michael Wayne Oldham, 52, of Jacksonville passed away Thursday at Rebsamen Medical Center in Jacksonville.
He was born Nov. 8, 1953 in De-witt, to Ralph and Yurba Hedden Oldham.

He graduated from John F. Ken-nedy High School in Agana, Guam. He served more than 25 years in the Navy until retiring in 1997.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his parents; fiancée, Marie Jones of Jackson-ville; daughter, Sabrina Oldham of Cabot; two sons, Paul and Scott Oldham, both of Pennsylvania; brother, David Oldham of Jack-sonville, several aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 5 p.m. today at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. today before the service.

The family suggests memorials be sent to the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.