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Thursday, August 17, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 08-16-06

Richard Swint 
Richard Wayne ‘Tiny’ Swint, 58, died Aug. 10.

He was a long-time citizen of the Woodlawn Community in Lonoke County, a machinist by trade, and an avid outdoorsman.
He was a member of Chambers Baptist Church and a 1967 graduate of Lonoke High School.

Preceding him in death were his parents, William and Lola Swint; a sister, Shirley Swint Bennett, and one great-nephew, Gage Swint Goodman.

Survivors include three brothers, Charles and wife, Felecia Swint, Marshall Swint and Rickey and wife, Kim Swint; sister, Lola Swint; six nephews, two nieces and six great-nephews.

Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Brownsville Cemetery.


Thresa Vines
Thresa Schiermeyer Vines, 77, of Cabot passed away Aug. 11.

She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Schiermeyer, Sr.; son, Jeff Schiermeyer and daughter, Peggy Watson.
She is survived by her daughter, Becky Ransom and husband, Ron; son, Bob Schiermeyer and wife, Rebecca, all of Cabot; sister, Evelyn Harrell, of Westminister, Va.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and her special companion, Pepper.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Zion Hill Baptist Church.

Burial will be in Sumner Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock, Ark. 72204.


Justin Davis
Justin Wayne Davis, 18, of Cabot, passed away Aug. 9.

He was born July 20, 1988 in North Little Rock to Travis “Wayne” Davis, Jr., and Jeani Lin Tausan Davis of Cabot.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather Travis Wayne “Butch” Davis, Sr.; one uncle, Gary Davis; four great-grandmothers and three great-grandfathers.

In addition to his parents, he s survived by three brothers, Brandon, Dylin and Sawyer Davis; and one sister, Hannah Davis, all of Cabot; paternal grandmother, Evelyn “Carol” Davis of Cabot; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Linda Tausan of Ogallala, Neb.; maternal great-grandfather, Dewayne Mag-nuson of Ogallala, Neb., numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Aug. 14 at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service of Cabot.


Jerrell McKay
Jerrell Edwin “Cotton” McKay, 72, of Jacksonville, passed away Aug. 11 in Little Rock.

He was born April 2, 1934, to the late Jess and Nellie Liles McKay in Antioch.

He was a master horseman as well as a master electrician.

Survivors include his sons, Jim and wife, Carol McKay, and Jerry McKay, all of Jacksonville; one brother, James McKay of El Paso; three grandchildren, Jordan, Tracy and Cory McKay; nieces and nephews, Harry McKay, Ann Mc-Kay, John McKay, Jim “Bubba” McKay and Melissa McKay, and numerous other friends and family including his best friend Frank “Boomer” Kendall.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Arkansas Hospice and Melisa for all of the kind care and support they provided.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer society.

Funeral services were held Aug. 15 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.


Evelyn Harris
Evelyn Lucille Harris, 90, of Cabot passed away Aug. 13 at the Arkansas Hospice Center in North Little Rock.

She was born November 28, 1915, in Chaffee, Mo.

She was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot.

She was a graduate of St. Ambrose High School in Chaffee. In 1934, she was married to Ralph Stanley Harris. During the 1950’s she advocated equal education rights and spent the rest of her life as a homemaker raising several generations of children.

She loved to sew, cook, play bridge, fish and volunteered her time and skills to many causes and organizations through the years.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Ava and Alvin Papin; her brothers, Lewis “Bud” and Joe Papin; her sister, Alvina Schwaller; and her sons, William Eugene “Gene” and Brian Carlton Harris.

She will be deeply missed by her grandchildren, Chris Harris of Little Rock, Sandy Pearson, Kelly Coughlin and Kristen “Kish” Gardner; seven great-grandchildren, all of Cabot; three nieces, Pat Birkholz of Foristel, Mo., Sara Armellini of Eureka Springs, Janet Sharp of Salt Lake City, Utah, and two nephews, Dan Powell Melton of Jonesboro and Darrell Melton of Tennessee.

A memorial service was held Aug. 15 at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice Center or Potluck Food Rescue.


Minnie Thomason
Minnie Christine Moore Thomason, 81, of Lonoke, died Saturday.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lelon Thoma-son; her parents, Agnes Terry Moore Hester and Thurman Moore; her stepfather, John Thomas Hester; three brothers, Harold, Cecil, and Robert Moore; two sisters, Jessie Pearl Moore and Elizabeth Moore Hester; one grandson, Wade Finley, Jr.; and nephews, Robert Dean Hester and Jerry Don Moore.

Survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Diana and Wade Finley, and Kathy and Tommy Franks, all of Lonoke; two grandsons, John Franks of Little Rock and Joe Franks of Lonoke; two granddaughters, Dawn Tir-man of San Anselmo, Calif., and Lesley Faulkner of Little Rock, granddaughter-in-law, Amy Finley; two great-grandsons, Collin Tirman and Wade Finley III; one great-granddaughter, Skye Tirman; two sisters, Ann Pepper and Bess Campbell; one sister-in-law, Dorsie Moore; seven nieces and four nephews.

She is also survived by her late husband’s nieces and nephews, who have been devoted to her since his death in 1997.

She was born on April 5, 1925, at Plainview, but spent the majority of her life in north Lonoke County. She and her husband were dairy farmers in the Wattensaw community for many years. She was known to say that her talent, she guessed, was milking cows. Sewing was also a great talent of hers.

She was a member of Watten-saw Baptist Church for more than 50 years and taught Sunday School class for more than 20 years.

She and her husband lived on the same farm for 57 years. Their home was the site of many family reunions and was a virtual “coffee shop” to the entire community for many years, especially during deer season.

In 2004, she sold her farm and moved to Lonoke. Although her health was failing, she especially enjoyed the services at the Lonoke Library.

Funeral services were held at Wattensaw Baptist Church in Lonoke. Burial was in Wattensaw Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Wattensaw Baptist Church 7300 Hwy 31 N., Lonoke, Ark., 72086.


Mitchell Stuart
Mitchell Cranford “Mitch” Stuart, 46, of Beebe, passed away Aug. 12.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jess and Nora Bailey Stuart; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Bailey of Beebe, and Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Stuart of Tampa, Fla.

He is survived by a son, Ben Stuart of Beebe; aunts, Polly Simmons and Marie Hobby of Sherwood, and Icy Hubbard of Beebe; uncle, Glen Bailey of Lewisville; special cousins, David and Sissy Branch of Beebe and a host of other close cousins, work-mates, church family and a special friend, Terry Westfall of Gravel Ridge.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Mt. Bethel Cemetery at Rose Bud.


Robert Thomas
Robert Jim Thomas, 81, of North Little Rock, died Aug. 13.

He is survived by one son, Robert Kent Thomas and wife, Joan of North Little Rock; two brothers, Russell Thomas and Joe Bob Thomas, and two sisters, Pauline Luebe and Mattie Armstrong.

Private graveside services will be held in Monk Cemetery.


Fermon Kelley
Fermon Coy Kelley, 72, of Plano, Texas, formerly of Jack-sonville, passed away after a long struggle with respiratory disease on Aug. 13 in Plano.

He was born October 27, 1933 in La Delle, to the late Martin Fermon Kelley and Tommie Deal Kelley.

He was a self-employed contractor, a 30-year member of Local 665, a member at First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville and an Air Force Korean War Veteran.

His brother, Thomas Lane also preceded him in death.

Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Margie Kelley, of Plano; one son, Allan Coy Kelley and wife, Alicia of Springfield, Mo., two daughters, Brenda A. Wells and husband, David of Springfield, and Marsha E. Parr of Plano; grandchildren, Brandy Parr, Cameron Wells, Bridgette Wells, Colton Kelley, Conner Kelley and Alexandra Kelley, and one brother, Michael Lane.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 17, at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with Rev. Wendell Dorman and Dr. Carol Goddard officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Hills Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville.