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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 08-30-06


Edwin C. Moran, 86, of Austin passed away Aug. 27, in Cabot. He was born Aug. 16, 1920, to the late John C. and Lucille Hayley Moran.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lynn Heffner Moran, the mother of his children, and his second wife, Mary Grant Moran; four children, Peggy Chamblee, Harold, Tommy and Bobby Moran; three brothers, Cecil, Eugene and John Raymond Moran; one sister, Betty Moran Murphree.

Survivors include one daughter, Louise Simmons and husband Greg of Austin; two sons, Gary and wife Beverly and Raymond Moran of Corsicana, Texas; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Wanda Moran DeBusk and husband David of Heber Springs; daughter-in-law, Gail Moran, widow of Harold Moran, of Corsicana, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was of Southern Baptist faith and taught adult men Sunday school classes for 25 years. He also worked with the music program at the Oak Grove Baptist Church for a number of years and volunteered at the Woodlawn Senior Citizen Center.
He was a lifetime member of the Cabot Masonic Lodge. He was a retired dairy farmer and spent several years driving a school bus for the Cabot School District. He was an avid quail hunter and fisherman. The family wishes to thank his loving and devoted caregivers, Louise and Greg Simmons, Trey Simmons, Christie Abbott and Beth Moran for their constant care during his lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oak Grove First Baptist Church in Austin by Westbrook Funeral Home.
A Masonic burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Oak Grove First Baptist Church, 500 Oak Grove Road, Austin, 72007 or Cabot Animal Shelter, Cabot, 72023.


Little Miss Amy Jo Lynn Conklin, 20-months-old, of Ward passed away on Monday, Aug. 21.  She was born Dec. 10, 2004, to Dennis and Starla Dodson Conklin in Little Rock. She is survived by her parents; brothers, Anthony, Nathan and Dennis Jr.; sisters, Alexis and Demi-nica; grandparents, grandma and grandpa Conklin, grandma Pam, grandma and grandpa Dodson; great-grandparents, grandma Jean, grandma Linda, grandma Dodson and grandpa LaFallette; aunts, Amy, Amanda, Jodi, Melody, Cindy, Jeanna; uncles, Brandon, John William, Tiger, Dudey, Jeff, Danny, Josh and Troy; great aunts, Linda, Vickie, Martha, Judy, Lala, Shelby, and Ruby; great uncles, Rodney, Corey, Ronnie, Donnie, Jeff, Craig, Clyde Jr., and Johnny; and 14 cousins.  She is also survived by many second cousins and great-great aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandpa Dodson, great-grandpa Mickey, great-grandpa and great-grandma Conklin, great-great-Grandma Marie, cousin Kyle Dodson, and great-great Grandma Wheeler. Services were held Aug. 24, at Cabot Funeral Home with the Rev. E. Thomas Jordan officiating.  Burial was in Cato Cemetery.


First Sergeant Ret. Jerry Donald Pendergrass, 66, of Jacksonville, passed away Aug. 21 after a long illness. He was born on May 2, 1940, in Biscoe, to the late William Abner and Athena Petty Pendergrass.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, William H. Pendergrass. He was a 24-year Army veteran who served during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his loving wife, Robbie Canfield Pendergrass; special sister-in-law, Faye Pendergrass; sister, June Cox of Biscoe, and children Erwin, Brigitte and husband John, Christine and husband Billy Jack, Gary and wife Tanja and four step-children, Kevin Canfield of Jacksonville, Kelly Canfield of Maumelle, Susan Canfield Tharp of Jacksonville and Chris Canfield of Jacksonville; 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 24 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Carol Goddard officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.

A special appreciation to the medical staff of Springhill Baptist for their kindness, loving care and support they provided to his family. He loved his family first and the family was his life.


Katherine Roe Martin, 90, of Beebe, formerly of North Little Rock, passed away Aug. 25. She was a Baptist and a seamstress for Tuff-Nut for many years.

Survivors include nieces, Kerri McCrary and husband Patrick, Delma and husband J.C., Kim Markle and husband Jeff; nephew, Bill Martin and wife Lota; granddaughter, Danna Jo Martin; grandson, Joey Martin and several great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be Sept. 2 at Bishop Griffin Funeral Home in Greenbrier with the Rev. Ricky Burroughs officiating.
A special thank you to Beebe Retirement Center for all their love and care for Aunt Kat.


James David Poe, 56, of Beebe passed away Thursday, Aug. 24. He was born September 16, 1949, in Sheridan, to Joseph K. and Ruby Cramer Poe. He was a long-time printer, having worked at Capital Printing for thirty years and currently was employed by The Peerless Group.

He is survived by his wife, Faye Sanders Poe; son Stephen Poe, currently serving in the U.S. Army in Tal-Afar, Iraq; daughter, Cortney Poe of Beebe; two brothers Joe Poe, Jr. of Little Rock and Bryan Poe of Fayetteville; three sisters, Ruby Briley and Deborah Poe Wenzel, both of Beebe and Sally Mays of Roland; his father-in-law, Ellis Sanders, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, his dog Coby and grand-dog Corky.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 29, at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadow-brook Memorial Gardens.


Sybil McPherson Abbott, 86, died on Aug. 23, from leukemia. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of Zion Hill Baptist Church for 71 years, where she had served as church clerk for 36 years and Sunday school teacher for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Lewis Abbott; a daughter Judy Kay Teague; her parents, Walter and Ada Mc-Pherson; two sisters and 4 brothers.

She is survived by her son Toney and wife Carolyn; daughter Vicki and husband Robert Humphrey, all of Cabot; her nine grandchildren, Toni Lyne Erwin, Kelly Welcher, Amber Long, David, Bryan and Karen Abbott, all of Cabot, Chad Bridges of Conway, Steven Humphrey of Cabot, and Tina South of North Little Rock; 12 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Odell and wife Cat McPherson of North Little Rock and Clifford and wife Jeannie McPherson of Cabot; two sisters-in-law, Elsie Phillips of Cabot and Opal Adams of Jacksonville, as well as several nieces, nephews, a special neighbor of 52 years, Dean McFadden of Cabot, and many friends.

Funeral service was Aug. 26, at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot. Burial was in Sumner Cemetery near Cabot. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Zion Hill Baptist Church, Sybil Abbott Memorial Fund, 11923 Zion Hill Road, Cabot, Ark. 72023.