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Saturday, September 02, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 09-02-06

Jeffery McPhearson
Jeffery McPhearson, 47, died Aug. 25.

He leaves behind his mother, Mary Morris; nine brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. Burial will be in Lonoke Cemetery.


Wendell Dedmon
Wendell Kelly Dedmon, 66, of Cabot, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 30, after a 16-year battle with chronic lymphoid leukemia.

He was born Aug. 14, 1940 in Cabot, to the late James Kelly and Marjorie Freeman Dedmon.

He retired from the U. S. Navy as senior chief petty officer in the field of electronics with a specialty in submarine sonar.

He continued in the area of research and design of sonar electronics serving as vice president of signal processing and measurement division at Planning Systems, Inc., of Reston, Va.

He received numerous achievement awards and commendations during his naval career.

He was a member of the American Legion and the United States Submarine Veterans—Razorback Base.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jimmy Dedmon, Andy Dedmon and David Dedmon.

Survivors include his wife, Bessie Dedmon; two daughters, Nona Davis and husband Jered of Cabot and Amy Martin and husband Matt of Clarksville, Tenn.; one stepson, Charles Smith and wife Dale of Cabot; three sisters, Anna Lee White and Rhoda Belle Burgess of Cabot, and Martha Osgood of Iowa; two grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; and six step-great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Bayou Meto Baptist Church in Jacksonville with burial to follow in Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock. Funeral arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Dr. Anne Marie Maddox and all others at the Cancer Research Center. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials be made to the Cancer Re-search Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham, Little Rock, Ark., 72205.


Harold Odom
Harold Wayne Odom, 59, of Jacksonville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Aug. 31. 

He was born Oct. 9, 1946, in Blytheville to Dorothy Graham Odom and the late Chester Eugene Odom.  

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Sheila M. Odom, Susan L. Daniels and M. Paulette Odom.  

He was a retired senior master sergeant from the Air Force. He was employed by Raytheon as an aero-ground mechanic and aero-space engineer. He was of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include his wife, Mary P. Odom of Jacksonville; his mother, Dorothy Odom of Tenn.; children, Kevin and his wife Su-san Odom of Santa Barbara, Calif., Debra and her husband Michael Catton of Bryant, Wayne and his wife Erin Odom of Jonesboro and Diane Odom of Jacksonville; brother, Robert Eugene and his wife Yoland Odom of Georgetown, Texas; sisters, Nancy and her husband Joe Pigue of St. Louis, Mo., Mary Jane and her husband Edward Arthur of Picayune, Miss., and Teresa Schuman of Memphis, Tenn.; grandchildren, Lexi Odom, Con-ner Odom, Grace Odom, all of California, Abigail Catton, Logan Catton and Reid Catton, all of Bryant, Mac Odom of Jonesboro and numerous other friends and family that dearly loved him.
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Moore’s Fu-neral Home Chapel in Jacksonville.

Burial will follow in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.