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Saturday, September 09, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 09-09-06

Howell Thompson
Howell M. Thompson, 84, of Cabot died Thursday, Sept. 7 in North Little Rock.

Howell was born on Nov. 28, 1921 to the late T. W. and Ree-sie Priest Thompson in Austin.

He served in the Coast Guard as a Seaman 1st Class from 1942 to 1945.

Howell was a member of First Baptist Church of Cabot for 42 years, where he was a deacon and served as Sunday School Director.

He was also a member of Cabot Masonic Lodge 319.

Howell served on the Bank of Cabot board of directors for 31 years, was the chairman for 10 years and chairman of the Bank Holding Company board for nine years.

Howell and his wife, Bobbie, owned Thompson’s Dollar Saver grocery store. They were the first store in Cabot to have a full-service meat market and carry a full line of produce and frozen foods.  

The two were on the Chamber of Commerce where Howell was president in 1962. 

Bobbie was awarded Out-standing Woman of the Year in 1967 and Howell the Outstanding Man of the Year in 1974. 
Howell was also awarded Elder Statesman in 1975 and Ministerial Alliance Man of the Year. 

He was Lonoke County Justice of the Peace, 1976-1990. Howell served as chairman of the board for the Arthritis Foundation in 1975 and chairman of the Lonoke County bicentennial in 1976.

In addition to his parents, Howell was preceded in death by his brother, Vernon Thompson of Austin and sister, Alby Ferguson of Forrest City.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Marie Thompson; two sons, John C. Thompson and his wife Beverly of Cabot, Tommy Thompson and his fiancé Diane Forbes of Morrilton; and a brother, James Thompson of Sherwood; four grandchildren, Stacy Bell of Wheaton, Ill., Wade Thompson of Maumelle, Brian Thompson of Cabot and Sarah Branscum of Arkadelphia; and one great-granddaughter, Natalie Bell of Wheaton, Ill.

Visitation will be held Saturday, at the Chapel of Cabot Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10 at First Baptist Church in Cabot with Bro. Harold O’Brian and Bro. Del Medlin officiating.

Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

The family requests any memorials made in honor of “DDad,” as he was affectionately known to his family, to be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Kameron Manning
Kameron Jamal Manning, 13 months, departed this life Sept. 5.

He is survived by his parents, LaKesha Danielle Hart of Sherwood and Gordon Owusu Manning of Beebe; grandparents, Renee Hartaway of Lonoke, An-thony and Angela Hart of Little Rock, and Dr. Stephen and Rose Manning of Beebe; one sister, Taylor Manning of Little Rock; a brother, Malik Manning of Conway; maternal great-grandparents, Geneva Smith and Curtis and Alma Hart, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kameron is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Win-ston Man-ning, Paul K. Kwaah, and Elizabeth Pomaa.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Union Valley Baptist Church (Hwys. 70 and 15), with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.


James Besley Jr.
James “Jim” E. Besley Jr?., 77, of Jacksonville, died Sept. 5.
 
He was born Aug. 7, 1929 in Rome, N.Y., to the late James E. and Isabell Wilson Besley Sr. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Alan Besley.  

Jim retired from the U.S. Air Force as a SMSGT after 28 years of service. He was a member of Masonic Jacinto Lodge #216 in Jacksonville, as well as a Shriner and a Methodist.

Survivors include his wife, Delma L. Besley; daughter, Sicily “Sissy” Ann Besley of Jacksonville; son, James “Jimmy” D. Besley and his wife, Krista, of Wooster; brother, Edwin D. Besley and his wife, Linda, of Dallas, Ga.; sister, Joan Bowden and her husband, Roy, of Ft. Lauderdale, Flo.; and grandchildren, Carolyn, Jehu, Anna, Silas and Lydia, all of Wooster.

Visitation is from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Please sign the on-line guest book at www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com.  

Arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Virginia Godley
Virginia Fern (Austin) Godley, 75, of Spanaway, Wash., formerly of Jacksonville, passed away May 29 n Tacoma, Wash.

She was born Sept. 13, 1930 in Ovid, Mich., to the late Frank and Viola Sanders Austin. Her brother, Lyle Austin and her husband Kenneth James Godley also precede her in death.

She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene in Jacksonville and was a retired store clerk.

Survivors include her sons, Rodney Kenneth Godley of Owos-so, Mich., Ronald David Godley of Lonoke and Jeffrey Ray Godley of Ward; daughters, Karen Kay Jeffries of Spanaway, Wash., and Kathy Godley Peel of Alexandria, Va.; brothers, Jerry, Duane and Dale Austin; sisters, Leona Lawback and Eva Roy; as well as 14 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the Church of the Nazarene in Jack-sonville with Rev. Ron Riddle officiating.

Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to Jacksonville Senior Center, 100 Victory Circle, Jacksonville, Ark., 72076 or to the Church of the Nazarene, 1506 J.P. Wright Loop Road, Jacksonville, Ark., 72076.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Alma Hicks
Alma Joyce Hicks, 72, of Jacksonville, passed away Sept. 4 in Paron.

She was born Jan. 4, 1934 in Fairfield, Texas, to Charlie and Lillian Etheridge Rockey.

On Nov. 18, 1950, she married Harold Hicks in Lovington, N. M. They moved to Jacksonville where she was employed for over 10 years with Union Pacific Railroad Hospital in Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 16, 2006. Mrs. Hicks was also preceded by her son, Larry and a brother, Billy Rockey. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Rhonda Hicks of Paron; daughter, Debbie Haulton of Harrison; daughter-in-law, Vanessa Hicks of Jacksonville; two sisters, Faye Anderson and May Lofton, both of Alvaredo, Texas; brother Charles Rockey of Canton, Texas; five grandchildren, Christopher and Tonya Hicks of Fayetteville, Kim and John Trublood of Harrison, Robert Haulton of St. Louis, Mo., Lesley Hicks of Jacksonville and Jeremy Hicks of Conway; two great-grandchildren, Silas Hicks and Tabor Trublood.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Walnut Bottoms Cemetery near Paron with Brother Royce Lowe officiating. The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to her caregivers, Judy, Tonya, Ellen and Cressie.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Ellis Polk
Ellis F. Polk, 73, of McRae died Tuesday, Sept. 5.

A veteran of the Korean Conflict, Ellis was captured before his 18th birthday and was a POW for 30 months. He retired at 25 years from Midwest Video.

A Baptist, he loved going to church and working for the Lord until his illness forced him to stay away from crowds. He continued his work through witnessing to individuals.

He had a smile that no one could forget.

Ellis is survived by his wife, Maurine; two daughters, Donna Polk of McRae and Diana Arledge (Will) of Pine Bluff; one son, David Polk; three stepdaughters, Martha Long (Rick), Beverly Parker, and Helen Campbell (Mike); one stepson, John Webb (Angie); 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lee Dillon of Up-ton, Wyo., Myrtle Smith (Leroy) of Eaton, Colo., Bertha Russell (David) of Brush, Colo., and Eula King of Searcy; two brothers, Glen Polk (Georgeann) of Beebe, Rubert Polk (Dovie) of Pangburn, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Robert and Flo-rence Sparrow Polk; and brother, James Polk.

Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Harmony Cemetery.


Lucille Cain
Lucille Martha Cain, 85, of Cabot died Friday, Sept. 8, 2006 in Jacksonville.

She was born May 22, 1921 to the late Matt and Irene Porter Long in Rushing.  

She is survived by her husband, Joe Cain; four children, Wanda Lafferty of Jacksonville, Donnie Porter of Cotter, Elaine Cofer of Benton and Ron Cain of Austin, Texas; eight grandchildren, Dennis Lafferty, Keri Gray, David Porter, Dana Hogue, Kim Cofer, Jonathan Cain, Kelly Cain, and Regan Cain, and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the chapel of Cabot Funeral Home.

Interment will be held at 1 p.m. at Egner Cemetery in Salado.