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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 10-11-06


Ben Vincent Cole, 73, of Little Rock passed away Oct. 6 in North Little Rock. He was born April 5, 1933 in Cotton Plant, to the late Jack and Emeline Morris Cole.  He attended schools there and was saved and baptized at First Baptist Church of Cotton Plant.  He served in the Air Force.

Later, he worked as superintendent of heavy equipment maintenance in many foreign countries.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Linh T. Cole, and first cousins, Bonnie Bean Hutson, W.A. Morris, Billy Morris, Gene Morris and Dorothy Rooks. 

Special thanks to Towbin Hospice at Fort Roots and the excellent nursing staff. Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Jerry Dale Erwin, Sr., 72, of Jacksonville passed away on Oct. 6, after a brave battle with cancer at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort Roots in North Little Rock. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and retired after many years as a paint contractor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jimmy Earl and Violet Bennett Erwin; a brother, Herschel Wayne Erwin, and a sister, Jimmie Earl Roberts-Silverman. He is survived by his wife, Lillie May “Sissy” Erwin of Jacksonville; three sons, Gary Wayne and wife Toni Lyne of Cabot, Tony Lynn of Jacksonville and Jerry Dale and wife, Jennifer of Vilonia. He also has four grandchildren, Jessica, Wade and Jordan Erwin and Whitney Brown.

The family would like to express their many thanks to Arkansas Hospice for their wonderful care. Graveside services were in Sumner Cemetery Oct. 9. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Jackie Wayne Aiken, 65, of England answered his Savior’s call to heaven Oct. 8.  He was born on March 27, 1941 in Crossett, to Johnnie and Lillian Jones Aiken.  

He was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Bobby Joe and Robert Lee Conville Jr.; and sister Dot Carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Dianna; his mother, Lillian Aiken; his girls, Diana and husband Terry Harrison and Patricia and husband Danny Reed; sister, Pat Lochala; sister-in-law, Terry Con-ville and brother-in-law, John C. Carpenter Jr.; grandchildren, Georgia and husband Trey Bechtel, Robyn and husband Brad Hodges, Terry Wayne and wife Lauren Harrison, Katelyn Dianne Harrison, Patricia Funderburg, Ava Conville, and Dori and husband Dan Woerheide; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Dakota, and 14 nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Johnny L. Thompson, 87, of Jacksonville died Oct. 7, at Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Jacksonville. She was born Sept. 8, 1919 in Fordyce to Charles and Florence Wardlaw Kellogg. She graduated from Fordyce High School in 1938.In 1944 she entered nurses training at Baptist State Hospital, graduating in 1947. She worked at an Indian Hospital in Tacoma, Wash..
She married Eldon D. Thomp-son in Batesville. They moved to Jacksonville in 1963.

She was a member of Military Road Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jackie Easterling.
She is survived by her husband, Eldon D. Thompson; two sons and a daughter in law, Stanley and Pamela Thompson of Longview, Texas, and Charlie Thompson of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Andrea Boos, Becky and Jonathan Thompson; two great-grandchildren, Emily and Kaitlyn Boos; and sister, Opal Morgan of Fordyce. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Sanders officiating.

Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Mausoleum.