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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 10-25-06


Shelba J. Baker, 70, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord Oct. 23, in Little Rock. She was born to the late Jesse and Inez Tatum Powell on June 4, 1936 in Almond. She was a dance instructor as a young woman and more recently a member of the Nail Benders and a member of Grannies on the Go, helping to provide lap rugs and wheelchair caddies to nursing home residents.

Survivors include her husband, Joe W. Baker of Jacksonville; her children, James Baker, Sheila Greishiemer and husband Tom-my, David Baker and wife Lisa, all of Memphis, Tenn., and Carol Smith and husband Darryl of Cabot; brother, Roger Powell and wife Carlie of Watson Chapel; sister, Roberta Gill and husband Jeff of Clarksville; and stepfather, R.C. Hughes of Clarksville; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren as well as loving aunts, uncles, cousins and other friends and family.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Elliot officiating.

Burial will follow in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.


Charity Lynn Johnson, 25, passed away Oct. 21, at Jacksonville’s Rebsamen Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ronald Hasley. She leaves behind a loving husband Jeremy and twin daughters, Ariana and Keeley all of Ward; mother and stepfather, Brenda and Robert Childers of Lonoke; father, Carol Castleberry of North Little Rock; brother, Eric Castleberry of Lonoke; sister, Chastity Castleberry of Little Rock; grandmothers, Elizabeth Hasley of Carlisle and Ova Lee Castleberry of England; a nephew, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Carrie Lee Charlotte Saunders Curry of Jacksonville departed this world, entering Heaven on Oct. 22, at her home. Carrie was born in Dayton, Ohio, to the late William Henry Saunders and Celestine Davis. She confessed Christ at an early age and at-tended Little Rock Air Force Base Chapel. She was a faithful wife, mother and friend. Her youngest brother Frederick Saunders preceded her in death. 

Her life will be remembered and celebrated by her husband of 48 years, Dewitt Curry; her daughters, Barbara J. Quinlan and husband Albert of Carson, Calif., Fanchette C. Vickers and husband Calvin of Jacksonville, Alda P. Stamps and husband Emerson of Topeka, Kan., and Shirley A. Wallace and husband Ozeia of Jonesboro, Ga.; brother, James Saunders and wife Merdis of Phoenix City, Ala.; sister, Ever Saunders of Columbus, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of friends world-wide will cherish her memory. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplin Tony Wade officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.


Mildred Linn Goad, 93, of Benton passed away in Cabot on Oct. 23.

She was born Oct. 29, 1912 in Quitman to the late James Asa Linn and Mary Ida Carter Linn. Mildred was a member of the First Baptist Church of Benton and a homemaker. She lived in Benton for 45 years before moving to Andover Place in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Denis Goad; an infant daughter; four brothers; and three sisters. Survivors include her sons, Scott and wife Sharon Goad of Cabot, and Edwin and wife Janice Goad of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at New Rosemont Cemetery with Bro. Curtis Kyle officiating.


Aline Harrell, 86, of Beebe, was released to the Lord on Oct. 22. She was born Sept. 15, 1920, at Beebe, to John Francis and Mary Beth Becton Ervin. Aline spent most of her adult life living and traveling throughout the world as the devoted wife of a career military man. After SMSGT Harrell’s retirement in 1967, she was instrumental in creating the Fred A. Harrell VFW Post 7769 in Beebe.

During the post-retirement years, her labors of love were gardening and serving the VFW Post. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Harrell; her parents; and two brothers, Charles Dewey Ervin and Donald Wayne Ervin. She is survived by one son, Fred Joseph Soncini of Hot Springs; one daughter, Sheila Kemp and husband Larry of Mason, Texas; two grandchildren, Heather Dickinson of Leander, Texas and Joshua Kemp of Austin, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Elijah Dickinson and Shiloh Dickinson; and one sister, Mary Frances Hubbard of Beebe.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the funeral home with the Rev. Joe Hellums presiding. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery at McRae, with the active members and non-members of VFW Post 7769 serving as pallbearers.


Lucille VanPelt, 82, of Beebe, died Oct. 21. She was a housewife and a member of Beebe Church of Christ. She is survived by one brother, Denzle and wife Ada Mathis of Beebe, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Oct. 23 at Westbrook Funeral Home. Burial was in Beebe Cemetery.


Tommy Shores, 72, of Austin, passed away Oct. 21. He was born July 17, 1934 at Stuttgart, a son of Velma and William Shores. He was a Baptist. Tommy retired from CenturyTel after more than 41 years. He spent two years in the Army.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Shores of Ward; three children, Donna and husband Gary Eirhart of Laughlin, Nev., Thomas Shores of Memphis, Tenn., and Scott Shores of Griffithville; three grandchildren, Britteny Eirhart of Laughlin, Nev., Magen and Devon Shores, both of Cabot; three brothers; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends and extended family.
Tommy was a very casual and loving man.

Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Gardens at Beebe.


Martha Jane Pappalardo, 68, of Jacksonville (formerly of New Platz, N.Y.) died Oct. 21. She was born in Pleasant Valley, N.Y. on Sept. 7, 1938.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Lewis; step-father, Thomas Lewis, and father, Walter Hay. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Carmelo Pappalardo; her sons, Sal Pappalardo and his wife, Janeice of Jacksonville and Carl and Patrick Pappalardo and his wife Christina of New York; her grandchildren, Brian, Ariana, Carina, Patrick and Leslie; her sisters, Shirley Pierce and Lydia Zeleznik; brothers, Joseph Lewis, John Hay, Tommy Lewis and Christopher Lewis, and many nieces and nephews. 

Martha became a born again Christian in 1999 and was an active church member. She leaves behind many who loved her and will miss her deeply. Funeral services were held Oct. 24 at Bayou Meto Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Edwards officiating.  Burial was in Sumner Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Heifer International and The Gideons International.
Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Helen May Bryant, age 75, of Ward passed away Oct. 21. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She was born and raised in Arizona. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Margaret Hanes and sister Betty Redfearn. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, V. Eldon Bryant; one daughter Vel’ Donna R. Troup of Ward; two sons, Jimmie E. Bryant of Jacksonville and John W. Bryant of England; three brothers, Oris Hanes, George Hanes and William Hanes, all of Arizona; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Prescott, Ariz. at a later date. Donations may be made in her name to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home.