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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 11-01-06


Wayne A. Bland, 62, of Ward died Oct. 27 at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born June 19, 1944.

He was a dairy farmer before retiring as a truck driver. He was a member of Cabot United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Frances and his father, Dewitt Bland.

Survivors include his mother, Helen Trotter of Cabot; his sister, Emilea Rooney and her husband, Roger; two beloved nephews, DeWayne Rooney and Chuck Rooney and wife, Laura; great niece and nephew Jenifer and Gabriel Rooney, all of Ward.

Funeral services were Oct. 30 at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Beebe Cemetery.


Joy Meredith Elliott, 79, of Jacksonville passed away Oct. 27 in North Little Rock. She was born in Greenbrier to the late James B. and Merle Nixon Elliott. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Royce Elliott.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Mary Nell Elliott of Jacksonville; two nephews, James Philip Elliott and his wife, Sandy, and Anthony Elliott, all of Jacksonville; great-niece, Stephanie Elliott of Jacksonville and great-nephew, Philip Elliott of Jacksonville.

Funeral services were Oct. 29 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel followed by burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.
The family would like to extend their thanks and love to Dr. Anthony Bucolo and staff, Cindy Jeffers, Betty Jackson, Second Baptist Church Sunday school class and Arkansas Hospice.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock, Ark. 72204-1717.


Lyndel “Butch” Stender, 60, died Oct. 26 at his Jacksonville home.  

He was born July 11, 1946, in Waverly, Minn., to Marjorie Lindenberg Stender and the late LeRoy A. Stender.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ricky Stender.  

Stender was president of equipment sales for Lomanco. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Survivors include his loving friend, Nancy Bailey; mother, Marjorie Lindenberg of Watertown; two sons, Lyndel Stender and his wife Cathleen of Jacksonville and Jeffrey Stender of Little Rock; daughter, Kimberly Stender-Vann and her husband David Vann of Cabot; brother, Larry Stender of Waconia, Minn.; five sisters, Connie Gatz of Lester Prarie, Minn., Sherrie Leuthner of Branson, Mo., Linda Stieve of DelAno, Minn., Patsy Schug of Watertown and Luann Christopherson of Young America, Minn.; grandchildren Jared Stender, Jagger Stender, Justin Ken-nedy, Brittney Kennedy, Braxton Reed, Kaitlyn Vann and friend Brittany Bailey.

Memorial services were Oct. 30 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with the Rev. Leslie Belden officiating. Entombment followed in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.   


Alberta Plummer, 95, of Beebe passed away Oct. 27.

She was born January 25, 1911, at Porham, Okla., to Charlie and Elvie Moody Noble. She had retired from Anderson’s Restaurant, where she made pies for many years.

Alberta was preceded in death by her husband, Otis Plummer; one son, Doyle Boone; two daughters, 3-year-old Rosielee Boone (many years ago) and Louise Brown; infant granddaughter, Angela Brown; and one great-grandson, Justin McIver.
She is survived by two sons, Billy Boone and Danny Plummer, both of Beebe; two daughters, Shirley Brown of Bristow, Okla. and Katheryn Adams of Beebe; 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Oct. 30 at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Beebe Cemetery.


Nancy Lee Utz, 62, of Cabot, formerly of Jackson, Mich., went to be with her Lord Oct. 27, at Hospice Care Inpatient Center in Little Rock after a long battle with cancer.

She was born July 21, 1944 in Kalamazoo, Mich. She is survived by her best friend and husband of 22 years, David R. Utz; daughters, Lura Soles of Gregory, Mich., and Angie Fields of Jackson, Mich.; son, Larry Gilbert of Jackson, Mich.; sister, Joann and husband Irv Freck of Cabot; 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service is being planned. Cremation arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service.


Our sweet precious Canon Andrew Norman, 4, was taken to heaven on Oct. 21. He was an inspiration to all who knew him.
Canon fought his whole life with a congenital heart defect and went through numerous surgeries. He underwent a heart transplant Sept. 16, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

He fought for five weeks in the cardiac intensive care unit. Canon’s smiling face touched so many lives in his brief four years. Although his body was weak, Canon continued to run, play and laugh.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Charles Dress and Joe Norman. He will forever be missed by his mother, Carla Norman; older brother, Chase, and sister, Kamryn Norman of Cabot; his father, Brian Norman of North Little Rock; his meme, Sue Pettey of Cabot, and papaw, Chuck Drees of Cabot, and papaw, Ron Pettey of Jacksonville; his great-grandparents, Lola Drees of Cabot and Billie Norman of North Little Rock; his aunt and uncle, Tonya and Doug Drees of Cabot; uncle, Scott Drees of Sheridan, and his cousins, Kelsey and Ashley Drees of Cabot and many more family and friends.
Funeral services were Oct. 25 at Levy Church of Christ in North Little Rock.

Arrangements were by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock.