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Monday, November 13, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 11-11-06

Opal Terry
Opal Holden Clay Terry, 88, of Jacksonville died Nov. 9 in Beebe.

She was born February 11, 1918 in Joy to Joe and Janie Patterson Holden. In 1934 she married Eirvin Clay in Joy. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Terry was a real estate broker and a member of the Baptist faith. She moved to Jacksonville in 1985.

Mrs. Terry was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Homer Terry; three brothers, Ray Holden, Max Holden, and Floyd Holden; and a sister, Moline Barnett.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Don Hill of Jacksonville; three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Pam Clay of Crossett; C. Leon and Shirley Clay of Searcy; James and Virginia Clay of Canton, Ohio; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; six siblings and their spouses, Verdie Vest of Searcy; Mary and Claude Waters of Searcy; Betty and Gerald Barker of Joy; Marshall Holden of Searcy; Nelson and Audrie Holden of Searcy; and Gerald Holden of Joy.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church in Joy with Reverend Terry Fortner officiating.

Visitation will be an hour prior to services. Burial will follow at Mt. Hebron Cemetery.


Billy Dobson
Billy Joe Dobson, 75, of Jacksonville joined his savior Nov. 8, at his home.

He was born on July 18, 1931, in Brazil, Ind., to the late Ernest and Martha Anderson Dobson. He was also preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.

He proudly served his country in the Air Force where he served during the Korean War and fought in Vietnam before retiring as a CMSGT.

Bill then followed his calling to the Lord and served as pastor for many churches, retiring from Stanfill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his loving wife, Juanita, of the home; two sons, James Dobson and wife Doris of Longview, Texas; and Brandon Dobson and wife Tina of Mansfield, Texas; one daughter, Nancy Gregg and husband Danny of Jacksonville; one brother, Wilford Dobson of Noblesville, Ind.; four grandchildren, Kelly, Jaime, Jake and Kenzie, as well as two nieces.

Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13 at the Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock, with Rev. Dale Scott and Rev. Don Sawyer officiating.

Visitation will be at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Johnny Castera, Jr.
Johnny Carol Castera, Jr., 59, of McRae passed from this life Nov. 7.

Born Nov. 21, 1946, he was a disabled veteran and very proud to have served his country.

He was extremely dedicated to his family, friends, the McRae COP, McRae Fire Department and the well-being of everyone he knew.

Johnny was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Castera; mother, Ruth Williams, and one sister, Rebecca Castera.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Wanda Castera; six children and their families, Donna Knapp and her husband Robert; Buddy Sims and his wife Ann; Sherrie Hite and her husband Rick; Tabatha Denney and her husband Scott; Jerry Morris; David Castera and his wife Jennifer; 22 grandchildren who were the loves of his life; two brothers, James Castera of Beebe and Danny Castera of South Carolina, and three special sisters, Kathy Armstrong, Jeannie Coninger and Barbara Diemer.

The funeral was Nov. 10 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Lebanon Cemetery in McRae.


Landon Kleffner
Landon Matthew Kleffner, 5 months, of North Charleston, S.C., passed away in his sleep Nov. 4.

He is survived by his parents, Ashlee and Frankie Vanderhoof; father, Kevin Kleffner; brother, Christian; grandparents, Don and Linda Moring, and John and Patricia Van-derhoof of Jackson-ville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.  

He was loved by all and will always be in our hearts.

Graveside services were Friday at Chapel Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Jacksonville.  

Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.