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Friday, November 24, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 11-25-06

Leon Sorrells
Leon Bradford Sorrells, 92, of Jacksonville died Nov. 10.

He was born May 8, 1914 in Holly Springs, to the late Lester B. and Frankie Crownover Sorrells.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Beatrice Burnham.

Mr. Sorrells was a Mason, a member of Scottish Rite, the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville and a fan of the world champion St. Louis Card-inals and the Arkansas Razor-backs. Mr. Sorrells served on the Jacksonville City Council from 1959 through 1969.

During his council time Jacksonville was upgraded to a First Class City and Little Rock Air Force Base was brought into the city limits.

He also served as court clerk under Judges Reed Williamson and Robert Batton.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Berniece Ashcraft Sorrells; two daughters, Kay Smart and Lee Kipp, both of Jack-sonville; a sister, Martha R. Atkins of Camden; four grandchildren; Karen Halland husband William of Conway, Kathy Smart of Columbia, South Carolina, Kay Harris of Orlando, Florida, and Brent Kipp and wife Caroline of Buda, Texas, six great-grandchildren; Katie Hall, Ginnie Hall, Ernie Harris, Bradford Harris, Noel Harris and Ivan Kipp.

Funeral services were Nov. 14, at the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with the Rev. Tim Carter and the Rev. Don Hall officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Lonnie Shannon
Lonnie Ann Shannon, 53, of Jacksonville, is resting in the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.

She went to be with the Lord on Nov. 23.

She was born May 20, 1953 to Darrell and Christine Moore Van Schaack on Mare Island, Calif.

Lonnie is preceded in death by her brother, Vernon Van Schaack.

Survivors include her loving husband, Jim Shannon; her parents, Darrell and Christine Van Schaack of Vallejo, Calif., and her son, Brandon Shannon of Jacksonville.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to “Shannon’s Hope” c/o Christ in Action, P.O. Box 4200 Manassas, Va. 20108, or www. Christinaction.com. Make checks payable to CIA.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 in conjunction with regular services at Praise Assembly of God Church, located in the Em-bassy Suites, Little Rock.


Hazel Karraker
Hazel Drucella Owen Woolsey Karraker, of Cabot, died Nov. 21, in Little Rock, just days shy of her 98th birthday.

Hazel was born Dec. 8, 1908, in Garland City, to the late Mattie Smithy Owen and Joseph Oscar Owen.

Hazel was married to Harold Woolsey and after his death married John “Jake” Karraker, also deceased.

She lived for many years in Little Rock, then moved to Cabot to be close to her niece, Judith Hipp.

Hazel is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ben-jamin J. Owen and Charles Lee Frazier.

She is survived by two sisters; Martha Ann Bowden of Homer, La., and Alice Stanford of Florida; Adie, as she was called by the family had no children but had many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Among the nieces and nep-hews were the Owen children, Judith Hipp and husband, David of Cabot; Jerry Owen of Gassville; Betty Rowe and husband, Bernie of Kingman, Ariz. and Major (retired) Ben P. Owen and wife Janet of Fifty Six.

A graveside service will be Saturday, Nov. 25, at 11:00 a.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Funeral arrangements provided by Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the staff of Cabot Nursing and Rehabilitation for providing a home for Adie and the staff of Select Specialty at St. Vincent’s in Little Rock for providing excellent care for her last days and allowing her to die with dignity.