Leader Blues

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 11-29-06

Carmel Washburn
Carmel Liles Washburn, 85, of Sherwood went to be with her Lord on Nov. 27.

She was born in Antioch, on Jan. 23, 1921, to Thomas Nelson “Net” and Annie Eliza “Annie” Claiborne Liles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, the Rev. Vic-tor Owen “Whis” Washburn; brothers, William Bunyan and wife Iris Blanche Price Liles, Arthur Thomas “Dick” and wife Mary Garner Liles; and sisters, Hettie Blanche Liles and husband William Louis “Bill” Harrell, and Annie Zorah “Zoe” Liles and husband Manuel Floyd Harlan.

She is survived by her loving daughter, the Rev. LaNita Anne Washburn Daniels; her devoted son-in-law and caregiver, Donny Joe Daniels and many family members and friends.

She earned her bachelors degree in education from State Teachers College and her masters in guidance counseling from Har-ding University. She continued her education throughout the years above her formal degrees. She enjoyed yard work and gardening, reading, gatherings, church work, singing and playing the piano.

She was a teacher and principal at Antioch, a teacher at Quitman, and a teacher and guidance counselor at Beebe, as well as senior class sponsor, among many other activities in the school systems all totaling over 41 years of service and leadership.
She was a leader and member of Antioch United Methodist Church most of her life, such as teaching Sunday school for over 65 years and being chairperson of the official board for over 40 years. She was active in many White County churches where she and her husband faithfully served as well as in Pulaski County.

She selflessly gave herself completely to others, opened her heart to many people throughout her life and did all she could to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, be an inspiration to others, help others as much as possible, and make others’ lives better in some way.

If one listens, her voice can still be heard singing, teaching, encouraging, comforting, counseling, or laughing and the sound of her piano playing still drifts through the air. As long as she is in our hearts, she will be with us.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 at Antioch Community Church with burial in Antioch Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to Antioch United Methodist Church, c/o Burnette Harrison, 1702 Cedarwood Drive, Beebe, Ark. 72012.


Donna Bray
Donna Carol Bray, 49, of Ward died Nov. 25.

She was a certified dietary manager and a member of the Dietary Managers Association.

She worked 11 years as pastry chef for Central Arkansas Hospital.

Donna was a member of Cabot First Baptist Church. She served as youth director at Calvary Baptist Church and had a love for children.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Bray; and grandparents, John and Ruby Baker and Charles and Addie Bray.
She is survived by her mother, Betty Bray of Ward; two sisters, Cheryl and husband Mike Tyler of Pocahontas and Carlyn Bray of Ward; two nephews, John Carl Tylor of Olive Branch, Miss., Jason and wife Leann Tyler of Corning; and one great-nephew, Duncan Tyler of Corning.

Funeral services were Nov. 28 at Cabot First Baptist Church, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


William Glover
William Atlas Glover, 95, died Nov. 25.

He is survived by two sisters, Jettie Jeffcoat and Katie Wahl of Little Rock and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Lonoke Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Glover Cemetery. Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caney Creek Baptist Church.


Helen Morris
Helen Marie Anna Morris, 74, of Jacksonville was summoned to the Lord on Nov. 22.

Born March 24, 1932 in Harvey, Ill., to Alice Marie Christ and Herman Jay Dee Edward Hodge, she was the second of 10 children.

Helen valued life, family and friends.

She loved the Lord and was a member of McArthur Assembly of God in Jacksonville.

Her gentle spirit reflected in her blue eyes and warm caring smile. We will deeply miss her.

Helen was preceded in death by her daughter, Joy Gail; one daughter-in-law, Patrice and her loving parents.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ralph P. Morris; sons Ralph, Jr., and Terry D. Morris; daughter-in-law, Sharon Morris; brother, Jay Hodge; five grandchildren, Danielle, Jarid, Beau, Shaleen and Jordan; five great-grandchildren, Carissa, Devon, Amber, Nathan and Austin.

A memorial service was held Nov. 27, at McArthur Assembly of God Church with Bro. Larry Burton officiating.

Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot .


Raymond Willfong Jr.
Raymond Lesley Willfong, Jr., 58, of Austin passed away Nov. 23.

He was born Feb. 7, 1948 in Little Rock to Raymond Willfong, Sr., and the late Ozella Willfong.

Survivors include his wife Betty Willfong of Austin; six children, Carrie Emler of Topeka, Kan., Kelly Perry of Austin, Raymond Willfong, III, of Wichita, Kan., Antonio Ramirez of Cabot, Angelica Griffith and Carlos Ramirez, both of Ohio; father, Raymond Willfong, Sr., of North Little Rock; sister Patricia Cox of Mabelvale; and nine grandchildren along with many other family members and friends.

Private memorial services are being held for the family.

Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Gerald Yielding
Gerald Travis Yielding, 69, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 23.

Travis was a lifelong resident of North Little Rock and Sherwood and a member of Highway Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Peggy; daughters, Paige Redd and husband Bob of Jacksonville, and Pamela Hamby of Sherwood; son, Trav and wife Tricia of Little Rock; brother, Kenneth Yielding, and sister, Peggy Bevans, both of North Little Rock; two granddaughters, Gracie and Tessa Yielding, and a step-grandson, Jamie Redd.

Travis was preceded in death by his parents, G. T. and Hazel Yielding and step-grandson Bobby Redd.

Funeral services were held at Highway Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Elliott officiating on Nov. 28 with burial immediately following in Rest Hills. Arrangements were made by North Little Rock Funeral Home.


Jackie Crow
Jackie Ruth Crow, 68, of Sherwood went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Nov. 26.

Born Aug. 3, 1938, at El Paso to the late Mary Ellen Boatman and Luther Roy Boatman, she was the third of nine children.
Jackie loved her family and friends.

She loved the Lord and was a member of Grace Chapel at Lonoke. Her kind spirit was reflected in her smile. We’ll miss her deeply.

Jackie was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Crow, four brothers and one sister.

She is survived by a daughter, Tami and husband Charles Grable of North Little Rock; sons, Carlos and wife Diane Smith and Bart and and wife Ruth Smith, all of Cabot; sisters, Floella Overton of Clifton, Texas, and Glenda Bettis of Lonoke; brother, Luke Boatman of Texarkana; six grandchildren, Brad Smith, Jerrad Williams, Kristi Williams, Jeremy Smith, Codi Smith, Corey Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Clay Smith and Lauren Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Grissard Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Child Fund, 8404 Hwy. 107, Sherwood, Ark. 72120 or to the American Cancer Society (Lung Cancer), 901 N. University, Little Rock, Ark. 72207.


Charlotte Williamson
Charlotte Anne Williamson, 66, of Jacksonville died Nov. 27 in North Little Rock.  

She was born July 1, 1940 to the late Eddie and Ruby Hooks Stuckey in Little Rock.  

Charlotte was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, Teamsters Union and Monday Morning quilting group.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Eddie Lee Stuckey, and sister, Irmagene Stuckey.

Charlotte is survived by her husband, Charles Williamson of Jacksonville; children, Michael Treat, Mark Treat, and Ronda and husband Andrew Kew, all of Cabot.

She is also survived by sisters, Murlene Stuckey of Sheridan and Alsie Glover of Cabot; brother, Bill Stuckey of Jacksonville; and grandchildren, Michelle Treat and Christian Treat.  

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30 in Sumner Cemetery with Terry Fortner officiating. Funeral arrangements are by Cabot Funeral Home.


Mary King
Mary Alice King, 81, of Beebe died Nov. 26.

She was born April 22, 1925, at Butlerville, to Newt and Gracie Cates.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Dotson, Simalee, J. C. and Albert Cates.

She is survived by her husband, U.B. King; son, Leroy Ramsey and wife Delores of Beebe; daughters, Joyce Willox and husband Richard of North Carolina; Alice Chambers, Neva Roe, Linda Weeks, all of Beebe; and Kathey Harper and husband William of Ward; 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, at West-brook Funeral Home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.