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Saturday, November 04, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 11-4-06

Raymond Archer
S. Raymond Archer, 79, of Beebe passed away Nov. 2.

He served in the Navy and Air Force during the Second World War and attended Arkansas State Teachers College. His career was spent in administrative and supervisory positions. His interests included golf, woodwork, antique-clock restoration and he mastered a variety of crafts and hobbies.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Wanda Jackson Archer; daughter, Abigail Archer of Honey Brook, Penn.; sons, Ray Archer, Jr. of Norcross, Georgia, Brad Archer and his wife Ami of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Curt Archer of Beebe.

Raymond also leaves three sisters, Minnie Chivers and Lou Ellen Beatty, both of Lonoke, and Norma Jean and husband Edward Morris of Keo; and a brother, Kenneth and wife Linda Archer of Sheridan.

Family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice Foundation, Inc., 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock, Ark. 72204 or First United Methodist Church, 302 N. Main, Beebe, Ark. 72012.

Shirley Higgins
Shirley Sue Higgins, 70, of Jacksonville passed away Oct. 31, in Jacksonville.  

She was born July 4, 1936 in Bramer, Mo., to the late Charlie and Ethyl Whitworth Simpkins.  

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Ray Simpkins; and her daughter, Stacie Jo Summers in 1993.
She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Harold J. Higgins of the home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Karen Higgins, Kenneth and Denise Higgins, all of Lonoke, and Butch and Linda Higgins of Farmington, Mo.; two sisters, Sharon Thompson of Hamilton, Mo., and Marilee McCracken of Chillicothe, Mo.; two brothers, Bill Simpkins of Jacksonville, and Bob Simpkins of Ward; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville.  

Thomas Beazley
Thomas Alonzo Beazley, 81, of Ward passed away Oct. 30, in Little Rock. He was born Sept. 15, 1925 to the late Lonnie D. and Marlowe C. Simpkins Beazley in Nashville, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his son, John Thomas Beazley.

He served with the Marines during the Second World War and fought on the beaches of Normandy. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Jacksonville, an avid reader and a nature lover who spent his life in harmony with other living creatures.

Survivors include his daughter, Christine B. Long and her husband Robert of Ward; three sisters, Agnes Moore of Calif., Marie Collison of Jacksonville and Irene Garland of Cabot; a brother, Edward Beazley of Jacksonville; a grandson, Thomas Sangretoro; numerous nieces and nephews as well as his long time “drinking friends.”

Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Dorothy Hooper
Dorothy Mae Reddin Hooper, 86, of Beebe died Nov. 1. She was born July 23, 1920 at Warren to Isaac Jordan and Maria Baker Reddin.

She was a charter member of Beebe Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Odie Martin Hooper; her parents; brothers, Troy, Hollis, Oliver “Dick” and Jesse Reddin; sisters, Hassie Smith and Jewel Smith; and great-grandson, T. J. Hooper.

She is survived by five children, Clay “Charles” and wife Pearl Hooper of Elgin, S.C., Dewaine and wife Mabel Hooper of Beebe, Roy and wife Anita Hooper of Beebe, Phyllis and husband Fred Davis of Jacksonville and Sue and husband Gene Bibbs of Beebe; 11 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.