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Thursday, December 14, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 12-13-06


Kathy Burnett, 60, of Beebe went to be with the Lord Dec. 10. She was born Dec. 27, 1945 in Montana. She is survived by her husband, Don Burnett; two sons, Chad Skabronski and Joe Skabronski, both of Searcy; one stepson, Chris Burnett of McRae; two daughters, Jodie Skabronski, Cherie West and husband Robert, all of Searcy; seven grandchildren; and one sister, Gail Norton and husband Lou of Montana.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 at the funeral home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Bobby Ray Foreman, 65, of Beebe died Dec. 9. He was born May 14, 1941 in Lonoke County to C. A. and Ila B. Foreman.
He was a resident of Byrd Haven Nursing Home in Searcy where he had so many friends, especially his best friend Jo Higgs.
He was preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by three brothers, Charles, Larry, and James Foreman; two sisters, Debi Davis and Diane Foreman who was his caregiver and went far beyond her duties as a sister. He had many nieces and nephews. Graveside services were Dec. 12 at Sixteenth Section Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Virgil Paul Lamb, 83, a lifetime resident of Jacksonville died Dec. 2 from complications related to Parkinsonís disease.
He was born Sept. 17, 1923 to the late Harvey and Mabel Lamb. Lamb was retired from the Veterans Administration and was a veteran of the Second World War. He was a member of the Church of Christ and past master of Jacinto Masonic Lodge 216.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mable Lamb; sons, Paul and wife Cathy of Smyrna, Tenn., William and wife Nancy of Maumelle and James and wife Joyce of Jacksonville; daughter, Susan Bell of Memphis, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.

He is also survived by one brother, Marion Lamb of Jacksonville; three sisters, Mary Alice Cole and Joann Smith, both of Jacksonville and Margaret Howard of Harrisburg, Penn. Funeral services were held Dec. 5 at Jacksonville First Baptist Church with LeRoy Wood and Craig Poole officiating. Burial was in Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville. Pallbearers were grandsons and friends. Memorials may be made to Bayou Meto Cemetery fund P.O. Box 827, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076.


James Beard, Sr., 74, of Cabot passed away Dec. 11. He was born April 28, 1932 in El Paso to the late Leonard Sr. and Wilma Beard. Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Leonard Jr., Howard and Frank Beard.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Valeria of Cabot; four sons, Mike, Steve and James Jr. Beard of Cabot and Jeff Beard of DesArc; three sisters, Sarah of Jacksonville, Grace of Little Rock and Virginia of Alabama; and nine grandchildren.
Private family memorial services are planned. Cremation arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service of Cabot.