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Friday, December 15, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 12-16-06

Don Ray
Don Keith Ray, 43, of Cabot passed away Dec. 13.

He was born April 28, 1963 in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Bill Ray and Mildred Lucille Hopper Ray.

Preceding him in death were two brothers, Gregory Bruce Ray in 1961 and Barry Lynn Ray in 2004.

He leaves behind his parents, Bill and Mildred Ray; one brother, Timothy Ray; one son, Keith Ray; one daughter, Lena Ray; one niece, Amy Ray; and one nephew, Joshua Robertson, all of Cabot.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Mt. Springs Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Thomas King
Rev. Thomas B. King, 73, of Carlisle went on to be with the Lord Dec. 13.

He was born in 1933 at Simpson County, Kentucky, to the late Jesse A. and Pearlie Smalling King.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Park King; brother, J.A. King, and nephew, John Ronald King.
Rev. King is survived by three sons, Timothy King and wife Carol of Carlisle, Rick King and wife Christy of Washington, D.C. and Chris King of Carlisle; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Joe W. King and wife Sylvia of Washington and Eddie King of Carlisle.

He is also survivied by two sisters, Dixie King Winn and husband Wayne of California and Mary King Gruenke and husband Dave of Carlisle.

Bro. Tommy started his ministry in his twenties and was one of the founders of Country Chapel Church where he was blessed to minister to many, many people over the years. He served there until his illness. He was loved and will be missed by many other family and friends.

Tommy also worked for Lowman Hardware at Cabot for several years and also owned his own hardware and paint store at Conway.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Country Chapel Church at Sylvania with burial in New Hope Cemetery at Carlisle. Funeral arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


Andrew Parker
Andrew Martin Parker, 45, departed this world on Dec. 14, to join our Lord in heaven.  

Andrew was born Sept. 10, 1961 at Great Falls, Montana.  

He resided in Jacksonville since 1975. He was a Christian and a member of Hope Lutheran Church. Andrew was a 1980 honor graduate of Jacksonville High School. He received an associate degree in business and management at Arkansas State University at Beebe, and continued his education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Being the gentle, caring soul that he was, he donated funds to many wildlife and animal-welfare organizations, and children’s charities.

Andrew is survived by his father, Davis Parker of Gillett; his mother, Erika Parker of Jacksonville; two brothers, David and Walter Parker of Jacksonville; a sister, Sonya and husband Jim Dunn and their chidren, Connor and Rebecca of Alpharetta, Georgia.  

Andrew was dearly loved by his family. The family would like to thank Andrew’s doctors at UAMS, Dr. Adada and Dr. Hutchins and his nurses at Arkansas Hospice for their care.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Hope Lutheran Church, 1904 McArthur Dr., Jacksonville, with the Rev. Kevin Conger officiating.  

Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Teresa Simpson
Teresa Gail Simpson, 40, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 8, in Jacksonville.

She was born Dec 17, 1965 to the late Charles L. Sr. and Reva Cosby Simpson in Virginia.

She is survived by Danny Lacy; three sons, Timothy, Danny and John Simpson; one daughter, Crystal Simpson, as well as a brother, Charles L. Simpson.

Private service will be at a later date.


Madison and Landon Howard
Newborn twins Madison Faye and Landon Michael Howard of Beebe died Dec. 9.

They are survived by their parents, Shannon and Christie Howard of Beebe; grandparents, Leanna and Michael Howard of Cabot, Lisa Johnson of Terrell, Texas, John and Eva Fisher of Austin; great-grandparents, Bes-sie Burnett, Barbara and Dick Johnson, Val and Galen Poe.

They were preceded in death by their grandfather, Charles Eugene Kinney.

Graveside service was Dec. 15 at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe.