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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 12-20-06


Shirley Ann Brewer Smith Comer, 61, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 15, at her home.
She was born Jan. 27, 1945 in Benton Harbor, MI. She was a member of Military Road Baptist Church and is preceded in death by her mother, Nita Bookout Smith, two brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include her loving husband of 40 years, Barry Comer of Jacksonville; two daughters, Tammy Ward and husband, James of Jacksonville and Kelly Earhart and husband Kent of West Memphis; father, William O. Smith of Jacksonville; sisters, Irene Butts and husband Jimmy of Niles, MI, Catherine Trudell of Paw Paw, MI, Agnes Freely of Texas and Shirley De Vice of Austin; brothers, Ray Shrum and Doug Shrum both of North Little Rock and Wayne Rogers of Jacksonville; as well as numerous other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers please make a charitable contribution in Shirley’s name to Benefit4Kids, 8330 Jordan Road, Yale, MI 48097 or Military Road Baptist Church, General Fund, 2101 Old Military Road, Jacksonville, AR 72076. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dave Sanders officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.


Raymond E. “Hoot” Mask, 89, of Carlisle, died Dec. 17. He was born Jan. 4, 1917.
He was a retired dairy farmer and a Second World War veteran having served in the South Pacific. He was a lifelong resident of the Crossroads community.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Laura Sue. He is survived by a brother, Rupert Mask of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Graveside service were Dec. 19, in Hebron Cemetery at Carlisle. Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home at Beebe.


Alma Shannon, 86, of White House, Tenn., died Dec. 17. She was born at Floyd, Jan. 14, 1920.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Shannon; a daughter, Marvel Shannon; a son, Steve Shannon; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by her five children, Lily and her husband Allen Clowers of Searcy, Reba and her husband Senyor Cannon of Branson, Mo., Dewayne and his wife Debra Shannon of Stevensville, Mich., Delphia and her husband Vince Fardello of White House, Tenn., Geneva and her husband Doug DeRose of London, Ky.; daughter-in-law Judy Shannon of Pearland, Texas; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and many friends.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Antioch Cemetery.