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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 12-27-06


William Robert Carter, 73, of Jacksonville died Dec. 22 in North Little Rock. He was born Feb. 27, 1933 in Peabody, Mass., to the late Rupert Alvin and Thelma Elizabeth MacGregor Carter.

In addition to his parents, a brother, Dave Carter, preceded William in death. Mr. Carter was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church and a fourth degree Knight of Columbus in the Jacksonville Council. He served in the Air Force for more than 23 years and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. While stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base, he coached baseball, football and basketball on the air base.

After retiring, he went to work for Rebsamen Regional Medical Center, where he established the biomedical engineering department program and continued his work for another 20 years. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mildred Darsney Carter of Jacksonville, and their six children, Roberta Bowen and husband Larry of Tempe, Ariz., Patti Witkop and husband Willmer of Nemo, S.D., Sandra Gilliland and husband Kyle and William Robert Carter, Jr., both of Jacksonville, Cynthia Monmaney and her husband Steven of Wynne and Michael Douglas Carter and wife Mary Kay of Tulsa, Okla., 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving him are Brandi, Amanda and Melina Gilliland, Jennifer Witkop, Heather Bendowski and husband Jin, Crystal and Matthew Botsford, Steven, Jr. and Rachel Monmaney, Andrew and Samantha Carter and Amethyst Rayne Bendowski. He also leaves one sister, Joan Myers of Saugus, Mass. and three brothers, Rupert Carter and Brian Carter of Peabody, Mass., and James Carter of Albany, New York.

The family would like to thank Drs. Conley, Neuhauser, Jones, Kellar and Fernandez and the nursing staff on 1A at Baptist North for their wonderful care. Memorials may be made to the Rehab Transportation Van Service at Baptist Health North, 3333 Springhill Drive, North Little Rock, Ark.72116. Rosary was recited Dec. 26 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the church with Father Les Farley officiating. Burial will follow in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Amy Foreman, 84, of North Little Rock died Dec. 24. She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 28 at Hazen Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at North Little Rock Funeral Home.


Martha Staton, 53, died Dec. 25. She was a retired school teacher. Preceding her in death were her parents, Ernest and Florance Staton, and a brother, Bill Staton. She is survived by three brothers, Lee, Johnny and M.D. Staton; two sisters, Emma Staton and Betty Emerson; and seven nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with burial in Legate Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Edna Ruth Umfleet, 71, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 23 in Jacksonville. She was born Feb. 3, 1935 in Flat River, Mo., to Roy J. and Henratta J. Turnbough Huey. Mrs. Umfleet retired from J.C. Penny after 19 years and was a strong supportive military wife of 56 years. She was preceded in death by her father and baby daughter, Dee Ann Umfleet. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Ret. MSgt. Denver Umfleet; children Deborah McDaniel of Jacksonville, Dennis L. Umfleet of Virginia, Norman D. Umfleet of Tennessee, Stephanie D. Wagner of North Carolina and Angela D. Umfleet of Jacksonville; mother, Henratta J. Huey of Park Hills, Mo.; two sisters, Nancy Hawg and Charlotte McGinnis, both of St. Louis; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and several other beloved family members and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Kevin Conger officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Jacksonville. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27.


Dorothy Virginia Whaley, 72, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 22, at Arkansas Hospice in Ft. Roots VA Hospital. She was born Aug. 16, 1934 in Washington County, Ga., to John and Mary Salter Glover.

Mrs. Whaley was a member of McArthur Drive Church of Christ in Jacksonville. She was one of the last true ladies. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-laws, Jeanne and Gerald McCray of Jacksonville, Kathy and Daniel Landis of Greensboro, N.C.; son, Dennis Whaley of Jacksonville; six grandchildren, Jacob and Joshua McCray, Valarie Jamison, Kameron Landis, Carey Alba and Courtney Blotz; sister, Mary Burke of Georgia, and two brothers, Patrick Glover of Florida and Raymond Glover of Georgia.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.


Alf “Buddy” Price, age 71, of Cabot died Dec. 26, in Jacksonville. He was born on Nov. 12, 1935 to the late Adolph and Cora Jackson Price. Alf was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot and served his country in the Air Force from 1953 to 1956.
In addition to his parents, Alf was preceded in death by four brothers, Dwight Price, Ralph Horton, Clifton Horton, and Adolph Price Jr.; and one sister, Opal Jackson. Alf is survived by his wife, Betty Price; three children, Patti Stanley of Little Rock, Ron H. Price and wife Juneanne of Hope, and Michael Price and wife Brittani of Cabot; and five grandchildren, Spencer, Aidan, Aaron, Hunter, and Allyson Price.

The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at the Jacksonville Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Russell Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Edith Joyce Murray Lott, 85, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 25at her home. She was born Oct. 17, 1921 in Greenwood, Miss., to the late Walter and Alma Tollison Frazier.
She was also preceded in death by her first husband, John Murray in 1955.

Mrs. Lott was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Wayne Lott, DDS of Jacksonville; sons, Walter and wife June Murray of Little Rock, John and wife Kathy Murray of Moss Point, Miss.; sisters, Ann Makamsom of Atlanta, Ga., and Rachel Young of Greenwood; grandchildren, Debbie Coulson, Grant Duensing, Charles Murray, Andrea Duensing, Patrick Murray, Beth Shipman and Matthew Murray; four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Burial will follow in Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 at the funeral home.


Rev. Bobby Glenn Kelley, 69, of Jacksonville died Dec. 22. He was born Sept. 5, 1937 in Higgerson to the late George and Alice Kelley. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict and was a member of We Are One Ministries in North Little Rock, which had ordained him.

He was a 15-year member of the Independent Order of Foresters, where he served as vice president. There were many lives touched and changed by his love. He loved the Lord and told it to everyone he knew and met. He was a loving, dedicated husband, a caring, broad-shouldered father and a helping compassionate friend. He will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Kelley and a sister, Wanda Skelton.
Rev. Kelley is survived by his wife, Goldie Kelley; a brother, J.R. “Bill” and wife Maria Kelley; son, Thomas Edward Kelley; daughter, Alice Kelley; seven stepchildren, Jodi and husband Steve Shell, Billy Stratton, Shirley Stratton, Chuck Stratton, Linda and husband Phillip Mealler, Rick and wife Jeanne Smith, Joe Smith and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were Dec. 26 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Center Ridge.


Corene Bowman, 83, of Beebe, died Dec. 21. She was retired after many years with Southwestern Bell of Memphis and was a member of Beebe Church of Christ. Corene loved, raised and showed Pomeranians. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. B. Bowman; parents, Clarence and Udell Osborn; half sisters, Alice White Harrison and Lottie Denham; sister, Louise Motes; three brothers, Claude Osborn, Joe Osborn and Clem Osborn.

She is survived by three brothers, Clarence Osborn and wife Belva of Mississippi, James “Alford” Osborn and wife Barbara of California and Steve Osborn and wife Arabella of Mabelvale; and one sister, Patricia “Pat” Wilson and husband Woody of Harrisburg.
Graveside services were Dec. 23, in Antioch Cemetery with arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home at Beebe.