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Sunday, December 31, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 12-30-06

Paul Hancock
Paul Lynn Hancock, 64, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord Dec. 21.

He was born April 1, 1942 in Little Rock to the late Burrell H. and Mary E. Ahern Hancock.

Paul was a member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church.

Survivors include his sister, Madelynn Phillips of Jacksonville; an aunt, Dorothy Hager of San Antonio, Texas; as well as two nephews and one niece.

Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville with Father Les Farley officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Julia Yates
Julia Ann “Judy” Yates, 69, of Little Rock died Dec. 27.

She was born January 13, 1937, in Beebe to Eugene and Mary Priest Rice. She was a Thirtyniner Choir member and active church member. Her main interests were her sons, friends and neighbors on Westwood Lane where she had lived since 1962.

Judy was a loving wife, caring mother, devoted daughter and loyal friend. She was a 1954 graduate of Searcy High School and attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway.

She was preceded in death by her husband of twenty-eight years, Robert P. Yates, Sr. and her parents.

She is survived by two sons, Robert P. Yates, Jr. and Terry Yates, both of Little Rock; three sisters-in-law, Kathryn Yates of Ocala, Fla., Dorothy Williams of Little Rock and Mary Weeks, of North Little Rock; five nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at South Highland Baptist Church, 10200 W. 36th in Little Rock, with burial in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.

Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Leo Reppentine, Jr.
Leo Charles Reppentine, Jr., 78, of Jacksonville died Dec. 26. He was born June 2, 1928 in Tonawanda, N.Y., to the late Leon Charles and Ondean Selover Reppentine, Sr.  

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, a bomber-navigator technician and an instructor for B-58s. He was also a volunteer for Rebsamen Auxiliary, El Zariba Shrine Temple in Phoenix, Ariz., a 32 degree Mason and a member of Scottish Rite.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Reppentine of the home; stepdaughter, Melissa William-son and her husband Gary of North Little Rock; half-sisters, Mary Jane Stafanski and Diane Banks both of New York; granddaughters, Jennifer and her husband Pete Kushmick of North Carolina and Amy Connell of Benton; and great-granddaughter, Abigail Kushmick.

Donations may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5800 W. 12th St., Little Rock, or First United Methodist Church, 220 W. Main, Jacksonville.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. 

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Newt Williamson
Newt Williamson, 84, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 27. He retired from Colonial Bakery after 32 years as a maintenance engineer.

After retirement he loved raising cattle and gardening. He was a member of Bayou Meto Baptist Church, Bakery and Confec-tionary Union and a veteran of the Second World War, having served in the Pacific.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Ken-nedy Wil-liamson; a son, Gary and wife Cindi Williamson of Sherwood; three daughters, Rita and husband Wayne Gru-ber of North Little Rock, Marion Tudor of Arlington, Texas, and Peggy and husband Tony Moody of Clio, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Christy, Regan, Stephanie, David, Will, Codi and Erin; and two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Brielle.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, 601 W. Capital, Little Rock, Ark. 72201.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at Bayou Meto Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sumner Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home.


Donna Nicolini
Donna Katharine Nicolini, 63, of Jacksonville died Dec. 27 at Rebsamen Hospital. She was born December 21, 1943 in Perth Amboy, N.J., to the late Alfred and Sophie Sapon Fiorentini. 

Donna was a retired LPN and worked for Rebsamen Hospital for 15 years.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Joseph Nicolini, Sr. of Jacksonville; daughters Denise Weeks and Diane Smith, both of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; sons Joseph Nicolini, Jr. and James Nicolini both of Jacksonville; grandchildren Danielle, Kimberly, Brock, Brett, Nicholas, Nathan, Christen and Noah; brothers Richard Fiorentini of Monroe, N.J., and Kenneth Fiorentini of Freehold, N.J.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


John Buckler
John Francis Buckler, 58, of Cabot died Dec. 28 in North Little Rock. He was born on March 3, 1948 to the late John and Genevieve Robinson Buckler in Norristown, Pa.  

John is survived by three children, Amy Denece Pitner and her husband Charles of Whitehouse, Texas; John Clinton Buckler of Cabot and Drew Francis Buckler of Austin, Texas.

He is also survived by a sister, Barbara J. Ruser and her husband John of Collegeville, Pa.; two brothers, Art Brooke and his wife JoAnn of Ward and Michael Phillip Buckler of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Mary, Kelly, Jacob, and Nicole Pitner, Jocelyn, Constance, and Claire Buckler.  

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Patricia Baumann
Patricia Ann Baumann, 46, of Romance died Dec. 22.

She was born July 22, 1960 to the late William and Luba Youngman Baumann in Queens, N.Y. 

She is survived by her companion, Walter Sohn; son, William Baumann; sister, Linda Sutton; brother, Andre Baumann; niece, Amy Broomall; and nephew, Michael Shifflett. 

Memorial services are to be announced at a later date. Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Delores Bell
Delores Marie Capps Bell, 68, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 25.

She was born on Dec. 15, 1938 to the late Joe and Olive Spann Capps.

She was preceded in death by her only sister, Jo Ann Collins Capps and a grandson, Vince France. 

Delores was a member of McArthur Assembly of God Church and was a hairdresser for 35 years.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jimmie Bell; son, James “Ricky” Love of Lonoke; daughters, Dawnette “Dawn” Love France and husband Tommy of Oklahoma City, Okla., April Love Ruppert and husband Ken of Merritt Island, Fla., and Cheryl Bell Conrad and husband Kenneth of Marion; brother, Jimmy “Butch” Capps and wife Sally of Baytown, Texas.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joe France and wife Marla, Brienne Love Barnes and husband Calvin, Erin Love Young and husband Jonathan, Stephanie and Shelby Ruppert, Jennifer and Julie France, Derrick Hagar and Tanner Conrad; and great-grandchildren Callie and Andrew France and much anticipated Cohen Reese Barnes due March 2007.

Funeral services were Dec. 29 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel followed by entombment in Chapel Hill Memorial
Park in Jacksonville.