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Friday, January 12, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 01-13-07

Donald Seever
Donald Lee Seever, 43, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 9.

He was born Oct. 14, 1963 at Tyndall Air Force Base in Fla.
He was the son of Orrin C. Seever and Jo M. Young Roberts. 

Survivors include his father, Orrin C. and stepmother Nelda Seever; mother, Jo M. and step-father Joseph Roberts; brothers, David Seever and his wife Tina of San Marcos, Calif. and Douglas Seever of Jacksonville; nephews, Kyle and Zach Seever; dog, “Lucky” and numerous aunts and uncles. 

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Donations may be made to your favorite charity.

Thomas Brewer
Thomas “Jack” Brewer, 77, of Brownsville, Texas, died Jan. 9.

He was born March 15, 1929, to the late Tom W. and Evelyn Brewer in Lonoke County.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of 24 years, retiring in 1969 as a LCDR. As a Naval officer he flew fixed wing transport planes initially and later search and rescue missions as a helicopter pilot. He was also a meteorological officer when not flying.
Upon retiring, he completed a master’s degree in math and set about a second career in teaching, both at the high school and college level before retiring again in 1994.

He is survived by three daughters and a son; Pamela Brewer Kerr of St. Louis, Thomas W. Brewer of Belleville Ill., Beth Brewer Nicholas of Allen, Texas, and Yolanda Gail Brewer of Corpus Christi, Texas; and his brother, Gene Brewer of Miami, Flo.; also five grandsons and one granddaughter and two nieces.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe followed by graveside service at 3:30 p.m. in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Sheila Mettler
Sheila K. Mettler, 55, of Cabot passed away Jan. 10 in North Little Rock.   

She was born Aug. 27, 1951 in Hays, Kansas.  

Sheila was an avid shopper, loved to spend time with her family and cherished her cat “Flops.”

She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Larry and wife Joreen Mettler Survivors include her husband, Charles J. Mettler and son, Christopher L. Mettler, both of Cabot; sister, Karen Legleiter-Viergever and husband David of Morton, Ill. and their children, Katrina M. Pender and Jessica Pender of Pekin, Ill. and nephew, Andrew Viergever of Morton, Ill.; parents, her father Gilbert and step-mother Freada Legleiter of Winfield, Kan., and mother Flora Mae Korbe Harris of Morton, Ill. and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Herman and Bernadine Mettler of Nicollet Mn.; brothers-in-law; Jim, Joe and wife Judy, Denny and wife LaNae, Rick Mettler, all of Nicollet, Minn. and Doug and wife Cherri of Converse, Texas; sisters-in-law, Kathy, Sandy Mettler, Deb and husband Randy Hulke, Shirley and husband Wayne Meurer of Nicollet, Minn. and Liz and husband Larry Kahout of Redwood Falls, Minn. and many nieces and nephews.

Private services are being performed. Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Donnie Baxley
Donnie Alan Baxley, 53, of McRae went to be with our Heavenly Father on Jan. 8.

He was born at Memphis, Tenn. on April 19, 1953 and was a farmer and retired Wal-Mart truck driver with his CB handle of “Tennis Shoe.”

He graduated as salutatorian from McRae High School in 1971 and went to Arkansas State University at Beebe. He was a member of the McRae United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton LeRoy Baxley, Jr.; grandparents, John and Floy LaFerney, Alma and George Dandridge, and Clinton LeRoy Baxley, Sr.

Survivors include his son, Clinton Alan Baxley of Romance; his granddaughter, Serenity Laine Baxley; his mother, Arline Baxley of McRae; two brothers, Dariel Baxley of McRae and John Derek Baxley of Bradford; three sisters, Darcy Baxley and Dianna Baxley, both of McRae and Debbie and husband Baxley Morgan of Judsonia; stepson, Eric Tway of Romance; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, longtime friends Terry Baker, Jerry Linder and Mike Britton; and man’s best friend, his dog, Fancy.

Funeral was Jan. 11, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Lebanon Cemetery.

Mary Gentry
Mary Lynn Schwedic Gentry, 71, went to meet her Heavenly Father on Jan. 7.

She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her children, Sheila Davis and husband Dick of Smackover, Carol McKay and husband Jim of Jacksonville, Marilyn Miller and husband Billy Wayne and Michael Schwedic and wife Barbara of Lonoke, Judy Criner and husband Billy of North Little Rock and David Schwedic and wife Gayle of Newport News, Va.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia Dean Elliott of Jacksonville and Betty Southerland of Oklahoma and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were Jan. 10 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke with burial in Wattensaw Cemetery.

Raymond Holden, Jr.
Raymond Holden, Jr. died Jan. 7.

He was born Sept. 13, 1935 to the late Maggie Bankhead Jackson and Raymond Holden.

He confessed Christ as his Savior at an early age. He joined the Army and after 20 years of dedicated service, he returned to Arkansas where he joined the Belle Grove Baptist Church. He would get up early, wait for his favorite cousin Richard Young and off they would go in that blue truck for a day of worship. His health failed him later and he was not able to attend church but Christ never left his heart.

Raymond leaves a host of family members and friends to cherish his life, a one son, Aaron Holden of New Jersey; a daughter, Avis Holden Clinton of Maryland; two grandsons, Jerry Clinton, Jr. and Christopher Holden; two sisters, Doris and husband Glasgow Pleasants of Columbia, S.C. and Patsy Dyer Powell of Disputanta, Va.; three nieces, Myrain, Carla and Rosalin; three nephews, Carl, Anonthy and Terrance; two very special relatives, John Holden and Herman Ball and a host of cousins and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 12 at Union Valley Baptist Church. A committal service followed in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Sam Peeler
Sam Peeler, 90, of Jacksonville died Jan. 6, in Bryant.

He was born June 12, 1916 in Benton to the late William Alfred and Lou Elizabeth McPherson Peeler.

He served in the United States Army during the Second World War and later worked for the Bayou Meto School. He also attended Little Bethel Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by one brother, Duel Peeler and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service were Jan. 9 in the Chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Douglas officiating. Burial followed in McPherson Cemetery in Benton.

Leo Miller
Leo “Fat” Miller, 67, died Jan. 6. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Miller; a son, Derwin Miller and two brothers, Willie Lee Miller and Robert Miller.

He is survived by his wife Inella Miller; sons, LeMar Miller and wife April of North Little Rock, Frederick Reddy of Lonoke and one daughter, LaSonja Heard, of Lonoke; his mother, Edith Miller of Lonoke; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six sisters, Ardatha Allen and Willie Jean Cole of Lonoke, Emma Curlett of Hazen, Mary Hicks of Lonoke, Minnie Rasberry of Pine Bluff and Cynthia Miller of Lonoke and one brother, Cleo Miller of Lonoke.

Funeral services were Jan. 9 at Palm Street Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Funeral arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Rex Henley
Rex Carthel Henley, 79, of Cabot passed into eternity at Baptist Springhill Hospital on Jan. 4.  

He served his country in Second World War with the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.  He retired from Franklin Electric and Parts Warehouse.  

He was preceded in death by his parents William F. and Ethel Lovell Henley; two sisters, Ethel Wickett and Thelma Plemmons.  
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Billie Jo Collins Henley; brother Pete Gianaris of Kansas; his mother-in-law Cleo Collins of Cabot; his sister-in-law, the twin sister of his wife, Bobbie Ann Buck,  numerous beloved nieces and nephews,  extended family members and friends.

Funeral services were Jan. 8 at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Dorothy Rich
Dorothy “Dot” Jean Rich, 66, passed from this life Jan. 10.

She was a member of New Testament Baptist Church and was Co-Owner of Rich’s Auto Repair and Wrecker Service in Lonoke.
She is preceded in death by a son, Jimmy; her parents, Houston and Louise Hill and sisters Mary and Sandy.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Martin Rich; sons, Jacob Rich and wife Leanna of Jacksonville, Steve Rich and wife Jeri and George Rich and wife Mary of Lonoke; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; her sisters, Edna Ford of Lonoke and Kathy Scaife of Benton.

Funeral services were Jan. 12 at New Testament Baptist Church.

Burial followed in Lonoke Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Almeda Sullivan
Almeda Sullivan, 82, passed away Jan. 9.

She is survived by her husband, Lewis Dale Sullivan; daughters, Patsy Fritz of Hot Springs, Sherry Anderson, Vickie Bednar and Debbie Cash, of Cabot; one son, Jim Sullivan of Gregory; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lizzie Underwood of Cabot and a sister-in-law, Mary Justice of Lonoke.

Graveside services were Jan. 11 in Concord Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the Staff at the Fort Roots Unit of Arkansas Hospice.