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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 01-17-07

John Byrd
John H. Byrd, 73, of Beebe went to be with the Lord Jan. 14.

He was retired from ABF Trucking, a 32nd Degree Mason, member of the Eastern Star and a member of 16th Section Union Church.

He was a founding father of the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department and was an active volunteer in all community affairs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Delores Byrd; his daughter, Billie Gail and grandson Jeremiah Byrd.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Byrd; two daughters, Angie Sentell and Theresa A. Marx; one son, Billy F. Byrd; two stepchildren, David and Trudy; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Rev. William A. and Dr. James E. Byrd; three sisters, Lela Mae Burtcher, Nellie Marie Rogers and Alice Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Antioch Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department, 123 Cane Creek Road, Beebe, Ark. 72012.

Jimmy Fritz
Jimmy D. Fritz Sr., 62, of McRae died Jan. 13.

He was retired from Eaton after working there over 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Gertie Henry.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Fritz of McRae; one daughter, Glori and husband Ritchie Mahoney of Beebe; two sons, Jimmy D. Jr. and wife Chris Fritz and Nicholas B. and wife Shannon Fritz of Wichita, Kan.; one step-daughter, Paula Putman of Beebe; also seven grandchildren, Emily and Adam Satterfield, Meghan and Grace Mahoney, Harley and Chevy Land, and Hailey Fritz; one great-grandchild, Blayne Noggle, and his beloved Little Bit.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Beebe with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Garden.

Jessica Trujillo
Jessica Barbara Trujillo, 28, of Jacksonville died Jan. 13.

She is survived by her parents, sister, brother, husband and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be announced later.

Funeral arrangements will be by North Little Rock Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Gerald Land
Gerald Nick Land, 65, of Cabot passed away Jan. 10.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1941 in Little Rock to John Wesley Land and Pauline Hanson.

He loved his family very dearly. He loved to plant flowers, gardening and working outside. He spent his time being Santa Claus for everyone that he could, especially children with special needs. The gift he gave as Santa Claus was the message of Jesus. He was a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot where he served in several leadership positions.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Wesley Land and a sister, Joan Land.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Pauline Land of Cabot; his mother, Pauline “Mom” Land of Little Rock; one son, Brad Land of Gravel Ridge; seven daughters, Debbie and husband Chuck Mitchell of Scott, Judy and husband Rich Ussery of Scott, Diana and husband Joe Simon of Conway, Joan and husband Greg Shofner of Conway, Jenny and husband Cliff Gobble of Little Rock, Terry and husband Bo Walls of Van Buren and Glenda Carnahan of Springdale; two brothers, John and wife Sylvia Land and Mike Land, all of Little Rock; four sisters, Pat and husband Joe Kirchner, Paula and husband Nick Kirchner and Jan Porter all of Little Rock and Mary and husband Wayne Scott of The Colony, Texas; 18 grandchildren Kacey Coleman, Dakota Land, Kyle Mitchell, Chris Mitchell, Leslie Ussery, Kevin Ussery, Courtney Simon, Noah Simon, Gabe Simon, Matthew Shofner, Michael Shofner, Kayla Gobble, Sean Gobble, Jonie Sanders, Lisa Noble, M.J. Walls, Tiffany Walls, Michael Carnahan, and eight great-grandchildren.

He also has a host of nieces and nephews and many friends who will miss him very much.

Funeral services were Jan. 15 at Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church in Cabot.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Tabor UMC building fund.

Arrangements were made by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home and Memorial Park.

Doris Carter
Doris Alva Carter, 73, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 12 in Jacksonville.  

She was born April 25, 1933 to the late Ulysses and Eva Miller Wise in Savannah, Ga.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ross Dean Carter, and brother, Wilbur Wise.  

She is survived by her daughter, Del Foster of Jacksonville; granddaughters, Jennifer Ann and husband Romon Finklea, Shannon Lynn, and Michelle Renee Bashaw all of Jacksonville; great-grandchildren Alexis, Shayla, Reece, Shianne and Tavion all of Jacksonville; sisters, Reta Barrow and Joyce Wise of Georgia, Betty Compton of South Carolina, Gladys and husband Paul Freeburn of Indiana, Yulee Butler of Texas, and Estelle Rogers of Georgia; brothers, David and Cecil Cribbs of Georgia; numerous nieces and nephews and a bountiful supply of loving friends.

Private services have been arranged by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.