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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 1-10-07


Walter D. England, 87, of Beebe departed this life on Jan. 2. Born Oct. 10, 1919, he was the third of nine children born to Marion and Dora Hall England at Elm Store just south of the Missouri line. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he was a greeter, deacon emeritus and church trustee. His 42 years in the field of education were spent in Missouri and Arkansas. He started his career right out of high school in a one-room school and progressed to principal, school superintendent, and retiring as the dean “chancellor” at ASU-Beebe.

He established the England Challenge Scholarship at ASU-Beebe, where the Math-Science Building has been named in his honor. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hanford England, Dr. David England and Clifford England, and one sister, Ella James. He is survived by three brothers, Dr. Noah England and Gordon England, both of Missouri and Dr. Daniel England of Magnolia, and a sister, Lula Lamere of Alton, Ill., also by his wife of 55 years, Louise Horner England, and three special daughters, Cindy Wright and Abbie Covington and husband Larry of Beebe and Janie Byard of Vilonia; seven grandchildren, Tasha Clark, Diana Porter of Grants Pass, Oregon, Carissa Gullett of Vilonia, Jason Byard, Mackenzie Kooyer, and Malorie Covington of Beebe, and Marcus Covington of New York; 12 great-grandchildren and many loyal friends. Funeral services were held Jan. 4 at Beebe First Baptist Church with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home at Beebe. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 101 Hwy. 64, Beebe, Ark. 72012, or to the England Challenge Scholarship at ASU-Beebe, P.O. Box 1000, Beebe, Ark. 72012.


Eva Louise Bouse, 90, of Ward died Jan. 7 at her home. She was born on June 7, 1916 to the late George and Virgie Thompson Fiedler in Vilonia. She was a graduate of Cabot High School. Eva enjoyed farming and sold produce at Little Rock Farmers Market. Eva was also preceded in death by her husband Roy Bouse in 1991; two brothers, Clifford and Leslie Fiedler; two sisters, Lodema Sherlock and Ada Fiedler and one nephew, Leslie Charles Fiedler. Eva is survived by three children, Emma Lou Morrow and Virginia West, both of Ward and Charlotte Hirsch of Pasco, Wash.; one sister, Victoria Reece of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two nieces and three nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at Victory Baptist Church in Cabot with Pastor Ted Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Baptist Hospice. Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Mary Elizabeth Fowler Neill, 82, of North Little Rock passed away peacefully Jan. 7 at the home of her daughter, Missy Land in Vilonia. She was born Jan. 25, 1924 to the late Mary Elizabeth Scott and George Mack Fowler. She was preceded in death by her husband, SMSGT. (Ret.) James B. Neill, USAF, and two of her brothers, George Robert Fowler and James Burton Fowler. She is survived by her three sisters, Genelia O’Gara of Apopka, Fla., Helen Coleman and husband Tommy of Zellwood, Fla. and Anne Charlton and husband James of Finger, Tenn.; her brother, Maxwell Fowler and wife Mary of Norfolk, Va.; four children, Jammie and husband Stephen Ziller of Little Rock, James Patrick Neill of Taunton, Mass., Michael Neill of Cabot and Margaret and husband Larry Land of Vilonia; as well as seven grandchildren, Justin and Peyton Land of Vilonia, Mitchell and Morgan Neill of Taunton and Stephanie, Catherine and Allison Ziller of Little Rock and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary was very active in many organizations throughout her life such as the Non-commissioned Officers Wives Club, where she held many offices, including president; the Protestant Women of the Chapel; the American Red Cross Gray Ladies; the Moose Lodge in Sherwood and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She also enjoyed the company of her many friends and the Sherwood Seniors. Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11 at the funeral home officiated by Ken Jordan. In lieu of flowers the family asks to consider a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association, 10411 West Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, Ark. 72205 or a charity of your choice.


Pat Canoy, 57, passed away Dec. 29. “Mr. Pat’s” hobbies included riding his motorcycle for pleasure and charities. He also enjoyed spending time with all of his grandchildren and numerous friends. He drove for Pat Salmon and Sons for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, Annette Canoy; two daughters, Wanda Napier and Angel Tucker; his Mother, Ellen Smith; five brothers and four sisters; his grandchildren, Lance, Kyle, Megan, Lori, R.J. and Raylon. Pat was preceded in death by his father, brother and one daughter. Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke with burial in Old Carlisle Cemetery.


Larry Eugene Cavender, 58, passed away Dec. 29. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Canoy Cavender; two sons, Joe and Michael Cavender; three grandchildren, Kyle, Brianna and Erin; his brothers, Jerry, Terry and Donald and his sister, Diane. Larry was a friend to everyone he knew, and feared by fish everywhere. A funeral service was Jan. 2 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke.


Odell Staggs Havens, 90, passed away Jan. 6. She is survived by a daughter, Phoebe Young of North Little Rock; grandsons, Lee Young of North Little Rock and David Young of Van Buren; their father, Don Young of Oklahoma and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Shuford Staggs and Emmett Havens. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Boyd Funeral Home with burial in Carlisle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimers of Arkansas.


Adele R. Duvall, 77, of Jacksonville died Jan. 5. She was born Dec. 15, 1929 in Prum/Eifel, Germany to the late Daniel and Margarete Peters Rodermann. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Duvall was preceded in death by three brothers Mathias, Heinrich and Wilhelm Rodermann and one sister Johanna Leuschen. She was a member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville and a member of the choir for 31 years. She worked as a cook for the Pulaski County Special School District for 26 years. She is survived by her husband, Gordon Duvall of the home; daughter, Yolande Bell and her husband, Larry of Jacksonville; son, Carl Duvall and his wife Diane of Austin; sisters, Alwine Rodermann and Elfrieda Stein of Germany; three grandchildren, Bryan and Lindsey Bell of Jacksonville and Casey Duvall of Austin. A Rosary was Jan. 7 at St. Jude’s. Funeral Mass was Jan. 8 at St. Jude Catholic Church with Father Les Farley officiating. Entombment followed in Chapel Hill Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 2403 MacArthur Dr., Jacksonville, Ark. 72076 or Arkansas Hospice, 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock, Ark. The family would like to thank the staff at Woodland Hills Nursing Home and Arkansas Hospice for the special care given to Adele in her final days. Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Vernell Ellinger, 68, of McRae died Jan. 5. She was born Nov. 8, 1938, at Romance. She was a good homemaker and a wonderful grandma. She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie Covington. She is survived by her husband, Larry Ellinger of McRae; mother, Lorene Ostrom of McRae; two sons, Ronnie Miller and wife Brandi of Searcy and Kevin Ellinger and wife Shelly of Beebe; one daughter, Martha Miller of Copperas Cove, Texas; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Lee Covington; and two sisters, Alice Strayhorn and Pam Harris. Funeral services were Jan. 8 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Romance Cemetery.


Johnny Ray Ellison, 66, of Vilonia died on Jan. 5. He was born Aug. 4, 1940, at Heth. Johnny was a kind-hearted man who worked hard to provide for his family. He would always lend a hand to help others in need. He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. The proudest moment of Johnny’s life was the birth of his precious son – Justin. He loved his son dearly. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alta Ellison of Stuttgart. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Ruby Sumler Ellison and his cherished son, Justin Randall Ellison. He is also survived by his daughter, Jera Rae Houghtaling. Other survivors include his two brothers, Thurman Ellison of Quitman and Jesse Ellison of Cabot; four sisters, Millie Harp of England, Glenda Stokes of Roe, Pamela Harris and Debra Hammerly, both of Stuttgart. The Ellison family would like to thank Dr. Alan Storeygard for his friendship and for the excellent care he has given Johnny over the past 20 years. Johnny leaves behind many friends and family members who will miss him greatly.

Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at Sixteenth Section Methodist Church in Austin with burial in Sixteenth Section Cemetery near Austin. Arrangements were by Westbrooke Funeral Home in Beebe.


Cornealious Earl Laws, 75, of Flippin died Jan. 6. He was born March 10, 1931 in Sparkman to the late Henry Jackson and Mamie Lee Nutt Laws. He was employed by AT&T for many years in the maintenance department. In addition to his parents, Mr. Laws was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Earl Laws.

He is survived by one daughter, Karen Stills of Harrison and two sisters, Dorothy Vails of Jacksonville, Edna Andrews of Pine Bluff and Reatha Laws, caregiver and friend. Three grandchildren; Jerry Earl Laws, Jr., Amanda Jordan and Erin Copeland as well as two great grandchildren, Jacob and Preston Laws also survive him. Graveside services were Jan. 9 in Chapel Hill Memorial Park at Jacksonville with the Rev. Jerold Posey officiating under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.