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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 1-3-07


Billie Jean Harris, 62, of Ward, was born May 29, 1944, at Griffithville to William Clark and Othema Frances Jameson Weatherly. She died Jan. 1. She loved the outdoors and didn’t miss a grandchild’s ballgame. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Don Harris; four sons, Donnie Harris and wife Barbara of Bryant, Alvin Harris and wife Linda, John Harris and wife Connie, both of Ward, and Greg Harris and wife Cheryl of Beebe; one daughter, Stephanie Breedlove and husband Ken of Beebe; grandchildren, Jeff and Jennifer Harris, Brooke, Johnathon and Michael Harris, Brittany, A. J. and Joshua Harris, Megan and Holly Harris, Chris Harris, Matthew and Alli Breedlove, Misty Jackson, Sheryl Kindall; one great-grandchild, Jacob Harris; two brothers, Ronnie Weatherly and Junior Moore, both of Little Rock; and one sister, Wilma Smith of Mabelvale. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


David J. Newman, 65, of Beebe, went to be with his Savior Jan. 2. He was a truck driver for 42 years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Porter Newman; his mother, Faye Strayhorn Smotherman; and his son, Scotty Newman.

He is survived by his stepmother, Frances Rettig; four daughters, Pam Lee and husband Ward, Tammy Lynch and husband Randy, Tracy Wilson and husband Scott, and Patricia Pruitt and husband David; two sons, Donnie Joe Newman and wife Ana and Chad Newman; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six sisters, Martha Caldwell, Louise Payne and husband Tootsie, Virginia Lott and Braxton, Ann May and husband Bob, Mary “Nuggett” Fritz and husband Jimmy and Nell Wixon and husband Kevin; one brother, Porter David Newman, Jr. and wife Rhonda; and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4 at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe, with burial at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


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. He 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 were held Jan. 2 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville with Father Les Farley officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Johnnette Wilson, 81, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 1 at Fort Roots Hospice in North Little Rock. She was born Feb. 20, 1925 in Dermott, to John Perry and Willie Pearl Hardin. In 1944, she married James Edward Wilson in Vicksburg, Miss.
They moved to Arkansas in 1973. She graduated from UALR School of Nursing in 1977. Mrs. Wilson was a registered nurse at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and St. Vincent’s Hospital for over 15 years until she retired in 1993. She was a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ; Arkansas Nurses Association; Arkansas Chemotherapy Certified Nurses Association. Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband in 1990.

She is survived by four children and their spouses, Mary and Melvin Duda of Alton, Ill., James and Janet Wilson of Jacksonville, Shannon and Michael Hall of North Little Rock, Melissa and Robert Hall of Jacksonville; five grandchildren, Michael Duda, Kimberly Wilson, Marisa Duda, Justin and Jason Wilson; three great-grandchildren, Shannon Michelle Duda, Lee Michael Duda, Alan Michael Duda; two brothers, Mark Henry Harden of Nesbitt, Miss., and John Harden of Houston, Texas.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 6 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bonnie Johnson Gross officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation or Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.