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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 1-31-07


Virginia “Belle” Lilly, 100, went to be with her Lord Jan. 26. Belle was born Nov. 22, 1906, to the late William Preston Jackson and Margaret Anne Bain. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Lilly, and her only child, Don Philpot.

She was the first Humnoke High School graduate, where she returned to teach after receiving her teaching certificate from Arkansas Normal School (later UCA), in Conway. She taught school in a one-room classroom in Humnoke and later co-owned Lilly Iron and Boiler. She is survived by three grandchildren, Lee Anne and husband Steve Hess of Conway, Donna Curry and John Philpot of Carlisle.

She is also survived by fourgreat-grandchildren, Lee Wood and Suzanne Smiley of Conway, Allison Parker of Carlisle and Andrea Prislovsky of Stuttgart, and four great-great-grandchildren, Greyson Wood, Lucien and Bella Smiley and Hayden Parker. Belle was known by her grandchildren as Nana and by her great and great-greats as Nannie. Belle had been a Carlisle First Baptist Church member since July 19, 1939. She was a past member of Business and Professional Women. Funeral services were Jan. 29 at Carlisle First Baptist Church, followed withburial in Carlisle Cemetery.


Eugene Lester Smith, 89, of Cabot passed away Jan. 29. He was born March 17, 1917 in Scranton, to the late Robert and Ester Missouri-Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife Ana Smith in December 2006, three brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include one daughter, Elaine Skaggs of Cabot; one son, Jerry Smith of England; four grandchildren, Lesia Southerland, Sarah Smith, Jacob Smith and Jerry Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Shane Southerland and Brian Southerland.

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Manuel Cook, 82, died Jan. 27. He was a member of Assembly of God Church. Survivors include his daughter, Annie Mae Cooper of Marked Tree; sister, Carolyn Cedio, and two grandsons. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke with burial following in Hicks Cemetery.


Kenneth W. Justice, 71, died Jan. 26. He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Willie Mae Clements Justice; his parents, Daisy and Phillip Justice, and a sister Betty, and husband Calvin King.

Survivors include his children, Arnold Justice and Peggy and husband Allan Hobbs of Jacksonville, Marilyn and husband Bob Putman of Beebe and Brenda and husband Willis Fontaine of Houghton, Mich.; one brother, James and wife Viola Justice; and a sister, Doris and husband Bill Bates, all of Lonoke; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Jan. 30 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke with burial following in Hicks Cemetery.


Joseph E. Lamb, 92, of North Little Rock died Tuesday, Jan. 23. He was born to the late William and Mary Lassie Stovall Lamb in Lonoke County near Furlow. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Madeline Lamb, and one daughter, JoAnn Story. He was our precious father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend. He was a member of Levy Methodist Church and the Eagle, Elks and Moose clubs.

He worked at Mare Island Naval Base in California during the Second World War. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Arkansas before the war. He was a driver for many years for Cities Service Oil Company. In 1959, he founded and managed Lambs Arkansas CleanPro, a successful cleaning business in central Arkansas. He ran the business until his retirement in 2000. He will be missed by his family and all that knew him. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Lou Erwin Lamb; two sons, Joe Lamb and Garry Lamb; two daughters, Madeline Darlene Hastings and Carolyn McCrary; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Jan. 26 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home with Bro. Paul officiating. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.


Alan C. Stoneking, 54, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 20 in Little Rock. He was born Sept. 22, 1952 in El Paso, Texas, to the late Clyde Eugene and Dorothy A. Conrad Stoneking. He served in the Army and was a Baptist. He loved gardening and fishing. Trout fishing was his specialty. Survivors include sisters, Jean Williams and husband Larry and Kandy DeLaigle, all of Jacksonville; brothers, Steven Clyde Stoneking and wife Joy of Gravel Ridge and Michael Eugene Stoneking of Jacksonville; one nephew, three nieces, one great-nephew and four great-nieces.

Graveside services were Jan. 24 at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock with Pastor Jim Smith officiating.
Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


SSgt. Walter Emery Thompson, 77, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 24 in Little Rock. He was born on July 22, 1929 to the late Emery and Bertha Faulkerson Thompson in Devil’s Lake, N.D. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathie; son, Rolf; and brothers, Maurice and John.

He was an Army veteran, a member of the NRA and a Methodist. Survivors include his son, Hank Thompson and daughter-in-law, Linda Leverett of Jacksonville; grandson, Michael Shawn Thompson of Albuquerque N.M.; brother, Myron Thompson of San Antonio, Texas; and a sister, Margaret Olson of California. Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.