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Monday, February 26, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 02-24-07

Dennis Martindill
Dennis J. Martindill, 58, of Jacksonville died Feb. 22.

He was born March 14, 1948 in California to the late Clark and Ruby King Martindill.

He had been a resident of Jacksonville for the past 40 years and was a businessman. He was also a member of Highways and Hedges Ministry of Jacksonville.

He is survived by a daughter, Denise Martindill Perry of Oilville, Va., and a son, Danny C. Martindill of North Little Rock.
He is also survived by a brother, Harvey Martindill of Chino Hills, Calif.; a sister, Joann Vance of Quitman as well as four grandchildren, Hannah K. Perry, Nathan W. Perry and Halsey E. Perry all of Oilville, Va. and Paisley D. Martindill of North Little Rock.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with the Rev. Harvey Martindill officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society; 901 N. University, Little Rock, Ark. 72207, or the Make-A-Wish Foundation; 1780 Moriah Woods Blvd. Suite 10; Memphis, Tenn. 38117.

Amelia Milam
Amelia Evelyn Kessler Milam, 46, of Cabot passed away Feb. 21.

She was born May 20, 1960 in Shreveport, La. to the late Henry and Dorothy Kessler.

She graduated from Hall High School in 1979. She was a nurse practitioner at UAMS in Little Rock and attended First Church of the Nazarene in Beebe.

She is survived by her husband, Calvin “Gopher” Milam of the home; a daughter, Emily Milam and a son, Henry James “Hank” Milam, both of Cabot; a stepdaughter, Summer Milam of Bentonville; two sisters, Jensi and Lisa Kessler, both of Albuquerque, N.M; a brother, Henry “Kes” Kessler and a sister-in-law, Donna Kessler of Little Rock; a father-in-law, James Milam and a mother-in-law, Dorothy Milam of Ward; a brother and a sister-in-law, Alvin and Cheryl Milam; a brother-in-law, Jimmy Milam; numerous nieces, nephews and many other family members and friends.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at First Church of the Nazarene in Beebe with Pastor Steven Hall officiating. Burial will follow at 16th Section Cemetery with Chris Stivers, Gene Howell, Mike Farler, Russ Fields, Ron Wilson and J.D. Dunn as pallbearers and Pat Graham as honorary pallbearer.

Funeral arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Services of Cabot.

Carmelo Pappalardo
Carmelo Pappalardo, 67, of Jacksonville, formerly of New Paltz, N.Y., died Feb. 21 in Little Rock.

He was born in Kingston, N.Y. on July 7, 1939, to the late Salvatore and Dominica Laudani Pappalardo.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Marth J. Hay Pappalardo in 2006 and a brother, Francesco Pappalardo as well as a sister, Dinah Tozzi and his step mother Maria.

He became a born-again Christian in 1999 and was an active member of his church. He leaves behind many who loved him and will miss him deeply.

Survivors include two sons, Sal Pappalardo and his wife Janeice of Jacksonville and Carl Pappalardo and his wife Tina of New Paltz, New York, and his grandchildren, Brian, Ariana, Carina, Patrick and Leslie also survive him as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26 at Bayou Meto Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Edwards officiating. Burial will follow in Sumner Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

Memorials may be made to Heifer International and the Gideon’s International.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Vicki Davis
Vicki Jewel Davis, 52, of Kensett went home to be with the Lord, Feb. 21. 

She was born to her parents, Harry D. and Lola Belle Armstrong of Beebe on May 6, 1954.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, David M. Davis; her son, Jon and wife Joanna Davis; her daughter, Toria and husband Bronson Sullivan, all of Kensett, as well as two grandchildren, Melissa Sullivan and Cameron Davis. 

She is also survived by her father, Harry D. Armstrong of Beebe and five siblings, Fred Armstrong of Beebe, Jim Armstrong of Nevada, Tom Armstrong of Cabot, Pat Woods of Beebe and Vivian Sanford of Searcy. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lola Belle Armstrong of Beebe.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25 at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Leonard Benson
Leonard M. Benson, Jr., 79, of Jacksonville died Feb. 19 at Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Jacksonville.
He was born April 7, 1927 in Serapta, La., to the late Leonard Sr. and Althea Benson.

He was a veteran of the Second World War having served in the Navy, Army Air Corps and retired as a senior master sergeant in the Air Force.

He was a 35-year member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville.

Preceding him in death were three sisters, Vera Benson, Velma Smith, and Verdi Henson and a brother, James.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Antoinette Benson; four daughters, Carol Staggs of Jacksonville, Linda Brown and husband Butch of Furlow, Barbara Thompson of Redmond, Wa., Gloria Johnson and husband Jerry of Jacksonville; one son, Michael and wife Debra of Camden; 15 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Pauline LeRoux of Virginia and Stella Duplechan of Louisiana.

He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 22 at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Father Les Farley officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park at Jacksonville.

Ray Hassen
Ray F. Hassen, 70, went to be with the Lord Feb. 23.

He was born in California May 17, 1937 and raised in Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Elsie Hassen.

He is survived by one daughter, Brenda and husband David Kinkade; six grandchildren of LeGrand, Iowa; three brothers, Tion and wife Erma Hassen of Jonesboro, Thomas and wife Geneva Hassen of Cabot, Sam and wife Joyce Hassen of Bismarck; three sisters, Zelma and husband Thomas Thurgood of Carlisle, Geneva Moore of Bismarck and Janie and husband Carthel Clark of Hot Springs and several other relatives and friends.

Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Jacksonville. Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke.

Carolyn Moore
Carolyn Gertrude Moore, 79, of Jacksonville passed away Feb. 18 at her home.  

She was born Feb. 6, 1928 in Front Royal, Va., to the late Basil and Grace McWilliams Williams.  

She was also preceded in death by her husband, W.B. Moore, two sisters, a brother and a granddaughter, Amy Parks.  
She retired from Maybelline in 1990 and was a Christian.

Survivors include daughter, Dianna Parks and her husband Steve of Jacksonville; two sons, W.C. Moore and his wife Judy of Cabot and Gene Moore of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Shawn Parks, Stephanie Rose, Casey Moore and Ronnie Parks, three great-grandchildren, a brother and three sisters.

Funeral services were Feb. 23 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Pastor Tim Carter officiating.  
Burial followed in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.  

Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Ella Curry
Ella Mae Horton Burgess Curry passed away Feb. 20 after a lengthy illness.

She was a charter member of New Testament Baptist Church of Lonoke.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Ollie Horton; her husband, James Curry, and a son, Gary Burgess.
She is survived by sons, John “Dickey” Burgess and wife Judy of Lonoke, Larry Curry and wife Sherry of Texas; daughters, Glenda Allison and husband Freddie of Lonoke, Donna Hall and husband Cecil, Mary Harrell and Henrietta Odom, all of Texas. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and a sister, Lela Jo Tullos of Lonoke.

Funeral services were Feb. 23 at New Testament Baptist Church with burial to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke.

A special thanks to Golden Years Manor for their compassion and care.

Also, a special thanks to her longtime caregiver, Marcia Miller. Memorials may be made to New Testament Baptist Church building fund.

Lena Tucker
Lena A. Tucker, 49, of Lonoke passed away Feb. 20 in Sherwood.

She was born on March 23, 1957 in Little Rock to John and Nellie Carter Garringer.

She was of the Baptist faith and was crazy about wrestling.

She ws preceded in death by her father, John Garringer.

She is survived by her loving husband, Gleason of the home; her mother, Nellie Garringer of Lonoke; one daughter, Cassandra Henley and her husband Patrick of Lonoke; one brother, Johnny Garringer and wife Sheila of Lonoke; two sisters, Marty Tippitt of Moore, Okla., and Tonya Curtis and husband Tim of Lonoke. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Madeline Henry, Lindsay and Justin Henley.

Funeral services were Feb. 23 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Milburn “Pint” Hill and Rev. Tim Curtis officiating.

Burial followed at Arkansas Memorial Gardens.