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Monday, March 05, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 03-03-07

Bobbe Johnson
Bobbe Lynn Johnson, 70, of Lonoke passed away Feb. 25 in Little Rock.

She was born Sept. 4, 1936 in Lincoln, Neb., to Orville and Norine Marshall.

Survivors include her children, Kimberly Green of Lonoke, Robin Johnson of California, Lois Clark of Cuba, and Christopher and Gregory Johnson both of Colorado; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 3 at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Donations may be made to the family for expenses.


Vertis Parker
Vertis Parker, 74, of Sherwood died March 1.

She was born May 16, 1932 at Ward to George and Maggie Forsyth Ingram.

She was an active member of her church and Eastern Star, and enjoyed bowling.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Wallace Ingram; and sister, Betty Jeanne Womack.

Vertis is survived by her husband of 45 years, Ed Parker; two daughters, Laura Hammock and husband Charles of San Antonio, Texas, and Carol Simmons and husband Mike of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Artis Jones of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Sarah Hammock, Maggie and Shawn Simmons; nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4 at Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church with burial in Monk Cemetery.


Bessie Norman
Bessie Lee “Jobe” Norman, 93, died March 1 in Beebe.

She was born Oct. 19, 1913 in Mt. Vernon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlan; her parents Bradley and Mae Ussery Jobe and her brothers, Farris, Madison, and Bradley Jr.

She is survived by a daughter Bessie Mae Griffin and husband Robert of Cabot; a son, Jimmie D. and wife Ruby of Jupiter, Florida; four grandchildren, Brent B. Norman, Shela Norman, Leslie Griffin and Bradley Griffin; six great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.

She participated in many activities and positions of leadership in her church both at Romance and Beebe until her health declined.

The pastor and/or visiting pastor always knew where there was a good home-cooked meal in the oven. Many people in White County, especially the members at Romance, will remember Bessie Lee’s faithful service and leadership in the White County Home Demonstration Club.

She was honored for over 50 years of membership and leadership by the County Council.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4 in the chapel of Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy with burial following in the Romance Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her memory to the Hospice of White County Chapter at 112 Brantley Road Searcy, Ark. 72143.


Alex Gorman
Alex Gorman, Jr., 74, of Cabot died Feb. 26 in North Little Rock.

He was born on July 28, 1932 to the late Alex Sr. and Elsie Louise Knight Gorman in Mobile County, Ala.  

Alex was a member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church and United Auto Workers Union.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Gorman of the home; three children, Rebecca Lasaca, Jennifer Cabral and Michael Gorman, all of Calif.; one sister, Barbara Temple of Calif.; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  

Memorial services were March 1 at Mt. Zion Methodist Church with Rev. Paul Wooley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Mt. Zion Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. 


Oscar Tozer
Oscar Tozer, 95, of Des Arc died Feb. 28.

He was a retired farmer, business owner and handyman.

Graveside service was March 2 in Beebe Cemetery by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


Jimmy Belote
Jimmy L. Belote, 71, of Mayflower passed away Feb. 26 at Conway.  

He was born Oct. 28, 1935 in Little Rock to Lucille Harmon Belote and the late Archie L. Belote.  

Jimmy was a builder and had served in the Air National Guard.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Faye Belote; a daughter, Tina Reeves of California; two sons, Rick Belote of Conway and Jimmy Lee Belote of Clinton; his mother, Lucille Harmon Belote; a brother, Fred Belote; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were March 2 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Funeral arrangements were under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Gladys Bean
Gladys Irene Bean, 76, of Cabot passed away Feb. 25.

She was born March 15, 1930 in Seminole, Okla., to the late Robert L. Alston and Mary Love-Alston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Bean, in 1984 and two sisters, Lena and Pauline.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda and husband Paul Richardson of Rogers and Sandra and husband Don Harrod of Hot Springs; two sons, Leslie W. and wife Susan Bean of Benton and Robert and wife Donna Bean of Conway; 10 grandchildren, Michael Richardson, Rick Rich-ardson, Michelle Terry, Tony Richardson, Jim-my Bodtke, Donna Kaye Taylor, Eric Bean, Aaron Bean, Tiffany Bean and Sunde Bagwell; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 29 at McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville with Rev. Larry Burton officiating. Burial was at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow, Okla.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Arkansas Cancer Research Center in Little Rock or to McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville.

Funeral arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.