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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 3-07-07


Tricia Collins, 38, died Feb. 28. Survivors include her children, Nathan Munnerlyn of Hazen, Erica Munnerlyn of Judsonia and Brooke Whitehead of Jacksonville; one grandson; her father, Willie Crane of Lonoke; three brothers; two sisters; her boyfriend, Matt Gilpin; special friends, Teresa Johnson and husband Jerry; and Nina Gilpin.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at New Testament Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Doris Louise Ellenburg Cummings, 72, of McRae died March 4 in McRae. She was born Jan. 15, 1935 in Arkansas County to Pryor and Susie Thompson Ellenburg. Survivors include her three sons, William Cummings, Jr. of Russellville and Ronnie and Kenneth Cummings, both of McRae; a daughter, Twyla Turner of McRae; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7 at McRae Pentecostal Church of God with burial in Bayou Meto Cemetery in Dewitt.

Funeral arrangements are by Westbrooke Funeral Home in Beebe.


Robert J. Cordell III, 24, died March 1. He was born April 23, 1982. Survivors include his fiancé, Christine DeSalvio; a son, Christopher DeSalvio of the home; his mother, Keri Cress; a sister, Rachel Sanders; his father, Bobby Cordell and wife Robbin; brother, Blake Cordell; grandfather, Burr Cordell and wife Diane; grandmother, Marlene Miller; great-grandmothers, Vesta Hallmark and Gladys Glover, all of Lonoke; aunt, Tanya Talley of Conway and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were March 4 at New Testament Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Doug Hambrick. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Melba Odell Strickland, 91, of Jacksonville died March 3 in Jacksonville. She was born Jan. 26, 1916 in Enola to the late William and Mattie House Curtis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers, two sisters and her husband, Clarence Strickland, in 1991.

She was a member of First Assembly of God Church in North Little Rock and a member of the Jacksonville Senior Citizens Center. In 1972 she founded the Pathfinders School in Jacksonville where she served as a teacher’s aid for many years.
She is survived by one son, Randy Strickland and wife Mary of Jacksonville, and two grandsons, James Strickland and his wife Sara and John Strickland.

Funeral services were March 5 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home’s Chapel. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Steve Sowell, 54, of Austin passed away March 2. Steve was employed at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Fort Roots for 23 years, most recently in the employee health unit. As a talented instrumentalist and vocalist, he brought tremendous joy to all who heard him. He thoroughly enjoyed playing his saxophone and Hammond B-3 organ while performing with Blues DeVille and the Honky Tonk Heroes.

Riding four-wheelers with his kids was a favorite weekend pastime. “A big man with a huge heart, Steve always had a joke to tell and a prank to pull,” according to his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Sowell.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa; daughter, Stephanie; two sons, Alex and Ryan; his mother, Jerri Sowell, all of Austin; his brother, Rick Sowell and wife Sherry; two nieces, Tiffany and Juli, and nephew, Daniel, all of Beebe. Special thanks go to the intensive care unit staff at St. Vincent Hospital and Arkansas Hospice. Memorials may be made to the Cabot High School Band Boosters, 401 N. Lincoln, Cabot, Ark. 72023.

Funeral was March 5 at First United Methodist Church in Beebe. Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Service of Beebe.


Mary Lois Miller Pierce, 58, died March 2. She is survived by her father, James E. Miller, Sr. of Sherwood; daughters, Sherry Wise and Lisa Stivers of Lonoke; one son, Stacy Carnes of Austin; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Deborah McDaniel of Sherwood, and brothers, James E. Miller, Jr. and Billy Wayne Miller, both of Lonoke. She was preceded in death by her mother, Lois Miller.

Funeral services were March 5 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke with burial in Lonoke Cemetery.


Robert “Bob” E. Huggins, 59, of Cabot passed away March 2 at his home. He was born Aug. 6, 1947 in Selmer, Tenn., to the late John and Helen Reddell Huggins. He was a CNC operator for 15 years with Dassault Falcon Jet until he retired in 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jimmy and Johnny Huggins and granddaughter, Angelina Celeste Huggins.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy; three sons, Chris Huggins and fiance Lydia of Cabot, Jeremy and Jason Huggins, both of Cabot; two daughters, Tami and husband Clint Skiver of Cabot and Kristi and husband Adam Moreno of Jacksonville; six grandchildren, Austin Huggins, Dakota Huggins, Christian Huggins, Blake Swafford Huggins, Tyler Moreno, Kaitlynn Swafford Huggins; four sisters, Betty Summerow, Gayla and husband Larry Hartley, Anita and husband Gene Coffey, Jo and husband Ronnie Church; brother, Kenneth Huggins and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were March 5 at Victory Baptist Church in Cabot. Burial followed at Sumner Cemetery. The family would like to express their appreciation for the special care that was given by Dr. Brad Baltz, Linda Head and the entire staff at Baptist Health Medical Center at 10A oncology.

The family suggests memorials be made to the hospital or Baptist Health Hospital. Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Ruth Ann Jones, 62, of Austin, died March 1 in Little Rock. She was born June 27, 1944 in St. Genevieve, Mo., to the late Leonard Joseph and Zola Grace Clifton Kirchner. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Richard Kirchner in 1999.
She is survived by her companion, Cotton Price; four sons, Kenny Sledge of Conway, B.J. Sledge of East End, Chris Sledge of Cabot and Billy Jones of Austin; sister-in-law, Mary Kirchner; four grandchildren, Sara Stone, Corey Sledge, Hunter Sledge and Kylee Sledge; two great grandchildren, Eric and Haley Stone, and three nephews, David Kirchner, Richard Kirchner and James Kirchner.

Funeral services were March 6 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Robert Schenebeck, 86, died March 2. He was born Dec. 13, 1920 south of Carlisle. He served in the Air Transport Command as a pilot in Scotland during the Second World War, served on Lonoke City Council eight years and was Lonoke County co-ordinator for emergency services 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Sue Schenebeck and a brother Eric Schenebeck. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Peggy Billingsley Schenebeck; he also leaves daughters, Linda Brown and husband Ed and Susan King and husband Rich, and a son, Robert Jr.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a niece; two nephews and numerous cousins.

Graveside services were in Lonoke Cemetery March 5 with Bro. Jimmy Wallace officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home.


James Hugh Bulice, 47, of Cabot passed away March 3. He was born Oct. 15, 1959 in Little Rock to Roy and Helen Bulice.
Survivors include his wife, Pam Bulice of Cabot; two sons, Jeff Fugatt and wife Susan of Ward and Bryant Bulice of Cabot; one daughter, Nikki Griffin and husband Craig of Ward; his parents, Roy and Helen Bulice of Cabot; three brothers, Clayton and wife Laurie Bulice of Conway, Harvey and wife Sharon Bulice of Cabot and Gary and wife Melissa Bulice of Cabot; five grandchildren, Lane Fugatt, Ryan Fugatt, Ethan McCoy, Eryn McCoy and Evan McCoy; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were March 5 at Mt. Springs Baptist Church in Cabot with burial at Mt. Springs Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a local Lions Club. Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.