Leader Blues

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 3-14-07


James Franklin Askew, 66, of Jacksonville went to be with his Lord and Savior March 9 in Little Rock. He was born Nov. 11, 1940 to the late Otis and Irma Adams Askew in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Lou Ella Askew.
Mr. Askew served his country in the Army, retiring as a chief warrant officer. He also served in the Vietnam War and later retired from Lockheed Martin as well as various other government agencies.

He played lead guitar for the gospel group “The Gospel Tones” but most importantly he was a devout Christian and an outstanding grandfather, dad and brother.

Survivors include his son, Samuel B. Askew and wife Salli of Indianola, Wa.; daughter, Stacee Martin and husband Marcus of Jacksonville; brother, Erwin Askew and wife, Sis of Paris; sister, Marion Barco of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren and numerous other family and friends including all the Gospel Tones.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville with Rev. Cliff Hutchins officiating. Burial will follow in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Ruth Janine Robinson, 70, of Austin passed away March 10 in Jacksonville. She was born Aug. 29, 1936 in Bunker, Mo., to the late John F. and Montine Cotton Farrar.

Her husband, Bobby Gene Robinson, preceded her in death in 1998. Ruth was a member of the Women of the Moose and of First United Methodist Church of Cabot. She is survived by one son, John Robinson and his wife Kim of Austin; one daughter, Keli Crowder and her husband Howard Lynn “Red” of Ward; and three grandchildren, Jessica Gardner, Andrew Catlett and Autumn Robinson, all of Austin.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at Mt. Springs Cemetery on Hwy 5.
Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Raymond F. Alvers, 73, of Jacksonville passed away March 8. He was born in Evansville, Ind., on May 19, 1933 to Sherman Alvers and Gertrude Tucker. He retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service.

He loved traveling and meeting new people. He was known as Al Dutch, grandpa Al and Pa. He was always telling jokes and going to junk shops and looking for a good deal. He enjoyed every day of his life, he truly lived life to its fullest.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy J. Alvers; one brother, Delbert Alvers; a grandson, Christopher Michael Harvey and a granddaughter, Heather Michelle.

He is survived by his companion, Karla Huntley; two daughters, Kathryn Black and husband Derrick Black of San Antonio, Texas, and Sheryl Roberts and husband Tommy Roberts of Hensley; one son, Russell Alvers and wife Melisa Alvers of Ward; three sisters, Rosalie Scalf of Hendersonville, N.C., Ruth Gorman of Evansville, Ind., and Nelda Brandsasse of Harrisburg, Ill.; two brothers, Theodore Alvers of Colton, Calif., and Carl Alvers of Evansville; and five grandchildren, Katie Roberts of Hensley, Ryan Black and Jessica Black of San Antonio, Tonya Lovell of Ward and Ashley Alvers of Ward.
Funeral service were March 13 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Chapel in North Little Rock.


Emma Avelin Lucena, 2 months and 27 days passed away March 8.

She is survived by her parents, Colin and Brandie Lucena of Jacksonville; two sisters, Miranda Lucena Wagnon of Oklahoma and Caitlin Mae Lucena; brother, Carson Lucena; grandparents, Kelly and Leon Davis, all of Jacksonville and Margaret and Diosdado Lucena of New Mexico; also great-grandparents, Chuck and Shirley Mallonee, Nancy Gullick, all of Jacksonville, Ruben Lucena of Hawaii, Esther Fernandez of Montana and Dick Mulldoon of New Mexico.

Memorials may be made to Emma Lucena Memorial Fund at any Regions Bank. Funeral services were held March 13 at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel.