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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 3-21-07


Deanie Young Mahon, 63, left this world March 17. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Survivors include a son, Ronnie Cotton and wife Sandra; grandchildren, Jasmine and Christian Cotton, all of Carlisle; son, Steven Mahon of Carlisle; four sisters; five brothers and other relatives. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke with burial in Hamilton Cemetery.


Mary Ellen Paul, 56, of Romance passed away March 18. She was born June 28, 1950, at Lonoke, to Tony and Sylvia Ward.

She was employed by the Veterans Administration for 29 years. She was preceded in death by one sister, and her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Bush; two daughters, Melody Davidson and husband Phillip of Warner Robins, Ga., and Misty Woerner and husband Ryan of Abilene, Texas; three grandchildren, Richard and Morgan Davidson and Blake Woerner; three brothers, Art Ward and Bill Ward, both of Florida, and Jerry Ward of Washington; one sister, Mildred Lovelace of Arkansas; and her dog, Molly.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


Virginia Ligon Alexander, 93, of North Little Rock died March 15 after a lengthy illness. She was born in El Paso, Texas, later moving to North Little Rock, where she lived most of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cordie Lee and Edward L. Ligon, and a daughter, Judy Alexander.

Survivors include her daughter, Norma A. Taliaferro and family, as well as nieces in Arkansas, Arizona, and Califonia.
Virginia retired from the Missouri Pacific Railroad, where she worked all her life. She is loved and will be missed.

Funeral services were March 19 at the Chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Burial followed in Rest Hills Cemetery in North Little Rock.


Jack “Junior” Blandin, 81, passed away March 17. He was born May 31, 1925, the oldest of 14 children.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Tiny Louise Blandin; four daughters, Donna and husband Mike Fannin of Newark, Texas, Rita Blandin, Jackie “Jack-Jack” and husband Robbie Sunderman, and Teresa Andrew, all of Jacksonville; three grandsons, Eric Burton, Bobby Fannin, and Ivan Sunderman; four granddaughters, Courtney Burton, Britney Burton, Neshanna Birch, and Victoria Sunderman; six great-grandchildren and a host of music friends.

Graveside services were at Chapel Hill Memorial Park March 19. Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Nick Mahnick, 91, of North Little Rock passed away March 15 in Jacksonville.

He was born March 7, 1916 in Bentleyville, Pa., to the late Mike and Ann Grabania Machnyk. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Johnson Mahnick and his second wife, Ruth; sister, Mary; and two brothers, Bill and Mike.

He spent 10 years in the Pennsylvania coal mines after which he joined the U.S. Air Force. He served in France and Germany during the Second World War and he was stationed near “Hamburger Hill” in the Korean War. Other military assignments included Morocco, Spain, Austria and on the Russian border. Mr. Mahnick also worked for 18 years with Winrock Farms, where his duties included personal security for Gov. Rockefeller.

He was a member of the American Legion, 37 years with the Veterans of Foriegn Wars, Disabled American Veterans, The Military Order of the “COOTIES”, he gave over 4500 hours of volunteer service to the VA hospital and served on the nominating committee of the Jacksonville AARP and was also a Boy Scout counselor.

Survivors include his son, Mike Mahnick of Shreveport, La.; a step-daughter, Sandy Brown of Sheridan; two sisters, Ann Victain and Rose Nwranski, both of Valencia, Pa.; two grandchildren, Michael and Lisa as well as two great-grandchildren, Rikki and Zachary; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 18 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Chaplain Brad Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.


Mary Jane James, 80, of Jacksonville passed away March 15 in Jacksonville.

She was born Oct. 12, 1926 in Peoria, Ill., to the late Harold Buckingham and Florence Robbins Johnson. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Morgan Lee Buckingham. She was formerly active in the Girl Scouts, Methodist Hand Bell Choir, United Methodist Women – Wesleyan Circle and was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.

Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, J.C. James of the home; son, Richard C. James of Rogers; daughter, Deborah J. Tennison and husband Dale of Bass; son, Joe A. James and wife Kanae of Waynesville, Mo.; daughter, Lisa Marie Hickingbotham and husband Barry of Jacksonville; daughter-in-law, Virginia James of Fayetteville; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Richard, Jr., Brittany, David, Becky, Rachel, Haley, Brandon and Molly and five great-grandchildren, Hannah, Mackenzie, Dylan, Keeton and Payton.

Funeral services were March 19 at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville with Rev. Wendell Dorman and Dr. Carol Goddard officiating. Burial followed in Alderbrook Cemetery in the Desha community near Batesville. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Women.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.