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Monday, April 02, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 03-31-07

Emil Hardke
Emil Donald Hardke, 76, formerly of Carlisle, died March 27 in Pine Bluff.

He was born March 3, 1931 in Hazen to Emil August and Lois Miller Hardke.

Hardke was a member of First Baptist Church of Carlisle. He served in the Army as a sergeant in the Korean War and was a retired farmer of Prairie County.

His parents and a son, Emil Joe Hardke, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife Ruby Hardke; a daughter, Carla Rene Konecny of Little Rock and one son, Burt Marcotte Hardke of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren, Brittney Wood of Conway, Joseph Evans of Stuttgart, Zachary Hardke and Shelby Hardke of Pine Bluff.

A memorial service was held at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke March 30 with Rev. David Lee officiating. Memorials may be made to Little Rock Veterans Administration Hospital.

Boyd Hughes
Boyd Hughes, 77, of Garner, died March 28 at his home.

He was born Aug. 21, 1929, at Marcella, to John R. and Myrtle Jenkins Hughes.

He was a retired master chief electricians mate from the Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam and Korean conflicts. He was owner/operator of B-Mart Garden Center in Beebe for 30 years.

Boyd was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Corene Hughes; a son, Joseph Ralph Hughes; grandson, Christopher Hughes; three brothers and one sister.

He is survived by one son, Mike Hughes and his wife Betty of Conway; one daughter, Judy Hughes Melton of Little Rock; one daughter-in-law, Tracia Jungkurth of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; three grandchildren and soon to be great-grandson; two sisters, Ruby Allender of Concord and Loveta Owens of Beebe.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 at Westbrook Funeral Home. Graveside service with military honors will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Mountain View.

Gilbert Wolgamot
Gilbert Lee Wolgamot, 50, of North Little Rock, died March 29.

He served in the Navy.

He is survived by his mother, Christine Callahan of Quitman; father, Forrest Wolgamot of Yuma, Ariz.; three children including Shelby C. Wolgamot; one sister, Susan Gibson and family of Tiller; one brother, Phillip Brizie and family of Alexander; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and a host of friends.

Visitation will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31 at Free Will Baptist Church in Romance. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at the church with pastor Robin Covington officiating. Burial will be in Rosebud Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by Wood Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

Alton Evans
Alton Ray “Sonny” Evans, 65, of Beebe went to be with the Lord March 30.

He was born June 16, 1941, at Floyd to Austin and Pearlee Horton Evans.

He was a wonderful husband and devoted father and grandfather who loved playing with his grandchildren Lindsi and Landon. Sonny farmed for most of his life and retired from Pioneer Seed Company. He was a member of Beebe First Church of the Nazarene and was well known for his promotion of gospel music.

He was preceded in death by his father, Austin Evans.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Fay Evans; two sons, Allen and Lisa Evans of Beebe, and Jeff and Sarah Evans of Springdale; two grandchildren, Lindsi and Landon Evans of Beebe; his mother, Pearlee Evans of Beebe; one brother, Harold Evans of Beebe; four sisters, Opal Jean Muncy of Aurora, Col., Shirley Canales of New Mexico, Joyce Johnson of Alexander, and Sharon Zardo of Beebe; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 1 at Beebe First Church of the Nazarene, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.