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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 04-04-07

Irene Krysiak
Irene Agnes Krysiak, 102, of Cabot, formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away March 29.

She was born Sept. 9, 1904 in Chicago, Ill., to the late An-thony Zamier and Valeria Thomascheski Zamier.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Ed-ward Krysiak; one son, Arnold Krysiak; three sisters, Alfreda Wagner, Mildred LaMaster and Florence Zamier; and two brothers, Chester Zamier and Gene Zamier.

Survivors include two daughters, Lorraine and husband Ber-nard Max of Franklin Park, Ill., and Geraldine and the late Robert Malchiodi of Horseshoe Bend; one daughter-in-law, Carol Hamann of McHenry, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren; along with other family members and friends.

Visitation will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 14 with a funeral Mass following at 9 a.m. at St. John’s Brebeuf, 8301 N. Harlem Ave., Niles, Ill., with burial following at St. Adalbert’s Cemetery in Niles.

In lieu of flowers family re-quests memorials be made to the American Heart Association.

Cremation arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Waylan Hankins
Waylan Carl “Paw Paw” Hankins, Sr., 67, of Cabot, went to be with the Lord on March 30.

He was born March 26, 1940 in Pettus to the late Frank and Louia Hankins of England. He was retired from Timex and loved fishing, hunting, riding the four wheelers and most importantly he loved spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids, great-grandkids and family.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wanda Grover and Evelyn Palmer and one brother Wayman Hankins.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Carolyn Hankins of the home; four sons, “Chip” Waylan Carl Hankins, Jr. of Cabot, Tommy Hankins of Ward, Jimmy and wife Lisa Hankins of Ward, and Dusty and wife Stephanie Hankins of Conway; one daughter Carla and husband Kenny Hill of Mt. Vernon; one brother Bill Hankins of England; one sister Frankie Lee of England; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.

Services were April 2 at New Horizons Baptist Church with burial in Sylvania Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Jerry Smith
Jerry Lynn Smith, Sr., 60, of Jacksonville, passed away April 1.

He was born Oct. 20, 1946 in Hot Springs to James Junior Smith and the late Grace Evelyn Walker Smith.

Smith loved country music, fishing, motorcycles and most of all spending time with his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sandra Lee Smith; three children he loved dearly; daughter, Tammy Martin and husband Glen of Glendale, Rhode Island; one son, Jerry Smith, Jr. and wife Stephanie of Cabot and daughter, Kara Smith and Jon Andrews of Beebe; father, James Junior Smith of Hot Springs; twin brother, Gary Smith and wife Linda of Jacksonville; 11 grandchildren, Brandon, Joshua, Tyler, Alexis, Cody, Dalton, Samantha, Lane, Chase, Cody and Payton; and other family members and friends.

Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville with Rev. Larry Burton officiating.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville. Funeral arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service.


Wanda Hartley
Wanda Lee Robertson Hartley, 81, of Beebe died March 31.

She was born March 25, 1926 in McRae to the late Winburn and Annie Rooney McAfee Robertson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan C. Hartley.

She was of the Baptist faith, a devoted Christian, and loved all of God’s creatures.

She was preceded in death by one brother, W.L. Robertson and wife Barbara of Beebe; one sister, Patsy Weaver of Beebe, who was her friend, companion, and caregiver for 21 years; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, April 4 at Mt. Springs Baptist Church on Hwy. 5 in Cabot. Memorials may be made to Mt. Springs Baptist Church, 15669 Hwy. 5, Cabot, Arkansas 72023.


Margaret Price
Margaret Frances Price of Beebe passed away April 2.

She was born on Sept. 13, 1925 in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of the late George Gordon and Ethel Mary Suddock.
She was a member of Antioch Methodist Church in Antioch.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Bennie Elvis of Beebe; her brother, Edwin Matthew and wife Agnes Suddock of Anchorage, Alaska; an infant grandson, Jared Price; and two daughters-in-law, Rena Fay and Peggy Price, all of Beebe.

She is survived by one daughter, Margaret Ruth and husband Winston Douglas Vines of Cabot; two sons, Edwin Clinton and wife Jan Price and Charles Gordon Price, all of Beebe; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at Antioch Community Church. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery at Antioch.

Memorials can be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 1165, Searcy, Ark., 72145.


Drew Griffin
Drew Alan Griffin, 16, of Cabot, passed away April 1 in Perry County. He was born Aug. 20, 1990 in Little Rock to Tammy Marline Griffin.

He was a student at Cabot High School. Drew was a loving son, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was a comedian, and a gifted musician, coached by his loving grandfather, J. C. Caughron, who was a musical hall-of-famer.

Drew loved his friends and family deeply, and his one wish would be that everyone have a peace and understanding with God, as he did.

Survivors include his mother, Tammy Lackey of Cabot; grandparents, J. C. Caughron and wife Ann of Cabot; uncle and aunt, Tony Griffin and wife Denise of Vilonia;  great-grandmother, Margaret Cunningham of Bryant; great-aunts, Faye Camp of Alma,   Teresa Biggs of Springfield, Mo.,   Martha Cunningham of Bryant, and Karla Garrett of Siloam Springs; 16 cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Troy F. Cunningham and a great-uncle, Troy Lee Cunningham. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 5 at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Rev. Kenneth Posey officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 4 at the funeral home. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at Victory Baptist Church in Cabot.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established at Arvest Bank under The Martha Cunningham Memorial Fund for Drew Griffin.

Pallbearers will be Tony Griffin, Tyler Pharr, Justin Stinson, Chris Staggs, Gaylon Marshall, and Ben Whitmire.
Honorary pallbearers will be Noah Horton, Andrew Crittenden, Leon Biggs, Jacob Womack, C. J. Ward, Drew Shaffer, Brett Pratt, and Steve Horton.