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Monday, April 23, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 04-21-07

Richard Jones
Richard Leon Jones, 89, of Jacksonville died April 17.  

He was born in Kemper County Mississippi on Feb. 4, 1918 to the late David E. Jones and Martha A. McDaniels.  
He was also preceded in death by a brother, John P. Jones, and a niece, Jackie Jones Yalowitz.  

He was a decorated colonel in the Army, serving in the Second World War. He was a long-time resident and businessman in Jacksonville.  

He was everyone’s “Uncle Dick” always having the time to talk and give advice.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Jones of Little Rock; nephew and caregiver, Richard Bailey Jones; three grandnieces, two grandnephews and four great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21 at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. Burial will follow in Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville.
Memorials may be made to The Jacksonville Museum of Military History, 100 Veterans Circle, Jacksonville, Ark.,  72076.  
Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Robert Chapman
Robert M. “Bob” Chapman, Sr., 73, of Beebe passed away April 17.

He was born Jan. 28, 1934, at Groton, Conn., to Warren and Dorothy Chapman.

He retired from the Air Force after 23 years and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

A loving husband, father and friend, he loved fishing, working around the house, gardening and putting others before himself. He was also known as “Daddy Bob.”

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carol, and their children, Robert Chapman, Jr., of North Little Rock, Steven Chapman and wife Joi of Conway, Bobbie Hicks and husband Tony of Romance, Nancy Gardner and husband Allen of Jacksonville and Paula Hadaway of Conway; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; seven brothers and three sisters.

His parents, two sisters, two brothers and a grandchild, Steven M. Chapman, Jr., preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday April 21 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

Janice Phillips
Janice Phillips, 82, of North Little Rock died April 14.

She was born July 25, 1924, at Old Austin to Paul and Ruth Gibson.

She was retired from Lonoke County where she served as county clerk for over 30 years. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Avon Phillips; two sons, Junior Phillips and wife Jeannie and Jimmy Phillips and wife Connie, all of North Little Rock; three granddaughters; one grandson; five great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons; two sisters, Jean Harvey of Beebe and Frances Merritt of North Little Rock; and one brother, Joe Gibson, also of North Little Rock.

Graveside service was April 17 at Old Austin Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

William Turney
William Turney, 73, of Cabot died April 11.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elisha and Gurtie Turney, and daughter, Diane Johnson.

Survivors include his sons, Terry and Jerry Turney of Heber Springs and Trend Turney of Colorado; daughters, Brenda and Nadene Turney of Colorado; nephew, Harold and wife Penny Ramer; sisters, Mae Ramer of Drasco and Bell Black of Greenbrier, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were April 13 with a memorial by Dennis Pigman at the Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock. Funeral arrangements were by Wood Funeral Home of Jacksonville.

Carolyn Besaw
Carolyn McClure Besaw, 64, of North Little Rock died April 17, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born April 30, 1942, at Beebe to Herman and Myrtle Camp McClure.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Joseph Besaw and their four children, Karen and husband Jeff Bousman, Patricia and husband Danny Taylor, Larry and wife Stephanie Besaw and Robert and wife Jennifer Besaw; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her mother, Frances McClure; one brother, Michael McClure, and one sister, Linda Speer.

Her father, Herman, and one brother, Kenneth McClure, preceded her in death.

Graveside service was April 20 at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 North University, Little Rock, Ark., 72207.

Funeral arrangments were by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.

Sharon Sanderson
Sharon Kay Sanderson, 38, of Ward died April 13.

She was a member of Old Austin United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jerrell Milam; one brother, Jerry Milam; and her father-in-law, John Sanderson.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Sanderson; her mother, Martha Milam; one son, Gary Don Sanderson, Jr.; two daughters, Kaitlyn Sanderson and Shelby Sanderson, all of Ward; stepdaughter, Kristal Sanderson of Sherwood; her sister, Karen Cates of Ward; her grandmother, Gertrude Milam of Beebe; two nieces, Sara and Jessica Cates; and her mother-in-law, Anita May Sanderson of Sherwood.

Funeral services were April 16 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Old Austin Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Arvest Bank or Westbrook Funeral Home in the name of Sharon Sanderson.

Kenneth Evans
Kenneth H. Evans, 84, of Jacksonville passed away peacefully in his home April 14.

He was born Jan. 4, 1923 in Hartman.

Kenneth was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.He retired from the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in North Little Rock after 31 years of service. He also served with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department from 1976 to 1979.

Kenneth was a decorated World War II veteran, having served in the Navy on several ships in the Aleutian Islands.

He was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot and also a member of Big Rock Masonic Lodge No. 633. Until his recent illness, he was very active with his yard and garden work, which he truly loved. He was everyone’s “PawPaw” and loved having all of his family around him whenever possible. Playing with his grandchildren was always the highlight of his day.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Walter and Versie Evans of Cabot; one brother, and six sisters.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Louise Evans; daughter, Sandra and husband Sherman Fulmer; sons, Jimmy and wife Judy Evans, Dennis and wife Nita Evans; six grandchildren, Suzanne and husband Daryle Yarberry, Tommy Golden, Kim and husband Scott Brady, Tonya Evans, Dennis Lee and wife Kali Evans Jr. and Melissa Evans; five great-grandchildren, Brandy Brady , Aaron and wife Carrie Dollar, Tim Puckett, Lindsay Dollar, Hunter Brady; and one great-great-grandchild, Isabella Dollar.

Funeral service was April 18 at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot officiated by Bro. Terry Fortner. Entombment followed at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Memorial Park.

Wanda Moore
Wanda Moore, 82, of Jackson-ville died April 13.  

She was born March 28, 1925 in Lynnville, Ind., to the late Henry Barker and Hallie Opal Wright Jones.  

She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Moore; sister, Geraldine; and brother, Dallas.

Survivors include her daughter, Marti Curtis of Jacksonville; son, Michael Moore and his wife Alice of Kingston, Tenn.; sister, Donna Skelton and her husband Harold of Enterprise, Ala.; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 15 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville with Michael Moore officiating.
Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.