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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 4-18-07

Jack Miller

Jack Curtis Miller, 84, of Beebe passed away April 15. He was born July 22, 1922 in Clarendon, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Sarah Miller and brother, Roy Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Lavida Miller; his son, Bobby Joe Miller of Des Arc and four stepchildren; his son, Mike and wife Debbie Baum of Beebe; daughter, Susie and her husband Bob DeYoung of Beebe; son, Keith and his wife Debra Baum of Beebe and son, Jay and his wife Nancy Baum of Cabot; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family wishes to express appreciation to those who provided loving care, support and encouragement during Jack’s extended illness.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the funeral home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Alfred Wilson

Alfred “Al” Woodrow Wilson, 90, longtime Cabot resident, passed away April 15. He was born April 5, 1917 in Wilson, Okla., to the late Dora and “King” Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charlie and Aubrey Wilson and five sisters, Lorena Rogers, Theo Dearen, Nellie McLaughlin, Iva Christensen and Barbara Wilson, all of Duncan, Okla.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Clara Ruth “Womack” Wilson; three daughters, Amy Addeo and husband Carmine of Cabot, Sue Upson and Stephanie Wilson also of Cabot; one son, Lynn Wilson and wife Ursula of Butlerville; seven grandchildren, Donna Clark, Ron Wilson, Scott Campbell, Randy Wilson, John Campbell, Rick Wilson and Rob Wilson; 26 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; one sister, Myrtle Shultz of Duncan, Okla.; two brothers, George Wilson of Duncan, Okla., and Verlyn Wilson of Tucson, Ariz.; along with many other family members and friends.

He has lived in the Cabot area since moving from California in 1977. His greatest joy in life was his wife and family. His passion was buying, restoring and selling old Chevy pickup trucks, which he continued until he was 88-years-old.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 19 with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 20 at Christ Worship Center Church in Cabot with Rev. Thomas Heffner officiating. Funeral arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Paul Riba

Paul Alfred Riba, 81, died April 15. He was a member of Gateway Fellowship Church and was a Navy veteran. His son, David Riba and a daughter, Melinda Riba preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Susie Chesser Riba; son, Boyd Riba and wife Debra and one daughter, Vangie Roach and husband Jackie, all of Lonoke; sons, John Hankins of California and James Hankins of Arkansas; siblings, Frances Curtis of Georgia, Ralph Riba of Hot Springs, J.W. Riba of Mabelvale, Jessie Prince of Texas, Lawrence Riba of California and Ethel Doom of Hazen; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18 at Gateway Fellowship Church with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lonoke. Funeral arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Alice Hall

Alice ‘Mutt’ Hall, 85, of Jacksonville died April 17 in Jacksonville. She was born Feb. 22, 1922 in Benton, to the late John A. and Hassie Wright Robinette Neighbors. She was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Ivy E. Hall as well as her sisters, Georgia Jordan, Billie Jo Hicks and Alva Evans. Mrs. Hall helped her husband found and operate Ivy Hall Garage in 1955 and retired in 1995. She was a member of North Jacksonville Church of Christ.

Survivors include her sons, Billy Hall and wife Pam, and Vernon R. Hall and wife Pat, all of Jacksonville; a sister, Lorece Crook of Benton; grandchildren, Wendi Snell and husband Joel and Misty Cagle and husband Brian, all of Jacksonville, April Hackett and husband Steven of Yorbalinda, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Emily and Olivia Snell and Brice and Brady Cagle, Morgan and Michael Hackett as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with LeRoy Wood officiating. Interment will follow in Mt Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Ron Fewell, Doris and Sam Clark, Evelyn Ringgold, Earlene McKenzie and Rebsamen Hospital. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Pauline Downey

Pauline C. Downey, 92, of North Little Rock died April 13. She was born June 9, 1914 in Ohio to the late John Clarence and Maude Wisecup Cooper. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Downey; three children, Irene, Leroy and Eugene Kennedy; one grandson, Billy Thomas and an uncle, Dewey Wisecup. She is survived by a daughter, Frances Thomas of Jacksonville; two stepdaughters, Loraine Davis and Sandra Taylor, both of Springfield, Ohio; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild as well as a host of cousins. Funeral services will be under the direction of Littleton and Rue Funeral Home of Springfield, Ohio. Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home handled preparations and visitation.


Gussie Benton

Gussie L Benton, 91, of Floyd died April 13. She worked at the munitions plant in Jacksonville during World War II and later worked as an aide at several nursing homes before retirement. She was a member of Floyd Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C. C. “Chunk” Benton; four sons, Arville, Wayne, Willard and Elvis; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.She is survived by two daughters, Mary Sue Fontenot and Linda Fontenot, both of Lake Charles, La.; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Dorothy Stoker of Conway. Funeral was April 16 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Old Floyd Cemetery.


Leonard Howard

Leonard M. Howard, 84, of Romance died April 13. Memorial service was April 17 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, Ark., 72203.