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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 5-12-07

Robbie Walker
Robbie Lee Walker, 66, of Jacksonville died at Arkansas Hospice in North Little Rock on April 30.

He was born March 14, 1941, in Van Alstyne, Texas, to the late J. D. Walker and Ruby Head Walker.

He graduated from Van Alstyne High School. He received a bachelor of science degree from the University of North Texas. He earned a master’s degree in psychology and received a certificate in physical therapy from the University of Texas in Dallas. He did an internship at Baylor University Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas.

He was a lifetime member of the American Physical Therapy Association. He owned and operated the Robbie Walker Physical Therapy Clinic in Jacksonville for 20 years. He was a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Little Rock. He belonged to Hickory Creek Golf Club.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Joyner Walker of Jacksonville, formerly of Guy; brother, James Dale Walker and wife Margaret of Sherman, Texas; sister, Wilma Walker Allen and husband Tom of Garland, Texas; mother-in-law, Venice Joyner of Jacksonville and Guy; two step-sons, Cass Pierce and Doug Pierce and wife Cindy, of Little Rock.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 220 W. Main St., Jacksonville at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. Funeral services were held May 3 in Texas. The family requests no flowers for the memorial service.


Robert MacManus

Chief Master Sergeant Robert “Alan” MacManus, 67, of Jacksonville died May 3, at his daughter’s home in Medford, Mass.
Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he was the son of the late Robert G. and Claire E. Bigoness MacManus.

MacManus was a 30-year veteran of the Air Force serving in Teheran, Iran; San Vito, Italy; Luzon, Philippines; Hahn, Germany; and numerous sites throughout the United States.

He retired from Little Rock Air Force Base in 1992. In recent years he worked as director of alternative education program in the Cabot school system.

He was also a chief of the Cabot High School Junior Air Force R.O.T.C. program.

He is survived by a son, Robert Scott MacManus of Hampton, Va.; two daughters, Lori MacManus of Medford, Mass. and Catherine DelPonte of Somerville, Mass.; two brothers, John and wife Sandra MacManus, and Donald and wife, Lydia, all of Seekonk, Mass.; three grandchildren, Joseph A. and James M. DelPonte and Laken Marie MacManus; three nieces, Kirsten Westfield, Jessica and Alicia MacManus, all of Seekonk, Mass.

He was the stepfather of Jason and Jennifer Giffen. He was the brother of the late Jeffrey MacManus.In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Alan’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Funeral arrangements are through Doherty Funeral Home, Somerville, Mass.


Carolyn McCall

Carolyn C. McCall, 57, of Sherwood went to be with the Lord, May 7 in North Little Rock.

She was born to Dalton Allen Raines and Hellen Louise Staton Raines on Nov. 9, 1949 in Ponca City, Okla. Carolyn was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Mark Raines.

She was of the Methodist faith and loved her Arkansas Razorback sports as well as her beloved pet, ‘Sugar.’ Survivors include her mother, Hellen L. Raines of Jacksonville; sisters, Janice Rankin and husband Phillip of Highlands Ranch, Col., and Susan Raines of Jacksonville; three nieces, Rachael Braswell, Jessica Raines and Stephanie Dunn and husband Billy; nephew, Jason Braswell and great-nephew, Stephen Dunn.

Services were May 10 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Dr. Carroll Goddard officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to either Arkansas Hospice or First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville.


Helen Adams

Helen Carnell Adams, 86, of El Paso, passed away May 10.

She was born Dec. 1, 1920, at Mt. Vernon, to the late Oley V. and Jessie Nelson Harlan. She was a devout member of Oak Church of Christ at El Paso and was retired from a job she loved at Conway Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Adams; son, Ricky Adams; and a brother, Frank Harlan. Survivors include daughters, Arbra Dell Boardman and husband, Jud of Cabot and Jan Mathis of El Paso; three granddaughters, Alisie Rock and Teresa French of Cabot, Jennifer Mathis and finance, Trey Wulf of Sherwood; three great-grandchildren; her brothers, C.L. “Buck” Harlan of Mt. Vernon and Joe Harlan of Adairville, Ken., and sister, Mary Hill of Ward, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at Oak Church of Christ in El Paso with burial in Blasingame Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Woodie Wilson

Woodie “DiDi” Lee Wilson passed away May 2007.

She was born June 26, 1947 in Ennis, Texas to the late Horace Edgar and Mary Lee Wood.  

She retired due to complications in health from Dillard’s Department Stores after 19 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Raymond L. Wilson of Jacksonville; son, Thomas R. Gerbereux, Jr. and wife Pamela A. Gerbereux; two granddaughters; Leah N. Gerbereux and Steffiani L.R. Gerbereux, all of Skiatook, Oka.; two brothers, Thomas W. Vyers of Ardmore, Ala. and Scotty V. Vyers of Ennis, Texas. She was a member of McArthur Assembly of God in Jacksonville, where a memorial service was held on May 10 with her pastor Rev. Larry Burton officiating.

The family would like to give special thanks to the wonderful people who cared for DiDi Wilson, including her friends, Barbara Powell, Susan Woods, Dennis Pigman, Joanne and Ted Baker, and Toni Baker and to the host of others would support her with their friendship and prayers.


Cheryl Musgrove

Cheryl Aelene Musgrove went to be with the Lord after a battle with cancer.

She was a veteran and mother.Her parents were the late Francis W. Gilson of Jacksonville and the late James R. Kirkpatrick of Des Arc.

Survivors include her stepfather, Phillip L. Gilson and Beryle “Kitty” Kirkpatrick, both of Jacksonville; daughter, Tonda Laya and husband Keven Kerley of Hampton, Va.; son, Sgt. Shilo Musgrove of Fort Eustis, Va.; three granddaughters, Barenia, Emmalee and Daniell, all of Hampton, Va.; two brothers, Rene R. Kirkpatrick of Cabot and Faren Lee Kirkpatrick of North Little Rock; three half brothers, Thomas and wife Carrie Sunday of Memphis, Tenn., William E. Duffy and wife Rita of Lexington, Tenn., and Jedediah Kirkpatrick of Austin, Texas; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

There will be a memorial servcie held at a later date.


Walter Roberts

Walter Lee Roberts, 86, of Beebe died May 7.

He was born May 19, 1920, at Guinn, Ala. He was an exceptional father. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Inez; one daughter and two sons. He is survived by his son, Joe Roberts of Beebe; and his daughter, Patsy Knight of Fairfield, Calif.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was May 10 at First Pentecostal Church of God in Searcy, with burial at Old Union Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


Joseph Rogers

Joseph Wayne Rogers, 75, of Searcy, died May 4.

He was born Oct. 22, 1931, in Romance, to Elmore and Doris Matthews Rogers.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Harrison Rogers. Funeral services were May 7 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Romance Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.