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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 5-16-07

Glendal Strayhorn

Glendal Wayne Strayhorn, 72, of Little Rock died May 15 at his home after a lengthy illness. He was born Dec. 3, 1934, at McRae and was retired from a career in manufacturing.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sue Jones Strayhorn; one son, Kevin Strayhorn and his wife Karen of Little Rock; one daughter, Karen Williams of North Little Rock; four grandchildren, Kendal and Koby Strayhorn and Halea and Winston Williams.

He is also survived by five brothers, Herman, Clarence and wife Vela, Franklin and wife Lydia, O. C. and wife Alice, and James and wife Diane Strayhorn; and three sisters, Laverne Thompson, Shirley and husband Jerry Surratt, and Juanita and husband Tommy Stanley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Finis M. and Alice Strayhorn; one brother, Delbert Strayhorn; and one sister, Opal Webb.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Mt. Carmel Cemetery on Hwy. 89 South in Cabot.
Donations may be designated to the ALS Foundation, c/o Muscular Dystrophy Association, Inc., 204 Executive Ct. #208, Little Rock, Ark. 72205.

Leonard Brewer

Leonard Dale Brewer, 58, of Jacksonville passed away May 10 at his home. He was born Dec. 28, 1948 to Babel Ninecheck Brewer the late Daryle Brewer.

Brewer served in the Army and was a carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Monica Hicks Brewer; four children, Joseph, David, Olivia Brewer, and Liberty Millien; granddaughter, Skyler Brewer; four brothers, one sister, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was May 14 at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville.

Jessie Lovell

Jessie L. Lovell, 80, of Jacksonville passed away May 11 in Little Rock. He was born July 28, 1926 in Bigelow to the late Jessie H. and Myrtle Hopkins Lovell.

He is also preceded in death by a son, Dale Lovell; two daughters, Karen and Eva Jane Lovell; as well as a brother, Bud Lovell.
Lovell proudly served his country during WWII in the Army.

Survivors include his loving wife, Eunie of Jacksonville; sister, Pat Taylor and her husband Brandon of Bend, Ore.; grandchildren, Aaron Lovell and wife Cindy, Lori Yearber and husband Kenneth, all of Jacksonville; as well as greatgrandchildren Candy Yearber, Shawna, Cheyenne, Triston, Jessie and Justina Lovell.

Memorial service was May 14.

Mary Blankenship

Mary Esther Blankenship, 74, of Cabot passed away May 11 in North Little Rock.

She was born April 16, 1933 to Margaret E. Brown Nolen in Chattanooga, Tenn., and the late James M. Nolen. Her son, Loyd Blankenship, Jr., and a sister, Ann Nolen Wood, preceded her in death.

Mary had a great love for animals, especially dogs and cats. She took in many strays and gave them tender love and care.
Survivors include her two sons; Allan Duane and Charles Blankenship both of Cabot, two sisters; Augusta Stuff and her husband John, and Carolyn Bell all of Chattanooga, Tenn., and a brother, James L. Nolen and his wife Joyce, of Birchwood, Tenn.

Graveside funeral services were May 14 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

Dale Roberson

Dale Eugene Roberson, 47, of Jacksonville passed away May 1 in the Bahamas.

He was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Sept. 7, 1959. He worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and was a licensed electrician.

Roberson was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Mae Roberson.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Pam Roberson of Jacksonville; two sons, Bradley and Cory Roberson of Cabot; one daughter, Jennifer Roberson of Cabot; two stepchildren, April and husband Shawn Burns of Mississippi, and Grayson and wife Nicole Holt of Fort Knox, Ky.

Also surviving him are his father and stepmother, Leonard and Ina of Rosebud; two brothers, William and wife Peggy Roberson of North Little Rock, and Glen and wife Ranee Roberson of Quitman; one sister, Carla and husband Johnny Davidson of Conway; three grandchildren and one step-grandson.

He is also survived by other relatives and many friends. A memorial service was officiated by Rev. Bruce W. Venable.

Essie Taylor

Essie Estelle Taylor, 92, of Cabot passed away May 11. She was born May 6, 1915 in Alabama to the late Monroe and Chessie Harris Head.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for over 70 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Finis Taylor; a son, William Taylor; as well as three sisters and two brothers.

She is survived by one son, James and wife Mickie Taylor of Cabot; seven grandchildren, Farrell, Cindy, Mike, Tim, Lloyd, Dwayne, and Scott; nine great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; as well as a sister, Dot Howell of Columbia, Tenn.

Funeral services were May 14 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with burial following in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.