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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 5-30-07

Selma Lybrand

Selma Joyce Lybrand, 63, of Sherwood went to be with the Lord on May 26. She was born Sept. 3, 1943 in Little Rock to the late William and Ora Branum Venable. She was a credit and collections specialist for Fuel Man of Arkansas and was of the Baptist faith. Three brothers, two sisters and two sons preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Lybrand; three daughters, Telela Grissom and husband Jerry of Conway, Rhonda Williams and husband Jody of Pangburn, and Melissa Long and husband Charles of Cabot; one son, Gerald Lybrand and wife Kathy of Sherwood; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday May 30 in Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Scotty Burrow officiating.

Burial will follow in Sumner Cemetery.

Kathleen Pratt

Kathleen Estella Pratt, 83, passed away May 26.

She was a member of Lonoke Baptist Church, a retired telephone operator and a member of Telephone Pioneers.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, James A. Pratt; several nieces and nephews, including Dewone Payne of Missouri and Billie Jean Sullivan of California.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Lonoke Baptist Church with burial to follow in Rest Hills Memorial Park in North Little Rock. Memorials may be made to Lonoke Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements will be by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Patricia Cox

Patricia E. Cox, 62, of Ward died May 29.

She was born March 11, 1945, at Damascus to Wilbur S. and Erma Bradley Hickey. She is survived by her husband, Frankie Cox; two sons, Chris Cox and wife Trish of Cabot and Rick Cox of Ward; one daughter, Veronica Glover of Ward; four grandchildren, Kayla Cox, Hayley Cox, Taylor Cox and Ashley Glover; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Fran and Larry Joe Stocks of Ward.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Dewey McAfee and Hospice Home Care for all their kindness and support, and also would like to thank her special friends at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Cabot. Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 30 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Sixteenth Section Cemetery.

Mary Brown

Mary Evelyn Brown, 84, of Little Rock passed away May 24.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Hugh Brown and grandchildren, Christopher and Kimberly.  
Survivors include daughter, Carol Jones; sons, Claude Brown and Robert Johnson; grandchildren, Jessica and Victoria Jones, Jason and Wesley Brown and Meagan Johnson; and great-grandson, Ace Brown.

Graveside memorial services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, June 1 at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock. All that knew her and her family are welcome.  

Flowers may be sent to Calvary Cemetery on Thursday or Friday prior to services. Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

John Olive

John Edward Olive, 79, of Jacksonville passed away May 28 in North Little Rock. He was born Sept. 19, 1927 in Redfield to the late Luther and Agnes Tuck Olive. His first wife, Betty Jean Jones; his second wife, Carolyn Abbott; a sister, Shelba Ann Reese; and a daughter, Teresa Lynn Olive, also precede him in death.

He served in the Merchant Marines prior to joining the Air Force where he served in the Second World War, receiving the Victory Medal. He also served in the Vietnam War.

He retired from the military in 1967 due to a disability. He was an active member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 5448.
Survivors include his son, John E. Olive Jr. of Florida; daughter, Judi Armstead and husband Bradley of Bee Branch; brother, Joseph Olive and wife Margie of Redfield; grandchildren, Brandi Davis and husband Edmund of Bismark, and Heather Bristow of Bee Branch; great-grandchildren, Cloey Bristow and Hayden Davis, as well as numerous step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 1 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Rev. Doyle Wilson officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday, May 31 from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Thomas Fulmer

Thomas Ricky Fulmer, 54, of North Little Rock departed this life on May 26 in Sherwood after a courageous fight with cancer.
He was the son of Louise Fulmer Thompson and the late O.B. Fulmer of Newark.

He was born premature on Nov. 30, 1952, and battled coming into the world as he did leaving. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Glenda; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Misty of Little Rock; son, Kevin of North Little Rock; three brothers, Odus Fulmer of Newark, Rowland Fulmer of North Little Rock, and Rammie Thompson of Oklahoma.

Funeral services were held May 29 at Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Jacksonville. Burial was at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Jacksonville with funeral arrangements were made by Wood Funeral Home.

Glen Moon

Glen Moon, 85, formerly of Ward passed away May 19. He will be greatly missed by many loved ones and friends. In lieu of flowers, send donations to Serenity Hospice of Claremore, 441 No. Lynn Riggs Blvd. Claremore, Okla., 74017.

Joseph Hauser

Joseph John Hauser, 86, of Cabot passed away May 20. He was born in Highland Park, Mich., on Aug. 21, 1920 to the late Joseph and Anna Hauser.

He was a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy serving during the Second World War in the Pacific areas of New Guinea and Philippine Liberation Campaigns.

His career as a machinery sales engineer took him over the entire country and to his transfer to Texas in 1968. He retired to Cabot. He was a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit and also of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.
He is survived by his son, Kurt Hauser; his daughter, Lisa Nesbitt; as well as granddaughters Erica Riddle and Michelle Nesbitt, and grandsons Jacob Hauser and Alden Hauser; along with two great-granddaughters, Lindsey and Lydia Riddle.
At his request, his cremains will be scattered over the South Pacific area by the U.S. Navy.

Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.

O.D. Richey

O.D. Richey, 80, died May 24. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronnie, and an infant brother, J.D.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jo Richey; one son, Ricky Richey and wife Susie of Morrilton; one daughter, Cathy Hunt of Benton; two granddaughters, Nicole and Cathy Jo; two great-grandsons, Lane and Justin; sisters, Opal Parker and Hazel Hubbard; and brothers, Coy Richey, Lloyd Richey and Dub Richey.

Funeral services were May 29 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Mary Weatherford

Mary Bernice Weatherford, 83, went to be with the Lord May 25 leaving behind many loved ones. She was born May 10, 1924, to the late Rupert and Mary Hill. Her loving husband, R. H. “Hugh Jack” preceded her in death in 1987, as well as her brother, Bill Tom Hill. She was a member of Union Valley Baptist Church. Bernice worked for Franklin Electric in Jacksonville for over 30 years.

Survivors include her three children, Bobby and wife Barbara Weatherford, Becky and husband Skip Downing, all of Beebe, and Terry and wife Tonia Weatherford of Jacksonville; sisters, Lorene Scheer and Melba Manasco, both of Searcy; Thelma Ray of Beebe, and Jane Payne of Dardanelle; a brother, Dean Hill of Silsbee, Texas; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Stane, Michael Weatherford, Preston Downing, Kyle Downing, Tory Weatherford, Terrica Weatherford, and Tucker Weatherford; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 28 at Union Valley Baptist Church. Burial was in Grissard Cemetery in El Paso. Memorials in Bernice’s name may be made to Union Valley Baptist Church Building Fund, 932 Hwy. 64 West, Beebe, Ark., 72012, or Grissard Cemetery Corp., P.O. Box 93, El Paso, Ark., 72045. Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.