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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 6-06-07

Zachary Baker

Cpl. Zachary D. Baker, 24, of Violonia passed away on Memorial Day, May 28. Baker was killed in action while conducting rescue operations in Normandy, Iraq. His vehicle was hit as his team was racing to the scene of a helicopter crash north of Baghdad.

He joined the Army in 2004, serving with Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Calvary Division during his first tour in Iraq.

He was on his second tour with the troop.

His awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Action Badge and The Expert Marksmanship Badge.

Zack graduated from Vilonia High School in 2002. He was a good husband, father, son and brother who loved his family, his platoon, the Red Sox and the Arkansas Razorbacks. Zack was strong in his Christian belief and was an inspiration to others in his faith.

He is survived by his wife, Christina and son, Andrew of North Little Rock; mother and father, Kenneth, Jr., and Sandra Welcher of Vilonia; a brother, Shane Baker of Quitman; a sister, Kara Welcher of Vilonia; grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. David Jones of North Little Rock; grandfather, Kenneth Welcher, Sr., of Cabot; one great-grandmother, Berniece Jones of Jacksonville; and several uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. at the same location on Friday, June 8. Burial will be at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.


John Cash

John Alexander Cash, 16, of Lonoke went to be with the Lord on June 1, resulting from an automobile accident. Alex was born on July 27, 1990 in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his papa, Nolen Cash.

He is survived by his parents, Melvin and Canderia “Candi” Cash of Lonoke; brother, Chad and wife Lynnae Hart of Cabot; nephew, Cade Hart; his Paw and Nanny, Ronald and Bobbie Homsher of Austin, and Josephine “Me-Me” Cash of Lonoke; uncles, Larry and wife Phyllis Cash, Dennis and wife Sandra Homsher, Jerry Homsher, Lewis and wife Sissi Homsher; aunts, Brenda “BB” Kee, Jan and husband David Brown, and many cousins. Alex would have been a senior at Lonoke High School in the fall of 2007. Alex was full of life, always had a smile, and never met a stranger.

Alex excelled in and loved sports. He was quarterback of the Lonoke Jackrabbits football team. He will be greatly missed by friends Jessica Plummer, Heather Strickland, Corey Miller, Derek Dill, Colby Lehew, Eric Roland, Matthew Bryant, Matt Horton, Luke and Carrie Mitchell, Joseph Swedic, Coach Jones and many others.

Funeral services were June 4 at Lonoke Baptist Church, with interment in Lonoke Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Pallbearers were Chad Hart, Larry Cash, Scott Cash, Stuart Cash, Dennis Homsher and Jerry Homsher. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Lonoke High School football team.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.


Y.B. King

Y.B. King, 83, of Beebe died June 2. He was born April 10, 1924 in Romance to Butler and Viola King.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice King; sister, Offie Cloninger; brother, Jeff King; and son-in-law, Lanny Weeks.

He is survived by a brother, Monroe King and wife Dorene; a son, LeRoy Ramsey and wife Delores of Beebe; five daughters, Joyce Willix and husband Richard of North Carolina, Alice Chambers, Neva Roe and Linda Weeks, all of Beebe, and Kathey Harper and husband William of Ward; 22 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great- grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Sharon Lee

Sharon Rose Lee, 60, of Jacksonville passed away June 1 in North Little Rock. She was born Sept. 15, 1946 in North Little Rock to the late Oscar and Mary Smart. Her children, Tammy Lee Falcone and Darrell Wayne Lee preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Sammy Lee, Sr.; and son, Sammy Lee, Jr., both of Jacksonville; three brothers, Jerry Smart and wife Lillian of North Little Rock, Wayne Smart and wife Pat of Jacksonville, and Rodney Smart and wife Betty of Floyd; one sister, Sheila Childs and husband Ronny of Jacksonville; three grandchildren, Chris, Angela and Amanda all of Maumelle.

She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 6 at Arkansas Memorial Gardens in North Little Rock. Arrangements will be by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Tommy Lackey

Tommy Lynn Lackey, 58, passed away June 2. He was born June 28, 1948 in Stuttgart to the late Dorthy Rettig and Ralph Lackey Sr. He graduated from Lonoke High School in 1966; he was a Vietnam veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He enjoyed playing golf with his son, spending time with his granddaughters, and dogs, Elvis and Lucky. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for nearly 30 years and was a friend and co-worker of many at the Park Hill Post Office in North Little Rock.

Survivors include his son, Joshua Lackey of Virginia Beach, Va.; daughter, Teresa Lucardie and husband Mick of Riverview, Fla.; his granddaughters, Haley Lackey and Kara Lucardie of Riverview, Fla; his siblings, Ralph Lackey and wife LaRose Lackey of Lonoke, Carol Ann Taylor of Metarie, La., and Scott Rettig of North Little Rock.

The viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Boyd Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8 at Lonoke First United Methodist Church, with burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Bobby Matlock

Bobby Matlock, 56, of Bismark died June 4. He was born Nov. 15, 1950 in Quantah, Texas, to the late Raymond and Betty Jean Marsh Matlock.  

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Matlock, and sister, Linda Crutchfield. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock. He loved music and was a talented musician. He is survived by five children, Bobby Matlock, Jr., Phillip Matlock, Katrina Matlock, Patricia Sinor and Amy Armstrong, all of North Little Rock; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral service by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 6 at First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock with Rev. J.N. Holmes officiating.


John Breaux

John Albert Breaux, 68, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord May 31 in Jacksonville. He was born June 13, 1938 in Baton Rouge, La., to the late John Albert and Dolly Seguin Breaux. He served his country in the Army and the Army Reserves. He was willing to help others and enjoyed caring for children of all ages.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah “Peggy” Breaux of the home; stepsons, Tom Disilvestro and wife Kelley of Allen, Texas, and John Sellers and wife Peggy of Philadelphia, Pa.; sister-in-law, Margaret Latham of Boise, Idaho; and grandchildren, Joseph and Elizabeth Disilvestro, and Brendan and Nina Sellers.

A memorial service was June 3 at the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.