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Monday, June 11, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 6-09-07

Ila Johnson

Ila Taylor Davis Johnson, 91, of Beebe died June 4. She was born July 20, 1915 at Floyd, to Luther and Virgie Story Taylor.
She was a homemaker and a member of Beebe First Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Russell Davis and Leon Johnson; one daughter, Erma Jean Boyd; one son, Leland “Jitter” Davis, and one grandson, Scotty Davis.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy C. Davis and wife Betty of Vilonia and Gary Davis of Beebe; three daughters, Laveda Freeman of Beebe, Rachel Campbell and husband Jimmy Dale of Beebe, and Deborah McCormack and husband Rick of Little Rock; 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Lavern Taylor of Beebe; four sisters, Johnnie Rodgers of Romance, Evelyn Conway and Rose Ashcraft of Beebe, and Bobbie Lauer of Virginia Beach, Va.; one son-in-law, Kenneth Boyd of Austin and one daughter-in-law, Sharon Davis of Greenbrier.

The family received friends at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral was June 7 at Beebe First Assembly of God with burial in Antioch Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Kelly’s Second Chance (Drug Program), 313 Hwy. 64 West, Beebe, Ark., 72012; Exceeding Joy International (missions organization), 26 Murray Drive, Cabot, Ark., 72023; or First Assembly of God, 1103 North Fir, Beebe, Ark., 72012.


Robert Bryant, Jr.

Robert Lee Bryant, Jr., of Jacksonville passed away June 2. He was born in Meridian, Miss., to Ola Virginia and the late Robert Lee Bryant.

Robert was a carrier for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for seven years.

Survivors include his wife, Jessie; two sons, Jeffrey Dwayne Bryant and Cornelius Ladell Bryant and wife Sherry; and one daughter, Pamela Bryant Keith and husband Justin; four grandchildren, Cynthia, Trenton, Lee, and Madison; one brother, Michael Bryant and wife Joann; three sisters, Katherine Fox, Jewelene Naylor and husband Luke and Wanda Terrell and husband Alton; his mother, Ola Virginia Bryant; grandmother, Mattie Kennedy; two uncles, Willie Lee Thomas and wife Estelle, and Elijah Thomas and wife Sharon; four aunts, Mary Portis, Attie Ruth Burks and husband Lonnie, Annie Washington and husband Joshua and Mary Ann Stevenson also Mary Cotton and a host of other relatives.

Funeral service is at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Rest Hills Chapel in North Little Rock.


J.D. Peters

J.D. Peters, 84, of Hot Springs died June 6. He was born June 18, 1922, at McRae to Aaron and Pinkie Josie Lee Busby Peters.
He was a 30-year employee of General Motors of St. Louis, Mo., and served as a United Automobile Workers committeeman.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy Pearson; his parents; and a brother, George A. Peters.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Tula A. Jackson Peters; daughters, Wanda Ochrymowich and husband Eugene of Phoenix, Ariz., Joan Kratzer and husband Walter of St. Louis, Mo., and Vera Stevens Watt and husband Ron of Hot Springs; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Weir Cemetery in McRae.
The family would like to thank Arkansas Health Center and the staff of Oak Court for the care of their loved one.


Ronnie Cotner

Ronnie Gene Cotner, 59, of Cabot went to be with the Lord, June 5 in Little Rock. He was born Sept. 15, 1947 in Muskogee, Okla., to Mary Cassinger and the late Jake Cotner. He was a member of the Alliance Bible Church in North Little Rock and a Christian who loved a good joke.

A brother, Charlie Cotner and a sister, Charlene Griffin also preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Tina of Cabot; children, Tina Maitland and husband Steven of Cabot, Jerry Cotner and wife Shawna of Jacksonville, Ronnie Cotner Jr. and wife Kelli of Cabot and Gary Forte of Cabot; sisters, Glenda Vance and husband Dale of Russellville and Wanda Holbrook and husband Carl of Shreveport, La.; grandchildren, Amanda, Josh, Trae, Brandi, Jacob, Sadie, Krista, Stephanie, Dora, Kari, Nicole and Matthew.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Rev. Charles McElhannon officiating.