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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 6-20-07

Georgia Gillett

Georgia Olive Gillett, 87, longtime resident of Beebe passed away June 18.

She is survived by four daughters, Donna Fenton, Jacqueline Bregard, Patricia Kinnserly, and Mary Tucker; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Albert Meusch; two sisters, Alyce Klauz and Thelma Dodson.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Burial will be in Little Rock National Cemetery.


Luther Rogers

Luther Harve “L. H.” Rogers, 82, of Vinity passed away on June 15. He was born Oct. 7, 1924.

He loved his family, friends and community. He was of pioneering stock from Vinity community. L. H. loved the woods, fields, creeks and streams. He enjoyed the time spent hunting with family, friends and dogs. He was a proud veteran of the Second World War, serving with the Marines in their sweep across the Pacific.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dell Rogers; four sons, Danny and wife Kathy, Harvey and wife Rhonda, Charles and wife Carol, Tim and wife Tamara; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Hubert and wife Avanell and a host of cherished nephews, nieces, and other family. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Cheek Cemetery in Vinity by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Randy Butcher

Randy Doyle Butcher, 45, of Cabot passed away June 17.  

He was born Feb. 22, 1962 in Brinkley to Doyle and Mary Jo Hall Butcher. His father, Doyle Butcher preceded him in death.
Randy graduated from Brinkley High School in May 1980.  He married Linda Bennett Butcher on July 4, 1986.  Randy professed his faith in Jesus as a teenager and recently rededicated his life to God and encouraged others to be saved.  
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the outdoors and life.  He loved people, was very friendly, open, and had a good sense of humor.  

He enjoyed snow skiing and was an avid Razorbacks fan. “How y’all doing?” was a phrase he often used to family and friends, always expressing warmth and concern for others. He was considered not only an uncle but a special mentor and friend to his nephews and nieces. His favorite fishing buddy was his mother.  He was a truck driver for SAIA Motor Freight.

He leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Linda Butcher of Cabot; two sons, Clint Butcher and wife Machelle of Amarillo, Texas, and Hunter Butcher of the home; two daughters of the home, Cortney and Hallie Butcher; his grandchildren, Zach and Kylie Butcher of Palestine and Micah Butcher of Amarillo, Texas; his mother, Mary Jo Butcher of Brinkley, his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Butcher of Fargo; a sister, Angie Jo  Melikian and husband Roger of Brinkley; his mother-in-law, Louise Bennett of Brinkley; a brother-in-law, Ricky Bennett and wife Amanda of Searcy; a sister-in-law, Susan Sullens of Brinkley; four nephews, Matthew, Clayton, and Cameron Joshlin and Ricky Bennett Jr.; two nieces, Brandi and Celia Bennett and a host of other relatives and friends.    

There will be a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20 at Grace Fellowship Church in Cabot with Brother David Swift officiating.  Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.  Following cremation, his ashes will be set free at Bayou Deview, Highway 17, in Brinkley.


Cassondra Speer

Cassondra Leigh Speer, 24, of Jacksonville passed away June 16. She was born March 27, 1983 in Jacksonville to John J. Milner and Deborah Ann Speer.

She was preceded in death by both of her grandfathers and she was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her parents; grandmothers, Katherine Speer and Theresa Bags, both of Jacksonville; sisters, Ashley and Jessica Milner also of Jacksonville and many aunts and uncles who loved her dearly.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Mr. Les Bradford officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 20.


Robert Games

Robert B. Games, 71, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord June 17, at his home in Jacksonville. He was born July 8, 1935 in St. John, Kan., to the late Ralph Brooks and Alta Vivian Brockman Games. He served in the Navy and attended Light House Tabernacle Church in Jacksonville.

Survivors include his wife, Claudette, stepson, Eric Hazlett and wife Shannon, brother-in-law, Larry Don Bailey, sister-in-law, Liz Bailey and grandchildren, Victoria Rodriquez and Hunter Hazlett all of Jacksonville.

A celebration of life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, with Rev. Ron Denton officiating. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Augustine Busbea

Augustine Busbea of Beebe died June 15 after a short illness. She was born Feb. 17, 1926, the middle daughter of Buck and Irene Merritt.

She married Raymond Busbea on April 11, 1947.

During her life she served as a homemaker, mother, school lunchroom cook, and was known for being a steady and hard worker. She was an active member of Sixteenth Section Church of Beebe and served as a Sunday school teacher there for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and two sisters. She is survived by two sons, Ronnie Busbea and wife Wanda of Beebe and Randy Busbea and wife Sherry of Little Rock; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was June 18 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Mount Olive Cemetery.