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Monday, July 16, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 07-14-07

Ione Cranfill
Ione R. Cranfill, 77, of Beebe passed away July 11. She was born Sept. 15, 1929 in Sac City, Iowa, to the late Otis and Minnie Smith.

Also preceding her in death was one sister, Wanda Miller of Anaheim, Calif.

Survivors include five children: Karen “Kay” Rogers of Cabot, Ralph Stevens, Jessine Neemann and husband Michael of Cabot, Donnie Stevens of Egypt, Delinda “Wendy” Davidson of Cabot; one sister, Monona Johnson of Iowa; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with burial immediately following at Concord Cemetery in Lonoke. Funeral arrangements will be by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.

Royce Hutchins
Royce Lane Hutchins, 81, died July 11. He was a member of Lynch View Baptist Church in North Little Rock and an Army veteran.

Survivors include one son, Ronald L. Hutchins of Springdale; daughter, Alisa Kelley of Jack-sonville; three brothers, Vernon Hutchins of Arkadelphia, Aubrey E. Hutchins of Cabot and Clark W. Hutchins of Bee Branch; one sister, Catherine Viola Houser of North Little Rock; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14 at Lynch View Baptist Church in North Little Rock with burial in Weedon Cemetery, near Lonoke. Funeral arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Joe Bechel
Joe Bechel, 77 , died July 6.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathryn Bechel; son, Robert Bechel; daughters, Debbie and husband Banks Breashears, Cindy and husband Corey Burns and Beverly and husband Chuck Overturf, all of Lonoke; grandchildren, Gina and husband Mark Clark, Michele and husband Ca-sey Findley, Douglas and Tyler Breashears, Sterling, Emily and Caroline Burns, Blake and Madison Overturf; two great-grandchildren, Drake and Brilynn Findley; brothers, Frankie and wife Brenda Bechel of Hernando, Miss., Charlie and wife Lora Jean Bechel of Jones Mill, Jerry and wife Nancy Bechel of Germantown, Tenn.; and a sister, Betty Sue and husband Billy Mauppins of Wilson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Maggie Bechel and brothers, Ray and James Bechel.

Funeral services were July 9 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Betty Clement
Betty Jo Brumett Clement, 76, died July 6 at Woodland Hills Nursing Home in Little Rock. She was born Feb. 25, 1931 to Archibald and Hazel Brumett at Lonoke.

She graduated from Lonoke High School in 1948 as valedictorian of her class.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Clement, of the Furlow Community near Lonoke.

She is survived by a son, Skipper Clement of Furlow; a daughter, Kathi Howard of North Little Rock; son, Roger Clement and wife Libby of Little Rock; brother, Donald Brumett of Lonoke; and seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were July 9 at Concord United Methodist Church, with burial in Concord Cemetery. Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke.  

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice in her honor.