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Monday, July 30, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 07-28-07

Artle Crocker

Artle Brady Crocker, 100, passed away July 25, just two weeks shy of her 101st birthday.

She was preceded in death by her husband, three daughters and one grandson. She is survived by three grandchildren, Dennis and and his wife Carol Armstrong, Marva and and her husband Paul Verkler and Debbie Cooper; five great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She will be missed by her loving family and a host of friends.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.

Mary Roetzel

Mary Lou Roetzel, 79, of Lonoke, formerly of Shannon Hills, passed away July 26.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Roetzel; two sons, Vic Ashcraft of Kansas City, Mo., and Tom Ashcraft of Sims; one daughter, Susan Davenport of Lonoke; two step-sons, Bobby Roetzel of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Steve Roetzel of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and a host of friends and family.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. Graveside will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery in Alexander at 1 p.m.

Velma Cummings

Velma Lee Cummings, 84, of McRae passed away July 26.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd R. Cummings; her parents, Floyd and Trema Cook; two brothers, J. E. and Ralph Cook of McRae.

She is survived by her daughter, Annette Lockwood of West Monroe, La.; son, Wayne Cummings of McRae; one granddaughter, Monica Hemphill and husband Chris of Monroe, La.; two great-grandchildren, Tiffany and Tyler Hemphill of Monroe; two brothers, Carroll Dean Cook and wife Eldean and Homer Cook and wife Gene; one sister, Nellie Ruth Cook; and one sister-in-law, Virginia Cook, all of McRae, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed by her family and a host of friends.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Lebanon Cemetery.

Turner Mitchell

Turner Mitchell, 93, of Carlisle went to be with the Lord July 24. He was born Dec. 5, 1913, at Wattensaw to Tom and Pearl Hensley Mitchell. He was retired from Carlisle Implement Co. and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church where he served as deacon for many years.

He was preceded in death by a son, James “Jimmy” Mitchell and his parents; four brothers, Lloyd, Cecil, Elmer, Clyde; and a sister, Thelma.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Blanche Mitchell; five sons, William Mitchell and wife Susie of Cabot, Vernon Mitchell and wife Linda of Carlisle, Miles Mitchell and wife Carol of Nashville, Ronald Mitchell and wife Lori of Mablevale, Jerald Mitchell and wife Pam of Carlisle; two daughters, Carla Barnwell and husband Charles of Beebe, Clara Mae Harlan and husband Henry of North Little Rock; 11 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Johnson of Odessa, Texas; and numerous nephews, nieces, family and friends.

The family would like to thank Arkansas Hospice staff and staff at Chambers Nursing Home in Carlisle for all their care and services.

Funeral services were July 27 at Landmark Baptist Church in Carlisle with burial in Carlisle Cemetery. Arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, Cabot Division, 3022 S. 2nd St., Cabot, Ark., 72023.

Neleta Balding

Neleta “Rose” Balding, 65, went to be with the Lord July 24. She was a daughter of Harvey Thomas and Mary Poe, born in Roe on Oct. 10, 1941.

She married Forest Bedford Balding Jr. (1935-2005) and together they raised three sons, T.H. Balding (1961-1993), Forest Bedford Balding III, and Harvey Atwood Balding. Rose loved her family and friends and she lived her life according to the Gospel.

She was a firm believer that the Lord Jesus was her Savior. Rose will be sorely missed by all of her friends and family.

She is survived by her two sons, Forest and wife Jeannie and Harvey and wife Cecile, and her three wonderful grandchildren, Krystal, Nathan, and Forrest. She is also survived by three sisters, Mary Huges, Dorothy White, and Alice Periece.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial to follow at Sylvania Cemetery, Ward.

David Hagar

David James Hagar, 50, of Beebe died July 24.

He is survived by his wife, Tina; three children, Elizabeth, Rachel and Derek, all of Beebe; his mother, Elnora Hagar of McRae; two sisters, Verna Holder of Greenbriar and Mary Maslow of Fort Worth, Texas, and three grandchildren, Malakai, Mason and Marian Shaw.

Memorial service was held July 27 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.