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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 08-01-07

Mattie Noah

Mattie Ruth Noah, 64, of Cabot passed away July 29. She was born on Aug. 14, 1942 to Troy and Mattie Chadwick Wilkins.  

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Dodson; two brothers, Jimmy Wilkins and Jerry Wilkins and three great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband, Mearlon Noah, Sr. of Cabot; six children, Ronnie Craft and wife Terrie of Redfield, Donnie Dodson and wife Tiffany of Cabot, Darrell Dodson of Cabot, Mearlon Noah, Jr. and Randall Noah of North Little Rock and David Noah of Cabot; her parents, Troy and Mattie Wilkins of Sherwood; two brothers, Troy and wife Sandy Wilkins and Charles and wife Maudie Wilkins; one sister, Ann and husband Rick Tyler; one sister-in-law, Jean Wilkins; eight grandchildren, Johnathan Craft, Crystal Craft, Elaine Noah, Brandy Noah, Madison Dodson, Whitney Dodson, Sarah Craft and Matthew Dodson; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with James Bancroft and Henry McDaniels officiating.  Burial will follow at Harmony Cemetery.

Minnie Fowler

Minnie Bell “Sissy” Fowler, 71, of Beebe departed July 29 at 7:47 p.m, surrounded by loved ones, to join her Lord and Savior.
She fought cancer with her indomitable spirit, never complained or shed a tear. Her strength, courage and grace were always abounding.

Sissy was known as a loving wife and mother and doting grandmother who loved to play basketball, baseball, video games and cards with her grandsons when they were young.

She was a member of Garner Baptist Church. She was a cosmetologist, an avid Razorbacks fan, an excellent seamstress and an amazingly optimistic, encouraging and loyal friend—she will be profoundly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Edgar and Ruby Price; her brother, Dallas Price; and grandson, Tyler Jordan Fowler.

She is survived by her husband, Benny J. Fowler; one daughter, Brenda Luebke and husband Mark of Little Rock; one son, Tim Fowler and Kim of Beebe; three grandsons, Derek and Dustan Fowler and Brandon Luebke; one sister, Barbara Rawls and husband John of Higginson; and one brother, James Price and wife Deanie of Mt. Washington, Ky.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Beebe Cemetery.

Catherine Holden

Catherine Glendean Holden, 73, of Cabot passed away July 26.  

She was born May 24, 1934 in Searcy to the late Marshall and Stella McGiness Gray.  In addition to her parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lee Hays; daughter-in-law, Tillie Holden and two great-grandchildren.  

She enjoyed yard-selling, reading, playing solitaire, having fun with family and loving her children and grandchildren.  
Survivors include her children, Randy Holden and wife Bonnie of Cabot, Bill Holden and wife Janice of Austin and Porter Vaughan and wife Lockie of Vilonia; seven grandchildren, Shelley Montoya, Cathy Holden, Heather Vaughan, Christopher Vaughan, Christina Jackson, Nichole Carr, and Duncan Holden and eight great-grandchildren, Joy, Oriana, Hope, Caliyah, Haygen, Hannah, Conley and Kambree.  

The funeral services were July 28 at the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.  Burieal followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Searcy.

Charles Ferriter

Charles F. “Butch” Ferriter passed away July 26.

He will be forever remembered for his devotion to family and friends, the respect he earned professionally, and the positive impact he had on the students he taught and coached.

Many would describe him as the fairest, most principled man they had ever met, earning the love and respect of all those whose lives he touched.

Butch was a 1957 graduate of Central High School, where he played on the 1956-1957 Big 8 championship team and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he lettered in basketball.

His coaching career took him to McGehee High School, where he coached two championship teams, taking them to the state playoffs, and on to Texarkana, where he was head basketball coach and assistant football coach.

One of his greatest accomplishments was the establishment of the athletic program at Pulaski Academy, where in his nine years with the Academy, his teams became among the most respected in the Mid-South Association of Non-public Schools (MANS).

During his tenure at Pulaski Academy, he fought to obtain and won membership for the school in the Arkansas Activities Association, where he served many years on the board of directors.

Coach Ferriter’s dedication and loyalty to the students of Pulaski Academy earned him the honor of having the 1980 school yearbook dedicated to him. A Web site has been established by “Butch’s Kids” (all his former students), www.butchisms.com inviting contributions of the coach’s memorable “one-liners.”

Butch will be missed by those he left behind, especially his loving wife, Jauan Ferriter; sister, Chris Curley; step-daughter, Holly Francis; and the light of his life, his granddaughter, Madelyn James, who was the daughter he never had.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie Quimby Ferriter; mother and step-father, Mildred and C. J. Curley; and one of “Butch’s Brothers,” Harry Vines.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt “thank you” to the nurses and staff of Baptist Hospital and Baptist Hospice for their compassionate care of Butch and his family during his time with each agency.

A memorial service was July 30 at Second Presbyterian Church officiated by Rev. Steve Hancock.

The family requests that donations be made to Baptist Hospice 11900 Colonel Glenn Road, Suite 2000, Little Rock, Ark., 72210-2820, or to Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, Ark. 72227. Arrangements were by Little Rock Funeral Home.

Elsie Carmical

Elsie M. Carmical, 90, of Cabot passed away July 27.  

She was born Oct. 14, 1916 to the late Lawrence and Selma Faulkner Perrine in Pulaski County.  

In addition to her parents, Elsie was preceded in death by her daughter, Martha Perkins and her husband, Charlie Carmical in 1990.

She was an active member of Bayou Meto Baptist Church and attended the Jacksonville Senior Center.

Elsie is survived by her children, Bobby Carmical of Cabot, Tommy Carmical and wife Peggy of Cabot, Lois Tackett and husband Tommy of Jacksonville, Linda Milatz and husband Harry of Cabot and Norma Gunter and husband Michael of Topeka, Kansas; two brothers, Lawrence Perrine Jr. and James Perrine; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were July 30 at the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.  Burial followed at Sumner Cemetery in Cabot.