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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 08-22-07

Ron Yates

Ron Yates, 62, of Searcy died Aug. 20.

He was born Oct. 11, 1944, at Hot Springs to the late Dennison Fulton and Eva Virginia Ellison Yates.

He was a Vietnam veteran, served on the USS America in the Mediterranean and was a lifetime member of VFW Post 7769.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Jason Yates.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; son, Andrew Hornecker and wife Christine of Conway; three daughters, Suzanne Bennett and husband Mark of Conway, Angie Lewis and husband Earl of Beebe and Kimberly Russell and husband Jeremy of Searcy; three brothers, Jay Yates of Quitman, Bill Yates of Conway and Dennison Yates of Bella Vista; two sisters, Patricia James of Benton and Janice Estes of Magnolia; six grandchildren, Jason and Haley Hornecker, Brittany Daniel, Courtney Lewis, Jay and Victoria Mandrell, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, August 22 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 at Westbrook Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in Havana Cemetery, Yell County, Havana.


Buford Moody

Buford G. Moody, 77, of Beebe died Aug. 21.

He was born to Charlie and Veda Moody Feb. 4, 1930, at Hickory Plains.

He was a devoted husband and father, a member of the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church of Romance and a Missionary Baptist preacher for 47 years, pastoring six churches in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 56 years, Wanda Smith Moody; a daughter, Cathie Powell and husband Jimmy; a son, Larry Moody; all of Beebe; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Carolyn Hart of Des Arc and Brenda Boyles of Higginson; two brothers, Leroy and C. A. Moody, both of Beebe; and a host of friends and relatives.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 23 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Beebe. Burial will be at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe.


Floyd Hines

Floyd Sherman Hines Sr., 86, of Jacksonville passed away Aug. 18.  

He was born Dec. 28, 1920 in Bauxite to the late Isaac Luther and Annie Louiza Pate Hines.  

He was also preceded in death by his first wife Clara “Jake” Overton Hines, mother of his children, and his second wife, Betty Isbell Hines; brothers and sisters, Freida Rambo, Agnes Hines, Ivan Hines, Elmer Hines, Edward  Hines and Arvel Clay “Little Boe” Hines and step-son, Steve Sanders.  

Hines was a minister for 50 years.  He ministered at Westside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fourth Street Baptist Church in West Helena, Harmony Baptist Church in West Helena, Faith Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Miss., Park View Baptist Church in Clarksdale, Miss., Rondo Baptist Church in Rondo and Eastside Baptist Church in Lonoke.  

He was a Navy veteran and a survivor of Pearl Harbor.

He is survived by his son, Floyd Hines Jr. of Beebe; daughter, Donna Blaine of Bartlett, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Wanda Sanders of Jacksonville; brother, James  Hines of Nocona, Texas; sister, Hazel  Hild of Sherwood; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 22 at Westside Baptist Church with Rev. Bo Hines and Rev. Ronnie Johnson officiating.  Burial will be at Memorial Gardens in Clarksdale, Miss.


William Elia

William R. “Billy Ray” Elia, 73, of Jacksonville passed away suddenly at his home Aug. 17.  
He was born in Camden on Dec. 22, 1933.  

Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Dicie M. McMahen of Camden and his father, Scott Elia of Saraland, Ala.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Cynthia “Cindy” L. Elia; stepbrother, Edward Phillip Elia of Saraland, Ala.; daughters, Gabriele and husband John Osmun and Rene Elia; sons, Ricky and Jeffrey Elia; grandchildren, Sam, Clinton, Amber, Cody, Cassandra, Vinnie and Jayda and two great-grandchildren.

Bill retired as chief master sergeant with 27 years in the Air Force.  Since his retirement he worked as a realtor for Bart Gray Realty and as an area manager for Woodmen of the World Insurance Society.  

Bill was an active member of several organizations in the Jacksonville area.  He was on the board of directors of the Kiwanis Club, the Salvation Army, Jacksonville Care Channel and Pathfinder.  

He was vice president of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.  Bill was instrumental in chartering the Woodmen of the World Lodge 1437, serving as president for four years and won the Fraternal Spirit Award in 2000 and 2006.  

He won the Woodmen of the World’s highest award, the Honor Award, in 1995.  Bill has been active in the Jacksonville Museum of Military History since its inception.

He served as vice chairman of the board and his service to the museum was tireless as a passionate advocate, a master story teller and countless hours of volunteer support to staff and visitors.  Bill’s absence leaves a void in the many lives he touched through his service.

Funeral services were Aug. 21 at United First Methodist Church in Jacksonville with Carroll Sites presiding. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville.  Memorials may be made to Pathfinder, P.O. Box 647, Jacksonville, Ark., 72078 or Jacksonville Museum of Military History, P.O. Box 252, Jacksonville, Ark., 72078.

Furneral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Cora Lukes

Cora Lukes, 61, of Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of Hickory Plains, died Aug. 13.

She was born April 8, 1946, at Hickory Plains to Samuel Peters Ford and Beaulah Beatrice Hood.

She grew up in Arkansas; she also lived in Illinois, Texas and Florida and traveled to Germany and Japan.

She is survived by five daughters, Lisa Ford and Melissa Crawford, both of North Carolina, Jennifer Johnson of Curtis Bay, Maryland, Julianna Johnson of Miami Gardens, Florida, Lucky Lukes of Homestead, Florida; three grandchildren, Antoinette Crawford, Simone Bailey and Elijah Bailey; seven sisters, Mary Adams, Annetta Thompson, Verlene McCalip, Franki, Gladys and Wrena Ford and Betty Hunt; three brothers, Billy Ford, Samuel Ford and Henry Ford.

Funeral services were August 19 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Hickory Plains with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


Dorothy Lenderman

Dorothy Cornett Wyatt Lenderman, 87, of Elkhart, Ind., formerly of Des Arc, died August 15.

She was born May 4, 1920, at Griffithville to Orland Perry and Nealy Bone Roberts.

She married her first husband, Fred L. Wyatt on Sept. 3, 1938, and he died Sept. 12, 1993. She married her second husband, Ray Lenderman on June 9, 1994, and he died in Dec. of 2002.

She also had one grandchild preceed her death in 2002.

Dorothy is survived by two sons, James W. Wyatt of South Bend, Ind., and Jerry L. Wyatt of Cortez, Col.; one daughter, Dorothy E. Eller of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were August 21 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe.


Ray Yielding

Ray Yielding, 90, of Ward died Saturday, Aug. 18.

He was born August 19, 1916, at Ward to Sullivan and Leona Speck Yielding, and was a retired farmer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, and daughter, Fran.

He is survived by three sons, Ray Yielding, Jr. of Ward, Alan Yielding of Cabot, and Ricky Yielding of Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Leon Yielding of North Little Rock; three sisters, Beatrice Cullen of College Station, Texas, Clara Howell of Little Rock and Mattie Lee Hefner of McCrory.

Graveside service was Aug. 21 at Monk Cemetery in Ward.


Murrey Wilson

Murrey Woodrow Wilson, 90, passed from this life Aug. 17.

He was born to Adolphus and Sally May Wilson Sept. 9, 1916 in Lewisburg, Tenn.

He was a minister for the Church of Christ, associate Professor at Harding University, and a deacon for the College Church of Christ in Searcy.

He was preceded in death by Hazel Wilson, his beloved wife of 56 years, in August 1997.

Survivors include daughters, Janice White of Cabot and Sharon Voorhees of Madison, Ala.; grandchildren, Terry White of Thompson Station, Tenn., Katherine Mussleman of Houston, Texas, Kristi Nelms of Shannon Hills, and Elizabeth Clifton of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

He is also survived by 10 great-grandchildren: Kayli White, Shelby Holiman, Samual Nelms, Molly and Carlee White,Chase and Anna Mussleman, and Jonah, Ezra, and Naomi Clifton.

Funeral services were August 19 with Don England of College Church officiating. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery in Searcy. Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot handled arrangements.


Vera Story

Vera Lurlene Story, 78, of Jacksonville passed away Aug. 13. She was born Nov. 2, 1929 to the late H.T. and Stella Stephens.
She was a Christian and a member of Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Vera was a proud member of The Order Of Eastern Star Chapter 520 in Jacksonville. She was a late-blooming artist who painted various oil paintings.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

She is survived by her husband of almost 52 years, Kenneth Story; one son, Albert and wife Nancy Story of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; four grandchildren, Stephenie and Remington of Phoenix, Ariz., Robert Scott and Kenneth Story II, of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; two great-grandchildren, Bryan David and Thomas Avery; three sisters, Doris, Johnnie Faye, and Joyce Ann.

Funeral services were at Jacksonville Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Bro Steven Tiner officiating under the direction of Griffin Leggett-Rest Hills Funeral Home. Burial was in Rest Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in North Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.