Leader Blues

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 09-01-07

Louis Jeffers

Louis Anderson Jeffers, 84, went home to be with his Lord in the early moring hours of August 29.
Jeffers was born June 1, 1923.

Just last week, he and his wife Marileigh celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends.

His surrender to Christ in 1948 led to the salvation of three generations of his family. As the patriarch of a devoted and affectionate family, he established his home as a place of acceptance and love. Gatherings at his home for holidays and birthdays were a common occurrence, and his leadership, hugs, and affirmation to his family during these gatherings were reminders of his unchanging and relentless love for them.

He had been told often that he could have been a professional musician, but he chose instead to begin a music ministry at Bayou Meto Baptist Church.

He led singings and choirs in countless revivals across the state serving with numerous evangelists in the 1970’s and 1980’s. His voice was deep, strong and clear and will never be forgotten by those who heard it.

He was a charter member and a deacon of Bayou Meto Baptist Church. After honeymooning in Arkansas at the Buffalo River, he decided to raise his family in this great state, instead of East St. Louis, Mo., where he and Marileigh were raised.

He and his family made annual trips for over 40 years to the Buffalo River and have included hundreds of friends in the camping, singing, horseshoes, card games and fellowship.

He retired from the post office after delivering mail on city and rural routes for 32 years. He was known as the “Singing Mailman” because the song in his heart came out daily as he walked his Jacksonville delivery route or drove his mail Jeep through north Pulaski County.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marileigh Jeffers; two sons, David Jeffers and wife Susan and Bobby Jeffers; one daughter, Becky Russell and husband Ralph; grandchildren, Aundra Boeckman and husband Mitch, Amanda Browning and husband Ryan, Bobby Allen Jeffers, Nathan Jeffers, Andrew Jeffers, Casey Russell, and Abby Russell; and one great-granddaughter, Emma Browning.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Goldie Jeffers; sisters, Irene Kissling and husband Mel and Mildred Chambers and husband Thomas; infant son, Robert Jeffers; and a granddaughter, Jae Lynn Russell.

To honor Louis, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to the “Jae Lynn Russell Educational Scholarship” fund, c/o Arkansas Community Foundation, 1400 West Markham, Suite 206, Little Rock, Ark. 72201.

A celebration of his life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Bayou Meto Baptist Church followed by burial at Bayou Meto Cemetery. Arrangements will be by North Little Rock Funeral Home.

Bill Oakley

Bill Oakley, 71, of Jacksonville passed away Aug. 29. He was the previous owner of Oakley Estate Mobile Home Park and before that he was a Jacksonville city employee for 17 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth Elizabeth and Dave Oakley.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Peggy Oakley; four children, David Oakley, Jimmy Oakley, Stacy Oakley, and Melisa Alvers; two daughters-in-law, Patricia Oakley and Danette Oakley; one son-in-law, Russell Alvers; grandchildren, Felicia Oakley, Charlie Oakley, BryAnna Oakley, Alexis Oakley, Andrea Oakley, Keller Oakley, Tanya Lovell, Ashley Alvers, Alexis Jordan, Luke Jordan, Terry DeWayne Jordan, Jr., Lacy Jordan, Chris Jordan, and Mark Jordan; three step-sons, Donald W. Jordan II, Terry Jordan, and Donald W. Jordan III; and a host of friends and family.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be in Arkansas Memorial Gardens.

Sandra McDaniel

Sandra Sue McDaniel, 57, of Austin passed away Aug. 28 in Little Rock. She was born August 25, 1950 to the late Ray and Bertha Harness. Also preceding her in death is one brother, G.B. Harness.

She is survived by her husband, Glen McDaniel of the home; one daughter, Kasai Finley and husband Dewayne of Cabot; five sisters, Daphna and husband Julius Copeland of Judsonia, Flo Passmore of North Little Rock, Martha Rainbolt of Marshall, Sharon Holsted of Jacksonville and Patricia and husband Ed Fraley of Springfield, Mo.; two grandchildren, Trey Goodrich and Kelsea Finley of Cabot; and many other family members and friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Ward First Baptist Church with interment immediately following at Dunkard Cemetery in Austin. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.

Carl Clendenin

Carl Odell Clendenin, Jr., infant son of Carl Odell Clendenin, Sr., and Robin Yelsick of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord on the day of his birth August 27.

Graveside services were August 31 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville with David Dryer officiating.  

Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.