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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 09-05-07

Johnny Fraley

Johnny Leon Fraley, 48, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord Sept. 3.

He was born March 13, 1959.

He was a member of Morrison Chapel Baptist Church in North Little Rock and was employed by Precision Auto in Jacksonville.

Johnny is survived by his wife Randie; daughter, Michelle Taylor and husband Brandon; son, Kenneth Fraley and wife Susanne, Matt Robinson (who was like a son) and wife Brandy; and one granddaughter, Kristi Fraley, all of Jacksonville; his mother and father, Loyce and Ken Chambers of Jacksonville; father and mother, Gilbert and Leann Fraley of Jacksonville; four sisters, Pam Vasquez and Rhonda Shellito, both of Jacksonville, Christy Free of Searcy, Colleen Branco of New Jersey; three brothers, Chad Fraley, Mitchell Fraley, both of  Jacksonville and Bruce Chambers of Georgia.  

Johnny also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.  

Johnny was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Jennifer Fraley.

Funeral services will be at noon Friday, Sept. 7 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.  

Pallbearers will be Steve Brewer, Joe Roberson, Stephen Capps, Randy Glover, Larry James and Jake Fraley.  Honorary pallbearers will be Calvin McIntire and Junior Howard.  

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 pm. Thursday, Sept. 6.


Carolyn Parker

Carolyn Jean Parker, 59, of Carlisle passed away Sept. 3.

She was born March 7, 1948 on Holly Mountain near Clinton.

She was a Christian woman, caring housewife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She was devoted to raising her family and enjoying her grandchildren.

Carolyn was very giving and thought of family and others first. Her hobbies included tending to her flowerbeds, working in her yard and caring for her home.

Later in life, she enjoyed traveling with her husband and sisters.

She was never far from her dog Allie.

She graduated from Clinton High School in 1966. She attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway.

She married Gary O’Dell Parker in 1969 and was married for 37 years. They made their home on a rice farm near Carlisle. Carolyn was a dedicated farmer’s wife and she will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Gary Parker; her three children, Brandon Parker and wife Beverly of Lonoke, Ashley Parker and wife Amy of Nashville and Rachel Parker of Bryant; two grandchildren, Gage and Preston; two brothers, Lindsey Harness of Mountain View and Wayne Harness of Cabot; two sisters, Faye Nixon of Bee Branch and Shirlene Ward of Clinton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Auzzie and Effie Harness.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 at Hamilton Methodist Church, south of Carlisle with interment in Hamilton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Joan Russell

Joan Russell, 67, of Cabot passed away Sep. 1.

She retired after 21 years of service with the Cabot School District Food Service Program.

Joan was a member at First Baptist Church of Cabot.

She will be remembered as a kind and caring person.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Roy Russell, who is retired from the Union Pacific Railroad; and her five children, Glenda Wilson and husband Harry of Cabot, Karen Vocque and husband Lance of Cabot, Mark Russell and wife Lyn of Pickton, Texas, Charmin Brooks and husband Scott of Abilene, Texas, Christy Lustig and husband Gary of Okinawa, Japan; and 12 grandchildren, Meagan Wilson, Kyle and Connor Vocque, Erika, Morgan and Carrie Russell, Hunter, Madison and Mason Brooks, Lauren, Jacob, and Dain Lustig.

She is also survived by four sisters and four brothers, Nola Rees and husband Noble of Austin, Bernell Wilson and husband Ray of Vilonia, Ruthie Burlison and Sandra Weatherly, both of Austin, Horace Weatherly and wife Lorene of Beebe, J.R. Weatherly and wife Ann of Cabot, Truman Weatherly of Austin, Dearl Weatherly and wife Jackie of Beebe and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Mattie Weatherly; brothers, Willis Weatherly, Joe Weatherly Jr., Russell Weatherly and Carroll Weatherly; infant twins, Raye and Faye Weatherly and one granddaughter, Wiley Nicole Russell.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at First Baptist Church of Cabot.

Associate Pastor Dick Avey will officiate.

Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718.


Burnette Harrison

Burnette Harrison, 78, of Beebe died Sept. 2 at Central Arkansas Hospice Center.

He was born Dec. 26, 1929 to Dewitt and Helen Galloway Harrison.

He was a 28-year veteran of the Navy retiring as a lieutenant commander. He then worked for the NCR Corporation for 15 years.

He was a member of Antioch Community Methodist Church, past master and secretary Treasurer of Beebe Masonic Lodge 145, a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Scottish Rite Knight Command Court of Honor. He also served as a volunteer at Central Arkansas Hospital for 15 years.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eileen Harrison; two sons, Michael and wife Annette and Tim and wife Alicia of Jacksonville, Florida; two grandchildren, Shawn and Christina and one great grandchild, Ian; two brothers, Bob Harrison and wife Shirley of Poway, Calif., and Don Harrison and wife Kay of Morrilton.

Burnette was a kind and gentle man who had a host of friends who loved him and he always had a big smile for everybody.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Antioch Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements will be by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe. Memorials may be made to Antioch Methodist Church c/o Joe T. Belew at 535 Louie Pruitt Road, Beebe, Ark. 72012 or Central Arkansas Hospice Center at 1200 Main Street, Searcy, Ark. 72043.


Delena Tarver

Delena M. Davis Tarver, 66, of North Little Rock went to be with the Lord Sept. 1.

She was born on August 5, 1931.

She worked at Timex for many years and loved bowling, and was good enough to play with the pros.

She left behind two sons, Roger Davis of North Little Rock and Bobby Davis and wife Annette of Ward; one stepson, Carl H. Tarver, III of North Little Rock; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sept. 4 at North Little Rock Funeral Home chapel. Burial was in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.
The family would like to thank everyone from Baptist Hospice and everyone from her church, North Little Rock Church of God.


Bennie White

Bennie Mae White, 79, formerly of Lonoke County died August 31.

Survivors include two daughters, Bonnie Evans of Redfield and Linda Myers of Cato; a son, James Copeland of North Little Rock; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were Sept. 4 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke with burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.


John Pearson

John Leslie Pearson, Jr., 81, died August 30.

His parents, John and Jenny Pearson; four sisters, Grace, Jenny Mae, Marjorie and Adeline preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Dorothea Pearson; children, Sam Pearson and wife Donna of Vinegrove, Ky., Judy Bragg and husband Rick of Carlisle, Karen Hooper of Jacksonville, Carolyn Parr and husband Jimmy of Hazen and David Lane of Lamar; grandchildren, Leslie, Joanna, Kellee, Holly, Lee, Stephanie, Rodney and Joshua; nine great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sept. 2 at New Testament Baptist Church with interment in New Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, make memorials to New Hope Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.