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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 09-19-07

Ethard Graham

Ethard W. “Dub” Graham, 78, of Romance passed from our world and into God’s arms on Sept. 16.

In his final hours, “Pappy” was surrounded by those who loved him and taught us one last lesson in dignity and grace.

Born in Lubbock, Texas, on Dec. 6, 1928, he is survived by the love of his life, Marie T. Graham, to whom he was married for 55 years; two daughters, Susan Dempsey and husband Larry and Raena Rawlinson and husband Mark; two sons, Myles Graham and wife Carol and Mark Graham and wife Kim; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers and two sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Evertt W. Graham and Dovie Dale Graham; one sister and one brother.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, with burial at Grissard Cemetery in El Paso. Funeral arrangements will be by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.

Billie Morris

Billie Jean Hughes Morris, 70, of Austin passed away Sept. 16.

She was born Oct. 12, 1936 in Little Rock to the late Wilson Woodrow Hughes and Leanora E. Ellis-Hughes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rubert “Fats” Morris; mother, Leanora Hughes in October 2004 and father, Wilson Woodrow Hughes in April 1980.

Survivors include two sons, Garry McCormick of Austin and Harold McCormick and wife Laurie of Bossier City, La.; brother, Jackie D. and wife Shirley Hughes of Austin; sister, Judy and husband Art Hunt of Austin; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way along with many other family members and friends.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Hickory Plains Cemetery in Hickory Plains with Bro. Nipper officiating. Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service.

Delia Waller

Delia Irene Johnsey Waller went home to be with her heavenly Father Sept. 14.

She was born to Harrison and Mary Ellen Johnsey on June 5, 1912.

She was a Christian of the Baptist faith and loved “God and His precious Son Jesus,” a favorite expression of hers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilton Waller, a grandson, Lawrence Hogun and one great-grandson, Eddie Hogun; two brothers and wives and one sister and her husband.

Survivors include her daughter, Lilly Rucker; four grandchildren, Don Hogun and family of Red Bluff, Calif., Marilyn Hogun and family of Sandpoint, Idaho, Lillie Ann Ward and family of Exeter, Calif., Pam Coates and family of Carson City, Nev.; 12 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren.

She loved her neighbors at Newberry Court and will be missed. She loved reading her Bible and clippings of Billy Graham, which she collected over the years.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. Burial will follow in Salem Cemetery.

Charles Wood

Charles Wayne Wood, 42, of Independence, Mo. died Sept. 15.

He was born August 2, 1965 in Little Rock to Gerald Wood and Sophia Radcliff Wood Harris.

He graduated from Old Main High School in Little Rock and was currently a member of Spirit of Hope Metropolitan Community Church in Kansas City, Mo.

Wood is survived by his daughter, Ashlyn Danielle Wood of Benton; his father Gerald Wood and stepmother, Shirley Wood of Sherwood and mother, Sophia Harris and stepfather, Jim Harris of Ward. Also surviving him are two stepsons, Zachary and Steven Cardinal and their mother Robin Cardinal; siblings, Harrell Stone of Ward, Becky Roberts of North Little Rock, Michael Stone of Ward, Johnny Lakey of Menifee, Monica Underwood of El Paso, Texas, Kathy Wages of North Little Rock, Karen Mullinex of Benton, Rod Borges of North Little Rock and Randy Wood of Little Rock as well as his best friend, Yale Turnham of Independence, Mo. and a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with visitation from noon until service time. Burial will follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

Earl Rodgers

Earl Riley Rodgers, 78, of Beebe died Sept. 16 in Beebe.

He was born March 29, 1929, in Sikeston, Mo. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; five sons; four daughters and several grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

Katheryn Knox

Katheryn Fae “Kathy” Knox, 37, of Beebe, died Sept. 16.

She was born Feb. 26, 1970 in Chicago to Robert Allen and Katie Hobanez Price.

She graduated from Hobart High in Indiana in 1988 and served in the Army 34th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Platoon at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. She was a member of Operating Engineers Local 150.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Johnny Knox; stepson, Clint Knox of Beebe; grandson, Ethan Knox of Beebe and brother, Allen Robert Price of Hobart, Ind.; brother-in-law Larry Knox (Deborah) of El Paso; sister-in-law Vickie Fowlkes of Beebe and many nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with family receiving friends from 9 a.m. until funeral time.

Lillie Brannon

Lillie Alice “Bomer” Brannon, of Lonoke passed away Sept. 17.

She was born Feb. 29, 1912 in Hannah, Okla., to the Late John James and Rose Alice Robertson Bomer.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Ott Robertson and Clarence Sherrell as well as her sisters, Lottie Hill and Susie Williams. Brannon was a protestant and lived most of her adult life in the central Arkansas-Pulaski County area.

Survivors include her son, David V. Brannon and wife Anita of Lonoke; three grandchildren, Rita Atkins and husband Joe of Franklin, Tenn., Denise McMahon and husband Greg of Sherwood and Elise Bills and husband Jimmy of Savannah, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren, Will, Maggie and Ben Atkins, Jared Humphries, Brannon and Chance McMahon, Jeremy, Josh and Jayson Bills; two stepgrandchildren, Todd Yates and Brandi Brannon of Lonoke; as well as three stepgreat-grandchildren, Alicia, Mike and Lauren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home chapel.
Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 3022 S. 2nd St., Cabot Ark. 72023.