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Monday, September 24, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 09-22-07

Maybell Neal

Maybell Bacus Neal, 86, of Beebe died Sept. 19.

She was born May 1, 1921, at Jacksonport to Jesse James Powell and Cora Bell House Powell.

She was the greatest mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and she had the biggest heart.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Bacus; a daughter, Margaret Martin; a son, LeRoy Bacus; her parents and brothers, Bill and John Powell.

Survivors include a son, Elmer Carl Bacus, III of McRae; five daughters, Margie Stephens of Mt. Vernon, Norma Jean Foster and Christine Young of Beebe, Patricia Secrest and Lorine Bacus of Florida; two sisters, Effie Addington of Oregon and Lucille Addington of Oklahoma; 30 grandchildren, 66 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Beebe Cemetery.


Maudie Stringfellow

Maudie E. Stringfellow, 92, of Beebe went to be with the Lord Sept. 20.

She was born March 26, 1915, at Mountain Home to Andrew and Eller Grant Carson.

She is survived by one son, Don Whitman and wife Odette of Beebe; one stepson, Garry Whitman and wife Katherine of Blackwell, Okla.; one daughter, Linda Sellers and husband Ed of Vilonia; nine grandchildren, Tracy, Scott, Rex, Ronnie, Charles, Wayne, Patricia, Susan and Shelly; 21 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Plyna Doris of Cave City and Coy Foster of Norfolk.

Funeral will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Antioch Cemetery.


Raymond Johnson

Raymond Dale Johnson, 52, of North Little Rock departed this life on Sept. 7 to join his parents, Ella Jean and Raymond Johnson.  

He was born August 19, 1955 in Sparta, Wis.

He worked many years for Simpson Printing Company and Walkins Printing Company as a pressman.  He was a Baptist and a member of 47th Street Baptist Church, North Little Rock.  He was a husband, father, brother and friend and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Lloyd Johnson; daughter, Tennille Cook and husbandPete; grandchildren, Gabrielle Clark and Lindsey Cook; sisters, Doris Hudson and husband Jack and Darlene Johnson; nephew, Kevin Hudson, and nieces, Kim Hudson and Karley Stoll; “special” brothers, David Sublett and Lynn Simpson; and “special” sister, Kathy Barber.

A memorial service will be held at the Shelby Smith Pavilion in Burn’s Park in North Little Rock on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.  with dear friend and neighbor Elder Eddie Mill officiating.  

This celebration is open to all friends and family.

 The family requests no flowers; however, a love offering may be given for Dale’s favorite tree, the dogwood at service.  
A special “thank you” to the nursing staff in the ER and ICU at Baptist Health-North Little Rock as well as Drs. Haley Shaw and Agustin Fernandez for his recent care and to Moore’s Funeral Home in Jacksonville for all their assistance.  

Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


James Graham

James Howard “Jimmy” Graham, 58, of Des Arc walked through Heaven’s gates early on Sept. 19.

He was born at home in Hickory Plains on Sept. 1, 1949.

He had been in a coma since suffering a brain aneurysm on April 15, 2006.

Graham was a member of Hickory Plains Missionary Baptist Church for 48 years where he served as a young adult Sunday school teacher. He was a co-founder and member of Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.

He was serving as president at the time of his stroke. He was also an active member of other community organizations.
He graduated valedictorian of the Class of ’67 at D.A.H.S. He was a Vietnam veteran. He farmed with his dad and brothers all his life. He loved his family and church, and he also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his brother-in-law and best friend, Teddy Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Juanita Graham.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Brenda Taylor Graham; two sons, Brad and wife Jennifer and Derek and wife Nikki Graham of Crossroads; one daughter, Tracy and husband Jon Ruelle of Jacksonville; eight grandchildren, Sydney, Heather, Trint, Tori, Austin, Lilly, Dylan and baby Abbigail; two brothers, Bobby and wife Mamie and Mickey and wife Vanessa Graham of Hickory Plains; two sisters, Anita and husband Jimmy VanHouten of Des Arc, Sandy and husband Chris Todd of Beebe; 17 nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Sept. 21 at Hickory Plains Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Tony Crye and Hospice Chaplain, Brad Vaden officiating. Burial was in Hickory Plains Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 West 12th Street, Little Rock, Ark., 72204 or Hickory Plains Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 405, Hickory Plains, Ark., 72066.

Funeral arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


Louie Hill

Louie A. Hill, 97, of Beebe passed away Sept. 13 and went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He was born Dec. 13, 1909, to the late Charlie and Sally Hill and lived all his life on Hwy. 64 west of Beebe.

He was a long-time member of Union Valley Baptist Church where he served as choir director for many years.

He was a farmer and a carpenter and retired from Allstate Trailer Co in Jacksonville after working there 30 years.
He also worked at the Jacksonville Ordnance plant during the Second World War.

After retirement, he spent much of his time helping neighbors and friends with household repairs and projects and also delivering the beautiful birthday, anniversary, and wedding cakes made by “Miss Roe”.

He lost his beloved wife of 69 years, Roberta Dale Hill, and son, Dalton Hill, in 2001. He was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

He never met a stranger and will be remembered for his sharp wit, practical wisdom and strong faith. He always had a story, many of which were fondly referred to as “Lou-isms”. One favorite was when he talked about how times were so tough on Highway 64, if you wanted to rob someone, you had to do it on credit.

He looked forward to his heavenly reunion with “Roe and Dalt”.

Survivors include his daughter, Wanda Price and husband Ferrel; grandchildren, Barry Sproul and wife Tracy, Ronda Shelman and husband Larry, all of Benton, JeanBeth Hill and husband Charles Galloway of Little Rock, and Lt. Col. Eric Price and wife Judi of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan. and great-grandchildren,Bradley and Corey Shelman, Dylan and Conner Sproul, and Amelia, Ryan, Robert Price. He is also survived by his sister, Charlene Melland of Albion, Neb., along with many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sept. 16 at Union Valley Baptist Church in Beebe.

A graveside service followed at Stoney Point Cemetery in Beebe with arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.
Memorials can be made to Union Valley Baptist Church, 932 Hwy. 64 West, Beebe, Ark., 72012.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff at Benton Health Care Center for their loving care of Mr. Lou.

Pappy enjoyed showing the ways of the farm to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they spent time with Granny and Pappy. We will miss you Pappy.


Helen Travis

Helen “Polly” Travis, of Lonoke passed away Sept. 19.

She was a member of Lonoke Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norwood Travis; parents, Walter and Ethel Lewis; two brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include son, Charlie and wife Florence Travis; daughter, Pat Jones; one brother, Ed Lewis of Beaumont, Texas; four grandchildren, Lance Travis, DeeDee Travis, Teresa Routon, and Jeff Jones and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Sept. 21 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Wallace officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.