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Saturday, October 20, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 07-20-07

Jewel Howell
Jewel Ernest Howell, 84, of Cabot died Oct. 18. †

He was born March 16, 1923, in Paragould, the younger of two sons of Julia and Ernest Howell of Paragould.

He spent his entire life devoted to his family, his church and higher education in Arkansas. †

†He was married on Christmas Day of 1942 to Tomazene Olita Thompson, his wife of 64 years, who preceded him in death last October. †

He was also preceded in death by his mother, Julia Howell; his father, Ernest Howell and his brother, Lloyd How-ell, all of Paragould. †

He is survived by his three children, Samuel Ernest and wife Jo Howell of Cabot, Juliana and husband Mike Coleman of North Little Rock, and Ronnie Allen and wife Lynne Howell of Memphis, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Laura Howell and husband Mike Ferguson, Brian Howell and wife Sarah, David Coleman and wife Angie, Justin Coleman and wife Tonie, Amy Coleman and Steven Howell; and nine great-grandchildren, Grant, Matthew, and Sam Ferguson, Austin and Elizabeth Howell, Joshua and Andrew Coleman, and Grayson and Shelbie Coleman.

He was an active member and deacon of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro for 37 years and a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Cabot for the last five years of his life. †

He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and a decorated veteran of the Second World War, who, as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, participated in the airborne invasion of Holland, the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Wobbelin concentration camp at Ludwiglust, Germany.

He received his bachelorís and masterís degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayette-ville and worked for Arkansas State University for 31 years, serving as the dean of the junior college branch at Beebe and as the director of auxiliary services at the Jonesboro campus.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at First Baptist Church of Cabot.

A private burial will be held at Arkansas State Veteransí Cemetery in North Little Rock. †

If desired, donations may be made to the Music Ministry of First Baptist Church of Cabot at P.O. Box 1023, Cabot, Ark.†72023.

Funeral arrangements are by Mooreís Funeral Home of Cabot.


Carlos Sumler
Carlos Lee Sumler, 64, of Beebe died Oct. 18.

He was born March 12, 1943, in Conway to Roy and Ruby Sumler.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Sheila Sumler; two sons, Darrell Sumler of Joplin, Mo., and James Sumler of Hickory Plains; one daughter, Karion Miller of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren, Lisa Hagan, Michael Beck, Pamela Sumler, Christina Sumler, Christopher Sumler, Elizabeth Sumler, Donna Sumler; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dewight Sumler of Camden, Tenn., and Keith Sumler of Judsonia; two sisters, Delores Ramsey of Beebe and Alice Walker of El Dorado.

Family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Lakeside Cemetery in Des Arc.


David Silva
David J. Silva, 45, of Little Rock, formerly of Manteca, Calif., left this world Oct. 15 to be with the Lord in pain-free eternity.

He was born Dec. 1, 1961.

He is survived by two sons, Matthew Silva and Martin Silva of Greenbrier; parents, Joseph and Doris Silva of Manteca, Calif.; sister, Yvonne and husband Leonard Rodriques of Manteca, Calif.; one nephew, two nieces and best friend Rodney Brown.

Funeral arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.