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Thursday, October 11, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 10-10-07

Aaron McCoy

Tech Sgt. Aaron D. McCoy, 35, of Jacksonville died Oct. 5. He was born in Cumberland, Md., to David and Linda McCoy.  
He proudly served his country and the Air Force for more than 16 years.

He entered the Air Force at age 19, and following initial training was assigned to his first duty station in the 400th Munitions Maintenance Squadron in Okinawa, Japan.

In 1995, he cross-trained to the loadmaster career field and was assigned to the AC-130U gunships at Hurlburt Field, Fl.  During this assignment, McCoy’s awards included the 16th Special Opera-tions Wing Outstanding Aircrew Training Enlisted Member of the Year, the 16th OSS NCO of the year 2001, and the FY ‘00 Air Force Chief of Safety Aircrew of Distinction Award.  Additionally he received six Air Medals, the NATO Medal and many other awards and commendations.

While stationed in Florida, he participated in operations in Kosovo, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Afghanistan and Iraq.  His next assignment brought him to Little Rock Air Force Base, where he was assigned to the 53rd Airlift Squadron as an instructor loadmaster. While stationed here, he attended the Keesler Non- commissioned Officer Academy where he earned the prestigious Commandant’s Award.

He was selected as the 314th Operations Group Non-commissioned Officer of the Year for 2006.  He was recently assigned to the 62nd Airlift Squadron.  While stationed in Ft. Walton Beach, he met his wife, Christina, and was married at First Baptist Church of Mary Esther, Fla., on July 6, 1996.  

He is survived by his wife, Christina, and children, Samuel A. McCoy, 10, Chandler L. McCoy, 8, Lanie K. McCoy, 4, and Bennett W. McCoy, 2; parents, David and Linda McCoy; grandmother, Charlotte Sullivan; brother, Adam McCoy and wife Carole; sisters, Amy Howsare and husband Steve, and Leah Knotts and husband Joel; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Central Baptist Church in North Little Rock with Bro. Stephen Kyle.  Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the McCoy Children’s Fund, c/o First Arkansas Bank and Trust, 600 West Main, Jacksonville, Ark., 72076.


Mary Maness

Mary Evelyn Maness, 64, of Jacksonville died Oct. 6. She was born August 24, 1943 in Minden, La., to the late Donald and Edith Miller Sanders.

She was preceded in death by brother, James “Sonny” Sanders. She is survived by children, Don Maness of Jacksonville and Teri Riley of Sherwood, Oregon and one granddaughter, Brenna Riley.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Carolyn Schutz

Carolyn Marie Schutz, 60, of Beebe died Oct. 6. She and her husband Bob were the owners and operators of College Street Florist in Beebe.

She is survived by her husband Bob; two sons, Matthew of Beebe and Robby Schutz of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter, Melissa Gonzalez and husband Rafael of Sherwood; two grandchildren, Arianna and Sofia Gonzalez; mother, Jane Price of Beebe; mother-in-law, Julia Brewington of Virginia; brother, Buddy Price Jr. of Beebe; six sisters, Janet Price, Linda Willhite, Myra Burrow and Pamela Sue Pierron of Beebe, Patricia Scott of Fayetteville and Barbara Laurien of Sedalia, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her father, E.L. Buddy Price Sr.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Exodus II, c/o John Hagee Ministries, P.O. Box 1400, San Antonio, Texas, 78295 or Woman’s Place, P.O. Box 446, Beebe, Ark. 72012.


Lily Adams

Lily Beatrice Adams, 90, of Beebe died Oct. 6, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.

She was born July 25, 1917, at El Paso to Otha Weatherford and Floy Aclin Weatherford. She married Vernon Eugene Adams in 1935.

She worked in retail for 40 years and was a member of Beebe First Baptist Church. She was a skilled seamstress, and in her later years she spent many hours making quilts for her loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, O. B. Weatherford and R. H. “Hugh Jack” Weatherford and two sisters, Marguerite Allen and Merle Anderson.

Survivors include one son, Eddie Adams and wife Reita of Bartlesville, Okla.; one daughter, Karen Stevens and husband Robert of Springdale; one sister, Pauline Fowlkes of Mountain View; and eight grandchildren, Rachel Adams, Sarah Adams, Jessica Adams, Lindsey Givens, Grant Givens, Sarah Stevens, Aaron Stevens and Nicholas Stevens.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Grissard Cemetery in El Paso. Memorials in Beatrice’s name may be made to Grissard Cemetery Corp., P.O. Box 93, El Paso, Ark., 72045.


Jerry Osborn

Jerry “Hippy” Osborn, 58, of Beebe died Oct. 6.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Randall and Virgie Osborn and a sister, Ginger Fritz.

He is survived by one son, Gerald Franklin Herlacher of Lonoke; one daughter, Elizabeth Jo Osborn of Searcy; one grandson, Jaden Herlacher; brothers, Jackie Osborn, John Osborn and Bill Mathis; sisters, Judy Lybarger and Melody Harrison
Family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with a cremation to follow.


Jorden Elslager

Jorden Scott Elslager, 15, of Jacksonville passed away Oct. 2 in Jacksonville. He was born July 5, 1992 in Huntington, West Virginia and attended Lighthouse Tabernacle Church.

Survivors include his mother, Deanne Plymate and step-father, Mike Garrison; brothers, Corey, Dean and Dillon Elslager; and sister, Katlyn Elslager, all of Jacksonville; aunt, Michelle Plymate of Charlotte, NC; and uncle, Mick Plymate of Davenport, Iowa.

Funeral services were Oct.6 at Lighthouse Tabernacle Church in Jacksonville with Rev. Ron Denton, Corey York and Brian Massie officiating. Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Harry Godwin

Harry J. Godwin, 59, of Cabot died Oct. 6. He was born August 9, 1948 in Whiteville, North Carolina to Ethel Kersey Godwin and the late Joseph Godwin.

Also preceding him in death was a daughter, Kim Godwin and two brothers, Garry Godwin and Sammy Godwin.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife Cherry Godwin of the home; four daughters, Sherry Beavers of Austin, Pam and husband Bill Miller of Cabot, Angela Thompson of Cabot and Teri and husband Anthony Motes of Cabot; his mother, Ethel Godwin; one sister, Wanda Berry; one brother, Jimmy Godwin, all of North Carolina; eight grandchildren, Keith, Amanda, Kaylie, Tyler, Courtney, Lauren, Madison and Skylie; along with many other family members and friends.

Funeral services were Oct. 9 at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Cabot with Bro. Brent Summerhill officiating.
Burial was at Old Austin Cemetery. Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Sheryl Hamrick

Sheryl Frances “Fran” Hamrick of Beebe died Oct. 6. She was born July 9, 1951, in Renton, Wash., and graduated from Belleville High School in 1969.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sharlie Gayle Hamrick and maternal grandparents Buster and Johnnie Cobb.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle D. Stane; granddaughter, Megan and grandson Nick; her adopted son, Jerry Hall and wife Cherie; grandsons, Jay and Ayden Hall; granddaughter, Rita Hall; her father, Hanson Hamrick Sr.; brothers, Jerry and wife Jody Hamrick, Mark and wife Ceclia Hamrick, Kent Hamrick, and Hanson Hamrick Jr.; eight nephews, six nieces and 15 great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 9 at Union Valley Baptist Church in Beebe. Cremation followed the services.

Arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.