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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 10-17-07

Clarence Alderman

Clarence James “Jim” Alderman, 77, died Oct. 16.

He was born Dec. 15, 1929 in Henderson, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Alderman.

Survivors include his daughters, Carolyn Hill and husband Roger, Christy Roark and husband Jeremy; six grandchildren, Ashley Hill, Gavin Colin, Katie, Grace and Lily Roark; five sisters-in-laws; three brothers-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

He served in the Armed Forces during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion in Lonoke. He served his country with honor and pride. We will truly miss his love for life and stories of the past. He was truly one of a kind.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Lyric Parker

Lyric Gail Parker, 13, of Jacksonville, formerly of Hope, left this world Oct. 10 in Methodist Children’s Hospital in San Antonio, Texas to be with her Lord.

She was born on April 26, 1994 in Texarkana, Texas to Tracy Parker of Jacksonville and Kimberly Parker of Little Rock.

She attended Clinton Primary School in Hope, and Northwood Middle School in Jacksonville.

She was a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Brenda Gail Harvey of Prescott.

Survivors include her loving brother, Tristan Parker and paternal grandparents, Wilson and Pat Parker, all of Jacksonville; maternal grandparents, Glenn and wife Jessica Calhoun; two aunts, Angie Easterling and Cari Calhoun; uncle, Brock Searcy; four cousins, Whitney and Seth Easterling, Shyanne Calhoun and Trenton Searcy; two great cousins, Caydon and Harley Helmick, all of Hope.

The family wishes to express a special thanks to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Parker touched the hearts of many during her short stay on this earth.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Cancer Department, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or online at www.archildrens.org.

A graveside service was held Oct. 16 at Sumner Cemetery. Services were by North Little Rock Funeral Home.

Juli Oller

Juli Ann Cook Oller, 70, of Little Rock died Oct. 9 in Little Rock.

She was born in Youngstown, Ohio on Sept. 19, 1937 and was preceded in death by her parents, Effie and Cedric Cook.
She is survived by her son, Troy and wife Kristi Oller of Tucson, Ariz. and one grandchild, Natalie Oller.

She was a registered dietician with the Veterans Administration.

She held a variety of positions in Miami, Fla., Little Rock, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Leavenworth, Kan., where she ended up retiring as Chief, Nutrition and Food Service worker.

She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Arkansas Dietetic Association and a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association.

She enjoyed her retirement by spending time as a master gardener, traveling and exploring new interests.

A memorial celebration of life service was Oct. 15 at St. James United Methodist Church, Little Rock. Funeral arrangements were under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Ruby Wilson

Ruby L.  “Reaves” Wilson, 69, of North Little Rock passed away Oct. 12.  She was born Jan. 2, 1938 to the late Robert and Lillie Mae Reaves.  

She was also preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters and a son-in-law, Ray Haney.

Ruby was an avid gardener and a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her loving spouse of 54 years, Carl; four daughters, Margaret Smith and husband Alan, Linda Haney, Glenda Costello and husband Greg, all from Cabot and Peggy Portell and husband Simon of Jacksonville; three sisters, Dorothy Milam, Rachel Procter and Jewel Kyzer; three brothers, Buddy Reaves, Alvin Reaves and Charlie Reaves, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 15 in the chapel of Moore’s Funeral Home in Jacksonville with interment in Arkansas Memorial Gardens in North Little Rock.

Bobby Spears

Bobby Ray Spears, 67, of Beebe died Oct. 12.

He was born March 29, 1940, at Beebe to Rob and Katie Spears.

He was a retired supervisor for Franklin Electric and ICU. He was a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack, Russell, Leon and Alvie Spears; and a sister, Thelma Spears Williams.
He is survived by four brothers, Jessie Spears, Fred Spears, Richard Odell Spears, all of Beebe; and Marvin Spears of Cabot; and two sisters, Mabel Bennett Ashcraft of Beebe and Sue Gifford of El Paso.

Funeral services were Oct. 14 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Burial followed the funeral in Beebe Cemetery.