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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 11-28-07

Margaret Bolls

Margaret Skipper Bolls, 87, of Carlisle went to be with her Lord Nov. 26.

She was born June 12, 1920 in Morrilton, the daughter of Ira N. Skipper and Goldie Tucker Skipper of Tucker Mountain.
The Skipper family moved to a farm near England, where she graduated from England High School in 1938.

She was married in 1940 to Charles Bolls and together they had six children. She was a life-long Methodist and a member of the Carlisle First United Methodist Church. She was a past owner and administrator of Golden Years Manor in Lonoke, member and past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club and member of the Progressive Club of Carlisle and the United Methodist Women.

She was also an associate member of the Carlisle High School Alumni Association. She loved being with her family, spending many happy moments involved in their activities, attending parties and events and spending time “on the farm” with her grandchildren. Over the years, she traveled extensively with both her children and grandchildren.

The “little ones” were her pride and joy and always brought a smile to her face in her final days.

Her lessons for those who loved her were those of compassion, tolerance and love for others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Charles Clayton Bolls; a daughter, Rebecca Jaine Bolls Sage; two brothers, Nevelle Skipper and H.C. Skipper; and two sisters, Opal Skipper Haley and Catherine Skipper Hicks.

She is survived by one sister, Beatrice Skipper Thurman and husband Lester from Mountain View; four daughters, Betty Peters and husband Johnny of Jacksonville, Peggy Bailey and husband Tuney of Little Rock, Judy Henry and husband Gerald of Hot Springs, and Nancy Rollins and husband Thomas of Cabot; 13 grandchildren, Wendy Faught of Conway, Viki Vinson of Beebe, Stuart Sage of Carlisle, Billy Stephenson of Lonoke, Tucker Clyburn of Little Rock, John Sage of Fayetteville, Lindsey Clyburn of Cabot, Jason Sage of San Francisco, Calif., Wilbur Owen of Conway, Amy Rollins and Amanda Kincade, both of Cabot, Janna White of Berkley, Calif., and Julie Pelino of Shanghai, China; 20 great-grandchildren; Crystal Holland, Karac Howington, Wesley and Spencer Vinson, Mackenzie Clyburn, Nicole Sage, Natalie and Stuart Faught, Ian Owen, Ryan, Landon and Jayleigh Sate, Kailee Walker, Malia Clyburn, Jackson, Clayton and Hudson Kincade, Asher Acosta, Parker and Deven Strom; three great-great-grandchildren, Connor Beiker, Hunter and Saylor Holland; as well as brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at Carlisle First United Methodist Church with burial to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lonoke.

Serving as pallbearers are grandsons and great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center in Carlisle.

The family wishes to give thanks and gratitude to the staff of Golden Years Manor who loved her and gave her exceptional care and who became part of her family.


Ruben Tate

Ruben Hankle Tate, 71, passed away Nov. 26.

He and his family have owned and operated a full-service gas station, serving Lonoke for the past 37 years.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Flossie Kyzer Tate; children, Timothy A. Tate and Lynn Horton of Lonoke, Judy Summers of Conway, Betty Ussery of Greenbrier and Ruben Tate of Beebe; one brother, Johnnie Tate of Lonoke; three sisters, Ellen Greenhaw of Oklahoma, Doris Stivers of Lonoke and Mildred Middleton of Pleasant Plains and 16 grandchildren.
Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke Wednesday, Nov. 28. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lonoke.


Eva Ball

Eva Mae Ball, 86, of Beebe died Nov. 24.

She was born Feb. 8, 1921, at Vilonia to Charles Fanieul and Nora Belle McDaniel Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Oakley Thomas and Clyde Ball, and her parents.

She is survived by three sons, Corky Thomas and wife Debra of Beebe, Donnie Thomas and wife Donna of Sheridan and Ronnie Thomas of Sheridan; one daughter, Freida Bell and husband Jasper of Lonoke; four grandsons, Jay Bell, Chris Bell, Donnie Thomas, II and Joey Thomas; four granddaughters, Bailey Thomas, Shelbie Thomas, Rhonda Adams and Crystal Kimzey; four great-grandsons; four great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson.

Graveside services were Nov. 27 at Hazen Cemetery at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Carl Walker

Carl Thomas Walker, 81, of Carlisle died Nov. 9 surrounded by his loving wife, children, grandchildren and extended family.
He was born July 8, 1926 in Holly Grove to the late Elsie Malichi and Ovie Lester Jones Walker.

He was in the Army and later was a farmer by trade.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially when he could go hunting with his kids and grandkids.

He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Thomas Ray Walker; brother, Cecil Walker; sisters, Ella Mae Rollins, Deloris Walker and Betty Lou Putt.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Francis Walker; children, Bonnie Myers of Las Vegas, Bill Walker and wife Shirley, Wen-dell Walker and wife Sue, all of Lonoke, Vanessa Graham and husband Mickey of Hickory Plains and Mike Walker and wife Jo Sara of Carlisle; sisters, Elizabeth Nail and Molly Quinn of Cotton Plant, Oma Jenkins of Covington, La. and Barbara Ray of Miami, Fla.; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were Nov. 12 at Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke. Burial was in Old Carlisle Cemetery.