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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 11-14-07

Crystal Cothran

Crystal Marie Cothran, 50, of Sherwood died Nov. 11.  

She was born April 29, 1957 in Denver, Col.

She is survived by her mother, Sue Alden; son, Casey Cothran; special companion, Mark Stanley and numerous aunts, cousins and very special loved ones.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Pat Howell Cemetery in Cabot.  Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.  

Linda Johnson

Linda Kay Johnson, 65, of Beebe died Nov. 12.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Johnson; sons, Eddie Daniels and Jeffery Daniels; daughter, Connie Holman; stepdaughters, Kelly Fuller and Shelly Vega; stepson, Roger Johnson II; sister, Phyllis Lovell; five grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Hamilton Cemetery in Carlisle. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CHF Clinic through the Baptist Foundation.

Bertha Free

Bertha Jane Murmur Free, 72, of Beebe died Nov. 12

She was born Nov. 9, 1935, at St. Joseph, Mo., to Ralph Adolph and Effie Jane Murphy Boller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. A. Free; parents; brother, Clarence Boller and sisters, Hattie Stagner and Bonnie Zebrsiki.

Free is survived by four sons, Mike and wife Johnnie Free of Beebe, Billy and wife Linda Free of Austin, Jimmy Free and Ralph and wife Donna Free; one daughter, Linda and husband Larry Beaver, all of Beebe; nine grandsons; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Johnny and wife Wanda Boller of St. Joseph, Mo.; and two sisters, Sarah and husband Tex Wampler of Deerbern, Mo., and Betty Herbert of St. Joseph, Mo.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at the funeral home with burial in Beebe Cemetery.

Yurba Oldham

Yurba M. Oldham, 74, of Jacksonville died Monday, Nov. 12 at Rebsamen Medical Center in Jacksonville.

She was born Dec. 4, 1932 in Penrose to the late James and Helen Lindsey Hedden. On Feb. 3, 1951 she married Ralph Oldham in Hernando, Miss.

She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Oldham.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Oldham of the home; son, David Oldham of Jacksonville; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, James Hedden of Redfield; two sisters, Mavis Kennedy of Gould, and Marie Barnett of Fayetteville.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with James Hedden officiating. Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Mausoleum.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the funeral home.

James Fuqua

James Fuqua, 60, of Cabot died Nov. 10.  He was born March 19, 1947 in Little Rock to Hugh and Wilma York Fuqua.  
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Dickson and a nephew, Buddy Byrd.  

He is survived by his children, James Fuqua Jr. and wife Monica of Crossett, Russell Fuqua of Cabot and Earl Fuqua of Nowata, Okla.; siblings, Shirley Byrd and Chuck Fuqua, both of Jacksonville; special friend, Belle Pinegar; nephews, Barry Byrd and David Melton; niece, Cheryl Miller; four grandchildren, Makayla, Alyssa, Nathan, and Brianna Fuqua and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.  

Graveside services will be at noon Wednesday, Nov. 14 at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Joyce Holt

Joyce Anne Holt, 65, of Jacksonville won her battle with cancer and quietly entered the Kingdom of God on Nov. 9.
She was at her daughter’s home surrounded by loved ones and a very loving Arkansas Hospice nurse.

She was born April 14, 1942 to the late Richard Ashby Baxter and Dorothy L. Taylor of Greensboro, NC. She is survived by her mother; daughter, Laurie A. Johnson and husband Bob of Jacksonville; and two sons, Billy G. Holt and Stephen B. Holt both of Nashville, Tenn.  

She was a loving mother and proud “Annie Anne” to 14 grandchildren. She was a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, a prison minister, and woman of strong faith.  Her careers included professional modeling, professional modeling instruction, restaurant management and ownership, and professional residential and commercial wallpapering and painting.  She enjoyed cooking, reading, motorcycle riding, decorating, and traveling.  She was passionate about life and lived it to the fullest.  She cared deeply, shared fully, and loved sacrificially.  

She was a good mom, a devoted friend and compassionate individual who never met a stranger.  

Burial will be at a later date in Greensboro, N.C. Funeral arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.  

Randy Buchanan

Randy Buchanan, 51, of Austin passed away Nov. 9.  

He was born Sept. 10, 1956 in Little Rock to James and Gwen Gaither Buchanan.  

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Leo Gaither and paternal grandparents, Jesse and Elva Buchanan.  
He is survived by his wife, Debra Buchanan; children, Jennifer Ferrell and husband Shawn of Little Rock, Misha Buchanan of Little Rock, Matthew Buchanan of Austin, and Bradley Buchanan of Austin; maternal grandmother, Verna Gaither of Little Rock and three grandchildren, Bailey Buchanan, Lauren Ferrell, and Belle Buchanan. Funeral services were Nov. 13 at the chapel of Cabot Funeral Home with Scott Martin officiating.