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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 11-21-07

James Champlin

James Orville Champlin “Champ”, 80, of Cabot passed away Nov. 17, into the arms of his Heavenly Father.

He was born into this world on April 30, 1927, to James A. Champlin and Blanche Skinner Champlin of Austin.

He served in the Naval Seabees during the Second World War. He was instrumental in the building of a major causeway in Guam and later in the restoration of Pearl Harbor. He was very honored to serve his country so that others could continue to be free. He retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, where he spent many hours making sure everyone had their telephones in working order. He used many of his skills and much knowledge helping victims of Hurricane Katrina in Bay St. Louis, Miss.

He was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Cabot, and was a member of Gideon’s International, and a Southwestern Bell Telephone Pioneer.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and an infant brother.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary Ellen Roland Champlin; two daughters, Janice and husband Bill Muse of Sherwood and Brenda and husband Garland Gene Yarbrough of Redfield; a sister and brother, Mildred Dickerson of Conway and Clarence Wilton Champlin of California; two grandchildren, DeNise and husband Bob Enck of Alabama and David and wife Cristin Groce of Rhode Island; two great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 20 at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Cabot with burial in 16th Section Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International or Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 301 Bill Foster Memorial Hwy., Cabot, Ark. 72023.


Perinda Anderson

Perinda “Penny” Tippit Anderson, 50, of Ward died Nov. 19. She was born Dec. 29, 1956.

She was a former employee of Riley’s Oak Hill Manor North, and was a member of Grace Chapel.

She is survived by her husband, Houston Anderson; two sons, Ronald Caldwell and Justin Anderson, both of Cabot; her parents, Robert and Marcella Tippit of Cabot; grandmother, Vernie Tippit of Greenbrier; brother, Dwight and wife Bonnie Tippit of Orange Park, Fla.; sister, Anita and husband Buddy Hillenburg of Cabot.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 at Grace Chapel in Lonoke County by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Anna Melhorn

Anna Marie Melhorn, 74, formerly of Jacksonville for 40 years, and retiree of General Telephone Company, died Nov. 9 at Medicalodge of Leavenworth, Kan. She was born Oct. 10, 1933, in Loretto, Pa., to Nelson and Zita “Sherry” Boley.

She married Vaughn J. Melhorn on June 6, 1953, in Cresson, Pa.

She will be remembered as a loving wife, devoted mother and caring grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 15, 2002 as well as her sons, Vaughn J. Melhorn II and Aldah A. “Buddy” Melhorn and her brothers, James and Robert Boley.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara A. Haake of Lansing, Kan.; sister, Ella Mae Armstrong; brothers, Joseph Boley and Gene Boley; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Burial will be with her husband at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth.


Leveda Branscum

Leveda Ann Branscum of Salem died Nov. 16 in Little Rock. She is survived by her father, Donald Branscum and wife Murlie, and daughter, Crystal Dorton of Garner. Funeral arrangements are by Little Rock Funeral Home.


Margurene Jones

Margurene “Marge” Jones, 89, of Hot Springs died Oct. 27.

She was born Nov. 26, 1917 at Butlerville to Homer and Lucy Glover Baldwin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Jones; her parents and a brother, Daniel Baldwin. She is survived by two sons, Robert Jones and wife Marilyn of Mabank, Texas, and David Jones and wife Melissa of Cabot; granddaughter, Kristie Jones of Lubbock, Texas, and brother, Oris Baldwin of Fort Worth, Texas. Graveside services were Nov. 5 at Hebron Cemetery in Carlisle by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.