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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 12-16-07


Gavin Wayne Broyles, 10 months, of McRae went to be with the Lord on Dec. 14.

Gavin was born Feb. 18, 2009 in Searcy.

He is survived by his parents, Jacob Broyles and Laura Williams, and two brothers, Kaden Williams and Aaron Broyles, all of McRae; grandparents, Louis and Gladys Williams of McRae, Bob and Sherri Broyles of Springdale and Cindy Smith of Little Rock, and great-grandparents, Helen Allen of McRae, Richard and Gloria Nails of Cabot and Liz Kurppies of McRae.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Curtis Michael Obal, 24, died Dec. 12 at his home in Little Rock.

He was born Dec. 18, 1984 in Clovis, N.M., to Curtis Paul and Bobbi J. Obal.

He graduated from Cabot High School in 2003. In 2007, he graduated from UALR with a degree in political science. He received his MBA from Arkansas State University in 2009. Curtis was attending Bowen Law School at UALR. He was also a lance corporal in the Marine Reserves.

He served as a lifeguard at the Little Rock Air Force Base swimming pool. Previously, Curtis was employed as a law clerk for Neil Dininger Law Firm. In addition, he worked as an information technology technician at the ASU nursing school.

Survivors include his wife, Lauren LaNelle Keith Obal of Little Rock; parents, Curtis and Bobbi Obal of Cabot; two sisters, Nadine Marie Obal of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Elizabeth Mae Obal of Cabot; father and mother-in-law, Allen and Rhonda Keith of Jonesboro; aunts and uncles, Patsy Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Henderson, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Obal, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Crause and many cousins.

The funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the Little Rock Air Force Base Chapel with Bro. Billy Cantrell, Chaplain Sean Randall and Chaplain Jeffery Scott officiating.

Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. before the service at the base chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iraq War Veterans Organization, Inc., Long War Veterans Organization, Inc., P.O. Box 571, Yucaipa, Calif., 92399.

Funeral arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Isaac I. Salaz, 79, of Beebe passed away on Dec. 13 with his loving family at his side.

He was one of the last original cowboys, born Jan. 25, 1930 in Cuba, N.M.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Salaz; his children, Jenny Taylor and her husband Justin Moore of Beebe, Barbara Beasley of Dallas, Texas, Christie Taylor, Geraldine Duran, Larry and Lloyd Salaz, all of Denver, Colo.; his sisters, Francis Oliva of Ontario, Ore., and Theresa Salaz of Fort Collins, Colo., his brother, Andy Salaz, also of Fort Collins, Colo., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation begins at noon with funeral services following at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Jacob John “Jake” Cook, 73, of Jacksonville passed away on Dec. 12 at his home.

He was born Dec. 16, 1935 in Menlo, Iowa, to the late Ray and Audrey Jensen Cook.

Mr. Cook served eight years with the Navy with the See Bees. He then spent his next 12 years with the Air Force. He received the Bronze Star.

On June 16, 1962, he married Evelyn Rogers in West Warwick, R.I.

Mr. Cook was a member of St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Jacksonville and a member of the Jacksonville V.F.W.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and David Cook.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn of the home; two sons, Christopher Cook of Cabot and Matthew Cook of Jacksonville; daughter, Nancy Hilpert of Sherwood; three grandchildren, Kristie, Stephenie and Joseph; two brothers, Jim Cook of Niceville, Fla., and Robert Cook of Des Moines, Iowa, and a sister, Patricia Norris of Dexter, Iowa.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church with Father Andy Smith officiating.

Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Mausoleum with full military honors.

The family requests memorials be made to St. Jude Altar and Rosary Society.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Arnold Victor Gutierrez, 83, of Ward passed away on Dec. 13.

He grew up in an Army Air Corps family and proudly served his country during World War II. He was an avid hunter and sportsman and devoted many years to coaching high school football in southern Georgia.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Arnoldo and Victoria Gutierrez; sister, Romalda, and daughter, Victoria.

Mr. Gutierrez leaves behind his beloved wife, Kathie Gutierrez; sons, William and Michael, and daughters, Valorie and Linda.

He had two granddaughters, Aleia Gutierrez and Keevy Gutierrez; brother, Michael Gutierrez of Glennville, Ga., and a sister, Lenora Sullivan of Live Oak, Fla.

Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18 at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Edward Barry Blalock, 56, of Hiram, Ga., passed away Dec. 11 in North Little Rock.

He was born in Hapeville, Ga., on July 5, 1953 to Edward and Helen Garner Blalock.

He was a member of the Conley Baptist Church in Conley, Ga.

Survivors include his parents, Edward and Helen Blalock of Jacksonville, and one sister, Michelle Blalock of Maumelle.

The funeral was Dec. 13 at Riverwood Cemetery in Maumelle with Rev. Cliff Hutchins officiating. Arrangements were by Wood Bean Family Memorial Center in Jacksonville.


Mildred Stastney Privett, 98, passed away Dec. 11.

She was reunited in heaven with her husband, T.E. Privett; daughter, Rosemary Moody, and grandson, Joey Privett.

Mildred, famous for her coconut pies, learned to bake from her Czechoslovakian immigrant parents.

She owned Lonoke Lumber Company and worked into her nineties.

A lifetime member of Lonoke Book Club, she loved to read, garden and travel.

“Miss Mildred” taught Sunday school to preschool children at Lonoke Baptist Church for more than 70 years.

Mildred leaves behind her son, Thomas Privett and his wife Linda; granddaughters, Lisa Privett, Lizan Henderson and Kristi Terry and her husband Randy; great-granddaughters, Hailey, Hannah, SaraBeth and Allison; son-in-law, B.J. Moody and many friends at Lonoke Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The funeral was Dec. 14 at Lonoke Baptist Church.

Interment was in Lonoke Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Lonoke Baptist Church and Open Arms Shelter of Lonoke.

Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke.