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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 12-19-07

LURLENE McKenzie

Ester Lurlene McKenzie, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord Dec. 16 in Little Rock.

She was born in the Cabot area to the late John and Frances Benson McKee. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, where she was a long-time secretary for the Wesleyan circle of United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Jerry C. McKenzie; and sister, Alverne McKee Pixley.

Survivors include her sister, Emma F. McKee and husband Tommy H. Landrum of Oxford, Miss.; brother-in-law, Butch Pixley of Sherwood; sister-in-law, Eurlene McKenzie of Jacksonville; a niece, Melanie Woodall and husband Chuck as well as their son, Jackson; and a nephew, Thomas Landrum.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 20 at Rest Hills Cemetery in North Little Rock with Dr. Carol Goddard officiating. Visitation will be at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19.


Michael A. Hall

Michael Allen Hall, 46, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 17 in Pine Bluff.

He was born Sept. 1, 1961 in Jacksonville to the late Frank and Anna Hall.

He was a former member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

He is survived by his daughter, Gayla Dawn Hall of Missouri; grandfather, Griffin Barrentine of Memphis, Tenn.; brothers, Joel and wife Janet Hall, Steven and wife Georgia Hall, both of Jacksonville and Phillip Hall of Cabot; uncles, Bill Hall of Kansas and Bob Barrentine of Ward; one granddaughter, Alexis Jade Hall of Missouri.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.


Harry Grunnagle

Harry John Grunnagle, 64, of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 14.  

He was born June 1, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Penn., to the late Phillip and Agnus Grunnagle.  

He retired from the Air Force after 24 years as a chief master sergeant.  He was a Vietnam veteran and worked with Department of Veterans Affairs for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and especially enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his loving wife, Miyoko “Micky” Nagamini Grunnagle; and children, Harry Grunnagle, Jr. of Dallas, Texas, and Robin and Paige Grunnagle of Fayetteville.

There will be a private family service under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.  


Walter Hoggard

Walter Hoggard, 74, of Ward died Dec. 16.

He was a retired dairy farmer, and was a member of Sylvania Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed going to the Woodlawn Senior Citizens Club and going to gospel singings.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marzie and Flossie Hoggard.

He is survived by his brother, Bobby Hoggard of Cabot; one nephew, Craig Hoggard, also of Cabot; one niece, Andra Rives of Ward; and six great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 18, at Sylvania Presbyterian Church with burial in Sylvania Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Westbrooke Funeral Home in Beebe.


Vernon Strickland

Vernon Wesley Strickland, 80, of Lonoke passed away Dec. 13.  

He was born Nov. 16, 1927 in Montrose to the late Walter Albert and Elnore Lynn Strickland.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Burnice Strickland; four brothers; and one sister.
 
He enjoyed dancing and gardening was his passion.  He also loved to go fishing with his nephews. He is survived by 12 children, Joey Strickland, Frances Grisby, Wesley Strickland, Vernon Wesley Strickland Jr., Bonnie Holden, Doyle Strickland, Patricia Babb, Kenny Strickland, Robert Strickland, Tommy Strickland, Sherry White and Margaret Colbert; five sisters; 25 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.  

The family would like to give special gratitude to Lonoke Nursing and Rehabilitation and to Arkansas Hospice.  

Funeral services were Dec. 17 at Grace Chapel.  Burial was in Short Cemetery in Butlerville.  Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


MaryNelle Whitehead

MaryNelle Elizabeth Whitehead, 60, went to be with the Lord Dec. 15. Preceding her in death was her dad, Percy Hunt; brother, Maclyn Price; and sister, Jessie Allman.

She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Albert Whitehead; mother, Pat Hunt; two daughters, Mary K. Felty and Brooke Whitehead; two sons, Chris and Simon Whitehead; two brothers, Paul Hunt and Buddy Woods; two sisters, Martha and MaryAnn; six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

There was a rosary service Dec. 17 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke. Funeral service was at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle with burial at Hamilton Cemetery.


Audrey Dinkins

Audrey A. Dinkins, 87, formerly of Jacksonville passed away Dec. 15 in Searcy.

She was born May 23, 1920 in Romance to the late Lester and Nettie Manning Hooks.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Lewis B. Dinkins and her brother, Clois Hooks.

She was retired from West-inghouse and had attended First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Recently she had been attending Trinity Baptist Church in Searcy.

Survivors include her niece, Connie Burrow of Searcy; great-niece, Crystal Pearson of Jacksonville; great-nephew, James Burrow of Ferquay, N.C.; and an uncle, Tom Manning of Searcy.

Funeral services were Dec. 17 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Burial was in Rest Hills Cemetery.