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Thursday, January 24, 2008

OBITUARIES >> 11-25-09


Oleta Putman, 99, of Beebe died Nov. 22.

She was retired from Franklin Electric and was a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Elgie Putman, and three grandsons.

Oleta is survived by five children, Ada Holland, W. C. and his wife Shirley Putman, all of Harrison, Mich.; Martha and her husband Larry Fowler of Des Arc, Barbara and her husband John Kays and Bob Putman, all of Beebe; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Fred and his wife Pearl Duke of Beebe; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Butlerville Cemetery.

Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Ola Mae Clayton, 83, of Cabot began this life in Lonoke on Dec. 20, 1925.

Born into and raised in challenging circumstances, she was generously blessed with a sweet, patient, innocent and willing spirit.

In her early 20s, Ola Mae married William Carel Clayton and together they raised four children: Edith Bache and her husband Bob of High Springs, Fla.; Barbara Ching of the home in Cabot; Sue Isaac and her husband Tim of Cabot; and William Gary Clayton, and his wife Tanya of Little Rock.

Grandma was deeply beloved by her 12 grandchildren, and there were 19 little ones who had sat on the lap of their great-grandma.

Ola Mae Clayton was the sweetest mamma a child could have, the most supportive mother-in-law anyone could hope for, and the dearest and most loving grandma that any child ever had.

As if a reward for this life so well-lived — far above difficult circumstance and despite chronic limitations — Ola Mae Clayton departed this world on Nov. 21 on clouds of love, surrounded by her children, singing their beloved mother to the angels.

The funeral was Nov. 24 at Russell Chapel Church of the Nazarene with Steve Zumalt officiated.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Cleo P. Collins of Cabot was surrounded by family and dear friends as she went to be with her Lord and Savior.

She was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Amity to the late Vernon and Mary Ellen Chancellor Partridge. On Oct. 4, 1943, she married Robert Edward Collins in Benton. They were married for 52 years before his death in 1995.

When she was a teenager, her first job was with the Army Corp of Engineers to gauge the depth, flow and flood stage of the Caddo River in Amity.

She retired from Maybelline and was a member of Smokey Lane Apostolic Church in North Little Rock and the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her son Don Collins; her twin brother, Leo Partridge; other brothers, Forrest, Estee and L.V. Partridge.

She influenced many people with her love of Bible stories and sharing her love for the Lord.

Second to her family, she loved to quilt and was proud to claim that she had given each family member a homemade quilt.

She is survived by her children, Bobbie Ann Buck and Billie Joe Henley of Redfield, Edward and his wife Sue Collins of Scott, Jack and his wife Mittie Collins of Romance, Zane Collins of Cabot, and Jennie and her husband Ed Perry of Clinton; two sisters, Delphine Buck of Crossett and Maurice Shephard of Arkadelphia; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Revs. Larry Burton and Billy Merriott officiating. Entombment was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Pleasant Springs Fellowship, 199 W. Pleasant Springs Road, Quitman, Ark. 72131.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


James Louis Flynt departed this life Nov. 20. He was the first of seven children. He was born Dec. 5, 1918, to Charles F. Flynt Sr. and Annie Taylor Flynt in the Smyrna Fairview community of Lonoke.

He is survived by his sons: James F. “Jim” and his wife Charlene Flynt of Lonoke; Robby and his wife Sherri Flynt of Little Rock; daughter, Cathy Whaley of Lonoke; 10 grandchildren, Jimbo, John and Matt Flynt, Laura James, Amy Newton, Kaye Autry, Timmy and David Whaley, Kerri Stack and Seth Flynt; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, June and his wife Eula Flynt of Cabot; and sisters Gladys Cates of Lonoke, Anna Lee McGinley of Corvallis, Ore., and Sue Allen of Ferndale.

James was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Martha Jean Adams Flynt, and wife of 19 years Doris Flynt, and one son, Larry Joe Flynt.

One of the most diligent, hard working men that has ever lived, James was a farmer for more than 30 years. He built and operated Flynt’s Drive In Dairy Bar for 41 years. He was also a faithful employee for Grand Prairie Water for 21 years and was the Lonoke County rainfall recorder for more than 30 years.

He loved the Razorbacks and attended every game he possibly could.

His funeral was Nov. 23 at Brownsville Baptist Church in Lonoke. Burial followed in Brownsville Cemetery.

A special thanks to Golden Years Nursing Home for outstanding care and concern for our daddy in the last days of his life on earth. Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Jerry David Riley, 75, of El Paso died Nov. 20.

He was born Oct. 21, 1934, in El Paso a son of the late J.R. “Sam” Riley and Bessie Breckenridge Riley.

Jerry touched many lives as a minister for 50 years in the Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Lula Mae Riley; one son, David Riley and his wife Beverly of Vilonia; two daughters, Lou Riley of Jonesboro and Pam Riley Dale of El Paso; three granddaughters, Crystal Almond and her husband Jason, Angel Riley, and Lindsey Woodham and her husband Tony; and three great-grandchildren, Riley Almond, Reece Almond and Allie Woodham.

Survivors also include three brothers, Charles Riley and his wife Alice of Ward, Doug Riley and his wife Kay of El Paso, and Don Riley and his wife Arlena of El Paso.

Jerry was preceded in death by one sister, Jean Riley Hazel, and one brother, Tom Riley.

Funeral services were held Nov. 23 at Mars Hill Church of Christ in Vilonia with David Riley and Thomas Martin officiating.

Burial was in Blasingame Cemetery in El Paso.

The family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Diabetes Association or Mars Hill Church of Christ.

Arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home of Beebe.


Jonsey Shawndale Weathers, 22, of Austin went home to be with the Lord and other family members on Nov. 21.

He was born Jan. 4, 1987, to Richard Weathers and Patricia Markham in Peoria, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Claude Weathers and James Bishop; great-grandparents, Bill and Roselyn Connor; uncle, Lester “Bo” Markham, and cousin, Tabatha Markham.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Rick and Angela Weathers of Ward; mother, Patricia Markham Cummings of Illinois; brother, Michael Markham of Jacksonville; stepsister, Erica Carlisle of Ward; grandmother, Dorothy Bishop of Austin with whom he resided; grandparents, Dayle and Alice Markham of Illinois; aunts, Cindy Whitby and Kathy Markham of Illinois; his special friend, Brittany Odell of California; adopted aunt and uncle, Patricia Ballew and Ray Kimsey of Sherwood; special friends, Steve and Carrie Childers of Austin and very special aunt and uncle, Wayne and Rhonda Childers of Jacksonville as well as a host of family and friends.

Jonsey “Jon Jon” had the most beautiful smile in the world. He touched the hearts of everyone who knew him. He will be deeply and forever missed.

Funeral services were held Nov. 24 at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

Arrangements are by Wood Bean Family Memorial Center.

Visit www.woodbeanfh.com to sign the online condolence book.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.