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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

OBITUARIES >> 5-13-09


Thelma Jean Combs Spriggs, 83, of El Paso, was born April 1, 1926, in Mabelvale, to James Walter and Iris Whisner Combs.

Thelma was a faithful loving wife, mother and friend. She was a long time member of St. James Catholic Church. Thel-ma went to be with her Lord on May 11.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max A. Spriggs, Sr.; and one brother, James Walter Combs. She is survived by her children, Alana Bosshart of North Little Rock, Max A. Spriggs, Jr. and wife, Ann of Maumelle and Jan A. Spriggs and wife, Nikki of El Paso; 11 grandchildren, Kimberly Bosshart, Max, III, Bryan, Steele, Jessica, Madison, Logan, Masson, Miranda Spriggs, Anneliese and Matthew Eckess; one great-grandchild, Grace Spriggs and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of friends.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with rosary to follow at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at St. James Catholic Church in Searcy, with burial in Antioch Cemetery, Beebe.

Memorials may be made to St. James Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 172, Searcy, Ark., 72143.


Junior “Jay” L. Wise, 71, of Cabot passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, May 9 after an extended illness. He was born in Clay County, on Oct. 18, 1937.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude Wise and Dolly Marie Nash, and his sister, Virginia Grist.  Jay is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn M. Wise; three children, Tom Wise of Cabot, Patty Muenzmaier of Texarkana, and Diane Carson of Smithfield, Va.; four granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Charles Wise, and sister, Ruth Harold, both of Corning, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jay served his country for 28 years in the Air Force, retiring as a chief master sergeant. Jay then began a career in real estate, opening the Cabot branch of Plantation Realty with his business partner Loyd Friedman in 1984 and serving as owner/broker for 25 years.

He was past president of the Cabot Lions Club and he also served on the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council. For 10 years, Jay served as chairman of the Cabot Planning Commission and in 1992 was recognized as “Man of the Year” by Cabot’s Chamber of Commerce.

Visitation was held May 12 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 at St. Jude’s. Burial service will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Arrangements are by West-brook Funeral Home, Beebe. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.


Elsie Farene Bruder, 95, of Jacksonville, died Friday, May 8. She was born Aug. 17, 1913 in Dallas to the late Ralph Waldow and Anna Mae Jett Cross. She was a member of the United Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Bruder; two sisters and a daughter.

She is survived by a son, Ralph Bruder of Bellwood, Ill., five grandchildren and several great- and great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 13 in the chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.  Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Jason Thomas Leatherberry (J.T.), went to be with the Lord on May 8. Jason was born Dec. 6, 1975. He had a lifetime struggle with cerebral palsy. He was an inspiration to all with a smile on his face daily. He attended school at United Cerebral Palsy in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Thomas Leatherberry, and grandmother Delores Fennell.

Survivors include his mother and father, Albert Glynn and Michelle Leatherberry of Jacksonville; brot-her, Albert Leatherberry, and wife Simone, of Cabot; grandmother, Pat Leatherberry of Colton, Calif.; grandfather, Elmo Fennell of Mabelvale, his special aunt “Mamma B.,” Lisa of Mabelvale, two nephews and a niece Cade, Brady and Brylee Leatherberry of Cabot.

Visitation was May 12 at Cabot Funeral Home in Cabot. In lieu of flowers donations in Jason’s name can be made to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas 9720 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, Ark. 72227, phone (501) 224-6067; E-mail, general@ucpcark.org.

Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Jimmy Guy Prince of Jacksonville departed this world on May 9 to join his Savior and all his loved ones who went before him. He was 40 years old. Words cannot start to describe what a wonderful Christian, husband, father and friend he was. He was the perfect son to his parents. Jimmy was loved and admired by everyone he knew.

He was born May 27, 1968 in Searcy. He grew up in the area he loved, Romance. Jimmy married his only love, Robin Adams Prince, in 1988. Jimmy was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Somers Avenue Church of Christ in North Little Rock. He was a wonderful Christian example. He was baptized into Christ and served his Lord proudly. Jimmy was a skilled carpenter and craftsman who worked hard despite his numerous health problems, and seldom complained. He was a devoted husband and father. Those who knew him often heard him brag about his two beautiful daughters, whom he cherished deeply.

Jimmy was preceded in death by a baby brother, Thomas Prince, and his grandparents, George Irving and Dolly Prince of Griffithville, and Raymond and Mary Rodgers of Romance. He was very fond of his father-in-law, M.J. Adams Jr. (Knock-Out) who also preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife Robin Adams Prince and two daughters, Bailie Elise Prince and Marlie Elizabeth Prince all of the home, his parents, Guy and Brenda Prince of Searcy, a sister, Kathy Prince Flynn of Cabot and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was May 11, at Somers Avenue Church of Christ. Services were May 12 at the church.

Pallbearers were Tim House, Kevin House, Tim McClurg, Robert Peeples, Chris Handy, Jose’ Filito, Mike Young and Rex Morris. Honorary pallbearers included his three nephews, Nolan Hidalgo, Brandon Hidalgo, and Austin Flynn as well as his brother-in-law, Jerry Flynn.

Jimmy adored children and often quoted the Bible verse, “It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin.” Luke 17:2.

The family requests memorials be made to Children’s Homes, Inc. 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Ark. 72450. Arrangements by Wood Bean Funeral Home.


Garth W. Travis, 89 of Jack-sonville passed away May 5. He was born Jan. 9, 1920, in Lonoke County to the late Lewis P. and Hazel Sugg Travis.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Travis, and three brothers, Norwood Travis, Lewis Travis and Billie Travis. Garth retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service.

Survivors include his son, Thomas L. Travis of Little Rock; grandchildren, Matthew Garth Travis, and Sarah Marie Travis, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 8 at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville.

Entombment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Funeral arrangements were under direction of Moore’s Jack-sonville Funeral Home.


Leonard R. Young, 76, of Cabot died May 5. He was born Aug. 3, 1932 in Boone County to the late Wiley and Etta Kinley Young. Leonard was a member of Cabot Church of Christ and retired from Levi Strauss.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Eoudella Young; four children, Terri Barnett of Cabot, Becky Hurdle of Olive Branch, Miss., David W. Young of Russellville and Sonja Beasley of Cabot. He had nine grandchildren, David S. Young, Nikki Schaerer, Chad, Brandon and Melanie Hurdle, Lauren and Parker Young, and Kristin, Logan and Holden Beasley, and four great-grandchildren, Connor and Cali Young and Calvin and Julian Schaerer.

Funeral services were held May 8 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. Graveside service was at Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison. Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Bobby Ray Upton, Sr., 79, of McRae was born Nov. 23, 1919 at Alto, Texas, to Everett and Lillie Matlock Upton, and he died May 5. He was a retired truck driver and construction worker, a union member, a Mason and a member of McRae First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Jack L. and Kenneth Don and sisters, Sue Carolyn and Ginger Ann. Bobby is survived by his wife of 55 years, Minnie Faye Upton; his son, Bobby Upton, Jr. and wife Colette of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Noah Ray and Hannah Aili; brother-in-law, Tommy Johns of Louise, Texas; sister-in-law, Liz Burnsed of Sallisaw, Okla., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral was held May 7 at Westbrook Funeral Home. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests help with the expenses of bringing Bob’s next grandchild, Hadassah Yue-Su, a special-needs child from China, to her new family, c/o Eagle Bank, 3944 Vogel Road, Arnold, Mo. 63010.