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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

OBITUARIES >> 4-8-09


Angelica “Hope” Leipert, 18, of Austin passed away on April 2. She was born on June 1, 1990 in Cullman, Ala., to Glenn and Kristin Leipert.

She was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Leslie James Widmer and Papa “Kyle” Crumbley; one uncle, Wesley Stuart Leipert and one cousin, Destiny.

She leaves many loved ones behind who will forever cherish her memory, her parents Glenn and Kristin Leipert; one sister, Faith Leipert and one brother, Justice Leipert, all of Austin; grandparents, Gary and Wanda Leipert and Joyce and Bobby Saint, all of Alabama, and Dianne and Pat Cobb of South Carolina; great-grandparents, Aspel Leipert of Alabama and Elizabeth Patterson of South Carolina; one uncle, CPL Joshua Widmer and wife Shannon; cousins, Jenna and Gage Widmer, along with many other family members and dear friends.

Visitation is 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot. Funeral will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Baugh Chapel Church in Austin with Bro. Harold Cole officiating. Acting as pallbearers will be Chief Harold Ward, Andrew Williams, Rob Steinsiek, Sonny Dehart, Charles Hall, Jeff Buck, Captain Bobby Graham and CPL Josh Widmer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Hope’s name be made to one of these “no kill” animal shelters in Arkansas: Humane Society of Pulaski County in Little Rock, For the Sake of Animals in Mena or Pets Haven Animal Rescue in Fort Smith.


Bruce Anderson, 62, of Romance was born Feb. 16, 1947, in Detroit to Victor Romenser and Catherine Scandley Anderson and passed away April 3. Bruce served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and a member of Hickory Plains United Methodist Church. He loved Nascar and drag racing, but most of all he loved his family and his country.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Judy Waters Anderson; two children, Chris Anderson and his wife Julia and Alysia Powell and her husband Marvin; seven grandchildren, Zac and Brennon Powell, Devyn, Brianna, Caleb and C.J. Anderson, and Jessica Warrendorf; two sisters, Karen Mook and Lynette Meeks, and one brother, Brian Anderson.

Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Hickory Plains United Methodist Church. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.


James Dudley Jan Bullard, 68, of Sherwood died April 3 after a prolonged illness.  

He was born Nov. 25, 1940, in Swifton. He was preceded in death by his parents Claude Dudley and Edythe Bullard. He was a science and math teacher for a number of years before he enlisted in the Army as a field hospital medic.

Jan is survived by the love of his life, Marjane Malcolm Bullard, his wife of 47 years.
Also surviving are his siblings Kay Owens and Sjon Bullard; sons Mark Jackson and his wife Anne and their daughter Samantha and Randy Bullard and his wife Nicole.

Memorial Service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Cremation arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Judy Annette Withers, 60, passed away April 06 at her Carlisle home.  She was born July 14, 1948, in Tulsa, Okla., to the late Clarence and Jo Wanda Elkins Lancaster.She was also preceded in death by a brother, Mike Lancaster.  Judy was an avid horseback rider and barrel racer.

Survivors include her husband, Ron Withers; children Amy Hall Workman and her husband Russell of Spring Hill, Tenn., and stepdaughter, Rhonda Withers Rolston and her husband Greg; grandchildren, Bailee Rolston, Blair Rolston, Logan Verbitski, Kie Workman, Hayden Workman and Carter Workman; and sisters, Sarah Lancaster and Elaine Hayes both of Fort Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 10 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel.  Visitation will be from  6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 9 at the funeral home.  

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, Inc., 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock, Ark. 72204.


Dolores Robinson Canfield, 76, passed away April 6 at her home in Conway. She was born Oct. 29, 1932, to the late R.J. and Carrie Robinson in Little Rock.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Conway, a 1951 graduate of Jacksonville High School and a 1955 graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College (now UCA) in Conway.

At JHS, she was president of her class, associate editor of the school paper, the 1950 Chapter Sweetheart of the FFA and vice president of the Pulaski County chapter of the Future Teachers of America.

A polio survivor, she was the 1949 Polio Queen and the 1950 March of Dimes Queen of Pulaski County. Her college teaching internship and her first teaching position were at Vilonia Elementary. She later taught at Baring Cross Elementary in North Little Rock, Lake Arthur Elementary in Lake Arthur, NM, and English at Alamogordo High School in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

She was the founding director of the Head Start program in Alamogordo, and the founding director of the Childhood Education Center at Valley Community Drive-In Church in San Dimas, Calif. After returning to Arkansas, she worked at the Jacksonville News, and Cash Printing in Jacksonville, and the White County Record in Judsonia. In retirement, she enjoyed growing plants, reading, watching videos and playing board and card games with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Walton Robinson, Leonard Robinson and Raymond Robinson, and one sister, Doris Crowell, all of Little Rock.

She is survived by her brother, Carl Robinson of Cabot, her former husband of 37 years and life-partner, Charles Canfield of Conway, two sons, Bryan Canfield of Sherwood and Brad Canfield of Conway, one daughter, Camilla Kay Christman of Prospect, Ohio, one son by choice, Gary Smith of Sherwood, two grandsons, Chad Canfield of Cabot and Kevin Bohn of Ostrander, Ohio, four great-grandchildren, McKenzie Bohn and Dylan Bohn both of Ostrander, Ohio, Caleb McManus and Cayden Canfield both of Cabot. And a host of nieces and nephews.

Friends and family will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9 followed by a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. and a reception and visitation in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, April 11 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2310 E. Oak St. in Conway.


William Richard “Dick” Barnes, 81, of Beebe was born April 13, 1927 in Beebe to Dee and Erma McBride Barnes, Sr. and went to be with our Lord on April 3.

He was a World War II veteran and served in the Asian-Pacific campaign during his enlistment and received three medals for his service to our country.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three brothers, one sister and a great-granddaughter.

Dick left behind his affectionate family of five children, Skip Barnes and his wife Becky, Patricia Plummer and her husband Lance, Billie Spence and her husband Clifton, Nancy Kauffeld and her husband David and Janette George; nine grandchildren, Ronnie Barnes and his wife Amy, James Barnes and hid wife Mendy, Bill Kelty and hid wife Julie, Cyndie Coulter and her husband Ralph, Elizabeth Bell and her husband Jim, Amber Kauffeld, Staci Kauffeld, Michael Riba and Virginia Montoya, and 10 great-grandchildren.

His memory will be cherished by his family and all who knew him.

The family wishes to thank Lakewood Nursing and Rehab and Odyssey Hospice for the excellent care provided to Dick.

Funeral was April 6 at West-brook Funeral Home with burial in Beebe Cemetery.


Loretta Faye Bozeman, 73, died April 3 at her home in Jacksonville. She was born May 4, 1935 in Bradford to the late Claude and Ruby Scoggin Black. She was a retired bookkeeper and active in the VFW Auxiliary. She was past post auxiliary president of Post 4548 in Jacksonville.

She is survived by her husband, Everette Bozeman, and a son, Kevin Burrow of Jacksonville.

Graveside services were April 6 at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home in Searcy.

Nancy Wiggs
Nancy L. Wiggs, 59, of Beebe and formerly of Ashland, Ohio, went unexpectedly to live with our Lord on March 31.
She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be missed more than anyone can imagine by all who knew her. She was very special, more than words can say.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne G. Wiggs and her parents, Warren and Maxine Gilbert. Nancy is survived by one son, two sisters, one grandson, three nieces and one very special friend.
Memorial service will be held at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville, Ohio, at a later date.
Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home.
Vickie Kirkpatrick
Vickie Lynn (Williams) Kirkpatrick, 52, left on April 2 to be with her Lord and Savior.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Jean; father, Claude Vic Williams and beloved dog, Lady.
She is survived by her brother, Ken Williams and his wife Helene; niece, Lezah Joseph and her husband Michael and great-nephew, Keenan and a host of family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Call 501-920-4490 for more information. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.