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Fred Wood

Fred Andrew Wood, 84, of Cabot went to be with the Lord on March 9.

Fred was born to Fred H. and Juanita Sisson Wood on Dec. 4, 1937.

He attended Cabot Public Schools, where he excelled in academics and sports and went on to play football for Arkansas State Teachers College (now UCA) in Conway. There, he earned a b a c h e l o r ’ s degree in business. He continued his studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, graduating with a master’s degree in business administration.

Fred proudly served his country in the United States Army as a finance officer stationed at Fort Lee, Va., where he met the love of his life, Nancy Jones, from Hopewell, Va. They married on Oct. 12, 1963, and, upon his discharge as a captain, returned to Cabot to begin their life together.

Fred and Nancy have three children: Lisa Renee, Fred Andrew II, and Lara Michelle. He was a loving, gentle, but firm father who led by example with honesty, integrity, and a strong work ethic.

He enjoyed many years of working with his father at Wood’s Feed Store and raising cattle and turkeys, and for a few years, owned Cabot Lumber Yard. He loved fishing, country music, playing cards, and being outdoors; as well as entertaining friends and family by grilling steaks or frying fish; but he loved his wife and family above all else.

Until 2018, Fred could be found six days a week at the feed store working alongside his sister, Bettye, and Jackie Mahoney, who became like a son to him. He loved his Cabot community and visiting with its members; and those who knew the right buttons to push, could always count on a spirited debate.

The thought of retirement was a very difficult concept for Fred. However, at the age of 80, health issues made the decision for him. His mind as sharp as ever, he began reading books that he had never had time to read and found that he enjoyed the slower pace. Still up at the crack of dawn and always an avid nature lover, he spent countless hours watching the birds, squirrels, raccoons, deer and the changing of the seasons. This season of change for those of us left behind will be challenging, but we know he will be welcoming us when our times come.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Juanita Wood; his maternal grandparents, Frank and Amy Garner Sisson; his paternal grandparents, Horace “Sam” and Lucy Herrod Wood; and a bonus grandson, Alex Fletcher.

Left to cherish his memory are Nancy, his wife of 58 years; daughters and son, Lisa Fletcher (Rob), Fred Wood II (Sarah and, Lara Wood; grandchildren, Rachel Gallogly, Andrew Gallogly, Fred Andrew Wood III (Grace), William Wood, David Wood and Jacob Wood; bonus grandchildren, John Adam Fletcher (Chelsey) and Jason Fletcher (Breanna); and eight bonus great-grandchildren; a sister, Bettye Schelle (Bob); many cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as an honorary son, Jackie Mahoney; honorary daughters, Shannon Bob Tipton and Roxanne Wetzler; and not to be forgotten his beloved dog Chloe and granddog Lucy.

Services will be held in the chapel at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, 700 N. Second St. in Cabot. Visitation will be 6 from 8 p.m. Friday, March 18 and the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19 with Stubby Stumbaugh officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot. Arrangements by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, 501-843-5816.

David Brannon

David Vernon Brannon was born May 16, 1933, in Pulaski County to Elmer Randolph and Lillie Alice (Bomer) Brannon and passed away March 13 in North Little Rock.

Raised around the Jacksonville area, he attended all 12 years of school in Jacksonville. He was a proud member of the class of 1951, where he played football and was nicknamed Bull.

During the Korean Conflict, Dave served in the Army. He liked to laugh and recall stories of his service spent mostly in New York City. He was a very proud veteran.

After military duty, he returned to Arkansas, where he worked a few short-term jobs before finding his “work home” at Redmond Motors, which eventually became Franklin Electric. Beginning as a time clerk, he worked his way to manager of engineering and finally to manager of human resources.

One of his proud achievements while working with Franklin Electric was going to Wilburton, Okla., and renovating, assembling and starting up a manufacturing facility there.

After Franklin Electric closed, Dave spent the next few years as human resources director at manufacturing facilities in Des Arc and Brinkley before retiring.

Shortly after retirement, Dave discovered genealogy. It became not just a hobby, but his passion. Not only did he research his immediate bloodline but also ever-expanding family ties. His genealogy data base contains upwards of 100,000 names. His research has aided many, many individuals seeking info on their family trees. He regularly received calls from across the U.S. and some foreign countries. Visitors were welcomed from Washington, Virginia, Texas and several other states. He freely shared his research and has donated volumes to local libraries.

Interest in genealogy led him to cemeteries. This inspired him to, sometimes alone, other times with other individuals, inventory and publish books on all the cemeteries in Lonoke County and many in north Pulaski County. These books are available through the Lonoke County Library System.

For several years, Dave was co-chairman for the Bayou Meto Cemetery. He maintained the records and the cemetery. Several improvements were made during his tenure including the wrought iron fence and the pavilion.

Traveling was much enjoyed. Although Dave visited all fifty states, trips to the northwestern states and Canada were favorites because of the beauty of the mountains and all the wildlife. One trip would hardly end before another was being planned. There was adventure around every corner.

Dave always looked forward to fall. He loved time spent in the Ozark Mountains round the campfire with lifelong deer hunting buddies. And then there was Razorback football. He always hung Razorback flags on the fence in front of the house.

David was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Marie; three stepbrothers, George, Jearl and Doyle Dover; and a grandson, Issac Brannon McMahon. Left to remember and honor him is his wife and soulmate, Anita; and five children, Rita (Joe) Atkins of Franklin, Tenn., Denise (Greg) McMahon of Sherwood, Elise Bills of Savannah, Tenn., Todd Yates of Lonoke, Brandi (David) Tilghman of Venice, Fla.

He was Papaw to Will, Maggie, Ben, Jeremy, Josh, Jayson, Jared, Chance, Hannah, Alicia, Myke, Lauren, Stephen and Stephanie; great-grandfather to 15 and one on the way. Also left are three sisters, Lorene Jones of Little Rock, Lois Douglas of Farmington, N.M., and Martha Hardin of Cabot, and his first wife, Billie Baker.

Visitation will be held from 5 till 7 p.m. Wednesday March 16 at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at Concord Cemetery, 150 Concord Church Road in Lonoke.

Arrangements are by A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 W. Main St. in Jacksonville, 501-982-3400.

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Joseph Mills

Joseph Herman Mills, 87, of Beebe passed away March 13.

He was born Sept. 10, 1934, in Little Rock to the late David C. and Minnie Martha Nantz Mills.

Mr. Mills owned and operated Joe’s Used Cars and was a mechanic for over 40 years. One of Mr. Mills’ hobbies was flying. He was a private pilot and enjoyed taking his family along for the flight.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mills was preceded in death by his wife, Evy Deloris Pipkin Mills, and his siblings, Ray Mills, Ernie Mills, Fannie Jones, Alice Bybee, Mary Hill, Hazel Hardwick and Ruby Jones.

Joe is survived by his daughter, Elvie Mills McKinney of South Bend; grandchildren, Brandy Hicks and Crystal Chivers; and his loving companion, Dorothy Hammon.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Bro. Willard Crain officiating. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136. Sign the online guestbook at www.

Larry Borden

Larry Franklin Borden, 77, passed away March 7.

He was a retired Air Force master sergeant, Vietnam War veteran and a retired employee of the United States Postal Service.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Mary and Lewis Borden; his father, Harry Joyce; and a brother-in-law, Bill Metz.

Larry is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kang Sun Borden, of Jacksonville; two daughters, Mary Borden of Seattle, Wash., and Jaime Harness and husband Hoyt of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Rosalie Borden, Tessa Stuckey and her husband Nick, Hunter Harness and his wife Tori, and Mallory Harness; siblings, Kathy Metz of St. Mary’s, Ohio, and Janet Cooper and husband Gary of Pedro, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held March 15 at Korean First Baptist Church of Jacksonville and interment with military honors followed at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. Visitation was March 14 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

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