Earl A. Gladden
Earl Alexander Gladden, 72, founder and former president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arkansas Inc., died Saturday in Tulsa from emphysema and complications from a stroke.
In 1982, Gladden opened Delta Dental of Arkansas Inc. in Sherwood. The company is the largest nonprofit dental insurance provider in the state.
Ed Choate, current president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Arkansas, said Gladden had excellent business instincts and was a good salesman.
“Before 1982, there wasn’t any dental insurance in Arkansas. No one offered it to their employees. He went out and educated people on the benefits of dental insurance,” Choate said.
Gladden retired in 2000 but remained on the board of directors for another five years.
In October, he moved to Tulsa to be closer to his five children, who all live in Oklahoma.
In 2003, the company moved to a new building in Sherwood that bears its founder’s name.
“We dedicated the Earl A. Gladden Building in his honor for his 20 years of dedication to the company,” Choate said.
Leavier Lehman Shook
Leavier Lehman Shook, 84, of Alicia, died March 31, 2004, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born July 30, 1919, at Alicia, he was the son of Archie and Sylvia Dobbs Shook. He was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge #423 of Walnut Ridge, the Alicia town council and the Alicia Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Shook and Alvin Shook; and a sister, Leta Young.
Survivors include his wife, Jessie Turnbull Shook, whom he married Sept. 29, 1962; a son, Dexter Shook, Deming, N.M.; a brother, Raymond Shook, Paragould; and four grandchildren, Natalie Rushing, Charles Shook, Dexter Shook and Jennifer Rolls.
Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Deshawn Pankey officiating. Burial with Masonic rites was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Larry Corbett, Stanley Corbett, Almo Bridges, Gary Light, Carl Herring and Darrell Dobbs.
Joyce Davidson Waters, 74, of North Little Rock, died April 28, 2006.
She was longtime resident of Fort Worth, TX. She had the first heart transplant performed in Oklahoma. She was a member of Western Hills Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX.
Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Hankins of North Little Rock, and Sharon Martin of Crowley, TX; sons, Larry of Sherwood, Gary of North Little Rock, and Mike Waters of Arlington, TX; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services and burial were held on May 2 at Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Cecil Owen Price
Cecil Owen Price, 53, of Little Rock, died May 6, 2006.
He had been in the heating and air business for over 35 years. He was of the Lutheran faith.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Sharon Hindman Price; son, Tony Price all of Little Rock; daughter, Tracy Price Stricklin of Maumelle; stepchildren, Brian Wise of North Little Rock, and Anna Peterson of Little Rock; mother, Nina Price, of Prescott; sisters, Brenda Williams, Peggy McLelland both of Prescott, and Linda Straun of Nathan; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were held May 9 at Sylvan Hills Community Church in Sherwood.
Burial followed at Gibson Cemetery in Gravel Ridge.
Arrangements were by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills in North Little Rock.
Dorothy Burnell Beason, 83, of North Little Rock, died May 8, 2006.
She was a member of Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church for more than 60 years.
She is survived by her daughters,Lana Vaughan, Sr. of Sherwood, Tommie Jean Squires of Omaha, NE, Nancy McKim of North Little Rock and JoAnn White of Conway; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Elsie Marecek and Thelma Menard of North Little Rock; and brother, John Lee Williams of Sherwood.
Memorials may be made to Gardner Memorial United Methodist Church, 1723 Schaer, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114.
Funeral services were held May 9 at the North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment was at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Arrangements were by North Little Rock Funeral Home.
Joe Dale Cochran
Joe Dale Cochran, 65, of Prairieville, LA, died May 5, 2006.
He is survived by his son, Larry Logan, of Redfield and Joe Dale Cochran, Jr., of Lake Providence, LA; daughter, Theresa Walton, of Pine Bluff; sister, Dorothy Awbrey, of Sherwood; brothers, David of Lonoke and Darrell Tony Cochran of Jacksonville; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Fri., May 12, at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Arkansas Memorial Gardens.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thurs., May 11, at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St., 758-1170.
Sandra Vander Lugt
Sandra Marie Vander Lugt, 41, of Sherwood, died May 5, 2006.
She is survived by her husband, Roger; children, Mark, Amanda, Meredith, and Luke; mother, Mary Myatt; father Melvin Streetman Sr.; sisters, Cindy Shewell, Michelle Johnson; half sister, Crystal Streetman; half brother, Melvin Streetman, Jr.; and sister, Diane Kallemeyn.
Funeral services were held May 10 at Faith Baptist Church in North Little Rock.
Interment was at North Little Rock Veterans Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home inNorth Little Rock.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Cancer Research Center Foundation, 4301 West Markham # 623, Little Rock, Ark. 72205 or Faith for the Future, Faith Baptist Church, 109 Tanglewood Drive, North Little Rock, Ark. 72118.
Bill Fulbright, 77, CW4 U.S. Army (retired), of Montgomery, TX, died May 4, 2006.
He was adopted by the Ford family of Lonoke. Leaving home at 15 to join in the military effort in WWII with a military career that lasted over 30 years. He was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Jo A. Fulbright; son, John Fulbright of Little Rock; daughter, Shirley Cates of Irving, TX; step-daughter, Vickie David f Schertz, TX; step-son, Steven Moore, M.D., of Houston, TX; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters, Juanita Jean Knox of Beaumont, TX, Ludie Baldwin of Lonoke, and Katherine Thresher of San Antonio, TX; and brother, James Ford of Norphlet.
Graveside services were held May 9 at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX.
Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society: P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73123-1718.
Ollie M. Wheeless
Ollie M. Wheeless, 85, of Pocahontas, died March 30, 2004, at her home.
Born Oct. 15, 1918, at Pangburn, she was the daughter of Thomas and Eva Penn Landis. She was a homemaker and a member of the Elnora Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton Wheeless; a son, Jimmy Wheeless; a daughter, Louise Wheeless; five sisters; and a brother.
Survivors include four sons, Ronnie Wheeless and wife, Tonda, and Wendell Wheeless, all of Pocahontas, Rickey Wheeless and Autie Jarboe of Walnut Ridge, and Gene Wheeless and wife, Charlotte of Powhatan; a daughter, Carolyn Towell and husband, Tom, of Pocahontas; a special daughter-in-law, Carolyn Newberry and husband, Ken, 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Cox-Waymon chapel with Herbert Knight officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas.
Sharon Broomfield, 52, of Sherwood passed away July 13, 2006.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Junette Davis of Winder, Ga.
She is survived by three children, Jeffery Scott Fraser and Shawn Allen Fraser of Jacksonville, and Charlene Marie Fraser of Sherwood; and a granddaughter, Taylor Fraser of Cabot.
Funeral services will be held Monday at Smith Funeral Home in Winder, Ga.
Local arrangements made by Huson Funeral Home, Sherwood.