Caroline Griffin Kaufman
Caroline Griffin Kaufman, of Little Rock born in Dallas, Texas on March 8, 1957 to Sue Walton Griffin and Robert Louis Griffin, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2006 in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Edwin Kaufman. A private service will be held on Friday, March 3.
After growing up in Ponte Vedra, Florida, Caroline moved to Little Rock and graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1976. She then attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Caroline moved to California, but settled in Dallas, Texas, working for the Wells Fargo Bank. She wed Ben Kaufman of Fort Smith, Arkansas, in Dallas in 1983. Caroline and Ben had two boys, Tyler Augustus Kaufman and Hunter Burke Kaufman, whom they loved very much. Their life was built around the activities and participation with the boys. After many moves, Caroline and Ben moved back to Little Rock to be with their family and friends, and were finally home.
Caroline will be remembered as a wonderful friend, daughter, and a devoted mother. Caroline is survived by her two sons, Tyler Augustus Kaufman, 17, and Hunter Burke Kaufman, 14; her mother, Sue Layton Walton, and her father Robert Louis Griffin.
Kerry Lee Kennedy
Kerry Lee Kennedy, age 56, of Little Rock, died February 6, 2006, at Arkansas Hospice Center, Little Rock, Arkansas. Born on January 3, 1950 to the Lillian Katherine and Huber F. Kennedy, Kerry grew up in England, Arkansas. Playwright and screenwriter, Kerry graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Theater Arts and later in her career, she received a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University School of Drama where she earned the Audrey Wood Playwriting Award and the Cole Porter “Best New Play” Award. Ms. Kennedy started as a dancer, performing locally in Arkansas before moving to Dallas where she was cast in the original tour of Michael Bennett’s A CHORUS LINE as Cassie. After touring with that production nationally, Kerry settled in New York City and pursued playwriting full time. Her plays were produced in NYC, as well as regionally and she received awards for her work, including the Fletcher Cross Award from the Seattle Discovery Theater and Siena College where she was artist-in-residence for a student production of her play, TERRITORIAL RIGHTS. Staged readings of her plays were held at the American Folk Theater, NYC, The NYC Women’s Project, and The Gene Frankel Theater. After graduating from Yale, Ms. Kennedy moved to Los Angles where she received a fellowship by the Chesterfield Film Project, a program for screenwriters sponsored by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. While in Los Angles, Ms. Kennedy established herself as a noted screenwriter and became known for her writing complicated, intelligent and dramatic roles for mature women. She was co-author of “Baby”, a Lifetime production starring Farrah Fawcett and was nominated for this screenplay for a Writer’s Guide Award. Ms. Kennedy may be best known for writing the original screenplay “Hope”, a coming of age drama directed and produced by Goldie Hawn for TNT. “Hope” was based in large part on Ms. Kennedy’s own life, documenting the journey of an aspiring young woman from a small Southern town who dreams of moving to the big city to become a dancer.
Kerry is survived by her sister, Katherine Kennedy Jefferson, a brother, Dr. Frazier Kennedy and wife, Kay, all of Little Rock, and her brother, Dr. Keith Kennedy and wife Sharon, of Racine, Wisconsin, nephews; Michael Kennedy, Lee Jefferson, David Kennedy, and nieces, Jennifer Kennedy Weil and Ellen Jefferson Mageveney. During the last year of Kerry’s illness, her wonderful friends and family of cousins were so important to her. A special appreciation to Becky, Elaine, and Paula, her cousin and childhood friends who offered such loving support. Kerry had a wealth of friends from the east coast to the west coast who flew in and out of Little Rock to be with her during her chemotherapy and she was always so grateful for their friendship. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Dr. Brad Baltz and staff, Baptist 10A Oncology staff, Baptist 4B staff, and Arkansas Hospice Center for their compassion and care.
A memorial service for Kerry will be held Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 11am at Ruebel Funeral Home, in Little Rock. Her prodigious works, including her screenplays, will be held in the Kerry L. Kennedy Archive Collection at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where a scholarship will be established in her name.
In lieu of flowers memorials should be made to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Foundation for the Kerry Kennedy Scholarship Fund, Office of Development, 2801 South University Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204.
Betty S. King
Betty S. King, of Little Rock and Mount Ida died Monday night from Lung Cancer at Hospice Home Care of Arkansas. She was 76. Until the time of her illness she was an active member of the Montgomery County Democratic Party and was the former president of the Montgomery County Nursing Home Auxiliary and Thrift Shop. She enjoyed birdwatching and gardening and was inspired by nature to create paintings of natural beauty. She enjoyed weekly gatherings with her friends to play bridge and Scrabble. Ms. King was a talented cook and her potato salad was legend. Her recipe was featured in the Arkansas Times but could never be adequately duplicated. Before she retired she was in banking. She was an officer at National Bank of Commerce in Pine Bluff before joining Worthen Bank in the late 70’s.
Her final months were spent in the loving care of the many kind people at Parkview Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock. She gave and received much joy from the staff while in their care. Her final days were at Hospice Home Care of Arkansas. Her family is grateful for the peace and comfort they found with everyone who cared not only for Ms. King; but also her loved ones.
Ms. King was married to the late Robert Turner King. She is survived by her son, Stan King, her daughter, Mary Lou King, her granddaughter, Erin Gray, and her grandson-in-law, Andrew Gray all of Little Rock. She is also survived by her brothers, John Paul and Fred Jones. As she liked to call them her “family by choice” includes her daughter’s partner, Jayme Smith Dissly, another daughter, Brenda Doherty, and grandson, Adam Stanly of Little Rock, Dr. Catherine Ryan, Dr. Richard and Lydia Dissly, Laura and Caroline Dissly and Olivia Ryan all of Boulder, Colorado.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 30, at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Ruebel Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to your nearest Humane Society or to Hospice Home Care of Little Rock.
Leland Fletcher Leatherman
Leland Fletcher Leatherman, of Little Rock, was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on February 16, 1915, and died in Little Rock, on February 20, 2006. He was the son of George P. and Julia Leatherman, and had one brother, James Leatherman, M.D., and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Leatherman, all of whom pre-deceased him. He is survived by his nephews, Dr. James Leatherman and his wife, Sheila of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Dr. Tom Leatherman, and his wife, Marjorie, of Columbia, South Carolina. He also is survived by two nieces, Marie Gonzales of Rocklin, California, and Kathleen Miller of Sunnyvale, California, and by their families, by his brother-in-law, Mel Woods of Corte Madera, California and by special friends Jeannie Coleman of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and her daughters, Catherine Coleman and JoAnn Coleman.
Leland graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1938 where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1939 and was admitted to the Arkansas Bar in the same year. He began his law practice in his hometown of Hot Springs, and served during World War II under General MacArthur’s command in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945 in the Pacific Theatre, ultimately attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve. Leland met his wife, Margaret “Peg” Fitzgerald during the war and they were married in San Francisco. They lived in Hot Springs and moved to Little Rock in 1953.
Leland was the last surviving founding member of the Law Firm of McMath, Leatherman and Woods, having entered into practice in Hot Springs with his good friends, Sid McMath and Henry Woods, after returning from World War II. Leland served in important civic and governmental positions in his early career. He was a member of the Hot Springs Civil Service Board, and was president of the Hot Springs Board of Education. He served as chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission from 1952 to 1953. In his professional life he was associate editor of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association Law Journal from 1953 to 1968, and served as president of the Pulaski County Bar Association from 1966 to 1967. He was a member of the Arkansas and American Bar Associations.
Following his tenure on the Public Service Commission, Leland helped provide advice to the Rural Electric Cooperatives, and in 1955, he became General Counsel to the Arkansas Electric Cooperatives (AECC), a position which he held until 1989 and thereafter continued to serve as counsel until 1997. Leland was instrumental in the formation of the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation, the private financing arm of the cooperatives, and was nationally recognized as an expert in legal matters dealing with rural electric cooperatives.
While not in the political forefront as were his noted law partners, Sid McMath and Henry Woods, Leland nevertheless was active in Democratic Party politics and his support and counsel was valued by Senators J. W. Fulbright, John McClellan, Dale Bumpers and David Pryor, and United States Representative Wilbur D. Mills, among others.
Known as “Coach”, Leland was a life-long avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks football team and other athletic programs of the University. Leland was respected in the legal profession and throughout the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He was recognized by the Association with its highest honor award, the Clyde L. Ellis Award, for his distinguished service to the electric cooperative program.
A recitation of honors achieved and positions held does not capture the good will and positive spirit that radiated from Leland. Overcoming the sadness of the death of his wife, Peg, in 1962, Leland treasured his many friendships which extended not just to his contemporaries but to his friends’ children and grandchildren. Leland loved to travel and there were few corners of the earth he had not seen from which he would send postcards with a rubber stamp message “Having a great time, wish you were here, Leland”.
A memorial service will be held on March 2nd, 2006 at 5:00 P.M. at Ruebel Funeral Home preceded by a private interment at Calvary Cemetery where Peg is buried.
Memorials can be made to the Leland F. Leatherman Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Law, c/o U of A Foundation, 700 Research Center Blvd., MS-7, Fayetteville, AR 72701 or to the Razorback Foundation, P.O. Box 3518, Fayetteville, AR 72702.
Margaret Wherry Lindner
Margaret Wherry Lindner, of Little Rock, died Thursday, January 12, 2006 at St. Vincent Infirmary.
She was born in Banks, Arkansas on December 18, 1922 to the late Grover and Eunice Totty Wherry. She was a homemaker and a member of Highland Valley United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, who died in 1993, and sisters Aleta Adams, Moree Wherry, Annette Wherry, Frances Outlaw, and Nancy Moffatt.
Survivors include her siblings, Loree Braswell of Bastrop, Louisiana, Cleve Wherry of Jacksonville, Ellen Solley of Ferndale, Michigan, Bill Wherry of Jones Mill, Waymon “Sam” Wherry of Glendale, Jerry Wherry of Pine Bluff, Peggy Johnson of Wilmar; and a host of other relatives.
Visitation will be 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday at Ruebel Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2006 in the Chapel of Ruebel Funeral Home, officiated by Reverend Kurt Boggan. Burial will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Pallbearers are Tom Truhett, Jim Moffatt, John Moffatt, Frank Moffatt, Steve Outlaw, Mike Solley, Toby Johnson, and Perry Bolding.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Highlander Sunday School Class of Highland Valley United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Highland Valley United Methodist Church, or to Heifer International.
Funeral arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home.
Julia Lynn "Judy" Lisles
Julia Lynn “Judy” Lisles, age 64, of Little Rock, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2006 at her home. She was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on October 27, 1941, to the late Dorce and Jewel (Bond) Rogers.
Judy will be missed for her love, respect and passion for all life. Her wisdom and generosity is overshadowed only by her flavorful sense of humor. Judy expressed her life in her paintings and drawings which reflect her depth of character and complexity of personality. Judy’s greatest works of art were the loving creation of her two sons and three granddaughters.
Survivors include her husband Brian Lisles; sons, John David McCay, Jr. and wife Amy, and Eric McCay and wife Amy, both of Little Rock; a sister, Sandee Taylor of Smackover, Arkansas; granddaughters, Julia, Amanda, and Marit McCay; step granddaughters Hannah and Leslie Lasiter.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2006 at Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church officiated by Reverend Lynn Lindsey with inurnment to follow in the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Columbarium. A reception will follow at the family home.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Humane Society of Pulaski County, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, 72210.
Cremation and service arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home of Little Rock.
Marcia Acosta Long
Marcia Acosta Long, age 93, of Little Rock, died January 3, 2006.
She was born on March 25, 1912 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the late Domingo and Clara Jossey Acosta. She was a graduate of the Warren Conservatory of Music, in Warren, Pennsylvania. She taught piano in Little Rock for many years and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Marvin Long and five sisters. Mrs. Long is survived by her son, Thomas Michael Long of Greenwich, CT, daughter, Anne Long Quiggle, of Little Rock. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 6, 2006 at Christ Episcopal Church with The Rev. Larry Benfield officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Christ Episcopal Church, 509 Scott Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.
James Cameron Lowe
On Easter Sunday morning at about 8:30 a.m., James Cameron Lowe passed from this life and went to sit at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. He was the son of James Hugh and Dorothy Anderson Lowe, and was born in Dermott, Ark on October 9, 1920.
He grew up in Little Rock and was a graduate of Little Rock Senior High School in 1937. He attended college at Little Rock Junior College and Ark. State University in Jonesboro.
Cameron served in the US Coast Guard Reserve in WWII as an Electrician’s Mate (Telephone) Second Class and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He enlisted in February, 1942 and was discharged in March of 1946.
He was employed for 30 years with the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department as a roadway design specialist and retired in July 1983.
He was a life long member of the United Methodist Church and active at St. James UMC including the Agape Sunday School class and the 39ers Group. He was a member of AARP – West LR Chapter and the AHTD Retiree Association.
Cameron enjoyed gardening, international travel, the beaches of Florida, his church, and being with his family. He was a kind, loving, gentle man who was often quiet but offered great thought and perspective when he spoke.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 54 years, Martha Ann Lowe (Atkins), two daughters, Lisa Lowe Smith and her husband Jeff, and Amy Lowe Schuh and her husband, Scott, grandchildren Megan Smith, Andrew Schuh, Laura Schuh, and one great-grandson, Hayden Smith-Brown all of Little Rock. Other survivors include many friends, and a cousin, Harold Measel.
The family will receive friends at 8 Sologne Circle on Wednesday, April 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in celebration of Cameron’s life. The family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Paul Zelnick, St. Vincent Infirmary, and the caring staff at Hospice Home Care in-patient facility. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hospice Home Care, Inc. or St. James UMC.
Cremation arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home.
Jerome R. Lucker
Jerome R. Lucker, 89, currently of Cocoa Beach, Florida and Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas on Friday January 20. At the time of his death he resided at Presbyterian Village in Little Rock and formerly lived in West Hartford, Connecticut; Tenafly, New Jersey; and Woodmere, New York. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force where he served in World War II and in the United States Air Force Reserves during the Korean War. Jerry was a graduate of Syracuse University and retired as a research and development executive from Becton, Dickinson and Company where he worked for 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ruth and Harry Lucker and is survived by his daughter Nancy Rousseau and husband Steve of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughter Elizabeth Lucker and Mary Machen of Little Rock, Arkansas; and son John Lucker and wife Meghan of Simsbury, Connecticut; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; and his many friends. Jerry was a long time and service honored volunteer for the American Red Cross and a long time member of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States.
The family will receive friends at the Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock on Monday January 23 from 5:00-7:00 PM. A private burial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or a charity of choice.