Edwin Pruitt, 86, of Beebe was born Sept. 18, 1919, to Elmer and Irene Henry Pruitt, and he passed away Sept. 24, 2005.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
He loved and served his family and community through his unselfish acts of kindness and generosity.
He is survived by one daughter, Judy Welch and husband Tommy, and one son, Jim Pruitt and wife Sandra both of Beebe; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Corbin of Searcy; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Lou Osborne of Searcy and Norma Jean Green of Wheaton, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 1/2 years, Reba Nell Pruitt, and a son, Larry Pruitt, Sr.
Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at Antioch Community Church with burial in Antioch Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1942.
Michael Ryan Elliott, 30, of Cabot passed away Sept. 27, 2005.
He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 201, and earned the Eagle Scout award in 1993.
He was a 1993 graduate of Cabot High School and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1998 with a degree in computer science. He was a team leader at Deluxe Video.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Linda and Bill Thompson of Ash Flat and his father and stepmother, Bill and Charle Elliott of West Fork; maternal grandparents, Dorothy Williams and Gene Taylor of Ward; one brother, Darren Elliott; one step-brother Louis Wayne Thompson, both of Cabot; a niece, Sydney Elliott and a host of uncles and aunts.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jennifer Elliott and grandparents, Milton and Annetta Bryant of Lonoke and George Williams of Ward.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.
Memorials may be made to the Pulaski County Humane Society, 14600 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, Ark., 72210.
Noel Forrest Wilson, 94, of Conway, formerly of Jacksonville, died Sept. 25, 2005 at Conway.
He was born Oct. 27, 1910, and lived his childhood in El Paso.
It was there where Noel met his wife, Lois, the love of his life and partner through 71 years of marriage.
Noel was a loving father to his children, Delores Bowman and her husband Carl of Las Vegas, Nev., Linda Hamlett and her husband Ed of Nashville, Tenn., Jim Wilson and his wife June of Little Rock and to Merwyn Wilson, who preceded him in death.
His grandchildren, Robert Beck, Sue Kitrick, David Bowman, Chip Hamlett, Andrew Hamlett, Eddie Craven and Whitney Loibner shared in many loving moments with grandpa working in the yard, growing beautiful flowers and fishing at his many special places in Jacksonville and on Lake Conway.
His great-grandchildren, Nathan and Nicholas Bowman, Dylan and Reese Craven and Wilson and Campbell Loibner will miss the opportunity to enjoy the stories and humor he was well known for but will know his love from the life he shared with their parents and their grandparents.
Noel grew up on the family farm in El Paso, working with his brothers and sisters as part of a close family.
As a young man he was an all-district basketball player and captain of the White County All-Star team.
He served our country as a medic in World War II.
In 1954, Noel moved the family to Jacksonville where he was active as a deacon and superintendent of Sunday school of First Baptist Church.
He was instrumental in the growth of that church through its building program in the 1960's and he touched many with his leadership in all areas of the church and community.
Noel loved people and had a special love of singing.
He entertained many with his voice even in his last days, singing for those who gave him care.
He was a man of strong personal faith and will be missed by the family and friends he leaves behind.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville.
Graveside services will follow at Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.
Floyd Donnie Wheeler, 65, of Beebe died Sept. 25, 2005.
He was retired from Gurdon Industries and Am Train.
He is survived by two sons, Charlton Wheeler and wife Kara Beth, and Alvin Wheeler and wife Cindy, all of Beebe; three grandchildren, Melissa Faught, Terry Webb, and Caroline Wheeler, all of Beebe; seven great-grandchildren, Chase Weatherly, Madison Weatherly, Makenah Weatherly, Tea Webb, Brittany Faught, Natalie Faught and Stuart Faught.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Beebe Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Dr. Robert E. Elliott Foundation, 113 Emerald Lake Dr., Searcy, Ark., 72143.
Doyl Odom, 62, of Austin, passed away Sept. 17, 2005.
He was born Jan. 24, 1943, in North Little Rock to the late Aubrey Thomas and Betty Odom.
Survivors include his loving wife, Barbara Odom of the home; one son, Robert Odom of Scott; two daughters: Lela Bellamy of Cabot and Farrah Odom of Austin; one sister, Betty Reeves of Missouri; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oak Grove First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service.
Helen Harrison Thornton, 95, of Beebe went to be with the Lord Sept. 18, 2005.
She was a fraternity housemother at San Diego State College for several years and a homemaker.
She is survived by three sons, Burnette Harrison and wife Eileen of Beebe, Bob 'Max' Harrison and wife Shirley of Poway, Calif., and Donald Harrison and wife Kay of Morrilton; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Antioch Cemetery.
Caren Kay Beatty
Caren Kay Beatty, 34, of Cabot, passed away Sept. 20, 2005.
Survivors include her son, Austin Dakota Beatty of the home; mother, Glenda Canard of Cabot; brother, James Canard of Jacksonville; two nephews, Thomas and Matt Canard and one niece Catiliana Canard.
Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Service.
Interment will immediately follow at 16th Section Cemetery in Ward.
Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.
Roger Louis Christen, 68, of Jacksonville, passed away Sept. 19, 2005 in Little Rock.
He was born on May 25, 1937 in Dodgeville, Wis., to the late Louis Christen and Helen 'Dale' Christen.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; mother, Helen Christen of Verona, Wisc.; son, Todd Christen of Conway; step-sons, Tom and Tim Stanton of Jacksonville; daughter, Sherry Collins of Benton; step-daughter, Tina Pardue of Camden; brother, Roland Christen of Madison, Wisc.; sister, Cathy and husband Paul Peercy of Madison, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Sean Collins and Nikki Branson; step-grandchildren, Dustin Pardue, Cheyenne, Kory and Matthew Stanton and great-grandchildren, Braelynn and Bailey Branson.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Burton officiating.
Visitation will be before the service Thursday from noon until 2 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.
J.T. Fecher, 87, of Beebe, died Sept. 16, 2005.
He was an Army staff sergeant and cook during World War II, and was a charter member of Stoney Point Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Fecher, and his parents, Mikey and Lottie Dugger Fecher.
He is survived by two sisters, MaryLee Logan of Beebe and Gwen Hallmark and husband Melvin of North Little Rock; one nephew, Randy Logan of Beebe; two nieces, Glenda Gillespie of Grove, Okla., and Vicki Adcock of North Little Rock; and three great-nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday at Stoney Point Methodist Church, with burial in Stoney Point Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stoney Point Methodist Church c/o Jim Rye, 1203 N. Holly, Beebe, Ark., 72012.