Margaret Beggs Benafield, 80, passed away March 6, 2007.
She is the widow of Lonoke County Judge Charles H. Benafield of Lonoke.
She was born April 19, 1926 in Carlisle, a daughter of Jim and Ada Cook Beggs.
She was a member of Lonoke First United Methodist Church and was retired from Lonoke County and state government, and was a devoted mother, grandmother and volunteer.
She was preceded in death by a son, Julius D. Benafield; brother, James Beggs; and sister, Frances Moore.
Margaret was a former Sunday school teacher, American Cancer Society board member, member of AARP, Extension Homemaker Club, Lonoke County Historical Society, Arkansas Genealogical Society and a charter member of the Lonoke Lioness Club.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Holler of Little Rock and Danny and wife Iretta Benafield of North Little Rock; four daughters, Nita and husband Johnie Ray Wilson, Gayle and husband Ronnie Hill of Lonoke, Rita and husband Randy Henard and Lynda Kinsey of Little Rock; 14 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
Also brothers, Dan Beggs of Hughes and Lewis Beggs of Lonoke; two sisters Sandra Anderson and Joyce Butler of Lonoke.
Funeral services were March 9 at First United Methodist Church in Lonoke with burial in Lonoke Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lonoke First United Methodist Church, S. Center and Pine Streets, Lonoke, Ark. 72086; Arkansas Hospice, Inc., 5600 W 12th St., Little Rock, Ark. 72204, or www.arkansashospice.org; American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
William J. Raney, 75, of Cabot passed away Feb. 24, 2007 at home.
He was a former Marine and retired from Union Pacific Railroad in 1993 after 43 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Broadus and Clara Raney of Walnut Ridge; and a sister, Sue Lavering of California.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Jean Raney; two sons, David Raney of North Little Rock and Mark Raney of Benton; two daughters, Sandra Raney Nichols and Peggy Raney Peek of Little Rock; one son-in-law, Edward Peek of Little Rock; seven grandchildren, Christopher, Rachel, Jason, and Jennifer Raney, Rett and Hamilton Peek, and Joshua Nichols; and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home in North Little Rock.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Pine Crest Memorial Park in Alexander.
Marceline Joyce Cummings, 74, of Beebe was born March 22, 1932, in Crosby to Jim and Lee Wiggs Edwards, and she went to be with the Lord Feb. 25, 2007.
She was a housewife and a member of Beebe First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, eleven brothers and six sisters.
She is survived by her husband, Clay of Beebe; one son, Billy Dean Davis of Spokane, Wash.; one daughter, Judy Davidson of Beebe; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Doris Head of Las Vegas, Nev., and J. B. Edwards of Willow Springs, Mo.; one sister, Laverne Barnett of Beebe; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe, with burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
James Elvin McElroy, 52, of Jacksonville passed away Feb. 24, 2007.
He was born Nov. 11, 1954 in Little Rock to the late Elvin and Ruby McElroy.
He was also preceded in death by grandmother, Rose McElroy.
He is survived by his wife, Carla Henning; sons, Luke Thomas and James Alan; granddaughters, Angelina and Alana; brother, Gary; and sister, Donna.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Moore's Jacksonville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Mosley officiating.
Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.
George Herman Taylor, 88, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 26, 2007.
Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Sarah Taylor and one sister, Murriel Taylor.
He was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville and left behind two special friends, Ruby Hudson and Thomas Wolfe, both of Jacksonville.
He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1930 and was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville.
He served in the military during World War II and held the rank of sergeant.
He worked with many friends in the CCC Camp located in Jacksonville.
He was a board member of the Bayou Meto Cemetery Association.
He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of the International Heavy Machine Operator Union for 20 years.
He was instrumental in building Little Rock Air Force Base, many of the local airports and many of the highways across the South.
He loved animals and owned several horses over the years and was a member of the National Quarter Horse Association.
He also loved to travel and saw most all the states and Canada.
He requests that donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville or to Hospice of Arkansas in lieu of flowers.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville.
Interment will follow in Bayou Meto Cemetery under the direction of Moore's Jacksonville Funeral Home.
Jaman Allen Whittenburg, 50, of Ward died Feb. 25, 2007 in Jacksonville.
He was born on May 30, 1956 to the late Jaman M. and Patricia Whittenburg in Hazen.
Jaman is survived by his wife, Teresa Whittenburg of the home; five children, Timothy Whittenburg of Ward, Amanda Whittenburg of Little Rock, Jeremy Bancroft of Minnesota, Matthew Bancroft of Ward, and Joshua Whittenburg and wife of Little Rock; two brothers, Aza and Phineas Whittenburg, both of Butlerville; two sisters, Maurisa Whittenburg of Carlisle and Rachel White of Hazen; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 at Cabot Church of Christ with Bro. Mark Bradley officiating.
Interment will follow at Walters Chapel Cemetery in Carlisle.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements are by Moore's Cabot Funeral Home.
Bernis Callaway, 75, of Jacksonville passed away Feb. 25, 2007.
Bernie, as he was known by many friends and family, spent his final days in the compassionate care of Hospice Home Care Inpatient Unit in Little Rock.
He was born June 30, 1931 in Rain, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lige and Venie Callaway, as well as a brother, Jay Callaway, and a baby sister Marie Callaway.
He served in the Army from 1952-1954.
He fought in the Korean conflict and earned the rank of tech sergeant.
He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a Good Conduct Medal.
After his military service, Bernie spent many years as an aircraft mechanic with Douglas Aircraft, Air Mod, and Lear Siegler.
Bernie settled in Jacksonville and retired from Falcon Jet in 1993.
Although Jacksonville was his home for 42 years, his family home is Tahlequah, Okla.
He will always be affectionately known by his family for his love of fishing, camping, good natured competitiveness in any game and his 'world famous daddy burgers.'
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Lois Callaway; three daughters, Jennifer Heinrich and husband Gary of Cabot, Terry Callaway of Cabot, and Carmen Roetzel and husband Tony of Haslet, Texas.
He also leaves seven grandchildren, Andrea Cater of Jacksonville, Amanda Walker of El Paso, Texas, Scott Conway of Gillett, Nicholas Conway of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Abby Hindman of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Lindsey and Blake Roetzel of Haslett, Texas; and five great-grandchildren.
He also leaves behind seven step great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; one brother and three sisters, Roy Callaway, Hazel Scott, Mary Wade and Flora Murphy, all of Oklahoma.
Visitation will be held at Moore's Jacksonville Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
Bernie will then be taken home to Oklahoma.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, with burial following at Hendricks Cemetery in Tahlequah, Okla.
Funeral arrangements are under direction of Moore's Jacksonville Funeral Home.