John L. Ross
John L. “Skeet” Ross, 73, of Shirley, formerly of the Furlow Community, Lonoke, passed away Oct. 25, 2003.
He was a member of Pee Dee Baptist Church in Clinton, a veteran, and a retired heavy equipment operator.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Carter Ross; two sons, Larry Ross of Searcy and Terry Scott Ross of Shirley; two grandsons, Jason Ross of New Haven, Conn., and Ryan Ross of Searcy.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke, with interment in Concord Cemetery.
Millard G. Fletcher
Millard G. Fletcher, age 73, of Ida, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003.
He established Fletcher’s Grocery and Hardware Store, and helped organize the Volunteer Fire Departments of Tumbling Shoals-Ida and Drasco. He was a Mason and a member of Sugar Loaf Masonic Lodge #414. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Union Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Crites) Fletcher of Ida; four sons, Dale Fletcher of Cabot, Robert Fletcher of Folsom, Calif., Jack Fletcher of Ida, and Rudy Fletcher of Hot Springs; one daughter, Wendy Fletcher of Bigelow; one brother, Jesse Fletcher of Woodland, Calif.; one sister, Brenda Sue Minatre of Sacramento, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday at Olmstead Chapel with a Masonic service. Interment was in Pine Log Cemetery at Brookland.
Mary M. Davenport
Mary Helen Elizabeth Moore Davenport, 90, of Perryville, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003.
She was a longtime member of Perryville Church of Christ.
Survivors include one son, Roger Wayne Davenport of Austin; two daughters, Mary Evelyn Parker of Conway, Peggy Davenport of Perryville; seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Oct. 28 at the Perryville Church of Christ with burial at Smyers Cemetery by Harris Funeral Home of Perryville.
Mary M. Rodgers
Mary Matilda Rodgers, age 80, died Oct. 25, 2003.
She was a member of Romance Church of Christ.
Survived by son, Arthur McCall Rodgers of Romance; daughter, Brenda Alece Prince of Searcy; brothers, Jess Stacy of Hayti, Mo., and Lincoln Stacy of El Paso; sisters, Jane Bastoni of Massachusetts, Hazel Seats of El Paso, and Charlcie Ann Seats of Cabot; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Tuesday at Romance Church of Christ. Interment at Romance Cemetery. Arrangement by Roller-Daniel Funeral Home.
Dorothy L. Smith
Dorothy L. Smith, 65, Conway died Oct. 19.
She was a retired nurse.
Survivors: husband, James Smith, Conway; daughter, Nicole McIvor, North Little Rock; brothers, Ernest Fuller, Melvin Fuller, James Fuller all of Beebe, Willie Hendrix, Austin, Texas; sisters, Lillie Deloney, Cabot, Elsie Martin, Detroit, Mich., Earnestine Worthen, North Little Rock, Sally Bradley, Beebe, Janie Harshaw, Little Rock; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, United Baptist Church. Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, Conway, was in charge.
Jeff Harley Bolin
Jeff Harley Bolin, 93, of Beebe, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003. He was a retired farmer and formerly ran B & B Curb Market in Beebe.
He is survived by wife, Stella Mae Bolin; two daughters, Christine Harrison of Ward and Nova Lee Byrd of Beebe; one sister, Minnie Owen of Pine Bluff; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 30, at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Funeral was Saturday at Westbrook Chapel, with burial at Beebe Cemetery.
Eugene McKenzie, 76, of Cabot died Nov. 1, 2003. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald McKenzie and Robbie Nelson McKenzie and is survived by 2 aunts and 1 uncle.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Cabot Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Thursday Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. at Cabot Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Bayou Meto Cemetery. Arrangements by Cabot Funeral Home, 501-843-5816.
Joseph Russo, 38, of Jacksonville died Oct. 31, 2003. He is survived by parents, Sebastiano Russo of Clarksville and Sylvia Russo of Jacksonville; wife, Brenda Armstrong; 2 sons, Michael and Adam Russo; 3 step-sons, Sid, Jarrod and Randy Armstrong; 3 sisters, Mary Moncrief, Kathy Howard, and Kelli Ross; 1 brother, Tony Russo; 1 grandchild; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Monday, Nov. 3 from 12-2 p.m. at Cabot Funeral Home. Service was at 2 p.m. Cremation arrangements by Cabot Funeral Home, 501-843-5816.
Betty Ann Bennett, wife of Wayne Bennett, Sr., of Lonoke, died on Sunday, November 2, after a long illness. She was 81 years old.
She was born Elizabeth Ann McHaney, December 12, 1921, in Little Rock. She was the youngest of six children of her beloved parents, Judge Edgar Lafayette McHaney and Gail Roena Myers McHaney.
She graduated Little Rock (Central) High School in 1939, Hollins College in 1941 and the University of North Carolina in 1943. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
In 1947 she married Wayne Bennett of Lonoke, beginning a lifelong partnership in service to family and community.
In the 1980s, pursuing her passion for historical preservation, she played a leading role in the campaign to save the Lonoke Depot, which was in peril of being razed. She donated the paving bricks to replace the original ones which had been removed, and worked to make sure that the depot was restored according to preservation standards.
She promoted awareness of the National Historic Register and encouraged many homeowners in Arkansas to have their homes listed.
She was an active supporter of the Arkansas Art Center, a member of the Little Rock Junior League and the Committee of 100.
She was instrumental in Lonoke’s participation in the Main Street Arkansas program, had played a part in the “Yard of the Month” program in Lonoke and was an early supporter of the Lonoke High School Band. She was a long-time member of the Lonoke First United Methodist Church.
Largely for her involvement in the Depot restoration, she was named Woman of the Year by the Lonoke Chamber of Commerce in 1985.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Buddy (Edwin Lafayette) McHaney and Jimmy (James Monroe) McHaney, her sister Ellen Miriam McHaney and Virginia McHaney Thayer.
She is survived by her husband Wayne Bennett, her two sons, Wayne Bennett, Jr., of Lonoke and Mac Bennett of Nashville, Tennessee, daughter-in-law Maura O’Connell, a grandson Jesse Bennett of Nashville, Tennessee, and a brother, Col. Gailon Myers McHaney of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
She is remembered by her family and friends for her strength, compassion and love of life.
Known as “Bette” to her many friends, she is perhaps best remembered for her infectious laugh.
Even in her last years, as she slowly succumbed to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease, she did not lose her sense of humor or her indomitable air of grace and dignity.
Visitation was on Tuesday, November 4, between 6 and 8 p.m. at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. Funeral services were held at the Lonoke First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 5, at 10 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Andy Berry, Gene Eagle, Jim McHaney, Jr., Bill McNeil, Wayne Smith, Mert Thayer, Jr., Robert Wayne and Ed Willman
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association or the Lonoke County Historical Society.
The family would like to thank Norma Scott for her loving care during Bette’s illness.
Ruby Bailey, age 74, of Lonoke, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003.
She retired from Westinghouse after 40 years.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Chester; a son, Wayne; and siblings, Edward and Bruce Gautney and Odell Hart.
Survivors include two brothers, Danny (Jane) Gautney and J.T. (Virginia) Gautney, all of Lonoke; sisters, Linda (Troy) Stogsdill of Little Rock and Joyce Bailey of Lonoke; a sister-in-law, Lula Gautney, and brother-in-law, R.L. Hart.
Graveside services were at 3 p.m. Monday at Concord Cemetery, with arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke.