William M. Womack
Reverend William M. “Bro. Bill” Womack died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004.
He is survived by his sons, William R. “Bill” Womack of Tumbling Shoals, and Willard A. Womack of St. Louis, Mo.; and daughter, Vestal A. Hipp of Lebanon, Ohio; eight grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Carlton Womack of Searcy.
He grew up on several small farms in White and Lonoke counties. He preached his first sermon at a small country Baptist church just south of Beebe on Nov. 19, 1931. He joined the Methodist Church and became a supply preacher for small, rural circuit of churches. He was previously a city bus driver and a truck driver and salesman for Junge’s Biscuit Company.
Funeral was Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Heber Springs, followed by burial at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs, The Reverend W.M. Womack Endowed Scholarship at Hendrix College, or a charity of choice.
Arrangements by Olmstead Funeral Home Inc., Heber Springs.
Neva June Cheatham
Neva June McNespey Cheatham, 72, of North Little Rock died Dec. 25, 2004.
She is survived by her husband, Sam Cheatham; and a daughter, Joyce Cartwright of Vilonia; five sons, Butch McNespey, Eric McNespey of North Little Rock, Alex McNespey Sr. of Greenbrier, Don Cheatham of Cabot and Ron Cheatham of Oakland, Calif.; one sister, Betty Wilkerson; and four brothers, Kenneth, A.C., Dale and Ervin Bridges; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Dec. 28, at Roller-Owens Funeral Home Chapel with intermenty in Rest Hills Memorial Park.
Wesley E. Parker
Wesley E. Parker, 88, of Jacksonville died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004.
He was of the Pentecostal faith and a World War II veteran.
He is survived by two sons - Charlie Parker of North Little Rock; Wesley Parker, Jr. of Cabot; four daughters - Leona Hickerson of Conway, Beatrice Kidd of Jacksonville, Rosie Parker of North Little Rock and Della Allen of Van Buren; 22 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was Tuesday at Full Gospel Temple, North Little Rock, with burial at Rest Hills Memorial Park.
Ruby Deaton, 67, of Jacksonville died Dec. 21, 2004.
She was a Baptist by faith and a member of The Church of Willow Beach.
Survived by her husband of 50 years, Ray Deaton, one son - James Deaton of Benton; two daughters - Darlene Gunn of Lonoke, Carole Karrer of Scott AFB, Ill., two brothers - Horace Gourley of Seoul, Korea, John Gourley of Prescott; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Dec. 23, at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Chapel, North Little Rock, with burial at Rest Hills Memorial Park.
Calvin VanWinkle, of Lonoke, owner of VanWinkle Moving and Storage, Inc. died December 21, 2004.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy VanWinkle of Lonoke; his father and mother, Larmon M. and Gracie Van-Winkle of Conway; two daughters, Daphne Hardester of Little Rock and Misty Behr of Benton; three brothers, Leslie VanWinkle of North Little Rock, Larmon VanWinkle of Little Rock and David Hodges of Stuttgart; four sisters, Margaret Miller and Dorothy Freeman of California, Mildred Altshul of Pine Bluff and Phyllis Nelson of Casa; and five grandchildren.
Memorial service was held at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home Chapel.
Betty J. Wooley
Betty J. Wooley, 74, of Ward died Dec. 21, 2004.
She is survived by her husband, Ed Wooley; daughter, Cathy June McGowen of Lonoke County; brother, Billy Joe Little of Jacksonville; sister, Grace Earline Riggs, of Mountain Home; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside service was Friday at Bayou Meto Cemetery. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home.
Wade “Dub” Cook, age 75, of Jacksonville died Dec. 23, 2004.
He retired from the United States Air Force and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Lou; two daughters, Cindy A. Brewer, Sharon A. Cook; two sons, Michael A. and Cody J. Cook; two granddaughters; and three great-grandsons.
Graveside services were Dec. 27, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery
in Cabot. Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.
John E. Knoedl
John Everett Knoedl, 81, of Little Rock died Dec. 20, 2004.
He is survived by one sister, Patricia Granberry, of Oppelo; two sons, John Paul Knoedl, of Houston, David Keith Knoedl, of Benton; two daughters, Carol Stephanie Smith, of Kimberly City, Mo., and Karla Kathryn Bellisle, of Cabot; eight grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren.
He was a World War II Army veteran, having served with the 736th Field Artillery Battalion and a lifetime member of VFW Post 9095. He was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. His career and passion was saw milling.
Mass of Christian burial was held Monday at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church. Burial was in Pinecrest Memorial Park. North Little Rock Funeral Home was in charge.
Wallace B. Shillcutt
Wallace Brantley “Wally” Shillcutt, 75, of North Little Rock, died Dec. 23, 2004.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Tull Shillcutt; two sons, Michael Wallace Shillcutt of North Little Rock and Daniel Brantley Shillcutt of Cabot; two grandsons; two stepdaughters, Karla Tull Aron of Laramie, Wyo., and Jennifer Tull of Little Rock.
He served in the Navy in World War II. He retired as a master electrician after 55 years of service with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 295. He was a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church and was a regular attendee of Christ Episcopal Church.
A celebration of Wally’s life was held Dec. 28, 2004 at North Little Rock Funeral Home, with burial in Edgewood Memorial Park in North Little Rock.
Rickey Dean Allen
Rickey Dean Allen, 32, of Cabot died Wednesday.
He is survived by his parents, Otis and Shirley Shaw of Hidgen; son, T.J. Allen of Heber Spring; brothers, Billy and Donnie Allen of Little Rock; sister, Tammy Fitzwater of Witts Springs.
Services were Monday, Bee Branch Baptist Church, Bee Branch. Interment: Bee Branch Cemetery. Heber Springs Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
John David Porter
John David Porter, 33, died Dec. 22, 2004.
He was an electrician by trade, and an Eagle Scout.
Survivors include his parents, Johnny and Ida Faye Porter of Lonoke; brother, Shane Porter; sister, Audra Porter Williams.
Services were Monday at Gateway Fellowship Church in Lonoke with intermenty in Brownsville Cemetery
by Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke.
Bertha M. Anderson
Bertha M. Anderson died Dec. 19, 2004.
Survivors: two daughters, Bernice Parham of Hot Springs and Judy Lewis of Lonoke; two sons, Ronald of Carlisle and Robert of North Little Rock; 21 great-grandchildren.
A homegoing celebration was held Dec. 23 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Carlisle. Services entrusted to Premier Funeral Home, Little Rock.
Meldon (Trent) Williams, age 58, died Dec. 23, 2004.
Survivors include his son, Raymond Williams of Lonoke, mother, Myrtle Williams of Jacksonville; stepdaughters, Brenda Philo and Rebecca Hodges of Vilonia, Diane Head and Vicki McCarty of California; brothers, Gaylon Williams of Malvern and Doran Williams of North Little Rock; sisters, Gloria Bradly of North Little Rock and Debi DuFur of California; two grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with intermenty in Hamilton Cemetery, arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.
Martha L. West
Martha Louise West of Cabot was born September 29, 1905 in Beebe, AR, to Matilda Hickman and Finley Worthington. She passed away December 27, 2004 at the age of 99. Mrs. West was a life long resident of Little Rock until she moved to Cabot in 1992. Sher is preceded in death by her husband Elbert Cecil West and a sister Sue W. Park of Cabot. Survivors are a nephew, J.M. Park of Cabot, also a niece Mrs. Joe Park (Sarah).
Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 31, 2004, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander with Rev. Ray Vining officiating. Arrangements by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock. Please sign her on-line guest book at Memorials may be made to Cabot United Methodist Church or Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Earl D. Dollahite
Earl Douglas Dollahite, 62, of Austin, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, after a long battle with diabetes. and cancer. He was a tool and die maker for 40 years until he retired due to illness in 2001. He was a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sylvia Spence Dollahite; his daughter, Donna of Austin; another daughter, Gabby Korter of Hildon, Germany; three grandchildren; four sisters, Lillian Hawkins, Mary Lee Keen, Ila Higdon and Betty Keen.
Visitation will begin noon Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Victory Baptist Church, Cabot with burial in Sylvania Cemetery.
Frank E. Graves
Frank Earnest Graves, age 82 of Ward died Dec. 28, 2004. He was retired with 28 years of service from the Dysart School District, Peoria, Ariz. A WWII Veteran of the United States Army, he fought in Germany and received a purple heart for his service. He is survived by his wife, Gurstal Skaggs Graves of Ward; son, Rev. Gary Graves of Lonoke; daughter, Brenda Johnson of Austin; five sisters; one brother; two grandsons; three great-grandsons.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 30 in the Chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Johnson and Rev. Gary Graves officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Graves, Jr., Steven Graves, Doug Johnson, Heath Sweeten, Craig Austin, and Clarence Byrd. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 29 at the funeral home.