An American hero, Rex D. Hurst, (MSGT, U.S. Army Ret.) went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, March 8, 2006, and is now free of his pain and suffering. He was born December 19, 1931, in El Dorado, Ark., the firstborn child of Rex L. and Alice Inez Hardin Hurst. He was preceded in death by his parents and his infant son, Fred Mark.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jerolyn Perdue Hurst; his oldest daughter, Sandra and husband Gary Kirklin; his oldest son, Donald and wife Cindy Hurst; his middle daughter, Brenda Fulco; his youngest son, David and wife Martha Hurst; and his youngest daughter, Anita and husband, Mike Stevens. He was blessed with 16 grandchildren: Keith and wife Lisa KirkIin, Paige Kirklin, Jerod and wife Shellie Hurst, Melissa and husband Robert Turner, Carrie Simmons, Brandon Fulco, Jeremy, Lauren and Allison Hurst, Jennifer Milam, PFC Ryan and Blake Landers and Brandon Stevens, Tamara and husband Kerry Barnett, Andrew and wife Natalie Buckwalter, and Chelcy and husband Brent Taylor. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren: Grayson Hurst, CaIan and Dylan Novack, Trey Turner, Caleb, MaKayla and Sarah Barnett, and Collin and Lauren Taylor and one due in June. Surviving siblings are Pat Honeycutt of Spring, Texas, Barbara Hurst of Cabot, Ark., David R. “Buddy” Hurst and wife Jane of Ridgedale, Mo., and Richard Lynn and wife Rosemary of League City, Texas, along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Even in his pain and suffering, he maintained an uplifting spirit and touched many lives, especially those who shared his pain, his fellow dialysis patients, and all the nurses and his doctors. Rex Hurst was a true patriot, having served 27 years in military service, first in the U.S. Air Force and then in the U.S. Army. He served two tours of duty in Korea and three tours in Vietnam, flying in assault helicopters (Hueys). He loved the military and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant E-8, before retiring at Ft. Hood, Texas in June of 1976. He never lost his devotion to the Army and his country and was especially proud that his grandson Ryan followed in his footsteps and is serving in the U.S. Army currently stationed in Iraq. During his military service he was awarded three Air Medals, one with “V” for valor, two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Award, and numerous other awards and commendations. He was a member of the NCOA, DAV and the American Legion.
He was a longtime member of Marrable Hill Baptist Church and served for many years as a coach at the EI Dorado Boys and Girls Club. He loved to laugh and was known for his great sense of humor. He loved life, God, country and each of his children and grandchildren. One of his favorite things was a house full of “kids” having fun and making a lot of “noise.” Most of all, he loved his wife who stood by him in every aspect of his life and who was wholly devoted to him, even through the last few years of failing health.
Honorary pallbearers were his six grandsons: Keith Kirklin, Jerod Hurst, Brandon Fulco, Jeremy Hurst, Ryan and Blake Landers; and Andrew Buckwalter, Kerry Barnett, Brent Taylor, Brandon Stevens and Robert Turner.
Services were at Young’s Funeral Home in El Dorado, Sunday, March 12, with Bro. Charles Ainsworth, son Donald Hurst and grandson Jerod Hurst officiating. A military burial followed at Arlington Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetic Association, South Arkansas Nephrology, or a charity of your choice.
John Allen Clark
John Allen Clark, 77, of Beebe, died Saturday March, 11, 2006.
He is survived by two daughters Katrina Simpson of Cabot, and Brenda; a brother; Bill Clark of Beebe; five grandchildren; and sister Betty Stitler of Beebe.
Memorial service will be 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2006, at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.
Rev. Elgie Murdock
Rev. Elgie Murdock, 81, Little Rock, died March 4, 2006.
He is survived by his daughters, Gilda Murdock of Lonoke, and Joyce Murdock Jones of Little Rock; and sister, Pamela Lockhart of Little Rock.
Funeral services were Fri., March 10, at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Hwy. #161. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hubble Funeral Home.
William A. Smith
William A. Smith, 58, of Jacksonville, died March 4, 2006.
He is survived by his children, William, Mary, Nicholas, and Amanda all of Jacksonville; sisters, Diane Rhodes of Lonoke, Kathy Raines, Trudy Keffer, Tennessee; brothers, Tom Smith, Scott, Gary of North Little Rock, and Tracey of North Little Rock.
James W. Reaves
James W. “J.W.” Reaves, 76, of Beebe, died March 6, 2006. He retired from Arkansas Best Freight System after 38 years of service. He served four years in the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Auxiliary and then worked as the animal control officer for the City of Beebe for seven years. He was a member of Harrison Chapel Church at Beebe.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Syble Reaves; sons, Randy Reaves of Cabot, and David Reaves of Beebe; daughters, Vicky Reed of Cabot and Holly Reaves Dugger of Searcy; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sister, Naomi Jenkins of Beebe.
Funeral was Fri., March 10, at Westbrook Funeral Home with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe.
John W. Hudspeth
John W. Hudspeth, 88, of Searcy died March 6, 2006. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Searcy and a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Opal Hudspeth; daughter, Barbara Watkins of Cabot; granddaughter, Jolinda Hamilton; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Frank Hudspeth of Trinidad, CA.
Services were at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at White County Memorial Gardens.
Gene Baker, 79, of Antioch, died March 4, 2006. He was a retired constable for Antioch Township.
He is survived by his son, Billy Baker of Beebe; daughter, Jamie Brown of Antioch; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Doug Baker and Wayne Baker, both of Cabot, J.D. Baker and W.C. Baker, both of Beebe; sisters, Anne Schultz of Ohio and Evelyn Blake Hodges of Kensett.
Funeral services were held March 9 at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Antioch Cemetery.
Lillian Shaver, 77, of Gurdon died March 9, 2006. She was a foster grandparent at Gurdon Primary School and a member of First Baptist Church in Gurdon.
Survivors include one granddaughter; one great-grandson; stepson, Paul Shaver of Gurdon; stepdaughter, Brenda Steed; two step-granddaughters; one great-grandson; stepson, Donald Radford, Lawton, OK; and sister, Sybil Harris of Gurdon.
Services were held March 11 in the Horne Chapel with intermenty in Rose Hedge Cemetery
by Horne Funeral Home.
Ritchy S. Crosson
Ritchy Steven Crosson, 47, of Carlisle, died March 9, 2006.
He is survived by his wife, Monica; sons, Daigan and Derrick Crosson; daughter, Ashley Crosson; brothers, Stewart and Alfred Crosson; sisters, Joyce Hays, Mildred Cassidy, Lucille Graves, and Paula Middleton.
Funeral services were held March 12 at Center Point Baptist Church with burial in the Center Point Cemetery, by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.
Michael Wayne Anderson, 33, of North Little Rock, died March 10, 2006. He was a graduate of North Little Rock High School and was the manager of The Pizza Co. of Jacksonville.
He is survived by his mother, Cleta Sue Anderson Bierman and step-dad, Floyd Gene Bierman; brother, Charles Douglas Anderson of North Little Rock; step-brothers, Matthew and Mark Bierman, both of Nashville, IL; Lt. Kenny Bierman of Little Rock and Todd Bierman of Cabot.
Funeral services were held March 14 at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Pinecrest Memorial Park by North Little Rock Funeral Home.
Horace E. Burlison
Horace Edward “Pat” Burlison of Cabot, died March 10, 2006. He was a Baptist, a World War II veteran and served in the northern France and Rhineland campaigns.
Survivors include his son, Robert Burlison of Gainesville, GA; daughter, Beth Williams of Little Rock; 13 grandchildren;, five great-grandchildren; and brother, Winfred Burlison of Rose Bud.
Graveside services were held March 13 at Martin Cemetery
in Rose Bud. Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.
Fred M. Perkins, Sr.
Fred M. Perkins Sr., 100, of Carlisle, died March 10, 2006.
He was a lifelong resident of Carlisle; a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Carlisle; and served 20 years on the Carlisle School Board. He retired in 1970 after a 43-year career in the rice milling industry.
Survivors include his wife, Nell Branch Perkins; daughter, Bettye Lott of Memphis; son, Fred M. Perkins Jr.; brother, Robert Perkins; sisters, Nellie James, Martha Best and Ruth Woodall; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held March 13, at the First United Methodist Church of Carlisle. Interment was in the Carlisle Cemetery. The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Carlisle or the Carlisle Alumni Scholarship Foundation. Arrangements were by the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.
Gary Marvin Brown
Gary Marvin Brown, 51, of Hampton, died March 8, 2006.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen A. Brown; mother, Gladys Opal Brown of Hickory Plains; children, Johnny Hunter Brown of Little Rock, Rheanelle Horst of Little Rock, Amber, Michael and Jamie Williams of Hampton; brothers, Randy Lawrence of Cabot and Dan Lawrence of Bryant; and seven grandchildren.
A graveside service was held March 13 at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. Arrangements by Roller-Owens Funeral Home of North Little Rock.
Rosie Mae King
Rosie Mae King, 81, of Gravel Ridge, died March 13, 2006. She was a member of Gravel Ridge First Baptist Church and Eastern Star.
She is survived by her son, Joel King of Gravel Ridge; one granddaughter; sister, Martha Whitten of North Little Rock; brothers, John L. Sullivan of Alexander and Roy Sullivan of Bee Branch.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 909 West 2nd Street, Little Rock, Ark. 72201.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wed., March 15, at Gravel Ridge First Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Harris officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home.