James Washington Aycock, Sr.
James Washington Aycock, Sr., 85, of DeWitt, died Sept. 5 
at DeWitt City Nursing Home. He was a retired steel worker and a Baptist.
Survivors are his wife, Bessie Elizabeth DeWease Aycock; three sons,
James W. Aycock, Jr., of Monticello, Linden Carroll Aycock of Mabank, TX,
Alvin DeWayne Aycock of Kemp, TX; four daughters, Mary Elizabeth Mooneyham
of DeWitt; Ruby Helen Friemel and Shirley Ann Russell of Kemp, TX, Yolanda
Gay Cleveland of Garner; two brothers, Tommy Aycock of Lodges Corner, Louis
Aycock of Marvell; 22 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and three
Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at Forks LaGrue Church by Bro Steve
Mannis and Bro. Dale Wilson with burial in Forks LaGrue Cemetery by Turpin
Funeral Home of Stuttgart.
Memorials may be made to the Forks LaGrue Church or the DeWitt Public
Raymond L. Beason
Raymond L. Beason, 53, of Baytown, TX, died Sept. 6 .
He was employed by Lansco-Hydro Chemical of Deer Park, TX, and was a Vietnam
veteran. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond "Man" Beason,
and a bro-ther, Wendell Beason.
Survivors include his wife, Deloris Ramus Beason; one son, Raymond
M. Beason of Baytown, TX; his mother, Evelyn Beason of Gillett; a sister,
Sandra VanHorn of Gillett; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sept. 9 at First Baptist Church in Gillett
with burial in Gillett Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt.
Ruby Arlene Hudson
Ruby Arlene Hudson, 66, of DeWitt, died Sept. 7 . She
was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Char-les H. Hudson; one daughter, Connie
Kirby of Kinsley, KS; four sisters, Mary Osburn and Jo Ann ildebrand, both
of Kinsley, KS, Georgetta Smith and Velma Gales, both of Hutchinson, KS;
six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sept. 9 at Cedarcrest Memorial Gardens
by Essex Funeral Home.
Leanna Davis Hudspeth
Leanna Davis Hudspeth, infant daughter of James Mack and Michelle Hudspeth
of Fulton, KY, was stillborn Sept. 7  at Baptist Memorial
Hospital in Union City, KY.
Other survivors include her maternal grandparents, Prentice and Carolyn
Da-vis and Margaret Davis of DeWitt; her paternal grandparents, Jimmy and
Shir-ley Hudspeth of Tunica, MS; a sister, Madalyn Hudspeth of Fulton,
KY; a brother, Franklin Hudspeth of Fulton, KY; and her great-grandparents,
Ella Raines of DeWitt, Syble Hudspeth of Tunica, MS, and Earlene Parrish
of Sledge, MS.
Graveside services were held Sept. 9 at East View Cemetery with Dr.
Bill Sims officiating. White-Ranson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis
or to KareBear Preschool in Union City, KY.
Melvin (Darzell) Gaither
Melvin (Darzell) Gaither, 41, of Chicago, died Sept. 10 
at DeWitt City Hospital. He was born Sept. 13, 1958, to O.C. and Earnestine
Gaither of DeWitt. He was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church
Survivors include two sons, Chrisshun Gaither and Thamayua Gaither,
both of Chicago, IL; six brothers, Billy Dorsey of Ethel, Henry Gaither
and Johnny Gaither, both of DeWitt, Charles Melvin Gaither of Flint, MI,
Willie Gaither of Chicago, IL, and Richard Gaither of Stuttgart; four sisters,
Faye Clark, Linda Harris, Connie Gaither and Alice Joyner, all of DeWitt;
his god-mother, Martha Randle of Chicago, IL; and a host of nieces and
Funeral services will be Sept. 16, 2 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist
Church in Ethel with burial in St. John Cemetery by Michael and Renee McKinzie's
Funeral Home of DeWitt.
Visitation will be Sept. 15 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. A wake will follow
from 6-7 p.m.
Armour "Scoop' Bryant Sr.
Armour "Scoop" Bryant, Sr., 81, of Casscoe, died Oct. 12 
at the Veteran's Hospital in Little Rock. He was born May 19, 1919. He
served in World War II and retired as a farmer after working as a truck
driver for 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and
Jenny Sherman Bryant; one son, Walter Bryant; two brothers, Weather "Buddy"
Bryant and Sam Bry-ant; and two sisters, Florence Bryant and Nina Bryant.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Lillie Mae Bryant; four sons,
Clifford Bridges (Ludia) of Chicago, Albert "Ronnie" Bryant (Glen Dean)
and Eugene Bryant (Erma) of Casscoe and Armour Bryant, Jr., (Sherry) of
Little Rock; three daughters, Ethel Jean Ech-ols (Boyd) of Detroit, MI,
Verlene Morrison of San Antonio, TX, and Lil-lian Bryant Mitchell (Gilbert)
of Cass-coe, and a host of grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Oct. 21, 1 p.m. at Allen Temple Missionary
Baptist Church, 708 N. Buerkle in Stuttgart. Interment will be in Mt. Pisgah
in Casscoe under the direction of Gunn Funeral Home, Stuttgart.
Hettie Ruth Smith
Hettie Ruth Smith, 81, of Wichita, KS, died Oct. 10  .
She was a retired Safeway processing meat packer.
Survivors include three sons, Bud Watkins of Wichita, KS, Benny Wat-kins
of Vici, OK, and Don Smith of Wichita, KS; a daughter, Edna Capps of Wichita,
KS; a sister, Hattie Watkins of DeWitt; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren
and 1 great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at the General Assembly Church of
the First Born by DeVorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to the Church of he First Born Building Fund.
Margaret Lena McGhie Dillion
Margaret Lena McGhie Dillion, 82, of DeWitt, died Oct. 13 
. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and had
operated a jewelry store. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell
LaRoy Dillion; a sister, Alice Carle; and a brother, Walton McGhie.
Survivors include a daughter, Sheila Huffman of DeWitt; two grandchildren,
Joseph Shane Huffman and Jamie Leigh Huffman of DeWitt; four sisters, Lois
Wilson of DeFuniak Springs, FL, Joyce Stephens of Stuttgart, and Juanita
Carter and Donna Jean Westof DeWitt; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Oct. 16 at Unity Baptist Church with burial
at DeWitt Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home.
Annie Tyleen Gresham
Annie Tyleen Gresham, 71, of De-Witt, died Oct. 13  .
She was a homemaker and a member of North Maple Baptist Church in Stuttgart.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bur-vie Gresham.
Survivors include one son, Jesse Gres-ham of Stuttgart; one daughter,
Patricia Strain of Lodge Corner; three grandchildren and a host of nieces
Funeral services were held Oct. 15 at Essex Funeral Home Chapel with
burial in Bayou Meto Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home.
Jewel Katherine Inman King
Jewel Katherine Inman King of De-Witt, died Oct. 14  .
She had been a bookkeeper and a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Lanette Esparza of Denver City, TX; three
sisters, Lois Watson of Hobbs, NM, Mary Ann Mattmiller of Gillett and Billie
Inman of DeWitt; and one grandchild.
Funeral services were held Oct. 16 a Essex Funeral Home Chapel with
burial at DeWitt Cemetery.
Fred Herbert Mell
Fred Herbert Mell, 91, of DeWitt, died Oct. 14  . He was
a Baptist, a retired service manager for Stephenson Ford Co., and an Army
veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by four brothers and
Survivors include nephews Jerry Mc-Millian, Sr., Jerry McMillian, Jr.,
and Bennett McMillian; and nieces, Wanda Jo Ashcraft and Mary Jean Horton.
Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at Essex Funeral Home Chapel with
burial in DeWitt Cemetery.
Milton Morgan Gingerich
Milton Morgan Gingerich, 87, of Stuttgart, died Oct. 15 
at Stuttgart Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 15, 1913, in Stuttgart.
He was a retired farmer, a member of the Fair-mount Ruritans, a member
of St. John's Lutheran Church, in which he was an Elder and served on the
cemetery board, and the St. John's Men's Club. He was preceded in death
by his wife, Bertha Kathryn James Gingerich; a son, Joe Ronald Gingerich;
and a sister, Agnes Browder.
Survivors include two daughters, Mickey Ann Frizzell of Stuttgart and
Nanetta Johnson of Milledgeville, GA; a daughter-in-law, Gerry Gingerich
of Sebring, FL; a sister, Josephine Mommsen of DeWitt; eight grandchildren,
Sammy Frizzell, Morgan Frizzell, Tammy Frizzell Browning, Jeff Gingerich,
Jan Gingerich Amos, Julie Gingerich, Red Barnes III, Mike Barnes; and eight
Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at St. John's Lutheran Church by
Rev. Riley with burial in Lone Tree Cemetery by Turpins Funeral Home.
Memorial may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or a charity of
the donors choice.
Joe S. Bryant
Joe S. Bryant of Stuttgart died Jan. 9  . He was born
Nov. 5, 1930, in New Edinburg, and was the son of Montie and Allie Tipton
Bryant. He graduated from Fordyce High School and attended Draughns Radio
and Television School in Little Rock. He went to work for the Cotton Belt
Railroad where he was employed for 38 1/2 years. He moved to DeWitt in
1960 and then to Stuttgart in 1976. He worked with the Webelos, Boy Scouts
and Band Parents in DeWitt and with the Demolay in both DeWitt and Stuttgart.
He was a member of the Grand Avenue Methodist Church and was an election
worker for a number of years. He was a member of the Euclid Lodge 130 and
a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason of the Valley of Little Rock and a member
of Scimitar Shrine Temple of Little Rock. He was a member of the Smith
Chapel Hunting Club near Kingsland.
Survivors include his wife of 48 1/2 years, Mary Janet Bailey Bryant;
three sons, Mike Bryant of Alexander, David Bryant and his wife, Becky
of Cabot and Jeff Bryant and his wife, Danyell of Cordova, TN; one daughter,
Judy Langston and her husband, Charles of Little Rock; 10 grandchildren,
Christy, Misty and Bryan Langston of Little Rock, Becca, Montie and Dorothy
Bryant of Alexander, Laura, Ashley, Joseph and Powell Bryant of Cabot;
two brothers, W.B. Bryant of Fordyce and Max Bryant and his wife, Virginia
of Little Rock; five sisters, Helen and Montine Bryant and Betty Lisemby
and her husband, Elbert, all of Fordyce, Shirley Cherry of Odem, TX, and
Pat Belin and her husband, Charles of Hermitage; a number of nieces, nephews
and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart
by Rev. George Rook with graveside services at Smith-Morgan Cemetery near
New Edinburg by Turpins in Stuttgart.
Pallbearers were Elbert, Larry and Jason Lisemby, Carey Simmons, Charles
and Steve Belin. Honorary pallbearers were members of Euclid Masonic Lodge
Memorials may be made to the Grand Avenue United Methodist Church in
Stuttgart or to Masonic Youth organizations.
Elsie Douglas Turner
Elsie Douglas Turner, 85, of DeWitt died Jan. 10  . She
was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband,
Burl Turner, Sr.
Survivors include one son, Burl Turner, Jr., of DeWitt; four daughters,
Elsie Smith of DeWitt, Mary Alice Cash of Pine Bluff, Lucille Sherman and
Carolyn Mannis of Stuttgart; two sisters, Clara Trucks of Indian Springs,
NV, and Nona Turner of Benton; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Essex Funeral Home Chapel with
burial in Forks LaGrue Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt.
Katherine Ione Peacock Moore
Katherine Ione Peacock Moore, 87, of DeWitt, died Jan. 11 
at Crestpark Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 7, 1913, in England. She
was a homemaker and the widow of Howard Moore.
Survivors include one brother, Joe Peacock of Burlison, TX; several
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services were held Jan. 13 at Williams Cemetery near Humphrey
by Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart.
Juanita Marcella McGhie Carter
Juanita Marcella McGhie Carter, 77, died Jan. 11  . She
was a Baptist, homemaker, and secretary of Carter Welding. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Herman Carter.
Survivors include four children and their spouses, Carolyn and Jerry
Roach, and Gary and Robin Carter of DeWitt, Larry and Sheila Carter of
Brinkley, and Glenn and Melody Carter of Fay-etteville; three sisters,
Donna West of DeWitt, Joyce Stephens of Stuttgart and Lois Wilson of DeFuniak
Springs, FL; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Jan. 13 at First Baptist Church with burial
in DeWitt Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Pre-School or Gideons International.
Mildred Powell, 85, of DeWitt, died Jan. 12  at
DeWitt City Nursing Home. She was a Methodist. She was preceded in death
by one daughter, Linda Kaye Martzel; three sisters, Clara Landon, Myrtle
Landon and Jossie Fox; and one brother, Custer McPeak.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin Powell, and nieces, nephews,
Funeral services were held Jan. 15 at Essex Funeral Home Chapel with
burial in Gillett Cemetery.
James Darrell Mannis
James Darrell Mannis, 52, of Almyra died Jan. 12  . He
was a trucker and member of Church of the First Born. He was preceded in
death by his parents, Henry and Treva Mannis; three brothers, Danny, David
and Larry Murl Mannis; one son, James David Mannis; and one grandchild,
Michaela Cheyenne Mannis.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Ann Mannis; two sons and their wives,
Rusty and Michelle George of Pine Bluff and Brian and Jenny Mannis of Almyra;
five brothers, Charles Mannis of Post, TX, Carroll Mannis of Stuttgart,
Steve Mannis, Ricky Mannis and Audry Mannis, all of DeWitt; four sisters,
Lorene Baxter of Sherwood, Maxine Grace of LaGrand, OR, Gail Horsely of
Summit, and Susie McFarlin of Glencoe, OK; and four grandchildren.
Graveside serves were held Jan. 14 at Thompson Cemetery by Essex Funeral
Home of DeWitt.
Charles Mason Bohnert
Charles Mason Bohnert, infant son of Charles "Chuck" and Melissa Toland
Bohnert of Gillett, died Jan. 14 .
Survivors, other than his parents, are maternal grandmother, Patsy
Toland of Parilment, SC; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Bohnert
of Gillett and Beverly McDaniel of Willis, TX; paternal great-grandmothers,
Shirley Bohnert of Dumas and Jackie Cogburn of Lane, OK; one brother, Clayton
Briggs of Gillett and one sister, Dakota Bohnert of Gillett.
Graveside services were held Jan. 16 at Gillett Cemetery with Griffin
Funeral Home of Dumas in charge. Pastor Jeff Kuddes officiated.
Bessie Perritt Williams
Bessie Perritt Williams of West Monroe, LA, died Jan. 1 .
She is survived by her husband, Richard Williams; four sons, Rickey
Wil-liams, Ray Williams and Lonne Williams of Louisiana and Roger Williams
of Dallas, TX; one daughter, Shirley Williams Aldridge of Louisiana; one
sister, Daisy McGill of Dallas, TX; and four brothers, Junior Perritt of
Louisiana, Leon Perritt, Walter Perritt and George Perritt of Arkansas
County and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Maude Clarke "Nannaw" Bolton
Maude Clarke "Nannaw" Bolton, 94, of Marked Tree and DeWitt, died Jan.
10 at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis, TN, after a short illness.
She was the founder of the first Girl Scout Troop (#1) in Marked Tree and
a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marked Tree. She was a
devout Christian and an avid fisherman and enjoyed "playing" with silk
flowers. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty B. Smith.
Survivors include her son, Bob C. Bolton of Marked Tree; four grandchildren,
Whit Bolton, Clark Bolton, Susan Mahaffey and Amy Bolton Beebe; eight great-grandchildren,
Bob Watson Bolton, Erin Judith Bolton, Whit Johnston Bolton, Sarah Ashley
Bolton, Dustin Thomas Bolton, Kristin Danyel Bolton, Lacie Elizabeth Beebe
and James Bolton Beebe; and one great-great-granddaughter, Skylar Nicole
Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Murphy Funeral Home Chapel with
the Rev. Herbert Hand officiating. Interment was in Marked Tree Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to The Girl Scouts; Crowley's Ridge Council;
4803 East Johnson; Jonesboro, AR 72401.
Christene Selma Capps Ford
Christene Selma Capps Ford, 79, of Gaston, OR, died Jan. 3 
at Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, OR. She was born Jan. 27, 1921,
in DeWitt, one of 11 eleven children of Robert Lee and Elizabeth Zimmerman
Capps. She was raised and educated in DeWitt, and retired from Mears Control
in Beaverton, OR, in 1981. She was preceded in death by her husband of
nearly 52 years, Alfred C. Ford and five brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ken Ford of Gaston,
OR, and Doug and Janet Ford of Forest Grove, OR; three daughters and two
sons-in-law, Lois and Elden Thompson of Tonopah, AZ, Joyce Stevens of Utah
and Doris and Monroe Gerdes of Gaston, OR; 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren;
7 great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, J.D. Capps, Jimmy Capps and
Merle Capps, all of DeWitt, and Orbie Capps of Wabbaseka; a sister, Audrey
Capps of DeWitt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association;
P.O. Box 779; Minneapolis, MN 55440-0779.
Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home of Forest Grove, OR, was in charge
Howard S. Gans
Howard S. Gans, 82, of St. Charles, died Feb. 13 . He
was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Brooklyn, NY, to Celia Men-delsohn and Louis
R. Gans. He graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Preparatory School in New
York City in 1935. He also attended summer school at Culver Military Academy
and went on to graduate from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
in 1940. He served in the United States Army from 1941 to 1945 as a sergeant
in the Third Army Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge under
Gen. George S. Patton.
After World War II, he became a floor salesman at Macy's in New York
City and later became a partner with his father as the proprietors of the
Louis R. Gans Furniture Showrooms in Queens, NY. In 1952, he moved to Miami,
FL, to become president of Florida Furniture Distributors, Inc., and in
1957 became East Coast sales representative for Ward Furniture Manufacturing
Company of Ft. Smith. Gans became vice president of marketing and communication
for Ward Furniture in 1968 and remained in that position until his retirement
Since that time he became involved in rice and soybean farming in Arkansas
County. He spent his winters in St. Charles and his summers at East Grand
Lake in Orient, ME.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth LaFitte Gans; two children,
Howard Gans, Jr., of New York City, NY, and Claudia Gans Arkovich of Winter
Park, FL, and her husband, Marvin; five stepchildren, Robart Long and James
A. Ward IV of Little Rock, Elizabeth Ward Gillespie of Hickory, NC, and
Miriam Ward and Cornelia Ward Thode of Little Rock; one grandson, Robbie
Arkovich and his wife, Christie of Tampa, FL; one granddau-ghter, Kellyann
Goring of Clemont, FL, and her husband, Tom; and two great-grandchildren,
Robert and Andrew Goring.
A private family service was held Feb. 17 at the Roller-Chenal Funeral
Home in Little Rock.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society,
901 N. University; Little Rock, AR 72207.
Virgilene Brunson, 75, of DeWitt died Feb. 12 . She was
born Sept. 30, 1925, in Tichnor, the youngest of three children. She was
preceded in death by her parents, Jonas and Susie Hamilton, her brothers,
Lee and Othal Hamilton, and a son, Alexander Shaun Brunson.
She joined New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in 1959. She served as
a deaconess, Sunday school treasurer and a member of the choir.
She married Restee Williams, Sr., in 1943. To this union three children
were born, Restee (Brenda) Williams, Jr., Evelyn Davis Williams and James
(Debra) Williams. She later married Daniel Brunson, Jr. To this union nine
children were born, Lee Othal Brunson, Carolina Larry, Daniel Brunson,
Jr., Rita (Henry) Smith, Curtis Brunson, Brenda Lewis, Alushia Robinson
and Alton Brunson.
Survivors include her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.
Irene Trussell Horton
Irene Trussell Horton, 71, of DeWitt, died April 11 .
She was a homemaker and a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde and Carlan Trussell and
one sister, Joyce Grisham.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Horton; children, Sammy Horton
of DeWitt, Darell Horton of Maumelle, Cathy Malone of Little Rock, Rocky
Horton of Stuttgart and Debbie English of DeWitt; sisters, Jeri Scott of
Oklahoma City, OK, and Jeanette Tomaine of San Antonio, TX; eight grandchildren
and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 13 at Landmark Missionary Baptist
Church in DeWitt with burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel by Essex
Memorials may be made to Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, DeWitt.
Elizabeth Montgomery, 91, of Almyra died April 9  at Jefferson
Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was a retired teacher in the
public school system and a member of St. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
in DeWitt. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Maude (Jennings)
Smith and her husband, Martin Lester Montgomery.
Survivors include a son, Edgar Montgomery of Waldo; three daughters,
Marion Hayes of Chicago, IL, Carolyn McCoy of Almyra and Janice Streeter
of Pine Bluff; two brothers, Wallace Smith and Joseph Smith of Chicago,
IL; two sisters, Cardelene Smith and Vera Smith, both of Chicago, IL; 10
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 14 at St. Olive Missionary Baptist
Church with Rev. William McFadden officiating. Burial was in Wofford Chapel
Cemetery at Casscoe with Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff in charge.
Wilma Lee Cartwright Wilson
Wilma Lee Cartwright Wilson, 73, of DeWitt, died April 16 .
She was a retired nurse and a member of the Eastern Star, Toshamby Club,
Home Demonstration Club and First Baptist Church, where she served as an
usher, and past treasurer and was in the Missionary Society.
Survivors include her husband, Olan-der Wilson; a son, William D. Cart-wright
of Youngstown, OH; two daughters, Sylvia Holt of Inkster, MI, and Noretta
Webb of Detroit, MI; a brother, W.C. Cartwright of Cameron, IL; three sisters,
May Opal Moss of Brinkley, Margie Fitzpatrick of DeWitt and Joann Wilburd
of Detroit, MI; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held April 21 at First Baptist Church,. 312
N. May Street in DeWitt at 11 a.m. Burial will be at morning Glory Cemetery
by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt.
Ersa Lene Hodge
Ersa Lene Hodge, 70, of Little Rock, died Dec. 5 . She
was born Jan. 5, 1931. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Frances
Survivors include her daughter, Arma Jackson Walker (Ealker); one granddaughter,
Dandrea Jones; three grandsons, Antonio Mosby, Roderick Johnson and Lemarion
Adams, Jr.; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters, Kath-erine Stiggers
of Stuttgart, Mae Lene King of DeWitt, Bessie Moore of Kansas City, MO,
Ros-ezine Brown of Little Rock and Betty Austin of Stuttgart; one brother,
T.C. Gaither of Stuttgart; and a host of other relatives.
Family hour will be held Dec. 14 from 7-8 p.m. at Gunn Funeral Home,
4323 W. 29th St. in Little Rock.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Greater Second
Baptist Church at 5616 Geyer Springs in Little Rock with Gunn Funeral Home
Matt Steve Kusturin
Matt Steve Kusturin, 67, of De-Witt, died Dec. 8 . He
was employed by Producer's Mill.
He is survived by his wife, Mar-tha Bane; one daughter, Janice Vilasco
of Dallas, TX; two sons, Steve Kusturin and Kyle Kusturin of Dallas, TX;
two stepdaughters, Pam Bane of Hobart, IN, and Kar-en Bane of Portage,
IN; three step-sons, Charles Bane of Portage, IN, Keith Bane of Hobart,
IN, and Steve Bane of DeWitt; two sisters, Mary Hudson of Tichnor and Annie
Hudson of Wilmer, TX; seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 10 at Essex Funeral Home Chapel. Burial
was in Hockenberry Cemetery with Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt in charge.
Ruth Ella Malone Beedle
Ruth Ella Malone Beedle, 86, of DeWitt, died Dec. 11 .
She was a bus driver for the DeWitt School District for 20 years. After
retirement, she worked 10 years at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home.
Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Floyd Beedle, Sr.; twin
children by choice, Claude Beedle of Ashdown and Clyde Beedle of Quitman;
three daughters, LaVern Sterling of Little Rock, Louise Bullock of DeWitt,
and Nancy Hollingsworth of Gil-lett; two sons, Roger Beedle of Carlisle
and Floyd Beedle, Jr., of Stuttgart; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. at Essex Funeral Home
Chapel with burial in Bayou Meto Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Gladys Gwendolyn Guthrie Ferguson
Gladys Gwendolyn Guthrie Ferguson, 87, died Sept. 23 
at DeWitt City Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Elmer A. Ferguson; three
daughters, Carolyn Pryor of Jonesboro, Nan-cy Rasco Jackson and her husband,
Byron, of Hot Springs and Becky Ehr-licher and her husband, Mike, of Memphis,
TN; two brothers, Newton Guthrie of Hobart, OK and O.V. Guthrie of San
Antonio, TX; seven grandchildren, Leslie Pryor Mosby of Jackson, MS, Becca
Rasco Cope of Little Rock, Lyn Pryor Crawford of Jackson, MS, Pard Pryor
of Jackson, MS, Kent Rasco Ma-gee of Oxford, MS, Chris Ehrlicher Danielson
of Memphis, TN, Hallie Ehrlicher Simonton of Memphis, TN; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Her caregivers included Faye Best, Susan Whiting, Alesha Whiting and Audrey
Pallbearers were grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Rush Mosby, Mike Cope,
Kip Crawford, Pard Pryor, David Magee, Bjorn Danielson and H.T. Simonton.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church Sept. 26. Interment
was in DeWitt Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of DeWitt or the Geriatric
Unit of UAMS in Little Rock.
Winfred O. Grace
Winfred O. Grace, 64, of North Little Rock, died Sept. 22 .
Survivors include his wife, Sally Grace and a son, Michael Grace of
the home; daughters, sons-in-law and grandchilden, Tina, Mike and Victoria
Fisher; Carol, Ed and Dexter Williams; Libby, Scott, Nicolas and Haley
Reusser; Kerry and Carroll Eason; Lisa, Gene, Dallas, Bud and Ashley Slayton;
and Michelle, Jason, Matt, Cassie, Michael and Kaily Gains; one great-granddaughter;
his mother, Willie Mae Grace of Sparkman; a sister, Shirley Moak; and two
brothers, Morris and Floyd Grace.
Funeral services were held Sept. 25 at North Little Rock Funeral Home
Chapel. Burial was in Forks LaGrue Cemetery in DeWitt.
Monetary contributions should be made in his name to Arkansas Hospice.
Harlan Wolfe, 86, of Gillett, died Sept. 25 . He was a
contractor and a Methodist.
He is survived by his wife, Corean Wolfe, and several children.
Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at Essex Funeral Home Chapel with
burial in Gillett Cemetery by Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt.
Norman C. Hagan
Norman C. Hagan, 79, of Stuttgart, and Rosebud died Sept. 26 .
He had lived in Harding Place Retirement Center in Searcy for the past
two years. He was married to Mary Grace Bullard Hagan, who preceded him
He was a graduate of Stuttgart High School and served in the Army Air
Force during World War II. He entered into farming after the war with his
father and continued in farming and the cattle business until retirement
in 1998. He was an active member of the Grand Prairie, State and National
Angus Associations, and was a member of Stuttgart First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his sister, Kathleen Botts of DeWitt; a nephew, Bill
Botts of Jonesboro; and a niece, Mary Carr of DeWitt.
Funeral services were held Sept. 28 at Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart.
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