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James Washington Aycock, Sr.
James Washington Aycock, Sr., 85, of DeWitt, died Sept. 5 [2000] 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 great-great-grandchildren.
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 Library.

Raymond L. Beason
Raymond L. Beason, 53, of Baytown, TX, died Sept. 6 [2000]. 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 [2000]. 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 [2000] 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 [2000] 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 in Ethel.
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 nephews.
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  [2000] 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 [2000] . 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 [2000] . 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 [2000] . 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 and nephews.
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 [2000] . 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 [2000] . 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 four sisters.
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 [2000]  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 great-grandchildren.
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 [2001] . 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 130.
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 [2001] . 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 [2001]  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 [2001] . 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
Mildred Powell, 85, of DeWitt, died Jan. 12 [2001]  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, and cousins.
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 [2001] . 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 [2001].
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 [2001].
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 Bolton.
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 [2001]  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 of arrangements.

Howard S. Gans
Howard S. Gans, 82, of St. Charles, died Feb. 13 [2001]. 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 in 1970.
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
Virgilene Brunson, 75, of DeWitt died Feb. 12 [2001]. 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 [2001]. 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 Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, DeWitt.

Elizabeth Montgomery
Elizabeth Montgomery, 91, of Almyra died April 9 [2001] 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 [2001]. 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 [2001]. She was born Jan. 5, 1931. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Frances Jackson McCray.
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 in charge.

Matt Steve Kusturin
Matt Steve Kusturin, 67, of De-Witt, died Dec. 8 [2001]. 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 [2001]. 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 [2000] at DeWitt City Hospital. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.
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 Ward.
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 [2000].
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
Harlan Wolfe, 86, of Gillett, died Sept. 25 [2000]. 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 [2000]. 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 in death.
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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