Miscellaneous St. Francis County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Alice Farrar Whitehorn
Ms. Alice Farrar Whitehorn, age 69, of Palestine, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001.
Ms. Whitehorn was born Feb. 28, 1932 and was a long time employee of General Industries in Forrest City, before retiring in 1983. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church in Palestine.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Whitehorn in 1990. Ms. Whitehorn is survived by one son, Bobby Whitehorn of Forrest City; two daughters, Frankye Davis of Fort Worth, Texas and Valerie Giles of Indianola, Iowa and seven grandchildren.
Visitation for Ms. Whitehorn will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home with burial following in Bell Cemetery in Palestine. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Azzie Lee Benard
Mrs. Azzie Lee Benard, age 74, of Hughes, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Benard is survived by nine daughters, Ozelia Wilson, Diane Hatton, Lorene Moore, all of Hughes, Joann Toney of Memphis, Ester Dawson and Bessie Lowe of Forrest City, Azzie Lee Benard II of Brownsville, Tenn., Lavern Mason of Tulsa, Okla. and Bernice Sanders of Los Angeles, Calif.; three sons, Tommy Benard and David Benard, both of Hughes and William Benard of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Alberta Long of Forrest City; two brothers, Robert Lee Randle of Rozell, N.J. and Phillip Randle of Forrest City; 43 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Benard will be held Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Anthony Funeral Home Chapel in Anthonyville. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, at 11 a.m., at St. Luke M.B. Church in Hughes with burial following in Paradise Garden with Anthony Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.

Luvetia Dillard
Mrs. Luvetia Dillard, age 72, of Colt, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001, at Baptist Hospital-East in Memphis.
Mrs. Dillard, born July 15, 1929, in Caldwell, was a retired custodian at Caldwell Elementary.
Mrs. Dillard is survived by four daughters, Corine Harmon, Christine Finch, Betty Hamilton and Mary Jones, all of Caldwell; four sons, John Dillard Jr., Louis Dillard and Earnest Dillard, all of Caldwell and Eugene Dillard of Forrest City; a foster son, Chester Thompson; two brothers, James Tabron and Ben Harris Tabron, both of St. Louis, Mo.; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Dillard will be held Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Clay Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, at 1 p.m. at the Church of Christ Disciples with Elder Joe King officiating. Burial will follow in Clark Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.

Dr. William E. Mills
Dr. William E. Mills, age 76, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at his home.
Dr. Mills was born in Helena and was the son of Thurl Bryan Mills and Edith Estelle Bone Mills. He made his home in Forrest City most of his life and was a retired optometrist. Dr. Mills graduated from the Southern School of Optometry in Memphis.
He married Barbara Vaccaro Mills in 1958 and she survives him along with a daughter, Elise Mills Basore of Bella Vista; a son, Jeb Mills of Fayetteville and four grandchildren.
Funeral services for Dr. Mills will be held graveside on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be sent to the Forrest City Public Library, 421 South Washington St., Forrest City.

J. Jake Gates
Mr. J. Jake Gates, age 86, of Memphis, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, at the Memphis Veterans Medical Center.
Mr. Gates was born in Lonoke and was the son of David Gates and Nettie Witherspoon Gates. He attended Tennessee State Teachers College (now University of Memphis) and had taught in a one-room school house in Widener, and had been a principal of the Madison Public School. He was also an Army pilot during World war II and had been in a Japanese prisoner of war camp for three years. Mr. Gates received the Memphis Senior Citizen of the Year award in 1986 for his work with various charity organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Eula Mai Gates; one daughter, Marilyn Meeks of Moscow, Tenn.; one son, Jack Gates, Jr. of Collierville and five grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Gates were held Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2001, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Odell Clark
Mrs. Odell Clark, age 84, of West Memphis, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.
Mrs. Clark was a homemaker and a member of Beautiful Zion M.B. Church where she was on the mothers board and a pastor's aide.
She is survived by five daughters, Annie Ruth Clark, Mary Ann Lewis and Vanessa Parker, all of West Memphis, Janice Martin of Chicago, Ill. and Mary Clark Neal of Forrest City; four sons, Harold Clark, Delester Nicholas and Maurice Nicholas, all of West Memphis and Willie Earl Melton of Chicago, Ill; two sisters, Willie Ann Winfrey of Chicago, Ill. and Christine Facin of Memphis; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Clark will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Beautiful Zion M.B. Church. Burial will follow in Paradise Garden in Edmondson under the direction of Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home, Inc.

Rufus Hicks
Mr. Rufus Hicks, age 65, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Hicks, born June 15, 1936, in Moro, was the son of Rufus Hicks Sr. and Juanita Rivers Sloan. He is survived by his wife Ora Lee Hicks, of Colt; five daughters, Rochelle Hicks and Patricia Hicks, both of Chicago, Ill., Inez Turner of Memphis, LeKerial Hicks of St. Louis, Mo. and Mary Hicks of Marianna; six sons, James Hicks of Eldorado, John Mills, of Little Rock, Larry Berry of Palestine, Rufus Hicks III and Curtis Taylor, both of Three Rivers, Mich., and Dana Hicks of Dallas, Texas and 23 grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Hicks will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Goodwin Church of God in Christ with Elder A.D. Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Mr. Moriah Cemetery in Moro under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Meredith Mansel
Mrs. Meredith Mansel, age 75, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, at St. Benard's Hospital in Jonesboro.
Mrs. Mansel was born June 19, 1926, in Tyronza, and was the daughter of David Ingram and Mildred Rice Ingram. She lived in St. Francis County most of her life and was a housewife and Baptist.
Mrs. Mansel married Bennie Mansel in 1943 and he preceded her in death in 1989. She is survived by three sons, Roger Mansel, Bennie 'Mike' Mansel and David Mansel, all of Forrest City and five grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Mansel will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at 10:30 a.m., at Stevens Funeral Home with burial following in Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Everlyn Simmons
Mrs. Everlyn Simmons, age 49, of Palestine, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Simmons, the daughter of J.W. Hollis and Laura Hollis, was born May 14, 1952 in Magnolia.
Mrs. Simmons is survived by her husband, Clovis Simmons Sr. of Palestine; two daughters, Sylenda Davis of Colt and Tara Mixon of Palestine; five sons, Alexander Mixon of Irving, Texas, Danny Mixon of Forrest City, Antonio Mixon of Hunterville, Texas, Kendell Mixon and Terry Simmons, both of Dallas, Texas; six sisters, Annie Pearl Henderson, Ethel Bible, Glenda Cullen, Maggie Hollis and Debbie Deadman, all of Dallas, Texas, and Margie Simmons of Palestine; three brothers, James Hollis, Jimmy Hollis, Robert Hollis, all of Dallas, Texas and four grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Simmons will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral services for Mrs. Simmons will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Home's Near Church in Magnolia with Rev. Thomas Ellis officiating. Burial will follow in Magnolia under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Bobby Alsup
Mr. Bobby Alsup, age 63, of Palestine, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2001, at the Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Mr. Alsup was born Feb. 17, 1937, in Palestine and was the son of Bob Alsup and Florence Dover Alsup. He lived in Palestine most of his life and was retired from Yale Industries and also attended the Palestine Church of Christ.
Mr. Alsup is survived by two sons, Bobby G. "Bo" Alsup of Caldwell and Darrell Alsup of Colt; two daughters, Peggy Hickman of Summerfield, Fla. and Penny Sullins of Palestine; a brother, Duke Alsup of Palestine; two sisters, Helen Lowe and Joann Messer, both of North Carolina and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Robin Nicole Humes.
Visitation for Mr. Alsup will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at 3 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home with burial following in Marrs Hill Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Ethel B. Brown
Mrs. Ethel B. Brown, age 68, of Forrest City, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2001, at Beverly Health Care in West Memphis.
Mrs. Brown was born July 4, 1933, in Forrest City. She was a retired housekeeper.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her father, Willie Brown of Forrest City; two sons, Billy Brown and Pernell Brown, both of Forrest City; a daughter, Gloria Ross of Garland, Texas; a brother, Vergil Haymer of Forrest City; two sisters, Willie Mae Holland of Forrest City and Mae Bryant of Springfield, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation for Mrs. Brown will be held Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Beth Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Oscar Jones officiating the service. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.


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