Monday, April 24, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 4-22-17


Patricia Ann Morris, formerly of Austin, passed away on April 11 in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 77.

Patricia was born on Dec. 10, 1939, in Hotchkiss, Colo.

She married Gerald Morris on Dec. 15, 1958, in Southern California. Gerald was a petty officer first class in the Navy. She was an avid reader with a true heart of love, compassion, and generosity. She made a home that was always warm and welcoming.

Patricia is survived by her sons Steve (Sue) Morris, Tom (Benita) Morris, Larry Morris and daughter Lisa Horn; grandsons Nick, Tommy, Anthony, Coleman, Will, and Harley; 10 great-grandchildren and sister Susan Marshall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Morris; her parents, Cecil and Daisy Yarborough; her brothers Jerry and Jim Yarborough, and sister Joyce Paul.

Patricia was cremated. Her family will scatter her and her husband’s ashes in the Pacific Ocean where they will rest peacefully.


Charles Lindbergh George, 89, of Cabot went to be with his Lord on April 18.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rose; three children, Charles George Jr. of Destin, Fla., Jacque Cottrell (Ron) of Sugar Land, Texas, and Connie Reed (Scott) of El Dorado; seven grandchildren, Jennifer George Bannon, Josie George Richardson (Henry) Ike George, Taylor Reed, Lucas Reed, Scottlyn Cottrell and Sydney-Anne Cottrell; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Bannon and Henry Richardson; four nephews, Mike Pehosh (Joan), Luther Pitts Morris III (Debbie), Rodger Morris, and Jeff Morris (Lori), and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elijah and Alberta George, and two sisters, Mildred Pehosh (Nick) and Christina George.

Born in Ward, Charles attended Beebe Junior College and then served in the Navy at the end of World War II, before returning to school and playing basketball for the Arkansas Razorbacks. He then transferred to Arkansas State Teachers College (now UCA), where he finished his basketball eligibility with the Bears while earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education.

Charles began teaching and coaching at Ward Schools, before a five-year stint at Strong. He began a long tenure as a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent at Cabot. He, along with Rose, touched many lives during their teaching profession and had a mutual love for their students that lasted until his death. He was inducted into the Cabot Schools Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 2009.

He left education to enter private business and was the owner of the Home Lumber Co. in Cabot for more than 20 years.

Charles served in the Arkansas State Senate for three terms, winning his first election as a write-in candidate. He also was the Democratic nominee for U.S. Congress in 1982.

In addition to his public service as an elected official, Charles was active in the community as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Cabot Chamber of Commerce, a director of Bank of Cabot and a founding member of Rolling Hills Country Club.

After his naval career, Charles joined the Army Reserves and served as unit commander and chief of staff, ARCOM Commander. He retired as a full colonel after 30 years of service.

He was a deacon at Cabot First Baptist Church, where he also served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent.

Visitation was held April 20 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, 501-843-5816. The funeral was held April 21 at Cabot First Baptist Church followed by a burial with full military honors at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

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EVENTS >> 4-22-17

Goodsell Truck Accessories will hold its 18th annual car and truck show from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Saturday, April 29. It was set for last Saturday but was rescheduled because of forecasts of rain.

Admission and parking are free. More than 200 show cars and thousands of spectators are expected. Proceeds will be given to the Jacksonville Museum of Military History.

To enter a car, or for more information, call 501-982-2245.


The Jacksonville Citizens Police Alumni Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Jacksonville Police Department on Marshall Road. The meeting will be followed by a two-hour course about a police procedure class which all alumni are invited to join.

For more information, email Vicky Kirchner at


The Cabot AARP will meet at 6 p.m. Monday for a potluck at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St.

Christopher Staten, an Edward Jones financial adviser, will speak after a short business meeting.


The Community Theatre of Cabot will hold auditions for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at Priscilla’s School of Dance, 205 S. Adams St.

Parts are available for 10 males, nine females (adults and youth) with speaking parts and for extras and Oompa Loompas, both male and female.

Stagehands and costume designers are also needed.

Call 501-941-2266 for more information.

Performances will be held in August at the Cabot Community Center’s event center, 508 N. Lincoln St.


The 16th Section crime watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the 16th Section Community Center.

“In appreciation for all your efforts to help us beat crime in our neighborhood, we will be serving cake and ice cream at the meeting,” according to the announcement.


The Tri-Community Fire Department will host a fish fry from 4 till 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Station 1 on Hwy. 321 and Bear Road in Austin.

Catfish, chicken, baked beans, French fries with all the trimmings and a dessert and drink will be served.

Proceeds will help buy equipment for the fire department. The price for adults is $13 and $5 for children 5 to 12 years old. Kids under 5 eat free.

For more information, call 501-213-6444 or 501-843-3336.


The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will hold its annual “welcome home” for Vietnam veterans from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free to everyone. Highlights include a large map of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia for veterans and Gold Star Families to sign to indicate place of service. The map is part of the museum’s permanent exhibit.

A display called “From Arkansas to the Silver Field of Vietnam” honors Arkansans killed in Vietnam. The film “Good Morning Vietnam,” starring Robin Williams, will be screened at noon. “There is no charge for the movie, but seating is limited. You must reserve a seat in advance,” according to the announcement.

An honor-and-remembrance ceremony will begin at 3 p.m., which will be followed by a meal for which tickets cost $10 and must be purchased by Monday.

Call the museum to pay for Vietnam veterans’ meals. There will also be live music, and veterans service organizations are invited to setup a free booth.

The museum is at 100 Veterans Circle. For more information, call 501-241-1943 or

CLASSIFIEDS >> 4-22-17


DO YOU HAVE RED DRY ITCHY scaly patches on your body? Burke Pharmaceutical, Research, NOW OPEN IN BRYANT, AR. Is now enrolling for an Atopic Dermatitis study. Call 501-622-4449.

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WANTED 10 HOMES In your county Needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS For our Before and after picture program. Upon being selected receive free $300 gift certificate. SAVE HUNDREDS OF $$$. We are opening a branch office and will be using these homes for our 2017 program. No money down financing. Payments $89/Mo. Free estimates Senior/Military discounts. wac CALL NOW!! 866-668- 8681.


HARRELL LAWN Service, specializing in hedge trimming, flower beds, mowing and edging. (501) 259-1607.

FOR ALL of your carpentry and remodeling needs - metal roofs, decks, privacy fences, doors, windows, floor repairs and coverings. 25 years of experience. Call (501) 266-0410.

KATIE’S KOLLECTION Formal Consignment: Dresses for sale - Prom, party, pageant, wedding. 9518 Centennial Road, Jacksonville. (501) 658-6310.

ETHEL’S EDUCATIONAL Express Child Development Center is now accepting new enrollments and all vouchers. Summer School Program...Hurry, before all openings are taken. Call Ethel at (501) 241-1172 or (501) 747-8713 today!

FREON R12 WANTED: We PICK UP and pay CA$H for R12. Cylinders or case of cans. EPA certified. (312) 291-9169;


Arnett Realty and Investments is seeking a motivated project assistant to assist broker and agents. Real Estate and marketing experience required. Please email resumes to

IMMEDIATE HIRE, International company, with over 25 years in business, has 10-15 openings in local office. We are looking to expand our operations and need people to help advertise for our company. No experience needed. $350-$725 week to start. Call for interview, (501) 605-1303.

FOOD SERVICE Coordinator Position: Lonoke Exceptional Development Center is looking to hire a Food Service Coordinator for our Lonoke Kitchen Office. Coordinator is in charge of ordering food items, keeping a current inventory, maintaining a clean and organized kitchen area, preparing/serving meals and snacks, and preparing school menus in conjunction with the C.A.C. Food Program Some lifting required. Must have high school diploma/GED, valid AR driver’s license, be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screen test. If you are looking for a career that is rewarding, please contact: Lonoke Exceptional Development Center at 501-676-2786; fax 501-676-0697; email; application available online; EOE

EMPLOYEE  NEEDED: Full-time clerk/customer service. The Shipping Office in Jacksonville. Call (501) 982-2425 or fax resume to (501) 982-0054.

JACKSONVILLE/SHERWOOD AREA - handyman needed, mowing and miscellaneous maintenance. Must have driver’s license. (501) 944-6157.

HELP WANTED: Need puppy lovers to care and sell. Need groomer. Apply in person: Arky Barky, 9714 Hwy. 107 (JFK), Sherwood.

NEED CARING female to live with disabled female. Room, board and all utilities paid. Jacksonville area. Must have transportation. Only serious applicants call (501) 690-7016.

RESTAURANT/RETAIL MANAGERS (Multi-unit) Federal Employment Opportunity. Top pay and benefits! Must have 3 yrs. food/retail management experience and be willing to relocate within US. Apply at


2000 CADILLAC El Dorado, bad motor, good straight body, light blue w/dk. blue top, $2,000. (501) 749-9882.

2002 DURAMAX rear end out of a 3500, 8-bolt pattern w/brake assembly, $500 obo. (501) 352-8484, Jim.

HONDA RIM, aluminum 4-hole, 7-spoke, 15x5.5, 195/60/15 tire, $50 obo. (501) 882-2142.

ANTIQUE 1990 Miata, 101,087 miles, good condiiton, $6,000. (501) 533-7726.

FLATBED DUMP trailer, 8’x6’, $2,600 cash. (501) 605-2682.

2016 HONDA Civic EX, silver, 4-door, auto., sunroof, 28,000 miles, clean title, like new, $18,000. (501) 533-7383, no texts.

1996 DODGE Dakota SLT, good engine and transmission, been wrecked, $1,200 obo. (501) 882-2142 or 606-1314.

USED TIRES, BF Goodrich Touring, 205/65R15, very good, $25; Goodyear 205/65R16, good, $20; Firestone P205/65R15, fair, $15. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

2006 PONTIAC Montana, tan, 77k miles, 3.5L, V6, loaded, super clean, ready to go, 3 rows of seats, heat and cool air, $6,800. (573) 217-5511 or (573) 217-5510.

WARN PREMIUM 8,000 lb. electric winch w/remote and all hook-ups, unused, like new, USA made, $450. (501) 843-2187.

1 RIM, Milanni, $45. (501) 983-1445.

RUNNING BOARDS w/all parts, DeeZee brand, $75. 676-2952.

1995 HONDA Civic 4-door, 17” rims w/new tires, 4-cyl., auto., cold air, runs good, $1,800 cash. 952-3937.

6 USED tires, Goodyear G670, 270/70R225, very good condition, $25 ea. (501) 278-0651.

‘98 CHEVROLET Silverado 1500 LWB, will run, 350 engine, $2,500 obo. (501) 606-1314.

2 WHEEL cylinders and brake lines for 1984 VW Scirocco, has owner’s and repair manual, make offer, (501) 882-2142 or 606-1314.

1964 VW Beetle, completely restored w/red and white interior, $11,000. (501) 681-3859.


KAWASAKI 2000 Prairie 300 4x4, auto, winch, title, $2,500 cash. (501) 605-2682.

2009 THOROUGHBRED Motorsports Stallion Tryke, fully loaded. 982-7916.

HARLEY DAVIDSON Super Glide Custom, excellent condition, 20,000 miles, black/orange, 88 cu. in. fuel injection, 5-speed, $7,500. (501) 626-3464.

5TH WHEEL hitch, Eaz-Lift, rated at up to 15,000 GVWR, $250. 940-0359.

HONDA SHADOW 750cc motorcycle, 2002, 3,900 miles, adult ridden, garage kept, $2,500. 940-0359.

‘04 SPORTS coach motorhome, 38’, 2 slides, all bells and whistles, extra clean, low mileage. (501) 982-7916.

FLAT BOTTOM boat, alum., 14x32, needs work, $150. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

2014 HARLEY Davidson Soft tail Heritage Classic, 600 mil., Vance and Hines, nice chrome, black, $12,999. (501) 985-2003, Jax.

5th WHEEL Elite, 18k slider, $1,000. (501) 982-6812.

2005 GULF Stream BT Cruiser class B motor home, 2 slide-outs, extra clean, 59,700 miles, $29,995. (501) 749-2443 or (501) 258-8834.

COACHMAN, 2009 bumper pull, 26’ bunkhouse, $7,000. (501) 796-8023.

BASS TRACKER PT175, 50 hp. motor, electric trolling motor, fish finder and trailer, $5,400 obo. (501) 286-7268.

2014 KEYSTONE Bullet Premier 31BHPR travel trailer, $21,000. (501) 286-5500.


CRAFTSMAN RIDING mower, 42” cut, good condition, $480 cash. (501) 605-2682.

NEW SEARS T2400 riding lawnmower, new bagger, bumper guard, used less than 1 hour, cost over $2,100 new, asking $1,700. (501) 350-5050.

MOWING DECK for Sears 42” cut, $125. 843-5475.

HONDA GARDEN tiller, used 3 seasons, easy start, $650. 941-8969.

FARM PRO 2420, 2007 model, $6,200. (501) 983-1445.

SNAPPER REAR-ENGINE lawn mower, 28” cut, good condition, $475. (501) 983-1445.

ANGEL TRUMPET plants, pink, yellow and white, $4 ea. or 6 for $20. (501) 835-6046.

WALKER RIDING mower, zero-turn, 48” cut, 20 hp., $2,850. (501) 749-2443 or (501) 258-8834.

FREE LAWN equipment, all items are as is, must come to collect. Text Will for details (501) 773-1002.

HUSQVARNA LAWNMOWER, 25 hp., 48” cut, very good condition, 190 hours, $750. Call/text: (501) 278-7772.

JOHN DEERE 10 cu. ft. capacity tow behind, all metal garden dump cart, excellent condition, $100. (501) 843-5521.

JOHN DEERE 48” mowing deck only, good condition, $300; John Deere starter, $125; PTO clutch, $150. (501) 983-1445.

CUB CADET riding mower, sell for $800 or trade for fishing boat. (501) 849-4012.


ARKY BARKY’S now open - great selection of beautiful puppies, guaranteed. Also, doing grooming and doggie supplies. 9714 Hwy. 107/JFK, Sherwood, (501) 819-6094.

FREE SHEPHERD, all shots and fixed, very sweet and loving. (870) 552-7494.

HAY FOR sale in Austin, good mixed grass in barn, 4x5 net-wrapped, 1st cut and 2nd cut available. Local delivery. Also, garden manure available. Call (501) 416-8107 anytime.

USE HAPPY Jack Tonekote to restore nutrients that prevent skin allergies in dogs and cats. WOODS FEED STORE, (843-6121) (

FREE DOG to good home, 10 mos. old, shots up-to-date, sterilized, (501) 772-0133.

GERMAN SHEPHERD puppy, 4 1/2 months old, full-blooded, great protection, $150 to good home. (501) 837-5798, Beebe area.

DONKEY, SPOTTED Jack, 9 yrs. old, 51”, very gentle, $200. (501) 837-5798, Beebe area.

FREE TO good home, part Lab. mix, large cage and accessories included. (501) 626-6799.


2 PR. size 12/13 diabetic shoes, brown and black, good condition, $79 ea. (501) 749-8667.

(2) 5 hp. singe-phase pumps, 230 volts, 60 hz.,, pd. $3,500,  $200 ea. (501) 837-7225.

GOLF CLUBS: Ping I2 irons, Taylor woods, Golfsmith putter, Hogan bag, all in excellent condition, $378. 749-8667.

BRAND NEW blood pressure cuff, Life Source$21; new metal walking cane, excellent condition, $21; backpack, new, red and black, $27. 749-8667.

2 WHIRLYBIRDS for roof ventilation, new, still in box. (501) 941-8573 afternoons only.

TALON GHOST paint ball gun, clear w/view loader, needs C02, $30 obo. (501) 882-2142.

NICE SCROLLED iron heavy duty dresser stool w/cushioned seat, 20”x14”x19”, $30; glass and metal lamp table, 12” wide by 21” high, $25. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

GUITAR, SPECTRUM 38” concert style, acoustic, in box, case, pick and electronic tuner, $50. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

WALKER, tall and wide, great condition, $26.50. (501) 749-8667.

Rare Beatle picture in wood frame, $15; iron rectangle stool, new reupholstered, $25. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

WEIGHT BENCH w/leg lift and 100 lbs. of metal weights, $45. 940-0359.


JAZZY POWER chair, 2 brand new batteries, little used, oxygen rack, $400. (501) 266-9836.

BABY STROLLER, great condition, $30. (501) 676-6956.

LOTS OF depression and antique glassware, cheap. For details and directions, 982-7850.

VINTAGE FOLDING bike by Dahon, blue, 70s and 80s model, $300. giant perigee, excellent condition, blue, $300. (501) 606-1314.

RARE ELVIS picture record disc w/Elvis in black leather, 1968 comeback, $20 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

Scroll metal lamp or accent table w/glass top, $25; small cabinet w/sunflowers and birdhouse painting on front, $25; 10 pc. ruby red Avon Cape Cod, new condition, $50. (501) 983-4168.

TIGHT LIES golf club set, like new, with bag and balls, 3-4 hybrid (graphite), 5-sandwedge putter (steel), 1-3-5 wood (graphite), $200. (501) 993-4935.

BEAUTIFUL, LARGE Lenox silver metal rooster tray w/handles, 23”x16”, $50. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

GARMEN VIVO Fit w/5 bands, $40; FitBit Blaze, brand new w/4 bands, $175; Rover beginner mandolin, $50. (901) 487-9670 or (276) 639-8653.

IRON SMOKER charcoal, 20x15, Oklahoma Joe, $150. 982-6812.

OLHAUSEN POOL table, 8’ regulation w/accessories, $2,000; several collectible cookie jars, Disney/Looney Tunes/DQ/Oreo/McDonalds, etc. (501) 259-0130, Cabot.

BIG MAN’S recliner, beige, $35; small chest freezer, $35; small wheelchair, $20, all good condition. 882-3372.

GIRL’S INFANT car seat, lots of clothes, 2 playpens and more items, excellent condition, all for $100. 516-3810.

FREE FIREWOOD, 993-2995 for more info.

USED BICYCLES, adult and children, reasonable prices. (501) 843-4890.

DIFFERENT SIZES and shapes of flower vases, 25¢ to $2; books, hardback and paperback, $1 to $3 ea.; Craft books, 50¢ to $2. (501) 843-4890.

ELECTRIC CRAFTSMAN edger, 2.5 hp., $25; 5x7, 1” shag throw rug, gray and white, nice, $25; 150 VHS movies, 25¢-50¢ ea.; lots of small toys, 50¢-$1. (501) 843-4890.

TEA POTS, $4 ea.; 24% lead crystal candy dishes and bowls, $10 ea.; cookie jars, $6-$10 ea. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

FREE HOT tub, good condition, but needs new lid, serious inquiries only. (501) 605-3617.


5-PC. BEDROOM set - dresser, mirror, full/queen headboard, rails, chest of drawers, good condition, $350 firm. (501) 319-5429.

FREE: OLD freezer, works, you haul. (501) 605-6437.

FRIGIDAIRE 4-BURNER stove top oven, works good, $125. (501) 676-6956.

SHINY BLACK Kawai upright piano, $8,000 negotiable. (501) 288-2670.

HEAVY OBLONG oak coffee table, nice rounded edges, small drawer in center, $20; glider rocker w/blue cushions, $35; red wheelbarrow, needs painting, $20. 985-2244.

ELECTRIC DRYER, works well, $100. (501) 983-1445.

FULL-SIZE MATTRESS and box springs, Doctor’s Choice from Denver, $75. (501) 605-1701, Cabot.

MAGNAVOX 19” TV w/converter box, 2 remotes, $45; 3 Dell computer towers, used for parts, $25 ea. (501) 983-1445.

REFRIGERATOR, SEARS Kenmore, clean, runs good, large freezer on bottom, model #79566212401, $250 cash. 952-3937.

DINING TABLE, double pedestal w/6 chairs (2 arm chairs), padded cream cloth seats and back, solid wood, $450; 2 full-size lighted corner curios, $400 ea.; 1 full-size wall curio, $350. (501) 259-0130.

GOOD FRIGIDAIRE chest freezer, $75. (501) 259-3389.

20” FLAT screen TV, works great, $50; metal coffee table, ceramic top and end table, good condition, $125 for pr. 983-4569, leave msg.

HIGH TOP marble table, $300, w/four 24” barstools, $25 ea. (501) 766-3736.


.85 ACRE lot on Abby Circle, Lot #3, Tiffany Estates. Restricted subdivision. (501) 270-1782.


IN BEEBE: very nice, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer and dryer furnished. $700 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa at 278-0498.

COZY, one room studio apartments in Jacksonville. Bed pulls down from wall in Living Room in front of wood burning fireplace. Includes appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $325 plus utilities, deposit $200.  No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

2 and 3 bedroom houses for rent in Jacksonville. (501) 982-1183.

3 BEDROOM all brick house for rent. Great condition, fenced-in backyard, $1,100 month. Cabot, (501) 286-2394.


BEAUTIFUL HOME in Cabot! Please see full ad w/pics. on MilitaryByOwner. com, search by MBO402659. Call or email us before it’s gone!

FSBO - CABOT Schools, Austin exit. 2 story, 2,600 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 2 bath, eat-in kitchen, man cave, separate garage, 4 acres, $215,000. (501) 765-2334.


16x80, 3 bedroom mobile home, 1 owner, excellent condition. No pets, smoking or shoes worn in home. Large master bedroom, double vanity, well-insulated, 6” walls, set up on lot, approximately 1 1/2 miles from air base front gate. Can be moved. If interested, call (501) 351-0395.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 4-22-17


The Cabot-Centennial Bank American Legion baseball team is hosting tryouts and registration at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 30 at the Cabot Sports Complex, field 9. Cabot is the defending Class Double-A state champion, and will compete in four tournaments this year, including the Keith Hagen All-American Classic in Memphis, and the Mid-America Show Series at UALR. Cabot will also appear in the Sheridan Wood Bat Classic, one of the larest wood bat tournaments in the south. These tournaments offer great opportunities for players to be seen by scouts and coaches.

For more information, visit the team website at, or call 501-605-6890.


The Cabot American Legion Post 71 is holding its third annual Central Arkansas American Legion Golf Tournament at 1 p.m. Monday, April 24 at Rolling Hills Country Club. The event is a four-person scramble and entry fee is $300 per team. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each flight. Flight number will be determined by number of entries. A hole-in-one wins a new vehicle from Excel Ford. There will also be closest-to-the-pin award and a longest-drive award. Mulligans can be purchased for $5.

For more information, call Post 71 at 501-203-5715 or email

Friday, April 21, 2017

EDITORIAL >> Ledell Lee, serial killer

A serial killer and rapist who picked out his female victims at random more than 20 years ago in Jacksonville was executed at the Cummins Unit just before midnight Thursday. Ledell Lee, 51, convicted of a vicious murder in 1993, was executed by lethal injection after exhausting his appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lee met his end around 11:51 p.m., just minutes before his execution date was to expire. He appeared stoic and died without a struggle. Recent lethal injections in Oklahoma were reportedly botched, but Lee’s execution went off without incident.

Lee’s attorneys argued he was improperly convicted and did not have adequate representation.

He told us in a prison interview more than 20 years ago he was a victim of a police frameup and he kept maintaining his innocence until the end.

Marcel Wayne Williams, 46, convicted in a 1994 killing that started with a kidnapping at a Jacksonville gas station, could meet the same fate as Lee. Barring last-minute appeals, Williams is scheduled to be executed Monday, along with another killer. Williams’ attorneys argue that he’s too sick (he has diabetes) and overweight to be subjected to a lethal injection.

Williams was found guilty in the capital murder, kidnapping, rape and aggravated robbery of Stacey Errickson, 22, who was married to an airman at Little Rock Air Force Base.

When he set execution dates for eight Arkansas killers on death row earlier this year, Gov. Asa Hutchinson probably did not foresee the legal challenges and the worldwide publicity that would follow.

District and federal courts have challenged the mass executions as cruel and unusual punishment, and even the drug manufacturers claim they were acquired under false pretenses and should not be used in executions.

Executions by lethal injection in the latter half of April were first planned for eight men, then six, and now that number has dropped to four. They’re likely to appeal until the last minute and it’s possible that half of them will not be executed as the drugs expire next weekend.

The state Supreme Court earlier halted the executions of two men considered mentally challenged — Don Davis and Bruce Ward — and others could make similar arguments all the way to U.S. Supreme Court.

Hutchinson was determined to get the executions completed before the end of the month, when the lethal drugs are said to expire. It’s doubtful others will be found after the drugs expire.

We covered the Lee and Williams trials and interviewed Lee at the Varner Supermaximum Prison in Grady (Lincoln County). Lee killed Debra Reese not a hundred yards from The Leader and probably two others in the same area — the daughter of an alderman and a sex worker for which he was never tried since the prosecution decided capital punishment in the Reese killing would mean he would never walk out of prison alive.

The details of these horrible crimes are gruesome and even more disturbing having known one his rape victims who worked here at The Leader.

That said, it’s obvious that executions today are seldom on schedule. The endless delays are not only painful to victims’ families but, yes, also to the killers, whose on-again, off-again trip to the death chamber may constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

Having met Ledell Lee, we never doubted for a second that he was a vicious, opportunistic criminal who enjoyed preying on his victims. Lee may have realized that the justice served at the end was more than deserved. After 25 years in prison, Lee probably did not look forward to another 25 years behind bars.

The lethal injection may have seemed like welcome relief.

TOP STORY >> New CD another musical gem

“Music is medicine for the soul.” — Dr. Alan Storeygard

Physician and jazz musician Alan Storeygard is as dedicated to music as he is to medicine. By day, he’s busy seeing dozens of patients at Jacksonville Medical Care.

The musical posters and reviews of his music on his office walls only hint at his commitment to a second career that has taken Storeygard around the world.

Storeygard has performed for many audiences in his career, including a fundraiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton in 2015.

Like Denny Zeitlin, the San Francisco doctor-psychiatrist and piano player, Storeygard is a versatile pianist, composer and arranger. Storeygard harmoniously weaves jazz, blues and classical music as the mood strikes him. He has been called “a genius, a renaissance man – a world-class pianist, composer and artist.”

While Storeygard’s been influenced by Ramsey Lewis, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, he has developed his own unique style of piano jazz.

Storeygard has released five albums on his own record label, Church Jazz. He has been a member of the Recording Academy since 2003 and a voting member since 2010.

Storeygard’s newest release, “Jazz Meets the Classics,” is another musical gem. It reflects a lifetime of musical influence with his signature style. The album delivers a synthesis of symphonious classical/jazz arrangements to honor many great classical and romantic composers, along with contemporary jazz and classical artists.

The new CD includes soulful renditions of music by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, Offenbach, Tchaikovsky and more.

Jacksonville has long embraced him as a gifted musician and trusted physician. Dr. Storeygard has served his community for almost four decades as a family doctor, delivering over 1,000 babies, and working with up to five generations in one family.

“As a family doctor, I have been invited to be a part of many people’s lives, sometimes as a musician in their personal symphonies, sometimes as a guest conductor to see them through difficult medical issues, and other times as a composer or arranger to help plan the best medical path, which may involve many other doctors along the way,” he says.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., Storeygard’s earliest memories of music were conceived in church and by exposure to the sounds of classical greats such as Chopin and Rachmaninoff.

He recalls, “We always had a piano in the house. My two brothers and I became inspired to play the piano as we grew up listening to our father play.” His father, a chemical and mechanical engineer, was also a violinist and choir singer in the family’s local Lutheran church.

Throughout high school, Storeygard continued to pursue music but also developed a love for science. This led him to study towards an undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Minnesota in 1973.

His calling to become a medical doctor evolved through working summers at a nursing home, where helping ill people became second nature and socially satisfying.

Storeygard graduated from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., in 1977 and completed his family-practice residency program at Duke University in Durham, N.C., in 1980. He began playing jazz at parties and composed and arranged jazz for his annual medical school shows.

A newfound love also surfaced when he met his wife Paula, who was studying law at Duke at the time he was completing his residency. The two have anchored themselves in rural Jacksonville for over 35 years, continuing their careers and raising two children.

The inspiration for Storeygard’s first recording, “Church Jazz,” where he plays solo piano, was released in 2001. It emerged as his family became active members in church in 1996.

He found an opportunity to create and play jazz arrangements of popular church songs for his congregation at the First United Methodist Church. His church jazz-fusion evoked standing ovations and requests for his music to be available on CD for his community.

In 2002, “Church Jazz” was a winner in jazz piano composition at the 2002 IBLA Grand Prize International piano and voice competition in Ragusa, Sicily, which led to an invitation to perform his rendition of “Amazing Grace” at Carnegie Hall in 2003. The album was a semi-finalist in the 2004 Grammy Showcase Competition in Memphis.

Inspiring the classical vision for Storeygard’s latest album, “Jazz Meets the Classics,” concert pianist Salvatore Moltisanti, creator and artistic director of the IBLA competition, has also played a key role in Storeygard’s musical career over the last two decades. In 2011, Moltisanti invited the Alan Storeygard Trio to play his arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner with Italian Ending” in Carnegie Hall for the finale of the New York IBLA awards concert.

He also formed the Alan Storeygard Trio and Alan Storeygard Trio and Friends, with his brother, vocalist Bob Storeygard, drummer Dave Rogers and bass player Brian Wolverton.

His second album, “Just Havin’ Fun,” was released in 2006 with Rogers on drums, Joe Vick on bass and vocalist Taylor Carlisle, who sings her rendition of “Fever” to Storeygard’s arrangement.

He adapted his own interpretation of Ramsey Lewis’ jazz piano style to his arrangements on his third album entitled, “Third Time’s a Charm,” released in 2010.

His fourth album, “New Directions,” released in 2014, contains a variety of other musical ideas and friends. The album also includes a vocal version of “The Lord’s Prayer,” taken from his younger brother’s album, “If I Can Help Somebody.”

A lifetime of dedication to music, medicine and family brings Storeygard five years away from his possible retirement as a medical doctor, and yet he is highly motivated to continue to perform and share his music with the world.

He says, “It might soon be time to retire from medicine – but never from music.”

TOP STORY >> Annual event April 28-29

Leader staff writer

The 15th annual Cabot Strawberry Festival presented by the Junior Auxiliary of Cabot is Friday and next Saturday in downtown Cabot. Admission is free.

The festival starts at 6 p.m. Friday with food trucks and vendors. Local musicians take the stage with Justin Bratcher performing at 6 p.m. and Luke Williams at 7 p.m. Both are from Beebe.

The carnival will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

On Saturday the Run for the Berries, bubble-run begins at 7 a.m. behind the Fred’s store. It is a one-mile or a 5K timed race.

Next Saturday’s fun kicks off at 9 a.m. It will have 100 vendors, 45 more than last year. The city is blocking the street in front of the police department giving more room for vendors. Eight food trucks will be offering items from barbecue to home cooking. The Junior Auxiliary will be selling strawberry shortcakes and strawberry lemonades.

“We will have three strawberry farms (Barnhill Orchards, Cabot Patch and Holland Bottom Farm). Get them before noon. They typically sell out,” Junior Auxiliary president Amy Hughes said.

“A new thing for this year is the return of the Berry Patch Kids Zone. It is $5 entry per child for all day. There will be face painting, bounce houses, goodie bags and a Build-A-Pet with a custom Strawberry Festival shirt,” Hughes said.

Last year, the festival moved to downtown from the Veterans Park Community Center.

Hughes said the Junior Auxiliary had a positive response with the new permanent location. It has ease of parking, a familiar location and the city’s total support.

The Miss Strawberry Fest pageant will be at 10 a.m. at the Freshman Academy. Contestants can register online at or at the event.

Saturday’s entertainment stage will feature school acts and local performing arts during the day. The Zac Dunlap Band of Little Rock plays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Closing out the festival is country musician Barrett Baber of Nashville, Tenn., who will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Marion native was in the Top Three in “The Voice” Season Nine. Baber released his album “A Room Full of Fighters” last year.

Proceeds from the Straw-berry Festival fund Junior Auxiliary projects for children of Cabot.

TOP STORY >> Lee executed, Williams next

Leader executive editor

A Jacksonville death-row inmate who went on a crime spree in the late 1980s and early 1990s was executed at 11:40 p.m. Thursday after he lost his final appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the state Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ledell Lee, 51, was injected with a fatal combination of drugs at the state’s Cummins Unit about five hours after his scheduled execution as he ran out his appeals in Little Rock, St. Louis and Washington. He was pronounced dead about 10 minutes later.

The scheduled execution Thursday night of a second inmate, Stacey Johnson, 47, was delayed after a successful appeal.

“We conclude that the (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkan-sas) was correct in determining that, despite the procedural shortcomings in the clemency process, the inmates received the minimal due process guaranteed by the 14th Amendment,” the appeals court wrote just hours before Lee’s execution.

Lee was sentenced to die for the Feb. 9, 1993, beating and strangulation death of Debra Reese, 26, in the Sunnyside addition in Jacksonville, where he had attacked several other women.

Lee skipped his final meal and instead asked for holy communion. He claimed he was innocent until the end. After his capital murder conviction in 1995, he told The Leader in a prison interview he was framed by the Jacksonville police.

Marcel Wayne Williams, 46, who was convicted of kidnapping a woman in Jacksonville and dumping her body in North Little Rock, is scheduled to be executed Monday, along with another death row inmate. Two more executions are scheduled for Thursday.

The state Supreme Court ruled earlier Thursday to allow the use of legal drugs in Lee’s execution and seven other death row inmates. A Pulaski County court had earlier sided with McKesson Corp., which had to tried to stop the use of its vecuronium bromide in lethal injections, but the state appealed to the high court. Potassium chloride and a midazolam sedative were also used in the execution. McKesson decided not to appeal.

“We believe we have done all we can do at this time to recover our product,” the company said in a statement Thursday. “We are disappointed that the Arkansas Supreme Court has held our favorable injunction ruling in abeyance and delayed further scheduling in our case.”

Lee was also convicted of raping two Jacksonville women and was tried for the murder of Christine Lewis, the daughter of the late Alderman Robert Lewis. Lee was also suspected of killing a Jacksonville prostitute and dumping her body in a shed near the railroad tracks.

Lewis, 22, was abducted from her Sunnyside home in November 1989 as her 3-year-old child watched. She was raped and strangled and her body dumped in the closet of an abandoned home.

The jury could not agree on a verdict in that trial, but prosecutors decided not to retry him when he received the death sentence in the Reese case and was convicted for raping two women. DNA evidence tied Lee to the murders and rapes.

Reese was struck 36 times with a tire tool her husband gave her for protection while he was out of town on a truck driving job. Lee, who had just been paroled after serving time for burglary, was arrested an hour after the murder when witnesses reported seeing him walking on the street.

A 1994 trial resulted in mistrial when it was discovered that a relative of Lee’s was on the jury. During Lee’s retrial in 1995, a prosecutor offered a chilling description of Lee as a multiple rapist who hunted victims in a small area near the railroad tracks in Jacksonville.

In May 2009, the state Supreme Court upheld Lee’s death sentence and dismissed his claims he wasn’t properly presented at his trial. Lee had argued that his lawyers didn’t present witnesses he wanted at a hearing, had conflicts of interest regarding his case and failed to hire a death-penalty expert to advise them.

Lee’s appeal was one of a series he had filed since his sentencing. Previously, Lee won a rehearing on a portion of his case after showing his lawyer suffered from substance-abuse problems and likely was intoxicated during one portion of his trial.
Lee’s lawyer asked the jury to consider “who are we then to say” when someone dies.

The prosecutor later replied: “I will tell you who we are — we are the hunted.’’

The jury deliberated two hours before agreeing to the death sentence.

In an opinion in May 2009, Justice Robert L. Brown noted that Lee’s lawyer later testified that he didn’t hear the prosecutor’s remarks. Though the remarks likely were inflammatory, Brown said they wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the case.

“The jury ... heard testimony of the violent nature of the Reese murder during the penalty phase and also heard testimony that Lee had raped three different women,” Brown wrote.

In dismissing Lee’s other points, Brown wrote that defense lawyers are allowed to use their discretion in deciding which witnesses to present in a case. Brown said there wasn’t any convincing evidence that hiring a specialist for his case would have changed its outcome.

Brown also said Lee didn’t show that his lawyers failed him by not asking for an independent analysis of DNA samples. At a later hearing, Brown noted his lawyer said he didn’t think anyone other than the FBI could conduct such tests in the early 1990s.

Lee maintained his innocence and kept appealing his conviction until the end.