Tuesday, June 20, 2006

OBITUARIES >> 06-21-06


Robert L. Lewis of Jacksonville died on June 15 at Fort Roots Veterans Hospital in North Little Rock. He was born on March 10, 1936, to the late Margueritte Lewis and the late George Corbin, Sr. of Gilbert, La. He was reared by his grandmother, the late L.V. Lewis and step-grandfather, June Jacobs.

His formal education began in Franklin Parish, La.

He atten-ded Gilbert High School and obtained his G.E.D. through Wisner-Gilbert High School. He continued his education through the military, attending the Univer-sity of Arkansas at Little Rock, Hendrix University, Conway and Arkansas State University, Beebe. He earned his bachelor of arts in industrial technology from South-ern Illinois University.

He united with New Macedonia Baptist Church in Gilbert, La., at the age of nine and was an active participant throughout his life. He was an usher at his home church in Gilbert and sang in the choir in Vietnam. He was licensed as a minister in the Southern Baptist Church in North Dakota under the pastorage of Rev. Doug Hughes. He was ordained in Rheinmain, Germany, under pastor Emerson. Lewis was chaplain/pastor of one of the base services in Rheinmain.

In Sherwood, Lewis served as an assistant with Rev. Ray Robinson at Clayton Chapel Baptist Church. He united with Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church of Jackson-ville where he organized and directed children’s church for four years. He organized and served as V.B.S. director for many years. He also served as assistant pastor with Rev.Thomas Johnson for many years. Upon Johnson’s retirement, he was placed as interim pastor for about two years, then again as assistant pastor for one year, later being diagnosed with lung cancer which he valiantly fought from January 2002 until he died.

He joined the Air Force in September 1955, serving until his honorable discharge in November 1975. During his service, he received many awards.

He also invented an instrument for packing parachutes that the military used.

On Aug. 28, 1958, Robert Lewis married Lendy Neal at her mother’s home in Wisner, La. This union was blessed with eight children: Gregory, Keith, Steven, Christine, Gerald, Pamela, Timothy and Brandi. They were also blessed with 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Other professional and civic service included Job Corps instructor, alternate school instructor and substitute teacher. He later worked for Sears, then entered the political race in 1982 for alderman of the city of Jacksonville. He was elected and became the first black elected to the city board of aldermen. He won every election up to and including the 2006 primary election.
He served in this office continuously for 24 years.

Cherishing his memory are his wife, Lendy, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; bro-thers George Corbin, Jr., Lannie, James, Dave, Willie, John Henry, Michael, Jimmy, Louis Ray, Marshall and L.C.; sisters Georgette, Roscellia and Carolyn, as well as other family members, colleagues and church family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christine; stepfather, Starling Castor, Jr., his stepmother, Hattie T. Carbon; his grandmother, L.V. Lewis, and step-grandfather, June Jacobs; his brothers, Moses Jackson and Starling Capstan, III, and a sister, Nellie V. Capstan.

There will be a wake service with scripture and prayer from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Chapel in North Little Rock.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville. Burial to follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Youth Department, 1013 Ray Road, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076. Arrangements are by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home.


Louise Castile Hazeslip, 71, of Cabot died June 16 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born Aug. 20, 1934 in Little Rock to Melton and Lillie McCain Castile. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Felix Hazeslip; infant twins, Evon and Leon, an infant brother and sister and an adult brother, Jimmy Lee Castile. She is survived by three brothers, Albert Castile of Furlow, Joe Castile and Eddie Castile, both of Vidor, Texas; four sisters, Lois Sei-grist of Vidor, Texas, Susie Irvin of Jacksonville, Rose Seigrist of Cabot, and Mary Lewis of Vidor, Texas, as well as many friends and family.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Cabot Funeral Home with burial to follow in Mt. Springs Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Cabot Funeral Home.


Joy Lynn Pearson Schneider, 67, of Ward, died June 16. She was born there on July 26, 1938 to Edward and Hilma Pearson. She was a homemaker and a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a member of Ward United Methodist Church, where she served many years as treasurer and served as the pianist for over 40 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Schneider; her parents and a brother, Thomas Pearson. She is survived by three daughters, Pam Tims of Ward, Karen Schneider of North Little Rock and Suzanne Baldwin and husband, Richard of Beebe; six grandchildren, Casey Horn, Jodi Cook, Scott Johnson, Jonathan Schneider, Matt Baldwin and Eric Baldwin; three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Thomas and Haley; a sister, Gail Wilkins of Ward; several nieces and nephews, cousins, and many friends.

The family thanks Dr. Anthony Bucola and his staff, Arkansas Hospice and Peggy Johnson, RN, for the excellent care they gave Joy.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ward First United Methodist Church by Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.
Private burial will be in Mea-dowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Lonoke County Habitat For Humanity, P.O. Box 1504, Cabot, Ark. 72023.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home.


Pat Johnson, 60, of Sherwood died June 18. She was born May 17, 1946 in Ward to Hubert and Mary L. (Lightfoot) Evans.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband, Boyd Johnson; a brother, Hubert and wife Charlotte Evans of Lonoke; three sisters, Mildred Berry of Sherwood, Kaye Donham and husband David of Benton and Faye Hubbard of Sherwood.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Victory Mission-ary Baptist Church, 515 Sherwood Ave., Sherwood, with burial in Old Austin Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 211 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, Ark., 72205, 501-224-5864; or Victory Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Sherwood Ave., Sher-wood, Ark. 72120. Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home.


Rev. O’Neal Hill, 69, of Floyd went to be with the Lord June 19. He was the pastor of the Floyd Assembly of God Church, having served as pastor for 34 years. He was the sectional presbyter for many years and was active in all aspects of the church. He was preceded in death by his mother, Normal Hill, and is survived by his wife of 50 years, Doris; three daughters, Kathy and husband Tommy Turner and their children Zach and Josh of Beebe; Karen and husband Gary Piker, their daughter Lauren, their son Adryan and his wife Emily of Searcy; Sandy and husband Danny Cotton of Beebe, their son Beau and their daughter Nikki and husband Jason Warren; his father and stepmother, Ernest and Louise Hill of Beebe; one brother, Raymond and wife Suzanne Hill of Beebe; one sister, Eithel Tway of Metairie, La., and one stepbrother, Howard Watkins, Jr., of Florida. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Floyd Assembly of God Church. Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home.


Glenn Dale Tullos, 72, passed away June 20. He was a retired Baptist minister. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lela Tullos; three daughters, Rhonda and husband Randall Marsh of Sherwood, Karen and husband Richard Gautney of Lonoke and Dorothy and husband Leroy Whitley of Alma; two granddaughters; two grandsons; one sister, Bernice Toland of North Little Rock; two brothers, J.W. Tullos of Louisiana and Bill Tullos of Alaska; 21 nieces and nephews, as well as a very special niece Glenda Allison and nephew John R. “Dickey” Burgess, both of Lonoke.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Testament Missionary Baptist Church with arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lonoke.

The family will receive friends, Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Baptist Health Hospice, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock. Special thanks to Suzanne Peebles, R.N., Shirley Barnes and Connie Anderson.


Sherry Nell Kelly, 49, of Jacksonville passed away June 13. She was born Nov. 22, 1956, to Norman and Mary Taylor Oakley in Beebe.

She was preceded in death by her father, Norman Oakley and a brother, Marshall Oakley.

Survivors include one daughter Christy Miller and son-in-law Corey of Ft. Hood, Texas; mother Mary Oakley; her sister and best friend Marilyn Seigrist and husband Rickey; brother Donald Oakley all of Jacksonville; three grandchildren: Jordan, Austin and Cortlyn Miller of Fort Hood, Texas, along with many friends and co-workers.

Graveside services were held Monday at Blassingame Cemetery in El Paso. Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


William Foster Jr., 63, of Jacksonville, formerly of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passed away June 10 at Baptist Medical Center. He was the son of William and Margaret Foster of Texas.

He retired from Union Pacific Railroad after more than 33 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Del Foster of Jacksonville; his parents, William and Margaret of Texas; four daughters, Lori Murdoch and husband Gary of Nebraska, Jennifer Ann and husband Romon; Shannon Lynn and Michelle Renee, all of Jacksonville; a son, Mark of Iowa; two sisters, Margie Piper and husband Joe of Nebraska; Barb Aughe and husband Steve of Texas; seven grandchildren, Billy, Jared, Alexis, Shayla, Reece, Shianne and Tavion Jay and a bountiful supply of wonderful friends.

Visitation for family and friends was held June 11 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with cremation services following.


Bernice Elice Wyman, 92, of Cabot, died May 8. She was born Aug. 16, 1914, to the late Aloff and Ida Bostwich Swanson.Wyman is survived by her son Charles Wyman; daughter and son-in-law Carolyn and Merrill Howard, both of Cabot.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren.

Graveside services were held May 12 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Rev. Jerold Posey officiating.

Services under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.