Wednesday, February 07, 2007

OBITUARIES >> 2-07-07


Billy Dwain Pitchford, 52, of Austin passed away Feb. 4. He was born July 29, 1954 in Las Vegas, Nev. to Donna Pitchford of Austin and the late Billy Houston Pitchford. Survivors include his wife Dianna Pitchford of the home; two daughters, Shawna Branscum and husband Scott of Cabot and Michelle Stewart and husband Shawn of Beebe; one brother, Jim Pitchford and wife Donna of Austin; two sisters, Deb Pitchford of Austin and Judy Burnett and husband Jessie of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren, Nicole, Dusten, Stephan, Caleb, Jordan, Seth and Tayler, along with many other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7 at McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville with the Rev. Larry Burton officiating. Cash memorials may be made in “Bill’s” honor to McArthur Assembly of God 501-982-1136. Funeral arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service of Cabot.


Mervyn Alfred Robinson, 80, of Ward died Feb. 3 the date which would have been his and Mrs. Robinson’s 56th wedding anniversary. He was born Jan. 17, 1927 in Coventry, England, to the late Fredrick William and Charlotte Bradshaw Robinson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Frances May Glover Robinson and one sister, Doreen Sharpton.

He was a member of the English Army as a young man and was employed by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, for 42 years, after coming to the United States. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Air Museum and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Pennsylvania. He is survived by his son, Wayne Robinson and his wife Penny of Cabot; three brothers, Billy, Alan and Raymond Robinson and one sister, Margaret Cole, all of Texas; five grandchildren, Kellilyn Auryansen, Wayne Thomas Robinson, Tracey Burger, Sabrina Stewart and Samantha Stewart as well as one great grandson, Owen Michael Robinson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Mark Eisold officiating. Funeral arrangements are by Cabot Funeral Home.


Rev. Andy A. Kerr, 78, of Little Rock passed away Feb. 1. He was born to the late Leslie N. and Goldie Kerr. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Alice Moran Kerr of Little Rock; a son, Larry Kerr and wife Julie; daughters Charlotte “Casey” Starkey and husband Steve, and Tina Overton and husband Jerry; grandchildren, Clay Starkey and wife Belinda, Blake Starkey, Jesse Ware and Jason Overton and wife Katie.

He ministered to the people and was a servant to God for 52 years, most recently at Brownsville Baptist Church for over 17 years. He also served at Jacksonville Second Baptist Church for over 10 years, Archview Baptist for four years and a number of other Arkansas churches. He also served on the executive committee of Arkansas Baptist State Convention for one year as well as president of the retired ministers association of Arkansas for one year.

Services were Feb. 5 at Otter Creek Baptist Church in Little Rock with burial at Pinecrest Cemetery. The Rev. Elvis Smith, Rev. Jess Whitley and Rev. Robert McDaniel officiated the services. Funeral arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home of Lonoke.
The family would like to thank Dr. Brad Baltz and his staff for all of their dedicated and outstanding service to Bro. Andy and his family during his association with them. Their care went above and beyond their call.


Ruth Marie Porter, 72, of Jacksonville passed away Feb. 1 in Little Rock. She was born July 30, 1934 in Platon, Mo., to the late Robert and Bessie Carter Willhite. She was also preceded in death by a son, Mike Porter and one brother. Survivors include her husband, Norris Porter; son Edward Norris and his wife Carolyn; four grandchildren, Jeffery, Allison, Jennifer and Ashley Porter and six brothers and sisters. Cremation arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


David D. White, 68, of Beebe died Feb. 3. He was the retired owner of the White Shell Gas Station in Beebe. He was a member of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church of Beebe and a United States Navy veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Julia White; one brother, Amon White; two sisters, Icie Mae Wooten and Mary Hanna. He is survived by three sons; Mark, Randy, and Michael White all of Beebe and one daughter, Gina Conner of Beebe, also a brother, Earl White of Perryville and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services were Feb. 6 at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe. Funeral services were by Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.