Wednesday, January 09, 2008

OBITUARIES >> 1-9-08


Anna Bell Wood, 94, was born March 16, 1913 and went to be with her Lord on Jan. 7. 

Ms. Wood was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville until recent years when she resided in Cabot with her daughter.  

She was a member of Landmark Baptist Church in Jacksonville.  She worked at the Jacksonville Ordnance Plant in the 40’s.  
She retired from Franklin Electric and also retired from Jacksonville Senior Center.

Ms. Wood was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond T. Wood and two granddaughters.  She is survived by one son, Jimmy Wood (Jean) of Jacksonville; one daughter Margaret Shillcutt of Cabot; two grandsons, Mike Shillcutt of North Little Rock and Danny Shillcott (Tammy) of Cabot; two granddaughters; two great-grandsons, Peyton and Jace Shillcutt of Cabot.  

She is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Teel (Arnold) of Conway and Clara Mihaila of Vallejo, Calif.  

Her beloved pet, Roxie, who brought much joy to Ann in the past few years will miss her.  

There will be an empty place in the hearts and lives of many other friends and family members who were fortunate enough to have been a part of her life.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with Bro. Ben Leonard officiating.  Burial will be at Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville.   

Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


David Lee George, born Oct. 2, 1950, passed away Jan. 6, at the age of 57 after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie George and previous wife, Brenda Bevill George.

He is survived by his wife Janette and son Michael; mother Betty George; sister Julie (CC) Hays; nephew Jimmy (Amanda); and great-nephew, Jimmy, Jr. He leaves behind a host of family and friends.

Family received friends Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe.

Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72203 or CARTI Foundation, P.O. Box 55011, Little Rock, Ark. 72215.


James Thomas Smith, 66, of Smithville, Oklahoma, and formerly of McRae, Arkansas, died Jan. 6 of lung cancer.

He was born Feb. 13, 1941, at Searcy to Murray and Ada Lackey Smith.

From McRae High School he entered the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, serving for nine years.

From 1968 to 1982, he lived and worked as a pipefitter/welder in LaPorte, Texas, and was a member of the Local 211 Pipefitter’s Union.

He was also a newspaper publisher and started the White County Shopper in 1975.

He was a political activist always striving for change at both the national and local levels of government and consistently published materials regarding current issues up until the time of his death.

Smith was preceded in death by his parents, and his eldest brother, Billy Murray Smith. He is survived by his daughter, Chris Ferguson (Joseph); four grandchildren, Rachel, Elizabeth, Andrew and Laura; a sister Helen Liles and brother Robert Smith, both of McRae, and a sister Mary McClure of Texas.

The family expresses gratitude to the caring staffs of both Arkansas Hospice at St. Vincent Doctors’ Hospital and the VA Hospital Oncology unit.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Lebanon Cemetery.


Richard Wayne “Dick” Turner of Jacksonville passed away on Jan. 4. He was born in Hodge, La., on Sep. 5, 1943 to the late Earl and Etta Turner.

Dick is survived by his loving wife, Betty Turner of Jacksonville, and his daughter, Connie “Baby Girl” (Billy) of the home, and many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was retired from Ridout Lumber of Cabot.

Funeral was Jan. 7 at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial was at Arkansas Memorial Gardens.


Ethel Elizabeth Terry, 86, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 6. She was born July 18, 1921 in Oswego, N.Y., to the late Syndey and Ethel Tucker.

Ethel moved from Long Island, N.Y., in 1991 to Jacksonville.

She was a long-standing member of the Church of the Resurrection in Oswego, N.Y.  

Her husband Robert B. Terry preceded her in death in 1988.  

She is survived by her nephew, Wally Tucker and his wife Peg of Jacksonville and her niece, Connie Toska-Tucker of Wilmington, N.C., three great nieces, one great nephew and eight great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 at Riverside Cemetery Chapel in Oswego, N.Y.


George Edward Mitchell, Jr., 38, of Jacksonville, passed away Jan. 3.

He was born Sept. 10, 1969 in Little Rock to the late George Edward Mitchell, Sr. and Shirley Cox Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his father, George Edward Mitchell, Sr.; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Survivors include three children, Justin Mitchell of Jacksonville, Jessica Williams of Kensett and Kelly Mitchell of Jacksonville; his mother, Shirley Cox Mitchell of Jacksonville; one sister, Shannon Brewer (Chris) of Cabot; a half-sister, Karen Bragg (Jerry) of Benton; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Visitation was Jan. 7. Graveside Services were Jan. 8 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Raymond Larry Hutton, 61, of Jacksonville passed away Jan. 5 after a long battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 17, 1946 in Little Rock to the late Raymond and Margaret Parker Hutton.

He was a member of the Second Baptist Church, served in the Army National Guard and worked in the banking business.
He is survived by his sister, Lynda Chinn, and her husband Bobby, of Jacksonville, nieces and a nephew; Cathy Dougherty, and her husband Butch, of Jacksonville, Roger Chinn, and his wife Janis, of Sherwood, Kim Hill, and her husband Mark, of North Little Rock and Kelli Johnston, and her husband Alan, of Sherwood as well as a host of great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

The family would like to thank Peggy Soules and Charles Castile of Arkansas Hospice and Dr. Brendan Stack at UAMS for their wonderful care.

Funeral was Monday at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Brother Steve Walter officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, Arkansas Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Francis James “Tony” Ray, 32, died Jan. 5 of injuries from a car accident.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Carol and Gerald Williams of Lonoke; brothers, Lynn Williams, Billy Ray and Jimmy Williams of Cabot and David Williams of Lonoke; sisters, Patricia Pipkins of Beebe, Judy Williams of England, Belinda Glover of Delaware, Patty Meredith of Cabot and Rose Williams of North Little Rock; his grandfather, Francis Levigne of Dover and numerous other relatives.

Visitation was Jan. 7 at the funeral home and funeral services were Jan. 8 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke with interment in New Hope Cemetery.


Kelly Renee Holland-Suntken, 30, of Cabot passed away Jan. 4.

She was born Feb. 17, 1977 in Little Rock to David A. Burris III and Katherine Lea Raines.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, William Lee “Bill” Suntken of Cabot; one daughter, Emily Holland of Springdale; two step-sons, Nicholas Suntken of North Carolina and Thomas Suntken of Cabot; father and stepmother, David A. Burris III and Lizz Burris of Beebe; mother and stepfather, Katherine and Wes Raines of Bigelow; brother ,David A Burris IV; grandparents, David A. Burris, Jr. and Peggy Burris of Beebe; step-grandmother Joycene Harvell of Beebe; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews along with many other family members and friends.

Memorial services were Jan. 8 at Crosspoint Ministries in Beebe with Bro. Bo Hines officiating.

Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.