Wednesday, September 22, 2010

OBITUARIES >> 09-22-10


Wendi Michelle Hall Snell, 36, of Jacksonville lost her battle with chiari malformation on Sept. 18.

Waiting in heaven were her grandparents, L. G. Teague (Grandpa) and Ivy (Granddaddy) and Alice Hall (Nanny Mutt).

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Joel Snell; her precious daughters, Emily Grace and Olivia Clare; parents, Billy and Pam Hall; grandparents, Larry “Dubby” and June Bonham (Nanny Cokie); sister and best friend, Misty Cagle and her husband Brian, and nephews, Brice and Brady. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Janice Snell; two brother-in-laws, Robert and his wife Misty Snell, and Lee and his wife Wendy Michelle Snell, and niece and nephews, Kaylan, Nathan, and Hayden.

Wendi graduated with honors from Jacksonville High School and received her teaching degree from the University of Central Arkansas. While teaching, she continued her education and received her masters degree. She received the Bobby G. Lester Excellence in Education Award.
At Murrell Taylor, where she was a math specialist, she was on the leadership team, a member of the Arkansas Leadership Academy Team Institute, a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, a member of National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, a member of the Pulaski County Math Curriculum Team, and conducted professional development for Pulaski County Special School District.

She was one of two founding sponsors of Murrell Taylor Student Council and a member of Murrell Taylor PTA.

Wendi’s goals in life were getting married, having children and teaching school. She achieved all of these goals with unwavering love and giving. Wendi was the go-to girl at Murrell Taylor, touching each and every teacher and student whom she came into contact with.

Wendi’s right arm was her mom. They were almost inseparable, especially during Wendi’s failing health.

Thirty-six years was not enough for someone with a heart as big as hers. Her legacy will continue to touch many more lives as her organs have been donated so that others can have a better life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked donations be sent to the Wendi Snell Memorial Fund at Murrell Taylor Elementary School, 1401 Murrell Taylor Drive, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076.

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ron Fewell, Dr. Redding, her neurosurgeon, the Baptist Health family, and the Aurora team for their care and concern.

Visitation was Sept. 21, at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Funeral service with celebration of Wendi’s life will be at Second Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22. Interment following in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

Family requests for all to sign her guestbook. Visit

Arrangements by Wood Bean Family Memorial Center, 2620 W Main St., Jacksonville, Ark. 72076 (501) 982-3400.


Barbara Hamilton Reed, 74, of Winter Haven, Fla., lost her battle with cancer Sept. 16.

She was born Sept. 16, 1936. She graduated from Lonoke High School, received a bachelor’s of science degree from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in physics with honors from Purdue University.

During her early career, she did research, lectured and taught government personnel radiation nuclear physics and worked in a number of other countries for the United States.
After teaching 19 years in the Sarasota, Fla., high schools, she retired to Winter Haven, Fla., was an avid water-sports participant, and enjoyed traveling to all continents. She was a lifelong Methodist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James B. and Jewel Hamilton Reed, and is survived by three cousins and her extended family in Florida, the Fred McCoy’s of Auburndale and many friends and ex-students who benefited from her knowledge.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 Lonoke Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, Fla. 33823. Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Irene M. “Rene” McCollum, 85, of Jacksonville passed away Sept. 18.

She was born on April 23, 1925, in Morehouse, Mo., to Frank and Ida Elder.

Mom was certified as an airline stewardess, nurse and beautician, but her job in life was a full-time wife, mother, grandmother and Christian servant. Until her final days, her motto was “If God gives me the day, He gives it for service to Him.”

She worked faithfully even to the age of 84 with people of all ages in her church. Most will remember her as “Miss Huggie,” since her mission became to hug everyone she came near, to show the outpouring of God’s love to all.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.

She is survived by her son, James D. Carr Sr. of Jacksonville; her daughter, Rebecca Hardwick and her husband John of Jacksonville; her stepsons, Bill McCollum and his wife Betty of Lenexa, Kan., Bobby McCollum and his wife Mary of Dallas; 10 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, James O. Carr, William Howell, and Robert McCollum, two sisters and two brothers.

The funeral was Sept. 21 at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville. Burial was in Mayflower Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, 401 N. First St. Jacksonville, Ark. 72076 or Pet Angels of Jacksonville, 217 S. Redmond Road, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076.

Arrangements were by North Little Rock Funeral Home.