Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Grady Starr

Grady George Moses Starr, 93, a World War II veteran of Beebe, born in Enola on June 7, 1917, was called home to be with the Lord on Feb. 2.

His parents, Arthur Starr and Artie Garland Starr, preceded him in death.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 70 years, Pauline Watson Starr; his sister, Vivian Cheek Sehorn of Bakersfield, Calif.; his sons, Donald and his wife Linda, Larry and his wife Suzanne, and Mike and his wife Janie;  daughter, Sonia Spigner and her husband Tom; loving grandchildren, Don, Tammy Waldron and her husband Steve, Michelle Salazar and her husband Alex, Mark, Meredith, T.J. Spigner and his wife Kristin, and Elizabeth Spigner, great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Alec, Alexa and Alyssa, as well as beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 at Wood Bean Family Memorial Center in Jacksonville. The funeral will be held at the Romance Church of Christ at 3 p.m. Feb. 7.

Memorials may be sent to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Ark., 72116.

geneva kent
Geneva Clem Kent, 86, of Lonoke departed this earthly life on Feb. 2 to meet her Lord and Savior.

She was born in Izard County on Oct. 6, 1924, to the late J.T. and Lily Clem.

Geneva was a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church but attended Eastside Baptist Church after moving to Lonoke. She was a graduate of Melbourne High School. She was also a graduate of Harding College in Searcy and received her master’s degree in science and social work from the University of Tennessee.

She is survived by her son Sam Mason and his wife Cynthia of Lonoke.

Geneva was “Geega” to her two grandsons, Brendan and his wife Jessie of North Little Rock and Alex of Lonoke. She is also survived by her sister, Jane Haley, of Mabelvale and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at Melbourne Cemetery with Bro. David Gibson officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or to Alzheimer’s research.

Geneva’s family would like to thank Chambers Nursing Home of Carlisle and Baptist Health Hospice for taking such good care of her.

robert hinson
Robert Carrol “R.C.” Hinson, 94, of Cabot died Feb. 2.

He was born Jan. 26, 1917, in Centerville, Tenn., to the late James Henry and Docie Ann Tibbs Hinson. 

R.C. was a member of Briarwood Baptist Church of Cabot.  He was a retired owner and operator of a grade-A milk dairy and later worked as a building contractor in Cabot and surrounding areas. 

He was known as the “chair man” as he loved working and selling oak rocking chairs and porch swings. 

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Marshall Hinson, and sons, Robert Carrol Hinson Jr. and Don Marshall Hinson.  He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. 

He is survived by a host of nephews, nieces and friends.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 at Briarwood Baptist Church with Pastor Fred Reddoch officiating.
Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Briarwood Baptist Church, 1872 Willie Ray Drive, Cabot, Ark. 72023.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.

joseph hudson jr.

Joseph Barksdale Hudson Jr., 85, of Romance was born April 5, 1925, in McBride, Miss., and he died Feb. 1.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and served as deputy sheriff and worked for Shell Chemical Company for 25 years.  He was a Baptist and a Mason who enjoyed flower gardening and fishing.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wives, Virginia and Wanda; one son, Joe Wayne; grandsons, Logan, Mike and Daniel; brothers, Edward and Boyd, and his sister Margie. 

He is survived by his children, Gary and his wife Mary of Colorado, Sandi and her husband Ronnie of Arkansas, Rick and his wife Frannie of Arkansas, Doug and his wife Christy of Colorado and Dee Dee and her husband Ronnie of Arkansas, 24 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, brothers, Cornie of Mississippi and Johnny of Colorado; and sisters, Francis of Louisiana, Sylvia of Washington and Annette of Tennessee.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7 at Floyd United Methodist Church, with burial in New Floyd Cemetery.
mary purcell

Mary Ellen Purcell, 87, of Roswell, Ga., passed away Jan. 31.  

She was born and raised in Paxton, Ill. She married Army Air Corps Sergeant Junot Purcell in January 1941.  After his retirement, they resided in Jacksonville until his death in 1995, when she moved to Roswell.

She is survived by her children, Sally Dodds and her husband Norman of Alpharetta, Ga., Linda Bailey and her husband Darrell of Cullman Ala., and Nancy Kiehl of Phoenix, Az. She is also survived by six grandchildren, John Dodds of Raleigh, N.C., Stacey Dodds Armond of Mandeville, La., and Benjamin Bailey of Orlando, Fla., Wendy Tuger of Ponchatoula, La., Tony and Christopher Kiehl of Phoenix, Az. Mary had four great-grandchildren.

Mary helped to establish Hope Lutheran Church in Jacksonville.  She was a member of Rivercliffe Lutheran Church in Sandy Springs, Ga.  

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Jacksonville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rivercliffe Lutheran Church or the American Lung Association in Mary’s memory.
Seth Renuard
Seth Andrew Renuard of Little Rock passed away Feb. 1, the day he was born to his loving parents, Brandon and Rebecca Renuard. 

Seth was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Richard Ewing, Dominador Biscante and Thomas Renuard Sr., as well as his great-grandmother, Sandra Renuard.

He is survived by his grandparents, Robert and Rosalina Ewing, and Thomas and Kimberly Renuard, all of Cabot; three great-grandmothers, Gladys Renuard, Tomiko Wakefield and Hermida Biscante; a great-grandfather, Marion Snaples; and aunts and uncles, Marcela Ewing, Trey and Kayla Renuard and Kordell Renuard.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5 in the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, with Reverend Ernest Hardesty officiating.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.

toshiko st. john
Toshiko Maeshiro St. John, 68, of Cabot ascended to heaven Feb. 4.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, William P. St. John, of Cabot; two sons, Brian of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Jeffrey of Germany, currently  serving in  Afghanistan; a daughter-in-law, Ceylan “Jenny” of Velsec, Germany, and her two granddaughters, Mariah and Asia.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.  

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.