Wednesday, November 16, 2011

OBITUARIES >> 11-19-11


Jeffrey Leeroy Hamilton, 54, of El Paso died Nov. 15.

He was born Aug. 29, 1957, in Detroit to Lorraine Lawrence Hamilton Johnson and the late Joseph Lee Hamilton.

Hamilton served his country in the Air Force and was a member of Beebe First Baptist Church.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ossie Jane Hamilton.

Hamilton is survived by his wife, Mercelita Hamilton, of El Paso; his children, Theresa Dinkins and Andre Hamilton, both of Detroit, Jeffrey Hamilton Jr., Latasha Hamilton and Erica Hamilton, all of California, and Gabriel Hamilton of El Paso; his stepchildren, Timothy and Brent Chapman; his mother, Lorraine Lawrence Hamilton Johnson; his brothers and sisters, Stephen Hamilton, Adrian Hamilton, Sharon Nagallon, Tania Johnson and Tracy Parker, as well as three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at Beebe First Baptist Church, with Bro. Bob Hall officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock.


Jerrel N. Stamps, a long-time resident of Little Rock, peacefully passed away Nov. 16 at the age of 86. He was born in 1925 in El Paso to the late William Earl and Maude Evelyn Stamps, the baby of the family. He was preceded in death by his siblings Elbridge and Loyal Stamps, Geneva Fecher and Marlene Taylor. Known to his family and long-time friends as Nelson, his business associates knew him as Jerrel.

He was the most wonderful provider to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was affectionately known as Papa to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 58 years, Moleta, in 2009.

He had a 60-year career in the electrical transformer business, beginning employment at Arkansas Electric Cooperatives in April 1951 in Jacksonville. The business later moved to North Little Rock on Broadway, then eventually to southwest Little Rock.

He is survived by his daughters, Cathy Alley of Little Rock, Sissy Stamps of Beebe, Shelly Herndon Leggieri of Beebe and Kelly Brundage of Sarasota, Fla.; grandsons, Justin and his wife Mindi Alley, of Little Rock, Jeremy Herndon of Little Rock, John Taylor Leggieri of Beebe and Cody Brundage of Sarasota, Fla., and great-granddaughters, Haven Grace Alley and Addison Rose Alley of Little Rock. In addition, he is survived by his sister-in-law, Alta Rea Stamps of Conway, and a host of nieces and nephews. He will be truly missed in the lives of many.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Delbra Caradine and Margaret of the House Calls Program at UAMS for providing support and comfort to the family and to Arkansas Hospice for its care as well.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe, with graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. at Stoney Point Cemetery. Casual attire is acceptable. Memorials may be made to any charity of choice.


Deborah Sue Hope of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord on Nov. 17. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.

She was born May 6, 1957, to the late Charles William Akins and Rebecca Sue Elliott Akins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her niece Amanda Porterfield.

She is survived by her children, Gregory Patrick Hope II and his wife, Ellen; Tiffany Rae Hope and her husband, James Zajac; siblings, Danny William Akins, Ronald Dennis Akins and Dawn Renee Porterfield; grandchildren, Oliver Patrick Hope, Gregory Taylor Rhodes, Christopher Bryson Hope and Christopher Zajac, and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at the funeral home.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

The family wishes to express its deep appreciation for the memorial fund given by employees of Gwatney Chevrolet.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Vincent C. Cucco, 66, of Cabot died Nov. 16.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Cabot and the VFW. Vincent served 31 years of active duty for the Army National Guard. After his retirement, he was a direct salesman for Sears. He was preceded in death by his father, Fredrick Joseph Cucco.
Vincent is survived by his wife, Lynda Copenhaver Cucco of Cabot; his sons, Vincent S. Cucco of Rogers and Jeremy L. Cucco and his wife, Elizabeth, of Frederick- burg, Va.; his mother, Opal Wittemore Redding Cucco; his siblings, Fredrick J. Cucco Jr., Toni Cross and Elizabeth Thomas, all of Pennsylvania, and one grandson, William J. Cucco.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 at the First Baptist Church in Cabot, with Rev. Dick Avey officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local VFW or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Charles E. Keck Sr., 75, of Quitman passed away Nov. 16. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He loved fishing, hunting, boating and traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy L. Keck; sons, Chuck Keck and his wife, Vicki, of Jackson-ville, Grady Keck and his wife, Carrie, of Allen Park, Mich., and Tracy Keck and his wife, Terry, of Cabot; daughter Belinda Keck of Jacksonville; brother Dwain Keck of Carlisle; one stepsister, Virginia Santinelli of Jacksonville, 10 stepchildren, 26 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Ollie Keck; grandson Taylor Keck; one step-grandson, James Hinkle, two sisters and one brother.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, Ark., 72207, or the Arkansas Game and Fish Com-mission Educational Programs, 2 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, Ark., 72205.


James “Jim” Briggs Beckham III, 55, of Mountain Home, formerly of Cabot, passed away Nov. 13.

He was born March 14, 1956, to James and June Beckham Jr. in Nashville, Tenn.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Ruth Anne Beckham; father, James Briggs Beckham Jr., and stepfather, Johnny Martin.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy Beckham, of the home; three children, James “Jay” Beckham IV of Mountain View, Alicen Cunningham of Mountain Home and Matthew Beckham of the home; mother, June Martin, of North Little Rock; four grandchildren, James Briggs Beckham V, Cain Cunningham, Ryder Beckham and Myia Cunningham; his good friend Jay Pierson of Mountain Home, and his babies, Little Girl and Little Bittie.

A private funeral was held Nov. 16.

Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.