Monday, April 30, 2012

OBITUARIES >> 4-28-12


Gurstal Rvada Graves, 87, of Ward passed away April 23.

She was born March 18, 1925, in Cromwell, Okla., to the late Odie and Mary Keenom Skaggs.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Remnant Pentecostal Church in Austin.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Graves was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Graves, son Frank Graves Jr., and four brothers.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Johnson, and her husband Jerry of Beebe; her son, Gary Graves, and his wife Linda of Ward; two grandchildren, Gary Graves Jr. and his wife Julia, and Steven Paul Graves and his wife Tracy; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Austin and Jimmy Graves, and four siblings, James Lee Skaggs of Prescott, Ariz., Billy Joe Skaggs, Odie Skaggs and Louise Stokes, all of Phoenix, Ariz., and Betty Coy of Hartshorne, Okla.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Beebe. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1 at the church, with Pastor John Scheel officiating. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock.
Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Zeda Leona Shearer, 88, of Austin changed her residence from Earth to Heaven on April 25.

She was born Aug. 3, 1923, in Brumett and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ernest Gregory, and second husband, Rev. Preston Shearer; her parents, Rob and Barbara Herring; son Clifton Eugene Gregory; stepson Danny Shearer and eight siblings.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Bill Gregory and his wife Marilyn of Austin, Cliff Gregory and his wife Mary of Jacksonville, and Lenora Shearer of Cabot; three stepchildren, Dathel Balch and her husband Bob of Clewiston, Fla., Maradean Jarrett of Searcy, and Janet Matlock and her husband Donnie of Fort Smith; 14 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. Pastor Happy Caldwell and Pastor David Harper will officiate. Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot.

The family thanks the staff of Cabot Nursing and Rehabilitation and Arkansas Hospice for their exceptional care of Mrs. Shearer.


Guy D. Spence, 90, of Ward, passed away April 27.

He was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Arkansas to the late Earl A. and Cynthia Spence.

He was also preceded in death by wife Fern Stevenson Spence; another wife, Emma Jean Smith Spence; brother Milburn Spence; sisters, Dorothy Cates and Willie Ann Spence; a grandson, Rodney Spence; a great-grandson, Seth Allen McMurtry, and stepson Lindy Smith.

He is survived by children, Mike Spence and his wife Sharon of Austin, Doris Raymond of Sherwood, Janice Duncan and her husband Frank of Quitman, Deborah Hodges and her husband Loyd and Terry McMurtry and her husband Harold of Austin; stepchildren, Harold Smith, Diane Mayhair and Donna Callison and her husband Larry, all of Cabot; siblings, Earl K. Spence and his wife Alice, James Lon Spence and his wife Marilyn, Jerry Spence and his wife Pearl and Joyce White and his her husband T.C.; eight grandchildren, James McMurtry, Shawn Raymond, Randy Raymond, Keith Duncan, Tina Griffin, Angela Cooper, Dawn Lewis and Holly Hodges, 16 great-grandchildren, seven step grandchildren, 15 step-great-grandchildren and one step-great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be at 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 30 at Christ Worship Center in Cabot.

Interment will be at Concord Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Geneva Baldwin-Wilson, 74, died April 26.

She is survived by her husband, Tim Wilson; daughter Virginia Baldwin; son Tim Wilson Jr.; one brother, Bill Allen; two sisters, Shirley Henry and Linda Gerski, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Boyd Funeral Home.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 30 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke with interment at Brownsville Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Boyd Funeral Home.


Ola Mae Willems, 87, of Beebe passed away April 25 in Beebe. She was born Nov. 24, 1924.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter and a son. She is survived by four grandchildren, Michael McDonald and his wife Terri of Cabot, Ricky McDonald of North Little Rock, Barry McDonald of Texas and Joseph McDonald of Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Interment was at Evans Cemetery. Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Donna Kennedy, 42, of Searcy was born June 28, 1969, in Beebe to Robert Hughin and Norma Sue Bevill Vincent, and she died April 20.

Donna is survived by three children, Erica Brooks and her husband Aaron of Searcy, Megan Smith and husband Jonathan of Searcy, and Scott Clause of Bald Knob; her mother, Norma Sue Vincent, of McRae and her husband David Kennedy of McRae; a brother, Martin Vincent, of Beebe; two sisters, Rebecca Goodman of Searcy and Julie Shelby of McRae, six nieces, three nephews, one nephew-in-law, two great-nieces and one great-nephew.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Robert Hughin Vincent; two brothers, David Charles Vincent and Jordan Ross Vincent.

The funeral was April 27, with burial in Antioch Cemetery.


Ronnie Colbert Sr., 70, of Ward passed away April 22.

He was born Feb. 10, 1942, to the late R.L. and Armilee Colbert in Booneville.

He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Bernice Colbert; brother Wayne Colbert, and sister-in-law “Duck.”

He is survived by his wife, Rita Colbert, of Ward; four children, James Harley Colbert and his wife Susan of Rachel, W.V., Ronnie Colbert Jr. and his wife Maria of Ward, Terry Lynn Colbert and his wife Melinda and Timothy Ray Colbert and his wife Angela, both of Austin; two stepchildren, James Edward Millsap of Antioch and Steven Thomas Millsap and his wife Annette of Ward; two brothers, Jerrie Powell Colbert of Little Rock and Demilee Colbert of Ward, 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, along with many other family members and friends.

The funeral was April 25 at Antioch Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.