Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OBITUARIES >> 10-29-14


Retired Army Sgt. Major Harold Prince, 82, of Jacksonville went to be with his Lord on Oct. 27.

He was born Nov. 14, 1931, in Marmaduke (Greene County) to the late Dave and Lura Prince.

Mr. Prince served in the Army for more than 27 years. He was a Green Beret, served several tours in Vietnam and worked in Signal Corps and Communications.

After retirement he went on to work as a civil engineer. He attended Sylvan Hills Community Church in Sherwood and was a member of VFW Post 4548 and Moose Lodge 944. He enjoyed music, dancing, and was a motorcycle enthusiast.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Prince; children, David Prince and his wife Judy, Gary Prince, Dennis Prince and his wife Gerri, Gregory Prince and his wife Sandra, and Kimberly Prince; step-children, Danny Carter, Ricky Carter, Steve Carter and Mary (Sissy) Twitty; special friends, Gill and Rhonda Moser, Stan Williams, Fred Bergan and Gerald Jones, 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Bro. Tim McMinn officiating. Entombment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Michael David Wayne Lucas, 25, of Jacksonville went to be with the Lord on Oct. 25.

He was born in Turlock, Calif., to Michael Wayne and Renee Lynn Lucas.

He is survived by his mother, Renee Lucas of North Little Rock and father Michael Lucas of Jacksonville, sister Amber Lucas of North Little Rock, brother Phillip Lucas of Cabot, and host of other friends and loved ones.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Changepoint Church in Cabot.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Donna Ruth Williams, 57, of Cabot passed away on Oct. 25.

She was born Jan. 15, 1957, in Houston, Texas, to Jerry Sowell and Jean Davenport.

She was married to Milton Williams on May 13, 1979, in Cabot. Donna was an alumnus of the University of Arkansas and was employed with Cabot Public Schools.

She passed on her wisdom and passion of art to the students at Cabot Middle School North for many years. Donna had the ability to make art interesting in order for students to express themselves.

She enjoyed hiking trails in Arkansas, traveling with her husband and playing with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Milton Williams; children, John Williams, Jesse Williams and his wife Sara, Kaci Williams; mother Jean Davenport, and grandchildren, Connor Williams, Julia Dill, Caden Williams, Ellen Williams and Audrey Williams. 

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at the First Baptist Church of Cabot.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Johnny Moory Jr., 85, of Jacksonville went to be with his Lord on Oct. 26.

He was born Aug. 28, 1929, in DeWitt (Arkansas County) to the late Johnny and Muriel Moory.

He was a graduate of DeWitt High School, where he played football for the DeWitt Dragons. He went on to graduate from Arkansas Teachers College and the University of Arkansas.

Mr. Moory served as a paratrooper in the Army during the Korean War.

He made his career in education and was a teacher at Dewitt Eastside Elementary. He served as principal at Warren Dupree and Homer Adkins elementary schools, and he was the elementary director for the Pulaski County Special School District.

He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, where he formerly served as chairman of the board. His hobbies included camping, fishing and watching the Arkansas Razorbacks.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Ida Lou Moory. He is also survived by his children, John Paul Moory of New York City, Susan Holliday of Newport (Jackson County), Steven Todd Moory and his wife, Julie, of Sherwood, Sara Elizabeth Cobb and her husband Jamie of Cabot; grandchildren, Courtney Cobb, Camille Holliday, Chase Cobb and his wife Mariah, and Steven Moory; great-grandchildren, Corbin Cobb and Arabella Cobb, and one sister, Helen Spurgeon.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 with a funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, with Rev. Wendell Dorman officiating. Entombment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Wanda Lee Smith, 84, of Ward went to be with the Lord on Oct. 24 in North Little Rock. She was born July 18, 1930, in El Paso to the late Michel and Cecil Killough Hardin.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Loyd Hardin, and sister, Maycle Hardin.

She is survived by her husband, Jesse Smith, of Ward; a daughter, Peggy Brewczynski, of Cabot; two sons, Milton Baker of Jacksonville and Johnnie Sanders of Cabot; sister, Hilda Waymack, of Cabot; brother, Milton Hardin, of Cabot, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and a host of other family and friends.

The funeral was held Oct. 28 at Thomas Funeral Chapel. Arrangements were by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Melanie Lee Davidson, 64, of El Paso passed away on Oct. 24.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was born July 21, 1950, in Lincoln, Neb., to the late Maynard Amos Teed and Violet Scott Teed.

Her father was in the military, which allowed her to live all around the world. She loved the time she spent in Puerto Rico. Melanie lived her life to fullest everyday and is now relieved from the burdens of poor health.

She was loved by many and will be missed dearly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Maynard Joseph Teed.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie Davidson; two sons, David Calvert and his wife Cindy, Joe Calvert and his wife Tammy; four grandchildren, Alexandria Calvert, Jake Calvert, Sydney Calvert and Joey Calvert, and two nephews, Eric Teed and Kris Teed.

The funeral was held Oct. 27 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Cabot. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Charles Dean Spradlin, 74, of Beebe died Oct. 23.

He was born Jan. 19, 1940, at Pearcy (Garland County) to George Spradlin and Vera Permenter Spradlin.

He was retired from industrial maintenance and continued working full-time as a farmer until his death. He married Anna Belle Liles on June 20, 1957.

Charles was predeceased by his parents; brothers, James and Dennis Spradlin; sisters, Wilma and her husband A.C. House, and Arcie and her husband Carlos Sumler; sister-in-law Lorene Spradlin, and a grandson, Matthew Spradlin.

In addition to his wife, Anna, he is survived by brothers, Jessie Spradlin of Waukegan, Ill., and Junior and his wife Midge Spradlin of Grays Lake, Ill.; sister Marie Crisco of Beebe, and sister-in-law Ann Spradlin of Beebe.

He is survived by four children, David and his wife Tonia Spradlin of Beebe, Sarah and her husband Gene Manning of North Little Rock, Charlene and her husband Ronny Chambers of Beebe, and Kathy and her husband Mike Modlin of Beebe; six grandchildren, Laura and her husband Mike Bedwell of Vilonia, Natalie and her husband Kraig Magby of Beebe, Debra and her husband Rico Garcia of Wichita, Kansas, Rebecca and her husband Daniel Cockrum of Blacksburg, Va., Gabriel and his wife Lacy Chambers of Ward, Stephanie and her husband Justin Crowder of Beebe, eight great-grandchildren, and his faithful companion, Morkie.

The funeral was Oct. 27 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe, with burial at Stoney Point Cemetery.


Jessie Lee Owens, 75, of Austin was born Feb. 17, 1939, passed away Oct. 24.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Clara Owens; siblings, Ann Thompson, Sharon Allen and Bill Owens; son-in-law Jimmy Theroux, and great-grandson Peyton Owens.

Jessie is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Lou Owens. He is also survived by sons, Tim Owens and his wife Mary, and Jeff Owens and his wife Brandy; daughter Nancy Theroux; grandchildren, Becky Fowler and her husband Scott, Tony Owens and his wife Brandi, Randy Owens and his wife Jessica, Matt Owens and his wife B.J., Pamela Fitch and her husband J.C., Jaymee Barnard and her husband Jeremy, Brittany Owens and her husband Kalan, Kayla Owens and her husband Colby, Zach Howard and Bradley Howard; great-grandchildren, Hallie Cochran, Madison Penrod, Hunter Fowler, Brantley Owens, Braden Owens, Gabriel Owens, Emmalee Owens, Tommy Fitch, Leslie Fitch, Andrea Fitch and Dallas Cox, and sister Brenda Burr and her husband Ron.

The funeral was held Oct. 28 at Victory Baptist Church in Cabot, officiated by Ben Leonard. Interment was at Union Grove Cemetery in Pleasant Plains.

Allen Burr, Kevin Pruett, Anthony Owens, Greg Pruett, Ricky McDougal, and Mark Gilbert served as pallbearers.

Arrangements were by Arkansas Funeral Care.


Freida McArthur Harwood Sims, 83, of Little Rock passed away on Oct. 26.

She was born in Marvell (Phillips County). Before moving to Little Rock, Mrs. Sims was a longtime resident of Lonoke, where she and her husband, Hulen, farmed and owned the Farmer’s Kitchen restaurant. Freida then worked at Walmart, where she began as a sales clerk and worked her way up to assistant manager.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hulen Harwood, of Lonoke; her second husband, Carl Sims, of Conway; her grandson, Alex Harwood, of Humboldt, Tenn.; brother Douglas McArthur of Norfolk, Va.; sister Fay Brown of Lonoke, and her parents, Arvel and Nettie McArthur.

She is survived by her son, Andy Harwood and his wife Patricia of Humboldt, Tenn., daughter Susan Harwood Shaddox and husband Ken of Conway; grandsons, Sage Shaddox and Zach Shaddox and wife Deanna; sister Kathy French and husband Bob of Albuquerque, N.M., and brother James Latham McArthur and wife Dottie of Wimberly, Texas, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Freida loved country music, board games, cooking for her family, fishing and gardening. But most of all, she loved her children and her family and enjoyed taking care of them. Her coconut pie, fried chicken and homemade macaroni’s will be sorely missed.

The funeral was held Oct. 27 Somers Avenue Church of Christ. Interment was at Lonoke Cemetery.

Memorials can be made to the Southern Christian Home in Morrilton or to the Arkansas Hospice Foundation.

Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.



James Michael Fitzpatrick, 62, of Austin was born Feb. 24, 1952, and passed away Oct. 23.

James was a loving father who mentored and guided his children and grandchildren. He was a 20-year veteran of the Air Force. He also had a passion for reading and history.

He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Marguerite Fitzpatrick; brother, Robert Dennis Fitzpatrick; mother of his children, Kanika Thompson.

James is survived by children, John Fitzpatrick of Austin, David Fitzpatrick of Little Rock and Joseph Fitzpatrick and his wife Sarah of Dagsboro, Del.; their stepmother, Chawiwan Fitzpatrick; grandchildren, Joey and Jaycee Fitzpatrick, both of Dagsboro, and Michael Fitzpatrick of Fairbanks, Alaska; one brother; five sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Patricia Ann Ernst, 61, Jacksonville, born February 26, 1953, passed away Oct. 14 of natural death. She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Ernst; daughter, Misty Kennedy and brother, Gary Ernst.

She is survived by and was taken care of by her loving daughter, Amber R. Galluppo; mother, Flora Ernst; sister, Paula Poplawski; brother, Billy Ernst, and two grandchildren, Charles and Jose Galluppo.