Monday, May 04, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 5-2-15


Helen Pearl Trotter, of Ward, passed away on April 30. She was born in the Butlerville community of Lonoke County on Dec. 26, 1920, to Emmit Locke Folks and Ruby Mae (Norris) Folks.

She was a homemaker until World War II when she took a job at the ammunition plant in Jacksonville.

Afterward she worked for what became Franklin Electric in Jacksonville until her retirement. When she retired she did volunteer work for Lonoke County Cares. She was a member and actively participated in the Cabot United Methodist Church, and its United Methodist Women for many years. She was a member of Sylvania–Tri Community Extension Homemakers and the Quilters Guild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Trotter; son, Wayne A. Bland, and daughter, Emilea Rooney.

She is survived by her son-in-law, Roger Rooney; grandsons, John and Chuck Rooney and wife Laura; as well as two great-grandchildren, Jeni and Gabe Rooney.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 4, at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home. Burial in Beebe Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Cabot United Methodist Church Music or Youth Departments, 2003 S. Pine St., Cabot, Ark. 72023


Gary Thaxton, 67, of Romance went to be with the Lord on April 30. He was born in Gideon, Mo., to the late Louis and Alma Terry Thaxton.

Gary loved to fish and hunt as well as enjoying animals. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Crowell Thaxton of Romance; son, Jon Thaxton and his wife Sharon of Sherman, Ill.; sister, Carolyn Marlow and her husband Mitchell of Cabot; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and a host of other family and friends.

Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, May 4 in Stanfield Cemetery in Clarkton, Mo.


Deanna Crawford, 75, of Jacksonville went to be with her Lord on April 29. She was born July 24, 1939, in Sayre, Okla., to the late Clifford and Flossie Weston.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Burt Warren Crawford.

She was a faithful member of Maddox Road Baptist Church in Jacksonville

Deanna worked for many years in administration of nursing homes, and she enjoyed fishing. She will always be remembered as a devoted wife, loving mother and caring grandmother.

She is survived by her loving husband, Lloyd Crawford; her daughter, Shawn Wren and her husband Michael; two grandchildren, Chandler Weber and Kaylianne Weber, and six siblings.

Funeral services were held May 2 at Bayou Meto Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Bros. David Talbert and Mel Smith officiating. Interment in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.


Kenneth L. Rollins, 71, of Jacksonville passed away on April 30. He was born on April 16, 1944, in Heber Springs to the late Joe Crockett and Jewell (Miller) Rollins.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Rollins, and two sisters, Joyce Flowers and Daphine Moreland.

Ken retired from the Army Corps of Engineers after 43 years of service. Starting as a field technician, he grew to be a key member of a division with responsibility for the management of state water flow that is overseen by the Corps.

At the Corps, Ken developed a strong work ethic throughout his career. Those values led to a deep feeling regarding the worth of education that he instilled in his children. Both are well-educated, professional educators.

Retirement brought Ken a slower pace that led him to having even more time to critique the Razorbacks. Ken was such an avid fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks that he spent part of his and Judy’s honeymoon attending the 1969 Red/White game.

In the midst of his retirement, a four-legged friend and companion, Duke, was acquired as a rescue Golden Retriever. Retirement also gave Ken the opportunity to spend more time utilizing the Consumer Reports in making purchase decisions.

He was a lifelong Christian and attended McArthur Assembly of God Church in Jacksonville through its decades of growth.

He had a particular fascination with gospel music, with his primary focus being on the Gaither Vocal Band.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Judy (Watkins) Rollins; one son, Rob Rollins and his wife Natalie; one daughter, Beth Davis and her husband Scott; one beloved granddaughter, Kourtney Hudson; step-grandchildren, Ariel and Brittney Davis; one sister, Billie Jo Moore and her husband Don; nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held May 2, at McArthur Assembly of God Church with Pastor Marc Bateman officiating. Entombment at Chapel Hill Pines Mausoleum.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.


Robert John Ballou, 60, of Cabot passed away on April 28. He was born on Nov. 23, 1954.

The family gathered to remember Bob’s impact on every life he encountered throughout his 60-year journey at the home of Laura Langstaff on May 2.

Bob will be laid to rest with a graveside service at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.


Leverta Louise Blackmon, 77, of Ward passed away April 29. She was born April 15, 1938, in Enola (Faulkner County).

A memorial service was held May 2 at the Jerry Gossett residence, 13218 Hwy. 31 North in Ward.

She is survived by her son, Jerry O’Neal Gossett; three grandchildren, Laura Lea Gossett-Ramirez and her husband Lou, Lacy Marie Gossett and Jeremy Lee Gossett; five great-grandchildren, Marleigh Gossett, Aidin Griggs Brianna Staley, Hunter Hicks and Alyssa Gossett; sister, Anita Charette, and brother, Britton Rickett.


John Paul Bauman Jr., also known as Papa John, 81, of Sherwood passed away April 29. He was born in North Little Rock.

John was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Bauman, and his father, John Paul Bauman Sr.

He was a Navy veteran who served in the Korean War and a member of the Knights of Columbus’ North Little Rock chapter.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Etta Grace Bauman; four daughters, Monica Melikian and her husband James, Linda Callahan and her husband Dennis, Cynthia Jackson and her husband Stephen and Karla Claud and her husband Joseph; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and his sister, Sister Mary Elisa Bauman of the Religious Sisters of Mercy.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.


Katlyn Michelle Elslager, 21, of Cabot went to be with her Lord on April 25. She was born Sept. 26, 1993, in Huntington, W. Va., to Christopher and Deanne Plymale Elslager.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jorden Elslager

Katlyn is survived by her parents, Christopher and Deanne Eslager; three brothers, Corey, Dean and Dillon Elslager, all of Cabot; special friend, Kent Cunningham and his daughter, Payton, and his son, Kalen, and a host of other family and friends.

No other service is scheduled. Cremation arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.