Wednesday, May 20, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 5-23-15


Norma Horness, 84, of Cabot went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 22.

She was born in Cabot to the late Ivy Emerson Patton and Viona Elizabeth Cole Patton.

She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was the oldest and longest current member of Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.

Norma was the salutatorian of her high school class of 1949.

She was also quite a cook. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, she cooked it all with some help from her son Gary. They would begin cooking at 4:30 a.m. in the morning and her dressing was liked by everyone. She also loved cooking and working at the nursing home.

Norma loved everyone and told them often. If she met you, you were never forgotten.

She enjoyed spending Saturdays with Carol and hitting every store. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Don Bevis; one sister, Louise Housley, and two infant brothers.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Bevis of Cabot; one son, Gary Horness and his wife JoBeth of Gravel Ridge; their father, Carlos Horness; one sister, Marjorie McMahan, and two brothers, Charles Patton and his wife Betty, and Clifford Patton and his wife Susie, all of Cabot, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews.

The funeral with be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 26 at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, May 25 at Thomas Funeral Chapel.


Alton Tenison, 72, of Lonoke went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 21.

He was born in Carlisle to the late Kelse and Margaret Perryman Tenison.

He married the love of his life, Linda Lou Tipton, on Nov. 18, 1962, in Coy.

Alton was a faithful member, deacon and served as the leader for the Senior Saints at New Testament Missionary Baptist Church in Lonoke.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his precious grandchildren, including the furry ones, too, as well as camping and fishing.

Music was Alton’s world. He spent many hours playing his guitar and hosting impromptu picking and grinning sessions with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Lou Tenison, of Lonoke; four children, Jeff Tenison of Sherwood, Mark Tenison and his wife Melinda of Jackson-ville, Beth Scales and her husband Nathan, and Amy Scales, and her husband Aaron, all of Cabot; five grandchildren, April Berryman, Cassidy Tenison, Luke, Ethan and Emma Scales, and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Thomas Funeral Chapel in Cabot. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 24 at Union Valley Cemetery in Coy. Memorials may be made to Summit Hospice.


Paul Dean Wilson, Sr., 72, of Ward, was born May 5, 1943, in Jacksonport, to William and Nora (Rutherford) Wilson, and he died Thursday, May 21.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandra Wilson; daughter, Julie Lacy-Crafton and husband Michael; son, Paul Dean Wilson, Jr.; three grandchildren, Joe Lacy, Joshua Lacy and his wife Amber and Chace Gibson; one great-grandson, Aaron Lacy; brothers, Wayne Wilson and Kenneth Wilson; and sister, Peggy Wilson.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Lynn Wilson; brothers and sisters, William Wilson, Jr., Dorothy Thomblinson, Wilma Robertson, and Clay Wilson.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 25 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at First Gospel Church in Little Rock, with burial in Carter Cemetery in Russell.


John T. (J.T.) Roberson Jr., 84, of Jacksonville passed away May 16 at North Little Rock. He was born Jan. 5, 1931, in North Little Rock. He was the son of John T. Roberson Sr. and Bamma Lucille Shoppach Roberson.

Mr. Roberson was an Air Force veteran, serving as a tech sergeant during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was also a retired machine operator at Remington Arms. Mr. Roberson was a member of the Masons, and he thoroughly enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his son, Jackie Wayne Roberson.

Survivors include his children, Tom Roberson and his wife Kay, Pam Gunn and Cheryl Ellison and her husband Randy, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and 12 beloved brothers and sisters.

A graveside service was held May 18 at Concord Cemetery in Furlow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord Cemetery Association, 436 Furlow Loop, Lonoke, Ark. 72086.


Anna Belle Spears, 88, of El Paso was born to Harvey and Lizzy Smith on Aug. 6, 1926, and died on May 16.

Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Spears, her parents, three brothers and six sisters.

She is survived by her son, William Spears; a daughter, Diane Rainey and her husband Joe; a sister, Juanita Quattlebaum, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral was May 19 at Grissard Cemetery in El Paso. Arrangements were by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home.


Elmer Raymond Shaeffer, born May 18, 1925, to the late Edward and Leah Nibb Thompson Shaeffer was called home to Heaven on May 19.

He was 90 years and 1 day old and a great caring and loving man who will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his son, Marcus Steven Shaeffer, and 15 brothers and sisters.

He is survived by his loving wife, Paula Shaeffer of Lonoke; daughters, Kim Adler and her husband Jim of Cabot and Tawalla Jones and her husband Jim of Beebe; three grandchildren, Debra Ballard of Lonoke, Bryan Ballard of Beebe and Shae Ballard of San Antonio, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Shine of Cabot and Spenser Ballard of Beebe, and a sister, Mary, of Orlando, Fla.

The funeral was held May 22 at Mt Zion United Methodist Church in Lonoke.