Monday, August 03, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 8-01-15


Dr. James H. Abraham of Little Rock died peacefully at home on July 29. A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church on Pleasant Valley Drive in Little Rock at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. There will be a brief reception to follow in the Great Hall. His family will then have a private graveside service in Lonoke. Full obituary will follow. Arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.

Dr. James H. Abraham II, 85, of Little Rock, died peacefully on July 29, 2015. He was born April 16, 1930, to James B. and Allie Mae Boone Abraham in Lonoke.

Jim attended Hendrix College in Conway, graduating in 1951. He then attended UAMS, where he graduated with honors. Jim was a captain in the Army and served in the Medical Corps in Germany from 1955 through 1957. Upon his return to Little Rock, he completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology.

In 1961, he joined Drs. George Mitchell, Bill Ross and Sexton Lewis to found the Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic, where he practiced until his retirement in 1996.

Jim was an avid fan of the outdoors and made numerous trips down the Buffalo River with his family and friends. Later in life, he pursued his appreciation of horse racing and was in regular attendance at Oaklawn Park. He was a patron of the arts, and especially loved opera. One of his final excursions was to fulfill a lifetime dream of attending a performance at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Twenty years ago, he met his loving wife, Michele, who became his steadfast companion. As health issues encroached, Jim’s life was nurtured, enriched and expanded immeasurably by her steadfast and loving care.

In addition to his wife and her son, Bradley, Jim’s life and memory will be cherished by those he leaves behind, including his children, Dr. Dana Carol Abraham of Little Rock, Dr. James Howard Abraham III and his wife Patty of Little Rock, and Dr. Robert Lucien Abraham and his wife Ashley of Nashville, Tenn., from his marriage to Lucy Lincoln Abraham; his brother, Tom of Petit Jean, and seven grandchildren, Alexis Best and Jarod Deislinger of Little Rock, Joey, Nathan and Ben Abraham of Little Rock, and Lilly and Rex Abraham of Nashville, Tenn.

A family graveside service will be held in Lonoke. A celebration of his life was held at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock Aug. 1.


Elizabeth G. Rutledge, 89, of Jacksonville went to be with her Lord on July 27.

She was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Lake Worth, Fla., to the late Ray and Mary Unkefer.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, crafting and water aerobics.

She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Leon Rutledge; one son, Stanley K. Rutledge, and her sister, Evelyn Durst.

She is survived by her daughters, Carol S. Rutledge, Mary Ellen Carmichael and her husband Steve; one brother, Earl Unkefer; her grandchildren, Amy Jones, Scott Barton and Kevin Rutledge; one great-grandson, Eli Jones, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held July 30 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Bro. Cliff Hutchins officiating. Interment was in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.


Johnie Stracener, 90, of Ward went to be with the Lord on July 29. He was a World War II Army Air Corp veteran.

Johnie worshipped Jesus at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Beebe for 21 years and was prayer leader for more than 50 at First Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock. He was a dedicated alter worker, who prayed for everyone in need.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma; his parents, Hezikiah and Fen Stracener, and a son, Gary.

Johnie is survived by two sons; Ron and his wife Lois, and Tracy and wife his Christine; three daughters, Carla Gaylor, Vanessa Stracener Cummings and Kim Stracener Perez, 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Aug. 1 at the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Beebe. The services were officiated by Sister Marylyn Tetrick, Dr. John Scheel, Pastor Jason Scheel and Pastor Joel Holmes.

Arrangements were by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.


Frankie Lou Howe, 82, died July 28.

He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and was the American Legion commander of Eagle-Lily Post 200 in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

His survivors include his wife, Harletia Howe; a son, Danny Ray Howe of Lonoke; his daughters, Brenda Howe of Bryant and Deborah Dixon and her husband George of Lonoke, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Loretta Stephens Howe, and his siblings, Dean Puckett, Raymond Howe, Freddie Howe, Irene Hatchtmeyer and Betty Shields.

A graveside service with full military honors was held Aug. 1 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Cabot. Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke.


Shirley Dianne Young, 66, passed away July 28 in Searcy.

She was born Dec. 5, 1948, in Little Rock to the late Elbert Keathley and Ruth Byrd Holmes.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Young; three sisters, Sybil Armstrong, Terry Ramirez and Tanga Myers, and two brothers, Buddy and Ronnie Keathley.

She is survived by her son Buddy and his wife Norma Hill of Cabot; three daughters, Samantha Powers and her husband Bob of Hawesville, Ky., Tammy Lake and her husband Philip of North Little Rock and Kimberly Chapman of Austin; a brother, Bobby Keathley; her sisters, Nyanna Bonham, Doris Cecil, Tiny Davis, Patsy Grammer, Lenora Wiggins and Katrina Simpson; six grandchildren, Gabriel and Zachary Hill, Ashley, Amber and Philip Lake Jr., Whitney Chapman and Cameron Powers; two great-grandchildren, Michelle Hill and Layla Chapman, and a host of nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held July 31 at Thomas Funeral Chapel in Cabot. Interment was at Apple Hill Cemetery in Austin.