Wednesday, September 02, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 09-2-15


Victor Gale (Bill) Swann, 91, of Benton, formerly of Beebe, passed away, with his daughter by his side, on Aug. 31 at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant.

He was born July 4, 1924, in Beebe to Louie B. and Natalie Bedell Swann. Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Espy Woodrow Swann, L. B. Swann Jr., and Thomas W. Swann; his wife of 56 years, Ona Swann, and his only son, Victor Wallis Swann.

He is survived by his only daughter, Sarah Swann Fowler; three step-grandchildren, Fred Fowler and his wife Gwen, Scott Fowler and his wife Judi, and Kim Adams and her husband Bob; six step-great-grandchildren; six step-great-great-grandchildren, also many relatives and lifelong friends.

Bill attended Beebe Public Schools and graduated from high school there. He lived in Beebe for 82 years, then moved with his daughter to Benton for his last years.

He was a brick mason by trade and worked with his dad and brother, Thomas, building many houses in Beebe and surrounding areas. His specialty was building fireplaces, and he took much pride in his work. He also was a locksmith for many years.

Bill became a Christian at an early age and was a member of the Nazarene Church in Beebe all his life. In 2004, he was a given a distinguished service award by the church, which stated, “For many years of faithful service to the church as a trustee, church treasurer, Sunday school superintendent, exemplary churchman and Christian gentleman.”

He served in the Army during World War II and was in Germany during the Battle of the Bulge. He also was a member of the National Guard in Beebe for 30 years.

The family would like to extend thanks to the staff of Saline Memorial Hospice, Saline Memorial Hospital, Arkansas Heart Hospital and Alcoa Pines Rehab.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. A funeral service honoring Bill’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at Beebe First Church of the Nazarene with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Doris Timken Chase, 93, our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, returned to our heavenly Father’s arms on Aug. 31 at Greystone Nursing Home in Cabot.

Doris was born May 25, 1922, in Bezine, Kan. She grew up in Denton, Texas, and graduated from Texas Women’s College.

She loved her children and grandchildren, music, reading, flower gardening, bridge, drawing and her pets. She did volunteer work and was a staunch Republican.

She lived in Hot Springs many years and was the manager of the Colony Shop.

She was married to Dr. Jack King.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Franklin Timken and Gretta Roach Timken; her brother, Dr. Kenneth Timken and his wife Maurene; her sisters, Mona Gow and her husband Don, and Peggy Cassidy and her husband Robert, and her half-brother, Pete Timken and his wife Mary.

Doris is survived by her four children, Dr. Anna Ouverson and her husband Richard, A’isha Suzanne Chauhan and her husband Mufiz, Jack King and his wife Karen and Kenneth King and his wife Diane; her stepdaughters, Dr. Jacqueline Power and Mary Elizabeth King; eight grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren, and her beloved dog Ben.

The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, with a graveside service to follow at 1 p.m. at Cutter-Morning Star Cemetery in Hot Springs.

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


Kathryn W. Williams, 85, of Beebe went to be with her Lord on Aug. 31.

She was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Des Arc to the late George A. and Della Weatherley.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Williams, and her siblings; Homer, Calvin, Herbert, Walter, Buster, Ace and Jim Weatherley, Fred and Will Thompson, Mary Thompson Weatherley and Modean McFarlin.

She loved her family and spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved working out in her yard and enjoyed shopping with her daughter.

Kathryn is survived by her daughter, Margaret Walters and her husband Gary of Ward; two sisters, Lorean Cross of Stuttgart and Esther Crane of Beebe; three grandchildren, Kimberly Woosley and her husband David of Cabot, Krystal Jones and her husband Trey of Ward, Kari Thompson of Beebe; five great-grandchildren, Darya Bontempo and her husband Eric, Kylee Thompson, Shae Woosley and Tyler and Katelyn Jones; her best friend, Faye Reimers, and a host of other family and friends.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Ward First Baptist Church with visitation held one hour prior. Interment will be at Hickory Plains Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Ward First Baptist Church Food Pantry.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Alvin Gordon Schmitz Jr., 71, of Austin went to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 30 in Austin.

He was born Nov. 12, 1943, in Keevil (Monroe County) to the late Alvin Gordon Schmitz Sr. and Margaret Keith.

He was a loving and caring father and grandfather. Alvin retired from a career in trucking with AMPI. He loved hunting and fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He will be missed by all who knew him.

Alvin is survived by one son, Danny Schmitz and his wife Terri of Beebe; two stepchildren, Melissa Smith of Cabot and Gary (Bud) Gray of North Little Rock; four grandchildren, Jessica Crump and her husband Nathaniel, Dakota and Cheyenne Hagar, and Erica Stephens, and a host of other friends and family.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Lonoke.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Ernestine M. Davis, 72, of Jacksonville passed from this life on Aug. 30. She was born on Feb. 10, 1943, in Magazine (Logan County).

Cremation arrangements are by A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville.


Ruby Nell Pool Randall, 80, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 1.

She was born March 27, 1935, to the late William and Chellie Colclasure.

She leaves behind her children Linda and her husband Bubba Gentry, Becky Wood, Danny Pool, Ronnie and his wife Melissa Pool, and Tina Hulen; her stepchildren, Paul Randall and Terrie Rucker; her sisters, Faye Hill, Geraldine Hall; a brother, Dolphus Colclasure, 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Randall, and her siblings, Pete Colclasure and Bessie Watson, and three toddler brothers.

She loved to travel and cheer the Razorbacks with the Razorback Road Hogs. She loved her church, First Baptist of Hot Springs, and loved to sing in the choir.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 at Lonoke Baptist Church, with committal services at 4 p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs.


Esta Claudine Cranford, 92, of Beebe passed away Aug. 29 at the Beebe Retirement Center. She was born on Sept. 13, 1922, in Gregory (Woodruff County) to the late Calvin and Myrtie Eula (White) Baker. She married Charles Cranford in Little Rock on Nov. 13, 1943. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary last year before his death in May.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Jo Hooten and Gayle Edwards and five brothers, Calvin, Bob, Jerry, Darrell and Ross Baker and son-in-law Ricky Strayhorn.

Claudine was primarily a homemaker and a volunteer in school and church while raising her daughters. She was a secretary/bookkeeper at Branton and Branton Painting Contractors in Little Rock when her children were in high school and college. After her husband retired, they moved from Little Rock to Beebe, where they were active in the church and the community.

She volunteered at the Christian Outreach Center and enjoyed activities at the Shepherd’s Center. She was a member of Beebe First United Methodist Church for 26 years. Previously, she was a member of Henderson United Methodist Church in Little Rock for 40 years.

Claudine is survived by her daughters, Linda Temple of Weaverville, N.C., and Joan Strayhorn of Beebe; grandchildren, Douglas Temple and his wife Laura of Mooresville, N.C., Scott Temple and his wife Jessica of Huntersville, N.C., and Melissa Strayhorn of Beebe; great-granddaughters, Abigail and McKenna Temple of Mooresville, N.C.; her aunt, Lena Wyatt of Judsonia, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held at Ruebel Funeral Home from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 followed by a graveside service at 11:30 at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, Beebe Christian Outreach or Beebe First United Methodist Church.