Wednesday, July 23, 2014

OBITUARIES >> 7-23-14


Billy R. Baker, 76, of Cabot, passed away on July 19. He was born Sept. 11, 1937, in San Angelo, Texas, to the late Irvin Frank Baker and Erna Wellman Baker.

He was preceded in death by his wife Elfreda Baker.

He coached baseball and softball for many years at Sylvan Hills Optimist Club.He also enjoyed bowling, fishing and making people laugh. He was a loving father and grandfather and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his daughter, Tamela D. Baker; his son, Curtis R. Baker; one brother, Delbert Baker of Waco, Texas; one sister Joy Mauer of China Springs, Texas; grandchildren, Kayla M. Morris and her husband Will, Kimberly D. White and her husband Chris; a foster grandchild Christian Morris, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Sue Huffaker Doss, 82, a resident of Fayetteville and a native of Beebe, passed away July 18 in Fayetteville. She was born May 4, 1932, in Little Rock, to Ray and Gladys Staggs Huffaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Bob Huffaker.

Sue grew up in Beebe, graduating from Beebe High School in 1950, where she was student body president, a cheerleader and editor of the school newspaper. She graduated from Hendrix College in Conway in 1954. She married her childhood sweetheart, David Westbrook Doss, Sr. In 1957.

Sue was active in the Beebe community, including the PTA, Junior Civic League, First Baptist Church and several other organizations. She also worked full-time alongside her husband at Huffaker Implement Co. in Beebe, and was a loving wife and mother.

She is survived by her beloved husband, David Westbrook Doss, Sr., of Fayetteville; son, David West-brook Doss, Jr., of Fayetteville; daughter, Suzanne Doss Shiner and son-in-law Frank Shiner of Chappaqua, N.Y.; and daughter, Deana Doss Day of Meridian, Miss. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jacob Doss and his wife Jennifer, Jessika Doss, Jayme Doss Kutter and her husband Blake, Janna Doss, Matthew Shiner, Jeremy Shiner, Lindsay Shiner, Maggie Day, Will Day and Savannah Sue Day.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24 at First United Methodist Church of Beebe, with burial following at Beebe Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Westbrook, a Smith Family Funeral Home.


Pamela Jean Watts, 66, of Cabot, went to be with her Lord on July 19 in Little Rock. She was born on March 9, 1948, in Barling to the late James Othel and Faye Morris McDonald.

She was also preceded in death by son Mathew Watts and stepson Martin Darrell Watts Jr.

Pamela is survived by husband, Martin Darrell Watts Sr. of Cabot; son, Michael Duane Watts of Cabot; brother, Othel; five sisters, Helen, Zona, Phyllis, Becky and Rita; five grandchildren, Ashley, MacCoy Dylan, Micah, Makya and Gage, and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Thomas Funeral Chapel.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Clyde Barnwell Duke, 92, of Austin went to be with the Lord on July 20. He was born April 6, 1922, at Oak Grove to Howard and Jennie Duke. He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Floyd Duke, Guy Duke and Fred Duke; and his sisters, Elizabeth Plummer and Murl McCorkle.

Clyde was a World War II veteran who served his country in the 437th Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific Theater, including Iwo Jima.

Decorations and citations include World War II Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbons, AP Theater Ribbon, two Bronze Service Medals, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, Purple Heart, and National Defense Medal.

He was retired from Timex Corp. in Little Rock. Clyde was a member of American Legion Post No. 200 in Lonoke and a Methodist. He loved the outdoors and was an honest, generous and loving family man.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Betty Jo Dixon Duke of Austin; his son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Vickie Duke of Beebe; his daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Dick Weigt of Conway; his daughter, Donna Cauley and his son-in-law Bill Cauley, both of North Little Rock.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Brian Duke of Beebe, Charray Ellis and her husband Mike of Cabot, Jonathan Weigt and his wife Laura of Conway, and Jason Cauley and his wife Reba of Sherwood; great-grandchildren, Kanada Weigt, Kyle, Hayes and Van Pruitt, J.D., Kalyn and Christopher Duke, Brayden and Emersyn Ellis, and Alex, Corbin and Knox Cauley. Two brothers also survive, Bob Duke of Cabot and Rex Duke of Ward, along with special lifelong friends, Nell and C. E. Cochran.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd St., Little Rock, Ark. 72201.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 at Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. A celebration of his life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24, at Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are by Westbrook, a Smith Family Funeral Home.


Madge Marie Gray, 89, of Cabot, went to be with her Lord on July 18. She was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Texas to the late William Ernest Pickens and Naomi Evelyne Beavers Pickens.

She was preceded in death by her husband John P. Gray Jr.; her son John P. Gray III, and two brothers, William Elmer Pickens, and Billy Joseph Pickens. She attended Zion Hill Baptist Church, and she enjoyed sewing, gardening, and cooking.

She is survived by her son Wm. David Gray; her daughter, Margaret Jane Laney and her husband Robert J. Laney; one sister, Sabre Ernestene Pickens, and four grandchildren, Katherine Clair Gray, David Jason Gray, Kelly Marie Gray, and Karen Elizabeth Gray.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cabot with Bro. Terry Fortner officiating. Interment will be at Garden of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston, Mo.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Terri Jo Keener, 59, of Lonoke, passed away July 19. She was born April 6, 1955, in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her father, Felix Holcomb; sister-in-law Kristine Easter and aunts Linda, Jenny and Laverne.

She is survived by her husband, Manuel Keener of Lonoke; daughter, ToiJean Keener of Lonoke; brothers, Daryl Easter and Curtis Easter, both of Jacksonville; and her mother, Dorothy Jean Easter of Jacksonville.

A visitation service was held Monday at Weems Family Funeral Services Chapel in Carlisle.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the American Liver Foundation.


Linda Lou Buchheit, 69, of Jacksonville, born Nov. 4, 1944, went with the Lord on July 13. She is preceded in death by husband, William Buchheit Sr.; son, William Buchheit Jr.; parents, Cloyd and Helen Reavis; brothers, Richard Reavis, Bud Reavis, and Kay Reavis; and very best friend, Janet Brawley.

Linda is survived by twin sister, Brenda Schuetz; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Diabetes Association.

No memorial service is planned.

Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care.


Jose (BeLoot) Allen Acosta, 20, of Cabot died July 4.

He was born Oct. 16, 1993, in Crestview, Fla., to Joseph and Sonja Terry Acosta.

Jose attended Jacksonville High School and enjoyed computers and video games.

He is survived by his parents, Joe and Sonja Acosta; siblings, Victoria, Elizabeth and Nikolas Acosta; grandparents, Joe Acosta and Debra Acosta, and aunts and uncles, Jason, Shawn and Tisouli Acosta, and Jeff, Laticia, Penny and Robert Terry Jr.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Sharon Terry and Robert Terry, and great-grandmother Jewell Bakalekos

A memorial service was held July 19 at Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville.


Janet Elaine Price, 65, of Beebe departed this life on July 20 with family by her side. She was born Nov. 5, 1948, in Arlington, Va., to E.L. (Buddy) and Jane Price.

Janet served the Lonoke and White County areas in the title and abstract fields. She owned and managed her own company in Cabot for more than 35 years. During this time, Janet made many life-long friends and helped a lot of people.

Janet was preceded in death by her father and her sister, Carolyn Schutz.

She is survived by her mother, Jane Price; her sisters, Barbara Laurion of Colfax, La., Linda Willhite of Sherwood, Patricia Scott and her husband Ed of Wilson, Wy., Myra Burrow and her husband Joe, and Pamela Pierron; her brother, E.L. (Buddy) Price Jr. and his wife Glenda, all of Beebe, and her many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Janet enjoyed raising and riding horses, scuba diving, piloting small engine aircraft, and camping and canoeing. She had a passion for traveling, her pets, reading and being with her family and friends.

She was also very talented with her hands and created many beautiful crafts that will be cherished for generations to come.

The funeral was July 22 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.