Wednesday, November 19, 2014

OBITUARIES >> 11-19-14


Brenda Jo Overturf Ryan, 57, of Austin departed this life peacefully to join her Savior Nov. 16. She was born June 19, 1957, to Paul and Eva Overturf of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Eva Overturf.

She leaves behind her beloved husband of 40 years, James “Randy” Ryan; her father, Paul Overturf; daughters, Miranda Rogers and her husband John and Angela Ryan (Tim Colbert); granddaughters, Lainey and Myleigh Jo Rogers; grandsons, Bryce Ryan and James Rogers; brother, Dr. Kenneth Overturf and his wife Betty; sister, Pam Boggan and husband Jimmy; nephews, Matthew Overturf, Kolt Champlin, Taylor Champlin, Aldyn Overturf; nieces, Katie Overturf, Paige Soderlund, and Taylor James and a large extended family, church family, K-Mart family, and Austin Community Auxiliary family.

Brenda was a lifelong member of Austin Station Baptist Church and was dedicated to serving God and living her life as an example for others to see him through her. Anyone that knew Brenda knew that she loved her family; all of her family, her church family, her K-Mart family, and Austin Community Auxiliary family. She loved being a Nana, and adored her grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Diane Wilder and her wonderful chemo nurses at LRHO/CARTI.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Austin Station Baptist Church. We will celebrate her life at 2pm, Thursday at the church, with interment following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.


Laurel Bartlett, 74, of Ward, passed away Nov. 16. She was born Sept. 9, 1940, in Kiester, Minn., to the late Melvin Larson and Pauline Obermeyer. Laurel was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Kiester, Minn. She had previously worked as a clerk, for the Winnebago Company and for Silver Dollar City. She taught Sunday school and was involved with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. She also volunteered with Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Camping, traveling and visiting with family and friends were some of her favorite things. She also enjoyed playing cards, dominoes, listening to Elvis, country music and watching “Little House on the Prairie.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Heather Nichole Schmidt; brother, Leroy Larson, and brother-in-law, Duane Wazholz.

She is survived by her husband, Merlyn Bartlett; children, Dawn Moore and her husband Dennis of Austin, Robin Brown and her husband Bryan of Pittsburg, Mo., Perry Bartlett and wife Donna of Thomaston, Ga.; sister, Loretta Wacholz of Albert Lea, Minn.; sister-in-law, Joyce Larson of Wells, Minn.; grandchildren, Justin Bartlett and wife Whitney, Jamie Bartlett, Joseph Brown, Jonathan Brown and Christine Bartlett; step-grandchildren, Adrian Moore and Corey Moore; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Ava Grace and Aiden, and step-great grandchildren, Aunica and Zoe.

A memorial service will held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in the chapel at Moore’s Funeral Home. Interment will take place in the spring at Our Savior Lutheran Church Cemetery in Kiester, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to: American Cancer Society or Our Savior Lutheran Cemetery Association, Kiester, Minn. c/o Mr. Bartlett P.O. Box 1305 Cabot, Ark. 72023, (501) 843-5816. Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Senior Master Sgt. Cencion Lujan (Don) Gallardo Air Force (Ret.), 87, of Jacksonville was reunited with the love of his life Doris on Nov. 16, surrounded by his family. He was born March 28, 1927, in Big Springs, Texas, to the late Pedro and Enriquetta Gallardo. He was the oldest of his siblings.

He joined the Army Air Corps at the young age of 17. He served in the Air Force for more than 30 years. He was a missile-facility technician in the 374th Missile Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base. He also served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was a Golden Glove Boxer, a baseball player and enjoyed trout fishing, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Gallardo; sons, Harris and Ruben Michael Gallardo and one granddaughter, Cassie Curtain.

He is survived by his daughters, Jean Shahan and her husband Tom and Angella Garrie, all of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Lori Bowers and her husband Will of Maumelle, Charlene Coke and her husband Floyd of El Dorado, Rebecca Williamson and her husband Myk of Cabot, Missy Kominos and her husband Paul of Colorado Springs, Colo., and, Tony Gallardo of Mims, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Travis, Tanner, Alex, Emily, Katlyn, Sam, Alexis, and one great-great-granddaughter Aisley.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park with Military Honors.
Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Amy Baker Morrison, 50, of Ward passed away on Nov. 16.

She was born on April 4, 1964 in Portsmouth, Va., to Johnnie David Baker, Sr. and Sue Alice Smith Baker. She was preceded in death by her father and her ex-husband, Robert Dwayne Morrison. Amy was a loving mother and grandmother, as well as a dear friend to everyone who knew her.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Sue Alice and Bobby Utley; daughter, Sarah Brooke; son, Robbie Morrison; grandchildren, Robert and Waylon Brooke; brother, Johnnie David Baker Jr. and his wife Victoria, along with other family members and many friends.

Arrangements by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Bobby Lee Doyle, 76, of Cabot died Nov. 14. He was born April 28, 1938, in Aplin (Perry County) to the late Dot and Reble Minnie Doyle.

Mr. Doyle was a member of Cabot United Methodist Church and was the director of Special Olympics Arkansas for 40 years. Before that, he was a school principal at Grady and a teacher, coach and principal in the Cabot school system.

Mr. Doyle was a member of the Lions, Civitan, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs throughout his life.

He served his country in the Army Reserves, was a huge Cabot Panther supporter, an avid hunter and fisherman and an Arkansas Razorback sports fan. In addition to his parents, Mr. Doyle was preceded in death by his sisters, Lena Fay Brussels, Ola Mae McCammon and Alice Nichols; and brothers, Sam, L.C., J.R., and Ted Doyle.

Mr. Doyle is survived by his wife, Peggy Mize Doyle; his daughters, Joanna Lucas and her husband Michael of Cabot, Debbie Horton and her husband, Scott of North Little Rock and Beth Hicks and her husband, Bo of Cabot; his grandchildren; Mika Bishop and her husband, Daniel, Drake Horton and Reid Horton as well as a great grandson, Lucas Bishop.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Cabot Panther Foundation at, Cabot Civitan Club; P.O. Box 221; Cabot, AR 72023 or Special Olympics Arkansas at

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Cabot United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery under the direction of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Beverly Jean Briscoe Wallace, 86, of Jacksonville passed away on Nov. 17. She was born April 11, 1928, in Lasara, Texas, to the late Joseph L. Briscoe and Etta Ruth Briscoe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kendall W. Wallace.

Mrs. Wallace was a faithful member of Marshall Road Baptist Church since 1969. She enjoyed traveling in her RV, was a member of Whispering Pines and also enjoyed going on cruises with her friends. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Johns and her husband Bob, Karon Keever and her husband Jim, all of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Todd Johns of Jacksonville, Thomas Johns of Anchorage, Alaska, Richard Johns, Jody Lipscomb and his fiancée Sharon, Craig Lipscomb and Stacy Lipscomb, all of Jacksonville; great-grandchildren, Payton Mauer, Brianna Wilson, Chris Wilson, Gage Lipscomb, Leeann Sims, Alexia Sims and Michael Sims.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home with Bro. Cliff Hutchins officiating. Entombment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Marshall Road Baptist Church 821 Marshall Road, Jacksonville, Ark. 72076.
Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home & Crematory.


Linda Joyce Ward, 61, of Austin went to be with the Lord on Nov. 17 after a short battle with cancer.

She was born June 1, 1953, in Little Rock to the late Charles Nipps and Dortha Faye Woods Nipps.

Linda was a member of First Baptist Church of Ward. She was a people magnet and adored animals of all kinds. Linda was the most generous and loving person you would meet. She enjoyed life and cherished her family. Linda was employed with Falcon Jet Manufacturing for 15 years.

Linda is survived by her husband of 26 years, Mark Ward; a daughter; Amiee Henderson, of Carlisle; a sister, Barbara Taylor, of Fancy Gap, Va.; brothers, Roger Nipps and Bill Nipps, both of England; grandchildren, Brian, Baylee and Austin Henderson, one niece, two nephews, a host of cousins, and her loving family at Falcon Jet.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home. A graveside service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Sixteenth Section Cemetery with Bro. Bill Duvall officiating.


Barbara Gail Smay, 58, of Lonoke passed away Nov. 17.

She was born May 15, 1956, in Shreveport, La., to the late Woodrow and Betty Lucille Bailey Strange.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Cynthia Kaupp, and granddaughter Summer Beard.

Survivors include four daughters, Kathy Diaz of Oxford, Miss., Kristy Bobbitt of Sherwood, Heather Hays of Heflin, La., and Stefanie Moore of Sherwood; a son, Richard Martin, of California; sisters, Sandra Adams of Shreveport, La., 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends

Cremation arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Floyd Corley Jr., 55, of Beebe was born Feb. 13, 1959, at Mobile, Ala., and he went to be with our Lord on Nov. 16.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Corley; father, Floyd Irvin Corley Sr. and his wife Susan of Little Rock; mother, Dolores Carol Corley of Mississippi; daughter, Nicole Clark of Beebe; sons, Rodney Corley and his wife Sarah of Austin and Kevin Corley of Ward; grandchildren, Jacob and Ashley Clark of Beebe; brothers, Richard Corley, Robert Corley and Carl Corley, all of Mississippi, and many nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the funeral home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.


Stephen Gerald Smith, 54, of Ward was born June 14, 1960, and passed away Nov. 16.

He was preceded in death by father, Gerald Smith; maternal grandparents, Von and Gertie Otwell Arrington, and paternal grandparents, John Thomas Smith and Lydia Alice Harvey.

Stephen is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Carol Smith; mother Shirley Smith; children, Zachary Smith and Meredith Smith, and brother Gary Smith.

Memorials can be made to American Diabetes Association.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the church, with interment following at Old Austin Cemetery.


Nana (Peggy) Ellen Jackson was called home Nov. 17. She was preceded in death by husband, Alden; parents Earl & Lillian Vanzant; grandson Paul Hillman; great grandson Nicholas Jackson; brothers, Avon and JR and a sister, Mary Walker.

She is survived by children, Sharon and special son-in-law Bob Hillman, Jim and Cindy Jackson and Bill and Kelly Jackson; very special children Kim and Linda Waddell; a sister, Genece Bland; grandchildren, John and Missy, Marguerite, Christopher, Brandon, Jared, Shea, Kimberly, Brandon and Beth; great grandchildren, Clayton, Sydney, Callie, Erin, Jana, Lexi, Leeza, Max, Huck, Jude, Jeremiah, and Jordan, and a host of wonderful friends.

Graveside burial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 at Reyno/Nelson Cemetery, Reyno, Ark. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, with Memorial Service to follow at 11 a.m. at Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.


Ricky Dulaney, 59, of Ward went to be with the Lord on Nov. 16.

He was born March 17, 1955, in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Paul Dulaney, and sister Deborah Stevens.

Ricky is survived by his wife, Melissa Marie Dulaney, of Ward; four children, Cody Dulaney, Cierra Dulaney, both of Ward, Chris Lamb of Lonoke, and Cheyenne Smith of Jacksonville; three sisters, Teresa Burke of Cabot, Tracy Novy of Jacksonville and Brett Kemnow of Jacksonville; three brothers, Jerry Southerland of Jacksonville, Randy Robins of Jacksonville and Eddie Reeves of Vilonia, five grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at the funeral home. Services will be held at Old Austin Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21.

Interment will be in Old Austin Cemetery. Arrange-ments are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.


Calvin Scrimsher, of the Pentecostal faith, passed away Nov. 17.

He was a retired farmer who loved hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son and three siblings.

Survivors are his wife of 58 years, Geneva Scrimsher; children, Jason Scrimsher of the home, Shirley Bryant and her husband Larry of Hamilton Loop, Brenda Jackson and her husband Gary and Connie Jenkins and her husband Johnny of Furlow and Calvin Earl Scrimsher and his wife Tanya of Hazen; three sisters, Francis Quitman Church of Evadale, Texas, Naomi Loyd and her husband Jim of Ward and Judy Brewer and her husband Bud of Humnoke; eight grandchildren, Tracie Graves, Amber Lavoie, Jessy Jenkins, Sarah Jenkins, Chris Bryant, Jeremy Jarrett and Kara Jarrett; six great-grandchildren, Hunter Bryant, Anna Bryant, Emily Lavoie, Shelby Lavoie and D.J. Lavoie, Austin Graves, and last but not least, two special dogs, Rosie and Daisy.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 at Boyd Funeral Home in Lonoke. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.