Monday, March 30, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 3-28-15


Tammie Dawn Duncan Nick, 41, of Beebe died March 25. She worked at Beebe Public Schools in the cafeteria.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence Nick of Beebe; a son, Dustin Duncan of Beebe; her mother, Kathy Secrest, of Austin; her father, Ronald Duncan; her grandmother, Doris Field, and one brother, Bubba Duncan Jr., all of Beebe.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30 at the Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial at Union Cemetery.


Dorothy (Dottie) M. Harris, 91, was born Jan. 21, 1924, and died March 25.  She was born in Carmicheals, Pa., to the late Flannagan and Katherine Evans Clark.

She was also preceded in death by her two sisters, Frances Clister and Marie Nicholson.

She is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 62 years, retired Army Maj. Homer E. Harris; her two sons, Grant and Gregory Harris; their spouses, Tammie Harris and Vinnie Pervel, and grandchildren, Heather and Clark Harris, who will dearly love and miss her forever.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 30 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home with Darrell Coats officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.


Marvin Alford, 75, of McRae was born Nov. 28, 1939, to Pete and Maggie Jackson Alford, and he died March 25.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Alford; two daughters, Sharon Cha-loupka and her husband Pete, and Renee Lovell; a son, Lance Alford and his wife Theresa; a granddaughter, Brittany Lovell; a grandson, Brenton Lovell; sisters, Barbara Reed, Linda Failoni and her husband Scott, and Betty Bundy and her husband Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Junior Alford, Harold Alford, Charles Alford, Houston Alford and Joe Merle Alford, and a sister, Louise Atkins.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Lebanon Cemetery.


Kathy Ann Duncan, 57, of Jacksonville was born Jan. 10, 1958, at North Little Rock, and she died March 25.

As a paraeducator, Ms. Kathy touched the lives of many children, who all adored her. She worked for Career Kids, Koehler Bakery and the Pulaski County Special School District and was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Kathy was also a supporter of the Jacksonville Youth Baseball Program.

She was a loving mother and wife and would help anyone, expecting nothing in return.

She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, James Alvin Duncan of Jacksonville; a son, Eric Kyle Duncan and his wife Teresa of Cabot; two granddaughters, Haven Paige Duncan and Adrianna Dawn Duncan; her mother, Pat Rhoads of Little Rock; brothers, Jerry Sherman and Ronnie Sherman; a sister, Rhonda Rhoads, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Kathy was preceded in death by her stepfather, “Daddy” James Rhoads, and her father, Jerry Pat Sherman.

O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. — Isaiah 25:1.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265.

The funeral was held March 28 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe with burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Austin.


Margaret Ann Ray Sparks, 82, of Beebe went to be with the Lord on March 25. Born and raised in rural Pulaski County, Margaret worked as an insurance office manager for 30 years.

A lifelong Baptist, Margaret began teaching Sunday school in 1955 and has led Women’s Missionary Union and taught Bible studies until 2012. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Beebe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Sparks; a son, and a daughter-in-law, Larry and Sharon Skinner Sparks, and brothers, Leon Ray and Oliver Ray.

She is survived by her daughter, Becky Harrington and her husband Randy; a son, Tim Sparks and his wife Carol; a sister, Betty Russell and her husband Paul; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Crystal Hill Cemetery at Lawson Road and Crystal Valley Road in Little Rock.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service.


Shirley Marie Fondren, 72, of Cabot died on March 24.

She was born Sept. 17, 1942, in Gillett (Arkansas County) to the late Thomas J. and Nora Richardson Strode.

Mrs. Fondren was a faithful and active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church with an incredible love for people, especially children. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was retired from GTE and a tireless volunteer at St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Fondren was preceded in death by the father of her children, John Robnett.

Mrs. Fondren is survived by her sons, Randy Robnett and his wife Dawn of Houston, and Danny Robnett and his wife Mary of Benton; two brothers, Thomas and Joe Strode; two sisters, Donna Chesanek and Joyce Woodson; her grandchildren, Amanda Cleveland and her husband John, Shawn Robnett and his wife Julianne, Brenden Robnett and Noah Robnett, and great grandchildren, Haven, Hailey, John Luke, Harley and Adelaide.

The funeral was held March 28 at Our Savior Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel McDougall officiating. Burial will be March 31 at Gillett Cemetery with Father Chinnaiah Iruda-yaraj Yeddanapalli officiating.


Joe Bruce Dalton, 72, of North Little Rock was born on Dec. 11, 1942, and went to be with the Lord on March 23.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Dalton.

Joe is survived by his wife, Linda; a son, Joe Jr.; his mother, Margaret Dalton; a sister, Judy and her husband Robert Stone, and three nephews, Richard Fiser, Luke Stone and Sterling Rossier.

Joe was a member of Bible Baptist Church for 29 years. He faithfully served in the bus ministry for many years, from maintenance to driving, he loved bringing children to church.

He loved his church family. Joe epitomized Proverbs 18:24: “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

He was a friend to all who knew him. He enjoyed working on cars, riding motorcycles and watching NASCAR.

The funeral was March 27 at Bible Baptist Church in Jacksonville with Mike Files officiating.
Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.