Monday, June 29, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 6-27-15

GEORGE WILSON

George Isaac Wilson, 82, of Cabot passed away June 25 at North Little Rock with his loving family at his side.

He was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Mayflower to Willie Wilson and Hazel Batchler. He was raised by Alfred and Sally LeMay.

He served four years in the Air Force during the Korean War, spending 18 months in Japan. He had a dairy farm and was a bookkeeper for E.L. Bailey Company in Cabot. Later he ran his own mobile home sales, car sales and construction company.

He was a charter member of Country Chapel Church at Sylvania, where he was an ordained elder and played the organ. He loved gospel music and enjoyed going to Woodlawn and nursing homes with different groups, playing guitar and singing. He was a member of Gideon International.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Sally LeMay, and their children, Elva Kennedy, Audrey Travis, Corine Waller and Mack LeMay, and his brothers, Abraham, Calvin, Melvin, Edward and Everette Wilson, and one sister, Alta Dennis.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rebecca Eagle Wilson; a son, Steve Wilson and his wife Susan of Cabot; a daughter, Brenda Davidson and her husband Roger of Beebe; his grandchildren, Jamie Davidson, Clint Davidson and his wife Julie of Beebe and Michelle Wilson of Arkadelphia; his great-grandchildren, Alicea, Lane, Abby and Jackson of Beebe; one sister, Margaret Carlisle of Cabot, several nieces and nephews and many friends.

The funeral was held June 28 at Country Chapel Church in Sylvania. Interment was at Hicks Cemetery in Lonoke.


JOYCE NICHOLS

Joyce Marie Nichols, 56, of Lonoke died June 18.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Nichols; stepsons, Kenneth Nichols and his wife Michele and Dominick Nichols; stepdaughters, Donna Brown and her husband Jamarr, Allison Nichols and Juanita Nichols; siblings, George Moore, Julius Williams, Theresa Cole, Ida Holloway and her husband David and Rita Kimble, 13 grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held June 27 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Joyce’s favorite saying was “blessed by the best.”

Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home.


BILLY RYE 

Billy Jerrell Rye, 78, of Cabot died June 22.

He graduated from Beebe High School in 1958 and was retired as co-owner of Rye Office Machines in Jacksonville. He was an Army veteran and a member of the Stoney Point United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Rye of Cabot; two daughters, Camielle Vanness of Jacksonville and Cheryl Rye Tanner of Burbank, Calif.; a brother, Jimmy Rye, of Beebe; three sisters, Gladys Harrell of Sherwood, Mena Lou Henry of Clarkston, Mich., and Pat Wood of Beebe, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Neta Rye. The funeral was held June 25 with entombment at Meadowbrook Mausoleum in Beebe.


RONNIE DIXON

Ronnie Dale Dixon, 67, of McRae was born March 8, 1948, in Austin, and he died on June 26.

He is survived by his wife, Wanyoka Diann Dixon; a son, Jacob Dixon; a daughter, Wendy Dixon; two stepchildren, Lynn Betts and Mykila Donaldson; one brother, Dearl Dixon; three sisters, Betty Duke, Francis Roe and Bonnie Griffith, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home.


JESSE MORRISON SR.

Jesse L. Morrison Sr., 50, went to be with the Lord on June 19.

He was born to Farris Dan Morrison and Wanda L. Tindall Morrison on May 2, 1965, in Oklahoma City, Okla.

He was preceded in death by his father, Farris Dan
Morrison.

Jesse leaves behind three children, Amber Dawn Mor-rison Earnest, Jesse (Bubby) L. Morrison Jr. and Casie A. Morrison Livingston; six grandchildren, Haley Wilson, Audi Earnest, Baily Morrison, Breanna Morrison, Nevaeh Livingston and Trey Livingston; his mother, Wanda Tindall Morrison; four brothers, Farris Dan Morrison Jr., Ed Morrison, William Morrison and Christopher (Mouse) Morrison; two sisters, Becky Morrison and Wanda Amaya; a brother-in-law, John Amaya; a sister-in-law, Tonya Morrison, also lots of nieces, nephews and friends. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service was held June 26 at First Assembly of God in Jacksonville. Arrangements were by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.


JEANNE HITE 

Jeanne Renee Hite, 57, passed away June 13 at Lake Taylor Transitional Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after a lengthy illness. She was born Feb. 25, 1958 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to her parents, Jim and Elsie Hobbs.

Her family moved to Jacksonville when her father was transferred from Sewart Air Force Base in Tennessee to Little Rock Air Force Base.

While in Jacksonville, she developed many friendships. After graduating from Jacksonville High School, she attended the University of Central Arkansas. Later, she worked for Southwestern Bell in Little Rock. Jeanne spent most of her adult life in Jacksonville.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her daughter, Kelsie Renee Hite; a grandson, Breylon Griffine of Jacksonville, and a brother, Mike Hobbs of Waynesboro, Tenn.

The funeral was held June 19 in Waynesboro, Tenn.


JUNE BRUSSEL

June Arlene Brussel, 63, of Cabot went to be with the Lord on June 21. She was born June 16, 1952, in Pequannock, N.J., to Louis and Rita Finnegan.

She was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. June was a hard worker at everything she did and retired as a state employee from the Child Welfare Department.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Thomas Finnegan.

She is survived by her husband, Harry Brussel, of Cabot; a daughter, Carey and her husband Stephen Childers of Austin; three brothers, Larry, Louis and Joseph Finnegan; one grandchild, Tesla (Tess) Childers, and a host of nieces and nephews.

The funeral was June 26 at Thomas Funeral Chapel in Cabot. Interment was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.