Wednesday, January 28, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 1-31-15

BARBARA DEDNAM

Barbara (Bobbie) Jackson Dednam, 78, of Jacksonville went to be with her Lord on Jan. 28. She was born Feb. 18, 1936, in North Little Rock to the late Freddie and Laura Jackson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Dednam.

She is survived by her children, Anthony Dednam of Jacksonville, Pamela Dednam of Jacksonville, Rita Gillespie and her husband Trevor of Sherwood, Lonia Toliver and her husband Floyd of Jacksonville, and Sandra Cane and her husband David; two step-daughters, Jacquline Dednam-Polk and Judy Polk Hatcher, both of Jacksonville, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 at Church of Jesus Christ in Jacksonville. Interment will follow in Johnson Cemetery.

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

BONNIE BOYD

Bonnie Jo Boyd, 85, of Jacksonville, our beloved mother, wife and grandmother, passed away on Jan. 29 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. She was born on March 29, 1929, in Howard County to the late Oscar and Lessie Gibson.

She was lovingly referred to as “Mawmaw” or “Bo-Bo” by her grandchildren.

Bonnie is survived by her husband of 63 years, David; a sister, Edna Lou Campbell, of Ashdown; a daughter, Karla and her husband Dr. Mark Gibbs of Little Rock; a son, Brian and his wife Sheryl Boyd, of Sherwood, and grandchildren, Ashley and her husband Daniel Morrison of Little Rock, Shea and her husband Drew Young of Auburn, Ala., Taylor Gibbs of Little Rock and Seth and Samantha Boyd, of Sherwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Sue Hadaway, of Texarkana, Ark.

Mom graduated from Centerpoint High School. She received her registered nurse degree from the Baptist School of Nursing in 1949 and spent her career caring for her patients at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Rebsamen Regional Hospital and ultimately retiring as Dr. Bill Durham’s primary nurse at Crestview Family Clinic in Jacksonville.

“Mawmaw” will be remembered for her sense of style, commitment to her family and always putting others first. Never one to call attention to herself, she will be remembered as our silent provider, comforter and encourager.

Dad always put Mom first and gave of himself in ways that should inspire all of us in our love and care for others. A special thank you to Dr. Sauer, Dr. Liu and the staff at Hospice Home Care for their care, and especially to the home caregivers Evelyn Finley and Lanette Lewis Holloway, who provided and gave themselves selflessly as she prepared for her home-going.

Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, followed by her life celebration at 2 p.m. led by Rev. Debbie Freeman and Dr. David Dyer. Entombment will follow at Chapel Hill Mausoleum in Jacksonville.

The family requests memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.

SUE ALDEN

Sue Dean Spires Alden, 86, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 28. She was born Nov. 19, 1928, in Lonoke County to the late L.M. Jack and Geral Dean Spires. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Crystal Marie Cothran; step-mother, Naomi Spires; sister, Ruth Wood and two brothers, James Spires and Amos Spires.

She is survived by her sister Mary Blessing; stepsister Alberta Tumbleson; sisters-in-law Edith Alden Baba and Jo Spires; special friend and sister-in-law Alena Spires; grandson Casey Cothran; great grandson on the way, Charles Anderson Cothran; lifelong friend Betty Lou Lamb, and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, at Pat Howell Cemetery in Lonoke County. Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.

SARAH BRITT

Sarah (Ann) Britt, 68, of Cabot went to be with the Lord on Jan. 26.

She was born July 4, 1946, in Augusta (Woodruff County) to the late John and Florance Williams Neal.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, two sisters and six brothers.

Ann is survived by three daughters, Marla Henry and her husband Ricky of Cabot, Martha Mayberry and her husband Larry and Jessica Dye of Hot Springs; a son, Kenneth Britt of Cabot; two sisters, Flo Light and her husband Clyde of Stuttgart and Lanora Hallman of DeValls Bluff; two brothers, Bud Neal and his wife Regina of De Witt, Paul Neal and his wife Bonnie of Houston, Texas, 25 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 2 till 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1 at Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 at the funeral. Interment will be at Old Austin Cemetery.

GARY SHENEFIELD

Gary Kenneth Shenefield, 67, of Heber Springs passed away on Jan. 26 in Little Rock.

He was born Aug. 3, 1947, in Ohio to the late Harold and Leah Bowen Shenefield.

Gary is survived by three stepchildren, Tina Maitland of Cabot, Ronnie Cotner Jr. of Jacksonville and Jerry Cotner of Cabot; a sister, Kay Shenefield, of Heber Springs; nieces, Sheri Stringfellow of Heber Springs, Pam Davis of Jacksonville and Terri Hatcher of Butlerville; a nephew, Rick Spitler, of Wichita, Kan., 12 grandchildren and multiple great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be held from noon till 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3 with services to follow at 2 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Chapel.

Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

LARRY SIMPSON SR.

Larry Gene Simpson Sr., 61, of Jacksonville went to be with his Lord on Jan. 25 in Jacksonville.

He was born Dec. 2, 1953, in Lepanto (Poinsett County) to the late Donald and Thelma Acklin Simpson.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Simpson and Shane Simpson; a sister, Teresa Hendricks, and a granddaughter, Madison Martin.

Larry is survived by his wife, Deborah Simpson of Jacksonville; three sons, Larry Simpson Jr. of Jacksonville, Joe Elkins Jr. of Jacksonville and Adam Elkins of Cabot; three daughters, Tanya Eldred of Paw Paw, Mich., Rena Martin of Cabot and Sarah Wagner of Georgia; two brothers, Darnell Simpson of Illinois and David Simpson of Bangor, Mich.; four sisters, Linda Clark of Jonesboro, Sylvia Duncan of North Carolina, Kimberly Goodrich of Bangor, Mich., and Donna Bruner of Jonesboro, 15 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 with services to follow at 1 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Chapel. Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.

MARY BROWN

Mary Maureen Brown, 83, of Cabot passed away Jan. 26 at home. She was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Widnes, England, to the late Tommy and Florence Cafferty of Ann St, Widnes, Lancashire, England.

She was preceded in death by two infant sons; a son, retired Lt. Col. Preston Barney Brown, and five brothers, Matthew, Tom, Albert, Ted and James.

She is survived by her husband, retired Chief Master Sgt. J.P. Brown of Cabot; five daughters, Maureen Hall and her husband Lanny of Round Rock, Texas, Grace Carmichael and her husband Matt of Decatur, Ala., Jane Ann Brown of Cabot, Paula Price and her husband Gary of Jacksonville, Amy T. Brown of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Allen, Melissa, John, Emily, Rebekah, Philip, Zachary, Xavier, Hannah, Jacob and Caleb, and five great-grandchildren.

Mary Maureen was raised in Widnes and Farnworth, England. She met her husband while working at the Royal Air Force at Burtonwood in 1952, and they were married on June 13, 1953, at the base chapel by Chaplain Captain Walter Huber.

Mary Maureen will be greatly missed by her husband, family and friends.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at St. Jude Catholic Church in Jacksonville with Father Andy Smith officiating. Interment will be at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

The family requests memorials be made to Arkansas Hospice or the charity of your choice.

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

ARL COPE JR.

Arl Lee Cope Jr., 75, of Cabot died Jan. 27.

He was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Alama-gordo, N.M., to the late Arl Lee Cope Sr. and Emma Marie Yarbrough Cope. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Drake.

After graduating from Alamogordo High School, Arl spent four years in the Navy aboard the carrier Midway.

He and Marilyn lived in Madagascar and England, where Arl tracked satellites for NASA. After working telemetry jobs at Holloman Air Force Base, he bought Tularosa Cable TV and built other cable systems in New Mexico, which he sold and continued to work in the cable industry, retiring as chief executive officer of Bufford Satellite Systems. After selling Quizno’s in Jacksonville, he retired for good.

Arl is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn Cope; children, Arl Lee Cope III and his wife Frances of Laluz, N.M., Avery Cope of Phoenix, Ariz., Arletta Bledsoe and her husband Greg of Leesburg, Va., and Walter Cope and his wife Virginia of Cabot; siblings, Carol Murdock of Wasilla, Alaska, Howard Cope and his wife Cheryl of Wylie, Texas, Dee Cope of Alamagordo, N.M., and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Geri and David Herrera of Tucson, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren, Joshua, Anesia, Breanna, Janae and Avery Cope Jr., Taylor, Zoe, Sophie, Deelan and Molly Bledsoe and Lindsey Jones and her husband Nathaniel; one great-grandchild, Kali Cope; one on the way, Clementine Jones, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Arl’s greatest joy was his kids and being Grandpa and Papa to his grandkids. He loved following what his nieces and nephews were accomplishing. His second joy was restoring Ford Mustangs.

He wished for people not to smoke, and he was known to walk up to a young smoker, showing them his inhaler and giving them a short lecture. He fought his lung disease with all his strength and now he doesn’t have to labor for every breath. This gives us peace.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1 at Moore’s Funeral Home Chapel.

Visitation will be held before the serice at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Hospice Foundation in North Little Rock.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Funeral Home in Cabot.

LINDA SCOLARO

Linda Lee Scolaro, 74 years and 6 months, passed away on Jan. 26.

She was born July 31, 1940, to the late George and Sybil Edmonds.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Scolaro Sr.; two sons, Charles Allen Scolaro Jr. and Michael Scolaro, and one daughter, Tammy Scolaro.

She was a member of That Church.

She is survived by her two daughters, Gina Owen and her husband Richard, and Dorrie Yanez and her husband Joe, both of Arizona; her loving sister, Sybil Jean Stitt, of Jacksonville, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and many loving family members.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

CHARLEAN MAYFIELD

Charlean Mayfield, 82, of Cabot went to be with her Lord on Jan. 27 in Jacksonville. Born Nov. 20, 1932, in Otto (Faulkner County) to the late John and Katie McClure Roach.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lester Mayfield; eight brothers, Calven, Robert, Paul, Allen, J.D., Hilton, Floyd and Richard Roach; a sister, Virginia Bailey, and a grandson, Matthew Mayfield.

Charlean is survived by a daughter, Kathy Michaels and her husband Gene of Cabot; two brothers, Jessie Roach of Reno and Jimmy Roach of Rusk, Texas; a sister, Darlene Good of Cabot; one grandchild; three great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends.

A graveside service was held Jan. 30 at Mt. Springs Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Thomas Funeral Service in Cabot.