Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 2-25-15


Frances Maxine Bright, 85, of Lonoke passed away Feb. 21. She was a member of the Assemblies of God Church and was a retired seamstress.

Preceding in death were her parents, Joseph Aubrey and Opel Idel Wesson Porter; husband, Everett Bright, and brothers, Donald Albert Porter and John Doyle Porter.

Survivors include her children, Clara Horton and her husband Jimmy of Lonoke, Gloria Jayne Bratton of Hot Springs, Wanda Ann Jenkins and her husband Edward of Jacksonville and Francis Bright, Jr. and his wife Evelyn of Conway; 10 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 14 great great-grandchildren; siblings, Joe Henry Porter of Texarkana, Mary Louise Mitchell of Tennessee, Sandra Lee Mitchell of Camden and Barbara Mitchell of Lewisville.

Visitation will be one hour before funeral services, which will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel in Lonoke. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.


Wanda Cleo Ledbetter, 89, of Lonoke died Feb. 22. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Ledbetter.

Survivors include a daughter, Fay Postell; granddaughter, Brandie Postell; niece Becky Burton and her husband David, and a nephew, Roy Leland III and his wife Susan.

No funeral service is planned. Cremation arrangements by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.


Frances Kotsch-Walker, 98, of Cabot, born March 11, 1916, in Albion, Mich., passed away on Feb. 22, in North Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Walker, and her son, Richard Kotsch. She is survived by her daughter, Jackie Wilson; stepsons, Allen Walker and Michael Walker and their families; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home chapel. Burial will follow in Monk Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service.


Linda Jean Lemon, 66, of Cabot, passed away Feb. 20.

She was born on May 11, 1948, in Black Oak (Craighead County) to the late Charles and Emma Holloway. Linda was a longtime member of Cabot Church of Christ.

Her life revolved around her grandchildren, and she loved traveling to visit family and listening to country music, especially George Jones. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Bill Holloway.

Linda is survived by her husband, Gary Lemon; children, Forrest Malone and Christy Pierce; one brother, Bub Holloway; two sisters, Dorothy Davis and Marie Kelch; and her seven grandchildren, Josh, Lindsey, Levi, Austin, Jake, Emma and Logan.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Chuck Ball officiating. Burial will be at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.


Mary Jo O’Bryan, 88, of Cabot died Feb. 21. She was born March 2, 1926, in Childress, Texas, to the late Joe Henry and Mary Agnes Julian Hankins.

Mrs. O’Bryan was both a minister’s daughter and a minister’s wife. She studied music and played the piano and violin and was an active leader in the church’s children’s ministry. In addition to her parents, Mrs. O’Bryan was preceded in death by her sister, Martha Hankins.

Mrs. O’Bryan is survived by her husband, Harold O’Bryan, her children, Joe O’Bryan of Cabot, Judy Springfield and her husband, Robert, of Cedar Lake, Ind., Jon O’Bryan of Cabot and Jeff O’Bryan and his wife Kris of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren, Jessica Wallace, Stephanie O’Bryan, Eric O’Bryan, Katie Bush, Shannon O’Bryan, Erin O’Bryan and Mary Feldman, as well as two great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at First Baptist Church with Brother Dick Avey officiating with burial following at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Arrangements by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Douglas L. Radford, 81, of Jacksonville, passed away Feb. 20.

He was born March 21, 1933, to the late Lee and Cora Radford. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Kravik, as well as three nieces.

Doug served his country for 23 years in the Air Force before retiring and being employed by Falcon Jet for 20 years. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion.

He was an active member at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, serving in multiple ministries and devoting many years to the Boy Scouts. Doug was considered an “Office Angel” by the staff at the church because he was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Doug is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Tammy Hung Nam Radford; his sister, Mary Buckles; four nieces and four nephews; many great nieces and nephews; his loving church family, and many additional friends.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 at First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.

Visitation will be one hour before the service.

Entombment will follow the service at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the direction of Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Wanda Cox, 70, of Cabot went to be with the Lord on Feb. 22 in Jacksonville. She was born in Konawa, Okla., to the late Austin and Mildred Hensley Kellett.

Wanda worked side by side with her husband in their business, Bobby Cox Bail Bonds. She was a caring and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Cox; daughter, Lisa Douglas and her husband Arlin of Cabot; son, Bobby Harold Cox of Greers Ferry; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren, and one sister.

A memorial service will be held at Thomas Funeral Chapel of Cabot at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Visitation will be an hour before the service.


Thomas W. Swann, 88, of Beebe was born Nov. 26, 1926, in Beebe to Louie and Natalie (Bedell) Swann. He went to be with the Lord on Feb. 20. He served in the Nazarene Church for more than 40 years in various roles of leadership, including Sunday school superintendent. He loved his church, his family and his country.

Thomas is survived by his wife of 65 years, Irene (Bevill) Swann; son, John Thomas Swann and his wife Denise of Cabot; two grandchildren, Thomas Ian Swann and his wife Heather of Ward and Erin Jackson and her husband James of Cabot; great-grandson, Thomas Gage Swann of Ward, who was the apple of his eye, and brother, Bill Swann of Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, L. B. Swann.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Summit Hospice and Beebe Retirement Center for their big hearts and tender hands.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.

The funeral was Feb. 23 at Beebe First Church of the Nazarene. Cremation arrangements by Smith - Westbrook Funeral Home.


Jonathan Harden, 23, of Cabot died Feb. 13. He was born July 16, 1991, in Riverside, Calif. Jonathan was a 2009 graduate of Cabot High School.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Harden.

Jonathan is survived by his father, James Harden; stepmother, Barbara Harden, both of Cabot, mother, Denise Greenthal of Banning, Calif.; grandmother, Patricia Harden of Cabot; siblings, Krystal Harden of Cabot, David Chiranaknl, Phillip Hudson and Renee Hudson, all of California; aunt and uncle, Debbie and Jeff Engrave of California.

Funeral was Feb. 26 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home with Dave Morley officiating. Burial will be private.