Wednesday, December 09, 2015

OBITUARIES >> 12-9-15


Darrell Dwayne Short Sr., 77, of El Paso was born July 28, 1938, in El Paso to Jess and Mattie Osborn Short, and he passed away Dec. 6.

He served as a deacon at El Paso First Baptist Church. Darrell and his wife, Reba, who survives him, were married 50 years, and they enjoyed singing together He also enjoyed fishing and being PaPa to his grandson, Curtis Short, of Austin.

Darrell is also survived by his son, Darrell (Dwayne) Jr. and his wife Glennis of Benton, and his daughter, Diane St. John and her husband Roger of El Paso.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Douglas (LD) Short, Donald Short and Lloyd Short.

Special thanks to Dr. Jerry Glasco and the DaVita Home Training Center at North Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks,

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at El Paso First Baptist Church.


Joseph Michael Grassi, 79, beloved husband and father, passed from this life on Dec. 4.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucia and Frank Grassi; his twin sister, Irma Grassi, and his brothers, Adrian, Tulio and Mario.  Joe is survived by a host of brothers and sisters in Christ, including his wife, Mary, of 53 years; their daughter, Maggie, and her husband, Jon; two grandchildren, Joseph and Hannah, many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe served his country for 20 years in the Air Force, retiring to the Cabot area. He had a second 20-year career with the Postal Service.

Joe enjoyed volunteering and was active in local Kiwanis.

Before his death, Joe specified that no memorial service be held. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations are encouraged.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Billie Jean Renner Hendrickson, 84, of Sherwood was born to William and Stella Hughes on Oct. 3, 1931, in Aylesworth, Okla. She received her wings on Dec. 5.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia and Kathryn, and she is survived by two sisters, Margarette and Betty.

She had two daughters with her husband Robert Renner, Kim King and Cindy Koplen; two granddaughters, Jennifer Young and Amy Waymack, and three great-grandchildren, Abbigail Triplett, Grace Young and Brantley Waymack.

She was a member of Sylvan Hills Church of Christ in Sherwood. You could always hear her humming church hymns from her childhood.

A graveside service will be held at noon Wednesday, Dec. 9 at Little Rock National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.


Gail Randall Holland, 63, of Cabot died Dec. 3.

She was born Sept. 9, 1952, in Olean, N.Y., to Frank Randall and Beverly Gould Randall.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Holland.

Gail is survived by her mother, Beverly Randall; her sons, Jason Holland and Greg Holland; a sister, Paula Randall; a brother, Mark Randall, and a granddaughter, Claire Randall. 

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Johnny Marvin Kuske, 65, of Austin passed away Dec. 5. He was born to the late Robert J. Kuske and Violet M. (Shockey) Kuske in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 12, 1950.
Johnny loved his family and was a fulltime PaPa to his grandchildren. He enjoyed everything outdoors, but especially hunting, fishing and camping. He also enjoyed dancing and making crafts.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ricky Kuske, and sister, Marty Tew.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Linda C. (Duncan) Kuske of the home; five children, Harry Brown of Bismark, Danny Brown and his wife Melissa of Lonoke, Chris Johnson of Malvern, Angel Clinton and his favorite son-in-law, Joey, of Austin, and Johnny Kuske, Jr. of Cabot; 10 grandchildren, and four siblings, Rosie Bettger, Penny Henderson, Patricia Andrews and Vick Kuske.

Cremation arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service of Jacksonville.


Elton James (Jay) Johnson, 79, of Cabot died on Dec. 2.

He was born in McLeans-boro, Ill., on Feb. 26, 1936, to the late William Elton Johnson and Martha Middlekauf Johnson, who preceded him in death.

Jay is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jo Ann Johnson; his children, Jay Johnson, Cynthia Wood and April Phillips; a sister, Cynthia Vernon, and grandchildren, Jordan Richardson, Daryl Johnson, Sarah Grace Phillips, Lane Phillips and Cole Wood.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th floor, New York, N.Y. 10001.


Edward John Flemings, 33, of Jacksonville went to be with his Lord on Dec. 6 in Little Rock. Edward was born to the late Billy W. and Bobbye Ann (Kimble) Flemings on May 19, 1982, in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Natalie Flemings and Stacie Wyatt.

Edward loved spending time with his family as well as playing video games. He was a member of the Faith Christian Church in Jacksonville.

He is survived by his adoptive parents, Robert and Early Felder; four sisters, Nichole Flemings and her husband Carlos, Carmen Kendle, Monique Felder-Alexander and her husband Andrew and Whitney Starks; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 at A Natural State Funeral Service Chapel in Jacksonville. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at Faith Christian Center, 6706 T.P. White Drive, Jacksonville.


Scott Anthony Mason, 58, of Bald Knob passed from this life on Dec. 6.

He was born in Kokomo, Ind., on Sept. 2, 1957, to Ralph Mason and the late Betty Jean (Austin) Mason.

Scott is survived by his two sons, Michael McAnnally and Cas Mason; four brothers, Steve, Mark and Jeff Mason and Joel Holt of Gravel Ridge; two sisters, Pam (Mason) Kirksey and Judy Sansoucie.

Cremation arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service.