Monday, November 20, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 11-22-17

SAMUEL McGOLDRICK

Chief Master Sgt. Samuel Freel McGoldrick, 78, of Vilonia passed away Nov. 17.

He was born July 23, 1939, in Motherwell, Scotland, to the late William and Janet Freel McGoldrick.

He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1959 at the age of 20 and devoted 50 years as a C-130 mechanic, flight engineer and instructor. He retired as a chief master sergeant after 29 years of service in the Air Force.

He worked an additional 20 years as a flight engineer instructor with Lockheed Martin.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Isabella Muir McGoldrick Johnston, and his beloved aunt, Margret “Aunt Peggy” Freel.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sachiko Ishikawa McGoldrick; his daughter, Nana McGoldrick Wiles and her husband Matthew of Jacksonville; his brother, Thomas McGoldrick and wife Cathy of Yardley, Pa.; close family friends, Ken and Sadako Shimabukuro of Vilonia and William P. St. John of Cabot; a sister-in-law, Sueko Miyagi of Okinawa, Japan; a brother-in-law, Isamu Ishikawa of Okinawa, Japan, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock with military honors.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136. Sign the online guestbook at www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com.

CARL RAY JR.


Carl Eugene Ray Jr., 83, of Jacksonville passed from this life on Nov. 17. He was born July 27, 1934, in Detroit, Mich., to Carl Eugene Ray Sr. and Virginia Josephine Finch Ray.

Mr. Ray served his county in the United States Air Force, retiring after 21 years of faithful and dedicated service. He then went on to serve in the Civil Service with the United States Post Office, retiring after 23 years.

Carl was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He always loved hunting and fishing until his laryngectomy prevented him from doing so. In the absence of those hobbies he took up golf — a passion that he shared with many friends in his final years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James M. Ray, and two great-granddaughters, Ashley and Kelley Ray.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Erma Jean Ruple Ray; children, Carl Douglas Ray and his wife LaNan of Cabot, Janis Leigh Ray Alexander and husband Van of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Amber Rowden (Brian), Kristen Beene and Eric Ray, and great-grandchildren, Zachary Woodyard, Xander Beene, Chance Ellis, Easton Bisbee, Shanly Ray, Shealy Ray, Shawna Ray, Cloe Bisbee and Dillon Bisbee. Other survivors include brothers, John Ray and his wife Sharon of Englewood, Fla., Robert Ray and his wife Linda of Cummins, Ga., along with a host of extended family and friends.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136, www.mooresjacksonvillefuneralhome.com.

JULIUS WELCH

Julius “Buster” Welch, 87, of Ward went to be with the Lord on Nov. 17.

He served in the Army during the Korean War. After being discharged from the Army, he served in the Marines Active Reserve. Julius retired from Western Electric Govern-ment System. After retirement, he and Ozell owned and operated Welch’s Grocery Store in Ward.

He was a member of the Ward First Baptist Church for 35 years and a volunteer at St. Vincent Hospital for 10 years.

Julius is survived by one son, Jerrel (Connie) Welch of North Carolina; one daughter, Paula Koch of Ward; one brother, Ivan (Pat) Welch of Beebe; two sisters, Sue Menser of Kensett and Margaret Herbert of Beebe, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ozell; a son, Jimmy; parents, Dee and Nan Welch; two brothers, Billy and Wayne Welch, and one sister, Evelyn Nick.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22 at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, with burial in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, www.smithfamilycares.com.

RITA MILLER

Rita M. Miller, 59, of North Little Rock passed from this life on Nov. 3.

She was born on Nov. 16, 1957, in Little Rock to the late Arthur F. and Dollie V. Miller.

Rita loved spending time with her family, going to the flea markets and her birds.

She is survived by her significant other, David, of over 18 years; her sisters, Doris (Tony) Kyzer and Pat (David) Kyzer; a special niece, Angela McVicker and a host of other family and friends. Rita was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

A memorial celebration of her life was held Nov. 16 at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville. Sign the online guestbook at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com.

GERALD LLOYD

Gerald W. Lloyd, 54, of Jacksonville passed from this life on Nov. 5.

Funeral was held at A Natural State Funeral Service in Jacksonville on Nov. 10. Burial was at Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Online guestbook at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com.