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Miscellaneous Saline County, Arkansas Obituaries


Gene Harold Anglin, Sr., 74, of North Little Rock, a wholesale distributor with Jackson Cookies for North Little Rock, died Saturday, May 24, 2003. He was born in Casa, on July 31, 1928, to the late Vince and Vera W. Anglin. He was a member of Rose City Church of Christ for over 30 years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Joe Blue Anglin; a sister Ratha Tabor Oliver and a grandson Billy Curtis. Surviving are his sister Anna Faulkner of California; a brother James Anglin of California; and his former wife Elizabeth Francine Camp Anglin; two daughters Frances Anglin, of North Little Rock and Debora Holt of Bryant; three sons Gene Anglin and Kevin Anglin, both of North Little Rock, and Alan Anglin and his wife Elaine of Lake Jackson, Texas; four grandchildren Jenny Holt and Jonathan Holt of Bryant and Luke and Andrew Anglin of Lake Jackson, Texas. Funeral was Tuesday, May 27, at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Keo Cemetery. The family requests memorials be made to Rose City Church of Christ, 5601 Lynch Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72117.

Guy M. Grigg, 92, of Hope, a retired Director of the Hope Housing Authority and a former engineer with the Southwest Proving Ground died Friday, May 23, 2003, in Medical Park Hospital, Hope. He was born Dec. 29, 1910, in Bienville Parrish, La., to Clem and Jane Grigg. He was a former owner/operator of Griggs Decorating and Supply in Hope. He was a Deacon and member of First Baptist Church, Hope, and has served on the Board of Trustees, Grounds and Properties Committees, Finance Committee, Dept. Director for Adults, Sunday School Director and a Greeter, a member of the Kiwanis for 40-plus years and former president, past president of the Hope Chamber of Commerce (1968) and a member; dedicated to the Hempstead County Democratic Central Committee; appointed by then-Gov. Bill Clinton for the 8th Judicial District Criminal Detention Facilities Committee; member of Pioneer Restoration Foundation, Clinton Birthplace Foundation, and Sentimental Journey. He was preceded in death by his first wife Valdine May Grigg; one infant son Thomas Martin Grigg; and by seven brothers and sisters. Surviving are his wife of 21 years Ann Thrash Grigg; two daughters Jane Grigg Cofer and her husband Kenneth of Searcy, and Linda Roebuck and her husband Ed of Maryland; one son Larry Thrash and his wife Connie of Bartlesville, Okla.; five grandchildren Carol Cofer Bradford and her husband Matt of Hendersonville, Tenn., Susan Cofer Smith and her husband Lantz of Shannon Hills, Ted Jones and his wife Liz of Charlottesville, Va., Aaron Roebuck and his wife Karen of Frederick, Md., and Logan Thrash and his wife Bione of Lawrence, Kan. Funeral was Sunday, May 25, at First Baptist Church in Hope, with Revs. Earl Combie, Wade Hood and Mrs. Linda Roebuck officiating. Burial was at Corinth Cemetery in Willisville, Ark. Arrangements were by Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home of Hope.

Billy Howard Masters, 51, of Alexander, a retired airman with the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service, died May 19, 2003. He was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Helena, to Le Roy and Marceline (Duncan) Masters. He was preceded in death by his father. Surviving are his mother Marceline Masters-Morales and her husband Ray Morales of Prairie Grove; a son Mark Kling-Masters of Little Rock; a daughter Tia Masters of Mumford, Tenn.; one sister Sue Masters of Metairie, La.; three brothers Jerry Masters of Jackson, Miss., Terry Masters of Pasa Robles, Calif., and Dennis Masters of Victoria, Texas; several nieces and nephews including a special niece Charlotte Rigsby of Houston, Texas; and a host of relatives and friends. A graveside memorial service with military honors was held Friday, May 23, at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Arrangements were by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth. The family requests that memorials be made to a charity of your choice.

Patricia Lynn (Smelser) Sumner, 37, of Bryant, a Licensed Psychological Examiner, died Monday, May 19, 2003. She was born on March 12, 1966, in Flagstaff, Ariz., and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Harry Morrison; grandmother Gladys Morrison; grandfather Cecil Stephens; father Kenneth Smelser; uncle Tommy Stephens; and her aunt Sally Morrison. Surviving are her daughter Shasta Renee Sumner and her father Dean Sumner of Bryant; father and stepmother Woody and Elizabeth Morrison, Sr., of Harrison; mother Betty Stephens of Hot Springs; three brothers Woody Morrison, Jr. and his wife Diane of Benton, Mark Smelser of Tull and Todd Morrison and his wife Jaci of Harrison; sister Laurie Tucker of Harrison; grandmother Ceble Stephens of Cottonwood, Ariz.; nephews Eric Jackson, Brock Jackson, Brantly Tucker and Heath Tucker and a niece, Emily Morrison. Memorial services were Friday, May 23, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.

Thomas Francis (Tommy) Trent, 79, of Bryant, a professional entertainer, died Saturday, July 5, 2003. He was born March 8, 1924, at Strawberry Plains, Tenn., and was of the Baptist faith. His professional entertainment career began in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1942. Later he was involved with the Louisiana Hayride in the early 1950s and came to Arkansas in 1952 with KTHS radio. His entertainment was featured when KTHV television first went on the air. He showcased Arkansas talent on his television program for many years. He also promoted and performed live entertainment throughout Arkansas and regular live shows known as The Tommy Trent Fun Barn. He later owned and operated The Shoppers News until his retirement. Surviving are sisters Arkie, Gloria, Gladys, and Rose; and brother Coy; son Terry Trent and his wife Marilyn of Mabelvale; a daughter Lee Ann Trent Harlan and husband Gerald of Searcy; son Bill Trent and his wife Laura of Benton; and daughter Alice Trent Garrett and her husband Allen of Bryant; stepchildren, Donnie Reid and Beverly Reid Taylor; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and host of other relatives and friends. Funeral was Wednesday, July 9, at Roller-Drummond Southwest Chapel. Burial was at Pinecrest Memorial Park. The family requests memorials be made to Leukemia Society, 77 Westport Plaza, Suite 101, St. Louis, Mo., 63146.

Charles Wayne "Trey" Wells III, 6 years old, of Redfield, died Thursday, July 3, 2003. He was born March 31, 1997, in Bradford to Charles Wayne Wells, Jr. and Trinia Marie Evans. Surviving are his mother Trinia Evans of the home; father and step-mother Charles Wells, Jr. and his wife Shawna of Conway; brother Derek Wells of Redfield; maternal grandmother Virginia Lee of Ico; paternal grandparents Charles W. Wells, Sr. of Little Rock, Mona and Leslie Jenkins of Bradford; maternal great-grandmother Anna Evans of Alexander; paternal great-grandmother Marie Hensley of McCrory; paternal step-grandparents Dwayne and Tammy Marler of Crimora, Va.; uncle Robert Lee Evans of Bryant; two aunts Karen Cavanaugh of Hensley and Melissa Seigriest and her husband Bobby of Bradford; numerous other aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services were Monday, July 7, at Orion Cemetery near Ico with Rev. Mark Lindsey officiating. Pallbearers were Doug Evans, Chris Evans, Tom Townsend, Robert Evans. Arrangements were by Buie Funeral Home of Sheridan.

Maxine Gray, 86, of Little Rock, a medical receptionist for Dr. John R. Wassell for many years who was associated with the Arkansas Allergy Clinic, died Saturday, July 5, 2003. Born Jan. 21, 1917, at Stuttgart, she was the daughter of Vince and Abby Holmes. After retirement, she worked part-time for Don?s Pharmacy. An avid Razorback fan, she also enjoyed traveling and was a charter member of the Tiajuana Bunch. She loved to dance. She was preceded in death by her husband Aston Bernard "Buddy" Gray. Surviving are her daughter Janis E. Payne of Bryant; her son Vincent B. Gray and his wife Janice of Little Rock; four grandchildren Donna Steed, Tammi Pennington, Daniel Gray, and Allison Adams; and seven great-grandchildren. A gathering in remembrance was Tuesday, July 8, at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Chapel with Rev. Ross S. Woodbury and Rev. Richard Pope officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to Baptist Hospice, 11900 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR 72210.

William David Grace and James Lyn Grace, infant sons of Chad and Brandy Grace, of Alexander, went to be angels with their Lord on Friday, July 4, 2003. They are survived by their parents; paternal grandfather Gary Grace; paternal grandmother and step-paternal grandfather Brenda and J.D. Garst; maternal grandfather and step-maternal grandmother Wayne and Wanda Fowler; maternal grandmother Terry Tallent; paternal great-grandparents; maternal great-and great-great-grandparents; and a host of other relatives and friends. Graveside services were Tuesday, July 8, at the Riverwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Rev. Don Cooper officiating. Arrangements were by Roller-Drummond Southwest Funeral Home.

James Doyle McClendon, 87, of Benton, an employee with Reynolds Mining for over 31 years, died Friday, July 4, 2003. He was born to the late Doc McClendon and Allie Clark. He was member of the Holland Chapel Baptist Church and was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are two sons James Allen McClendon of Benton and Steve R. McClendon of Oregon; two daughters Margaret Allen of Benton and Linda Connell of Little Rock; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral was Tuesday, July 8, in the Ashby Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Pinecrest Memorial Park.

Sylvia Lois (Mann) Ray, 68, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, at the Arkansas Health Center, where she had been a resident for 18 years. She was a loved member of the Guiding Light Baptist Church of Shannon Hills. She was preceded in death by her mother Maye Elizabeth Reed Mann and a brother Lewis Burnett Mann. Surviving are her children Doug and Julie Ray of Danville, Calif., Kirt and Linda Ray of Shannon Hills, Sonja (Ray) and Chuck Wright of Conway, Steve and Debbie Ray of Vimy Ridge; her father and stepmother Theo W. and Elsa Mann of Vimy Ridge; one sister Shirley Ann Williams of East End; nine grandchildren; and numerous other friends and relatives. Funeral was Tuesday, July 8, at Guiding Light Baptist Church with Bill Elmore officiating. Burial was at McPherson Cemetery of Sardis.

William D. "Hoot" Gibson, 65, of Bryant, a retired Little Rock policeman after 21 years of service, died Thursday, July 3, 2003. He was born July 23, 1937, the son of Tillman and Emma Gibson in Pacolet, S.C. After serving four years in the United States Air Force, he went on to work for the Little Rock Police Department retiring after 21 years of service. During his years of service, he was distinguished with the honor of being named Interim Police Chief. He then went on to work for the Pulaski County Circuit Court with Judge Floyd Lofton and the 1st Division Staff serving as court bailiff and probation officer. After working with the 1st Division, he went on to serve with the Pulaski County Sheriff?s Department as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). An avid fisherman, he competed as a co-angler on the FLW Tour/Everstart Series and many other bass organizations. "Hoot" was a well-known competitor throughout the sport. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Tillman Wayne (Hoot) Gibson, Charles Gibson, and Dennis Morgan Gibson. Surviving are his wife of 48 years Mary Lou Burt Gibson; son Donald Dinger; daughter Cindy Gibson Reed; son Ben Gibson; and his faithful companion Scooby Gibson. A celebration of his life was held Monday, July 7, in the chapel of Griffin Leggett-Forest Hills Funeral Home.

Margaret E. Hughes, 72, of Benton, formerly of Magnolia, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, in her home in Benton. She was born Jan. 10, 1931, in Troy, Ark., to the late Will and Lydia Jenkins. She was a retired registered nurse at Magnolia City Hospital and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jimmie Hughes and a sister Francis Davis. Surviving are one son Jim Hughes and wife Charlotte of Benton; two grandsons Chris Hughes and wife Allyson of Bryant, and Brian Hughes of Benton. Funeral was Monday, July 7, at Lewis Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jay Culpepper officiating. Burial was at Forest Grove Cemetery near Taylor, Ark. Arrangements were by Lewis Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be made to Arkansas United Methodist Children?s Home in Little Rock or Asbury United Methodist Church.

Mary Kay West, 60, of Alexander, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003. Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband Cal West; sons Brett West, Heath West, Cal West and Dustin West; a brother Butch Davis; five grandchildren and a host of family and friends. A graveside memorial service was held at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Monday, July 7. Arrangements were by Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth. The family requests memorials be made to the National Kidney Foundation at

Martha Marcell Parker Stewart, 85, of Maumelle, died Friday, June 20, 2003. She was surrounded by her family and friends. She was born Aug. 22, 1917, the daughter of the late Imer and Luther Parker of North Little Rock and was a charter member of Saltillo Heights Baptist Church in Conway. She was a devoted mother, grandma and friend to everyone who knew her and will be greatly missed. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Curley Stewart; a son Billy Martin Stewart; and three brothers. Surviving are five daughters Louise Plouch of Maumelle, Mary Frances Mauldin of Bryant, Shirley Morris and her husband Tommy of Little Rock, Diane Stark and her husband Bill of Mayflower, and Cindy Freeman and her husband Dwight of Bryant; a son Charles Dwayne Stewart and his wife Carolyn of Conway; 14 grandchildren Joey Plouch, Debbie Sanders, Gary Plouch, Jamie McFall, Roxanne Morris, Eric Morris, Kristin Perrin, Brent Stark, Carrie Stacks, Alicia Rains, Kathy Ashlock, Sarah Stewart, Candy Millwood, and Amanda Freeman; 15 great-grandchildren; and one brother Arley Parker of Walters, Okla. Funeral was Tuesday, June 24, at Saltillo Heights Baptist Church. Burial was at Oak Bowery Cemetery. Arrangements were by North Little Rock Funeral Home.

On Thursday, June 19, 2003, heaven gained, and we that were left behind, lost a husband, father, brother, son, and friend in John David Rash. He touched the face of Jesus and was once again reunited with his brother James. He was born in Conway, on July 26, 1972. His love for the Lord was as true and evident as his sacrificial love for his family. This world has lost an inspiration of how a real man can love with tenderness and mercy. John was the owner/operator of All The Right Moves, Inc. His company specialized in moving dreams. His integrity and honesty was known throughout the state by many of Arkansas? finest interior decorators, antique dealers and families. We are better for the love he shared with each and every one of us. It was in the knowing him that will forever enrich our lives. John knew what it was to have little, so he gave large. It would be an honor to him if you would make a donation to the Food Closet at Bryant First Southern Baptist Church. He leaves behind the most beloved part of his life on this earth, his wife Caryn; and his daughter Jayme Allyson; his mother and stepfather Ron and Linda Greenwood; a brother Sgt. J.N. Carter of the U.S. Marine Corps; brothers Adam Greenwood of Bryant and Rodney C. Greenwood and family of Dallas, Texas; his father Sammy M. Rash and his wife Gulnar of Conway; grandmother Bess Rash of Washington; and the countless others that knew him as friend. Funeral was Monday, June 23, at First Southern Baptist Church by Dr. Jim Lagrone. Burial was at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Arrangements were by Roller-Drummond Southwest.

Nellie Floy (Fairchild) Carlock, 79, of Benton, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003. She was a member of Hurricane Lake Baptist Church in Bryant. She was preceded in death by her husband James Walker Carlock and one son in-law Robert Cole. Surviving are three daughters Patricia Cole of Springfield, Mo., Phyllis Loftis and her husband Ray of Bryant, Paula Loftis and her husband Gary of Mabelvale; nine grandchildren Karen Cole, Ronnie Purtle, Robert Cole, Joe Purtle, Malisa Purtle, Jack Loftis, Kathy Laforrest, Corey Loftis and Jackie Loftis; three great-grandchildren Elizabeth Purtle, Jodie Loftis and Roman Cole. Funeral was Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Hurricane Lake Baptist Church in Bryant. Burial was at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Arrangements were by North Little Rock Funeral Home.

Alice Evelyn Bailey, 78, of Mabelvale, a retired clerk for the Internal Revenue Service, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003. Alice was born on May 28, 1925, at Swifton, a daughter of the late Vernon and Alice Blair Hatfield. She was a member of the Mabelvale United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband George Bailey; her son John R. Bailey and his wife Sharon of Bryant; and daughter Judy Hutcheson and her husband Charles "Butch" of Benton; grandsons Matthew R. Bailey and Clinton R. Hutcheson; granddaughters Anna M. Bowman, Sarah B. Voth and Carrie D. Simon; and a great-granddaughter Caitlyn B. Simon; and a sister Juanita Terpening of Genesco, Ill. Funeral was Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Roller-Drummond Southwest Chapel, with Rev. Steve Brizzi officiating. Burial was at Salem Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darrell Williams, Barney Phillips, Jerry Goshien, Mike Goshien, Lando Patton and Bill Dunkum. The family requests memorials be made to Arkansas Hospice, 2200 Fort Roots Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72114.

Annie Louise Jones Marke, left to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Nov. 7, 2003. She was a most loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her extended family and friends will miss her greatly, but they rejoice in her return to her home to be with her Savior and loved ones. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Jones of Thornton, and was one of nine children. She was the widow of James F. Marek, and was predeceased by one grandson David Michael Marek. Louise was a member of Oak Forest United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. She and her husband were active and caring members of their loving church. Louise and Jim were married for 48 years until his death in 1991. Surviving are a daughter Pat Morgan of Bryant; two sons Don Marek and his wife Gail of Little Rock, and David Marek and his wife Amy of Germantown, Tenn. Grandchildren are Lance and Karen Gunn, Kevin Morgan, Megan McDaniel, Brenna McDaniel; and one great-grandson Justin Gunn. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Frank J. Marek of Little Rock. Surviving sisters are Carolyn Manning, Myrlene Donahue and husband Jim. Surviving brothers are Glen Jones and wife Marie; Herbert Jones and wife Ruth; and Ben Jones and wife Tress. Also to be remembered are her close friends Mr. and Mrs. Buell James of Little Rock. The family expresses sincere gratitude to Dr. John Brizzolara for many years of caring treatment. Funeral was Monday, Nov. 10, at Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth Chapel, with Rev. Beth Waldrup officiating. Burial was at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

Robert Hugh French, 43, of Pine Bluff, went to be with his Lord and personal savior Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003. He was born May 3, 1960, in Alpine, Texas. He was a loving father, son, brother, and grandson who will be truly missed by all. Robert?s greatest joy and love of his life was his daughter Ariana. When he and his daughter weren?t fishing, riding the jet ski, eating pizza, or having a television marathon and long conversations, Robert could be found in the company of friends and family. He liked a competitive game of golf and enjoyed fine dining, riding his Harley, driving his pickup truck, hunting, traveling, and spending time with loved ones. Everyone who met Robert was instantly drawn to him. Those whose lives he touched enjoyed his outgoing personality and sense of humor. Robert recently went to work for Builder?s Fence Company, Inc. in SunValley, Calif., where he was an officer of the company. Prior to that he was vice president and general sales manager with Allied Tube, formerly Century Tube of Pine Bluff, where he worked for 18 years primarily in the fence, mechanical and lance division. Throughout his career, he was respected for his salesmanship and achieved many honors in the industry. Gov. Mike Huckabee appointed him to the Arkansas Transitional Employment Board for one year. As President of The Chain Link Fence Manufacturers for two consecutive years, he spoke before Congressional members in Washington, D.C. Robert?s training prepared him well for his accomplishments. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, in 1982 with a degree in Business and Military Science and from Pine Bluff High School in 1978. He served as an officer in the Army National Guard for eight years and attained the rank of Captain. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert Warnick "Bob" Penn of Walnut Ridge and grandparents Hugh and Leoda Horner of Miston, Tenn. Surviving are his parents Marvin Len French and Loretta Penn French; adaughter Ariana Elizabeth French of Little Rock and her mother Cathy Redus French; his siblings Jana French Carruth and Bradley Len French; his grandmother Euna Eagan Penn of Bryant; an aunt Brenda Penn Gregory; and her sons Justin and Hunter Gregory of Bryant. Funeral was Monday, Nov. 10, at Roller-Drummond Funeral Home in Little Rock, with Rev. John Penn of Bryant officiating. Burial was at Garden of Peace at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Little Rock. The family suggests memorials be made to the Episcopal Collegiate School in honor of his daughter Ariana Elizabeth French. The family wishes to thank many friends for their compassion and love. They especially thank Elizabeth Frankel for the loving care she bestowed upon their beloved Robert.

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