El Dorado News

Saturday
October 20, 2018
El Dorado News Times

Obituaries

PAMELA CALLAWAY

Pamela White Callaway, 54, of El Dorado passed away, Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Arrangements will be announced by Young’s Funeral Directors.

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MARGARET McCLELLAND

Margaret McClelland, 97, of El Dorado passed away on Oct. 17, 2018 at Timberlane Health and Rehab of El Dorado. Arrangements for funeral service will be announced by Sims Mortuary.

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THOMAS ABDELLA

A graveside service for Thomas Abdella, 94, of El Dorado will be held at 10 a.m. today at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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HAROLD D. AINSWORTH

Visitation for Harold D. Ainsworth, 80, of Rockwall, Texas will be from 4 until 6 p.m. today at Bailey Funeral Home in Junction City. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Junction City. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home of Junction City. Love offerings can be made in Harold’s memory to the First Baptist Church in Junction City, AR or to M.D. Andersen Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Please visit www.baileyfuneralhome.net to sign the online register book.

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BENNIE E. DUNN SR.

Visitation for Bennie E. Dunn, Sr., 85, of Huttig will be from 10 until 11 a.m. today at 2nd Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Strong. Funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today officiated by Bro. Robert Lyons. Interment will follow at Lapile Cemetery under the direction of Perry’s Funeral Chapels. The family request that memorial donations be made to the Lapile Cemetery Fund at 712 Bolding Rd. Huttig, AR 71747. Online Condolences at www.perrysfuneralchapels.com.

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JO E. GRIFFIN

Services for Josephine Ellen Posey Griffin are scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in El Dorado. Visitation for friends will be held at noon prior to the service. Following the service interment will be at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in El Dorado under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. Donations may be sent to Jo Ellen Posey Griffin Memorial Fund at La Tech Foundation, PO Box 3183, Ruston, LA 71272. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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LISA M. BURTON

Lisa Michelle Burton (Meme), 56 of El Dorado, AR, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at her home. She was born on July 16, 1962 to Cary Joe and Karen Sue Lowrey Hall in Jonesboro, LA at Lincoln Parish Hospital. Lisa was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her beloved husband of 28 years, Robert Burton of El Dorado; her only child, her pride and joy, Amanda Waller (Shane) of El Dorado; her sister, Mona Bridges (Terry) of Magnolia; her brother, Joseph Hall of Hot Springs; grandchildren, Brooke Dees, Jaxson Dees, Emma Dees, Drew Waller (Katie), Kaylin Waller, expecting her first great-grandchild, Ashton Andrew Waller; and a host of nieces and nephews along with her “other daughter”, Kimmie Brock and her best friend/sister, Monique Murphy. She never met a stranger, to know her was definitely to love her. Lisa had a 36-year career in nursing, but there is no way that one word could ever sum up her work. She was definitely put on this earth to care for and to love others. Her selfless, loving nature was extended to EVERYONE in her path. She had that magic smile and soft touch that made everyone around her feel so special and loved. She had an indescribable love for her family which extended so much further than just blood relatives. She was SO VERY proud every day of her daughter and her grandchildren, they were definitely her pride and joy. She also shared almost the same love for “her Razorbacks”, a fair-weather fan she was not! Don’t mess with her Razorbacks or her Cowboys, things would get serious quick! Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, October 19, 2018 at Young’s Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Youngs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cliff Preston officiating. Burial will be held at Mt. Holly Cemetery under the direction of Young’s at a later date. Lisa would want each of you here to make sure and spend time with your children, your loved ones, take a long walk on the beach and truly treasure your friendships. Never judge anyone, “You are not defined by your past.”. “God is good all the time”. Memorials may be made to Union County Animal Protection Society (UCAPS), 1000 Sunset Rd, El Dorado, AR 71730. An online registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com. “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” ~ Matthew 6: 34 Just know… This too shall pass.

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SHIRLEY K. COLE

Shirley Kay Lott Singley Cole was born February 23, 1925, in Laurel Mississippi, to Myrtle Holcomb Lott and Hubert Lott. She passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at her home in El Dorado, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers. She married Marvin Glenn Cole in Shreveport, Louisiana, on January 21, 1951. They recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Cole Bechtelheimer. She is survived by her husband, Marvin Cole, her daughters, Gay Bechetlheimer (Russ) and Sheen Watkins (Dave); her grandson, Trey Bechtelheimer (Lisa); and her great grandchildren, Sloan and Rob. The family is grateful for the care given by Ms. Shirley Gray, Mrs. Tameka Malone, and Life Touch Hospice. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20, in the chapel of the First Baptist Church. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Young’s Funeral Directors. Memorials may be made to the Cole Logan Bechetlheimer Scholarship, UCCF, or to First Baptist Church, El Dorado. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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ROSCOE J. HOLLY SR.

Roscoe James Holly, Sr., 77, of El Dorado passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. Born May 4, 1941 in Magnolia,he was preceded in death by his parents Sam and Desalina Holly, son Sammy and four siblings. He is survived by his wife Nathan Ann Holly; son, Roscoe, Jr.; daughters, Shaunda and Sandra; siblings, Henry and Geneva and 12 grandchildren. Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Douglas Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in El Dorado. Cremation service entrusted to Superior Funeral Services in North Little Rock.

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SAMUEL L. RAYNES

Samuel Lynn “Pup” Raynes, 60, of El Dorado, passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born March 8, 1958, to Shelby and Mildred Cameron Raynes in El Dorado, AR. He was a member of Marrable Hill Chapel and worked as a plumber and city inspector for the City of El Dorado. He was an avid hunter and dedicated member of Hollow Beech Hunting Club, Inc. for 30 years. He is preceded in death by his father. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Jane Hall Raynes; children, Samuel Lee “Squirt” Raynes (Belinda, his “Baby Girl”), Jamie Goodwin, Julie Goodwin Lee, his “Princess” (Aaron), Jesse Livingston (Megan), Summer Gorman (Brett) all of El Dorado, Anglley Colvin Hansen (Josh), Alicia Colvin Richards (Drew) both of Fayetteville, AR; grandchildren, Julia, Jayden, Karlee, Jase, Cheyanne, Shylah, Aidan “Hotrod”; a multitude of people he calls his youngins, Ross, James, Harry, Kevin, Alex, Randy, Kelly, Katelyn, Kaliegh and Kyleigh, mother, Mildred Cameron Raynes; brother, Shelby Terrell Raynes (Betty); sisters, Geraldine Williams, Shelley Lamb; his Homie, Roger Selman (Charlie, Wife #2); uncle, Junior Cameron (Amy); many nieces, nephews and children that are called his babies; Ronda Hall his Angel; and Avery Hall his Super Hero. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 21, 2018 at Young’s Chapel with Shelby T. Raynes officiating. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Young’s Funeral Directors. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Kirby Craig, Bruce Patterson, Steve “Fat Boy” Defee, Allen Morgan, Seth Vinson, and Perry Lamb. Memorials may be made to Victory Bible Camp or to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Rd., El Dorado, AR 71730. The family will gather on Saturday October 20, and Sunday, October 21, at the home of Shelley Lamb, 709 Lawton Lane. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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GARLAND W. WILLIS

Garland William Willis, 51, of El Dorado passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 at his residence. At 1:20 p.m. on April 24, 1967 a baby boy was born at the home place on Nick Springs Road in Lawson, Arkansas. Later in the day during a trip to the doctor’s office in El Dorado, he was named Garland William Willis by his step grandfather, William King and the doctor’s nurse, Mrs. Bamma Washington. Garland was in honor of the family’s late doctor (Dr. Garland Murphy, Jr.) who had died a few months before the birth. William was in honor of his step grandfather, William King who he would spend many years with. It had become very clear to everyone that this child would be very different! Earlier in the day when the midwife, Mrs. Virginia Stanley, had made a face at him to get Garland to cry and take his first breath, he laughed instead! Also the new family doctor, Dr. Garland Murphy, Sr., had told everyone that the baby would come in May! His reply was that he was a little early! Garland’s early education was in Lawson and later at Old Union School. Later the family moved to El Dorado. Garland was a 1986 graduate of El Dorado High School, where he had been an active member of the Beta Club, BASIC (Brother And Sisters In Christ), the Oratorio Choir and Boy’s State for two years. After graduation Garland enrolled at Commonwealth College of Funeral Service (now Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service) in Houston, Texas. Garland was the only person from Arkansas in his class and he was given the honor of being elected class chaplain. He graduated from Commonwealth in the Fall class of 1987. Graduation was on a Friday and he reported for work the next day at Andrews Funeral Home in El Dorado (August 28, 1987). While at Andrews, Garland served as a licensed funeral director/#2723, an agent for Andrews Burial Association, agent for Selected Funeral and Life Insurance Company in Hot Springs, an at need minister and as the funeral home’s historian/researcher. He remained there until his death. Garland was a member of Providence Lodge #94 Knights of Pythias, where he served as Prelate. In the Grand Lodge of Arkansas Jurisdiction. He served in the office of Grand Master of Finance. In the year of 2000 Garland became a member of Kiwanis Club. He served as vice president, as a board member a number of times and in 2003 he became the first black man in the El Dorado club’s history to serve as president. Also for many years Garland served as chairman or co-chair of Spiritual Aimes and was in charge of the Kiwanis/Ministerial Alliance Prayer Luncheon in honor of the National Day of Prayer. On Sunday, February 23, 1992 Garland became a member of First Baptist Church of El Dorado. In 1997 Garland was given the high honor of being the first black man to be elected to the office of deacon in the 150 year history of First Baptist. Years later Garland felt a tug at his heart and in 2009 he was licensed by First Baptist as a Southern Baptist minister. Then on September 11, 2011 Garland was ordained to the gospel ministry. Garland used his gift by filling in on Wednesday night at prayer meeting and by filling in at other churches. In 2014 Garland started attending First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado, where he became a member on Sunday, December 21, 2014. While a member here, Garland served as a member of the Chancel Choir, lay reader, deacon and as an at need minister for First Presbyterian and other churches in the Presbytery of the Pines. To the surprise of many people, Garland was still a member of the men’s Chapel Bible Class at First Baptist and still served as their song leader. He always said that no one else wanted to job! His bass voice could be heard all over South Arkansas across the airwaves. This was a longtime part of the radio ministry of First Baptist Church. Unknown to most people, Garland was an Anglophile. He had a great love for Great Britain, for its history and traditions. He was also a great admirer of the Royal Family. It was Garland’s dream to one day visit London and see all those places that he had read about! One of Garland’s fondest memories was from back in August of 1994. This was when First Baptist their single adult ensemble (One Voice) went on a two week mission trip to Poland. Here they sang in churches and tent revivals. This was Garland’s first ever plane ride, first mission trip and first overseas trip!! There were many prayers sent up on his behalf. After landing in the Poland’s capital (Warsaw) he found out that there were very few black people there and in some towns there were none! In most of the towns they went to, Garland was the first black person they had ever seen! He spoke of how people would stop talking and stare at him. One pastor’s son even rubbed his hand to see if the brown would rub off and if he was white underneath! It was a time of great fellowship and seeing God’s Spirit move in a mighty way! Garland was preceded in death by his mother, Daisy Lee “Tiny” McDaniel’ his father, F.B. Willis; his step mother, Everteen Ross Robinson Willis; his step father, Charles “Doc” McDaniel; two brothers, Paul Willis and Robert Lewis Willis; a step brother, John Henry Robinson; a sister, Erma Louise Willis; a step sister, Florice Robinson. Survivors are three brothers, The Rev. Daniel J. (Lois) Willis of El Dorado, AR, Frances Shears of Denver, CO and Albert “Pappy” Richmond of San Francisco, CA; two foster brothers, Richard Kelly (Mary Ann) McMurry of El Dorado, AR and Brandon Scott (Stefanie) McMurry of Norphlet, AR; two sisters, Margaret “Margo” Williams of Florrissant, MO and Tyisha Willis of Louisiana; his mother, Candy McMurry; extended family Frank and Sandy Martin, and Goddaughter Hannah Martin of Wilsonville, Alabama; and a great host of other relative and friends. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at First Baptist Church with Rev. Lynn Worthen officiating. A viewing will begin at 9:00 a.m. until service time at the church. A private burial will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. The family request no flowers, but please make memorial donations to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203-9984, the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 552, Little Rock, AR 72202, or to the American Red Cross South Arkansas Chapter, 404 Southwest Ave., El Dorado, AR 71730. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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ROBERT T. WOLFE

Visitation for Robert Terrel “Red” Wolfe, 90, of El Dorado will be from 10 until 11 a.m. today at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren followed by a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. at Williams Cemetery in Banks. Online guest register is available at www.frazerfuneralhome.com.

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THOMAS ABDELLA

Thomas Abdella, 94, of El Dorado, passed away, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at Oak Ridge Nursing Home. He was born Aug. 24, 1924 in El Dorado. Thomas was the owner of Dura Clean. He was a member the American Legion for 70 years, of the Knights of Columbus, and Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Thomas was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII. He was preceded in death by is parents, Maroon and Jamelia Lewis Abdella. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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HAROLD D. AINSWORTH

Harold D. Ainsworth, age 80, of Rockwall, Texas passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Plano, Texas. Harold was born on Oct. 18, 1937 in El Dorado, to the late William G. and Lucille Ainsworth of Wesson. Harold’s priorities were his immediate family and he enjoyed cooking for them and others. He last worked in Seminole, Texas from 1997–2014 as a crop insurance agent and loved keeping the office full of farmers and friends. In his youth, he was a tough Arkansas boy who became independent at a very young age. After graduating from El Dorado High School, he left home at the age of seventeen to play professional baseball for the Detroit Tigers organization from 1955-1956. He then served in the U.S. Army in Korea, followed by over a half a century of love and support for his family. Harold will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty Ann Ainsworth of Rockwall, Texas. three daughters Tammy Gerber of Seminole, Texas, Deanna Wyse and husband Erik of Sunnyvale, Texas and Nancy Williams and husband James of El Dorado; two brothers William G. Ainsworth of Durham, North Carolina and the Rev. Charles Ainsworth of Wesson; six grandchildren, William Gerber, Lucy Gerber, Grady Wyse, Elaine Wyse, Chris Williams and wife Erin, and Seth Williams; and two great-grandchildren Lambert and Emersyn Williams. Visitation will be Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, 4:00 P.M until 6:00P.M. at Bailey Funeral Home in Junction City. Funeral service will be held at 11:00A.M. Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Junction City, AR. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home of Junction City. Love offerings can be made in Harold’s memory to the First Baptist Church in Junction City, AR or to M.D. Andersen Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Please visit www.baileyfuneralhome.net to sign the online register book.

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THOMAS F. BLACK

Thomas Franklin Black, 90, of El Dorado, passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 at Timberlane Health and Rehab. Born Aug. 16, 1928 in the Sandyland Community near Smackover, he was the son of Thomas Carr and Ruby Mae Shaw Black. Mr. Black had been a longtime barber at Esquire Barber Shop until 2012. He served in the United States National Guard for over 12 years and was an avid Razorback fan. Preceding him in death were his parents and his wife, Joanne Duncan Black. Survivors include his nephews, Crawford Knight (Shirley) of El Dorado, and Thomas F. Knight (Rosalie) of Little Rock. Cremation was entrusted to Young’s Funeral Directors. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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