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October 20, 2018
El Dorado News Times

Obituaries

BENNIE E. DUNN

Bennie E. Dunn, Sr., 85, of Huttig passed away on Oct. 16, 2018. He was born on July 19, 1933 in West Monroe, Louisiana to Ed and Girthie Lee Dunn. Bennie was a member of Masonic Lodge 750 and served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was lifetime member of the NRA and in his leisure time he was a Ham Radio Operator. Bennie worked for KTVE for 47 years as a Broadcast Engineer before retiring. Above all he was a servant to the Lord. He was a member of 2nd Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Strong where he delivered devotionals for 15 years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 54 years, Betty Lou Nelson Dunn; daughter, Laura Stewart (John Sammy) of Huttig; son, Bennie “Ed” Dunn (Brooke) of Camden; grandchildren, Savannah and Ben Dunn of Camden; sister, Virginia L. Roe (Ike) of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; cousins, Virginia Danna (Steve) of Farmerville, Louisiana, Ann Clark of Calhoun, Louisiana, Carol Sue Thavenet of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Peggy Dunn Prescott of Tampa, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 10 until 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at 2nd Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Strong. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. officiated by Bro. Robert Lyons. Followed by interment at Lapile Cemetery under the direction of Perry’s Funeral Chapels. In lieu of flowers 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

Jo Ellen Griffin, 101, passed away Oct. 14, 2018 at Meadow Lake Skilled Nursing Facility in Tyler, Texas. She was born March 8, 1917 in Ruston, Louisiana to Cobey Wilson Posey and Carrie Lucille Saunders Posey. She grew up in Ruston and graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1936 where she was a cheerleader and played on the tennis team. She is preceded in death by her husband, Ervin Earl Griffin, whom she married September 11, 1936, son Bobby Joe Griffin and grandson Thomas Prestmann Olsen. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard Earl Griffin and Betty Cutrer Griffin of Houston, Texas, daughter, Mary Ann Griffin Olsen of Salt Lake City, Utah, and son Donald Wilson Griffin of Fulton (Yellow Creek), Arkansas. She is the grandmother of 13 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. Jo Ellen was a long time resident of El Dorado, Arkansas where she lovingly raised her family and served in the Primary, Young Women’s and Relief Society organizations of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints. She considered it a great honor to serve with her husband in the Dallas Temple for many years. She was greatly admired and loved by her family for her devotion to her church and dedication to her family. She spent 70 years doing genealogy research for her ancestors and has gathered thousands of names for her posterity to become acquainted with. She also served the community as PTA president and volunteer for the March of Dimes. Her sweet spirit and the love and support given to her children will be greatly missed. Services for Josephine Ellen Posey Griffin are scheduled for 1:00 P.M. Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in El Dorado, Arkansas. Visitation for friends will be held at 12:00 PM prior to the service. Following the service interment will be at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in El Dorado, Arkansas under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Jo Ellen Posey Griffin Memorial Fund at La Tech Foundation, PO Box 3183, Ruston, LA 71272. The family wishes to thank her caregivers at West Shores Assisted Living in Hot Springs, AR and Meadow Lake Skilled Nursing Facility in Tyler, TX. We express our gratitude to Sharon Bradley of Hot Springs, AR and Carla McQueen of Tyler, TX for the love and care they gave Jo Ellen during her years in Hot Springs and Tyler. Pallbearers: Richard Gregory Griffin, Darrick Earl Prestmann Olsen, Robert Edward Griffin, Montgomery Wilson Griffin, William Cobey Prestmann Olsen and Richard Owen Griffin. Honorary pallbearers are Jo Ellen’s great grandsons. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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CHARLES E. LARANCE

Charles Elvin Larance, 84, of The Woodlands, Texas, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Charles was born on November 18, 1933, in Hilly, Louisiana to Aubin and Elice Larance. He grew up in the north Louisiana towns of Hilly and Dubach. He became actively engaged with all members of the local community through his parents’ ownership of a peach orchard and a small- town gas station. After graduating from Ruston High School, he attended Louisiana Tech University where he made many friends and met the love of his life, Patsy Elizabeth Colvin. They married on October 23, 1955 in the Fellowship, Louisiana community. They returned home from their honeymoon to a draft notice and thus began his life-long involvement with the US Army. After 2 years active duty in Alaska, he transitioned to the Army Reserves and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Charles and Pat made their home in El Dorado, Arkansas for almost 40 years. He worked as a forester and petroleum land man for Deltic Timber, Munoco, and Black Consulting. He attended First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a member of the finance committee. In 2003, Charles retired, and they moved to The Woodlands to be closer to their children. The move brought new friends through The Woodlands United Methodist church, and neighborhood activities. He also became a well- known sideline presence at all the activities of their grandchildren. Charles was keenly interested in what all his kids and grandchildren were doing and kept up with them routinely on all the social media sites. He is survived by his wife, Patsy, son Jerry and his wife Kim and their children Jonathan, David and wife Lindsay, and Jackson; his daughter Lisa Thompson and her husband Nino, and their children Grace Park and husband Charlie, Maggie Thompson and Emma Thompson. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Aubin and Elice, and his brother, Lane. He is also survived by his sister, Joan Warren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in the Robb Chapel with reception following in the Jones library. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Woodlands United Methodist Church or the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation at www.cdlsusa.org.

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GARLAND W. WILLIS

Garland William Willis, 51, of El Dorado passed away Monday, Oct. 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. 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 (Aug. 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, Feb. 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 Sept. 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, Dec. 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, Frances Shears of Denver, Colorado and Albert “Pappy” Richmond of San Francisco, California; two foster brothers, Richard Kelly (Mary Ann) McMurry of El Dorado, and Brandon Scott (Stefanie) McMurry of Norphlet; two sisters, Margaret “Margo” Williams of Florrissant, Missouri 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 held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Lynn Worthen officiating. A viewing will begin at 9 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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JOSEPH E. DEWS

Joseph Earl Dews, Sr., 84, passed into Glory on Tuesday night October 16, 2018, at the home he shared with his wife of 65 years, Bettie. Joe began his career with Trans Texas Airways at age 19 and continued as they became Texas International, Continental, and finally United. Joe was an avid gardener, usually had the best garden in the county and always planted enough to share with the community. After his Lord, Joe loved his family more than anything and spent his life providing for them in every way. He loved the mountains, the seashore, his farm, and open land anywhere. He loved a good fire in the fireplace and snow on the ground, and he loved his birthday and Christmas, occasions when he was surrounded by those he cherished. He loved his grandchildren, and he especially loved his great-grandchildren. He was a deacon in the Baptist Church and served faithfully his entire life, always setting the Christian example for his family to follow and for all to see. Joe was pre-deceased by his parents, Julius Beverly and Mary Miller Dews; two brothers, Larry and Jack Dews; and two sisters, Lorene Watson and Lavonne Davis. He is survived by his wife, Bettie Loe Dews; four sons, Joe, Jr. (Mary) of Abilene, TX, John (Beverly) of Hot Springs, Jim (Valerie) of El Dorado, Gary (Lisa) of Dallas, TX. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Kristi Rundel-Nutt (Shawn), Ashlea Dews, Shane Dews and Scott Dews (Tiffany); and four great grandchildren, Liann Rundel, JJ Rundel, Gavin Dews and Jackson Dews. Visitation will be Sunday, October 21, 2018, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Young’s. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 22, 2018, in Young’s Chapel with Glen Neimeyr officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Holly Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. Memorials may made be LifeTouch Hospice or Donors choice. An online guest registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.

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HAROLD D. AINSWORTH

Harold Dean Ainsworth, age 80, of Rockwall, Texas, formerly of Junction City passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at Baylor Scott White Regional Medical Center in Plano, Texas. Arrangements will be announced by Bailey Funeral Home of Junction City.

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JIMMY L. ECHOLS

Jimmy Lee Echols, 61, of El Dorado passed away on Oct. 14, 2018. Cremation services provided by Perry’s Funeral Chapels.

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JOE E. GRIFFIN

Jo Ellen Griffin, 101, passed away Oct. 14, 2018 at Meadow Lake Skilled Nursing Facility in Tyler, Texas. Services for Josephine Ellen Posey Griffin are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel in El Dorado, Arkansas. 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. Donations may be sent to Jo Ellen Posey Griffin Memorial Fund at La Tech Foundation, PO Box 3183, Ruston, LA 71272.

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SAMUEL L. RAYNES

Samuel Lynn “Pup” Raynes, 60, of El Dorado passed away Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born March 8, 1958 in El Dorado. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at Young’s Chapel with Shelby T. Raynes officiating. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Young’s Funeral Directors. 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 Oct. 20, and Sunday, Oct. 21, at the home of Shelley Lamb, 709 Lawton Lane.

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GARLAND W. WILLIS

Garland William Willis, 51, of El Dorado passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Lynn Worthen officiating. A viewing will be held at the church from 9 until 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow 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.

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LARRY E. HANCOCK

Larry E. Hancock, age 71, of Paris, Tennessee passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at his residence. His funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at McEvoy Funeral Home with burial to follow at Walker Cemetery. Larry E. Hancock was born Feb. 3, 1947 in Fulton, Kentucky to the late Bob Hancock and the late Joyce Beadles Haynes. On Aug. 14, 1964 he married Martha Veazey Hancock and she survives in Paris, Tennessee. He is also survived by two daughters: Cary (Wayne) Moore of Olive Branch, Mississippi and Rachel (Joshua Smith) Hancock of Fayetteville; two sons: Michael (Lisa) Hancock of Conway, Mississippi and Reece (Danielle) Hancock of Maumelle; two brothers: Charles (Shelia) Hancock of Paris, Tennessee and Norman Hancock of Puryear, Tennessee; six grandchildren: Madelyn Moore, Jackson Hancock, Kate Hancock, Owen Hancock, Branson (Olivia) Shaffer, and Alexandra Shaffer; one great grandchild, Carson Shaffer; and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Mr. Hancock was also preceded in death by his step-father, Delbert Haynes. Larry Hancock was owner of Hancock’s Window & Glass in El Dorado for 33 years before retiring and moving to Tennessee. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf.

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CHARLES G. WHITE JR.

Charles Goodwin “G” White Jr., age 77, of Camden, died Oct. 10, 2018, after a battle with cancer. G was born Oct. 29, 1940, to Getrude Ellison and Charles Goodwin White Sr. He was a lifelong resident of Camden, an avid golfer who really enjoyed the camaraderie with his friends as much as the play. He graduated from Camden High School in 1958 and attended the University of Oklahoma where he pledged Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He also finished one year of Law School after graduating college and met his wife of forty years, Anna Gruenig. After college they returned to Camden and G helped his dad operate Reynolds White Sawmill. When the sawmill closed, he teamed up with W. A. Graves in the timber brokerage business. He finally founded Steel Deals, a steel distribution center. Selling that business in 2007, he couldn’t sit home, so he rented an office in the new Arkansas Pulpwood building and continued to work as a consultant and for the Dawsons until his illness caused him to stop. Goodwin is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Anne; a younger sister, Elizabeth and a favorite uncle, Luther Ellison. He is survived by his wife of thirteen years, Jan; sons, Brad White (Mary) of Houston, Texas, Craig White (Leigh) of Dallas, Texas, step children, Brandon Byrd (Monica) and Catherine Gathwright (Chris) all of El Dorado; eight grandchildren, Allison and Ben White of Houston, Texas, Andrew and Vivian White of Dallas, Texas, Suzanna, Caroline, Lilly and Nora all of El Dorado and many cousins. There is a visitation planned from 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at St. John’s Episcopal Church with a private family hour following. The family would like to extend a sincere “Thank You” to all the many friends and family and people he never met for all the prayers and to Hospice for their caring and concern. In lieu of flowers, Goodwin requested memorials may take the form of contributions to the donor’s favorite charity. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register, visit www.proctorfuneralhome.com.

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ROBERT T. WOLFE

Robert Terrel “Red” Wolfe, age 90, of El Dorado, formerly of Banks, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 in El Dorado. He was born Nov. 14, 1927 to Charles Henry Wolfe and Euna Blanche Wolfe on the family farm in Banks. He was a member of Banks Missionary Baptist Church.

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LLOYD BENNETT

LLOYD BENNETT Lloyd Bennett, 73, of Strong, passed away Oct. 8, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents H.B. and Margaret Bennett as well as a brother James Bennett. Lloyd is survived by his loving wife Faye Nicholson Bennett; brother Braudice Bennett of Strong, Arkansas; step children Tracey Darden Sullivan of Lindale, Texas and Raymond Casey Darden of Hickory, North Carolina; step grandchildren Jack Darden of Charlotte, North Carolina, Shelby, Connor, Claire, and Erik of Hickory, North Carolina, Cheyenne Moore Faries of Tyler, Texas, Tristen Moore and Landon Sullivan of Lindale, Texas; nieces Theresa Bennett Newsom and Tracey Bennett Cogburn, and a nephew H.B. (Buddy) Bennett III of Strong.

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