Obituaries

<strong>Linda Griffin</strong>

Linda Diane Hudgens Griffin, 57, of Monticello, died Saturday, November 11, 2006, at the Arkansas Surgical Hospital in North Little Rock.

Born August 13, 1949, in Drew County, she was a daughter of the late Winfred Hudgens and Opal Marie Herring Hudgens.

She was a licensed practical nurse at Drew Memorial Hospital and a member of the Monticello Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Hudgens; and a sister, Judy Jenkins.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Richard Griffin; two sons, Keith Griffin and wife Becky and Kevin Griffin and wife Kelly, all of Monticello; a brother, Kenneth Hudgens of Monticello; two sisters, Michelle Bailey of Monticello and Cheryl Shirey of Union County; and five grandchildren, Tyler, Alex, Kameron, Madeline and Hank.

Funeral services were held November 14 at Stephenson- Dearman Funeral Chapel with Larry Pasley and Leroy Wooten officiating. Burial was at Union Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Darren Bailey, James Savage, Johnny Howard, Kyle Knight, Matt Durham, Lee Forrest, Scott Gray, Bobby Sawyer, Jay Hammock and Mike Honeycutt.

Honorary pallbearers were Blake Griffin, Donnie Griffin, David Griffin, Shawne Griffin, Lisa Woods, Bianca Frisby, Amanda Cowlin, Jimmy Griffin, Timmy Griffin, Chad Griffin, Pee Wee Wells and Dan Timmons

Memorials may be made to Drew Memorial Hospital.

<strong>Lorraine</strong> <strong>Holdren</strong>

Lorraine Jean Shannon Holdren, 80, of Monticello, died Friday, November 10, 2006, at Parkway Health Center in Little Rock.

Born September 30,1926, in Berwick, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Bruce Elmer Shannon and Dora Coleman Shannon.

She was a retired church secretary with First United Methodist Church in Monticello, serving in this position for 22 years and working under eight pastors.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Kenmore Holdren.

Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Marcussen of Maumelle, Nancy Clark of Des Moines, Iowa, and Susan Stewart of Little Rock; a sister, Dorothy Bittenbender of Berwick; and six grandchildren, Jeff, Andrew and Allison Marcussen, Hannah Tripses, and Virginia and Sam Stewart.

Funeral services were held November 13 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Abney officiating. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery in Berwick today (Wednesday, November 15) with arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 317 South Main, Monticello, AR 71655, or the American Lung Association.

<strong>Lois Monroe</strong>

Lois Marie Prince Monroe, 78, of Malvern, died Thursday, November 9, 2006, at her home.

Born September 30, 1928, in Mauldin, she was a daughter of the late Alexander Prince and Ester Rainwater Prince.

She was a homemaker, a member of the Retired Military Wives Club and a volunteer at the Rose Food Pantry of Malvern.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Monroe; and a brother, William Prince.

Survivors include a son, Richard Lee Monroe of Malvern; a daughter, Carol Ann Moore and husband Robert of Monticello; three brothers, Lyndon Prince of Beirn, Wayne Prince of Prescott and Charlie Prince of Antoinne; a sister, Ruby Prince Hunt of Hope; and three grandchildren, Richard Lee Monroe Jr. of Malvern and Amanda Nicole Moore and Kellie Michelle Moore, both of Monticello.

Funeral services were held November 13 at Atkinson Funeral Home Chapel in Malvern.

Entombment was at Rockport Memorial Gardens Mausoleum..

Pallbearers were Danny Prince, Roger Prince, Phillip Prince, Terri Long, Paul Moore, and Dwight Finney.

Honorary pallbearers were Robert Moore and Randy Harris.

<strong>J.L. Cleveland</strong>

John L. "J.L." Cleveland Sr., 73, of Dumas, died Tuesday, November 7, 2006.

Born July 13, 1933, in Benton, he was the son of Recie Cleveland of Casscoe and the late George Cleveland.

He was employed by Matthews, Inc., in Dumas, attended the Pentecostal Church and was a member of the AARP.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Martin Cleveland and David Cleveland; and a sister, Evelyn Williams.

Other survivors include his wife, Linda Cleveland of Dumas; six sons, John Lawrence Sr. and wife Patsy of Selma, David Turner of Fayetteville, Charles Lawrence of Greenup, Ill., Keith Lawrence Sr. of McGehee, Jack Lawrence of Springdale and George Cleveland and wife Genie of McGehee; two daughters, Barbara Dickens and husband Fred of Alvin, Texas, and Alice Lewis of Vilonia; two stepchildren, Jack Boothe and Vickie Howard, both of Dumas; two brothers, Gale Cleveland of Gillett and Jerry Cleveland of Casscoe; three sisters, Christine Cupples of Gillett, Alice Fellers of Temple, Texas, and Nancy Mooneyham of DeWitt; 24 grandchildren; and 12 greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services were held November 10 at Griffin Funeral Home in Dumas with the Rev. Scott Gilbreth. Burial was at Tillar Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of a donor's choice.

<strong>Claire Jeane</strong> <strong>Bentley</strong>

Little Rock, Arkansas - Claire Jeane Bentley, a longtime resident of Little Rock and avid volunteer for community arts programs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior November 9, 2006 at age 85 in her beloved city.

She leaves a legacy of community service and volunteerism to be admired and respected and which should respected and inspire generations to come.

In the early 60s, b e f o r e d o w n - town Little R o c k ' s Q u a p a w Quarter and historic district were established, she remodeled a house on Cumberland Street for her home and rental apartments. It was ideally positioned near her love, the fledging Arkansas Arts Center, and other community and historic sites. She was one of the Arts Center's top volunteers at its gift shop, and helped recruit others to support this community arts initiative. Her volunteer work was recognized and acknowledged by major arts center benefactors, including the late Winthrop and Jeanette Rockefeller, and long time arts center director, Townsend Wolf.

Later, Jeane adopted another local historic program as her pet philanthropic cause - The Terry Family Mansion. She and Mrs. Terry were personal friends and neighbors and, after Mrs. Terry's death, Jeane dedicated hours to helping furnish the mansion and raise funds for its conversion to the Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum. At this time, Jeane created "Jodie's Sweet Shop" at museum benefit events to raise funds for its programs and acquisitions. The shop sold items Jeane baked such as cookies, cakes, breads and other artfully arranged and decorated desserts. Jeane's employer of some 40 years, Southwestern Bell, matched all funds raised.

In the late 90s and into the turn of the century, Jeane turned her attention and philanthropic outreach to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She recruited hundreds of volunteers for ushers at concerts and set up her special "sweet shops" at events such as the annual Symphony Designer Home. She also was a proud supporter and volunteer for the Wildwood Arts Center and the various arts programs held there. During her last bake sale, at the age of 84, Jeane's Millionaire Pound Cake sold for $95 at a benefit for the Children's Miracle Network.

Born October 16, 1921, in Monticello, Jeane died in the loving care of the Arkansas Hospice at Doctors Hospital. She was one of seven children, six daughters and a son, of Emmett Elijah Tilghmon and Ida Belle Lord Tilghmon. She is survived by two sisters, Bonnie Brown of North Little Rock, and Elizabeth Roswell of Austin, Texas, and many nieces and nephews, including Bob and Julie Brown, who helped her during her battle with cancer.

Having no children of her own, Jeane cherished relationships with her many nieces, and nephews and their children as well as a host of other children over the years.

Special friends whom she inspired and loved include Sarah Mosley of Little Rock, Estelle Forst (deceased) and Jane McCallum and Bob Stover of Cocoa, Florida.

Jeane was a generous, giving person known for the new outfits, gold chains, puppy dogs or the stuffed teddy bears she gave away. She was a member of Telephone Pioneers, The Little Rock Departmental Club, UALR Friends of the Arts, Wildwood Park, Arkansas Symphony Volunteers, Arkansas Arts Center Volunteer, Terry Mansion Volunteers, Telcoe Federal Credit Union and numerous other groups. She was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Little Rock.

Jeane will be missed by all who knew her. The family wishes to thank the caregivers of Home Care Professionals, who enabled her to be at home several months during her illness, and the staff of Arkansas Hospice for their compassion and care. A celebration of her life will be held Friday, November 17, at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Little Rock, with Rev. Jim Foster and Rev. Michael Mattox officiating. Graveside services were held November 13, 2006, 1:00 p.m. at Mt Tabor Cemetery in Drew County under the direction of Stephenson Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 710 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201.

<em>(Paid Obituary)</em> <strong>Richard Earl</strong> <strong>Bussell</strong>

Richard Earl Bussell, 50, of Wilmar, died Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at McGehee-Desha County Hospital in McGehee.

Born December 28, 1955, in Monticello, he was a son of Gay Nell Cherry Cole of Monticello and the late Tilford Bussell.

He was a former employee of War Eagle Boat Company and a Baptist.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Johns Bussell.

Other survivors include two sons, Michael Robbins of Monticello and Christopher Rice of Knoxville, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Pamela Griffin of Monticello; a stepson, Bobby Johns of Monticello; two brothers, David Bussell of Monticello and Randy Bussell of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Pat Hatfield of Star City and Darlene Jenkins of Hensley; and three grandsons, Jesse Johns, Derrick Doggett and Nicholas Doggett, all of Monticello.

Graveside services were held November 11 at Andrews Chapel Cemetery with arrangements by Stephenson- Dearman Funeral Home.

<strong>Flossie Robinson</strong>

Flossie Marie Robinson, 70, of Monticello, died Sunday, November 5, 2006, at Monticello Healthcare.

Born January 2, 1936, in Portland, she was a daughter of the late Gussie Henderson and Elizabeth Avery.

Survivors include her husband, George Robinson; six sons, Larry Robinson of Montrose, Willie Robinson of Little Rock, J.W. Robinson of Crossett, Thurman Robinson and Timmie Robinson, both of Monticello, and Louis

Robinson of Portland; five daughters, Diane Collins and Mary Lancaster, both of Monticello, Betty Dunn of Montrose, Palee Hall of Portland and Katherine Ollison of Wilmar; a stepson, Leon Cunning of Little Rock; two brothers, Moses Spencer of Little Rock and P.L. Henderson of Rochester, N.Y.; three sisters, Vivian Holmes of Hampton, Va., Nettie B. Dumas of Scott and Easter Wade of Portland; 30 grandchildren; and 24 greatgrandchildren.

Funeral services were held November 11 at Portland II Baptist Church with the Rev. John Winfield officiating. Burial was at Portland II Cemetery with arrangements by Davis Strickland Funeral Home of Dermott.

<strong>Tommy Byrd</strong>

Tommy Byrd, 77, of Malvern, died Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at his home.

Born July 18, 1929, in Bradley County, he was a son of the late Walker Byrd and Willoate Hines Bird.

He was a retired employee of Potlatch Corporation and a member of New Edinburg United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Willie Byrd.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Love Byrd; a son, Robert Byrd of Warren; two daughters, Ada Jean Wyles of Little Rock and Kelly Jean Angle of Springfield, Mo.; two stepsons, Jim White of McGehee and Tom White of Monticello; two stepdaughters, Fran Childress of McGehee and Ann Callison of Benton; a sister, Mary Scroggins of Hermitage; eight grandchildren; three greatgrandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren.

Graveside services were held November 9 at Oakland Cemetery in Warren with the Rev. John Kidwell officiating. Arrangements were by Frazer's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Toby Byrd, Dusty Byrd, Tony Reasons, Billy Scroggins, Eddie Scroggins, Jerry Scroggins and Roger Scroggins.



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