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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OBITUARIES -

100 YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 1917

Con­trary to the pop­u­lar be­lief, there is no such thing as an “ed­u­cated buck­ing horse,” ac­cord­ing to a bron­cho rider. The wild bron­cho and the un­tamed out­law horse “buck” be­cause they re­sent be­ing rid­den. The feel of a sad­dle has the same ef­fect upon a “buck­ing bron­cho” as a red streamer has upon a wild bull in the bullpens of Mex­ico. The at­tempt to sad­dle and ride him is re­sented. “No one has ever suc­cess­fully taught a wild horse to buck,” Jess Wil­lard, the cow­boy world’s cham­pion, now the owner and fea­ture of the old Buf­falo Bill Wild West Show, is quoted as say­ing. “As a mat­ter of fact, it’s not nec­es­sary.”

50 YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 1967 CON­WAY — Six per­sons were killed early Satur­day in a two car col­li­sion that cut one of the ve­hi­cles in two. A sev­enth per­son was hurt se­ri­ously. Au­thor­i­ties here said it was the worst ac­ci­dent in Faulkner County his­tory. It hap­pened be­tween 1 and 2 a.m. at an in­ter­sec­tion a mile north of Mayflower where state High­way 89 and old U.S. High­way 65 (now state High­way 365) and an exit road from In­ter­state Route 40 came to­gether.

25 YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 1992

DAR­DANELLE — It ap­pears that mur­der charges will be dropped against Larry Wal­lace after he was cleared in two other tri­als on mur­der and assault charges. Prose­cut­ing At­tor­ney Steve Kirk of Mor­ril­ton (Con­way County) said Tues­day night he likely won’t try Wal­lace on a sec­ond mur­der charge. In sep­a­rate tri­als this year, ju­ries ac­quit­ted Wal­lace on one mur­der charge and an assault charge. “There’s no chance of get­ting a con­vic­tion,” Kirk said of his pri­mary rea­son for lean­ing to­ward dis­miss­ing the third case.

10 YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 2007 Black-tailed jackrab­bits are so com­mon in Texas that hunters can shoot as many as they want on any day of the year. The an­i­mal is rare enough in Arkansas that the state Game and Fish Com­mis­sion wants the pub­lic’s help to de­ter­mine if black-tailed jackrab­bits still live here. So far, the an­swer is a def­i­nite maybe. The com­mis­sion has re­ceived 10 reports of the over­sized rab­bits, and em­ploy­ees will try to con­firm those reports, said Blake Sasse, a com­mis­sion wildlife bi­ol­o­gist. Mis­souri has sim­i­lar con­cerns about the ex­is­tence of the black-tailed jackrab­bit.

neral ser­vices start­ing at 2 p.m. Burial will fol­low at Edge­wood Memorial Park in North Lit­tle Rock.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quest memo­ri­als be made to: Levy United Methodist Church, 701 W. 47th St., North Lit­tle Rock, Ark. 72118.

Ar­range­ments by Smith-Sher­wood Funeral Home. Please visit www.smithfam­i­lycares.com to sign the on­line guest reg­is­ter.

–––––❖––––– MARY CATHER­INE MALONE SPAULDING, 89, of Lit­tle Rock passed away Sept. 14, 2017. She was born in London, Ark., on Nov. 25, 1927, to Alma and Ce­cil L. Malone Sr. She grad­u­ated from high school at the age of 13 and was hired to teach high school, English and Math, upon com­ple­tion of her school­ing. She is sur­vived by her one brother, C.L. (Betty) Malone, Jr.; one step-daugh­ter, Carolyn S. Mann; her nephew and beloved god­son, Carter Malone; nieces and neph­ews, Linda Pledger, Teresa Bech­tel, Brenda Breck­ling, Pick Malone, Martin Malone, Frances S. John­son, Mar­garet S. Roberts; nu­mer­ous great-nieces and great-neph­ews; and other loved fam­ily mem­bers. She is also sur­vived by her life­long friends, Myrna My­ers and Jill McKen­zie. The grave­side ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Tues­day, Sept. 19, 2017, at Roselawn Memorial Park, 2801 Asher Ave., Lit­tle Rock, Ark. 72204. On­line obit­u­ary at www.SmithFamiyCares.com.

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ROY ED­WARD SWORD SR., 83, of Jack­sonville sac­ri­ficed his life to the Lord to his eter­nal home in Heaven with Je­sus on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Pikeville, Ky., to Thomas Sword and Oliva Bran­ham Rich. Roy was a Bi­ble stu­dent, know­ing ex­actly his fu­ture home in Heaven. Roy was an avid tour­na­ment fish­er­man, win­ning the West­ern Mil­i­tary Bass Tour­na­ment and nu­mer­ous other tour­na­ments. He en­joyed bowl­ing, bas­ket­ball, soft­ball, vol­ley­ball and gar­den­ing. He also served 28 years in the Air Force and 20 years at Das­sault Fal­con Jet.

Praise God for hav­ing him on earth as a hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther, great-grand­fa­ther and good provider.

Roy is sur­vived by his wife of 59 years, Patsy Sword; daugh­ters, Rhonda McE­nany (Cary), Sylvia Hel­frich; son, Roy Ed­ward Sword Jr. (Kim); three grand­chil­dren, Kelly Hel­frich Per­retti (Vin­cent), Tay­lor Hel­frich and Jeremy Sword (Melissa); three great-grand­chil­dren, Caden Sword, Sam Sword and Mad­den Sword. He was pre­ceded by his par­ents and broth­ers, Johnny Rich and Jackie Rich.

Memo­ri­als may be made to North Hills Bap­tist Church, 9618 High­way 107, Sher­wood, Ark., 72120.

A vis­i­ta­tion will be at 10 a.m. Tues­day, Sept. 19, 2017, fol­lowed by a funeral ser­vice at 11:30 a.m. at North Hills Bap­tist Church. Burial with mil­i­tary hon­ors will fol­low at 1 p.m. at Arkansas State Veter­ans Ceme­tery. On­line obit­u­ary at www.SmithFam­i­lyCares.com.

–––––❖––––– CALVIN TI­MOTHY TEDFORD, 61, of Ma­bel­vale, passed away on Sept. 15, 2017. Vis­i­ta­tion will be 6-8 p.m. on Tues­day, Sept. 19, at the Smith-North Lit­tle Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St. Funeral ser­vice will be at 1 p.m. on Wed­nes­day. Burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Full obit­u­ary and guest­book at www.SmithFam­i­lyCares.com.

–––––❖––––– DOROTHY REED THOMPSON of Lit­tle Rock was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Em­met, Ark., to John and Lizzie Reed. She de­parted from a blessed life on Sept. 12, 2017. Dorothy was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, all six sib­lings, and her hus­band of 66 years, Wil­lie Thompson. Dorothy grad­u­ated from Yerger High School in Hope, Ark. She earned a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in Home Eco­nomics from AM&N Col­lege (now UAPB). She later earned a Master’s De­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion from the Univer­sity of Arkansas-Fayet­teville. Her pro­fes­sional teach­ing ca­reer spanned 38 years and in­cluded teach­ing High School home eco­nomics and later teach­ing at the el­e­men­tary school level. Dorothy thor­oughly en­joyed work­ing with el­e­men­tary aged chil­dren and held a spe­cial fond­ness for her fourth grade stu­dents. She re­tired from the Pu­laski County Spe­cial School District.

Dorothy was a faith­ful mem­ber of Mt. Nebo AME Church in Col­lege Sta­tion, Ark., for more than 60 years. She served in many ca­pac­i­ties — Sun­day School teacher, Mis­sion­ary So­ci­ety leader, Ste­wardess Board Pres­i­dent and a will­ing vol­un­teer. She was a tal­ented seam­stress and ex­cel­lent home­maker. Her joy ex­pe­ri­ences de­rived from be­ing a wife and mother, work­ing in her yard, cook­ing and es­pe­cially spend­ing time with her grand­chil­dren. She is sur­vived by two daugh­ters, Ch­eryl Thompson and Pamela Cros­ton of North Lit­tle Rock, Ark.,, three grand­chil­dren, Jonathan Jones and Amanda Jones of New York, N.Y., and Ash­ley New­man [Larry] of North Lit­tle Rock, Ark., many nieces, neph­ews and friends.

Home go­ing Cel­e­bra­tion will be Wed­nes­day, Sept. 20, 2017, 11 a.m., at Mt. Nebo AME Church, 4904 Frazier Pike, Col­lege Sta­tion. Fam­ily Hour will be Tues­day, Sept. 19, 6-7 p.m., at Ruf­fin and Jar­rett Funeral Home, 1200 Ch­ester St., Lit­tle Rock, Ark. (501) 372-1305.

–––––❖––––– MARY EL­IZ­A­BETH “SWISH” SWISHER WIL­SON, 99, passed away on Sept. 14, 2017. She was born Oct. 24, 1917 in Hack­ett, Ark., to Os­car Perry and Su­san El­iz­a­beth Browne Swisher. She at­tended the con­sol­i­dated school there un­til it was closed dur­ing the De­pres­sion, then fin­ished high school in Fort Smith, Ark. She re­ceived her de­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion at the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fayet­teville, where she met Jack H.Wil­son who be­came her devoted hus­band for 67 years.

Mary taught pri­mary school in Hack­ett un­til Jack re­turned from World War II. They moved to Lit­tle Rock where Mary taught for the Lit­tle Rock Pub­lic Schools at Franklin and For­est Park El­e­men­tary Schools. She loved her work and the chil­dren in her care. They loved her in re­turn.

Mary and Jack en­joyed a Din­ner Club (they called it the “Gourmet Club”) with 12 spe­cial friends last­ing for many years. They shared potluck on a monthly ba­sis, boast­ing some of the best food and fel­low­ship to be found. This group ex­pe­ri­enced many of life’s ups and downs to­gether.

Westover Hills Pres­by­te­rian Church was the Wil­sons’ place of wor­ship since 1948. Mary loved be­ing a mem­ber of her Women’s Church Cir­cle. She loved teach­ing the lit­tle ones in Sun­day School many years ago and loved watch­ing those chil­dren grow up into church mem­bers with chil­dren of their own.

Mary was a for­mer mem­ber of the Mu­si­cal Co­terie, the Univer­sity Women and Moth­ers’ Book Club. She and Jack loved to travel, at­tend­ing sev­eral Elder­hos­tels around the coun­try and were also in­volved in LifeQuest for many years. They also en­joyed an evening Din­ner and Book club to­gether. Mary loved to read and ex­change books with friends and fam­ily. Cross­word puz­zles and the keep­ing of a di­ary were es­tab­lished daily habits.

Mary was pre­ceded in death by her lov­ing hus­band, Jack, her par­ents, her sis­ter, Juanita Barr and her brother, Ray Swisher. She is sur­vived by two daugh­ters, Jacque­line Senn (Jerry) and Anita Sue Marsh (James); six grand­chil­dren, Becky Moore (Tony), John Ma­jor (Jen­nifer), Su­san Marsh, Mary El­liff (Dave), An­drew Marsh and Peter Marsh; and eight great-grand­chil­dren, Car­son Moore, Madi­son Moore, Macken­zie Moore, Michael Ma­jor, Kather­ine Ma­jor, Caro­line El­liff, Caleb El­liff and Eli­jah El­liff; and other ex­tended fam­ily.

Ser­vices will be at 4 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 20 at Westover Hills Pres­by­te­rian Church. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to Westover Hills Pres­by­te­rian Church, 6400 Richard B. Hardie Dr., Lit­tle Rock 72207, Arkansas Hos­pice, 14 Park­stone Cir­cle, North Lit­tle Rock, Ark., 72116 or Central Arkansas Li­brary Sys­tem (CALS), 100 S. Rock St., Lit­tle Rock, Ark., 72201.

Ar­range­ments by Lit­tle Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. Mary’s on­line guest­book may be signed at www.lit­tle­rock­fu­ner­al­home.com.

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