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Re­minder of Ser­vices

JERRY GAN­TER JR. Ser­vices for Jerry Gan­ter Jr., 42, of Calion, will be held at 2 p.m. Satur­day at Wil­low Grove Bap­tist Church in Calion. Burial will fol­low in Bryd Ceme­tery in Calion un­der the di­rec­tion of An­drews Funeral Home. All pub­lic view­ing will be at the church af­ter the ser­vice.

CLIFTON J. GE­ORGE Ser­vices for Clifton Jerry (Peanut) Ge­orge, 65, of El Do­rado, will be held at 10 a.m. Satur­day at Beth­le­hem Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church in Strong. Burial will fol­low in Beth­le­hem Ceme­tery un­der the di­rec­tion of An­drews Funeral Home. Pub­lic view­ing will be 1-5 p.m. to­day and 8-9:30 a.m. Satur­day at the funeral home.


VELMA R. BLAN­CHARD Velma Ruth Ken­drix Blan­chard, 75, of Lit­tle Rock, for­merly of El Do­rado, passed on Oct.

3, 2017 in Lit­tle Rock.

She was born

Feb. 16, 1942. She was a mem­ber of Mt. Caramel Bap­tist Church.

She is pre­ceded in death by her par­ents; her hus­band, Joe Blan­chard; five sis­ters, Lorene Green, Emma Lo­gan, Mary Wind­bird, Clara Mae John­son and Fan­nie Mae Ben­ton; three broth­ers, Way­mon Ken­drix, Al­ford Ken­drix and Ed­ward Ken­drix.

She leaves three sons, Earnest Cham­b­liss, James Earl Tray­lor and Ivory Pu­ri­foy; four adopted sons, Her­nando Tray­lor, Martin Ben­ton, Johnny Ben­ton and Charles Ray Ben­ton; five adopted daugh­ters, Diane Stewart, Linda Ben­ton, Jeanette Smith, Jimmy Ann Ben­ton, Carolyn Ann Cald­well; three sis­ters, Rene West­brook, Lin­nie B. Barnes and Corene Rogers of Strong, Arkansas

Fam­ily hour will be from 5-7 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 13, 2017 at Sims Mor­tu­ary. Funeral ser­vices will be at 1 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 14, 2017 at Mt. Zion #2 Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church in Ur­bana, Arkansas, with Rev. W. T. Ward, eu­lo­gist. In­ter­ment in Mt. Zion Ceme­tery, Ur­bana, un­der the di­rec­tion of Sims Mor­tu­ary. Sign the guest­book on­line at www.simsmor­tu­

DAVIDA J. DEVINE Davida Joan “Davi” Devine, 71, of Suf­folk, Vir­ginia, for­merly of El Do­rado, passed away, Wed­nes­day, Oct. 4, 2017. She was born May 31, 1946, to Etheridge and Ruth Wil­liams in Lin­coln, Ne­braska. She for­merly worked for the Arkansas Area of Ag­ing as a Reg­is­tered Nurse.

Davi was an alum­nus of Loma Linda Univer­sity in Loma Linda, Cal­i­for­nia, where she earned her de­gree as a reg­is­tered nurse and worked from many years bu t es­pe­cially loved work­ing with the el­derly. She was an avid reader and has read thou­sands of books of all kinds. Davi loved to knit and sew and was a tal­ented seam­stress, but her all-time fa­vorite thing to do was be with her cats, which she gave a home to many through­out the years. When you saw Davi you saw some kind of cat or cat thing with her. When Davi re­tired, her and the love of her life, Bob, trav­eled the world. When Davi was a teenager she de­vel­oped type 1 di­a­betes and was told she wouldn’t make it past her 20s and would never have chil­dren, boy were they wrong. She bat­tled this dis­ease all her life and ev­ery time it would knock her down, she would get back up and ended up mak­ing it to 71, un­til her tired body just couldn’t take it any­more. We will miss her dearly.

Pre­ced­ing her in death are her par­ents; hus­band of 43 years, Robert R. Devine; sis­ter, Karen Kristof­fer­son.

Sur­vivors in­clude her three chil­dren, Son­dra Greer (Lance) of El Do­rado, Mar­cus Devine (Kathryn) of Suf­folk, Vir­ginia, Jo Ann Fra­zier (Brian) of Maumelle, Arkansas; step-daugh­ter, Beth Matthews of Apex, North Carolina; brother, Steve Wil­liams (Kim); 11 grand­chil­dren; Lance Alan, Jr. (Lau­ren), Alexan­dra, Lin­coln, Sophia, Gabriel, Lily, Is­abella, Brit­tany, Kevin, Daniel, Faith; and one great grand­son, Jack­son.

A pri­vate memo­rial ser­vice for the fam­ily will be held. Cre­ma­tion ar­range­ments were en­trusted to Young’s Funeral Di­rec­tors.

The fam­ily will gather at 926 N. Madi­son Ave., in El Do­rado on Satur­day, Oct.14, 2017, from 5-7 p.m.

In lieu of flow­ers memo­ri­als may be made to JDRF (Ju­ve­nile Di­a­betes Re­search Foun­da­tions), 11324 Ar­cade Dr., Suite 16, Lit­tle Rock, AR 72212.

An on­line reg­istry will be avail­able at www. youngs­fu­ner­al­home. com.

BYRON THOMAS Byron Thomas, 58, of Sa­van­nah, Ge­or­gia, for­merly of El Do­rado, passed away on Oct. 8, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospi­tal of Sa­van­nah af­ter a short ill­ness.

H e wa s born James Byron Thomas on June 24, 1959, in El Do­rado t o

James Earl, Jr. and Delores K. Thomas. He was raised in the Parker’s Chapel com­mu­nity and went to school there.

Byron was the fa­ther of two boys, Byron Dale and Terry James “TJ”. He mar­ried his cur­rent wife, Denise Brad­shaw Thomas, in 1988, and they moved to Sa­van­nah along with his step­son, Michael Dee Brad­shaw. In Sa­van­nah, Byron welded for a while. Then, he owned and op­er­ated a leather shop, Thomas Leather, for 22 years. In his spare time, Byron at­tended Sa­van­nah Tech­ni­cal Col­lege and stud­ied com­puter pro­gram­ming and ac­count­ing. He also was a fire­fighter with the Sa­van­nah South­side Fire Depart­ment District 7. He re­tired from fire­fight­ing af­ter 10 years at the rank of as­sis­tant chief. Some of his hob­bies were glass blow­ing, construction and gar­den­ing.

Pre­ced­ing him in death were his par­ents, his grand­son, Zachary Thomas, and a niece, Heather Birke­land Price. He is sur­vived by his wife, Denise Brad­shaw Thomas; a step­son, Michael Dee Brad­shaw; his son, Byron Dale Thomas, and his wife, Lisa, and daugh­ter, Katie, of Lewisville, Arkansas; his son, Terry James “TJ” Thomas and his wife, Donna of Lewisville, Arkansas; a grand­daugh­ter, Kyla Thomas, of Bethany, Ok­la­homa; a sis­ter, Cindy Thomas Vaughan, and her hus­band, Danny, of Ed­mond, Ok­la­homa; an un­cle, Bill Thomas and his wife, Deb­bie, of Van Buren, Arkansas; and many neph­ews, nieces, great neph­ews, and great nieces.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be at 10 a.m. and the funeral at 11 a.m. Satur­day Oct. 14, 2017, at Young’s Funeral Chapel with Thomas Hub­bard of­fi­ci­at­ing. A grave­side ser­vice at Rest Haven Memo­rial Gar­dens will fol­low un­der the di­rec­tion of Young’s Funeral Di­rec­tors.

An on­line reg­istry is avail­able at www. youngs­fu­ner­al­home. com.

(The dead­line for full obit­u­ar­ies for the next day’s news­pa­per is 4 p.m. The dead­line for death no­tices is 5 p.m. the day prior to pub­li­ca­tion. Obit­u­ar­ies sub­mit­ted af­ter th­ese dead­lines will not be pub­lished the next day, but will run in the fol­low­ing day’s news­pa­per. For more in­for­ma­tion about costs of obit­u­ar­ies and pho­tos, call 870-862-6611).




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