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.simsmortuary.com.
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.
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