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Norice E. Chan­cel­lor

NEW DeROCHE — Norice Ella Chan­cel­lor, 85, New DeRoche Com­mu­nity, passed Nov.

11, 2017.

Sur­vived by her daugh­ters, Diane Burks (Steve), San­dra Clifton (Bobby); brother, Hu­bert Tay­lor (Geral­dine); sis­ter, Mary Jami­son and sis­ter, Jan­ice Garner; four grand­chil­dren, grand­son Bryan Clifton (Sonja), grand­son Gary Lynn (Kelly), grand­daugh­ter Kim­ber­ley Cooper (Tommy) and grand­daugh­ter Sonja Burks Reed (Josh); her great-grand­chil­dren, Ethan Clifton, Ty­lor Clifton, Tay­lor Clifton, Car­son and Lo­gan Reed, Hay­den Hodges, Alex Lynn, of Ben­ton, Ark., and Brodie Ella Cooper.

Visi­ta­tion from noon un­til

1 p.m. and fu­neral ser­vices at 1 p.m. to­day, Nov. 14, 2017, at Hick­ory Grove Bap­tist Church. Burial at Prairie Bayou Ceme­tery.

Ar­range­ments by Re­gency Fu­neral Home. You may sign the guest­book at http://re­gen­cy­fu­ner­al­home.com.

Howard Cran­ford

MALVERN — Howard Cran­ford, 86, of Malvern, died Sun­day, Nov. 12, 2017.

He was born Dec. 23, 1930, to the late Cur­tis and Alvie Cran­ford. He was a United States Navy vet­eran.

He is pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; first wife, Jan­ice, of 60 years; sis­ter, Ruby Burling­ton.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, Vicki Cran­ford; son, Robert Cran­ford (Jan­ice), of Florida; daugh­ters, Ch­eryl Kolln (Chris), Cindy McKin­ney, all of Hot Springs; brothers, Rus­sell Cran­ford (Mar­guerite), Noel Cran­ford, James Cran­ford (Vonda), all of Malvern; grand­chil­dren, Andy Buie, Tina Buie, Ryan McKin­ney and Shawn McKin­ney.

Visi­ta­tion is 1-2 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Nov. 15, 2017, in Re­gency Fu­neral Home chapel with fu­neral at 2 p.m.

Burial in Rest Haven Me­mo­rial Gar­dens.

Ar­range­ments Re­gency Fu­neral Home. Sign guest­book at http://re­gen­cy­fu­ner­al­home. com.

John B. East Jr.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life for John Bur­nett East Jr., of Hot Springs, who died Nov. 9, 2017, will be 10 a.m. Wed­nes­day in Caruth-Hale Fu­neral Home chapel.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901.

Roger E. Ed­wards

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Busi­ness­man, world trav­eler, iron­worker, trav­el­ing ma­gi­cian and en­ter­tainer of all, Roger Em­manuel Ed­wards, 78, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died on Fri­day, Nov. 10, 2017, at the Ol­dorf Hospice House, Hi­awatha, Iowa. Visi­ta­tion 4-7 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 17. Me­mo­rial ser­vice at 11 a.m. Satur­day, Nov. 18. Visi­ta­tion and ser­vices will be at First Church of the Open Bi­ble, Cedar Rapids.

Roger was born on Oct. 31,

1939, in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Richard and Al­pha (Bagne) Ed­wards. In el­e­men­tary school, he be­gan to do magic shows ev­ery­where he could. He grad­u­ated from Mason City High School in 1958 and im­me­di­ately went on the road as a trav­el­ing ma­gi­cian with Kara Kum. In the early 1960s, he and his brother, Harold, formed the Mag­i­cal Jok­ers. He met June Shaw at a barn dance and mar­ried her on Dec. 29,

1963, in Or­chard, Iowa. He went to work for Wa­ter Tower Paint and Re­pair and en­joyed go­ing from town to town with his fam­ily paint­ing wa­ter tow­ers. In 1969, Roger moved to Cedar Rapids, where he worked for Iron Worker’s Lo­cal No. 89. In 1983, Roger and his wife, June, opened the Cel­lar Door and then later ac­quired the Sta­ble on the Al­ley.

Af­ter nearly 40 years of mar­riage, June died on Nov. 18,

2003. Roger con­tin­ued to run both the Cel­lar Door and the Sta­ble in the Al­ley with the help of his friends, es­pe­cially his con­stant com­pan­ion, Mar­garet Sch­ef­fert. He was proud of the many times the Cel­lar Door was rec­og­nized as the Best An­tique Store in Cedar Rapids. Roger trav­eled to over

50 coun­tries and shared his love of danc­ing with many.

Roger is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Melody Wil­liams, of Miles, Iowa, Christo­pher (LaDawn) Ed­wards, of Huntsville, Ala., and Michael Ed­wards, of Cedar Rapids; six grand­chil­dren, Andrew, Steven, Ni­cholas, Kamille, Elizabeth and Han­nah; a brother, Harold Ed­wards, of Hot Springs, Ark.; his close com­pan­ion, Mar­garet Sch­ef­fert, many hon­orary fam­ily mem­bers and friends.

Roger was pre­ceded in death by his wife, June, in

2003; his par­ents, Richard and Al­pha Ed­wards; and sib­lings, Richard Ed­wards and Bar­bara Dutcher.

The fam­ily would like to thank Hospice of Mercy and all of Roger’s friends for the ways they cared for him.

Memo­ri­als may be di­rected to Hospice of Mercy. On­line con­do­lences may be di­rected to the fam­ily at http://www. iowacre­ma­tion.com un­der Obituaries.

Clyda J. Franks

MALVERN — Clyda Joyce (Blevins) Franks, 77, of Malvern, passed Nov. 12, 2017.

She was a re­tired teacher from Malvern School Dis­trict.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band of 56 years, Jim Paul Franks, who she mar­ried Feb. 10, 1961; her sons, Todd Franks, (Janet), of Arkadelphia, Neil Franks (Ken­dra), of Columbia, Mo.; sis­ters, Ginger Sex­ton (Pat) and Verna Wells (Mike), all of Mag­net Cove; grand­chil­dren, Ben Franks, Laura Franks, Daniel Franks, Ada­son Franks, Nathan Franks and Travis Franks; brother-in-law, Jerry Franks (Madge); and nu­mer­ous nieces, and neph­ews.

Visi­ta­tion is 6-8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Nov. 15, 2017, at Re­gency Fu­neral Home.

Fu­neral ser­vice is 10 a.m. Thurs­day, Nov. 16, 2017, at Third Bap­tist Church, Malvern. Burial at Rock­port Ceme­tery. Ar­range­ments by Re­gency Fu­neral Home. You may sign the guest­book at http://re­gen­cy­fu­ner­al­home.com.

Eva M. Harper

Eva Mae Harper, 80, of Hot Springs, died Nov. 11, 2017.

Visi­ta­tion will be 5-7 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the fu­neral home.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be 1 p.m. Thurs­day in CaruthHale Fu­neral Home chapel with Brothers Roger Harper and Al Har­vey of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Burial will be in Rock Springs Ceme­tery.

Pall­bear­ers will be Chad Cook, Phillip Na­has, Justin Harper, Bryan Harper, Ken­neth John­son and Larry John­son.

Hon­orary pall­bear­ers are Ver­non Jr. and Con­nie Ted­ford, the adult Sun­day school class at Bates Com­mu­nity Church and Ro­mosha Bridges.

Bobby L. Hecke

Bobby L. Hecke, 91, of Hot Springs, passed away Fri­day, Nov. 10, 2017.

Bobby was born to Jessie (Sloan) and Louis Den­ver Hecke on Oct. 15, 1926. Bobby was truly an ex­am­ple of what has come to be known as “The Great­est Gen­er­a­tion.” Raised in the Great De­pres­sion as one of 10 chil­dren, he left home and went off to a trade school in Lit­tle Rock, while still a young teenager. Fabri­cat­ing a story, with the help of an aunt, he con­vinced state au­thor­i­ties to change his birth cer­tifi­cate so that it showed the year of his birth as 1925. This made him, on pa­per, a year older than he re­ally was. He did this so he could se­cure a job at a national de­fense plant in Seat­tle, Wash. Once in Seat­tle, he soon dis­cov­ered he could make more money at the Rainier Brew­ery, where the owner be­friended Bobby and gave him a room in his home in which to live.

With World War II in full swing and his age changed to re­flect him as a year older, he re­al­ized he would soon be el­i­gi­ble for the draft; with that pos­si­bil­ity loom­ing, he en­listed in the U.S. Navy on March

19, 1943, at the real age of 16. Bobby was first sta­tioned at Tan­foran Race­track in San Bruno, on the San Fran­cisco Penin­sula in Cal­i­for­nia, which had been con­verted for mil­i­tary use dur­ing the war.

Dur­ing his Navy time, he was never sta­tioned aboard a ship, and af­ter Manus Is­land, New Guinea, was re­cap­tured from the Ja­panese on May 18,

1944, he spent the rest of his Navy time pi­lot­ing dif­fer­ent types of small Navy wa­ter craft there. Manus had Seeadler Har­bor, which be­came the base for many large war­ships and trans­ports. Ac­cord­ing to Bobby, Manus Bay, as he called it, was larger than Pearl Har­bor. On Nov. 10, 1944, the Navy’s lead am­mu­ni­tions ship dur­ing WWII, the USS Mount Hood, ex­ploded; Bobby, pi­lot­ing his small land­ing craft, helped to re­cover the dead and wounded. The dev­as­ta­tion was so great he had trou­ble in telling what ac­tu­ally took place.

Bobby was dis­charged from the Navy on Feb. 24, 1946; re­turned to Hot Springs, where he met his life­long part­ner of 68 years, Mary Dee Rid­dle; the two were mar­ried on July 13, 1946. Af­ter a few years work­ing in Chicago, Ill., Bobby re­turned to Hot Springs and es­tab­lished him­self as a highly qual­i­fied and re­li­able au­to­mo­bile re­pair­man; even­tu­ally pur­chas­ing a ser­vice sta­tion from his wife’s un­cle. That ser­vice sta­tion still bears the fam­ily name to­day.

He was a great lover of all the out­doors, loved camp­ing, was an avid hunter and even a more en­thu­si­as­tic fish­er­man. He loved and shared these pas­sions with his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. He also en­joyed fam­ily gath­er­ings, fam­ily penny ante poker games and trips with fam­ily mem­bers to Oak­lawn Park.

He never met a stranger and would strike up a con­ver­sa­tion with any­one at any time; most re­cently, he loved to sit on the porch at Cracker Bar­rel and hold con­ver­sa­tions with any­one who hap­pened to pass by, of­ten re­lat­ing sto­ries about the early days of Hot Springs and how he once, as a young boy, had cad­died for the in­fa­mous gang­ster Owney Mad­den. But his great pas­sion and pride was his fam­ily and he would fre­quently re­mark how close his fam­ily was.

He was pre­ceded in death by his wife, Mary Dee; brothers, Bunk, Wal­ter, Earl Wayne and Billy Hecke; sis­ters, Delia Ward and Shirley Beck­ham.

Bobby is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Dan and Jan Hecke, Vickie Loris, Robby and Malissa Hecke, and Darla and Randy Hall; his beloved grand­chil­dren, Me­lanie and Tony Street­man, Matthew and Stephanie Hecke, Sophia Loris, Stephanie and Wes Richard­son, Kel­lie Wil­son, Kris­ten and Will Parker and Mary Ash­ley Hall; beloved great-grand­chil­dren, Brodie and Justin Un­der­wood, Josh War­ren, Alexis Street­man, Ash­leigh Street­man, Aun­drea Street­man, Sky­lar Street­man, Gra­cen Street­man, Daniel Street­man, Sammy Richard­son, Wy­att Richard­son, Gun­ner Parker, Lexi Parker and Brady Frye; one great-great grand­child, James Her­ring; a brother, Roy and Juanita Hecke; sis­ters, JoAnn and James Beck­with and Diana and Jerry Jr. Hawthorn; and a mul­ti­tude of nieces and neph­ews, along with ex­tended fam­ily and friends.

Visi­ta­tion will be at 12:30 p.m. Thurs­day, with a cel­e­bra­tion of a life well lived, im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing at 2 p.m., of­fi­ci­ated by the Rev. Scott Gal­limore in Davis-Smith Fu­neral Home chapel, Hot Springs.

In­ter­ment will be at Me­mo­rial Gar­dens, un­der the di­rec­tion of Davis-Smith Fu­neral Home, Hot Springs. Mil­i­tary hon­ors will be pro­vided by the U.S. Navy and the Thad­deus H. Car­away VFW Post No. 2278.

Pall­bear­ers will be Matthew Hecke, Tony Street­man, Richard Mor­row, Steve Pilotte, Tay­lor Liggett and Will Parker.

Hon­orary pall­bear­ers are Jamie Nimmo, Wes Richard­son, Don­nie Hecke, Blake Hecke, Randy Hall, Jay Conly, Chris Conly, Todd Conly, Ge­orge Queen and Mike Sharp.

The fam­ily would like to thank Bobby’s VA Fos­ter Home care givers, the doc­tors, nurses, hos­pi­tal and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion staff that have at­tended to his needs over the past few years. The fam­ily truly ap­pre­ci­ates your care and con­cern.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made in Bobby’s honor to Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Ave., Hot Springs, AR 71901.

Guest reg­istry is at http:// www.davis-smith.com.

Eve­lyn Mel­son

Eve­lyn Mel­son, 83, of Hot Springs, died Mon­day, Nov. 13, 2017.

The ser­vice will be at 2 p.m. Wed­nes­day in the Davis-Smith Fu­neral Home chapel, Hot Springs.

Visi­ta­tion will be from 6-8 p.m. to­day.

In­ter­ment will be in God­win Ceme­tery.

Manuben B. Pa­tel

Manuben Babub­hai Pa­tel, 69, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away Nov. 11, 2017.

She was born May 5, 1948, in Di­gus, In­dia, to Naranbhai Bhikhab­hai De­sai and Sav­itaben Naranbhai De­sai. Manuben was of the Hindu faith.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band, Babub­hai D. Pa­tel; sons, Man­ishku­mar B. Pa­tel (Shard­hdha), Deven­dra B. Pa­tel (Seema), all of Hot Springs; daugh­ter, Jayshri D. Pa­tel (Di­pak), of Clarksville, Tenn.; brothers, Ra­manbhai N. De­sai, Cham­pakb­hai N. De­sai; sis­ters, Dhanuben B. Pa­tel, Rami­l­aben J. Pa­tel; and five grand­chil­dren.

Visi­ta­tion and prayers will be 5-7 p.m. to­day at CaruthHale Fu­neral Home.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Manuben’s life will be 2 p.m. Wed­nes­day in Caruth-Hale Fu­neral Home chapel.

Guests may reg­is­ter at http://www.caruth-hale.com.

Philip A. Ward

Philip An­thony Ward, 61, of Hot Springs, died Sun­day, Nov. 12, 2017.

Ar­range­ments are with Gross Fu­neral Home.

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