Arkansas

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OBITUARIES -

BRYANT — M. Mozelle Wise Tay­lor, age 92, of Bryant passed away on Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, 2019. She was born Oc­to­ber 5, 1926, in Baux­ite to the late Wil­liam Os­car Wise and Lil­lian Eula Walker Wise. Mozelle was a school teacher re­tir­ing after 21 years, teach­ing in the Bryant, De­Witt, and Glen Rose Schools in Arkansas and Cor­pus Christi and Austin Schools in Texas. Mozelle was a mem­ber of the First Bap­tist Church in Bryant. She was also pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Fredrick Alan Tay­lor, two brothers, Wil­liam M. Wise and Ge­orge Stu­art Wise, sis­ter, Ophe­lia Sul­li­van.

Sur­vivors, three nieces, Kathy Le­wallen, Bryant; De­bra Tracy, Ben­ton; Becky Lang­ford, In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana; and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews out of state.

Fam­ily wishes to give spe­cial thanks to the staff at Mt. Carmel As­sisted Liv­ing, Am­ber­wood Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, and Arkansas Hos­pice for their love and sup­port.

Memo­ri­als may be made to the Baux­ite Mu­seum, 6707 Ben­ton Rd., Baux­ite, Ark. 72011.

Grave­side ser­vices will be 3 p.m. Tues­day at For­est Hills Ceme­tery in Alexan­der. Min­is­ter will be Rev. Kim Ham­mer. On­line guest book at www.ash­by­fu­ner­al­home.com.

–––––❖––––– CON­WAY — Glen Wal­ter Brn­cic, 78, of Con­way, Ark., passed away Jan­uary 12, 2019. Full obit­u­ary and on­line guest­book avail­able at www.roller­fu­ner­al­homes. com/con­way.

–––––❖––––– ENG­LAND — Mary El­iz­abeth Rochelle Duer­son of Eng­land, Arkansas, went home to be with her Saviour Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, 2019.

A faith­ful and ac­tive mem­ber of the Eng­land

United Methodist Church, she was pre­ceded by her hus­band of 65 years, Wil­liam A. Duer­son, Jr.,and her old­est daugh­ter Bar­bara Carol Duer­son Hen­der­son (Robert). She was born March 10, 1921, in Tomber­lin, Arkansas, to Thomas David Rochelle and Min­nie Bell Pir­tle Rochelle. Liz, or “Miss Liz” as many called her, is sur­vived by one son, Wil­liam Kerry Duer­son (Sandie), of Eng­land, Arkansas, and one daugh­ter, Melissa Duer­son Har­mon (Rod), of Thorn­ton, Colorado; ten grand­chil­dren, fif­teen great-grand­chil­dren, and three great-great grand­chil­dren.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are be­ing han­dled by Roller Eng­land Fu­neral Home (501) 842-3939. Ser­vices will be 11 a.m. Tues­day, Jan­uary 15, 2019, at the Roller Eng­land Fu­neral Home Chapel. Vis­i­ta­tion will be at the fu­neral home from 6-8 p.m. Mon­day, Jan­uary 14, 2019. On­line guest­book: www.roller­fu­ner­al­homes.com.

–––––❖––––– HAMP­TON — Nelle Stu­art Thoma­son, 98, of Hamp­ton, died Satur­day, Jan­uary 12, 2019. She was born De­cem­ber 24, 1920, in Ozan, Ark., to the late Nan­nie Fletcher Stu­art and Hugh Ossie Stu­art. She was also pre­ceded in death by her younger brother Mon­roe Stu­art.

Nelle at­tended school at Ozan and Nashville High School. She grad­u­ated from a two year com­mer­cial study pro­gram at Mag­no­lia A&M (SAU) with honors in 1940. She taught typ­ing and short­hand in Cam­den and Stamps. She ac­cepted a job in Hamp­ton with the Farm Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion in 1941.

She mar­ried Jack Thoma­son in Hamp­ton in March of 1944. They had two chil­dren – Billy Hugh (Bill) and Regina. Nelle and Jack bought and op­er­ated Kash-Way Gro­cery from 1945 to 1965. After Jack died sud­denly in 1965, Nelle con­tin­ued to op­er­ate the store un­til 1969. Nelle then be­came the book­keeper for Nutt Equip­ment, then sec­re­tary of the Cal­houn County Farm Bureau for 24 years. She also took a course in tax prepa­ra­tion and be­gan do­ing taxes for the pub­lic in 1970 and con­tin­ued tax work through 2016.

She trans­ferred her mem­ber­ship to the Hamp­ton United Methodist Church in 1946 and has been a very ac­tive mem­ber for 72 years. She taught Sun­day School for chil­dren (nurs­ery and kinder­garten) for 50 years, was the youth di­rec­tor for 10 years, sang in the choir, and was very ac­tive in the United Methodist Women. She served as fi­nan­cial sec­re­tary for over 25 years and held most lead­er­ship po­si­tions at one time. She was rec­og­nized as one of the Out­stand­ing Women in the Lit­tle Rock Con­fer­ence in 1999.

Nelle loved ar­rang­ing and grow­ing flow­ers. She had large flower gar­dens at her home. In 1953, she joined the Hamp­ton Gar­den Club where she served as pres­i­dent 12 times. In the early years the Gar­den Club fo­cus was the de­vel­op­ment of the City Park in which she played a ma­jor role. She felt her most im­por­tant task with the Gar­den Club was work­ing with Win­nie Har­rell to se­cure a build­ing they could use as the Gar­den Club Cen­ter and a Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. With the help of Cal­houn County Bank (Now Gen­er­a­tions Bank) this dream was ful­filled in 1997.

In 2007 Nelle was rec­og­nized as Cal­houn County Cit­i­zen of the Year.

Nelle be­gan help­ing with stage dec­o­ra­tions for the Cal­houn County Fair in 1988 and later sev­eral other tasks over the years. She was rec­og­nized for her hard work by the Arkansas Fair Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion with the “Work Horse” Award for 2011 in Hot Springs.

Nelle loved bowl­ing and tak­ing bus trips. She was on a bowl­ing team from 1967 through 2004 and re­ally en­joyed the fel­low­ship of team mem­bers. In the an­nual bus trips she even­tu­ally vis­ited all but four states.

As shown above, Nelle was a true ser­vant to her Church and Com­mu­nity. She al­ways tried (and she set the ex­am­ple) to teach her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren to do their best, work hard, don’t give up, be loyal to your church and or­ga­ni­za­tions you are af­fil­i­ated with, be pa­tient, be en­thu­si­as­tic, and treat oth­ers with cour­tesy and re­spect.

Nelle is sur­vived by her chil­dren: Bill (Jane) Thoma­son of Ponca City, Okla., and Regina (Vir­gil) Bethea of Hamp­ton; her grand­chil­dren: Arthur (Ker­rie) Thoma­son of League City, Texas, Emily Thoma­son (Brad) Mil­saps of At­lanta, Kevin (Chancy) Bethea of Bryant, Ark., David (Lind­sey) Bethea of Hamp­ton, and Billy (Crys­tal) Bethea of Sheri­dan, and her great-grand­chil­dren: Jack, Ann, and May Thoma­son of League City, Ellen and Will Mil­saps of At­lanta, Rhett and Au­drey Bethea of Hamp­ton, and Pres­ley and T.P. of Sheri­dan.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be Tues­day from 12:30 p.m. un­til 2 p.m. at Hamp­ton United Methodist Church. Fu­neral ser­vices will fol­low at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Camp­ground Ceme­tery. Memo­ri­als may be made to Hamp­ton United Methodist Church. To sign the on­line regis­ter visit www.ben­ton­fu­ner­al­home.net.

–––––❖––––– RUS­SEL­LVILLE — Ralph Cleve­land Titsworth Jr., 70, Rus­sel­lville, died Satur­day.

Fu­neral Ser­vice: 2 p.m. on Tues­day at the Shinn Chapel. Burial: Pis­gah Ceme­tery and un­der the di­rec­tion of Shinn Fu­neral Ser­vice of Rus­sel­lville. Vis­i­ta­tion: Mon­day 5 to 7 p.m. at the fu­neral home.

The on­line obit­u­ary and guest­book are avail­able at www.shin­n­fu­neral.com.

–––––❖––––– WARD — Bev­erly Ann Nel­son, 79, of Ward went to be with the Lord, Jan­uary

11, 2019. She was born in

Lit­tle Rock, on

July 29, 1939, to A.I. and Vir­ginia Baker.

Bev­erly grad­u­ated with an

LPN de­gree and worked at var­i­ous hos­pi­tals around Lit­tle Rock. She worked for Dr. Charles R. Winn un­til she semi-re­tired after 25 years. Bev­erly de­cid­ing re­tire­ment wasn’t for her worked an­other 13 years for Neu­rol­ogy As­so­ciates. She taught el­e­men­tary Sun­day School for years. Bev­erly also en­joyed cross stich and mak­ing crafts. She also loved shar­ing her crafts with oth­ers. She would cross stitch Bi­ble verses for her Sun­day School chil­dren and Ed, her late hus­band, would frame a verse for each child. Bev­erly was also an ac­tive mem­ber of the church choir.

Bev­erly was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents; her hus­band, Ed­ward J. Nel­son. She is sur­vived by four chil­dren: Jeff Chat­man (Cindy), Les Nel­son (Candy), Miles Nel­son (Tif­fany), Gina Parish (David); nine grand­chil­dren; seven­teen great-grand­chil­dren, and one brother, Ron­nie Baker (LaVonne).

A vis­i­ta­tion will be held Tues­day, Jan­uary 15, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at Roller Drum­mond Fu­neral Home, 10900 In­ter­state 30. Fu­neral ser­vices will fol­low 1 p.m. Wed­nes­day at Covenant Pres­by­te­rian Church, 1 Covenant Drive in Lit­tle Rock. Rev­erend Tim Reed will of­fi­ci­ate.

In lieu of flow­ers, please make memo­ri­als in Bev­erly’s name to Covenant Pres­by­te­rian Church.

Ser­vices are un­der the di­rec­tion of Roller Drum­mond Fu­neral Home, please share your mem­o­ries of Bev­erly at www.roller­fu­ner­al­homes.com/drum­mond.

–––––❖––––– WING — Elois Jones Hun­ni­cutt, 101, of Wing, died Fri­day. Fu­neral is at 2 p.m. Wed­nes­day at the Grav­elly Methodist Church with burial in Parks Ceme­tery, un­der the di­rec­tion of Shinn Fu­neral Ser­vice of Rus­sel­lville. Vis­i­ta­tion 1 p.m. til ser­vice. The on­line obit­u­ary and guest­book are avail­able at www.shin­n­fu­neral.com.

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