Marjory Lively Cantrell

Marjory Lively Cantrell, 94, of Conway, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009. Marjory was born Jan. 12, 1915, in Carlisle to the late Henry Bryant and Flora May Bennett Lively. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Dennis F. Cantrell; her brothers, Carroll Lively, Merlyn Lively and David Lively; and her sister, Evelyn Lively Morgan. 

She is survived by her daughter, Pat Cantrell Otto and husband Bill; and by her grandsons, William Otto Jr. and his wife Shannon and Bryant Cantrell Otto, all of Conway. 

Marjory led a full and active life. She and Dennis operated Cantrell Aero Service at Cantrell Field for 40 years. She obtained her private pilot’s license in 1948. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and was a past member of the Open Door Sunday School Class. 

The family would like to express their appreciation to her caregivers at the Heritage Living Center for their loving care. 

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at East Shady Grove Cemetery in Greenbrier. Honorary pallbearers are Robert Lewis Clark, Harrell Clendenin, Don Disterheft, G.L. Griffin, Al Hiegel, Roy Montgomery and William Paul. Memorials can be made to the Marjory and Dennis Cantrell Student Emergency Fund through the University of Central Arkansas Foundation in Conway; mail to: 201 Donaghey, Box 4986, Conway, AR 72035. 

Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway. 

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E. Lorene Crump

Miss E. Lorene Crump of Greenbrier passed away at the Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, shortly after 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at the age of 92 years, 10 months and 23 days. She was surrounded by her family, her niece, Cynthia Hopson of California; and one of her cousins, Gary Linn of Bee Branch.  Also present were friends, Willard Thorn, Rhonda Garrett and Joy Harrington, all of Greenbrier.

Born Sept. 21, 1916, in Morrilton to the late James Jackson Crump, of Edgemont, and Sallie May Linn of Morganton. Lorene’s mother died early in 1919, in Morganton, when she was 2 years old.  Shortly thereafter Lorene and her older brother, Willus Walker Crump, moved to East Shady Grove, in the Greenbrier area to live with her father’s half sister, Inez Karber Chambers, her husband Thomas Chambers and their son, Homer Chambers.  Lorene appears in the 1927-1928 East Shady Grove Class photograph.

In approximately 1928 at the age of 12, Lorene and her brother moved to what is now Hall Drive, in Greenbrier, to live with their father and his new wife, Fannie Opal Thomas Parker Crump.  Lorene resided on Hall Drive until the early 1940s when she moved with her family to what is now East Main Street, Greenbrier, where she resided until her death.

Lorene graduated from Greenbrier High School on May 13, 1937.  For a short while she stayed in Little Rock with her uncle, Billy Crump, and his wife, Lucille, while she worked on the war effort.  Lorene returned home to Greenbrier in 1945 to resume work on the family farm.

In the early 1960s she went to work as a caregiver at the Human Development Center in Conway, working there until her retirement.

In the 1960s she traveled to the Washington, D.C., area to visit her brother and his family while he was stationed there, with the U.S. Army.  She also made several trips to the San Francisco area, again to visit her brother and his family, after his retirement from the military.

Lorene never married nor had children of her own.  She declined offers of marriage to stay home and help her father and stepmother work on the family farm, so her brother, Willus, could serve our country in the U.S. Army. His 30 years of service included serving in the WWII, Korean and Vietnam wars. He was laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery in early 2005. His distinguished military career was made possible by the support and sacrifice of his family in Greenbrier, especially his sister, Lorene.

Lorene would joke that she never married because she "did not want to be cooped up, cooking and cleaning."  She loved working outside in her flower and vegetable gardens and did so until just five weeks before her death, when a fall sent her to the hospital.

Lorene loved her church and was a faithful servant of God.  She was a member of the United Methodist Women Mary-Martha Circle at the Greenbrier First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her niece, Cynthia Mae Crump Hopson (Keith) of Lodi, Calif.; great-nephews, Michael Keith Hopson (Tina) of Stockton, Calif., Stephen William Hopson (Jenni) of Lockeford, Calif., and great-great-nephews Christopher Ryan Hopson, Andrew Michael Hopson, Zachary Keith Hopson, all of Stockton, Calif., Matthew Ray Hopson, William Burness Hopson, both of Lockeford, Calif.; and a great-great-niece, Kayla Ann Hopson, also of Lockeford, Calif,, and numerous cousins and her Greenbrier Methodist Church family.

Memorials may be made to the Pastor’s Relief Fund at Greenbrier First United Methodist Church or Arkansas Hospice, 1014 Markham St., Suite 1, Conway, AR 72032.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier.

A celebration of her life will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Greenbrier First United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Hardin Cemetery in Bee Branch.  Pallbearers will be W. Keith Hopson, Michael K. Hopson, Stephen W. Hopson, Willard Thorn, Randy Garrett and Jon Eubank.  Honorary pallbearers are Christopher R. Hopson, Matthew R. Hopson, Andrew M. Hopson, Zachary K. Hopson, William B. Hopson, Gary Linn, Danny Linn, Robert Fulks, Steve McKnight and Landon Yant.  

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William ‘Bill’ Glenn

William J. "Bill" Glenn, 74, of Jonesboro, formerly of Greenbrier, died Monday, Aug. 17, 2009,  at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. 

Bill was born in Greenbrier and lived much of his life there before moving to Jonesboro in 2001.  Bill worked several years for International Shoe Company in Conway and was retired from the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office.     

Bill was a member of Masonic Lodge 290 in Greenbrier and the Nettleton Baptist Church in Jonesboro where he was a member of the Coed 4 Sunday school class. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was preceded in death by his parents, George and Olga Martin Glenn.   

Survivors include his wife, Marie Howell Glenn of the home; and a brother, Martin Glenn of Lufkin, Texas.   

Funeral services will be held today at 4:30 p.m. in Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro with Dr. Stan Ballard and Dr. Kenneth Threet officiating.  Entombment will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. in Crestlawn Cemetery at Conway with Don Betts officiating with Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.   

Visitation will be today from 1-3 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro.   

A visitation will be held Thursday from 1-3 p.m. at Roller Funeral Home in Greenbrier.    

Pallbearers include: Tim Carter, Stan McMillan, Tommy Simmons, David Halfacre, Randy Garrett and Eddie Joe Barker.   

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J. W. Hiland

J. W. Hiland was born Oct. 18, 1943, in McRae, the third child of Arthur Materson Hiland and Eureka McCoy Hiland. He grew up in Scotland and Conway, where he developed lifelong passions for reading, learning, hunting, fishing, dogs, baseball (especially the St. Louis Cardinals), country music and crossword puzzles. He was very intelligent and a self-described "dreamer," avidly reading everything he could find that was not a school text book. He attended one year of college on a work scholarship, but one day, when he was shooting pool instead of studying, an acquaintance suggested that they join the Navy on the buddy system. Alas, his buddy didn’t pass the entrance exams, but J.W. scored in the top 5 percent nationwide and was given his choice of assignments. He chose aircraft mechanics and quickly rose to the highest grade in his specialty and traveled to Italy, Newfoundland, and Memphis, Tenn. 

While in Memphis, he went on a blind date with Linda Doris Kidd. He said that she had "the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen" and that meeting her was the best thing that ever happened to him. They were married Feb. 18, 1966, and moved back to Conway shortly thereafter. They had three children and remained happily married until her death in 1997.

J.W. worked for Southwestern Bell from 1968 until his retirement in 1999. He enjoyed his work because there was always something new to learn and he got to be outdoors while doing it. He was very good at his work and in 1982, he was proud to be on the team that installed the first fiber-optic cable in Arkansas. He made many long-lasting friends at work, and he and his family greatly appreciate their care and support. 

After retirement, he moved to Hot Springs to be closer to friends, including his longtime best friend Jimmy Jones and new companion Mary Fortner Collier. While there, he continued to enjoy fishing and hunting. He claimed a reduced animosity toward deer and fish from his younger days, although we suspect that he may have finally accepted his limited proficiency at those activities. Either way, he always demonstrated a deep appreciation and reverence for nature. He also enjoyed working in his shop and on his land, and eagerly anticipated the many visits from friends and family — especially his grandchildren. 

In the later years of his life, he learned to let go of his gruff exterior and let everyone see the loving, caring person that those closest to him knew was there all along. In 2008, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and moved back to Conway to be closer to family. Although it was occasionally difficult, we are grateful for some very special times with him in the last year, and we are appreciative of the physicians who helped make that possible. J.W. died in peace and comfort, surrounded by his loving family in Conway, on Aug. 17, 2009.

J.W. was preceded in death by: Eureka McCoy Hiland (mother), Arthur Materson Hiland (father), Linda Doris Kidd Hiland (wife), Mary Fortner Collier (companion), Meta Hiland Johnson (sister), Ouida Hiland Earney (sister) and Billye Hiland Palmer (sister). 

J.W. is survived by: Betty Lou Hiland Pike (sister) and Ivan Dean Pike (brother-in-law); Mary Ann Hiland Parish (sister) and Glen Dale Parish (brother-in-law); James Arthur Hiland (brother) and Kay Edwards Hiland (sister-in-law); Matteson Wade Hiland (son), Tonya Evans Hiland (daughter-in-law) and Evan Matteson Hiland (grandson); Kelly Dawn Hiland Riggs (daughter) and Kenneth Riggs (son-in-law); Jennifer Jaye Hiland Chism (daughter), Jessica Chism (granddaughter), Julie Chism (granddaughter) and Josie Chism (granddaughter); Jimmy Charles Jones (friend); and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends whom he dearly loved and who will remember him fondly and for a long time. Oh — and Bo and Rascal and Allie (granddogs).

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway, 327-7727. A reception for family and friends will be held afterwards at the home of Glen and Mary Ann Parish, 3120 Windsong Lane, in Conway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either Foster Cemetery Fund (3797 Hwy. 389, Scotland, AR 72141) or Arkansas Hospice.

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Clarence ‘Skeet’ Spence

Clarence "Skeet" Spence, 85, of Hot Springs, died Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, at his home.  Born in Hot Springs, he was a son to the late James and Ellen (Walker) Spence. "Skeet" earned his Masters in Psychology from Peabody University in Nashville, Tenn., and he was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gerry (Byers) Spence; and his sister-in-law, Jean Bradley of Conway. Private burial services will be at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Alexander. 

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