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Obituaries (Week of Nov. 23, 2015)



Parker Westbrook

Parker L. Westbrook, 89, of Little Rock, formerly of Nashville, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 in Little Rock, Ark.

Mr. Westbrook was born Jan. 4, 1926 in Nashville, Ark., to the late Walter and Wincie Parker Westbrook.                                        

He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucille Westbrook; and his brother, James Allen Westbrook. Survivors include several cousins and host of friends.

Parker Westbrook was the Founding President of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas. His roots ran deep in Nashville and Washington, Ark., though his first foray into historic preservation came when he was living in Virginia and working in Washington, DC, as a Special Assistant for the U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright. Mr. Westbrook purchased and restored an 1807 Quaker Cottage in Waterford, Va. After 26 years in politics in Washington, DC, Parker returned to his home state of Arkansas in 1975 to serve as Special Assistant for newly-elected Governor David Pryor.                                      Parker volunteered in several capacities supporting the Pioneer Washington Foundation, Arkansas’s oldest preservation organization. Parker first served as restoration advisor, then as Executive Director, and finally as President of the Foundation for 19 years. Parker was inducted into the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism’s Hall of Fame in 2007 with recognition for his dedication to promoting heritage tourism in Arkansas. He was an Advisor Emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation [where he was Secretary of the Board for two terms] and a 2001 recipient of a Preservation Honors Award from the Trust and was declared a “National Treasure” at the annual meeting of the Trust.                                                                                                Parker served on the state Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Historic Arkansas Museum Commission [where he served as Chairman of each entity for a time] for over three decades. He also served for two terms on the President’s Advisory Council on historic Preservation [Clinton] and was named Chairman of the Committee on National Historic Landmarks of the National Parks System Advisory Board.

The “Lifetime Achievement Award” of the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas is designated the PARKER WESTBROOK AWARD and given annually by The Alliance.

He was an avowed and dedicated Democrat.

Private graveside services were held Sunday, Nov. 20, 2015; a memorial service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015; 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Washington, Ark.

Memorials may be made to: Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation P.O. Box 127 Washington, AR 71862; or the Arkansas Community Foundation (Parker Westbrook Endowment) 1400 West Markham, Little Rock, AR 72201.

You may send an online sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com


Janis DiAnn Wofford

Janis DiAnn Wofford, 63, of Nashville, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, in Nashville, Ark.

She was born June 2, 1952 in Dierks, Ark., to the late Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Green.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Wofford; her father, Marvin Green; her mother, Gracie Newton Green; a brother, Ted Green; and a sister, Carol Quinonez, and her sister friend, Linda.

Survivors include: two daughters, Anita Cumbra and husband, Dan, of Crescent City, Calif., and Connie Roy and special friend, Eric Rabideaux of Cloquet, Minn.; a son, Travis Preston of Salem, Ore.; three brothers, David Green and wife, Nancy, of Portland, Ore., Joe Green and wife, Liz, of Nashville, Ark., and Dennis Green and wife, Karen, of Nashville, Ark.; a sister, Mary Green Woodruff of Nashville, Ark.; a special friend, Jamey Mathis ,who helped her kick Ireland off her Bucket List.

Mrs. Wofford leaves behind 10 grandchildren: Kyle, Kara, Kolton, Cassandra, Christina, Emily, Isabella, Jackson, Lexi and Brent; one great-granddaughter, Anita Faye; and a countless number of family and friends.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Nashville with Pastor Jim Pinson officiating.


Rosemary Francis Hausman

Rosemary Francis Hausman, 85, of Nashville, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 in Nashville.

She was born on March 8, 1930 in Lorain, Ohio, the daughter of the late Louis Razzoni and Pauline Razzoni.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years,

Donald Hausman; granddaughter, Stephanie Diann Hausman; and sister, Virginia Reising.

She is survived by: her three children, sons, Dennis Hausman and wife, Dorothy, of Nashville, Mark Hausman and wife, Lynn of Cottage Grove, Minn., and daughter, Kathy Neeley and husband, Alfred, of Nashville; five grandchildren, Michael Hausman of Nashville, Nikki Lacie and husband, Mark of Lockesburg, Karri Neeley of Bryant, Ark., Jason Neeley and wife, Kayla of Texarkana, and Amy Green and husband, Kyle of Conway; a sister-in-law, Shirley Green; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Many other relatives and friends mourn her passing.

Graveside services were on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Restland Memorial Park in Nashville under the direction of  Latimer Funeral Home, Nashville.

Visitation was Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 from 6-8p.m. at the funeral home.

You may send an online sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.

Monroe Stuart

Monroe Stuart of Ozan, Ark., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 in Nashville. He was born on Jan. 18, 1926 in Ozan, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh Ossie and Nannie Fletcher Stuart and, first wife ,Maxine Stuart.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Propps Stuart of Ozan, Ark., and a sister, Nelle Thomason (Jack Thomason, deceased) of Hampton, Ark., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Monroe graduated from Nashville High School in 1943. He was a farmer of cotton, soybeans, and cattle. He operated the first mechanical cotton picker in south Arkansas. He was a former board member of the Farm Bureau and Production Credit Association. Monroe served as a rural mail carrier for 38 years. He helped to organize the Ozan Volunteer Fire Department and served as Fire Chief for many years. He was a board member of the St. Paul’s Cemetery Association and was recently recognized for his 61 years of service for maintaining the cemetery.

Monroe was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church of Ozan, Ark., and recently was attending Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, Ark.

Monroe’s caring nature and outgoing personality made him well known and liked throughout Howard and Hempstead Counties.

Visitation was at Latimer Funeral Home Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, from 1:30 until service time.

Services were at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville. Burial followed in St. Paul Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Cemetery Association, C/O Mike Citty, 2321 Walnut St., Ashdown, AR. 71822

You may send an online sympathy message to latimerfuneralhome.com.

Charles Furr

Charles Furr 78, of Nashville died Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at his home. He was born March 25, 1937, in Murfreesboro, the son of the late Edmond and Hazel Furr.

He was a member of the County Line Baptist Church, and was Sunday School Teacher for at least 26 years.

He was preceded in death by a brother Gary Furr, and a son-in-law, Tim Pedron.

Survivors include: his wife of 59 years, Clara Furr of Nashville; children, Jammy Furr and wife, Debbie,  Sherry Pedron, Janna Young and husband, Doug,  and Johnny Furr, all of Nashville; two brothers, Jimmy Furr and Ronnie Furr and wife, Donna, all of Nashville, AR; a sister, Charlotte Byers and husband, Doug, of Irving, Texas; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel.

Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Charles Jones, Delbert Hostetler, Bro. Tim Freel, and Brent Furr officiating. Burial followed at County Line Cemetery. Under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home.

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