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Obituaries (Week of Dec. 14, 2015)


Wanda J. McConnell

Wanda J. McConnell, 79, of North Little Rock, died Dec. 5, 2015.

She was born Nov. 18, 1936 in Whelen Springs, Ark., to the late Leonard and Hazel Harper.

She was a graduate of Henderson State University and was a teacher.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years,  Lt. Col. James O. McConnell.

Survivors include: her daughter, Cynthia McDoniel and husband, George, of Batesville; a son, Jimmy McConnell and wife, Melinda, of North Little Rock; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren,.

A family graveside service was held in Nashville.


Joe Garner Turner

Joe Garner Turner, age 76 of Nashville, Ark., formerly of Dierks, Ark., went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at his home in Nashville. He was born April 11, 1939 in New Hope, Ark., to Elton Odell and Opal Mae Martin Turner.

He had worked for Dierks Lumber Company and for the United States Postal Service until his retirement. He was a faithful member of the Dierks Church of Christ; he taught many classes and preached on many occasions. He was also the church treasurer and was in charge of ordering all of the literature. Later he attended the Ashdown and Sunset congregations. He was a dedicated caregiver to his wife for many years. Family was very important to him, being a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an avid book and record collector. He taught himself to play the guitar, and enjoyed playing music with his friends and entertaining  residents at the local nursing homes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son, Ronnie Steven Turner.

He is survived by the love of his life for over 57 years, his wife Dora Carlene Brewer Turner of Nashville; two children, Phillip Turner and wife, Linda, of Nashville, and Karen Scott of Arlington, Texas; two brothers, Don Turner and wife, Margaret,r of Arkadelphia, Ark., and Glen Turner and wife, Frankie, of Fort Smith, Ark.; a sister, Sue Ann Fulcher and husband, Gene, of Fayetteville, Ark.; four grandchildren, Matthew Turner and wife, Laura, Lydia Hardin and husband, Brad, Ethan Turner, and Michael Scott; three great-grandchildren, Audrey Turner, Henley Turner, and Silas Hardin.

A large host of other family and friends too numerous to name.

Services were Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Dierks Church of Christ with James McRae and David Williams officiating. Interment followed in Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family received friends at Nashville Funeral Home on Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Indian Christian School, c/o of Sunset Church of Christ. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.

Dildy, Nita

Nita Bell Dildy

Nita Bell Dildy, 84 of Nashville, Ark., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born on Dec. 29, 1930 in Center Point, Ark., the daughter of the late Rupert and Chloe Bell Gardner Chambers. 

Nita Dildy was a devoted Christian mother who had a lifelong dedication to the spiritual as well as physical growth and development for her four children. A resourceful and talented homemaker, she built a warm and secure refuge for her family everywhere they journeyed and she raised her children with a selfless and preserving drive, always seeking the absolute best for each of them. As they matured into adulthood, she shared her maternal talents and experiences through her friendly lighthearted and encouraging conversation and by teaching classes on crocheting afghans. A friend of the family said it best when expressing “She was a wonderful kind soul with an amazing sense of humor and she will be missed by many.” Nita was a member of the First Baptist Church in Nashville, and a member of the Mary Martha Sunday School Class.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Eddie Jo Chambers Howard, and a granddaughter, Danielle Lea Dildy.

Survivors include: her husband of 66 years, Edward H. “Ebbo” Dildy of Nashville, Ark.; her children, Douglas Chambers Dildy and wife, Annette, of Albuquerque, NM; Gary Edmond Dildy and wife, Robin, of Nashville, Ark.; Patricia Ann Dildy Dean of Port Royal, SC; and Edward H. Dildy II of Hot Springs, Ark.; six grandchildren, David Christopher Dildy, Angela Michelle Dildy Griego, Joshua Edward Dildy, Matthew Brian Pollard and wife, Mary Katherine, Michael Robert Pollard, and Hannah Chloe Dean; five great-grandchildren, and one brother, Rex “Sonny” Chambers of Texarkana, Texas. 

Visitation was 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the First Baptist Church in Nashville, with Bro. Kevin Sartin and Bro. David Blase officiating. Burial will follow in Ozan Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Nashville, P.O. Box 339 Nashville, AR 71852

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

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