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Obituaries

Posted: December 24, 2012 - 2:55pm

Judith Ann O’Rorke Claassen

Moving day for Judith Ann O’Rorke Claassen came on Dec. 21, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. She moved from her placement here on earth as the daughter of Austin and Agnes O’Rorke, mother of three boys, grandmother of seven and wife of Harold Claassen for the past 55 years, to her permanent home in glory. She was preceded in her moving day by her parents and nephew Bruce Allen O’Rorke, all of Norman, Okla.

Judy is survived by her devoted husband Harold Claassen of Conway; three sons, Murray Claassen and wife Kim of Aberdeen, Scotland, Myron Claassen and Jayme of Conway and Mark Claassen of Bella Vista. She is also survived by grandsons, John and Bradley Claassen, both of Conway; granddaughters, Neely Claassen of Shreveport, La., Ashley Hellerich and husband David of Conway, Amy Smith and husband Cory of Conway, Courtney Claassen and fiancé Matt Schrader of Fayetteville and Taryn Claassen of Fayetteville.

Judy was born on Nov. 15, 1938 in Bradley, Okla. She moved with her family to Norman, Okla., then to Newton, Kan., where she graduated high school and married Harold shortly afterward. They moved back to Norman for several years, then to Conway in 1975, where Judy was employed by Dr. Gary Tumlison, DDS until her retirement in 2004. Judy was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was referred to by her family as “Murd” or “Granny,” and by her friends as that “pretty little sweet lady.” Judy was very active in church work, helping her husband who has pastored churches in the Little Rock and the Conway area for the past 20 years.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway with Bro. Joe Engdahl, Bro. Ronnie Witton, and Bro. Harold Claassen officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service. Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Naylor. Pallbearers will be Judy’s grandchildren.

Harold and the rest of the family want to express a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Conway Regional First Floor Ward, and to the nursing staff of Salem Place Nursing and Rehab Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205, 501-224-0021. Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

Marie L. Compton

Marie L. Compton, age 89, of Mayflower, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in her home. She was born Thursday, Dec. 28, 1922 in Stigler, Okla. to the late William Auston Motsinger and the late Dora May Bullock Motsinger.

Mrs. Compton was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd Lynn Compton; two sons, Carrol and Jimmy Compton;

She is survived by her brother Paul Crawford and his wife Betty; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Her favorite pastimes included reading, quilting, embroidering and decorating linen calendars, which she gave as gifts to her friends.

Marie was a beloved member of Mayflower First Baptist Church and the Dorcas Sunday School Class.

A funeral service, with Reverend David Fox officiating, will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church in Mayflower. Interment will follow in the Mayflower Cemetery under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway (501) 327-7727.

Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com

Shirley Lou Showalter Davis

Shirley Lou Showalter Davis, 81, of Conway, went to be with the Lord on Saturday Dec. 22, 2012. She was born April 26, 1931, to the late Harvey and Daisy Showalter of Trumann.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers; Jimmy, Jerry, and Ben Showalter.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dr. James Davis; two children, Billy Davis (Terry) of North Little Rock and Judy Weston (Tony) of Conway. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Rachelle, Daniel, Valerie (Young), Timothy, William and Clayton Davis; Blake, Taylor and Grant Weston; three great-grandchildren, Morgan Mullett, Isaac Weston and Emmarie Weston (due March 2013). She is also survived by two brothers; Marion (Buddy) and Carroll Showalter and one sister, Cathy Davis, and numerous nephews, nieces and friends.

She was known for an open heart and home and fun-loving ways; a constant encourager to her children, grandchildren, family and friends, and a refuge to many who were down-and-out. The Davis home had many “extra” children throughout the years (their niece Tammy being one of them) as Shirley and Jim hosted people who needed to see Jesus in the flesh; she loved them and exemplified Jesus before them.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at Harlan Park Baptist Church, Conway, where Shirley was a member. Dr. Gary Mitchell will be officiating. A graveside service for family and friends will follow on Thursday, Dec. 27, at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery at 2 p.m., Rev. Harold Ray officiating. Her seven grandsons will be her pallbearers.

Arrangements are by Griffin Leggett Funeral Home in Conway.

Online guest book: www.griffinleggettconway.com

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