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Obituaries – Oct 21, 2010

William “Bill” Finch

CROSSETT, ARK.—William C. “Bill” Finch, age 84, of Crossett, Ark. passed away Saturday, October 16, 2010.

   Born August 6, 1926 in Crossett, he was a son of the late William E. and Maggie Calhoun Finch. Mr. Finch was an engineer for Mississippi Power and Light. He was a World War II veteran, a Baptist deacon, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Crossett Lodge #576, a Shriner, and a former Mayor of Crossett. He was Genealogist General for Mississippi Society War of 1812 and other genealogist organizations. He was a strong supporter of the Crossett Library. Mr. Finch was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred Boxx Finch; one sister; and one half sister.

    Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Finch of Crossett; a son, William C. “Bill” Finch, Jr. (Betty) of Water Valley; two step-sons, John Charles “Sonny: Brooks (Elizabeth), and James E. “Jim” Brooks (Sheri), both of Crossett; a step-daughter, Elizabeth Ann Laney of Crossett; a granddaughter, E. Lynn Finch of Metarie, La.; seven step-grandchildren;  and six step-great-grandchildren.

    The funeral service was held at two o’clock in the afternoon Monday, October 18, in Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett, with Bro. Jamie Staley officiating. Interment followed in Lakewood Cemetery.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to Friends of the Library, c/o Crossett Library, 1700 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635, or Lakewood Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary Jane Manning, 1106 Hickory St., Crossett, AR 71635.

Donald Edward Westbrook

OAKLAND—Donald “Don” Edward Westbrook, 78, died October 17, 2010, in Tri-Lakes Medical Center, Batesville..

  Mr. Westbrook was retired from Bell South with 39-1/2 years service. He also served in the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Westbrook was a member of Sylva Rena Baptist Church and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening.

    The funeral service was held Tuesday, October 19, at eleven o’clock in the morning in Dickins Funeral Home at Batesville, with Ricky Redd and Hal Johnson officiating. Burial was in Batesville Magnolia Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home in Batesville was in charge of arrangements.

    Survivors include his wife, Lily Loraine Smith Parrish Westbrook; two daughters, Laura Herron of Batesville, and Sandra McGregor of Trevevant, Tenn.; three sons, Robert Arthur Westbrook of Indiana, Tommy Parrish of Bateville, and Gerald Parrish of Sardis; one sister, Betty Ann Westbrook of San Antonio, Texas; twelve grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Lillian Westbrook; two sons, Donnie and Charlie Westbrook; and one brother, Arthur Westbrook. Memorials may be sent to Immanuel Baptist Church, 3319 Curtis Rd., Batesville, MS 38606.

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