Archive for October, 2015

Lisa Marie Hines Wilder EMT# 21814

Lisa Marie Hines Wilder, 49, of Piggott passed from this life October 25, 2015 at the Flow and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro with complications with Cystic Fibrosis. She was born to Robert and Sharon Hines in Sanford, North Carolina on April, 5, 1966. Lisa lived in Piggott since 1993 after moving from Ocala, FL. She was also of the Catholic faith. Lisa loved her animals and all who knew her will miss her strong and determined attitude and helpfulness. As Lisa would tell anyone asking of her health and well being, her works will be remembered as-“I’m just fine”.

Lisa is survived by her parents: Robert and Sharon Hines; her husband: Lloyd “Randy” Wilder of the home; and many relatives, co-workers, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

For lasting memorials family asks to please consider donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: 1501- N. Pierce Street #114, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207

Justin Blickenderfer Firefighter/EMT# 27753

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Firefighter/EMT Justin Blickenderfer passed away Wednesday, October 14, 2015 while off-duty. His funeral will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 11am at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Rogers. Visitation is Wednesday 6pm-8pm at the Rollins Funeral Home on West Hudson Road in Rogers. Both events are open to the public.

Christopher John Poss – First Responder/Firefighter

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January 5, 1959 – October 9, 2015

Christopher John Poss, 56 was born on January 5, 1959 in San Diego, California and passed away on Friday, October 9, 2015 in Judsonia, Arkansas. Christopher was adopted by Gilbert and Edith Leslie Poss.

He was a member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Over the years he worked at White County Sherriff’s Department and later as a truck driver. He was a member of the North White County Volunteer Fire Department

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Lorrie Cleveland Poss, a son, Erick John Poss, a daughter, Nicole Renee’ Poss, of Judsonia, a step-daughter, Melody Ruth Ramey of Fort Worth, Texas.

Visitation will be Monday, October 12, 2015 from 6-8 Pm at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy. Funeral Services on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 2 PM at Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Roosevelt Cemetery.

Susan Elizabeth Kersey EMT# 27063

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January 12, 1990 – October 7, 2015

Susan Elizabeth Kersey, age 25, of Forrest City, died Wednesday sudden and unexpected in an automobile accident.

Susan was born January 12, 1990, in Forrest City, and was the daughter of Johnny R. ‘J.R.’ Kersey and Myra Black Kersey. She lived in Forrest City most all of her life, was an E.M.T. for Pafford EMS, and attended the Valley View Christian Church.

Susan is survived by her parents, J.R. And Myra Kersey of Forrest City and two sisters; Carrie Redditt and Allison Elgin, both of Palestine. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lennon Ramsey, in 2010.

Services for Susan will be held at the Valley View Christian Church, 1:00 P.M., Friday, with burial in Loughridge Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening, 6:00 till 8:00 P.M., at the Church, with Stevens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Marvin Leibovich, M.D.

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October 3, 1946 – October 5, 2015

Marvin Leibovich, M.D., died on October 5, 2015. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Jocelyn, Dr. Leibovich leaves behind his beloved wife of thirty-six years, L. Lee Spindler, M.D.; four sons, Joe (Christiana), Chip (Stacy), David (Jo), Josh (Gail); five grandchildren; and a brother, Louis (Susan) and niece Jocelyn.

Dr. Leibovich was one of the earliest board certified Emergency Medicine physicians in Arkansas and served as Medical Director of the Emergency Department and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock from 1980-2005. In 1981 he developed Arkansas’ first aeromedical helicopter program by obtaining the support of the Little Rock Air Force Base’s helicopter squadron, Det 437th ARRS, to fly critically ill or injured patients to tertiary care hospitals. In 1984 he began a hospital based EMS helicopter program, MedFlight, which served the entire state of Arkansas. Dr. Leibovich worked closely with Little Rock businessman, David Jones, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Gannett Foundation and numerous elected city officials to present a public utility model for Little Rock’s ambulance system. Once approved by the city’s board of directors, this model, which became MEMS, dramatically improved Emergency Medical Services for Little Rock and the surrounding metropolitan area.

Dr. Leibovich served for twenty-five years as Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council for EMS, and he and Dr. John Cone were the first co-Chairs of the Governor’s Trauma Advisory Council.

In 2006, Dr. Leibovich became Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at UAMS and received a gubernatorial appointment to the Arkansas Department of Health’s Board of Health.

Dr. Leibovich was a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and served thirty-two years on its Council. He also served two terms as president of the Arkansas ACEP chapter. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Arkansas State Medical Society, and the Pulaski County Medical Society and served a term as its president. While treating an injured LRPD SWAT team member in 1991, Dr. Leibovich saw a need for on-site emergency medical personnel during SWAT operations. Shortly thereafter, he began participating in SWAT training and call outs. In May 1996, he graduated from the Little Rock Police Academy and worked with the LRPD SWAT until December, 2014. In 1997 he was awarded the Fraternal Order of Police’s Humanitarian award for saving the life of an officer involved in a motor vehicular accident. He began working with Arkansas State Police SWAT in 2002, training with and providing emergency medical services to their team. During his law enforcement career with LRPD and ASP, Dr. Leibovich participated in joint operations with the FBI, DEA and ATF. In association with the LRPD SWAT, he tried to inspire the next generation of physicians to also participate with law enforcement by offering to UAMS residents a Tactical EMS course. Dr. Leibovich always considered it an honor and privilege to serve those who serve and protect our society.

Dr. Leibovich enjoyed spending time on the beach with family and friends, running the roads of rural Saline County and 30A in South Walton County, FL, and was an avid fan of Jimmy Buffet and other musical artists.

The family appreciates the many friends, LEOs, nurses, physicians, and Arkansas Hospice who showed him love and concern and gave him compassionate care during his illness.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Marvin Leibovich Memorial Fund, UAMS, 4301 W. Markham St., #716, Little Rock, AR 72205, or Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116.

Memorial Service will be at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Fellowship Bible Church, 1401 Kirk Road, Little Rock, AR 72223. The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Tuesday at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home, 13801 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR 72211 (501-224-3800).

Gregory (Greg) Will – EMT# 9312

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March 21, 1959 – September 28, 2015

Gregory (Greg) Will entered this life on March 21, 1959. Parenting came from his beloved mother, Willie Mae Roberson, stepfather, Alexander Roberson, and father, James Sonny Wills. Greg graduated from Rison High School in 1977, completed ninety hours as an art major at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Camden, Arkansas.

As a child, Greg loved to spend time playing with his siblings and cousins. When his mother asked which child did something wrong, Greg would tell the truth, even if “HE” did the wrong. Long before he became an adult and entered law enforcement, Greg believed in law and order, and he always encouraged others to do the right thing.

He worked proudly as a police officer for the Pine Bluff Police Department from 1986 until his retirement in 2013.
Greg loved his dogs, drawing art, playing his harmonica, and using his skills as a metal fabricator to build B-B-Q grills. Before he became a police officer, Greg was a Volunteer EMT for Ron Lusby’s, and he served as a Volunteer Firefighter for the Highway 133 Fire Department. Greg was a Mason and a FOP Lodge Member.

Fond memories shared by siblings include Greg never allowing anyone to read the newspaper before he read it, and if anyone read the paper before him, he would not read it at all. Reading was one of his favorite pastimes, and Greg could read a book of 500 pages in less than an hour. His siblings laughed when fondly remembering that Greg, a future police officer, took great pleasure in his ability to perfectly forge his mother’s signature on his school homework when it needed a parent’s signature.

Greg was respected because he could speak his mind truthfully and gently without hurting others’ feelings. He had a way of making people feel special, and when he said, “I love you,” it was heartfelt. Greg was unique, kind, funny, strong, gentle, unpredictable, but outspoken when necessary, and his memory will forever be lovingly cherished.

Greg went from his earthly home on September 28, 2015 at St.Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents and brother, Kru’Shee Dadney, preceded him in death.

Greg leaves to cherish great memories: mentored daughter, Tashayla Jackson; three sisters, Dr. Sherrill (Dr. Cleveland) Rayford; Jennifer (Kenneth) Holmes, Taraisa (Mike) Wills-Vaughn. Brothers include Karl Roberson, Calvin Roberson, Maury (Cheryl) Wills, and Ladell Wills. He called Hildra Urquehart his special sister, and his special Brother in Blue is Lieutenant Michael Jenkins, Sr.

Greg loved a host of nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and wonderful friends who visited or prayed for him while he was hospitalized.

A very special thank you is extended to the hospice staff at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.

His funeral service will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Christian Way Funeral Home Chapel.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the funeral home 5:00pm till 7:00 pm.