Greene County, Arkansas
April 2001 Obituaries
Berl Lynn Vaught
Berl Lynn Vaught, 81, of Paragould died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Paragould Nursing Center in Paragould.
He was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Greene County to the late James Franklin Vaught and Luna Mae (Adams) Vaught.
He was a carpenter, a member of the Air Force in World War II, and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marcelene Smart Vaught, and three brothers, D.J. Vaught, Kenneth Vaught and Johnny Vaught.
He is survived by one daughter, Vickie Cunningham of Little Rock; one step-daughter, Zelda Micenhammer of McDougal; one brother, Homer Vaught of St. Louis; one sister, Betty Bateman of Rector; a companion and dear friend, Norma Krause of Paragould; three grandchildren, T.J. Cunningham, Brian Cunningham and Tony Micenhammer.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Rector with Bro. Jack Bearden and Bro. Jerry Gregory officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Irby Funeral Home of Rector in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Boyce Bateman, L. N. Gilbert, Marron Archer, Ron Benson, Rex Smart and Junior Lee Smart.
Virginia Katherine Carner
E. V. Nichols
E. V. Nichols, 75, of 505 North Second Street, Marmaduke, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, of heart failure at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.
He was born Aug. 1, 1925 in Burdette to the late Bragg Nichols and Agne (Thompson) Nichols and lived most of his life in Osceola.
He was retired from the Army Corps of Engineers, was a ham radio operator, a line mechanic for Ford Motors in Osceola, was a World War II Navy veteran, and of the Baptist faith.
He married Vildean Welch, Aug. 22, 1946, who survives.
Other survivors are three sons, Thomas Nichols of Collierville, Tenn., Donald Nichols of Osceola and James Nichols of Keiser; one daughter, Deborah Vermilyea of Marmaduke; one brother, Fred Nichols of Dixon Tenn.; one sister, Ruth Burress of Millington, Tenn., 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 17, at Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Marmaduke with Rev. Kim Bridges officiating. Burial in Hartsoe Cemetery in Marmaduke with Irby Funeral Home of Marmaduke in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
Elvis Franklin Campbell
Patricia Lynn Spencer
Patricia Lynn Spencer, 46, of Paragould, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001at Arkansas Methodist Hospital, Paragould.
Mrs. Spencer was born on February 11, 1955 in Rosiclare, Ill. She was a homemaker and of the Missionary Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her father, Rufus Garvin; her mother, Martha Warren Garvin Newsom; one sister, Judy lee Garvin and two infant brothers.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry L. Spencer of Paragould; two daughters, Tammy Lynn Smith of Trumann and Christina Dawn Smith of Jonesboro; one son, Jerry Wayne Smith of Paragould; two step-daughters, Tes Loften and Nina Spencer, both of Paragould; two step-sons, Kerry Spencer and Robbie Spencer, both of Paragould; two sisters, Corrine Ann Belt of Sheridan and Janet Elaine Arant of Paragould; one brother, Joseph Allen Newsom of Bryant; two grandchildren and seven step-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, in the chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould, with Richard Tensley officiating. Burial will follow in Wood's Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Kerry Spencer, Robbie Spencer, Chad Hall, Lonnie Arant, John Newsom and Richard Poe.
Audrey Arvorene McCord
Audrey Arvorene Roberts McCord, 88, of Trumann, died Tuesday evening, April 17, 2001 at Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro, of natural causes.
Mrs. McCord was born in Beech Grove, Arkansas and had lived in Trumann for 74 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Viva Drive Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Gilbert McCord in 1982; one daughter, Melba Jean Johnston in 2000; three brothers; and was the daughter of the late Oliver Randall Roberts and Lucyann Brashers Roberts Galbreath.
Survivors include four daughters, Joyce Barnett of Jonesboro, Cora Loveless, Annette Owens and Cheri Smith, all of Trumann; one sisters, Sunshine Lands of Light; three brothers, Deward Galbreath, Guy Galbreath and Oral Galbreath, all of Muskegon, Mich.; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Friday afternoon at the Viva Drive Church of Christ in Trumann, with Joe Spangler and Jimmy Young officiating. Burial followed at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jonesboro.
Active pallbearers were Woefud Conatser, Joe Mitchell, Leroy May, Raymond Asher, Harvey Vincent and Jerl Bankston. Honorary pallbearers were the men of Viva Drive Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to Paragould Children's Home in Paragould.
John "Hamp" Thurman
George C. Hardin
George C. Hardin, 74, of Marmaduke died Saturday, April 21, 2001 in Little Rock.
He was born Oct. 5, 1926, in Boydsville, AR. to the late Ben Thomas and Pearl (Taylor) Hardin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Veneda (Bradsher) Hardin, on July 7, 1995.
Mr. Hardin was owner and operator of the Marmaduke Lumber Company, a Methodist and a Mason.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Gatewood Hardin, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Janet Hardin of Jonesboro and Steve and Jackie Hardin of Corning; a daughter and son -in-law, Lisa and John Goodpasture of Maumelle; seven grandchildren, Eric, Samantha, Ben, Jennifer, Brittany, Amy and Tyler; one great-grandson, Patrick; two brothers, Donald Hardin of St. Louis and his twin brother Leslie Hardin of Boydsville; five stepchildren, Terry and Sondra Gatewood of Clayton, N.C., Larry and Brenda Gatewood of Kennett, Michael Gatewood of Batesville, Deanna and Randy Dover of Piggott and Tricia and Mark Hedrick of Cabot; 11 step-grandchildren, Chris, Heather, Ashley, Jeff, Eric, Tyler, Morgan, Christine, Dillon, Hillary and Zack, and a host of other relatives and friends.Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Irby Funeral Home Chapel at Marmaduke with George Haygood and Otis Book officiating. Burial was in Ramer's Chapel Cemetery with Irby Funeral Home of Marmaduke in charge of arrangements.
James Doyne Rasberry
Marmaduke civic leader James Doyne Rasberry died Saturday, April 21, 2001 at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis at age 77.
Rasberry was one of the founders of the Marmaduke Fourth of July Picnic, the Marmaduke Mayfest and the community's citywide yard sale, was active in Boy Scouts and helped obtain the community's Little League ballpark and lights. He also helped the city get its first housing project and served as executive director. As a member of the city's Industrial Development Committee, he helped bring industry to Marmaduke.
Rasberry also was a retired auctioneer and was a Marmaduke historian, having published a pictorial history of Marmaduke. He was a retired clerk for the Cotton Belt Railroad, a World War II Army veteran, a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a member of the Marmaduke First Baptist Church.
Rasberry was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Marmaduke to the late J.C. Rasberry and Oma (Thompson) Rasberry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Lewis and Shelby Rasberry; one sister, Geneva Jo Rasberry, and one grandson, Jeremy Pillow.
He is survived by his wife, Ella (Roberts) Rasberry, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Mary Rasberry of Fort Worth, Texas, and Byron and Judy Rasberry of Paragould; one daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Larry Pillow of Paragould; one sister, Dorotha Dean Rogers of Lebanon, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Bruce Rasberry, Jeff Rasberry, Kendall Rasberry and Nick Pillow, and two great-grandchildren, David and Brittini Rasberry.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Marmaduke Baptist Church with Bro. Kim Bridges officiating. Burial was in Harvey's Chapel Cemetery in Marmaduke with Irby Funeral Home of Marmaduke in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Larry Rasberry, Byron Rasberry, Susie Pillow, Bruce Rasberry, Jeff Rasberry, Kendall Rasberry, Nick Pillow and David Rasberry.
Serving as honorary pallbearers are Bill Roberts, Harold Roberts, Jerry Roberts, Gary Joe Roberts, George Keistler, Larry Pillow, members of the Marmaduke Industrial Development Committee and Robert Dowler.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Marmaduke First Baptist Church or the American Heart Association.
J. R. Lyles
J. R. Lyles, 70, of 508 East Fourth Street, Rector, died Friday, April 27,
2001, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.
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