Greene County, Arkansas
Obits for April 2003


Raymond Walter Morgan

Raymond Walter Morgan, 69, of Clinton died Tuesday, April 1, 2003.
He was born July 25, 1933, in Lafe. He was retired from Highway and Roadway Construction and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julian Herbert and Elsie Elonia Walls Morgan; one sister, Madge Seink; and three brothers, Eugene, Mildred "Ted" and Herman Morgan.
Survivors include two daughters, Tami Bramlett of Clinton and Paula Kirkendoll, both of Shirley; two sisters, Maxine Campbell of Paragould and Wava Twitty of Marmaduke; one brother, J.W. Morgan of Washington; seven grandchildren, Jody Bramlett, Brandi Thomas, Danah Bramlett, Brittany Bramlett, Cortni Tacker, Rachel Kirkendoll and Jacob Kirkendoll; and seven great-grandchildren, Cole Bramlett, Kelcey Bramlett, Gage and Garrett Thomas, Mia and Richard Tacker and Ethan Johnson.
The funeral services were held Friday at Roller-McNutt 
Chapel Funeral Home in Clinton with James Lovell officiating.


Laura Mae Bradford

Laura Mae Bradford, 82, of Blytheville died Friday, April 4, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. She was born Oct. 14, 1920, in Mississippi. She was a 
nurse for 34 years, having worked for Dr. Robert Ratton in Manila and Dr. E.H. Ball in Blytheville. She was also employed at Walls Hospital in Blytheville, as well as Chickasawba Hospital and the former Geriatrics Nursing Home. She retired from the former Mississippi County Hospital. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wayne Bradford; her parents, Charles Leroy and Bertha Mae Howard; a brother, Elmer Lee Howard; and two sons, Robert Dean and Johnny Lee Bradford.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Wade and Pat Bradford of Paragould, Calvin Leroy and Patty Bradford of Southaven, Miss., and Odis William 
and Lillian Bradford of Rochelle, Ill.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary LaFolia and James Bassett of Jonesboro, Wilma Ruth Bradford of Blytheville and Shelba 
Jean and Bill Derryberry of Manila; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Bradford of Gosnell; a sister, Helen Ann Gibson of Leachville; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 
and one great-great-grandchild.

The funeral services were held at Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville with the Rev. Larry Haynes officiating. Burial was at Manila Cemetery.

Jerry G. Pruett

Jerry G. Pruett, 59, of Shortsville, N.Y., formerly of Paragould, died Friday, April 4, 2003, in Shortsville. He was born Oct. 3, 1943, in Paragould. He was employed as a blacksmith and was of the Methodist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Mildred Pruett; and one brother, Jim Pruett Sr. Survivors include his wife, Connie Pruett of the home; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Cody Pruett of the home and Ernest and Carol Pruett of Paragould; one 
stepson, John Lundberg of Shortsville; one stepdaughter, Karen Ward of Shortsville; and four grandchildren, Paul Edward Ward and Ashley Marie Ward, both of Shortsville, 
and Tricia Smith and Jamie Pruett, both of Paragould.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Shortsville at the Haltped-Patrick Funeral Home. His body was donated to medical science.

Friends and family are invited to share their thoughts and memories at a memorial service which will be held at  7 p.m. Thursday at Bonanza Steak House in Paragould.


Wanda Sue Cagle

Wanda Sue Cagle, 68, died Saturday, April 5, 2003, in McDougal.
She was born July 1, 1934, in Gainesville. She was the former owner of Gainesville Grocery Store and a member of Lafe Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Ira and Esther Woods Newell; one brother; and four sisters. Survivors include her companion, Otis Shipman; two sons, 
Edward L. Cagle Jr. of Paragould and Jeff M. Cagle of Medina, Ohio; four daughters, Cindy S. Guder of  Brooklyn, Ohio, Pam J. Nelson of Bruswick, Ohio, Shirley 
K. Hipps of West Salem, Ohio, and Rhonda R. Collins of  Paragould; two brothers, James Newell of Lincoln Park, Mich., and Robert Newell of Marmaduke; two sisters, 
Beatrice McFall of Paragould and Alice Knuckles of Paragould; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Beliew Hill Cemetery with the Rev. David Poe officiating. Pallbearers will be Ed Cagle, Nels Nelson, Jeff Collins, 
Eugene Cole, Allen Newell and Dennis Duckworth.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Funeral Home.


J. T. Roberts

J. T. Roberts, 75, of Lorado died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was born Aug. 20, 1927, in Greene County. He was a World War II Army veteran, a truck driver for Buick in Flint, Mich., for 35 years and a member of Walcott 
Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Nanny Lorene Roberts; one daughter, Jayne Roberts; and two brothers, Pat Roberts and Bo Roberts. Survivors include his wife, Kay Roberts of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Clyde and Jean Roberts; two 
daughters and sons-in-law; Anne and John Phillips of  Jonesboro and Joy and Wesley Lewis of Millington, Mich.; five brothers, Gene Roberts of Branch, Mich., Dean Roberts of Clio, Mich., Alvie Roberts of Burton, Mich., John Roberts of Flint and Snake Roberts of Davidson, Mich.; three sisters, Dorothy Crouch of Manila, Mary Hadley of Memphis, Tenn., and Wilma Milligan of Newark; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in Paragould with Rudy Ring officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be made to Walcott Baptist Church.

Henry Wayland

Henry Wayland, 92, of Paragould died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. He was born July 19, 1910, in Baxter County. He was a 
retired farmer and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Zella Inez Tucker Wayland; one daughter, Peggy Willene Wayland; four sisters, Grace McSpadden, Mollie Engles, Hazel Witwicke and Geneva Wayland; one brother, Paul Wayland; his parents, W.U. and Bertha King Wayland; and two half-sisters, Grace McSpadden and Molly Engler. Survivors include two sons, Bill William C. Wayland of Paragould and Larry Wayland of Bryant; two daughters, Carol Beeler of Lonoke and Wanda Messer of Paragould; five sisters, Emma Nell Denneman of Coffeeville, Kan., Helen Dixon of St. Louis, Mo., Willie Massey of Prescott, Ariz., Norene Tucker of Yuccipa, Calif., and Corine Wayland of St. Louis, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; 27 
great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Heath Colonial Chapel with the Revs. Greg Addison and Dennis Scudder officiating. Burial will be in Brown's Chapel Cemetery in Paragould.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Heath 
Funeral Home in Paragould.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Brown's Chapel Cemetery Fund.

Anna May Ennis

Anna May Ennis, 95, of St. Louis, formerly of Paragould, died Sunday, April 13, 2003 in St. Louis.
Born August 6, 1907, in Paragould, she was a retired nurse and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Geraldine Long of Paragould and Louise Potts of Bismarck, Mo.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

The Rev. Jim Bynum officiated, and burial followed in Linwood Cemetery.

Kendal Edward Hurt

Funeral services for Kendal Edward Hurt, 50, of Paragould, who died Monday, April 14, 2003 at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, have been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. today at Mitchell Funeral Home chapel.
Larry McFadden will officiate, and burial will follow at Croft Cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Shaine Hurt, Shon Hurt, Shannon Hurt and Josh Hurt, all of Paragould; a daughter, Kendra Hurt of Paragould; his parents, Harold and Dorothy Hurt of Paragould; two brothers, Kevin Hurt and Kerwin Hurt, both of Paragould; two sisters, Kimberly Pillow of Paragould and Beverly Wilson of Hineston, La.; his grandparents, Ruby Brummett Faulk and Shirley Faulk, both of Paragould; and three grandchildren, Lacey Hurt, Zane Hurt and Hope Polk.

Memorials may be made to Paragould Children's Home.


Delbert Hale

Delbert Hale, 82, of Lake City died Wednesday, April 16, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
Arrangements will be announced by Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

Charles Lewallen

Charles Lewallen, 69, of Marmaduke died Friday, April 25, 2003, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was born July 20, 1933, in Cave City. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Marmaduke. He was a veteran of the Korean War and retired from Darling Manufacturing. He was also an employee of Mitchell Funeral Home of Rector and an avid hunter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, B.M. and Roena Lewallen.
Survivors include his wife, Kaylene Lewallen of Marmaduke; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Don and Debbie Lewallen of Marmaduke; two daughters and a son-in-law, Norma Jean and Frank Harvey of San Antonio, Texas, and Ann Marie Lewallen of Paragould; one brother, Bobby Lewallen of Marmaduke; five sisters, Allajean Priest and Carolyn Vanhorn, both of Marmaduke, Peggy Thomas of Rector and Judy Cole and Brenda Vincent, both of Paragould; five grandchildren, Joey (and wife Heather) Lewallen, Josh Lewallen, Jackson Lewallen, Crissy Nolen and Dustin Nolen; five step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Marmaduke with Bro. Kim Bridges officiating. Burial will be at Harvey's Chapel Cemetery in Marmaduke.

Pallbearers will be Joey Lewallen, Josh Lewallen, Dustin Nolen, David Hensley, Lindell Stallings and Lewis Lewallen.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 this evening at Mitchell Funeral Home of Rector.

Terry Kay Orick

Terry Kay Orick, 60, of Paragould died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at her residence. She was born Sept. 29, 1942, in Paragould. She was a rural mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Warren's Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Don Orick of Paragould; her parents, Lester and Cullen Cline of Walcott; a daughter and son-in-law, Shelly and Craig Tarry of Paragould; a granddaughter, Jessica Tarry of Paragould; and a grandson, Jacob Tarry of Paragould.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould with the Revs. James Swafford and Breck Freeman officiating. Burial will be at Warren's Chapel Cemetery in Paragould.

Pallbearers will be Sam Stewart, Ricky Mann, George Monroe, Greg Mangrum, Lynn White and Kenny Cline.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.



Anthony Phillip Wells


Graveside services will be held at Shafter District Cemetery, Shafter, CA, for Anthony Phil Phillip Wells who was born in Paragould, Arkansas, on February 24, 1961, and passed away April 27, 2003, in his home in Bakersfield. He was a giving husband and father, an affectionate son and brother, and a trusting and generous friend.

As an infant, Phil moved with his family to Shafter where he attended schools K-12. He was actively involved in football and golf during his junior high and high school years. After graduation, Phil worked for six years at Superior Farms, and later took a position with Smurfit-Stone as a salesman. He was a dedicated employee with Smurfit-Stone for 16 years, and was well respected by his peers and customers alike.

Phil was a fun-loving man, with a love for people, food and good times. Some of his favorite memories were of time spent at the Colorado River or Mexico enjoying the fishing, the sun, and the margaritas. Phil had a personality that put others at ease and brought life to a room. He made a point of getting to know anyone in his presence. It didnt matter whether you were the waiter at the restaurant, the nurse in the hospital, or a clerk at the store, Phil never met a stranger. Phil made it a point to know people on a first name basis, and he made them feel like a valued friend from that point forward. People were always important to Phil, and the friendship he developed lasted his lifetime.

Phil struggled with pancreatic cancer for over a year. He battled the disease with the same independent and strong will he used when dealing with every other aspect of his life. Many are left with a void in their lives at his passing, but were grateful for the time we had with him.

His father, John Wells, preceded him in death. He leaves behind a loving family that includes his wife of 12 years, Pam Wells and his son, Jason Richmond both of Bakersfield. He is survived by his mother, Olene Wells of Shafter; his brothers, Brent and Terry Wells; and his sister, Sheila Johnson; half sister, Janelle Zolman of Cardwell, Missouri; many loving in-laws and good friends.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society or Hoffmann Hospice.

Services: Friday, May 2, 11:30 a.m.

Viewing will be at Greenlawn Mortuary, 3700 River Blvd., Thursday, May 1, 3-9 p.m.

Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral Directors


contributed by: Terry Wells



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