Glendon Thacker, 84, of McDougal, died Sunday at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Born in
Paragould, he was a farmer and an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of General
Baptist Church in McDougal.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Roxie Thacker of the home; four sons, Clifford Thacker of
Lanette, Ala., Arlie Thacker and Harley Thacker, both of Paragould, and Jerry Thacker of
Oak Grove; four daughters, Dora Arant of Biggers, Vonda Rogers of Ripley, Miss., and
Brenda Pankey and Darlene Lyons, both of Paragould; a stepson, Michael Like of Lester;
several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 1 Thursday afternoon at Ermert Funeral Home
chapel in Corning. Burial will follow in Post Oak Cemetery near McDougal.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Obituaries Archive for Thursday August 26, 1999
Jasper Dale "J.D." Westbrook
Graveside services for Jasper Dale "J.D." Westbrook, 77, of Henderson, who died
Monday in Shirley, will be held at 4 this afternoon at the Center Hill Cemetery at
Paragould, with Wayne Faulkner officiating. Burial was under the direction of Mitchell
Funeral Home of Paragould.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Dean Turner, Gordon Westbrook, Tommy Spencer, Johnny Spencer and
Born in Greene County, he was a retired excavator and was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include one son, David Fulton of St. Louis; one brother, Gordon L.
"Jerry" Westbrook of Summerville, S.C.; three sisters, Billie Kingston and
Dorothy Neely, both of Paragould, and Jo Ann Gilbert of St. Louis; two grandchildren and
Mrs. Mabel Fitzgerald, 88, a lifelong resident of Paragould and Greene County, died
Tuesday in Guthrie, Okla. She worked as a teacher and principal for 45 years in the
Paragould area. She began teaching in 1929 in a two-room schoolhouse in the Bard
community. She later taught at Alexander school and served as a principal at Greene County
High School, and Elmwood and Oakwood elementary schools in Paragould.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Paragould where she served as a
devotional leader for her Sunday school class. She was also an active volunteer with the
Greene County Library after her retirement. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma
sorority, the Retired Teachers Association and Business and Professional Women
She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Fitzgerald, a grandson, Brian Donal
Fitzpatrick, four sisters and a brother.
Survivors include a daughter, Sara Kate Jack of Guthrie, Okla.; two grandchildren and two
Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 at Mitchell Funeral Home in
Paragould, with Rev. Mike Moray officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery in
Visitation will be held Friday evening from 6 to 9 at the funeral home.
Obituaries Archive for Friday October 08, 1999
Luana Rose Burkheart
Funeral services for Mrs. Launa Rose Burkheart, 64, of Marmaduke, who died Thursday, will
be at 2 Sunday afternoon at Heath Funeral Home's Colonial Chapel in Paragould, with Kevin
Hawley and David Hodge officiating. Burial will be in New Friendship Cemetery in
Active pallbearers will include Sonny Brown, Clovis DeMent, Junior Cavaness, Bill Martin,
Donald Rogers and Bill White.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ron Benson, Dale Cornelison, Jim Mabrey, Lowell McKenney,
Randy Rogers and Scott Wheeler.
Born in Halliday, she was a retired LPN.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Burkheart of Marmaduke; one son, Barry Burkheart of
Marmaduke; one daughter, Donna Jackson of Marmaduke; one brother, Rodney Hawley of
Marmaduke; two sisters, Polly Hodge of Marmaduke and Sandy Hunter of Watauga, Texas; three
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter.
Visitation will be from 5 this afternoon until 9 this evening at the funeral home.
For individuals who wish to leave memorials, the family has asked that consideration be
given to the American Cancer Society or the Rector First General Baptist Building Fund.
Juanita Anna Brewington
Mrs. Juanita Anna Brewington, 76, of Paragould, died Thursday at Baptist
Memorial Central in Memphis. She was a retired aide from Greene Acres Nursing Home and was
a member of Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ.
She is survived by three sons, James Brewington of Trumann, Bill Brewington and Don
Brewington, both of Paragould; one brother, Doyle Valentine of Paragould; two
stepbrothers, Laverne Rogers of Paragould and Arthur Leslie Rogers of Mountain Home; two
stepsisters, Vaudean Hyde of Paragould and Willodean Williams of St. Louis, Mo.; six
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John
Funeral services will be Saturday morning at 10 at Heath Funeral Home Colonial Chapel,
with burial at New Friendship Cemetery.
Visitation will be this evening from 7 until 9 at the funeral home
Pearl Ona Sembler Diggs
Mrs. Pearl Ona Sembler Diggs, 89, a resident of the Chesterfield Convalescent Center in
Chesterfield, S.C., died Thursday in the Chesterfield County Memorial Hospital in Cheraw,
S.C. She was born in Paragould and had been manager of Pearsons Spee-dee Market in
Chesterfield. She also had been owner and operator of Diggs Ice Cream Company and the
Smart Shop in Paragould. She attended the Griffin Memorial United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Kathryn Pearson Benner of Chesterfield; six grandchildren and
11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rembert W. Diggs, two
brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 in the Heath Colonial Chapel, with Rev.
Everett Isom officiating. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery, under the direction of
the Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Leonard Hershel Hardin
Leonard Hershel Hardin, 78, of Green Acres Nursing Center in Paragould, died Friday at the
nursing center. Formerly of Rector, he was a Baptist and an Army veteran of World War II.
He was born in Boydsville.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Irma L. Hardin of Rector; a son, Randall Hardin of
Paragould; a daughter, Sherry Purl of Rector; a brother, Jack Hardin of Rector; a
half-brother, Paul Max Hardin of Greentown, Ind.; four sisters, Velma Stahl, Janice
Hatcher and Frances Bracken, all of Rector, and Ella Chronister of Piggott; four
half-sisters, Buton Penney, Irene Snyder and Sue Payne, all of Rector, and Corene Eagle of
Greentown, Ind.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services have been scheduled for 4 this afternoon at Woodland Heights
Cemetery at Rector.
Visitation will be from 11 this morning until 3:30 this afternoon at Mitchell Funeral Home
Charles G. "Clabber" Watson
Charles G. "Clabber" Watson, 68, of Paragould, died Sunday at his home. Born in
Stanford, he was a retired wood cutter.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Wilma L. Watson of Paragould; two sons, Don LaBelle of
Ravenden Springs and Freddie Shannon of Paragould; a brother, Joe Watson of Jonesboro; six
sisters, Janie Crawford of Brookland, Erma Erickson of Sioux Falls, S.D., Louise Gramling
of Adrian, Mich., Verna Jetton of Paragould, Sunshine "Punkin" Shough of Toledo,
Ohio, and Sharon Summers of Goobertown. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two
Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 Wednesday morning at the Heath Funeral Home's
Colonial Chapel in Paragould, with Larry McFadden and Brad Agee officiating. Burial will
follow at Mount Zion Cemetery near Walcott.
Pallbearers will be Phil Overman, Gary Kirby, Bobby Rains, Paul Rains, Terry Agee and
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
The family requests that persons wishing to leave lasting memorials consider the American
Isaac Doyle Valentine
Issac Doyle Valentine, 73, of Paragould, died Monday at Arkansas Methodist Hospital. Born
in Paragould, he was a retired mechanic and of the Protestant belief.
Survivors include his wife, Berneice Valentine of Paragould; four sons, Dennis Valentine
of Potosi, Mo., Doug Valentine of Bowling Green, Ky., Larry Valentine and Lonnie
Valentine, both of Paragould; two daughters, Jackie Bruce of Fenton, Mo., and Betty Wertnz
of Paragould; two brothers, Arthur Rogers of Mountain Home and Laverne Rogers of
Paragould; two sisters, Vaudean Hyde of Paragould and Willodean Williams of St. Louis; 19
grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two
Funeral services will be at 1 Wednesday afternoon at the Heath Funeral Home's Colonial
Chapel, with Rev. Jimmy Hall officiating. Burial will follow in New Liberty Cemetery at
Visitation will be from 7 until 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Ervin D "Cotton" Ellington
Ervin D. "Cotton" Ellington, 74, of Brookland, died Saturday,
August 25, 1999 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center.
He was retired from General Electric and served as president of the
Clark's Chapel Cemetery Association. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Emma Dee Rhea~Ellington of the home, two
sons, Scott Ellington of Jonesboro and Chris Ellington of Brookland, two daughters, Shelia
Brown of Brookland and Terria Davison of Jonesboro, one sister, Alma Perry of St. Louis,
Mo., two brothers, Chester A. Ellington of St. Louis, Mo., and Gordon Ellington of
Paragould; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Active pallbearers will be Bill Summers, Marcus Gunn, Wesley Reese, John
Cater, Daniel Hathcoat and Eugene Hathcoat. Honorary pallbearers eill include members of
the Senior Adult Men's Sunday School Class of Brookland Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the chapel of
Rollers-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro, with Terry Gage officiating. Burial will
follow in Clark's Chapel Cemetery near Paragould.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to the building fund of the
Brookland Baptist Church or LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis.