Matilda Tillie Rooker
Funeral services for 75-year-old Tillie Rooker, who departed this life on December 1, 2005
in the St. Bernards Regional Medical Center will be today at 2 p.m. in the Irby Funeral
Home Chapel in Marmaduke with Brother Kim Bridges officiating.
Visitation was Saturday at 6 to 8 p.m. in the Irby Funeral Home.
Mrs. Rooker was united in marriage on September 1, 1956.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Leora Johnson; and a brother, Pat
She is survived by her husband, Gene Rooker, of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law,
Douglas and Karen Rooker of Fenton, Michigan, and Dennis and Loretta Rooker of
Williamsaburg, Virginia; four grandchildren, Ally and Amy Rooker of Fenton, and Courtney
and Kenny Rooker of Williamsburg, Va.; two sisters, Alice Zeiss and Gigi Walker, and a
brother Bill Johnson, all of Michigan; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Paragould Children's
Tiny V. Tate Butts
Tiny V. Tate Butts, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died Friday, December 2, 2005.
She was a retired homemaker, former waitress and member of Church of Christ.
She is survived by sister-in-law Sybil Butts; brother-in-law, Jim O. J. Butts; nieces and
nephews; and the staff of Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.
She is preceded in death by her husband, George "Buster" Butts.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at House-Gregg Chapel in Walnut Ridge with Ted Shields
officiating. Burial will follow at Crossroads Cemetery in Portia.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. today.
Joseph Leon Hobbs
Joseph Leon Hobbs, 75, of Paragould died Dec. 2, 2005 at Arkansas Methodist Medical
Born March 6, 1930, in Fancy Farm, Ky., he had worked as a farmer, was a veteran of the
Korean War and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
He is survived by a brother, James Hobbs of Paragould; and a sister, Frances Edwards of
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel E. and Ethel Mae Hobbs; six brothers; and
The funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev.
John Marconi officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Mitchell Funeral Home, with a vigil service
beginning at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Richard, Jeremy, Joshua, Jake and Jim Dachs and Pat Quinn.
Pauline Chunn Smith
Mrs. Pauline Chunn Smith, 87, of Paragould died Saturday, December 3, 2005, at Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center. Mrs. Smith was born on July 11, 1918, in Paragould. She was the
owner and operator of Pauline's Ceramics. She was a member of East Side Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Geraldine and Jessie Hatcher;
daughter-in-law, Betty Jo Carr of Paragould; son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Bettie
Smith of Alexander City, Alabama; five grandchildren, Clifton and Steven Garmrath of
Paragould, Suzanne Oswald, Robert and Jeremiah Smith of Ashville, Alabama; and nine
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Mary Chunn; husband, John C. Smith;
son, Weldon Smith; and brother, George Chunn.
Visitation begins 9 a.m. prior to the funeral service at 10 a.m. today at Heath Funeral
Home with Reverend Dennis Scudder officiating. Burial will follow at Brown's Chapel
The family requests that memorials be made to East Side Baptist Senior Adults or St.
Dorothy Helen Ellison
Dorothy Helen Ellison, 79, of Paragould died Tuesday, December 6, 2005.
Survivors are daughters Roxy Hanna, Margaret Lindsey, and Rosa Hazlewood, all of
Visitation is from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday at Heath Funeral Home.
Family and friends will meet at the Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas for a graveside service
at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Debra Ann Clark
Debra Ann Clark, 45, of Paragould died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005 at her residence.
She was born Oct. 2, 1960, at St. Louis to Junior and Rebecca Shelton. She was a homemaker
and a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Dexter Shoe and Cody Fortenberry; and two brothers, Terry
Shearer and Gary Smith, all of Paragould. She is also survived by her fiance, David
Ethridge and his children, Hattie, Shawnda and David Ethridge II.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Center Hill Cemetery. The procession
will leave Mitchell Funeral Home at 9:50 a.m. Monday.
To sign an online guest book, visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
Karen Sue Gramling, 45, of Paragould died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005 at her residence. Karen
was born on Dec. 12, 1959, in Paragould. She was a registered nurse with North Central
I.V. and a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Scott Gramling; daughter, Kelsey Gramling; brother and
sister-in-law Doug and Dana Williams; parents, Randal and Harriet Williams; brothers and
sisters-in-law, Kelly and Shana Gramling, and Richard and Pam Gramling, all of Paragould;
and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends 6-9 p.m. today, at Heath Funeral Home. Funeral services
will be 10 a.m. Friday at Heath Colonial Chapel with the Revs. Mike Morey and Paul Dubar
officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,
904 Autumn Drive, Suite 500, Little Rock 72211.
Laura Lenae Boyd
Laura Lenae Boyd, 39, of Paragould died Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at her home.
She is survived by her husband, Stanley Boyd; sons, Josh and Joe Boyd; parents Cathy and
Stan McDaniel; and brother Jason McDaniel, all of Paragould; sister, Tina Richey of
Marmaduke; and mother-in-law Patsy Jones of Paragould
The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Heath Funeral Home. Services will
be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Heath Colonial Chapel with interment following in Greene County
Monica Irene Stewart
Monica Irene Stewart, 63, of Paragould died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005 at her residence.
Born April 13, 1942, in Berlin, she was a homemaker and a Christian.
Survivors are her husband, James Stewart; one son, James Robert Stewart of Fort
Lauderdale, Fla.; and one daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Anthony Jones of Paragould.
Visitation is from noon-1 p.m. today at Mitchell Funeral Home, Paragould.
Memorial service is 1 p.m. today at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with Don Edmiston
To sign an online guest book, visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
Allison Gail Wells
Allison Gail Wells, 26, of Paragould, died Friday, December 9, 2005 at UAMS in Little
She had lived in Jonesboro since she was in the fifth grade.
Allison moved to Paragould last year following her marriage to Jim Wells. She was a member
of the Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
Allison was an honor graduate of Jonesboro High School and studied music/theater at
Ouachita Baptist University. She was also a graduate of the ASU School of Cosmetology in
Allison is survived by her husband, Jim Wells of Paragould. She is also survived by her
parents Ric and Margaret Hunt, Colorado Springs, Colo.; a brother, Aaron Hunt, Houston,
Texas; a sister, Mandy See, Dahlgren, Va.; her maternal grandfather, Bertell Jackson,
Lubbock, Texas; and her paternal grandparents, Walter and Aline Hunt, Colorado Springs.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Bernice Jackson.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday in the Central Baptist Church at
Jonesboro. Dr. Rodney Reeves and the Rev. Rex Holt will officiate. Pallbearers will be
Brandon Emerson, Eric Brown, Glenn Jones, Mark Lewis, Steve Jones and Max Dacus. Burial
will be private.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at Central Baptist Church.
Emerson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
For those wishing to leave lasting memorials, the family asks that you consider Central
Baptist Church Missions Fund, 3707 Harrisburg Road, Jonesboro 72401 or The International
Gideons, 50 Century Blvd., Nashville, Tenn. 37214.
An online register can be signed at www.emersonfuneralhome.com
Mary Joann Campbell
Mary Joann Graham Campbell, 59, of Marmaduke died Dec. 11, 2005 at her residence.
Funeral services are today in the Irby Funeral Home Chapel with Kim Bridges officiating.
Interment will be in Woodland Heights Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Robert Pence of Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Ambert and
Robert Prince of Walnut Ridge; her mother, Vera Graham Stidham of Marmaduke; two brothers,
Don Inman of Escalon, Calif., and Lynn Graham of Marmaduke; and two sisters, Jeannie
Priest of Lafe and Cathy Willifond of Black Rock.
Visitation is at 9:30 a.m. today until funeral time at 10 a.m.
Louise Ward Saala
Louise Ward Saala was born in Pocahontas on June 6, 1921, to Kate and Alan Ward. She
married George Saala on June 6, 1938. She attended Pocahontas High School, where she was a
member of the track and basketball teams and was known for her free-throw accuracy. She
was also a member of the Pocahontas United Methodist Church for over 70 years and a PACE
instructor. She had recently moved to Sunshine Manor in Paragould and was attending
Griffin Memorial Methodist Church there.
She is survived by four children, Sandra Saala Houston, Lisa Saala, Allan Saala and Mark
Saala, all of Pocahontas; one brother, Milton Ward of Bentonville; five grandchildren,
Suzanne Hawkins, Natasha Wheeler, Patty Nelson, Brandon Saala and Christopher Saala; and
nine great-grandchildren, Moye, Jody, and Hailey Hawkins, Sydney Saala-Thielemier, Breanna
and Erin Wheeler, Bethany and Jenny Nelson, and Maya Saala.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home
with Glenn Pettus officiating, with interment following in Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Pocahontas Day Service Center of the First United Methodist
Barbara Sue Retherford
Barbara Sue Retherford, 66, of Paragould died Monday, December 12, 2005 at Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
She was born Feb. 23, 1939, in Hornersville, Mo., to the late Jessie Van
"Calbert" and Lilly Mae Potter.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Retherford; two brothers, Leon and
Johnnie Potter; and four sisters, Emma Jean Smith, Irene Smith, Betty Gardner and Ida
Barbara is survived by two daughters, Kathy and Debbie Jones of Paragould; two sons, Mike
Retherford of Paragould and Ronnie Retherford of Belview, Fla.; five sisters, Vernalee
Webb of Phoenix, Louise Burdett of Michigan, Nora Knack and Brenda Chaban of Illinois, and
Alice Wineland of Paragould; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Heath Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at
1 p.m. Friday at the Heath Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Don Edmiston officiating. Burial
will follow at Brown's Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Randy Retherford, Justin Drennen, Andy Graves, Ronnie Joines and Allen
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital or American Diabetes
Carl Noie Hall
Carl Noie Hall, 72, of Benton died Monday, December 12, 2005 at Benton Health Care. He was
born October 1, 1933 in Paragould, AR. His parents, Paul Dad Hall and Ruth
Sims Hall preceded him in death as did four brothers, one sister, and a step-daughter.
He retired from the VA Hospital after 35 years and was a member of Kentucky Missionary
Baptist Church and Boomerangs Square Dancers. Carl proudly served as a U.S. Marine during
the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife Martha Hall of Benton; step-children, Jamie Teague, Brenda
Nalley, and Peggy Sheeks all of Benton, Patricia Teague of Mountain Home, AR, Jerry Teague
of Cape Girardeau, MO, Ray Suhm, of Oklahoma City, OK, and Barbara Surgeon of Little Rock;
brother, Harold Dooger Hall of Paragould; sister, Susie Pippin of Paragould,
seven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 16, 2005 in the chapel of
Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501-315-4047) with Rev. Dennis McClintic officiating. A
committal service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 17, 2005 at Shiloh Cemetery
in Paragould. Serving as pallbearers will be Kelly Smart, Daniel Nalley, Jared Nalley,
Brian Nalley, Gary Sheeks, and David Babbs. Honorary pallbearers are Fletcher Teague,
Jerry Teague, and Jeremy Schelhorn.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening December 15th at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Saline Hospital Hospice and/or
Kentucky Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund.
The family wishes to send a very special thank you to all the staff of Saline
Hospital Hospice and Benton Healthcare.
Online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.
Bettie Sue Austin
Bettie Sue Austin, 87, died Tuesday, December 13, 2005 at her residence. Born in Greene
County on Oct. 12, 1918, she was a homemaker and a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Survivors include three sons, Larrell Austin, Darrell Austin, and Harrell Austin, of
Paragould; three daughters, Shirlene Cook and Jean Chunn, both of Paragould, and Lana Jean
of Black Rock; one brother, Coleman Lemmons of Whitney, Texas; three sisters, Demetra
Kiihnl of Searcy, Coletta Dillard of Jonesboro, and Ida Belle Lambert of St. Peters, Mo.;
14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Austin; her parents, Milton and Carrie
Lemmons; one brother, Nolen Lemmons; and two sisters, Lula Dollars and Mathel Ellington.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in Paragould
with Danny Newsom officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Knott Cemetery with grandsons
serving as pallbearers. Visitation will be today from 5:30-8 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral
Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Crowley's Ridge Academy,
Crowley's Ridge College, Paragould Children's Home, or World Bible School and would be
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
Emma Fleeman Pattee
Emma Jean Fleeman Pattee, 80, of Paragould, died Wednesday, Dec.14, 2005 at Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center. She was born Jan. 14, 1925, at Leachville to Carl and Ruby
Pattee was a homemaker and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. During World War II,
she worked for Cessna Aircraft and appeared as a pinup girl for the company in several
Survivors include one son, David Pattee; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Larry
Cupp; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Don and Millie Fleeman and Lou Fleeman; and two
sisters, Mary Jones and Betty Imboden, all of Paragould. She is also survived by eight
grandchildren, Tracie Mangrum, Lesley Newsom, Alissa Cooper, Eric Cupp, Corlisa Pattee,
Sara Pattee, Jonathan Pattee and Patrick Pattee; and by nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Johnny Fleeman; and one
great-grandchild, Koty Mangrum.
A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in Gatlin Hall of Griffin
Memorial United Methodist Church with Michael Sutton officiating. A private burial service
will be conducted in Linwood Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations to Griffin Memorial United Methodist Church would be appreciated.
To sign an online guest book, please visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
Lena L. Schutt
Lena L. Schutt was born on June 27, 1908 to Gustave and Louise Wegner Hoelscher at Lafe,
Lena was baptized in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lafe, Arkansas. She
received her schooling there and became a communicate member by rite of confirmation on
April 9, 1922.
On December 28, 1928 she married Herman Leder of Big Springs, Nebraska. To this union two
sons were born: Robert Leder and Duane Leder of Big Springs, Nebraska. Herman passed away
In 1934 Lena married Lena married Albert Schutt of Big Springs, Nebraska. To this union
two daughters were born: Dorothy Yanagida of Lincoln, Nebraska and Shirley Pierce of
Higgins, Texas. Albert passed away March 21, 1963.
Lena became a communicant member of Zion Lutheran Church in Big Springs, Nebraska in 1928
and remained a member until her death. She was a member of the Lutheran Women's Missionary
League, later called The Ladies Aid.
Lena was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, one sister (Emma), one brother
(Ernest), two sons (Robert and Duane), two grandchildren (Brian and Alan) and one
She is survived by her two daughters: Dorothy and husband Roy Yanagida and Shirley and
husband Ron Pierce, one brother, Raymond Hoelscher, two sisters: Ida Hoelscher and Lorene
Stephens, seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a
host of friends.
Services for Lena L. Schutt were Wednesday, December 14, 2005 at 10 a.m. at the Zion
Lutheran Church in Big Springs, Nebraska, with the Reverend Albert L. Kasten Sr.
officiating and interment in Big Springs Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in loving memory of Lena L. Schutt in care of the Zion Lutheran
Church of Big Springs, Nebraska.
Austin Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jacob Alexander Jake Smith
Jacob Alexander Jake Smith, 92 of Paragould died Thursday, December 15, 2005
at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
He was born July 16, 1913 in Paragould. He was retired from Blacksmith-Boilermaker and was
a World War II veteran having served in the Navy. He was of the Protestant faith.
Jake was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob Andy and Effie Smith; two
brothers, Lewis S. Smith and John Franklin Smith; five sisters, Domarius Colley, Imogene
Taksony, Ruby Duckworth, Dovie Pellums and Mary Connell.
Private services will be held with Heath Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Lorene Baldwin, 90, of Paragould died December, 16, 2005 at Greene Acres Nursing Home.
Born Sept. 26, 1915, in Paragould, she was a retired housekeeper for the C.B. Smith Hotel
and a member of Second and Walnut Church of Christ.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Helen and Glen Lamb of Paragould,
Shirley and Jerry Swain of Marmaduke, and Karen Close of Quail Valley, Calif.; seven sons
and five daughters-in-law, Leon and Shirley Baldwin of Marmaduke, Donald Baldwin, Richard
Baldwin, Gary and Charlotte Baldwin, Cletis and Billie Sue Baldwin and Tommy and Theresa
Baldwin, all of Paragould, and Jim and Donnie Baldwin of Florissant, Mo.; one sister,
Estella Johnson of Oak Grove; 12 granddaughters; 11 grandsons; 35 great-grandchildren;
five great-great-grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; a dear friend, Bob Pickens of
Paragould; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mae Phillips; her husband, Floyd P.
Baldwin; three sisters; and one great-grandson, Bradley Pillow.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with
Tim Wooldridge officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from
6-9 p.m. Monday at Mitchell Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Baldwin, Ted Lamb, Alan Baldwin, Robert Pillow, Scott
Baldwin, Junior Baldwin, Anthony Baldwin, Bobby Edgar, Bob Pickens and Justin Baldwin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Baldwin and Nick Baldwin.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
Billy Joe Tucker
Billy Joe Tucker, 74, of Paragould died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri.
A Marine veteran, he was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Paragould. He was a retired service
station attendant and of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Leo and Jenne Todd of St. Louis; three
daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Jesse Rhea of Paragould, and Joyce and James Crook
and Kay and Osvaldo Rodriguez, all of St. Louis. He is also survived by one brother,
Buford "Goose" Tucker of Paragould; one sister, Betty Dodge of Phoenix; 12
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Ollie Tucker; his wife, Mary Lou; one
son, Donny Joe Tucker; and by several brothers and sisters.
Memorial services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. today at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in
Paragould with Ada Owens officiating.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time today at Mitchell Funeral Home.
To sign an online guestbook, please visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
Piccola Mae Adams Boone
Piccola Mae Adams Boone, 87, died Saturday, December 17, 2005 in Paragould.
She was born Jan. 29, 1918, in Boydsville, the daughter of the late Thomas and Rosie Rust
She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Victor Bug Adams and Melvin Boone; son,
Billy Gene Adams; grandson, Victor Wayne Adams; brothers, Jim, D.B. and Cliff Carmon; and
sister, Vera Branson.
She was a member of Lake Street Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and John Mullins and Shirley
Jackson; daughter-in-law, Amy Adams; sister-in-law, Pauline Carmon; grandchildren, Rick
Jackson, Debbie Maddox, Brenda Parker, Susie Winchester, Pam Bryant, Penny Mullins, Randy
Mullins, Billy Adams, Keith Taylor and Kristie Foster; and several nieces, nephews,
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Heath Funeral Home.
Graveside services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Greene County Memorial Gardens with
Carter Grindstaff officiating.
Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association.
William Bobby Thomason
William Bobby Thomason, 68, of Paragould, born Oct. 29, 1937, in Greene County, died
Saturday, December 17, 2005 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, James 'Jimmy' and Margie Thomason of
Mablevale; sister and brother-in-law, JoAnn and David Singleton of Bloomfield, Mo.;
nieces, Tammy Carpenter of Bryant, Sunny Loftin of Paragould, and Sabrina Skaggs
Bloomfield; nephews, Kevin Singleton of Holland, Mich., Todd Singleton of Balleratt,
Australia, and Kris Thomason of Mabelvale.
Bobby was a 1957 Greene County Tech graduate and retired from United Paint Company.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Edna Thomason.
Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Heath Funeral Home. Graveside services
are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shiloh Methodist Cemetery, with the Rev. Ed Warner officiating.
Pallbearers are Jo Dan Loftin, Jim Skaggs, Kris Thomason, Daniel Loftin, Steve Carpenter
and Kevin Singleton.
Leland Von Boozer
Leland Von Boozer, 75, of Paragould died Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005 at Arkansas Methodist
Medical Center in Paragould.
He was born June 10, 1930, in Greene County. He was a Korean Army veteran and was employed
with Crane Company for 18 1/2 years and a carpenter. He was a member of Walcott Baptist
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Hamilton and Reba Sylvia Dollar Boozer,
and his brother, Jimmy Boozer.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Holland Boozer of the home; daughters and son-in-law,
Sandy Jones of Paragould, and Linda and Alan Winberry of Salem; grandchildren, Zach
Huggins and his wife Nici of Cherry Valley, Justin and Emily Winberry of Rogers, Amy
Winberry of Springdale; and one great-granddaughter, Addison Winberry of Rogers.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Heath Colonial Chapel. Burial will
follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Walcott. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m.
tonight at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Louie Jr., Raymond, Charles, Randal, Glen
and Jimmy Holland. Honorary pallbearers are the Men's Class of Walcott Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Walcott Baptist Church or Gideons.
Edith Alma Chilcutt
Graveside services for 93 year old Edith Alma Chilcutt, who died December, 21, 2005 at
Greene Acres Nursing Center in Paragould, will be Friday Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. in the
Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector with James Brown officiating.
Visitation will begin Friday at 10 a.m. in the Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Rector.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Chilcutt, and her parents, Napoleon
Grissom and Senia.
Survivors include a niece and nephew, caregivers, Roy and Margie Davenport, the 100 Hall
of Greene Acres Nursing Home friends and her church family of the Second and Walnut Church
Pallbearers will be Jerry Sample, Frank Hyde Jr., Dick Mitchell, and Roy Davenport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Second and Walnut Church of Christ.
Walta Mildred Haynes
Walta Mildred Haynes, 96, of Paragould passed away Thursday, Dec. 21, 2005 at Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center.
She was born June 28, 1909, in Conway but lived most of her life in Paragould. She was a
longtime member of First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and served on many
committees, including a major remodeling-decorating project. She was also a member of T.T.
McNeil Circle of First United Methodist Church.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Dr. and Mrs. J. Walter White; her husband, Dr.
Rufus D. Haynes; her son, Dr. George A. Haynes; a brother, Faber A. White; and sisters,
Juanita Campbell, Rubye Hooker, Ruth Moseley and Jessie Carter.
Survivors include her granddaughter, Staci Leigh Goodman and her husband, Robert Goodman,
of Little Rock; and many nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She graduated from Conway High School and from the University of Central Arkansas
(then-Arkansas State Teachers College). She attended Colorado University and then received
her master's degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her career in teaching
spanned 40 years, including three years at Greene County High and 37 years in the
Paragould school system. She received the State Sponsor Award for three years because of
her work with Future Teachers of America.
She served her community with great enthusiasm and in a number of ways: Greene County
Goodfellows for more than 22 years; charter member of the Arkansas Methodist Medical
Center Auxilliary, where she was president of the local auxilliary and state president and
was recognized for four decades of service in 1990; volunteer with the Red Cross Mobile
campaigns; member of the Tree Recognition Committee of the City Beautiful Commission;
honorary Campaign chairwoman of the Collins Theater Foundation; and member of
International Delta Kappa Gamma Society and Retired Teachers Association.
Because of her many contributions, she was honored as Rotary Citizen of the Year and as
grand marshal of the Paragould-Greene County Christmas Parade in 1992.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, the
Greene County Scholarship Fund or the charity of the donor's choice.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Heath Funeral Home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Heath Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Neathery
officiatig. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.
Kenneth Curtwright Sr.
Kenneth Orval Curtwright Sr., 71, of Paragould passed from this life Dec. 21, 2005 at his
He was born June 10, 1934, in Manila, Mississippi County. He moved to Flint, Mich. after
graduation at Greene County Tech in 1953 and worked at the Buick Motor Division.
He was a Southern Gospel Singer and sang with the Gospelairs -- which changed its name to
The Calvaryman Quartet -- for 15 years. He then moved back to Paragould and worked at L.A.
Darling and Arkla. He owned Ken's Quality Carpets and also worked at AR-MO Homes. He was
also an M.C. and founding member of the Songsmen Quartet for 3 years. He was a member of
the First Assembly of God and a deacon and Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Marie Clubb Curtwright.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Jean Black Curtwright; sons and daughters-in-law,
Richard Gene Curtwright of Paragould, Kenneth O. Jr. and Debbie Rosse Curtwright of
Jonesboro, and Edward Lee and Trudy Curtwright of Paragould; daughter and son-in-law,
Janice Marie Curtwright and Kevin Clark of Paragould; six grandchildren, Samantha Carol
Hague of California, Megan Marie Curtwright, Brandon Mark Clark, Brittney Nicole Clark,
and Brooke Daniele Clark, all of Paragould, and Matthew Rosse Curtwright of Jonesboro; and
one great-granddaughter, Tabitha Analese Hague of California.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Heath Colonial Chapel with Bro. Shannon
Morgan officiating. Burial will follow at Greene County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will
be from 6-9 p.m. Monday at Heath Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Charles Woodson, Alton Barnett, Rick Mann, Rick Curtwright, Ken
Curtwright, Ed Curtwright, Kevin Clark, and Brandon Clark. Honorary pallbearers are
Matthew Curtwright, Gaylon Gammill, Buddy Mann, Tracy Bacon, Ed Rayburn, Ray Crutchfield,
Jim Glasco, Charles Glasco, Calvin Prestage, and Robert Sparks.
Edwin Deal Puckett
Edwin Deal Puckett, 91, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 at Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. He was born June 23, 1914, at Grange.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lanell Price Puckett; an infant daughter, Joann; his
father, Daniel Webster Puckett; his mother, Susie Davis Puckett; one sister, Ruth Andrews;
and three brothers, Clyde Puckett, Olen Puckett, and Vern Puckett.
He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn Puckett, of Paragould, and
Charlotte and her husband, Glen Slinker of Fort Gibson, Okla.; two grandsons Keith and his
wife, Crystal Slinker of Madison, Wis., and Jason Slinker of Ithaca, N.Y.; two brothers,
Wayne Puckett of Magnolia and George Puckett of Batesville; and a first great-grandchild
to be born in February.
He was a member of Woodland Hills Church of the Nazarene where he served as Sunday school
superintendent, church board member and minister of music.
He attended Vilonia High School and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in
education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He was a member of the Retired
As an educator, he served a total of 47 years in the capacities of teacher, coach,
principal, and superintendent in the Arkansas Public Schools of Sharp, Lawrence, and
Greene counties. He was superintendent at Lafe Public School for 16 years and Oak Grove
Public School for eight years.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Heath Funeral Home. Memorial services will
be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with the Revs. Eudell
Stroud and Ulysess Cribbs officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Gardens in Paragould.
Pallbearers are Christ Conger, Roy Draffen, Jack Price, Larry Price, Jade Price, and Ralph
Sparkman. Honorary pallbearers are John Andrews and Keith Holifield.
Memorials may be made to the Education Fund in care of Woodland Hills Church of the
Nazarene in Paragould.
Rachel Barner, 70, of Lafe, passed away Dec. 23, 2005 at St. Bernard's Medical Center in
She was born December 17, 1935, in Dyersburg, Tenn. She had formerly worked in the
Wal-Mart shoe department and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lafe and a
member of the Lafe Ladies Auxiliary.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin L. Barner Jr.; her parents, Montie and
Bessie Rogers; three brothers, Wesley Rogers, K. W. Rogers and William Earl Rogers; and
three sisters, Earline Spence, Arline Parks and Frances Green.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Dennis Knuckles of Lafe, and
Lisa and Robert Swink of Lafe; four granddaughters, and families, Shellie and Rich Gregg
of Newark, Clarie and Riley, Stacey and Chris Dickinson of Paragould, Brittany Reese of
Lafe and Katelin, Brooke Nolan of Lafe and Elizabeth and Grant; one grandson and family,
Heath Farmer and Peyton, Sable and Kennedy, and several step-grandchildren and
step-great-grandchildren; one brother and a sister-in-law, Preston and Joann Rogers of
Caruthersville, Mo.; and one sister, Emma Newton of Caruthersville. She is also survived
by many special nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Cemetery in Lafe, with
Pastor Curt Dwyer officiating. A fellowship with the family will follow at the church. No
visitation is scheduled.
Arrangements are by Mitchell Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or the Lafe Ladies Auxiliary, P. O.
Box 177, Lafe 72436.
To sign an online guest book, please visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
Tomizene Janes, 87, of Paragould died Dec. 24, 2005, at Paragould Nursing Center.
Born Dec. 17, 1918, in Greene County, she was a retired lunch room worker for the
Paragould School District and a lifetime member of Alexander Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Betty Janes and Buck and Jane
Janes, all of Paragould; two grandchildren, Richard Janes and Stephanie Cox; and one
great-grandson, Christian Cox.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervon Janes; her parents, John and Birdie
Elmore; one brother, Robert Elmore; and three sisters, Jewell Lambert, Maxine Gibson and
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel, with
the Revs. Bob Hager and Conley Williams officiating. Burial will be in Greene County
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Monday at Mitchell Funeral Home.
Funeral services for Ellen White, 47, of Marmaduke, who died Dec. 24, 2005 at Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Marmaduke First Baptist Church,
with Kim Bridges officiating. Internment will be in Hartsoe Cemetery, with Irby Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Slick" White, in 2003; and her
father, Johnnie Damon Sr.
Visitation will be 4:30-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
She is survived by her children, Amy Wyatt, Shelly Renee White and Jeremy White; her
mother, Levonia Farmer Damon; her sisters, Sue and Terry Burgess and Lee Sharp; a brother,
Johnnie Damon Jr.; and three grandchildren, Eliana Wyatt, Chandler Wyatt and Hunter
Jack Stormes, 78, of Paragould, formerly of Knobel, died Dec. 26, 2005, at Greene Acres
Nursing Home in Paragould.
He was a retired farmer and member of Knobel Pentecostal Church. He was united in marriage
to Liddie Humphrey Stormes on Feb. 12, 1948.
Survivors include his wife, Liddie Stormes of Paragould; three sons, Danny Stormes of
Walnut Ridge and Edward Stormes and Roger Stormes, both of Paragould; two daughters,
Carolyn Venson of Pocahontas and Karen Arnold of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Mary Jane Riley
of Paragould; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning. Funeral services
will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dennis Bradley
officiating. Interment will follow in Hosea Cemetery at Knobel.
Amogia Penny Osadchuk
Amogia Penny Osadchuk 86, of Gainesville, Florida died Monday, December 26, 2005 in
Mrs. Osadchuk was born in Paragould, AR., and moved to Gainesville in 1980 from Ann Arbor,
Mich. She moved to Chesterfield three months ago.
She was a teacher in Arkansas, Virginia and Michigan. She was an assistant professor at
the University of Michigan and a supervising teacher in the Ann Arbor public school
During World War II, she was a U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd class.
She was an active member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, WAVES Nationals, Daughters of the
American Revolution and the University Women's Club. She was a member of the First United
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Osadchuk.
Survivors include a son, Michael Osadchuk of Clinton Township, Mich.; a brother, Rochelle
Penney of Paragould, Ark.; and two grandchildren.
Arrangements by Williams-Thomas Funeral Home in Gainesville.
Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, Florida
December 19, 2005.
Gary O'Neal Clayton, 59, Paragould, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005 at his residence in
Gary was a disabled veteran, having been injured in Vietnam. He received the Purple Heart.
He was also a retired truck driver. He was a member of Center Hill First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Clayton of the home; daughter, Dalene Nicole Newman of
Paragould; his mother, Reba Clayton; stepmother, Maggie Clayton; two brothers, Lloyd and
Nelson Clayton, both of Paragould, two sisters, Darla Watson of Rector and Dona Sue
McDaniel of Paragould; and granddaughter, Dixie Mischeall Newman.
He was preceded in death by his father, Owens Clayton.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Heath Funeral Home.
Funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Heath Colonial Chapel. Burial will follow
in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Evelyn Simpson, 92, of Paragould, died December 26, 2005, at Arkansas Methodist Medical
Center. Born June 22, 1913, in Troy, Tennessee, she was a homemaker and a member of the
7th & Mueller Church of Christ.
Survivors include two sons, Lonnie Simpson of Jonesboro, Charles Simpson of Paragould; and
eight daughters, Irene King of Palmyra, Illinois, Peggy Willen of Winfield, Missouri, Jean
Foster, Vergie Johnson, Shirley Sykes, Martha Cavitt , Monette Johnson and Elaine
Thoresen, all of Paragould. She is also survived by thirty-nine grandchildren, and
numerous great and great great grandchildren.
Mrs. Simpson was preceded in death by her husband, Herman; four brothers; one
granddaughter; and two grandsons.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 6:00-9:00 P. M. at Mitchell Funeral Home, Paragould. Funeral
services will be Thursday, December 29th, 10:30 A. M. at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel
with Art Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Gainesville Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brian Biggs, Brian Simpson, Andrew Simpson, Jimmy Hudson, Danny Hudson
and Jeff Hudson. Sons-in-law, Leslie Sonny Johnson, Chester Bill
Johnson, William Junior Sykes, Leon Cavitt and Tom Thoresen will serve as
Taby Hyde, 84, of Paragould, died Tuesday, December 27, 2005, at her
residence. She was born May 17, 1921, in Paragould, to Harry and Goldie Day.
Mrs. Hyde retired from General Motors, Detroit, and was a lifelong member of Griffin
Memorial United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary R. and Sandra Kingston of Paragould,
and Mike and Cyndy Kingston of Altamonte Springs, Florida. She is also survived by one
brother, Gerald Day of Paragould; two sisters, Ruth Round of Paragould, Susie Wilmount of
Cleveland, Ohio; five grandchildren, David Kingston, Mark Kingston, Stacie Clark, Justin
Kingston and Tabatha Pelletier; four great grandchildren, Lucas Clark, Mahala Kingston,
Sklar Norris and Rylan Pelletier; and by several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack Hyde; three brothers, Buck
Day, Bill Day and an infant brother; one sister, Helen Day Orlean; and by two infant
Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel, Paragould,
with Michael Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens
Cemetery. Pallbearers will be David Kingston, Mark Kingston, Justin Kingston, Keith Clark,
Jay Dollins, and Lucas Clark.
Visitation will be Friday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at Mitchell Funeral Home.
Memorial donations to Griffin Memorial United Methodist Church would be appreciated.
Mavis Evelyn Eaton
Mavis Evelyn Eaton, 62, of Paragould died Thursday, December 29, 2005 in St. Bernard's
Medical Center at Jonesboro. She was owner and operator of M & M Upholstery.
She is survived by her son, Carlin Eaton; daughters and son-in-law, Kathy Kemmett and
Shirley and Mike Jercinovic, all of Paragould; sisters, Thelma Rogers and Marie Goetz of
St. Louis, and Rosa Mullins of Paragould; brothers, Robert Stevens of Poplar Bluff, Mo.,
and Arthur Stevens of Troy, Mo.; grandchildren, Pamela Robinson, Christina Aubuchon,
Amanda Jercinovic, Andrew Jercinovic and Donald Kemmett; and great-grandchildren,
Elizabeth Jercinovic and Austin Hollingsworth; and many nieces and nephews.
Mavis is preceded in death by her husband, Travis Eaton; parents, George and Nellie
Kissell Stevens; brothers, Luther and Virgil Stevens; and sister, Lucy Morrow.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Heath Colonial Chapel with the Rev.
Marc Reeves officiating. Burial will follow at Greene County Memorial Gardens. The family
will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Heath Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Kenny Rogers, Michael Rogers, Curtis Eaton, Christopher Pannells, Jonathon
Robinson and Michael Manuel. Honorary pallbearers are Andrew Jercinovic, David Eaton,
Cloyce Eaton and Anthony Eaton.
Memorials may be made to The Children's Home of Paragould.
Ernest E. Bailey
Ernest E. Bailey, 81, formerly of Paragould, died Thursday, December 29, 2005 in
He was retired from Missouri-Pacific Railroad, where he worked as yardmaster and conductor
in Memphis and was a World War II veteran.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Jodi Bailey; granddaughter, Erin
Bailey; stepgranddaughters, Kayla Helms, all of Batesville, Corri Helms of Gulfport,
Miss.; and stepgrandson, Ronnie Helms Jr. of Starkville, Miss.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greene County Memorial Gardens with the
Rev. Scott Neathery officiating.
Heath Funeral Home of Paragould is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be sent to St.
Jude's Children's Hospital.
Ruby Ann Morris
Ruby Ann Morris, 91, of Rector died Friday, Dec. 30, 2005, at Rector Health Care.
She was born Jan. 9, 1914, near Paragould to George Henry and Alice Morris.
Mrs. Morris was a homemaker and a member of Blue Cane General Baptist Church.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Laura and Kenneth Foster of Rector and
Melda and Richard Williams of Rockford, Ill. She is also survived by four grandchildren,
Judy Leach and husband Glen, Cindy and Kelly Williams and Kenny Foster; two
great-grandchildren, Laura Leach Wilburn and Jennifer Williams; four stepgrandchildren;
seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Stella Morris.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Morris; a son, Lindell Russell;
a stepson, Leon Morris; a stepdaughter, Dortha Cornelison; two brothers, Chester and Roy
Morris; and three sisters, Ruth Thompson, Pearl Smith and Gladys Morris; and a
great-grandson, Jarrod Leach.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel in Rector, with
Bro. James Henry Dortch officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Heights Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at Mitchell Funeral Home. To
sign an online guest book visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.
Elvis A. Moore
Elvis A. Moore, 81, of Bono died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005, at St. Bernard's Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Erlene Songer Moore of the home; two sons, David Moore of Bono
and Paul Moore of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Dian Clark of Lake City and Paula Roseberry
of Booneville, Miss.; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Higginbotham Chapel in Walnut Ridge, with
the Rev. Danny Murphy and Brother Van Gilbert officiating. Burial will be in Lorado
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.