Greene County, Arkansas
Obituaries For October 1997
Bobby Wesley Smith
Bobby W. Smith, age 62, a lifelong resident of the Rector
area, died Sunday, October 12, 1997, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in
Pargould. Mr. Smith was born Feburary 1, 1935, to the late Glen and Evelyn
Brittany Jean Burney
Brittany Jean BURNEY, one month old, died Friday, October 24, 1997 at her parent's home in Paragould. Born September 15, 1997 in Little Rock, she was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents Dewitt and Velma DEES; maternal great-grandparents, Rufus and Lucille BURNEY; maternal great-grandfather, Rayburn E. JOHNSON and maternal great-grandfather Charlie O. EATON. Survivors include her parents, Seth and Jean BURNEY of Paragould,a brother Christopher Burney of Paragould; paternal grandparents, Wilmer and Dewanda BURNEY of Paragould; maternal grandparents, Bill and Donna EATON or Oak Grove; maternal great-grandmother, Elsie EATON of Paragould, and maternal great grandmother Betty JOHNSON of Paragould. The funeral is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Earl Mangrum officiating. Burial will be in the Linwood Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
William LANE, 73 of Sheridan died Frieday, October 24, 1997 in Paragould. The son of the late Arthur and Susie LUTTRULL LANE he was born August 29,1924, in Bono. A retired self-employed truck driver, he was a World War II Navy veteran ond of the Baptist faith. Survivors include, four sons, Willie Don LANE of El Paso, AR, Tommy LANE and Randy LANE, both of Indiana and Curtis LANE of Michigan; two sisters, Marie MOORE of Brinkly and Beatrice GOODMAN of Jonesboro; six grandchildren. Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Bethel North Cemetery near Sheridan under the director of Buie Funeral Home of Sheridan. Pallbearers will be Lane's four sons, Jerry Goodman and Gerald Brown.
Hayden D. MAHAN
Hayden D. MAHAN, 82, of Marshall died Friday, Oct. 24, 1997 in Little Rock. Born Nov. 6, 1914 in Rabbit Ridge he was the minister of the Rabbit Ridge Church of Christ in Damascus. He is survived by a son, Larry MAHAN of Russellville; two daughters Martha HIGHFILL of Paragould and Margie RATCHFORD of Marshall; three brothers, H. L. Mahan of Fayetteville, Alan and Slater MAHAN of Damascus; two sisters Glenna HOLLAND of Morrilton and Sue NABORS of Rabbit Ridge; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral is schedulded for 10 a.m. Monday in the Rabbit Ridge Church of Christ with Bill Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Marshall Memorial Gardens under the direction of Roller Coffman Funeral Home. Pallbearers will beDavid MAHAN, Dick MAHAN, Carl MAHAN, Randy Holland, Jim Nabors, Jr. and Bryan MAHAN. Honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Hubbard, Warren Balentine, Bazze Sewell and Jared Horton. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James Copley MATHEWS
James Copley MATHEWS - 84, of Paragould died Friday, Oct. 24, 1997 at Arkansas Methodist Hospital. Born July 23, 1913 in Kansas City, Kansas he was the son of the late James Shannon and Mary Ellen Stewart Mathews. A graduate of the University of Missouri with an engineering degree he was retired from Wagner Electric. He was a member of the East Side Baptist Church, a 32nd degree Master Mason of the Scottish Rite and served on the board of directors of Mission Outreach. Survivors include his wife, Mary Bell Mathews of Paragould, a step-son Robert Ray Butler of Lakland, Fla; a brother, Rayburn E. Mathews of Jennings, Mo.; a sister, Margaret Mathews Kimmell of St. Genevieve, Mo., a grandchild and two step-great-grandchildren. The funeral is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould with the Rev. G. Wayne Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in the Linwood cemetery in Paragould. Visitation is from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Robin June PANHORST
Robin June PANHORST- 28, of Marmaduke died
Friday, Oct. 24, 1997 at her residence. Born July 6, 1969, she was the daughter of Troy
and Barbara MACKEY of Paragould. A homemaker, she was a member of the Paragould Church
Survivors include her husband, Donald Panhorst of Marmaduke; a son, Trevor Panhorst of Marmaduke, a daughter, Kari Panhorst of Marmaduke;her parents; two brothers, Danny and Mark Mackey of Paragould; two sisters,Deana Allison of Mansfield, Ariz. and Annetta Krigbaum of Magazine; maternal grandparents, Doc and Edna WISE of Jonesboro; and paternal grandparents Jim and Wilma Mackey of Bono.
The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at Heath Funeral Home with the Rev. Eudell Stroud officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Lafe. The family requests memorial be made to the Epilepsy Foundation.
Elsie Norah WEST
Elsie Norah WEST - 89, of Paragould died
Friday, Oct. 24, 1997 at St.Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. A homemaker
and member of the Free Will Baptist Church, she was born in Mammoth Springs, but lived
most of her life in Bono. She was preceded in death by a son, J.R. West and a daughter
The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at
Pearl OWENS, 67, of Marmaduke died Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. she was born Nov. 25, 1929, in Dyer County, TN. She was a homemaker and of Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L.J. Owens; her parents, Will and Tressie Moss; and a son Gale Owens. Survivors include three sons, Sherrell Owens of Brooksfield, Fla.,William Owens of Greenway and Eugene Owens of Oklawaha, Fla., four daughters,Linda Stokes of Rector, Geneva Estes of Mounds, Nadine Johnson of Oklawaha and Virginia Beltran of San Antonio, Texas; a borther, Thomas Allen Moss of Kennett, Mo; 19 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; three nieces; and four nephews.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at
Mitchell Funeral Home in Rector with the Rev. Jim Parrish officiating. Burial will be at
Mitchell Cemetery in Greenway. Visitation will be tonight 6 to 9 at the
Lillian Minnie RUSCH
Lillian Minnie RUSCH, 89, of Paragould died Monday, Oct. 27, 1997, at Greene Acres Nursing Home in Paragould. She was born Sept. 22, 1908, in Beech Grove. She was a homemaker and a member of the Beech Grove Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ezekiel and Mary Jane Breckenridge Williams. Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at Heath
Funeral Home in Paragould with the Rev. Jim Thresher officiating Burial will follow at
Greene County Memorial Gardens
The family request memorials be made to Beech Grove Methodist Church or First United Methodist Church.
Robert Lee CANNON
Robert Lee CANNON, 82, of Marmaduke died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. He ws born Feb. 8, 1915, in Morgan County, Ala. He was a retired sheet metal worker and a farmer. He was a member of Grace United General Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Edna Cannon of Marmaduke; three sons, Bobby Cannon, David Cannon and William Cannon, all of Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters Zelda Green of Memphis and Christine Coy of Lake City; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Dan Minton officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Log Cemetery. Visitation will be this evening from 6 to 9 at the funeral home. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Bertie Lucille Morgan
Bertie Lucille Morgan, 87, of St. Louis, Mo., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997,at DesPeres Health Care in Des Peres, Mo. She was born August 4, 1910, at Beech Grove. She was a homemaker and a member of McKnight Church of Christ in St. Louis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burley Morgan; her parents, Ezekiel and Maggie Lee Lumplin Boyd; two brothers, Bud Boyd and Pink Boyd; a sister, Effie Boyd; and a grandchild. Survivors included four daughters, Jackie Bilpush, Linda Riek and Brenda Roberts, all of St. Louis, and Essie Burlison of House Springs, Mo.; a sister, Vickie Hicks of St.Louis; 15 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on
Hoyte Winston NORTON
Hoyte Winston NORTON, 69, of Paragould died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at his home. He was born July 6, 1928, in the Hooker community. He was a retired truck driver for Southern Pacific and a member of Lafe Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and O'Dell Norton; a brother,Jack Norton; and a sister, Janice Glazier. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Norton of Paragould; a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Karl Hamblen of Paragould; a sister Janola Miles of Paragould; two grandchildren, Clint Beliew and Melanie Beliew, both of Paragould; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives.
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at
The family requests memorials be made to St. Bernards Hospice or to the building fund of Lafe Baptist Church.
Boyce Neal ALLEN
Boyce Neal ALLEN, 51, of Paragould died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. He was born Dec. 30, 1945, in Miligan Ridge, was an employee of Tenneco Automotive-Monroe and of Baptist faith.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Earl Allen. Survivors include his wife,Pat Allen of Paragould; his mother, Oma Allen of Paragould; a son, David Allen of Paragould, a brother, Richard Allen of Brandon, Miss., two sisters,Karen Brown of Walcott and Debbie Forkum of Paragould; and two grandchildren,Brandi Allen and Logan Allen.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at
Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Marion Gramling officiating. Burial will be at Mt.
Zion Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight at the
The family requests memorials to be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital or the American Cancer Society.
James William CLESTER
James William Clester, 58, of Lafe died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997, at his home. He was born Jan. 6, 1939, in Greene County. He was a farm worker and of Church of Christ belief.
He was preceded in death by his father, John William Clester. Survivors include his mother, Bertha Martin Clester of Paragould, two brothers, Junior Clester of Paragould and Donald Clester of Lafe; a sister, Lucinda Forbs of Paragould; and a half-sister, Wanda Lee Summers of California.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Heath
Sylvia Houston GRAMLING
Sylvia Houston GRAMLING, 75, died Oct. 25, 1997, near Ocean Side, Calif.She was born Nov. 28, 1921, in Light.
She was preceded in death by her parents,
James C. and Bobbie Parker Houston, and a sister, Alma Houston.
Dovie HOLCOMB, 82, of Knobel died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, in Paragould. She was a homemaker and member of Stonewall Pentecostal Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Thomas Eugene Holcomb, her parents, Waford David and Cora Farmer; and twin children,
Aubery Holcomb and Audrey Holcomb.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at
Stonewall Pentecostal church with the Rev. Jerry Loyd officiating. Burial will follow at
Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Jonesboro.
Richard E. WOOD
Richard E. Wood, 51, of Marmaduke died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. He was born Oct. 29, 1945, in Newberry,Mich.
He retired from General Motors and was a member of Marmaduke General Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ida Mitchem Wood, Sr., a daughter, Bonnie Claspell; and three borthers, Norman Wood, Harry Wood, and Robert Wood. Survivors include his wife, Carol Ellington Wood of Marmaduke; a son, Joseph Wood, Sr. of Marmaduke; a daughter, Amy Wood of Langbeurg, Mich.; two brothers, Marlin Wood and George Wood, both of Battlecreek, Mich.: seven sisters, Beverly Smith and Ethel Claspell, both of Newberry, Sharon Dunlap and Judy Roach, both of Echerman, Mich., Georgia Compton of Flint, Mich., and Wanda Kanflstorfer of Battlecreek; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at
Marmaduke General Baptist Church with Jerry Cavaness officiating. Burial will follow at
Harvey's Chapel Cemetery in
Dorothy Loreda JOHNSON
Dorothy Loreda JOHNSON, 69, of Marmaduke died Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at her home. She was born Nov. 22, 1927, in Fagus, Mo. She was a nurses aide, a homemaker and a member of Marmaduke Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Willard Thomas Braman; her parents, Thomas E. and Violet Barr Hembie; two brothers,
Charles Voyd and R. B. Hembie; and a
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at
Marmaduke Church of Christ with Hershel Johnson and Jerry Lee Moore officiating. Burial
will follow at Hartsoe Cemetery in west of Marmaduke. Irby Funeral Home in Marmaduke is in
Joe Francis COATES
Joe Francis COATES, 89, of Paragould died
Thursday, Oct. 30, 1997, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. He was born April 7,
1908, Greene County. He was the retired owner/operator of the Kingsway Supper Club for 36
He was preceded in death by his parents, John
and Margaret Ann Snider Coates; a son, Dallas Coates; four brothers, Howard Coates,
Michael Coates, Victor Coates and Robert Coates. Survivors include his wife, Mikie
The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Health Funeral Home in Paragould with the Revs. Mike Morey and Jim Thresher officiating. Burial will be at Greene County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
The family request memorials be made to the American Heart Association.
Pallbearers will be Otho McDaniel, Larry
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