Lowell E. Herren
Lowell E. “Tut” Herren, 83, of Paragould, died Monday, October 1, 2007, at his home.
Born June 20, 1924, he was a veteran of World War II and retired from K&M Auto Machine Co. in 1983. Mr. Herren was a member of Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alpha and Rutha Miles Herren, and wives, Ruby Herren and Geraline Herren.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Paula Herren of Paragould, and two daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Mike Coy of Jonesboro and Beverly and Jackie McMillon of Paragould.
He is also survived by five grandchildren, Anthony Coy, Carol Ann Carter, Bradley Herren, Chad McMillon and Denise Wilhite; and five great-grandchildren, Brandon Coy, Madison Coy, Holly Carter, Jon Carter, and Carson McMillon.
Visitation will be this evening from 6-9 in Mitchell Funeral Home at Paragould.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with Larry McFadden and Art Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Anthony Coy, Bradley Herren, Chad McMillon, Scotty Wilhite, Jeff Carter and Chris Camp.
Honorary pallbearers will include David Cooper, Charles Noel, Duane Towell, Bill McCreless, William Jackson, Ted Miller, Ted Coker and Gene Wood.
For lasting memorials, please consider St. Bernards Hospice.
Online guest book: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
Jackie G. Henderson
Jackie G. Henderson, 42, of Paragould, died Tuesday, October 02, 2007. He was born on June 17, 1965, in Magnolia, AR. He was a long time resident of Paragould and an owner of Brittny’s Steakhouse and Lounge. He attended Peace Tabernacle Apostolic Church.
Survivors include his loving companion, Willis Hooks, and one daughter, Brittny Hooks of the home. His mother, Marcelle Almond, of Magnolia, Ark.
Visitation will be Thursday evening October 4. 2007 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould. Funeral Services will be Friday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. at the Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Snow officiating. Burial will follow at Old Bethel Cemetery in the Finch community.
Online guest book: www.phillipsfuneral.net
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Avon L. Fletcher
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Avon L. Fletcher, 89, of Paragould passed from this life on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.
Col. Fletcher enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps on October 8, 1940 and received the commission of second lieutenant in 1943. During WWII he served in the European, African and Middle Eastern theaters and was awarded the Bronze Star. From 1949 through 1951 he served in Japan and both North and South Korea. He served tours in Iceland and served the Secretary of Air Force Management at the Pentagon in Washington where he received the Meritorious Service Medal. From 1961 through 1966 he was assigned to the 13th Air Force in the Philippines, and served there and in Vietnam and Thailand where he received a second Meritorious Service Medal, as well as the Commendation Award. Col. Fletcher completed USAF Staff Command College and the Industrial War College. After serving the United States Defense Department at the Pentagon, Col. Fletcher retired on July 1, 1973.
Survivors include his wife, Betty J. Fletcher, a son, Avon Fletcher, Jr. of Harper, Texas, two daughters, Celeste Guile of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Melissa J. Trey of Memphis, Tennessee. Also, surviving are his step children, Bryant Marshall of Paragould, Tammy Hayes of Carmel, Indiana and Kelley Davidson of Fayetteville, Arkansas. Col. Fletcher dearly loved his children, his 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Bicking Fletcher, his parents, Ernest and Clara Fletcher, his sister, Deloris Taylor.
Col. Fletcher professed faith in Jesus Christ as savior during revival services at Bethel Baptist Church when he was 13 years old and reflected the light of Christ with love, grace and kindness. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Paragould.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were made by Heath Funeral Home.
William “Frank” Wood
William “Frank” Wood, 71, of St. Louis died on Thursday, October 4, 2007.
Born February 27, 1936, in Paragould, Frank worked long and hard for his trucking business. Some of his favorite hobbies included growing different things, old cars and farm tractors. His favorite saying was “we should accomplish something every day.”
He was the beloved husband of Betty J. Wood, nee Kampe; loving father of Michael (Suzanne) Wood, Glenn (Susan) Beffa, Brad (Elaine) Beffa and Lori (Steve) Unger; grandfather of Elizabeth, Paige, Austin, Brittany, Christina, Tony, Drew, Kurt, Callie and Nick; brother of Marie, Hilrie, Betty, Barbara, Gerald, Faye, John, Carolyn, David, Marjorie and the late Mildred and Helen; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend.
Visitation will be held on Sunday at Roller-Farmers Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m.
A graveside service will be held for Frank at 10 a.m. Monday in Pine Log Cemetery.
Family request memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 4207 Lindell, St. Louis 63108, or a charity of your choice.
Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com
Ina K. Thiel
Graveside services for Ina K. Thiel will be held at 10 a.m., October 6, 2007, at Greene County Memorial Gardens.
Robert L. Albritton
Robert L. Albritton, 53, of Paragould died Sunday, October 7, 2007, at his residence. He was born on February 8, 1954, in Wauchaula, FL. He was a truck driver.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Schults Albritton of the home, and one son and daughter-in-law, Waylon and Jennifer Albritton of Paragould.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Nellie Virginia Walker Albritton, and one brother, John T. Albritton, Jr.
No services are planned at this time. The body will be cremated. Phillips Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online guest book: www.phillipsfuneralhome.net
William Henry Smith
William “Bill” Henry Smith, 82, of Jonesboro, passed away peacefully at his residence Sunday, October 7, 2007.
He was born December 4, 1924, at Fontaine in Greene County. He graduated from Bono School. Bill was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Corps on Guam and Saipan.
He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for 26 years and a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and Golden Retirees Sunday School Class.
Bill was a past member of the board of Oak Ridge Cemetery. He also was a volunteer with the Red Cross and a blood driver.
Survivors include his son and wife, Lindell and Tiresa Frasier Smith of Jonesboro; a daughter and granddaughter, LaDawn and Bree Lamb of Jonesboro; niece and her husband, Debbie and Dennis Harmon of California and their sons and families; nephew, Chuck Smith of Paragould; along with other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Albert and Lillie Mae Moore Smith; a brother and his wife, Chester Eugene “Gene” and Thelma Baird Smith; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with the Rev. Mike Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery near Bono.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Ralph Forrester, Jerry Thurman, Ted Lamb, Carroll Holloway and Vernon Stone and as honorary pallbearers will be past and present members of the Golden Retirees Sunday School Class at Central Baptist Church and National Association of Letter Carriers.
Visitation will be this evening from 5-8 at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro.
Lasting memorials may be sent to St. Bernards Development Foundation/St. Bernards Hospice P.O. Box 9320 Jonesboro 72403.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Smith family at www.greggfunerals.com
Tommy Joe Rogers
Tommy Joe Rogers, Jr., 38, of Piggott died October 7, 2007. He was born August 24, 1969, in Jonesboro. He was of the Pentecost faith.
He is survived by his mother, Joyce Greer, four sisters, Cindy, Phyllis, Tonya and Sherrie; three brothers, Ricky, Michael, and Gary; a much loved nephew, Zachary and a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Joe Rogers, Sr.
Pallbearers will be Keith Johnston, Jeffery Scoggins, Anthony Scoggins, David Woods, Chuck Winn and Paul Riggs.
Vistation will be at Phillip’s Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2007. The procession will leave for graveside service at Linwood Cemetery at 2 p.m. with Rev. Floyd Ryles officiating.
Online guestbook: www.phillipsfuneral.net
Rual Hafford Horton
Rual Hafford Horton, 90, of Paragould, died Monday, October 8, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. He was born October 13, 1916, in the Knob Community in Clay County.
Mr. Horton worked for Ford Motor Company in Detroit for ten years, before returning to Paragould where he established the Horton Cadillac-Pontiac-Buick-GMC dealership. He later became a real estate broker.
He served as vice chairman of the board of the First United Methodist Church; chairman of the water and sewer board; and was a board member of the Chamber of Commerce and 1st Federal Savings and Loan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Scheer Horton; his parents, George Robert and Ida Lynn Horton; one infant son, Gary Don Horton; one sister, Stella Alsey; and by three brothers, Wayne Horton, Marley Horton, and Harold Horton.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Moud Gazaway, Joyce and John Bland; and one brother, Wilford Horton, all of Paragould. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Todd Gazaway and wife, April, of Paragould, Lynn Roebuck and husband, Paul, of Birmingham, Alabama; Julie Chumley and husband, Andrew, of Dallas, Texas; Jacob Bland of Paragould, and Joseph Bland of Maryville, Tennessee; and by four great grandchildren, Ben, Aaron and Levi Gazaway, and Andrew Roebuck.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 11th, at Linwood Cemetery with Rev. Zach Roberts and Rev. Charles McDonald officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M., Thursday at the Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould.
Pallbearers will be Todd Gazaway, Paul Roebuck, Jacob Bland, Joseph Bland, Andrew Chumley, and Jason Bland.
Memorials to First United Methodist Church would be appreciated.
Online guest book: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
Wayne Thomas Downs
Wayne Thomas Downs of Paragould, died Monday night October 8, 2007 at St. Bernards Medical Center at the age of 80, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Downs was born February 16, 1927, to Orla and Willie Lee Downs in the Needham community east of Jonesboro. A former longtime resident of the Goobertown community, Mr. Downs retired from General Electric in 1985. A member and deacon of New Antioch Baptist Church, he served as church treasurer for 30 years.
He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and was a longtime blood donor for the American Red Cross.
Mr. Downs is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wanda Robinson Downs; two daughters and their spouses, Sharon and Nick Hatch of Doniphan, Mo., and Jackie and Jerry Mink of Conway; four grandchildren and their spouses, Mark and Melissa Counts and Summer and Jeremy Pratt, all of Jonesboro, Matt and Misty Mink of Conway and Bart and Amanda Mink of Mayflower; three great-grandchildren, Kaden and Lane Pratt of Jonesboro and Madeline Mink of Conway; one sister, Lois Prestidge of Brookland.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Downs was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Downs; a granddaughter, Bethany Counts; and a brother and sister-in-law, Curt and Archaleen Downs.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at New Antioch Baptist Church with Larry Ring and Jim Wells officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Log Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Jim Clayton, Jim Johnston, David Robinson, David Coe, Gene Lewis and Johnie Crawford.
Honorary pallbearers will include the Adult 4 Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be this evening from 7-9 at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro.
Lasting memorials may be made to World Help, P.O. Box 501, Forest, Va., 24551.
To sign our online guest book go to www.rollerfuneralhomes.com
Sherrell Wayland Hoggard
Sherrell Wayland Hoggard, 49, of Piggott, passed away Monday, October 8, 2007, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.
He was born June 17, 1958, in Paragould and was the son of Gerald Wayne and Shirley Sue Wayland Hoggard.
He was united in marriage to Pamela Jean Rigdon on Nov. 22, 1978, and to this union two children were born.
He was a member of Piggott Lodge 545, a 32nd degree Mason and member of the Eastern Arkansas Scottish Rite Valley of Jonesboro.
He is survived by his wife Pamela Jean Hoggard of Piggott; son, Michael Vincent Hoggard and wife Ashley of Maumelle; daughter, Stephanie Sheryl Lowe and husband Jerrod of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; one grandson, Mason Daniel Lowe; his parents, Gerald and Sue Hoggard of Piggott; one brother, Paul Wayne Hoggard and wife Kathy of Piggott; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Kim Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Piggott Cemetery. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott will be in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin today at 4 p.m.
Gene Tisdale, 90, World War II Asian Pacific Campaign veteran and retired mechanic from McDonnell Douglas (Boeing) of St. Louis, died at his home in Bono from cancer on Tuesday, October 9, 2007.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Mackey Tisdale; his parents, Jesse L. and Lucy H. Washington Tisdale; three brothers, Harry Tisdale, Jesse Tisdale and James Tisdale; and three sisters, Irene Meyerholz, Bessie Gipson and Christeva West.
He leaves his daughter, Brenda Kay Tisdale Mackey; two grandchildren, Christopher E. Baumgarth of Wright City, Mo., and Tiffany L. McMillan of St. Peters, Mo.; great-grandchildren, Marcus S. Baumgarth, Kylee H. McMillan, Shane and Robin Lender, and Andrew and Kaylee Palmer; a sister, Geneva Hoodenpyle; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation and service will be in Valley View Missionary Baptist Church, 5924 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Gary Gipson officiating.
Interment service will follow in Cross Roads Cemetery with the Rev. Troy Mackey officiating.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Tisdale family at www.greggfunerals.com
Jewell Davis, 83, of Paragould died Wednesday, October 10, 2007.
She was a homemaker and member of Light Baptist Church
Survivors include one son, Leland Davis of Paragould; two daughters, Brenda Davis of Light and Barbara Hill of Little Rock; two sisters, Evelyn Adams and Wanda Parsley; five grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held in Mount Zion Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the Rev. Raymond Atwood officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 tonight in Heath Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Light Baptist Church.
Angelo "Tony" Annunziata
Angelo “Tony” Annunziata, 72, of Paragould, left this world, Wednesday, October 10, 2007, at his residence. Born June 12, 1935, in New Haven, Connecticut, he was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, Mr. Annunziata was a retired truck dispatcher and of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Annunziata of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Angelo and Laurie Annunziata of North Haven, Connecticut, Michael Cody of Paragould; and two daughters, Pam Buonocore of North Haven, Connecticut, and Diana Annunziata of Dallas, Texas. He is also survived by two brothers, Mattieo Annunziata of Dallas, Texas, Louis Perrotti of East Haven, Connecticut; three sisters, Connie Grimshaw of Hamden, Connecticut, Carmela Libretti of East Haven, Connecticut, Angela Carroll of Dallas, Texas; and by four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tony Annunziata; his mother, Jennie Perrotti; and one son, Mike Yarosh.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00, at Mitchell Funeral Home, Paragould.
The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 13th, at the Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel, with Matthew Garrison officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Online guest book: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
Burgie E. Carmack
Burgie E. Carmack, 96, of Heber Springs, formerly of Cardwell, died Thursday, October11, 2007, at Southridge Village Nursing and Rehab.
She was born October , 1911, in Faulkner County, the daughter of the late Jess and Margie Lemmons Black. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lester Buel Carmack.
Burgie was a homemaker and member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Pat Carmack of Heber Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ron Malone of West Fork; a sister, Ruth Sias of Yelm, Wash.; niece, Carolyn Sanders of Ward; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held in Greene County Memorial Gardens at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Ron Malone officiating.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 1-2 p.m. in Heath Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Conway Human Development Center, 150 East Siebenmorgan Road, Conway 72032.
Esther Austin, of O'Kean, was born in Peach Orchard, May 15, 1905, daughter of Albert and Vanilla (Miller) Toler. She died in Randolph County Nursing Home, Pocahontas, Thursday, October 11, 2007. She was 102.
A school teacher for 43 years in Delaplaine and Peach Orchard, she graduated from Arkansas State and served as assistant postmaster at Peach Orchard.
Oct. 24, 1924 she married Pelham Austin who preceded her in death Feb. 19, 1987. She was a member of O'Kean Batist Church.
She is survived by one son, Jim Austin, Peach Orchard; two daughters Better Underwood, Little Rock and Janice FORD, Pocahontas; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one special niece Linda Harvey NORRIS.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; two sons Pelham Austin, Jr. and Donald "Buck" Austin; four sisters; two granddaughters Kadra Leann Ford and Melanie Kaye Austin-Ward.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday Oct. 13, 2007 in the chapel of Ermert Funeral Home with Rev. Frank Guita officiating. Burial in Pirtle Cemetery in Peach Orchard. (Clay County Courier)
Roy Eugene Williams
Roy Eugene Williams, 83, beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, died Friday, October 12, 2007, in Houston, Texas. He was born January 4, 1924, to Tandy Williams and Vasta Cleveland Williams in St. Louis, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tandy and Vasta Cleveland Williams; sister Helen Pansy Williams Grace; brother, Luther Darrell Williams; and great niece, Sherry Elizabeth Kindle.
Roy is survived by nieces, Barbara Grace Montgomery and husband, Tom, Helen Grace Yates, and Cathy Williams Coin; nephews, Harold Gordon Grace, Jr., Dale Williams, and Jack Williams; sister-in-law, Treva Williams; great nephews, Christopher Laurence Rimkus and wife, Christy and Jeffrey Alston Rimkus and wife, Briana; great great nieces, Meghan Adalie Rimkus and Riley Grace
Although born in St. Louis, Gene spent most of his life in Madison, Illinois, where he worked for the 7-Up Bottling Company for 25 years, and then the US Postal Service until retirement. He was a man of great faith, and very active in the Second Baptist Church of Madison. In 1994, Uncle Gene moved to Texas, and there was a member of the First Baptist Church of Friendswood and then the Friendswood Baptist Church. He dearly loved his family, his friends, and his Lord.
Visitation will be at Mitchell Funeral Home, Paragould, Tuesday, October 16th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Services will be held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Walcott, on Wednesday, October 17th at 11:00 a.m., with Sam Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Online guest book: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
Donald Ray Vines
Donald Ray Vines, 74, passed away early Friday morning, October 12, 2007 in Hospice Inpatient Facility at Little Rock.
Donald was born in Greene County on July 20, 1933, to Tom and Maude Vines. He was a retired farmer from the Evening Star community and had resided in Little Rock for the past 15 years.
Donald is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Sheila Horner; and four brothers, Buddy, Jackie, Paul and Bubby Vines.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Josie Vines; son, Neal Vines of Little Rock; grandchildren, Leanne Harris of Paragould, Molly Rawn of Fayetteville and Brittany Dickens of Little Rock; great-grandchildren, Phoebe Harris, Parker Harris and Collier Rawn; and three sisters, Margie Robb and Delores Smith, both of Paragould, and Imogene Brown of Pueblo, Colo.
Arrangements are being handled by Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Heath Funeral Home with interment to follow in Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Horner, Kyle Harris, Jeremy Rawn, Brian Dickens, Shane Henson and Shannon Henson.
The family will receive visitors Sunday evening from 6-8.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Homes Inc. in Paragould.
Charles Jacob Ashabranner
Charles Jacob Ashabranner, 80, of Paragould died Friday, October 12 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.
Born May 15, 1927, at Blytheville, he was a retired farmer and factory worker and a member of Center Hill Church of Christ.
He is survived by a son, Gaylon Ashabranner and wife Reba of Paragould; brother, Billy Ashabranner of St. Peters, Mo.; and sister, Helen Brown of Jonesboro.
He was preceded in death by parents, Arthur and Lou Anna Ashabranner; wife, Ruth Ashabranner; brother, Alfred Glen Ashabranner; and two sisters, Hazel Riggs and Sarah Geneva Louise Reese.
Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with Jon Binkley officiating. Burial will be in the Greene County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be Monday night from 6-9 in Mitchell Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Billy Ashabranner, Arthur Reese, Eddie Reese, Don Wooldridge, Bob Wooldridge and Neal Wooldridge.
Sign an online register at www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
Kerri Suzanne Williams
Kerri Suzanne Williams, 46, of Jonesboro died Friday, October 12, 2007, in St. Bernards Medical Center at Jonesboro.
Born on February 27, 1961, in Kansas City, Mo., Williams was a homemaker and member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Survivors include husband, Jack Williams of the home; two sons, Kenneth Woodward of Jonesboro and Josh Woodward of Missouri; four daughters, Jacquiline Williams of the home, Kathy Woodward of Searcy and Suzanne Woodward and Jennifer Woodward, both of Kansas City; father, Richard Downy Sr. of Blue Springs, Mo.; mother, Dorothy Brickman of Pleasant Hill, Mo.; brother, Richard Downy of Pleasant Hill; and 10 grandchildren.
Williams was preceded in death by a daughter, Lorrie Woodward, and a brother, Terry Downy.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Mitchell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Harris officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at Paragould.
Visitation will be from tonight from 6-9 in the funeral home.
Online guestbook: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
Dallas Smith Veteran
Dallas Smith, 76, of Paragould died Sunday, October 14, 2007.
He is survived by his loving wife, Rosemary (Howard); six sons, Michael, Chuck and Patrick Smith, Kevin, Kenny and Kelly Crisman; and two daughters, Kelly Smith and Lisa Crisman; two sisters, Norma Reynolds and Wilma Mohon; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Dallas was born in Marmaduke, but his family moved to Paragould when he was a young boy. He grew up and attended Lakeside school in Paragould.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Otha (Dover) Smith.
He joined the Air Force in 1948 and received an honorable discharge. He was recalled during the Korean Conflict and served in a training command.
He joined the Washington City Police Department in 1970. He served as a narcotics officer in Missouri, Arkansas and Colorado. He was a K-9 officer in Craighead County, working narcotics with his dog Sam, a golden retriever. When he retired, so did Sam. Smith and Sam worked together on many stakeouts and surveillance. Smith was a graduate of the Drug Enforcement Agency spotter’s school, narcotics school and held several certificates from law enforcement related courses.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Phillip’s Funeral Home Chapel with Leslie Langley officiating.
In lieu of flowers please make your donation to Southern Bank of Commerce, where a special account has been set up for Rosemary Smith.
Online guest book: www.phillipsfuneral.net
Helen Elizabeth Heath
Helen Elizabeth Graves Heath, 90, of Paragould died Monday, October 15, 2007 in Arkansas Methodist Medical Center at Paragould.
She was born March 31, 1917, at Jonesboro, the daughter of the late P.L. and Kittie Woodward Graves.
She was also preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Verlyn L. Heath; and her son-in-law, Jimmy Ray Bryant.
Helen went to elementary at Blessed Sacrament School. She then went to high school at Holy Angels Academy where she graduated in May 1935. She attended Arkansas State College, now Arkansas State University. As a young woman, Helen enjoyed tennis, piano and dancing and was a member of the Sigma Phi Gamma sorority in which she held several offices, including president.
After she married Verlyn on December 1, 1936, she enjoyed bridge, Garden Club and worked with various charities including the March of Dimes. She served as treasurer for the 21 Club, “a couples” supper club, for 60 years, was a member of Birthday Club, an honorary member of Paragould Rotary Club and was a devout member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Helen and Verlyn founded Heath Funeral Home and the Verlyn L. Heath Burial Association in Paragould on Aug. 1, 1945, when they purchased Irby Funeral Home. She held an Arkansas funeral director’s license and for many years handled all of the bookwork and worked alongside her husband.
Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Verlyn G. “Butch” and Jan Heath of Paragould; daughter and son-in-law, Lynda Heath and Kaut White of Paragould; grandchildren and their spouses, Kimberly Ann Bryant, Melanie Heath, Stephen Posey and Whitney Heath, all of Paragould, Zac and Kerri Heath of Malibu, Calif., Jeremy and Tara Heath of Little Rock and Tanya Lynn and Scott Ellington of Jonesboro; great-grandchildren, Jordan Leigh McBride, Jack Dalton Ellington and Bradley Heath McBride, all of Jonesboro; stepgrandchildren and their spouses, Gina and Tim Jarrett of Paragould, William Kaut and Cari White of Jonesboro, David and Chris White and Sharon and Tony Dibble, all of Mountain Home; and stepgreat-grandchildren, Caroline Jarrett of Paragould, Carly and Luke Dibble, Maddie and Presley White and Amanda and Peyton Storm, all of Mountain Home.
A public rosary will be said for Helen from 6-6:30 tonight, with the family receiving friends from 6:30-8 tonight in Heath Colonial Chapel.
Her life will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Matt Garrison and Deacon Rex Bouldin officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Hoskins, Greg Marlar, Dale Coy, Donis Hamilton, George Cook, Phillip Wooldridge, Curt Montgomery and Bob Bratton. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of 21 Club, Greene County Rescue Squad, Paragould Rotary Club and her caregivers.
Memorials may be sent to St. Mary’s School Trust Fund, 310 North 2nd St., Paragould 72450; Greene County Rescue Squad, attn: Memorial Fund, 405 South 6th St., Paragould 72450; or the Verlyn L. Heath AFDA Scholarship Fund, 1401 West 6th St., Little Rock 72201.
Luther Allen Boren
Luther Allen Boren, 64, of Paragould went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007. He was of non-denominational faith. He was born Nov. 10, 1942 in Marmaduke the son of the late Bernard Boren and Mozelle Boren.
His infant sister also preceded him in death.
Allen is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mary; five children and their spouses: Bobby and Shena Boren, Billy and Tammy Mitchell, Debbie and Hugh Walker, Eddie Mitchell and Phillip and Tina Mitchell; fourteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; his in-laws: Verne Ellis and Verna Chapmon; brother, Barry Boren; and a sister, Debbie Loar.
The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. today at Heath Funeral Home. Allen’s life will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the Heath Colonial Chapel with Reverend Shannon Morgan officiating. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery and his grandsons will be pallbearers.
Truel Keith Cole
Truel Keith Cole, 72, of Paragould, died Tuesday, October 16, 2007 at his residence.
Mr. Cole was born January 15, 1936, he was a carpenter and served eight years in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include three sons, James Cole and Kenneth Cole of Jonesboro and Cody Cole of California; two daughters, Sarah Floyd of Paragould and Gloria Coombs of Jonesboro; 12 grandchildren, Kenneth Alan Cole, Stephanie Turner, William A. Floyd, Raymond Floyd, Shawn Floyd, Twana Floyd, Terry Veal, Bradley Veal, Cheryl Tubbs, James Ray Timothy Jones, James Michael Cole and Taylor Marie Lynn Cole; and nine great-grandchildren, Justin Floyd, Caleb Floyd, Justice Floyd, Corban Veal, Keaton Veal, Whitney Veal, Bradley Veal, Jr., Alicia Veal and Gannon Tubbs.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Cole; mother, Zelma Davis Perryman; and one son, Truel Keith Cole.
Active pallbearers include Bradley Veal, Terry Veal, Raymond Floyd, William A. Floyd, Shawn Floyd and William Floyd. Honorary pallbearer is Danny Ward.
Graveside services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at New Hope Cemetery with Robbie McMasters officiating.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.
Online guestbook, www.rollerfuneralhomes.com
Jewel Ernest Howell
Jewel Ernest Howell of Cabot passed away Thursday, October 18, 2007, at the age of 84.
He spent his entire life devoted to his family, his church and higher education in Arkansas. He was born on March 16, 1923, in Paragould, the younger of two sons of Julia and Ernest Howell of Paragould.
He was married on Christmas Day 1942 to Tomazene Olita Thompson, his wife of 64 years, who preceded him in death last October.
He was also preceded in death by his mother, Julia Howell; his father, Ernest Howell; and his brother, Lloyd Howell.
He is survived by three children and their spouses, Samuel Ernest and Jo Howell of Cabot, Juliana and Mike Coleman of North Little Rock and Ronnie Allen and Lynne Howell of Memphis; six grandchildren, Laura Howell and her husband Mike Ferguson, Brian Howell and his wife Sarah, David Coleman and his wife Angie, Justin Coleman and his wife Tonie, Amy Coleman and Steven Howell; and nine great-grandchildren, Grant, Matthew, and Sam Ferguson, Austin and Elizabeth Howell, Joshua and Andrew Coleman, and Grayson and Shelbie Coleman.
He was an active member and deacon of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro for 37 years and member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Cabot for the last five years of his life.
He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and a decorated veteran of World War II, where as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division he participated in the airborne invasion of Holland, the Battle of the Bulge and the liberation of the Wobbelin concentration camp at Ludwiglust, Germany.
He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and worked for Arkansas State University for 31 years, serving as the dean of the junior college branch at Beebe and as the director of Auxiliary Services at the Jonesboro campus.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6-8 in Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church of Cabot.
Private burial will be held in Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at North Little Rock. If desired, donations may be made to the music ministry of First Baptist Church of Cabot, P.O. Box 1023, Cabot 72023.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com
Howard C. Blasdell
Howard Clayton Blasdell, 85, of Paragould went to be with the Lord Oct. 18, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. He was born in Flint, Michigan on Aug. 11, 1922.
He is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Marlar Blasdell of the home; two sons, Randy and Doug Blasdell; and one daughter, Dawn Ruiz all of Flint, Mich.; two stepsons, Greg (Marilyn) Marlar of Paragould, and Tarry (Michelle) Marlar of Ft. Smith; fifteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren; and one brother, Richard Blasdell of Fla.. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elgin and Martha Blasdell; two brothers and two sisters all of Michigan.
Mr. Blasdell loved the Lord and was a devoted Christian. He was a member of First Baptist Church. While living in Michigan he taught junior boys Sunday School classes for 42 years, he all served in many other capacities of the church.
He was a graduate of Central High School in Flint, attended General Motors Institute and retired from G.M. Buick in 1984 with 42 years of service. He retired as a skilled tradesman.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m, today at the Heath Colonial Chapel with Reverends Bill Steeger and Joe Marsden officiating. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 9:30 a.m. until the service time.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Paragould.
Betty Wheeler, 80, of Marked Tree died Thursday, October 18, 2007 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. She is preceded in death by her parents, J. M and Alice (House) Bailey and daughter, Mildred Olive.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Michael Taylor of Marked Tree, son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Jane Wheeler of Paragould; five grandchildren, Michael and Jon Wheeler, Shannon Lantz, Bobby and Tiffany Olive and three great-grandchildren, Madison and Peyton Olive and Suzannah Lantz.
Graveside services were held Friday at Pine Knot Cemetery with Bill Drake officiating. Heath Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements
Clara Mae Martin
Clara Mae Martin, 95, of Paragould died Friday, October 19, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. She was born October 1, 1912, in Itawamba County, MS., the daughter of the late James William and Sally Ann (Webb) Martin. She was a homemaker and employed at Arkansas Methodist Hospital for 14 and a half years.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dolph Martin; one son, Phillip Martin; a daughter, Jackie Willie and sisters, Ruth White, Ruby Baker, Lorene Lindsey and Eleanor Cude
Clara is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Carol Martin of Tulsa, Okla., Larry and Jonnie Martin of Atoka, Tenn., Gary and Kathy Martin of Cullman, Ala., and Bruce Martin of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Bob Harig of Paragould; one sister, Cora Lee Lambert of Nashville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Heath Colonial Chapel with Tim Wooldridge officiating. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children’s Home or the American Cancer Society.
Robert B. Walden
Robert B. Walden, 84, of Jonesboro died Sunday, October 21, 2007, at St. Bernards Medical Center.
Born at Paragould, he retired with the rank of chief warrant officer (CW4) after proudly serving with the U.S. Army for 30 years. He served in World War II and was then honored to be a supporting member of post-war rocket research teams at Fort Bliss, Texas.
He was a member of Southwest Church of Christ and most recently attended Shiloh Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, M.D. and Elena Walden; stepmother, Velma Walden; his wife of 34 years, Levelva T. Walden; his wife of 20 years, Olene Walden; sister, Tina McDaniel; and his brother, Obie Lovelace.
Survivors include his wife of three years, Lafon Walden of Jonesboro; sons, Franklyn Menser and wife Betsy of Sugarloaf Shores, Fla., Johnnie Walden and wife Dawn of Madison, Ala., Don Kennon and wife Debbie of Winter Haven, Fla., David Kennon and wife Brenda of Jonesboro, and Mike Willcockson and wife Becky of Corinth, Texas; three daughters, Roberta Allen and husband Jim of Sheridan, Susan Walden of Norman, Okla., and Laura Kennon of Jonesboro; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Gregg Funeral Chapel at Jonesboro with Jimmy Adcox and Mr. Walden’s brother-in-law, the Rev. Raymond Atwood, officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Thomas Bailey, Eugene Walden, Stephen Atwood, Carl Giles, Hugh Sanford and Bobby Wade. Honorary pallbearers include Bob Beck, Michael Kennon, Clinton Kennon, Alex Kennon, Austin Kennon, Zachary Byrd and Daniel VanderWeide.
For lasting memorials the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Walden family at www.greggfunerals.com
Amelia Light Weatherly
Amelia Light Weatherly, 96, of Paragould died peacefully on Friday, October 19, 2007, at Paragould Nursing Center.
She was born January 20, 1911, in Greene County, the daughter of the former George O. Light and Mary Dow Faulkner Light. She was a life member of the Arkansas Teachers Association and a member of the El Paso, Texas, Teachers Association.
Mrs. Weatherly was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Herman; brothers, Otis, John and Charles; and sisters, Cullen Light, Lurline Henry, Frances Hammond, Agnes Light and Jane Wadley.
She is survived by children, Joan Eisenstark of Columbia, Mo., the Rev. Gene Weatherly of Anderson, S.C., and Martha Edwards of San Diego; sister, Anna Lee Mickey of Paragould; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Weatherly spent the three years following graduation working for an insurance agency in St. Louis. In 1932 she worked as secretary to the president of Jonesboro Baptist College. She graduated from the College in 1934.
In September of that same year Herman Weatherly and Amelia were married in El Paso, Texas. Amelia and Herman were lured from Texas to California, where they lived for the next 12 years.
Amelia and Herman returned to Paragould and bought the Light family home place. Herman continued in construction work. Amelia enrolled at Arkansas State College to work on her bachelorâ€™s degree. She taught in the Greene County schools for the next 13 years.
They moved back in 1959 to El Paso, where Amelia taught for 17 years. During this time she enjoyed serving as teacher delegate to several state and national conventions. Amelia did post-graduate work at the University of Texas, Christian College at Abilene, Texas, and at the University of Oregon.
Amelia retired in 1976, and she and Herman returned to Paragould. They were able to spend their retirement years traveling and taking it easy.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Heath Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Joe Marsden and the Rev. Gene Weatherly officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist church Building Fund.
Irene Marie Thompson
Irene Marie Thompson, 97, of Paragould died Sunday, October 21, 2007, at Paragould Nursing Center.
She was born October 6, 1910, in Alabama to the late Mr. and Mrs. Luther Kirby.
Her husband, Roy Thompson, also preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and member of New Friendship Baptist Church.
Surviving are one brother, Joe Calvin Kirby of Paragould, and one sister, Faye Snell of Paw Paw, Mich.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Heath Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Edgar officiating. Burial will follow in New Friendship Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in Heath Funeral Home.
Edith Carrie Bain
Edith Carrie Bain, 92, of Pocahontas died Monday, October 22, 2007 at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
She was born September 26, 1915, in Rector the daughter of the late Isaac and Ether Sides McCluney. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Eugene Bain; one brother; and three sisters.
Bain was retired from Arkansas Methodist Medical Center as an X-ray aide and was a member of Pruetts Chapel Methodist Church.
Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Don Mitchum and Carolyn and Don Brown of Pocahontas and Peggy Vanderford of Searcy; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Jo Bain and Don and Linda Bain, both of St. Louis; sister, Zenith Shannon of Kennett, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Heath Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Burial will follow at Linwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Heath Funeral Home.
Clara Elizabeth Ford
Clara Elizabeth Ford, 79, of Paragould, died Monday, October 22, 2007, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, Kennett. Born September 28, 1928, in Paragould, she was a retired employee of Emerson Electric, and a member of Pine Knott Church of Christ.
Survivors include three sons, Danny Ford of Light, Stephen Ford and Darrell Ford, both of Paragould; three daughters, Linda Slatton, Arlene Ramirez, and Darlene Ford, all of Paragould. She is also survived by one brother, Jim Lawson of Paragould; eleven grandchildren; and by eleven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jess and Addie Lawson; her husband, B. C. Ford; one daughter, Beverly Potter; five brothers; and one sister.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P. M., Thursday, October 25th, at the Pine Knott Church of Christ with Adrian Denham officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Knott Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 6:00 P. M. until 9:00 P. M. at Mitchell Funeral Home, Paragould.
Online guestbook: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
Curtis Harold Smith
Curtis Harold Smith, 70, of Paragould, passed away Monday, October 22, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. He was born October 1, 1937, in Paragould to Martin and Cora Harper Smith. Mr. Smith retired from the Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Mae Smith of the home; three sons, Alan, Doyle, and Bob; five daughters, Linda, Brenda, Patsy, Dee, and Debbie. He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Sonny and Lois Smith; two sisters, Ann Karlen and husband, Sid, and Sammy Miller; fifteen grandchildren; and by twenty-one great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Cletis Smith; and by two grandsons, Jason Bucy and Ryan
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Mitchell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online Guestbook: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com
David Edward Berry, 67, of Paragould, died Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.
He was born January 29, 1940, in Walnut Ridge, the son of the late Charlie Aldon Berry and Mattie Bennett Berry Brown. He was also preceded in death by his wife, June Elois Burns, and a granddaughter, Shawnee Berry.
He was retired from Emerson Electric.
Survivors include his sons, Charles Berry of Kansas City, Kansas, Michael Berry and Gary Berry, both of Paragould; daughters, Sheila Garnett of Kansas City, Kansas and Lisa Adams of Paragould; brothers, Wesley Berry of Florida and Aldon Berry of Tennessee; sister, Charlene Rogers of Florida; 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends this evening from 6-8 in Heath Funeral Home.
His life will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday in Heath Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Hayes officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Adams, Daniel Wallace, Troy Berry, Robert Berry, Bryan Drennan and Wayne Montgomery.
Mary E. Blankenship
Mary Elizabeth Blankenship, 80, of Paragould, died Thursday, October 25, 2007, at St. Bernards Medical Center.
She was born March 18, 1927, at Brookland to the late C.O. and Clara Belle Nichols. For 25 years she worked as a bookkeeper for Jonesboro Lumber Co. and was a member of New Antioch Baptist Church in Goobertown.
She loved oil painting, quilting and writing. Mrs. Blankenship was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her three sons, Bob Blankenship of Jonesboro, Marty Blankenship and Phillip Blankenship, both of Paragould; three daughters, Diane Bonds of Cherokee Village, Sandra Blankenship of Paragould and Patty Brooks of Caraway; six granddaughters, Tracy White, Terrie Ponder, Becky Blankenship, Brandy Bowman, Mary Beth McCorkle, Kristin Moss; and her grandsons, Scott Hall, Joey Blankenship, J.J. Blankenship, Keith Blankenship, Chris Blankenship, Shane Maynard, Brad Blankenship and Josh McCorkle; 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Virginia Gambill of Jonesboro and Mildred Hamilton of Ventura, Calif.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, James L. Blankenship.
A celebration of her life will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. in New Antioch Baptist Church at Goobertown with the Rev. Larry Ring and the Rev. Leonard Lingenfelter officiating. Burial will follow in Nettleton Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are her grandsons and to serve as honorary, Eric Settlemoir, Dan Sims and David Maynard.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4-6 p.m. in Gregg Funeral Home at Jonesboro.
Lasting memorials may be sent to Susan G. Komen Foundation or New Antioch Baptist Church, 429 County Road 960, Brookland 72417.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Blankenship family at www.greggfunerals.com
Lillian Christine Clark
Lillian Christine Clark, 92, formerly of Paragould, AR. passed away October 25, 2007, in Dallas, Texas after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Born in Walcott, AR. on September 19, 1915, she owned and operated Christine's Beauty Salon and Merle Norman Studio in Paragould for many years. She was an instructor of cosmetology and served as the president of the Arkansas State Board of Cosmetology. In 1970, she married Jack V. Clark of Texarkana, Ark. She was an active member of the Texarkana Elks Auxiliary and First United Methodist Church. She was a dynamic lady who loved her family and was always there for them.
She was preceded in death by her parents William Earl Tillman and Ora Bowlin Tillman of Walcott, her husband Jack V. Clark of Texarkana, and her sister Bernice Wilson of Paragould.
She is survived by her sister Katie Early of Searcy, Ark. and nieces, Christa Gambill of Searcy and Kathy Goodman of Dallas, Texas.
Services will be at 2 p.m., Oct. 28, 2007, at East Memorial Chapel, 2807 Moores Lane, Texarkana, Texas with Rev. Charlie Settle officiating. Burial will be in East Memorial Gardens under the direction of East Funeral Home, Moores Lane.
Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service.
Family and friends may send tributes to www.mem.com
Annie Lee Haynes Benham
Annie Lee Haynes Benham, 33, of Black Oak, AR., died Friday, October 26, 2007, at St. Bernards Medical Center.
She was born September 19, 1974, at Paragould. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist belief.
Survivors include her husband, Stacy Benham of Black Oak; her mother, Favoretia Emmajean McKee of Gainesville; and one sister and her husband, Sue Ann and Michael McGuire of Jonesboro.
She was preceded in death by her father, Adron Devoe Haynes; a brother, Bobby Lee Haynes; and a niece, LaBradda LeeAnn Lowry.
A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Snow officiating. Burial will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Harold Benham, Mark Reed, Sammy McKee, James Hill, Ronnie Hill and Charlie Hill.
Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. in Gregg Funeral Home at Monette.
The family requests lasting memorials be given to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or Lupus Foundation.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Benham family at www.greggfunerals.com
Virgil Clarence Grubb of Boydsville, was born November 22, 1924 in the
Rector area. He died October 26, 2007 in the Arkansas Methodist Medical
Center, Paragould. He was 82.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Floyie Grubb.
Survivors are one daughter, Judy Grubb of Boydsville and special companion,
Francis Nichols of Rector.
Funeral services were conducted Monday October 29, 2007 in Irby Funeral Home
in Rector with Phillip Bunum officiating. Burial in Liberty Hill Cemetery.
Mary Josephine Bryant Eaton
Mary Josephine Bryant Eaton, 74, of Paragould died Sunday, October 28, 2007 in Paragould. She was born April 2, 1933, in Dunklin County, Mo., and was the daughter of the late James Donald and Beulah Edith Johnson McClure.
She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Luther Ray Bryant, her second husband, John W. Eaton, brother, Burl McClure and sisters, Betty Gossett, Margie Ellington, and June McLaughlin.
She was a homemaker and a member of Brown’s Chapel Baptist Church.
Mary Jo was survived by her sons, Dan Bryant of Fresno, Calif. and Jerry Bryant; grandchildren, Jacob Bryant, Travis Bryant, all of Paragould and Misty Bryant Brooks of Beech Grove.
Her family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until service time. Her life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. today in the Heath Colonial Chapel with Reverend Royce Boling officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Lester Pillow, 67, of Paragould died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007, at Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 13, 1939, to Leo and Vaudean at Bard.
He was retired from Craighead County Solid Waste Authority as executive
director and from Northeast Arkansas Solid Waste as operations manager. He
served on the Sanitary Landfill License Committee from 1985 to 1995, and he
was the first person in Arkansas to receive a sanitary landfill operator
He was a member of “Who’s Who Worldwide.” He was an antique car
enthusiast, and he and his 1952 Chevy starred in the movie,
‘A Painted House. ‘ He loved attending the “Round-up Music
Show” and the “Music and Memories Southern Gospel Music Show.” He
attended Christ United Methodist Church. His grandchildren and
great-grandchild were his pride and joy.
Lester was preceded in death by his father, Leo Pillow; brother, Ralph
Pillow; and nephew, Jeremy Pillow.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyne Pillow of the home; son and
daughter-in-law, Scott and Joey Pillow; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and
Mike Hammond; mother, Vaudean Pillow; brothers, Glen, Jerry and Larry
Pillow; and sister, Pat Pillow, all of Paragould; grandchildren, Josh and
Jenna Murray of Walnut Ridge, Jake Murray, Ethan Pillow and Hannah Bryson of
Paragould; and one great-grandson, Luke Murray of Walnut Ridge.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in Heath Colonial Chapel
with the Rev. Michael Sutton officiating. Burial will follow in Greene
County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be this evening from 6-9 at Heath
Active pallbearers will be Josh and Jake Murray, Mike Hammond, Larry Miller,
Leonard Vaughn and Bill Elliott.
Honorary pallbearers will include his brothers; grandson, Ethan; and
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church in Paragould or
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Foundation.
Ollie Maples Robinson
Ollie Maples Robinson, 83, of Paragould died Wednesday, October 31, 2007 at
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 10 a.m. in
Pine Log Cemetery with John Wilson officiating. No Visitation is planned.
Heath Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.