Mildred Layman, 88, of Fredericksburg, VA., died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Fredericksburg.
Born at Beech Grove, she was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Richardson of Marion, Va.; a brother, Paul Stallcup of
Paragould; and a grandson, Keith Richardson of Marion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Robert Layman; her parents, Edward and Vira
Ellen Taylor Stallcup; and several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Heath Funeral Home
Colonial Chapel in Paragould, with the Rev. Earl McKelvey officiating. Burial will follow
at Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Prominent Paragould resident dies at 88
Richard Philip Herget
Paragould has lost a longtime resident
Richard Philip Herget, 88, of
Paragould died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
He was born Dec. 16, 1913, in
Paragould. He attended Paragould public schools, completing his high school coursework at
15 and continued his education at the New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.
Herget enrolled at the University of
Arkansas in Fayetteville and graduated in 1934 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical
engineering. He then entered Georgetown University Law School, graduating in 1937 while
working in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in Washington, D.C.
He worked in the White House office
of Education, forerunner to the federal Department of Education.
He volunteered in the U.S. Army and
was assigned as a lieutenant in the 729th Ordinance Co. in the 29th Infantry Division.
Herget remained with the 729th throughout the war and was awarded the Bronze Star with oak
leaf clusters for bravery and Legion of Merit for improving the acuracy of the 81-mm
Following the war, he joined the
Paragould law firm of Kirsh and Cathey until he was called up for the Korean War in
October 1950. He remained in the U.S. Army through two decades.
Herget was assigned to the
headquarters of Judge Advocate General Corps at the Pentagon in 1955, where he was posted
for all but three years until 1968.
In 1961, he served in Newfoundland,
Canada and West Germany (1966-68). He retired with the rank of colonel in 1968.
The next 10 years he was legal
counsel of the Ford Corporation's Aeronautics Division in Newport Beach, Calif. Herget
retired from Ford in 1978 and returned to Paragould. He was active in civic affairs,
serving as chairman of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission.
He was preceded in death by his
parents, Alfred George and Mabel Jackson Herget.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Esther Herget of
Paragould; three sons, Barlow Herget of Raleigh, N.C., Dick Herget of Heber Springs and
Harry Herget of Jonesboro; two daughters, Rebecca Ann Bennett of Little Rock and Nancy
Wood of Fort Smith: a brother, Alfred Herget of Paragould; two sisters, Mary Cothren of
Stillwater, Minn., and Ann Kelly of Gallatin, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and 10
The family requests memorials be made to Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 339, Paragould, AR. 72451
Karen Diane Carr
Karen Diane Carr, 47, of Jonesboro died Saturday, December 7, 2002 at her
Born April 9, 1955 in Jonesboro she was a licensed practical nurse at St.
Bernard's Medical Center for the past 10 years. She was of the Baptist
Survivors include one son, William Fred Carr Jr., of Bono; one daughter,
Shannon Diane Carr of Jonesboro; her parents, Bill and Winnie Hargrave of
Jonesboro; one brother, Gene Hargrave of Paragould; two sisters, Sarah
Tilley and Eva Owens, both of Jonesboro; and three grandchildren, Katelyn
Renee Carr, Meagan Le Ann Carr and Bethany Autumn Carr, all of Bono.
Graveside services are Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Finch Cemetery, with Sam
Stewart officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of
Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.
Active pallbearers will be John Carr, Darrell Sharp, Danny Elrod, Larry
Carr, Alton Elrod, and Chris Woodall.
Honorary pallbearers include Vickie Ruminer, Brenda Wright, Barbara Young,
Johnnie Faye Phillips and Linda Utley.
Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Sular Hayward Chesser
Sular Hayward Chesser, 78, of Paragould died Saturday, December 7, 2002 at
An Army veteran of World War II, he was retired from General Motors Corp. in
St. Louis. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars
and West View Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rosie Chesser of Paragould; three sons, James
Chesser of Wilmington, Del., Donnie Chesser of Monroe City, Mo., and Bill
Chesser of Monroe, La.; one brother, Edmon Chesser of Troy, Mo.; one sister,
Florence Perry of Light; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus and Myrtle Mae Chesser; and
Funeral services are Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Mitchell Funeral
Home of Paragould. Burial will follow in Chesser Cemetery in Pocahontas.
Active pallbearers will be James Chesser, Bill Chesser, James David Chesser,
Donnie Chesser, Don Chesser, Bud Watts, Roger Lenderman, John Chesser and
Christopher Chesser. Members of his Sunday school class will serve as
Visitation is Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice.
Carol Kennemore Darr
Carol Kennemore Darr, 54, of
Paragould died Monday, December 16, 2002, at her home.
Born in Paragould, she was a homemaker and a member of Third Avenue Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Darr of Paragould; one daughter, Carrie Darr of
Paragould; and one granddaughter, Haley Darr of Paragould.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Verna Kennemore.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Linwood Cemetery, with Johnny Bauer
officiating. Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Patricia Lynne Miller
Funeral services for Patricia Lynne Miller, 60, of Paragould, who
died Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, will
be at noon Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. John Marconi
Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the
direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Starnes, Bobby Richard, Chris Oakes, R.L. Rickard,
Bill Blackshear and Authur Hamelin.
Born in Rector, she owned and operated the Plaza Twin Cinema with her
husband for many years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Joe Miller of the home; two sons, Steve
Miller of Siloam Springs and Scott Miller of Paragould; one brother, Michael
Gordon of Oakdale, Calif.; and four grandchildren, Emily Miller of
Paragould, Karagin Miller, Kenzie Miller and Ellis Miller, all of Siloam
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Loretta Gordon, and one
Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic School in Paragould.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Rosary will be
said at 7 p.m.
Johnny M. Byrd
Johnny Mitchell Byrd, age 87, of Kennett, Mo., passed
away Thursday, December 19, 2002 at Senath Nursing Home in Missouri.
Born March 19, 1915 in Russellville, he was a retired cobbler and a member
of Arbyrd Church of Christ.
There are no immediate survivors.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Belle Hogland Byrd, and
his parents, W.J. "Will" and Fannie Belle Byrd.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in Mount Zion Cemetery at Walcott with
C.O. Evans officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Heath
Funeral Home of Paragould.
No visitation has been scheduled.
October 1915 ~ December 2002
RayAnna Schmuecker, age 87, of Bethel, CT., passed away on Thursday evening
at the Danbury Hospital. She was the wife of the late Leo L Schmuecker.
Mrs. Schmuecker was born October 20, 1915 in Paragould, Arkansas, the
daughter of the late Elmer and Enola (Clark) Boyd. In her early years, prior
to her marriage to her late husband, Mrs. Schmuecker was an accomplished
pianist, and was host to her own radio show in Paragould.
For 30 years, Mrs. Schmuecker and her husband owned and operated Bix
Furniture and Restoration, where she held the position of General Vice
President. A resident of Bethel since 1950, she served on the Board of
Directors of the Danbury Hospital, the Bethel Public Library, and the Bethel
Business and Professional women’s Club where she also served as its first
president. She was also the proprietor of Farnum Hill Antiques of Bethel for
20 years and was a parishioner of the Church of St Mary, Bethel.
Mrs. Schmuecker lived her life with an open mind, an open door, and an open
She is survived by three daughters Joanna E Gemmell and her husband William
of New Fairfield, Rosemary Labella of Perugia, Italy, and Jean M Schmuecker
of Bethel; three sons: Michael L Schmuecker and his wife Patricia Loul of
Honolulu, Hawaii, John F Schmuecker and Laurie Wright of Bethel, and Thomas
E Schmuecker of Paragould Arkansas. Eight grandchildren: Ian and Ryan
Gemmell, Luke and Derek Schmuecker, Christopher Schmuecker, Olivia and
Michael Labella, Carly Dawson, and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Schmuecker was predeceased by her granddaughter, Leanna Dawson, and
son-in-law Giullano Labella.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday December 24th at
the Church of St. Mary, Bethel, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in St Mary
The family will receive friends at the Bethel Funeral Home, 215 Greenwood
Ave, Bethel on Monday evening from 7 thru 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pope John Paul II Center for
Health Care, 33 Lincoln Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810
The News-Times Saturday, December 21, 2002
by: William Dunavin