Flora Blanche Hyde
Flora Blanche Hyde, 90, a resident of Paragould died Saturday June 1, 2002, at Arkansas
Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
She was born May 27, 1912, in Greene County. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Home
Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William P. and Gertrude Eubanks Belk; her
husband, Charlie T. Hyde; a daughter, Diane Taylor, two sons, Wayne and Gary Don Hyde; a
sister, Ruth Cooper; two brothers, Ben Askins and Clinton Belk; and a great-granddaughter,
Survivors include two sons, Cloyse Hyde and Hal Hyde, both of Paragould; four daughters,
Shirley Davis, Mick Gramling, and Deborah Hunt, all of Paragould, and Charolette Hays of
Atoka, Tenn; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Adam Taylor, Drew Hunt, Brad Hays, Kerry Davis, Steve Hyde and Kelly
Gramling. Honorary pallbearers will be Craig Hunt, Nikiki Davis, Sean Hyde, Richard
Gramling, and Scott Gramling.
The funeral service will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Heath Colonial Funeral Home Chapel
in Paragould, with Art Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Home Cemetery in
Mark Allen Boyd
Mark Allen Boyd, 28, of Marmaduke, Arkansas died Wednesday, June 12,2002
in Paragould. He was born in Paragould.
Arrangements will be announced by Mitchell Funeral Home.
Gladys Marie Thomas
Gladys Marie Renis Thomas, 88, of Rector died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at St.
Bernards Medical Center.
Born in Marmaduke, she was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove
United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Thomas of Rector and Jimmie Joe Thomas of
West Alton, Mo.; a daughter, Anna Lou Dodds of Rector; a brother, Robert Earl Vangilder of
Ocala, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Terry Simpson, Edie Thomas, Bradley Thomas, Mark Thomas,
Denny McKay, Gary McKay, Steven McKay, Robert Thomas, James Thomas, Mitch Thomas, Diane
Tate and Deborah Thomas; 31 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Alva Bob Thomas; her
parents, Earl and Affa Wyatt Vangilder; a brother; and four sisters.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Irby Funeral
Home of Rector, with Dr. Wayne Gould officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove
Cemetery near Rector.
Active pallbearers will be Bradley Thomas, Mark Thomas, Denny McKay, Steven McKay, James
Thomas and Mitch Thomas.
Visitation will be from 5:30-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Funeral services for Ronnie Robinson, 50, of Lafe, who died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St.
Johns Lutheran Church in Lafe, with Curt Dwyer officiating. Burial will follow at
St. Johns Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Junior Lange, Ricky Davidson, Orin Tritch, Al Ryan, Eddie
Anderson and Jerry Scheer.
Honorary pallbearers will include Don Purcell, Jim Cain, Jerry Don McIntosh, A.J. Bandy,
Curtis Tate and Kenny Faulkner.
Born at Paragould, he served in the National Guard, was a tool-and-die worker for Emerson
Electric for 31 years, was a school board member at Marmaduke for 25 years and was a
member of St. Johns Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Robinson of the home; one son, Shane Robinson of
Marmaduke; one daughter, Mikka Robinson of the home; and one sister, Delores Clayton of
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Zelva Robinson.
Memorials may be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church.
Stephen Patrick Noles
Funeral services for Stephen Patrick Noles, 51, of Pangburn, formerly of Jonesboro, who
died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at White County Medical Center in Searcy, will be at 10:30
a.m. Tuesday at Emerson Funeral Home Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Dub Adams will officiate,
and burial will follow in Mount Zion Cemetery near Walcott.
Active pallbearers will be Jim Murray, Garfield Edgar, Rick Hill, Wood Hendrix, Don Newell
and David Eaker.
Honorary pallbearers will include Rick Murray, Rafik Jacob, Otis Largent, Gerald Winston,
Garland Hendrix, Mike Noles Jr. and Richard Gambill.
He had lived in the Conway, Searcy and Pangburn communities for the last 20 years. He was
an auctioneer and salesman for Bates Auto Sales in Pangburn and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include one son, Micca Noles of Pangburn; one daughter, Dawn Brown of Judsonia;
his mother, Betty Robison of Roodhouse, Ill.; four brothers, Mike Noles of Jonesboro and
Mark Robison, Ronnie Robison and Kevin Naraz, all of Roodhouse; eight sisters, Tammy
Eaker, Patricia James, Janet Hill, Faye Glasco and Mary Lou Adams, all of Jonesboro,
Debbie Johnson of Conway and Cindy Larkin and Connie Jennings, both of Roodhouse; one
grandson, Seth Brown of Judsonia; and his fiancée, Georgia Bates of Pangburn.
He was preceded in death by a son and his father.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jimmie Dale J.D. Rogers
Jimmie Dale J.D. Rogers, 43, of Paragould died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at the
Regional Medical Center at Memphis.
Born at Paragould, he was a sales representative with Dennis Noel
Wholesale, a member of Browns Chapel Baptist Church and a Navy veteran.
Survivors include three daughters, Adrienne Rogers, Alex Rogers and Amanda Rogers, all of
Paragould; one stepson, Nick Lashley of Paragould; his father and stepmother, Jim and
Glenda Faye Rogers of Paragould; one stepbrother, Terry Rogers of Paragould; one
stepsister, Rhonda Slatten of Paragould; and his maternal grandmother, Katie Adams of
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Adams, and a grandfather and grandmother.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Heath Colonial Chapel in paragould, with
the Rev. Royce Boling officiating. Burial will follow in Brown's Chapel Cemetery at
Pallbearers will include Bill Rylant Jr., Terry Hinson, Darren McDaniel, Perry Lashley,
Greg Banks, Blake Pieri, Dwight Johns, Terry Bracken, Phillip Biggs and Bruce Gartman.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bill Wimpy Trailblazer Chamlies, 54, of Lunsford died Sunday, June
16, 2002 at St. Bernards Medical Center. A farmer, he worked for St. Bernards
Village and had lived in the Jonesboro, Bay and Lunsford areas most of his life.
Survivors include his wife, Francine Napier Chamlies of the home; three sons, Jeremy
Chamlies, Shannon Chamlies and Charles Chamlies, all of Jonesboro; two daughters, Stacey
Moss of Portia and Lisa Timmons of Lunsford; two brothers, Bobby Gene Chamlies and J.C.
Chamlies, both of Montgomery, Ala.; and three grandchildren, Haley Dawn Moss, Jacob
Chamlies and Nolan Chamlies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son and one daughter.
Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cross Roads Cemetery, with
Myles Evans officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of jonesboro is in charge of
Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Ermilea Jackson, 82, of Little Rock died Monday, June 17, 2002.
Retired from the Employment Security Division, she was a member of the Sixth and Izard
Church of Christ.
Survivors include one sister, Elizabeth Stovall of Santa Ana, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Verla and Lura Jackson; six brothers; and three
Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Linwood Cemetery in Paragould.
Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon at the funeral home.
John Fisher Watson
John Fisher Watson, 87, of Little Rock, died Monday, June 17, 2002, at the University of
Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. Born in Burton, Texas, he was a fleet manager for
Olan Chemicals in Little Rock. He was a member of the Paragould First United Methodist
Church and a World War II Army Air Corps veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Louise Watson of Little Rock; a daughter, Ann Black of
Little Rock; a brother, Thomas E. Watson of Texas City, Texas; two sisters, Allyne
Campbell of Bastrop, Texas, and Lucille Neese of Carmine, Texas; two granddaughters, Rhea
Middleton and Dawn Black, both of Little Rock; and a great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Greene County Memorial Gardens in
Paragould, with the Rev. David Moseley officiating. Heath Funeral Home of Paragould is in
charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Paragould First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Ralph R. Ratton
Dr. Ralph R. Ratton, 72, of Paragould died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at his
residence. Born at Paragould, he was a retired dentist, an Air Force veteran, a retired
lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard and a member of First United Methodist
Church. He was active in the Arkansas State Dental Association, the American Dental
Association and the Northeast Arkansas District Dental Society. In addition he had served
on the Paragould School Board, the Arkansas State Bank Commission, the Arkansas State
Claims Commission and the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
Survivors include his wife, Joan C. Ratton of the home; one son, Rob Ratton of Newport;
four daughters, Diane Gathings, Donna Bland and Lanie Mangrum, all of Paragould, and Carol
Vail of Brownsburg, Ind.; one sister, Betty Ross Hyde of Paragould; and eight
grandchildren, Neely Gathings, Allison Gathings, Erin Mangrum and Will Mangrum, all of
Paragould, Katherine Vail and Caroline Vail, both of Brownsburg, Abby Ratton of Newport
and Rob Bland of Nashville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph R. Ratton Sr. and Isis Coffman Ratton, one
brother and three grandchildren .
Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with the
Rev. David Moseley and Tim Wooldridge officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery
under the direction of Heath Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Larry McMurry, George Smith, Dr. Steve Abernathy, Dr. Bob Gardner,
David Walls and Dickie Walls.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Collins Theater Foundation, P.O. Box 904, Paragould 72451 or
First United Methodist Church, 404 West Main, Paragould 72450.
Shirley Watson, 63, of Peach Orchard died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at Arkansas Methodist
Medical Center. Born at Delaplaine, she was a homemaker and had worked as a waitress. She
was of the Pentecostal faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie DelGuidice of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Melissa
Watson of Peach Orchard; a son, Merrel Watson of Peach Orchard; a brother, George Hawk of
St. Louis; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Watson, her parents and a daughter.
Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ermert Funeral Home chapel
in Corning. Burial will follow at Jones Ridge Cemetery at Delaplaine.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Benny Reese Jamison
Benny Reese Jamison, 65, of Paragould died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at his
Born in Lafe, he retired from the Navy after more than 20 years service
and was a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of East Main Street
Church of God and T.R.E.A., a military retirement group.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Jamison of Paragould; three sons,
Stephen Jamison of West Memphis and Phillip Jamison and David Jamison, both of Paragould;
two daughters, Deborah Kendall of Florissant, Mo., and Rebecca Mansfield of Walnut Ridge;
his parents, Elbert and Mary Jamison of Paragould; one brother, William Jamison of
Florissant; one sister, Marilyn Smith of Houston, Texas; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday in the chapel of
Mitchell Funeral Home, with Dennis Adams, Dale House and Pat Kendall officiating. Burial
with military honors will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
John Wilkinson, 82, of Paragould died Saturday, June 29, 2002, at his residence.
Born at Sidney, he was employed by Alfred Rowe as a jewelry repairman. He
was a member of The American Legion, an Army veteran of World War II and was of the Church
of Christ belief.
Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Camp and Brenda Lakey, both of
Paragould, and Zona Inman of Powhatan; one brother, Howard Wilkinson of Chicago; one
sister, Zelma Wilkes of Batesville; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alverta C. ?Birdie? Wilkinson; his parents; two
brothers and four sisters.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Greene County Memorial
Gardens at Paragould, with Phil Wilkerson officiating. Burial will be under the direction
of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.
Pallbearers will be Steve Inman, Michael Inman, Jim Sterns, Ron Watkins, Brooks Camp and
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Harvey Dale Drope
Graveside services for Harvey Dale "Corky" Drope, 71, of Placentia, California,
formerly of Paragould, who died Sunday, June 30, 2002, at his residence, have been
scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Greene County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Maurice Hurd
will officiate, and Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Bill Herren, Cloyce Gibson, Leon McClure, David Martin, Bobby Drope
and James Taylor.
Born in Cardwell, Mo., he served in the Army, was a retired tool and die machinist and was
of the Church of Christ faith.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Pat Ratton of Paragould and Beatrice ?Boots? Franklin
of San Jacinto, Calif.; and a sister, Viola Toombs of Paragould.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Drope, his parents, four brothers and a
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Melvin Vaughn Highfill
Melvin Vaughn Highfill, 82, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, formerly of Paragould, died Sunday,
June 30, 2002. at his residence. Born in Paragould, he was a 1939 graduate of Paragould
High School and attended the American Academy for Accountants in Memphis. He also attended
what was then North Texas State University and DePaul University. A retired owner and
operator of Highfill Furniture in Paragould, he was a retired executive director for
Abilities Unlimited in Hot Springs and a member of West View Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Robeline Culp Highfill of Hot Springs; two daughters,
Susan Rose of Little Rock and Vickie Schlenker of Bismarck; one sister, Betty Robinson of
Radcliff, Ky.; and four grandchildren, Joe Rose, Vincent Rose, Joe Caldwell and Teresa
He was preceded in death by his parents, C.V. and Elizabeth Cox Highfill, and two
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Heath Funeral Home
of Paragould, with the Rev. Leon M. Johnson Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Linwood
Cemetery in Paragould.
Visitation will be from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.