Greene County, Arkansas
Obituaries for March 2002
Chester Ray Bradsher
Chester Ray Bradsher, 64, of Farmer's Branch in Dallas, Texas, died Monday, March 4, 2002, in Dallas.
He was born Sept. 13, 1937, in Marmaduke. He was a handyman and a treasure collector.
Survivors include his children, Dean Bradsher and his wife, Bridget, Alison Bradsher, Beverly Waite and her husband, Ron, and Marnie Baker; four grandchildren, Mandy Waite, Mallory Bradsher, Brian Bradsher and Brittany Baker; a great-grandchild, Ty Manning; and many other loving family members and friends.
The funeral services were held on March 7, 2002, at the Rhoton Funeral Home Chapel in Carrollton, Texas.
Mary Rose Mabrey
Woodrow "Woody" Alvin Morgan
Woodrow "Woody" Alvin Morgan, 60, of Paragould died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at his residence.
He was born June 28, 1941, in Greene County. He was a riverboat captain from 1975 until his retirement in 1991. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon "Jack" and Ethel Morgan; and one brother, Nobel Morgan.
Survivors include one son, Jasper Morgan of Florida; three daughters, Lynda Shipman of Delaplaine, Nola Mae Morgan of Paragould and Rachael Morgan of Kentucky; three brothers, Donnie Joe Morgan and James Morgan, both of Van Buren, Mo., and Lorl "Bud" Morgan of Cahokia, Ill.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould with the Rev. Everett Isom officiating. Burial will be in Eastwood Cemetery in Eastwood, Mo.
Mildred Kathlene Banks
Mildred Kathlene "Kathy" Banks, 47, of Leachville died Saturday, March 9, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical center in Jonesboro. Born at Lafe, she was a homemaker.
Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Farron Neil Austin
Farron Neil Austin, 31, of Paragould died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at his residence.
Survivors include his father, Larry Neil Austin of Paragould; his mother, Linda Woods
of Paragould; three sisters, Angela Walker of Paragould, Shelly Austin of Illinois and
Loretta Austin of Piggott; his grandmother, Imogene Boren of Paragould; and his
great-grandmother, Edith Rainwater of Jonesboro.
Carmel Evans, 69, of Belle, Mo., formerly of Marmaduke and Paragould died Sunday, March 10, 2002, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital South in St. Louis, Mo.
She was born June 10, 1932, in Holland. She was a retired school teacher and member of Belle United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Aaron Evans; a daughter, Janice Evans; and her parents, Carthel and Opal Hoggard.
Survivors include a son, Tom Evans Jr. of Belle; a daughter, Tammie Gosney of Belle; a brother, Denver Hoggard of Wappapello, Mo.; a sister, Ruby Wooldridge of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Owen Evans officiating. Burial will be at Harvey's Chapel Cemetery in Marmaduke.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Loyd Allen Harper
Loyd Allen Harper, 62, of West Plains, Mo., died Monday, March 11, 2002, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 15, 1939, in Caraway. He was a broker-realtor of Harper Realty, a charter member of the Faith Assembly of God Church in West Plains and a member of the Victory Family Worship Center in West Plains.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry C. and Fay Nelson Harper; his in-laws, O.J. and Linnol Richardson; and one brother, Jerry Harper.
Survivors include his wife, Leah Harper of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Naomi Ruth and Garry Pierce, Mary Jo and Randy Lamb, and Sherry Lois and Bruce McAfee, all of West Plains; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Jonathan, and Daria Pierce, Desirea and Danae Haile, and Reuben and Levi Lamb, all of West Plains; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Carter Funeral Home Chapel in West Plains with Steve Sinor Sr., Gene Worley and Leland D. Dement officiating. Burial will be in Howell Memorial Park Cemetery in Howell County, Mo.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Jerry Jordan, 57, of Paragould died Monday, March 11, 2002, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
He was born Feb. 2, 1945, in Marmaduke. He was a controller for Emerson Electric Company in Paragould, where he was employed for 37 years. He was the owner of Lantern Bookstore and a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Vietnam. He was a member of East Side Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and former Sunday School teacher. He was a former member of the Exchange Club and a graduate of Arkansas State University.
He was preceded in death by his parents, O.M. "Bus" and Annie Jordan.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Jordan of Paragould; two daughters and one son-in-law, Wendy Jordan and Becky and Tommy Justus, all of Paragould; one brother, Robert Jordan of Paragould; two sisters, Betty Sue Cole of Hayti, Mo., and Agnes Smith of Paragould; and one grandson, Conner Justus of Paragould.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at East Side Baptist Church in Paragould with Don Edmiston and Dennis Scudder officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Brightwell, Kelly Wright, Ray Allen Noel, Don Cook, Linas Roach, Bill Walls, Bob Morrow and Barry Reddick.
Rev. Oather Kilbreth
Rev. Oather Kilbreth, 76, of Corning died March 11, 2002, at V. A. Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
He was born Aug. 9, 1925, in Pollard. He was a retired minister, having been a member of Success Apostolic Church in Success. He served as a pastor of the Community Church of McDougal, the Church of Jesus Christ at McDougal and the Success Pentecostal Church in Success. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He did volunteer work at the V. A. Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Pearlee Kilbreth; two sons, William Oather Kilbreth and Steve Kilbreth; and one daughter, Patsy Howe.
Survivors include his wife, Cleta Sells Kilbreth; one daughter, Chris Pogue of McDougal; one son, Harold Kilbreth of Jackson, Mich.; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Wayne Kilbreth of McDougal; and one sister, Carmelida Tyler of McDougal.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ermert Funeral Home Chapel in Corning with Ezra Ellis and Richard Mahan officiating. Burial will be in Richwoods Cemetery in Corning.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Wayne Morgan Bateman
Wayne Morgan Bateman, 56, of Paragould died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at
Senath Nursing Center in Senath, Mo.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Wayne Bateman of Klamath Falls, Ore., and Earl Wayne Bateman of Cardwell, Mo.; two brothers, Robert Vern Bateman and Ronald Manford Bateman, both of Paragould; five sisters, Shirley Gilliam, Barbara Franklin, and Ethel Rippy, all of Paragould, Georgie Huckabee of Cardwell, Mo., and Peggy Huckabee of Arbyrd, Mo.; and three grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at New Friendship
The procession will leave the funeral home at 1:10 p.m. Thursday.
Carrie May Arterberry Carmickle
Carrie May Arterbery Carmickle, 87, of Paragould died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
She was born Aug. 29, 1914. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Ellis Arterbery; a daughter, Della Arterbery; two sisters, Louise and Mamie Jo; and two grandchildren, Danny Arterbery and Geoffrey Arterbery.
Survivors include four sons, Douglas Arterbery and Odis Harold, both of Paragould, Darrell Arterbery of Southaven, Miss., and Gerald Wayne Arterbery of Walls, Miss.; a daughter, Carol Lee Croom of Paragould; two brothers, Charles Edward Williams of Goshen, Ind., and T.J. Williams of Cordova, Tenn.; two sisters, Jewel Silva of Swansboro, N.C., and Lois Chambers of North Columbus, Ga.; five grandchildren, Karen Hardaway, Charles Randy Croom, Melissa Arterbery Retzloff, Michelle Seger and Brian Arterbery: 10 great-grandchildren, Austin Wayne Arterbery, Ashley Nicole Arterbery, Cathy Hardaway, Todd Hardaway, Josh Hardaway, Josh, Brittney and Matthew, Katie and Elizabeth Arterbery; and a great-great-grandson, Nathanael Snyder.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould. Burial will be at Linwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Lauren Grace Ellis
Lauren Grace Ellis, 4-month-old daughter of Troy and Candy Ellis of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.
She was born Nov. 10, 2001, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro and was part of the Grace Baptist Church family.
Survivors include her two brothers, Jarrad and Garrett Ellis of the home; and her grandparents, Doug and Ethel Ellis of Monteverde, Fla., Ruth and Harold Robertson, and Evelyn and Eddie Baker, all of Jonesboro and Lenzie Baskin of Paragould.
The funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church in Jonesboro with Verlon Wood officiating. Burial will be in Pine Log Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro.
E. L. Qualls
E. L. Qualls, 93, of Paragould died Tuesday, March 12, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare and Rehab in Jonesboro.
He was born Oct. 17, 1908, in Ackerman, Miss., and was a member of Ruddle Road Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Annette Easley Qualls of Blytheville; four sons, Leroy Qualls of Blytheville, Bill Qualls of Tracy, Calif., Ray Qualls of Discovery Bay, Calif., and Charles Qualls of Shawnee; two daughters, Beth Jones of Arlington, Texas, and Nancy Burnett of Paragould; one sister, Nola Clark of Luxora; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at noon today at Dogwood Cemetery with James Decanter officiating.
Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Olier Irene Kirkwood
Olier Irene Kirkwood, 90, of Paragould died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, at Greene Acres Nursing Home in Paragould.
She was born Sept. 24, 1911, in Alexandria, La. She was a homemaker and of the Presbyterian faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Marston Kirkwood; her parents, George Washington and Lula Rayfield Burns; two brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary K. Keel and Joyce K. Scott, both of Birmingham, Ala.; six grandchildren, Jerry L. Keel Jr. of Paragould, Belenda S. Niedermeier, Sheila S. Cook, and Nancy K. Keel, all of Birmingham, Raymond K. Keel of Houston, Texas, and Robert A. Keel of West Point, Miss.; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Saturday at Oakland Cemetery in Birmingham.
Heath Funeral Home of Paragould is in charge of local arrangements and Angwin Mortuary Center is in charge of Alabama arrangements.
The family requests memorials be made to a charity of the giver's choice.
Wendell Nunley, 52, of Piggott died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, in Paragould, AR
He was born July 11, 1949, in Lafe. He was a tankerman for Barge Company and Vietnam Army veteran. He was also of the Church of Christ faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Vardell; and three sisters, Carissa Cecilia Vardell, Peggy Lynn Vardell and Sheryl Ann Vardell.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Nunley of Piggott; his mother, Elizabeth Vardell of Paragould; a son, Tony Lee Nunley of Paragould; two daughters, Audra Janean Prejean of Paragould and Melissa Ann Beraud of Alicia; a brother, Nathan Vardell of Paragould; and 11 grandchildren, Blake Prejean, Austin Prejean, Candita Prejean, Kristen Beraud, Kaleb Beraud, Tailer McElhaney, Heather Cline, Justin Cline, Kyle Nunley, Brianna Nunley and Devin Nunley.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with L.R. Smith officiating. Burial will be at Salem Cemetery in Boydsville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Vivian Crossno Brewer
Vivian Crossno Brewer, 80, of Senath, Mo., died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McDaniel Funeral Home in Senath, Mo. Burial will be in the Lulu Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
James Alvie Estes
James Alvie Estes, 81, of Sherwood died Thursday, March 14, 2002.
He was affiliated with the First Assembly of God in Jacksonville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Roxie L. Estes; his parents, Albert and Katie Estes; and two sisters, Evelyn Estes and Magdeline Thompson.
Survivors include two sons, Dennis Estes of Paragould and David Estes of Cabot; a daughter, Velma Bare of Sherwood; a sister, Berneice Coomer of Bono; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main, with the Rev. Royce Lowe officiating. Burial will be at Arkansas Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The family requests memorials be made to the Arkansas Hospice in memory of James Estes.
Rev. Franklin O. Rogers
Rev. Franklin O. Rogers, 77, of Paragould died Thursday, March 14, 2002, in Chesterfield, Mo.
He was born Dec. 31, 1914, in Clay County. He was a minister and member of Grace United General Baptist Church. He was also a veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Cordie Thrasher Rogers; two brothers, Clyde Rogers and Logan Morris; and two sisters, Neva Bell Huff and Lucille Braden.
Survivors include his wife, Gloria Dickinson Rogers of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Dinah Rogers of St. Peters, Mo.; two daughters, Marsha Rogers of St. Louis and Elaine Rogers of Granite City, Ill.; five brothers, Herschel Rogers and Donald Rogers, both of Rector, D.M. Morris of Paragould and Herman Morris and Therman Morris, both of Cherokee Village; two sisters, Rosezetta Sheffield of Belleview, Mo., and Louise Dowd of Moweaqua, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Andrew Rogers and Timothy Rogers.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Rector First General Baptist Church with the Revs. Anthony Dowdy and Jerry Gregory officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 tonight at the church.
Pallbearers will be Donald Rogers Jr., Randy Rogers, Denver Sheffield, Bruce Sheffield, Dan Sheffield and Kevin Morris.
Ermert Funeral Home in Corning was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Denver Turner Sr.
Denver Turner Sr., 87, of Success died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at Current River Nursing Home in Doniphan, Mo.
He was born May 31, 1914, in Brockett. He was a farmer and carpenter and also worked for Basler Electric as maintenance supervisor for 10 years. He was a member of Success Church of Christ and a group foreman in the C.C. Camps.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Dale, Cecil, Harold and Wayne Turner.
Survivors include two sons, Denver Turner Jr. of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Danny Turner of Doniphan; a daughter, Sandra Beliew of Jonesboro; five sisters, Annalene Laughlin of Corning, Zelpha Knowlton of Rockford, Ill., Betty June Wheeler of Monmouth, Ill., Cona Phillips of Poplar Bluff and Mary Jo Franklin of Neelyville, Mo.; six brothers, Sammy Turner, Rue Turner, Esman Turner, Howard Turner, and Burley Turner, all of Neelyville and Drew Turner of Crossett; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Orbra Williams Jr. officiating. Burial will be at Johnston Cemetery in Reyno.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Rock Falls (Whiteside County IL) James Loyd "Jay"
Robbins, 76, surrounded by his loved ones passed away Tuesday , March 19, 2002, following
a short illness. James was born Nov. 7, 1925, in Paragould, (Greene County) AR., to John
and Alice (Atchison) Robbins. On Feb. 12, 1948, he married his loving wife and soulmate,
Beverly Jones. He served in World War II and retired from Local 727 after 25 years
of service. He enjoyed spending time with his soulmate, family and playing with his
horses. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; four children and their families. Jim
(Lois) Robbins of Colorado Springs, Colo., and their children, Josh and Joe of Morrison,
Joslyn of Colorado Springs, Colo., Nakiea (Mike) Strecker of Oklahoma and great-grandson,
Grant Strecker; Carolyn Crow and family. Jeannie (Lance) King, great-grandchildren,
Tyler Doane and Kyley Robbins, all of Rock Falls; Linda Underwood and family,
Kengela Robbins, Jakie Underwood and Jonas Robbins, all of Rock Falls; Doug (Debbie)
Robbins of Morrison and family. Brandon (Regina) of New York, Teddy, Jim Bob and
Adam, all of Rock Falls, and Tabatha of Morrison, and great-grandsons, Tyler and Teddy;
his sister, Madge Keen of Paragould, Ark., and three brothers, Bob (Virginia) of
Wayneville, Mo., John (Peggy) of Henry and Jimmie (Chris) of Dixon, (Pulaski
County) Mo; in-laws, Francis (Bill) Jomant, Bob (Maggie) Jones of Rock Falls and
George (Sharon) Jones of Aurora, (Adams County)
Bobbie Jewel Beasley
Dr. Hoyt D. Gardner
Elmer Carlton Huffman
Chattie LeAnna Higgins, 95, of Paragould died Sunday, March 31, 2002,
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