Funeral Director & Embalmer Obituaries
Edward M.“Eddie” Hahn, 76, of Fort Smith formerly of Charleston, AR, passed away October14, 2017.
He was bornJune 9, 1941 in Fort Smith, AR to the late Edward Mathew and Lucyle McGee Hahn.
He was amember of the First Baptist Church of Charleston and served in the US Air ForceReserve.
Mr. Hahnowned and operated Smith Mortuary serving many families throughout Charlestoncommunity and the surrounding areas. He also owned and operated ArkansasWilbert Vault serving many funeral homes throughout the Arkansas River Valley,Northwest Arkansas, and parts of Oklahoma for many years.
Funeral service will be 2 PM Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Smith Mortuary Chapel and burial will follow in Garden of Memories in Charleston under the direction of Smith Mortuary, Charleston, Arkansas. Rev. Mike Love, Rev. Bill Van Meter and Rev. Artie Hudson will officiate.
Left tocherish his memory is his loving wife of 44 years, Cy Rice Hahn of Fort Smith,one daughter Shannon Hahn Robertson and husband Danny of Bella Vista, AR; onesister Jane Hodnett and husband Bill of Keller, TX; his mother-in-law MattieMae Rice of Fort Smith.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Smith Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 297Charleston, AR 72933, Charleston Dog Shelter P.O. Box 118 Charleston, AR 72933, Maggie House 1400 West Markham Street #206, Little Rock, AR 72201,and The Call, P.O. Box 23 Charleston, AR 72933.
Onlinecondolences may be made at www.smithmortuaryinc.com
Randall Lyn Carney, 57, of Osceola, went to be with the Lord at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He was born on September 28, 1959 in Blytheville, Arkansas to Tommy and Mabelee Lunsford Carney. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Osceola, Arkansas.
He attended schools in Blytheville, Arkansas, Marked Tree, Arkansas, Sadler, Texas and Glendale, California. He graduated from Glendale High School in Springfield, Missouri in 1978. He loved sports, especially football and basketball, and he played both while in junior high and high school. He was an avid Oakland Raiders fan, and pursued an ongoing rivalry with his twin brother, who is a Kansas City Chiefs fan.
While in high school, he worked part-time at two restaurants and became interested in food service. He managed Bonanza restaurant for two years before opening his own restaurant. While in Blytheville, he attended Mississippi County Community College (ANC) and Arkansas State University, Jonesboro. He graduated from The Dallas Institute for Funeral Service on August 12, 1988.
He was manager of Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola for several years before becoming regional manager of Roller Funeral Homes in Northeast Arkansas. While at Roller-Swift, he was Coroner of Mississippi County for several terms. He was also the CEO of Bailey Funeral Homes in Southern Arkansas and Northern Louisiana.
Randy returned to Mississippi County after several years of being away to pursue his dream of building his own funeral home. Partnering with his parents, he was very proud of the fact his dream came true. However, three years after Carney Funeral Home opened, he was approached by several in the community asking him to run for County Judge. This position and the opportunity to help and serve others in a new way soon became his new passion. He loved serving people. He was in his fourth term as County Judge of Mississippi County.
He has served in various capacities in Osceola Rotary Club, including being a Paul Harris Fellow and Blytheville Kiwanis Club as President of both clubs. He served as President and in other positions with the South Mississippi County Chamber of Commerce in Osceola. Judge Carney was associated with and served with: Association of Arkansas Counties, Northeast Arkansas Chief Elected Officials, Blytheville-Gosnell Regional Airport Authority, East Arkansas Planning and Development District, Great River Economic Development Foundation, and a host of committees throughout the county. He also served on the Osceola School Board for many years.
Judge Carney was a family man. He cherished his wife and often referred to her as the love of his life. He was proud of the young men David and Luke have become. Amanda was his only child for 20 years and she was his “SugarBear.” She has blessed him with three precious little granddaughters that he thought hung the moon. He loved all his siblings, but had a special relationship with his twin brother Rick. He was extremely close to his parents. He loved his mother’s cooking, especially her chicken and dressing. He and his father were very close – the best of friends. They enjoyed spending time together and making special memories.
His friends and family have described him as loving, loyal, kind, very generous, genuine and full of charisma. He put you at ease, even if he didn’t know you well. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Lana Gaye Carney of Osceola, Arkansas; one daughter, Amanda Miller (and Travis) of Memphis, Tennessee; two sons, David Randall Carney and Luke Wesson Carney of Osceola; three granddaughters, Addi Grace, Livi, and Mili; his parents, Tommy and Mabelee Carney of Blytheville; three brothers, Joe Carney (and Vickie) of Thayer Missouri, his twin brother, Rick Carney (and Teresa) of Sadler, Texas, Alan Carney (and Beverly) of Mountain Home, Arkansas; one sister, Susan Myers (and Ronnie) of Blytheville; numerous nieces and nephews; his best friend, Danny Joe Smithey (and Stefanie) of Osceola; and a host of friends that he loved dearly.
Visitation will be on Friday evening 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Carney Funeral Home in Blytheville. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, August 12th, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Osceola with Rev. Rick Carney and Rev. Jason Glenn officiating. Interment to follow at Carney Cemetery in Blytheville. There will be a visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Memorials may be offered to Lung Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at www.carneyfuneralhome.com.
Charles F. "Charlie Fred" Dearman, Sr.
April 2, 1936 - July 30, 2017
Charles Fred Dearman, Sr., affectionately known as “Charlie Fred,” passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the age of 81. Charlie was born in Warren, Arkansas, on April 2, 1936, to the late Fred Thomas Dearman and Edna Hunter Dearman. Charlie has been a predominant leader in business, civic, philanthropic and political causes in Monticello and Drew County for the better part of sixty years, and his devotion and love for his community will be missed by all that knew him. Charlie’s colorful life began on a dairy farm in Warren with his parents and three sisters. In addition to school, his daily life consisted of working on the farm in the mornings and evenings and practicing football in between. His work ethic, even at a young age, would prove to be the cornerstone of his success throughout his life. Although a multi-talented athlete, Charlie’s athleticism was most illuminated on the football field. He played offensive guard, fullback and defensive nose guard in high school, being a two-time All-District and All-State selection. Charlie graduated from Warren High School in 1954 and accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Arkansas at Monticello (formerly Arkansas A&M). Although Charlie received scholarship offers from Arkansas, LSU and Texas A&M, he chose to remain close to home. As a four-year starter, Charlie was the linchpin of Coach Convoy Leslie’s football dynasty in the 1950s, playing both offensive guard and defensive nose guard. During his tenure playing for UAM, the Boll Weevils won three straight AIC championships, which earned Charlie a two-time All-AIC selection. Following his senior year, Charlie was named to both the NAIA and AP All-America teams, being the first player in any sport in UAM history to be selected to an All-American team. Although Charlie was drafted by the Chicago Bears, he instead chose a life of service to his community. Charlie was inducted into the UAM Sports Hall of Fame in 2004, the Warren Lumberjacks Sports Hall in 2008 and, as a highlight of his life, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Although impressive, his athletic accomplishments would pale in comparison to the impact he had on the people in his community. Following graduation, he married Laura Lee Stephenson, and they had two sons, Charles Fred Dearman, Jr. (“Chuck”) and David Earl Dearman. Charlie attended the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, where he graduated in 1959. Upon graduation, he and Laura Lee moved to Monticello where Charlie worked for Stephenson Funeral Home, which was then owned by the Stephenson family. Charlie eventually had the opportunity to purchase the funeral home and later renamed it Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. In addition to being a licensed embalmer and funeral director, Charlie was elected as the Drew County Sheriff for two terms and served as the Drew County Coroner for over fifty years, which is the longest tenure to-date of any Coroner in the State of Arkansas. Charlie was very involved in the funeral home industry both on a state and national level, serving as the former President of both the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and the Southeast Arkansas Funeral Directors Association, the former Chairman of the Arkansas State Burial Board and the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors, and was the 1993 recipient of the Arkansas Funeral Director of the Year award. He served as the Arkansas Representative on the Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors Association and was the first Arkansas funeral director to serve in that role. He was also a longtime board member of Selected Funeral & Life Insurance Company, an Arkansas funeral insurance company that he was very dedicated to. Equally to serving his industry, Charlie believed in serving his community. He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Monticello having joined the church in 1958. He is a former member of the Monticello School Board, the Monticello City Council and the Monticello Parks Commission. He also served as President of the Monticello/Drew County Chamber of Commerce and the Monticello Jaycees, having been selected by the Jaycees as one of Arkansas’ Ten Outstanding Young Men. Although Charlie had extraordinary success on the field and a commitment to his community that is unparalleled, most would say that his greatest accomplishment was his devotion to the families that walked through the doors of his funeral home. Charlie’s ability to comfort grieving families on a daily basis is a unique gift possessed by very few; a quality that cannot be learned in a classroom. His compassion and genuine kindness were infinite, and his legacy will live on in his own family and in those families he faithfully served. Because of his life-long commitment to Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home, Charlie took tremendous pride in watching his eldest son, Chuck assume the helm of the funeral home once Charlie’s health declined. Chuck held it an honor and blessing to learn the industry from one of the best and work alongside his dad for over 30 years. Finally, apart from the funeral home and his life of service, Charlie’s greatest passions were hunting, fishing, watching his beloved football teams and spending time with his grandkids. As they were growing up, Charlie spent hours taking them hunting and telling them stories as they sat on his lap. Those of us that knew him knows that he was quite the story teller. His heart was bigger than the combined length of all football fields on which he ever played, and his smile will forever be contagious. To know Charlie was to love him as he immediately captured your heart. As has often been said, all legends will die, but their spirit will live on in the hearts they touched. After a lifetime of assisting thousands of families lay their loved ones to rest, Charles Fred Dearman will now be laid peacefully to rest. In addition to his parents, Charlie was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Savannah Ashley Dearman and two sisters, Jonnie Elle Dearman Cooper and Pearl Dearman McKenzie. Charlie’s family is forever grateful to God for the bonus years they had with him, and his heart will live in them forever. Charlie is survived by his wife, Laura Lee Stephenson Dearman of Monticello; two sons, Charles Fred “Chuck” Dearman, Jr. and wife Cindy Eubanks Dearman of Monticello and David Earl Dearman of Little Rock; his grandchildren, Charles Fred “Chad” Dearman, III of Little Rock, Haley Diane Dearman of New Orleans and Alexandra Nicole Dearman of Nashville, TN; his sister, Mary Dearman Heffner and husband Tom of Cabot; a brother-in-law, Gary Cooper of Warren; nephews, Tommy Heffner and Jim Cooper; nieces, Cindy Cooper and Chris Reighard; and the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home Family. The family would like to issue a special “thank you” to the owners and wonderful staff at Monticello Grand Manor Assisted Living, who filled the last years of Charlie’s life with joy and laughter. The family would also like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Bowman Road Hospice Home Care for the care and kindness they provided Charlie in his final days. Active pallbearers will be Jim Cooper, Tommy Heffner, Brian Smith, Bobby Stephenson, Von Eubanks, Clint Eubanks, Kyle Eubanks and Chris Fletcher. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home, the Warren High School Class of 1954, the 1954-57 UAM football teams, the employees/staff and board of directors of Selected Funeral & Life Insurance Company, and the funeral directors of the State of Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening, August 5, 2017 at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2017 also at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home Chapel with interment immediately following at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. Memorials in Charlie’s honor may be made to the Charles F. Dearman Scholarship Fund at UAM, PO Box 3520 Monticello, AR 71656 or the First United Methodist Church, 317 S. Main Monticello, AR 71655. Arrangements provided by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Guestbook and online condolences may be left at www.stephensondearman.com.
Angela Lee Rhodes, age 37, of Augusta, Arkansas, passed away on March 10, 2017 in Augusta, Arkansas.
She was born to Jimmy and Cindy (Nichols) Rhodes on July 12, 1979. Angela was a member of the Grace Baptist Church. She graduated from Augusta High School and attended college at Arkansas State University in Newport and Jonesboro. She earned her degree in Radio Communications. Angela was a proud member of the Army. Angela was a funeral director and manager at Rhodes and Son Funeral Home. Angela enjoyed traveling to many places, especially to Branson, Missouri. Her passions were reading, shopping, going to church, helping with Vacation Bible School, and selling Scentsy. Angela especially loved taking care of kids. Angela's favorite was spoiling, loving on, and taking care of her dogs. She resides in memory: her mother: Cindy (Nichols) Rhodes of Augusta, Arkansas, her brother: Jimmy Rhodes, Jr., her babies: Mandy, Sarah, Mickey, Makayla, Mylee, and Millie, two uncles: Merlin Johnson and wife, Pamela of Bartlesville, Oklahoma and Ronny Nichols and wife, Phyllis of Augusta, Arkansas, one aunt: Pam Robertson and husband, Cleatious of Searcy, Arkansas, and a host of family and friends. Angela is preceded in death by her father: Jimmy Rhodes, Sr., both sets of grandparents, and her baby: Maurea. Visitation will be held Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rhodes and Son Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Committal service will be held at Augusta Memorial Park. Arrangements by Rhodes & Son Funeral Home, Augusta & McCrory. Pallbearers are Frank Burton, Tyler Baker, Daniel Baker, Mike McCabe, Tommy Wells, Windell Allen, and Darius Ward. Honorary Pallbearers: Mickey Gilley and Gilbert Matlock, Jr. Donations can be made in Angela's memory at the American Humane Society.
Dan R. Duren, age 62, of Yellville, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017.
Dan was born December 20, 1954 in Yellville, Arkansas to late Robert Marion and Betty Jo (Burns) Duren. He was a 1972 graduate of Yellville-Summit High School, a 1976 graduate of UCA in Conway, Arkansas.
Dan was former owner/operator of Burns Funeral Home Yellville, Arkansas and in 2015 when it became Roller-Burns Funeral Home, he continued as funeral director. In his capacity as owner and funeral director for Burns Funeral Home he served and ministered to many families in Marion County and beyond.
Dan served as Marion County Coroner from 1999 - 2016; he was on the Board of Directors of Bank of Yellville/Arvest Bank in Yellville; he was former Captain of the Yellville Volunteer Fire Department; and a past member of Yellville Chamber of Commerce. He was Grand Marshall for Turkey Trot in 2014. Dan was an Arkansas Razorback fan, a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and an avid fan of 11D Racing. He was a faithful, active member of First Baptist Church in Yellville when he served as deacon and trustee.
He is survived by his wife, Susie, of the home; his daughter Amanda Johnston of Benton, Arkansas; his son Hunter Duren and his wife, Mikala, of Yellville, Arkansas; two brothers: Glen Duren of Yellville, Arkansas; and Mark Duren and his wife, Susan, of Harrison, Arkansas; four grandchildren: Addison, Reese, Hank, and Gunner; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents
Visitation will be 5:00 - 7:00 PM Saturday, March 18, 2017 in the gymnasium at the Yellville-Summit School multi-purpose building.
Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Sunday, March 19, 2017 also in the gymnasium at the Yellville-Summit School multi-purpose building with Bro. Rick Pyron officiating.
Internment will follow at Layton Cemetery in Yellville, Arkansas
Pallbearers will be Shawn Lane, Heath Davenport, Matt Davenport, Kyle Davenport, Kandy Methvin, and Joe Don Sharp.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of First Baptist Church, Staff of Burns Funeral Home, Dal Dixon and Keith Evans.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Yellville; or the Yellville City Park.
Harold E. Kemp, age 72, of Heber Springs, Arkansas formerly from Fordyce, Arkansas passed away January 3, 2017. He was born on August 24, 1944 in Malvern, Arkansas to the late Doyle and Alleene Cooper Kemp.
Harold was a funeral director and manager at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce and also was manager at Heber Springs Funeral Home until his retirement. He was a member of the Sugarloaf Baptist Church in Heber Springs.
Harold enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Wilma Kratz Kemp; two sons, Allan (Danette) Kemp of Fordyce and Kevin (Michele) Kemp of Little Rock; daughter, Lisa (Brian) Kemp Kroening of Hot Springs Village: two sisters, Sandra Phipps and Karen Davidson both of Malvern, Arkansas; a brother, Frank (Donna) Kemp of Bismark, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Tyler Kroening, Kayla Kemp, Karly Kroening, Dane Kemp, Kalen Kemp, Lauren Kemp, Kendyl Kemp, and Grant Kemp; and many friends.
There will be a visitation 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Heber Springs Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 10:00 am, Friday, January 6, 2017 at the funeral home with Brother Tony Criswell officiating. Interment will be 3:30 pm, Friday, January 6 at Stoney Point Cemetery in Fordyce, Arkansas.
Heber Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online Obituary: www.heberspringsfuneralhome.com
Joyce Evelyn Galloway-Kelley was born July 10, 1949 to the late William and Mattie L. Galloway. She was called home to be with Christ on Sunday, December 18, 2016.
Joyce, more affectionately known by her family and friends as "Sister", professed her love for Christ at an early age. She was a devoted member of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church and diligently served there until her health began to fail in February of 2016. Sister was a kind gentle soul, who would be found doing whatever she could for anyone that needed her. She loved to talk, laugh, and cook.
It brought her great joy working at Marks Funeral Home. She especially loved when people would stop by to visit with her. Her job allowed her to help people in their time of need and she was great at it!
She was preceded in death by her father, William Galloway, Sr.; her mother, Mattie L. Galloway; a loving husband, William L. Kelley; one sister, Linda Warner; and one brother, David Ferrell.
Her loving memory will forever be cherished by a proud, loving, and devoted Daughter, Sherry Galloway; Grandson, Jeremy Harris· Granddaughter, Jira Gallo way; Great-Grandson Mikel Stewart, God-Grandson, Sema 'J Walker; one Step-Daughter, Frances (John) Kelley; two Step-Sons, William (Vera) Kelley, Kenneth (Pat) Kelley; four Step-Grandchildren; four Step-Great Grand Children; one sister Mattie R. Handley; four brothers, William (Evelyn) Galloway, Jr; Arthur Gallo way, Charles (Margaret) Galloway, and Larry (Rena) Coleman; one Godson, Bryant Dallas; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends, family, classmates and co-workers.
Bro. Alexander Galloway
Bro. Patrick Warner
Bro. Byron Galloway, Sr.
Bro. Stacy Galloway
Bro. Byron Galloway, Jr.
Bro. Bryan Galloway
Rev. Kevin Galloway
Bro. Ricky Walker
Deacons of New Providence M.B.C.
The family of the late Joyce Evelyn Galloway Kelley, wishes to THANK you for every act of kindness during our time of bereavement. Special THANKS for your prayers, phone calls, text messages, visits and whatever part you extended to console our hearts. May God truly continue to bless each of you . -The Family
Services Entrusted To:
Marks Funeral Home 501 West 1st Street Fordyce, AR 71742
Lawrence Ray Chandler, age 70, a lifelong resident of De Queen, Arkansas, passed from this life, Saturday, January 21, 2017, in De Queen.
Lawrence was born August 2, 1946 in Sentinel, Oklahoma. He was the youngest of nine, born to Frankie Gene and Lona Lee Griggs Chandler. He married the love of his life, Marian Joyce Penney, on November 24, 1965. In 1968, Lawrence graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science; and has since, dedicated his life to serving his community as a funeral director, and for countless years, as county coroner. Breaking ground in 1998, along with his wife Marian, Lawrence became the proud owner and founder of Chandler Funeral Home. Over the years, Lawrence has been an active member of the Arkansas Cattlemen's Association, Gideon's International, the Arkansas Funeral Director's Association, and the National Funeral Director's Association. He was a member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church in De Queen.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeffrey Chandler, his parents, three brothers, Randall Eugene Chandler, Franklin Chandler, and Dub Chandler, four sisters, Grace Settoon, Ruth Dorsey, Becky Alice Allen and Lois Wray.
Lawrence is survived by his wife of over 51 years, Marian Penney Chandler of De Queen; a daughter, Stephanie Kaye Chandler-Wishard of De Queen; two grandchildren, Lawrence Allen Wishard and Andrea Nichole Wishard, both of De Queen; a great granddaughter, Khloè Grace Wishard of De Queen; a brother and sister-in-law, Noel Duane and Sandy Chandler of Brenham, Texas; three sisters-in-law, Linda Ann Brazile of Amarillo, Texas, Jane Chandler of Horatio, Arkansas and Carol Chandler of De Queen; a number of nieces, nephews, other family members, and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Lawrence Chandler, will be held, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Carlton officiating. Burial will follow in Redmen Cemetery under the direction of the Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. You may send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate In Memory of Lawrence Chandler to Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-9984 or to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Daniel Webster McBride, of Paragould, formerly of Rector, passed away Dec. 21, 2016, at the age of 93. He was born in Rector on Dec. 21, 1923, to Irene McPherson McBride and Edward Alfred McBride. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Irby McBride, and his sister, Frances Louise Tracy. Dan is survived by his wife, Mary, daughters, Dana Speer and husband, Alton, Lisa Trent and husband, David, grandsons, Greg Speer and wife, Stephanie, Grant Speer and wife, Rebecca, great-grandchildren, Shelby and Austin Speer and several nieces and nephews.
Dan was a veteran of World War II, serving as a captain in the marine Corps as a night fighter pilot. He resigned that commission to accept a commission in the Army Reserves in order to help start the Rector unit of the National Guard. He served as that unit's first Commanding Officer. Dan was associated with Irby Funeral Home from 1946 thru 1981 as a funeral director, embalmer and owner. He served on the Arkansas Embalmers and Funeral Directors Board and the Arkansas State Burial Assn. Board, serving as president of each for 1 year. He was on the board of Memorial Insurance for 20 years. Dan was a lifelong member of Rector First United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 23, 2016 at 1 :00 p.m. in the Rector First United Methodist Church. Visitation will follow. Burial will be private.
Virgil R. Boyd, 87, owner and long-time manager of Boyd Funeral Home, passed away December 20, 2016, with his 'girls' by his side. He went to meet his Lord, his beautiful wife, son, grandson and many other loved ones for a joyous Christmas.
He was born April 6, 1929 to Hugh and Lillie Burnett Boyd in Austin, AR. He was raised in and around the Cabot area. In 1946 he met the love of his life, Margaret McVay while she was visiting a friend in Cabot. They married on August 1, 1946. They started their family, October, 1949 with daughter, Patricia, and a son, Donald in 1953.
The Lonoke County community, especially Lonoke, has lost a dedicated, generous man who put their needs before his at all times. It never mattered to Virgil your station in life he treated everyone, rich or poor, black or white with the same love and respect. He has always been on call 24 hours a day for families that needed his help. Between the years of 1957 thru 1974, he drove the ambulance as well as meeting with families to plan a funeral, or conducting a service, sometimes all three without stopping in between. There were times he would be up 48 hours straight. He also served as Lonoke County Coroner for several years.
Virgil's love for the funeral profession started at a young age. He began helping with graves and tent setups at 17. From there it went to helping drive the ambulance and then assisting with funerals. He received his funeral directors license in 1957. At the time he worked for Bailey Funeral Home in Cabot. In July, 1957 he was asked to come to Lonoke to manage their funeral home here. His family felt as if they had moved into a mansion, from a two room house in Cabot to an upstairs apartment with five rooms.
In 1972, Virgil was offered the opportunity to buy Weaver Funeral Home. With only $50 to his name, and the help of some very dear friends and others who believed in him, he was able to sign the papers in November, 1972. The name was changed to Boyd Funeral Home, Inc. He, Margaret and son Donald were going to manage the funeral home and flower shop that was already established in the business. Margaret loved the flower shop, and Donald helped with the ambulance transporting. In late 1973, Virgil and Donald started taking EMT classes with the first class offered in Arkansas. Tragically, in November, 1974, while transporting a patient to the Veterans Hospital, the door of the ambulance came open pulling Donald out onto the freeway. Unfortunately, he died the following night of his injuries. After this, they made the funeral home their life. He often said that he was doing it for Donald.
In 1976, Pat presented them with a grand-daughter, and another in 1979. These girls gave them a reason to live again. They loved them unconditionally, and spoiled them rotten. They enjoyed having them stay over with them on week-ends and summer vacation.
In 1986, Virgil and Margaret built a new office and reception area to the existing chapel area of the funeral home, moving out of the old two story building which had housed the office area. About the same time, they were able to build a new house and move completely away from the funeral home itself. This was a drastic change for them because since they had moved to Lonoke, they had lived upstairs in the funeral homes.
In 1991, they asked Pat to come work for them. She eventually became the office manager, and continues to manage the office and finances.
On August 1, 2012, Virgil and Margaret celebrated their 66 wedding anniversary. Sadly, on August 31, 2012, Margaret passed away. Virgil was devastated. He thought he knew how people felt when they lost a spouse. He was always so good at giving hugs, and 'We love you' to family members, but he admitted that he had no idea until Margaret died exactly how it felt. After that he was even more compassionate.
Virgil Boyd will be dearly missed not only by his immediate family, but by his family of devoted employees. Some have worked for him almost 20 years. He taught them how and why they should treat the dead as if they were alive, showing respect for them as much as their surviving family members. He ran a funeral service like a well-oiled machine. His teachings have followed several young funeral directors through their lives in this business. He was always respected, and loved by all that dealt with him in this business. If one member of each family he has served over the years showed up for his service, there would be standing room only. He has touched thousands over the 59 years he has been in Lonoke.
Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, Margaret, son, Donald, grandson, Doyle Wayne Baldwin, his brother Kenneth and wife Jean, and numerous in-laws that he loved as his own family.
Survivors include, his sister, Geneva Hassen (Thomas) of Cabot; daughter, Patricia Baldwin of Lonoke; grand-daughters, Kyla Baldwin (Steve Fortune) of Cabot, Kasi Baldwin-Ellis (Matt) of Sherwood and Great-granddaughter, Mattie Keirsten Ellis; brother-in-law, James McVay (Marilyn), sisters-in law, Virgene and Eileen McVay; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends 6-8 pm Monday at Boyd Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service will be held 2pm Tuesday, December 27 at Lonoke Baptist Church with burial following in Butlerville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Palm Street Church of Christ building fund, Lonoke; Morrilton Children's Home or Sherwood Animal Shelter on North Hills Blvd.
John Jay Jones, JR
Friday, November 11, 2016 Place: Lonoke Baptist Church
1841 Lonoke Drive
Texarkana, AR 71854 Time: 11:00 AM
Dr. David Wilson, Eulogist Rev. L.B. George, Officiating
The body will lie in state from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Church.
Mr. LeRoy Brown, 79 of Buckner, AR transitioned to perfect peace on September 26, 2016 at Christus St. Michael Hospital, Texarkana, TX. He was born to the late Odis and Pearlie Toney Brown.
LeRoy graduated high school from Lafayette County Training School in 1955. After graduation, he attended the University of Southern California (USC) his freshman year. Due to financial constraints, he returned to Arkansas and completed his education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (formerly Arkansas Agriculture Mechanical and Normal College (AM&N), where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in May 1961. In his quest for continuous knowledge and to further his career, he earned a Master of Science in Public School Administration from Texas A&M Commerce, (formerly East Texas State University) in Texarkana, TX in August 1981. He achieved a 30 year legacy as an outstanding Educator, Principal/High School Administrator in the Foster High School Districts in Lewisville, AR.
Upon retirement after 30 years as a public school educator, Leroy started his second career as a Funeral Home Director. He completed an apprenticeship at Smith Funeral Home in Stamps, AR and received a Funeral Home Director Certification. He was a loyal and dedicated employee of Smith Funeral Home for over 30 years.
LeRoy Brown was the first African American Mayor of the city of Buckner, AR. Under his leadership the city council successfully completed several projects to improve the city during his tenure such as receiving a grant for the new water system, building a city park and implementing the youth summer work program among others. He continued for several years as a city alderman after his tenure as Mayor.
LeRoy spent his entire life in service to his wife, family, church and community. He labored faithfully as a Senior Deacon at St. John Baptist Church in Buckner, AR. In addition, he was instrumental in acquiring the church building at the new location.
In 1960 LeRoy Brown and Dorothy Hughey Brown united in holy matrimony. He was the father of four children, Johnny Brown, and from the union of he and Dorothy, three children, Cininni, Titian and Ragatte.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Pearlie Toney Brown; two adopted brothers, Timothy and Earl Halley.
His memory will be cherished by his daughter Cininni(Jewell) Powell of Arlington, TX; three sons Johnny (Rose) Brown and Ragatte Brown of Buckner, AR and Titian Brown of Belcamp, MD; one sibling, Luther(Dorothy) Jackson of Ogden, UT; grandchildren, Lance(Aerial)Brown, Texarkana, AR, Vance Brown of Buckner, AR, Lakethia Brown of Houston, TX, Shautina Bullock of Lt. Rock, AR, Kumaras and Kyran Powell of Arlington, TX, Krsna Powell of Silver Springs MD; one special great grand-daughter, Kumariya Powell of Arlington, TX. Moisha Moore of Magnolia, AR among other precious great grand-children, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives (special cousins Kerri and Anthony Sterling, Antegra, Kirsten, Bobbie Dismuke, Francille LaGrone, Mary B. Brown) and friends who loved him dearly.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Lewisville Elementary School Auditorium, Lewisville, AR with Rev. Charles Cooper officiating. Visitation will beheld at the St. John Baptist Church, Friday, September 30, 2016 from 5p.m. until 7p.m. Interment will be directly after the service at Buckner Community Cemetery on College Street/Shiloh Road Buckner, AR.
Visitation Friday, September 30, 2016 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Patty Smith, 60 of Nashville, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Texarkana, Texas. She was born on April 9, 1956 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas the daughter of Helen Dawson and the late Fredrick C. Davis.
Patty was a graduate of the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope. She served many families as an Arkansas licensed funeral director and embalmer, in Northeast Arkansas and Southwest Arkansas, she had been employed at Latimer Funeral Home for the past thirteen years. Patty was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan.
She was preceded in death by her father Fredrick C. Davis.
Survivors include her husband Randy Smith of Nashville, AR; two daughters April Epps and husband Alan of South Boston, VA; and Heather Smith of Washington, AR; one sister Karen Davis of Spring Hill, AR; and mother Helen Davis of Spring Hill, AR; four grandchildren Amber, Austin, Ava, Abby; one special niece Laura Ann Davis of Spring Hill, AR; and a special grandniece Alexandria Davis of Spring Hill, AR.
Memorial services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, July 24 at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Blase officiating. Under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home in Nashville.
You may send an online sympathy message at www.latimerfuneralhome.com
Robert L. Newton, 73, of Harrison, passed away peacefully at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center with his family by his side.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 26 at Holt Memorial Chapel from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Graveside service is Wednesday, July 27 at Maple Leaf Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Arlis Thrasher officiating. Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are John Wilson Wray, Bill Carver, John Allan Jones, Glenna Ragan, Robert McCorkindale, Zelda, Jimmy, and Terry.
The son of Robert "Bob" and Marguerite (Johnson) Newton was born in Neosho, MO on November 5, 1942.
Robert was a dedicated Harrison Golden Goblin and an avid Razorback fan. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1961. Robert spent his entire career in the funeral business where he accomplished a lot in his years and enjoyed telling stories about his life's experiences.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Marguerite Newton.
Robert is survived by his wife Linda Newton, of Harrison; sons, Tracy Newton and his wife Theresa, of Harrison, Wayne and Alex Newton/Rosson, Leslie "Beaver" Newton and his wife Missy; his only daughter, Pamela Kay Roberts and her husband, Chris; grandchildren, Dillon Boyd, Michaela Boyd, Tanner Newton, Parker Newton, Christopher Roberts, Chloe Roberts, Tessa Newton and Jayci Newton; and great granddaughter, Zoey Morgan.
Jerry L. Woodard, 12/2/1947 - 6/16/2016 - Jerry passed away Thursday morning June 16, 2016 at the age of 68 in Jonesboro, AR. Jerry was a co-owner of Woodard Funeral Service in Jonesboro, Marked Tree, and Wynne. Jerry became a licensed funeral director in 1982. Jerry served on the Arkansas Burial Association Board from 1998 to 2000.
Jerry leaves behind his beloved wife Pamela L. Woodard of Jonesboro, AR, two sons, Quinton Woodard of Jonesboro, AR and Lee J. Woodard of Memphis, TN; three grandchildren and one great grandchild; two brothers Terry and Curtis Woodard of Wynne, AR; four sisters, Betty Eskridge, Glenda Woodard, Janice Collins all of Wynne, AR, and Brenda Hubbard of Atlanta, Ga.
Visitation will be held Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Woodard Funeral Service in Wynne, AR from 5 - 7 p.m. There will also be another visitation held Monday, June 20, 2016 from 10 am - 12 pm at New St. John Baptist Church on N. Main Street, Jonesboro, AR. Service will follow at 12 pm at New St. John Baptist Church and burial will follow in Nettleton Cemetery in Jonesboro.
Services have been entrusted to: Woodard Funeral Service.
Sandra Darlene Sutterfield Martin, 54, passed away May 4, 2016. She was born January 1, 1962 to Arvil and Harriet Sutterfield. She was of the Baptist faith, and during her years in Batesville she attended West Baptist Church. She was the owner and operator of Willis Funeral Service and S&S Crematory for over 20 years. She liked to garden, enjoyed cooking, and enjoyed looking at the stars. She was a deputy coroner of Independence County for several years and also served as a girl scouts leader. Most of all, she enjoyed time spent with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arvil and Harriet Sutterfield, and a sister, Diane Sutterfield. She is survived by her husband Richard Martin; two daughters, Miranda Traw, and her husband, P.J., and Lori Chandler and her husband, Matt, her step-daughter, Britni Martin, and four brothers: David Sutterfield, Larry Sutterfield and his wife, Shirley, Roger Sutterfield and his wife, Rita, and Mike Sutterfield and his wife, Marsha, a sister, Judy Smotherman, and her husband, Winfred, and a grandson, Slayton Chandler, and a host of other relatives and dear friends.
Visitation will be Monday May 9th from 5-7 PM at the Willis Funeral Service Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday May 10 at 10:30 AM at the Willis Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Cooper officiating. Interment will follow at Egner Cemetery.
Pallbearers include: Winfred Smotherman, Jody Smotherman, Randy Sutterfield, Rodney Sutterfield, Bobby Galloway, and Danny Smart Honorary Pallbearers include: Marshall Sutterfield, Jeremy Sutterfield, Larry Sutterfield Jr., Michael Sutterfield Jr., Joe Swafford, and Phillip Cash.
Gerald Hartsel Walker, 74, of Cabot, died Monday, April 25, 2016. He was born September 7, 1941 to the late Glendon Walker and Edyth Bryant Walker. He was of Methodist faith and in his younger years he was involved with the youth at his church. He was a member of Cabot Masonic Lodge #319, where he served as Master of the Lodge. He served as past Worth Patron of the Eastern Star and was active as a mentor of Job's Daughters and Demolay. He recently received his fifty year certificate as an embalmer and funeral director. Gerald and his late wife, Angelene, were former owners of Cabot Funeral Home, and he previously served as Lonoke County Coroner.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette "Nut-Nut"; children, Tamara R. Walker, Gerri Shelton (Don Weathers), and Pamela Eddy (Joey); grandchildren, Angelene Nichole Shelton, Jordan Eddy, Haley Michelle Shelton, Claire Elise Walker, Shelby Elizabeth Eddy, Derek Weathers, and Lacy Weathers May; and a great grandson, Jeffrey Shelton, who was born on Gerald's birthday; cousins, Charles Kellogg of Oklahoma City, OK, and Darla Riddle. He leaves behind many children that he loved and mentored like a father, in addition he is remembered fondly by other family, extended family and friends. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and always having a cigar.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Memorials may be made to Cabot Masonic Lodge, 750 West Locust Street, Cabot, Arkansas 72023. Arrangements by Moore's Cabot Funeral Home (501)843-5816. Please sign the online guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com.
Brother Herman L. Mitchell, Jr., 59, of North Little Rock transitioned to his eternal rest on March 31, 2016. He was born to Herman L. Mitchell, Sr. and Wivolene Jones Mitchell on January 2, 1957 in Lonoke, Arkansas. He was passionate about his family, horses and motorcycles. His accomplishments included Vice President of the Usher Ministry, Sunday School Assistant Superintendent and the Servant Help Ministry at First Baptist Church. Another heartfelt accomplishment of Herman's was being a Funeral Director at Serenity Funeral Home where he was President and part owner.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herman L. Mitchell, Sr., one sister, Wivolene Mitchell Perry and two nephews, Prentiss Carter and Keith E. Wilbert, Jr.
He leaves to celebrate his life devoted wife and friend Stephanie Mitchell; mother, Wivolene Mitchell; children, Ebony Linton, Natasha Burley, Nicole Pride, Kendric Gardner, Latoya Mitchell, Kyana Mitchell, Karston Bradford and Keisha Bradford; twelve grandchildren, five brothers and three sisters.
Family hour will be Friday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. Both held at First Baptist Church, 811 SA Jones, North Little Rock. Services entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 1851 Marshall Street, Little Rock (501) 374-5025. "Providing Service of Excellence." Online guestbook at www.serenityfuneralhomear.com.
Brother Pete Sims Jr. was born on May 11, 1924 in El Dorado, AR to Pete Samuel and Eva Mae Richard Sims. Pete accepted Christ at an early age. He was a devoted member and trustee of First Baptist Church-Cordell in El Dorado, AR. He graduated from Washington High School in 1942. After graduation, he joined the U.S Army, fighting for our country in the European theater of WW II. Mr. Sims always had a fascination with the funeral industry. As a child and teenager he hung out at Andrew's Funeral Home on Hillsboro. After discharge from the military he went to Atlanta College of Mortuary Science. After graduation he and a friend established Sims and Shaw Mortuary and Burial Association in 1951. He and his brother, Floyd " Sammy" later partnered to form Sims Mortuary, Inc.
At some point and time he met, courted, and married Ella Louise Smith. They were unable to have a child of their own, but God blessed them with a little baby girl, a God child, whom they made their own. They were the happy family, until Ella passed away 12 years later. In his wife's memory, an educator, he created Ella Louise Sims Memorial scholarship fund through Union County Community Foundation.
He was a devoted member of Gusher Elk Lodge 350 and National and State Funeral Directors Associations. He was very active in the El Dorado community, always giving back.and mentoring many others. He was a member of many organizations often serving in an official capacity. He served on several professional, and civic advisory boards. Pete received many awards and accolades from his many professional and civic organizations.
Pete Sims Jr. was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Levi , Floyd S., and Sears W. Sims. He leaves to cherish his memory, a daughter Stephanie Crater, and granddaughters Chloe (Alex) and Tai (Jacob) Rutledge , a great grandson, Ari Betton and a dearly beloved friend, Alfriza Moore, a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church-Cordell, 620 Cordell, El Dorado, AR 71730 with Rev. Pierce Moore officiating. Interment will be held at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens Norphlet, AR under the direction of the Sims Mortuary Staff. He will be entombed in the mausoleum.
Visitation at the funeral home will be Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm. A wake will be held from 6 to 8 pm at First Baptist Church-Cordell.
Sisco Funeral Home, Inc.
1312 N Curtis Ave. P.O. Box 54
Pea Ridge, Arkansas 72751
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Kirby Delano Bell, 80, of Springdale died March 27, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice.
He was born February 24, 1936 in Hilltop, Arkansas to Roy Bell and Genevra Margaret Moncrief Bell. He was a funeral director for Sisco Chapel in Springdale and Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge for many years. He served in the Arkansas National Guard. Kirby loved to rabbit hunt, squirrel hunt and raised rat terriers and beagles to hunt with. He raised goats, pigeons and a big garden every spring. Kirby loved his family very much and was a member of Rivers of Faith Church in Springdale. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Bell and two brothers, Joe Bell and Wayne Bell.
Survivors are a daughter, Deboia McDonald and husband Dennis of Springdale; a son, Delano Bell and wife Patty of Rogers; a grandson, Chance McDonald of Springdale; one brother, Dale Bell of Rogers; two sisters, June Williams of Harrison, Ark. and Ruth Bell of Claremore, Oklahoma.
Service is set for 1:00 P.M., Friday, April 1 at Sisco Funeral Chapel in Pea Ridge with Pastor David Gosvener officiating. Burial will be in the Elm Springs Cemetery. No Visitation.
Online condolences may be made at siscofuneralhome.net
Enos Deon Reagan was called home Sunday, February 21, 2016, while surrounded by his family singing praise. He was born October 20th, 1933 in Greenway, Arkansas.
Deon was preceded in death by his parents, Cartha and Lillie Reagan; brothers, Fred and Paul Reagan; and sisters, Hazel Fry, Euvela Duty, and Throna Tarkington.
He is survived by his loving wife, Janis Reagan, of 63 years; sons, Fredrick Reagan (Jennifer), Joel Reagan (Jamie); daughter, Donna Boyce (Dan); sisters, Betty Hall (Bill), and Garnetta Smart (Junior Lee); brother, Junior Reagan; seven Grandchildren, Patrick, Melissa, Lilly, Bethany, Clay, Logan, and Sweet Baby Brighton; nineteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Deon was a faithful member of the North Jacksonville Church of Christ. He was retired from the National Guard, he was a Mortician, as well as a Master Carpenter. However, his greatest accomplishment in life was his family. He was a loving, devoted father and grandfather that loved to joke and play pranks.
He created many beautiful works of art with his creative carpentry skills. He will forever be missed and will always live on through his Family. Luke 6:37: Judge not, and ye shall not be judged, condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned, forgive and ye shall be forgiven. There will be a Memorial Service at 2 p.m., February 28, 2016, at the North Jacksonville Church of Christ, located at 6512 T P White Drive. Services entrusted to Arkansas Cremation. Guests may register at www.ArkansasCremation.com.
Elder Lloyd Craighead, of Little Rock, Arkansas received his blessing of immortality on February 2, 2016 in his 68 seasons of life. Those awaiting his arrival are his parents, Richard A. Sheppard Sr. and Roberta Craighead; sisters, Erma and Ruby Jean; and one grand-daughter, Tityana.
Lloyd has always possessed a strong work ethic. He became a funeral director at the age of 11, with Ms. Smith of OT Smith Funeral Home as his mentor. He became a licensed funeral director in the mid 1980's, he offered his services throughout the state being employed with Will Acklin Funeral Home, Gunn Funeral Home, Hardy Funeral Home, and he worked until his health declined as a Licensed Funeral Director at Robinson Mortuary. Lloyd was also employed at St. Vincent Hospital for 23 years. He was an active member of the Arkansas Funeral Director and Mortician Association as well as the National Funeral Director and Mortician Association. He was found to be very He leaves wonderful memories with his sons, Lloyd Jr., Roderick, Tywas, and Marvin; five grandchildren, Roderick Jr (RJ), Lloyd II (LJ), Tywas Jr (TJ), Jonanna, and Ashley, a special friend; Shanon Ann, and a host of nephews, nieces, extended relatives, and friends who will miss his strength, smile, and love, but will never forget his spirit and compassion.
Family Hour: Saturday, 4:00-6:00 pm, Robinson Mortuary LR Chapel. Celebration Service: Sunday, 2:00 pm, at Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3824 Antioch Boulevard, Bishop Kenneth L. Robinson Sr., Eulogist. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, LR (501) 371-0111. Sign online guest book at www.robinsonmortuary.com "Service You Can Trust."
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James Shinn, 84, of Atkins, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Twin Lakes Nursing Home in Flippin. He was born February 27, 1931, in Russellville, son of the late Arthur Ervin and Mary Neva Williamson Shinn. He was a member of Bells Chapel United Methodist Church, a Navy Veteran of the Korean War, and a retired funeral director and embalmer who served throughout the River Valley. He pastored the Moreland United Methodist Church for 8 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Shinn; and the mother of his children, Betty Shinn.
He married Susan Gibson and moved to Atkins in 1998. He is also survived by a son, Bill Shinn and wife Jennifer of Bull Shoals; brother, Donny Shinn and wife Linda of Spring, Texas; 2 grandsons, Clay Shinn and Blake Shinn; and a great-granddaughter, Lauren Grace Shinn.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, December 31, at Bells Chapel United Methodist Church with Sister Naomi Rogers officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Private burial is in Old Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Lemley Funeral Service of Atkins.
Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Willcutt, Dick Buchy, Jack Walls, Jamie Sweeden, John Jackson, Erick Sweeden and Kerry Austin.
Online obituary and condolences are available at www.lemleyfuneral.com.
Mr. Jerry Lynn Hulett of Newport departed this life on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at the age of 68 following a valiant fight with early onset Alzheimer's. He was born in Newport on May 1, 1947. Jerry grew up on Walnut Street in Newport, the favorite neighborhood street of the 40's and 50's. He loved to talk of his adventures and friends in the neighborhood and the many hours he spent on the curb at the Walnut Street Elementary School. Jerry was a 1965 graduate of Newport High School. He was a devoted Greyhound fan, spending countless Friday nights watching his girls as Whippets and Cheerleaders. Jerry attended his last NHS football game to watch his great-nephew, McCabe, play in 2014. Following high school, he attended Arkansas State College.
He considered Swifton to be his second home. Jerry and his sister Linda spent countless hours at their grandparent's home. Jerry was the first grandchild born to Opal and Ray McNutt; they shared an unbreakable bond. Much of Jerry's sweet, loving, and generous spirit he inherited and learned from the many hours he spent with his Papa Ray.
Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Linda Diane Coe, on June 9, 1967, then later enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 15, 1968. He went to Basic Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and then transferred to the Missile Training Program at Huntsville, Alabama, before being stationed in Fischbach bei Dahn, Germany, to work on the Missile Base there during the Vietnam War. Diane joined Jerry as soon as the Army allowed, and they made their home in Fischbach for the next two years. They found lifetime friends, traveled to many interesting places, and became parents for the first time while in Germany. Mae Carol Hulett was born September 17, 1969, in Landstuhl, Germany. Jerry counted the memories they made there as some of his most treasured.
He was discharged from the U.S. Army on January 15, 1971. Jerry and Diane made their home in Newport with Mae Carol in tow.
He joined his parents in the family business at Jackson's Funeral Homes. Jerry had worked on and off since he was a teenager at the funeral home. Although he tried other jobs, his heart always led him back to the funeral business. Jerry enrolled in the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, moved his family to Dallas, and graduated as a licensed mortician in 1972. He began doing what he did best, serving people. Jerry loved to work; he enjoyed getting to know the many families he cared for and serving alongside his Jackson's Funeral Homes family.
Jerry had a natural talent at most everything he attempted. Some would call it "just plain lucky" and others could see that his fiercely competitive nature made him practice at things until he was the best. Jerry never did anything half way. He woke up on go and traveled through his day at 100 mph. Jerry worked hard, played hard, and loved deeply. He never tired of playing jokes on people; many have fallen prey to his "wolf whistle" and ended up with a face full of powder. Jerry was a master at sneaking up to scare people and loved wearing the scariest masks he could find. Jerry even wore his "best monster mask" at the wedding reception of his middle daughter, Jenny. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, a skilled fisherman and hunter. He spent many hours hunting deer, squirrel, dove, turkey, and frog gigging. He and his youngest daughter, Laura, enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures. Jerry enjoyed gardening and raised many gardens at his homes on Graceland, Teresa, and West Main Streets. He loved sharing his vegetables and his deer meat with friends everywhere. Always tender hearted, he rescued many cats, dogs, and even a few people, needing help along the way.
Jerry was a collector. He loved Gulf, Coca-Cola, Dodge, and just about any other vintage memorabilia he could find. He loved fixing up his "barn" with his antique Dodge Charger and Challenger. Jerry spent many hours displaying the things he loved. He enjoyed having the Coe Family Christmas and many Class of 1965 Reunion parties there. Jerry took great pride in buying, restoring, and selling many cars and motorcycles over the years.
He was an active member of the community. Jerry was a member of the Newport Lions Club for 39 years and was 4th in Seniority of the Club.
He was a lifetime member of the Collier-Massey V.F.W. Post 4683 and the Neil-Griffin American Legion Post 47. He was also a participant in New Vision Newport Class 5 and then went on to mentor for Classes 7,8 and 9. He was the oldest New Vision member to ever climb the telephone pole and jump off. Jerry served on the Jackson County Quorum Court from 2009 to 2014. He ran for Jackson County Coroner in 1977, took office in January of 1978, and served in that position until December 31, 1998.
Jerry adored his family above all and enjoyed spending time with them at the lake and river, skiing, camping, and just having fun. Some of his fondest memories were made in Saddle where he began hunting over 40 years ago. He later began hosting family and friends for holidays, fireworks and fun at his "Deer Camp." This fun-loving jokester, kind hearted and generous man, will be missed by many. His stories and pranks will be shared with smiles for many years to come.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Joyce McNutt Jackson and E. Bob Jackson; his father, W. O. Hulett, Jr. and wife, Polly; his father-in-law, Raymond Coe; two brothers-in-law, Gene Coe and Gary Bennett; and one sister, Evelyn Garner.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane Coe Hulett, of the home; three daughters, Mae Carol Hulett Allen and husband, Scott, of Newport; Jenny Hulett Wiggers and husband, Chris, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Laura Hulett Edelen and husband, George, of Van Buren; grandchildren, Colton and Ryan Allen; Jaydon, Landon, and Lilly Wiggers; Trevor and Rayley Edelen; and Beth Ball and her children, Tripp, Laken, and Adalie Smith. Also surviving are three sisters, Linda Hulett Pfeifer and husband, Frank, of Conway; Donna Hulett Hoffman and husband, Jim, of St. Louis, Missouri; and Jan Jackson Maris and husband, Rhett, of Newport; his mother-in-law, Virginia Coe of Newport; an aunt, Elwanda Brann of Mansfield, Texas; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lifetime of friends.
Gus Shaffer, 86, of Ozark, Arkansas, died Monday, December 7, 2015 in Ozark. He was founder of Ozark Nursing Home and Shaffer Funeral Home and a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict, and a long-time supporter of the Democratic Party.
He was born May 22, 1929 in Denning, Arkansas, to Newell and Ada Nation Shaffer.
Gus was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Kathy Shaffer, and ten brothers. He is survived by his wife since 1953, DeEsta Pillstrom Shaffer of Ozark; four sons, Newton Shaffer and wife Brenda, Don Ed Shaffer and wife Mary Lou, David Ralph Shaffer (his wife, the late Kathy Shaffer), Jack Shaffer and wife Jennifer; Grandchildren, Ashley Marcotte, Holly Price, Heather Grimes, Ivy Shaffer, DeEsta Shaffer, Jake Shaffer, Jacey Cooper, Eric Shaffer, and Katie Shaffer; Great Grandchildren, Ethan Marcotte, Heaven Grimes, Natalie Marcotte, Shaffer Grimes, Lily Beth Price, Ayden Shaffer, Harris Marcotte, and Avery Shaffer.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ted Darling and Steve Sawrie officiating and burial at Highland Cemetery under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers are Paul and Lonnie Turner, Todd Durning, Kevin Berry, T.R. McNutt, Greg Warden, and Troy Clark; honorary pallbearers are members of Ozark Nursing Home and Shaffer Funeral Home men and women softball teams, and Ozark Nursing Home and Shaffer Funeral Home employees.
The family will visit with friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Wednesday at Shaffer Funeral Home, 2315 West Commercial Street in Ozark.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the Alzheimer's Association, 2408 South 51st Ct., Ste. F, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903.
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Ora Mae "Phillis" Phillips Kernodle of Wynne, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the age of 88. Phillis is survived by her husband, William C. "Billy" Kernodle II; son, William C. "Bill" Kernodle III and wife Lee of Olive Branch, Mississippi; daughters, Kay Kernodle Wittenberg of Metairie, Louisiana; Connie Kernodle Machado and husband Ramon of Ridgeland, Mississippi; sisters, Mamie Tatum of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Betty P. Livingston of Henderson, Tennessee; Martha Clendenin and husband Bob of Union City, Tennessee; grandchildren, James Wittenberg, IV and wife Allison of League City, Texas; Daniel W. A. Machado of Arlington, Virginia; David Phillip Machado and wife Katie of Huntsville, Alabama; Veronica Choukalas and husband Peter of Memphis, Tennessee; Genevieve Kernodle of Olive Branch, Mississippi; great grandchildren, Kylie & Kellen Wittenberg; Aaron Machado, Amelia Machado and Peter Choukalas III. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Troy, G. B., Joe Lee, and David Phillips; and twin sisters, Georgia Rush and Gertrude Ross.
Phillis was born on May 9, 1927 in Chester County, Tennessee to George B. Phillips and Lana G. Thomas Phillips. She married Billy Kernodle, a funeral director in 1948. She began working for Kernodle Funeral Home as the secretary and funeral director. She was secretary at Crowley's Ridge Country Club for a number of years. She is remembered as a sassy, loving, and "speak the truth" kind of woman. She knew everything there was to know about sewing, cooking, and gardening. She loved bowling, visiting the penny slots, playing bridge, drinking coffee with friends, and all things to do with hummingbirds. Phillis was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); United Methodist Women, and The Coffee Group. She was an active and dedicated member of The First United Methodist Church of Wynne.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 30, 2015 form 6 to 8 PM at Kernodle Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 2 PM with burial to follow in Cogbill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wynne, music fund at 800 N. Falls Blvd, Wynne, Arkansas 72396.
Forrest L. Hinderliter, Jr., 73, of Jay, OK died Friday, 9/11, 2015 in Jay. He was born March 5, 1942 in Kewanee, IL and lived in Galva, Il. until the family moved to Gila Bend, AZ. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Forrest L. Hinderliter, Sr. and Mary Annis of Gila Bend, AZ. He is survived by his wife, June, twin daughters, Brandi Rodgers and husband, Zane of Centerton, AR and Lori Sij and husband Kurt of Springdale, AR; 2 sisters, Vicki Crickmore of El Mirage, AZ and Margaret Bartley of Phoenix AZ. At the time of his death, he was employed in the administration office of the Delaware County Sheriff's Department. Forrest was a graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and worked in the funeral profession for many years which included ownership of the Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Services in Grove, Jay, and Langley. Earlier on he worked in law enforcement beginning that career in Gila Bend, AZ and moving on up to Payson, AZ to build a police department and he was their first Chief of Police. While in Payson he also served as City Magistrate and the first Tonto Apache Indian Reservation Tribal Judge. He was a member of many fraternal organizations and clubs, Forrest shared his Christian faith as a licensed minister. His funeral services are with Grand Lake Funeral Homes in Jay under the direction of Shaunda Lawson. Forrest will be cremated and his Memorial Life Celebration Service will be held on Saturday,11:00am,October 10, 2015 at First Assembly Of God,908 N. Main St.,Jay,OK 74346. Mr.Les Newkirk,and Jess Jones will be officiating. Forrest's Memorial Life Celebration will conclude at the church followed by a luncheon celebrating Forrest in a festive way,just like he would want it,celebrating all the joyful and beautiful memories of Forrest "Gump",with a salute saying "until we all meet again"....
Mark A. Thomas, 51, of Cabot, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015. He was born on June 10, 1964 in Wilburton, Oklahoma to Dee and Gloria Thomas. He was a graduate of Talihina High School and a member of the Talihina Golden Tiger band. Mark loved outdoor life and especially loved hunting and fishing. His passion was serving others through the funeral profession. After graduating from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with his Associate of Arts degree, he worked at funeral homes in Oklahoma, rising to the position of regional manager with SCI, Inc. In 1993, he came to Cabot, Arkansas to manage Cabot Funeral Home. He remained in that position until leaving in 2001 to establish Thomas Funeral Service, Inc. In 2012, Mark was elected to his first term as Lonoke County Coroner. The constituents of Lonoke County re-elected him in a landslide victory for a second term in 2014. Mark had the heart of a servant and touched the lives of thousands of families during his career.
In January, 2014, Mark was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic non small cell lung cancer. He fought a fierce battle by placing his faith in his Savior and never giving up. Mark was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot and was a 32° Mason.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Michael Thomas. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, of the home; daughters Tiffany, Angel and Sammi; his mother, Gloria Thomas, of Talihina, Oklahoma; the two joys of his life, his sidekicks, grandchildren Aleigha "Lei Lei" Thomas and Silas "Si" Burrow; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Karen Thomas, of Mead, Oklahoma; mother-in-law, Delores Lark; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and many people who considered him a dear friend.
Mark will lie in state at his funeral home on Friday, September 25 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Victory Baptist Church, 501 N. Lincoln St., Cabot, Arkansas. The funeral service will be held at Victory Baptist Church on Sunday, September 27, at 2:00 p.m. with Mickey "Stubby" Stumbaugh, Ben Leonard, and Jessie Bickers officiating and Jerry Miller providing special music. Interment will be on Monday, September 28, at 11:00 a.m. at the Talihina City Cemetery, Talihina, Oklahoma, with Masonic rites.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Service, 713 S. 2nd Street, Cabot, Arkansas, 501-941-7888. Please visit the website for service details and to leave condolences, www.thomasfuneralservice.com.
On Friday, August 28, 2015 the Lord called another good and faithful servant home, Mr. George D. Mitchell, Jr., owner/operator of Mitchell Funeral Home in Arkadelphia, AR. Funeral services will be Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 2:30pm at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, AR. Visitation will be Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Mitchell Funeral Home in Arkadelphia, AR from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and family hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. More information will be available as soon as possible.
Rev. Billy W. Snow, 69, of Paragould, died on Wednesday in Jonesboro. He was a 1966 graduate of Corning High School. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Heath Funeral Home for 26 years and served as Past President of the Northeast Arkansas Funeral Director's Association. Bill loved to travel, garden, and take care of his "birds". He was the biggest St. Louis Cardinal's fan, and he rarely missed a game. He pastored churches in DeQueen, Manila, and El Campo, TX. Due to tremendous growth, his churches in Manila and El Campo built new buildings under his leadership. After moving to Paragould, he founded the Peace Tabernacle Apostolic Church in 1994. He loved Bus ministry and had the Lifesaver Bus at Peace Tabernacle. He had a servant's heart and was dedicated to God, his church, his family, and his work. He was the son of Billy Joe and Dollie Cullens Snow. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Bill is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Eubanks Snow, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Tom Hazlewood of Paragould; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Maribeth Snow of Jonesboro; daughter, Angie Snow of Paragould; grandchildren, Shayna Hilderbran, Brianna Hammon, Tiffany Hazlewood, Ethan Snow, Clayton Snow, Lacey Qualls, Landon Crumpton, and Vickie Snow; 3 great grandchildren; parents; brothers, Kenneth and Edward Snow; and sister, Ramona Dugas.
The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-8 at Heath Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 2pm Monday at Heath Colonial Chapel with Rev. Anthony Needham, Rev. Rick Needham, and Tom Hazlewood officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ethan Snow, Clayton Snow, Landon Crumpton, Jimmy Hilderbran, Derek Qualls, and Caleb Hammon. Honorary pallbearers are Ron Mansfield, Jim Powers, Richard, Spurlock, and James Holmes. Memorials may be sent to Peace Tabernacle Apostolic Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.heathfuneralhome.com.
Pocahontas - Clell Cox, age 67, co-owner of Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. He was born on March 31, 1948 to Ted and Mary Lee Cox in Ponce de Leon, Missouri. On December 31, 1989, he married Donna Goff Cox. Clell was a graduate of Spokane High School, and Dallas Mortuary School. He was an embalmer, funeral director, and owner of funeral homes in Arkansas and Missouri. His career in the funeral business began at age 16. He was a mason and a member of the church of Christ.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Nathalea Dye.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, of the home; one daughter, Jennifer Walker of Springfield, MO; two granddaughters; one niece, and one nephew.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Walnut Ridge with David Gibson officiating. Visitation will be from 11 am until time for services. Burial will be at a later date at Spokane Cemetery a formerin Spokane, Missouri.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are: Don Brown, Andy McCandliss, Ron Ott, Jason Martin, Johnny Moss, Ray Rollins Stewart Lambert and Sonny Powell.
In leiu of flowers, donations can be made to Childrens Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Arkansas.
Online registry: coxfhwalnutridge.com
Reverend Rodger Dean Hooker, age 72, of Helena, Arkansas died Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Rodger was born February 2, 1943 in DeQueen, Arkansas to his parents, Lonnie and Lois Hooker.
He was the pastor of Fourth Street Baptist Church in West Helena, Arkansas for the past fourteen years. Rodger received his bachelor of arts of degree from Central Baptist College in 1965 and was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1969.
Rodger had an insatiable love for southern gospel music, and will be forever remembered for his gentle and generous spirit. One person said that the word "no" was not in his vocabulary which often found him overloaded with work. Reverend Hooker served two churches as minister of music before beginning his pastoral ministry which led him to serve in five churches.
He was employed with Roller Funeral Homes for 21 years serving as either manager, director or embalmer, and at times all three. His intense love for helping people has endeared him to his family, church, community and a host of friends. Humor was a natural gift that he used to lighten any situation or lift the spirits of heavy hearts.
Mr. Henry Shackelford, age 82 and lifelong resident of Prescott, Arkansas, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015. Mr. Shackelford was born January 22, 1933 in Prescott to Paul And Vera Hartsel Shackelford. He served his country in the United States Air Force. Mr. Shackelford along with his late wife, Judy were the former owners and operators of Shackelford The Funeral Home of Prescott. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Prescott. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.. Mr. Shackelford is preceded in the death by his parents, wife Judy Mitchell Shackelford, one brother James Shackelford, one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Helen and Dutchie Bright.
His survivors include one daughter; Lynne Shackelford Hebert and husband Darryl of Clearwater Beach, Florida, one grandson; Brandon Bernhard of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one granddaughter; Mitchell Bernhard of Big Sky, Montana. Numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A special thanks to Serenity Hospice nurse Dwan Thrash.
Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to First Baptist Church of Prescott 201 E. Main St. Prescott, Arkansas 71857 or Serenity Hospice of Texarkana 210 North State Line Ave, Suit 301 Texarkana, Arkansas 71854.
Visitation, 2:00 to 4:00pm, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at BRAZZEL/Cornish Funeral Home.
Funeral service, will be 10:00am, Monday, April 27, 2015 at BRAZZEL/Cornish Chapel with Rev. Jerry G. Westmoreland and Bro. Frank Henson officiating. Burial to follow in De Ann Cemetery in Prescott. Arrangements by BRAZZEL/Cornish of Prescott Eddie BRAZZEL, Director.
Mr. Bobby Joe Lee , age 83 of Hope, Arkansas passed away, Monday, February 9, 2015. He was born in Hope, Arkansas on Monday, June 8, 1931 to Fred and Nancy Lee. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother; Louie Shelton and a grand-daughter; Jody Diane Lee.
Mr. Lee joined the First Baptist Church of Hope, on October 13, 1948 and was a faithful usher for many years and was a member of the Renegades Sunday School Class. He began working at the Hope Furniture Store in 1949, became a licensed funeral director, on January 1, 1957, working at Herndon Funeral Home, as funeral director and bookkeeper and finishing his funeral service career with Brazzel/Oakcrest in 2009. He was holder of Arkansas Funeral Director license number 84, a licensed he held for over 52 years.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home, Hope.
Funeral service will be 10:00am, Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Fischer officiating. Burial will in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Hope. Arrangements Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online guestbook: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com
Betty Ann Emerson It is with deep sympathy that we inform you that Betty Ann Emerson of Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Arkansas passed away yesterday.
On behalf of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association, our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Betty. We ask that you please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well during this difficult time.
Betty Ann Emerson, 83, of Jonesboro, passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015, at St. Bernards Medical Center.
Betty was a native and life-long resident of Jonesboro and co-owner of Emerson Funeral Home. Betty was the organist at Walnut Street Baptist Church for several years. She is presently a member of First Baptist Church where she also played the organ and piano, was a member of the Mullally Sunday school class and the Womens Missionary Union where she is a past president.
Walter Earl Hunter 79, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed peacefully on November 15, 2014. Walter was a longtime employee at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home. His loving family include: wife, Mary F. Hunter; daughters, Velda A. Hunter and LaShane Greene; one son, Darrell Bell; three grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and special friends. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2:00 pm, at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 105 N. Smothers Ave. North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, AR. Visitation: Friday, November 21, 2014, 12-6 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305. Sign Walter's online guestbook @ruffinjarrett.com.
Reverend Andrew Jackson "A.J." Parish, Jr., 78, of Fort Smith, died Friday, October 3, 2014 in a local hospital. He was born January 14, 1936 in Shreveport, LA.
He was the pastor of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church, member of Shiloh Baptist Church, a 33rd degree Mason, member of Widow Son #3, where he served as Chaplain and E.O. Trent Consistory #223, a veteran of the US Air Force where he served as an Air Policeman, first African American to serve in the Selected Service, graduate of Arkansas Baptist College and the Jackson Theological Seminary, a licensed Mortician and Funeral Director,owner-operator of Rowell-Parish Mortuary, the first African-American resident in Arkansas to be elected to the office of County Coroner, received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central State University, an Affiliate Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, former Vice President of Arkansas Coroner's Association, President of the Antioch District Association of the Consolidated District.
Barbara J. Vines Born February 20, 1939 and died May 23, 2014. Ms. Vines was a licensed Arkansas funeral director since October 1985.
Luther Gardner was born August 6, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas and died on June 20, 2014. Luther was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer on April 12, 1980 in Arkansas.
PARAGOULD, AR - Melanie Heath Bryant Posey of Paragould departed this life unexpectedly Saturday morning at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould at the age of 43 years, three months, and nine days.
Melanie was born May 21, 1971 in Paragould to Lynda Heath Bryant and the late Jimmy Ray Bryant. A lifelong resident of Paragould, Melanie was a third generation funeral director, embalmer and assistant manager of the family business, Heath Funeral Home, founded by her grandparents, the late Verlyn L. & Helen Heath in 1945. In addition, she served as the organizer and founder of the funeral home's Tree of Memory Service, a memorial tribute service during the Christmas season to honor those they served.
Melanie was a 1989 graduate of the former Ridgecrest (Paragould) High School and Arkansas State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources. During college, Melanie was an active member of the Phi Mu Fraternity. Melanie was a member of the Red Wolf Foundation and enjoyed howling her beloved Red Wolves on to victory. She was an active member, past board member and 1924 Sustaining Life Member of the Arkansas State University Alumni Association. She attended John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, where she graduated second in her class.
Melanie was a past president of both the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and the Northeast Arkansas Funeral Directors Club. In addition, she served on several National Funeral Directors Association committees.
Melanie had a servant's heart and it was exhibited every day of her life through service to her community. As a parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melanie served as president of the Parish Council and was a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She was a member of the Rotary Club of Paragould and served as the club president from 2008-2009. The 2002 Rotarian of the Year, Melanie was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon a Rotarian. She was the Rotary District 6150 Chairperson of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) for many years. She was active in the Junior Auxiliary of Paragould and the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she was a graduate of the first-ever Leadership Paragould Class. Melanie was a former chairperson of the Paragould Relay for Life.
Melanie married the love of her life, Stephen "Bear" Posey on April 28, 2007, and they enjoyed over seven years of marriage together. They expanded their family with the blessing of their children, Kat & J.T. in December 2010.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Ray Bryant in 2002; her maternal grandparents, Verlyn L. & Helen Heath; and paternal grandparents, Lester (Peck) & Bernice Bryant.
She is survived by her loving husband, Stephen "Bear" Posey, and their precious children, Kathryn Rhea and John Thomas Posey, all of the home. Her mother and "Big Daddy," Lynda Heath Bryant White and Kaut White of Paragould; sister and brother-in-law, Tanya and Scott Ellington of Jonesboro; sister, Kim Bryant of Paragould; her bonus sisters, Gina (Tim) Jarrett of Paragould, and Sharon (Tony) Dibble of Mountain Home; bonus brothers William Kaut (Cari) White of Jonesboro and David (Chris) White of Mountain Home. She also leaves behind a lifetime of dear friends and relatives, all of whom were very special to her.
Funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Paragould with Father Mike Sinkler officiating and Deacon Ricardo Puello assisting. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Heath Funeral Home?s Colonial Chapel, with rosary at 5:30 led by Deacon John Drake.
Lasting memorials may be made to the Melanie Heath Posey Children's Education Fund, in care of Centennial Bank, P.O. Box 490, Paragould, AR 72450; the St. Mary's School Scholarship Fund, 220 N. 2nd Street, Paragould, AR 72450; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Kathleen Nicholas, age 87 of Clarksville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at her home. She was born Aug. 31, 1926, in Clarksville to the late William Foddie and Naomi Callahan. Kathleen was a grand lady who touched many lives with her compassion and understanding. She was a graduate of Clarksville High School and owned and operated the Hardwicke Funeral Home for the past 64 years. She was involved in every facet of the funeral business, which left little time to join community organizations; however, she was very supportive and provided assistance for many Johnson County organizations. She was a member of the Clarksville First Presbyterian Church.
Read more: The Courier - Your Messenger for the River Valley - Obituary Kathleen Nicholas.
Michael Rush Cornwell, Sr., owner and President of Cornwell Funeral Home, passed away on December 15, 2013, in Danville, Arkansas, at the age of 69. Mike was born on February 6, 1944, to the late Lloyd Rush Cornwell and Violet Masters Cornwell, and was a life-long resident of Yell County. Mike graduated from Dardanelle High School before attending the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Mike went on to graduate from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1967, during which he received the President's Award. Upon graduation, he returned to his family's funeral business in Dardanelle, and eventually moved to Danville to manage and expand the Danville funeral home. Mike was born and raised in the funeral business and dedicated his life to the success of the funeral home. At the time of his death, Cornwell Funeral Home was the second oldest business in Yell County and the fifth oldest funeral home in the State of Arkansas, having been established by Mike?s family in 1898.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17th, at Danville First Baptist Church.Funeral services will be held on December 18th at 2:00 p.m. also at Danville First Baptist Church, with internment immediately following at Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle, Arkansas. Memorials in Mike's honor may be made to the Yell County Wildlife Association. Arrangements provided by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Guestbook and online condolences maybe left at Cornwell Funeral Home.
Frank Mull, Jr. was born to Frank Mull, Sr. and Ealie Moorehead-Mull on June 17, 1942 in Madison, Arkansas. He departed this life on December 3, 2013. Frank graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961. He married Minnie Young in 1966. He attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from AM&N in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1971. Frank served in the United States Army Reserves during the Vietnam War. He was an active member until he was honorably discharged. During this time, he was employed as an Insurance Agent with Universal Life and Lincoln Insurance Company. He later began his tenure with the VA Hospitals in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee fulfilling the duties as a Practical Nurse. After retiring, Frank remained engaged by implementing Mull Excavating Services. He also held a Funeral Director License issued by the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. He served on the Forrest City School Board. He also worked with other agencies such as Arkansas Department of Corrections in Brickeys, Arkansas and Crestpark Nursing Home and Woodhouse Mortuary in Forrest City, Arkansas.
Visitation Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6-8 at New Light Missionary Baptist Church 126 West Day Street, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335
Funeral Services Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at New Light Missionary Baptist Church 126 West Day Street, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335
Doyle Parham, 66, of Little Rock died Sunday, October 6, 2013. Mr. Parham became a licensed funeral director on October 10, 1972 and was the manager at Hubble Funeral Home.
Gerald Wayne Hoggard, 81, of Piggott, Arkansas, passed away September 14, 2013, at the V.A. Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Hoggard was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer on June 14, 1957. He was issued his lifetime licenses in 2007
John Ray "Rick" Baird, son of the late John H. Baird and Clara Bell Davis Baird, was born July 6, 1946 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. He departed this life August 17, 2013 in Jonesboro, Arkansas at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 11 days. In 1980 he attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Science and became a licensed embalmer. At the time of his death, he was the owner and operator of North Arkansas Mortuary Service. Working with numerous funeral homes in Arkansas.