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Obituaries from December 2001

Ruth Virginia Kain (12/27/01)
Lake City Ruth Virginia Kain, 61, of Lake City, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at St. Bernards Medical Center. She was born in Guntersville, Ala., and moved from Jacksonville, Fla., to Lake City in 1973. She was a homemaker and of the Assembly of God belief...
Thelma Hedge Grigsby (12/27/01)
Leachville Thelma Hedge Grigsby, 92, of Leachville, the widow of Lester Grigsby, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born Jan. 17, 1909, in Camden, Tenn., she was the daughter of Will and Hester Weaver Davis. She was a longtime area resident, a homemaker, and a member of Ruddle Road Church of God...
Margaret Georgia Miller - Lake City (12/19/01)
Margaret Georgia Miller, 86, of Lake City, died Dec. 14, 2001, at her home. Born at Hornersville, she was the daughter of the late Richard George and Ida Crews Hillhouse, and had lived many years in Michigan before moving to Lake City in 1984. She was the widow of Thomas Miller...
Chalee Renee May - Monette (12/19/01)
Chalee Renee May, two days old, daughter of Bobby May Jr., and Misty May, died Dec. 14, 2001, at Arkansas children's Hospital in Little Rock. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Hunter DeWayne May of the home; paternal grandfather, Bobby May Sr., of Farmington, Mo., paternal grandmother, Carolyn Wilson of Etowah; maternal grandfather, Paul J. ...
Carl E. Booth - Mountain Home (12/19/01)
Carl E. Booth, 85, of Mountain Home, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Mountain Home. Born at Williford, he was a member of the Community of Christ Church. He was on the building committee of both the Caraway and Mountain Home congregations. He was a retired farmer of Caraway and held honorary FFA degrees at the Chapter and State levels. He was board member of the Drainage District 18. He was a Mason...
Harry Ancel Chapin - Manila (12/19/01)
Harry Ancel Chapin, 90, of Manila, died Dec. 11, 2001, at Manila Nursing Center in Manila. Born at Hornersville, he was the son of the late Joe and Bertha Edmonson Chapin and was a lifelong Manila area resident. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Manila...
Windord "Wink" Coburn - St. Joseph, Mich. (12/19/01)
Winford "Wink" Coburn, 79, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at his home. Coburn was born July 25, 1922, in Hollywood, Mo., to Walter and Bessie (Kinchen) Coburn. He was a World War II Army veteran stationed in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and Japan. On Feb. ...
Myrtle Mae Hurst - Monette (12/19/01)
Myrtle Mae Hurst, 107, of Monette, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at Ratcliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She was a retired school teacher, member of the Monette First Baptist Church, member of the Garden Club and Retired Teachers Association. She had lived in Monette most of her life...
Randy Harold King - Manila (12/19/01)
Randy Harold King, 41, of Manila died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at his home. Born to Leon Leonard and Barbara Nell Williams King, Sr., he was a factory worker, a lifelong area resident and of the Baptist faith. In addition his parents, he is survived by a brother, Leon Leonard King Jr., of Manila...
Darrell Elmer Meares Sr. - Cardwell (12/12/01)
Darrell Elmer Meares Sr., 55, of Cardwell died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at his residence. Born in Paragould he was a farm hand and was of the Pentecostal belief. Survivors include his wife, Helen Box Meares of Cardwell; two sons, Tony Meares and Darrell Meares Jr., both of Paragould; a daughter, Flora Meares of Cardwell; two sisters, Alberta Bateman of Paragould and Faye Carroll of Champaign, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Darrell Elmer Meares III of Paragould, Pamela Maria Meares of Paragould, and Alycia Nicole Meares and Sonya Jo Meares, both of Cardwell.. ...
Elizabeth Jean Clark - Fayetteville (12/12/01)
Elizabeth Jean Clark, 78, of Fayetteville, formerly of Leachville, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at Fayetteville City Hospital. Born at Cardwell, she was the daughter of the late John F. and Zelma Garrett Bearden and had lived the past 10 years in Fayetteville. She was a graduate of Leachville High school and was a member of the Methodist Church. Mrs. Clark attended Hendrix College and had served in a secretarial position at Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas...
Sarah Ann Berry - Leachville (12/06/01)
Sarah Ann Berry, 61, of Leachville died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at St. Bernards Medical Center. Born in Luxora, she was a lifelong resident of the area, worked as a private sitter and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Thornton of Baton Rouge; her mother Ulala Baggett of Leachville; three sisters, Melba Auther of Lake Mary, Fla., Janet Stallings of Westminster, Colo., and Ulala Skaggs of Leachville; her grandmother, Thelma Grigsby of Leachville; and two grandchildren.. ...
Imo Jean Williams Childress - Houston, Texas (12/06/01)
Imo Jean Williams Childress 83, of Houston, Texas, died Nov. 24, 2001. Born July 17, 1918, in Manila, she was the daughter of Lafayette and Dora Brinkley Williams. She was a salesperson for a department store for many years. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Lewis Gene and Janet Childress, of Livingston, Texas; five grandchildren, Lewis Matthew Childress and wife, Candace of Sealy, Texas; Cathy Ann Childress of Houston, Texas; Navy Seaman Donald Bellnoski, Jr., Christina Bellnoski, and Daniel Bellnoski, all of Montgomery, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Cody and Chase Childress, both of Sealy, Texas; a brother, Aaron Williams and wife, Rosalee, of Blytheville; two sisters, Velma Barthalomew of Manila, and Wilda Bea Croom and husband, Tommy, of Houston; a sister-in-law, Hester Williams of Manila.. ...
Charles Richard "Buddy" Eddy - Monette (12/06/01)
Charles Richard "Buddy" Eddy, 66, of Monette, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Monette Manor. He was a retired farmer and affiliated with Rowe's Chapel Baptist Church. He had lived in Monette all of his life. He is survived by three sons, Johnny Richard Eddy, James Eddy, and Jerry Eddy, all of LaPorte, Ind.; a sister, Lousie, "Sissy" Sparkman of Monette; and seven grandchildren...
Odis B. Harmon - Lafe (12/06/01)
Odis B. Harmon, 75, of Lafe, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at St. Bernards Medical Center. He was born May 25, 1926, at Campbell. He was an electrician for Monroe Auto Equipment Co. He was a member of Gainsville Church of Christ. He was a World War II Veteran serving with the Navy Seabees...
Rev. Aubra Olin Hays - Manila (12/06/01)
Reverend Aubra Olin Hays, 88, a retired Methodist minister of Manila, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at his home. Born at Newburg, he was the son of the late Willie and Nola Benbrook Hays and had been a Manila resident since 1972. He was an Army veteran of World War II and during his 31 years in the ministry served churches in Viola, Cato, Pleasant Plains, Evening Shade, Turrell, Gilmore, Pea Ridge, Decatur, Yellville, Monette and Tyronza...
Hazel Higginbotham - Osceola (12/06/01)
Hazel Higginbotham, 67, of Osceola, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, in Memphis. Born May 26, 1934, in Dell, she was the daughter of J.L. and Cecil Davis Wallace. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She is survived by her mother, Cecil Wallace of Osceola; two daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Stan McPherson of Osceola, and Patricia and Jeff Clark of Manila; a brother, Joe Wallace of Osceola; a sister, Billie Sue Coley of Romulus, Mich., and three grandchildren, Brittany Clark, McKenzie Clark and Amy White.. ...
Timothy John "Tim" Mathis - Arkadelphia (12/06/01)
Timothy John "Tim" Mathis (#52), 19, of Arkadelphia died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001. He was born Nov. 21, 1982 in Hot Springs the son of John Russell "Rusty" and Sandra L. Towell Mathis. He was a student at UCA and a member of the Lake Hamilton Baptist Church. He was an inductee of the Arkansas Chapter National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame, a Hooten Scholar athlete and a member of the volunteer coaching staff for the Arkadelphia High School Badgers...
John Wilburn Parrish - Monette (12/06/01)
John Wilburn Parrish, 84, of Monette, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at his residence. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant General Baptist Church. Born at Guy, Ark., he had lived at Monette most of his life, formerly of Clarksville. He was a retired custodian from Colson Caster Corporation...
Gladys Mildred Rabey - Okeechobee, Fla. (12/06/01)
Gladys Mildred Rabey, 88, of Okeechobee, Fla., formerly of Manila, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at her home. Born at Pleasant Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Ronnie and Minnie Dunn Carr. She was a longtime Manila area resident and was a member of the Manila Westside Baptist Church. She was the widow of William Hyle Rabey...
Sharon Jones Barber - Lake City (12/06/01)
Sharon Jones Barber, 42, of Lake City, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Monette, she lived most of her life in the Lake City area. She was a homemaker and attended the Assembly of God. Survivors include a son, Todd Woodall of Pell City, Ala.; her mother and stepfather, Esther and Bill Williams of Lake City; a brother, Jerry Jones of Lake City; a sister, Linda Jones of Lake City; a stepbrother, Ed Williams of Jonesboro; a stepsister, Dottie Williams of Lake Jackson, Texas; and her maternal grandparents, Raymond and Bertha Pyburn of Lake City.. ...