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Obituaries from October 2002

Mildred Charlene Wood - Lake City (10/31/02)
Mildred Charlene Wood, 85, of Lake City, died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. The daughter of the late Roxie Cavins McCartney and Charles McCartney, she was born Sept. 8, 1917 in Lake City. She was a homemaker and member of Lake City First United Methodist Church...
Edith Pearl Alberson - Leachville (10/31/02)
Edith Pearl Alberson, 82, of Leachville, the widow of Arvel Alberson, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at her home. Born at Lebanon, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late William and Amanda Barker Grissom and had been a Leachville area resident for the past 50 years. She was a homemaker...
Edra Bryant Shoemaker Girdley - Keiser (10/31/02)
Edra Bryant Shoemaker Girdley, 94, of Keiser, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at Osceola. Born Nov. 13, 1907, in Crossno, Mo., she was a long time member of the United Methodist Church in Keiser, a resident of Mississippi County for 72 years and Mississippi County Farmer of the Year in the late 1960's...
Guy Ellis Goble - Leachville (10/31/02)
Guy Ellis Goble, 73, of Leachville, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born Aug. 16, 1929, at Carson Lake, he was the son of the late George T. and Ollie (Free) Goble. He had retired from Greenlee Brothers and Co. of Rockford, Ill...
Dorothy Gamble Greer - Manila (10/31/02)
Dorothy Gamble Greer, 76, of Manila, the widow of Lee Greer, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Covington, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Robert and Maggie Ewing and had been a Manila resident since 1933. She was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Manila...
Bessie Overman Jackson - Black Oak (10/31/02)
Bessie Overman Jackson, 87, of Black Oak, died Saturday, Oct. 26. 2002, at Lakeside Nursing Center in Lake City. She was a homemaker, member of Black Oak Church of Christ, and had lived in the Black Oak and Caraway area most of her life. She was employed by the Caraway School Lunchroom system for 30 years and was awarded an honorary diploma by Caraway Alumni Association. She enjoyed crafts of all types and was active with several different clubs involved in community service...
Wilma Helen Mason - Manila (10/31/02)
Wilma Helen Mason, 70, of Manila, formerly of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Weldon, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Mary Johnson Keen and had been a Manila resident since 1990. She was a nurse and a member of the Assembly of God Church in Poplar Bluff...
Lillah F. McClelland - Ft. Smith (10/31/02)
Lillah F. McClelland, 90, of Ft. Smith, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at Fianna Hills Nursing Home in Ft. Smith. She was a homemaker, of the Assembly of God belief and had lived in Fort Smith for six years. She was formerly of West Memphis. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Billy G. Smith of Ft. Smith; two grandchildren, Billy Mack Smith of Van Buren, and Phillip A. Smith of Ft. Smith, and six grandchildren...
Ishmael Worth Parks - Jonesboro (10/31/02)
Ishmael Worth Parks, 88, of Jonesboro, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002, at the Regional Medical Center of Northeast Arkansas. He was born in Pleasant Plains and had lived in Jonesboro for over 50 years. He worked in shipping and receiving for the Cottonbelt Railroad before his retirement. After retiring, he went to work for the Craighead County Road Department, and later in the Maintenance Department at Indian Mall. He attended the Wood Street Assembly of God Church...
Joseph Martin Smith - West Memphis (10/31/02)
Joseph Martin Smith, 77, of West Memphis, formerly of the West Ridge Community near Manila, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Born at Etowah, he was the son of the late Elbert and Ruby Saxon Smith and had lived in the West Ridge Community near Manila and was a former Pine Bluff resident before moving to West Memphis 20 years ago. He was a retired farmer and was of the Pentecostal belief...
Pauline Marie Morgan Stevens - Caraway (10/31/02)
Pauline Marie Morgan Stevens, 89, of Caraway, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2002, at Beverly Health Care in Jonesboro. She was a farmer and member of Milligan Ridge Baptist Church. She had lived in Caraway most of her life. She is survived by a sister, Irene Spurlock of Barzil, Ind.; a brother, Billy Moyer of Milligan Ridge; a son, Gary Morgan of Caraway; a daughter Bernice Story of Jonesboro; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews...
Nannie Mae Wagner - Jonesboro (10/31/02)
Nannie Mae Wagner, 82, of Jonesboro, formerly of Leachville, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, at Rose Skilcare Nursing Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Church of Lord Jesus Christ in Leachville. Survivors include three daughters, Bridie Mae Johnson, Etta Sue Parnell and Freda Joyce Toney, all of Jonesboro; for sons, John Henry Wagner of Brookland, Billy Ray Wagner of Trumann, Robert Harold Wagner of Paragould and Truman Larry Wagner of Gulfport, Miss.; two sisters, Anna Mae Drum and Carrie Matthews, both of Harrisburg; 23 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.. ...
Eunice Steed - Memphis, Tenn. (10/17/02)
Eunice Steed, 74, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Manila, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis. Born July 18, 1928, in Manila, she was the daughter of Robert W. and Elsie Brewer Hill. She is the widow of Ed Steed and a longtime Memphis resident. She was of the Baptist faith and was a homemaker...
Bertha Lorene Blankenship - Monette (10/24/02)
Bertha Lorene Blankenship, 90, of Monette died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at the Osceola Health Care Center in Osceola. Born in Mammoth Spring, she lived in Monette most of her life. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. There are no immediate survivors. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Blankenship...
Lola Sue Bratten - Walnut Ridge (10/24/02)
Lola Sue Bratten, 88, of Walnut Ridge died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002, at the Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge where she had resided for the past few months. Born in Monette, she lived several years in caraway where she and her husband owned and operated the Caraway Cleaners from 1946-1969. ...
James Edward Davis - Henderson, Tenn. (10/24/02)
James Edward Davis, 71, of Henderson, Tenn., died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. Born July 8, 1931, in Center Hill Community of Lexington, Tenn., he was retired from the Army with 20 years of service. He was a member of the American Legion and a retired sales person with Davis Auto Mart in Henderson, Tenn. He was of the Baptist faith and a collector of antique cars...
Patsy Jean Fletcher - Caraway (10/24/02)
Patsy Jean Fletcher, 67, of Caraway died Friday, Oct. 18, 2002, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was a retired nurse and member of the First Baptist Church in Caraway. She was formerly of West Memphis. Survivors include her husband, Billy D. Fletcher of Caraway; two sisters, Shelby Gorby of Morgantown, W.VA. and Linda Knapp of Lepanto; three brothers, Sonnie Kirk of Lepanto, Harold Kirk of Tyronza and Jesse Kirk of Little Rock...
Emma Jean Langston - Caraway (10/24/02)
Emma Jean Langston, 58, of Caraway, died Oct. 16, 2002, at Manila Nursing Center. She was born April 12, 1944, at Caraway. She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith. She had lived in Caraway all of her life. She is survived by four sons, Clyde Langston of Manila, Meral R. ...
Cecil Buster Lunsford - Etowah (10/24/02)
Cecil "Buster" Lunsford, 93, of Etowah died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Osceola. A livelong resident of Etowah, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Brotherhood of Teamsters of Chicago 705. Survivors include his wife, Anna Lunsford of Etowah; a son, David Lunsford of Salt Lake City; a daughter, Bernice McMillin of Florence, Ala.; a sister, Martha Serat of Payneway; 15 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren...
David Odell Toombs - Caraway (10/24/02)
David Odell Toombs, 77, of Caraway died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, at his residence. He was born at Leachville and had lived most of his life at Caraway. He was a Baptist. He was retired from the Craighead County Road Department. He is survived by his wife, Claudine Toombs, of the home; three sons, James Toombs of Mountain View, Gary Toombs and Larry Toombs, both of Caraway; two daughters, Sharon Fletcher and Pearlene Moyer, both of Caraway; 10 grandchildren, David Toombs, Micheal Toombs, Aaron Moyer, Cindy Jeffers, Shannon Kelems, Jason Kelems, Christopher Kelems, Kevin Moyer, Shawn Moyer, Scott Toombs, and 10 great-grandchildren.. ...
Woodrow Lee - Lepanto (10/17/02)
Woodrow Lee, 83, of Lepanto, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was of the Baptist belief. Survivors include his wife, Pat Smith Lee of Lepanto; three sons, Kenny Lee of Manila, Alvin Lee of Dyess and Durwood Lee of West Memphis; two daughters, Patsy Tucker of Lepanto and Cathy Smith of Harrisburg; three sisters, Dail McCalister of Purvis, Miss., Virginia Sisler of Grand Junction, Colo., and Marquerite Lambert of Upland, Calif.; a brother, Arval Lee of Texarkana; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.. ...
Paul Wayne Hayden - Leachville (10/17/02)
Paul Wayne Hayden, 21, of Leachville, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at his home. Born at Paragould, he was a lifelong Leachville resident and was a former student at Buffalo Island Central Schools. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Leachville and worked on the family farm...
Ancel Glover - Lake City (10/17/02)
Ancel Glover, 85, of Lake City died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at St. Bernard's Medical Center. Born at Enola, he lived at Lake City and was formerly of the Poplar Ridge Community near Monette. He was a retired farmer and was a member of the Lunsford Baptist Church...
Agnes Fairchild - Manila (10/17/02)
Agnes Leola Fairchild, 89, of Joplin, Mo., died Friday, Oct. 11, 2002, at a local health care center after an illness. She was born April 22, 1913, in Mano, Mo. She was the daughter of the late Claude Stubblefield and Jayne Varner Stubblefield and moved to Joplin last month. She moved to Manila in 1932 and lived several years in Monett, Mo. A homemaker, she and her husband farmed cotton for many years while living in Arkansas. She was a member of the Manila United Methodist Church...
James Edward Davis - Henderson, Tenn. (10/17/02)
James Edward Davis, 71, of Henderson, Tenn., died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital. He had been a sales person at Davis Automart and a member of the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Lavern Davis, of Henderson; two sisters, Linda Tucker of Manila and Ann Humphries of Tyronza...
Estie Josephine Dawson - Lake City (10/24/02)
Estie Josephine Dawson, 92, of Lake City, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at Lakeside Nursing Center. Born in Hohenwald, Tenn., she was a retired shoe factory worker and was a member of West View Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, James Dawson of Monette; three daughters, Pauline Austin, Jerry Dawson and Christine Martin, all of Paragould; 13 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren...
Odean Morrow Leonard Barger - Paragould (10/10/02)
Odean Morrow Leonard Barger, 85, died Sept. 28, 2002, at Green Acres Nursing Home in Paragould. She was the daughter of the late Alvin and Carolyn Ridge Morrow and was born Jan. 2, 1917, in Greene County. She was married to Herman Leonard who preceded her in death and then married Robert Barger who also preceded her in death. She was a member of the Arbyrd Church of Christ...
Wada L. Martin - Prophetstown, Ill. (10/10/02)
Wada L. Martin, 86, of Prophetstown, Ill., died Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, at Community General Hospital in Sterling, Ill. She was a homemaker, member of Berean Baptist Church, lived in Prophetstown, Ill., nine years formerly of Monette. Mrs. Martin was a member of Foster Grandparents Association where she served as a foster grandmother for the children in the Jefferson School for 12 years...
Mollie Lou McElroy - Monette (10/10/02)
Mollie Lou McElroy, 61, of Monette, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Wynne, she was the daughter of the late Gordon and Lessie Hudson Evans and had been a Monette resident since 1960. She was a homemaker and attended Calvary Full Gospel Church in Cardwell...
James Wade Pace - Black Oak (10/10/02)
James Wade Pace 78, of Black Oak, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at St. Bernard's Medical Center. Born in Black Oak, he was a retired employee of the Singer co. of Trumann. A member of the Black Oak church of Christ, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II...
Lester Ray Sexton - Hartford, Mich. (10/10/02)
Lester Ray Sexton, 56, of Hartford, Mich., died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at Mountain View. He was a mechanic for Sun Strand Heat Transfer Factory in Dowagiac, Mich. He was a member of the Full Gospel Assembly of God Church. He is survived by his wife, Judy Miller Sexton; a son, Leslie Sexton; and a daughter Deborah Gayle Sexton, all of Hartford, Mich.; his mother, Cleo Freeman of Calico Rock; two brothers, Ervin Sexton of Leachville and Troy Sexton of Calico Rock; two sisters, Ester Thomas of Brockwell and Heather Pitts of Calico Rock; grandchildren Kali, Brooklyn and Kira, all of Hartford, Mich.. ...
James Lonnie "J.L." Barnes - Leachville (10/17/02)
James Lonnie "J.L." Barnes, 80, of Leachville died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2002, at his home. Born at Izard County, he was the son of the late Willie and Dillie Barnes and was a longtime Leachville resident. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II and was retired from the City of Leachville Street Department. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church...
Charlie Thomas Barnes, Jr. - Osceola (10/17/02)
Charles Thomas Barnes, Jr., 32, of Osceola, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. He was a member of Turrell Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Chase Barnes of Tyronza; two daughters, Macey Barnes of Tyronza and Natalie Barnes of Etowah; his parents, Charles and Joyce Barnes of Etowah; a sister, Tonya Barnes of Caraway; and his grandmother, Maxine Barnes of Etowah...
Marvin Westley Cornelious - Lake City (10/17/02)
Marvin Westley Cornelious, 49, of Lake City, died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at his residence. He was reared in Weiner and had lived in Lake city for 12 years. He served in the Navy for two years and the Army for four years. He was of the Pentecostal faith...
Kaleb Chase Carter - Moentte (10/03/02)
Kaleb Chase Carter, infant son of Donald Arthur and Kathy Lynn Carter of Monette, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at The Med Center in Memphis. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Brittney Patricia Marie Carter and Cheyenne Selena Carter, both of the home; a brother, Donald Arthur Carter II of the home; paternal grandfather, Arthur J. Carter of Jonesboro; maternal grandparents, Roy D. and Patsy Hurt of Leachville; maternal great-grandmother, Maxine Pratt of Wilson...
Brenda Kay Clark - Elizabethtown, Ky. (10/03/02)
Brenda Kay Clark, 52, of Elizabethtown, Ky., died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at her residence. A native of Lake City, she had lived in Jonesboro and Texas before moving to Kentucky. She was a homemaker, worked as a legal secretary and attended Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown...
Catherine Evans - Manila (10/03/02)
Catherine Evans, 81, of Manila, the widow of Keith Evans, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Manila, she was the daughter of the late Anderson and Haley Chapen Williams, and had been a lifelong Manila resident. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Manila...
Naoma Ruth Gill - Blytheville (10/03/02)
Naoma Ruth Gill, 88, of Blytheville, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at her home. Born at Hayward, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Earl and Alice Ruddle Magers, and was a longtime Dell area resident. She was a graduate of Dell High School, attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro and taught school in the Dell Public School System. She was the widow of Lester Gill and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Dell...
Gray infant (10/03/02)
John Alexander Heugel Gray, 6-day-old infant son of Gary Heugel and the late Amanda Gray, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Other survivors include a brother, Anthony Devon Gray of Osceola; his grandparents, Mona and Eddie Jones and Johnny and Sue Heugel, all of Osceola and Buddy and Julie Gray of Caraway; and great-grandparents, Ella Carroll and Clarissa Heugel of Osceola...
Amanda Christine Gray - Osceola (10/03/02)
Amanda Christine Gray, 29, of Osceola, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at The Med in Memphis. She was a homemaker, a member of the Assembly of God in Osceola, and a 1991 graduate of Osceola High School. Survivors include a son, Anthony Devan Gray of Osceola; her parents, Eddie and Mona Jones of Osceola and George and Julie Gray of Caraway; four sisters, Stephony Trantham of Osceola, Victoria Gray of Caraway, Angela Griffin of Luxora, and Shannon Thomas of Bay Town, Texas; five brothers, George Gray, Phillip Gray and Kevin Turner, all of Caraway, Bryan Jones of Osceola and Mark Jones of Lufkin, Texas; and her grandmother, Ella Mae Carroll of Osceola.. ...
Flossie Ella Green - Manila (10/03/02)
Flossie Ella Green, 85 of Manila, the widow of Gordon Green, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Perkins, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Howard and Pearl Speer Evans. She was a former Leachville resident and had lived in Manila since 1995 where she was a member of the First United Methodist Church...
Garry Dean Porter - El Paso, Texas (10/03/02)
Garry Dean Porter, 39, of El Paso, Texas, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at his home. Born at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, he was a former area resident and had lived in El Paso for the past six years. He was a 1983 graduate of Jacksonville High School, and received an associate degree in veterinarian medicine at Central Texas College in El Paso. He served his country for 12 years in the U.S. Army and was a member of Missionary Baptist Church in Hot Springs...
Iva Nell Akes - Monette (10/03/02)
Iva Nell Akes, 61, of Monette, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at her home. Born at Heber Springs, she was the daughter of the late Robie and Gertie Goff Clayton and had been a Leachville and Monette area resident since 1949. She was retired from Frolic Footwear and was a member of the Church of God...