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Obituaries from June 2003

Alice Evelyn Springer - Manila (06/26/03)
Alice Evelyn Springer, 82, of Manila died Friday, June 20, 2003, at Manila Nursing Center. Born at Halls, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late William and Sarah Alice Robertson Ferguson. She was married to Roy Springer in 1934 and had been a lifelong Manila resident. She was a retired nurses' aid having worked several years for Dr. E.A. Shaneyfelt and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Manila...
Birl Noel "Bill" Adams - Leachville (06/26/03)
Birl Noel "Bill" Adams, 83, of Leachville, died Sunday, June 22, 2003, at his home. Born at El Paso, he was the won of the late Orn and Emma Neal Adams and had been a Leachville resident since 1935. Mr. Adams retired from the Buffalo island School District in 1991 after 44 years service which included the former Leachville School District. ...
Ruth Nettie Grooms - Paragould (06/26/03)
Ruth Nettie Grooms, 75, of Paragould died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at her home. She was born Jan. 8, 1928, in Craighead County. She was a retired custodian of Greene County Tech School where she had worked for 16 years. She was a member of the First Assembly of God and served as a Sunday School teacher for 35 years...
Peggy S. Lea - Bono (06/26/03)
Peggy S. Lea, 62, of Bono, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at her home. Born in Monette, she lived in Bono for 40 years and was formerly of Black Oak. She was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ belief. Survivors include her husband, James Lea of the home; a daughter, Sonja Bruce of Augusta, Ga.; a brother, Larry DeJarnette of Little Rock; five sisters, Julie DeJarnette of Jonesboro, Louise Altom of St. ...
Malba J. Mangrum - Lake City (06/26/03)
Melba J. Mangrum, 66, of Lake City, died Monday, June 16, 2003, at Lakeside Nursing Center in Lake City. She was a homemaker, member of Mangrum Church of Christ, and had lived in the Buffalo Island area a lifetime. She is survived by a sister, Retha Harpe, of Lake City...
Arline May - Leola (06/26/03)
Arline May, 56, of Leola died at her home on Wednesday, June 18, 2003. She was born in Manila and was a homemaker. Survivors include her mother, Christine May of Leola; two sisters, Mary Johnson and Nadine Davis of Osceola; and two brothers, Dewayne May of Manila and Franklin May of Poyen...
J.D. Miles - Lake City (06/26/03)
J.D. Miles, 62, of Lake City died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at St. Bernard's Medical Center. Born in Alabama, he was a resident of Poinsett County for more than 30 years. He was a farm worker and a member of Red Oak Baptist Church in Lepanto. Survivors include his wife, Glenda Miles, of Lake City; five sons, Shawn Miles of Osceola, Jay Dee Miles of Eupora, Miss., and Joshua Miles, Willard Miles and Larry Miles, all of Lepanto; three daughters, Betty Sue Wright of Lake City, Brenda Manning of Eupora and Sarah Thacker of Lepanto; three sisters, Helen King of West Memphis, Olar Faye Mattingly of Jacksonville and Mary Anne Miles of Bear Creek, Ala.; six brothers, Millard Miles of Lepanto, Joseph Miles and James Miles, both of Marked Tree, and Hollis Miles, Oscar Miles and Howard Miles, all of Haleyville, Ala.; and eight grandchildren.. ...
Alvia Moore - Hot Springs (06/26/03)
Alvia "Al" Moore, 82, of Hot Springs, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at his residence in Hot Springs. He was a former Leachville resident. He was born Nov. 7, 1920, in Black Rock, to Oscar James and Ada Myrtle (Smith) Moore. Al was a retired U.S. Air Force, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran, owner of the former Pike Cafeteria, present owner of Spa Universal Sales and a member of Piney Grove United Methodist Church...
Vester Hershel Patton - Buckeye (06/26/03)
Vester Hershel Patton, 85, of the Buckeye community, near Leachville, died Saturday, June 21, 2003, at his home. Born at Senath, he was the son of the late John and May Wafford Patton and was a lifelong resident of the Leachville area. Mr. Patton was a longtime farmer and also retired from Brown Shoe Company in Leachville with 24 years of service. He was a member of Calvary Full Gospel Church in Cardwell...
Velma Fleeman Riggs - Selma, Ala. (06/26/03)
Velma Fleeman Riggs, 85, of Selma, Ala., formerly of Arkansas, died June 13, 2003, at Vaughan Regional Hospital. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Nellie Fleeman, of Manila; four daughters, and sons-in laws, Lois Fleeman of Selma, Ala., Lavern and William Smith of Tenn., Ruth Jackson of Manila, and Betty and Randall Miller of Selma, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Tonya, Tina, Debbie, Jimmy, Lori, Araicka, Dwight, Cody, Heather and Jai; and seven great-grandchildren, T.J., Alexandria, Caison, Eme, angel, Matthew and Samantha.. ...
Patricia "Pat" Murphy (06/11/03)
Manila Patricia "Pat" Murphy, 56 of Manila, died Sunday, June 8, 2003, at her home. Born at Manila, she was the daughter of the latee Wilburn Ramsey and has been a life-long Manila resident. She is a graduate of Manila High School and was retired from Federal Mogal Company, formerly E.I.S. in Manila. She ws a longtime member of the Community Methodist Church near Manila where she was active with the youth department...
Infant Paul Vincent Riley (06/11/03)
Manila Paul Vincent Riley, infant son of Jamie Lee Riley, Sr., and Susan Renah Jackson Riley of Manila, died Sunday at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Jamie Lee Riley, Jr., and Shawn Wesley Allen Riley, both of the home; paternal grandparents, Billy Criswell of Blytheville and Linda Parks Cogburn of Leachville; maternal grandparents, Henry W. Jackson and Joyce B.J. Merriman Jackson, both of Manila...
Eb Smith (06/11/03)
Marks, Miss. Eb Smith, 78, died May 28, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, Miss. He was born in Caraway and was a cotton farmer before and after moving to Marks, Miss., in January 1964. The past few years he has worked and enjoyed his Buck Bayou Fish Farm at his home. He was a Mason and a Baptist...
Jeremy Randell Davis - Jonesboro (06/19/03)
Jeremy Randell Davis, 21, of Jonesboro, died Monday, June 8, 2003. A native and life-long resident of Jonesboro, he was a 2000 graduate of Nettleton High School and a member of the Nettleton Baptist Church in Jonesboro. He was currently a junior at Arkansas State University and was employed by Nettleton Public Schools...
Edward Lee Tyler - Manila (06/19/03)
Edward Lee Tyler, 54, of Manila, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at the Med in Memphis from injuries received in a fire at his home. Born at Manila, he was the son of the late Cornelius and Bessie Martin Tyler and had lived most of his life in Manila. Mr. Tyler attended Manila High School and was a truck driver and carpenter...
Victor Lee Endicott - Manila (06/19/03)
Victor Lee Endicott, 35, of Manila, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, in a motorcycle accident on Route "U" near Hayti. Born at St. Charles, Ill., he had been a Manila resident for the past two years and was employed by Nucor-Yamato Steel Plant in Armorel. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church at Wickliffe, Ky...
Marion Jr. Key (06/11/03)
Caraway Marion Jr. Key, 68, of Caraway died June 3, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center. He was a retired farmer, of the Church of Christ belief, and had lived in the Caraway area most of his life. He is survived by three sisters, Ruth Steen of Tyronza, Ruby Brown of Tuckerman and Rachel Walker of Walcott; two brothers, Billy Gene Key and Jimmy Key, both of Caraway; a son, Johnny Marion Key of Huntsville, Ala.; three daughters, Irene Wolfe of Huntsville, Ala., Rachel Darlene Madison of Kansas City, Mo., and Vickie Jane Cato of Springdale; and 12 grandchildren.. ...
Ira Ray "Red" Gill (06/11/03)
Blytheville Ira Ray "Red"Gill, 75, of Blytheville died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville. Born at Dell, he attended Dell and Blytheville schools and Arkansas State University. He was a veteran of World War II and of the Korean War having served in both the Army and Air Force. ...
Melvin Dawson Sr. (06/11/03)
White Hall Melvin Dawson Sr., 74, of White Hall, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was retired from Wagner Electric in St. Louis, and lived in White Hall five years, formerly of Monette. He is survived by his wife, Esther Naomi (Norman) Dawson of the home; a son, Melvin Dawson, Jr., of White Hall; two sisters, Myrtle Callahan of Osceola, Mo., and Della Midyett of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Raymond Dawson of St. ...
Wendell M. Berryhill (06/11/03)
Monette Wendell M. Berryhill, 86, of Monette, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at Monette Manor. He was a retired farmer, member of Monette First Baptist Church, U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and had served in the Aleution Islands in Alaska. He had lived in Monette most of his life...
Jean Ashabranner (06/11/03)
Campbell, Mo. Jean Ashabranner, 95, of Campbell, Mo., formerly of Manila, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at General Baptist Nursing Center in Campbell. Born at Portageville, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Willie Sexton Downing. She was a graduate of Caruthersville High School and after receiving a MSE she began teaching in her own private kindergarten. ...
Alma Turner Smith (06/11/03)
Fenton, Mo. Alma C. Smith, 80, of Fenton, Mo., died May 31, 2003, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born March 9, 1923, in Caraway. She was the daughter of Jaruus and Alica (Gosa) Turner. She was a nurse's aide and working in a nursing home. She is survived by her daughter, Arvilla M. ...
Girtrue Ethel Cunningham - Cardwell (06/09/03)
Girtrue Ethel Cunningham, 84, of Cardwell died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. She was born in Printiss County, Miss. Survivors include a daughter, Jo Ann Denton, of Cardwell; two sisters, Zencie Rulo of Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Shirley Drake of Potosi, Mo.; four grandchildren, Jeannie Marie Michell, Peggy Ann Walker and Linda Darlene Nipper, all of Cardwell, and Melinda "Mel" Denton of Jonesboro; and 13 great-grandchildren...
Rouland Craig - Coloma, Mich. (06/09/03)
Rouland Craig, 93, of Coloma, Mich., died April 23, 2003, in South Haven Health Care Center in Coloma. Mr. Craig lived most of his life in the Benton Harbor, Mich., area. He was formerly of the Jonesboro and Monette area. Survivors include a daughter, grandson and two great-grandchildren...
Wilma Ann Batchelar - Lake City (06/09/03)
Wilma Ann Batchelar, 54, of Lake City, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her home. Born at Egypt, she spent most of her life in Lake City, was a homemaker and attended the Needham Assembly of God. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Batchelar Sr. of the home; three daughters, Darlene Hodge of Needham, Moica Batchelar of Harrisburg and Alicia Bond of Lake City; three sons, Jerry Wayne Batchelar Jr. ...
Tulsa Mae Strange Barnes - Harrisburg (06/09/03)
Tulsa Mae Strange Barnes, 82, of Harrisburg died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Woodbriar Nursing Home in Harrisburg. Born at Leachville, she had lived in the Whitehall area and at Harrisburg. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. Survivors include a son, Roy Jack Strange of Fisher; a daughter, Betty G. ...
Deane Ellsworth Arnold - Fairfield, Calif. (06/09/03)
Deane Ellsworth Arnold, 76, of Fairfield, Calif., died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, after a long battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 23, 1926 at Stillwater, Okla. She was a long time resident of Fairfield. He was in the U.S. Navy with the Seabees, a Veteran of World War II and worked at Shop 17 Mare Island Naval shipyard as a sheet metal worker for over 42 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Fairfield Lodge 1845...
Colonel Charles Wilburn Dryer - Springdale (06/09/03)
Colonel Charles Wilburn Dryer, 87, of Springdale, died Monday, May 26, 2003, in Springdale. He was born on Feb. 3, 1916, in Jonesboro. He was the son of Charles and Dorothy Cook Dryer and had served in the United States Army and retired as a Colonel. He served in World War II, Korean and Viet Nam wars...
Marvin Ocdell Fleeman - St. Louis, Mo. (06/09/03)
Marvin Odell Fleeman, 75, of St. Louis, Mo., died April 2, 2003. He was born in Manila, the son of John and Nora Fleeman. He lived and attended school in the Shady Grove School. He lived in Manila until he went into the military. He served in the Army during World War II. After serving in the military, he lived in the St. Louis area and maintained a summer home at Mt. Home...
Eula "Sis" Harrelson - Jonesboro (06/09/03)
Eula "Sis" Harrelson, 78, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at her home. A native of Lake City, she lived in Craighead County most of her life. Survivors include two sons, James Dean Harrelson of Jonesboro and Homer Gene Harrelson of North Carolina; two daughters, Eula Evone Roberts of Jonesboro and Jane Cleo Jones of West Frankford, Ill.; a brother, James Blankenship of Lake City; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren...
Terry Hatchel - Caraway (06/09/03)
Terry Hatchel, 67, of Caraway died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at the Regional Medical Center of Northeast Arkansas. He was a retired independent trucker and a Baptist. He was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Hatchel of Caraway; a son, David Hatchel of Saginaw, Mich.; two daughters, Janet Knapp and Lori Lewie, both of Saginaw, Mich.; two brothers, Perry Hatchel of Bernie, Mo., and Frank Hatchel of Dexter, Mo.; four sisters, Eula Mae Carson and Violetta Minton, both of Bernie, Mo., and Emogene Hodge of Flint, Mich.; three grandchildren, Chris Duffel, Brandon Alsup and Lisa Alsup.. ...
Edith Mae Hicks - Leachville (06/09/03)
Edith Mae Hicks, 78, of the Buckeye Community near Leachville died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Arbyrd, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Tom and Ethel Faulkner Dollins and was a lifelong resident of the Leachville area. She was the widow of Raymond "Farmer" Hicks and was a longtime member of the New Providence Baptist Church...
Merrilyn June Williams Kinchen - Fredericksburg, Texas (06/09/03)
Merrilyn June Williams Kinchen, 67, of Fredericksburg, Texas, formerly of Manila, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003. She was a wife, mother and homemaker. She and Algie Kinchen were married in Manila on Feb. 7, 1951. She is survived by her husband, Algie Kinchen; her mother, Hester Moore Williams Clayton of Manila; two sons, a daughter and spouses, Randy Kinchen of Fredericksburg; Mike and Tracey Kinchen of Boerne, Texas, Bethany and Rob Simpson of Fredericksburg; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Doug Clayton of Manila; and six grandchildren.. ...
Lillie Lee Sharp - Leachville (06/09/03)
Lillie Lee Sharp, 82, of Leachville, widow of J.W. Sharp, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at St. Anthony Hospital in Morrilton. Born at Buffalo, Ark., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Myrtle Hancock Gidcomb and had lived most of her life in Leachville. She was a retired school teacher having taught for 33 years in the Leachville School District. She was a member of the Leachville First Baptist Church...
Mora Kathryn Allen - Heber Springs (06/09/03)
Mora Kathryn Allen, 84, of Heber Springs, died Tuesday, May 27, 2003. She was born Nov. 4, 1918, in Manila, to James Andrew and Virgie Mae (Counts) Parker. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Walter Hall Pickett and Lloyd Dick Allen, and a sister, Gladys French. She had lived in Heber Springs for 23 years, having moved there from El Cajon, Calif. Mrs. Allen was a retired restaurant owner. Her religious belief was Baptist...