Leon Golden, 75, of Black Oak, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. He was retired from the Craighead County Sheriffs Department as an Eastern District Deputy. He was a member of the Black Oak First Baptist Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and had lived in Black Oak a lifetime.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Golden, of the home; a sister, Hazel Land of Jonesboro; a brother, Taylor Golden of Kemp, Texas; a son, Rick Golden of Monette; a daughter, Belinda Hansen of Jonesboro: four nieces and six nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Black Oak First Baptist Church with Dr. L.B. Atchinson, Rev. J.W. Gibbs and Rev. Ulysses Vandermolen officiating. Burial was in the Monette Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.
Active pallbearers were Curt Huckaby, Floyd Johnson, Boyce "Butch" Wilkins, Norman Williams, D.D. "Red" Qualls and Ronnie Qualls.
Honorary pallbearers were J.D. Coleman, Allen Earnhart, Vernon "Cotton" Fisher, Ray Goodson, Johnny Grisham, Scott Hicks, Bill Hook, John Kisner, Jim Ladd, Carl Liles, Jerry McAfee, Stan McMillion, Bud Moxley, Dr. Dennis Parten, Elvis Poe Jr., John Varner, Jerry Wilcox, Charles Winn and Donald Rodgers.