Lorene Mangrum, 84, of Monette died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was a faithful member of the Monette Church of Christ and lifetime resident of the Buffalo Island area. She was a volunteer for Buffalo Island Central Elementary for nine years. She loved animals very much and leaves behind her faithful companion Rosco.
Survivors include a son, Donnie Mangrum and wife Kayla of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three daughters, Marcie Strickland, Sandy Copeland and husband Rickey, all of Monette, and Pam Mangrum of the home; a granddaughter who she raised, Stahr Mangrum of the home; two sisters, Nina Finch of Monette and Margaret Fletcher of Caraway; nine additional grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eva and Boss Whitley; her husband, Fred Mangrum; a brother, Lawrence Whitley, and two sisters, Nettie Porter and Emma Fetter.
A celebration of her life was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Monette Church of Christ with Don Mangrum and Rickey Copeland officiating. Burial was at the Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.
Honored to serve as pallbearers were Bob Blankenship, Larry Woodward, Byron Sparkman, Kevin Baldridge, Dewayne Couch and Bob George. Honorary pallbearers were the men of the Monette Church of Christ.
Anyone wishing to give a lasting memorial may do so by donating to the Platelet Ministry at St. Jude's Children Research Hospital in Memphis or the Humane Society.