Morrell "Smokey" Mangrum, 70, of Leachville, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Black Oak, he was the son of the late Melvin and Vernie Smith Mangrum and had been a lifelong Leachville area resident. He was a 1959 graduate of Monette High School, was retired from the Randall Company in Blytheville and had served on the Leachville Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Judy "Frostie" Mangrum of the home; two sons, Dwight Mangrum and his wife Charlene of Lake City and Michael Mangrum and his wife Chris of Lexington Park, Md.; three grandsons, Cody Todd of Leachville, Nick Burgess of Trumann, Justin Mangrum of Lexington Park, Md.; four granddaughters, Jessica Burns and husband Michael, Heather Burgess, Karma Sullivan and Jessica Mangrum; three great-grandsons, Shannon Sparkman, Dusty Johnson, and Noah Carpenter; a great-granddaughter, Caylee Todd; three brothers, Gary Don Smith, Jerry Smith and David Smith; three sisters, Phyliss Long, Glenda Sands and Janet Brewer and his mother-in-law, Adna Taylor.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Earnest Cornish and Jerry "Chubb" Qualls officiating. Burial will follow in the Leachville Cemetery. The family received visitors from 6-8 Monday evening at the funeral home.
Active pallbearers will be Kirk Rossman, Ervin Sexton, Wayne Sexton, Tim Webb, Mark Thrasher and Chuck Sullivan.