Month: March, 2013

Marian Frances Griffin

Jonesboro – Marian Frances Griffin, 87, passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

 She was born on September 12, 1925 at Jonesboro to the late Shelly and Mary Epha Burton.  Mrs. Griffin loved working with the public; she worked at Jonesboro Grocery Company, City Water and Light in Kennett and Angelica Company in Sumersville, Missouri. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  She was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church.

 She is survived by her daughter and her husband, Kim and Mark Rehagen of Springfield, Missouri; a nephew, Fred Troop of Harbor Springs, Michigan and a cousin, Skip Smith of Jonesboro and her many friends.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ben Griffin; a sister, Shelley Lou Troop.

 A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating. Burial will follow at McDaniel Cemetery.

 The family will receive friends from 1:30 until time of service, Friday, March 22, 2013 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Katherine Jenkins Eades

Jonesboro- Katherine Jenkins Eades, 61, passed away March 13, 2013 at her residence.

 She was born on December 5, 1951 at Bowling Green, KY to the late Judson and Nellie Jenkins. Mrs. Eades was a 1969 graduate of Treadwell High School in Memphis and a 1974 graduate of University of Tennessee with a BA in English. She taught at Central High School in Memphis, Brookland High School and the Jonesboro Alternative School. She also worked as an architectural and engineering draftsman. Mrs. Eades was a member of the First Baptist Church, MENSA and former director of Habitat for Humanity in Jonesboro.  She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother and grandmother.

 She is survived by her husband of thirty-five years, William Eades of the home; a daughter, Heather Katherine Eades of Savanna, GA; two sons, Nathaniel Judson Eades of Jonesboro and Cameron Richard Eades of Murphreesboro, TN; a granddaughter, Freya Katherine Andrews of Savanna.

 A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the First Baptist Church Chapel at 701 S. Main with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating.

 Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

 Honored to serve as honorary pallbearers are Beth Maney, Janie Overall, Mike Overall, Jimmy Upton, Karan Upton and Jennifer Duke Hundley.

Charline Ward Osment

Marshall, Michigan – Charline Ward Osment, 95, died Sunday evening, March 10, 2013 at Tendercare of Marshall.

Mrs. Osment was born on September 4, 1917 in Garland to late Lee and Hattie Green Rodgers. She had been a long time resident of the Marshall area, living here from 1953 through 1979.  She returned to Arkansas in 1979 and then returned to Marshall in 2012. 

Charlene was a graduate of the Wright Beauty Academy and was licensed with the State of Michigan to practice Cosmetology.   While living in the Marshall area she had been employed by the Nodie Bidelman and Glenda Hopkins Beauty Salons.  Other places of employment included working in her sister’s restaurant, Thelma’s Café, and as a clerk in downtown Marshall at a Five and Dime Store. 

On January 12, 1935, she married Dow Ward in Harrisburg, he passed on October 29, 1978.  She then married Mr. Joe Osment of Central Community, Harrisburg, he has also passed. 

She is survived by two daughters, Jo Ann (Duane) Rockey of Marshall and Sandra (Lester) Turner of Harbor Springs, MI; two step-sons, Terry (Paula) Osment and Kim (Dody) Osment of Central Community, Harrisburg; two step-daughters, Brenda (Gary) Moss of Central Community and Sandra (Maurice) Hitt of Mountain Home; grandchildren, Greg Rockey, Shelley Rockey and Derek Turner;  step-grandchildren, Scott  Osment, Chris Jackson, Jason Osment, Jeff Moss, Erica Johnson, Sara Taylor Kara Fowler, Seth Osment and Brooke Guthrie; and a brother, Raymond Rodgers of Tucson, AZ.

She was also preceded in death by a step-son, Harold Osment; a step-grandson, Joey Osment; three brothers, Jack, Steve and W.D. Rodgers; and two sisters, Thelma Patterson and Josie White.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at Central Community Church in Harrisburg.

A celebration of her life will be at 1:30 pm, Tuesday at the church with Revs. Milton Cowling and Gary Brown officiating. Burial will follow at the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to Central Community Church, Harrisburg or the American Alzheimer’s Association.

Vela J. Johnson

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   Jonesboro- Vela Jeanette Johnson, 96, peacefully slipped away to be with the Lord, Monday, March 11, 2013 at NE Baptist Memorial Hospital and joined her late husband, Harvey Delmer Johnson.

 She was born November 20, 1916 in Jonesboro, the daughter of Gertrude “Trudie” Watkins  McGaughey and Carl “Curlie” Watkins, and remained in Jonesboro all of her life, spending the last 15 years with many of her friends at St. Bernards Village. She and her husband owned Johnson’s Food Market, corner of College St. and Culberhouse until 1960. She later owned Vela’s Millenary prior to working at House and Garden.

 Survivors include a daughter, Martha Sue McFarlin of Jonesboro; a son, Larry D. Johnson of Jackson, MS; two granddaughters, Kimberly Davidson of Jonesboro and Jill Noblin of Jackson, MS; a grandson, Blake McFarlin of Memphis; two great-grandsons, Jonathan Davidson of Dallas, Texas and Grant Davidson of Memphis; two great-granddaughters, Keavy Noblin and Clayton Noblin of Jackson, MS; a brother and his wife, Vopel and Velma Watkins of Atlas, Michigan.

 She was a devoted member of Walnut Street Baptist Church where funeral services will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:00 am with Rev. Jerry Parker officiating followed by visitation with the family at the church.

 Lasting memorials may be made to Walnut Street Baptist Church, 1910 Scenic Dr. Jonesboro, AR 72401.

Grace Opal Martin Passmore

Passmore, Grace -fJonesboro- Grace Opal Martin Passmore, 92, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.

 She was born on June 13, 1920 at Seymour, Missouri to the late Andrew and Mary Ellen Williams. Mrs. Grace was a homemaker and a member of the Needham Baptist Church. She loved to garden and cook and volunteer at her church. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 She is survived by her children, Wayne Martin (Marcella) and Donald Martin (Carla) all of Jonesboro, Floyd Martin of Little Rock, Barbara Weston (Ronnie) and Jimmy Martin (Nanci) all of Jonesboro, Johnny Martin (Debbie) of Walnut Ridge, Anita Ridge (Bud) of Lake City, Garland Martin (Tina) and Lenda Sue White all of Jonesboro; two brothers, Verlin Williams (Maxine) of Jonesboro and Thomas Williams (Nelda) of Paragould; two sisters, Mary Passmore of Brookland and Barbara Taylor (Jim) of Imboden; thirteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; numerous other family and friends.

 She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Shelton Martin and Cecil Passmore; three sons, Bobby Martin, Eugene Martin and Rodney Martin; three sisters, Oma Hinds, Faye Swain, Thelma Doty and a brother, Richard Williams.

 A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Kenny Johnson and Rev. Danny Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Bowman Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to Needham Baptist Church Building Fund.

James Harold White

Jonesboro- James Harold White, 83, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Paragould.

 He was born on June 13, 1929 in Cross County to the late Jesse and Hetty White. Mr. White worked for U.S.D.A. for many years. He was a Mason and a past member of the Jaycees. He enjoyed fixing up old cars and tractors.

 He is survived by a son, James Harold White II of Paragould.

 Services will be a later date.

Harold Russell Standefer

Oak Ridge, Tenn.- Harold Russell Standefer, 79, passed away, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at his home.

  He was born June 27, 1933 in Jonesboro to the late Clarence Raymond Standefer and Berdie Mae Dalton Standefer.

  Mr. Standefer retired from Lockheed Martin where he was an architectural engineer.  He was a long-time member of Highland View Church of Christ and was always active in church activities.  He enjoyed his church family, playing golf and stamp collecting; was an avid reader and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren.  He also enjoyed going to the Methodist Medical Center Cardiac Rehab Center.

    He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Carolyn Gray Standefer, May 19, 2011 and toddler daughter, Cathy Lynn Standefer, March 15, 1958.

   He is survived by daughters, Jana Hudspeth and husband Charles of Brookland, Jo Standefer of Oak Ridge and Jill Gardner and husband Noel of Johnson City; son, Russell Gray Standefer of Oak Ridge; three sisters, Minnie Lee Beasley, Virginia Langston and husband Bill and Sharon DeLoach and husband Harvey, all of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Darby Hudspeth, Tabitha Hudspeth and Kayla Sullins, all of Brookland and Sydney, Nick and Lauren Gardner, all of Johnson City; great-grandson, Tripp Sullins and friend Anita Owens of Oak Ridge.

   The family received friends Friday, March 8, 2013 from 6 – 8 pm at Highland View Church of Christ.  The funeral followed at 8 pm with Curtis McClane officiating. 

  Honorary pallbearers will be Herb Mowery, Jay Woods, Charles Mayberry, Walker Smith, Tom Goodpasture, Nick Gardner, Noel Gardner, and Russell Standefer. 

   A graveside service will be Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2pm at McDaniel Cemetery in Jonesboro with Jimmy Adcox officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Mary Mae Ziegenhorn

Jonesboro- Mary Mae Ziegenhorn, 88, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 in North Little Rock due to her illness.

 She was born on September 29, 1924 at Balch to the late Raney and Susan Wymer. She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Jonesboro. She was a member the Church of Christ.

 She is survived by a son and his wife, Ronald and Melissa Ziegenhorn of Little Rock; two grandsons, Matthew Ray Ziegenhorn and Stephen Guy Ziegenhorn both of Jonesboro; two step-grandchildren, Eli Nouri of Jonesboro and Kayla Englade of Little Rock; a great-grandson, Kaden Ziegenhorn; a brother, Raymond Wymer; a sister, Lavellas Smith of Jonesboro.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, Louis Marvin Ziegenhorn; three sons, Terry Lee Zeigenhorn, Dennis Ray Ziegenhorn and Larry Marvin Ziegenhorn; three sisters and two brothers.

 A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Jimmy Young officiating with eulogy by her son, Ronald Ziegenhorn. Burial will follow at Nettleton Cemetery.

 Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Mike Tuseth, Eli Nouri, Matthew Ziegenhorn, Paul Davison, Ronald Clesi and Oscar Headley.

Ann Elizabeth Davis

Jonesboro- Ann Elizabeth Davis, 83, died Sunday, March 3, 2013 at Craighead Nursing Center in Jonesboro.

 Mrs. Davis was born December 3, 1929 in Clarkton, Missouri to the late Franciscus Antonius “Frank” and Freda Mae Pearson Michels, later moved to the McCormick Community near Trumann before raising her family and living the remainder of her life in Jonesboro. She was a homemaker and a former employee at the Craighead Nursing Center.

 Ann accepted Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of 13, was baptized at the Baptist Church in Clarkton, was a former member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Jonesboro for many years and currently a member of the Temple Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

She is survived by a son, Gary Davis of Little Rock; two daughters, Judy Davis Duncan and husband Jim of Jonesboro and Lisa Davis Leatherwood and husband Jim Bob of Orlando, Florida; four grandchildren, Mark Davis and wife Tammie of Little Rock, Elizabeth Ann Duncan Pickering and husband John of Jonesboro, Aaron Davis and Jessica Leatherwood both of Orlando; four great-grandchildren, Mason and Abigail Davis of Little Rock and Jack and Luke Pickering of Jonesboro.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Ardell Davis in 1979; a sister, Mary Alice Taylor; two brothers, Ray Franklin and baby boy Michels.

 Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with funeral to follow at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel. There will be a family graveside service at 10:00 am Wednesday at the Philadelphia Cemetery.

 Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Duncan, John Pickering, Mark Davis, Rick Fleetwood, Jim Bob Leatherwood, Benny Futrell, Aaron Davis and Mason Davis.

 A very special thanks to Dr. Revel Porter, Dr. Doug McGlaughlin and the entire staff at the Craighead Nursing Center for the special care she received.

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