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Melton Earl Gambill

Gambill, Melton -nJonesboro- Melton Earl Gambill, 84, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2013.

 He was born on October 22, 1929 in Jonesboro to the late John Melton Gambill and Cora Maude Booher Gambill.  Mr. Gambill worked at Child’s Company, M.E. Carter and had owned Gambill Grocery Store.  He enjoyed gardening. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and loved by all that knew him.

 He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Era Gambill; his children and their spouses, Linda and Bill Allen and Glen and Belinda Gambill all of Jonesboro and Cindy and Ronny Johnston of Farmington; three grandchildren, Lacey Maxwell and husband Brandon of Bono, Jonathan Allen of Jonesboro and Lauren Johnston of Springdale; two great-grandchildren, Eli Maxwell of Bono and Luke Allen of Jonesboro; a sister, Muriel Rains of Jonesboro; a brother, Kenneth Gambill of Jonesboro.

 He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gene Gambill, Johnny Gambill and Frank Gambill; four sisters, Mary Goodman, Angie Beck, Velda Watson and Nelda Gambill.

 A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am, Friday, November 1, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Patrick Gillespie officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery.

 Visitation will be from 5:30 until 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jonathan Allen, Brandon Maxwell, Jim McLaughlin, Glenn Crawford, Buck Bounds and Eddie Nelms and as honorary pallbearers, David Maynard, Leroy Turner, Bob Beck and Bob Lovins.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to Shiloh United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

 

Agnes Cowles

Cowles, Agnes -fJonesboro- Agnes Marie Cowles, 77, passed away Monday, October 28, 2013 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

 She was born on May 4, 1936 at San Francisco, California to the late Perry J. and Elsie Waldbillig. She was a devout Catholic and a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She enjoyed flower gardening. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 She is survived by her husband, Robert Cowles; two sons and their wives, Gregory D. and Kathryn Cowles of Jonesboro and Danny L. and Leslie Cowles of Rogers; four grandchildren, Dustin L. Cowles, Peyton Pankey and Carson Pankey all of Rogers and Phoebe Cowles of Jonesboro; a sister, Byrnis Love of Marysville, Washington; as well as the many friends of the family who considered her a “Mother”.

 He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Eric Waldbillig and Donald Waldbillig.

 A Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 am, Monday, November 4, 2013 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Jack Vu officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery under Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 Visitation will be from 6:00 until 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 3, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave. with rosary at 7:00 pm.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Greg Cowles, Danny Cowles, Fred Buhrmester, Dan Thrasher, Dustin Cowles and Eugene Merrill.

 

 

Steven LaRoy Self

Self, Steven -fSteven LaRoy Self, 61, of Jonesboro passed away October 19, 2013 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice.

 He was born to the late Thurman and Juanita Self on October 16, 1952 in Long Beach, CA. Mr. Self graduated from Western Grove High School and attended ASU. He was the owner operator of A-Bomb Pest Control in Harrison for many years and was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He will be remembered as a loving father and friend.

 Survivors include his daughter, Heather Self of Jonesboro; sister, Kathy Hamilton and husband Donnie of Harrison; and a cousin, Terry Self of Denton, TX.

 Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 23, 2013 in the chapel of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home 300 W. Matthews Ave. Jonesboro with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating. Interment to follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery.

 Visitation will be from 6-8 on Tuesday evening also at the funeral home.

 

 

Thomas “Dickie” Howell

Howell, Dickie -nJonesboro- Thomas “Dickie” Howell, 67, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at his home after a three year battle with lung cancer.

He was born September 9, 1946 in Leachville, the son of the late Jack and Boyce Braden Howell. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Sue Wilson.

Dickie graduated from Monette High School and then served in the United States Air Force in the Security Police Division. He was a Vietnam veteran. He then began his career in law enforcement. After serving in the Blytheville Police Department, the Mississippi County Sheriff’s office and the Craighead County Sheriff’s office for 28 years, he retired as Chief Deputy of Craighead County Sheriff’s office. He also served as Road Foreman for the Craighead County Road Department.

He was of the Baptist faith, and loved deer and turkey hunting and spending time with his precious granddaughters.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Kathy; a son and his wife, Hayes and Elizabeth Howell of Jonesboro; two granddaughters, Grace Elizabeth and Elise Carolyn; three sisters, Jacquelyn Howell of Monette, Janis Chambers of Steele, Missouri and Nancy Stewart and husband Revis of Monette.

A graveside service to celebrate his life will be 10:00 am, Friday, October 18, 2013 at Pine Hill Cemetery with Revs. Johnny Hutchison and Mike Martin officiating with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave. in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Alan Hicks, Ernie Walker, Revis Stewart, Jack Gathright, John Gathright and Bill Craig.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1138 E. Matthews Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

 

Jesse Clifford Wilson

Jonesboro- Mr. Jesse Clifford Wilson, 95, passed  away Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Mr. Wilson was born August 7, 1918  in Jonesboro to the late Jesse M. and Jimmie Long Wilson. He was a retired Pipe Fitter for the local 798 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Wilson currently was a door greeter at Walmart off of Highland Drive for 21 years.  He loved to read, watch western movies and ball games. Mr. Wilson was a 32nd degree scottish rite mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge #129. 

He is survived by his wife, Mondrie Gambill Wilson of Jonesboro; a son, J. Stephen Wilson of Jonesboro; four brothers, Raymond Wilson of Michigan, Albert Wilson of Florida, Lester Wilson of Massachusetts and  Jimmy Wilson of Jonesboro; a sister, Margaret Ann Cooper of Brookland; a grandson, Jesse Caton Wilson.

Proceded in death by three siblings, Marie Walker, Earl Wilson and Opie Wilson.  

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday October 15, 2013, at 2 p.m. with military honors at Shiloh Cemetery near Jonesboro  with Rev. Johnny Hutchison officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted with Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Tuesday October 15, 2013 at noon with a Masonic Rite at 1 pm at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home  Chapel. Masonic Rites will be given at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Honored to  serve as pallbearers are members of the Masonic Lodge #129.

Franklin Harold Horst

Fisher – Franklin Harold Horst, 87, passed away Friday, October 11, 2013 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

Mr. Horst was born on May 13, 1926 at Fisher to the late George and Emma Freese Horst.  He was a retired farmer and member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Waldenburg.   He served his country proudly in the U. S. Army during World War II.  He had formerly served as a treasurer, chairman of the board, trustee and on the financial committee of Zion Lutheran Church.  Mr. Horst also served on the Riceland Weiner Grain Dryer board for 30 years, USDA committee member for 11 years and a board member of Mallard Pond Hunting Club for 25 years.

Mr. Horst was well known as the traveling farmers market and delivered strawberries, peaches and corn to the community from Fisher to Jonesboro.  He enjoyed the Rice Festival with the old tractors, farming displays and talking about the Good Ole Days.  One of his most admirable qualities was his humility and willingness to give, expecting nothing in return.

He is survived by four daughters and their husbands, Debbie Jones (David), Lynn Jones (Wendal) and Kim Dennis (Terry Gayle) all of Fisher and Jan Wilkins (Allen) of Houston, Texas, nine grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Ione Horst and one brother, Paul Horst.

A celebration of his life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday, October 14, 2013, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Waldenburg with Rev. Albert Quoss officiating.  Burial will follow in the Waldenburg Cemetery under the direction of the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Highway 14 in Waldenbrug.

The family request lasting memorials to Concordia Christian Academy, 1812 South Rains St., Jonesboro, AR 72401; Zion Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 40, Waldenburg, AR 72475 or the Waldenburg Cemetery, 5041 Hwy 956, Weiner, AR 72479

 

Mary Magdalene Boyd

Boyd, Mary -fJonesboro- Mary Magdalene Boyd, 88, passed away Monday, October 7, 2013.

 She was born on December 28, 1924 at Strawberry to the late Henry and Margaret Jones.  She was a homemaker, a caregiver and a member of the Highland Dr. Church of Christ. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 She is survived by her children and their spouses, Dean Boyd and Brenda of Brookland, Joyce Williams and Bill of Bono and Edna Boyd and Terry Green of Hoxie; six grandchildren Wayne, Lisa, Brad, Shannon, Michael and Tyler; thirteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward D. Boyd; a son, Delbert Boyd; a daughter, Virginia Mae Boyd; a brother, Nathan; five sisters, Valley, Lola, Nora, Lilly and Amanda; a great-grandson, Malcom.

 A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am, Friday, October 11, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Jimmy Young officiating. Burial will follow at Marvin Cemetery at 1:30 pm.

 Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Brad Boyd, Terry Jenkins, Colton Sullivan, Gaylon McDaniel, Buck Warren and Tyler McDaniel and as honorary pallbearers the members of the Nettleton Church of Christ

Floyd Fred Cooksey

Floyd Fred Cooksey, 83, of Jonesboro, passed away Sunday October 6, 2013 at Twin Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was born November 5, 1929 in Jonesboro to the late Fred Cooksey and Ida Adams Buttry.

Mr. Cooksey was a retired mechanic and was of the Baptist Faith. He loved being in the outdoors fishing, hunting and camping. He will be remembered as a loving Husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include two sons, Gene Cooksey and wife Patricia of Lake City, and Mike Cooksey of Jonesboro, two daughters, Freda Henderson and husband Lynn of Williford and  Judy King of Trumann, brother, Dale Buttry and wife
Betty of Mt. Home, fourteen grandchildren, thirty one great grandchildren and ten great-great grandchildren.

Mr. Cooksey is preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary, two sons, Steve and Tonny Cooksey, one brother, Bob Tolbert and two great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday October 9, 2013 at Pine Log Cemetery with Pastor Jerry Thompson officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6-8 at Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home 300 W. Matthews Ave. Jonesboro.

 

Earl Junior Cambron

Jonesboro- Earl Junior Cambron, 64, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

 He was born December 23, 1948 in Jonesboro to the late Zimmer and Sue Cambron. He was a truck driver with Edwards Transportation. He was an avid fisherman and will be remembered for being a loving father and grandfather.

 He is survived by his children, Theresa J. Cambron of Georgia, Steven E. Cambron (Christine) of Jonesboro, Christopher G. Cambron (Tamera) of Shirley, Brian P. Cambron of Malden, Kimberly D. Coronado (Luz) of Poplar Bluff, Missouri and Melvin J. Cambron of Malden; two sisters, Rose McCollum and Jean Gillmore; four grandchildren, Jourdon, Austin, Carma, Rhiley.

 He was also preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

 The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home. Service will be private.

 

 

William I. Rainwater Sr.

Rainwater- fJonesboro- William I. Rainwater Sr., 87, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Mr. Rainwater was born March 3, 1926 in Imboden to the late Riley and Catherine Rainwater. He was a Lawrence County native. He attended Hendrix College, Illinois Institute of Technology and University of Arkansas.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Arkansas. He served his country proudly in the United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy.

In his early career he was operating cotton gins and grain elevators in Northeast Arkansas countries, during the mid-60s began developing and operating hotels, principally Holiday Inns, in Arkansas and surrounding states. His farming interests are in the Delta areas of Arkansas and Mississippi.  He served on various family Bank Boards in Northeast Arkansas until recently merging with Regions Bank.

He had a long-time involvement in not-for-profit Healthcare related institutions such as Hospital and Nursing Home Boards. He had many years of service in the conservation of our natural resources to preserve for future generations on local, state and national levels. Mr. Rainwater was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and volunteered in varies positions in the city and county government.

He served on several boards, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Jonesboro City Water and Light, Hendrix College Board of Trustee, St. Bernard’s Medical Center Board of Trustee, University of Arkansas Campaign for 21st Century Steering Committee and University of Arkansas Board of Advisors.

Mr. Rainwater was honored with the Citizen of Year 1977 from Walnut Ridge; in 1997 the third recipient of Jonesboro Rotary Club’s James E. Gramling “Service Above Self Award”, in 2002, received the highest award for service- induction into the Order of Constantine on the 145th birthday of founding Sigma Chi Fraternity at Miami University, in 2003, he was a initial recipient of J.W. Fulbright Recognition Award providing honor and prestige to the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the first annual Above and Beyond Award from St. Bernards Healthcare and in 2007, received the Roy H. Jolly Volunteer Award from the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Angie Rainwater; a son and his wife, Bill  Rainwater Jr. and Jill; a daughter and her husband, Virginia Rainwater Cox and Steve; a brother, Sloan Rainwater Jr. all of Jonesboro;  four grandchildren, Riley Rainwater, Alexa Rainwater, Stephen Cox and Weston Cox all of Jonesboro.

A celebration of his life will be 11:00 am, Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Miles II officiating. Burial will be private at Hope Cemetery near Imboden under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 until11:00 am at the church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers, O’Dell Fort, Jim Kuykendall, Jack Walsh, John Brimberry, Ben Owens Sr., Tom Thomas, Adam Flock and Bill Hurt and as honorary pallbearers, CWL Board of Directors, St. Bernards Healthcare Board and his brothers of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Lasting memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church or St. Bernard’s Foundation for St. Bernards Memory Care Villas, 400 East St. Jonesboro, AR 72401.

 

 

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