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Mrs. Jewell Cooper

Mrs. Jewell Cooper, of Jonesboro, formerly of Harrisburg, departed this life Friday January 31, 2014 at St Bernard’s Hospital, at the age of 102.

She was born May 13, 1911 in Hergett, AR, to the late Columbus Pruitt and Maggie Richards Pruitt. She was a homemaker who loved to cook and care for her family.  Her family life was her first priority. Outside the home, she also worked for several years at a convalescent home in California.

She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Cooper of Southaven, Mississippi, Sue Pankey of Memphis, Tennessee and Joan Gassman and husband Bill of Joshua Tree, California; four sons, Gary Cooper and wife Bobbie and Larry Cooper and wife Shirley all of Jonesboro, Billy Ray Cooper and wife Sue of Harrisburg and Mike Cooper and wife Becky of Harrison; four brothers, Herbert Whittingham of Jonesboro, Raymond Whittingham of Trumann, Paul Whittingham of Harrisburg and James Whittingham of Missouri ; a sister, Earlene Ashton of Trumann; thirteen grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was proceeded in death by her husband Alvin Ray Cooper; her parents who raised her Oscar and Julie Whittingham; two brothers, Earl Whittingham and O’Neal “Doc” Whittingham; two sisters, Edna May Hooker and Lavonne May.

Services will be 11:00 am Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Connect officiating. Burial will follow at Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Butch Davis, Doyle Hillis, Tony Whittingham, Darrell Whittingham, Steve Whittingham and Joe long. 

Those wishing to send memorials may choose a charity of their choice.

Mrs. Anna M. Findley

Mrs. Anna M. Davis (Tex) Findley, died February 1, 2014, in Jonesboro, at the age of 88.  She was born September 11, 1925 in Dewitt, AR, to the late Court and Maude Davis.  In 1940 she moved with her family to Weiner, AR, where she graduated in 1944 with honors from Weiner High School.  After graduation, she went to St. Louis, MO to work in a Defense Plant during WW II.  When the war was over, she moved to Jonesboro and began her very successful career in business, specializing in Real Estate, Finance and Insurance.  She met and married the love of her life Roy.  They moved to Paragould and owned and operated a place called Roy’s for many years.  Ann was a breast cancer survivor. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and one brother.  She is survived by her sisters, Frances Cohoon of Weiner, Jeanette Lamberth of Jonesboro and Paula Beard of Sulphur Rock, AR, one brother C.P. Davis of Battle Creek, MI, one brother and sister in law James and Sarah Franklin of Gurdon, AR and a host of nieces and nephews and other friends.  Ann was a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. 

At her request there will be no visitation or services.  Burial will be private and under the direction of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro.  Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  Pallbearers will be Dean Lamberth, Jodie Thompson, Ronnie Sairls, Jimmy Franklin, Randall Stroope and Blane Baugh.  Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Beard and Kenny Cline.

Jimmie Frances Burrow Ballinger

ballingerCherokee Village- Jimmie Frances Burrow Ballinger passed Friday, January 31, 2014.

 Jimmie was born June 1, 1943 at Harrisburg, but moved to Jonesboro and resided there until 2001, at which time she moved to Cherokee Village. She was united in marriage to Larry W. Ballinger June 5, 1981. She now stands in the loving arms of the Lord, never again to be bound by earthly ties, never again to feel the pains of advancing age, entering the Kingdom of Heaven on January 31, 2014.

 Being an only child, she was the apple of her father’s eye. She graduated from Valley View High School in 1961. She attended Arkansas State University. Jimmie started working at Arkansas State University in 1963 and retired in 2001 as an administrative assistant. She enjoyed doing things for her church, her flowers, and her many wonderful friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village, the GFWC Quapaw Women’s Club, a club that does volunteer work for Cherokee Village and the surrounding area and the CV Photo Club.

 Survivors include her husband, Larry Ballinger; a son, Rodney Lee Creason of Little Rock and several cousins and friends.

 She was preceded in death by her father, James I. Burrow in 1990 and grandparents, Clyde and Edna Burrow.

 A graveside service to celebrate her life will be 11:00 am Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Larry White officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday, February 3, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

 Honored to serve are pallbearers are Gary Henry, Kelly Henry, Gary Eubanks, Larry Bonds, Sam Hill and Robert Roberts and as honorary pallbearers, Kenneth Smith and Faith Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.

 In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Quapaw Women’s Club, New Beginnings Pregnancy Center or First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village.

John Wayne Leach

Granite, OK- John Wayne Leach, formerly of Jonesboro passed away January 15, 2014.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Loraine Hardy White and Eugene D. Leach.

 He is survived by a daughter; two grandchildren; a half sister, Melinda Mercer.

 His ashes will be buried next to his father in Pine Log Cemetery on February 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm. If you wish to witness the end of John’s journey you are welcome to attend.

 Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.



Joe W. Purnell

Jonesboro- Joseph “Joe” Whitsitt Purnell passed away Thursday morning January 23, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 He was born January 24, 1938 in Beardstown, Illinois but lived in Paragould and Jonesboro most of his life. “Pop Joe” loved to spend time with his family and play golf. He enjoyed a good steak cooked Pittsburgh style. He was retired from Gene Stimson’s Inc of Arkansas where he worked for over 60 years in various management positions. He was a man of impeccable integrity and work ethic, who expected the same of all who worked for him.  Many felt his word and hand shake were as binding as a legal document. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro.

 He preceded in death by his father, Charles Clinton Purnell and mother, Imogene Whitsitt Purnell.

 He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patty Purnell of the home; daughter, Patricia “Patti Jo” Mitchell (Greg) of Jonesboro; sister, Jacqueline Clause of Springfield, ILL; grandson, William “Will” Purnell Clark; granddaughter, Megan Mitchell; great-grandson, Jude Mitchell all of Jonesboro; nephew, Charles Joseph Pell (Nancy); two great nieces, Maxon and Blair; great nephew, Timon all of Springfield.

 Visitation will be at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 5 until 7:00 pm.

 Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Monday, January 27, 2014 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. John Miles and Rev. Patty Soward officiating. Entombment will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Max Hales, Dewaine Beisner, Fred Flemon, Danny Honnoll, Jerry Haynes and Chris Barber.

 Honorary pallbearers are Gene Stimson, Gene “Buddy” Stimson Jr., Stephen Weston, Stimson’s Big Star- West Memphis- managers, company staff and employees, Dr. Gordon Akin, Dr. Michael Issacson (Joyce & Stephanie), Dr. Allen Nixon, Dr. Randy Roberts, Dr. David Weingold, Dr. Mark Sifford, Dr. Jason Casey, Dr. Don Hudson, Terry Joe Osment, Jonesboro Healthcare Clinic, Bill Beasley, Jimmy Dan Maddox, James Wallace, Bill Morrison, Mike Hales, Steve Hales, Garnett McDaniel, Joe McAlister, Dr. Ken Lovern, St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Staff, Dr. Allen and ER staff at St. Bernards, NEA Baptist Hospital Nursing staff, Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House nursing staff.

 Lasting memorials please consider: Northeast Arkansas Breast Cancer Support Group, P.O. Box 4055, Jonesboro, AR 72403 or First United Methodist Church Youth Program, 801 S. Main, Jonesboro, AR 72401



Ralph Lee Cline

Cline, Ralph -fBono – Ralph Lee Cline, 80, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 He was born February 26, 1933 in Doniphan, Missouri to the late Lawson Lee and Alta Ann Brown Cline. Mr. Cline was a brick layer and also worked for H&R Block. He loved to golf and to eat fish. He was a member of the 7th Day House of Prayer in Bono.

 He is survived by his wife, Loretta Freeman Cline; a son and his wife, Robbie and Nita Cline of Jonesboro; a daughter, Angela Martin of Paragould; two sisters and their husbands, Coveta and Boyce Holder of Bono and Freda and Larry Adams of Jonesboro; six brothers and their wives, Jessie and Ella Fay Cline of Bono, Hilton Cline of Jonesboro, Preston and Wilma Cline, Frankie and Karen Cline, Marvin and Barbara Cline and Zeke and Vida Cline all of Bono; three grandchildren, Trevor Cline, Samantha Cline and Jeffery Martin.

 He was also preceded in death by a brother, Garland Cline.

 A celebration of his life will be 1:00 pm , Monday, January 27, 2014 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Steve Cline officiating.  Interment will follow at Trinity Cemetery in Bono.

 Family will receive friends, from 3:00 until 5:00 pm, Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are his nephews and as honorary pallbearers the Bono Class of 1952.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House or charity of choice.

Pansy Louise Tracer Owens

Owens, Pancy -n Brookland- Pansy Louise Tracer Owens, 89, passed away Sunday January 19, 2014 at Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

   Mrs. Owens was born April 19, 1924 in Childress to the late John William and Hattie Ann Taylor Tracer. She worked on the farm for many years and also worked at the Ed White Shoe Factory in Paragould for several years. Mrs. Owens loved crafts, gardening, quilting, sewing, baking and her soap operas. She was a member of Dixie Baptist Church.

    She is survived by her children and their spouses, Charles Robert and Dorthy Owens of Manila and Bertha Ellen and Donald Mink of Brookland; nine grandchildren, Lisa Renea Warren, Tina Lanette Mink, Windy Lee Easley, Mark Edward Adams, Georgetta Gail Knuckles, Kevin Don Mink, Danielle Louise Williams, Joyce Ann Owens and Stephaine Louise Owens; thirteen great-grandchildren, Heather Ranea Reed, Ashley Donn Rogers, Christopher Thomas Roy Warren, Christa Dawn Adams, Alyvia Ellie Adams, Chase Lee Mink, Ariel Nicole Hallen, Kirk Dakota Easley, Hunter Benjamin Knuckles, Summer Lynn Knuckles, Addison Louise Elisabeth Williams, Bailey Ann Lasater and Jaylee Louise Logsdon; four great-great grandchildren, Melanie Mae Reed, Katelyn Ranea Reed, Emily Michelle Reed and Akeelah Leigh Rogers.

    She is also preceded in death by her husband, Louie Leadell Owens; a daughter, Hattie Louise Noel; four brothers, Audie Vachel Tracer, Charles Alfred Tracer, Utah Carl Tracer and Coy Robert Tracer.

    A celebration of her life will be Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Hathcoat officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Log Cemetery in Brookland.

    Her family will receive friends from 6-8 pm, Tuesday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

    Honored to serve as pallbeares are Kevin Mink, Mark Adams, Brad Warren, Chris Warren, Daniel Williams and Gary Holmes. Honorary pallbearers are Billy Tracer, Billy Joe Moss, Bobby Dale Moss, Clemen Moss and Junior Johnson.

   Lasting memorials may be sent to Twin Oaks Nursing Home.


John Leslie “Les” Stevens

Stevens, JLJohn Leslie “Les” Stevens, age 93, was peacefully called home by his Heavenly Father on Thursday, January 9, 2014. He joins his beloved wife, Christella “Chris”, in eternal Life.

   He was born July 30, 1920 in Cash to late James Henry Stevens and Ethel Mae Powell Stevens. He was the oldest of six siblings. He met his future wife of 70 years, Chris, at a baseball game in Cash. Les was with his best friend, Rufus McDaniel, and Chris was with her best friend Imogene. The four life-long friends were married on May 24, 1942, in a joint ceremony.

   Les enlisted and served honorably in the US Navy during WWII where he was a Pharmacist Mate, First Class aboard SLCU 18. He remained friends with his shipmates and attended numerous reunions with his Navy buddies and their families.

   He and Chris moved to California in 1956, living in Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and for the past 37 years, in Torrance. Les earned his B.S. degree from Arkansas State in 1948, and furthered his studies at Washington University in Missouri, Harris Teacher’s College, University of Southern California and Long Beach State, focusing his studies on biology, chemistry, psychology and education. He then taught biology at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach for 28 years.

   He loved to read and study the Bible. He was a long time member of the Church of Christ, most recently a member of the Redondo Beach Church of Christ. It was important for him to spread the word of the Lord. He also enjoyed reading about health and nutrition, finance and politics. And he loved sports, especially baseball. His favorite team was the St. Louis Cardinals, followed closely by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also loved to watch USC football and collegiate armed forces football. Les and Chris loved to travel and the family spent many summer vacations visiting each contiguous US state, Canada and Mexico. Later he and Chris visited Hawaii.

   He is survived by three children, Judy Lynn Hudson of Abilene, Texas; Cathy Ann Sivoli of Torrance, California and Lance Scott Stevens of Riverside, California; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He loved much and was much loved, and above all, he loved the Lord.

A celebration of his life will be Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Jimmy Young officiating. Interment will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.

His family will receive friends from noon until time of service, Tuesday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Nicholas Kaneshiro, Sean Sivoli, Frank Hudson, Biff Hudson, Randy Stevens and Vendis Stevens.

Minnie Ellen Lindt Cooksey

Minnie Ellen Lindt Cooksey, 91, of Jonesboro, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the home of her daughter.

Minnie was the second-born of ten children to the late Otto and Mable Lindt on February 11, 1922, in Barber County, Kansas.  Her family lived in Kansas and Oklahoma before moving to Arkansas where she graduated from Berryville High School in 1940.  Following graduation, she moved to Jonesboro and worked as a seamstress at Lamberth’s Cleaners and Clark’s Cleaners prior to her marriage to Lotus Cooksey, Jr. on December 7, 1941.  She then worked at Eagle Department Store until the couple opened Cooksey’s Flower Shop in 1955.

She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church (formerly Huntington Avenue United Methodist Church) where she was involved in the United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School and served on various committees.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lotus Cooksey, Jr.; two brothers, Richard Lindt and Charles Lindt; and one sister, Betty Hawkins.

Minnie is survived by three children, Janelle Cooksey, Henry Cooksey (Linda), and Dr. Lynita Cooksey (Dr. Larry Hilburn), all of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Amy Cooksey of Jonesboro, Will Cooksey of Minneapolis, MN, and Jessica Mathews (Ross) of Hot Springs; two great-grandchildren, Malachi and Vera Grace Mathews; five sisters, Helen Lamb and Ida Payne of Kingman, KS, Opal Shoumake of Berryville, AR, Marguerite (Otis) Hamby of Temple, TX, and Joretta (Myron) Schwinn of St. George, KS; and one brother, John Lindt (Jonnie Ruth) of Berryville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Chris Hemund officiating.  Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday Evening at the funeral home.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Those wishing to send memorials may consider Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1910 Disciple Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or a charitable organization of choice. Personal condolences may be made to the Cooksey family at

Mrs. Wanda Grace Vance


Mrs. Wanda Grace Vance of Jonesboro, departed this life Friday, January 17, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, at the age of 94.

She was born September 15, 1919 in Whitten, AR, the daughter of David Franklin Sellers and Sarah East Sellers.  Wanda worked for their construction company for over 52 years before retiring.  She was the rock of her family and loved spending time with them.  She also loved her church family at the First United Methodist Church. 

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, David and Sarah Sellers, her husband of 66 years, Howard Grant Vance, and 12 siblings.

 She is survived by one daughter, Ann Bailey and her husband Don, two sons, Gene Vance and his wife Peggy, and David Vance and his wife Alice, all of Jonesboro, as well as 6 grandchildren, Dr. Patrick Bailey of Phoenix, AZ, Greg Vance of Jonesboro, David Vance II, of Jonesboro, Derek Vance of Jonesboro, Seketheia Vance of Jonesboro, and Shelley Teat of Jonesboro, 6 great grandchildren and numerous neices and nephews that were special to her. 

Visitation has been set for Sunday evening, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Atrium. 

Graveside services will be 8:00 a.m. Monday at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. John Miles and Rev. Patti Sword officiating.  There will be a Memorial Service following the graveside at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church. 

Her sons, sons in law, grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. 

Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro has been entrusted with all arrangements.

Personal condolences may be made online to the Vance family at www.

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