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Riley Sloan Rainwater Jr.

Rainwater, SloanJonesboro- Riley Sloan Rainwater Jr., 89, passed away Thursday evening, January 9, 2014 at his home.

 He was born June 13, 1924 in Imboden to the late Riley Sloan Rainwater and Catherine Virginia Hatcher Rainwater. He married Sylvia Sue Spikes on December 27, 1950 and enjoyed forty-two years together until she passed in 1992.

 He attended Sloan-Hendrix Academy in Imboden, Hendrix College in Conway, U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Arkansas Law School in Little Rock and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

 In his early years, Mr. Rainwater operated a service station in Imboden, in partnership with his brother, William I. Rainwater, ran the family cotton gin business, worked at Citizens National Bank for many years and was an instructor in mathematics and chemistry at Little Rock University for several years.

 He was a member of the Arkansas Bar and U. S. Supreme Court Bar, was the Pulaski County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Lawrence County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and had a general practice of law at Walnut Ridge. He was an investor in farmland, hotel business and a purebred Angus Cattle Breeder. Mr. Sloan was a member of the American Angus Association, Purebred Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder, Purebred Belted Galloway Cattle Breeder and Belted Galloway Society of United States.

 He enjoyed working and helping his community, he was a charter member and the first President of the Kiwanis Club of Walnut Ridge, Jonesboro Industrial Development Corporation, was past president of the Arkansas Bankers Association and a board member of the Arkansas Community Foundation in Little Rock.

 He is survived by his nieces and nephews and their spouses, Virginia and Steve Cox, Jill and William I. Rainwater Jr. all of Jonesboro, Cassie and Alan Jean of Texarkana, Texas and Vickie and Ben Henry of Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Angie Rainwater of Jonesboro; many other family and friends

 He was also preceded in death by a brother, William I. Rainwater Sr.

 The family will receive friends at 10:00 am with a celebration of his life beginning at 11:00 am , Monday, January 13, 2014  at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Miles II and Weston Cox officiating.  Burial will be private.

 Lasting memorial may be sent to NEA Humane Society, 6111 E. Highland Dr. Jonesboro, AR 72401 or the Craighead County Community Foundation, 407 Union St. Jonesboro, AR 72401.



Lois Stroud

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Mamie Louise McLaughlin

Mrs. Mamie Louise McLaughlin of Hoxie, departed this life Friday, January 3, 2014 at her home at the age of 70. 

 She was born December 28, 1944 in Jonesboro, the daughter of Earl Granger and Effie Howlett Granger.  Mamie was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal Faith.  She loved gardening and flowers and enjoyed reading her Bible.  She especially loved spending time with her children and family.  She married Roy Patton on April 17, 1993 and they have enjoyed 21 years together. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Effie Granger; a son, Ronnie McLaughlin; a daughter, Sheila Darlene McLaughlin and 4 siblings, Herbert Granger, Billy Harold Granger, Chester Granger and Gertrude “Gerty” Oakes. 

 She is survived by her husband Roy Patton of the home; two sons, Johnny McLaughlin and his wife Kathy of Trumann, Terry McLaughlin and his wife Sherry of Jonesboro; two daughters, Tammie McLaughlin and Phyllis Stayton, both of Hoxie; three sisters, Lorena Granger of Jonesboro, Patricia K. Wessel of Jonesboro and Nancy Lawrence of Cloverbend; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. 

 Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with interment to follow in Pine Log Cemetery. 

 Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday evening, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 Pallbearers will be Timothy Harbin, David Combs, Curtis Combs, Jonathon McLaughlin, Thomas Shelton and Matt Butler. Honorary pallbearers will be Freddie Granger and Steven Granger.

 Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

William F. Lancaster

LancasterJonesboro -Mr. William F. Lancaster, 76, departed this life Saturday, January 4, 2014, at his home. 

He was born July 9, 1937 in Nettleton, the son of George Lancaster and Alice Lamberth Lancaster.  William retired in 1976 as a Master Sgt. with the United States Air Force and was a Vietnam Veteran.  He was proud of his service as a Cryptographic Technician and for four years, he served on Air force one and two. Following his retirement from the Air Force he worked many years at Sperry Univac Data point Computer Service in Minneapolis St. Paul and DuPont and also at Borg Warner Automotive in Blytheville.  He enjoyed fishing, cooking, travel, softball which he was the pitcher and enjoyed a good cigar. He was active in League Bowling and in Tournaments.  He loved his little dog Sissy “his baby girl” and remained very active in the Nettleton Class of 1956. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alice Lancaster; his wife, Jane Orr Lancaster; a son, William Lancaster, II; a daughter in law, Karen Ast Lancaster, and a grandson, Christopher Scott Lancaster. 

He is survived by a daughter, Lynley Christian of Bono; a son, Steven W. Lancaster and his wife Cindy of Leachville; four sisters, Georgia Richardson, Gloria Shoemake and her husband Ernest, Dianna Gail Aycock and Charlotte Martin; four grandchildren, Haley Watkins and her husband Justin of Springfield, MO, Chase Gasaway and his wife Leah of Jonesboro, Wesley Lancaster and Tanner Lancaster, both of Leachville, and two great grandchildren, Easton Watkins and Elizabeth Gasaway. 

A memorial service will be 2:00 pm Sunday, January 12, 2014, at the Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Steve Shepherd, retired minister of Jonesboro Christian Church officiating with full military honors. 

A special thank you to all that adored, loved and cared for me, Dr. Michael Isaccson, Margaret Cooper R.N.P., Dr. Randall Carlton and the rehab nurses at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.



J C Bland

Lake City- J C Bland, 87, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at his residence.

 He was born on October 21, 1926 in Spario, Oklahoma to the late Elmer and Dollie Bland. Mr. J C retired after 34 years with Singer Factory in Trumann and was a member of the Lunsford Baptist Church. He enjoyed mowing yards and gardening. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

 He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Helen Taber Bland; a son and his wife, Michael and Karen Bland of Lake City; two daughters and their husbands, Kathy and Kenneth Householder of Lake City and Delois and Robert Gatewood of Paragould; a daughter-in-law, Linda Bland of Harrisburg; five grandchildren, Tammy Davis, Sherry Roach, Cindy Howard, Miranda Wheeler and Jared Bland; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

 He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Pearlene Garrison, Bernadine Bland and Oleta Lang; a son, Jerry Bland and a grandson, David Householder.

 A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Taylor and Rev. Larry Owens officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Log Cemetery.

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

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Donald Hood, Gene Cambron, Derek Robinson, Chad Davis, Donnie Hutchison and Jim Ladd.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to Lunsford Baptist Church.



Susan Agnes Butler

Jonesboro- Susan Agnes Butler, 59, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013.

 She was born March 27, 1954 in Milwaukee, WI to John and Dolores Pupp Willems.  Mrs. Butler was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She was a dental hygienist with Dr. Lovern for over 20 years and worked part-time for Parkey and Davis, Dr. Brad Erney and Dr. John Sanford. She enjoyed volunteering for the Blessed Sacrament Fall Festival, avid swimmer and loved to make clothes for her granddaughter and working in the yard. She was a meticulous planner and loved puzzles. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 Mrs. Butler is survived by her husband, Lawrence Joe Butler; two sons, John Paul Butler and wife Amber of Nashville, TN and David Butler of Branson, Missouri; her mother, Dolores Willems of Mountain Home; three brothers and their wives, Steve and Lynn Willems of Shillington, PA, Dan and Lynn Willems of Dallas, Texas, Paul and Jane Willems of Lubbock, Texas; a sister and her husband, Kathy and Danny Hodnett of Mountain Home; two grandchildren, Kerrigan Butler and Malcolm Butler both of Nashville and various nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by a husband, Mark Butler and her father, John Willems.

 A Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, January 3, 2014 at 10:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Jack Vu officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 until 7:00 pm at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave, with a Rosary service at 7:00 pm.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Matt Butler, Bill Butler, Zachery Butler, Breeze Butler, Landon Butler, Eugene Merrill and Brian Richardson.

William Marvin Whitten

   William Marvin Whitten of Brookland, departed this life Saturday, December 21, 2013, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, at the age of 92.

    He was born March 15, 1921 in Monette, the son of Hubert N. Whitten and Mary Hazelwood Whitten. Marvin was a retired row crop and cattle farmer. In his retirement he enjoyed gardening and sharing his produce with friends and neighbors.  He was a Gideon, former member of the Brookland School Board and the Craighead County Equalization Boards.  He actively attended Cornerstone United Methodist Church and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene where he taught Sunday School for 50+ years. He was a WW II veteran having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  He married Virginia Hout on February 28, 1942 and they have enjoyed nearly 72 years together.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert N. and Mary Hazelwood Whitten.

    He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Virginia Whitten of the home; two sons, Robert “Butch” Whitten and his wife Carolyn of Jonesboro and Jerry Whitten and his wife Mitzie of Brookland; three sisters, Lorene Anderson of Yuma, AZ, Velma Hout of Washington, IL and Nadine Bollinger of Topeka, KS; one brother, Alvis Whitten of Swartz Creek, MI; four grandchildren, Robb Whitten of Brookland, Matthew Whitten and his wife Paula of Jonesboro, Erica Loftis and her husband Corey of Bryant, and Alex Whitten of Little Rock, and two great grandsons, A.J. Whitten and Aaron Whitten of Cookeville, TN.

    Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Friday at the Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Rev. Chris Hemund officiating.

   Pallbearers; Tony Bradley, David Head, Tim Hudson, Tim Murphy, Randy Rupard, Don Wicker. Honorary pallbearers; Mick Boland, Butch Erwin, Dennis Lamberth, Tom Murphy.

     Interment with military honors will follow in Nettleton Cemetery.

     Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday evening, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

    Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider the Gideons or the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.



Romualda Theresia Maria “Romy” Wilson

Jonesboro- Romualda Theresia Maria “Romy” Wilson, 75, passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 She was born on October 21, 1937 in Munich, Germany to the late Romuald and Maria Beilhardt. She was a homemaker and a member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church. She was a very charitable and loving person and will be remembered as a great mother and excellent cook.

 She is survived by two sons, Heinz Beilhardt and Ralf Beilhardt and a sister, Carmen Basl.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Elmer Wilson.

 A memorial service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

 In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.



Larry Lee “Cap’n” Hansen

Hansen, Larry -nJonesboro- Larry Lee “Cap’n” Hansen, 75, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

 He was born on April 7, 1938 in Jonesboro to the late Oscar and Lura Weaver Hansen. He served his country proudly in the Arkansas National Guard. He retired from Bunny Bread and Union Planters Bank. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

 He is survived by his wife, Betty Hansen; his children and their spouses, Dana and Barry Forrest and Tonya and Steve Hinson all of Jonesboro and Sonya and Chad Gillmore of Batesville; seven grandchildren, Brandon Buhrmester and wife Holly, Cody Forrest, Ashley Forrest, Gus Hinson, Luke Hinson all of Jonesboro, Landon Gillmore and Logan Gillmore both of Batesville; three great-grandchildren, Cade Buhrmester, Connor Buhrmester and Collin Buhrmester.

 He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Allison Blair Gillmore; two sisters, Marie Hansen and Jean Gibson; three brothers, Jimmy Hansen, Leon Hansen and Deon Hansen; a brother-in-law, Ernie Gibson.

 A celebration of his life will be from 1:30 until 3:00 pm, Sunday, December 15, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to American Red Cross or blood donation in his name or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Naomi Ruth Blackshear

Tupelo, MS – Naomi Ruth Blackshear, 78, died Saturday, December 7, 2013 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS after brief illness.

 A native of Jonesboro, Ark., she was born June 26, 1935 to George Ambrose and Edna Mattie Bell Powell. A 1953 graduate of Caraway High School, she went on to hold employment in the banking business for nine years and retired from the Craighead County Tax Assessor’s Office as Deputy Clerk after 24 years. She was a devoted member of Central Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School.

Survivors include her husband, Leon Blackshear of Tupelo, Miss; one granddaughter, Amy Blackshear Hughes (Matt) of Tupelo; one grandson, Chad T. Blackshear of Jackson; and numerous extended family members. Graveside

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 


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