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Joel Thomas Esau

Jonesboro- Joel Thomas Esau, 71, passed away Saturday, December 27, 2014 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was born March 13, 1943 in Newton, KS to the late Gerhard and Bernice Warkentine Esau.

Joel will be remembered as a loving Dad and Papaw who loved being around people, having fun and being a great practical joker. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro. Joel moved from Tulsa to Jonesboro in 1983 and founded Jiffy Printing Center which he owned and operated for 25 years. He loved cruising in his yellow Corvette, fast cars and drag racing. He was an active member of the “Fast Glass Corvette Club”.

Survivors include his daughters, Ellen Weiner and husband Rion and Janna Esau all of North Little Rock; four brothers, Fred Esau and wife, Gloria of Catoosa, OK, David Esau and wife Lucille of Broken Arrow, OK, Tim Esau and wife Barbara of Catoosa, OK, and Mark Esau and wife Loretta of Claremore, OK; a sister, Karen Esau of Aurora, CO; sister-in-law, Joy Esau of Broken Arrow, OK; grandchildren, Lindsey Esau of Jonesboro, Ethan Weiner, Evan Weiner, Garrett Granger, and Aaron Weiner all of North Little Rock as well as several nieces and nephews and other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gary and Steve Esau; a sister, Bernice Sweatland and a brother-in-law, Raymond Sweatland

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, January 3, 2015 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Patti Soward officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday evening January 2, 2015 at Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Marolyn Joyce Qualls

Marolyn Joyce Qualls, 72, of Harrisburg passed away December 21, 2014 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. She was born February 27, 1942 in St. Louis, MO to the late Arlie Mae and Jewell Vivian Henderson Layer.

She was a member of the County Line Church of Christ and her, along with her husband were the Co-Owners of “The Country Store”.

Her husband, Charles Vernon Qualls preceded her in death on June 29, 2012.

Survivors include her daughters, Robin Spencer and husband, Mike, of St. Joseph, MO. and Sherri Holden and her Fiancé, Darrell Shoemaker, of Bay; one brother, Jimmy Layer and wife, Sammie, of Jonesboro as well as three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one niece.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice, P.O. Box 9320 Jonesboro, AR 72403 or the Children’s Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.


Dr. Friedrich Edward Stoll, Colonel USAF retired

Jonesboro – Colonel USAF Retired Dr. Friedrich Edward Stoll, 89, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

He was born February 15, 1925 in Jonesboro to the late Fred and Marjorie Stoll. He proudly served United States Army, Navy and was a colonel in the Air Force.  He attended Arkansas State University, Tulane University and Washington University in St Louis. He practiced medicine in Arizona, Nevada and was chief resident in radiology at John’s Hopkins University. He enjoyed riding horses, tennis, raising cattle, playing golf, music, skiing, swimming. He spoke three foreign languages, was a private pilot, member of the AMA, Jonesboro Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution and Los Altos Hunt Club. He was also instrumental in building the first museum at Arkansas State University.

He was preceded in death by a host of family, friends and colleagues.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Burial to follow at Oaklawn Cemetery with military honors.

Friends will gather from noon until time of service Saturday at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave. in Jonesboro.


L.B. Perry

Lorado- L.B. Perry, 92, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014.

He was born December 19, 1921 in Lafferty to the late Arthur and Della Perry.  He proudly served in the United States Army during World War II in the Philippines. L.B. was a livestock dealer.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Willidean Perry; his children, Larry Perry of Melbourne, Brenda L. Perry of the home and Joyce Mitchell (Benny) of Lorado; three grandchildren, Amy Perry of Melbourne, Ronnie Mitchell of Little Rock and Tammy Perkins (James) of Jonesboro; two brothers, Carlton Norris of Jonesboro and Paul Perry of Houston; two sisters, Marie Perry of Enid, OK and Lillian Sheppard of Bourmont, Texas; five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of his life will be Monday, December 15, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jerry Coleman, Russell Wall, Roy Gene Dacus, Calvin Perry, Nathan Perry and Harold Dean Norris and as honorary pallbearer, Lonnie Roberts.

A special thanks to Dr. G.L. Cranfield for his kind and loving care.



Mary Needham Johnson

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

James “Jim” McDaniel

Jonesboro- James “Jim” McDaniel, 81, passed away Friday, December 12, 2014 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

He was born May 22, 1933 in Jonesboro to the late Stanford and Louise McDaniel. Jim graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1952 and joined the Army Special Forces Green Beret during the Korean War. After he came home to Arkansas State University, where he was on the football and track teams and a member of the Pi Kapp Alpha. He was an avid duck hunter and fisherman and a private pilot. After marrying, Jim became an exceptional bowler, and was inducted into Arkansas Bowlers Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jo Ann McDaniel; two sons, Timothy McDaniel (Nikki) and Stan McDaniel all of Jonesboro; a sister-in-law, Wanda Thompson of Jonesboro; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be 11:00 am Monday, December 15, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Cathy Holler officiating. Burial to follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors.

The family with receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Gregg –Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave. in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Bill Hurt, Tony Pardew, Vic Ditta, Bob Trout, Larry Grisham, Eric Ford, George Krennerich and Jerry Brackett.




Kenneth Lee Hemphill

Kenneth Lee Hemphill, 67, of Jonesboro, passed away December 8, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. He was born November 7, 1947 to the late Herman and Edna Greenway Hemphill in Monett, MO.

Ken was a store manager for forty years with Hoffman Supply DBA Johnstone Supply. During that time his customers became his friends. He attended school at public school in Monett and   attended college in Texas. He attended church at Central Baptist and Temple Baptist in Jonesboro.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Charlotte Hemphill of the home, daughter, Shelley Hemphill Barron and husband Darrell of West Fork;  a son, Matthew Lee Hemphill and wife Angie of Jonesboro; stepson, John Paul Fairhead and wife Libi Jones Fairhead of Jonesboro; step daughters, Margaret Fairhead Hall and husband, Heath of Hot Springs, Meredith Fairhead Blasé and husband Rev. John David of Monument, CO; brother, Harley Dean Hemphill and wife Mary of Springfield; sisters, Edith Irene Hemphill Mayfield of Springfield and Carolyn Sue Hemphill Haynes and husband Wesley of Wheaton, MO; twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren as well as eight nieces and nephews all of Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Everett Eugene Hemphill.

Lasting Memorials may be made to The Pregnancy Resource Center 901 S. Main St. Jonesboro AR 72401 “If my life can save a baby… it will have been worth it”

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Greg Slayton, Wesley Haynes, Perry Osborn, Michael Barron and Eugene Merrill, Honorary pallbearers will be the employees and customers of Johnstone Supply and John Bunselmeyer, Karl Bunselmeyer, Karen Garwitz and Terry Nichols.

Mass of Christian burial will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro with Father Jack Vu officiating.

Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 at Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave, Jonesboro 870-935-5566.

Kenneth Wayne Richey

Mr. Kenneth Wayne Richey, of Jonesboro, departed this life Friday, December 5, 2014, at his home, at the age of 49.

He was born September 26, 1965 in Batesville, and was a graduate of Nettleton High School.  Following high school he attended the Art Institute of Houston.  Before becoming disabled, he was a CNA at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.  He was an artist and loved to paint. He also loved fishing and competed in lots of tournaments.  His biggest pleasure was his love for the Pittsburg Steelers.  He was an avid fan and loyal supporter.

He is survived by his mother and step father, Gail and Tom Cottingham of Jonesboro, his father, Jerry Richey of Bono, five brothers, Tony Weaver (Missy) of Bono, Darren Weaver of Jonesboro, Jonathan Cottingham (Emily) of Jonesboro, Heath Richey of Bono, and Shane Richey of Bono, his grandfather, Bud Glasco of Jonesboro, several nieces and nephews that he considered his kids, Brianna Letner, A.J. Weaver, Josh Weaver, Alexis Weaver, Jaden Cottingham, Mason Cottingham, Cole Cottingham, Kenzlie Woodward, and Xander Letner, all of Jonesboro, two aunts, Marcia Walters of Jonesboro and Joanne Record of Las Vegas, NV, and numerous cousins.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Christian Valley Christian Church with Pastor Mitch Ford officiating.  Interment will follow in Godwin Cemetery at Saffell, under the direction of Gregg Landford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro.  Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday evening, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Those serving as pallbearers will be Darren Weaver, Jonathan Cottingham, Tony Weaver, Jeff Taylor, Chris Coggins, Bobby Webb, Jay Powers and Tory Riley.

Wayne Franklin Baker

Jonesbor Sun Picture Wayne BakerWayne Franklin Baker, 88, passed away quietly at his home Saturday morning, December 6, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 6, 1926, to Harrison Clyde and May Ottinger Baker in Batesville. They later moved to Leachville, where young Wayne Baker grew up on the family farm.

Mr. Baker graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in agriculture and taught that subject in high school. He was very proud to have served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, he served as a deacon there.

Mr. Baker worked for E. Ritter and Company in Marked Tree during his early adult years until he and his wife, Virginia Robinson Baker, who was the love of his life, decided to establish their own business. They opened Northeast Arkansas Fence Company, followed by Baker Rentals and Sales, Baker Healthcare Specialties, W.F. and V.R.  Baker Enterprises, Southwest Business Center and several rental properties.

One of the things Uncle Wayne enjoyed most was serving on the Liberty Bank Board with his good friend Wallace Fowler. It was the highlight of his month to meet with the members of the board and help to plan its development and growth. The family wishes to thank Wallace Fowler, members of the Liberty Bank Board, Ed Way and the late Wayne Wolfe for their friendship to him.

The Bakers have served as benefactors to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Arkansas State University, Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas and Craighead County Community Foundation, where they financed an endowment.

Arkansas State University was important to Uncle Wayne. He enjoyed attending football and basketball games with Aunt Virginia and cheering on his favorite team. In 2009, they were both honored as Distinguished Alumni of ASU. Uncle Wayne was also an alumnus of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Uncle Wayne took great pride in the appearance of all his properties, including his businesses and his home, taking special care with his manicured lawn. A favorite pastime of his was driving and checking on the crops in our eastern district. And his family fondly remembers traveling with him and Aunt Virginia on many wonderful trips.

His family will also remember Uncle Wayne for his love, kindness and generosity to them. He has made a difference in the lives of all of his nieces and nephews. We are eternally grateful and will miss his everyday presence in our lives.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Virginia R. Baker; his parents, H.C. and May O. Baker; a sister, Janice Baker Jones; and a nephew, Thomas “Tommy” Carroll Martin Jr.

He is survived by his loving and caring nieces and nephews: Robin (David) Yates, Julia Martin Robinson, Liz (Tommy) Martin, and Anita Pickler Manuel, all of Jonesboro; Jennifer Pickler of Corinth, Texas, and Karmen (Vernon) Robertson of Bucklin, Mo.; loving nephews, Retired Brigadier General Charles D. Martin (Cyd) of Little Rock and David Anthony (Beth) Pickler of Germantown, Tenn.; great-nieces, Brandi (Jay) Melton, Jamie (Ricky) Monroe,  Whitney (David) Jones, Fort Worth, Texas; Katie Pickler, Germantown, Tenn.; Kellen Robertson of Bucklin, Mo.; Bryttney Manuel, all of Jonesboro; great-nephews, Marty (Tammy) Yates, Tom (Jeannie) Martin, Rob (Lorelei) Yates, all of Jonesboro; Chad Martin of Little Rock; Chris (Amy) Pickler of St. Louis, Mo.; Dane Robertson of Bucklin, Mo.;  great-great nieces, Chandler Yates, Kirsten Martin, Gracybelle Yates, Madden Monroe, Arabella Melton and Rachel Scroggins of Jonesboro; great-great nephews Sgt. Tyler Martin, Fort Carson, Colo.; Cade Yates, Myles Yates, Eason Monroe, Oscar Melton IV and Alex Scroggins of Jonesboro; and great-great-great-nephew, Tommy Martin of Paragould.

A special thank-you is extended to family friend Vickie (Steve) Hickey; caregivers, Charles, Kristina, Marilynn, Terri and Tonya for their attentions during his recent illness.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m., Monday, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, followed by a celebration of his life at 11 with Richard Lusby officiating. The private burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park following the service. Services are entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Active Pallbearers will be nephews David Yates, Marty Yates, David Pickler, Vernon Robertson, Charles Martin, Tom Martin, Rob Yates; and special friend, Charles Marrs.

Great-nieces and great-nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family thanks Baker HealthCare for the compassionate consideration and care given to Mr. Baker during his illness.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 South Main, Jonesboro, with consideration given to the Music Ministry, the General Fund or the Care Center; or Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF), through First Baptist Church.

Waymon Lee Wimpy

Jonesboro- Waymon Lee Wimpy, 54, passed away Sunday, November 30, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born January 22, 1960 in Jonesboro to the late Thad Waymon and Cora Lee Woodruff Wimpy. He was a farmer and a member of the Valley View Missionary Baptist Church.  He had been constable for Valley View and President of the State Constable Association and an avid hunter. He founded “Karaoke on the River” held every 4th of July on the Spring River.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, Chad and Mary Wimpy of McCrory; Rebecca and Shawn Miller of Lebanon, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Miller, Tyler Wimpy, Olivia Wimpy and Isaac Wimpy; as well as numerous family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Rick Hart officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service Thursday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

A special thanks to his friends and care givers, Kirk and Jeanette Dunn, Donna Morris and Debra Rogers and well as other caregivers.

Honorary pallbearers will be men of Valley View MBC.

The family requests lasting memorials be sent to the Thad Wimpy Scholarship Fund at Valley View Schools.

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