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Billy Franklin Macon

Jonesboro- Billy Franklin Macon, 88, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013.

 He was born on March 12, 1925 in White Flat, Texas to the late Arthur Granham Macon and Lucy Mack Gray Macon. He was a retired farmer and was of the Baptist faith.

 He is survived by a number of nieces and other family.

 He was also preceded in death by four sisters, three brothers, four nephews and two nieces.

 A graveside service to celebrate of his life will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Curtis Shatley officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 Visitation will be from 9:00 until time of service at the cemetery.

 The family appreciates the kind and loving care provided by Craighead Nursing Center.

James Franklin Gambill

Jonesboro- James Franklin Gambill, 87, passed away Friday, September 20, 2013 at his home.

Frank was born May 15, 1926 to John and Maude Booher Gambill in the Slabtown community north of Jonesboro. He attended New Harmony school and worked on his father’s farm before entering the Army in 1946. After his discharge, he attended Jonesboro Business College, working part time for the Cotton Belt Railroad. Upon graduation he began a 36 year career with Riceland Foods where he served as office and traffic manager, retiring in 1987.

He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and volunteered at the care center for many years.

He lovingly adored his wife of 63 years, Virginia Nichols Gambill. Together they raised six children, Rita Gambill, Rex Gambill (Phyllis), Donna Slagley (Billy) all of Jonesboro,  Don Gambill (Kathy) of Neosho, Missouri, David Gambill (Sandra) of Jonesboro and Paul Gambill (Lisa) of Bono; they have fifteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by a sister, Muriel Rains; two brothers, Earl Gambill (Era) and Kenneth Gambill; a brother-in-law, Bob Beck.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Mary Goodman, Angie Beck, Velda Watson and Nelda Gambill; two brothers, Gene Gambill and Johnny Gambill; brothers-in-law, Hal Rains and Jack Goodman; sisters-in-law, Bunny Gambill, Sara Gambill and Geneva Gambill and a grandchild, Christie Gambill.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at First Baptist Church with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Ryan Gambill, Brad Hanson, Brandon Hanson, Jason Gambill, Justin Gambill, Taylor Gambill and Logan Akers and as honorary pallbearers the Deacons of the First Baptist Church.

Charlotte Elizabeth LaMew Vance

Sedgwick- Charlotte Elizabeth LaMew Vance, 90, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

Charlotte was born in Greene County in August of 1923. She moved to Sedgwick early in her life. Her parents, Joe and Mary LaMew, owned the local general store. She graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1946. She worked for Citizen’s Bank in Walnut Ridge and the Revenue office in Jonesboro.

A lifelong member of Sedgwick Methodist Church, Charlotte Served as a Sunday School secretary and treasurer. She sang beautifully as a soprano in the choir and cross-stitched many of the Christmas tree ornaments that continue to be used yearly.

She will be remembered for her love of fishing, her skills as a seamstress and the wonderful family meals she prepared.

In the summer of 1946, she married the love of her life, Glenwood “Peck” Vance. They were blessed with two children, Sammy Glenn Vance of Sedgwick and Jean Marie Craft (Rohn) of Jonesboro, who both survive her. She also leaves her grandsons and their wives, Drew and Rebekah Craft and Jesse and Dawn Craft; three great-grandchildren, Cora, Sutton and Boston Craft; and many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenwood “Peck” Vance; an infant brother, Max LaMew, her parents, Joe and Mary LaMew.

A graveside service to celebrate her life will be 10:00 am Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Michael Doyle and Rev. Robert Stafford officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Kevin Craft, Tim Nichols, David Vance, Rick Myers, David Vance II and Gene Vance and as honorary pallbearers, Donnie Merle Vance and Rick Hopkins.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Sedgwick United Methodist Church or NEA Humane Society.

Dennis Wayne Smith

Jonesboro -Dennis Wayne Smith, 64, passed away September 22, 2013 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

He was born May 23, 1949 in Jonesboro to the late James “Jimmy” and Mildred Pierce Smith. He held a masters degree in electronic engineering from the University of Arkansas and was the former owner of Womack T.V. Sales and Repair.  Dennis has loved being an amateur ham radio operator since he was boy and will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife Mary Smith; daughters Melanie Dennis and husband Chad, Shannon Smith; grandchildren, Kyle Metcalf, Austin Metcalf, Cody Dennis, Makayla Kemp and Devon Kemp; sister, Linda Gaither and husband Duane all of Jonesboro, as well as a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Wednesday, September 25, 2013in the chapel of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home 300 W. Matthews Ave. Jonesboro with Rev. Bobby Barnett officiating with interment to follow in Oaklawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday evening also at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Geraldine Carey

 Carey, Gen. -fJonesboro – Geraldine Carey, 93, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born January 15, 1920 at Jonesboro to the late Jesse and Mayvella Mattix King. She and her husband, Lloyd celebrated their sixty-ninth wedding anniversary shortly before he passed away in 2010. She retired from being the business manager and register with the Jonesboro Regional Office of Crowley’s Ridge Girl Scout Council. Mrs. Carey was active with the First United Methodist Church and knitted for children thru the church.

Survivors include a daughter, Becky (Jim) Hardin of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Carey Hardin Hoover and Jim Ed (Sherrie) Hardin; three great-grandchildren, Hannah Hoover, Madison Hardin and Grace Hardin all of Jonesboro; a special friend, Virginia Shakleford and the ladies of the Women’s Circle of First United Methodist Church and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Carey; two sisters, Jessie Corinne Farmer and Blanch King.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with Rev. John Miles officiating. Burial will follow in Keller’s Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday from noon until time of service at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Ed Hinson, Thurman Hopkins, John Keyes, Wayne Sowell, Jerry Stevenson and Paul Turney and as honorary pallbearers are Russell Hendrix, Jerry D. Lewis, Melvin Clark and Robert Jones.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the Keller’s Chapel Cemetery Assn. c/o J. D. Lewis 707 Amberwood Cove, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401 or Crowley’s Ridge Girl Scout Council.


Marion Marie Sewell Gunn

Jonesboro- Marion Marie Sewell Gunn, 86, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 Marion was born October 4, 1926 in Texarkana to the late Marion Ashley Sewell and Clara Bell Sellman Sewell. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved to spend time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Gunn was a registered nurse and a member of the Valley View Church of Christ and a member of the Marion County Quartet. She volunteered for many organizations including a water aerobics instructor at the NEA Area on Aging. Mrs. Gunn was also a former Sr. Mrs. NEA.

 She is survived by her husband, John Alan Gunn; a son and his wife, Carmon and Paula Dillard of Ault, Colorado; a daughter and her husband, Reanne and Ronnie West of Paragould; a brother and his wife, David Leigh and Ruthanne Sewell of Yellville; grandchildren and their spouses, Joe and Angel Greeno, John and Amanda Greeno, Kim and Terry Walker and Kyle and Corrie Dillard; nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

 She is also preceded in death by a brother, Ed Sewell; a great-grandson, Miles Lindberg Greeno.

 A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 21, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with John Mark Wilson and Michael Meredith officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

 Family will receive friends from noon until time of service, Saturday at the funeral home.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Joe Greeno, John Greeno, Forestt Greeno, Jerry Spencer, Terry Walker and Drake Walker.

 A special thank you to the staff at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House for the loving care she received.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Dorothy Louise “Toots” Williams

Williams, Dorothy -fEgypt- Dorothy Louise “Toots” Williams, 84, passed away Friday, September 6, 2013.

 She was born on November 30, 1928 in Egypt to the late Harry and Cletus Rosie Lingo Sr. Mrs. Williams was a former postmaster of Egypt and several other communities. She was a world traveler visiting all continents except Antarctica. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Egypt Church of Christ.  She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

 She is survived by a son and his wife, Randy and Teri Williams of Egypt; grandchildren, Dustin Williams of Egypt, Jill McBride and husband Michael of Lafe, Weslynn Dale Williams of Egypt; five great-grandchildren, Rylee, Ryder, Ella, Lola and Addie Louise McBride all of Lafe.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Dale Williams; two brothers, John Thomas Lingo and Harry Lingo Jr.

 A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Monday, September 9, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Gary Cremeens officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

 Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of service, Monday at the funeral home.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dorman Hufstedler, Terry Wagner, Donny Tilton, Rick McBroome, Stephen Townsend and Ben Erwin; and as honorary pallbearers, Terry Colburn, Tony Wagner, Walter Wagner, Dennis Lingo and Glenn Lingo.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Bernards Hospice or Crowley‘s Ridge Academy.



Virginia Robinson Baker

Baker, V -1Jonesboro – Virginia Robinson Baker, 89, of Jonesboro died at her home Friday morning, September 6, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Jonesboro to Henry Lucius and Arabella Barton Robinson, who were descended from pioneer families of Jonesboro, including the P.C. Barton family, the Mandred Robinson Family and the Rosa Loftis family.

This rich family heritage was important to Mrs. Baker, as was her lifelong, faithful membership in First Baptist Church of Jonesboro, and her membership in the Jonesboro chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution for more than 50 years.

Mrs. Baker also treasured her connections to Arkansas State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in education in 1943. She used her teaching degree for 13 years in Leachville, Black Oak and Marked Tree, where her students called her “Our Miss Brooks.” Having no children of her own, she became a listening ear to her students while she served as a class sponsor and, along with her husband, Wayne Baker, accompanied her students on their senior trips.

Another connection to ASU was Mrs. Baker’s membership in Alpha Gamma Delta, which she was active in throughout her college years and as an alumna. In later years, Mr. and Mrs. Baker were devoted ASU fans who were present at most home basketball and football games, with Mrs. Baker always proudly dressed in red. ASU honored Mr. and Mrs. Baker in 2009 as Distinguished Alumni.

Mrs. Baker left her teaching career to join Mr. Baker in the business world. Side by side, they began their partnership by establishing N. E. Ark. Fence Company. The young entrepreneurs went on to establish Baker Rentals and Sales, Baker Healthcare, W.F. and V.R. Baker Enterprises, Southwest Business Center and several other properties.

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

She loved entertaining in her lovely home and acted as hostess for receptions, teas and parties for various groups. Memorable occasions were a family wedding and a special 75th Anniversary Tea for the D.A.R.  Mrs. Baker’s rose garden was a source of great enjoyment for her, and she also passed the time admiring the view from her family room, which included the Joe N. Martin Expressway.

Her family will remember Aunt Virginia for her kindness, her generosity and her loving ways.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Rosalee Robinson Martin and Jane Robinson; and a very special nephew, Thomas Carroll Martin Jr.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Wayne Franklin Baker, of the home; sister Marilyn Robinson Pickler of Jonesboro; loving nieces Robin (David) Yates, Julia Martin Robinson, Liz (Tommy) Martin and Anita Pickler Manuel of Jonesboro; Jennifer Pickler of Corinth, Texas, and Karmen (Vernon) Robertson of Bucklin, Mo.; loving nephews Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Charles D. Martin (Cyd) of Little Rock and David Anthony (Beth) Pickler, Germantown, Tenn.

A special thank-you is extended to family friend Vickie Hickey and to Mrs. Baker’s caregivers during her recent illness.

Visitation will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, followed by a celebration of her life at 3 p.m., with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating. The private burial will be at Jonesboro Memorial Park, following the service. Services were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Pall bearers will be nephews David Yates, Marty Yates, David Pickler, Vernon Robertson, Charles Martin and Tom Martin. Honored to serve as honorary pallbearers are the members the DAR.

The family asks that memorials be sent to any ministry of First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Jonesboro.

Mary Francis Owens

Lake City-Mrs. Mary Francis Owens, 64, departed this life Saturday, at her home. 

 She was born January 31, 1949 in Harrisburg. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Donald Marlin Owens, Sr. and one son, Donald Marlin Owens, Jr. 

 She is survived by one son, David Wade Owens of Swifton; three daughters, Billie Tubbs and her husband Russell of Pennington, Bobbie Payton and her husband David of Marked Tree, and La-Rae Graham and her husband Daniel of Jonesboro; three sisters; seven grandchildren, Ashley Richardson, Amber Richardson, Taylor Richardson, Zach Bradley, Haley Bradley, Brianna Graham and Kandyce Tubbs, and three great grandchildren, Nathaniel Weeks, Matthew Richardson and Aubree Hill. 

 A graveside funeral service is set for 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home. 

 Friends may visit at the funeral home Tuesday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. 

 Those serving as pallbearers will be Zach Bradley, David McCall, Russell Tubbs, David Owens, Denny Graham and David Peyton.

Juanita Nienstadt

JN-fJonesboro- Juanita Nienstadt, 92, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

 She was born on March 19, 1921 in Black Oak to the late John and Dori Alice Lewis. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time with her grandchildren to whom she devoted her life. She was a member of the Valley View Church of Christ.

 She is survived by her husband, Max Nienstadt; a daughter, Jackie Barlow; three step-sons, Mark Nienstadt, Adam Nienstadt and Glenn Nienstadt; four grandsons, Alex Barlow, Bobby Willis, Clint Barlow and Donny Barlow; six step-grandchildren, Cassandra Robertson, Benjanim Nienstadt, Danny Nienstadt, Eve Nienstadt, Ava Nienstadt and Miles Nienstadt; eleven great-grandchildren, Katlyn Barlow, Zane Barlow, Christopher Barlow, Jasmine Barlow, Jasper Barlow, Rylee Barlow, Gracey Barlow, David Zook, Savanah Barlow, Cassie Willis and Kaylee Greenway; a niece, Cathy Holms; nephews, Michael Johnson, Gary Post and Brad Post and many other nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Jack Post.

 She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Jean Post, Elvie Lewis, Stella Harrison, Mrytle Colughley and Pearl Bratton; four brothers, J W Lewis, Albert Lewis, Arbrey Lewis and Elbert Lewis.

 A graveside service will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Shady Cemetery near Grovespring, Missouri.

 Visitation will be from 2:00 until 4:00 pm, Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

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