Obituaries

Peggy LaRose Johnson

Jonesboro- Peggy LaRose Johnson, 70, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

She was born January 13, 1944 in Lepanto to the late George and Henrietta Shockley Cantrell.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and sewing. She will be remember as a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children,  Paul Johnson, Jim Johnson and wife Connie and Jerry Johnson all of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Matt Johnson, Dillon Johnson, Keith Hammett, Ashley Partain, Michael Hammett, Tiffany Hall and Vanessa Hammett; eleven great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rosalie Hammett; six brothers and sisters.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Log Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the funeral home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are her grandsons, Matt Johnson, Dillon Johnson, Keith Hammett, Earnest Hall, Bobby Partain and Michael Hammett.

Vivian Thacker

Brookland- Vivian Savannah Thacker, 96, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

She was both October 19, 1917 to Matthew and Mae Griffin. She was raised at Farrville and attended Clinton School. She was married to J. E. “Ellzy” Thacker in 1940. She assisted him in farming in Brookland. She retired at General Electric in Jonesboro with twenty-two years of service. She was a member of the NEA Baptist Auxiliary for eighteen years. Vivian was a fifty-two year breast survivor.

She became a Christian and was baptized as a young girl at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and later joined Brookland United Methodist with her husband. She was faithful in her church, a member of the UMW and served on several committees.

She will be remembered for her unconditional love for others, her giving spirit and for keeping a positive attitude. Throughout her life she was loved by many and she will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Her family credits her as a mentor, a good example and always encouraging them to “never give up.” She was a great cook and many folks requested her coconut pies.

She is survived by her daughters, Helen Jane (John) Bishop and Margie (Jerry) Crocker of Brookland; her granddaughter, Cari (Coy) Boyd of Jonesboro; great-grandchildren, Eden Elliott of Little Rock and Trey, Lucas and Cade Boyd of Jonesboro; a niece, Dorothy Scarbrough of West Memphis and nephews, Harold Thacker, Perry Thacker and Johnny Griffin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellzy Thacker; her parents, Matthew and Mae Griffin; her granddaughters, Kati Mae Bishop and Ashley Crocker Elliott; a sister, Lora Boling; two brothers, Jesse and William Griffin.

Serving as pallbearers: Keith Blackman, Jerry Whitten, Andy Griffin, Merle Rupard, Charles Weathers and Bert Cole. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Pitman and Jerry Donohue.

Visitation is Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm with Dr. Stan Ballard officiating.  Private burial will be at Macedonia Cemetery.

Special thanks to Plantation Home in Trumann for their loving care and to all her caregivers.

Lasting memorials may be made to Brookland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 361 Brookland, AR 72417 or Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1940 CR 712, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

 

Joyce Lamkin

Jonesboro- Joyce Lamkin, 67, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born April 6, 1947 in Jonesboro to the late Dewey and Willie Webb Smith.  She was a homemaker and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and her family and enjoyed music and animals.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Lamkin; a son and his wife, Dr. Tony Lamkin and Chrissie of Batesville; two granddaughters, Ashley Lamkin and Anna Lamkin both of Batesville; four sisters, Realma Bradley, Elwanda Taylor, her twin sister – Lois Smithee and husband Joe and Lisa Smith all of Jonesboro; her mother-in-law, Ruby Lamkin of Jonesboro.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, David Bradley and Johnny Taylor.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Friday, July 18, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Doug Ferris officiating. Burial will follow at Union Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Michael Lamkin, Rodney Lamkin, Tommy Smith, Clay Houston, Chris Posey and Nathan Harrell.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House or Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2821 Forrest Home Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401

 

 

Ray South

Lake City- Ray South, 88, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 in North Little Rock.

He was born August 14, 1925 in Lake City to the late Ed and Willa South. Mr. South served his country proudly in the United States Air Forces. He graduated from Arkansas State University and worked for the Department of Agriculture as a soil conservationist in Northeast Arkansas. He enjoyed gardening and traveling and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake City and the Lion’s club.

He is survived by three daughters Dr. Karen Leonard and husband John, Lisa Brannum and husband Sam and Susan Cheesman; grandchildren, Mark Kemp, William Cheesman, Michelle Cheesman and Melanie Cheesman; great-grandchildren, Kadin Kemp, Noah Kemp, Luke Kemp, Cara Kemp, Sophia Harmon, Fiona Harmon and Jamieson Harmon; three sisters, Marie Wall, Ruby Caldwell and Ida Barker and husband Harold.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Walton South; a son-in-law, Allen Cheesman; a brother, J W South; two sisters, his twin- Fay South and Edna Qualls.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Jon Lorch officiating. Burial will follow.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1:30 pm Saturday at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Gary Qualls, Kim Barker, Ted Qualls, Dr. Eddy Caldwell, Greg James and Mark Kemp and as honorary pallbearers, William Cheesman,  Harold Barker, John Leonard and Sam Brannum.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or to a local veteran’s group.

Elsie Edith Coleman

Poplar Bluff- Elsie Edith Sullins Coleman, 96, formerly of Jonesboro passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff.

She was born on April 14, 1918 in Grubbs to the late Charles David and Minnie Johns Sullins (Dr. McCurry delivered Mrs. Coleman on April 14 but by the time he got home he entered her birth date as April 15th). On June 10, 1939, she married Julius A. Coleman, son of William Thomas and Gertrude Pyle Coleman. Julius passed away on April 4, 1998. Elsie was a member of the Highland Drive Church of Christ in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Wilma and John Arnold of Poplar Bluff and Mary and Ken Cannady of Horseshoe Bend; six grandchildren, Dana Arnold Cooke, Cheryl Arnold Wilson, Greg Cannady, Karen Cannady Rogers, Sharon Cannady King and Joel Arnold; ten great-grandchildren, Kimberly Long Shaw, Whitney Long Barnes, Colby Rogers, Joseph King Jr., Amy Wilson, Blake Rogers, Scott Wilson, Joshua King, Carrie Arnold and Caleb Arnold; one great-great-grandson, Jace Michael Shaw; a brother and his wife, Dean and Donna Sullins of Greenville, Texas; sister-in-law, Ava Young of North Little Rock.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Ernest, Cecil, Earl and Olan Sullins.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Terry Joe Kee officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Sam Barnett, Randy Oden, Joel Arnold, Greg Cannady, Josh King and Blake Rogers and as honorary pallbearers, Elders of Highland Dr. Church of Christ in Poplar Bluff and Tom Carter, Charles Lancaster, Mark North and Ralph Nelson.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the Children’s Home in Paragould, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450

 

 

Jane Lee Buchanan Cherry

CherryJonesboro- Jane Lee Buchanan Cherry, 90, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born March 28, 1924 in Morrilton to the late John Henry and Blanche White Buchanan. Mrs. Cherry attended Hendrix College where she met Edward Howell Cherry where they later married in 1941. They were married for seventy-two years until his recent death.

She was active in the First Methodist Church, AJ Chapter PEO, Salvation Army and St Bernard Hospital Auxiliary. She was a great cook, gardener, entertainer, golfer and plane pilot.

She is survived by three children, Sharon Cissell (Mickey) of Hot Springs, Robert Edward Cherry of Jonesboro and Kathryn Jane Cherry of Memphis, TN; six grandchildren, Lee Ann Dickens (Richard), Michael Cissell, Jr. (Jamie), Lee Kathryn Hall (Russell), Jane Cherry Lackey, Gregory Meritt Lackey, Jr., and Robert Cherry, Jr., and six great grandchildren, Ann Winifred Dickens, Josh Cissell, Levi Cissell, Jack Henry Frisby, Ava Cherry, and Addison Cherry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Howell Cherry and a grandson, John Matlock Cherry.

A memorial service will be held 1.00 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro with Rev. John Miles officiating. A reception will follow in the Hon Lounge.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Fleming, George Puryear, Dr. Grover Poole, Dr. Ladd Scriber, Dr. Mike Tedder, Paul Hanshaw, Dr. Mike McDaniel, Dr. Ed Cooper and members of Chapter AJ PEO in Jonesboro.

A special thanks to the Doctors and staff and caregivers of Craighead County Nursing Home and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, Chapter AJ PEO or charity of your choice.

Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro is entrusted with full arrangements.

 

Connie Sue Harrell

Jonesboro- Connie Sue Harrell, 56, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at her residence.

She was born March 29, 1958 to the late Claudie and Georgia Brown. She was a member of the Nettleton Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, Wendell Harrell; a son, Charles Craig; three sisters, twin- Bonnie Houseman (Ronald), Bea Alakel (Ken) and Linda Smith.

She is also preceded in death by a sister, Libbye Feltman; two brothers, Lawrence Brown and James Edward May.

A private graveside service will be held at Nettleton Cemetery under the direction of Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 

James Winford Craig

James Winford Craig, 79, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born December 1, 1934 in Caraway to the late Otis and Olar Carpenter Craig. Mr. Craig owned and operated a cosmetology business in Nettleton for many years.

He is survived by a son, Steven Craig; a special friend, Thelma Tice; a brother, Roy Craig; four sisters, Patsy Coberdale, Donna White, Linda Lederman and Sandra Passmore; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Craig; two brothers, Ottice Craig and Charles Craig; two sisters, Peggy Claridge and Glenda Cole.

A graveside service to celebrate of his life will be 11:30 am Monday, July 7, 2014 at Pine Log Cemetery with Josh Craig officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 am, Monday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Mathews Ave.

 

Troy Davis Cooper

Bono- Troy Davis Cooper, 61, passed away, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born May 5, 1953 in Lepanto. Mr. Cooper worked for Riceland Foods in Waldenburg for forty years.  He was a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and gardening and loved his family and family gatherings.

He was survived by his wife, Oleta Cooper; a son, Kevin Cooper of Bono; his father, Cheseldene Cooper of Bono; two sisters and their husbands, Sherry and Larry Clark of Jonesboro and Patricia and Carlos Wood of Bono; three brothers and their wives, Ron and Michelle Cooper of Bono, Douglas and Carolyn Cooper of Jonesboro and Marco and Yvonne Cooper of Smithville; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Jean Harlan Cooper.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Kelly Rowe officiating.  Burial will follow at Markham Cemetery near Egypt.

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

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Charles Thielemier, Dustin Thielemier, Chad Moore, Hunter Moore, Brandon Wood and Josh Parks and as honorary pallbearers, Mike Cole and Greg Arender.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the Children’s Home in Paragould.

J. C. Tate

Jonesboro- J. C. Tate, 72, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Jonesboro.

He was born September 28, 1941 in Walnut Ridge to the late Clifford and Beulah Tate. He worked for FMC for eighteen years as a spray painter.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Tate; three daughters, Lisa Qualls (Danny) of Jonesboro, Tina Tate of Oklahoma and Crystal Bryant (Benny) of Paragould; two step-children, Johniefaye Jennings of New Madrid, Missouri and Michael Wilkerson (Lynda) of Hardy; a brother, Earl Tate of Wisconsin; a sister, Emmarann Ballard of Hoxie; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Cletus Tate and a sister, Inez Tate.

A graveside service will be 10:00 am Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Larry Kendrick officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 

 

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