Obituaries

Carmelita Herndon

Bono- Carmelita Herndon, 52, passed away April 22, 2015 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born November 14, 1962 in Jonesboro to the late Aren Albert Henson and Barbara Kitchen Henson. She was a member of the Woods Chapel Baptist Church. She loved to garden and to care for her family and friends and will be remembered as an awesome “Nanna”.

She is survived by her two daughters, Mandy Foster (Josh) and Nicole Herndon all of Jonesboro; six grandchildren; three brothers and two sisters.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ricky Wayne Herndon.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel.

Robert G.W “Red” Koster

Bay- Robert G.W “Red” Koster, 72, passed away Saturday April 11, 2015 at St Bernard’s Medical Center.

He was born May 17, 1942 to the late Leslie L. Koster and Gertrude Bowden Koster in Marked Tree.

Mr. Koster was a HVAC installer and proudly served his country in the U.S Army during Vietnam.  He loved to fish, travel, watch westerns and spending time with his local VFW Buddies. He graduated Jonesboro High School in 1961.

He is survived by two sons;  Garry Koster (Amanda) and Robert Koster (Loria)  both of Jonesboro, a daughter; Gretta Browning of Bay, a step-son; James Barber of Little Rock, two sisters; Joan House (Tony) and Carolyn “K.K.” Shirley (Neil) of Jonesboro, two brothers; Jerry Koster (Carolyn ) and Russell “Rusty” Koster of Jonesboro, six grandchildren; Stacy Fox (D.J), Devan Koster (Amirah), Kyle Koster, Byron Koster of Jonesboro, Stephanie Hargis (Brad) of Ponca City, OK and John Caleb Browning of Bay and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was proceeded by a son; Lesley Koster.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.  Steve Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 12:00 until 2:00 pm Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Devan Koster, John Caleb Browning, Byron Koster, Kyle Koster,  D.J Fox and Brad Hargis. Honorary pallbearers are Charles Ritter, Mike Johnson, Stacy Fox and Stephanie Hargis and all of his VFW Buddies.

William Andrew Long

Jonesboro- William Andrew Long was born and passed away March 22, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He is survived by his mother, Hailey Drew of Brookland; his father, Andrew Long Jr.; a sister, Anita Jestine Basford; his grandparents, Jerry and Brandi Cater of Jonesboro; Rick and Carolyn Bush of Trumann, Andrew Long Sr. of Hickory Ridge and Marvin Wright; great-grandparents, Steve and Susan Moore of Jonesboro, Bill and Vicki Means of Jonesboro and  Johnny and Wanda Cater of Valley View; aunts and uncles, Michelle Hardin of Jonesboro, Dylan Cater of Brookland, Hannah Cater of Brookland, Chris White of Jonesboro, Sarah Moore of Jonesboro and Damien and Felica Long of Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandfather, William Means; his grandmother, Michelle Wright. As well as his uncles, William Long and Ronnie Drew.

A service will be 10:00 am Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Matt Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Tyre Cemetery near Cherry Valley.

The visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave. in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Andrew Long, Damien Long and Tommy Lauderdale and as honorary pallbearers are Kyle McCain, Dylan and Jerry Cater.

Bera Blanch Morrow Barnett

Barnett, Bera  Jonesboro – Bera Blanch Morrow Barnett, 99, passed away Monday, March 30, 2015 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born September 6, 1915 in Bay to late Henry Arthur and Mae Moore Morrow. She graduated from Bay High School in1934 as Salutatorian. She attended ASU-Beebe and majored in children’s literature. She married Vern Barnett in 1935. They lived in Searcy before relocating to Jonesboro in 1959. They were the owners of Barnett Construction Company and Arkansas Village, which produced the Conestoga Wagons for the 1976 Bicentennial Wagon Trail that traveled across the U.S. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro. She was a member of Extension Homemakers and she enjoyed traveling and reading. While rearing six children, she made their home welcome to friends and family and whomever needed comfort or a meal. She was beloved by all and will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern Barnett; two sons, Charles Barnett and Frank Barnett; two sisters, Clata McNutt and Juanita Bays.

She is survived her children, Ann Merrell, Gene (Kay) Barnett, Fred (Gayle) Barnett and Linda Robinson all of Jonesboro; twenty-six grandchildren, Luann Barnett Williams, Austin, TX, Lisa Barnett, Jonesboro, Kevin Barnett, Jonesboro, Mike (Barbara) Barnett, Jonesboro, Janet Barnett, Jonesboro, John Barnett, Jonesboro, Chris (Kelli) Barnett, Denton, TX, Carrie (Gilbert) Barnett-Rodriguez, Jonesboro, Jamie (Wendell) Dickerson, Atlanta, GA, Sheila Roberts, Jonesboro, Franklin Barnett, Jonesboro, Kathy Gartman, Jonesboro, Vanessa Merrell Adams, Columbia, MO, David (Dawn) Merrell, Jonesboro, Don Merrell, Bentonville, Shannon Barnett, Jonesboro, Whitney (Chris) Dacus, Scott (Amber) Powell, Chad (Kelli) Powell, Elizabeth (James) Bittle, Rebekah (Kevin) Snyder, Rob (Ryllis) Gambill, Kirsten (Tim) Penley, Jacob (Catherine) Gambill, Ryker (Candee) Robinson and Will (Jamie) Robinson; thirty-three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, April 3, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 West Matthews Ave. in Jonesboro.

Graveside services will be Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 10:00 am at Pine Log Cemetery, in Brookland with Kathy Holler officiating.

The family would like to say special thanks to Drs. Ray Hall and Anthony White, and Whitney Craft and Judy Cole of Home Health Professionals for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House or First Baptist Church.

Lester Ruegger Jr.

Waldenburg- Lester Ruegger Jr., 66, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born October 25, 1948 in Jonesboro. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Waldenburg. He enjoyed music, going to the movies, collecting knives and going out to eat.

He is survived by his mother, Velma Ruegger of Waldenburg; a sister and her husband, Vicki and Randal Burge of Vicksburg, Mississippi; an aunt, Alma Wolf of Waldenburg and an uncle, Bill Worden and his wife Wanda of Mississippi.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Ruegger Sr.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am Monday, March 30, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church in Waldenburg with Rev. David Riley officiating. Burial will follow at Waldenburg Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Zion Lutheran Church at 5612 Hwy 14 E, Waldenburg, AR

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jim Worden, Jim Hesse, Billy Teague, Stan Worden, Randy Burge and Gary Zirbel.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Zion Lutheran Church at P.O. Box 40, Waldenburg, AR 72475 or the Weiner Fire Department.

 

Carl Ray Tate

Jonesboro- Carl Ray Tate, 81, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born in Ridgely, Tennessee to the late Harry and Ruby Tate. He was a member of the Big Creek Valley Missionary Baptist Church. He worked as manager of the color and flavor lab at Brach’s Candy.

He was survived by his wife, Doris Tate; two sons and their wives, John and Sherri Tate of Shorewood, Illinois and James and Jacquie Tate of Jonesboro; three brothers, Marvin Tate of Brookland, Joe Tate of Obion, Tenn. and Donnie Tate of Ridgely; seven sisters, Carol Gatlin of Rogersville, AL, Brenda Campbell of Hornbeak, Tenn., Jessica Moore, Sharon Moore, and Nancy York all of Ridgely, Patricia Dudley of Dyersburg, Tenn. and Linda Smith of Ridgely; four grandsons, Jordan, Jacob, Jaidon and Jace Tate; a granddaughter, Kristen McMillen.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Hillman Tate, Gene Tate and Wayne Tate.

A celebration of his life will be 11:00 Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Gipson and Rev. Marvin Tate officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations may be sent to the Gideon Bible.

Wako Massey

Bay- Wako Massey, 77, was born August 11, 1937 and departed this life into heaven on March 11, 2015.

He was the son of Fairel and Verna Anderson Massey. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Bay. He loved his family, his church family and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He had devoted his life to his family and church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Millis Massey; a sister-in-law, Dalphany Massey.

He is survived by two brothers and their wives, Afton and Patsy Massey of Jonesboro and Milford and Zada Massey of Farmington, Missouri; two sisters, Predith Massey Hudgens (Gary) of Wentzville, Missouri and Loretta Massey Taylor (Earl Dean) of Kennett, Missouri; a very special cousin, Ulyess Woody and his wife Norma of Mountain View and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Danny Taylor officiating. Burial to follow at Pine Log Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, March 13, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave. in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Randy Mink, Chad Colvert, Chad Robbins, Bill Newton, Dale Woods and Tommy Hancock and as honorary pallbearers the Men’s Class at Bay First Baptist Church.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Bay First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Lt. Colonel (retired) Hal Altman Detrick

Federal Way, Washington- Lt. Colonel (RET) Hal Altman Detrick, 93, a Jonesboro native, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 7th, 2015.

Hal was born February 24, 1922 in Jonesboro to the late O.R. Detrick and Ora Berry Detrick. Dedicated to his family and country, Hal served 38 years of active service beginning with the Arkansas National Guard, the US Army Air Corps, and the US Air Force, retiring in 1977. Since retiring, Hal continued to serve his community through many opportunities of volunteerism.

Also preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Carolyn Spears Detrick and grandson, David Scott Diggs.

Hal is survived by three daughters, Diana Detrick Cundiff (Kenneth), Melissa Detrick-Douglas (Andrew), and Cynthia Detrick Meredith (Ronald); grandsons Hal Detrick Diggs and Adam Detrick Baker; granddaughter Amanda C. Armstrong and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Emil Williams officiating. Hal will be laid to rest in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm Friday, March 13, 2015 at the funeral home.

Danyel Reid Worsley

Worsley, DanyelSherwood- Danyel Reid Worsley, 29, passed Monday, March 9, 2015.

He was born November 22, 1985 in Memphis, Tennessee. He worked as home health care worker with Superior Health Care in Jonesboro and Little Rock. He was a devoted Christian who loved people and wanted to serve God and his community. He will be remembered as a loving son and brother.

He is survived by his mother, Sarah Louise Worsley of Jonesboro; his father, Dale Reid Worsley a sister, Leanne Rebecca Rose of Jonesboro; a grandmother, Loree Worsley of Jonesboro and a host of friends and co-workers.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harry Dale Worsley, Bobby Gene Dement Sr. and Helen Louise Dement.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Friday, March 13, 2015 at The Rock of NEA at 4318 E. Johnson with Rev. Terry Watson officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Gregg –Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Brad Watson, Cleatus Rose, Blake Fontz, Cameron Fontz, Jeremy Brown, Jeff Watson and Joe Borden.

 

 

Henry Paul Sharp

Sharp, PaulJonesboro – Henry Paul Sharp, 88, passed away on March 7, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Mr. Sharp was born at Hoxie, on Dec 28, 1926 to the late Harry and Louise Smith Sharp.  He was a WWII Army veteran and was stationed at Ft. Chaffee and Camp Beale, San Francisco, California, with a Hospital unit. Henry recently celebrated his 70th wedding anniversary with his childhood sweetheart Irma Pierce Sharp who he married Jan 27, 1945.

After his honorable discharge from the Army he returned to Jonesboro and worked at a mattress factory and the RC Cola plant before getting his start into farming with Clyde Keller.  He bought his own farm and produced rice, soybeans and cotton until he retired in 1992.

Henry loved people and was always helpful, fun loving and generous with those in need and especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren, great grandchildren and relatives.  In later years he liked to garden and share his produce with friends and family, oversee the farm, and spend time at the lake.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a skilled duck hunting guide on the Keller Lake in younger years.  Henry was a faithful member of Big Creek Valley Church.

He is survived by his loving wife Irma; one daughter Barbara (Jerry) Welch; three grandchildren Jenifer Paschall (John) of Paris, TN, Jeremy Welch of West Memphis, Jonathan (Pam) Welch of Oakland, TN; three great grandchildren Hannah and Luke Paschall, and Abigail Welch.

Henry was preceded in death by his brothers and their wives, Finnard and Lacy Sharp, Staton and Dorothy Sharp and Lloyd and Eva Sharp.

A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Chapel with Pastor Gary Gipson officiating.  Burial will follow at Kellers Chapel Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 pm Wednesday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers:  Jeremy Welch, Jonathan Welch, John Paschall, Kenny Hendrix, Caleb Hendrix and .  Honorary Pallbearers: Jerry Welch, Luke Paschall, Russell Hendrix, Roger Faust, Butch Fergerson, Curtis Pierce, Charles Pierce, Herbert Pierce, Bob Montgomery, Bobby Barrett, Will Pierce, David Pierce, Matt Pierce,  Larry Sharp, Paul Pierce, Garfield Edgar, Jimmy Thompson and Tucker Housley.

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