Obituaries

Ruby E. Norwood

Bay- Ruby E. Norwood, 91, passed Monday, June 2, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 She was born May 15, 1923 in Leachville to the late Carbert and Pearl Kinder Rodgers. She lived most of her life in Bay. She was a homemaker and had worked for Coca-Cola Company in Jonesboro. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and canning and loved to go to her church, Bay Church of Christ. Mrs. Norwood loved her children and grandchildren.

 She is survived by her children and their spouses, Betty and Quention Fletcher of Trumann, Brenda and Jack Spencer of Branson, Missouri and Larry and Beverly Norwood of Bay and Barbara Busby of Huntsville; a brother and his wife, Jerry and Judy Rodgers of Lunsford; a grandson whom she raised, Kevin Norwood of Trumann; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Norwood; a daughter, Joyce Mink; a son, James Darrell Norwood; a sister and two brothers.

 A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Bay Church of Christ with Marvin Rickett and Mark Brewer officiating. Burial to follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Bay Church of Christ.                     

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Carbert Rodgers, Jimmy Rodgers, Phillip Rodgers, Donnie Rodgers, Allen Rogers and Henry Rodgers and as honorary pallbearers, Derrick Mink, Wade Boyd, Ernie Boyd, Kevin Norwood, Justin Norwood, Jason Spencer, Melvin Mink, Freddie Lee and Brandon Mink.

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

Maudie Bell Hutchison

Maudie Bell Hutchison, 84, of Bay, passed away June 1, 2014 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. She was born March 17, 1930 in Walnut Ridge to the late Leonard H. and Beulah Wright Hiser. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay and was retired from Singer Manufacturing and the Bay Public Schools.

Maudie is survived by her husband, Jessie Hutchison of the home, children; Joyce Ann Sartain (Dan) of Mountain Home, Johnny L. Hutchison (Phyllis) of Prairie Grove, Carolyn Woodrum (Ricky) of Truman, Ricky Hutchison (Teresa) of Bay, Joan Heckmann (Carl) of Cadiz, KY, Tommy Hutchison (Genelle) of Cabot, and Bobby Hutchison (Teresa) of Trumann, two brothers, Charles Hiser of Searcy and Ray Hiser of Leachville, two sisters, Juanita Hall of Manilla and Lavada Hodges of Jonesboro, grandchildren; Randi Jo Hutchison-Kelso of Bella Vista, Ronald Scott Heard of Knoxville, TN, Julee Willard of Jonesboro, John Hutchison of Prairie Grove, Amy Jo Treadway of Trumann, Brandon Hutchison of Bay, Kristin Heckmann of Cadiz, KY, Shane Hutchison of Maumelle, Carla Heckmann of Clarksville, TN, Cory Hutchison of Bay, Tara Gates of Hampton, Justin Hutchison of Bay and Michael Smith of Cabot, great grandchildren; Dakota, Madison and Emma Hutchison, Hutchison Kelso, Hallee Willard, Kassidy and Tanner Heard, Jake and Jessie Martin and McKenzie and Mason Hutchison.

Maudie is preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Hutchison, two sisters and a brother.

Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm Tuesday June 3, 2014 in the chapel of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home 300 W. Matthews Ave. Jonesboro with Rev. Rick Jensen officiating. Interment will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be the day of the service from 1:00 pm until service time.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be, Scott Heard, John Hutchison, Brandon Hutchison, Cory Hutchison, Shane Hutchison, Justin Hutchison and Michael Smith. Honorary Pallbearers will be Randy Bower, Stanley Gulley, Sam Hiser, Kevin Hodges, Roy Worsham, Grady Davis, Rod Timmons, Bill Timmons, David Hall and Rick Strickland.

Tommy Gene Williams

Trumann – Tommy Gene Williams, 52, of Trumann, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at his residence.

 Mr. Williams was born September 28, 1961, in Little Rock, to John and Charlene Ball Williams of Sparkman. He worked as a steel worker and was of the Baptist belief. 

 In addition to his parents, he is survived by a son, Brandon Williams (Daphne) of Jonesboro; two daughters, Ashley Williams of Trumann and Brittney Williams of Camden; a brother, Johnny Williams (Suzy) of Norphlet and two sisters, Regina Jones of Norphlet and Suzi Griffin (Jimmy) of Hampton.

 Graveside services will be 2:00 pm, Monday, June 2, 2014 at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Sparkman with Rev. Carley Davis officiating.

 Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

 

 

Sterling Ray Wright

Bono- Sterling Ray Wright, died Friday May 23, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House at the age of 72.

He was born on February 5, 1942 to the late Earl Raymond Wright and Mae Alice Shaver Wright in Middlebrook. Mr. Wright was a factory worker at Wheeler Brick for many years, he also worked for Monroe Auto Equipment in Paragould. He was an avid baseball fan and loved the St Louis Cardinals. Sterling was a good Christian family man, he attended Washington Avenue Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 46 year, Genevie Wright of the home; a daughter, Shelia Stice and her husband Larry Jr. of Lake City; a grandson, Steven Stice of Lake City and several nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by three sisters, Virginia Lemmons,   Shelby Jean Floyd and Earline Marlett; a brother, Kenneth Wright.

A celebration of his life  will be 10 am Tuesday May 27, 2014 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kenneth Gossett officiating. Interment will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Friends may visit at the funeral home 300 West Matthews Ave. on Monday May 26, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm.

Bill Montgomery, Robbie Cook, Arlie Bennett, Byron Griffey, Stacy Miser and Bob Brice will serve as active pallbearers and Dud Owens as honorary pallbearer. 

The family request lasting memorials be made to Washington Avenue Church of Christ in Jonesboro.

 

Jimmy L. Perkins

Bono- Jimmy Leon Perkins, 80, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014 at his residence in the Fifty-six Community.

 He was born September 20, 1933 in Poplar Ridge to the late W. H. and Ethel Ashburn Perkins. Mr. Perkins served his country proudly in the United States Army. He was a lifelong farmer and Baptist minister. Churches, he ministered to were Oak Grove Baptist – Sedgwick, Little Texas Missionary Baptist- Cash, a small Baptist Church in Marmaduke, Macedonia Baptist – Jonesboro, Landmark Missionary in Elizabeth and Fontaine Baptist Church – Fontaine. He enjoyed hunting, painting, carpentry, board games especially WaHoo, movies and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

 He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Betty Sue Whited Perkins; three sons and their wives, Calvin and Debbie Perkins of Fayetteville, TN, Robert and Daphne Perkins of Lorado, Keith and Renee Perkins of Lonoke; two daughters,  Donna Perkins Woods and  husband, Jeff of Bay and Anita Perkins Casteel and husband, John of Batesville; two sisters, Pauline Cornish and husband Clarence of Monette and Peggy Harper of Sedgwick; thirteen grandchildren, Ashley Jackson, Christina Mixon, Rachel Rieger, Sarah Perkins, Hannah Perkins, Alec Childress, Wesley Perkins, Dustyn Perkins, Jacob Perkins, Graycen Perkins, Mallory Perkins, Jake Leonard, Nikkolette Perkins; four great-grandchildren, Chris Jackson, Connor Jackson, Madison Mixon and Natalee Mixon; a host of nieces and nephews.

 He is also preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd Perkins and Billy Joe Perkins; three sisters, Anna Belle Freeman, Betty Lou Perkins and Mary Perkins; three grandchildren, April Woods, Emily Perkins and Landon Perkins.

 A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Trinity Methodist Church with Rev. Freddie Jones officiating. Burial to follow at Trinity Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Dan’s Place (formerly Red Brick Building) at the Old Bono School.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Alec Childress, Wesley Perkins, Dustyn Perkins, Jacob Perkins, Jake Leonard and Wayne Neeley and as honorary pallbearers, his granddaughters, Ken Freeman, Bill Clifft and friends of Fifty-six Community.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to Gideons, CASA, 511 Union St. Suite 327, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or Love Forever Program (Infant deaths) at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center, P.O. Box 339 Paragould, AR 72450.

 

Stanley Dwight Cunningham

Jonesboro-Rev. Dwight Cunningham, 70, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 He was born October 24, 1943 in Greenfield to the late Cleo “Keeter” and Clara Faye Cunningham. He was a graduate of Harrisburg High School.  Rev. Dwight was an Assembly of God Minister for 48 years, serving churches in Jonesboro and Harrisburg and other areas during his ministry. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his wife and daughter and went on several mission trips to Mexico, Russia, Holy Land and Africa.

 Survived by his wife, Pat Cunningham; a daughter, Sherri Cunningham of Jonesboro; a brother and his wife, Fred and Pam Cunningham of Jonesboro; five brothers-in-law and six sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews.

 A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Friendship Assembly of God, Hwy 163 S with Revs. Dean Caldwell and Rodney Eldridge officiating. Burial will follow at Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery.

 The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Junior Cliff, Ron Allison, Clifford Clover, Roy Secrease, Trent Cunningham and Landon Skaggs and as honorary pallbearers, Herm Skaggs, Ryan Whaley, Zach Skaggs, Rita Pannell, Freda Brown, Carla Eldridge, Denise Bradley, Sandy Allison and Joan Clover.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to Friendship Assembly of God.

Melvin Daniel “Danny” Canamore

CanamoreJonesboro – Melvin Daniel (Danny) Canamore, 36, passed away Sunday May 18, 2014 at his home. He was born in Paragould, June 15, 1977, to Melvin and Linda Chadwick Canamore. Danny was an LPN and of the Pentecostal Faith. He will be remembered as a loving father, son, brother and uncle.

Survivors include, his parents, Melvin and Linda Canamore of Jonesboro; daughter, Taylor Canamore of Paragould; sisters, Joyce Blagg and husband James of Dyess, Angie Kraetsch and husband Jeff of California, Terrie Giles of Paragould and Missy Cook of Jonesboro, as well as several nieces, nephews aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 24, 2014 in the Chapel of Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave, Jonesboro  870-935-5566 with Rev. Harold Chadwick officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Log Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, May 23, 2014 at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Jason Felton, Nathan Boling, Drew Canamore, Jeff Chadwick, Josh Leach and Clarence Dean Thomason.

 

Mary Juanita Kelley

Lake City- Mary Juanita Kelley, 91, passed Sunday, May 18, 2014.

 She was born October 4, 1922 in Bay to the late Corbitt and Hattie Story Lamberson. Mrs. Kelley retired from Salant and Salant and was a member of the Bay Church of Christ.

 She is survived by her three sons, William “Bill” Kelley (Brenda) of Paragould, Dave Kelley of Jonesboro and Steven Kelley (Rhonda) of Trumann; a sister, Lavinda Counce of Bay; seven grandchildren, Jeff Kelley and Todd Kelley both of Elkhart, IN, Kelly Stevens (Ashley) of Jonesboro, Kim Smith (Randy) of Charleston, MS, Lindsey Kelley of Jonesboro, Jami Kelley of Bay and Misty Kelley of Jonesboro; ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Kelley Jr.; a daughter, Doris Ann Stevens and two brothers, Edward Lamberson and Eugene Lamberson.

 A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Mark Brewer officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.

 The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Kelly Stevens, Barry Lamberson, Terry Lamberson, Lannie Scott, Jerry “Butch” Yeager, Jeff Kelley and Roger Kelley.

 A special thanks to the staff and friends at Lakeside Nursing Home.

 

Lee Ernest Evans Jr.

Jonesboro- Lee Ernest Evans Jr., 86, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

 He was born May 29, 1927 in El Dorado, Arkansas and lived in Jonesboro for 44 years.  Mr. Evans was a member of the Winfield Methodist Church in Little Rock and attended First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro. He retired from General Electric as a purchasing agent and a past member of the Jonesboro Kiwanis Club.

 He is survived by two sons, Gary Lee Evans of Little Rock and Rick Lee Evans of Searcy; two grandchildren, Jarrod Evans and Rachel Matuschek and husband Frank all of Jonesboro; a great-grandson, Owyn Matuschek.

 He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ouida Christine Evans.

 The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday, May 19, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

A service to celebrate his life will be 10:00 am Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

 

 

Edward Howell Cherry

Mr. Edward Howell Cherry, of Jonesboro, departed this life Friday, May 9, 2014, at his home, at the age of 91.  He was born March 13, 1923 in Bay, Arkansas, the son of the late Edward Oliver Cherry and Vera Inez Howell Cherry. 

Following graduation from Jonesboro High School, he attended Hendrix University and later graduated from University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He then graduated from the Banking School of the South at LSU and the Commercial Lending School from the University of Oklahoma.  He began his banking career with Merchantile Bank on January 1, 1953 and served in many capacities until the option to purchase the old Bank of Nettleton in March of 1972.  He was the chairman, CEO, CFO of Bank of Northeast Arkansas (formerly Bank of Nettleton) from 1972 thru 1985 and also served as President of same.  He was a former V.P. of Merchantile Bank in charge of commercial lending and retired from banking in 1991 when Merchantile Bank was sold to Union Planters. He was the former CFO of Spirit Manufacturing Co. and former V.P. of Mortgage lending for Liberty Bank of Arkansas.  He was a self-employed farmer and also manager of Bay Gin for many years.  He served eight years on the Board and Executive Committee of Southern Ginners Association and also served on Trustees of Insurance Committee of Southern Ginners and eight years as Treasurer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro since 1948, having served as its Board Chairman and Chair of the Finance Committee.  He is a past president of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, a former chairman and board member of the Methodist Hospital of Jonesboro for eight years, member of the board of Methodist Health Systems of Memphis for six years, served on the Arkansas State Bank Commission for a period of ten years and served as its Chairman for two years.  He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He married Jane Buchanan in 1941 and they enjoyed 73 years together. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Sharon Cissell (Mickey) of Hot Springs, AR, 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, Jane Cherry Lackey, Gregory Meritt Lackey, Jr., and Robert Cherry, Jr., and six great grandchildren, Annie Winifred Dickens, Josh Cissell, Levi Cissell, Jack Henry Frisby, Ava Cherry, and Addison Cherry, as well as his beloved Black Lab, Rose Sue Cherry. 

A memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro with Rev. John Miles officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Hanshaw, George Puryear, Dr. Mike Tedder, Dr. Ladd Scriber, Jim Fulkerson, Dr. Grover Poole, Wallace Fowler, Joe McAlister and his fellow card players at the Jonesboro Country Club. 

Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro or charity of your choice.  Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro is entrusted with full arrangements. 

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