Obituaries

James Walter Ellis

Ellis, JamesCash- James Walter Ellis, 70, passed away Monday, October 19, 2015 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 30, 1945 in Bakersfield, California to the late James Millard Ellis and Freida Mae Martin Ellis and lived most of his life in Grubbs and Cash area. He was an instrumentation technician and head electrician at Riceland Food. He enjoyed camping, fishing and gardening. He could fix anything and would drop everything to help someone. He will be remembered as a loving father, husband and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellis; a daughter and her husband, Alice Marie and Stephen Williamson of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Cameron Lucas Bean, Gregory Dylan Bean, Dream Williamson, Austin Williamson, Ryan Williamson all of Jonesboro and Michael Bluemel of Texas; five brothers, Don Ellis (Sue) of Clio, Michigan, Ron Ellis (Sharon) of West Monroe, Louisiana, Gary Ellis of Black Rock, Charlie Ellis (Gwen) of Lubbock, Texas and David Johnson of Tampa, Florida.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am Friday, October 23, 2015 Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers, Danny Thomas, Ryan Reddick, Bill McClure, Jeremy Brooks, Josh Guntharp and Stewart Ethridge and honorary pallbearers, Aaron Johnson, Guy Cremeens, John Tacker, Frankie Reese, Scotty Tidwell and James Lea.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Cash Baptist Church.

 

 

Pamela Sue Cunningham

Cunningham, PamelaJonesboro- Pamela Sue Cunningham, 66, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 13, 1949 in Trumann and lived the past 45 years in Jonesboro. She was a homemaker and a retired beautician. She loved to read, gardening, sing and dance. Mrs. Pam owned and trained horses and dogs.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Cunningham; her mother, Alice Lowery Broglen; son and his wife, Josh and Darra Cunningham of Brookland; step-children, Cris Cunningham Poynor (Ralph) of Harrisburg, Paul Cunningham (Deborah) of Cocoa, Florida, Amy Cunningham Samu (James) of Harrisburg, Sara Cunningham Michon (Dan) of Monument, Colorado and Jon Cunningham of Jonesboro; sisters, Judy Lynette Rowlett (Dean) of Ravenden Springs, Tamara Joy Broglen of Jonesboro and Georgi Mia Baker (Al) of Brookland; fourteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces and nephews and her dog, Jack.

She was preceded in death by her father, Owen J. Broglen and a brother, Jimmy Dale Broglen.

A graveside service to celebrate of her life will be 10:00 am Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. James Moore officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday, October 19, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Trent Cunningham, Matthew Cunningham, Gavin Cunningham, Jake Seymour, Jason Finley, Dan Cunningham, Ryan Poynor and Terry Finley.

 

 

Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Elliott

ElliottPiggott- Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Elliott, 56, went to his heavenly home Monday, October 12, 2015. After a long and courageous battle with COPD, which was a result of a prior diving accident.

Ken enjoyed fishing, boating, and the great outdoors. He will be remembered for his caring and generous big heart. Ken always had a smile on his face and was always willing to help anyone in need. He had a great love for family and religion.

He attended the University of Arkansas and majored in business and marketing. He was born February 3, 1959 of Bill and Kathleen Webb Elliott in Elgin, Illinois.

He is survived by his parents, Bill (Connie) Elliott of Jonesboro; Kathleen Elliott of Rockford, Illinois; his wife, Tamera and their two sons, Sammy and Jesse; his children, Kenny (Dinesa) Elliott Jr and Lisa (Chris) Crader all of Piggott, Justin (Jeanna) Elliott of Paragould, Crystal (Mike) Ball of Machesney Park, IL and Lauren Elliott of Jonesboro; sisters, Dixie Ferguson of Rockford and Sharon Nolan of Davenport, IA; brothers, Jeff Elliott of Loves Park, IL, David (LeAnn) Elliott of Beloit, WI and Danny (Debbie) Elliott of Jonesboro. He was a proud grandpa to several grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be at a 1:00 pm Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel.

A special thanks to Pastor Jason Williams and the members of Greenway Church of Christ for all the comfort and care you showed us.

 

 

William Chad Hardin Sr.

image (2)Jonesboro- William Chad Hardin Sr., 42, passed away Saturday, October 10, 2015.

He was born May 6, 1973 in Jonesboro. Chad was a mechanic and a farmer. He was a ray of sunshine that lit up the room with his smile.

He is survived by his father, Jerry Hardin of Jonesboro; his mother, Kathy Ketchum of Jonesboro; his children, Skylar Hardin of Melbourne, Brittney Goforth, Makayla Hardin, William Chad Hardin Jr., Austin Calvin Hardin, Jerry John Isaac Hardin and Christopher Ryan Hardin all of Jonesboro; grandfather, Calvin Johnson of Brookland; sisters, Tina Hardin of Jonesboro and Carrie Deann Edwards of Marion; a lifetime friend and brother, K. C. Fivecoat of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Elijah Carl Goforth, Brentley Scott Dobbins and Zaylen Jace Mason.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Nadine Johnson, William Ivory Hardin and Dortha Neal Hardin; friend and brother, Ricky Dean Hensley.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, October 15, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am Friday, October 16, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Becky Johnson officiating.

 

Lorena Hall Jacobs

Jacob, Lorena -2Walnut Ridge- Lorena Hall Jacobs, 96, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

She was born June 1, 1919 in Black Oak to the late J. W. and Tennie Carlisle Hall. She was a homemaker, a longtime resident of Egypt and a member of the Egypt Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Jean Fort (Bill), Wayne Jacobs (Sue), Dena Hair, Roger Jacobs (Pat), Gail Arnold (Don), Terry Neely (Jim), Barbara Fairester (Troy), Donnie Jacobs (Becky) and Ronnie Jacobs (Sherry); eighteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Jacobs.

A graveside service to celebrate of her life will be 10:00 am Friday, September 25, 2015 at Markum Cemetery with Rev. Doran Gregory officiating under the direction of Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Donnie Jacobs, Ronnie Jacobs, Rick Fort, Skip Fort, Cason McQuay, Matthew Travis, Jonathan Jacobs and Dorman Hufstedler and as honorary pallbearers, Crocket Fort, Christerpher Fort, B. J. Fort, Cameron Jacobs, Nathan Lewis and Casey Gilliam.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, 1051 W. Free St. Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

Troy Richardson

richardson, troyTroy Richardson, 83, of Jonesboro passed away Friday, Sept 18 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice house.

He was born on Saturday March 26, 1932 in the Promise Land Community to Ike and Martha Richardson. They later moved to Jonesboro where he attended Prospect School until the 6th grade. You see, even at such a young age he just wanted to work, so his mother made him a deal, “you go to school until you know more than the teacher.” On that first day of 6th grade the teacher asked what his name was, of course he knew the answer but she didn’t.

From that point he worked sun up to sun down on the family farm. He later joined the Army during the Korean war, stationed in Germany. Once out of the Army Troy started learning construction and went on to become one of the most sought after Finish Carpenters in the area.

Troy was loved by all who knew him and he would always greet you with a hug and/or smile. He was quick to offer a helping hand to anyone in need and was a shining example of “I am my brother’s keeper”. But most importantly, he taught his children just what unconditional love is all about. He will be deeply missed but his presence will be felt forever.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ike and Martha Richardson, four sisters and four bothers.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Paula Ann Richardson, two daughters Libby (Charles) Smith, Leigh Ann Cayton and one son Kevin (Cathy) Richardson; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Sunday September 27th at 2 p.m. at the Nettleton Baptist Church with Stan Ballard officiating.

The family requests that lasting memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 866-232-8484 or Out of the Dark Inc., 818 E. Matthews

Anthony Gene “Paw Paw” Carter

Bono- Anthony Gene” Paw Paw” Carter, 52, passed away Monday, September 21, 2015 in Searcy.

He was born April 19, 1963 in Jonesboro to the late Buster and Effie Gibson Carter. He was the supervisor of the grounds department at Arkansas State University for eight years. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who was tough as nails but had a kind and loving heart.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Carter; his children, Ashley Prock of Jonesboro and Greg Carter of Bono; a sister, Marilyn Russell of Jonesboro; two grandsons, Matthew and Jason; two nephews, Johnny and Billy.

The family will host a celebration of his life at their home, 2:00 pm Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 301 Alta St. in Bono.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Roy Burl Dorton Jr

Dorton -2Jonesboro – Roy Burl Dorton Jr, 86, of Jonesboro passed away September 18, 2015.

Roy was born September 18, 1929 in Nettleton to the late Roy Burl Dorton Sr. and Myrtle Gulley Dorton. Roy will be remembered as a hard worker, loving husband, brother and friend who devoted his life to God, reading his Bible daily and living for Christ.

Survivors include his loving wife, Nancy Dorton, of Jonesboro; his sister, Christine Summers and his brother, Wayne Dorton both of Jonesboro as well as sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and other friends and family.

Roy is preceded in death by his parents as well as two brothers; Roubin Hinton and Marion “Butch” Dorton.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 Sunday, September 20, 2015 afternoon at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 pm Monday, September 21, 2015 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

Michael David Palmer

Palmer, MichaelJonesboro- Michael David Palmer, 55, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born August 5, 1960 in Marianna to the late Lofton Palmer and Nova Headrick. He spent twenty years in Alabama before moving to Jonesboro in 2001. He worked at RGB as a state certified welder and journeyman plumber.  He enjoyed playing guitar, singing, hunting and fishing.  He loved and enjoyed playing guitar with Stanley Knight of Black Oak Arkansas Band. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, who will be remembered as a loving father, brother and grandfather.

He is survived by his son, Justin Palmer (Hannah); three grandchildren; Jenna Palmer, Jaycie Palmer and Lily Palmer all of Hartford, Alabama; three brothers and their wives, Joe and Brenda Brown of Jonesboro, Lofton and Brenda Palmer Jr. of Marianna and Johnny and Carla Palmer of Vandale; two sisters and their husbands, Marvine and Shannon Overfield and Leslie and Jay Scurlock all of Jonesboro and sixteen nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ann Fenstermaker.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Miles officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday, September 14, 2015 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Douglas Walker, Timothy Walker, Billy Joe Brown, David Palmer, J.R. Palmer and Jacob Scurlock.

 

 

John “J. W.” “Pete” Walker Jr.

Jonesboro- John “J. W.” “Pete” Walker Jr, 81, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2015 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 25, 1934 in Paris, Texas to the late John William and Mary Viola Tate Walker. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. He retired in 1999 after 27 years with Arkansas Glass Container. He enjoyed gardening.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Ruth Walker; a daughter, Mesha Hadl of Bono; two sisters, Faye Townsand of Jonesboro and Myrlena Gill of St. Charles, Illinois; two grandsons, Zach Lesley and Josh Lesley both of Bono and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son Wayne “Pud” Walker.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Monday, September 14, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bobby Southard officiating. Burial to follow at Macedonia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Sunday, September 13, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are John Townsand, J. W. Doyle, Dennis Hattenhauer, Jackie Fortenberry, Don Fortenberry and Stanley Fortenberry and as honorary pallbearers, Mansel Doyle Jr, W. C. Doyle, Mansel Doyle Sr., Dennis Doyle and Adam Doyle.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Humane Society of Jonesboro.

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