Obituaries

Barbara Dorothy Heckmann

Harrisburg- Barbara Dorothy Heckmann, 85, “I went to be with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” on Friday, January 23, 2015.

She was born November 4, 1929 in Lexington, Massachusetts to the late Warren and Dorothy Hadley. Barbara was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved writing encouraging letters to loved ones, Gospel and Classical music, history and world affairs; horticulture and was a crusader for moral causes. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Harrisburg. Some of her last words were “I tried to see the good in everyone” and “I hope that I left the world a better place because I lived.”

She is survived by her husband, John A. “Mike” Heckmann of the home; three sons, Carl Heckmann (Joan) of Cadiz, KY, Keith Heckmann (Cathy) of Jonesboro and Philip Heckmann (Debbie) of Jonesboro; a brother, David Hadley (Norma) of Taos, New Mexico; six grandchildren, Kristin Heckmann of Cadiz, Carla Heckmann of Clarksville, TN, Logan Heckmann of Jonesboro, Sara Russell (Stephen) of Bono, Kaitlyn Robinson (Nathan) of Jonesboro and Lindsey Heckmann of Jonesboro; a great-granddaughter due in February, Raylee Faith Russell.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Carl Heckmann officiating. Burial to follow at Willis Cemetery near Harrisburg.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Carl Heckmann, Keith Heckmann, Philip Heckmann, Logan Heckmann, Stephen Russell and Nathan Robinson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

 

 

Tammy R. Ellis

Cash- Tammy Renee Ellis, 51, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born November 26, 1963 in Jonesboro to Bo and Earlene Gossage. She graduated Westside High School in 1982 and married Charles in 2000. She and her husband, Charles owned and operated C-T Trucking in Cash and honorary member of the CRW Motorcycle Club.  She loved her family, motorcycles and trucks and she was a farm girl at heart.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Ellis; her parents, Bo and Earlene Gossage of Cash; a step-daughter, Heather Ellis of Cash; three grandchildren, Caleb Ellis, Cameron Ellis and Cole Ellis.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Emmitt Campbell and Mike Templeton officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jeremy Johnson, David Alexander, James Barnett, Ralph Smith, David Henson and Charles Nanney and honorary pallbearers the Drivers of C-T Trucking and CRW Motorcycle Club.

 

 

Bonnie Mabry

Jonesboro- Bonnie Mabry, 85, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

She was born October 26, 1929 in Conway to the late Rev. George McGhehey and Naomi Tarpley McGhehey. She was a homemaker and mother and a member of the Fisher Street United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Kay Mabry Blanchard of Jonesboro and Karri Mabry Larose (Jacques) of Collierville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Kelli Blanchard Denton (Joe) of Little Rock, Drew Larose and Madeline Larose both Baton Rouge, LA and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Billy D. Mabry and a grandson, Layne Blanchard.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Horner officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.

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

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Joe Denton, Drew Larose, Mark Keller, Derek Lee, Jeff Simmons and Dr. S. M. Blanchard.

The family would like to give a special thank you to all of the medical staff and caregivers, who gave her wonderful care.

 

William A. Gregory

Opelousas- Funeral services for Mr. William A. Gregory, known to many as “Bill” will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015, in the Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Chapel in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Interment will follow in Pruetts Chapel Cemetery in Paragould, Arkansas. Rev. Brian Monehan and Rev. Betty Williams will officiate the services.

He was a native of New Albany, Mississippi. He lived most of his life in Aurora, Illinois, and retired in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He has been living in Opelousas, Louisiana, for the past seven years. He died on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. at J. Michael Morrow Memorial Nursing Home of Arnaudville, LA, at the age of 76.  He worked as an engineer in the Plastics industry for many years.  He enjoyed antique car restoration.  He was a mason with the Jerusalem Temple Lodge #90 of Aurora, Illinois.  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherl Gregory Picchioni and partner, Judith Estorge of Opelousas; two brothers, Gerald Gregory and Dorman Gregory, both of New Albany, MS; one sister, Daphine Gregory Bedford of New Albany, MS; two sisters-in-law: Edith Hall of Aurora, Illinios; and Donna Monehan of Natchez, Mississippi; and one grandson, Christopher Picchioni of Windsor, Canada.
He was preceded in death by his wife, June Formon Gregory; his parents, Lamar Gregory and Florence Hall Gregory; his brothers, Donald Gregory, Hershal Gregory, and Billy Gregory; and one sister, Marilyn Gregory Bailey.

Visiting hours will be observed in the Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home Chapel of Jonesboro, Arkansas on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. On Thursday, visitation will continue in the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. time of services.
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Charles Nolan “Charlie” Barnett

Jonesboro- Charles Nolan “Charlie” Barnett, 78, died January 9, 2015, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro due to complications from pneumonia.

Charles was born September 6, 1936 in Bay to Bera Blanche Morrow Barnett and Vernal Etheltra Barnett. Mr. Barnett graduated from Searcy High School in 1954 and Arkansas State College (Now ASU-Beebe) in 1956 with an Associate degree in business before moving to Memphis and then to California to work for Anderson-Clayton Cotton Company. He returned to Jonesboro in 1964 to join the family business, Barnett Construction. Mr. Barnett also assisted his father in their family-owned carriage company, Arkansas Village, which produced the horse-drawn wagons for the 1976 Bi-Centennial Wagon Train that travelled across the United States.

Mr. Barnett was an avid reader, WWII aviation and history enthusiast, mechanic extraordinaire and football fan, as well as a loving father and grandfather.

Survivors include his mother, Bera Blanche Morrow Barnett; children, Luann Barnett Williams of Austin, TX, Lisa Barnett, Kevin Barnett, Mike (Barbara) Barnett, Janet Barnett, John Barnett, and their mother, Kathryn Barnett, all of Jonesboro, Carrie Barnett-Rodriguez (Gilbert), of Jonesboro, and Chris (Kelli) Barnett of Denton, Texas; step-children, Jamie Dickerson  (Wendall) of Atlanta, Michelle Slabaugh (Mike) and Vicki McAllister (Craig) of Wynne, Lisa Forrest (Bobby) of Jonesboro, Laura Hutto (Rick) of Brentwood, Tennessee, Tommy Lovrien Jr (MaryAnn) of Jonesboro;; siblings, Ann Merrell, Gene (Kay) Barnett, Fred (Gayle) Barnett and Linda Robinson, all of Jonesboro; 12 grandchildren.

Mr. Barnett is preceded in death by father, Vernal Etheltra Barnett; brother, Franklin Morrow Barnett, and wives, Jackie Trusty Barnett and Patty Pugh Barnett.

Services will be held 10:00 am Tues., January 13, 2015 at Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Rex Darling officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Log Cemetery.

The family will accept friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Alan Simpson, David Stotts, Don Merrell, David Merrell, Ryker Robinson and Gilbert Rodriguez. Anthony Eggrs and Buddy Barrnett will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Donations can be made in memory of Charles to the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society P.O. Box 1042 Jonesboro, AR 72403.

Kenneth “Pete” Williams

Brookland- Kenneth “Pete” Williams, 53, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born October 8, 1961 in Jonesboro. He attended Woods Chapel Baptist Church. Mr. Williams retired from Hytrol after 27 years and will be remembered as a loving son, father, brother and grandfather.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Passmore of Brookland; his children, Kevin Williams of Brookland and Melissa Bickers (Ian) of Pocahontas; a grandson, Bennett Bickers; four brothers, Billy Williams (Candy) of Omaha, NE, Hershel Williams of Jonesboro, James Williams (Karen) and Mitchell Williams (Susie) all of Brookland; two sisters, Janet Barber (Gerald) of Jonesboro and Hazel Hunt (Donny) of Sparta, Tenn; four step-brothers and three step-sisters and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ausber Williams and step-father, W. A. Passmore.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am Friday, January 9, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Ricky Hathcoat officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Log Cemetery.

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

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jeremy Williams, Jason Williams, Todd Williams, Daniel Barber, Jeremy Gibbs and Andy Metcalf.

 

 

Johnnie Ruth Dixon

Jonesboro- Johnnie Ruth Dixon, 77, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Monday, January 5, 2015 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

She was born on February 2, 1937 in Madison to the late Myrtle Myers and William H. White.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Dixon; a brother, Charles White; grandson, Joshua Harris; granddaughter, Mae Ruth Harris.

She is survived by a daughter, Marsha Scott (Floyd); three sons, Roy Harris (Tammy), Donald Harris and Ronald Harris; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Memorial service will be 10:00 am Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Bill Wyse

Jonesboro- Bill Wyse, 76, passed away Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 6, 1938 in Bay to the late Leonard and Gladys Perry Wyse. He married Judy Hales Wyse on March 8, 1967. He was a Safeway Store manager for over 20 years. He enjoyed fishing with his brothers and loved his grandchildren. He was an active member of Christian Valley Christian Church in Jonesboro.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy Hales Wyse; three daughters, Cyndi Wyse Aviles and husband Bene of Cabot, Traci Wyse and partner Kathe Medwin of Cape Cod, Mass. and Ami Wyse Richardson and husband Steve of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Corban Richardson, Jake Aviles, Canaan Richardson, Will Wyse and Cal Richardson; a brother-in-law, Randy Hales of Jonesboro and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is also preceded in death by three sisters, Gwen Pierce, Joyce Lipford and Faye Wyse; five brothers, Hank Wyse, Richard Wyse, Calvin Wyse, Jerry Wyse and Perry “Frog” Wyse and his mother and father-in-law, Harroll and Margaret Hales.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Mitch Ford officiating. Burial will follow at Kellers Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Monday, January 5, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Corban Richardson, Jake Aviles, Canaan Richardson, Will Wyse, Cal Richardson, Joe Turney and Ray Rankin and as honorary pallbearers are J. D. Salmons and Max Hales.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Christian Valley Christian Church Building Fund.

 

 

Billy Harold Coy

Jonesboro- Billy Harold Coy, 73, passed away Tuesday, December 30, 2014.

He was born June 21, 1941 in Lake City to the late Gene and Mattie Williams Coy. He was a retired Shelter Insurance agent, he had also owned a Sears Store, a dry cleaner and had been a dragline operator. He was a member of the Greensboro Road Church of Christ.

He was survived by his wife of 55 yrs., Thresia Hickman Coy; a daughter and her husband, Susan and Jody Pickens of Jonesboro; two grandsons, Clint Pickens and Jordan Pickens; a great-grandson, Grady Pickens all of Jonesboro; two brothers and their wives, Bobby and Anna Coy  and Roger and Sondra Coy all of Brookland; several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 2, 2014 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Terry Joe Kee officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers, Rodney Hutchins, Bill Cribbs, Tom Carner, Gerald George, Marshall Lands and Scottie Blanchard.

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

 

 

Jessie Lee Hutchison

Bay- Jessie Lee Hutchison, 92, passed away Monday, December 29, 2014 at Baptist Hospital in Southaven, Mississippi.

He was born January 1, 1922 in Yell County to the late Jess and Bessy L. Hutchison. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bay and was retired from Singer Manufacturing.

Jessie is survived by his 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; grandchildren; 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, MaKenzy and Mason Hutchison and Jaxon Flanrey.

 Jessie is preceded in death by his wife, Maudie; a daughter, Charlotte Hutchison; three sisters; a brother and a granddaughter, Randi Jo Hutchison-Kelso.

 Funeral services will be 11:30 am Wednesday, December 31, 2104 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 10:00 am until service time.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers will be, Scott Heard, John Hutchison, Brandon Hutchison, Cory Hutchison, Shane Hutchison, Justin Hutchison, Michael Smith, Jake Martin, Dakota Hutchison and Tanner Heard.

 

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