Obituaries

Steven Foster Wiles

1st. Sgt. Steven F. WilesJonesboro- Steven Foster Wiles, 78, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

He was born March 23, 1937 in Memphis to the late Virnus and Nellie Laughlin Wiles.  Retired First Sgt. Wiles served his county proudly for 23 years in the United States Marine Corp. He was an avid bowler and loved to play softball. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and Poppy.

He is survived by his wife, Wilda “Jean” Wiles; his children, Debra Wiles Henry (Raymond) of Vanndale, Donna Wiles Tuttle (Vance) of Litchfield Park, AZ and  David A. Wiles (Ladonna) of Salina, Kansas and Derek E. Wiles (Lori) of Olathe, Kansas; brother, Robert A. Wiles (JoAnn) of Big Bear City, CA; sister, Mary Lou Blair (Ray) of Covina, CA; half-sisters, Sharon Leach (Harold), Barbara Eiseley (Robert) and Linda Carpenter (George); sister-in-law, Janice Wiles; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Stanley E. Wiles; sisters, Marilyn Yager and Joann Thweatt.

A full military graveside service will be 11:00 am Monday, March 7, 2016 at Arkansas Veteran’s Cemetery- Birdeye with Rev. Don Pucik officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Carolyn Sullivan

Jonesboro- Carolyn Sullivan, 69, passed away Monday, February 29, 2016.

She was born January 23, 1947 in Marked Tree to the late William and Ruby Canada Hixon.

She is survived by her special friend, Tony Whitney of the home; her children, Larry Barshaw of Kansas City, Kansas, Glen Barshaw of Jonesboro, Janetta Fortune of Willford, Renay Barshaw of Bear, Delaware and Michelle Ward of Memphis; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two husbands, Lawrence Barshaw and Stonewall Sullivan; a grandson, Alan Smolder; a sister, Dewanda Grant and brother, William “Gene” Hixon.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be 2:00 pm Friday, March 4, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Phillip Timbs officiating. Burial will follow at Nettleton Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Keith Daniels, Raymond Smolder, Lawrence Barshaw, Landon Barshaw, William Clayton and Charlie Rue.

Thomas William “Tom” Mardis

MardisRogers – Thomas William “Tom” Mardis, 82, of Rogers died February 27, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville.

He was born on March 21, 1933 in Harrisburg to the late Clay and Effie Mardis. Tom was married to Betty June Evans for 62 wonderful years.

Tom graduated in 1954 from Arkansas State University where he was a United States Army Commissioned Officer in ROTC from 1954-1957. He worked at FMC in Jonesboro as personal manager. Tom also worked at Light Adjustment Company in Little Rock. He served on the bank board at Nettleton Bank of Jonesboro as well as Nettleton School Board. In 1988 Tom and Betty moved to Rogers and opened several convenient stores and insurance agencies. Tom retired in 2008 due to health reasons.

Tom is survived by his wife, Betty June Mardis of Rogers; a daughter, Lisa Renee Mardis of Jonesboro; a son Tommy Clay Mardis and wife Tammi of Rogers; three grandchildren, Stacy Tidwell and husband Drew of Rogers, Kayce Mardis of Fayetteville and Trey Mardis of Conway; two great-grandchildren, Avery Grace and Owen Thomas Tidwell of Rogers; a sister, Jimmie Sue Pipkin of Harrisburg and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm. Tuesday March 1, 2016 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery officiated by Rev. Jamie Alexander of Rogers under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Honorary pallbearers include Lafarrel Wess, Clyde Ford, Mrs. Jimmy Bruckner, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Brand, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Parks, Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Barnett, and the remaining class of 1950 of Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Harrisburg, 204 South Main Harrisburg, AR 72432.

Lois Elizabeth Truelove Carpenter

Carpenter, LoisCampbell, MO- Lois Elizabeth Truelove Carpenter, 100, went to be with her Lord on February 25, 2016 at Piggott Community Hospital in Piggott, Arkansas.

Lois was the daughter of Lester Noel Truelove and Maude Lee Truelove and was born August 27, 1915 in Houston, Arkansas. She celebrated her 100th birthday at Campbell Community Center with more than 150 in attendance. She married James Arthur Carpenter in October 1931, and spent almost 71 years of marriage together. Lois was a wonderful mother to seven children, twenty-one grandchildren and forty-three great-grandchildren, and fifteen great-great-grandchildren. She was also very devoted to her love of God and her church, most recently the First Baptist Church of Campbell, Missouri. She was a homemaker and was known as the Quilt Grandmother.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters, Douglas (Mary) Carpenter of Cordova, Tenn., Dan (Bonnie) Carpenter of Shelbina, Missouri, Martha Like of Campbell, LaWanda (Peter) Roudebush of Davenport, Iowa and Mike (Virginia) Carpenter of Novelty, Missouri and all of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James A. Carpenter; two children, James Junior Carpenter and Mary Lou Carpenter Nau; two sons-in-law, Evan Deane Nau and Leo R. Like; a daughter-in-law, Mary Aline Carpenter; three brothers, Chester, Carl and Nolen Truelove and two sisters, Verlyn Carpenter and Corrine Bynum.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am, Monday, February 29, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Marty Carlisle officiating. Burial will follow at Potter’s Memorial Cemetery in Lepanto.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are her grandchildren.

Lasting memorials may be sent to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

 

Violet Ruth Campbell

Jonesboro-   Violet Ruth Campbell, 79, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 19, 2016, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

She was born August 18, 1936 at Leachville to the late James B. and Vivian Campbell.  She was a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

Violet spent her early childhood in the Monette area before moving to the Valley View area. She was a 1954 JHS graduate. She started her career as a secretary for H. R. Cook Trucking Company before going on to Metropolitan Life Insurance Company where she worked for over 35 years until her retirement.   She was a member of the Jonesboro Women’s Bowling League in the sixties which won several state tournaments.   She enjoyed going to the lake and traveling.  She loved her many nieces and nephews and the time she spent with them and her special cat, Twiggy.

Survivors include two brothers, Brady (Wanda) Campbell and Kenneth (Zelda) Campbell and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Griffin and brother, Joe Mack Campbell.

Visitation will be 11:00-12:00 am Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home  with Rev.  Chris  Hemund officiating.   Graveside service at 12:30 pm will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Lasting memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s  Association.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Buster Campbell, Benny Campbell, Keith Campbell, Blake Campbell, Danny Liles and James Hewitt .

Connie Sue Berry

Jonesboro- Connie Sue Berry, 83, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2016.

She was born August 14, 1932 in Jonesboro to the late Robert and Bessie Lunsford Hunter Sr. She worked for many years as a sewing machine operator and supervisor at Frolic Footwear. Mrs. Berry enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and going to the lake. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by a son and his wife, James P. and Teresa Berry of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Renee Berry of Jonesboro and Todd Gambill of Paragould, Michael Gibson (Sarah) of Brookland and Jaclyn McGowan (Justin) of Paragould; ten great- grandchildren, Cadence Berry, Bailey Kummer, Meadowlee Kummer all of Jonesboro, Eric Gambill of Oklahoma, Margaret Gambill of Biloxi, Mississippi, Keenan Gibson of Bono, Javan McGowan, Jaylee McGowan, Jolie McGowan and Jaxson McGowan all of Paragould; a sister, Dorothy Coleman of Jonesboro and a brother, Roy Hunter (Bonnie) of Wynne.

She is also preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Berry Gambill; a sister, Magnolia Hancock; three brothers, Jasper Hunter, R. C. Hunter Jr. and James “Doc” Hunter.

A celebration of her life will be 9:00 am Friday, February 19, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Dillinger officiating. Burial will follow at Nettleton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Coty Penter, Justin McGowan, Robert Coleman, Eric Gambill, Mike Causey and Jamie Ansel.

 

 

Ruby Inez Bonham

Bonham, Ruby InezJonesboro- Ruby Inez Bonham, 89, passed away Monday, February 15, 2016 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born September 17, 1926 in Guin, Alabama to the late Robert and Virgie Roberts Vaughn. Mrs. Bonham retired after thirty-four years with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She was a member of Central Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving person with a servant’s heart, who loved to cook and loved her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Paula and Louie Asher and Sandra and Buddy Johnston all of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Alan Johnston (Tracy), Gregg Asher, Abria Vansandt (Jonathan), Angela Harris (Casey) and Marcus Asher (Allison); seven great-grandchildren, Bradley Johnston, Zachary Harris, Andrew Johnston, Abby Harris, Eden Vansandt, Toby Harris, Emily Harris; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Bonham and eight brothers and sisters, Cecil Vaughn, Laborn Vaughn, Arnold Vaughn, Travis Vaughn, Austin Vaughn, Leta Hodges, Lila Stafford and Lois Best.

A celebration of her life will be 11:00 am Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Central Baptist Church with Rev. Alan Johnston and Rev. Mike Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Alan Johnston, Gregg Asher, Marcus Asher, Casey Harris, Johnathan Vansandt and Mark Mayfield and as honorary pallbearers, Lonnie Talbert, Jerry Cooper, Gene Beal, Ron Fielder and Bill Gibson.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the Gideons or Central Baptist Church Mission Fund.

A special thank you to the staff at St. Bernards Village and The Villa, Craighead Nursing Home and Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House for the wonderful care they gave to her.

Tonya Michelle New

Jonesboro- Tonya Michelle New, 29, passed away December 28, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

She is survived by her mother, Charlotte New; a sister, Amanda Painter (Robert); a brother, Kyle Painter; an aunt, Teresa Mangrum (Charles); two uncles, Terry Barton and Bobby Barton and several nieces and nephews all of Jonesboro.

A memorial visitation will be from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel.

Edna Sue Welch Swanner

Swanner, Edna-1Jonesboro- Edna Sue Welch Swanner, 77, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born May 18, 1938 to the late Jarrett Welch and late Florence Welch Crowell. Mrs. Swanner, a long-time resident of Jonesboro, grew up in Monette. She attended Community Fellowship Church.

She is survived by her son, Tony Busby (Lori) of West Memphis; two daughters, Suzie Busby Morledge of Jonesboro and Tammy Swanner Lindsay (John) of Brookland; three brothers, Charles Welch (Ramona) of Little Rock, Cleatus Welch of Waco, Texas and Wayne Welch (Gloria) of St. Helens, Oregon; three grandchildren, Molly Grace Busby of West Memphis, Austin Ray Brewer of Brookland and Spencer Morledge of Jonesboro; many nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jim D. Busby and a brother, Larry Welch.

A celebration of her life will be 1:00 pm Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dave Burgess officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 until time of service, Wednesday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Charlie Welch, Cleatus Welch, Chuck Welch, Barry Vaughn, Mark Vaughn and Mark Hayes and as honorary pallbearers, Wayne Welch and Pete Hayes and Bob Shackelford.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House or Alzheimer’s Association.

 

 

 

Mr. Paul William Zirbel

Mr. Paul William Zirbel, of Waldenburg, departed this life Saturday, January 30, 2016, in Jonesboro, at the age of 85.

He was born February 19, 1930 in Harrisburg, AR, the son of Frank John August Zirbel and Chrystal Adelaide Moore Zirbel.

Paul was a retired farmer.  He loved working on farm equipment, Cardinal baseball, Nascar and duck hunting in his younger days. He was a lifetime member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Waldenburg and a devoted Christian man. He loved everyone and treated everyone special.  He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He loved singing and sung in the church choir.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Wanda Jean Zirbel and a brother Aaron John Zirbel.

He is survived by two daughters, Tina Zirbel and husband Bob Birch of St. Charles, MO and Pam Zirbel of Waldenburg, AR; one brother, Frank James Zirbel of Harrison, four grandchildren, Joshua Moore, Ashley Kieffer (Britt), Michelle Birch and Melissa Birch; four great-grandchildren, Ciara Cole, Grayce Moore, Jaxon Moore and Tripp Moore, and a special caregiver, Linda Wineland.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Monday, February 1, 2016, at the Zion Lutheran Church.   Interment will follow in Waldenburg Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the Church Monday morning, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider the Concordia Christian Academy or Zion Lutheran Church.

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