Obituaries

Mary Ollie Coggins

Trumann- Mary Ollie Coggins, 80, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014.

 She is survived by four daughters, Patricia Garrett, Dorothy Crider, Jeannie Alexander and Jennifer Brown; a brother, Doug Sharp; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Leston Coggins; son, James.

 Service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Trumann with Jimmy Stone officiating. Burial will follow at Tyronza Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 Visitation will be from 1:00 until time of service.

Marguerite Rhodes Brown

Brown, margueriteMarguerite Rhodes Brown, 99, died peacefully on April 29, 2014, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, her home for 68 years. She was born in Crossett, Arkansas, January 9, 1915. 

Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by parents, James Robert and Ellen Mae Huntley Rhodes, husband and love of her life, William Curtis Brown (Curt), beloved grandson, Jeffery Martin James, and her eight siblings.  She is survived by daughters, Nancy Ellen Talburt (Fayetteville) and Susan James (Little Rock), son-in-law and her best friend, John Edward James (Little Rock), and special grand-dogs, Franklin Brown and Toby James. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews and their families, among whom those having a special role in her life are Sharon Harrelson Wertz, James Robert Rhodes III, Bob Harrelson, Paula Huntley, David Bowlin, Margaret Rhodes and Robert Bowlin. She was a Mother first and foremost, and made innumerable sacrifices for her daughters, none of which she considered to be a sacrifice. She was a doting grandmother and a devoted daughter to both of her parents. 

Marguerite had too many accomplishments and varied interests to list, but did not want her life to be celebrated with fanfare or elaborate speeches and ceremonies. She will leave many legacies, but her example of teaching and continuing to learn is one of her strongest. 

Marguerite Rhodes Brown was awarded an A.B. degree from Ouachita College and an M.S. degree from the University of Arkansas.  She taught everything from English, Glee Club, and girls’ softball to typing and shorthand early in her career in south Arkansas, and had a critical job in an airplane parts factory in Mobile, Alabama, during WWII.  She taught in the Jonesboro public school system for more than three decades, offering courses in English and American Literature, American Government, Social Studies, World History, American History, and Drama, among other subjects. She revived the Thespians, sponsored the Honor Society for 20 years, and directed Senior and Junior Class Plays.  She also taught reading and re-entry skills to veterans in night school, a job that she considered a great honor and challenge, and taught freshman English at Arkansas State University during several summers. As affirmed by her students, she was kind and patient and managed to like even those who were not easy to like. She stood up for students’ rights regardless of their financial or social circumstances, and treated them all with respect as she treated all people.  She brought a wry and witty humor to everything she did.

The following are an excerpts from birthday wishes from a few former students for her 94th birthday.

 

…“The way you conducted yourself and treated me, demanded that I respect you. I’ve never forgotten the example that you set. …You treated me the way you wanted me to act in your class.  You treated me with respect and I acted that way in your class and in your presence. …. I would not be the same person if our paths had never crossed. Thank you, I love you and thank you for what you did for me.” Col. Paul Richard Longgrear (aka Dickie) “ …

 

“Through high school and college, you are by far the best teacher I had.

I want to thank you for the wonderful person you are, and for all the help that you gave me.” Harold “Butch” Smith

“… I think that your greatest legacy is the knowledge and counsel that you gave to the countless number of young men and women who were fortunate enough to have you as a teacher”… Beverly Kirkindall Russell 

“… I also admired your non-judgmental respect for others. You were never the know-it-all or critical parent. Your daughters were given this gift from you to be independent thinkers and design their own paths”…Peggy Hunter Port

“… It was my time to continue my education. Me – go to college, after 10 years, how scary. During my first semester I went to you for help, and you became not only my teacher again, but my friend. You tutored, corrected and dragged me through Freshman English. Most of all you encouraged me. I made an A…”     Beverly Womack Pagan

Marguerite was an avid reader and accomplished musician. She played the piano, violin, and dulcimer and sang in the First Baptist Church Choir.  While she was a trained musician, she also played instruments by ear, a talent that ran in the Rhodes family. She often said that music was the core of most of the family gatherings as she grew up and as an adult. 

Her retirement offered her the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and throughout the UK and many other countries in which she particularly valued concerts and plays.  Some of her happiest times were trips with her family. She was generous with her time, money and love.  She taught her children that people should never be stereotyped.  Her political beliefs reflected her basic life philosophy of tolerance, kindness and inclusion.  She studied issues carefully and was a proud and informed voter.

She was a pioneer in arts, music, and literature. She loved giving to others. She volunteered at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center and was a member of service organizations such as Kappa Delta Pi and the American Association of University Women.  She and many of her friends through the years especially enjoyed the Arts Study Group where they talked about books and the arts, and she produced the annual program book for the group for many years. She was also a member of various book clubs. She enjoyed other activities, including a performing dulcimer club, and was a skilled bridge player.

She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Her family give special thanks and gratitude to St. Bernard’s Village and its dedicated staff (Brian Rega, Tammy Fivecoat, Ronnie Sarils, and Aides), to the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice Staff (Brenda and Barbara in particular), to Dr. Holder, and Samatha, and to Marguerite’s very special care-givers, Maria and Clint Halcom, Roxanne Davis, Ann and Marcia Patton, and Kenna Harrelson and her Visiting Angels. 

Dr. Emil Williams, a friend of 49 years, will conduct a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Gregg- Langford Bookout funeral home at 300 W. Matthews in Jonesboro, 870-935-5566.  Friends are welcome.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jonesboro Community Service Center, 911 Magnolia Road, 870-275-7911, Jonesboro, AR 72401, email:  csninc20@yahoo.com or The Jonesboro Public Library or a public library of your choice.

 

Charles “Tottie” Rodgers

Lake City- Charles “Tottie” Rodgers, 73, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014 at his residence.

 He was born March 1, 1941 in Heber Springs to the late Leonard and Lola Ramer Rodgers. He was an independent truck driver and mechanic. Mr. Tottie enjoyed working with wood, building fancy birdhouse and enjoyed flee marketing.

 He is survived by his wife, Janice Rodgers; his children, Angela Johnston of Elkhart, IN, Kristina Wallace (Jeffrey) of Caraway, FL, Gayla Greer (Anthony) of Trumann, C. Victor Rodgers(Cathie) of Lake City, Tony Rodgers of Trumann, Steven Rodgers (Leighann) of Trumann and Donnie Johnston (Patty) of Elkhart; a brother, James Leon Rodgers of Trumann; five sisters, Nelda Shann of Silver Springs, FLA, Jackie Genns of Elkhart, Joann Wade of Elkhart, Joyce Meeks of Lake City of Lake City, Deborah Meeks of Trumann; a uncle, Lamar “Poog” Millus of Ellsinsore, MO; twenty grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren.

 A memorial service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Full Gospel Tabernacle of Trumann on Hwy 69.

 Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Gerald “Hoss” Roy Boren

Jonesboro- Gerald “Hoss” Roy Boren, 84, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at his residence.

He was born October 3, 1929 in Dell to the late Earl and Lilly Mills Boren. Mr. Boren worked in the automotive industry.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Boren; six children, Darryl Boren, Tina Swiercz both of Jonesboro, Donnie Swiercz of McHenry, IL, Anglea Leary (Frank) of Bono, Mike Swierez (Carol) of WI and Kimmy Ford of Jonesboro; a brother David Boren of Tunica, Mississippi; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, James “Dub” Boren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm Friday, May 2, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

The service will be private.

 

Dorothy Louise Simpson

Jonesboro- Dorothy Louise Simpson, 92, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

 She was born June 24, 1921 in Tulot, Arkansas to the late William and Etta May Fowler Upton. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing, reading, gardening, flowers and cooking.

 She was survived by her children, Raymond Simpson, Bob Simpson, John Simpson, Linda Brown, Susan Bounds and Sandra Bell; thirty grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ulas Wilson Simpson; eight children, Jake Simpson, Infant boy, Herman Simpson, David Simpson, Michael Simpson, Frances Whitaker, Katherine Simpson and Sharon Simpson; a brother, William Upton.

 A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Don Blackmore officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.

 The family will receive friends from noon until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society.

Chester Lavaughn Derr

Jonesboro-Chester Lavaughn Derr, 84, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

 He was born April 1, 1930 in Hutchison, Kansas to the late harry and Pearl Parks Derr. Mr. Derr was a member of the Greensboro Road Church of Christ. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. He worked for Southern Wood Box Factory for thirty-one years and Arkansas Glass before retiring.

 He is survived by his children, Patricia Smith of Batesville, Lavaughn Derr of Jonesboro, Terry Derr of Dallas and Mary Mills of Jonesboro; two sisters, Imogene White of St. Louis and Willene Collins of Clovis, New Mexico; a brother and his wife, Hershel and Brenda Derr of Kentucky; seven grandchildren, Desmond Mills, Jordan Mills, Cheyanne Green, Lawrence Derr, Tonya Templin, Kristy Riley and Angela Smith; six great-grandchildren, Shaun Templin, Sara Templin, Allison Riley, Chasity Riley, Alexis McLeod and Brandon Paluck; a  great-great-grandchild, Karmen Templin.

 He was also preceded in death by his wife, Alice Bernice Collins Derr; a son, Robert Derr; a son-in-law, Roy Smith; a great-grandchild, Kayden Riley.

 A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Mark Brewer officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

 The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Randy Oden, Marvin Parks, Butch Parks, Billy Parks, Paul Parks and Ethan Gibson and as honorary pallbearer, Jimmy Felts.

A D Loveless

loveless -nJonesboro- A D Loveless, 93, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

 He was born August 2, 1920 in Athens, Alabama to the late Elmus and Elizabeth Sanderson Loveless.  Mr. Loveless served his country proudly in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He had worked at Merman’s IGA, Blackwell Baldwin and Nebo Auto Center.

 He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Gladys Green Loveless; a sister, Mary Loveless of Trumann and many nieces and nephews.

 He is also preceded in death by six brothers and sisters, Carter Loveless, Eugene Loveless, Nora Stewart, Cora Copeland, Margaret Bandy and Marie Phillips.

 A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Kathy Holler and Cody Albritton officiating. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery.

 The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until time of service at the funeral home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Todd Loveless, Steve Merriman, Charley Long, Elvis Taylor, Leon Gearhart and Roy Grant. Honorary pallbearers are the First Baptist Church Men’s Fellowship Sunday School Class, Steve and Patsy Tricarico, Employees of Nebo Auto Center and drivers, Dr. Donald Guinn and Melba Thomas.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church.

Arthur F. “Pilk” Eldridge

Christmas 2010 196Jonesboro-Arthur F. “Pilk” Eldridge, 87, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 He was born May 13, 1926 in Wilson to the late Miles Scotty and Sadie Alice Eldridge. Mr. Eldridge served his country proudly in the United States Navy. He was a retired farmer who loved to fish, shoot pool and garden.

 He is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Mary Irene and Clifford Coots and Debra and Keith Taylor all of Jonesboro; a sister, Thelma Sales; five grandchildren, Ronnie Coots, Lonnie Coots, Jeff Glidewell, Brad Taylor and Samantha Taylor; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

 He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Adah Greer Eldridge; two daughters, Joyce Faye Glidewell and Linda Diane Eldridge; a grandson, James Arthur Glidewell; two brothers and a sister.

 A graveside service to celebrate his life will be 10:00 am, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Unity Cemetery with Pastor Andy Neal officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 

 

 

Kyria Rayne Seymour

SeymourJonesboro- Kyria Rayne Seymour, 11, passed Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Lebonour Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

 She was born January 28, 2003 in Jonesboro. She attended Temple Baptist Church and Bay School. She loved to be creative by drawing and making jewelry.

 She is survived by her father and hero, Joseph Seymour and wife Kimberly of Jonesboro; nine brothers and sisters, Ethan Seymour, Ian Seymour, Carmen Seymour, Colton Seymour and Jacobe Deaton all of Jonesboro, Destiny Deaton of Auburn, Indiana, Mason McCord and Isaak McCord both of Peru, Indiana and Logan Shelby of Jonesboro; grandparents, Julia “Nanny” Haulium of Jonesboro, Mark and Terry Clark of Imboden; great-grandma, Imogene Jordan of Jonesboro.

 She was preceded in death by her mother, Leah Shelby; a grandfather, Thomas Seymour and an uncle, Danny Seymour.

 A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Bay High School Gym at 700 School St. in Bay with Pastor Andy Neal officiating. Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery near Bono.

 The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Joseph Seymour, Ethan Seymour, Eric Frey and Mark Clark.

Harold Ray McMasters

mcmaster, haroldTrumann- Harold Ray McMasters, 80, passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

 He was born March 31, 1934 in Lunsford to the late Boyd and Cora Massey McMasters. He retired from Lincoln Manufacturing and attended Trumann Revival Center. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved his LORD, family and baseball.

 He is survived by his wife, Patsy McMasters; his children, Kathy Pratt (Harlan) and Pam Baine all of Huntsville, AL and Steve McMasters of Bay; a sister, Lula McMasters of Bay; five grandchildren-  Jessica Chaffin (Andy), Jay Pratt, Patrick Baine, Derek McMasters and Kyle McMasters; three great-grandchildren, Raegan McMasters, Mia McMasters and Bryce Chaffin.

 He was also preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters.

 A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm. Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Frankie Hardwick and Jimmy McMasters officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

 Family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the funeral home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

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

 

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