Obituaries

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.

Gladys Ione Dowd Burns

Jonesboro – Gladys Ione Dowd Burns died Monday, January 25, 2016, just short of her 90th birthday.

She was born in King City, Missouri to the late Loretta Lilly and Erith Markle Dowd on January 31, 1926.  She married William Arthur Burns. Gladys was an Elder Emeritus at Highland Drive Christian Church. She had a lovely soprano voice and played ukulele with a local group. She took some art classes at Arkansas State University, where she also enrolled in her son, Richard Burns’ folklore class. In addition, she worked as an LVN and an activity director.  In recent years she won an annual beauty pageant at St. Elizabeth’s Place where she resided and was lovingly cared for by the staff.  Gladys adored her family, had a devout and caring nature and loved to inject humor into the lives of those around her.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ralph and Candace Burns of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Richard and Marcia Burns of Jonesboro, Bill and Lorie Burns and David and Anne Burns all of Oklahoma City and Kathy and Tim Ittenbach of Ocoee, Florida; nine grandchildren, William, Ellen, Robert, Greg (Blanca), Stacy (Adam), Joshua, Carson, Adam (Leah) and Aaron; two great-grandchildren, Hadley and Landin.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Arthur Burns; a son Randall William Burns; three sisters, Lucille, Billie and Jean and a brother, Ralph.

A graveside service to celebrate her life will be 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Rev. Kelly Craft officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alfreda K. Robinson

Jonesboro- Mrs. Alfreda K. Robinson, 89, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Craighead Nursing Center.

She was born July 20, 1926 in Lake City to the late Aaron and Kate McDaniel Turman. Mrs. Robinson was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Jonesboro. She attended the Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her yard and flowers. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Shirley Lopez of Jonesboro and Gary Robinson and wife, Valerie of Citrus Heights, California; three grandchildren, Kim Adams (Steve),  Kari Butler and Dana Faridi (Amir) and six great-grandchildren, Ryan Adams, Kaitlyn Adams, Brandon Butler, Kelsey Butler, Gavin Faridi and Garrison Faridi,

She was also preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years, M.V. Robinson; three brothers and a son-in-law, Joe Lopez.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 29, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Jolly officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service, Friday at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Fred Turman, Sammie McGuire, Steve Simpson, Hunter Simpson, Grant Simpson and Steve Labrot.

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

Carrie Leeann Eaves

Hoxie- Carrie Leeann Eaves, 45, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 9, 1970 in Jonesboro to the late William “Buddy” and Lynda Jo House Eaves. Carrie graduated from Arkansas State University with an accounting degree. She worked at Walmart as a cashier and cash office associate. She enjoyed crafting and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her brother, Buddy Joe Eaves of Hoxie; her fiancé`, Brent Scott and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at First Assemble of God Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will follow at Stranger’s Home Cemetery near Alicia under the direction of Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday, January 25, 2016 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jimmy Cornwell, Charlie Curtis, Matt Curtis, Daniel House, Bret Black, Shawn Parrish, Kenny Ashlock and Dylan Works.

Lafayette L. Bennett

Bennett, LLJonesboro- Lafayette L. Bennett, 89, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 3, 1926 in Jonesboro to the late Homer and Clara Tannehill Bennett. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy during World War II.  Following his discharge from the Navy, Mr. Bennett spent two years pitching for a minor league baseball team in Texas.  Mr. Bennett retired from Craighead Electric after twenty-seven years. He was a member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for many years.  He enjoyed deer hunting, gardening and spending time with his family. He was an avid Cardinals baseball fan.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bonnie Wood Bennett; a daughter and her husband, Marcia and Collin Elder of Jonesboro; two sisters, Geraldine Brewer and Betty Trammell both of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Micah Putman and husband Rhyne of New Orleans and Bryan Elder of Jonesboro; a great-grandson, Bennett “Ben” Putman.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Curtis Bennett, Cecil Bennett and Robert L. “Tommy” Bennett and a sister, Grace Wiles.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Walnut Street Baptist Church with Dr. Rhyne Putman and Dr. Glen Putman officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Murphy Bennett, Charles Layne, Phillip Gay, Danny Flemon, Jim Gillis and Larry Dunkerson and as honorary pallbearers, Fishers Sunday School Class and employees and retirees of Craighead Electric.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Walnut Street Baptist Church.

Mary Elizabeth Cooksey

Independence, Missouri- Mary Elizabeth Cooksey, 87, passed away, Sunday, January 17, 2016.

She was born April 8, 1928 in Gillett to the late Steve and Golden Palmer Cooksey.

She is survived by her brother, Tommy Cooksey of Jonesboro and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, George Cooksey and a sister, Wanda Wright.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Pine Log Cemetery with Rev. Gary Morrison.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 

 

Dorothy Margaret Pohlner

Pohlner, DorothyJonesboro- Dorothy Margaret Pohlner, 95, formerly of Fisher passed away January 17, 2016 surrounded by her family.

She was born on January 25, 1920 in Weiner, she was a member of the 1939 class of Weiner High School where she was a member of the women’s basketball team.  She and husband John were married on June 24, 1939, and lived for more than forty years on the family farm in Fisher before moving to Jonesboro.  Dorothy was a charter member of the Fisher Baptist Church and active in the Fisher Home Demonstration Club.  She was also a member of The First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, John Pohlner; her parents Guy and Cora Hughes; sister, Una Mae McKnight; brothers John Anderson Hughes and Bobby Joe Hughes.

She is survived by her daughters Jo Ann Carmack of Heber Springs and Sue Jane Morrison of Jonesboro.  Known lovingly as “Ma” she enjoyed the endearing love of four grandchildren, John Morrison (wife Teresa) of Humboldt, TN, Hayden Morrison of Jonesboro, Kelly Pohl (husband Matt) of Heber Springs, and Ann Crawley (husband Brad) of Jonesboro;  seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 pm, Tuesday at the funeral home.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Venable officiating with burial at Fisher Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Morrison, Hayden Morrison, Parker Morrison, Matt Pohl, Brad Crawley and Braden Crawley and honorary pallbearers, Roger Pohlner, Donald Pohlner, Paul McKnight, Brian Mack, and Steve Schwartz.

Lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a memorial donation to the Fisher Cemetery Fund.

 

 

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