Obituaries

Doris J. Graham

Jonesboro- Doris J. Graham, 77, passed peacefully Monday, March 28, 2016 at her home.

She was born November 7, 1938 in Jonesboro to the late Cleo and Pearl Tripplett. Mrs. Doris retired after thirty-two years with Jonesboro Public Schools and a member of the Nettleton Church of Christ.  She enjoyed going to church and their cabin and loved her husband, sons and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Joe B. Graham Sr.; two sons and their wives, Joe and Roseann Graham Jr. and Mark and Sondra Graham all of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Amanda Graham of Paragould, Mark B. Graham of Fayetteville and Auston Graham of Jonesboro; five step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Dale Adams and Billy Anne Pennington.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Friday, April 1, 2016 at Clover Bend Cemetery with Jimmy Young officiating. Burial to follow under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Joe B. Graham Jr, Mark Graham, Auston Graham, Eugene Merrill, Mike Graham, Ben McCain and Mike Pennington and honorary pallbearers, grandsons, great-grandsons, Daniel Graham, Elmer Sanford, Dalton Coble and Johnny Duffell.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Nettleton Church of Christ.

 

 

Jane Leatheress Baker- Brewer

brewerJonesboro- Jane Leatheress Baker-Brewer, 57, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born April 17, 1958 in Greenfield, Tennessee. Jane had worked at Helen Keller Hospital in Alabama and was currently a supervisor at Jonesboro Human Development Center. She will be remembered as a loving wife, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Brewer; her mother, Loyce Tucker of Jonesboro; her daughter and husband, Keyla Baker McKinney and Brad of Russellville, Alabama; two grandchildren, Braxton McKinney and Kaida McKinney; a brother, Ronny Tucker of Jonesboro.

She is preceded in death by her step-father, Wayne Tucker and brother, Rowdy Tucker.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Nettleton Cemetery with Rev. Terry Watson officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

There will be no visitation.

 

 

Ann Wilson

Wilson, AnnJonesboro- Mrs. Ann Wilson, 69, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

She was born September 14, 1946 in Jonesboro to the late Bruce and Louise Stafford Jones. Ann lived most of her life in Jonesboro and had worked at Arkansas State University in the Library for many years. She enjoyed reading, history, puzzles and crafts. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.  She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Steve Wilson and wife Kim of Jonesboro and Kathy Moore of Trumann; three grandchildren, Taylor Boling (Michael) of Jonesboro, Jonathan Welch (Kayla) of Judsonia and Kyle Welch of Trumann; two great-grandchildren, Drake Welch and Lillie Welch; several aunts and uncles and her beloved dog, Lacie.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, John R. Wilson.

Mrs. Wilson’s request was not to have a public service. Her family will have a private service.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the Humane Society of Jonesboro.

 

 

James Harold Lea

Bono- James Harold Lea, 81, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at NEA Baptist Hospital.

He was born November 29, 1934 in Black Oak to the late William and Margie Penter Lea.  He graduated Lepanto High School in 1952 and from Arkansas State College with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Mr. Lea taught science at Caraway High School for two years and was also a farmer for several years. He retired from Riceland Foods and worked at Enterprise. He was a private pilot and enjoyed flying and playing golf. James was a member of the Nettleton Church of Christ for thirty-seven years. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather.

He is survived by his daughter and husband, Sonja and Winston Bruce of Evans, Georgia; two sisters, Shelba Jean Lea and Alicia A. Howell both of Caraway; two grandchildren, Katie Thompson (Frank) of Clarksville, Tennessee and Grayson Lea Bruce of Evans; aunt and uncle, George and Pauline Penter of Jonesboro; a niece, Brandi Wallace (Matt) of Black Oak; a great-niece, Emily Wallace and great-nephew, Ty Wallace.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Lea.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Friday, March 11, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Jimmy Young officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial 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 Ike Daughtery, Paul Harrison, Rusty Trevathan, Bill Lester, Tim Gill and Jackie Leonard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Paragould Children’s Home.

 

 

Lloyd Earl Somers

IMG955139Jonesboro- Lloyd Earl Somers, 86, passed away Monday, March 7, 2016 in Little Rock.

He was born October 30, 1929 in Black Oak to the late Lloyd B. and Jewell Johnson Somers. He was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church since 1957, where he served as a deacon and taught Sunday School for over fifty years. On December 9, the Somers celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary.  He retired from General Services Administration, US Federal Government. He owned and operated a HVAC business in Jonesboro for over fifty years. Lloyd will be remembered for his service to others and as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by their children and their spouses, Lloyd E. Somers, Jr. (Katie) of Denver, North Carolina, Cynthia Cooper (Rodney) of Little Rock and Matthew Somers (Stacy) of Blythewood, South Carolina; grandchildren, Carl Somers (JoAnna Janson), Helen Somers Yousef (Faisal), Lance Bass (Thao), Lyndsey Piland (Matthew), Natalie James (Nathan), Wesley Cooper (Yana), Clayton Somers and Olivia Somers; great-grandchildren- Lana Yousef, Cooper Bass, Zarah Yousef, Arden Somers, Tobias Bass, Amelia Piland, Cooper Piland, Owen Piland, Audrey James and Luke James; a sister, Pat Cook of Jonesboro and a brother, Gerald Somers of Oklahoma.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Billie Somers; seven sisters and two brothers.

A celebration of his life will be 11:00 am Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Nathan James officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery,

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Wesley Cooper, Clayton Somers, Tracy Mooneyham, Brent Mooneyham, David Ezell and Daniel Adams. Honorary pallbearers are Albert Soo, Bobby Mooneyham, Bill Roddy, Charles Best, Berl Wayne Price, Wesley Gatlin and T G Bolton.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), 135 Parkinson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305 (apadparkinson.org)

 

 

Melvin Gills

gillisTrumann- Melvin Gillis was born on January 30, 1921 at Leachville and passed into the arms of Jesus on March 3, 2016 at the age of 95 years 1 month and 4 days.

He attended school at McCormick and Harrisburg. Right out of high school he joined the United States Marine Corps and fought in the Pacific Campaign of World War II, attaining the rank of Corporal.

Upon returning from the war, he married the love of his life, Frances Spencer, with whom he shared 70 years and 10 months of devoted companionship. Melvin worked as a dry cleaner, farmer, surveyor and then at the Singer Manufacturing Plant at Trumann. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Trumann for over forty years after moving from Greenfield Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon.

Melvin enjoyed woodworking, crappie fishing and hunting- almost but not quite as much as he loved spending time with his sons and grandchildren. He also loved Razorback football and basketball and Cardinal baseball.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, Tilman and Lela Gillis; two brothers, Elvis and Burl; two sisters, Mary Lois Yates and Bernice Crone.

He is survived by his wife, Frances; three sons and their wives, Stephen and Maria of Jonesboro, Russell and Sandy of Dulzura, CA and Michael and Jill of Weiner; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his baby sister and her husband, Lavada and Wayne Edwards of Clarksdale, MS and a host of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Maley officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.

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

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Ryan Sheets, Bryan Burton, Glen Gillis, Nick Kinard, Christian Watson and Kenneth Holt.

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

Ruby Dell Boyd Baker Schochler

Schochler, Ruby - paperJonesboro- Ruby Dell Boyd Baker Schochler, 74, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at her residence.

She was born December 11, 1941 in Smithville to the late Luther and Mable Capps Boyd.  She graduated from Bay High School, where she was the captain of her basketball team. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Jonesboro. Ruby was a real estate agent at White Reality, where she was a Million Dollar Producer. She was owner and operated of the Nutrition Center and Ruby’s Lingerie Boutique and as well as being an award winning manager of Claire’s Boutique in the Indian Mall. She loved gardening, working in the yard and collecting antiques. Above all she loved her family, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always put her family first in her life.

She is survived by her husband, Russell Schochler; her children, Ginger Cay Baker Thomson and husband John of Atlanta, GA and Larry Eugene “Gene” Baker Jr. of Jonesboro; special daughter-in-law, Tracy Bland Baker of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Caitlyn Grey Finley Lorenzana (Alex) of Jonesboro, Morgan Jade Baker of Jonesboro and Colten Garrett Baker of Memphis; great-grandchildren, Kyler Whitehead, Josiah Alexander Lorenzana and Victor Jofet Lorenzana all of Jonesboro; brothers, L. J. Boyd (Barbara) of Jonesboro and Bill Boyd of Harrison; sister, Frances Boyd Adelizzi (Paul) of Ft. Meyers, FL; sister-in-law, Clois Baker Ferguson (Calvin) of Cabot; first husband, Larry E. Baker Sr. of Lawrenceville, GA; family friend, Connie Hanusowski of Jonesboro; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Grant Finley; sisters, infant- Wanda Lee Boyd, Lavinia Geneva Boyd Gambill and Dorothy Boyd Reed.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Wade Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Log Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, March 4, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are David Richardson, Joe Richardson, Alex Hanusowski, Terry Carpenter, John Whitehead and Todd Himschoot and has honorary pallbearers, Colten Baker, Kyler Whitehead, Allen Griffin and Chris Simmons.

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.

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