Obituaries

James Winford Craig

James Winford Craig, 79, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born December 1, 1934 in Caraway to the late Otis and Olar Carpenter Craig. Mr. Craig owned and operated a cosmetology business in Nettleton for many years.

He is survived by a son, Steven Craig; a special friend, Thelma Tice; a brother, Roy Craig; four sisters, Patsy Coberdale, Donna White, Linda Lederman and Sandra Passmore; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Craig; two brothers, Ottice Craig and Charles Craig; two sisters, Peggy Claridge and Glenda Cole.

A graveside service to celebrate of his life will be 11:30 am Monday, July 7, 2014 at Pine Log Cemetery with Josh Craig officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 am, Monday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Mathews Ave.

 

Troy Davis Cooper

Bono- Troy Davis Cooper, 61, passed away, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born May 5, 1953 in Lepanto. Mr. Cooper worked for Riceland Foods in Waldenburg for forty years.  He was a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and gardening and loved his family and family gatherings.

He was survived by his wife, Oleta Cooper; a son, Kevin Cooper of Bono; his father, Cheseldene Cooper of Bono; two sisters and their husbands, Sherry and Larry Clark of Jonesboro and Patricia and Carlos Wood of Bono; three brothers and their wives, Ron and Michelle Cooper of Bono, Douglas and Carolyn Cooper of Jonesboro and Marco and Yvonne Cooper of Smithville; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Jean Harlan Cooper.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, July 5, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Kelly Rowe officiating.  Burial will follow at Markham Cemetery near Egypt.

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

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Charles Thielemier, Dustin Thielemier, Chad Moore, Hunter Moore, Brandon Wood and Josh Parks and as honorary pallbearers, Mike Cole and Greg Arender.

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

J. C. Tate

Jonesboro- J. C. Tate, 72, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 in Jonesboro.

He was born September 28, 1941 in Walnut Ridge to the late Clifford and Beulah Tate. He worked for FMC for eighteen years as a spray painter.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Tate; three daughters, Lisa Qualls (Danny) of Jonesboro, Tina Tate of Oklahoma and Crystal Bryant (Benny) of Paragould; two step-children, Johniefaye Jennings of New Madrid, Missouri and Michael Wilkerson (Lynda) of Hardy; a brother, Earl Tate of Wisconsin; a sister, Emmarann Ballard of Hoxie; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Cletus Tate and a sister, Inez Tate.

A graveside service will be 10:00 am Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Larry Kendrick officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

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

 

 

Margie Patton

Bono- Margie Patton, 71, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014.

 She was born August 19, 1942 in Egypt to the late Otto and Justine Henson.  Mrs. Patton was a member of the Central Baptist Church. She retired after twenty years as manager of Quality Stamp Store. She loved taking care of kids and served as Girl Scout Leader for several years and was an avid Elvis fan. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and aunt.

 She is survived by her children, Pamela Collins (Marvin) of Jonesboro, Penni Pratt (Johnny) of Sharpsburg, GA, Paula Sprinkle (Chris) of Sesser, IL and Jillian Tibbett (Zach) of Hernando, MS; a sister, Sharon Bond (Ralph) of St. Louis; six grandchildren, Natalie Brown, Matthew Garland, Jonathan Pratt, Callison Pratt, Angel Collins and Marvin Collins Jr.; a great-grandchild, Miranda Brown; two special friends, Bill and Aliene Clifft; a special pet, Skye and several nieces and nephews.

 A celebration of her life will be 7:00 pm Friday, June 27, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dan Tibbett officiating. Burial will be private.

 The family will receive friends from 5:00 until time of service at the funeral home.

 Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Allen Nixon Jr., Bill Clifft, Marvin Collins, Johnny Pratt, Zach Tibbett, Ralph Bond and Robert Garland.

 

Bill Raymond Welch

Bill Raymond Welch, 91, passed away on 24 June 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Mr. Welch was born on 9 April 1923 at Rutherford, TN, to the late Willie Hugh Welch and Dovie (Finch) Welch of RoEllen, TN.  He was a World War II veteran and served as a Navy SeaBee in North Africa and Italy.  He met Dorothy Jean Raguse of Otwell while working in the Jonesboro area and they married on 14 December 1943.  Returning from the war he worked in heavy pipeline construction spanning the US until he began rice and soybean farming by renting the Raguse–Kluesner land in 1967 – retiring in 1984.  He was very outgoing and made friends everywhere as he worked and then traveled during retirement. He was fondly known as “Beaver Bill” for his ability to trap beaver that threatened the farm.  He travelled to Little Rock during the 70’s and won an appeal made to the Arkansas Public Service Commission which was authorizing a major electric transmission line that would have dissected and again threatened his farming business.  On 14 December 2013, he and Dorothy celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and were interviewed and featured in an article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette titled “Auburn Haired Beauty was a Feast for His Eyes”, chronicling their 70 years of love, courtship, and marriage.  He was a member of the Otwell Christian Church. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Jean and four children; Sharon Welch-Blair (Robert), Little Rock; Jerry Welch (Barbara), West Memphis, Debra Marks (Mark-deceased), Houston, TX, and Michelle Welch, Little Rock; eight grandchildren;  Stephen Blair (Lisa), Wendy Nelson (Daniel), Jenifer Paschall (John),  Jeremy Welch,  Jonathan Welch (Pam), Christiana Marks, Colton Marks, Claire Marks and eight great-grandchildren; Jena  and Samuel Blair, Jacque and Zachery Denley, Hannah and Luke Paschall, Abigail Welch, and Aayden Heitzman. 

 He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sylvia Welch Gutherie, and his brother, the Reverend Julian Welch. 

 A celebration of his life will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Jim Roberts officiating.  Burial will follow at Keller’s Chapel Cemetery with military honors.

 Visitation will be from noon to time of service at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers, Stephen Blair, Sam Blair, Jonathan Welch, Jeremy Welch, Colton Marks, Ronnie Cox and as honorary pallbearers, Robert Blair, Henry Sharp, John Paschal, Luke Paschall, Zachery Denley, Rock Guthrie, Dave Guthrie, Bill Jo Adams, Billy Wilkins, David Wilkins, Neal Puckett, Dale Alexander and Lindy Alexander.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Kellers Chapel Cemetery c/o JD Lewis 707 Amberwood Cove, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or Otwell Christian Church 46 CR 221 Jonesboro, AR 72404

Vondal Ray Henson

Bono- Vondal Ray Henson, 72, passed away Monday, June 23, 2014 in Searcy.

 He was born January 5, 1942 in Bono to the late Mace and Hilda Henson.

 He is survived by his wife, Quandoline Henson; two daughters, Flisha Collins of Imboden and Loretta Couch (Randy) of Pocahontas; three step-children, Patricia Stone (Robert), Junior Taylor and Larry Taylor (Brenda); three nieces, Shirley Lard, Helen Pierce and Donna Allen; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Fay Rouse and Vida Mae Weaver.

 Graveside service 2:00 pm Friday at Oak Ridge Cemetery near Bono.

 Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 

Opal Mae Pierce

Jonesboro – Opal Mae Pierce of Jonesboro, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital at the age of 95.  She was born on August 17, 1918 to the late Ed and Sallie McDaniel Lewis in Otwell.

Mrs. Pierce was a homemaker and retired from Frolic Footwear in Jonesboro.  She loved sewing, gardening, flowers and her dog, Candy.   She was a member of Otwell Christian Church.

Mrs. Pierce is survived by two sons and their wives, George Edward and Ann Pierce of Jonesboro, and Gary and Monica Pierce of Clarksville; three grandchildren and spouses, Tammy and J.D. Mays, Crystal and Bryan Nichols, and Matthew Hudspeth; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Pierce, an infant daughter, Sue Jane Pierce; granddaughter, Staci Hudspeth; brother, Bennie Lewis and two infant brothers.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, June 12, 2014, at McDaniel Cemetery near Jonesboro with Mitch Ford officiating.  No visitation is scheduled.  Services are entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

The family request lasting memorials be made to Otwell Christian Church, 46 CR 221, Jonesboro, AR  72404.

Personal condolence may be made to the Pierce family at www.mcnabbfuneralhomes.com

Todd Passmore

Jonesboro- Todd Passmore, 49, died Thursday June 5, 2014 at NEA Baptist Hospital.

He was born January 20, 1965 in Jonesboro to Martin Passmore and Carolyn Lucille Hoggard Passmore. Mr. Passmore was the former owner and operator of Martin’s Cleaners in Jonesboro. He worked in the maintenance department for Whitley and Associates in Jonesboro. He enjoyed boating, fishing, playing guitar, he was a real joker and an outdoorsman. Todd was a 1983 graduate of Nettleton High School and was a member of Community of Christ Church. He loved his mother and father dearly.  Todd Loved being the life of the party. His Laughter was contagious and he could cheer up a room. His heart was always for the down-trodden and Jesus used him many, many times to do acts of kindness anonymously. Jesus escorted him home to rest and left his memory for us to cherish.

He is survived by his parents, Martin and Carolyn Passmore of Jonesboro; a brother,  Neil Passmore and his wife Tammy of Pace, FL; two nieces, Victoria and Mary Ruth Passmore of Pace, FL; a step-daughter, Sophie Bea Bonds and her mother Jeannie Bonds of  Jonesboro and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

He is preceded by his grandparents Velma and Chester Hoggard and Virgil and Mary Passmore.  

A celebration of his life will be held 2pm Sunday June 8, 2014 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout funeral Home with ministers Joan Primm and Bruce Primm officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Cemetery near Bono. Arrangement have been entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Friends may visit at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home 300 W. Matthews  on Saturday June 7, 2014 from 6 to 8 pm.

To serve as pallbearers are Gabriel Gartman, Steve Primm, Tim Cooper, Hugh Walton, Jason Whitley and Audie Cox and as honorary pallbearers are Mary Jane Peace, Mike Massanelli, Jimmy Lasley, Dick Tangeman, Virgle Passmore, and Mike Johnson

Those wishing to give lasting memorial the family has asked to consider Kids Bible Club c/o Community of Christ 425 Richmond Ave. Jonesboro AR 72401.

Personal condolence can be made to the Passmore family at www.mcnabbfuneralhome.com

 

Gwendolyn Margaret Trotter

Jonesboro- Gwendolyn Margaret Trotter, 89, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

 She was born August 21, 1924 in Leachville to the late Charley and Violet Nanney. Mrs. Trotter was a homemaker and a devoted Christian, mother and grandmother.

 She is survived by her children, Charles Trotter of Jonesboro, Teddy Trotter (Martha) of Bay, Linda Richardson of Paragould, Terry Trotter (Lisa) of Cherokee Village and Brenda Woods of Jonesboro; two sisters, Ruth Perryman of Tipton, California and Fayon Finley of Jonesboro; thirteen grandchildren, Allen Trotter (Carol) of Jonesboro, Amy Seymour (Reynolds), Michael Trotter (Mandy), Steven Trotter (Linda) and Joseph Trotter all of Bay, Tony Trotter, Phillip Trotter (Ciara), Tara Joplin (Matt), Morgan James and Glenda Boren Watson all of Jonesboro, Adam Warren, Joshua Warren (Jennifer) of Jacksonville and Laura Prior of Jonesboro; sixteen great-grandchildren.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Ray Trotter; a son, Darrell Trotter; a grandson, Jeffrey Trotter; two brothers and three sisters.

 A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Friday, June 6, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel, 300 W. Matthews Ave with Dr. John Miles officiating. Burial to follow at Manning Cemetery near Sedgwick.

 Family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the funeral home.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Ron Boling, Tony Trotter, Phillip Trotter, Allen Trotter, Joshua Warren, Michael Trotter, Matt Joplin and Adam Warren.

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

Ruby E. Norwood

Bay- Ruby E. Norwood, 91, passed Monday, June 2, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 She was born May 15, 1923 in Leachville to the late Carbert and Pearl Kinder Rodgers. She lived most of her life in Bay. She was a homemaker and had worked for Coca-Cola Company in Jonesboro. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and canning and loved to go to her church, Bay Church of Christ. Mrs. Norwood loved her children and grandchildren.

 She is survived by her children and their spouses, Betty and Quention Fletcher of Trumann, Brenda and Jack Spencer of Branson, Missouri and Larry and Beverly Norwood of Bay and Barbara Busby of Huntsville; a brother and his wife, Jerry and Judy Rodgers of Lunsford; a grandson whom she raised, Kevin Norwood of Trumann; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

 She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Norwood; a daughter, Joyce Mink; a son, James Darrell Norwood; a sister and two brothers.

 A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Bay Church of Christ with Marvin Rickett and Mark Brewer officiating. Burial to follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Bay Church of Christ.                     

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Carbert Rodgers, Jimmy Rodgers, Phillip Rodgers, Donnie Rodgers, Allen Rogers and Henry Rodgers and as honorary pallbearers, Derrick Mink, Wade Boyd, Ernie Boyd, Kevin Norwood, Justin Norwood, Jason Spencer, Melvin Mink, Freddie Lee and Brandon Mink.

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

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