Obituaries

Thelma D. Blancett

Jonesboro- Thelma D. Blancett, 45, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Flo & Phil Hospice House.
   She was born August 22, 1968 in Kennett, Missouri to the late George and Alberta Bateman. Thelma was a homemaker and will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend.
   She is survived by her sons, Eddie Joe Forbs and Justin Wyatt Forbs; a sister, Cindy Mullen; two brothers, Dewayne Bateman and George Bateman; many nieces and nephews.
   She was also preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Lewis and a brother, Jerry Bateman.
   A memorial service to celebrate her life will be 6:00 pm Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel.

Irl Luella Martin

Gassville- Mrs. Irl Luella Martin, 76, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

She was born April 11, 1938 in Oregon County, Missouri to the late Arlie and Eunice Hays. Upon graduation from Couch High School moved to Jonesboro to attend Beauty School. While in school she met and married Charles Martin and they made their home in Jonesboro. He preceded her in death in 1997. She was a retired beautician and worked most of her career at Magic Hour Beauty Shop which she also owned for several years.

She was a member of the Nettleton Baptist Church, where she was active in her Sunday School class and singing in the choir. She loved spending time with her family, friends and also her church family. She loved her fifty years of doing hair and making “her ladies” feel and look beautiful.

She was also preceded in death by a step-mother, Laverne Hays and a brother, Raymond Hays.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharlene Martin (Dave Blume) of Lakeview; a grandson and his wife, Nick and Charlotte McGowan of Bono; a granddaughter, Mandy Williams (Brad Holloway) of Puxico, MO; three sisters, Carolee Barton and Betty Hendrix (Bill) of Thayer, MO and Reva Baker (Sherman) of Ozark, MO; a sister-in-law, Reverta Hays of Poplar Bluff, MO and several adoring nieces and nephews.

A celebration her life will be 10:00 am Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Loren Barton officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 pm at Ary Town Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Thayer, Missouri.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, August 1, 2014 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Nettleton Baptist Church, the Alzheimer’s Foundation or charity of givers choice.

Freda Mae Worden

Jonesboro- Freda Mae Worden, 85, formerly of Jacksonville passed away Monday, July 28, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born December 9, 1928 in Cash to the late Clayton and Effie Thetford Jordan. Mrs. Worden worked at the phone company, Franklin Electric and was a pet groomer. She loved to fish and crochet. She was a member of the Bono Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Loretta Thornton (William Lyvone) of Bono, Marsha Davis (Woody) of Hampshire, Illinois, Paula Bumgardner (Roger) of Navarre, Florida and Jimmy Worden (Sharon) of Cabot; a sister, Johnnie Gibson Lammers (Burnis) of Jonesboro; a brother, Edward Jordan (Edith Jane) of Springdale; six grandchildren, Laura Gale, Amanda Vickers, Shelly Copeland, Kyle Davis, Curtis Davis and Jared Bumgardner; eight great-grandchildren and a furry four-legged pet, Bo.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, James E. Worden; a brother, Tommy Jordan and nephews, Tommy Jordan Jr and Darral Jordan.

A celebration of her life will be 11:00 am Friday, August 1, 2014 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Woody Davis and Pastor Jeff Neeley officiating. Burial to follow at Herman Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, July 31, 2014 at Gregg –Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers, Kyle Davis, Jared Bumgardner, Cody Vickers, Bill Copeland, Paul Gale and Larry Naylor, and as honorary pallbearers, James McKinney and Norman Pittman.

Juanita Adams

Jonesboro- Juanita Adams, 91, passed away Saturday July 26, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. She was born, April 14, 1923 in Lake City to the late A.M. Carner and Ora Adcock Carner, She was a farmer’s wife who enjoyed quilting, gardening, raising flowers and children. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, Coy Adams, daughter, Anita Tennant, sisters Leavourn Mcgough, Bonnie Carner, Bettye Emerick, and Sarah Overman, brothers, Eugene “Bootsie” Carner and Raymond “Hatchet” Carner, and one grandson, Ricky Lynn Adams

Survivors include, her sons, Dennis Adams of Jonesboro, Larry Adams and wife Ann of Bono, sister, Norma Stotts, brothers, Billy Joe Carner and wife, Juanita, Marion Buddy Carner and wife, Linda, six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.

 

The family would like to thank Sam from EAAAA and the staff of  Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House for their kind care and loving support.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Tuesday July 29, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 West Matthews Ave., Jonesboro with a graveside funeral following at 1:00 p.m. in Pine Log Cemetery, Pastor Doug Wellborn officiating.

Allen Darrell Coleman

Jonesboro- Allen Darrell Coleman, 73, departed this life on July 21, 2014, after a long battle with lung cancer.  He was born June 3, 1941, in Craighead County, the eleventh child of Watson Monroe Coleman and Mary Lucretia Meeker Coleman.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers Alvie Monroe Coleman (Dorothy), Ernest Euen Coleman (Joy), Kenneth Leon Coleman, and infant Sammy Eugene Coleman; sisters, Thelma R. Garrison (Charles), Betty Lou Overman (Glenn), and infant girl Mary Jean.

He is survived by daughter Tracy Coleman and son-in-law Pat Hayward of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sisters, Flora Edith Henderson (Don) of Saginaw, Texas, and Nola June Houston (Arnold) of Jonesboro; brothers, Donald Lee Coleman, Carl Everett Coleman (Javene), Gary Dale Coleman (Carolyn), all of Jonesboro; and many nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Darrell served in the U. S. Army in the 1960s.  Living in Rockford, IL, and Brownsville, TX, he owned Mister Donut franchises.  After returning to Jonesboro in 1983, he owned First National Donut in Paragould.  Most recently he was employed by and retired from FedEx in Jonesboro.

Memorial services celebrating Darrell’s life and legacy will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 West Matthews Ave., Jonesboro.

Those wishing to leave a lasting memorial may consider: Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202; or Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1138 E. Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

 

 

Peggy LaRose Johnson

Jonesboro- Peggy LaRose Johnson, 70, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

She was born January 13, 1944 in Lepanto to the late George and Henrietta Shockley Cantrell.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking and sewing. She will be remember as a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children,  Paul Johnson, Jim Johnson and wife Connie and Jerry Johnson all of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Matt Johnson, Dillon Johnson, Keith Hammett, Ashley Partain, Michael Hammett, Tiffany Hall and Vanessa Hammett; eleven great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rosalie Hammett; six brothers and sisters.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Log Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the funeral home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are her grandsons, Matt Johnson, Dillon Johnson, Keith Hammett, Earnest Hall, Bobby Partain and Michael Hammett.

Vivian Thacker

Brookland- Vivian Savannah Thacker, 96, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

She was both October 19, 1917 to Matthew and Mae Griffin. She was raised at Farrville and attended Clinton School. She was married to J. E. “Ellzy” Thacker in 1940. She assisted him in farming in Brookland. She retired at General Electric in Jonesboro with twenty-two years of service. She was a member of the NEA Baptist Auxiliary for eighteen years. Vivian was a fifty-two year breast survivor.

She became a Christian and was baptized as a young girl at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and later joined Brookland United Methodist with her husband. She was faithful in her church, a member of the UMW and served on several committees.

She will be remembered for her unconditional love for others, her giving spirit and for keeping a positive attitude. Throughout her life she was loved by many and she will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched. Her family credits her as a mentor, a good example and always encouraging them to “never give up.” She was a great cook and many folks requested her coconut pies.

She is survived by her daughters, Helen Jane (John) Bishop and Margie (Jerry) Crocker of Brookland; her granddaughter, Cari (Coy) Boyd of Jonesboro; great-grandchildren, Eden Elliott of Little Rock and Trey, Lucas and Cade Boyd of Jonesboro; a niece, Dorothy Scarbrough of West Memphis and nephews, Harold Thacker, Perry Thacker and Johnny Griffin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellzy Thacker; her parents, Matthew and Mae Griffin; her granddaughters, Kati Mae Bishop and Ashley Crocker Elliott; a sister, Lora Boling; two brothers, Jesse and William Griffin.

Serving as pallbearers: Keith Blackman, Jerry Whitten, Andy Griffin, Merle Rupard, Charles Weathers and Bert Cole. Honorary pallbearers are Larry Pitman and Jerry Donohue.

Visitation is Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm with Dr. Stan Ballard officiating.  Private burial will be at Macedonia Cemetery.

Special thanks to Plantation Home in Trumann for their loving care and to all her caregivers.

Lasting memorials may be made to Brookland United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 361 Brookland, AR 72417 or Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1940 CR 712, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

 

Joyce Lamkin

Jonesboro- Joyce Lamkin, 67, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born April 6, 1947 in Jonesboro to the late Dewey and Willie Webb Smith.  She was a homemaker and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and her family and enjoyed music and animals.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Lamkin; a son and his wife, Dr. Tony Lamkin and Chrissie of Batesville; two granddaughters, Ashley Lamkin and Anna Lamkin both of Batesville; four sisters, Realma Bradley, Elwanda Taylor, her twin sister – Lois Smithee and husband Joe and Lisa Smith all of Jonesboro; her mother-in-law, Ruby Lamkin of Jonesboro.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, David Bradley and Johnny Taylor.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Friday, July 18, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Doug Ferris officiating. Burial will follow at Union Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Michael Lamkin, Rodney Lamkin, Tommy Smith, Clay Houston, Chris Posey and Nathan Harrell.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House or Cornerstone Baptist Church, 2821 Forrest Home Road, Jonesboro, AR 72401

 

 

Ray South

Lake City- Ray South, 88, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 in North Little Rock.

He was born August 14, 1925 in Lake City to the late Ed and Willa South. Mr. South served his country proudly in the United States Air Forces. He graduated from Arkansas State University and worked for the Department of Agriculture as a soil conservationist in Northeast Arkansas. He enjoyed gardening and traveling and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake City and the Lion’s club.

He is survived by three daughters Dr. Karen Leonard and husband John, Lisa Brannum and husband Sam and Susan Cheesman; grandchildren, Mark Kemp, William Cheesman, Michelle Cheesman and Melanie Cheesman; great-grandchildren, Kadin Kemp, Noah Kemp, Luke Kemp, Cara Kemp, Sophia Harmon, Fiona Harmon and Jamieson Harmon; three sisters, Marie Wall, Ruby Caldwell and Ida Barker and husband Harold.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Walton South; a son-in-law, Allen Cheesman; a brother, J W South; two sisters, his twin- Fay South and Edna Qualls.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Jon Lorch officiating. Burial will follow.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1:30 pm Saturday at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Gary Qualls, Kim Barker, Ted Qualls, Dr. Eddy Caldwell, Greg James and Mark Kemp and as honorary pallbearers, William Cheesman,  Harold Barker, John Leonard and Sam Brannum.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or to a local veteran’s group.

Elsie Edith Coleman

Poplar Bluff- Elsie Edith Sullins Coleman, 96, formerly of Jonesboro passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff.

She was born on April 14, 1918 in Grubbs to the late Charles David and Minnie Johns Sullins (Dr. McCurry delivered Mrs. Coleman on April 14 but by the time he got home he entered her birth date as April 15th). On June 10, 1939, she married Julius A. Coleman, son of William Thomas and Gertrude Pyle Coleman. Julius passed away on April 4, 1998. Elsie was a member of the Highland Drive Church of Christ in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Wilma and John Arnold of Poplar Bluff and Mary and Ken Cannady of Horseshoe Bend; six grandchildren, Dana Arnold Cooke, Cheryl Arnold Wilson, Greg Cannady, Karen Cannady Rogers, Sharon Cannady King and Joel Arnold; ten great-grandchildren, Kimberly Long Shaw, Whitney Long Barnes, Colby Rogers, Joseph King Jr., Amy Wilson, Blake Rogers, Scott Wilson, Joshua King, Carrie Arnold and Caleb Arnold; one great-great-grandson, Jace Michael Shaw; a brother and his wife, Dean and Donna Sullins of Greenville, Texas; sister-in-law, Ava Young of North Little Rock.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Ernest, Cecil, Earl and Olan Sullins.

A celebration of her life will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Terry Joe Kee officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Sam Barnett, Randy Oden, Joel Arnold, Greg Cannady, Josh King and Blake Rogers and as honorary pallbearers, Elders of Highland Dr. Church of Christ in Poplar Bluff and Tom Carter, Charles Lancaster, Mark North and Ralph Nelson.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the Children’s Home in Paragould, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450

 

 

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