Obituaries

Rachel Edna Whittingham

   Rachel Edna Whittingham, 84, of Jonesboro, passed away May 18, 2015. She was born August 1, 1930 in Birmingham, AL to the late John O. Lamons and Myrtle E. Cross Lamons. Mrs. Whittingham was the owner operator of Edna’s Alteration shop for 25 years, was a charter member of Westvale Baptist Church and will be remembered as a loving mother, sister grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include, two daughters, Donna Lumley and husband Ronnie of Jonesboro, Judy Sauser and husband Tony of Bono, one son, Ronnie Whittingham and wife Phyllis of Atlanta, GA, grandchildren, Andrew Lumley and wife Denise of Colt, Jenny Buhler and husband Lynn of Trumann, Cody Sauser and wife Sarah of Bono, Rachel Duck and husband Andrew of Fayetteville and Clayton Whittingham and wife Jessica of Marietta, GA, great- grandchildren, Lauren Lumley, Hannah Lumley, Brenna Lumley, Shelby Buhler, Jacob Sauser, Levi Sauser, Katie Sauser, James Whittingham and William Whittingham, brothers Johnny  Lamons of St. Louis, MO, James Lamons of Columbia SC and Bob Lamons of Charleston SC sisters, Margaret Williams of Jonesboro, Mary Taylor of Damascus, Janie Whittingham of West Plains, MO, Betty Burch of Marion, Nancy Hosman of Tyronza and Earline Sanford of Belvedere, IL.

Preceding her in death are her parents, her husband, Marion Earl Whittingham, brother, Carl Lee Lamons and a great grandchild, Molly Buhler.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Thursday May 21, 2015 in the chapel of Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home (300 W. Matthews Ave, Jonesboro AR 870-935-5566) with Richard Akins officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Cemetery in Bono.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6-8.

Lasting memorials may be made in her memory to the Bono Church of Christ food pantry

Michael Gregory Walker

1652720-R1-046-21ATrumann- Michael Gregory Walker, passed from this life at 10:30 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2015 at the age of 50 years, 11 months, and 23 days.

He was born May 26, 1964, to Grady Steven and Martha Blalock Walker in Jonesboro.

He was a graduate of the University Of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a 1982 graduate of Trumann High School and a member of the University Of Arkansas Alumni Association. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Martha Blalock Walker.

He is survived by his wife, Larra Grace Walker of the home; three step children, Megan (Scott) Clayton of Jonesboro, B.J. Heilman of Rogers and Reagan Heilman of Trumann; a brother, Steve (Laura) Walker of Denver, North Carolina; his father, Grady (Regina) Walker of Jonesboro and many nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held 10 am Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Darrell Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation https://www.kidney.org.

 

Homer Byrd

Jonesboro- Homer Byrd, 87, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015 at NEA Baptist Hospital.

He was born October 21, 1927 in Black Oak to the late Howard R. Byrd and Hattie Irene Byrd.

He was a school teacher at Lake City. He worked for the Arkansas State Plant Board for 36 years before retiring and then worked part time for U.S.D.A. He was a Christian and a U.S. Army WWII Veteran. Mr. Byrd was a Razorback fan and enjoyed hunting and farming. He was the proud recipient of the Arkansas Century Farm recently awarded to his family.

He was survived by his Wife, Dorothy Chambers Byrd of Jonesboro; two daughter and their husbands, Linda Byrd and Rick Willis of Corinth, MS and Sherri Byrd and Jeff Gossett of Franklin, TN; three grand-daughters, Courtney Willis Monaghan and her husband Micah of Corinth, MS, Mary Beth Willis of Florence, AL and Sara Gossett Autry and her husband Harley of Greenbrier, TN; three great-granddaughters, Grace, Mae and Ivy Monaghan all of Corinth, MS and many nephews and nieces.

A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Eddie Dunigan officiating.  Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

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

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Steve Smith, Harley Autry, Micah Monaghan, Ronnie Qualls, Cade Qualls and Danny Dunigan and as honorary pallbearers are Rick Willis, Jeff Gossett, James Bevill, Harold “Red” Bevill and Billie Rex Taylor.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Paragould Children’s Home 5515 Walcott Rd. Paragould, AR 72450.

 

 

 

Wilma House

Jonesboro- Wilma House, 91, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born July 27, 1923 in Cash to the late Houston and Addie May Coursey Hanks.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Wayne House and a grandson, Steve House.

She is survived by three sons and their wives, Sherman and Evonda House of Jonesboro, Sam and Debbie House of Jonesboro and Kenneth and Rhonda House of Mt. Home; four grandchildren, Dewayne House, Jennifer House Smith, Ryan House and Karissa House; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were private and were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Donnie Russell

Jonesboro- Donnie Wayne Russell, 63, passed away Monday May 11, 2015 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 20, 1951 in Jonesboro to L. B. Russell and Patricia Wise Russell. Donnie retired from the City of Jonesboro Street Department. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and was of the Baptist belief.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Carter Russell; two sons, Johnny Russell and Billy Russell both of Jonesboro.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am Friday, May 15, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Hart officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the funeral home at 300 W. Matthews Ave.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Herman Island, Bruce Woods, Virgil Newberry, Lynn Tackett, Randy Holland and Steve Tippitt and as honorary pallbearers, Jeff Townsend the members of the City of Jonesboro Street Department.

 

 

Billie Jewel Birdsong

Jonesboro- Billie Jewel Birdsong, 80, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born March 30, 1935 in Red Onion to the late Joseph Stewart and Montie Phillips Stewart Wagner. She graduated from Bay High School. She worked at Frolic Footwear, a sitter for the elderly, worked at Shur Value Stamp Store and was owner and operator of Ceramic Studio. She retired from Methodist Hospital (now NEA Baptist). She love to go to the lake, bowl, read, do ceramics and spend time with her family especially her grandchildren.

She was survived by her children, Diane Birdsong of Jonesboro, Kenny Birdsong of Needham, Bruce Birdsong (Michelle) of Searcy and Brenda Birdsong Waters (Eugene) of Jonesboro; two brothers, Oscar Stewart of St. Louis and Jerry  Wagner of Olive Branch, Mississippi; a sister, Joan Wagner Freeman of Benton; seven grandchildren, Danielle Birdsong Wildrick (Joel) of Jonesboro, Jessica Birdsong of Trumann, Seth Birdsong of Brownsville, TN, Hunter Birdsong and Haden Birdsong both of Searcy, Brittany Waters and Erin Waters both of Jonesboro; a great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her step-father, William Wagner; three brothers, Joe Stewart, Dale Stewart and John “Dub” Wagner.

A celebration of her life will be held Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 11:00 am at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

 

 

Willa Mae Brewer

arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Harvey Allen Cox Jr.

 

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Harvey Allen Cox, Jr., 70, passed away May 2, 2015 at his home in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

After serving in the Navy on the USS America, he found his calling in television news as a Photographer at WAVY TV in 1969 and worked his way up into a long, storied, and award-winning career. Most recently, Harvey spent 10 years as News Director at WMGM in Atlantic City, NJ. He also spent time at KAIT in Jonesboro and WSPA in Greenville-Spartanburg, SC. He won numerous awards for his teams’ local news coverage, including an Emmy at WDBO (now WKMG) in Orlando, FL. Despite the awards, he was most proud of those he mentored and worked with in their careers.

He was born February 15, 1945 in Queens, NY, the only thing Harvey loved more than his work and the New York Mets, was his family.

He is survived by the family he adored: his wife of nearly 45 years, Marie A. Cox; his six children: Kerry A. Croucier (Richard) of Torrance, California, James Cox (Amy) of Glen Allen ,Virginia, Lynn Wilcox (Charley) of Jonesboro, Paul Cox (Ellena) of Bono, Robin Holcomb (Brad) of Paragould, and Robert Cox of the home; and 14 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass will be noon Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Jack Vu officiating. Interment will be private at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery in Birdeye under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 

 

Maxine Gibson

Lake City – Maxine Gibson, 90, passed away Thursday April 30, 2015 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice.

She was born January 10, 1925 in Jonesboro to the late James Jefferson and Mae Williford Asbill.   Maxine and J. D. Gibson married November 4, 1939 and enjoyed 63 years together till he passed in 2002.  She loved being with her family and friends, raising a vegetable garden and flowers, listening to books on tape, trips to the lake, fishing with her late husband and eating at Fishboat Restaurant. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church.

Survivors include her seven children, L D Gibson (Alma) of Trumann, Shirley Gibson, Deloros Gibson, Mary “Kay” Gibson all of Lake City, Ronnie Gibson (Linda) of Jonesboro, Larry Gibson (Karalee) of Lake City and Terry Gibson (Judith) of Forrest City; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Monday, May 4, 2015 in the Chapel of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home 300 W. Matthews Ave. Jonesboro, 870-935-5566, with Rev. David Mote Jr. and Jimmy Griffin officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Log Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3:00 until 5:00 pm at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Kevin Griffin, Noah Griffin, Mason Griffin, David Gibson, David Fletcher and Zack Nichols

and as honorary pallbearers, David Mote Sr. and Joe Gibson.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House or Pine Log Cemetery.

Gladys Marie Hancock

Walcott- Gladys Marie Hancock, 88, passed away April 26, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two brothers, two sisters and a daughter. She loved working outside and mowing her yard. She was of Baptist faith.

She is survived by her son, Jesse (Lisa) Hancock of Light, AR; a daughter, Euretha (Rick) Schuetze of El Paso, Arkansas and a son-in-law, Larkin “Buster” Penny of Paragould; three grandchildren, Robert Penny, Diannia Morsi and Vanessa Haynes; eleven great-grandchildren and four brothers.

Graveside services and viewing will be Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 10:00 am at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lorado with Rev. Raymond Atwood officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family asks for no flowers, memorial may be sent to Light Baptist Church, c/o David Pratt P.O. Box 1  Light, AR 72439.

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