Obituaries

Minnie Ellen Lindt Cooksey

Minnie Ellen Lindt Cooksey, 91, of Jonesboro, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014, at the home of her daughter.

Minnie was the second-born of ten children to the late Otto and Mable Lindt on February 11, 1922, in Barber County, Kansas.  Her family lived in Kansas and Oklahoma before moving to Arkansas where she graduated from Berryville High School in 1940.  Following graduation, she moved to Jonesboro and worked as a seamstress at Lamberth’s Cleaners and Clark’s Cleaners prior to her marriage to Lotus Cooksey, Jr. on December 7, 1941.  She then worked at Eagle Department Store until the couple opened Cooksey’s Flower Shop in 1955.

She was a member of the Cornerstone United Methodist Church (formerly Huntington Avenue United Methodist Church) where she was involved in the United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School and served on various committees.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lotus Cooksey, Jr.; two brothers, Richard Lindt and Charles Lindt; and one sister, Betty Hawkins.

Minnie is survived by three children, Janelle Cooksey, Henry Cooksey (Linda), and Dr. Lynita Cooksey (Dr. Larry Hilburn), all of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Amy Cooksey of Jonesboro, Will Cooksey of Minneapolis, MN, and Jessica Mathews (Ross) of Hot Springs; two great-grandchildren, Malachi and Vera Grace Mathews; five sisters, Helen Lamb and Ida Payne of Kingman, KS, Opal Shoumake of Berryville, AR, Marguerite (Otis) Hamby of Temple, TX, and Joretta (Myron) Schwinn of St. George, KS; and one brother, John Lindt (Jonnie Ruth) of Berryville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Chris Hemund officiating.  Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday Evening at the funeral home.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Those wishing to send memorials may consider Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 1910 Disciple Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or a charitable organization of choice. Personal condolences may be made to the Cooksey family at www.mcnabbfuneralhomes.com.

Mrs. Wanda Grace Vance

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Mrs. Wanda Grace Vance of Jonesboro, departed this life Friday, January 17, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, at the age of 94.

She was born September 15, 1919 in Whitten, AR, the daughter of David Franklin Sellers and Sarah East Sellers.  Wanda worked for their construction company for over 52 years before retiring.  She was the rock of her family and loved spending time with them.  She also loved her church family at the First United Methodist Church. 

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, David and Sarah Sellers, her husband of 66 years, Howard Grant Vance, and 12 siblings.

 She is survived by one daughter, Ann Bailey and her husband Don, two sons, Gene Vance and his wife Peggy, and David Vance and his wife Alice, all of Jonesboro, as well as 6 grandchildren, Dr. Patrick Bailey of Phoenix, AZ, Greg Vance of Jonesboro, David Vance II, of Jonesboro, Derek Vance of Jonesboro, Seketheia Vance of Jonesboro, and Shelley Teat of Jonesboro, 6 great grandchildren and numerous neices and nephews that were special to her. 

Visitation has been set for Sunday evening, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Atrium. 

Graveside services will be 8:00 a.m. Monday at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. John Miles and Rev. Patti Sword officiating.  There will be a Memorial Service following the graveside at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church. 

Her sons, sons in law, grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. 

Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro has been entrusted with all arrangements.

Personal condolences may be made online to the Vance family at www. mcnabbfuneralhomes.com.

Janet Suzanne Elder

Elder, Janet- fBrookland- Janet Suzanne Elder, 30, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

 She was born April 9, 1983 in Jonesboro to Ralph and Brenda Mink Elder. She will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister and aunt.

 She is survived by her parents, Ralph and Brenda Elder of Brookland; a sister and her husband, ReGina and Aaron Farley; two brothers, Chad Elder and wife, Lacey and Blake Elder all of Brookland; eight nieces and nephews, Patrick Farley, Emily Farley, Chandler Elder, Kendall Elder, Cayden Elder, McKenzie Page, Eli Page and Emma Elder; special caregivers, Kathryn Persfull and Mrs. Pearline.

 She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lestel and Edith Elder; Albert and Lorene Mink and a nephew, Hayden Elder.

 A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am, Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Becker officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Log Cemetery.

 The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Friday, January 17, 2014 at the funeral home.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Aaron Farley, Chad Elder, Blake Elder, Patrick Farley, Bryan Shipman and Eric Watson  and as honorary pallbearers Wilson Shipman and Chandler Elder.

 A special thank you to all of her former caregivers, NEA –Brookland Medical Staff, NEA ICU Staff and fifth floor staff.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to Brookland Baptist Church, P.O. Box 417 Brookland, AR 72417

Robert Allen Gambill Sr.

Aurora, North Carolina – Robert Allen Gambill Sr., 67, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 He was born on August 2, 1946 in Jonesboro to the late James and Margaret Gambill. He was a graduate of Arkansas State University with his BS in Engineering. Mr. Gambill retired as an engineer from Hamilton- Beach and Proctor-Silex. He retired to Isle Vue Beach, North Carolina, where he had many friends and enjoyed carpentry as well as fishing and working on his garden. He will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather and brother.

 He is survived by his children, Robert A. Gambill Jr. (Ryllis) of Olive Branch, Mississippi, Kirsten Province of Jonesboro, Jacob Gambill (Katherine) of Jonesboro, Amanda Tynall (Scott) of Greenville, NC, Carrie Moyers (Brian) of Hernando, Mississippi, Christina Baldwin of Arlington, Tennessee and Emily Holbrook of Greenville; a sister, Cheryl Perry (Charlie) of Jonesboro; nine grandchildren and many friends at Isle Vue Beach.

 A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Hemund officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.

 Visitation will be from noon until 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 18, 2014  at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers are Charlie Harris, Carson Harris, Charlie Perry, Tim Penley, Trey Gambill and Blaine Province.

 Lasting memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society or Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 

 

James Lovell

Jonesboro- James A. Lovell, 82, passed away  Wednesday January 15, 2014 at his residence.

He was born November 6, 1931 in Locust Grove to the late Herney Horace Lovell and Ora Erasie Richardson Lovell.

Mr. Lovell was retired after 20 years of service from the United States Air Force. After retirement, he was the manager for Firestone Store in Trumann, Sherwin-Williams paint store in Batesville, Fred’s in Jonesboro and also an insurance agent for Woodman of the World.  Mr. Lovell was a member American Legion and Retired Enlisted Mens Assoication.  He loved wood working and working in his garden. Mr. Lovell was of the Baptist belief.

He is survived by his wife Virginia Lovell of the home; two sons, Michael Lovell of Jonesboro and Jeffery Lovell and wife Melissa of Howell, Michigan; five grandchildren, Shanna Lyn Hunt, Andrew Colin Lovell, Jessica Michelle Lovell, Stephanie Nicole Lovell and Aaron Matthew Lovell; three great grandchildren, Neil Alexander Hunt, Dylan Michael Hunt and Kaitlyn Jewell Hunt; three nephews; Wayne Brinkley, Michael Brinkley and Larry “Buddy” Lovell.

He was proceded in death by a sister, Helen Ilene Brinkley; two brothers, Horace Lovell and H.C. Lovell.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 pm Monday January 20, 2014 at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral home at 300 W. Matthews in Jonesboro with Rev. Edward Pruett officating.Burial with military honors will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6.00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday January 19, 2014.

Honored to serve as pallberers are Andrew Lovell, Aaron Lovell, David Qualls, Danny Qualls, Bobby Hunt and Paul Summitt and as honrary pallberers will be members of the American Legion.

 

Barbara Jean Scull

Jonesboro- Barbara Jean Scull, 59, passed away Monday, January 13, 2014 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born July 22, 1954 in Pontiac, Michigan.

She enjoyed all kinds of arts and crafts and be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was survived by her husband, Richard Scull; her children, Autumn Martin (Kevin) and Eric Scull all of Jonesboro; her mother, Gracelene Dorsett of Jonesboro; her siblings, Doris Robinson (Gary) of Plano, Illinois, Dianna Johnson and Dillard “Tink” Wilson (Deborah) all of Ottawa, Illinois and Carrie Jo Smith (Jeff) of Millington, Illinois; two grandchildren, Alayna Grace Sparks and Kinley Marie Martin; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Roscoe Wilson and a brother, Danny Wilson.

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

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Lorado Cemetery with Eugene Merrill officiating.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dillard “Tink” Wilson, Kevin Martin, Eric Scull and Daniel Busby.

Lois Irene Lawson Flanagan Stroud

    Stroud, Lois -fJonesboro-Lois Irene Lawson Flanagan Stroud, 95, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

    She was born in Trumann, but lived in Craighead County most of her life.

   She retired from St. Bernards Medical Center where she worked as a certified nurse’s assistant. She love working outside, walking, and seeing all the beauties of God’s creations. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and a member of the senior Sunday School Class.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Terry Lawson; her husband, Marshall Stroud; a son, Terry Flanagan; three sisters, Lora Johnson, Cynthia Meeks and Dorothy Young; two brothers, Archie Lawson and Arnold Lawson.

     She is survived by her son and his wife, Dennis Dwight and Janice Flanagan; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel.

     A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Adrian Parker officiating with burial to follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

     Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dwight Flanagin, Sherman Drum, Mitchell Drum, Bob Chandler and Burl Turman.

     Lasting memorials may be sent to American Diabetes Association.

 

Riley Sloan Rainwater Jr.

Rainwater, SloanJonesboro- Riley Sloan Rainwater Jr., 89, passed away Thursday evening, January 9, 2014 at his home.

 He was born June 13, 1924 in Imboden to the late Riley Sloan Rainwater and Catherine Virginia Hatcher Rainwater. He married Sylvia Sue Spikes on December 27, 1950 and enjoyed forty-two years together until she passed in 1992.

 He attended Sloan-Hendrix Academy in Imboden, Hendrix College in Conway, U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Arkansas Law School in Little Rock and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

 In his early years, Mr. Rainwater operated a service station in Imboden, in partnership with his brother, William I. Rainwater, ran the family cotton gin business, worked at Citizens National Bank for many years and was an instructor in mathematics and chemistry at Little Rock University for several years.

 He was a member of the Arkansas Bar and U. S. Supreme Court Bar, was the Pulaski County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Lawrence County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and had a general practice of law at Walnut Ridge. He was an investor in farmland, hotel business and a purebred Angus Cattle Breeder. Mr. Sloan was a member of the American Angus Association, Purebred Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder, Purebred Belted Galloway Cattle Breeder and Belted Galloway Society of United States.

 He enjoyed working and helping his community, he was a charter member and the first President of the Kiwanis Club of Walnut Ridge, Jonesboro Industrial Development Corporation, was past president of the Arkansas Bankers Association and a board member of the Arkansas Community Foundation in Little Rock.

 He is survived by his nieces and nephews and their spouses, Virginia and Steve Cox, Jill and William I. Rainwater Jr. all of Jonesboro, Cassie and Alan Jean of Texarkana, Texas and Vickie and Ben Henry of Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Angie Rainwater of Jonesboro; many other family and friends

 He was also preceded in death by a brother, William I. Rainwater Sr.

 The family will receive friends at 10:00 am with a celebration of his life beginning at 11:00 am , Monday, January 13, 2014  at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Miles II and Weston Cox officiating.  Burial will be private.

 Lasting memorial may be sent to NEA Humane Society, 6111 E. Highland Dr. Jonesboro, AR 72401 or the Craighead County Community Foundation, 407 Union St. Jonesboro, AR 72401.

 

 

Lois Stroud

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Mamie Louise McLaughlin

Mrs. Mamie Louise McLaughlin of Hoxie, departed this life Friday, January 3, 2014 at her home at the age of 70. 

 She was born December 28, 1944 in Jonesboro, the daughter of Earl Granger and Effie Howlett Granger.  Mamie was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal Faith.  She loved gardening and flowers and enjoyed reading her Bible.  She especially loved spending time with her children and family.  She married Roy Patton on April 17, 1993 and they have enjoyed 21 years together. 

 She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Effie Granger; a son, Ronnie McLaughlin; a daughter, Sheila Darlene McLaughlin and 4 siblings, Herbert Granger, Billy Harold Granger, Chester Granger and Gertrude “Gerty” Oakes. 

 She is survived by her husband Roy Patton of the home; two sons, Johnny McLaughlin and his wife Kathy of Trumann, Terry McLaughlin and his wife Sherry of Jonesboro; two daughters, Tammie McLaughlin and Phyllis Stayton, both of Hoxie; three sisters, Lorena Granger of Jonesboro, Patricia K. Wessel of Jonesboro and Nancy Lawrence of Cloverbend; 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. 

 Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home Chapel in Jonesboro with interment to follow in Pine Log Cemetery. 

 Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday evening, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

 Pallbearers will be Timothy Harbin, David Combs, Curtis Combs, Jonathon McLaughlin, Thomas Shelton and Matt Butler. Honorary pallbearers will be Freddie Granger and Steven Granger.

 Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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