Obituaries

Gladys Ione Dowd Burns

Jonesboro – Gladys Ione Dowd Burns died Monday, January 25, 2016, just short of her 90th birthday.

She was born in King City, Missouri to the late Loretta Lilly and Erith Markle Dowd on January 31, 1926.  She married William Arthur Burns. Gladys was an Elder Emeritus at Highland Drive Christian Church. She had a lovely soprano voice and played ukulele with a local group. She took some art classes at Arkansas State University, where she also enrolled in her son, Richard Burns’ folklore class. In addition, she worked as an LVN and an activity director.  In recent years she won an annual beauty pageant at St. Elizabeth’s Place where she resided and was lovingly cared for by the staff.  Gladys adored her family, had a devout and caring nature and loved to inject humor into the lives of those around her.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Ralph and Candace Burns of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Richard and Marcia Burns of Jonesboro, Bill and Lorie Burns and David and Anne Burns all of Oklahoma City and Kathy and Tim Ittenbach of Ocoee, Florida; nine grandchildren, William, Ellen, Robert, Greg (Blanca), Stacy (Adam), Joshua, Carson, Adam (Leah) and Aaron; two great-grandchildren, Hadley and Landin.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Arthur Burns; a son Randall William Burns; three sisters, Lucille, Billie and Jean and a brother, Ralph.

A graveside service to celebrate her life will be 5:00 pm, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Oaklawn Cemetery with Rev. Kelly Craft officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alfreda K. Robinson

Jonesboro- Mrs. Alfreda K. Robinson, 89, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Craighead Nursing Center.

She was born July 20, 1926 in Lake City to the late Aaron and Kate McDaniel Turman. Mrs. Robinson was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Jonesboro. She attended the Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her yard and flowers. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Shirley Lopez of Jonesboro and Gary Robinson and wife, Valerie of Citrus Heights, California; three grandchildren, Kim Adams (Steve),  Kari Butler and Dana Faridi (Amir) and six great-grandchildren, Ryan Adams, Kaitlyn Adams, Brandon Butler, Kelsey Butler, Gavin Faridi and Garrison Faridi,

She was also preceded in death by her husband of sixty-four years, M.V. Robinson; three brothers and a son-in-law, Joe Lopez.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Friday, January 29, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Jolly officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park 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 Fred Turman, Sammie McGuire, Steve Simpson, Hunter Simpson, Grant Simpson and Steve Labrot.

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

Carrie Leeann Eaves

Hoxie- Carrie Leeann Eaves, 45, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 9, 1970 in Jonesboro to the late William “Buddy” and Lynda Jo House Eaves. Carrie graduated from Arkansas State University with an accounting degree. She worked at Walmart as a cashier and cash office associate. She enjoyed crafting and spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her brother, Buddy Joe Eaves of Hoxie; her fiancé`, Brent Scott and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at First Assemble of God Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will follow at Stranger’s Home Cemetery near Alicia under the direction of Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday, January 25, 2016 at Gregg Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jimmy Cornwell, Charlie Curtis, Matt Curtis, Daniel House, Bret Black, Shawn Parrish, Kenny Ashlock and Dylan Works.

Lafayette L. Bennett

Bennett, LLJonesboro- Lafayette L. Bennett, 89, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 3, 1926 in Jonesboro to the late Homer and Clara Tannehill Bennett. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy during World War II.  Following his discharge from the Navy, Mr. Bennett spent two years pitching for a minor league baseball team in Texas.  Mr. Bennett retired from Craighead Electric after twenty-seven years. He was a member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for many years.  He enjoyed deer hunting, gardening and spending time with his family. He was an avid Cardinals baseball fan.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bonnie Wood Bennett; a daughter and her husband, Marcia and Collin Elder of Jonesboro; two sisters, Geraldine Brewer and Betty Trammell both of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Micah Putman and husband Rhyne of New Orleans and Bryan Elder of Jonesboro; a great-grandson, Bennett “Ben” Putman.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Curtis Bennett, Cecil Bennett and Robert L. “Tommy” Bennett and a sister, Grace Wiles.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Walnut Street Baptist Church with Dr. Rhyne Putman and Dr. Glen Putman officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Murphy Bennett, Charles Layne, Phillip Gay, Danny Flemon, Jim Gillis and Larry Dunkerson and as honorary pallbearers, Fishers Sunday School Class and employees and retirees of Craighead Electric.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Walnut Street Baptist Church.

Mary Elizabeth Cooksey

Independence, Missouri- Mary Elizabeth Cooksey, 87, passed away, Sunday, January 17, 2016.

She was born April 8, 1928 in Gillett to the late Steve and Golden Palmer Cooksey.

She is survived by her brother, Tommy Cooksey of Jonesboro and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, George Cooksey and a sister, Wanda Wright.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at Pine Log Cemetery with Rev. Gary Morrison.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 

 

Dorothy Margaret Pohlner

Pohlner, DorothyJonesboro- Dorothy Margaret Pohlner, 95, formerly of Fisher passed away January 17, 2016 surrounded by her family.

She was born on January 25, 1920 in Weiner, she was a member of the 1939 class of Weiner High School where she was a member of the women’s basketball team.  She and husband John were married on June 24, 1939, and lived for more than forty years on the family farm in Fisher before moving to Jonesboro.  Dorothy was a charter member of the Fisher Baptist Church and active in the Fisher Home Demonstration Club.  She was also a member of The First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, John Pohlner; her parents Guy and Cora Hughes; sister, Una Mae McKnight; brothers John Anderson Hughes and Bobby Joe Hughes.

She is survived by her daughters Jo Ann Carmack of Heber Springs and Sue Jane Morrison of Jonesboro.  Known lovingly as “Ma” she enjoyed the endearing love of four grandchildren, John Morrison (wife Teresa) of Humboldt, TN, Hayden Morrison of Jonesboro, Kelly Pohl (husband Matt) of Heber Springs, and Ann Crawley (husband Brad) of Jonesboro;  seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 pm, Tuesday at the funeral home.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Bruce Venable officiating with burial at Fisher Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be John Morrison, Hayden Morrison, Parker Morrison, Matt Pohl, Brad Crawley and Braden Crawley and honorary pallbearers, Roger Pohlner, Donald Pohlner, Paul McKnight, Brian Mack, and Steve Schwartz.

Lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a memorial donation to the Fisher Cemetery Fund.

 

 

Jerry Lee Williams

Jonesboro- Jerry Lee Williams, 74, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

He was born July 5, 1941 in Jonesboro to the late Milford and Ruby Mae Barnes Williams. Jerry served his country proudly in the Arkansas National Guard. He retired from General Electric. He was a member of Central Baptist Church. He loved golf, hunting, fishing and antique cars. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife Anna Morrison Williams; a daughter, Robin Leah Alexander of Jonesboro; a grandson, Will Hall Alexander of Weiner; a brother and his wife- Michael and Marian Williams of Flower Mound, Texas; two nephews and their wives, Weston and Stephanie Williams of Dallas, Texas and Travis and Kristen Williams of Austin, Texas; a niece, Savannah Williams of Flower Mound; a great-nephew, Austin Williams of Austin, Texas; his step-mother, Billie Williams of Jonesboro; six cousins, Harold McGill, Doris McGill Reynolds, Judy Hogan Perkins, Sandy Williams-Stacks, Doug Williams and Patricia Barnes Wrinkles.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Alice Ohnick and a cousin, Ricky Williams.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Saturday, January 16, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

A celebration of his life will be 1:30 pm, Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Kevin Cochran, Curt Hodges, Dale Gray, Victor Hutcheson, David Doyle and Harold Clark. The Agape Life Group of Central Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Owens, the nurses and the entire staff of Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House for the exceptional care and loving kindness.

The lasting memorials may be sent to Central Baptist Church or Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

 

 

Buell Henry Crider

Crider, BuellJonesboro – Buell Henry Carl Crider died January 10, 2016, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. He was born January 23, 1918, to Henry and Etta Crider in Whitehall, Arkansas.

Buell graduated from Harrisburg High School in 1939 and from Shelby School of Aeronautics in 1941. He married his high school sweetheart, Hazel Nelms Hall, on Christmas Day, 1941. They recently celebrated their 74th Wedding Anniversary with family.

Buell served in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a B-24 bomber pilot and bomber flight instructor. One of his cadet students was Robert Clause, the father of his future daughter-in-law. His medals, ribbons and other memorabilia can be viewed at The Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge.

Buell worked as the Assistant Manager and Pilot for Roberts Rice Mills and later Roberts and Roberts in Weiner from 1948 to 1986. He was very proud to be one of the original co-signers to the loan that initiated the annual Arkansas Rice Festival in Weiner 40 years ago.  He had leadership roles in the Poinsett County 4-H Club, the Weiner Lions Club, and The First Methodist Church in Weiner.

Buell and Hazel moved to Jonesboro in 1961 and became active in The First United Methodist Church. After his retirement in 1986, he joined the St. Bernards Auxiliary, becoming the first man to do so, and served them for 19 years. He was also very proud to be a Lifetime Member of the NEA Fly Fishing Club. His flies have proven successful in all 50 states.

Buell and Hazel were residents at St. Bernards Village for 14 years and moved into St. Bernards Villa when it opened last year.

Buell is survived by his wife Hazel; his sons, Carl and Terry; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

His siblings, Raymond, Lucille and Russell, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave, Jonesboro, from 6-8 p.m., Friday, January 15.

The funeral service will be in the chapel at The First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro on Saturday, January 16, at 2 p.m. with Revs. John Miles and Patty Soward officiating. Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.

Pallbearers are Michael Ames, Brian Crider, Joseph Crider, Michael McGowan, Brian Rodriguez, and William See. Honorary pallbearers are Tom Cobb, Ronnie Crider, Dr. Ray H. Hall, Jr., Dr. Michael Lack, Dennis Reed, Bill Roberts, Dr. David Weingold, and Tommy Wofford.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

 

 

Billie Sue Somers

somers, billieJonesboro- Billie Sue Somers, 82, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016.

She was born November 13, 1933 in Trumann to the late Carl Otto and Mamie Florence Bradford Johnson. She was a member and faithfully served Ridgecrest Baptist Church for over fifty years. She was a licensed pharmacy tech for Soo’s Pharmacy for over thirty years. On December 9, the Somers celebrated their sixty-fifth wedding anniversary. Mrs. Billie will be remembered for her generosity and as a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Somers; 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 Blythwood, South Carolina; grandchildren, Carl Somers (JoAnna Jenson), 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.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.

A celebration of her life will be 12:00 noon Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Nathan James officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 until time of service at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Wesley Cooper, Clayton Somers, Tracy Mooneyham, Brent Mooneyham, David Ezell and Daniel Adams.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Arkansas Hospice Nonprofit Foundation 14 Parkstone Circle, N. Little Rock, AR 72116.

 

Mr. Johnnie J. Lewis

Ash Flat – Mr. Johnnie J. Lewis, 88, formerly of Jonesboro passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Fulton County Hospital in Salem.

Mr. Lewis was born at Otwell on December 11, 1927 to the late John and Frances King Lewis and lived most of his life in Jonesboro. He was a retired mechanic for the former Ford dealer in Jonesboro, the Patton Motor Company.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was a member of the former Cottage Home Baptist Church and later in life attended the Ash Flat Church of Christ.  He loved to garden and was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Mr. Lewis is survived by one son and his wife, Larry and Dianna Lewis of Ash Flat; one brother, Kenneth Lewis of Muncie, IN; four grandchildren, Jeremy (Ashley) Lewis of Ash Flat; Jon (Christie) Lewis of Jonesboro; May (Garry) Duhme of Hardy; and Jason Stephens of Ash Flat; ten great-grandchildren; Cullen Lewis, Cade Lewis, Chloe Lewis, Jake Lewis, Jordon Lewis, Bailee Duhme, Emilee Duhme, Megan Stephens, Abigail Stephens and Adrian Stephens and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadine Alexander Lewis, a son, Terry Wayne Lewis and one brother, Jurl Lee Lewis.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at the Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Tommy Boles officiating. Burial will follow at the Keller’s Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Jeremy Lewis, Jon Lewis, Cullen Lewis, Cade Lewis, Jake Lewis, Jason Stephens, Adrian Stephens and Garry Duhme and as honorary pallbearers, Chloe Lewis, Jordon Lewis, Megan Stephens, Abigail Stephens, Bailee Duhme and Emilee Duhme.

The family request lasting memorials be sent to the Keller’s Chapel Cemetery, c/o J.D. Lewis, 707 Amberwood Cove, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

 

 

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