Obituaries

Eunice Marie Wimpy

wimpy, eJonesboro- Eunice Marie Wimpy, 91, passed away Friday, May 6, 2016 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born October 2, 1924 in Bono to the late Ezra and Clara Coleman Songer.

Eunice started playing piano at age 10 at Bono Methodist Church, retired after playing piano for 67 years at Mt. Carmel United Methodist. She played at memorial services at Kellers Chapel for many years, many wedding and Valley View graduations.

She loved to travel, enjoyed trips to Europe, the Caribbean, deep sea fishing in Florida with her brother Victor, Cuba, Nova Scotia (pushing a dear friend in a wheelchair) and going to horse shows with Pete. Eunice helped Pete on the farm, driving trucks to the Rice Mill. She also enjoyed bowling with Flo Jones as her partner.

She was devoted to family, many nieces and nephews have fond memories of staying with her and Pete, going to church at Mt Carmel and horse shows and the Memphis Zoo.

She is survived by a sister, Laveda Songer Scott and her husband Ray of Walnut Ridge; a special sister-in-law, Luke Wimpy of Jonesboro; special friends, Dorothy Halford, Alieen Simmons and Irma Sharp; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews who loved her dearly.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of sixty-one years, James “Pete” Wimpy; her brother, Victor Songer and her sister, Annice Songer Scott.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. N. Wayne Clark and Rev. Edward Pruett officiating. Obituary and Eulogy will be given by Gale Yates.  Burial will follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 am until time of service, Saturday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Rick Holman, Wes Scott, Doug McCarty, Scott Logan, Bryan Meharg, Chris Logan and Jim Hawkins and as honorary pallbearers, the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church’s Senior Sunday School Class.

Lasting memorials may be sent Pete & Eunice Wimpy Valley View Scholarship Fund, 2131 Valley View Dr., Jonesboro, AR 72404 or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

A special thank you to Dr. Ben Owens and the staff and nurses of Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House and Dr. Troy Vines for their loving kindness.

Sarrah Evelyn Harris Chappel

Hot Springs- Sarrah Evelyn Harris Chappel, 93, formerly of Jonesboro passed away peacefully on May 2, 2016.

She was born July 28, 1922 in Brookland to the late James M. and Bessie J. Gilmer Harris. She married J.H. “Mutt” Chappel on November 13, 1943. Coming from a farming family, she was also the cook for Prospect School and then owned and operated the Milky Way Drive Inn in Jonesboro, along with her husband Mutt. Evelyn was a member of the Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, where among other services she taught Sunday school for many years.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Gary and Wilma Chappel of Texarkana, Texas, Karen and Doyet Moore of Hot Springs and Marilyn and Matt Townsend of Jonesboro; beloved grandchildren, Kelli Moore Kemp, Wade Moore, Cody Chappel, Summer Chappel Floyd, Tara Townsend Thomason, Aaron Townsend and Abby Townsend Powell; twelve great-grandchildren and her sister Vernice Smith of Jonesboro.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Mutt Chappel; an infant daughter, Sara Ann; and sister, Geneva Harris Burrow.

A celebration of her life will be at 2:00 Friday, May 6, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Blackwood officiating and Rev. Wendell King assisting. Burial will follow at Nettleton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are her grandsons, Wade Moore, Cody Chappel, Aaron Townsend, Cory Floyd, Blake Powell, Korbin Kemp, Kadin Kemp and nephew Scott Chappel.

Honorary pallbearers are her granddaughters and great grandchildren.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association or your favorite charity

 

 

Vernie Eloise Hill

Trumann- Vernie Eloise Hill, 87, passed away Sunday May 1, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Place.

She was born May 13, 1928 in Decatur, Alabama to the late Benjamin and Tempie Holt Russell.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Apostolic Pentecost. She enjoyed playing guitar, singing and writing songs to glorify God. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Howard Hill; her children, Linda Mackenzie of Barnett, Missouri, Ronnie Hill (Debbie) of Trumann and David R. Hill (Bobbie J.) of Orrick, Missouri; a sister, Odessa Hughes of Decatur, Alabama; eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by a brother, Benny Russell; five sisters, Olga Turman, Olene Maxwell, Katherine Lyle, Essie Anderson and Berthie Brown.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Jimmy Stone and Ellis Marshall officiating. Burial will follow at Nettleton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Ronnie Hill, Cleveland Hill, Fred Corning, Bob Turman, Joe Turman and Jeremy Hatcher and as honorary pallbearers, Tullis Hill and Kenneth Hill.

Lasting memorials may be sent to St. Judes Children Hospital.

A special thank you to the kind and loving staff of St. Elizabeth Place.

 

Rhonda Sue “Nonnie” French

Jonesboro- Rhonda Sue “Nonnie” French, 65, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Little Rock.

She was born August 3, 1950 in Jonesboro to the late Earl and Dathel Meryl Griffin Lee. Rhonda was a homemaker and enjoyed working in her yard and playing with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Bobbie Jo Wilson (Justin) of Bono, JoAnna Summers of Paragould and Michael French (Bobbi) of Woodbridge, Virginia; three sisters, Janie Johnson (Pete), Libby Faught (Tim) and Melissa Mounce (Danny) all of Jonesboro; three brothers, Joseph Lee (Beverly) of Paragould, Jeff Lee (Jane) of Brookland and Barry Lee of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Kelsie Wilson, Edward Wilson, Serenity Summers, Cadi Summers, Gunner Summers, Draven Summers and Jax Summers.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Mike French in 2007.

A memorial visitation will be 5:30 until 7:00 pm Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Margaret Iceal Shannon

Jonesboro- Margaret Iceal Shannon, 88, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born November 14, 1927 in Greenfield to the late Arthur and Ethel Scott Bedwell. Mrs. Shannon worked in retail but she always remembered picking cotton. She enjoyed fishing, playing bingo and spending time with her family. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Gary Dewayne Shannon (Margaret Faye) of Glencoe and Barbara Atkins of Jonesboro; grandchildren, Jennifer Bell of Long Beach, California, Jason Atkins of Marion and Gary Shannon Jr. (Carrie) of Clarksville, TN; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Allen Shannon; two brothers, Willard Bedwell and Wilfred Bedwell; three sisters, Louise Petty, Pearl Mae Burke and Juanita Bedwell and a son-in-law, Eugene Atkins.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Andy Neal officiating. Burial will follow at Farm Hill near Harrisburg.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jason Atkins, Gary Shannon Jr., Ryan Shannon, Caleb Shannon, Kenny Bedwell, Jeremiah Bedwell and Jim Bedwell.

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

 

 

 

 

George Wesley “G.W.” Brown

 

Brown, GeorgeFisher- George Wesley “G.W.”  Brown, 85, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born September 18, 1930 in Fisher to the late Bill and Opal Wixson Brown.  He was a farmer who was known for his hard work. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of  64 years, Betty Smith Brown; his children, Jenny Reid of Weiner, Georgia Lynn Burnett (Lenny) of Jonesboro, Vicky Clark (Steven “Boo”) of Weiner, Wesley Brown of Fisher and Lisa Hogue (Marc) of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Brandon Reid, Jaclyn Burnett, Megan Brown (Jimmy), Hannah Simpkins (Dustin), Olivia Hogue and Griffin Hogue; two great-granddaughters, Madden Brown and Kennedy Beth Simpkins; a sister, Georgia Mary Dennis of Jonesboro.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Glass.

A graveside service to celebrate his life will be 2:00 pm Friday, April 22, 2016 at Fisher Cemetery with Rev. Jeff Junyor officiating.  Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

There will be no visitation.

A special thank you to the nurses at St. Bernards and Dr. Don Howard.

Lasting memorials can be made to Fisher Cemetery Fund.

 

 

Billy Duane Mueller

Jonesboro- Billy Duane Mueller, 65, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at his residence.

He was born February 10, 1951 in DeKalb, Illinois to the late William Otto and Vivian Josephine Wilson Mueller. He served his country proudly for twenty years as a safety tech in the United States Air Force. He also worked for the City of Jonesboro as a sanitation superintendent for three years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing music.

He is survived by his wife, Jo Mueller; a daughter, Dena Mueller of Jonesboro; an aunt, Toots McGowan of Bernie, Missouri; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Eugene and Patricia DesRocher; a brother-in-law, Mark DesRocher and a nephew, Shaun DesRocher all of LaMoille, Illinois and several cousins.

A memorial service will be 11:00 am Saturday, April 23, 2016 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Charles Sigman officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Mark DesRocher, Sunny Bright, Joshua Hull, Johnny McGowan, Jeff McGowan, Chuck Pyle Jr, Benjamin Pyle, Matt Pyle, Rick Roberts, Tony Roberts. Bobby Roberts and T. C. Shelton.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Lasting memorials may be sent to St. Paul United Methodist Church, NEA Humane Society, United Cerebral Palsy of NEA or Dena’s Bathtub Fund at Southern Bank in Jonesboro.

L J Furnish

 Southaven, Mississippi- L J Furnish, 89, passed away Friday, April 15, 2016 at Desoto Baptist Hospital in Southaven.

He was born January 8, 1927 in Lake City to the late Parker and Hattie Osburn Furnish. L J was farmer in the Trumann area, had owned a gas station and his last business was a trucking company. He loved telling stories of his life and the history of this area. He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather.

He was survived by his children, Katrina Chunn (Mike) and Dean Furnish (Michelle) and Tim Furnish (Marilyn) all of Southaven and Shane Furnish (Amanda) of Independence, Mississippi; six grandchildren, Michelle Smith (Jerry) of Brighton, Tennessee, Celesta Ellis (Keith) of Horn Lake, Mississippi, Jacob Furnish of Southaven, Brent Chunn (Blair) of Brighton, Jennifer Waters (Jeremy) of Whitesville, Kentucky and Jeremy Furnish of Southaven; ten great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Mollie Jeanette Furnish, who passed in December 2015; three sisters, Mary Bolyn, Mabel Riley and Claudine Lankford; a brother, LeRoy Furnish.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Monday, April 18, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Bob Riley officiating. Burial will follow at Nettleton Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 pm Monday at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dean Furnish, Brent Chunn, Shane Furnish, Keith Ellis, Corey Ellis, Jerry Smith, Jeremy “Muddy” Waters, Kerry Bolyn and Jeremy Furnish and honorary, Mike Sanders, Billy Knight and Shannon Knight.

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

 

Darlene Watkins

Jonesboro- Cecille Darlene Watkins, 83, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

She was born November 12, 1932 in Caraway. She retired after twenty-six years as a dietary supervisor at Beverly Healthcare and was a member of Nettleton Baptist Church.  Darlene enjoyed her church, crocheting, knitting and running around with Laverne Liles. She will be remembered as a loving mother, sister, grandmother and aunt.

She is survived by her children, Luci Murray (Jim), Brenda Rainwater, Mary Watkins, John Wayne Watkins, Jim Watkins (Pam) all of Jonesboro; three brothers, Ben Overman (Pat) of Jonesboro, Jerry Overman (Linda) of Conway and Roger Overman (Debbie) of Caraway; a sister, Patsy Kell (Charles) of Nashville; a treasured neighbor, Mary Hopkins of Jonesboro; ten grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bessie Williams Overman Jackson; a  son, Harold Watkins; a daughter, Mary Juanita Watkins; a grandson, John Adam Watkins; five sisters, Janis Dubois, Elouise Fires, Bettye Baugh, Mealese Alexander and Oberla Schmidt.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Friday, April 8, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Stan Ballard officiating. Burial will follow at Caraway Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are John Watkins, Jim Watkins, Ross Ward, Greg McCain, Brian Duhon and Eric Watkins and as honorary pallbearers, Shannon Gage, Blake Watkins, Jim Murray, Steve Kirk, Alan Ward and Bryant Merriman.

A special thank you to Dierksen Hospice and Jonesboro Health and Rehab for the wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Nettleton Baptist Church or Alzheimer Association.

Lois Stamp

Jonesboro- Lois Jean Stamp, 82, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at her residence.

She was born January 21, 1934 at Herget Plantation to the late Frank and Esther Morrison. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by her husband, William “Dick” Stamp; a son, Cliff Stamp of Jonesboro; a brother, sister and nieces and nephews.

The family will have a private service and burial under the direction of Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

 

 

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