Obituaries

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.

 

 

Phillip Wayne Blankenship

Paragould- Phillip Wayne Blankenship, 59, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016 at his residence.

He was born October 7, 1956 in Jonesboro to the late Jim and Elizabeth Nichols Blankenship.  Phillip was an electrician and enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, J.J. and Whitney Blankenship of Paragould; two grandchildren, Zoe Blankenship and Burkley Blankenship both of Paragould; two brothers and their wives, Bob and Robin Blankenship of Jonesboro and Marty and Janet Blankenship of Paragould; three sisters, Diane and Larry Bonds of Lake City, Sandra Blankenship of Rye, Colorado and Patty and Phillip Brooks of Brookland;  dear friend, Dan Sims; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of his life will be 1:00 pm Thursday, April 7, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 am Thursday until time of service Thursday at the funeral home at 300 W. Matthews in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as honorary pallbearers, Eric Settlemoir, Dan Sims, Bob Blankenship, Marty Blankenship, Larry Bonds and Phillip Brooks.

 

 

Violet Clara Nettles Wilson

wilson,Jonesboro – Violet Clara Nettles Wilson, 90, began her heavenly life, March 30, 2016 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Violet was born April 25, 1925 in Pocahontas to the late Albert and Ida Nettles.  Violet was an ordained Assembly of God minister prior to becoming a custodian at Westside High School.

She is survived by a son Ronnie (Nancy) of Palm Coast, FL; a daughter Gina Mangold (Bob) of Louisville, KY; four grandchildren; four great-children; three sisters and one brother.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Grit Wilson; a grandson, two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be Friday evening, April 1st, from 6 to 8 at the Funeral Home.

Services will be 2:00 pm Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Matt Smith officiating.   Burial will be in Monette Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith Rubottom, James Moore, Raymond Lowery, Glenn Strawn, Perry Nettles and Reuben McCelland.  Honorary Pallbearers, Delbert Setzer, Bill Haynes, Ezra Metz and members of the Silver Saints Sunday School Class at First Assembly of God.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of The Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House or the Cancer Society.

The family wishes to thank the staff at The Jones Hospice House for their loving care and support.  The kindness and professional actions of Drs. Scroggins, Clarkston and Lee of the NEA Baptist Clinic are greatly appreciated.

 

 

Lana Cheryl Province

folderJonesboro- Lana Cheryl Province 67, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born June 15, 1948 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri to the late Jack Edwin and Billie Jean Bryant. She worked for many years for Jonesboro Sun as well as an advertising executive in Memphis. A member of the Walnut Street Baptist Church since she was eight years old, proud of being a member of the Girls in Action and had perfect attendance in Sunday School. She will be remembered as a loving mother, sister and grandmother.

She is survived by her children, Lesli Province of Jonesboro and Lance Province (Hannah) of Eads, Tennessee; two grandsons, Ethan Province and Luke Province both of Eads; a sister, Dinah Rushing (Jimmie); a brother, Marty Bryant (Vanessa) all of Jonesboro; nephews, Bryant Rushing (Jennifer) and Kyle Bryant (Symanthia); a niece, Mikcca Craft (Kevin) all of Jonesboro; great-nieces and nephews, Lillie Craft, Lucie Craft, Gavin Bryant and Aiden Bryant; father of her children, Wendel Province.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Friday, April 1, 2016 at Walnut Street Baptist Church with Dr. Glen Putman, Rev. Allen Elkins and Rev. Jerry Parker officiating. Burial to follow at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Kyle Bryant, Bryant Rushing, Kevin Craft, Kaleb Reed, Rob Cottam and Douglas Davis.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Walnut Street Baptist Church Library or American Arthritis Foundation or American Heart Association.

 

 

Doris J. Graham

Jonesboro- Doris J. Graham, 77, passed peacefully Monday, March 28, 2016 at her home.

She was born November 7, 1938 in Jonesboro to the late Cleo and Pearl Tripplett. Mrs. Doris retired after thirty-two years with Jonesboro Public Schools and a member of the Nettleton Church of Christ.  She enjoyed going to church and their cabin and loved her husband, sons and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Joe B. Graham Sr.; two sons and their wives, Joe and Roseann Graham Jr. and Mark and Sondra Graham all of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Amanda Graham of Paragould, Mark B. Graham of Fayetteville and Auston Graham of Jonesboro; five step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Dale Adams and Billy Anne Pennington.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Friday, April 1, 2016 at Clover Bend Cemetery with Jimmy Young officiating. Burial to follow under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Joe B. Graham Jr, Mark Graham, Auston Graham, Eugene Merrill, Mike Graham, Ben McCain and Mike Pennington and honorary pallbearers, grandsons, great-grandsons, Daniel Graham, Elmer Sanford, Dalton Coble and Johnny Duffell.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Nettleton Church of Christ.

 

 

Jane Leatheress Baker- Brewer

brewerJonesboro- Jane Leatheress Baker-Brewer, 57, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born April 17, 1958 in Greenfield, Tennessee. Jane had worked at Helen Keller Hospital in Alabama and was currently a supervisor at Jonesboro Human Development Center. She will be remembered as a loving wife, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Brewer; her mother, Loyce Tucker of Jonesboro; her daughter and husband, Keyla Baker McKinney and Brad of Russellville, Alabama; two grandchildren, Braxton McKinney and Kaida McKinney; a brother, Ronny Tucker of Jonesboro.

She is preceded in death by her step-father, Wayne Tucker and brother, Rowdy Tucker.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Nettleton Cemetery with Rev. Terry Watson officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

There will be no visitation.

 

 

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