Arvis E. Connor

Arvis E. Connor, 77, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

He was born March 31, 1938 to the late Emerson Connor and Dessie Mae Shaffer in Walnut Ridge.

Mr. Connor was a truck driver and proudly worked for Hytrol until he retired in 2001. He was a member of Poplar Valley Free Will Baptist Church.  He loved to travel and will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a daughter Stacy Connor, 3 brothers; J.C. McGinty, David Connor and Joe Connor.

He is survived by his wife Diana Connor of the home, three daughters; Joanna Bonds and husband Rick of Cabot, Bobbie Holder and husband Kenny of Bono and Betty Ligons and husband Michael of Ellsinore, Mo, a son; Scott Cloninger and wife Carol of Fredericktown, MO, twelve grandchildren; Tiffany Bonds, Tommi Brasher, Taylor Connor, Sabrah Futrell, Whitney Busenbark, Andy Ligons, Allison Nix, Tim Cloninger, Kevin Cloninger, Sandy Ward, Kathy Hahn and Ben Knox, eight great-grandchildren;   Brian, Jordan, Tyler, Jacob, Emma, Paisley, Piper and Jacob, four brothers; Wayne Augustine and wife Patty Ann, Bill Augustine and wife Jackie and Theodore Augustine and  Eldon Augustine and wife Gail, a sister; Lou Robinette  and husband William as well as several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held 2 pm Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Bro Rick Hart, Bro Paul Bean and  Byron Griffey officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Cemetery in Bono. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 6 until 8

Memorials can be made to Poplar Valley Free Will Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Skip Hogue, Kevin Cloninger, Andy Ligons, Trent Brewington, Josh Augustine and Elmer McGinty. Honorary pallbearers will be Kim Imboden, Clay Imboden, Fred Cummingham, Herb Whittingham, Tom Wheeler, Jerry Baker, the men’s Sunday school class at Poplar Valley and Employees of Imboden Brothers.

Virginia J. Oswald

Mrs. Virginia J. Oswald of Jonesboro, departed this life Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the NEA Baptist Hospital at the age of 84.

She was born May 27, 1931 in Steprock, AR, the daughter of the late John and Ruby Brown Gibson.

Mrs. Oswald was a homemaker and a member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Virginia was affectionately known as “Aunt Gin” to countless children over the years and always looked forward to visiting with them after they were grown and had children of their own.  She also enjoyed watching her sons in the wrestling ring and was always upset when they wrestled against each other.  When that happened, she would just cheer for both of them and then scold them for punching each other when the match was over.  She loved spending time with her family and her “special bird, BeeBop.”

She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Daniel Oswald, her parents, John and Ruby Brown Gibson, two brothers, L.C. and Johnny Gibson, two sisters, Donna Meadows and Maxine Weldon, twin daughters, Mandy and Brandy Oswald, two babies Treat, great grandchildren Alex and Andy Jones and Garry Oswald.

She is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann (Bill) Treat, three sons, Dan (Pat) Oswald, Don (Karen) Oswald, David (Malinda) Oswald, grandchildren, Daniel Treat, Matina (Brandon) Jones, Angie (Nathan) Midgett, Krystal (Chris) Scott, Christopher Oswald, Joyce Oswald, Shawn Oswald, Stephanie Perez, Shawn P. Newman, great grandchildren, Braydon, Tiffany, Mallory, Sammi Jo, Hunter, Victoria, Brittany, Daniel, Kelsey, Moises, Courtney, Shawna, Whitney, Shea, Blake, Allison, Mike, and four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Lilly (Leamon) Smallmon of Pocahontas, two brothers, Larry (Brenda) Gibson of Cumberland, Maryland and Mike (Cindy) Gibson of Boise, Idaho and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services are set for 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, with Fr. Alphonse Gollapalli officiating.   Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home.  Friends may visit at the funeral home, Monday, 6:00-7:00 p.m.  A Rosary Service will follow at 7:00 p.m.  Pallbearers will be Daniel Treat, Nathan Midgett, Shawn Oswald, Chris Scott, Hunter Oswald, and Christopher Oswald.  Honorary pallbearers will be K.C. Brown, Burnis Shelton, April Villegas, Southern Hearts Girls, Brandon Jones, Jim Whitley and Art Whitley.

Personal condolences may be made to the Oswald family at

Jantra Hettie Gillihan Holland Jennings

photo (3)Jantra Hettie Gillihan Holland Jennings passed from this life Sunday morning, Aug. 9, 2015 at the age of 94.

She was born Nov. 21, 1920 in Melbourne to Thomas “Jack” Gillihan and Minnie Nevada Bales Gillihan. She moved to Craighead County Arkansas at the age of 1 and lived there for the majority of her life. She married Herman Holland on Dec. 5, 1937. They were married until Herman’s death in 1986, a total of 49 long and happy years. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to Dayton, OH. There, Jantra worked in a Department of Defense machine gun shell factory, creating shells that would eventually be used in the World War II war effort. They had three daughters Emilie Holland Statler, Elwanda Holland Fuqua Norris, and Regennia Holland.  In 1945, the family moved back to Bono, Arkansas. Once back in Bono, Jantra had a diverse and satisfying career. She was head cook at Bono High School; supervisor at the Frolic Footwear factory for 20 years; shop steward for the factory worker’s union; secretary and treasurer Bono City Hall, Bono Fire Department, and Bono Utilities (10 years); and intermittently owned and operated a ceramics shop. She married H.P. Jennings on Dec. 27, 1987. They were married for 25 years until his death in 2012, at the age of 98.

Jantra was a master fisherman. She was known to catch trophy fish on the Tennessee River. She had a bright green thumb and loved nothing more than to share the products of her beautiful gardens. Her artistic talents spanned several mediums, including ceramics, painting, poetry, and quilting. Other interests included: membership in the Home Demonstration Club, membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a long time membership at Bono Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Vernon and Edison Gillihan, her daughter Regennia, her husband Herman, and her husband Henderson “H.P.”.

Jantra is survived by her daughter Emilie Statler of Jonesboro; her daughter, Elwanda Norris and her husband Bill of Jonesboro; her grandson Michael Fuqua and wife Cynthia of Bono; her granddaughter Sandy Statler Wiek and husband Randy of Nashville, TN; her granddaughter Kathy Fuqua Hawkins and husband Michael of Jonesboro; her grandson Randy Statler of Bono; her step-granddaughter Eva Henriksen and husband Jamie of Batesville; her great-granddaughter Lacey Hawkins Vance and husband Chad of Greenbrier; her great-granddaughter Sheena Statler Tittle and husband Justin of Jonesboro; her great-grandson Jonathon and wife Amanda of Lake City; her great-granddaughter Lindsey Hawkins Bowman and husband Derek of Carterville, IL;  her great-granddaughter Devyn Statler Coco and husband Zack of Little Rock; her great-granddaughter Lauren Statler Hunt of Nashville, TN; her great-granddaughter Ashton Hunt of Nashville, TN; her great-grandson Justin Fuqua of Jonesboro; her great-grandson Jarred Fuqua of Jonesboro; her great-grandson Weston Statler of Bono; her great-grandson Jay Fuqua of Bono; her step-great-granddaughter Kelby Norris of Batesville; and her great-great-grandchildren Abbigale and Gavin Tittle of Jonesboro.

But above all, Jantra was known for her love for her large, wonderful family, her bright blue eyes that sparkled when she was telling a mischievous joke, her incredible work ethic, and her unfailing love for Jesus Christ.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bono Church of Christ. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bono Church of Christ with Richard Akins officiating. Burial will follow in Trinity Cemetery. All under the direction of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home

Honored to serve as active pallbearers will be Jonathon, Justin, Jarred, and Jay Fuqua, Weston Statler, Justin Tittle, Zack Coco, Chad Vance, and Derek Bowman. Honorary pallbearers include Tony Sauser, Wilson Lane, Elbert Shirley, Phillip Burton, Bill Norris, Randy Wiek, Michael Hawkins, Mike Fuqua, and Randy Statler.

For lasting memorials, the family requests consideration of the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernard’s, 1148 E Matthews Avenue, Jonesboro, AR 72401, in appreciation for their dedication and loving care in Jantra’s last days.

Glen Willis Burks

Burks, Glen-obitJonesboro- Glen Willis Burks, 74, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015.

He was born February 8, 1941 in Monette to the late Charley Thomas and Fannie Mae Casey Burks. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. He retired from USAA Insurance Company. He enjoyed fishing, hot rods and classic cars. His passion was foreign missions and he was a faithful member of The Rock Church in Jonesboro.

He is survived by his wife, Shelvie Burks; a son, David Burks (Donna) of Woodbridge, VA; daughters, Deborah Cosco (Michael) of Nokesville, VA and Diana Schregardus of Jackson, MN; thirteen grandchildren, Ashley Dodson, Britney Cangemi, Ryan Burks, Joshua Cosco, Alexis Cosco, Brandon Spencer, Paige Gild and Arrianne Gild both of Leachville, Rebecca Cooper, Kimberly Johnson, CJ Johnson and Christopher Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Carmen Cangemi, Emma Dodson and Jenna Jackson; two sisters, Wanna Branch of Jonesboro and Linda Rushing of Leachville; a brother, Fred Burks of Manila; numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Norma Jean Bunch and a brother, Charley Thomas Burks Jr.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Gregg- Langford Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

A graveside service will be 10:00 am Friday, August 7, 2015 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Pastors Jeff Watson, Terry Watson and Tony Stottlemyre.

A celebration of his life will be 11:00 am Saturday, August 8, 2015 at The Rock Church of Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Josh Cosco, Danny Cangemi, Michael Cosco, Ryan Burks, David Burks, Ben Dodson and Gerald Gild.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to The Rock of Jonesboro Building Fund, 4318 E. Johnson Ave, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

Lane Lee Cole

Cash – Lane Lee Cole passed away Friday, July 31, 2015.

We never got to see you smile or hear you laugh. But our love for you is still strong as ever. We love you very much. Rest in the arms of Jesus, baby boy.

Lane is survived by his parents, Cody and Lalicia Goza Cole; a sister, Langston Slagley and a brother, Leland Slagley; grandparents, Gerald and Patti Goza of Cash and Sharon Wood of Jonesboro and Ronnie and Tobett Brock; aunts, Bethany Goza and husband of Cash, Savannah McDole of Cash, Hannah Cochran of Paragould, April Byard of Swifton and Natasha Vidal and husband of Swifton and Tabitha Johnson and husband; uncle, Bobby Shown of Swifton and lots of cousins, family and friends.

A graveside service will be 10:00 am, Monday, August 3, 2015 at Cash Cemetery with Rev. Gerald Goza officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Honored to service as pallbearers are Montana Neely, Dakota Neely, Dalton Neely, Lexi Johnson and Leland Slagley and as honorary pallbearers, Aiden Cochran, Kamden McDole, Landyn Byard and Bayleigh Byard.

Walter Ervin Catlett

Little Rock- Walter Ervin Catlett, 67, passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

He was born September 14, 1947 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to the late Ervin Arthur and Helen Virginia Owens Catlett. He was a youth director in the mid 1980’s for Parkview Missionary Baptist Church.  He was a past president of the VICA organization, a member of Who’s Who, played the trumpet and was on All-State Band member. He enjoyed fishing, football and baseball.

He was survived by his daughter and husband, Brandy and Gary Humphrey of Jonesboro; an uncle, Landon Owens of Trumann; four grandsons, Alex Newcom, Noah Stone, Jacob Stone and Braxton Humphrey all of Jonesboro.

He is also preceded in death by his grandparents, Lottie Ann Owens, Walter Owens, Ervin and Myrtle Catlett.

A visitation to celebrate his life will be from 4:00 until 6:00 pm, Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home. Service will be private.



Jean Scott

Scott, JeanBay- Mrs. Jean Scott, 87, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at her residence.

She was born January 21, 1928 in Bay to the late W. C. and Ola Isbell. Mrs. Jean was a lifetime member of the Bay Methodist Church and active member of the United Methodist Women. She graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Elementary Education and started teaching at Dixie then moved to Bay School Systems where she retired after thirty-six plus years. She also worked part-time at First National Bank at Trumann, now Region Bank and she did taxes for Tice Bookkeeping CPA and continued to do taxes after his retirement until her illness forced her to quit. Jean was a lover of sports particularly the Bay Yellowjackets and the St. Louis Cardinals.

She is survived by two sons and their wives, Lynn and Lavelle Scott of Bay and Tommy and Debbie Scott of Fort Smith; a daughter, Linda Davis of Maumelle; two sisters, Jackie Hancock of Jonesboro and Venita Bruner of Cherokee Village; six grandchildren, Brandy Scott, Brett Scott, Ethan Scott, Matt Davis, Amanda Craven and Amber Freeman; six great-grandchildren, Briana Scott, Bailee Scott, Hunter Scott, Hayden Scott, Reese Craven and Dylan Craven; a very special friend, Teet Fults.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Merimon G. Scott; a sister, Dorothy Bruner and two step-sons, Merimon Scott and Jimmy Scott.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Bay United Methodist Church with Rev. Donald Lewert officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, July 24, 2015 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home at 300 W. Matthews Ave in Jonesboro.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Mike Bradford, Michael Ashlock, Jeremy Ashlock, Elbert Bradford, Paul Spencer and Terry Hall and as honorary pallbearers, Bill Stone, Frank Nichols, Russell Hall and Randal Spurlock.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Bay United Methodist Church Building Fund, 300 Central Ave, Bay, AR 72411.



Robert H. Robinson

robinson, robertJonesboro- Robert H. Robinson, 92, “the original”, known to everyone as Bob, took the checkered flag on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. In World War II Bob served in Pacific Theatre and earned a Good Conduct Medal, American Theatre Ribbons, a medal for the Philippine Liberation, three Bronze Stars, and the WWII Victory Ribbon. Bob was a long time member of the St. Mark’s Church, Silver Sneakers, the Elks 498, and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge. Like MacGyver, if you gave Bob a toothpick and a wrench he could build an entire house.

Bob joined his best gal, Ann, to continue their adventure after 68 years of marriage here on earth. His daughter, Donna, and his mother, Johnie, were also waiting for him at the finish line.

Those left in the stands are his son, Robert H. Robinson “the second one”, known as Robin (Fran); three grandchildren, Robert H. Robinson “the third one”, known as Ryker (Candee), Will (Jamie), and Lee Ann (Mike); and five great-grandchildren: Halen, Robert H. Robinson “the fourth one”, known as Rike, Win, Liam, Arlo, and another boy on the way.

There will be a celebration of his life from 5:30 until 7:30 pm, Thursday, July 23, 2015 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

A memorial service will be at 10:00 am, Friday, July 24, 2015 at the church.

Lasting memorials may be sent to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church or the LUNGevity Foundation.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.


Dylan Michael Arthur Fry

Lake City- Dylan Michael Arthur Fry passed on July 17, 2015.

He was survived by his mother, Ariel Fry; grandparents, Tye and Lisa Combs; great-grandparents, Marvin and Loretta Fry; great-grandma, Jeaniece Combs; aunt, Sarah Faxon (Jeremy); uncle, Branden Combs; great-great-uncle, Larry and Barbie Fry and Jolan of Black Oak; great-uncles and aunts and their families; Lorie Fry and Gary of Leachville, Marvin and Kelly Fry II and Katie and Trey of Monette, Melissa Fry and Alyssa and Skylar of Lake City, Jesse and Sharron Fry and Emily and Jesse of Lake City, Daniel and Brandi Fry and Trintittie and Gavin of Pocahontas, , Rusty and Paula Stamp and Josh and Micaela of Jonesboro, Ray and Sherry Matthew of Ashflat, Tim and Stephanie Combs and Clay and Alexa of Alamo, Tennessee; Godparents, Amber Sparkman and JR Dehart.

He was preceded in death by great-great-grandparents, Jesse and Vergie Fry; great-great-grandpa, Joe Johnson; great-great-uncle, Robert Fry and uncle Michael Combs.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Pine Log Cemetery with Ray Matthew and Tony McCall officiating under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Patricia Ann Wilkins Guffey

Guffey, P - obit picBryant- Patricia Ann Wilkins Guffey,  on July 20, 2015 at 7:45 am, left the constraints of this life to join her husband whom she missed daily for the past twenty years.  We are all saddened by her death, but take great joy in knowing she is now with her Lord and those of her family who have gone before her.  Now she can laugh, sing, and be the “Patsy” we all knew.

Born April 11, 1935, my mother was the the third of four children.  Her two older sisters, Noreen Murphy (deceased) and Phyllis Stegmann were her idols.  David Wilkins, her little brother was her joy.  Her father, Noland Wilkins (deceased), was a farmer and mathematician.  Her mother, Irene Wilkins (deceased) was the example farm wife, rock of the family, and the one we all knew was on our side.  Patsy was shy, but knew she was loved by a supportive family.

Patsy met J. W. Guffey at Weiner High School when they were in the 7th grade.  They fell in love and were together until his death in 1995.  Married on December 23, 1956, J. W. and Patsy had two sons. James Stephen Guffey was born January 3, 1958.  Daryl Ray Guffey was born July 15, 1960.

Patsy was a teacher.  She taught elementary grades at Marion, Weiner, and Hickory Ridge.  She was raised in the Otwell Christian Church, a long-time member of the Weiner Baptist Church, and helped establish the Baptist Church of Bismarck.

My mother’s health rapidly declined after my father’s death.  She spent the last 12 years of her life in Bryant so that her care could be managed by her sons.  We will choose to remember her from the days when we teased her, laughed with her, and actually misbehaved so she would get after us with a fly swatter.  She never weighed much more than 100 pounds, so providing discipline to two active boys was more funny than anything else.  When she had tolerated all she could from us she would say, “You just wait until your daddy comes home!”  That was when she could see two roughneck boys do anything she asked.

We will miss our mother, but we are happy she is now with daddy and the angels.  God is good all the time.

She is survived by her sons, Dr. J. Stephen Guffey and wife Dr. Marsha Guffey of Bryant and Daryl Ray Guffey and wife Debbie of Bentonville; a sister and her husband, Phyllis and Wallace Stegmann of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother and his wife, David and Pat Wilkins of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Sarah Kinser (Charlie) of North Little Rock, Daniel Guffey of Little Rock, Hunter Guffey and Hayden Guffey both of Elkins and a great-grandchild, Gus Kinser; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, J. W. Guffey and a sister, Noreen Murphy.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Friday, July 24, 2015 at Gregg – Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Jim Roberts officiating. Burial will follow at McDaniel Cemetery.

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

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Doug Holmes, Daniel Guffey, Charles Kinser, Gary Wilkins, Dr. Stephen Guffey and Daryl Guffey.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Otwell Christian Church, 46 CR 221 Jonesboro, AR 72404 or your favorite charity.


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