Martin Micheal “Mike” May

Memorial FolderMr. Martin Michael “Mike” May of Searcy, departed this life Monday, April 14, 2014, at the White County Medical Center in Searcy, after a long battle with throat and neck cancer, at the age of 70. 

 He was born July 25, 1943 in Shreveport, LA, the son of the late Francis Marion “F.M.” May and Billy Cady May.  He moved to the Lepanto are at an early age and was a graduate of Lepanto High School. Mike attended ASU in Jonesboro for one year and received a bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Arkansas in 1966.  He was a charter member of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity at the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, he worked as a design engineer for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft Company in St. Louis where he was involved in the F4Phantom program which played a huge role in the Vietnam war effort.  Mike moved to Searcy in 1972 where he accepted a position with Remington Rand as a Design Engineer and was involved in the plain paper copier program working on development and introduction of this new product to the marketplace .  When the Searcy Plant was transferred to Sperry Vickers in 1975, Mike became involved in the manufacturing phase of the hydraulic valve business and worked in this field until his retirement in 2008. Mike was a member of the Methodist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman and also an avid fan of Razorback Football and NASCAR.  

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Francis Marion “F.M.” May, his mother, Billie Cady May and his sister, Frances Marion May Gallagher, all of Searcy. 

Mike had no close survivors with the exception of several cousins living in northeast Arkansas in the Harrisburg and Jonesboro area.  He does, however, leave a host of friends and acquaintances in the Searcy area who respect both his friendship and his contribution to their lives. 

Graveside services are set for 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery.  Gregg-Weston Funeral Home of Harrisburg is in charge of arrangements.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, 2 p.m. till service time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Oncology Department at the White County Medical Center in Searcy, or the First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg

Mary Whitlatch

Mary Whitlatch, 59, of Harrisburg, departed Thursday, April 3, 2014, at home. 

She was born July 21, 1954 in Haynes, to the late Charles Keenum and Mary Lou Pierce.  Mary was of the Baptist Faith.  She enjoyed fishing, cooking, riding in big trucks, camping at Gunners pool and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband Stanley Whitlatch and her children, Rick Billinger, John Whitlatch and Angela Faulkner.

A memorial service will be held at Cornerstone Baptist Church Sunday April 6, 2014 at 2 pm.

Online personal condolences may be made to the Whitlatch family at

Kenneth Orin Lock

Harrisburg- Kenneth Orin Lock, 88, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

 He was born on July 6, 1925 at Angus to the late Charles and Gracie Mae Lock. Mr. Lock was a member of the Harrisburg Church of Christ and enjoyed hunting and gardening.

 He is survived by a son and his wife, Jimmy and Sharon Lock of Jonesboro; a grandson and his wife, Brian and Lisa Lock of Harrisburg; a great-granddaughter, Cassidy Lock.

 He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Halsey Lock; a brother, James Lock and a sister, Claire Herring.

 A graveside service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Kevin Beard officiating.

 Visitation will be from 11:00 until 1:00 pm, Saturday at Gregg-Weston Funeral Home in Harrisburg.



Phoebe Jean Pugh

Harrisburg- Phoebe Jean Pugh passed away February 11, 2014 at St Bernard’s Medical Center at the age of 89. 

She was born July 15, 1924 in Harrisburg.  Jean was a homemaker until most of her children were grown, then worked at Waddles Drug Store, Johansson Shoe Factory, The Poinsett County Library and The Poinsett County Circuit Clerk Office for 20 plus years.  She grew up poor and said she was lazy as a girl and would climb a tree and read a book, but after getting married and having children, was the hardest worker ever seen.  Her passion was reading – especially mysteries.  She loved working crossword puzzles and had a huge vocabulary, rocking babies, which she said was the most peaceful thing to her, and spending time with family.  She had high morals, was very modest, was the smartest person we know and had the most beautiful, sincere smile.  She was one of the fortunate people who got more beautiful with age.  No word can express how much we will miss her. 

She was preceded in death by her husband C.W. Pugh; parents James Robert & Lula Polk; a brother, John Robert Polk; son in law, R H Brown; daughters in law, Brenda Pugh and Mary Sue Pugh; grandson Jamie Bowman, granddaughter, Shonda Bowlin and great-grandson Branson Pugh. 

She sadly leaves behind her eight children,  Judy and John Bowman of Horn Lake, MS, Jeanette Pugh, Janice Pugh, Jimmy Pugh, Jill Brown, Joyce and Mike Bowlin, John and Pam Pugh and Joe Pugh, all of Harrisburg;  9 grandchildren,  Penny and Victor Roberts of Harrisburg, Melissa and Perry Baldwin of Horn Lake, MS,  Jason and Brandi Pugh of Benton, Jaime Pugh, Kelly and Erica Brown, Chad Pugh and friend Mila Muse of Harrisburg,  Jeff Pugh & fiancé Rebecca Leby of Little Rock, Chris Bowlin of Jonesboro and Amanda Gayle of Newport; 17 great- grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren and was Grandmother and Mother to Sydney Goodman and Caleb Pugh. 

Visitation will be Saturday, February 15 from 12:00 – 2:00 at Gregg Weston Funeral Home in Harrisburg.

Ted Harold Johnson

Mr. Ted H. Johnson of Harrisburg, departed this life Thursday, January 2, 2014, at the Woodbriar Nursing Home in Harrisburg at the age of 86. He was born February 17, 1927 in Lepanto, the son of Tobe Johnson and Julia Boling Johnson.  Ted was employed by Coca-Cola for many years and worked with his brother, A.A. Johnson for many years in the flea market business.  He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in Korea.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Maxine Knee Johnson, three brothers, William Johnson, Jess Johnson and Alfred A. Johnson, and four sisters, Virginia Schmidt, Betty Churchwell, Arizona Layton and Cindy Davis.  He is survived by one daughter, Kathy Swanner of Jonesboro, one daughter-in-law, Sue Johnson of Harrisburg, one brother, Joe Johnson of Buckeye, Arizona, two sisters, Sylvia Thurman of Neosho, Missouri and Sharon Johnson of Denver, Colorado, two grandsons, Donald Johnson of Little Rock and David Swanner of Jonesboro, and three grandchildren, Xavier Johnson, Xander Johnson, and Destiny Swanner.  Graveside services have been set for 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 6, 2014, at Holly Springs Cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to services. 

Tina Lynn Miller

Wynne- Tina Lynn Miller, 53, passed away Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Cross Ridge Hospital.

 She was born May 10, 1960 in Trumann.  She was a homemaker and of the Baptist Belief.

 She is survived by her husband, Jerry Miller; father, Wayne Moss; mother, Joyce Graves; children, T. J. Moore, Evan Moore, Alicia Dixon and Whitney Mouldin; brother, Robert Moss; three sisters, Linda Johnson, Crystal Qualls and Dana Newcom; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 Funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Tuesday at Gregg-Weston Funeral Home.

Burial will follow at Farm Hill Cemetery.

 Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

Mr. Larry Todd Mills

Mr. Larry Todd Mills, of Cabot, AR, formerly of Harrisburg, departed this life Thursday, at the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, at the age of 41. 

He was born January 14, 1972 in Harrisburg, the son of Larry Udell Mills and Nina Olivia McCulley Mills.  Although his life was brief, Todd lived a very full life.  He graduated high school in Nurnberg, Germany in 1990 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1992.  While in the Air Force he was a K-9 SP and trained dogs in Panama for a year.  While stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base he was President Clinton’s personal escort whenever he traveled to Arkansas.  Todd and his dog Henry worked the Atlanta Bombing during the 1996 Summer Olympics.  Todd was an accomplished Bass Player and played in a band. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Industrial Writing.  He loved working on computers and he was the Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.  He also loved fishing and golfing.  Todd was the inventor of the Dorito-Loco Taco at Taco Bell and Frito Lay flew him to California where he toured the Dorito Plant.  He married Ginger Hickey in 1998 and they have enjoyed 15 years together.  He was of the Methodist Faith. 

Todd was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Naomi McCulley and Udell Mills. 

He is survived by his wife Ginger Mills of the home, two daughters, Tyler Mills of Dayton, OH and Lainey Mills of the home, his father, Larry Udell Mills and his wife Melonie of Harrisburg, his mother, Nina Mills of Cabot, two sisters, Beth Morgan and Nikki Marze and her husband Chuck, all of Cabot, and his grandmother, Phoebe Mills of Harrisburg, as well as several uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Monday, at the Gregg-Weston Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisburg with Rev. Donnie Hudson officiating.  Burial with full military honors will follow in Bolivar Cemetery near Harrisburg, under the direction of Gregg-Weston Funeral Home of Harrisburg. 

Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday, noon till service time. 

Pallbearers will be Jim Podanoffsky, Jimmy Looney, Shane Stacks, Brian Houchin, Jody Hickey and John Hardeman.  Honorary pallbearers will be David Dunavant, Jason Cruse, Matt Joyce, Justin Bryant and Peter Esparza.

Mrs. Naomi Brown Collins

Mrs. Naomi Brown Collins, of Trumann, departed this life Thursday, September 12, 2103, at her home at the age of 72. She was born December 21, 1940 in Harrisburg, the daughter of David Brown and Dorothy Smith Brown.  Naomi was a member of the New Vision Church of God in Harrisburg.  She married Dallas Collins on December 19, 1959 and they enjoyed 49 years before his death in 2008.  She held many jobs through the years including over 14 years with Singer, also American Greetings, Obien’s Clothing Store and her last employment was with Parker Manufacturing.  She loved keeping a clean house and also enjoyed yard-work and her flowers.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, James Brown. She is survived by a daughter, Michelle Welch of Blytheville, two sisters, Betty Lemay of Harrisburg and Joy Samuel of Trumann, six brothers, Archie Brown and his wife Zorolla of Harrisburg, Lloyd Brown and his wife Debbie of Monroe, LA, Paul Brown of Trumann, Gerald Brown and his wife Pat of Trumann, Larry Brown and his wife Shawn of Harrisburg, and Eddie Brown and his wife Judy of Colt, four grandchildren, Anthony Runyan, Amber Runyan, Brianna Crume and Cory Crume, and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the Gregg-Weston Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisburg, with Rev. Greg Hoskins officiating.  Interment will follow in Holly Springs Cemetery.  Friends may visit at the funeral home Saturday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Her six brothers will serve as pallbearers.  Gregg-Weston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. W.C. “Kiss” Mills

Mrs. W.C. “Kiss” Mills, of Harrisburg, departed this life Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Lindley Health & Rehab in Newport, at the age of 96.  She was born February 11, 1917 in Harrisburg, the daughter of Walter Whitlock and Maud Moore Whitlock.  She was a lifetime resident of Harrisburg.

When she was a toddler, her father gave her the nickname “Kiss”.  This is the name her friends and family called her all her life. She graduated from Harrisburg High School with honors in 1935.  Kiss served as Secretary of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, Home Room Mother, Cub Scout Den Mother and president of the Harrisburg Parent Teachers Association. She received the PTA’s Life Time Membership Award.  Kiss was raised in the First Christian Church in Harrisburg.  As an adult she served as a Sunday School teacher and President of the Women’s Society.  When her children demonstrated a need for more youth oriented activities, she moved her family membership to the First
United Methodist Church.  As long as her health permitted she continued as a member of their Golden Rule Sunday School Class and the church’s visitation group. Kiss loved reading, gardening and visiting friends.  She took great pleasure in attending the ball games and rodeo events in which her children and grandchildren participated.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Maud Whitlock, her husband of 53 years, W.C. “Buncus” Mills, and four sisters, Estelle Brown, Vivian Griffin, Eula Morrison and Ruby Roberts.  Her surviviors include one daughter, Jeanne Mills and Larry of Harrisburg, two sons, W.C. Mills, Jr. and his wife Sandy and Jetty Paul Mills, all of Harrisburg, six grandchildren, Brad Mills, Dan Mills, Gabe Mills, Willie Mills, Amanda Mills and LeAnne Mills, eight great grandchildren, Legend Mills, Dakota Mills, Alex Laden, Ethan Massey, Madison Mills, Hadleigh Mills, Hannah Mills and Ansley Mills, one great great grandchild, Oakley Mills, four nephews, Walter Morrison, Arthur Heffelfinger, Butch Roberts and John Puryear, and three nieces, Ann Morrison, Pat Chrestman and Donna Morgan.

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, at the Gregg-Weston Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Martin officiating.  Interment will follow in Bolivar Cemetery near Harrisburg. Friends may visit at the funeral home Wednesday evening, 6:00 – 8:00
p.m.  Pallbearers will be Brad Mills, Gabe Mills, Dan Mills, Sgt. William Mills, Butch Roberts and Larry Bright.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tonya Frazier, Judy Smith, Vickie Benson, Kenneth brand, Larry Mills, Tommy Wimpy, Richard Douglas and Martha Mills.

Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider Bolivar Cemetery in Harrisburg, Dierksen Hospice, 4315 E. Johnson, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or Restoration House Ministries in Harrisburg.

Infant Jocelen A`nique Brigitte Chappell

Baby Jocelen, 3 ½ months, of Jonesboro, departed this life on Friday, August 30, 2013 at Portia. She was born May 13, 2013 in Jonesboro to Joshua Andrew Chappell and August Unique Chappell. She was so precious and had such a beautiful smile. Even at this early age, she had three teeth coming in and actually trying to talk. She loved watching her sisters Kamille and Willow play. When her sisters would come home from school, the first thing they would do was kiss baby Jocelen on her checks. And oh how she would smile. Her parents gave her lots of love and attention. She loved being outdoors and also loved when her grammy talked to her. Oh what a smile she had. When she left us she knew she was loved. She is now in heaven and is our angel watching over us. She was preceded in death by her great grandfather Eddie Robinson and her great grandmother VeEtta Sproling, both of Harrisburg. Survivors are her parents Joshua and August Chappell, siblings, Kamille Sproling and Willow Williams of the home, and Jalen and Alex Chappell of Jonesboro, grandparents are Brenda Robinson-Maggitt and husband Darrell and James Sproling of Harrisburg and Judy McCain of Walnut Ridge, great grandparents, Mary Alice Robinson of Harrisburg and Lula Taylor of Walnut Ridge, uncles Linte Sproling of Atlanta, GA and Quinte` Sproling and his wife Jen of Jonesboro, James Tate of Jonesboro and aunts, Jamela Tate and Makayla Sproling of Jonesboro, April Wade of Walnut Ridge and Heather Meeks of Imboden and a host of great uncles, aunts and cousins. Arrangements are under the direction of Gregg-Weston Funeral Home of Harrisburg. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. with services following at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home chapel with Rev. David Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery. Modern News Pic

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