Obituaries

Bertha Walker Sparkman

Monette – Mrs. Bertha Walker Sparkman, 94, departed this life Monday, July 14, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

She was born December 29, 1919 in Cherry Valley, the daughter of the late Henry Duke and Mary Jane Banton Duke.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God.  She loved to quilt and cook and was often called the world’s greatest cook and baker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Lee Henry Walker and Bill Sparkman and five brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by a daughter and her husband, Audrey and Charles Taylor of Auburn Hills, MI; a son and his wife, Jimmy and Marla Walker of Waterford, MI, two daughters-in-law, Linda Walker of Fayette, AL and Debra Walker of Pontiac, MI, and many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Shawn McElhannon and Rev. Terry Miller officiating.  Interment will follow in Nettleton Cemetery.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Friday, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Bill Huntley

Lake City- Bill Huntley, 72, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at his residence.

He was born May 2, 1942 in Rockford, Illinois to the late William Arthur Huntley Sr. and Evilain Mae Felts Huntley. He was a retired truck driver and of Baptist belief.

He is survived by his wife, Lynette Huntley; his children, Lori Greenberg of Rockford, Judy Chamberlain of Lake City and David Harris of Jonesboro; three sisters, Carol St. Jean of Madison, WI , Alice Fredrick  and Betty Pippel both of Rockford; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the funeral home.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Bethabara Baptist Church.

 

 

Oletia J. Hestand

Dowell, IL- Oletia J. Hestand, 78, formerly of Black Oak, passed away July 9, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette. Burial will follow at the Monette Memorial Cemetery.

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

 

 

Druzell Mae “Tommie” Barrett

Mrs. Druzell Mae “Tommie” Barrett of Blytheville, formerly of Lepanto, departed this life Thursday, July 3, 2014, at her home in Blytheville, at the age of 68. 

She was born in Rivervale, December 5, 1945, the daughter of Robert E. lee Whaley and Mable Effie Shelton Whaley.  She was a convenience store manager for Mid-South Sales for many years and was a Baptist.  She enjoyed cooking and going to the casinos.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ronald lee Barrett, and 9 brothers and sisters. 

She is survived by one son, Jearl Lee Barrett of Blytheville; two grandsons, Justin Barrett and Tim Barrett, both of Blytheville; one sister, Irene “Susie” McDowell (Albert) of Vicksburg, Michigan, and three brothers, Wayford Whaley (Nancy) of Proctor, John Henry “Jinx” Whaley (Dottie) of Tupelo, MS and Charles Wayne Whaley (Carol) of Bartlett, TN. 

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Rivervale Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in Potters Cemetery at Lepanto under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monett.

Friends may visit at the church, Monday evening, 5:00 till 9:00 p.m. 

Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

 

Junior Leon “Bug” Hensley

Caraway- Junior Leon “Bug” Hensley, 83, of Caraway, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at his residence.

He was born April 14, 1931 in Batesville to the late James and Martha “Mattie” Bolin Hensley.  Mr. Hensley retired as a Greyhound bus driver after 35 years of service and formerly was a farmer, policeman and barber.  He was known for his “Hensley strawberries”.  He loved family time and enjoyed cooking for the family.  He was of the Baptist belief and was a U.S. Army Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alpha Rose Reynolds Hensley; two daughters, Cynthia Barrett of Caraway and Terri Pearson of Lake City; a son, Keith Hensley and wife, Paula, of Caraway; seven grandchildren, Paul Barrett, Laura Smith, Amy Baker, Leah Brown, Lyndsey Gomez, Mitchell Hensley and Ben Hensley; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 3:00 pm at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Andy Brice officiating. Burial will follow at Caraway Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dennis Gomez, Shawn Smith, Nick Baker, Kevin Killett, Keith Hensley and Paul Barrett.  Honorary pallbearers are Mitchell Hensley, Ben Hensley, Rhett Randell and David Harris.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1:00 pm until service time at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

 

Lula “Toots” Lang

Monette- Lula “Toots” Lang passed away peacefully June 26, 2014 at 89 years of age. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years.

She spent most of her life in northeast Arkansas near the community of Monette where she was a lifelong member of Mount Pleasant General Baptist Church. She was one of nine children born to John and Lula Cornish. Her early schooling occurred in a one room building that she walked to every day. When she finished the ninth grade and needed to transfer to the school in Monette, her father held her out because he was concerned about the risks of attending a city school. Later in life she returned to school to complete her GED and achieve graduation, a life long goal.

Lula met the love of her life, Paul Lang, when Paul traveled from Cabot to Monette to be a field hand for Lula’s father, John.  She and Paul were wed May 17, 1942. When Paul returned from serving overseas, Lula traveled with him to his Army post despite her father’s objections. After that adventure, Lula settled in Northeast Arkansas where she worked alongside Paul to build a successful farming operation and raise three boys, Nick (Helen), Roy (Michele) and Chris (Elka).

She is survived by these children, five grandchildren, Christopher Lang (Tiffany), Kelly Robertson (Joseph), Candice Lang, Patrick Lang (Kyla), Courtney Beard (Jeff) and two step-grandchildren, Jonathan Ledrick and Jennifer Fithen (Dan); eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, June 28, 2014, at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Rev. Earnest Cornish officiating.  Burial will follow at Monette Cemetery. Visitation will be at Saturday morning from 10:00 until service time.

Melva Bibb Harsh

bibbMonette – Melva Bibb Harsh, 79, of Leesburg, Florida, formerly of Monette, died Sunday, June 8, 2014 in Leesburg.

She was born on January 7, 1935 to the late David and Irene Coffee Wiser in Leachville.  She lived in Leachville for 15 years then married James Bibb of Monette and moved to Sturgis, Michigan for 25 years before moving back to Leachville in 1975.  Mrs. Melva moved to Florida in 2003.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

She is survived by her husband, Doug Harsh, of the home; two sons, James Bibb (Debbie) of Sturgis, MI and Ron Bibb (Vickie) of Azle, TX; daughter, Tammy Dumas of Senath, MO; two brothers, Bill Wiser of Florida and Morris Wiser of Texas; thirteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Bibb.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette. Interment will follow at Leachville Cemetery.

Friends may visit with family at the funeral home on Friday, June 20, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The family request lasting memorials be made to Second Baptist Church in Leachville.

 

Paralee H. McFarlin

Mrs. Paralee H. McFarlin, of Monette, departed this life Friday, June 6, 2014, in Jonesboro, at the age of 88.  She was born April 27, 1926 in Little River, AR, the daughter of the late Arthur Dougherty and Bertha Keith Dougherty.  She grew up in the Macey Community and attended school at Macey Public Schools.  She married Thomas Junior “Budgie “ McFarlin on August 18, 1945.  Paralee worked for Douglas Aircraft during WW II and also helped in the family garage business.  She drove a school bus for Monette Public Schools.  She enjoyed her flower beds and gardening and loved dancing, playing cards, and traveling.  She was of the Baptist faith but attended the Monette Church of Christ.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas McFarlin, and six brothers, Art Junior Dougherty, Ray Dougherty, Bill Dougherty, Charles Dougherty, David Dougherty, and a baby brother Dougherty.  She is survived by one son, Thomas McFarlin (Donna) of Manila, one daughter, Karalee Gibson (Larry) of Lake City, one brother, Lavern Dougherty of Catawissa, MO, one sister, Bernice Tompkins of Senath, MO, one grandson, Michael McFarlin (Jennifer), two Granddaughters, Melinda Wells (Brice), Patricia Duffel (Phillip), all of Monette, and 6 great grandchildren.  Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Monday at the Gregg Funeral Home in Monette. Interment will follow in Macey Cemetery. Friends may visit Sunday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Vernon Ray Hill Sr.

Vernon Ray Hill Sr. 69, of Black Oak passed away Tuesday May 27, 2014 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

 He was born May 23, 1945, in Black Oak to the late Lee and Gledis Vowell Hill. Mr. Hill will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather who loved to hunt and fish and spend time outdoors on his land in Calamine. He retired from the Craighead Co. Road Department where he drove a road grader for more than twenty years. He also worked for John Paul Masner for many years.

 Survivors include his daughter, Lanae Kain and husband Mike of Paragould; son, Vernon Ray Hill Jr of MS; four sisters, Virginia Brown, Kathleen Milligan, Linda Dees and Glenda Brenner Gower and two grandchildren.

 He is preceded in death by his parents as well as one sister, Dorothy North; four brothers, Leroy, Junior, G.L. and Jerry.

 Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 pm Friday May 30, 2014 at Caraway Cemetery in Caraway with Rev. Rusty Bird officiating.

 Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Thursday the 29th at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

 

Mildred Veronica Austin

Mrs. Mildred Veronica Austin, of Caraway, departed this life Friday, May 9, 2014, at her home at the age of 70.  She was born November 18, 1943 in Leachville, the daughter of the late Clyde Crabtree and Adell Wheeler Crabtree.  She was a homemaker and also worked in the family business, Austin Auto Sales and Salvage. She loved baseball, fishing and flowers.  She married Bobby Ray Austin in November of 1959 and they enjoyed 54 years together.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 5 siblings.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Ray Austin of the home, one daughter, Kim Pettit and her fiancée Jim Taylor of Caraway, one son, Ricky Austin and his wife Deborah of Caraway, one brother, Alvin Crabtree and his wife Kay of Bono, one sister, Wanda Looney and her husband Jack of Harrisburg, four grandchildren, Michael Pettit, Renee Pettit, Devon Austin and Ryan Austin. 

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Larry White officiating.  Interment will follow in Caraway Cemetery. 

Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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