Obituaries

Retha Harpe

Retha Harpe, 85, of Lake City passed away August 25, 2015 in Germantown, TN.

She was born January 14, 1930 in Black Oak to the late Andrew Jackson Mangrum and Stella Mae Porter Mangrum. Retha was retired from Methodist Hospital in Memphis and became a housewife who enjoyed cooking, sewing and traveling. She was a member of the Church of Christ and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include her son, Jerry Swanson and wife Christine of Madison, TN., daughter, Carolyn Stainback of Southhaven, TN., son, Harold Swanson and wife Darlene of Atoka, TN., son, Edward Swanson of Lake City, daughter, Janice Huss and husband Douglas of Millington, TN., stepsons, Greg Harpe and wife Susan of Atlanta, GA., Mike Harpe of Ohio and Phillip Harpe of TN, nine Grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harvell Swanson, her second husband, Thomas Harpe, and her brother, Roy Mangrum, sisters, Melita and Melba.

Funeral services will be graveside 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Monette Cemetery with Barry Ball officiating.

The family will receive friends at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. the day of the service.

Mary Cullum

Cullum, Mary - picMonette- Mary Cullum, 72, passed away Sunday August 9, 2015.

She was born November 18, 1942 in Lake City. She was a homemaker, who loved her Lord and her family. Mrs. Mary was a member of the Monette Church of Christ. She enjoyed talking to her friends on the phone.

She is survived by her husband, Noble Glenn Cullum; her mother, Louise McFarlin; her children and their spouses, Myron Kent and Belinda Cullum and Kim Suzette and Doyle Jones; grandchildren, Tiffany Barnes (Chris), Mallary Ervin (Chris), Drake Cullum, Christian Cullum and Krey Jeffries; great-grandsons, Cayden Cullum, Jacob Barnes and Kasen Jeffries.

She was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow McFarlin and three brothers, Charles McFarlin, Joe McFarlin and James McFarlin.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Monette Church of Christ with Art Smith and Josh Parnell officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dennis Cobb, Byron Sparkman, Kevin Baldridge, Tom Carroll, Chris Ervin and Tyler Wamsley.

Lasting memorial may be sent to the Children’s Home in Paragould.

 

 

Kenneth “Randall” Ryan

Ryan, KennethMonette- Kenneth Randall Ryan, 55, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015.

He was born August 1, 1960 in Jonesboro. He was a member of the Black Oak Church of Christ and a loving son, father and grandfather. He enjoyed Buffalo Island Central Basketball, fishing, and going to the lake. He loved his family and his dog, Toby.

He was survived by his mother, Linda Qualls and her husband Chub; his children, Andrea Crawford (Tommy) and Amanda Schmehl (Adam) all of Leachville, Michael Ryan (Deanna) of Conway and Brittany Ryan of Monette; a granddaughter, Bailey Crawford of Leachville; a sister, Stacy Shelton (Ron) of Jonesboro; two nephews, Ryan Shelton and Reid Shelton both of Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Ryan; grandparents, Kenneth and Blanche Collins; a grandson, Noah Cook.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Jerry “Chub” Qualls officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Tommy Crawford, Mike French, Mark French, Adam Schmehl, Ryan Shelton, Reid Shelton and Gary French.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or American Diabetes Assn.

 

Rayburn Faulkner

Caraway- Rayburn “Smiley” Faulkner, 68, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015.

He was born September 10, 1946 in Caraway to the late Ray and Helen Stone Faulkner. He was a lifelong farmer and cattleman. He was of the Baptist belief and enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife Judy Faulkner; two daughters, Stacy Faulkner of Caraway and Kelli Bradfield and husband Toby of Portageville, Missouri; a sister and her husband, Myra and John Vail of Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Taylor Bradfield, Railey Bradfield and Gray Bradfield; special friends, William Maulding of Caraway, Wayne and Terry Fires of Rivervale; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Joe Gestaut.

A graveside service will be 10:00 am Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as honorary pallbearers are Kyle Vaughn, Ronald Faulkner, Harvey E. Faulkner, Charles D. Faulkner, Wayne Fires and William Maulding.

Lasting memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or Caraway First Baptist Church- memorial fund, P.O. Box 188 Caraway, Arkansas 72419.

 

 

Charles David Davis Sr.

 davis, charles  Caraway- Charles David Davis Sr., passed away July 10, 2015 in NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

   He was born April 12, 1948, in Deventer, Missouri to the late Charles Irven Davis and Annie Laverne Griggs Davis. He was a member of the Caraway United Methodist Church, an avid fisherman and Industrial Engineer. He will be remembered as a loving husband, son, father and grandfather.

   Survivors include his loving wife Mary of the home;  his mother, Annie L. Davis; daughter, Cindy Davis Schneider all of Caraway; son, “Chuck” Charles David Davis Jr and wife Melissa of Leachville; four grandchildren, Chareigan Davis of Leachville, Jonathan Schneider of Caraway, Avery Davis of Leachville and Dana Freeman of Leachville.

   Funeral services will be 3:00 pm Saturday July 11, 2015 in the chapel of Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Bro. Jerry Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Caraway Cemetery.

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

Shirley Sipes Rice

Rice, Shirley - pMonette- Shirley Sipes Rice, 64, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015.

She was born April 3, 1951 in Paragould to the late Jack and Helen Lewis Sipes of Monette. She was a graduate of Monette High School and was a hairdresser and a homemaker. A few of the many things she will be remembered for is her wonderful cooking and her love and faith she had for The Lord.  She took pleasure in many things but spending time with her grand-daughter, Sophie, was what she treasured the most.  She was a member of the Monette First Baptist Church where many years she enjoyed teaching Sunday school to some very special ladies.  She was a devoted Christian woman who read her Bible daily and witnessed to anyone and everyone.  She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Rex, of the home; two daughters, Candace Sipes (Chad Davis) of Bono and Lindsay Rice of Bono and her granddaughter, Sophie Rice; sister, Charlotte Stewart (Mike) of Nashville, TN; a niece, Angie Raymont (Doug) of Nashville, TN; nephew, Chris Stewart (Laura) of Knoxville, TN; great nephews, Parker Stewart and Lincoln and Pearce Raymont, and a great niece, Kayla Stewart. She is also survived by a host of many friends including some very special ones, Diane, Geneva, Rhonda, and Barbara.
She is also preceded in death by her grandparents, HG and Mildred Lewis and Henry and Mollie Sipes.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:30 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Monette First Baptist Church.

A celebration of her life will be 6:30 pm Tuesday at the church with Jason Cline and Rev. Rusty Bird officiating. A private burial will be Wednesday at Linwood Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Chad Davis, Mike Stewart, Keith Ainsworth, Ernie Rice, Brandon Decker, Bobby Davis, and Jan Cole Roddy.

Last memorials may be sent to Monette First Baptist Church, Make-A-Wish Foundation, or Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home.

Beatrice M. Fletcher

Caraway – Beatrice M. Fletcher, 93, of Caraway passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Lakeside Nursing Home. She was born to the late Henry Thomas and Clara Brandon Varner on August 13, 1921 in Black Oak. She was a homemaker and will be remembered for her love of gardening and working with flowers in her yard as well as being an excellent cook, seamstress and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Fletcher; son, Jimmy Fletcher and his wife, Mary; grandchildren, Don Fletcher, Alison McFarlin, Anthony Fletcher, Rhonda Crews and Samantha Spencer; sixteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren all of Caraway as well as one brother, H.T. Varner and wife Adrian of Liverpool, N.Y.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Fletcher; two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 25, 2015 in the chapel of Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Bro. Jeff Heitman officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time. Interment will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be: Don Fletcher, Steve McFarlin, Gary Fletcher, Wayne Roach, J.L. Shortnacy and William Tyler. Honorary pallbearers will be Tobe Brewer, Rudy Anderson and Bill Hawkins.

A special thanks to Jean Jeffers and the Lakeside Nursing Center Staff for all the kind and loving support.

Winford P. Pyland

Pyland, WinfordMonette- Winford Doyle Pyland, 88, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Monette Manor.

He was born May 28, 1927 in Monette to the late Jim Pyland and Pearl Ward Pyland.

He served in the U.S. Army, came home and worked as a farmer until 1955, when he left to work for General Motors in Flint, Michigan. Mr. Pyland retired in 1986 and immediately moved back to Monette. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and Monette American Legion Post 136. He enjoyed gardening and was a very good husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Alma Pyland of lake City; five children, David Pyland (Deb), Lenny Pyland (Kandi), Shirley Compton (Gary), Beth Richard (Les) and Nancy Pyland all of Flint, Michigan; six grandchildren, Eric, Lucky, Brent, Amber, Nicole and Sarah; seven great grandchildren and a great-great grandchild; longtime special friend of the family, Teri Lee Fritcher and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, J.H. Pyland, V.L. Pyland and Chester Pyland.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday June 17, 2015 at Monette First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the church.

Norma June Berry Merryman

Las Vegas, Nevada- Norma June Berry Merryman formally of Monette, was born to Ola Jeffers Berry and Monroe “Monk” Berry on June 3, 1939 and passed away April 20, 2015.

She was raised in Monette and graduated from Monette High School in 1957.  She moved to Las Vegas in 1962 and resided there until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elvis Earl Merryman; her parents Ola and Monk; two sisters; Ann Berry Green and Beverly Berry Hampton.

She is survived by one sister, Patty Sue Berry Day of North Little Rock; three children, Marisa Merryman Hastings, Elvis Michael Merryman and Michael Price Merryman, all of Las Vegas; four grandchildren; Lindsey Higginbotham, Stephanie Sears, Steven Hastings, and Olivia Clary; eight great-grandchildren; Michael Price Jr., Anthony, Skylar, Silas, Lauren, Arianna, Cade and Connor.  She also leaves her beloved dachshunds, Molly and Luke.

Memorial service will be held at 2:00, Thursday, June 18th at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.  Visitation will begin one hour prior to service and burial following at Monette Cemetery.

Barbara “Bobbie” Wilson

Monette – Barbara “Bobbie” Wilson passed away June 6, 2015 in Fleming Island, FL. Born September 12, 1932 near Monette. She was a member of the Keystone Hts. Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 yrs, Bruce Wilson; parents, Floyd and Geneva Darr; sister, Sharon Brooks; brothers-in-law, James Markin and Neil Abel; nephew, Brian Brooks.

Survivors include her son, Lanny Wilson; grandchildren, L. K. (Monica) Wilson, Lisa (Brian) Lucus and Jacob Wilson; great-grandchildren, Brooke Wilson and Connor Lucas; sisters, Margaret Abel and Shelby (Loran) Haney.

Private burial was in Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

She will be truly missed by all.

 

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