Obituaries

Flora Louise Mooney

Caraway- Mrs. Flora Louise Mooney, 89, departed this life Thursday, August 28, 2014, at the St. Bernard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro.

She was born March 11, 1925 in Center, MS, the daughter of Joseph Raymond Kelley and Eva Mae Ballard Kelley.  She was a member of the Caraway Baptist Church and worked for the Caraway Drug Company for 15 years.  She enjoyed her flowers and was given the yard of the month honors on several occasions.  She was a great cook, a good loving mother and was very fun to be around.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan V. Mooney; one son, Bryan Mooney, Jr.; one grandson, James Bryan Moyer and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a daughter, Mae Dell Workman (David) of Como, MS; three sons, James Mooney (Vicky) of Jonesboro, Terry Mooney (Lucinda) of Euless, TX, S. Barry Mooney (Ellen) of Colorado; a brother, Clyde Ray Kelley of West Memphis; 11 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and several great, great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating.  Interment will follow in Nettleton Cemetery.

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

 

 

Frank Edward Flynn

Lake City- Frank Edward Flynn, 82, formerly of Granite City, Ill., passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at home after a brief illness.

He was born February 8, 1932 in Lake City, the son of William Roland Flynn and Ruby Marie Phillips Flynn Wingo.  On May 2, 1952, he married Frances Divona Reynolds who passed away May 18, 2012.  They celebrated 60 years of marriage.  Frank and Frances were members of Needham Assembly of God Church.

Frank was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and a recipient of the Bronze Star, the Korean Service Medal with six Bronze Stars, the Occupation Medal for Japan, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for his service from 1949 – 1952.  He was employed for 30 years by General Motors where he was a general foreman on the corvette line at the St. Louis, Mo. plant.  He retired in 1984.  Frank enjoyed singing and playing guitar, bringing laughter to family and friends, fish fries, his wife’s banana pudding, and his mother’s coconut cake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one sister, and five brothers.

He is survived by his children, one daughter, Frankie Flynn Kins and husband David of Pueblo, Colo.; two sons, Phillip E. Flynn and wife LeAnn of Pueblo West, Colo.; Aaron C. Flynn and wife Robin of Granite City, Ill; one sister, Jewell Sneed of Delano, Cali.; one brother, Donnie Flynn of St. Charles, Mo.; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Van Gilbert officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Friday, August 29, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

Robert “Eddie” Edward Rolland

Jonesboro- Robert “Eddie” Edward Rolland, 61, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born July 12, 1953 in Flint, Michigan. Eddie served his country proudly in the United States Air Force. He was an auctioneer for Leele’s Market and loved everybody and never met a stranger. He will be remembered as a loving husband, son, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Rolland; his mother, Lora Cole of Jonesboro; his children, Robbie Eugene Cole of Jonesboro, Donald James Rolland (Amanda) of Paragould, Michael Anthony Rolland (Brandy Wilson) of Jonesboro, Daniel Ray Rolland (Sara Langston) of Jonesboro, Ashley Rolland Arnold (Steven) of Trumann and Felicia Rolland Perdue (Jesse) of Jonesboro; two sisters, Donna Wood (Perry) of Monette and Penny Faulkner (Chris) of Dyersburg, TN; thirty-one grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert “Bob” Rolland; his step-father, Don Cole; a nephew, Dusty Wood; his step-mother, Mary Robertson Rolland.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Donald Rolland, Mickaul Rolland, Daniel Rolland, John Dickson, Joe Wood, Steven Meine, Chris Dhane and Robert Cole and as honorary Joe Meshack and William Hadl.

Helen L. Faulkner

Caraway- Helen L. Faulkner, 90, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born January 16, 1924 in Caraway to the late James and Elzie Stone. She and her husband farmed for many years in the Caraway area and their cattle farm near Brookland. Mrs. Helen was a member of the Caraway First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Myra and John Vail of Jonesboro and Rayburn and Judy Faulkner of Caraway; six grandchildren, Robin (Billy) Justus of Cabot, John Alan (Susanne) Vail of Jonesboro; Stacy Faulkner of Caraway, Kelli (Toby) Bradfield of Portageville, Missouri, Sally Gestaut and Keith (Alexis) Gestaut all of Chicago; nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ray Faulkner; a daughter, Helen Gestaut; a son-in-law, Joseph Gestaut; two brothers and two sisters.

A graveside service will be 10:00 am Monday, August 25, 2014 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

There will be no visitation.

Honored to serve as pallbearers Toby Bradfield, John Alan Vail, Ronald Faulkner, Harvey E. Faulkner, Charles D. Faulkner and William Maulding.

The family would like to thank the staff of Monette Manor for taking care of their mother and grandmother.

Lasting memorials may be sent to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Caraway First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 188 Caraway, AR 72419.

 

 

Alan Conway Edwards

Blytheville- Alan Conway Edwards, 53, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at his residence.

He was born May 12, 1961 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a longtime resident of Blytheville. He worked as a plumber with his father since the age of 14 and was owner and operator of Alan Edwards’ Plumbing. Alan will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather with a kind heart, loved fishing and gave back to people when he could.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Angela and Casey Besharse of Monette; his mother, Louise Edwards of Blytheville; a son and his wife, Alex and Monica Edwards of Gosnell; a sister, Cindy Davies of Mobile, Al; six grandchildren, Carmen Besharse, Austin Besharse, Demre Besharse, Kaelyn Edwards, Brooklyn Edwards and Starlyn Dunkin; close friends, Dorothy Grissom and Kay Marr.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Edwards and a brother, Ronnie Edwards.

A graveside service to celebrate his life will be 2:00 pm, Friday August 15, 2014 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Rusty Bird officiating under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

H. M. “Tink” Wimberley

Monette- H.M. “Tink” Wimberley departed this life August 4, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Tink was born August 12, 1928 at Etowah to Monroe and Emma Wimberley and moved to the Macey Community at a young age. After joining the Army, he served in Germany for two years and returned to Monette in 1955. He married Millie Ella Hout and to this union three children were born. Tink farmed cotton until his retirement. He was a member of the Monette United Methodist Church and served on the Boards of Directors for Buffalo Island Ambulance Service and Macey Cemetery. He volunteered as an ambulance driver and was active in the community. He was also a member of the Monette American Legion.

Tink is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Millie; his children, Rick (Paige) Wimberley of Wynne, Diane Wimberley (David Ancieta) of Tuckerman and Kevin (Reba) Wimberley of Monette; two grandchildren, Michael Wimberley of Springdale and Lindsey Wimberley of Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Edna Williams and Margaret Mantanich.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the Monette United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2 pm at the Monette United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Burial to follow at Macey Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Pallbearers will be Robin Ashley, Bob Blankenship, David Clark, Steve Haigwood, Thomas McFarlin and Collin Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Baker, Larry Bibb, Mac Bounds, Dewayne Couch, Gene Gathright and Boyce Long.

The family requests that is lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Monette United Methodist Church, Macey Cemetery, American Cancer Society, Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House or the charity of your choice.

 

 

Cordia M. Sexton

 Cordia M. Sexton, 94, of Monette passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at her home. She was born November 23, 1919 in Mountain View to the late John and Anna Lou Ward Smithee. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and worked as a store clerk in the Monette area for many years.

 Survivors include her daughter, Angie Sexton of Monette, granddaughter, Debbie Sexton of Walnut Ridge, great grandsons, Keith Sexton (Kelly- Abbey, Cammy) of Monette and Brett Sexton (Shantel) of Manila, great granddaughter, Sydney Sexton of Paragould, great great grandson, Corbin Sexton of Manila and four brothers, Eunis Smithee (Doris) of Minear, IL, Melvin Smithee of Wynne, Leroy Smithee (Marian) of Monette and Franklin Smithee (Val) of Monette as well as three special friends of the family Maddie, Presley and Chandler

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday July 29, 2014 in the chapel of Gregg Funeral Home at Monette with Rev. J.R. McElhannon and Shawn McElhannon officiating. Interment will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers will be, her nephews, Tony Smithee, Ricky Smithee, Wesley Smithee and Sam Easley.

William Dunavin

Chicago, IL- William Dunavin, 39, formerly of Monette and Paragould passed away July 17, 2014 at his residence.

Survived by his father, Jeff Dunavin; brother, Mark Dunavin and numerous other family members.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 pm at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Memorial Service at 3:00 pm.

 

 

Jerry Ray Grant

Monette -Jerry Ray Grant, 74, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home.

He was born February 10, 1940 in Jonesboro to the late Roy and Carrie Grant. He was a member of the American Legion for many years and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed watching football and NASCAR as well as going fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Marie Grant of the home; sons Sam Grant and wife Becky and Johnny Cockrell and wife Angelia all of Aberdeen, MS.; daughters, Diana Sherman of Jonesboro and Frankie Harris of Monette; a brother, Roy Grant Jr.  and wife Betty of Jonesboro and a sister, Sandra Pylant of Jonesboro as well as twelve grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.

Mr. Grant is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Jackie Joe Cockrell and Jerry Eugene Cockrell; one sister, Betty Nell and two brothers, Troy Grant and Billy Joe Grant.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday July 28, 2014 at the chapel of Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Interment will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be, Roxanne Hogue, Nicole Bouse, Melinda Pearce, Samantha Pierce, Jamie Lynn Lisk and Amanda Wilson and as honorary pallbearers his grandsons.

 

 

 

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.

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