Jackie Vernon Williams

Mr. Jackie Vernon Williams of Monette, departed this life Thursday, September 22, 2016, in Jonesboro, at the age of 61.

He was born July 10. 1955 in Doniphan, MO, the son of Buddy Williams and Wynnette Johnson Williams.

Jackie was a truck driver for many years and for the past 15 years was a car dealer in Lake City. He married Suzanne Crocker in 1989 and they enjoyed 27 years together. He most enjoyable hobby was dirt track racing.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Jan Burchett. He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Williams of the home, one son, Chad Williams of Lake City, his parents, Buddy and Wynnette Williams of Fairdealing, MO, one brother, Jimmy Williams (Verla) of Poplar Bluff, MO, two sisters, Judy Allen of Little Rock, and Joy Boyer (Dale) of Dexter, MO, and several, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Monette Church of Christ, with Mr. Ron Langston officiating. Interment will follow in Cane Island Cemetery near Lake City. Friends may visit at the church, 1:00 p.m. until service time. Pallbearers will be Wade Gathright, Scott Combs, Jeff Spencer, Blake Burns, Michael Nichols, and Blake Liscomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Atkinson and Tarrell Watkins. There will be a time during services set aside for personal eulogies. The family invites anyone who would like to share a few words to do so.

Elizabeth Ann Terry Williams

williams-elizabethCherokee Village- Elizabeth Ann Terry Williams, 65, formerly of Caraway passed away Sunday, September 18, 2016 at her home.

She was born February 17, 1951 in Caraway to late James and Senty Lillie Terry. She retired after twenty-seven years with Basler Electric. She loved to scrapbook, fish and be with her family. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Donnie Williams; two daughters and their husbands, Kim and Danny Sneed of Monette and Christie and Vic Elam of Burlington, Kansas; three grandchildren, Jacey Sneed of Jonesboro, Jacob Elam and Marie Claire Elam of Burlington; a great-grandchild, Bentley Sneed; a sister, Glenda Hamilton of Osceola; two brothers-in-law, James Williams (Johnnie) of Caraway and Jerry Williams of Helena; three sisters-in-law and their husbands, Betty and Cleo Davis, Levetta and Shelby Davis of Lake City and Patricia and Scott Armstrong of Bay; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A celebration of her life will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Caraway First Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating. Interment will follow at Caraway Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, September 23, 2016 at Caraway First Baptist Church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jacob Elam, Todd Emison, Mark Dixon, Gunner Ault, Brian Crews, Roger Williams and Don Fletcher and as honorary pallbearers, Merrett Emery, Leland Dowless, Lynn Haag, Bill Pendergrass, Greg Miller, Wayne Pickett, Kenny Williams and numerous others.

Jimmy Don Arant

Jimmy Don Arant died peacefully in his sleep September 6, 2016. Loved by many, he led a Godly life that was uniquely his. An avid music lover who enjoyed creating things with his hands, Jim loved being with his family and playing with his grandchildren above all.

Jim is survived by his son, Jeremy, daughters Jennifer and Holly, six grandchildren, two sisters, three nephews and many others whom he loved dearly.

There will be a memorial service at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette, Arkansas on September 16, 2016 at 11 am.

You shone like the sun…Shine on, Jim.

Carl Luther Baker

Lake City- Carl Luther Baker, 82, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born September 10, 1933 in Black Oak to the late Charles and Rosella Baker. He was a mechanic and a musician and had worked on a farm during his life. He enjoyed his wife, children and grandchildren. He took in a lot of people that needed help. He had a great sense of humor and loved to joke.

He is survived by his children, Sharon Conner of Lake City, Julie Singleton (Scott) and Joey Baker (Debbie) all of Clinton, Iowa; a very close family friend, Carol McFadden and many grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ann Baker in 2015 and son, Danny Baker.

A graveside service will be 1:00 pm Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Lake City Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Ronnie Dale Fletcher

Ron_Flecther_Obit_PhotoHot Spring- Ronnie Dale Fletcher passed away early morning on July 30, 2016 in Hot Springs at age 64. Fletcher is known affectionately as “Rabbit” by family and friends.

He was the son of the late Woodrow and Mary Ellen Fletcher, born April 13, 1952 at St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro.

Fletcher also preceded in death by his brothers, Aubrey Ray Bunch, Lowell “Sonny” Fletcher, and sister, Billie Wanda Ceren.

Fletcher is survived by two sons and one daughter; Cody Dale Fletcher of Hot Springs, Cassidy Dale Blake Fletcher of Hot Springs, and Autumn Nicole Fletcher of Newark, DE; a brother, Richard “Tom” Bunch of Oklahoma City, Okla; and sisters, Faye Bunch McLaughlin of Harrison; Carol Fletcher Lybarger (Michael) of Hot Springs and Kay Lynn Fletcher Parrish (Mark) of Monette and survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and their children.

Fletcher graduated from Monette High School in 1970. He was an active member in FFA and played sports such as baseball, where he gained the nickname “Rabbit”. After graduation, he followed his dreams, beginning his career in the horse racing industry. As an apprentice jockey he began to move up the ranks with John and Winnie Morgan, later becoming a journeyman. He went on to win over 600 races bringing in purse earnings surpassing $3.2 Million. After retiring in 1997, he went on to work in several capacities within thoroughbred racing.  Rabbit’s connection and touch with horses was remarked upon time and time again. He had a God-given gift that was hard to duplicate, and will be missed by many.

As a teenager, he was baptized in the St. Francis River at Mangrum. He was a follower of Jesus Christ.

Visitation will begin at 1 pm. Friday August 5th, 2016 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.  Service will follow at 2 pm, ending with a graveside service at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Oaklawn Chapel in Hot Springs, Saturday August 6th, 2016 at 3pm.

Memorials can be made In Loving Memory of Ronnie “Rabbit” Fletcher via and Simmons First Bank to the Autumn Fletcher Account-Memorial Fund. Proceeds will be donated to assist professional jockeys with future medical and burial cost in honor of Ronnie “Rabbit” Fletcher.

Barbara Marie Irwin

Black Oak- Barbara Marie Irwin, 82, passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born June 3, 1934 in Long Beach, California to the late Pete and Mary Motcher Tarsarar. She was a homemaker who was also a pilot. She attended New Hope Baptist Church in Black Oak.

She is survived by a daughter, Veronica Irwin Farnsworth of Washington; two nieces, Winnie Heil of California and Beverly Stark of Utah; a nephew, Thomas Irwin of California; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Tom Irwin.

A graveside service will be 10:00 am Friday, August 5, 2016 at Pine Log Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Randy Odell Walton

Lake City- Randy Odell Walton, 62, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016 at his home.

He was born August 3, 1953 in Monette to Ray Odell Walton and Rosalee Jones Walton. Randy had worked for Caterpillar and Naperville Jeep Eagle as a parts man. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved spending time on Lake Michigan.

He is survived by his mother, Rosalee Walton; three brothers and their wives, Bobby and Sue Walton of Manila, Gary and Marlene Walton of Ozark and Jimmy and Judy Walton of Lockport, Illinois; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father, Ray Walton and a sister, Emily Walton.

A graveside service will be 11:00 am Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Chub Qualls officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

There will be no visitation.



Virgie Shirley

Monette- Virgie Shirley, 84, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

She was born November 8, 1931 in Leachville to the late Ray and Mary Langston Rogers. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Earnest Shirley, Terry Shirley, Bobby Shirley, Ronny Shirley, Debby Morris and Tammy Oliver; a brother, Junior Ray Rogers; 19 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, E. L. Shirley;  two brothers, George Rogers and Troy Rogers; two sisters, Velma Platz and Annie Lee Patterson.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Eddie Dunigan officiating. Interment will follow at Macey Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Terry Shirley Jr., Bobby Shirley Jr., Blake Allen Webster, Greg Allen Shirley, Christopher Shirley and Zac Tyler Shirley and as honorary pallbearer, Dennis Oliver.



John Paul Masner

jpm 2Jonesboro- John Paul Masner, 92, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born December 12, 1923 in Poplar Ridge Community near Monette to the late Elmore and Meldora Reeves Masner. At the age of two, his parents moved to Monette, where he lived the next eighty years before moving to Jonesboro.

He was a graduate of Monette High School and Arkansas State College. John served in Army during World War II. He was in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was surrounded for several days before escaping. After that he joined General George Patton and remained with him until the end of the war. He earned three bronze stars and several other medals.

When he got out of the service, he came home and started farming and continued until his retirement. On August 22, 1953, he married Ann Murrell and enjoyed fifty-seven years together until her death in 2010. He was a member of the Monette First Baptist Church, Monette American Legion Post 136 and was a mason and a Shriner. He also served as treasurer for the Monette High School Alumni Board for many years.

He is survived by a sister, Billie Wilkes of Virginia; two nephews, Joe Masner of Jonesboro and Tommy Berry of Dallas, Texas; a niece, Carolyn Sockwell of Jonesboro and a host of friends.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ann Murrell Masner; five sisters, Emma Jo Conner, Stella Wallace, Minnie Kaplan, Jessie Jance and Mabel Berry and two brothers, Elmer Masner and Nath Masner.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Monette First Baptist Church with Rev. Rusty Bird officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1:30 pm Wednesday at Monette First Baptist Church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Clay Stewart, Bob Blankenship, Bob Hurst, Ed Dunbar, Jerry Lynn Halsey Jr. and Bobby Flannigan.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Monette First Baptist Church.



Melva Jean Taylor

Melva Jean Taylor, 75, of Monette passed away June 21, 2016 at her home.

She was born June 30, 1940 to the late Joe Wallis and Elizabeth Paxton Wallis. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and sister and the happiest person you would ever meet. Melva was an avid fisherman and an accomplished seamstress.

Survivors include her daughters, Pam Crum (Danny) of Cardwell, MO., Holly Patterson (Auddie Lynn McFarlin) of Monette; sons, Allen Taylor (Erin) of Corinth, MS., and Zach Taylor (Deanna) of Monette; a sister, Mary Ann Ball of Jonesboro; daughter of the heart, Lois Grant (Doug Ray) of Michigan; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her husband, Bobby Taylor; two brothers, Glenn Wallis and Jerry Wayne Clayton and sisters, Donna Pitts, Virga Lee Knuckles and Linda Clayton.

Graveside funeral Services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday June 24, 2016 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Larry Mc Donald officiating.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Friday at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.



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