Obituaries

James A. Miller

millerJonesboro- James Aubrey Miller was called to heaven Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

He was born on October 26, 1927 in the home of his grandparents, Elbert E. “Eb” Barnes and Mary Frances Barnes in Leachville. He graduated from Childress High School in 1945.  He met Emma Lee Merritt who was playing piano at the Delfore Methodist Church, married her on July 18, 1948 and was with her until she passed away in 1987.

He began his successful career as a snack food salesman, starting with Stewart Potato Chips.  He worked many years for Wonder Potato Chips and Golden Flake.  Upon retirement from Golden Flake in 1992 he had built up his route among the communities of Northeast Arkansas, making hundreds of friends along the way.

He became re-acquainted with childhood school friend, Christene Dement, and they were happily married November 20, 1988 and moved to Jonesboro. He lived his dream of flying, making many fly-in trips around the country.  His love for fishing took him and buddy Esker on many adventures to the St Frances River and Lake Poinsett.  He enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with lifelong friends Jerry and Sue McAfee. He loved his family, his grandchildren, people, flying, fishing, playing cards and dominoes, the Razorbacks, the Cardinals and telling jokes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Reeves “Boss” Miller and Edna Mary Miller; three brothers, Raymond Miller, Bob Miller and Jack Miller;  two wives, Emma Lee Merritt Miller and Christene Dement Miller.

He is survived by his sons, Rod Miller of Little Rock, Stan Miller and wife Beth of Jonesboro and Larry Dement and wife Evelyn of Jonesboro; a daughter, Fran Moore and husband Richard of Cabot; sister, Mary Frances Wallace of Monette; five grandchildren, Leigh Ann Williams, Andrew Miller, Emily Miller, Bobette Leggett and Kristy Lamb; seven great- grandchildren, Hannah Grace Williams, Carleigh Jon Williams, Cade Williams, Elizabeth Leggett, Lauren Leggett, Andrea Lamb Shelby and Stephen Lamb and a great-great-grandson Eli Shelby.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Monday, December 22, 2014 at Monette First Baptist Church.

The celebration of his life will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday December 23, 2014 at Monette First Baptist Church with Dustin Finch officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jerry MacAfee, Andrew Miller, Gordon Miller, Greg Miller, Mike Wallace, and Jon Williams.

Lasting memorials may be made to the Monette First Baptist Church.

 

 

Doris Christine Eakins

Lake City- Christine Eakins, 84, passed away Monday, December 15, 2014 at Lakeside Nursing Home.

She was born November 6, 1930 in Lake City to the late Jessie and Bessie Brooks Hopkins. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Lake City. Mrs. Christine worked at Singer in Trumann and at Colson’s in Monette. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and sister.

She is survived by a son and his wife, Tommy and Karen Eakins of Lake City; grandchildren, T. J. Eakins (Amanda), Daniel Eakins (Kasey), Lisa Weaver (Gary); great-grandchildren, Garrett Weaver, Lauren Weaver, Ryley Eakins, Parker Eakins and Callen Eakins; a son-law, Donnie Owens; a brother, Everett Hopkins (Shirley) of Grand Blanc, Michigan; a sister, Charlene Britton (Kelly) of Lake City and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Neal Eakins; a daughter, Linda Eakins-Owens; three sisters, Imogene Hopkins, Evelyn Gross and Lucille Veteto; a brother, Hebert Hopkins.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Greg Rainwater. Burial to follow at Lake City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are T. J. Eakins, Daniel Eakins, Gary Weaver, Donnie Owens, Alvin Gross and Stacy Britton.

 

Sandra Cook

Jonesboro- Sandra Cook, 48, departed this life Saturday, November 29, 2014, at the NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

She was born May 9, 1966, in Michigan City, IN, the daughter of the late Kenneth Leon Cook and Shirley Ann Lewis Cook.

Sandra loved to dance and read and was a Baptist.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Charles Leon Cook, and two sisters, Virginia Walls and Barbie Ray.

She is survived by one daughter, Sherri Shafer of Chillicothe, OH; one son, Timothy Phillip Shafer, Jr. and his wife Ramona, of Cleveland, OH; two brothers, Kenneth Cook of Jonesboro and Tony Cook of IN; one sister, Susan Cook of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, C.J Tackett, Seira Tackett, Carma Steiner and Kylie Olson; her boyfriend, Aaron Worsham; her best friends, Susan Jones and family and special nieces and nephews, Shaun Cook, Angel Cook, Maegan Cook, Amber Cook, Brandy Mingo and Dakota Trygstad.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette.  Interment will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery.

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

Dorris Velma Dunkerson

Dunkerson, Dorris pictBlack Oak – Dorris Velma Dunkerson, 88, of Black Oak passed Monday, November 24, 2014 at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

She was born October 19, 1926 in Jonesboro to the late Leonard and Jennie Kirksey and spent her entire life in the Black Oak and Caraway area.  She was a farmer’s wife and a member of the Caraway First Baptist Church.  She taught Sunday School and was a church worker for many years. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Kathy and John Starnes of Caraway and Larry and Dana Dunkerson of Black Oak; five grandchildren, Shawna Barber and husband Blake of Jonesboro, Tysha Starnes of Caraway, Kyla Futrell and husband Chris of Jonesboro, Daniel Dunkerson of Lake City and Sarah Dunkerson of Black Oak; two great-grandchildren, Wes Thompkins of Caraway and Evie Futrell of Jonesboro; two brothers and their wives, Delmer and Betty Kirksey of St. Joseph, Missouri and Jerrell and Virginia Kirksey of Houston, Texas and numerous other family and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Noble C. Dunkerson; grandson, Marshall Dunkerson; six brothers and sisters.

The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 pm, Tuesday at the Caraway First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday, November 25, 2015 at Caraway First Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating. Interment will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers, John McCord, Dane McCord, Kris Kelton, Kurt Vaughn, Kyle Vaughn and Clayton Miller and as honorary pallbearers, the men of Caraway First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Caraway building fund or Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Phyllis Ann Pemberton

Bono- Phyllis Ann Pemberton, 59, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at her residence.

She was born September 23, 1955 in Dixie to the late Lee and Lola Henderson Chadwick. Phyllis was a member of the Shepherd’s Heart Church and the spiritual guide and backbone of the family. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Pemberton; her children, Lori Ann Church (Rod) of Paragould, Dennis Lee Sairls (Becky) of Brookland, Christopher Allen Sairls of Bono, Melissa Ann Pemberton of Newport, Michelle Lea Pemberton of Bono, Joshua Scott Leach (Ashley) of Brookland, Emily Nicole Pemberton and Trinity Grace Pemberton both of Bono; three brothers, Harold Chadwick (Selma) of Bono, Phillip Chadwick (Sharon) of Little Rock, Jeffrey Chadwick of Bono; two sisters, Joyce Robins of Lake City and Linda Canamore (Melvin) of Jonesboro; eighteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by an infant son, Seth; a brother, Larry; two sisters, Wilma and Patricia.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Friday, November 14, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Pastor James Strait officiating. Burial to follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until time of service at the Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honored  to serve as pallbearers are Brandon Sairls, Cade Burrow, Eric Chadwick, Xavier Foster, David Chadwick and Robert Clark and as honorary pallbearers, Kamden Sairls, Hunter Leach, Rod Church, Jason Church and Brian Hamby.

 

 

Sarah Hazel Tucker

Tucker, hazel - picMonette- Sarah Hazel Tucker, 91, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born July 10, 1923 in Pulaski, Illinois to the Charles Frederick and Sarah Katherine Showmaker Stern. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and friend and always had a smile for everyone.

She is survived by her children, Richard “Dickie” Tucker of Monette, Mary Ann Turner (Fred) of Paragould, Patricia Lynn Ballard (Jake) of Leachville, Dawn Rose Milton (Ray), Gary Tucker (Debra) and Bobby Gene Tucker (Vickie Lee) all of Monette and James Edward Tucker (Tina) of Lake City; seventeen grandchildren, Kenny Woodman, Pamela Carr, Michael Gamble, Kevin Gamble, Matthew Mann, Tiffany Rouse, Darian Milton, Ashley Tucker, Kechia Kifer, Lee Tucker, Anthony Tucker, Rita Tucker, Lisa Tucker, Amanda Lee Tucker, Bradley Tucker, Jessica Tucker and Kara Tucker; thirty great-grandchildren; a special friend, Ted Finley.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond H. Tucker; four children, Arthur Edward Tucker, Fawn Sue Tucker, Linda Tucker and Joyce Ann Tucker.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 am Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Jerry Reed and Eddie Dunigan officiating. Burial to follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Kenny Woodman, Michael Gamble, Lee Tucker, Anthony Tucker, Ashley Tucker and Kevin Gamble and has honorary pallbearers, Matthew Mann, Darian Milton and Bradley Tucker.

 

Norval Wayne Spurlock

Lake City- Norval Wayne Spurlock, 76, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 23, 1938 in Lake City to the late Cecil and Annie Spurlock.  Mr. Spurlock served his country proudly in the Army National Guard and on the Lake City city council for eleven years and as Mayor. He also served on the Lake City School Board for ten years, having the honor of presenting all his three children their high school diplomas.   He was a charter member and past president of the Lake City Lions Club. He retired from Martin Sprocket Gear and had owned his own trucking firm and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. He was a member of the Bowman Baptist Church but attended the Lake City United Methodist Church.

He was presented “The Award of Exceptional Accomplishment” in 1978 for outstanding leadership in improving his community and Arkansas by the Arkansas Community Development program.

He was survived by his wife of forty-nine years, Norma Spurlock; two sons, Ira Spurlock of Blytheville and Greg Spurlock (Courtney) of Apopka, Florida; a daughter, Tracy Rhodes (Dave) of Little Rock; three granddaughters, Elizabeth Spurlock, Zoe Rhodes and Mattie Rhodes; two brothers, Paul Spurlock and Ross Spurlock and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Gary Wayne Spurlock and a sister, Gertha Spurlock Ratliff.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, November 9, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. Winfred Bridges, Rev. Jerry Reed and Rev. Ron Langston officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

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

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Lewis Nettles, Ron Bowman, Mark Bowman, Frankie Clayton, Rusty Tatum, Matt Redden, Chris Mayland and Steve Timms and as honorary pallbearers, Joe Shaver, Lewis “Plute” Ladd, Dwaine Malone, Jim Ladd, Jeff Kennedy, L.D. Chastain, Gerald Craig, Tim Redden, Glen Qualls, Carl Rodgers, Micky Mayland and Marty Bunch and the men of Lake City United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

Lonnie Gene Craig

Monette- Gene Craig, 77, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 at his residence.

He was born October 31, 1936 in Malden, Missouri to the late William Russell and Ruby Rosetta Bush Craig. He was a route salesman and supervisor for Pepsi from 1955 until 1998. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and camping. Gene was a member of the Macy Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Janis Craig; three sons, Mickey Craig and wife Joanne of Hillsdale, Michigan, Tom Craig and Ronnie Bruce and wife Karen all of Monette; a brother and his wife, Bill and Linda Craig of Lake City; two sisters and their husbands, Kaye and Wayne Ray of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Raye and Ted Finley of Monette; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; adopted family, Larry Davis, Kim Davis, Dustin Davis, Katie Davis, Bridget Davis, Brittney Adams (Tony), Brett Turner and Tim Childers; his dog, Fluffy and cat, Sally Girl and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy Gathright Craig and a brother, Gary Craig.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Rev. Jerry Reed and Rev. Rusty Bird officiating. Burial to follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 pm Wednesday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Caleb Bruce, Rusty Craig, Tim Childers, Dustin Davis, Wade Gathright, Pee Wee Gathright, Jackie Wayne Gathright and Dennis Gathright.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Monette United Methodist Church, Arkansas Children’s Hospital of Monette First Baptist Church.

 

 

Shawn Perrin

Jonesboro- Shawn Perrin, 48, formerly of Monette, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014.

He was born April 21, 1966 in Peoria, Illinois. He was a 1984 graduate of Monette High School.  Shawn was a licensed paramedic and educational director with Medic One since 2004. He enjoyed arrowhead hunting and playing music. He will be remembered as a loving son, father, brother and grandfather.

He is survived by his mother, Judy Perrin of Monette; two sons, Jordan Perrin and Nathan Perrin both of Bay; a sister, Shelley Lynn Perrin of Caraway; companion and best friend, Jody Gardner of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Presley Perrin, Cash Perrin, Daxton Perrin and Shaley Lynn.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Bupp Perrin and his father, Frank Perrin.

A celebration of his life will be 10:00 am, Friday, October 31, 2014 at Monette First Baptist Church with Rev. Shawn McElhannon and Rev. Arthur Phelps officiating. Burial will follow at Macey Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 30, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Cole Ashley, Joe Brinkley, Allen Dewitt, Brant Dowless, Brian Pruitt, Myron Davis, Jeff Qualls and David Newcom and as honorary pallbearers are Bobby Nettles and the staff of Medic One Ambulance.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association.

 

Vivian Ivah Sharp

Caraway- Vivian Ivah Sharp, 91, passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born January 22, 1923 at Golconda, Illinois to the late Thomas and Vertie Bogard Collier. Mrs. Vivian was a lifetime resident of Caraway and a member the Caraway Church of Christ. She was an avid sports fan and loved to play cards at the Senior Center.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Haag and husband Lynn of Caraway and Barbara Slayton of Auburn, Georgia; three sisters, Lanna Collier of Caraway, Velda Mann of Paragould and Zella Williams of Jonesboro; a brother, James Collier of Caraway; four grandchildren, Greg Haag, Ashley Sellers, Heather Layson and Shane Slayton; twelve great-grandchildren, Caroline Haag, Elizabeth Haag, Elizabeth Sellers, Zoe Sellers, Zach Sellers, Koby Sellers, Logan Layson, Emily Layson, Luke Layson, Aaleyah Layson, Cooper Slayton and Parker Slayton.

She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Thurman Miller and Faye Sharp; three siblings, Tommy Collier, Margaret Abernathy and Clara Barrett.

A graveside service to celebrate her life will be 11:00 am Monday, October 27, 2014 at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery with John Shadowens officiating under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 4:00 pm, Sunday, October 26, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honorary pallbearers will be Pauline Payne, Cliffee Gipson and Beulah Tyler and all of  her Sr. Citizens Center’s friends.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Caraway Church of Christ or Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

 

 

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