Obituaries

Alpha Rose Reynolds Hensley

Caraway- Alpha Rose Reynolds Hensley, 80, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015.

She was born January 25, 1935 in Albion to the late Clarence “Dike” and Eula Davis Reynolds.  Mrs. Hensley was retired from Basler Electric Company after 20 years of service. She was a homemaker and a beloved wife and mother. She loved having all the kids and grandkids over for holidays and Sundays for cooking and family time.  It brought her so much joy and happiness to help raise all her grandkids and great-grandkids. She will be remembered as a loving mother who taught her family how to love and was of the Baptist belief.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, J. L. Hensley; a sister, Emmanette Harris; two brothers, Bill Reynolds and Lennis Reynolds.

She is survived by two daughters, Cynthia Barrett of Caraway and Terri Pearson of Lake City; a son, Keith Hensley and wife, Paula, of Caraway; two sisters, Peggy Oldham and Sharon Birmingham both of Batesville; seven grandchildren, Paul Barrett, Laura Smith, Amy Baker, Leah Brown, Lyndsey Pearson, Mitchell Hensley and Ben Hensley; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm, Monday May 18, 2015 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Andy Price officiating. Burial will follow at Caraway Cemetery.

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

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

 

 

Albert J. Howell Jr.

Monette- Albert J. Howell Jr., 85, passed away Monday, May 4, 2015 at his residence.

He was born May 25, 1929 in Black Oak to the late Albert James Howell Sr. and Linnis Vaughn Howell. He was a member of the Black Oak Church of Christ. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and will be remembered as a loving husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Henry Howell; a son, Jeff Howell of Jackson, Tennessee; two granddaughters, Bailey Howell and Meg Howell both of Jackson; a brother, Rex Howell (Karen) of Marmaduke; three sisters, Lucy Prince (James) of Marmaduke, JaNice Schadler (Bob) and Pam Napier (Jackie) all of Benton Harbor, Michigan and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Gray.

A graveside service will be 11:00 am Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Dick Pace officiating. Burial will follow with military honors under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Chris Henry, Vernon Henry, Mark Prince, Tony Prince, Eddie Prince and Keith Thompson.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the Children’s Homes Inc. of Paragould.

 

 

Rosetta Didy Hightower

Caraway- Rosetta Didy Hightower, 73, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at her home.

She was born July 7, 1941 in Hector to the late Robert and Nancy Milligan. She had worked many years at Singer in Trumann and Basler Electric in Caraway. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and her great-grandson and listening to gospel music.

She is survived by a sister, Vera Sue Thomas of Frost Proof, FL; her children, Johnny Northcutt of Caraway, Jane Augustine of Manila, Shirley Hightower Scroggis of Jonesboro and Ray Hightower of Caraway; two sons-in-law, Timothy F. Augustine and Jerry Woods; a daughter in-law, Paula Shepperd; four grandchildren, Timothy J. W. Augustine, William Hightower, Justin Augustine and Elizabeth Hightower; a great-grandson, Collin Tate Augustine.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Hightower; a son, James Jones; two brothers, William Milligan and Edward “Cowboy” Milligan; two sisters, Mae Brewer and Lorene May.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Friday, April 24, 2015 at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers, Timothy J. W. Augustine, Justin Augustine, William Hightower, Timothy F. Augustine, Jerry Wood and Darren Humble.

 

 

R. E. “Bud” Cannon

Cannon pictJonesboro- R. E. “Bud” Cannon, 91, formerly of Monette passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015.

He was born October 2, 1923 in Senath, Missouri to the late Ben and Mary Essie Tierce Cannon. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy during World War II and was a member of the Monette American Legion Post 136.  He retired from United Telephone Company as District Manager and was the President of the Arkansas Independent Telephone Association.  He served his community as a member of the Masonic Lodge in Monette and served on the Monette School Board as President.

He was a member of the Monette First United Methodist Church for over 60 years and served in many roles, including the Sunday School Superintendent. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed duck hunting and fishing with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lynnda Cannon; son, Dr. Robert “David” Cannon (Patti) of Springdale; daughters, Melinda Bennett of Monette, Diane Jeu of Fairhope, Alabama and Learon Gambill of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Kristen Mangrum (Wayne) of Jonesboro, Jon Jeu (Robin) of Conway, Spencer Jeu (Brittany) of Jonesboro, Casey Rackley (Chase) of Little Rock, Kelsey Qualls of Fayetteville, Callie Cannon and Evie Cannon of Springdale; four great-grandchildren, Allie Mangrum, Austin Jeu, Jilliyn Jeu and Abby Jeu.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Patricia Dudley Cannon; two sons-in-law, George Bennett and Mike Jeu.

A celebration of his life will be at 10:00 am Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Monette First United Methodist Church with Revs. Jerry Reed and Gary Wiles officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Mike Estes, Dennis Gathright, Danny Qualls, Jerry Lynn Halsey, Jon Jeu and Spencer Jeu and as honorary pallbearers, Dr. Robert Flannigan, W. T. Bibb, Dr. Dennis Parten, Red Palmer and Buddy Dudley.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Monette First United Methodist Church.

Howard Reeves

1-1Monette- Howard Reeves, 93, passed away Friday, April 10, 2015 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 13, 1922 in Monette to Clarence M. and Hettie Birmingham Reeves. He and his wife Suda owned and operated Reeves’ Grocery Store for 29 years in Monette. Howard proudly served in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of the Monette American Legion.  He was also a member of the Monette First Baptist Church and an avid golfer at the Big Lake Country Club. He will be remembered for his quick wit and his caring heart.

He is survived by his wife of 69 yrs., Suda Simpson Reeves; his daughter and her husband, Sue and Martin Steed; a sister, Estelle Holmes of Monette; a brother, John Paul Maynard (Linda) of Columbia, Missouri and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Hettie Reeves Maynard; his father, Clarence Reeves; two brothers, Siguard Maynard and Horce Bo Maynard.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Monday, April 13, 2015 at Monette First Baptist Church with Rev. Rusty Bird and Mark Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery with military honors. Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Visitation will be 6:00 until 8:00 pm Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Monette First Baptist Church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Franklin Smithee, Buddy Duncan, Mark Moore, David Murrey, Jim Goodman and Lynn Burke and honorary pallbearers Jerry Knapp, his nephews and Big Lake Country Club members and friends.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Monette First Baptist Church.

Richard Harold George

Caraway- Richard Harold George, 74, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

He was born September 25, 1940 in Kennett, Missouri to the late Olen and Helen George. Mr. George served his country proudly in the United States Army for forty-eight years both active duty and reserves. He served during and in two wars and was stationed with the Missouri 1137th MP Company. He lived in Poughkeepsie most of his life and later moved to Caraway.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Louise George; his children, Pamela Carter (Ben) of Paragould, Ricky George of Poughkeepsie, Dana George, Ginger Milligan (Joshua), Garland Tipton (Sue) all of Caraway, Melissa Nelson (Lee) of Jonesboro; a daughter-in-law, Lena Jo Tipton of Caraway; a sister, Janet McCulley (Jerry) of Kennett; a brother, Scottie George (Cindy) of Eupora, Miss.; fifteen grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a lifelong friend Hoyt.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Roy Tipton; two great-grandchildren, Gracein Mallard James and Christopher Gamble.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Rowes Chapel Church with Rev. Glen Hoselton officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are the members of the Missouri 1137th MP Company.

Lasting memorials may be sent to the March of Dimes.

Garland Wayne Platz

Platz, GarlandLake City- Garland Wayne Platz, 70, passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House surrounded by his loving wife, children, grandchildren and family members as well as the many people he touched throughout his life.

He was born February 9, 1945 in Leachville to the late Ivan and Eva Osborne Platz. He was raised by his special mommy, Vera Platz. He joined the Army in 1968 and served in Korea.  He became a member of the Army National Guard in 1976 and retired in 1996 as Sergeant First Class.  He was the NEA Solid Waste Manager in Paragould, where he retired in 2009. Throughout his life he was a ginner, welder, and a heavy equipment operator. Garland became an ordained Baptist Minister through Bethabara Baptist Church and was a faithful member of the Refuge General Baptist Church. He cherished spending time with his family and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a history buff and loved discussing politics.  He loved telling stories reminiscent of his life and was a wonderful Christian witness. He will be missed by his family and friends who loved him dearly.

He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 26 years, Sarah Platz; his children, Tammy Green (Marty) of Little Rock, Lori O’Neil (Joe) of Jonesboro, James Mabe (Dawn) of Lake City, Beri Platz (Gwen) of Georgia, Felisha Angelo (Gary) of Jonesboro, Larissa Ivory (Torrance) of Jacksonville, Kimberly Campbell (David), Jessica Platz, Christopher Hood and Emily Hood all of Lake City; two brothers, Billy Wayne “Bub” Platz (Joyce) of Monette and James “Jimmy” Platz (Shirley) of Lake City; two sisters, Joann McCrackin of Jonesboro and Barbara Keiter, “His Best Buddy”, (Owen) of Monette.  He had a “slew” of grandchildren, Justin and Morgan Guthrie; Kristen Carner; Brianna, Carmen and David Campbell; Chace, Sierra and Jagger Thompson; Xavier and Torree Ivory; Darius, Mikaylah and Kinleigh Green; Gage, Ragen, Macauley, Jude, Aysten, Ryder and Kristen Platz; Waylon and William White; and Latasha and Tabby Mabe; six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Mabe; a granddaughter, Maliyah Green; three sisters, Marie Keiter, Dorothy Pearson and Ruby Nance; and his brother, Bobby Platz.

A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Refuge General Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Koons officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at Refuge General Baptist Church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Darius Green, Justin Guthrie, Chris Hood, Jagger Thompson, Kevin Keiter and Gary Keiter; a very special honorary pallbearer, Joe Shaver and as honorary pallbearers are Marvin Fry, Larry Fry, Nathan O’Neal, Sam Lee, Jon Milligan, James Dubois and Army National Guard Company A of the 875th  Engineer Battalion.

Pattie Lynn Griffin

Senath- Pattie Lynn Griffin, 45, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at her residence.

She was born November 24, 1969 in Chicago to the late Henry and Betty Mize Butler. She was a homemaker who loved her family and enjoyed flowers, kids and all animals.

She is survived by her children, Kaitlynn Nicole Griffin, Kyle Scott Griffin and Alex James Griffin all of Jonesboro; fiancé , David Duarte of Senath; mother, Reba Butler of Lake City; seven brothers and sisters, Sherry Jewell (Arnold),Betty Meyer (Mark) all of Jonesboro, Bennie Butler (Tracy) of Lake City, Jerry Young (Kelly) of Hainesville, IL, James Young (Laura) of Marengo, IL, Donna Razor (Mark) of Blytheville and Michael Butler of Jonesboro.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Michelle Greer.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Monday, March 16, 2015 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette. There will be no services.

 

Dorothy Nance

Monette- Dorothy Lola Nance, 91, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

She was born March 7, 1924 in Monette to the late Daniel and Blanche Logan Salmon. She was a homemaker and a member of the Calvary Full Gospel Church. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by a daughter, Donzia Nance; a grandson and his wife, Shawn and Heather Nance; two great-grandchildren, Aiden Nance and Wriley Nance all of Monette; a daughter-in-law, Diane Ruth Nance of Senath, Missouri and a host of nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Collier Joe Nance; a son, Ronnie Joe Nance; two sisters, Ludie Bolar and Ruth Young; a brother, Edwin Pete Salmon.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Rev. David Price officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

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

Lasting memorials may be sent to Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

 

 

Jimmy Harold Pyland

Pyland, JimmyMonette- Jimmy Harold Pyland, 67, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 11, 1948 in Monette to the late J. H. and Bernice Hampton Pyland. Mr. Pyland served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, he was a left door gunner, Staff Sergeant and Drill Sergeant. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War and Monette American Legion Post. He was also a Boy Scout Master – Order of the Arrow. He will be remembered for his big heart and was loved by all.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Pyland of Pocahontas; two step-daughters, Loretta Dodd of Cape Girardeau, Missouri and Sandra Titus of Keller, Texas; four grandchildren, Thomas Dodd and Mary Dodd of Cape Girardeau and Miranda Titus and Madeline Titus of Keller.

A celebration of his life will be 1:00 pm Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Monette United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors.

Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service Saturday at the church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Ronnie Qualls, Bill Craig, Rusty Thompson, Keith Thompson, Mike Ashley and Robin Ashley.

Services were entrusted to Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

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