Obituaries

Delores Loyes Osborn

Jonesboro- Delores Loyes Osborn, 97, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Place.

She was born September 3, 1917 in Monette to the late Paul and Minnie Cockrum. She lived most of her life in Jonesboro. She retired from Frolic Footwear.

Mrs. Osborn was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lee Osborn; daughters, Betty Lou Osborn Rushing and Sandra Lee Osborn Bishop; great-granddaughters, Misty Leighann Rushing and Lori Ann Bishop.

She survived by three grandchildren, Ricky L. Rushing, Robin W. (Patsy) Bishop and Micha Huskey (Jimmy Dale) and nine great-grandchildren, Hasin, Killion, Elijah, Silas, Jonas, Caleb, Gaberial, Addan, Dekker Huskey; five great-great-grandchildren, Delaney Kyle Agee, Ella Quinn McCutcheon, Zavan Alexander McCutcheon, Boston Ray Young and Houston Dale Young.

A graveside service will be 11:00 am Monday, January 26, 2015 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Jimmy Dale Huskey officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

There will be no visitation.

Honorary pallbearers will be Elijah, Silas, Jonas, Caleb, Gaberial, Addan, Dekker Huskey.

 

 

Linda Hill Staggs Dees

Trumann- Linda Hill Staggs Dees, 65, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

She was born October 29, 1949 in Black Oak to the late Lee and Gledis Mae Hill. She worked at Basler Electric in Caraway for many years. Mrs. Dees volunteered at the food pantry in Trumann and will be remembered as a loving mother.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin Staggs of Mississippi and Scotty Staggs of Trumann; three sisters, Virginia Brown (Joe) of Simi Valley, California, Kathy Milligan (Dale) of Paradise, California and Glenda Gower of Childress; a granddaughter, Angelia Rose Staggs of Freeport, Illinois.

She was also preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Dees’ service will be private service under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home.

Myrtle Taylor Thomas

Blytheville- Myrtle Taylor Thomas, 79, passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015.

She was born March 24, 1935 on Bunny Road near Caraway to the late Clarence and Margie Taylor.  Myrtle attended Caraway High School, where she met and married her husband, James L “Coach” Thomas in 1951. She was an Extension Homemaker member for many years and a 4-H leader for 19 years. She was the Arkansas State Farm Bureau “Sew with Cotton Sweepstakes Winner” twice and also placed several times in categories.  She was the Altar flower chairman at Armorel Baptist Church for 10 years, church hostess for several years and involved in the Banner Ministry for six years.

She is survived by two sons, Ron Thomas of Blytheville and Don Thomas of Armorel.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, James L. “Coach” Thomas; five brothers, Calvin Ray, Lavoy, Gene, Dalton and A. R. Taylor.

Her service will be 10:00 am Monday, January 19, 2015 at Armorel Baptist Church with burial at Caraway Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Visitation will be from 9:00 until time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to the Armorel School Scholarship Fund.

Margaret Ann Baker

Lake City- Margaret Ann Baker, 71, passed Thursday, January 1, 2015.

She was born December 20, 1943 to the late Glenn and Katherine McArdle. She a homemaker, who loved playing cards, country music and her family.

She is survived by her husband, Carl Baker and a daughter, Sharon Conner of Lake City.

A graveside service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Lake City Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

 

Edith Gragg

Jonesboro – Edith Gragg, 92, passed away Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

She was born on January 27th, 1922 in Monette to the late Walker and Irena Gragg. She moved to St. Louis in 1940 working in factories for many years until moving back to Jonesboro in 2005.

She is survived by a sister, Jimmie Proffer of Grainter, IN and a brother, Zane Gragg of Jonesboro and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by two brothers, Willber and Hamilton; and six sisters, Norma, Willine, Venedi, Inez, Burdine and Ima.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 3th, 2015 at 10 am at Macey Cemetery in Monette. Services entrusted to Gregg Funeral Home.

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.

 

 

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