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Mrs. Geraldine Elizabeth Davie

Mrs. Geraldine Elizabeth Davie, of Monette, departed this life Friday, January 29, 2016, in Jonesboro, at the age of 82. She was born October 13, 1933 in Manila, AR, the daughter of Edward Carter and Glafra Swafford.

Geraldine was a nurse’s aid and a homemaker.  She liked fishing, hunting and playing the piano.  She enjoyed helping people and loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren very much.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Paul Eugene Davie and three brothers.

She is survived by two sons, Jackie Lawrence of Monette and Kenneth Lawrence of Lake City, one brother, Terry Carter of Hernando, MS, three sisters, Eileen Davenport of Collinsville, IL, Joyce Carey of Hardy, and Ruby Miller of FL, seven grandchildren, Joseph Lawrence and J.R. Lawrence, both of Monette, Jamie Hill of Auxvasse, MO, Robert Lawrence of Manila, Scottie Lawrence of Jonesboro, Kevin Lawrence and Robin Lawrence, both of TX, and seventeen great grandchildren.

Funeral services are set for 4:30 p.m. Monday, at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Ernest Cornish officiating.   Interment will follow in Macey Cemetery near Monette. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.  Friends may visit at the funeral home Sunday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Billy Eugene Taylor

MONETTE — Billy Eugene Taylor, 79, of Monette passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at his residence.

He was born April 21, 1936, at Caraway. He was the son of the late Bill Henry and Edith Ballard Taylor. Billy “Gene” served his country for a short term in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked for TWA (Trans World Airlines) for 25 years and achieved airplane and power plant license during this time as a sheet metal mechanic.

Billy loved hunting, fishing and water sports, teaching his children the same.

He loved music of all kinds, he taught himself to play guitar and keyboard. He was very positive in life and usually singing a tune wherever he went, such as “Oh, Danny Boy,” which was one of his favorites.

Billy and loving wife Bonnie were united in marriage together for 59 years, until she passed in February 2014. He was a caring, loving husband and father, who truly will be missed by all.

He is survived by his children, Deborah Tate and husband James Tate of Liberty, Mo., with a daughter Cheree Tate of Leawood, Kan.; two sons, Ronald Eugene Taylor of Arbyrd, Mo., and Darryl W. Taylor and fiancée Cindy Carrier of Lake City; a brother, Bobby Taylor and his wife Delores of Columbia, Mo.; a stepbrother, Jerry Shoate of Las Vegas, and two stepsisters, Peggy Konald of Whitehall, Mont., and Pat Anderjack of Las Vegas.

The Taylor family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday in Gregg Funeral Home Chapel at Monette, followed by a 3 p.m. funeral service with the Rev. Rusty Bird officiating. Burial will be in the Lou Lou Cemetery after services.

Audrey Ruth Weinel

Lake City- Audrey Ruth Weinel, 88, after a long illness passed away January 8, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born January 3, 1928, to the late Robert and Mae Dover Evans in Imboden, VA. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Survivors include her daughter, Theresa Spataro, son, Benjamin Smith and daughter, Claudette Boness (Michael) all of Lake City; grandchildren, Kelley Byrne, Ashley Byrne both of Lake City, Jonathan Bulow of Somerset, OH, Taylor Green, Megan Boness and James Boness all of Lake City; great grandchildren, Daniel Byrne, Brock Bulow, Kasen Boness, Ava Green, Bentley Williams, Liam Boness and Anna Mae Bulow.

Mrs. Weinel was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert Daniel Weinel in 2001; son, John Smith; brother, Edward Evans and three sisters, Mary Ellen Davis, Jeanette Zenith and Mildred Evans.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date.

Services conducted by Gregg Funeral Home of Monette

 

Billey Ray Tilley

Monette- Billey Ray Tilley, 85, of Monette passed away January 8, 2016 in St Bernard’s Medical Center.

He was born to the late Charlie and Anna Vanzant Tilley in Buffalo City on January 27, 1930. Billey Ray was a faithful member of First Assembly of God in Monette, he worked for 31 years for International Harvester as a mechanic and shop foreman and was also a member of the Monette Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years serving as chief and as an EMT for almost 20 years. He will be remembered as a loving husband, brother, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Corter Tilley of the home; sons, Howard Tilley and wife Sandra of Byhalia MS., Dean Tilley and wife Brenda of Water Valley, MS, and James Tilley and wife Carolyn of Monette; brother, Leroy Tilley and wife Wanda of Pittsburg, KS; sister, Retha Smith and husband Clyde of Mt. View, sister Charlene Carroll and husband Eugene of Memphis, TN, brother, Larry Tilley and wife Phyllis of Jonesboro, six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and 5 great, great grandchildren.

Billey Ray was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Guy Tilley, and two great granddaughters, Rebecca Lynn Jarrell and Samantha Nunley.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be the members of the Monette Volunteer Fire Department.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 pm Tuesday January 12, 2016 at the First Assembly of God Church in Monette with the Rev. Shawn McElhannon and Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Private interment will be in Monette Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-8 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

 

Marvin Earl Riggs

Monette- Marvin Earl Riggs, 63, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2016 at his residence.

He was born July 4, 1952 in Monette to the late B. E. and Ruth Sipes Riggs. He proudly served in the United States Army.  He had a gift for paint and body work.  He enjoyed fishing, spending time on the river, working on Chevys and loved his family and love of his dogs.

He is survived by his fiancé, Sherry Junyor of the home; a son, Shawn Riggs; a granddaughter Seaira Ott (Michael) of Daphne, AL; two step-children- Jonathan Junyor and Scott Junyor all of Jonesboro; two step-grandchildren, Trenton Junyor and Rhiannon Junyor,; three sisters, Belma Cossey of Walcott, Patsy Hobbs and Mary Ruth Smart both of Paragould; three special nieces, Denice McMinn, Ashlyn McMinn and Alison McDaniel.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Dustin Riggs; a brother, Ricky Wayne Riggs; ex-wife, Janice Riggs; a nephew, Otis B. Huffman; a grandson, Peyton Alexander Thomas Junyor.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Kenny McMinn and Wilburn Griggs officiating. Burial will follow at Cockrum Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until time of service, Wednesday at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Brian Copeland, Brett Sipes, Barney McMinn, Marty White, Matt White and Steve Davis and as honorary pallbearers, James Tucker, Aaron Huffman, Ryan McDaniel, Scott Junyor, John Junyor and Ryan Kite.

Betty Jean Sanders

Page0001Caraway- Betty Jean Sanders, 71, passed away January 4, 2016 at her residence.

She was born October 27, 1944 in Riverside, California to the late Amos and Evelyn Hayes Adcock. She had worked at Lane’s Nursing Home in Caraway and retired from American Greeting. She enjoyed gardening, going to church and being with family. Hardest working woman you would have ever meet and a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Malcom Sanders; her children, Jerry Brown (Joyce) of Caraway, Larry Brown (Connie Smith) of Osceola, Donna Birdno (Ray) of Caraway and Janet Sharp (Curtis) of Lake City; stepchildren, Frank Bates (Renea) of Paragould, Phillip Wallace (Suzanne) of Monette, David Bates of Jonesboro and Mike Sanders (Felisha) of Caraway; sisters, Mary Hollis of Milligan Ridge, Linda Bowden (Foster) of Jonesboro, Brenda Gettleman (Wayne) of Illinois, Carolyn Wrinkles of Gosnell, Barbara Wallace (Gary) of Caraway; brothers, Loren Adcock (Nellie) of Jonesboro, Bill Adcock (Brenda) of Caraway, Rickie Adcock (Leah) of Jonesboro, Donnie Adcock (Sharon) of Jonesboro, Robert Adcock (Cheryl) of Caraway and Michael Adcock (Mitzi) of Manila; twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Charles Brown.

A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Rivervale Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Duffell officiating. Burial 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 Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at the church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Dwayne Gross, Matt Maddox, Dale Barrett, Curtis Sharp and Calvin Mullins and as honorary pallbearers, Jeremy Brown, Brad Dillinger, Chris Lane, Austin Lane, Adam Carpenter, Byron Forehand and members of the Rivervale Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers lasting memorials may be sent to Rivervale Baptist Church.

 

 

Ted L. Finley

finley, TedMonette- Ted L. Finley, 73, passed away Monday, December 28, 2015 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

He was born September 16, 1942 in Campbell, Missouri to the late Guy and Vista Metcalf Finley. Ted retired after 29 years with the Southwestern Energy Company. He had been a Monette resident most of his life and graduated from Monette High School in 1960. He was a member of the Monette First Baptist Church. He will be remember as a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and for his humor, laughter and smile.

Ted loved so many things in life- mostly his daughter, Marti. He loved and cherished her and her dog Charlye. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved watching sports on TV. Special gifts bestowed upon Teddie was a gift of playing the guitar by ear, writing songs and singing. He especially enjoyed old gospel and country music. He truly loved music and was a member of a quartet of which he dearly loved for many years. In later years, he became an enthusiastic pool player and would rather play that than eat!

He is survived by his wife, Raye Craig Finley; a daughter, Marti Finley Ladd of Monette; two sisters, Gail Mangrum (Keith) and Anyllue Dunigan Qualls all of Monette; two brothers, Steve Finley of Jonesboro and Bob Finley (Amy) of Cherokee Village. He also leaved behind many beloved nieces and nephews and a host of other family members and friends.

He is also preceded in death by a brother, Leon Finley.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm, Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Monette First Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Reed and Rev. Rusty Bird officiating. Burial will be at Macey Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

The family will receive friends from12:30 until 2:00 pm, Thursday at the church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Wayne Ray, Bill Craig, Rusty Craig, Michael Ray, Jeff Devereaux and Tom Craig and honorary pallbearers, W.T. Bibb, Bill Stacy, Robert Chambers, Bill Harrell, Bob Blankenship, Kenny Lomax, Bob Bryant, Leo Fortenberry, John Steele, Connie Cason, Dewey Roddy, Troy Henry and the Monette High School Class of 1960.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House or Monette First Baptist Church Family Life Center or the American Cancer Society.

 

 

 

Robert David Flannigan Sr.

flanniganMonette- Robert David Flannigan Sr., 91, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

He was born December 25, 1923 in Monette to the late Wilford and Rose Varner Flannigan. Robert was married for fifty-nine years to the late Jessie Lee Winstead Flannigan. He graduated from Monette High School and attended Arkansas State College until being activated while in the Army Reserves. Robert attended Texas A & M University studying Civil Engineering thought the Army Specialized Training Corp. He did such until his class was terminated and Robert and his classmates were placed in the Regular Army.

Robert entered the European Theater of Operation as a combat medic with the 103rd Infantry Division of the Seventh Army. He was in combat in France, Germany, Austria and Italy (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe). Robert received three Bronze Service Stars and a Bronze Star Medal for heroism. Following the war, Robert returned to his family in Monette and entered retail business with his father. They operated Flannigan’s Mercantile in Monette for 38 years.

Robert was the Mayor of Monette for several years followed by serving on the Craighead County Quorum Court. He served on the Monette School Board, County School Board and the Selective Service Board. Robert was a member of the Monette American Legion and he was a disable veteran.

He was a pioneer member of the Craighead County Solid Waste Authority. He was a member of the Monette First Baptist Church and served as a Deacon, Trustee and Sunday School Teacher. He and his wife raised their three children in a Christian home.

Robert was very active in service to others. He was on the Board of Directors of the Crowley Ridge Development Council. Twenty years of service on the Advisory Council of the Area Agency on Aging. He did two years of volunteer service delivery of home meals to the needy, and was recognized as NE Arkansas Volunteer of the year by the Division on Aging. Robert served five terms as a silver hair Legislator and AARP Advocate Volunteer. Robert believed in leaving mankind in better shape than when we entered this world. He often said if politicians fought the wars they made, rather than our boys, then we would have fewer wars. He strongly felt we should support our troops.

He is survived by his son, Dr. Robert David Flannigan Jr. and wife Cindy; five grandchildren, Sarah Thelen (Pat), Amy Schlichting, Dr. David Flannigan (Kathryn), Rebekah Flannigan and Cassie Lawrence (Jim); eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death his wife, Jesse Lee Winstead Flannigan; his two daughters, Rebekah Ruth Flannigan Schlichting and Elizabeth Ann Flannigan Eckman; sister, Eve Mae Kellett; brother, Russell V. Flannigan.

A celebration of his life will be 11:30 Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Monette First Baptist Church with Revs. Winfred Bridges and Rusty Bird officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 am until time of service Saturday at the church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Harry Adams, Judge David Goodson, Jim Fraser, Alan Gathright, Robert Chambers and Dr. David Flannigan and honorary pallbearer, John Paul Masner.

Arrangements were entrusted to Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

 

 

Glen Rolland

Monette – Glen Rolland, 72, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

He was born December 28, 1942 to the late William and Alice Rolland. Glen graduated Monette High School and retired from the telephone company after thirty-seven years. He also had Big G’s Produce where he peddled everything from apples to watermelons. Big G enjoyed hunting, fishing and visiting with people and always had a tale to tell.  He loved his family and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather. He was a member of the Monette Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-four years, Donna Mullen Rolland; his children, Chris Rolland (Terrie), Mark Rolland (Janet), Faith Rolland and Matt Rolland (Angie); five brothers, Jack Rolland, Larry Rolland (Gaye), Benny Rolland (Robin), Jerry Rolland (Loretta) and Fred Rolland (Jane); three sisters, Freda Vaughn, Shirley Johnson (Joe) and Patsy Redding (Oscar); six grandchildren, Ellena Cox (Paul), Michael Collins (Jeanne), Jered Rolland, Jamie Lee Rolland, Derek Rolland (Kara) and Amber Rolland; six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Cox, Paige Cox, Alysia Cox, Lainee Gulledge, Jaxon Chancellor and Brayden Rolland.

He was also preceded in death by his oldest brother, Bill Rolland; a brother-in-law, Les Vaughn; a sister-in-law, Pat Rolland.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Jerry Reed and Shawn McElannon officiating. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 pm Saturday at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are Jered Rolland, Derek Rolland, Michael Collins, Paul Cox, Justin Rolland, Kevin Mullen and Keith Mullen.

 

 

 

 

 

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