Obituaries

Alan Conway Edwards

Blytheville- Alan Conway Edwards, 53, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at his residence.

He was born May 12, 1961 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a longtime resident of Blytheville. He worked as a plumber with his father since the age of 14 and was owner and operator of Alan Edwards’ Plumbing. Alan will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather with a kind heart, loved fishing and gave back to people when he could.

He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Angela and Casey Besharse of Monette; his mother, Louise Edwards of Blytheville; a son and his wife, Alex and Monica Edwards of Gosnell; a sister, Cindy Davies of Mobile, Al; six grandchildren, Carmen Besharse, Austin Besharse, Demre Besharse, Kaelyn Edwards, Brooklyn Edwards and Starlyn Dunkin; close friends, Dorothy Grissom and Kay Marr.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Edwards and a brother, Ronnie Edwards.

A graveside service to celebrate his life will be 2:00 pm, Friday August 15, 2014 at Monette Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Rusty Bird officiating under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

H. M. “Tink” Wimberley

Monette- H.M. “Tink” Wimberley departed this life August 4, 2014 at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Tink was born August 12, 1928 at Etowah to Monroe and Emma Wimberley and moved to the Macey Community at a young age. After joining the Army, he served in Germany for two years and returned to Monette in 1955. He married Millie Ella Hout and to this union three children were born. Tink farmed cotton until his retirement. He was a member of the Monette United Methodist Church and served on the Boards of Directors for Buffalo Island Ambulance Service and Macey Cemetery. He volunteered as an ambulance driver and was active in the community. He was also a member of the Monette American Legion.

Tink is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Millie; his children, Rick (Paige) Wimberley of Wynne, Diane Wimberley (David Ancieta) of Tuckerman and Kevin (Reba) Wimberley of Monette; two grandchildren, Michael Wimberley of Springdale and Lindsey Wimberley of Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Edna Williams and Margaret Mantanich.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the Monette United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 2 pm at the Monette United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Burial to follow at Macey Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Pallbearers will be Robin Ashley, Bob Blankenship, David Clark, Steve Haigwood, Thomas McFarlin and Collin Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Baker, Larry Bibb, Mac Bounds, Dewayne Couch, Gene Gathright and Boyce Long.

The family requests that is lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Monette United Methodist Church, Macey Cemetery, American Cancer Society, Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House or the charity of your choice.

 

 

Cordia M. Sexton

 Cordia M. Sexton, 94, of Monette passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at her home. She was born November 23, 1919 in Mountain View to the late John and Anna Lou Ward Smithee. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and worked as a store clerk in the Monette area for many years.

 Survivors include her daughter, Angie Sexton of Monette, granddaughter, Debbie Sexton of Walnut Ridge, great grandsons, Keith Sexton (Kelly- Abbey, Cammy) of Monette and Brett Sexton (Shantel) of Manila, great granddaughter, Sydney Sexton of Paragould, great great grandson, Corbin Sexton of Manila and four brothers, Eunis Smithee (Doris) of Minear, IL, Melvin Smithee of Wynne, Leroy Smithee (Marian) of Monette and Franklin Smithee (Val) of Monette as well as three special friends of the family Maddie, Presley and Chandler

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday July 29, 2014 in the chapel of Gregg Funeral Home at Monette with Rev. J.R. McElhannon and Shawn McElhannon officiating. Interment will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-8 at the funeral home.

 Honored to serve as pallbearers will be, her nephews, Tony Smithee, Ricky Smithee, Wesley Smithee and Sam Easley.

William Dunavin

Chicago, IL- William Dunavin, 39, formerly of Monette and Paragould passed away July 17, 2014 at his residence.

Survived by his father, Jeff Dunavin; brother, Mark Dunavin and numerous other family members.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 pm at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Memorial Service at 3:00 pm.

 

 

Jerry Ray Grant

Monette -Jerry Ray Grant, 74, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home.

He was born February 10, 1940 in Jonesboro to the late Roy and Carrie Grant. He was a member of the American Legion for many years and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed watching football and NASCAR as well as going fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Marie Grant of the home; sons Sam Grant and wife Becky and Johnny Cockrell and wife Angelia all of Aberdeen, MS.; daughters, Diana Sherman of Jonesboro and Frankie Harris of Monette; a brother, Roy Grant Jr.  and wife Betty of Jonesboro and a sister, Sandra Pylant of Jonesboro as well as twelve grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.

Mr. Grant is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Jackie Joe Cockrell and Jerry Eugene Cockrell; one sister, Betty Nell and two brothers, Troy Grant and Billy Joe Grant.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday July 28, 2014 at the chapel of Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with Rev. Jerry Reed officiating. Interment will follow in Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm Sunday, July 27, 2014 at the funeral home.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be, Roxanne Hogue, Nicole Bouse, Melinda Pearce, Samantha Pierce, Jamie Lynn Lisk and Amanda Wilson and as honorary pallbearers his grandsons.

 

 

 

Bertha Walker Sparkman

Monette – Mrs. Bertha Walker Sparkman, 94, departed this life Monday, July 14, 2014, at her daughter’s home in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

She was born December 29, 1919 in Cherry Valley, the daughter of the late Henry Duke and Mary Jane Banton Duke.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God.  She loved to quilt and cook and was often called the world’s greatest cook and baker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Lee Henry Walker and Bill Sparkman and five brothers and three sisters.

She is survived by a daughter and her husband, Audrey and Charles Taylor of Auburn Hills, MI; a son and his wife, Jimmy and Marla Walker of Waterford, MI, two daughters-in-law, Linda Walker of Fayette, AL and Debra Walker of Pontiac, MI, and many, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Shawn McElhannon and Rev. Terry Miller officiating.  Interment will follow in Nettleton Cemetery.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Friday, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Bill Huntley

Lake City- Bill Huntley, 72, passed away Friday, July 11, 2014 at his residence.

He was born May 2, 1942 in Rockford, Illinois to the late William Arthur Huntley Sr. and Evilain Mae Felts Huntley. He was a retired truck driver and of Baptist belief.

He is survived by his wife, Lynette Huntley; his children, Lori Greenberg of Rockford, Judy Chamberlain of Lake City and David Harris of Jonesboro; three sisters, Carol St. Jean of Madison, WI , Alice Fredrick  and Betty Pippel both of Rockford; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be 2:00 pm Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette. Burial will follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the funeral home.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Bethabara Baptist Church.

 

 

Oletia J. Hestand

Dowell, IL- Oletia J. Hestand, 78, formerly of Black Oak, passed away July 9, 2014 at her residence.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette. Burial will follow at the Monette Memorial Cemetery.

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

 

 

Druzell Mae “Tommie” Barrett

Mrs. Druzell Mae “Tommie” Barrett of Blytheville, formerly of Lepanto, departed this life Thursday, July 3, 2014, at her home in Blytheville, at the age of 68. 

She was born in Rivervale, December 5, 1945, the daughter of Robert E. lee Whaley and Mable Effie Shelton Whaley.  She was a convenience store manager for Mid-South Sales for many years and was a Baptist.  She enjoyed cooking and going to the casinos.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ronald lee Barrett, and 9 brothers and sisters. 

She is survived by one son, Jearl Lee Barrett of Blytheville; two grandsons, Justin Barrett and Tim Barrett, both of Blytheville; one sister, Irene “Susie” McDowell (Albert) of Vicksburg, Michigan, and three brothers, Wayford Whaley (Nancy) of Proctor, John Henry “Jinx” Whaley (Dottie) of Tupelo, MS and Charles Wayne Whaley (Carol) of Bartlett, TN. 

Funeral services are set for 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at the Rivervale Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in Potters Cemetery at Lepanto under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monett.

Friends may visit at the church, Monday evening, 5:00 till 9:00 p.m. 

Those wishing to send memorials are asked to consider St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 

 

Junior Leon “Bug” Hensley

Caraway- Junior Leon “Bug” Hensley, 83, of Caraway, passed away Friday, June 27, 2014, at his residence.

He was born April 14, 1931 in Batesville to the late James and Martha “Mattie” Bolin Hensley.  Mr. Hensley retired as a Greyhound bus driver after 35 years of service and formerly was a farmer, policeman and barber.  He was known for his “Hensley strawberries”.  He loved family time and enjoyed cooking for the family.  He was of the Baptist belief and was a U.S. Army Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alpha Rose Reynolds Hensley; two daughters, Cynthia Barrett of Caraway and Terri Pearson of Lake City; a son, Keith Hensley and wife, Paula, of Caraway; seven grandchildren, Paul Barrett, Laura Smith, Amy Baker, Leah Brown, Lyndsey Gomez, Mitchell Hensley and Ben Hensley; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be Sunday, June 29, 2014, at 3:00 pm at Gregg Funeral Home Chapel in Monette with Rev. Andy Brice officiating. Burial will follow at Caraway Cemetery.

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

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

 

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