Obituaries

Melba Pauline Simpson Justus

Imboden- Melba Pauline Simpson Justus, 91, passed from this life to the next March 1, 2015.

Melba was born July 13, 1923 in Annieville, Arkansas to the late Alfred and Edith Pickett Dent.

Melba is survived by William Stanley Simpson, James Perry Simpson, sister Florine Dixon, and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces nephews, cousins friends and loved ones.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband of 35 years Huron Hollis “Spec” Justus, and previous husband George Reese Simpson, son Donald Vance Simpson, sister Alene Bratcher.

Pauline served our country behind the scenes, as one of the many women riveting airplanes during WWII. “Rosie the Riveter” a cultural icon of the 40’s. She was a successful housewife integrating into the work place gradually. She was a farm wife for 35 years, faithful supporting Spec’s roll in feeding our country. She had many admirers because she showed herself friendly to others and confronted need with action. She will forever be a profound influence on anyone that had the privilege of knowing her.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 6, 2015 from 11-12 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Funeral service immediately following with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be at Park Cemetery

Tom Edd Swindle

Pocahontas- Tom Edd Swindle, 77, passed away February 19, 2015 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Tom Edd was born September 21, 1937 to the late Greeley and Esta Luter Swindle in Middlebrook, Arkansas.

Tom Edd is survived by his wife Ginger Swindle, son Tommy (Angie) Swindle, daughter Dawna (Barry) Kerr, grandchildren Tiffany, Chelsea, T.J., Austin, Evan, step-grandson Brandon and great-grandchildren Rylee, Kami. Brother Henry Eli (Fuzz) Swindle and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Greeley and Esta Swindle, sister Roberta Wantland, brother William (Red) Swindle and step-grandson Shawn Haynes.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held the following day Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 p.m. with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Wayne Wileman, Rudy Gazaway, Tracy Smith, Logan Britt, Paul Dawson, Chad Streeper.

Honorary pallbearers: Charlie Cox, Charlie Jarrett, Darrell Nelson, Warren Mathews.

Merle Russell Young

Merle Russell Young, 81 passed away February 14, following years of gradual debilitating strokes. He was born September 9, 1933 in Chipawa Township, Pennsylvania to Russell and Ruth Linzey Young.

Merle is survived by his daughter Jody (Howard) Thielemier, sons Darrell and Clint (Kim) Young, step daughters Joniece (Scott) Trammell and Teri (Larry) Lewis, stepson Scott Harold. Grandchildren Benjamin Thielemier, Tahnee ( Terry) Green and Austin Young. Step grandchildren Noel Boyce, Aliecia Spears, Olivia Pate, Rachel Koons, Tiffany Poling , and Hannah Cagle. Two great grandchildren and nine step great grandchildren. Brothers Greg, Dennis, Jerry, Dale, Neal and Raymond Young,and sister Ruth Stice. Numerous other family members and friends

Merle retired from the United States Air Force after twenty years of service in 1973. Upon retirment, he was hired by Amerace- ESNA as a personel manager for thier new manufacturing plant in Pocahontas, Arkansas. After five years, Merle changed employer to Skil Corporation in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas where he managed over 2000 employees at one time. Merle enjoyed traveling throughout his adult life, in his retirement years he continued to travel spliting his time between homes in Pocahontas and Las Vegas, NV. Merle was active with Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Society for Human Resource Management, Rolling Hills Country Club, ASU Indian Club and later in life attended Sutton Free Will Baptist Church.

Merle was Proceeded in death by his parents, his wife Darlene Jeter Young, premature twins, Gladys and William and wife, Olieta Culver Young, sisters Audrey Zurasky, Alice Blazak, and Carol Baker, brothers Ron and Gary Young.

The funeral will be held Saturday, February 28 at 1 pm at McNabbs Funeral Home with a time for visitation beginning at 10 am till time for funeral services. Brother Randy Scott, Brother Loy Culver and family will officiate. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations maybe sent to Intergrity 1st Bank, 1 Bank Plaza Drive, Pocahontas, AR 72455 towards a scholarship to be established in memory of Merle Young or the charity of your choice.

Pall bearers will be Scott Trammel, Lawrence Bergman, David Thielemier, Dave Holbrook, Bob Hoskins, and Doug Cox.

Edward Bryan Spurlock

Pocahontas- Edward Bryan Spurlock, 60, passed away February 11, 2015.

Edward was born in Trumann, Arkansas March 9, 1954 to the late Glenn and Dorothy Bradley Spurlock.

Edward graduated from Bay High School in 1972. He was a Army veteran 1972-1974. Member of the Bay United Methodist Church.

Edward is survived by brothers John (Kala) Spurlock, Mike (Faye) Spurlock, sister Denise (Tom) Looker, 3 nieces and 4 nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Glenn and Dorothy Spurlock.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 3-4 p.m. in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with a graveside service immediately following at the Masonic Cemetery with Marty Spurlock officiating.

Lucille Reed

Pocahontas- Lucille Reed, 85, passed away February 11, 2015.

Lucille was born October 22, 1929 in Pocahontas, Arkansas to the late John and Cora Snodgrass.

Lucille is survived by son Bill (Sandy) Reed, daughters Theresa (Steve) Walker, Maggie (Gary) Pratt, 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and a sister Marjorie Patterson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Theodore Reed, sons Danny Reed and Robert Reed.

The family will receive friends Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 3-5 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral celebrating her life will be the following day February, 16, 2015 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

Alous J. Thatch

Pocahontas- Alous J. Thatch, 95, was granted her angel wings February 10, 2015.

Alous was born in Randolph County July 9, 1919 to the late Sular and Kate Tiner Vandergriff.

Alous is survived by 3 daughters Barbara Brown and J.D., Vonda and Kenny Dickey, and Peggy Davis. Grandchildren Kim May, Bryan Brown, Stacy Smith, Terri Guy, Jamie Lemmons, 11 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Sisters Bonnie Blissenbach and Avis Peterson, brother Clyde Vandergriff, and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents Sular Vandergriff and Kate Tiner Vandergriff, husband Cecil Thatch, brothers Kenneth Vandergriff , Joe Vandergriff, Dennis Vandergriff and Clay Vandergriff, sisters Edna Crawford and Alma Lee Kildow, granddaughter Tammy Brown.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10-12 at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service celebrating her life will be immediately followng at 12 with Terry Miller Officiating. Burial will be at Wells Cemetery.

Gene A. Klossing

Pocahontas- Gene A. Klossing, 75, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 surrounded by family.

Gene was born March 21, 1939 in Quincy, IL to the late Jake and Addie Klossing.

Gene is survived by his children Charlotte Klossing, Brenda Klossing, Sonny (Kathy) Klossing, grandchildren Crystal Galik, John Klossing, Cherish (Ryan) Nelson, Josh Klossing, Jake Klossing, great grandchildren Aiyana Galik, Lily Kissinger, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Laura Klossing, a baby son, grandson A.J. Galik,

6 brothers and 1 sister.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Sudie Evelyn Varvil

Delaplaine- Sudie Evelyn Varvil, 91, passed away February 5, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock, AR.

Sudie was born October 9, 1923 in Pocahontas, Arkansas to the late D.N. and Carrie Ford Million.

Sudie is survived by a daughter Kathy Johnson of Maumelle, AR., grandchildren James Varvil, of Corning, AR., Beth Varvil of Jonesboro, AR., Brittney Loftin of Honolulu, HI., Jonathan Johnson of Hot Springs, AR., 1 great grandson Reid Varvil, sisters Kathryn Cheever of Portland, ME., and Shirley Johnson of Hot Springs Village, AR.

She is preceded in death by her parents D.N. and Carrie Million, husband Reuben Varvil and son Joe Varvil.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral service celebrating her life will be the following day Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with Gerald Fears officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Janice Carol Redus

Pocahontas- Janice Carol Redus, 63 passed away at St. Bernards Hospital February 4, 2015 surrounded by her family.

Janice was born November 25, 1951 in Pocahontas, Arkansas to the late Everett and Christine Gunn Ensor.

Janice is survived by her husband Delane Redus, son Christopher (Elizabeth) Tyler, daughter Brandy Redus, grandchildren Rebekah Tyler, Phillip Tyler, Trevor Tyler, Alex Tyler, sister Miriam (James) Ashcraft, and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Jim Tyler.

Janice was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 11-12 noon at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. at Warm Springs Cemetery with Terry Miller officiating.

Dianne Lee Yancy

Pocahontas- Dianne Lee Yancy, 70, passed away February 4, 2015.

Dianne was born November 9, 1944 in Glenwood, MI, to the late George and Betty Cummings.

Dianne is survived by her husband Everett Yancy, sons Mike Yancy and Everett Yancy Jr., 4 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 4-6 p.m. Memorial service will follow at 6 p.m.

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