Obituaries

Robert Allen Prater

Robert Prater

Jonesboro- Robert Allen Prater, 78, passed away May 19, 2016.

Robert was born December 18, 1937 in St. Louis, MO to Ed and Emma Tucker Prater.

He served in the US Navy on the USS Borie in the Mediterranean for most of his tour. He then worked for Kings Department Store and was later hired as buyer at Magee Company. He always felt his tenure at Magee’s was a good foundation for his future. He was hired in 1972 at Waterloo and served as the Purchasing and Materials Manager until he later retired in 1995. He loved to travel, was always ready to help others, and enjoyed life.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Brooks Prater; daughter, Sheila Selsor of Missouri; son Tim Prater of Chicago, IL; siblings: Marie (Bill) Teel, Pat Lorsbach, Rick (Linda) Prater all of Pocahontas, Georgia (James) Ratliff of Imboden; Janice Prater (wife of late Jim Prater); and Mary Therese (ex-wife of late Jim Prater); 20 nieces and nephews; and 27 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Elsie Kennett; and brother, Jim Prater.

All services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm. A funeral service will be Monday, May 23, 2016 at 10:00am with David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Maynard Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Terry Redwine, Tracy Redwine, Jake Redwine, Richard Teel, Mike Creason and Trey Hicks.

John “Greg”ory Leon Bellomy

John Bellomy

Pocahontas- John “Greg”ory Leon Bellomy, 50 yrs old, of Pocahontas, AR passed away on Monday May 9, 2016.

Greg was born on November 5, 1965 in Scottsboro, AL. His parents were Bud & Rebecca Chastain of Pocahontas, and father Jerry & Helen Bellomy of Alabama. Greg has one sister, Wanda Adams and one brother, Jimmy Franklin (Leah) Bellomy of Michigan. He also had one step brother Grady Bellomy of AL. Greg was also very loved by his two stepchildren : Billy and Sandra Davis of Hammond, IN and Kristie and Mike Amaya of Hobart, IN. He had 10 nieces and nephews, 7 great nieces and nephews, 4 aunts of AL and many many cousins. Greg was a pipe fitter and construction worker most of his life. He enjoyed being outdoors while sitting near a bonfire, camping and fishing at his favorite hole in Brook, IN. He also enjoyed scrapping along with buying and selling items.

Greg was preceded by his mother Rebecca Chastain, grandparents John Frank and Fannie Lou Keel of Alabama, 5 uncles, 1 aunt, 1 cousin and 1 niece (LaCresha Wagers).

Greg was always full of life, loved by everyone he knew and will be sadly missed!

No Services at this time. Arrangements under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Marguerite “Reita” Maxine Odom

Pocahontas- Marguerite “Reita” Maxine Odom, 93, passed away May 18, 2016 at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab.

Reita was born April 25, 1923 in Supply, AR to Cecil and Oral Hawkins Allen.

She is survived by son, Kelly Odom of Jonesboro; grandchildren: Justin Soles of Maynard, Jarrod Soles of Brookland, Lacey Finnell of Little Rock and Emilee Odom of St. Louis, MO; great grandchildren: Whitney Soles, Madelyn Soles and Brynlee Soles.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wiley Leo Odom; daughter, Margaret Soles; and brother, Gene Allen.

All services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, May 20, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm. A funeral service will be Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00am with Bill Goode officiating. Burial will follow in Maynard Cemetery.

George D. Griggs

Pocahontas- George D. Griggs, 80, passed away May 17, 2016 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

George was born November 3, 1935 in Warm Springs, AR to Charlie and Pearl Creason Griggs.

He is survived by children: Donny (Sherry) Griggs, Tammy (Robert) Kearby, Bill (Kathy) Flannery, Joyce (Bob) Lloyd; grandchildren: Donny Joe (Sarah) Griggs, Michelle (David) Byers, Amy (Devon) Holder, Lane Kearby, Jeff (Julie) Cochran, Kim Cochran, Wendy (Bobby) Eddings; 6 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nelva Lee Griggs; 3 brothers: Leroy, Eugene, Willie Griggs; 2 sisters: Alta Marie Cox and Genevieve Lindsey.

All services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, May 20, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm. A funeral services will be Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 2:00pm with Darrell Fears officiating. Burial will follow in Warm Springs Cemetery.

Vida Jane Thomas Tweedy

Pocahontas- Vida Jane Thomas Tweedy, 88, departed this life on May 15, 2016 at her daughter’s home.

Vida was born October 11, 1927 in Ingram, AR to John and Maggie Williams Thomas.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Ouida Roberts, Vicki Lassen and special friend Carol “George” Lee; son Bruce (Sandra) Tweedy all of Pocahontas; 8 grandchildren: Lucy (Bobby) Cline, David (Tina) Stalnaker, Bill (Leigh) Stalnaker, Jimmy (Salenia) Ingram, Lance (Kayla) Blansett, Nancy Hill, Brooke (Chris) Junkersfeld, Caitlin Tweedy all of Pocahontas; 19 great grandchildren; 8 great great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Alzette Bounds of Bono, Mary Ella Thomas of Bellvue Colorado; many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Paul Tweedy; 6 brothers: Cleo, Cleatus, and Tom Bounds, Roy, Joe and JD Thomas; 3 sisters Ethel White, Grace Foster and Ida Mae Garrett.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm. A funeral service will be Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 2:00pm with Carl Massey officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Jimmy Ingram, Lance Blansett, Bill Stalnaker, Chris Junkersfeld, Buck Bounds and Tim White.

Tom Weisenbach

Tom Weisenbach

Walnut Ridge- Tom Weisenbach, 51, passed away May 13, 2016.

Tom was born February 24, 1965 in Pocahontas, AR to Paul and Ruth Roberts Weisenbach. Tom was a dedicated father, husband, brother and son. He was very strong in his faith, kind hearted, and talented. He loved to hunt, fish, and talk about Civil War history. He did everything wholeheartedly. His conversations were usually compared to how, “back in the day” his parents and grandparents did things. He was very loyal to those he loved and always willing to help anyone. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Stephanie Weisenbach, children: Brandi Davis, Samantha (Tyler) Brown, Jessica (Alex) Brown; grandchild, Preston Brown; mother, Ruth Weisenbach; brother, Tony (Daffney) Weisenbach; 6 sisters: Rosemary (Danny) Hopper, Sheila (Larry) Davis, Paula (Bill) Schaechtel, Bonnie (Wayne) Kazzee, Barbara Weisenbach, Teresa (Bryan) Thielemier; 16 nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews; father-in-law Buford Eagan; mother-in-law Barbara Eagan; sister-in-law Laura (Bobby) McDaniel; and many friends and loved ones.

He was preceded by is father, Paul Weisenbach, paternal grandparents Alfred and Minnie Weisenbach, and maternal grandparents Earl and Ruby Roberts.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 5-7pm with a 7pm rosary service at McNabb Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11am at St. John’s Catholic Church at Engelberg with Father Anthanasius Okeiyi officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Brandon Kazzee, Andy Weisenbach, Chris Schaechtel, Jonathan Davis, Chad Davis, and Blake Thielemier.

Honorary pallbearers: Bobby McDaniel, Jamie Nunnally, Steve Alexander, Jason Hammock, Kim Hammock, Chris Propst, Roy Mullen, Jason Hoffman, Jon Smith, John O’Neal, Shad Allison, Joey Cooper, Kaylie Hammock and Shawn Thompson.

Urban Ungerank

Urban Ungerank

Pocahontas- Urban Ungerank, 85, passed away May 13, 2016 at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab.

Urban was born February 6, 1931 in Engelberg, AR to Mike and Anna Steimel Ungerank. He has been a life long resident of Pocahontas. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for 30+ years. He was a Barber for 50+ years. He was a member of the American Legion Post for 60+ years. He was actively involved with the Christmas program for the exceptional kids for many years. He always honored the Veterans by placing flags upon their graves on Memorial Day.

He is survived by children: Timothy (Karen) Ungerank, Carol Tyler, Terry Ungerank; grandchildren: Joe (Kalyn Little) Ungerank, Stephanie Ungerank, Cassie (Landon) McGarrah, Eric (Tara) Webb, Jennifer Dunn, Shane (Ashley) Ungerank, Cody (Amber) Ungerank; 7 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Summer Ungerank; 2 brothers and 1 sister.

Visitation will be Monday, May 16, 2016 from 5-7pm at McNabb Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11am at St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Athanasius Okeiyi. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery with Terry Miller doing a committal service.

In lieu of flowers, leave a lasting memorial to the American Legion Exceptional Children’s Christmas Fund.

Wilburn R. “Bill” Hughes

Doniphan, MO- Wilburn R. “Bill” Hughes, 88, passed away May 9, 2016 at home.

Bill was born October 5, 1927 in Gatewood, MO to John William and Willie Bell Hay Hughes.

He is survived by his wife Elsie Davis Hughes; sons: Wilburn L. (Charlene) Hughes of Texas, Ray (Kim) Hughes of Doniphan; 5 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; sisters: Della West of Poplar Bluff, MO and Shirley Frederick of Rockford, IL and caregiver Neva Decker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

Visitation will be Friday, May 13, 2016 from12-2pm at Oak Ridge Church of God with a funeral service immediately following at 2pm with Pat Gargac officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Pallbearers are his grandsons: Michael Hughes, Brian Hughes, Jeremy Hughes, Brian Westerhoff, Ron Beheyt and Billy Webster.

Rufus Simpson

Pocahontas- Rufus Simpson, 100, passed away May 3, 2016 at Randolph Home.

Rufus was born October 16, 1915 in the Hamil Community to the late James and Birdie Brown Simpson. He was a Jehovah Witness believer.

He is survived by son Don Simpson of Mammoth Springs; 3 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; special niece Juanita Hackworth; special granddaughter Helen Simpson; 2 brothers: Edd Simpson of Pocahontas, JA Simpson of Searcy; and sister Marie Murphy of Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Eleanor Simpson; brothers Woodrow and Leon Simpson; sisters Ruth Gullett and Eva Holder.

Visitation will be Friday, May 6, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm at McNabb Funeral Home. A graveside service will be Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00pm at Duty Cemetery.

Zachery Payden “Vandy” Vandergriff

Zachery Vandergriff

Pocahontas- Zachery Payden “Vandy” Vandergriff, 22, was taken tragically in an ATV accident on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Zachery was born December 4, 1993 in Jonesboro, AR to Jessie Vandergriff Jr. and Rene Tunstall Vandergriff.

He is survived by his mother Rene Vandergriff of Pocahontas; father Jessie Vandergriff Jr of Baldwin, IL; sister Chelsea Vandergriff of Baldwin, IL; grandparents Charles and Sandra Lambert of Pocahontas; great grandmother Ethel Vandergriff Clements of Ravenden Springs; uncle Dewayne and aunt Terri Cresap of Pocahontas; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Levon Tunstall, Jessie Vandergriff Sr.; great grandparents Homer and Irene Tyer.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm. A funeral service will be Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:00pm with Carl Massey officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Justin Myers, Christian Coley, Seth Cresap, Nathan Morris, Zac Conner and Brandon Sullinger.

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