Obituaries

Jerry Faith Walker Neumeyer

Jerry Faith Walker Neumeyer, 70, of Little Rock, AR., passed away January 23, 2015 at Baptist Health Center, after a severe hemorrhagic stroke the day before.

She was born February 29, 1944, in Pocahontas, AR., daughter of the late Hiriam Gerald Walker and Faith Cude Hooper. Besides her parents, Jerry was preceded in death by her husband from 1962-1972, Wayne Arthur Neumeyer.

Jerry valued education for herself and others. She was a 1962 graduate of Kennett High School in Kennett, Missouri and later received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR.

After earning her Master of Science degree, she worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist at Green County Tech, in Paragould, AR. She later became the Early Childhood Coordinator for Northeast Arkansas Educational Cooperative in Hoxie, AR. During this time, she received an award from Arkansas State University as Outstanding Alumna of the Communicative Disorders Program. On April 4, 1992, she was one of five recipients of the 1992 Outstanding Child Care Professionals of Arkansas Award. For this award she received a letter from then governor, Bill Clinton, congratulating her on this truly great honor, thanking her for her service, and expressing his regrets that he was unable to present her the award himself, due to campaign demands while running for the presidency of the United States of America. After getting things running smoothly in Hoxie, she moved on to become State Supervisor for the State of Arkansas Department of Education – Special Education Division, traveling across the state to monitor program effectiveness. She truly loved her job and the people she worked with. She thrived on making a positive difference in the lives of the children being served. During this time she collaborated with Shelly Wier and Sandra Reifeiss to revise the Language is Discovery resource booklet for the state of Arkansas, April 2002 edition.

Jerry Faith was a generous and loving person, always lending a hand to help others better their situations. This would come in the form of providing food and shelter to those in need to paying for professional certification testing and educational expenses – most recently to help one of her “adopted daughters” get reinstated as a licensed Coder, as well as offering to pay for tutoring for physics for her oldest grandson.

Survivors include a daughter, Cassie Jurasits and husband Jerry of Lorton, VA.; grandsons, Matthew, Thomas, and Andrew, all of Lorton; a brother Gerald Kennon Walker of Pocahontas, AR.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 2:00 at McNabb Funeral Home Saturday, January 31, 2015, with service at 2:00. She will be buried next to her father at Masonic Cemetery.

 

Joseph Edward “Bud” Liebhaber

Biggers Joseph Edward “Bud” Liebhaber, 73, passed away at home surrounded by his family.

Bud was born March 8, 1941 in Biggers to the late Joseph Benjamin and Cleo Kendall Liebhaber.

Bud is survived by his loving wife Edwina, children; Stephen Liebhaber, Sheila (Mark) Saala, Adam ( Tammy) Liebhaber, David Liebhaber, Charolette Bradley, Linda (Curt) Alphin. Grandchildren; Tiffany Lollar, Morgan Griffin, Chelsea Swindle, Shelby Liebhaber, Joey Alphin, Lizzy Bradley, Jessie Liebhaber, Emma Alphin, and 2 great grandchildren Rylee Lollar and Kami Lollar. Brother Thomas Liebhaber and sister Katherine Baltz.

He is preceded in death by his father Joseph Benjamin Liebhaber, mother Cleo Kendall Liebhaber, sisters Helen Liebhaber and Jean Taylor.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 28, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral mass celebrating his life will be held the following day on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 10 a.m. At St. Johns Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St John’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that you make a lasting memorial to St. John’s Catholic Church.

Pallbearers: Doug Baltz, Raymond Jackson, Michael Halliburton, Josh Martin, Ben Liebhaber, Joey Alphin, Jim Steimel.

Honorary Pallbearers: Martin Wren, Carl Throesch, Bobby Prosser, Richard Graddy, Danny Kick, Wayne Pyles, Gary Baltz, Danny Steimel.

Betty Jane Davis

Ravenden, Betty Jane Davis, 92 passed away January 16, 2015 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Betty was born May 4, 1922 in Mount Morris, Michigan to the late Earnest M. And Velva Leland King.

Betty is survived by children; Harold Russell (Rayetta) Davis Jr. , Dawn Davis, Michael (Marcella) Davis, Pamela (Paul) Carr, Angela (Tim) White, 15 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild and more expected.

She is preceded in death by husband Harold R. Davis Sr., granddaughter Deidre Porterfield.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers Memorials be made in honor of Betty to a charity of your choice.

Services are under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home and will be announced at a later date

Delma Sisson

Catawissa, Missouri Delma Sisson, 100, formally of Pocahontas passed away January 10, 2015.

Delma was born in Pocahontas on July 22, 1914 to the late Ben and Callie Seamons.

Delma is survived be a son Donald Sisson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bennie Sisson, brother Ray Seamons and sister Vola Hill.

Services will be private and under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Luetta Armstrong

Corning- Luetta Armstrong, 69, passed away January 12, 2015.

Luetta was born July 19, 1945 in Searcy, Arkansas to the late Oscar and Flossie Gray Swafford.

Luetta is survived by sister Naomi Young, 2 nieces, 1 nephew and honorary daughter Michelle Colburn.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband Leroy Armstrong.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 12-2 p.m. Funeral services will be held immediately following with Jimmy McMasters officiating. Burial will be at Hite Cemetery.

Alice Fay Brooks – Myers

Alice Fay Brooks – Myers died peacefully January 10, 2015 at Nea Baptist. She was born in the Macedonia Community, Missouri, May 9, 1938 to the late William Othel and Tillie Bellah Brooks. She is survived by children Dennis Myers, Sherry Roark, and Kathy Jones, 8 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Siblings, Ruby Littell, , Wanda and Gary Howard, Wilma Morgan, William and Dottie Brooks, John Brooks, Priscilla Hunter, Betty and Alton McCann, Peggy and David Cannady. Preceded in death by, son, Jerry Delaine Myers, husband, Delaine Myers, parents, William Othel and Tillie Bellah Brooks, Brother, Dallas Brooks. No Services will be held.

Imal Pauline Hepler Dail

Imal Pauline Hepler Dail was promoted to her eternal home in Heaven on January 12, 2015.

Imal was born October 1, 1919 in Ravenden Springs, Arkansas to the late Ralph J. And Willie Mae Baird Hepler.

October, 1940 Imal was united in marriage to Richard Homer Dail in West Plaines, MO. To this union seven children were born.

Ms. Imal attended school at Ravenden Springs walking 2 miles everyday to school. Later she moved with her parents to Ravenden and rode the school bus to Williford High School where she graduated as Valedictorian. In 1967 she started working for the Head Start Program. She attended Southern Baptist College now know as Williams Baptist College, Arkansas State University, and University of Houston Texas receiving a Bachelor’s Degree.

Children were the main interest in her life beginning with the arrival of a baby sister when she was nine years of age and continuing through her great grandchildren.

Ms. Imal was an active member of the Ravenden Baptist Church holding many offices, VFW women Auxiliary, and The Eastern Star.

Since the early 1960’s Imal has been the Ravenden correspondent for the Imboden Journal and later the Ozark Journal.

Traveling became her passion. In 2007 she completed her travels to all 50 states. She later married Wally Flowers.

She is survived by 3 sons; Jack (Wanda) Dail, Larry “Butch” (Doris) Dail, and Ted L. (Cheryl) Dail. 2 daughters; Janice (Wilbur) Mead and Betty J. (Byron) Busby, step-daughter Alice Flowers, 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, son-in-law Roscoe Spencer.

She is preceded in death by her parents, first husband Richard H. Dail and second husband Wally Flowers, sister Wanda L. Bailey, son Donnie Dail, daughter Billie “Cookie” Spencer, and grandson Rodney A. Spencer.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 5-7:30 p.m. in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held at the Ravenden Baptist Church Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with John Stoll and Frank Casillas. Burial will be Dail Cemetery.

Wesley Leroy Lamb

Pocahontas, Wesley Leroy Lamb, 80, passed away January 7, 2015.

Wesley was born May 8, 1934 in Pocahontas, Arkansas to the late Arthur and Lela Lamb.

Wesley is survived by his wife Geneva (Garrett) Lamb, 2 sons Allen Lamb and Bobby Lamb, daughter Cathy (Lamb) Baltz, grandchildren Michelle (Lamb) Chesser, Alisa Lamb, Candy (Lamb) Logan, Michael Lamb, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild..

He is preceded in death by his mother, father, 3 brothers Charles, Gene and Leonard Lamb.

Wesley loved hunting, fishing and working in the garden.

Visitation will be held at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends January 10, 2015 from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Sutton Cemetery.

The family ask that in lieu of flowers make donations to NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation – Hope Circle P.O. Box 1960 Jonesboro, Arkansas 72403-1960.

Pauline W. (Steimel) Frankenberger

Pauline W. (Steimel) Frankenberger was born on July 13, 1922 in Engleberg, Arkansas. She passed away on January 6, 2015. She was married to the late Eugene Frankenberger for fifty-three years. Eugene passed away in

1995. Her eight children are Richard (Janice), Albert (Nancy) Frankenberger, Carolyn (Truman) Hackworth, Betty (Bob) Gravlin, Kenneth (Michelle), Steve (Mary Ann), David (Carol) Frankenberger and Susan (Jim) Martin. She has eighteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Her parents were William and Mary Steimel. She has three deceased brothers, Paul (her twin), Leo and Joe Steimel, all of Pocahontas and one surviving sister, Marie Westrich of Danville, Indiana. Two young sisters died at a very early age. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Shelby (Joe) Steimel.

Hard work was always a part of her life. She worked on the family farm until she moved to Pocahontas at the age of 14 to serve as a nanny for several families. Pauline and Eugene married in 1942, endured a war time separation during World War II and started their family in 1947. She and Eugene raised their eight children and owned Pocahontas Plumbing and Heating Co. All of their children attended college and graduated four engineers, an architect, dietitian and a technical writer. She maintained her rental property, vegetable and flower gardens, and her large yard until her late 80’s. She was a master seamstress and hand sewed quilts for each of her grandchildren. Pauline researched the family history of both the Frankenberger and Steimel families. In her and Eugene’s later years, they enjoyed traveling to Europe to meet distant relatives. She devoted thousands of hours to St. Paul’s Church and School, serving as Bazaar Chairman, PTA Secretary, maintained the grotto flower beds, helped clean the church and manage the cemetery, and spend not only her hours, but substituted for others for the Perpetual Adoration.

Visitation will be at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00 until 7:00 o’clock on Friday evening January 9, with a rosary starting at 7:00 PM. The funeral will be at St. Paul’s Church on Saturday, January 10 at 10:00 AM with Father Athanasius Okeiyi officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations be made to the St. Paul’s Family Life Center Building Fund, 1002 Convent Street, Pocahontas, AR 72455 or the charity of your choice.

Taylor Eugene Lillard

Taylor Eugene Lillard of Pocahontas went to be with the Lord on January 6, 2015 at the age of 85 years 9 months and 20 days.

Taylor was born on March 16, 1929 at Ravenden, AR. The youngest of 11 children born to John Watson and Hazel Cowley Lillard. He was a veteran and served in the U.S. Army. He married Inez Humphries on June 7, 1952 and they were married for over 60 years before the Lord took her home on March 13, 2013. Taylor moved with his family to Smithville where they bought the Old Carson White place where John and Debbie now live and worked many jobs. He worked at the feed store, farmed with Sloan Durham and then retired from the White River Medical Center in Batesville, AR. But his favorite job was being a father and paw paw. Taylor never met a stranger and loved everyone. He is a member of Smithville Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and has also served as music leader for years. He loved his church and didn’t like missing church and wouldn’t unless his health wouldn’t allow for him to be there.

Taylor enjoyed spending time with his family. He spent lots of his time cutting wood and hunting with the boys. He loved going fishing and catching catfish. Then he would come home and we would have a big fish fry. As long as he was able Fridays was a time he spent with John and Wesley cutting wood. He looked forward to this time.

Taylor enjoyed playing music and singing with friends and family. He spent a lot of time with his brothers, nephews and other family members singing. He did this until a few years ago when he could no longer do this. He loved singing at church with his family.

His biggest accomplishment was being a good husband, father, uncle and paw paw.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, brothers, sisters and his loving wife Inez., a son-in-law Eugene Young and a grandson Royce Oden Jr. He is survived by one son John (Debbie) Lillard of Smithville, three daughters Nancy Young of Pocahontas, Connie Lillard of Pocahontas and Teresa (Bill) Bussey of Fountain Inn, SC. He is also survived by three grandchildren Travis (Holli) Lillard of Pocahontas, Wesley (Missy) Lillard of Smithville and Jennie Oden of Pocahontas, five great-grandchildren Brooke and Tanner Lillard of Pocahontas, Abigail (Abby) Lillard of Smithville, K’dee and Christian Oden of Pocahontas and two step-grandchildren Marshall Young of Pocahontas and Jamie Bussey (B.J.) Parsons of London, OH. Many other friends and family morn their loss.

Visitation for Taylor will be on Thursday January 8, 2015 at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas from 5-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Smithville Baptist Church, Friday January 09, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with Johnny Worsham and Keith Marlin officiating. Burial will follow at the Smtihville Cemetery Brother Jay Wilkins will be in charge of the grave side services.

Pallbearers will be his Nephews, Ricky and Ronnie Malone, Marshall Young, Alexander and Jeremy Lally and James Murrell. Honorary Pallbearers will include the Deacons of Smithville Baptist Church, Sloan and Courtney Durham, Mark and Howard Brannon, Danny Oliver, Tom Lillard and the Randolph Home Nursing Home Staff.

In Lieu of flowers the family has asked that a donation be made to Smithville Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

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