Obituaries

Darrell Franklin McFatridge

Darrell Franklin McFatridge 77 was born in Pocahontas November 07, 1936 and passed away October 20, 2014 at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Darrell was a life long resident of Pocahontas and was the second son of the late John H. and Alma (Dorman) McFatridge. He was a graduate of Pocahontas High School with the Class of 1956. He owned and operated McFatridge Welding & Fabrication Company for many years and after closing the business in 1977 to peruse other interest and enjoyed leisure traveling until his health declined.

Survived by the mother of his children Mrs. Billie Ruth (Dixon – McFatridge) Keech of Jonesboro, Arkansas, two sons; Dennis F. and Lorna McFatridge of Bonita Springs, Florida, Darren P. and Laterice McFatridge of Pocahontas, Daughter Dana and Chris Moore of Jonesnoro, Arkansas. Grandchildren Trey Jones III, Taylor Jones of Jonesboro, Sirrea McFatridge and Shannon McFatridge of Bonita Springs, Florida, Heston McFatridge of Fayetteville, Arkansas and five Great Grandchildren, sister, Peggy J. Reed of Pocahontas, and a niece, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Darrell is proceeded in death by his parents John H. and Alma M. McFatridge, grandparents John P. and Maggie M. McFatridge and William R. Dorman and Wahnetta G. (Hutton- Dorman) Winland, brothers Billy Faye and John Dorman McFatridge.

A private burial is planned.

The families request memorial be made to Southwest Church of Christ 1601 James Street Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401

Richard Duane Wheeless

Pocahontas- Richard Duane Wheeless, 53 passed away October 20, 2014.

Richard was born May 29, 1961 in Pocahontas, Arkansas to the late Jimmy Wheeless and Carolyn Ward Wheeless Newberry.

He is survived by his wife Melissa Wheeless, father Kenneth (Betty) Newberry, children Chelly Gruen, Angela Hare, Kim Wheeless, Jeffrey Wheeless, Matthew Wheeless, 4 grandchildren, sisters Linda (Carmen) Pitcher, Arleen (Don)  Wheeless Settles, Karen Newberry, several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Family will receive friends Friday, October 24, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral will be Saturday, October , 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Henry “John” Shepherd

Supply- Henry “John” Shepherd, 65, went home to be with the Lord on October 18, 2014.

John was born August 28, 1949 in Tichnor, Arkansas to the late Henry and Rita Moore Shepherd.

John is survived by his wife Teresa Shepherd, daughter Kim Shepherd Thompson, son Curtis (Amber) Shepherd, step-children Rosella (Chad) Burdin, Barbara Wallace, 14 grandchildren, brother Donnie (Bonnie)Shepherd, several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, 5 brothers, 5 sisters, step-child Shawn Wallace.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with funeral service celebrating his life immediately following at 6:00 p.m. with Mark Clawson and Scott Wedding officiating. Graveside service and burial will be held the following day on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at New Zion Cemetery in Tichnor, Arkansas.

Thomas Warren Venson

Biggers- Thomas Warren Venson, 84, entered into eternal peace October 17, 2014.

Thomas was born February 6, 1930 in Biggers, Arkansas to the late Edd and Loral Barnes Venson.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife Neta Fay Venson, son Jimmy (Donna) Venson, grandchildren Audrey Venson Burtman, Bryan Venson, Laura Venson, Dillon Venson, great grandchild Isabella Burtman Venson. Brothers Bill (Carol) Venson, Danny (Earlene) Cook, sister Shelby (James) Jones, nieces that cared for him in his final days Beverly Reynolds, Debbie Moore, Kathy Hampton, Tina Jones and many more nieces and nephews.

Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, sister Joyce Cook, Wilma Morgan, Colleen Godwin and infant son Joseph Venson.

Thomas enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great granddaughter. And in his spare time he was a avid duck hunter, fisherman, pool player, domino’s and card player.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held the following day Monday, October 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Roger Hovis officiating. Burial will follow in Hite Cemetery.

Cecile Finnie

Reyno- Cecile Finnie, 99, was granted her angel wings October 17, 2014.

Cecile was born on a farm at Biggers, Arkansas on August 18, 1915 to the late Troy And Alice Starling Hawkins. She married Richard “Dick” Finnie in 1929. She was fourteen and he was nineteen. Their first daughter Paula was born in 1939, and the second daughter Jennie was born in 1942. They stayed on their farm from forty years and raised their family. Cecile was called Granny by her family. She loved and was devoted to her children and grandchildren. Cecile was a devoted Christian, she spend her entire life working in the Reyno Baptist Church, Biggers Baptist Church and in later years was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Cecile is survived by her daughter Virginia (Bennie) Jarrett, grandchildren Dickie (Jenny ) Jarrett, Rick (Missy) Wrozier, Dianne Wrozier, great- grandchildren Payton Jarrett, Jessie Wrozier, Nick Wrozier, Danny Wrozier, Sammy Wrozier.

She is preceded in death by her husband Richard “Dick”Finnie, parents, daughter Paula Small, brother Acel Hawkins.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held the following day on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Roger Hovis officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Billy Dean Bibb

Pocahontas- Billy Dean Bibb, 75, entered into eternal peace October 15, 2014.

Billy was born July 15, 1939 to the late Edwin and Inez Fears Bibb in Greene County.

Billy is survived by his wife Wyeda Bibb, son Gary (Teresa) Bibb, daughter Tammy Story, grandchildren Eric Bibb, Magan Chandler, Paige Huddleston, Ty Story, Collin Bibb, Brandi, Stephanie, Megan, great-grandchildren Jace Huddleston, Harrison, Avery, Kegan, Peyton, brother Glenn Bibb, Paul Bibb, sister Shirley Blakenship, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother Jim Bibb.

Services will be held at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday October, 18, 2014 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating his life immediately following at 2:00 p.m. with Jerry Cochran officiating. Burial will follow in the Chesser Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Justin Bibb, Dewayne Stricklin, Dale Courtney, Dewey Bibb, John Bibb, Dale Bibb, Kevin Williams, Brandon Chandler.

Bernadette Jurs

Pocahontas- Bernadette Jurs, 70 entered into eternal peace on October 13, 2014 at home surrounded by her family.

Bernadette was born January 14, 1944 in Chicago, IL to the late Raymond and Frances Svoma Richter.

She is survived by her husband Armand Lee “A.J.” Jurs Sr., sons Armand Lee Jr. (Ronda) Jurs, Norman Jurs (Kim Turek), daughters Dawn (Arthur) Cocherell, and Ann (John) Varas, grandchildren Joshua Raymond, Arthur Troy (Rebecca) Cocherell, Nicholas Varas, Brittney Cocherell, Nichole (Coby) Poe, Armand Jurs III, Scott Jurs, Allen Jurs, Jordan Jurs, Memphis Jurs, and Dechlin Jurs, 10 great grandchildren, brother Allan Richter, brother-in-law Albert (Cathy) Jurs, several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Frances Silmon, brother Raymond Richter Jr., grandbabies Sabastian and Daniel Jurs.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Tursday, October 16, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held the following day on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Doug Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in the Chesser Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Norman Jurs, Allan Jurs, Armand Jurs Jr., John Varas, Scott Jurs, Arthur Cocherell.

Honorary pallbearers: Arthur, Nick, Brittney, Nichole, Jordan, Armand, Memphis, Dechlin.

Lillian ” Dolly” Whitney

Pocahontas- Lillian “Dolly” Whitney, 90 was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 26, 1924 was granted her angel wings on October 7, 2014.

Dolly is survived by daughter, Kay (Dale) Eatmon of Las Vegas, Nevada, two granddaughters, Amy Yates of Pocahontas and Tracy Carson of Las Vegas, Nevada, Five great grandchildren; Haley Poe Yates, Trey Watters, Cheyenne Carson, Whitney Yates and Dalton Yates, her beloved sister-in-law Jerri Goodwin and many nieces and nephews in Randolph County.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Bob of 64 years and her parents Rafael LeRoy and Gertrude Bessie Devine Kniep.

Dolly spread sunshine and love to everyone she met. She loved music and enjoyed the Friday night dances with her friends. She was a Sunday school teacher for over 40 years at Mundelein United Methodist Church. She will be missed, but her loving and joyful spirit will live on in each of our hearts, as we were blessed by her presence.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Monday, October 13, 2014 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held the following day on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Scott Wedding officiating. Burial will follow in the Maynard Cemetery.

Michael Fredrick Mathews

Pocahontas- Michael Fredrick Mathews, 54, died due to an automobile accident October 9, 2014 in Pocahontas, AR.

Michael was born November 4, 1959 in Pocahontas, Arkansas to Earl and Wanda Baldridge Mathews.

Michael had a passion for playing music and spending time with his grandchildren.

Michael is survived by his wife Brenda Mathews, parents Earl and Wanda Mathews, son Samuel Mathews, daughter Amanda (Steven) Bagwell, grandchildren Briella Bagwell, Libby Mathews, Madison Bagwell and Brianna Mathews, sister Charlotte and Jimmy “Buddy” Cadle, several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

Services will be held at Bradford Community Chapel. Family will receive friends on Monday, October 13, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. with a celebration of his life immediately following at 2:00 p.m. with Sam Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in the Bradford Cemetery.

L.A. Harris

Pocahontas- L.A. Harris, 73, entered into eternal peace on October 8, 2014 at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Jonesboro.

L.A. was born March 29, 1941 in Warm Springs, Arkansas to the late Alvin and Lenora Tyler Harris.

L.A. is survived by his loving wife Carolyn Harris, one brother H.A. Harris, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joe and Ilene Biron, and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

All services will be held at The Church of God.. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 10, 20104 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held the following day on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Sister Connie Wilson, Dewayne Smith, and Gary Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery.

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