Obituaries

Therman “2 Dollar” Francis Flota

Ravenden Springs, Therman “2 Dollar” Francis Flota, 95, passed away February 9, 2016.

Therman was born January 10, 1921 in Paragould, Arkansas to the late Francis Herman and Ella Merle Copher Flota.

He is survived by children: Sharon Lynne Jorden of Clarksville, TN, George Robert Flota of Fayetteville; grandchildren: Lisa Osbourn of Benton, IL, Brian Claxton of Shelles, IL, Matthew Claxton of Christopher, IL, Jeff Flota, John Flota both of Ft. Smith, Jackie Maxwell of Decatur, Jennifer Aguinaldo of Denver, Georgia Flota of Fayetteville; 5 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Mavis Wright and Margret Fann.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 4-6pm at McNabb Funeral Home. Cremation was chosen as final disposition.

Linda Louise Billingsley

Ravenden- Linda Louise Billingsley, 68, passed away on February 8, 2016.

Linda was born on November 21, 1947 in Pocahontas, AR to William Brian and Louise Nichols Ellington.

She is survived by her husband George “Sonny” Billingsley, children: Matt (Lynn) Billingsley, Melinda (Phillip) Sullivan, Mary Brawley, Mark Billingsley; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and brother David (Regina) Ellington.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son Michael Billingsley, daughter Georgia Lynn Billingsley, great-grandchild Byler Solimine, sisters Faye Allison, Carol Caldwell, and brothers Douglas, Wayne and Larry Ellington.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 12-1pm at Bradford Church with a funeral service immediately following at 1pm with Linnie Finney officiating. Internment will be in Bradford Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Brian Billingsley, Cody Billingsley, Mike North, Brandon Barnett, Cody Wortham, and Dylan Billingsley.

Jennifer Wren

Pocahontas- Jennifer Wren, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister, age 46, passed away February 6, 2016.

Jennifer was born April 4, 1969, in Pocahontas, Arkansas to Charles B. And Cathy Byrd Johnson.

Jennifer lived much too short a life, but she lived everyday to the fullest and made every day count.

Jennifer was a selfless person with a generous giving spirit.

Jennifer is survived by her husband Steve Wren, daughters Jacqueline (Shawn) Snyder, Autumn (David) Steimel, Serena (Andrew) Fontenoy, granddaughter Madeline Snyder and a grandson on the way. Siblings Jeanetta Shiell, Charlie Johnson, Terry Johnson, Tim Johnson and father Charles B. Johnson,mother-in-law Wilma Wren.

She is preceded in death by her mother Cathy Byrd Johnson, grandparents Richard and Iva Byrd, Brandon and Ruby Johnson, and father-in-law Dan Joe Wren.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 10, 2016, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Rosary at 7 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, February 11, 2016, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Engelberg at 11 a.m. with Father Mark Woods and Father Athanasius Okeiyi officiating. Internment will be at St. John’s Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers: Charlie Johnson, Terry Johnson, Tim Johnson, Shawn Snyder, David Steimel, Andrew Fontenoy, Paul Shiell, Doyle Nalley and James Little.

James Edward Palmer

Pocahontas, James Edward Palmer, 94, passed away February 5, 2016.

James was born  March 6, 1921 in Warm Springs, Arkansas to the late Perry and Della Hogue Palmer. James served our country as a Army medic during WWII.

James is survived by his wife Audry Palmer, daughters Delores Palmer and Vickie Johnson, 3 grandchildren, 5 great- grandchildren, sister Opal White and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Irvin Palmer and sister Glenna Wright

Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 10, 2016 10-11 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Service will be immediately following at 11 a.m. with Terry Miller officiating. Burial will be at Masonic Cemetery.

Elmertine “Tina” Armstrong

Pocahontas- Elmertine “Tina” Armstrong, 84, passed away on February 4, 2016.

Tina was born on November 18, 1931 in Pocahontas, AR to Elmer and Myrtle Johnson Bates. She was a lifetime member of the First Baptist Church in Pocahontas. After retirement from Arnold Palmer Golf, she worked part time with Brad Headstart as a “Grandma.” This was a highlight of her years. She had a deep love for children and was loved by children as well.

She is survived by children: Bev (Phil) Ducker, Tammy (Vince) Ragsdell both of Pocahontas, Judy (Randy) Waymon of Dallas, Georgia, Traci (Jeff) Clayton of Jonesboro; grandchildren: Amy (Kevin) Sorg of Rogers, Jeremy Ducker, Miranda Clayton, Jackson Clayton, Neely Ragsdell all of Jonesboro, Jeff (Valerie) Thielemier, Darrin Thielemier both of Pocahontas, Nathan Ragsdell of O’Kean, Brock (Krystal) Waymon of Jasper, Georgia, Monica (Wyatt) Davis, Savannah (Ryan) Hutchinson, Candice (Oscar) Morales of Dallas, Georgia; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Gloria Newsom, Barbara Johnson; brothers Melvin Bates, Oral Bates, and Ishmael Bates.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, February 8, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 PM. A funeral service celebrating her life will be on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM. Internment will be in Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Randolph County Nursing Home in Pocahontas or John 3:16 Ministries in Charlotte.

Clarence Jennings

Pocahontas- Clarence Jennings, 82, passed away February 4, 2016 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Clarence was born October 28, 1933 in Maynard, AR to James and Frances Manning Jennings. He graduated Maynard High School, served in the Korean War, worked at Brown Shoe Company for several years, enjoyed singing and playing music along with entertaining people.

He is survived by three sisters and many nieces and nephews.

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

A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Maynard Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Wanda Summers

Walnut Ridge- Wanda Summers, 85, passed away February 2, 2016, at St. Bernards.

Wanda was born January 1, 1931 in Light, AR to Harry and Anna Brown Lane. She was a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and serving the Lord.

She is survived by children Thelma Henson, Debra (Randy) Foster, Ronnie (Lisa) Summers Shelia (Ronnie) Trujillo; 10 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren; sisters Bonnie (Tom) Flanery, and Patsy (Leyburn) Varner.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 14 sisters and brothers.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 2-4pm. Funeral service will be held Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2pm with Dereck Collins officiating. Internment will be in Pirtle Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Mark Curtis, Keith White, Jeremy Cunningham, Marcus Major, Wesley Parten, and John Parten.

Honorary pallbearers: Shannon Henson, Dale Henson.

Barbara Elouise Hufstedler

Pocahontas- Barbara Elouise Hufstedler, 83, passed away February 2, 2016 at St. Bernards.

Elouise was born June 7, 1932  in Pocahontas, AR to the late Hite and Ernestine Sutton Smith.

She is survived by children Gail Weiss and Steven (Donna) Hufstedler both of Pocahontas; grandchildren Amy (Danny) Taylor, Keri (Andy) Jackson, Adam (Morgan) Weiss; great-grandchildren Trason Johnson, Draven Shipp, Riley Olivia Bashaw; siblings Florence Grissom of Pocahontas, Norman (Donna) Smith of Pocahontas, Lillie Dearlove of Richland, MO, and Sue Bunch of Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert Hufstedler, son-in-law Jeff Weiss, grandson Paul Shipp, brothers Frankie Smith, Harold Smith, Junior Smith; and sisters Isabelle Penn, Helen Ragan, and Linda Smith.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 5-8pm. Funeral will be Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 2pm with Larry Brinkley officiating. Internment will be in Old Union Cemetery.

Mary Carter

Pocahontas, Mary Carter, 88, passed away February 1, 2016.

Mary was born July 23, 1927 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

She is survived by daughter Cecelia Gullett and grandson Danny Gullett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband L.E. Carter, and son-in-law Jim Gullett.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, February 5, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 PM with funeral services following at 2:00 PM with Tandy Anthony officiating. Internment will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers: Bradley Vanwinkle, Sherman Ballard, Tom Towell, Joey Young, Don McGuirt and Willis Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers: Joe Huddleston, Randle Barnett and Blu Vanwinkle.

Rebecca Chastain

Pocahontas- Rebecca Chastain, 70, passed away on January 31, 2016.

Rebecca was born October 23, 1945 in Scottsboro, Alabama to John Frank and Fannie Lou Keel.

She is survived by her husband Bud Chastain, children John Greg (Angie) Bellomy, Wanda Adams, Jimmy Franklin (Leah) Bellomy; 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 4 sisters.

She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Lacresha Wagers, 5 brothers and 1 sister.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 12-1pm with a funeral service following at 1pm with John Cochran officiating.

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