Obituaries

Mary McNabb Spikes King

Pocahontas- Mary McNabb Spikes King, 97 passed away on August 16, 2016.

Mary was born April 20, 1919 in Maynard, Arkansas to Herman and Nell Lehman McNabb.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ben Spikes and Vernon King and her daughter Sara Spikes Heflin.

She is survived by her daughter, Ginger Spikes Jackson (Raymond), her son Steve Spikes (Charlotte) both of Pocahontas, her sister, Virginia McNabb Bland of Walnut Ridge, her beautiful granddaughters: Melissa, Elizabeth, Julie, and ten great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 20, 2016 from 10-11 am at McNabb Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life memorial service immediately following visitation. A private burial service will be held at a later date.

Rosemary Lerch

Ravenden Springs- Rosemary Lerch, 64 passed away August 9, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Rosemary was born May 23, 1952 in Illinois to Charles and Mary Hendrickson.

She is survived by her husband, Rusty Lerch; 2 sons, James McDonald of Missouri, Gerald McDonald of Rhode Island; 1 daughter Mary McDonald of Pennsylvania; 2 grandchildren; 1 brother and 1 sister.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation was chosen as her final disposition.

Brandi Shea Buazard

Pocahontas- Brandi Shea Buazard, 33 passed away August 7, 2016 at UAMS.

Brandi was born December 7, 1982 in Jonesboro to Charles and Shelia Buazard.

She is survived by her father; children: Cristo Lopez, Camden Lopez both of Pocahontas; sisters: Charlotte Starr and Tiffany Flores both of Pocahontas; and brother Chuck Buazard of Stokes.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Shelia Buazard.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 5-7 pm. A funeral service will be Friday, August 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Juanita Cook Wilson

Pocahontas- Juanita Cook Wilson, 86 of Pocahontas passed away Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Juanita was born on February 24, 1930 in Dalton, AR to James F. and Addie Cook.  Juanita was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jim Wilson; 5 sisters, Vada Jenkins, Jewel Compton, Tincy Byrd, Wildean King, and Cleva Jean Montgomery; 2 brothers, Ralph Cook, James Cook.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Jack Wilson; son, Jay Don (Teresa) Wilson; granddaughters Amanda (Matt) Brown of Anchorage, AK, Suzanne (Brad) Cline of Bono, Melissa (Rory) Eason and Kelly Wilson of Pocahontas; great granddaughters Kacie Wilson and Kennedy Cline.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 10, 2016 from 9-11 am at McNabb Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow at 11:30 am at Randolph Memorial Gardens with Jim Inness officiating.

Pallbearers: David Brown, Brad Cline, Kenneth Jenkins, Rick Kellett, Dakota Stanley and Jason Stanley.

Geneva Christine Cox Johnson

Pocahontas, AR – Geneva Christine Cox Johnson, 74, passed away August 3, 2016, Huntsville, AL. Born April 14, 1942 in Piggott, Arkansas to the late W.H. “Baldy” Cox and Altie Marie Cox. She is preceded in death by her parents and son Michael Cox Johnson. She is survived by her husband of fifty two years, John Dee Johnson; two sons, Dr. John Dee, Jr. (Kim) of Huntsville, AL and Mark Christopher (Tracey) of Birmingham, AL; six grandchildren, Katelyn Renee, William Michael, Laura Christian, Emory Brennis, Elizabeth Marie and John Dee, III; one brother William Grigg Cox (Tafnee) of Pocahontas, AR. Chris attended Pocahontas High School, and the First Freewill Baptist College in Nashville, TN. She was a faithful Christian woman always ready to serve others. She devoted her life to supporting and loving her husband and children in all they did. For over 12 years, she was a daily care giver to her mother. Mamaw never met a stranger and everyone she came in contact with was treated like family. Visits to her house were always fun and full of adventure as she cooked, entertained and cared for everyone. She was completely devoted to John, her beloved husband, whether as his business partner, travel companion or golf buddy. Their marriage was full of love, patience and compassion. She departed this life for her Heavenly home leaving behind a family that will always cherish her, and to all that knew her she left memories of a brighter world. Her courage and amazing optimism throughout her life was a vivid demonstration of her faith. The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and many friends for their expression of love, compassion, encouragement and especially for their continual prayers throughout her struggle the past fourteen months. Visitation will be Monday, August 8 from 5:00-7:00pm at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Arkansas. The funeral service will be Tuesday, August 9 at 11am in the chapel of the McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas, AR with Reverend Nelson Henderson of Pocahontas and Reverend Ron Madison of Huntsville, AL officiating. A graveside service, conducted by Shelton Funeral Home of Decatur, AL, for family and friends will follow at The Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur, AL on Wednesday, August 10 at 4pm with the Reverend Ron Madison assisting. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Contributions may be made to BCAN, Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

Shirley Temple Ray Johnson

Pocahontas-Shirley Temple Ray Johnson, 80 passed away August 2, 2016.

Shirley was born January 10, 1936 in Pratt, Missouri to the late Vernon and Ona Fowler Ray.

Shirley is survived by children Belinda (Ronnie) Manis, Tanya (Vernon) Manis, Timothy (Scott) Johnson, grandchildren; Jeremy Manis, Jason Manis, Justin Manis, Natasha Montgomery, Finnegan Lane, great-grandchildren Maggie and Alexa Manis, Jackson and Aubrey Manis, and Ava Montgomery. One brother Oliver Ray, two sisters Erma Jones and Barbara Callahan.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Leroy Johnson, brother Ulysses Ray and sister Betty Yambrick.

The family will accept family and friends August 4, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The following day we will have a celebration of life service at 1 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Maynard Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Ronnie Manis, Vernon Manis, Jeremy Manis, Justin Manis, Jason Manis, Scott Lane

 

Myra Nell Tidwell

Pocahontas – Myra Nell Tidwell, 84, of Pocahontas passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at UAMS in Little Rock.

She was born, November 11, 1931, daughter of Charlie and Maggie Haynes. She was united in marriage to Leon Tidwell who preceded her in death.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by five brothers, Tom Haynes, John Haynes, Milas Haynes, Dailey Haynes and Charles Haynes, Jr; and four sisters, Veoma Seagraves, Leona Blankenship, Shirley Huckabee-Goff and Wanda Foster.

She is survived by one son, Tim Tidwell of Pocahontas; two grandchildren, Kandi Guerra of Pocahontas and Justin (Mary)Tidwell of Maynard; seven great grandchildren, Peyton Guerra, Logan Guerra, Victoria Tidwell, Trenton Tidwell, Emma Tidwell, Sophia Tidwell and Layla Tidwell; one sister, Charlene Ward; several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM with Ed Gregory officiating in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Interment will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time for services.

Bill Fort

Bill Fort

Pocahontas- Bill Fort, 81, passed away August 2, 2016 at NEA Baptist surrounded by family.

Bill was born April 19, 1935 in Egypt, AR to Pete and Ollie Cook Fort.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Fort of the home; sons, Rick (Terri) Fort and Skip Fort both of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Christopher (Jeannie) Fort, Jamie (Kevin) Brown, BJ (Elizabeth) Fort all of Pocahontas, Caylin Fort of Bono; great grandchildren, Landon Fort, Chloe Fort, Sophie Fort, Ellie Fort, Colton Brown; siblings, Shorty Fort, Geneiva Burch both of Jonesboro and Bernice Roper of LaPlace, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Crockett Fort; and brother, Bud Fort.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 1-3 pm at McNabb Funeral Home with a funeral service immediately following at 3 pm. Burial will be in Markham Cemetery in Egypt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor can be made to a charity of your choice.

Juanita Wimp

Festus, MO- Juanita Wimp, 89 passed away July 31, 2016.

Juanita was born August 2, 1926 in Randolph County, AR to Thomas and Edith Kidd Prater.

Survivors include sons: Waymon L. Bean of Festus and Melvin L. Bean; Grandkids
Jason L Bean of Kansas City; Jessica Bean of St Louis; Jamie Bean of Rolla. Sister Genita Brown of St. Louis and Brother Jim White of Arizona.

Preceded in death by Vernon Bean husband and John Wimp husband. Grandson Jack Bean.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 1-2pm at McNabb Funeral Home with a funeral service immediately following at 2pm with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will be in Brakebill Cemetery.

Iva Grace Thacker

Smithville-Iva Grace Thacker, 85, of Smithville passed away Friday, July 29, 2016 at Randolph County Nursing Home.

She was born March 9, 1931 in Somerset, PA, daughter of Simon and Ellen Resh Atchison. She was united in marriage to her husband of 61 years, Basil Thacker, on August 28, 1954.

She is preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and 3 sisters.

She is survived by her husband, Basil Thacker; her children, Jim (Rhonda) Thacker, Debra (Rick) Snow, Barry (Jackie) Thacker, Cletha (Everett) DeJarnette, Phyllis (Craig) Campbell, Gloria Collins, Brian Thacker, JoAnn (Robert) Haddix, and June (Roger) White; grandchildren, Randi (Kent) Winslow, Jerica (Jake Mann) Thacker, Jason (Cara) Nelson, Michael DeJarnette, Brandie (Anthony) Teel, B.J. (Savannah) Thacker, Candice (Clayton) Rice, Brooke Haddix, Mackenzie Haddix, Donnie White, Aaron White, and Gracie White; eight great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

The family is accepting family and friends on Tuesday, August 2, 2016  at McNabb Funeral Home from 10-12 . Graveside service and burial will be held at 2 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery following visitation.

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