Obituaries

Doris Elaine Slayton

Murfreesboro, TN- Doris Elaine Slayton, age 73, passed away at home on April 23, 2014 after an extended illness. She was born on July 18, 1940 in Hamil, AR.

Mrs. Slayton is survived by her daughter Brenda White (Don) of Unionville, TN; sons Al Slayton (Cathy), Terry Slayton (Laurie), Will Slayton (Angie) all of Murfreesboro and Ron Slayton (Nane) of Waterville, OH; brother Harold Blackwell (Marilyn) and sister Betty Hufstedler of Pocahontas, AR and sister Lola McManners of Biggers, AR. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Benjamin D. Slayton and infant daughter Pasty Elaine Slayton.

She was a retired nurse from the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center. She was a member of the St. Clair Senior Center and participated in a number of volunteer groups.

All services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. and funeral services Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow in Wells Cemetery.

Earlene Meza

 

Jonesboro- Earlene Meza 93, was born in Maynard, Arkansas on March 8, 1921. She entered Heaven’s gate on April 18, 2014.

Earlene lived and raised her childred in Jonesboro til 1967, moved to Memphis and moved back to Jonesboro in 1997. Where she resided through her final years. She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Jonesboro.

She is survived by daughters Paula Orsborn Linder of Jonesboro and Gail Orsborn of CA., grandchildren; Stephanie Holt – Surmon of CA., Greg Holt of Hoxie, Jason Linder of Jonesboro ,3 great grandchildren; Hunter Holt, John Surmon, Daniel Surmon, sister Wilma Murrell of Pocahontas, and brother Carl Fryer of Pocahontas.

She is preceded in death by her parents Baxter Spencer and Vernon Cate Spencer, 1st husband William Orsborn and 2nd husband Jesse Meza, brothers Dock Spencer, Warren Spencer, Henderson Spencer, Kermit Spencer, sisters Irene Creason, Dee Loyce Lamb, and Willie Allene Meeks.

Services will be held in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 12:00-2:00 P.M. with funeral service at 2:00 P.M. with Benny Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Jarrett Cemetery.

Loleta “Jo” Hicks Norman

Pocahontas- Loleta Ninevah “Jo” Hicks Norman 64,  passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014 at her home.

Jo was born October 30, 1949 to the late John L and Wilma Ricker Hicks in Pocahontas.

Beloved Mother, Grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Jo Hicks is preceded in death by her mom, dad, and 2 brothers Wiley Dean Hicks and John Anthony Hicks. Jo enjoyed life and loved her children with all her heart. She was loved by many.

She is survived by her children Ricky (Lisa) Jones of Pomona, MO., Sherry (Jordon )

Martinek of Cadott, WI., Tiffany (Charles) Rice of Wimauma, FL., Heather Toye of Paragould, grandchildren, Alexis Jones, Gabby Bailey, Brittney Garza, Heaven Rice, Tony Rice, Kristen Rice, and 7 great grandchildren. Sisters Elaine Norton of Colecamp, MO and Joy Swift of Pocahontas.

Visitation will be 5-7:00 Sunday April 20th at McNabb Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Nelbert Rickey officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Betty Sue McCurter

Maynard- Betty Sue McCurter, 77 was granted her angel wings on April, 17, 2014.

Betty was born September 15, 1936 in Clarkton, MO to the late Elzie and Virgie Cowgill Chipman.

She was a member of the Witt’s Chapel Baptist Church in Maynard.

She is survived by her husband Russell McCurter of the home, children Glenda (Doug) Magee of Heber Springs, JoAnn (Clarence) Hammonds Myers of Yuba City, CA., James (Debbie) McCurter of Grand Junction, CO., Harold (Rhonda) McCurter of Maynard, Donna (Steve) Rose of Pocahontas, Janice (Jimmy) Harvey of Pocahontas, Mike (Chatty) McCurter of Maynard, 25 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, siblings Tommy Chipman and Becky Dunlap

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, grandson Craig Scott Hammonds, great granddaughter Lauren Marie McCurter and 2 brothers.

All services will be held in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be Friday, April 18, 2014 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Funeral service celebrating her life will be held the following day on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:00 A.M.. Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.

Iness Marie Ward

Pocahontas- Iness Ward passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Randolph Home in Pocahontas. The much beloved Iness Marie Ward at age 101 years passed from this life into the next. Waiting to greet her on the other side are: her dear husband of 66 years Doyle Ward, parents, William and Martha Holobaugh, infant daughter Betty Carolyn, siblings Ruth Byrd, Betty Holobaugh, Karr Holobaugh, Jim Holobaugh, Willie Mize, Jenny Sue Crabtree, Pauline Morgan, Christine Perrin, grandson Donald Nibert, sons-in-law Bud Million and Lt. Col. Darrell Johnson.

Mrs. Ward is survived by children, Martha (Bobby) Nibert, Audrey Million, Norma Sue Johnson, Jamie Ward, Mary Etta Taylor and Linda (Sidney) Simpkins. Ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00-3:00 P.M. at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with funeral services following at 3:00 P.M. Randy Scott and Terry Miller will be officiating the services. Burial will follow at Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Bob Dees, Scott Rogers, Sidney Simpkins, Matt Simpkins, and Joel VanderPloeg.

Honorary Pallbearers: Bobby Nibert, Bill Holobaugh and Paul Sheets.

Johnny Roy Ward

Pocahontas- Johnny Roy Ward 73, entered into eternal peace on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family.

Johnny was born July 19, 1940 in Pocahontas to the late Roy and Fannie Dixon Ward.

Johnny is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Jansen Ward of the home, children, Johnny (Wendy) Ward Jr. of Imboden, Becky (Aubrey) Morgan of Pocahontas, Julie Perkins of Jonesboro, Joe (Carol) Ward of Smithville, Lisa Lee of Pocahontas, James Shawn (Karen) Ward of Pocahontas,

16 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, siblings, Betty Sue Farley of Pevely, MO, Mary Lois Baker of Fairfield Bay, AR., Bobbie Hubbard of Cincinnati, OH., sister-in-law Paula Ward of Hamil, AR.,

Preceded in death by his parents, sisters Carolyn Newberry, and Lee Montgomery, brothers, Keith Ray Ward, Cleatus Ward, granddaughter Emily Ann Perkins, son-in-law Stephen Ray Lee.

Johnny was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He was the Justice of Peace District 9 for 14 years.

In lieu of flowers the family ask you leave a lasting memorial to the American Cancer Society.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 20, 2014 for 5:00-7:00 P.M. and rosary following at 7:00 P.M. in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Service will be Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with Father Athanasius officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandson’s

Honorary Pallbearers will be his granddaughters.

Keith Ray Ward

Pocahontas- Keith Ray Ward 62, entered into eternal peace on Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Jonesboro, AR.

Keith was born September 19, 1951 in Randolph County to the late Roy and Fannie Dixon Ward.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years Paula Ashcraft Ward of the home, daughters, Loretta Reed of Ravenden Springs, LeAnne (Scotty) Burgess of Maynard, Laura (Brian) Meeks of Ravenden Springs, grandchildren, Savanna Burgess, Tyler Burgess, Spencer Reed, Landon Reed, Brian Meeks Jr., Levi Meeks, step-grandchild, Jessica Whittaker, step great grandchild, Jayce Whittaker, brother Johnny Roy Ward of Pocahontas, sisters, Betty Farley of Pevely, MO., Bobbie Hubbard of Cinn, OH., Mary (Roy) Baker of Fairfield Bay, AR.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Cleatus Ward, sisters Carolyn Newberry, and Naomi Lee Montgomery.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 17, 2014 in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Funeral service will be in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. with Danny Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the America Kidney Fund 11921 Rockville Pike Suite 300  Rockville, MD 20852

Pallbearers: Dale Courtney, Mike Parrish, Kenneth Jenkins, Jim Smith, Mike Ellis.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and special friends Allen “Blue” Vanwinkle and Scott Kildow.

Norman D. Porter

Pocahontas- Norman D. Porter 68, passed away April 11, 2014 at his home.

Norman was born December 23, 1945  in Jonesboro to the late David Porter and Ruth Johnson Porter.

Norman is survived by special friend Debra Diane Bennett of the home, half-sisters Georgia Kurtz of OK, Gloria Romine of N.C., cousins Leon Johnson of Lafe and John Fluke of Pocahontas, and many other cousins, nieces and nephews, special friends Gayland Cavenaugh and Jan Arrington.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Uncles Jack Johnson, Uncles Lesley Johnson, and Aunt Essie Weatherford. 5 half-brothers and 2 half-sisters.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 1:00-2:00 P.M. in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with Graveside service following at the Oak Grove Cemetery with Terry Miller officiating

Pallbearers: Robert Lee Williford, Brian Johnson, Harley Calver, Dave Grice, Gayland Cavenaugh, Clay Hogan

Charles Edward Pilkinton

Pocahontas- Charles Edward Pilkinton, 73 passed away April 13, 2014 at his home.

Charles was born November 22, 1940 in Wilson, AR to the late Earnest Lee Pilkinton and Mary Pearl Todd Pilkinton.

He is survived by Willene Frakes Pilkinton of the home, daughter Lisa (Brent) Pilkinton Gibbs of Pocahontas, and Stacey Pilkinton Taylor of Doniphan, MO., grandchildren Gage Taylor and Dyani Taylor of Doniphan, MO., Christian Gibbs of Ozar, MO., Chyann Gibbs of Pocahontas, sisters Mary Baldridge of Hardy, Carol Long of Williford, Diane Welch of Hardy, Janet Blume of Montgomery, IL., brothers James Pilkinton of Pocahontas, Johnny Pilkinton of Hardy, Harold Pilkinton of Aurora, IL

He is preceded in death by Earnest Lee Pilkinton father, Mary Pearl Todd Pilkinton mother, Earnest Ray Pilkinton brother.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Service will be Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 2:00 P.M .in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with Don House officiating. Burial will follow in the Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers: James Pilkinton Jr., James Pilkinton, Travis Meeker, Brent Gibbs, John Collier, John Gettings.

Honorary Pallbearers: L.D. Brown, Gary Light, Johnny Pilkinton.

Raymond Charles Baltz

Raymond Charles Baltz was called home to be with the Lord on April 13, 2014. Born in Pocahontas, Arkansas, on February 5, 1930, to Bartholomew and Rose Baltz, Ray was the eighth of twelve children. Throughout his life, he was blessed with siblings who remained close, caring, and supportive of each other throughout their lives.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, his son Raymond Baltz Jr., and his brothers Robert, Thomas, James, and Fintan.

Ray is survived by Mary Henning Baltz—his loving wife of 60 years—and by seven of his eight children: Rosanna Smith of Cabot, AR; Becky Baltz of Little Rock, AR; Melinda Baltz of Mountain Home, AR; Marvin Baltz of Houston, TX; Diana (Rick) Gregory of Little Rock, AR; Theresa (David) Fender of Fayetteville, AR; and Amanda (Mark) Wilson of Little Rock, AR. Ray is also survived by his 15 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Religion had a special place in Ray’s heart, and he was a life-long Catholic and a long-time member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pocahontas, AR, where he was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Ray was a proud and passionate man who overcame rheumatic fever as a child so that he could one day lead his own children by example in every aspect of life. He supported his family by utilizing his skills as a craftsman, working long, hard hours painting houses in order to provide for his wife and eight children. In his free time, he enjoyed duck and deer hunting with his brothers.

Ray will be remembered as a compassionate husband, a loving father, and a cheerful grandfather. He was an avid angler who ardently fished every stream, river, and lake in Arkansas with his children, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great grand children. Ray was known for telling stories about the elusive “wampus cat” that dwelled in the depths of the lake. His grandchildren and great grandchildren will remember him for his love of gardening, sitting around campfires, playing cards, and winning big at the casino and horse races. Ray moved to Little Rock several years ago so that he could be closer to his family, but his heart never left Pocahontas, AR.

Ray’s visitation will be held at the McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas, AR, on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 5:00-7:00pm with his Rosary following. His funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pocahontas, AR, at 10:00am on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. All family and friends are invited to celebrate Ray’s life. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Paul’s Catholic Church of Pocahontas.

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