Obituaries

Zachery Payden “Vandy” Vandergriff

Zachery Vandergriff

Pocahontas- Zachery Payden “Vandy” Vandergriff, 22, was taken tragically in an ATV accident on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

Zachery was born December 4, 1993 in Jonesboro, AR to Jessie Vandergriff Jr. and Rene Tunstall Vandergriff.

He is survived by his mother Rene Vandergriff of Pocahontas; father Jessie Vandergriff Jr of Baldwin, IL; sister Chelsea Vandergriff of Baldwin, IL; grandparents Charles and Sandra Lambert of Pocahontas; great grandmother Ethel Vandergriff Clements of Ravenden Springs; uncle Dewayne and aunt Terri Cresap of Pocahontas; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by grandparents Levon Tunstall, Jessie Vandergriff Sr.; great grandparents Homer and Irene Tyer.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm. A funeral service will be Friday, May 6, 2016 at 2:00pm with Carl Massey officiating. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Justin Myers, Christian Coley, Seth Cresap, Nathan Morris, Zac Conner and Brandon Sullinger.

George Edwards

George Edwards

Pocahontas- George Edwards, 83, passed away May 2, 2016 surrounded by family and friends.

George was born May 2, 1933 in Little Rock, AR to Benjamin and Carolyn Boullioun Edwards.

George was a Pharmacist for 54 years and was the owner of City Pharmacy for 34 years. He served in the United States Army as a Pharmacist for 2 years. He was a member of St. Paul’s since 1966 serving as choir director, organist, and in 1981 he was in the first class of Deacons to be ordained in the Catholic Church. He was active in many committees to better the community of Randolph County. He was a part of the St. Paul’s school board and President of the Rotary Club. George was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years serving as State Deputy and 4th Degree Grand Knight.

He is survived by daughters: Julie and husband Tracy Edwards of Nashville, TN, Carol Reynolds of Pocahontas; granddaughters: Jordyn Edwards and Emily Reynolds both of Nashville, TN; sister-in-law Jane and husband John Archer of Memphis, TN, and brother-in-law Stephen Vester of Mountain Home.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Henrietta Edwards.

All services will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 pm with a Rosary service at 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will be Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 11:00 am with Father Athanasius Okeiyi officiating. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Honor Guard will be in attendance. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Mike Broyles, John Nichols, Tommy Bennett, Justin Broadway, Howard Thielemier and John Archer.

Honorary pallbearers: Leroy Nichols, Billy Reynolds.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Paul’s Organ Fund.

Millie Collins

Millie Collins

Illinois- Millie Collins, 84, passed away May 1, 2016.

Millie was born May 9, 1931 in Russell Springs, Kentucky to George and Delona Coffee. She enjoyed quilting and canning. She was very loving, giving, kind and lived for family time. She was a great christian woman, mom, grandma, great grandma and sister.

She is survived by sons: Michael (Marilyn) Collins, Wayne (Debbie) Collins; daughters: Marsha Gallagher, Rebecca Raymer, Janet (Michael) Orr, Teresa (John) Elmendorf, Vickie Castleman; 15 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Arthur Collins; granddaughter Cammie Stairs; sister Irene Owens; and brother Norman Coffee.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 1:00-2:00pm at McNabb Funeral Home with a funeral service immediately following at 2:00pm. Burial will follow in Edd Collins Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her home church, Salem Baptist Church, 2650 South Taylorville Road, Decatur, IL 62521.

Rachel Marie Ellington

Rachel Ellington

Pocahontas- Rachel Marie Ellington, 49, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

Rachel was born on April 7, 1967 in Pocahontas to Homer and Virginia Ellis Adams. She had perfect attendance for 12 years at Oak Ridge Central School, was an employee of Wal-Mart, and was a member of the Ravenden Springs First Baptist Church. She never had a frown on her face and took bad situations and turned them into something good. She loved life and her family.

She is survived by her parents; husband Randy Ellington; daughter Sara Ellington; grandchildren Kylie and Chance Patrick; brothers James (Norma) Adams, Melton Lavergne; grandmother Neola Higgins; and nephew Dalton Adams.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Cecil and Lila Mae Ellis and her paternal grandfather, Moss Adams.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, April 29, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm. A funeral service will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 10:00am. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church in Ravenden Springs.

Martha Jean March

Martha March

Reyno- Martha Jean March, 48 went to be with the Lord on April 22, 2016 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center.

Martha was born August 23, 1967 to the late Bobby Jean and Martha Lee Armstrong. She was a loving Nana of 5 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Donald Ray, Kenneth Allan McMillan; and sister Judy Lee Hammerly.

She is survived by husband Kenneth Wayne March, sons: Kenneth Wayne March Jr. of Corning, Joseph Thaddeus March of Eminence, MO; grandchildren: Hunter Wayne March, Justin Gale March, Natalie Lynn March, Sky Lynn March, Bentley Ryan March; siblings: Louise Wisely of Bushnell, Dora Wein of Middle Town, IN, George Cantrell of California, Jackie Jaradah of North Little Rock and Donna Kay White of Jonesboro.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. with Roger Hovis officiating. Burial will follow in Nelson Cemetery.

Agnes Eunita Wicker

Agnes Wicker

Imboden- Agnes Eunita Wicker, 81, passed away on April 21, 2016 at home surrounded by family and friends.

Agnes was born February 19, 1935 in Pocahontas to Herman and Zita Weisenbach Walker.

She is survived by children: Rocky Wicker, Barbara Cloinger, Ralph Wicker, Sgt. Benita Ames, Randy Wicker, Russel Wicker, Ramon Wicker, Belinda Tippitt, Ronald Wicker, Ray Wicker all of Imboden, Betty Wicker, Brenda Johnson both of Pocahontas, Beverly Wicker of Maynard, Bonnie Ahrens of Lamar; 33 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren; sisters Treva Throesch, Mary Thielemier, Genevieve Zosso; brother Donald Walker; and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Thurshel Wicker; sons Ricky Wicker, Roy Wicker; brothers Hurschell Walker and John Walker.

Visitation will be Monday, April 25, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm with a rosary at 7:00pm at McNabb Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11:00am at St. Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Shelby Ahrens, Corey Ahrens, Christian Capps, Brandon Capps, Josh Tippitt and Raymond Vail.

 

Timothy Richard Cates

Timothy Cates

Pocahontas- Timothy Richard Cates, 54, passed away April 21, 2016 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Timothy was born June 21, 1961 in Michigan to Richard and Mary Cates.

He is survived by his father, Richard Cates; daughters: Samantha Fry and Ashley Cates both of Paragould, Sarah Cates of Bay; sons: Kyle Cates of Mammoth Springs, Jonathon Boyer of Pocahontas; grandchildren Sydney Cates, Caden Fry, MJ Fry, Lucy Cates, Allyson Anderson; siblings: Kelly Poteet and Kim Rose.

He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Cates and stepmother Irene Cates.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 4:00-5:00pm at McNabb Funeral Home with a memorial service celebrating his life at 5:00pm.

Patricia Ann Green

Patricia Green

Pocahontas- Patricia Ann Green, 85, passed away April 20, 2016 at Randolph Home.

Patricia was born May 28, 1930 in Rock Island, Illinois to the late Samuel Henry and Rosalie Theresa Ballard Graves.

She is survived by children: Terry Green and wife Lynn of Elgin, IL., Walter H. “Skip” Green III and wife Cindi of Fayetteville, Dawn Brandaberry and husband Perry of Ravenden, Theresa Steimel and husband Hugh, Kathy Starr and husband Tommy, Jim Green and wife Sandra and Mary Munn all of Pocahontas. Grandchildren: Eddie Green, Trey, Jason, David and Brooke Steimel, Audrey Rushing, Kim Finley, Jeff and Pete Junkersfeld, Jessie Green, Jamie Starr, Nikki Thielemier, Blair Thielemier, Craig Green, Carson, Allison and Madison Munn. Step granddaughter Amber Roberts, 18 great grandchildren and 3 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Walter H. Green, Jr., grandson Chris Steimel, granddaughter, Kacey Beth Steimel, great grandson, C.J. Steimel, step granddaughter Rebecca Gonzalez and son-in-law David Munn.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 5:00-7:00pm at Mcnabb Funeral Home with a rosary at 7:00pm. Funeral mass will be Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11:00am at St. Paul Catholic Church with Michael Sinkler officiating. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial may be made to the St. Paul’s Family Life Center.

Pallbearers include: Carson Munn, David Steimel, Jason Steimel, Jeff Junkersfeld, Jamie Starr, Craig Green, Eddie Green and Pete Junkersfeld.

Opal Pauline Smith

Opal Smith

Pocahontas- Opal Pauline Smith, 88, passed away April 19, 2016 at Randolph Home.

Opal was born July 11, 1927 in Randolph County, Arkansas to the late John and Mattie Thatch.

She was the mother of 5 sons whom she raised after her husbands death. She was a long time resident of Randolph and Clay Counties. She worked for Brown Shoe Factory in Pocahontas then Clayton Shoe Factory in Corning for a total of 40 years. She attended Shiloh Baptist Church in Clay County for over 40 years, teaching Sunday School and joining in Women’s Activities.

She is survived by children: Jerry (Laura) Smith of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Tommy (Marsha) Smith of Aubrey, Texas, Toney Smith of Corning, Arkansas, Rodney Smith and Rodger Smith both of Pilot Point, Texas; grandchildren: Andrea L. (Shane) Bruce of Cushing, Oklahoma, Timothy Smith-Ream and Jeffrey Smith-Ream of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Stephen Smith of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Tommy Smith Jr of Aubrey, Texas, Craig Smith of Dallas, Texas, Josh Smith and Brandon Smith both of Clay County, Arkansas; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings: Lena Watson of Pocahontas, Charles Thatch of St Louis, Missouri, Charlene Vandergriff and Nina Hausman both of Randolph County, Jessie Berry of St. Peters, Missouri, Bill Thatch and Gary Thatch both of Pocahontas, and Jackie Thatch of Randolph County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Guy Oran Smith in 1978, and 5 siblings.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 1:00-2:00pm at McNabb Funeral Home with a funeral service immediately following at 2:00pm. Burial will be in Richwoods Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Randolph Home, 500 Camp Road, Pocahontas, AR 72455.

Ralph Lehman Cook, Jr.

Ralph Cook JrPocahontas- Ralph Lehman Cook, Jr., 76, passed away April 14, 2016 at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Ralph was born August 22, 1939 at Eleven Point, Arkansas, son of Ralph L Sr. and Monnie Armstrong Cook.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Mona Jean Evans; and brother Jerry N. Cook.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Anna Lue Daniels Cook; daughter Tammy (Michael) Spann of Cordova, TN; grandson Stone Spann of Mississippi; brother George B. (Lora) Cook of Mississippi; sisters Carol (Walter) Upton of Enola, AR, Sherryl (Robert) Livingston of Indiana; and sister-in-law Emily Cook of Rogers.

Ralph graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School at Imboden in 1958. He was a local automobile and aircraft mechanic for several years. He joined FedEx as an aircraft mechanic in 1979 and retired from FedEx in 2004 after 25 years with the company.

Ralph served 6 years in the Arkansas Army National Guard from 1962-1968. He had basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He served with the Walnut Ridge National Guard unit.

Ralph was a member of the Baptist Church.

Services will be at McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 5:00-8:00pm. Funeral service will be Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2:00pm with Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Garden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Pallbearers: Russell Evans, Tony Evans, David Evans, Randy Daniels, Michael Spann and Mark Sparks.

Honorary pallbearers: Ralph’s coworkers from FedEx.

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