Obituaries

Opal Maye Vandergriff

Pocahontas- Opal Maye Crawford Vandergriff, 95 passed away July 29, 2015.

Opal was born April 10, 1920 to the late Ollie Rodney and Martha (Brown) Crawford.

She is survived by one daughter Virginia Thielemier (Jack) of Pocahontas, AR, six grandsons, four granddaughters, three great-grandsons, three great-granddaughters, one great-great-grandson, one great-great-granddaughter, daughter-in-law Glenda Vandergiff, one brother Joe Crawford and sister-in-law Alta Crawford.

She was preceded in death by sons Carroll Dean and Jerry Vandergriff, daughter-in-law Ruth, grandson Jeremy, her parents, three brothers Curtis Lee Crawford, Johnny Crawford, and Raymond Crawford, three sisters Meeta Stacy, Birdie Arnold, and Annie.

Maye was a homemaker most of her life. A hard working woman with a heart of gold, who said what she meant and meant what she said.

Visitation will be held in McNabb Funeral Home on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 10-11 AM. Funeral service will immediately follow at 11 AM with Barry Chaffin officiating. Burial will be at Harmony Cemetery.

Kent Zitzelberger

Jonesboro-Kent Joseph Zitzelberger, 33 passed away July 27, 2015 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Kent was born January 31, 1982 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Ron and Mary DeClerk Zitzelberger.

Kent is survived by his parents Ron and Mary Zitzelberger, grandparents Reva Zitzelberger and Aryliss DeClerk, brother Luke (Jennifer) Zitzelberger, sisters Priscilla (Heath) Mahan, Charlotte Zitzelberger, and nieces and nephews Adrienne and Easton Mahan, Wade and Holden Zitzelberger.

Preceded in death by grandfathers Martin Zitzelberger and Bernard DeClerk.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 5-7 p.m. and Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The following day a Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m at St. John Catholic Church. Burial will be at St. John Cemetery.

 

Martha Hylander White

Martha Hylander White, 90, of Rogers, Arkansas passed away July 24, 2015. Martha was born in Paragould, Arkansas to Louis G. and Beulah Hylander. She was a graduate of Paragould High School. Martha was a former member of the National Youth Orchestra and a staff member of the National Music Camp in Interlockhem, Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree from North Texas State Teacher’s College in Denton, Texas and graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Rochester, New York, Eastman School of Music. Her major instrument was Trombone.

Martha began her teaching career as the band director for the Paragould High School. She then married and moved to Pocahontas where she lived while raising a family and was the wife of the late Adrian L. White, former owner of radio station KPOC and former Mayor of Pocahontas. She served for many years in the Pocahontas School System as high school band director and choral director as well as elementary music teacher and the Director of Public School Music. She also served as the Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. Martha and Adrian moved to Rogers in 1985 where she assisted as an instructor for the Rogers High School Orchestra and for the Rogers High School Choir.

Martha was a member and a Diaconal Minister of Music for the First United Methodist Church during her years in Pocahontas. Following the move to Rogers, she became a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rogers.

Martha was a member of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She played trombone for the Bella Vista Community Concert Band, the Ozark Mountain Brass Band and Jack Terry’s Big Band. She was a member of P.E.O. for more than 60 years and a member and former President of the Rogers Music Guild and a former board member of the North Arkansas Symphony.

Martha is survived by two daughters, Cynthia White and Karen Blair (John) of Rogers and one son, Dr. Charles White (Rebecca) of Rogers, four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday, July 29, at 10:00 a.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Dr. Rocky Starnes officiating. Funeral Service will be  under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, July 28, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

Memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Thomasville Avenue, Pocahontas, Arkansas 72455.

James Neal

Maynard- James Neal, 54 passed away July 21, 2015.

James was born June 24, 1961 in Lawton, OK to the late Leon Neal Sr. and Jimalene Jenkins.

He is survived by brothers: Chris (Patricia) Neal, Tim Neal, sister Pamela (Everett) Rice, and several nieces and nephew.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Leon Neal Jr.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home. A graveside service will be Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 2PM at Chesser Cemetery.

Erma “Jean” Griffith

Pocahontas- Erma “Jean” Griffith, 86 went to her heavenly home in the early hours of Tuesday, July 21, 2015.

The youngest of eight children, Jean was born September 4, 1928 in Smithville, AR to the late Elijah Watson and Lela Maude Smith Geurin.

She leaves behind her loving sons: Gary (Renee) Davis of Eau Claire, WI, Vic Davis (Shaun Barnes) of Boulder CO, Phillip (Kippy) Davis of Rector, AR, and Mark (Cathy) Davis of Pocahontas; 8 grandchildren: Dan, Darla, Weston, Abby, Trent, Tyler, Grace and Ann; 5 great-grandchildren: Billy, Tommy, Madison, Cameron and Mallori; 2 sisters: Fay Campbell and Hester Helms and sister-in-law LeAnna Geurin along with many nieces and nephews and a host of friends and neighbors; her beloved church family from First Freewill Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Raymond T. Davis, second husband Robert “Bob” Griffith; son Benny Ray Davis; brothers: Ernest Geurin, Ancel Geurin; sisters Hazel Cole, Oneida Tucker and Lemma Geurin.

Her Going Home Celebration will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Friday, July 24, 2015 from 1-2 PM and services will be immediately following at 2 PM with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will be at Hope Cemetery.

Billy Hugh Wilbanks

Pocahontas- Billy Hugh Wilbanks, 88 passed away July 15, 2015.

Billy was born September 1, 1926 in Braggadocio, MO to the late Talmus and Eula (James) Wilbanks.

He is survived by children: Teresa (John) McDougal of Lonoke, AR, Sally Sue Dean of Jasper TN, Randy Wilbanks of Pocahontas, AR, Scott (Cindi) Wilbanks of Jonesboro, AR; step-children: Sheila West, Sherry Creech of Ocoee, FL; brother Joe Wilbanks of Mountain Home, AR; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife Betty Wilbanks, son Brian Wilbanks, daughter Sandy Janoskwi, and sister Hazel Ayers.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 12-2 PM. A funeral service will immediately follow at 2PM with James Throgmorton officiating. Burial will be at Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers: Troy Ayers, Ryan Vaughn, Robert Vaughn, Garrett Wilbanks, Josh Kerley, Jeff Kerley.

Honorary pallbearers: Mitch Sandborn, Ryan Sandborn.

Geraldine Stayton

Pocahontas- Geraldine Stayton, 91 passed away July 17, 2015.

Geraldine was born February 11, 1924 in Knobel, AR to Clarence and Bertha (Holland) Mason.

She and her late husband Thomas were married for 25 years. She worked as a teacher and farmer and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by children: Leon (Barbara) Stayton, Joe (Robin) Stayton, Lucy (Wayne) Broadway all of Pocahontas, AR; daughter-in-law Phyllis Stayton of Kimberling City, MO; grandchildren: John Stayton of Jonesboro, AR, Keoka (Jason) Ketcher of Kimberling City, MO, Joe (Jennifer) Broadway of Walnut Ridge, AR, Julie (Mark) Williams of Centerton, AR, Laura (Adam) Hogan of Pocahontas, AR, Jennifer Broadway of Little Rock, AR; great-grandchildren: Scarlett Ketcher, Jazlyn Broadway, and Isabel Williams; brother-in-law Calvin Hatley (husband of Christine) of San Jose, CA; sister Jackie Pogue of Piggott, AR, sister-in-law Carolyn Mason (wife of Thad) of Knobel, AR., and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas (Junior) Stayton, parents, brother Thad Mason, sister Christine Hatley, son Pete Stayton, daughter-in-law Glenda Stayton, sister-in-law Elizabeth Penn, brothers-in-law: R.E. Pogue, Hulen Penn and niece Michelle Pogue.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 5-7 PM. A funeral service celebrating her life will be Sunday, July 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Gerald Fears officiating. Burial will be at Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers: John Stayton, E. Paul Milam, Joe Broadway, Jason Ketcher, Adam Hogan, Mark Williams.

Charlene Virgin Ellman

St. Louis- Charlene (Virgin) Ellman, 69 passed away July 14, 2015 surrounded by family.

Charlene was born July 2, 1946 in Pocahontas, AR to Alfred and Lena (Jones) Virgin.

She is survived by her husband Mervin Ellman, one daughter Cindy Johnson of Kansas City, Mo; grandchildren Amanda Tringl of Lansing, MI, Kerri Tringl Howard of St. Louis, MO, Nick Johnson of Kansas City, MO; great-grandchildren Kaleb Gross, Layla Saad, Christopher Howard, Christain Saad; and like a daughter Stormee Ketterer (Calvin) Penrod of Wright City, MO, grandchildren Ryan and Marshall Penrod along with many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Milburn Virgin, Joe Virgin, Arvie Virgin, George Virgin, Gene Virgin, Bob Virgin; sisters Bonnie Ball, Nona Ivie, Kathryn Ford, Linda Ketterer; great-grandson Cameron Howard, and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 12:00-2:00 PM. A funeral service celebrating her life will be immediately following at 2:00 PM. Burial will be at Shiloh Cemetery.

Marlene Louise Woodard

Maynard- Marlene Louise Woodard, 77 passed away July 13, 2015.

Marlene was born November 13, 1937 in Delaplaine, AR to Adolph and Leoria Crouch.

She is survived by children: Carl Woodard of Ellington, MO, Bob (LeAnn) Woodard of Van Buren, MO, and Donna (Bobby) Peppers of Maynard, AR; grandchildren: Michelle Prevo, Misty French, Veronica Parten, Jason Redus, Kendall Redus, and Brock Parten all from Pocahontas, AR, Anthony Woodard, Melissa Gensler, Bobbie Lea Woodard, Brian Woodard, Ace Woodard, and Hannah Woodard all from various towns in Missouri; 25 great-grand children, 5 great-great grandchildren; sisters Jan (Raymond) Rickman of Pocahontas, AR, Lavern Fowler of Rockford, IL and brother Ronnie Crouch of Oakland, AR.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald Woodard, daughter Karen Woodard, son Glen Woodard, and daughter-in-law Linda Elliott Woodard and her parents.

Services will be held in McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 15, 2015 from 5-8pm. A funeral service celebrating her life will be Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Gene Cullem officiating. Burial will follow at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Anthony Woodard, Jason Redus, Hunter Seagraves, Ronnie Parten, Robert Prevo, Frankie Crouch.

Brooke Nicole Busby-Nash

Pocahontas- Angels from Heaven took Brooke Nicole Busby-Nash to Gloryland on July 10, 2015.

Brooke was born to Byron and Betty (Dail) Busby on June 26, 1982 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Brooke is survived by parents Byron and Betty Dail Busby, husband Brandon Nash, loving son Ryan Mathis, darling daughter Lillee Ann Nash. A loving sister Beth Ann (Lee) Coon and two sweet nieces, Emilee and Laurabeth. Brooke was loved by many aunts , uncles, cousins and friends.

Brooke was a member of The First Baptist Church of Pocahontas. Brooke was a very happy and friendly lady that always had a smile on her face that will be missed by a multitude of family and friends.

She is preceded in death by grandparents Richard and Imal Dail, and Bert and Lorraine Busby, aunt Ann Spencer, and cousin Rodney Allen Spencer.

 

The family will receive friends Monday, July 13, 2015 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the First Batist Church on Thomasville. The funeral service celebrating her life will be held at the First Baptist Church the following day July 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. with Eric Moffett officiating. Burial will be at Dail Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by McNabb Funeral Home.

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