Obituaries

Bessie Inez Hagood

Pocahontas – Bessie Hagood, 97, passed away Monday December 22, 2008 at Cedar Hill, MO.

She was born October 12, 1911 to the late Jarrett and Fany Taylor.

She is preceded in death by 3 brothers; Duke, Bill and Wilson and 2 great grandchildren; Josh and Michael Patrick.

He is survived by 3 sons; Jerry Hagood of Pocahontas, Bobby Hagood of Anchorage, AK., and Frank Hagood of Hillsboro, MO. One daughter Carol Bauer of St. Louis, MO. 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren. One brother Buddy Taylor of Pontiac, MI., and 2 sisters Elise Winner of St. Louis, MO. And Vada Reeves Curtis of Glendale, CA.

Services will be held at 2:00 Wednesday December 31, 2008 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Masonic Cemetery with Don Strait officiating.

Visitation will be held 5-8 Tuesday also in the Chapel.

Pallbearers will include: Vince Murdock, Frankie Hagood Jr., Tim Bauer, David Bauer, Randy Byrd, Bobby Hagood, Gary Hagood, and Barry Ledger.

Walter Edward Reid

Walter Edward (Duke) Reid, 66, of Pocahontas passed away Thursday, December, 18, 2008 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

He was born December 7, 1942 in Little Rock, AR. Duke loved all sports. As a youth, he was an avid baseball player and upon graduation from Central High School in Little Rock, he was invited to try out for the Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball team. He chose instead to accept a baseball scholarship to Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR. As an adult he enjoyed spending his free time on the golf course and hunting with his son, Jason.

Under his guidance of his father-in-law, A.C. DeClerk, and his brothers-in-law, Bill and David DeClerk, he trained and worked in the retail propane business in Pocahontas for 34 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Era Reid and brother Tom Reid, all of Little Rock.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kay DeClerk Reid; a son Jason Reid and his wife Shannon of Little Rock. 2 grandchildren Savannah and Jackson and a sister Sarah Cutsinger of Waco, TX.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday in Pocahontas at St. Paul’s Catholic Church with burial following to St. Paul’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Sunday evening in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas followed by a rosary service led by Father John Marconi. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pocahontas or Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Carrie Mae Berna

Carrie Mae (Cay) Olvey Berna of Pocahontas, widow of Joseph Berna died Sunday, December 14, 2008 at St. Benards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

She was born October 27, 1911 to parents Pearl Ruble Olvey and Clingman Ernest Olvey in Hinton, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and two brothers C.E. Olvey Jr. And John Frank Olvey.

She is survived by two nephews Richard M. Olvey and Robert Gray Olvey both of Pocahontas and a niece Dana Olvey White of North Little Rock, and by 4 great nephews, 2 great nieces, 3 great great nephews and 2 great great nieces. She is also survived by 2 sisters in law Ruth Olvey of Tallalah, LA. And Jean Olvey of Pocahontas. She was a native of Harrison and lived many years in Oklahoma City where she was employed by CNA Insurance. Upon the death of her husband she moved to Pocahontas to be near her family.

She was a resident of Elmcroft and a member of the Methodist Church.

A private graveside service will be held 1:00 in Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison on December 17, 2008 with John Darnall officiating. She will be buried beside her husband and parents. Memorials may be made to the Randolph County Humane Society.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Mary B. Young

Mary Belle Horsman Young, age 78, of Little Rock, died Wednesday, December 10, 2008. She was born January 29, 1930 in Ravenden Springs, AR, the only child of her late parents, Melbourne “Bunk” and Maud Horsman. She was also preceded in death by her husband Jack Young.

After attending Harding University in Searcy, then returning to northeast Arkansas to teach, in 1952 Mary traveled to Washington, DC where she began her long career with the Federal Government.

During the Eisenhower administration, she worked in the Executive Office of The President of the United States as a Correspondence Clerk. She was later promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of Correspondence. She cherished her years at the White House, and as a White House employee was honored to have been able to “welcome” such world leaders as Sir Winston Churchill; Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip; King Paul of Greece (son of Constantine I of the Byzantine Empire and first cousin of Prince Philip) and his wife, Queen Frederika; King Saud of Saudi Arabia; and Achmad Sukarno (the first President of Indonesia). In addition, she had the privilege of visiting with President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower on several occasions. She attended diplomatic receptions and “full dress” Presidential Balls. Mary enjoyed telling about her many encounters with dignitaries and felt both President & Mrs. Eisenhower were very gracious.

Her duties at the White House included typing Presidential State of the Union Addresses and Messages to Congress. She also drafted letters for the President’s signature as well as composed thousands of letters to individuals all over the world who would make requests of or have questions about the President or First Family. While performing her duties, she was privileged to have worked directly under William J. “Bill” Hopkins who was White House Assistant to The President under seven presidents. She also had the opportunity of encountering and meeting other government officials including Vice President Richard Nixon, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Chief Justice Earl Warren, Arkansas Congressman Wilbur D. Mills, Press Secretary to The President James Hagerty, Attorney General Herbert Brownell, Jr., Commissioner of the Hoover Commission and Postmaster General James Farley, and Associate Justices Stanley Reed and Sherman Minton, as well as others.

After marrying, she transferred in 1960 to the Real Estate Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Little Rock District. Mary received numerous commendations over her lengthy career in the government and retired from the Corps of Engineers on January 30, 1987.

Mary Young was an avid reader who enjoyed historical books about world diplomatic people and events. She was knowledgeable about current events and when asked, always provided intelligent and useful advice. She also greatly enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels in her backyard. She was a member of The Church of Christ faith.

She is survived by her only child, Mary Anne Kovats and her husband Gabor of Little Rock and her 104 year-old aunt, Mina Hopkins of Pocahontas, as well as family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Pulaski County or the Randolph County Humane Society. Funeral services will be held at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas on Tuesday, December 16th at noon. Viewing will take place at 11:00 A.M. Graveside services will follow at McIlroy Cemetery.

Willard Earl Baker

Pocahontas – Willard Earl Baker, 96, passed away Sunday December 07, 2008 at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab.

He was born June 01, 1912 in Springfield, MO to the late James Oscar Baker and Iletta Thomas.

He is preceded in death by two brothers Ross and Neil Baker, and one sister Blanche Wisehart.

He is survived by three children: Two sons, Willard Baker Jr. and David Baker, one daughter Dona Wadsworth. 7 grand children: Dean Baker, Stephanie Freemon, Tracy Swan, Carrie Morris, Brad Wadsworth, Toni Wadsworth, and Paige Baker. Eight great grandchildren and sister, Bonnie Harris and brother, Roy Baker.

Service will be held 10:00 Wednesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Stubblefield Cemetery with Don Strait officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 Tuesday also in the Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Cancer Society.

Pallbearers include: Mike James, Max Oakley, Dean Baker, Daniel Harris, Randy Brooks, and David Welman.

Richard Allen Jennings

Maynard – Rick Allen Jennings has gone home on December 04, 2008 to be with his father Russel Jennings, mother Martha Jennings, and his favorite dog, Bandit. He left behind his wife, Donna Jean (Hart) Jennings of the home. Also left behind a host of friends.

Service will be held Saturday December 20, 2008 at 10 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Paul Davidson officiating.

Sue Byrd

Baby Sue Byrd – Yellville, AR., 66, passed away December 2, 2008 at 8:44 p.m. at Baxter Regional Medical Center.

Born April 3, 1942 in the home of her parents in Randolph County to the late Thomas T. Simington and Minerva E. James.

Surviving is husband Stanley D. Byrd, children: James Patrick Murphy, Debra Sue Redhead, David Roger Urich, Shenna Elizabeth Melton. Sisters: Aline Tilley of Datto, AR. Irene Jones of St. Claire, MO., and Bonnie Blevings of Maynard, AR. 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by 2 sisters Marvine Gates and Joe Ann Meyer and Thomas O’dell Simington and O’dee Simington.

Service will be held 2:00 Friday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 also in the Chapel.

Reception to follow at Pocahontas Community Center Room 1.

Joyce Ann McManus

Pocahontas – Joyce Ann McManus, 67, passed away December 1, 2008 at home.

She was born June 25, 1941 in Peoria, IL. Formally from Morton, IL., Joyce attended Morton Community High School and retired from Caterpillar.

She is preceded in death by her father Roy A. McManus, nephew Rhett A. Grier and great niece Jennifer L. Hauser.

She is survived by her mother Rosella A.(Simmons) McManus of Metamora, IL. 1 son Kevin A. Grier of Pocahontas, 1 daughter Jodie L. Spencer of Washburn, IL. 4 grandchildren; Brandy N. and Cory M. Spencer of Washburn, IL, Tiffany A. Grier of Washington and James A. Grier of Eureka, IL, and 1 great granddaughter Jaidyn B. Erkman of Washington, IL. and 3 sisters; Judy K. Grier of Hot Springs, FL., Donna J. Dickey of East Peoria, IL, and Patsy L. Sweeter-Ficht of Morton, IL.

Memorial Service for the family will be at a future date.

Memorials may be made to Hirschberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. Www.pancreaticcancerresearch.com

Funeral Arrangements were made through McNabb Funeral Home

Rayburn Eugene Harris

Pocahontas – Rayburn Eugene Harris, 88, passed away Tuesday November 25, 2008 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

He was born April 25, 1920 in Stokes, AR. To the late Estel and Eacel Harris.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Adda Mae, daughter, Judith Ann, and brothers Brown and Stanley Harris.

He is survived by 1 son Frank Harris of Paragould, and 4 daughters: Patsy Harris and Mickie Rapert both of Pocahontas, Wanda Menard of Birdell and Sue Collins of Jonesboro. Eight grandchildren: Jonna Davis of McCrory, AR., Cindi Barber of Havelock, N.C., James Shannon Menard of Jonesboro, Ben Rapert of Ashflat, Allyson and Jake Rapert of Pocahontas, Elizabeth Johnston of Arab, AL., and Keith Harris of Batesville. 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. 4 siblings: Aldenea Agee of Troy, MO., Eugenie Agee of St. Louis, MO., Bill Harris of High Ridge, MO., and Freda Harris of Dittmer, MO.

Service will be held Saturday 2:00 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Brockett Cemetery with Gerald Fears officiating.

Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 at the Funeral Home.

Andy Davis Jr.

Pocahontas – Andy Davis, Jr.,63, passed away November 24, 2008 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

He was born July 7, 1945 in Pocahontas to the late Robert Sr. And Jessie Davis.

He is survived by wife, Peggy Davis of the home, 2 sons Adam Davis of Walnut Ridge and Brian Davis of Pocahontas, 1 step-daughter Jamie Lemmons of Pocahontas and 4 grandchildren.

Service will be held 10:00 Wednesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to St. Pauls Cemetery with Lynn Ables officiating.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 also in the Chapel. Military honors will be done by Promberger Trau Post 4556.

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