Obituaries

Ila Joyce Edington

Watertown, TN – Joyce Edington, 67, passed away June 18, 2009.

Born August, 13, 1941 in Reyno to the late Floyd and Martha Hagar.

She is preceded in death by husband, Buddy Edington.

She is survived by son, Larry Edington of Jonesboro, 2 granddaughters, Lisa Russell of Mountain Home and Tiffany Griffin of Gassville, AR. 4 great grandchildren. 2 brothers, Earl Hagar of Pocahontas & Merl Hagar of Marthasville, MO. 2 sisters, Reta Waits of Watertown, TN. and Vida Hurst of Reyno.

Service will be held Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Johnston Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 5-7.

Novella Gregory

Pacific, MO – Novella (Massey) Gregory, 93, passed away June 17, 2009.

Born January 8, 1916 in Hamil, Arkansas.

She is preceded in death by husband, Lavelle Gregory. Parents, Chesley William Massey and Mary Magdalene (Pratt) Massey. Brothers, Otis, E.J., and Hershel Massey. Sisters, Loretta Massey, Audrey Jackson, Edith Boling, and Juanita Martin. Son-in-law, Ralph Cannon. And grandson, Johnny Gregory.

She is survived by son, Elman Gregory of High Ridge, MO. Three daughters; Faye (Billy) Adams of Desoto, MO., Patricia Cannon of Casper, WY., and Linda LeClaire (Wayne) of Pacific, MO. 14 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends.

Novella was a strong woman who inspired her children, grandchildren, and others with her tenacity, spirit, and kindness. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her!

Service will be held Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Wells Cemetery, located near Dalton, with Carl Massey officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8.

Jane “Fern” Aldean Oakley

Ravenden Springs – Jane “Fern” Aldean Oakley, 68, passed away June 15, 2009 at 5 Rivers Medical Center.

Born September 22, 1940 in Pocahontas.

She is preceded in death by father, James Raymond Brown.

She is survived by son, Jeff Oakley & Leatha Duncan of St. Louis, MO. Mother, Aldean Brown Dildine of Ravenden Springs. Brother, James Wendell Brown of Millersville, MO. Sister, Janet Lynn Parrish of Ravenden Springs. Special nephew, Dillon Parrish of Ravenden Springs. Our Angel, Diane Baltz.

Service will be held Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery with Carl Massey officiating.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-7.

Darrell Wayne Thompson

Pocahontas – Darrell Wayne Thompson, 57, passed away June 13, 2009.

Born March 18, 1952 in Walnut Ridge.

He is survived by parents, James Thompson of Delaplaine, AR & mother, Florence Mathews of Pocahontas. 3 brothers; Glendon, David, and Ron Mathews all of Pocahontas. 6 sisters; Diane Wilson, Terry Morris, and Jo Ann Thompson all of Pocahontas, Debbie Reed of Oklahoma, Judy Thompson of California, and Sandy Morris of O’Kean.

Service will be held Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Randolph Memorial Gardens with Jerry Cochran officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-7.

Betty Jo Lamb

Maynard – Betty Jo Lamb, 62, passed away June 13, 2009 in Jonesboro.

Born October 23, 1946 in Monette, AR. To the late Floyd and Freda Lamb.

She is survived by husband, Mike Crawford of the home. 3 brothers; Floyd Lamb of Walnut Ridge, Boyd and Earl Lamb both of Hoxie.

Service will be held Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens with David Hedge officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-7.

James Howard Due

Albuquerque, New Mexico – James Howard Due, 51, passed away June 12, 2009.

Born December 11, 1957 in Imboden, AR to the late Frank Halbert Due, SR. & Louise (Dail) Due.

He is preceded in death by brother, Johnny Lee Newman.

He is survived by 4 sons; James Allan Due, Jesse Aaron Due, Jonathan Due all of Sikeston, MO. & Alex Due of St. Charles, MO. 4 brothers; Jerry Wilber Newman of Phoenix, Az, Paul Wayne Due of Ravenden, Frank Halbert Due, Jr of Pocahontas & Roger Clay Due of Washington, D.C. 4 sisters; Linda Elizabeth Taffar of Mt. Clemens, MI, Linda Jean Dunlap of Pocahontas, Stella Jane Mitchell of Pocahontas & Melissa Renee Zink of Thayer, MO.

He was a preacher for 32 years. He pastured churches in Ravenden, Kansas City & in Arizona. Went to seminary school in Arizona & did missionary work for several years. Also, was an engineer on the Burlington Northern Railroad.

Services will be held Saturday, June 20, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Ravenden. Burial will follow to Dail Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pringle Lavon Dean

  Lavon Dean

Jonesboro – Pringle Lavon Dean, 71, formerly of Pocahontas, died Wednesday, June 10th at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock following a sudden illness.

Born in Randolph County, he moved his family to Rockford, IL in 1960 before moving them back to Pocahontas in 1974.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mildred Dean, of the home, son and daughter-in-law; Tim and Cindy Dean of Jonesboro, two grandchildren, Andy and Alex Dean of Jonesboro and future granddaughter-in-law Rachel Orr of Edmond, OK.

He is also survived by three sisters; Johnnie Lea Tribble of Pocahontas, Ernastine Holloway of Livingston, IL and Jerrie Sue Seehaver of Pocahontas. Two sisters-in-law; Betty Murray of Pocahontas and Ethel James of Cherokee Village and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pringle and Lula Dean of Pocahontas, in-laws, Bill and Verna Murray of Pocahontas, brother-in-law, Carl Murray of Pocahontas, nephew Michael Holloway of Missouri and nephew Michael Loggains of California.

Visitation will be at 9:00-10:30 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Saturday, June 13, 2009 with Roger Hovis officiating. The funeral service will be conducted immediately following. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will include Billy Bibb, Larry Joe Dean, Freddie Murray, Red Oaks, Chris Sharp, and Dewayne Sharp.

The family requests lasting memorials be made to Crowley’s Ridge Academy in Paragould, AR.

Pearl Esther sharp

Pocahontas – Pearl Sharp, 87, passed away June 10, 2009 at Pocahontas Nursing & Rehab.

Born December 30, 1921 in Randolph County to the late Bernie and Christin Smart.

She is survived by son, Jerry (Janice) Chastain of Pocahontas. 3 grandchildren; Jeff (Kim) Chastain of Pocahontas, James Chastain of Little Rock, & Jana (Rondal) Culp of Poplar Bluff, MO. 3 great grandchildren; Clark Chastain, Kaelyn Culp, & Kenton Culp.

Service will be held Friday, June 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Sutton Cemetery with Darrell Fears officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7.

Austin Thomas Bailey

Maynard – Austin Thomas Bailey passed away June 9, 2009.

He was born June 9, 2009

He is preceded in death by great grandparents; Lester Sawyer, Carolyn Elledge, and Elmer Bailey.

He is survived by both parents; Adam and Terra Bailey & sister, Summer Bailey of the home, maternal grandparents, Patty King of Dunnellon, FL, Charlie Cook of Springdale, AR, paternal grandparents; Thomas & Vonda Bailey of Pocahontas, maternal great grandparents; Bill & Betty Wilbanks of Pocahontas, Virgina Sawyer of Beverly Hills, FL, and Eddie & Virgina Cook of Pocahontas. Paternal great grandparents; Vondus Elledge of Warm Springs, and Mary Bailey of Pocahontas.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 13, 2009 in Perry Cemetery with Ron Berry officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Junior Lee Jones

Warsaw – Junior Lee Jones, 73, passed away June 8, 2009.

Born August 3, 1935 in O’Kean, to the late Omer and Hazel Wilkerson.

He is survived by wife, Josephine Jones of the home. 2 sons; Ronald (Tina) Jones of Tonganoxie, KS & Glenn (Carrie) Jones of Lee Summit, MO. 2 daughters; Glenda (Gay) Hardman of Pittsburg, MO & Eva (Everett) Babcock of Kansas City, MO. 6 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren. Sister, Maydell (Ralph) Blansett of Imboden. 2 brothers; Lloyd & Bob Wilkerson both of Walnut Ridge.

Service will be Friday, June 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Opposition Cemetery in Ravenden with Gerald Fears officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7.

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