Obituaries

Johnny Franklin Starnes

Ravenden- Johnny Franklin Starnes son of the late William and Mary( Gardner) Starnes 69 passed away Sunday at St.Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

He is survived by wife Janet Starnes of the Home. 1 son Greg Starnes of Ravenden 1 daughter Mischelle (Joey) Rice of Pocahontas 5 grandchildren Erica(Jeremy) Dunlap, Carley Starnes, Laura Starnes, Dylan Boucher,Hunter Rice. And 1 great-grandchild Elijah Dunlap.
2 sisters Yvonne Saeger and Derotha Bates both of Cherokee Village and 2 brothers J.B. Smith of Black Rock and William Starnes of Davis,Ill

Mr. Starnes was on the Ravenden City Council for 20 years, Sloan Hendrix School Board for 15 years and Ravenden Fire Department for 27 years.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 Service will be Friday at 11:00 Am at the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will Follow at the Opposition Cemetery with A.J. Stracener

Military Honors by Promberger -Traw Post 4556

Steve Duff

Maynard- Steve Duff 63 Passed away Saturday at his home.

He is survived by his wife Sharon Duff of the home 3 sons Mark , Shawn and Anthony Duff all of Pocahontas. 3 daughters Stephanie Tretenburg and Amber Simington of Pocahontas and Michelle Smith of Bono. His Parents Ryan and Sandelee Duff of Maynard. 1 brother John Duff of Cunningham ,Ky and 1 sister Sheena Denny of Maynard. 15 grandchildren.

Visitation will be Monday from 5-8 at the Funeral Home

Service will be Tuesday at 2:00 at Chapel of McNabb Funeral home Burial will follow at Ingram Cemetery with Gary Barker and Dewayne Smith officiating.

Military Honors by Promberger- Traw Post 4556

Betty Lou Hisaw

Pocahontas – Betty Lou Hisaw, 76, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born September 13, 1933 in Glendale, AR to the late James and Mattie Floyd.

She is preceded in death by husband, Samuel Hisaw.

She is survived by son, Ken Hisaw of Woodlawn, AR. Daughter, Lisa Hill of Pocahontas, 5 grandchildren and brother, Lee Floyd of Summerset, KY.

Services will be held Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jackie Richardson and James Anderson officiating. Burial will follow to Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5-7.

Thomas Rice

Schugtown – Thomas Rice, 97, passed away March 28, 2010.

Born October 20, 1912 in Delaplaine to the late Thomas and Emma Rice.

He is preceded in death by wife of 66 years, Ruby Gates Rice.

He is survived by twin brother, Lewis Rice of Peach Orchard, AR. And brother Buster Rice of Phoenix, AR. Two sister-in-laws, Louise Rice – Smith of Walnut Ridge and El Wanda Gates of Delaplaine. Several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great great nieces and nephews and great great great nieces and nephews. Lifelong army buddy, Robert Bennett of Jonesboro.

Mr. Rice served in Patton’s Third Army and landed on Omaha Beach. His battalion liberated Dachau (concentration camp).

Services will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Green County Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 6-8.

Pallbearers include: Sonny Hampton, Butch Daniels and Gerry Tarry all of Schugtown. Tommy Garrett of O’Kean, John Edward Wilkinson and Ed Smith both of Delaplaine.

Honorary Pallbearers: 546 AAA BN Battery B Veterans and Family.

George Kent Late

Maynard- George Kent Late passed away Saturday at the age of 57.

He was preceded by his father George Late.

He is survived by his wife Donna Late of the home 1 son Kevin (Emily) Late of Paragould 1 daughter Marcia (Danny ) Spradlin of Walnut Ridge 2 grandchildren Kaylee and Tyge Spradlin of Walnut Ridge. His Mother Juanita Late of Maynard .1 sister Linda (Steve) Thomas of Tx and Harvey (Betty) Late of Maynard.

Visitation will be 5-8 Monday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Service will be Tuesday 2:00 Pm At Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home Burial will follow at Randolph Memorial Gardens with Darrell Fears officiating.

He was a member of IBEW Local 1516 and EAA of Jonesboro.

Willard Dean Cox

Maynard, Ar – Willard Dean Cox, 83, passed away Friday at St. Bernards. Son of the late William and Irene Cox.

He is survived by wife Glenna Cox of the Home 1 son, Ron Cox of Maynard. 2 grandchildren Bobby Martin and Travis Cox. 3 great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Krystal and Elana Martin.
1 brother Cleaven Cox of Supply. He was preceded by 1 sister and his parents.

Visitation will be Monday from 5-8 at McNabb Funeral Home.

Service will be Tuesday at 10:00 AM at Witts Chapel in Maynard. Burial will follow at the Cox/Parker Cemetery With Dr. Gary Gregory officating.

Military honors by the Promberger Traw Post 4556.

Ruby Pauline Seamans

Pocahontas – Ruby Pauline Seamans, 89, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2010.

Born August 27, 1920 in Randolph County to the late Jasper & Mary Wheeler Persful.

She is preceded in death by husband, Ray Seamans. Sons, Bill and Max Seamans. Grandson, Kim Reed. Brothers, David and Warren Persful. Sister, Marie Persful. Son-in-law, Neil Reed, Jr.

Survivors include daughters; Mrs. James Ray (Bobbye Reed) Martin and Mrs. Harry Fuzz (Mary Jo) Kirksey. 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 9 great great grandchildren. Brother, Emmett Persful and sister, Reba McGlothlin.

Mrs. Seamans had worked at Brown Shoe for 17 years, owned and operated Polly’s Café at the Y in Pocahontas for several years, and also worked at the Sale Barn Café. She also was a member at Sutton Free Will Baptist Church and was a chairman over Sutton Cemetery Board.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sutton Cemetery Fund.

Services will be held Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sutton Free Will Baptist Church with Randy Scott officiating. Burial will follow to Sutton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday night from 5-8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pallbearers include: Kerry Crismon, Jeremy Crismon, Eric Moore, Josh Reed, Garrett Burris, Trey Martin, Mason Reed, and Zachary Burris.

Honorary Pallbearers include all great grandsons.

Ruby Violet Cassidy

Pocahontas – Ruby Violet Cassidy, 72, passed away Saturday, March 20, 2010 after a lengthy illness. Born March 12, 1938 in Ingram, AR to the late Fenton and Valicia (Jones) Holdcroft. Married Cleo Cassidy, Jr. On January 8, 1957. Graduate of PHS, Class of 1956 and ASU College of Nursing and Health Professions with a RN degree in 1985.

She loved creativity and was passionate about painting and sewing and reading the Bible. Her love of celebrations and traditions made all the holidays special, especially Thanksgiving.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Cleo Cassidy, Jr. Three sons; Steve, Michael, and James Cassidy and 6 grandchildren. Her brother, Boyd Holdcroft and sisters; Kathleen Winebaugh and Deleta Cabezas.

Preceded in death by brothers; Wesley and Arvin Holdcroft.

Service will be held Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Melvin Shelton officiating. Burial will follow to Spikes Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 8-10:00 a.m.

Alvin Jerry Burrow

Pocahontas – Alvin Jerry Burrow, 97, a life long resident of Randolph County, died Saturday, March 20, 2010 at Pocahontas Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Warm Springs, AR to Jerry Marlinden and Julia Ellen Ator Burrow. He was known as Jerry Burrow to all in Randolph County due to his involvement of city, county and state government. He served as Mayor of Pocahontas for many years, County Judge and State Representative. He was active in many phases of development of Pocahontas and always took an interest in the betterment of the city. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pocahontas, AR.

He is survived by wife, Avis Virginia Spencer Burrow of Galveston, TX. Three nephews, Kern Burrow of Pocahontas, Ephraim Jerry Burrow of Lawton, OK, and Ronald Burrow of Little Rock. Two nieces, Betty Burrow Halpenny of Olive Branch, MS and Patsy Bray of Malvern, AR. Along with many great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his former wife, Jean Hanley Burrow, his mother and father, and seven brothers and five sisters.

Visitation will be held from 8-10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2010 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Randy Scott officiating.

Services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. also in the Chapel. Burial will follow to Masonic Cemetery.

Patsy Ruth Williams

Pocahontas – Patsy Ruth Williams, 80, left this earth on Thursday, March 18, 2010.

Born February 24, 1930 in Pocahontas to the late Austin and Thelma Crismon.

She has been reunited with those friends and family members who have gone before her, including her sons, Russell and Jerry Williams and grandson, Rusty.

She is survived by husband, Rector Williams of 60 years. Son, Larry (Pam) Williams of Pocahontas. 3 grandchildren, 2 granddaughter-in-laws, Lance (Katie) Williams, Lyle (Paige) Williams, and Laura Williams all of Nashville, TX. She also leaves behind a daughter-in-law, Grace Williams of Crum, TX. In addition to these she leaves behind many extended family members and friends whom lives have been touched by her. Leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, courage and faith she has joined her Savior in Heaven.

Services will be held Monday, March 22, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Sutton Free Will Baptist Church with Randy Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Sutton Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 5-8 also at Sutton.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Pallbearers include: Lance Williams, Lyle Williams, Rusty Sloan, Lawton Robinson, Jim Edwards, and Marty Cagle.

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