Obituaries

Verna Imgoene Bottoms

Pocahontas – Verna “Imogene” Bottoms, 87, passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born January 09, 1922 in Clover Bend, AR to the late Homer and Eulah (Preston) Dobbs.

She is preceded in death by husband, Kenneth Bottoms and a daughter, Connie Barnett.

She is survived by Granddaughter, Andrea Junkersfeld of Pocahontas. And two great grandsons, Kevin Barnett and Ryan Throesch both of Pocahontas. Brother, Lloyd Dobbs of Danville, KY.

Service will be held Friday, November 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7.

Helen Johnson

Pocahontas – Helen (Carrens) Johnson, 86, passed away Monday, November 16, 2009 at Randolph Home.

Born August 09, 1923 in Randolph County to the late James and Mamie (Thomas) Carrens.

She is preceded in death by husband, Clabe Johnson.

She is survived by daughter, Najgy Johnson of Pitman. Brother and sister-in-law; Dwight and Anna Mae Carrens.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Pitman Cemetery.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Lenora Ann Baltz

Pocahontas – Lenora Ann Baltz, 81, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2009 at St. Benards Medical Center.

Born January 30, 1928 in Hartman, Arkansas to the late Joseph and Emma (Wenger) Sprenger.

She is preceded in death by husband, Joe Baltz and two sons, Frank Baltz and Fred Baltz.

She is survived by son, Joe Baltz, Jr. Of Pocahontas. Two daughters, Kathy Garner of Little Rock and Rosalie Langsdon of Maumelle, AR. 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Sister, Janelle Sprenger of Pocahontas. Daughter-in-law, Pat Baltz.

Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2009 in St. Paul Catholic Church with Father John Marconi officiating. Burial will follow to St. Paul Cemetery.

Visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Tuesday with 7:00 rosary following in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Jessie Frank Lester

Ravenden – Jessie Frank Lester, 68, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born June 15, 1941 in Dell, AR to the late Jesse Martin and Opal Ruby (Hart) Lester.

He is preceded in death by parents and brother, Albert Arphus Grant Lester.

He is survived by wife, Phyllis (Blankenship) Lester, of the home. Children; Jessie Wayne and Ambie Lester, Levita and Bruce Phillips, Joyce Lester and Kendall Galbraith, Suzanne and David Fowler, Andrea and Ken Akins, Pete and Angela Mangum. Grandchildren, Tyler Phillips, Zack Lester, Whitney Lester, Jacob Lester, Ashley Lester, Colton Roberts, Nicholas Roberts, Dylan Powell, Wyatt Powell, Cassidy Clayton, Jonathon Novello, and Tyler Mangum. Great grandchildren, Natalie Lester, Bailey Sheets, and Kylee Sheets. Sister, Sevella Terrell of Highland. Brothers, Donald Lester of Williford and Dean Lester of Spicewood, TX.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed being on spring river surrounded by his family and friends.

He was in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was the American Legion Commander and was a cook on the USS Kittyhawk.

Visitation will be held Tuesday night from 6-8 at the First Baptist Church in Ravenden.

Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. located at Williford American Legion, Morgan Wiles post #336 with Reverend Stolls officiating.

Carroll (Bunk) Barnes

Pocahontas-Carroll (Bunk) Barnes, 75, son of the late Bill and Beulah Barnes, passed away Saturday at Five rivers Medical Center. He was preceded by his parents; sister, Cleta Ann (Sue) Stockwell; and brother, Billy (Jack) Barnes.He is survived by wife, Barbara Barnes of the home. Son, Dennis Barnes of Pocahontas. Daughters; Vickie (Benny) Halliburton of Maynard and Sherri (John) Walden of Pocahontas. Grandsons, Mike (Danette) Halliburton and Grant Halliburton and great-grandson, Colten Halliburton.Brother, Douglas Barnes. Sisters Shirley Griffin and Betty Jane Hufstedler all of Pocahontas.And his dog, Skippy.Service was held Sunday, November 15, 2009 at 2:00 P.M. Visitation was from 1:00 till service with Nelson Henderson officiating burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens.Pallbearers included Rick Martin, Justin Martin, Curt Alphin, Bryce DeClerk, Roger Barnes, and Rick Meeks.Honorary pallbearers:  Gene Cook, Gayland Cavenaugh, Joe Vincent, Bill Thatch, Curtis Carmickle.

Charles Alex Smith

Pocahontas – Charles Alex Smith, 85, passed away Friday, November 13, 2009.

Born July 4, 1924 in Lawrence County to the late Ernest and Grace (Miller) Smith.

He is preceded in death by parents and daughter, Mary T. Smith. Brother, John Fred Smith.

He is survived by wife, Jeanne M. Smith of the home. Children, Michael A. Smith of Oregon, Joseph D. Smith of Arizona , David A. Smith of California, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and sister, Marjorie “Marsh” Rhodus of Pocahontas.

Mr. Smith was a Staff Sargent in Marine Corp, and served WWII Japan; Korea. He was also a Northrup accountant for 35 years.

Memorial service will be held Friday, November 20, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Father John Marconi officiating. Promberger Traw Post #4556 will be handling military honors. Visitation will be before service from 10-11:00 a.m.

Lois Imgoene Bailey

Ravenden – Lois Imogene Bailey, 79, passed away November 11, 2009 at St. Benards Medical Center.

Born March 1, 1930 in Walnut Ridge to the late Alden Anderson and Nola Estes (Pack) Brown.

She is preceded in death by husband, Manley Benton Bailey. Daughters; Anna Lois (Bailey) Price and Brenda Lee Bailey.

She is survived by children; Gail Bailey and wife Kathy of Ravenden Springs. Donald Bailey and wife Brenda of Bono. Carolyn (Bailey) Riney of Walnut Ridge. Carl Bailey of Ravenden. Roger Bailey and wife, Edna of Ravenden Springs. Harold Bailey of Ravenden. Bob Price, son-in-law, of Ravenden. 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Sister, Elizabeth Brown Saylors and husband, Melvin of Ravenden. Lois worked for 28 years for TRW Cinch located in Pocahontas.

Services will be held Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Ravenden Springs Baptist Church with Howard Pankey officiating. Burial will follow in Janes Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5-8 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Birdie Mae Woods

Birdie Mae Woods, 85, of Pocahontas passed away Tuesday, November 10. She was born to Harrison and Essie Walker of Reyno on March 16, 1924.

She and Raymond Woods were married on August 1, 1946. He preceded her in death in 1998. She was also preceded by two brothers and one sister.

Survivors include two brothers: Milburn Walker of Corpus Christi, TX and James Walker of Ferris, TX; one sister, Bonnie Jackson of Pocahontas. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Nieces from Pocahontas are Janna Guthrey and Pam Hager.

Services will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Nelson Henderson officiating.. Burial will follow to Nelson Cemetery in Reyno.

Visitation will be held Wednesday before the service from 1-2.

Frank Joseph Jansen

Pocahontas – Frank “Frankie” Joseph Jansen, 48, passed away Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born October 24, 1961 in Pocahontas.

He is preceded in death by father, Frank Jansen.

He is survived by mother, Clarice Jansen. Sons, Matt and Blake Jansen. Brothers, Larry, David, and Ronnie Jansen. Sisters, Debbie Hibbard and Rene Tyler. Also, several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 07, 2009 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Mike Sinkler officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. A 7:00 rosary will follow.

Fern Woodard

Imboden – Fern Woodard, 75, passed away peacefully in her home with her family around her on October 31, 2009.

Born January 29, 1934 to the late Melvin and Lulu Eversol.

She is preceded in death by husband, Taylor Estes Woodard. Three brothers; Buddy, Leroy, and Troy Eversol. Grandson, Christopher Lewis.

She is survived by Two daughters; Peggy High and husband, Jerry of Imboden. And Bonnie Lewis and husband, Randy of Pocahontas. Grandchildren; Patricia Bunyard and husband, Mike of Citrus Heights, CA. Tonya Simington and husband, Joe of Imboden. And Melissa Lewis of Portland, OR. Great-grandchildren; Amber and Morgan Bunyard of Citrus Heights, CA. Rebecca and Heather Simington of Imboden. Several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Thursday, November 05, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Randolph Memorial Gardens with Arvil Tribble officiating.

Visitation will be held Wednesday night from 5-8.

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