Obituaries

Weir Ray Swann

W. Ray (Hootie) Swann, 78 of Pocahontas, passed away Monday, November 17, 2008 at his home.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Swann, 4 sons: Buster, Danny, and Jerry Swann all of Pocahontas and Terry Toliver of Little Rock, 4 daughters: Mary Waddell, Susie McManners and Louise Voss all of Pocahontas and Pat Williams of Mountain Home. 1 brother Buddy Swann and 1 sister Fay Swann both of Pocahontas. 21 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10:00 Thursday, November 20, 2008 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Harmony Cemetery with Nelson Henderson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 Wednesday also in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Donations may be made to St. Judes Childrens Hospital or St. Benards Hospice

Freda Marie Brown

Pocahontas – Freda Marie (Belford) Brown, 94, passed away Monday, November 17, 2008 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

She is preceded in death by her husband Glen Brown, parents Freeman E. And Una Belford, 2 sisters, Nancy Belford and Moina Barton.

Survivors include 1 sister Jeanne Simpson of Pocahontas, 8 nieces and nephews who loved her very much and she in return: Harrell A. and Anne Simpson, David and Dan Barton, Joe and Belinda Cockrum, Cindy Ayre and Tony Quintero and 7 great nieces and nephews.

She went to Corning High School and attended Lindwood College in St. Charles, MO. Also attended Arkansas State University. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Pocahontas, a member of Community Affairs, and was 50 year member of the PEO Chapter in Arkansas; an organization set up to help young women obtain a college education.

Service will be held 1:00 Thursday, November 20, 2008, in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Randolph Memorial Gardens with Fred Hunter officiating.

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

Pallbearers include Harrell Simpson, David Barton, Dan Barton, Joe Cockrum, Tony Quintero, and Drew Simpson.

Honorary Pallbearers include: J.H. Lamb and Carl Lamb.

Juanita Mildred Martin

Pocahontas – Juanita Mildred Martin, 85, passed away Thursday November 13, 2008.

She was born January 27, 1923, in Hamil, AR. To the late Chesley and Mary Massey.

Her husband George Martin preceded her in death along with her son Gary Martin and 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Survivors include three grandchildren; Shane Martin of Pocahontas, Shannon Battles of Jonesboro, and Shelly Bettis also of Jonesboro. One sister Novella Gregory from Pacific, MO. Also surviving are 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 2:00 Saturday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Randolph Memorial Gardens with Nelson Henderson officiating.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 Saturday also in the Chapel.

Johnny Brent Todd, JR.

O’Kean – Johnny Brent Todd, JR., 41, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2008.

He was born October 17, 1967 in Pocahontas, AR.

Survivors include his son Randall Cummings of Pocahontas, Parents John and Kathy Todd of O’Kean, sisters Charman Rowe of Pocahontas, Candace Ray of O’Kean and brother Carl Todd of Paragould, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Services will be held 10:00 Friday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Epsaba Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 Thursday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Betty Jo Peeler

Pocahontas – Betty Jo Peeler, 81, passed away Tuesday November 11, 2008 at her place of residence.

She was born July 15, 1927 in Pocahontas, AR., to the late Joe and Pearl Long.

Survivors include daughter Mary Swann and grandson James Swann of Pocahontas. Two sisters Jenetta Moore and Jean Lewallen also of Pocahontas.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 Thursday at Palestine Cemetery with Chad Deshaw officiating.

Ernest Bruton

Ernest Lavern Bruton, 76, of Pocahontas, AR., passed away November 5, 2008.

Ernest was born August 14, 1932, in O’Kean, AR. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Armstrong Bruton; one son, Ernest Lavern Bruton, Jr. And his wife, Rose; and three daughters – Angela Hoofman and her husband, Roger; Robin Johnston and her husband, Mike; and Dana Ray and Mark Towell. He was the proud grandfather to five grandchildren – Heathe Downes and his wife, April; Haley Ray; Shelby Wyatt; Spencer Bruton; and Kelsey Bruton. He had three great-grandchildren – Hayden Downes, Kirsten Parrish, and Shiloh Downes. He was the brother of Anna Mae Carter. He left behind many other beloved relatives and friends.

Ernest was preceded in death by his parents, Enoch and Effie Bruton, as well as two brothers and one sister – Darrell Bruton, Melvin Wilson, and Edith Jones.

Ernest served with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Pocahontas Police Department, and Jonesboro Police Department for a total of 19 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Funeral Service will be held Friday November 7, 2008 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Randolph Memorial Gardens with Rev. Jerry Parker officiating.

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

Pallbearers are as follows: Roger Hoofman, Mike Johnston, George Bruton, Raymond Bruton, John Chapman, and Aaron Milligan.

William Griggs

Texas – William Griggs, 82, passed away Tuesday November 4, 2008 in Kingswood, TX. He was formally from Warm Springs, AR.

He was born August 9, 1926. To the late Charlie and Pearl Griggs.

He is also preceded in death by his two brothers Leroy and Gene Griggs.

He is survived by daughter Karen Chrisman and son-in-law Joe of Houston, TX. 3 grandchildren Todd and Kyle Chrisman and Kimberly Goains. 5 Great grandchildren, 2 sisters Altie Marie Cox of Pocahontas and Coral Lindsey of St. Peters, MO. One brother George Griggs of Pocahontas and many nieces and nephews.

Service will be held 11 Saturday at the Warm Springs Free Will Baptist Church. Burial will follow to Warm Springs Cemetery with Bob Thebeau officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 Friday at the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Disease at Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 300, Wellesley Hills, MA. 02481.

Cecil Leo Hackworth Capn’Hack

Cecil Hackworth, Capn’Hack, 80 of Ravenden, AR, died on November 2, 2008 at Randolph County Nursing Home. He was born on October 3, 1928 at Imboden, AR. to the late Ed & Flora Hackworth.

Capn’Hack was a retired business owner of Ham Tug & Fleeting Service, Inc. in Lemont, IL and Capn’Hack’s Hunt Club in Ravenden, AR. He is a member of Ravenden First Baptist Church. He served in the Korean War and received metals for his service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and tug & towboats. He was a loving father and grandfather.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ed & Flora Hackworth, one son Jimmy Hackworth and one daughter Janice Ruth Hackworth.

Capn’Hack is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lorna Hackworth of the home, a daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Jim Pinkus of Imboden, AR. And one son and daughter-in-law, Wendell and Lori Hackworth of Plainfield, IL and 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2:00 Thursday November 6, 2008 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow to Hope Cemetery in Imboden, AR. With Pat Hovis and Jerry Clements.

Visitation will be from 4-8 Wednesday in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas, AR.

In Lieu of Flowers, please send donations to Randolph County Nursing Home or Alzheimer’s Disease at Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington Street, Suite 300, Wellesley Hills, MA. 02481.

J.H. (Jay) Parish

Pocahontas- J.H. (Jay) Parish, 88, Passed away Saturday at Five Rivers Medical Center.

He was born September 13, 1920 to the late James and Isabelle (Whittington) Parish.

He is survived by his wife Mary (Ulmer) Parish of Pocahontas, one son, James Parish of Pocahontas, one daughter, George Ann Little of Kingston, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, two sisters, Juanita Late of Maynard, and Louise White of CA..

He and his wife ran Parish Egg Farm in Biggers.

Visitation will be Monday 5 to 7 at McNabb Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Mitch Walton and Dr. Grant Killion officiating, burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Ann Meier

Pocahontas-Ann H Meier 85 Passed away Saturday . She was born May 15 1923 to the late Frank and Josephine Weyer.

She is Survived by 3 sons Allen Meier of Little Rock, Gary and David Meier of Pocahontas and 1 Daughter JoAnn Guterman of Lonoke. 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren .

She was preceded by Her Husband Robert Meier and 3 brothers and 1 sister.

Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 Rosary Service at 7 Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass Tuesday At 10 at St.Pauls Catholic Church with Fr. John Marconi Burial Will Follow at St.Paul’s Cemetery. In lieu of Flowers , Donations St.Paul’s Charitable Trust.

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