Obituaries

Lorraine Sanders

Pocahontas-Lorraine Sanders, 89, passed away November 13, 2013 at Randolph Home Nursing Home.

Lorraine was born July 23, 1924 in Manila, Arkansas to the late Jesse and Pearl Tway Bryant.

She is survived by sister, Pauline Lindsey , nephew’s, Ron Bryant, Matt (Ruby)Bryant, Raymond (Abbie) Mallott, Glendis (Janet) Mallott, Jerry Mallott, nieces, Linda (Farzin) Namei, Ellen (Galen) Moss, Teresa Wilson, and many, many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband Jay Sanders, brothers, James Bryant, Calvin Bryant, and Johnny Bryant, sisters, Millie West, half-sister Ruby Mallott, nephew Andy Bryant and James Mallott.

Visitation will be Friday, November 15, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be Saturday November 16, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with Chris Powers officiating. Burial will follow in the Sutton Cemetery.

Mary Joanne Thielemier

Pocahontas- Mary Joanne Thielemier, 69, went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2013 at Randolph Home Nursing Home.

Joanne was born May 30, 1944  in Engelberg to the late Bennie Thielemier and Anna Schaectel Thielemier.

Survived by mother Anna Thielemier of Pocahontas, brothers, Jack (Nancy) Thielemier, Danny Thielemier, Bernard Jr. (Sharon) Thielemier, Leonard Thielemier, Sydney (Raynetta) Thielemier, Gary (Melissa) Thielemier, sisters , Marcia (Bill) Golden, Carolyn (Tom) Luter, Barbara Swann, Rose (Dennis) Hutsell, Chris (Tommy) Bennett all of Pocahontas, Lena Faulkner of Mississippi, 35 nephews and nieces, 43 great nephews and nieces, 6 great-great nephews and nieces.

Preceded in death by her father, Bennie Thielemier, brothers, Bud and Tom Thielemier, great niece Lauren McCurter.

Joanne was a active member of the St/ John’s Catholic Church in Engelberg and especially loved her involvement with the Catholic Youth ministries. She worked for many years at Cinch before eventually retiring at Skill Industries.

Memorial can be made to St. John’s Church, St. Paul School, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family would like to thank everyone at Randolph Home, especially Joanne’s special nurses, LeEllen Adkins and Belinda Johnson.

Visitation will be Thursday November 14, 2013 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church with Rosary starting at 7:00 P.M. Funeral service will be Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church with Father Athanasius Okeiyi officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John’s Cemetery.

George David “Coach Dave” Wiliams

Pocahontas- George David “Coach Dave” Williams, 70 went to be with the Lord November 12,  2013 at the Flo and Phil Jones House in Jonesboro, AR.

Dave was born to the late George and Leona Williams on January 2, 1943 in Fort Smith, AR.

Dave is survived by his wife Utanah Williams of the home, daughter’s Kimberly and Jay Pankey of Ft. Smith, AR, Kristen and Josh Jordan of Paragould, AR.,  son Jeff and Leslie Williams of Ft. Smith, AR, . Granddaughters, Coley Jayee Pankey, Mary Elizabeth Williams and Anna Catherine Williams, of Ft. Smith, AR Meridith Claire Jordan of Paragould, AR. Grandsons, Clayton Scott Pankey, and Bailey Ryan Pankey of Ft. Smith , AR. Bryson William Jordan and Braxton David Jordan of Paragould, AR.

Dave coached a total of 46 years starting in Blytheville, AR in 1968. He later went to Charleston, SC, Searcy, AR. And Carlisle, AR. Coach Dave finished strong with 33 years at Pocahontas, AR as the head coach with over 200 wins. His love of coaching reflected his love for students. Coach Dave’s impact is felt through generations of students who wore the Redskins jersey. He was a loving provider and protector of his wife of 49 years as well as his children and grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 2:00- 5:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church. Funeral service will be Sunday, November 17, 2013 at Black River Technical College at 2:00 P.M. with Eric Moffett, Alonza Jiles, and Josh Jordan officiating. Burial will be Monday November 18, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at  Gill Cemetery in Van Buren, AR.

In lieu of Flowers the family request you leave a lasting memorial to the 1st. Baptist Church or the Pocahontas Athletic Department.

Mary Poteet Dalton Johnson

Pocahontas- Mary Poteet, Dalton Johnson, 98 passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas .

Mary Poteet was born to Charles and Maggie Rusk Poteet in Reyno, AR on March 11, 1915. She grew up in Reyno, and graduated from Biggers High School where she was an outstanding student and basketball player. Mary was a member of the Church of Christ.

On October 20,1935 she married Kermit Dalton, They were the parents of two children, Charlotte Sullivan McIlroy and Edward Franklin Dalton. Kermit passed away in February 1973. Nine years after the death of Kermit, Mary married Truell Johnson. She was blessed with nearly 38 years with Kermit, and 22 years of marriage to Truell. She was loved and respected by Truell’s four children, Rita, Ken, Don and Jerry.

In addition to husbands Kermit Dalton and Truell Johnson, Mary was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Kay and Hunter Poteet and sisters Myrtle Cox, Doris Johnson, Marjorie Kilgore, Maggie Abbott, and Virginia Fischer. Her beloved son in law, Arnold Sullivan and several nephews also preceded her in death.

Mary is survived by her two children, Edward Franklin and wife Carole of Denton, Texas, Charlotte and husband Thomas McIlroy of Jonesboro, Arkansas, stepdaughter Rita and husband Glenn of Greenville, Texas. Three stepsons, Ken and wife Lana of Wichita, Kansas, Don and wife Lorana of Wichita, Kansas, and Jerry and wife Patti of Troy , Missouri. She is also survived by grandchildren Dalton and Barry Sullivan, Frank and Jeffrey Dalton and Jennifer Ito and 13 Great-Grandchildren. 8 step grandchildren also survive, as well as 11 step great grandchildren, and her sister Roxie Rolen of O’Fallon, Missouri.

Mary was talented in many areas, particularly cooking and sewing. She made many beautiful quilts that are treasured by her family. As she got older, one of her favorite past times was playing cards (and usually winning) with the great grandchildren. They all have many precious memories of good food and good times at Granny’s house. Mary loved to travel, and enjoyed many camping trips with Truell and his family.

Visitation will be at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Funeral service will be at McNabb Funeral Home Chapel Friday, November 15, 2013 st 10:00 A.M. with Larry Owens officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.Mary

Rosemary Bowlin

Rosemary Rhodes Bowlin of Pocahontas, Arkansas, widow of Paul R. Bowlin and a civic and cultural leader, died on November 1, 2013. 

Born in Crossett, Arkansas, on June 21, 1921, Mrs. Bowlin was the youngest daughter of James Robert and Ellen Huntley Rhodes.  Mrs. Bowlin grew up in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where she graduated from Ouachita College with a degree in English and Home Economics. She met her future husband, Paul Bowlin, at Ouachita, and married him in 1941, the year before his father, Ray V. Bowlin, opened Bowlin Furniture Company in Pocahontas. During WWII Mrs. Bowlin joined countless other American wives waiting anxiously at home for news of their husbands who were serving overseas.  Despite her admonitions to her husband not to bring home any medals, Lt. Bowlin nevertheless was awarded the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars for Gallantry in Action while Company Commander of “E” Company of the 415th Infantry of the 104th “Timberwolves” Division.  The Bowlins were reunited after VE Day in 1945 and moved to Pocahontas where they owned and operated Bowlin Furniture Company for 52 years, expanding to stores in Walnut Ridge, Jonesboro, Batesville, Osceola and Blytheville.

In 1949 they built their home at 1920 Paula Street in the Bowlin Addition, a 40-acre tract of wood land that had been developed by Ray Bowlin, Mrs. Bowlin’s father-in-law, during the war years.  Ray Bowlin had named one of the streets after his first grandchild, Paula, who was born during the war.

Mrs. Bowlin held leadership positions in many civic, cultural and educational organizations, giving freely of her time and talents to help her community and her state grow and thrive.  Her many contributions included service on the Planning Commission for the City of Pocahontas, on the first Swimming Pool Committee, in the Pocahontas Woman’s Club, and in Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators.  She was a Charter Member of Pocahontas P.E.O., and for many years was a librarian at Pocahontas High School and a feature writer for the Pocahontas Star Herald.

Many of her activities were in support of the education of her three children.  She was active in P.T.A., in Band Parents and Scouts, and spent countless hours taking her children to music lessons and attending band, piano and orchestra concerts.  If opportunities did not exist, she created them, as when she persuaded a ballet teacher from Memphis to come to Pocahontas once a week to teach girls in Pocahontas Grade School and when she helped form a Girl Scout Troop for Pocahontas. 

Like her husband, Mrs. Bowlin understood the importance and the unique character of Arkansas’ history and its cultural heritage.  She was a Charter Member of the Committee of 100, an organization composed of volunteers from throughout Arkansas dedicated to promoting and raising funds for the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View.  Mrs. Bowlin served for many years on the Acquisitions Committee for the Folk Center.  In addition, with her husband and other dedicated volunteers in Pocahontas, Mrs. Bowlin worked for years on the successful effort to preserve and maintain the Old Randolph County Courthouse, one of Arkansas’ historical and architectural treasures. 

Mrs. Bowlin was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Pocahontas where she often taught Sunday School.   She pursued many interests, among them English Literature and antique furniture. 

By far her greatest love, however, was her family.  She maintained close contact with her 4 brothers and 4 sisters and their families, and she devoted herself to her beloved husband, Paul, and to her children and grandchildren.   On June 23, 2001, her children honored their parents with a 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Pocahontas.  Over 250 friends and family members joined in celebrating the long and happy marriage of Rosemary and Paul Bowlin.  Mr. Bowlin died on July 30 of that year.

Mrs. Bowlin was predeceased by her husband, Paul, her parents, brothers James Robert Rhodes II,  Edward Rhodes,  Huntley Rhodes and William Rhodes and sisters Elizabeth McDaniel, Melba Dooley and Agnes Harrelson.  She is survived by a daughter, Paula Bowlin Huntley, of Durango, Colorado, and 2 sons, David Bowlin of Pocahontas and Robert Bowlin of Cobden, Illinois, a sister, Marguerite Brown of Jonesboro, three grandsons, Paul Robert Wrapp of Fairfield, California and Timothy and Carter Bowlin of Nashville, Tennessee and two great-grandchildren, Emily Elizabeth and Paul Robert Wrapp, Jr.  Her daughter-in-law, Linda Oakley Bowlin of Pocahontas, and son-in-law, Edwin Villmoare of Durango, Colorado, and several nieces and nephews will also mourn the loss of this kind, generous, remarkable woman.

Services will be private.  Memorial gifts in the name of Mrs. Bowlin may be made to Five Rivers Historic Preservation, Inc., 107 E. Everett St., Pocahontas, AR 72455, or to the charity of your choice.

Jack O’Neal Dean

Walnut Ridge- Jack O’Neal Dean infant passed away Thursday November 7, 2013 at UAMS in Little Rock.

Jack was born November 6, 2013 at UAMS in Little Rock to Neal and Chrissy Dean.

Jack was baptized as a Catholic before he was taken into The Kingdom of Heaven.

Jack is survived by his parents; Neal and Chrissy Dean, brothers; Ben and Will Dean of the home, Grandparents; James and Shirlette Dean of Paragould, , J.F. Russell of Pocahontas, Great grandmother Bernice Powers of Paragould, Uncles; Greg Russell of Walnut Ridge, Jason Russell of Kampala, Uganda, Aunts; Lori Corbett and Janie Russell of Pocahontas, Amy Sandefur of Brookland, and Sherry Russell of Hoxie, several cousins.

Graveside service will be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery Tuesday November 12, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. with Father Anthanius Okeiyi officiating.

Fredlene Copeland Fluke

Imboden- Fredlene Copeland Fluke, 76 passed away November 7, 2013 at the Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab in Pocahontas, AR.

Fredlene was born June 27, 1937 in Pocahontas, AR to the late Fred and Thelma Tibble. She retired from Frolic Footwear. After retiring from Frolic she spent many years delivering meals for Meals on Wheels to residents in Pocahontas and Imboden. She also was a loving and caring person that cared for homebound residents and helped thier families. She and her late husband James Copeland were know for their wood crafts , which won many ribbons at the Randolph County Fair. Fredlene lived a life of service and will be dearly missed by her loved ones.

Fredlene is survived by her husband John Fluke of the home, Children; Henrietta Roberts of North Pole, AK, Vickie Croll of Fairbanks, AK, Ted Copeland of West Plaines, MO, Anthony Copeland of Jonesboro, and John Copeland of Mountain Home, AR.,11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, brother Clay Allen Tribble and sister Geraldene Hart.

She is preceded in death by her husband James Henry Copleand, parents Fred and Thelma Tribble, and a son James Vincent Copeland.

Visitation will be at McNabb Fuenral Home Chapel Sunday November 10, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. Funeral service following at 2 p.m with Tommy Medley officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Lawrence Lee Morgan

Imboden, Lawrence Lee Morgan, 51 passed away November 5, 2013 at St. Bernards Hospital.

He was born December 10, 1961 in Walnut Ridge, AR to the late Clyde Morgan and Tomilee (Mallory) Morgan.

Survived by his mother Tomilee (Mallory) Morgan, Brother; Aubrey ( Becky) Morgan, Nephews; Joshua Morgan, Justin Morgan, Nathan Morgan, great nephew; Philip Morgan, cousins; Hilton Morgan and Dina Radcliff.

Preceded in death by his father Clyde Morgan.

Visitation will be Wednesday November 6, 2013 at McNabb Funeral Home from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Graveside services at Hope Cemetery Thursday November 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

William Scott Bennett

Ravenden Springs- William Scott Bennett, 50, passed away October 30, 2013 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 18, 1963 in Pocahontas, AR. to Charles Kendall Bennett and Wanda Marie Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Janie Cox Bennett his high school sweetheart of 32 years, children; Christopher Scott and Jessica Oquinn Bennett of Ravenden Springs, AR., Crystal Jane and Chris Willfond of Stokes, AR., Cortney Jessica Bennett and Dewayne Helms of Ravenden Springs, AR., grandchildren; Kaden Scott Bennett, Rylee Sue Bennett, Aubrey June Bennett of Ravenden Springs, AR., Christopher Kyle Lee Willfond, Cree Cearia Willfond of Stokes, AR., siblings; Clinton Bennett, Kenny Bennett, Tammy Ross of Ravenden Springs, AR., Amy Foster of Dalton, AR., Justin Bennett and Lynn Bennett of Pocahontas, AR.,Nita Chaisson of Maynard, AR., Barbara Meeks of Pocahontas, AR., Sarah Barclay of Little Rock, AR. .

Preceded in death by grandparents; Irene and Kenneth Vandergriff, Rufford and Lorene Bennett, father-in-law Sonny Cox, Nieces; Kamryn Smith and Andrea Bennett, step-father Clarke Smith.

Visitation will be Friday November 1, 2013 from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday November 2, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel with Danny Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery.

Josie Lee Devlin

Pocahontas- Josie Lee Devlin, 86, passed away on October 28, 2013 at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab.

She was born on November 8, 1927 to the late E.M. Amos Miller and Willie Clements Miller.

Josie is survived by nephew James Robert Chezem of Oklahoma, and cousin Pauline Ramsey of Pocahontas, AR.

Preceded in death by; parents E.M. Amos and Willie Miller, husband John Raymond Devlin, brother’s Perry Miller and George Miller, sister Juanita Miller Chezem.

Graveside service will be Thursday October 31, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Smithville Cemetery with Jason Martin officiating

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