Obituaries

John Phillip Grant

Corning – John Phillip Grant, 52, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

Born April 08, 1960 in E. St. Louis, IL to Allen and Dorothy Grant.

He is preceded in death by father Allen Grant, sister Bonnie Lou Grant and brother Ronald Dean Grant.

He is survived by brother Robert Grant of Washington Park, IL, sisters; Donna Valdejoof Millstadt, IL, Dora Greer of Granite City, IL and Shirley Hannaford of Pocahontas and mother Dorothy Gamache also of Pocahontas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McNabb Funeral Home c/o John Grant.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hite Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 10-11 a.m.

Katie Elizabeth Malone

Imboden – Katie Elizabeth Malone, 85, passed away June 18th, 2012.

Born August 07, 1926 and was a life long resident of Imboden and a member of Smithville Baptist Church.

Mrs. Malone was preceded in death by her parents; husband Cecil Malone and children; Gary Malone, Gail Malone Johnson, Brenda Malone, Bragg Hibbard and 9 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include: two son; Ricky Malone and wife Bera of Imboden and Ronnie Malone and wife Susan also of Imboden. One brother, Tayber Lillard and wife Inez of Smithville; 10 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Smithville Baptist Church Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Harold Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Annieville.

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

Pallbearers include: Bobby Bragg, Eric Bragg, Warren Durham, Nathan Malone, Gary Paul Malone and John Lillard.

Honorary Pallbearers include: Robbie Bragg, Donald Ragsdale, Dylon Bragg and Jeffrey Malone.

Archie Chesser

Pocahontas- Archie Chesser, 92, son of the late John and Dell Chesser passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012 in Pocahontas. He was preceded by his parents, one brother, Dale Chesser and 3 sisters; Thelma Blackburn, Christa Gains and Genevea Junkersfield.

He is survived by his wife Anna Chesser. Several nieces and nephews and a special Friend John Patrick.

Archie was a very loving an Caring Man to neighbors and Friends. He will be deeply missed by many. Archie was a World War II Veteran and his brother was killed in World War II.

Service will Be held Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Dr. Gary Gregory and Eric Moffett officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 till Service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The First Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association.

Pallbearers include: John Patrick, Sammy Green, David Junkersfield, Jim Carter, Dave Williams and Paul Wicker.

Honorary Pallbearer includes: Lyndon Dawson.

Donald Wilfred Kent

Pocahontas – Donald Wilfred Kent, 75, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Born March 23, 1937 to the late Wilfred and Margaret Kent in New York.

He is survived by wife Carol Kent of the home, three sons; Thomas and wife Lori and Donald Kent all of Anchorage, Alaska and Billy Kent of Tulsa, OK. and three daughters; Kathy Sutton of Sacramento, CA, Susan and husband Larry Wells of Chugiak, Alaska and Jessica and husband Jonathon Smith of Tulsa, OK. Grandchildren include: Tommy Kent of Minneapolis, MN., Chris Kent of Seattle, Washington, Larry Wells, Jr. Of Anchorage, AK., Catherine Johnson of Chugiak, AK. And Aedan Smith of Tulsa, OK. Sister, Doris and husband John Grassi of Florida and nephew Richard Grassi.

Mr. Kent was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved his time in Lake Minchumina, Alaska where he shot his first moose and bear. He always had a special spot in his heart for Alaska. Grew up in New York City and served in the Air Force and then became an air traffic controller which he made a career out of. Lived in Guam, Washington, Oregan, Missouri, Arizona before settling in Pocahontas, AR. He was also an avid fan of Notre Dame football.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to armsofhope.com.

Mr. Kent was cremated and McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

William Russell Johnson

Pocahontas – William Russell Johnson, 83, passed away Friday, June 08, 2012.

Born July 16, 1928 in Randolph Co to the late William and Melissa Johnson.

He is also preceded in death by his wife, Laqueta Joy (Landreth) Johnson and great grand daughter Emma Laqueta Steele.

He is survived by son, Danny Russell Johnson of Biggers, daughter, Judy Williams of Maynard. Three grandchildren; Jeffrey Russell Johnson of Biggers, Zachary Williams of Pocahontas, and Erica Steele of Maynard. 6 great grand children; Rusty Johnson of Paragould, Laura Ann Johnson of Biggers, Haylee Williams and Gunner Williamsboth of Jonesboro, and Carley Steele and Makenna Steele both of Maynard.

Graveside service will be held Monday, June 11, at 2:00 p.m. in Hite Cemetery.
McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Katherine G. Perry

Katherine G. Perry was born June 11, 1921, in Ravenden, Arkansas. She was the middle chid of L. W. and Pearl Wells Perry. Preceding her in death were both parents as well as her older sister, Virginia Perry Bassett, her brother Bill Perry, and her nephew, Bob Alan Perry.

Katherine graduated from Sloan-Hendrix Academy in Imboden, Arkansas, in 1939. She earned a masters degree from Arkansas State College, Jonesboro, and moved to Florissant, Missouri, where she taught first grade for over twenty years. During that time, she received the singular honor of being recognized as Outstanding Teacher of Missouri.

Katherine was also an artist. Upon retirement, she returned to the home of her birth where she spent much time drawing and painting, reading, and in Bible study. During her final three years, she was a resident at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehabilitation. She passed away on June 8, 2012.

Katherine is survived by her sister-in-law, Wanda (Bill) Perry of Clinton, AR (formerly of Ravenden); her cousin Thurman Wells of Ravenden Springs; her niece Carol (Dwight) Hutto and grandniece Angela (Jimmy) Cotton, all of Clinton; her grandniece Lori (Jack) Joynes of Nixa, MO; her grandnephew Bobby (Cindy) Bragg of Baytown, TX. She is also survived by six great-grandnieces and -nephews and four great-great-grandnieces and -nephews.

Katherine’s funeral will be held at Ravenden Methodist Church on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. Officiating at her service will be John Stoll, assisted by Danny Roark. Viewing will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Those serving as pallbearers:
Drew Payne, Joshua Payne, Bobby Bragg, Jack Joynes, Jimmy Cotton, Harold Sharp. Honorary pallbearers: Holden Joynes, Robbie Bragg, Dwight Hutto.

Any memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN, as this was one of the many charities Katherine held close to her heart.

Terry Dwight Robinson

Pocahontas – Terry Dwight Robinson, 60, passed away Thursday, June 07, 2012.

Born December 11, 1951 in Pocahontas to Lowell and Lavada Robinson.

He is preceded in death by mother Lavada Robinson, brother Gary Robinson, grandparents; Theo Spohrer and Fred Hogan and Talmadge and Viola Robinson.

He is survived by wife Peggy Robinson of the home. Daughter, Stacy Smith of Pocahontas. Granddaughter, Cara Beth and husband Tyler Waddell of Des Almons, LA. Grandson, Ryan Smith of Pocahontas. Great grandsons, Skyler and Kason of Waddell, LA. Father Lowell and stepmother Leoma Robinson of Pocahontas. Sister, Lanae Foster of Biggers. Sister-in-law, Phyllis Robinson of Tuckerman. Niece, Shaundra and husband Chad Nisbett of Lonoke, AR. Three nephews, Shea and wife Stacy Flanery of Pocahontas, Shaun and wife Deidra Robinson of Hot Springs and Cameron Foster of Biggers and six great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Cloyce Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday from 5-8 p.m.

Lalia Selene Futrell

Pocahontas – Lalia Selene Futrell, 99, passed away Thursday, June 07, 2012 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born April 08, 1913 in Arkansas to the late Pascal and Aline Crawford.

She is also preceded in death by husband Marion Futrell, son Phil Futrell, one great grandchild, three brothers, and one sister.

She is survived by son Byron and wife Frances Futrell, daughter-in-law, Gwen Futrell, eight grandchildren; Terri Walton, David Futrell, Mark Futrell, Eric Futrell and Cara Bryant all of Pocahontas, Mel Futrell of Birmingham, AL, Johna Mannen of Phoenix, AR and Kristi Mabry of Spartanburg, SC, 19 great grandchildren and grand nephew Keith Futrell.

Mrs. Futrell was a faithful member of the Pyburn Street Church of Christ. In 1936 Mr. and Mrs. Futrell opened Western Auto and in 1958 Byron and Francis Futrell took over the business, but Marion and Lalia Futrell was still very active in the store until the last few years.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Mel Futrell officiating. Burial will follow in Morrow Cemetery in Beach Grove, AR.

Visitation will be held Sunday prior to service from 1-3 p.m.

James Roy Baker

James Roy Baker, retired petroelum landman, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2012. He was born in Randolph County, Arkansas, August 30, 1917, to William Perry and Florence Bryan Baker. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Carl Laverne, Perry Bryan, and William Troy (Roy’s twin).

He was a charter member and deacon of Baptist Temple Church in Oklahoma City, and he was a long-time employee of Harper Turner Oil Company. Mr. Baker retired from Occidental Petroleum Company in September, 1982. Upon retirement he moved to the old family farm home he had restored on Baker Den Road in Randolph County Arkansas which served as the primary residence until 2006. He returned to Oklahoma City where he lived until his death.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 69 years, Virginia, also of Oklahoma City; a daughter, Patricia Lee Prescott (Charles) of Shawnee; a son, James Alan (Melissa Farrow,) of Oklahoma City; a daughter, Susan Ann Wooten (Bill) of Clemson, SC; six grandchildren, Amy Estelle Jackson of Mustang; David Joseph Prescott of Miami; Leslie Allison Stewart of Grand Junction, CO; Lori Elizabeth Printz of Aluquerque, NM; Zachary Baker Wooten of New York, NY; Nathaniel Kenton Wooten of Greenwich, CT; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

There will be a memorial service at The Mansion in Oklahoma City at 2:30 pm. on Wednesday, June 6. On Friday, June 8, following visitation from 12:00-2:00 and a brief service from 2:00-2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas, AR, interment will be in Stubblefield Cemetery in Randolph County, AR, with Dr. Jerol Swaim presiding at the service.

Billy Joe Inness

Ravenden Springs – Billy Joe Inness, 83, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2012 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born December 31, 1928 in Cushing, OK to the late Xennie and Laura (Hudson) Inness.

He is survived by wife Imagene Inness of the home, five children; Rhonda Potter of Walnut Ridge, Gary Inness and Kevin Inness both of Ravenden Springs, Zenna Luhmon of Tryon, Oklahoma and Timothy Inness of Wasella, Alaska. 12 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, two sisters; Jean Slayton and Phillis Walden both of Hardy.

Funeral service will be held Monday, June 04, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jim Inness officiating. Burial will follow in Janes Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 3-6 p.m.

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