Obituaries

Robert Reed

Pocahontas – Robert Reed, 52, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013.

Born January 29, 1960 in Pocahontas.

He is preceded in death by father, Theordore Reed and brother, Danny Reed.

He is survived by brother, Bill Reed of Charlottesville, VA and two sisters; Teresa Walker of Wood Bridge, VA and Maggie Pratt of Pocahontas and mother, Lucille Reed of Pocahontas.

Funeral service will be held Monday, January 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Ronald Rose officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 5-7 p.m.

Lee Darnell Blaxton

Pocahontas – Lee Darnell Blaxton, 75, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born September 08, 1937 in Harrisburg, AR., to the late Ollie Lee and Mildred Blaxton.

Mr. Blaxton was a butcher for Lady’s Grocery in Harrisburg, AR., and later a salesman for Paul’s Sausage, Sealtest Milk and Tom’s. He retired in 1999 after almost 20 years with Lance, Inc., where he worked as the NL branch manager.

He is also preceded in death by two infant brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nettie Blaxton of the home, three sons; Daryl Lee (Patti) Blaxton of Pocahontas, Marcus Ray Blaxton of Arlington, TN., and John Phillip (Stephanie) Blaxton of Collierville, TN. Five grandchildren; Tyler Blaxton, Caitlin Blaxton, Madeline Blaxton, Emily Blaxton and Riley Blaxton, two brothers; Gerald Blaxton of Batesville and Cooper Blaxton of Champlin, MN., and one sister, Jane Catherine Rataj of Caruthersville, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Pocahontas that will go towards the Together We Build Fund or Current-Gaines Baptist Association for the Disaster Relief Unit.Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at The First Baptist Church in Pocahontas with Eric Moffett and Don Settles officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday from 12:30-2:00 p.m. also at the church. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Ruth Mae DeJournett

Jonesboro – Ruth Mae DeJournett, 92, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2013.

Born April 14, 1920 in Jonesboro.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James DeJournett, father, John C. Jenkins, mother, Beulah (Forester) and step-father, Bernard Templeton. One daughter, Annette Jennings, three brothers, J.C. Jenkins, Howard Templeton and Freddie Templeton and sisters, Lucille Swick and Virginia Jankowski.

She is survived by sons; Darrell (Anna Mae) Higginbotham of Pocahontas, Jim (Lori) DeJournett of Pocahontas and Mel DeJournett of Jonesboro. Daughters; Louise Crews of Granite City, IL., Linda Gentry of Monticello, AR., Rita Speer of Paragould, AR. 23 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren. Brothers, Bill (Vonette) Templeton of Jonesboro and James (Pat) Templeton of Festus, MO., and one sister, Margaret Ivy of Pocahontas. Sister-in-laws, Carol Templeton of Jonesboro and Mary DeJournett of Idaho Falls, ID, brother-in-law, Alvin DeJournett of Advance, MO., along with several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Friday, January 18, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Rev. Rich Jenkins, Rev. Matt Smith, Rev. Jeremy DeJournett and Rev. Mike Robbins. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-8 P.M.

Pallbearers include: Jody Gentry, Jason Crews, Jeremy DeJournett, Larry Higginbotham, Adam Schaefer, and Jessie DeJournett.

Honorary Pallbearers: Jamie DeJournett, Steve Higginbotham, Kenny Higginbotham, Kevin Johnson, Dane Dillion and Mike Higginbotham.

J. Vonalea Echols

Reyno,Ar- Vonalea Echols 74 Daughter of the late Orville and Thurcie Edington passed away Saturday. She was preceded by her parents one brother Delano Edington.

She is survived by her son Gary Echols of Jonesboro, one grandson Josh Echols of Jonesboro one brother James A. (Linda) Edington of Pocahontas and one sister Wilma( Herb) Kemper of Reyno.

Funeral service will be Monday at 2:00 P.M. at the Old Reyno Freewill Baptist Church with Anthony Dowdy officiating Burial will follow at the Nelson Cemetery .Visitation will be Sunday From 4:00-6:00 In the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Austin Lee Sharar

Warm Springs – Austin Lee Sharar, son of Joshua Sharar and Brandy Hickey lived 22 gestational weeks. He was born on January 10, 2013 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

He is survived by his parents Joshua Sharar and Brandy Hickey of Warm Springs, one sister Olivia Hickey of the home, grandparents John And Sandy Croney of Warm Springs, Roger Cole of Marina, Ca, Bruce and Peggy Sharar of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparent Fred Harrington of Waukon ,IA, Norman and Xanta Sharar of Sumner, IA., and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside service was held Monday, January 14, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Thora Irene Buckley

Umpire, Ar. – Thora Irene Buckley, formerly of Reyno, Ar., born July 20,1915 in the Warm Springs, Ar Community. Passed away January 11,2013 in Umpire, Ar. at the age of 97 years.

Member of the Midway Church of Christ. She was an avid quilter, seamstress, gardener and fisherman. She is retired from Brown Shoe after many years of service.

Preceded in death by husband, Hiram Arlando Buckley, father, Coleman Hayes, mother Pearl (Rush) Hayes, sister Laura Ramsey, brothers; Sherman, Bill, Coleman JR., and nephew Thomas Buckley.

She is survived by son, John (Joyce) Buckley, daughter, Linda Lynch all of Umpire, Ar. Grandchildren, Donny (Lisa) Lynch, Brian (Margie) Lynch, Kelly (Greg) Evans, Sherry (Brian) Dotson, Tammie Buckley, Lanny (Kim) Wooten. 15 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren and 2 sisters, Lucille Pyatt of Mena, AR., and Tootsie Flanagan of St.Louis, MO. and may nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, January 15 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Darrell Fears officiating. Burial followed in the Palestine Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday from 6:00-8:00 P.M.

George Jace Peterson

Millersville, MO – George Jace Peterson, 95, passed away Thursday, January 03, 2013.

Born December 12, 1917 in Brockett, AR. to the late George and Della Peterson.

He is also preceded in death by two brothers; Murray Peterson and Aubrey Peterson and two sisters; Blanche Peterson and Eula Hannaford.

He is survived by wife Avis Peterson of the home, daughter Patricia (James) Brown of Millersville, MO and son Bill (Pam) Peterson of Smithton, IL. Grandchildren include: Tim (Lisa) Brown, Steve (Anne) Brown all of Jackson, MO., Curtis Brown of Springfield, IL., Brittany Brown of Millersville, MO., Patrick (Laura) Peterson, Marjie (Jim) Trautt, MO., and Andy Peterson all of St. Louis, MO. Great grandchildren include: Luke, Caleb, Nicholas, Nathan Brown all of Jackson, MO., Hannah, Emmah, Katy all of Millersville, MO., and Barrett Peterson of St. Louis, MO. Two sisters, Reola Langer of Jordan, MN., and Lucille Stevens of Deming, NM.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 08, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Gayland Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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

Joe Dallas Vandergriff

Ravenden Springs – Joe Dallas Vandergriff, 89, passed away Thursday, January 03, 2013.

Born September 02, 1923 to the late Sular and Kate Vandergriff.

He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Glenna White Vandergriff, two brothers; Kenneth and Denny Vandergriff and two sisters; Edna Crawford and Alma Lee Kildow.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Lillian Vandergriff of the home, many nieces and nephews, and siblings include; Clyde Vandergriff of Texas, Clay Vandergriff of Ravenden Springs, Alous Thatch of Pocahontas, Bonnie Blissenbach of Pocahontas and Aris Peterson of Missouri.

Mr. Vandergriff was a member of the Hamil Community Church. Joe loved his Lord, his family, friends and the hills of Randolph County.

Funeral service will be held Monday, January 07, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 6-8 p.m.

Noel Claxton Smith

Noel Claxton Smith, 92, of Pocahontas, died on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in the Randolph County Home, where after a long battle, illness overcame him.
Born on November 27, 1920, on the farm, in Birdell, Arkansas, he was the 5th of 12 children born to Clarence and Blanche (Stinnett) Smith. Four of the twelve preceded him in death along with his father and mother, his first wife Edna Lee and his daughter Kerry Vonne as well as his great-great-grandson Corban.
He is survived by his wife Katheryn, his son Dennis and his wife Reta of Jonesboro, grandchildren; Clark (Rebecca) Hackney, Brian (Jamie) Hackney, Andrea (Randy) Todd, Deni (Troy) Smith, Shannon (Skip) Elders: great-grandchildren; Chelsea, Savannah, Chandler, Christian, Carson, Tyler, Darcy, Peyton, Sawyer, Jordan, Taylor, Dakota, Tommy, Kennedy.
He is also survived by his brothers, Buel of Searcy, Rupert and Don of Michigan, Mason of Rogers, and Warren of Pocahontas; his sisters Vivian Portell of Kansas, and Hazel Rideout of Michigan.

Claxton worked all his life in and around Pocahontas with Baltz Hardware and Baltz Equipment Co. However, his real vocation was quail hunting when in season, and he was very good at it.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in June of 1944, received training at Fort Riley, KS, shipped out to Fort Mead, MD, boarded the Queen Mary and crossed to LeHarve, France and assigned to 6th CAV and RECON SQ of the US 3rd Army.
He was involved in some of the action in WWII which is worthy of note. In the latter stages of the war, Adolph Hitler made a desperate gamble that his forces could turn away the American Army with a surprise offensive that came to be called the Battle of the Bulge. His forces knew early success in this offensive, the result of which was the surrounding of the American Army at Bastogne (Belgium)at Christmastime 1944.
Relief came for them in the form of the US 3rd Army under the command of General George S. Patton, one of whose troops was Noel C. Smith, Sgt. 6th CAV RCN SQ. The final defeat of the German army after the battle, was accomplished by an event which was later made into a film called “Bridge at Remegan”.
This was the action of saving the bridge from German destruction so that the US Army could take their heavy equipment across the Rhine River.
The reconnaissance for this event was done by 2 GI’s, one of which was Sgt. Noel C. Smith.
He came home with a victory ribbon, 2 overseas bars and 3 battle stars. Tom Brokaw wrote a book called “The Greatest Generation”, Claxton was one of those of whom he spoke.
Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 06, 2013 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 2-3 p.m.

Nadine Duff Fee

Cahokia, IL – Nadine Duff Fee, 95, passed away Tuesday, January 01, 2013 in Illinois.

Born July 15, 1917 in Supply to the late John and Pearlie Fowler Duff.

She is also preceded in death by her husband Lawrence Fee, three sisters; Bonnie Rapert, Glendal Hollingshad and Lucile King and two brothers; Roderick and Harold “Hardy” Duff.

She is survived by sons, George (Carol) Duff of The Villages, FL and Lynn Fee in Cahokia, IL. One brother Ryan (Sandelee) Duff of Maynard, sister Mary Rapert of Blytheville, three grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Funeral service will be held Monday, January 07, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Clyde Hackworth officiating. Burial will follow in Ingram Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 1-2 p.m.

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