Obituaries

William “BIll” Wilson Wells

Ravenden Springs – William (Bill) Wilson Wells, passed away Friday November 16, 2012, at the age of 86. He is preceded by his parents Wayman and Lucy Wells and wife Maudie Wells, son Kenneth Wells, 2 grandchildren Andrea Bennett and Tim Wells and one baby brother.

He is survived by five sons; Millard (Donna) Wells of Ravenden Springs, Anthony (Dana) Wells of Ravenden Springs, Doug (Sherry) Wells of Myrtle, Mo., Dennis (Mary) Wells of Pocahontas and Danny (Janet) Wells of Imboden. One daughter, Diane (Clinton) Bennett of Ravenden Springs and daughter-in-law Kathy Wells Gray, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. with Gerald Fears officiating. Burial will follow in Wells Cemetery.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.

Wanda Joyce Parrish

Pocahontas – Wanda Joyce Parrish, 81, passed away Friday, November 16, 2012 at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab.

Born November 11, 1931 in Amarillo, TX to the late Lester and Lorene Peninger.

She is also preceded in death by husband Neil Parrish.

She is survived by son Steve Parrish of El Centro, CA., daughter Lori Patterson of Pocahontas, five granddaughters; Angie Farmer of Lakeland, TN., Valerie Earley of Jonesboro, Kristin Parrish and Brooke Parrish both of San Diego, CA. Grandson, Nate Parrish of San Diego, CA., and great granddaughters; Peyton and Presley Farmer of Lakeland and Mady Grace Earley of Jonesboro.

She will be remembered for the love and devotion she gave to her family. We will miss you.

Graveside service was held Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with Randy Scott officiating in Sutton Cemetery. Visitation was held prior to service from 9-10 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Curtis Lee Gregory

Pocahontas – Curtis Lee Gregory, 86, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2012.

He was born February 27, 1926 to the late Alfred Lee Gregory and Gladys “Glade” (Hogue) Gregory, at Water Valley, in Randolph County, Arkansas.

His family lived on the farms in Water Valley, Bakerden, Dalton, Bristow, Meridith and Elnora Communities. Curtis liked the farm life. He would work at hard physical labor to provide for his family as long as his health allowed him to. He worked on Highway Construction between planting and harvest times. Curtis served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. After farming, he worked at Van-Atkins Clothing Store and later at Cinch Manufacturing. The farming life was his favorite work. He lived in Randolph County all his life except during his Navy duty. Curtis was baptized when he was a young boy and again as a young man going into the military.

Along with his parents, Lee and Gladys Gregory, he was also preceded in death by his sister Dena (Gregory) Austin and his grandparents, George and Catherine (Robinson) Gregory and Lemuel and Mary (Cardwell) Hogue and many others in the older generations.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dortha (Crawford) Gregory of the home, daughter Jeanette Berry and husband Carl of Reyno, grandson Greg Lundry and wife Tammy of Pocahontas, great grandchildren, Jerod, Cassandra and Olivia Lundry all of Pocahontas and step grandchildren, Christopher of Richmond, VA, Matthew of Mustang, OK and James Berry of Pocahontas, brother Neal Gregory and wife Wanda of Conway and nephews, nieces and cousins.

Funeral service will be held Monday, November 19, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

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

Hanzil Burtman

Hanover Park, IL – The Burtman family is sad to announce the passing of Hanzil Lavern Burtman on November 14th, 2012 at Alexian Brother’s Hospital in Elk Grove Village, Illinois surrounded by family members following a long battle with cancer.

He was born on February 28th, 1941 outside of Pocahontas, Arkansas on Harmony Rd. He served in the US Army from 1960 to 1962. He was stationed in Germany, where he met his first wife, Helmy Lafleur. He is survived by the 3 children of that marriage: Mark Burtman, Elisabeth (Lisa) Burtman Lischer, and Christine Burtman. He is survived by his current wife, Maria Szpiech Burtman. He is also survived by his 2 sisters (Lena Burtman Hinkle and Mary Linda Burtman Ogle), 3 brothers (Audrion Burtman, Vincent Wayne Burtman, and John Burtman), and 4 grandchildren (Airth Burtman, Heather Burtman, Rachel Burtman, and Charlie Lischer) as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends and family.

He is predeceased in death by his mother, Orpha Whitrock Burtman, and his father, Charles Roscoe Burtman. He is recently predeceased by his brothers, Otis Ray Burtman, Marvin Herald Burtman, and Charles Denzil Burtman. His also predeceased by 5 brothers and sisters who passed away in childhood: Maxine, Marshall, Alta Mae, Ella Faye, and Paul Allen.

He was a devoted member of the Church of Christ. He worked as a draftsman and an engineer. He wrote music and sang beautifully. He coached baseball teams for his own kids, his nephew and other children as well.

His funeral will be held at the McNabb Funeral Home at 2129 N Park St Pocahontas, Arkansas on Sunday November 18th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation at 12:00 noon for family and 1 p.m. for everyone. Burial will follow in Harmony Cemetery

Heather R. (Bailey) Dickson

Biggers – Heather R. (Bailey) Dickson, 34, departed this life on November 13, 2012 in a one vehicle accident.

She was born March 21, 1978 to Thomas Edward and Vonda Sue Bailey.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Elmer Bailey, her maternal grandmother, Carolyn (Getson) Elledge and one nephew, Austin Bailey.

She is survived by two sons, Hayden Riley Bailey of the home and Hunter Michael Dickson of N. Little Rock, her paternal grandmother, Mary Bailey of Pocahontas, her maternal grandfather, Vondus Elledge of Warm Springs, her parents, Thomas and Vonda Bailey of Pocahontas, one brother, Adam Thomas Bailey, one niece, Summer Bailey and one nephew, Brayden Bailey all of Maynard and special friend, Amy Morgan of Biggers. Four uncles; Randall Elledge of Warm Springs, Jeffery Elledge of Egypt, John (Libby) Elledge of Pocahontas and Delbert (Margaret) Bailey of Pocahontas. Two aunts; Dena (Dennis) Houston of Winona, Missouri and Suzann Cowgill of Pocahontas. Along with many cousins, great aunts, uncles and friends.

Heather graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1996, where she was Band Major her junior and senior year. She received a degree from BRTC in respiratory therapy and was employed at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

Funeral service will be held Friday, November 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Chris Powers officiating. Burial will follow in Perry Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers include: Brett Sharp, James Garner, John Elledge, Zachary Elledge, Jason Dickson and Joshua Harnishfeger.

Honorary Pallbearers: Dennis Johnson and Michael Elledge.

Imogene B. McCleskey

Pocahontas – Imogene (Barnes) McCleskey (86) departed this life on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas, surrounded by her family.

She was born on March 26, 1926 to Pearl & Edith (Davis) Barnes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, Dr. Edgar Wayne McCleskey and her two sons Brian and Kevin McCleskey.

She is survived by her beloved grandchildren- Shawn McCleskey of Memphis, TN, J.L. McCleskey and his wife Tabby of Pocahontas, and Carol (McCleskey) Allen and her husband Josh also of Pocahontas.

Imogene grew up in the Black Rock area, later taught Math in the Pocahontas School District then retired to join her husband as his receptionist at his dental office in Pocahontas, McCleskey Clinic.

She met her husband Wayne, as a patient at his dental clinic. They were happily married for 62 years. Imogene enjoyed traveling, spending time with her children and grandchildren, cooking for every meal, sewing, and especially caring for her beloved animals.

The most important thing to Imogene, other than her family, was her faith in Jesus Christ. She was a strong and faithful servant. She attended the Pyburn Street Church of Christ for the last 50 years. She loved her church family.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be sent to Children’s Homes Inc., located in Paragould

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 in the Pyburn Street Church of Christ with Dr. Grant Killion and Lt. Col. Dennis McCarty. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held at 1:00 prior to the service.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Pallbearers include: Shawn, J.L., and Michael McCleskey, Don Wilson, Michael Biddle and Travis Cline.

Honorary Pallbearers include: G.W. Allison, Joshua Allen, Byron Futrell, Max Long and Ray Shaver

James Cleatus Hart

Pocahontas – James Cleatus Hart, 90, passed away Thursday, November 08, 2012 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born March 03, 1922 in Pocahontas to the late Thomas and Elsie Hart.

He is also preceded in death by an infant child and sister, Ethel Lee Caldwell.

He is survived by wife, Afton Hart of the home and brother Clyde “Al” Hart of Pocahontas. Five nieces and nephews; David Goff, Jim Ulmer, James Goff, Rosemary McKinley and Becky Holmes, 14 great nieces and nephews and several great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jim Ulmer,David Goff and James Goff officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. Military Honors will be performed by Promberger Traw Post #4556.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 9-10 a.m.

Mary (Thiel) Jamroz

Pocahontas – Mary Jamroz, 78, passed away Saturday, November 03, 2012.

Born January 03, 1934 in St. John, Indiana to the late Frank and Cecelia Thiel.

She is also preceded in death by brother Earl Thiel and sister Jo Ann (Thiel) Wein.

She is survived by husband Frank Jamroz of the home, three sons; Ronald and wife Kristi Jamroz of Winona, MO., Jeffrey Jamroz of Lake San Carlos, CA., and Wayne Jamroz of Pocahontas. Two grandchildren; Franklin and Victoria Jamroz both of Winona, MO., numerous nieces and nephews and sister Judie (Thiel) Iurillo of Valparaiso, IN.

Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 07, 2012 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Anthanius Okeiyi officiating.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 o’clock rosary following in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jamroz will be cremated directly after memorial service.

Robert “Bob” Gerald Collier

Jonesboro – Robert “Bob” Gerald Collier, 76, passed away Monday, October 29, 2012 .

Born December 24, 1935 in Clarendon, AR. to the late Emil and Pauline Collier.

He is survived by wife, Fay Collier of the home, two daughters; Dayna and husband John Difani and Nancy Nicholson both of Pocahontas. Son, Chris and wife Judy Collier of Pocahontas, nine grandchildren; Claire and husband Coty Cox, Jeremy Collier, Austin Collier, Abby Difani, Adrienne Difani, Drake Difani, Mathew Collier, Kane Nicholson and Katie Collier and one great grandson, Cash Cox. Five brothers; Mike Collier of California, Max Collier of Missouri, Joe Collier of Tennessee, Jerry Collier of Oregon and Mark Collier of Washington and one sister, Karla Braun of Arkansas.

Mr. Collier started County Glass Company in 1973. Later founded NEA Trophies of Northeast Arkansas in 1992 and remained active until his death. He was very civic minded in the community and served on the Pocahontas City Council. He was also very active with the youth basketball and softball association and was the Baptist belief.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, November 01, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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

Pallbearers include: John Difani, Jeremy Collier, Austin Collier, Mathew Collier, Drake Difani Kane Nicholson and Coty Cox.

Thersa “Jody” Jewell Segroves

Pocahontas – Thersa “Jody” Jewell Segroves, 88, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012 at St. Bernards Medical Center. Formally of Pocahontas, but lived with her son, Ross in Jonesboro for the past two years.

Born March 05, 1924 in Noland, AR. to the late Charley and Irene Wagner.

She is also preceded in death by husband Ross Leon Segroves, son James Segroves, three sisters; Charlene, Thelma, Mona and brother Dub.

She is survived by two sons; Ross Segroves, Jr. and wife Julie of Jonesboro and Charley Segroves of Nevada. Daughter Rossette Ridgway-Humes and husband Tom Humes of Cherokee Village and two sisters; Bille Sisson of Noland and Ruth Burk of Texas. Grandchildren include: Clay Ridgway of Cherokee Village, James, Holly, Brittney, Amanda and Craig Segroves all of Sacramento, CA., Tabitha and Lil Charley Segroves both of South Lake Tahoe, CA., and Nicole Segroves of Palmdale, CA. And several great grandchildren.

Jody Segroves was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and was loved by everyone who knew her. She lived her life for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her passion in life was to quilt and embroider.

Mrs. Segroves was cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

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