Obituaries

Leroy Walls

Jacksonville, AR – Leroy Walls, 84, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2012.

Born April 30, 1928 in Corning to the late Archie and Goldie Walls.

He was also preceded in death by his wife Cona Stockwell Walls.

He is survived by nine children; Eva Horne, Linda Cook, Debbie Finkbeiner, Jeanette Haydon, Thomas “Bud” Walls, Marsha Randle, Darrell Walls, Cynthia Parker and Brenda Bush. Brother, Robert Walls. A host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and many other loved ones.

He was a loving husband, dad, papaw and the center of his family. He served in the Army Air Corps in the Korean War. He was an electrician at Maybelline where he retired.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 9, 2012 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Ricky Randle officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 12-1 p.m.

Cleo Beatrice Massey

Pocahontas – Cleo Beatrice Massey, 97, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012.

Born March 09, 1915 to the late Willie and Cora May Blackwell.

She is also preceded in death by husband E.J. Massey, infant daughter Betty Joyce Massey and one son; Chesley Massey and one daughter Geneva Hill.

She is survived by son Carl Massey of Pocahontas, 10 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 18 great great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Gayland Russell. Burial will follow in Antioch Cemetery.

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

Lola Mae Mahaffey

On February 12, 1919 James Allen Hill and Nancy Ann (Phillips) Hill brought a blessing into this world. That blessing was Lola Mae (Hill) Mahaffey. Lola Mae, also known by everyone as Granny Mahaffey, was raised alongside her brothers and sister: Odes Recter Hill, Lawnie Elmer Hill, Ezra Thurman Hill, Floyd Russel Hill, and Alice (Hill) Bingham. Granny Mahaffey’s parents and all her siblings preceded her in death, with the exception of Ezra Hill.

Granny’s childhood marks the beginning of a touching, heartwarming and loving story, this story was known as her life. At the age of 21, Granny Mahaffey married the love of her life, William Thomas Mahaffey which marked the start of a new chapter in her life. She was blessed with four hardworking boys: Johnny Mahaffey, James Mahaffey, Lowell Mahaffey, and William “Billy” Mahaffey and three extraordinary girls: Wilma (Mahaffey) Buttler, Elaine Mahaffey, and Florain (Mahaffey) Valintine. James Hill, Johnny Mahaffey, one grandson, and one great grandson preceded her in death.

Through her children she was blessed with many grandkids: Mary Ann Robinson, Angela Barnes, Linda McCleland, Brenda Denny, Lisa Long, Latrina Mahaffey, Ricky Mahaffey, Dennis Butler, Sandra McEntire, Sheila Meredith, and Melissa Parish. Through her grandchildren she was blessed with many great-grandchildren: Claude Burch, Bobby Jo Cross, Leslie Idleman, Misty Reitenbaugh Greenlee, Sadonna Diaz, Ricky Schmitt, Amanda Schmitt, Amy Schmitt, Martin Jr. Myers, Clarissa McCleland, Celeste Ingle, Tyler Ingle, Brittney Mahaffey, Steven Vongphakdy, Asia Vongphakdy, Jedidiah Carter, Jackie Ingle, Brandon Mahaffey, Maverick McEntire, Clayton McEntire, Ethan Meredith, Courtney Parish, Jenna Parish, and Emily Parish. Granny Mahaffey was the mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother of 39 individuals.

Granny always believed she was put on this earth to take care of her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids and even the neighborhood children! She cared so much for her children that she was known as the greatest mother to grave this earth. This wasn’t just handed to her, she EARNED it.

When granny lived in Burr Missouri, the place she decided to settle in after traveling, the neighborhood children would come to eat her yummy pies. Anyone who knew granny knew how talented of a story teller she was. She could sit and entertain us for hours telling us about her astonishing adventures, hardships and events through; and in the 93 years she lived through a lot. She lived through the Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, the aftermath of the Titanic, The Dustbowl, the signing of the Versailles Treaty which ended WWI, WWII, The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, The Vietnam War, The Cold War, and September 11.

Granny was a very inspiring and strong Christian. We remember her staying up late or waking up on the nights she couldn’t sleep and praying for the entire family, all her friends, and anyone who needed it. She was a very active member of the Friendship Pentecostal Church of God. Many people may remember that Granny walked ten miles to raise money for the church around her mid sixties. She was even awarded a trophy with a little turtle on top.

In the last chapter of Granny’s life she resided in Waldron, Arkansas; where she blessed it with her presence and the memories she left us. We appreciate all the help of Brooke from The Area Agency on Aging, and also the care given to Granny by Don and Peggy. And a Big Thanks from the family to Dr. Bennett. Granny lived from February 12, 1919 to June 24, 2012. Her life was beautifully written and the ending sentence of her story was God calling her back to him. Granny Mahaffey was and is still loved by all. We will always remember her story in our hearts and mind. We love you Granny Mahaffey.

Granny’s graveside service will be Friday, June 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Johnson Chapel Cemetery in Pocahontas, Arkansas.

Granny’s visitation will be Thursday, June 28, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Arkansas.

Dale Edward Hurst

Reyno- Dale Edward Hurst, 63, son of Naaman and Vida Hurst passed Thursday, June 21, 2012 at Saint Francis Medical Center.

He was preceded by his father Naaman Hurst.

He is survived by Pat Smith best Friend of 14 Years, one son, Todd Hurst of Poplar Bluff, Mo and one daughter Jennifer (Santosh) Parakkal of White River, Vermont. Mother Vida Hurst of Reyno, Ar, 3 brothers; Jimmy Hurst Sr. of Poplar Bluff, Mo, Donny (Trina) Hurst of Reyno, Ar and Rodney (Leslie) Hurst of Biggers, Ar. 2 sisters; Freda (John) McMullin of Poplar Bluff, Mo. and Rosie (Doug) Godwin of Reyno, Ar and 4 grandchildren.

Service was held Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Biggers Baptist Church with Charles Ray and Perry Morris officiating. Burial followed in Johnston Cemetery.

Visitation was held Saturday from 6:00-8:00 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pallbearers included: Joe Burger, Charlie Richardson, Dewayne Francis, Gary Tate, Nathon Leonard, Doyle Hovis, Rick Hudson Jr., Jerry Sullivan, Larry King and Junior Ferguson.

Honorary Pallbearer included Danny Francis.

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.

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