Obituaries

Gwendolyn Reed Hepler

Ravenden Springs, AR. – Gwendolyn Reed Hepler, 76, passed away Monday, September 27, 2010 at Pocahontas Nursing & Rehab.

Born October 14, 1933 in Portia, AR to the late Flynn Reed and Josephine (Hogan) Reed.

She is preceded in death by husband Paul Vernon Hepler and grandmother Georgia Reed, who raised Gwendolyn. And an infant daughter Gwenda Paulette Hepler.

Gwendolyn was an LPN for 30 years. She was also a member of the Church of Christ in Ravenden Springs. And she was an eastern star and a poet.

She is survived by son Thomas Vernon and wife Gail Hepler of Olive Branch, MS. Two daughters; Kathy and husband Earl Goodsell of Ravenden Springs and Carrol and husband Wally Cozart of Memphis, TN. Two grandchildren; Leigh and husband Ronnie Ammons of Lakeland, TN and Jeff Hepler of Forrest City, AR. Two great grandchildren; Avery and Addison Ammons.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Ravenden Springs with Jim Inness officiating. Burial will follow in Janes Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 11-12 p.m. prior to service also at the church.

Miriam Bailey

Pocahontas – Miriam Rickman Bailey, 95, passed away Monday, September 27, 2010 at Randolph Home is Pocahontas.

Miriam was born in the Elevenpoint community in Randolph County, AR. on May 18, 1915, the first of four daughters born to O.B. and Ethel (Horsman) Rickman. She married Millard Bailey in 1936. During their life together, they owned and operated a general store in Ravenden Springs for eleven years and a cattle ranch for fifty years. They were members of the Ozark Handicraft Guild, and enjoyed making jewelry out of native stones.

Miriam was a teacher when she was young. Later, she was employed by the US Postal Service in the Ravenden Springs Post office for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and by two sisters, infant Erica Rickman and Sybil Reese.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Killion and husband Grant; a son Bill Bailey and wife, Freeda; four grandchildren; Deborah Killion, Lisa DeYoung, Brenda Cooper, and Brian Bailey. Five great grandchildren, and by a sister, Freda Welch of Pocahontas.

Miriam was a member of the Church of Christ, worshiping with the congregation at Ravenden Springs.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Grant Killion and James Inness officiating. Burial will follow in Janes Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday night form 5-7 p.m.

Luna Justice

Pocahontas – Luna Justice, 91, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2010.

Visitation for Mrs. Justice will be held today, Friday, October 01, 2010 from 1-2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

John Charles Rushing

Williford, AR. – John Charles Rushing, 83, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born February 11, 1927 in Williford to the late John and Mary Rushing.

He is survived by wife Loretta Rushing of the home. Four sons; Bufford Rushing, Elmo Shelton and Johnny Rushing all of Elkhart, IN and Kenneth Shelton of Ravenden. Five daughters; Margaret Rushing and Linda Housh both of Elkhart, IN., Linda Fore of Jonesboro, Glenda Osmun of Osceola, IN and Mary Haynes of Pocahontas. 32 grandchildren, 73 great grandchildren, and 8 great great grandchildren. Three sisters; Carrie Melburger of Evening Shade, AR, Molly Roberts of Little Rock, and Polly Elders of Cabot. Brother Larry Rushing of Black Rock.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Gene Griffin and Carl McKinney officiating. Burial will follow in Opposition Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 12-2 p.m. prior to service also in the Chapel.

Bernice Decker

Pocahontas – Bernice Decker, 87, passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2010 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born October 03, 1922 in Ravenden Springs to the late Walter and Nellie Guntharp.

She is preceded in death by parents, husband Earl Hodge Decker, five brothers; Jack, Dailey, Jewell, Harry and Warren. Four sisters; Novell, Cathleen, Nova and Mabel.

She is survived by son Bill and wife Mary Decker of Pocahontas. Daughter Elaine and husband Dr. Gary Buxton of Pocahontas. Three grandchildren; Chris, Dr. Gregory and David Buxton and three great grandchildren. Sister, Imogene Inness of Ravenden Springs.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Dr. Gary Buxton and Chris Button officiating. Burial will follow in Janes Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. prior to service also in the Chapel.

Roy W Porter

Advance, MO. – Roy W. Porter, 56, passed away Monday, September 20, 2010 at his place of residence.

Born May 30, 1954 in Pocahontas to the late Billy and Betty Sue Porter.

He is survived by wife Brenda Porter of the home. Two sons; Jackson Porter and Aaron Porter both of Potosi, MO. Step-daughter, Timesha Hunsperger of Advance, MO. And step-son, Rance Braswell also of Advance, MO. Five grandchildren and two step grandchildren. Brother, Billy Porter of Pocahontas and two sisters; Libby Elledge of Pocahontas and Kimberly Barber of Warm Springs.

Funeral service will be held Friday, September 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating. Mr. Porter is cremated so there is no visitation or burial scheduled.

William (Bill) Earl Davis

Pocahontas- William (Bill) Davis, 87, son of the late Oscar and Manervia Davis, passed away Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

He was preceded by his parents 2 brothers; Alvin and Leon Davis, and sister Faye Carter

He is survived by his wife Minnie Davis of the home. One daughter Cathy Thompson of McKinney, Texas, 2 granddaughters; Christy Lemay of Farmersville ,TX and Haley Presley of Scotland, United Kingdom, 6 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Brother, Frank Davis of Walnut Ridge, three sisters; Stella Toye of Mena, AR., Dorothy Decker of Walnut Ridge and Irene Kerley of Pocahontas.

Visitation will be Monday From 5-7.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Frank Jento officiating. Burial will Follow in the Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Henry Dust, Bob Wren, Keith Sutton, Lance Lamb, Steve Davis, Joey Lemmons, Jim Counts, and Butch Pender.

Mildred L. Smith

Pocahontas- Mildred Smith, 92, daughter of the Late Herbert and Nehmer Smith, passed away Friday, September 17, 2010 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

She was preceded by her parents, husband Wright Smith, one brother Raymond Looney, two daughters; Shirley and Marcene.

She is survived by six children; Jewell Franks, Chestel Smith, Earlene Smith, Jerry Smith, Larry Smith and Connie Brennon 26 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM in Randolph Memorial Gardens with Melvin Shelton officiating. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Pallbearers included: Jim Smith, Steve Smith, Chet Smith, Jr., Greg Williamson, Shaun Smith and Chuck Smith.

David Lee Holloway

Pocahontas – David Lee Holloway, 68, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2010 at St Benards Medical Center.

Born December 15, 1941 in Pocahontas to Joe and Marjorie Holloway.

He is preceded in death by father, Joe Holloway.

He is survived by wife, Karen Holloway of the home, three sons; Danny Holloway of Chicago, IL., Matt Holloway of Pocahontas, and Kevin Mason of Jonesboro and daughter, Kristen Mason of Pocahontas. Five grandsons, mother Marjorie King of Pocahontas and three sisters; Barbara King of Pocahontas, Shirley Spikes of Little Rock and Terry Davis of Jonesboro.

Military Honors will be performed by Promberger Traw Post #4556.

Graveside service will be held st 3:30 Wednesday, September 15, 2010 in Sutton Cemetery with Joey Postlewaite officiating.

Visitation will be held Wednesday prior to service from 2-3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Lawrence Charles Baltz

Pocahontas – Lawrence Charles Baltz, 70, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born December 22, 1939 in Pocahontas to the late Al and Pearl Baltz.

He is preceded in death by parents, brothers; Jack, Kenny, Dennis, and Robert (Rob) Baltz, sisters; Carol Smith, Virginia Bennett, and Mary Louise Agnes.

He is survived by wife Regina (Thielemier) Baltz of the home. Two sons; Allen & wife Kathy Baltz and Larry Baltz all of Pocahontas, daughter, Kristi Baltz of Pocahontas. 4 Grandchildren; Whitney Baltz of Kansas City, MO., Joey Baltz of US Military, Hunter Baltz and Colton Baltz both of Pocahontas.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Johns Catholic Church with Mark Sinkler officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday night from 5-7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 rosary following in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pallbearers include: Mike Thielemier, Pat Thielemier, Richard Thielemier, Tom Bennett, Scott Thielemier, and Albert Baltz.

Honorary Pallbearer: Rick O’Donnell, J.C. Peters, Raymond Rickman, Bud Liebhaber, and Greg Barre.

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