Obituaries

Patsy Joy Martin

Former Lorain, OH resident – Patsy Joy Martin, 81, passed away November 25, 2011 at her home in Lancaster, OH.

Born November 06, 1930 in Jonesboro. She later moved to Pocahontas with her parents. She left Arkansas when she married and moved to Lorain, OH. Patsy dedicated most of her life, beginning at the age of 23, to educating children. She took great pleasure in her students and more often than not acted as a confidante to them even through adulthood. She served as a volunteer teacher in South America for eight months educating under privileged children.

Patsy was a member of the Lancaster Methodist Church and attended regularly with her friends until she was no longer able due to her failing health. She had a great many friends in both Lorain, OH and in Lancaster, OH. One of her greatest pleasures was music. She was an accomplished pianist and played as a volunteer twice a year at the Ohio University Music Fest.

Patsy led a very interesting life. She served as an assistant in the FBI under Edgar Hoover, traveled extensively to remote places such as the North Sea, Europe, South America, Alaska and Hawaii; however, she never forgot her roots and chose Arkansas as her final resting place.

She is preceded in death by parents, husband Tom Martin and daughter Frances Maria Rhodes.

She is survived by two nieces; Janet Gunnell of Merritt Island, FL and Marcia Carpenter of Jonesboro and three nephews; Gary Cavenor of West Memphis, AR, Steve Cavenor of Benton, AR and Terry Cavenor of Little Rock, AR. She also had many great nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Diabetes Association; PO Box 11454; Alexandria, VA 22312. Condolences may be sent c/o Janet Gunnell; 237 Sykes Point Lane; Merritt Island, FL 32953.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, December 01, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in Masonic Cemetery with Terry Miller officiating.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Ernest Cowan English

Pocahontas: Ernest Cowan English, 89, passed away Tuesday, November 22nd 2011 at the Mark Twain Caring Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.

He was born May 7th 1922 in Ravenden Springs, AR to the late Henry and Maude English.

Mr. English served in the United States Army during World War II, he was a lifetime member of the DAV #40, a member of Meeks Johnston Post 6 American Legion, and a member of the Westridge Church of Christ. He was united in marriage to Elvena Stogsdill, May 7th 1952.

He is survived by his wife Elvena of the home, three daughters, Susan Suggs and husband Jack of Chesterfield, MO, Sandra (Sandy) Jones and husband Mike, and Karen Johnson and husband Steve all of Pocahontas. Three granddaughters, Jenny Brooks and husband Keith, Wendy Jones, and Haley Hausmann, three grandsons, David Suggs and wife Kate, Jay Suggs and Brody Hausmann, one step grandson, Michael Johnson and wife Paige, three great grandchildren, Hannah, Ethan, and Luke Brooks, and one step great grandson, Abel Johnson.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son Keith English, two Brothers, Randall and Ronald English.

Funeral services for Mr. English will be Saturday November 26th at 10:00am in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Yadkin Cemetery with Larry Owen officiating.

Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 at the Funeral Home.

Military honors will be provided by Promberger – Traw Post # 4556.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimers Care Facilities.

Pallbearers include: Terry Baker, Greg Lance, Hubert Westmorlan, Bill Baily, Howard Dunn, Wayne Eggleston.

Honorary Pallbearers: Alvie Stogsdill, Tom Stogsdill, Jack English, Avon McKamey, Lonnie Gilbert – Members of the DAV #40.

Loretta L. Rushing

Pocahontas – Loretta Rushing, 85, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born January 22, 1926 in Ravenden to the late Louis and Dolly Watts.

She is also preceded in death by husband John Rushing, son Billy Shelton, daughter Betty Kyle, a set of infant twins, three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by four sons; Bufford Rushing, Elmo Shelton and Johnny Rushing all of Elkhart, IN and Kenneth Shelton of Ravenden. Four daughters; Mary Haynes of Pocahontas, Glenda Osmun of Osceola, IN., Linda Housh and Margaret Rushing both of Elkhart, IN. 32 grandchildren, 78 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren, two brothers; Leman Levell Watts and Raymond Watts both of Arkansas and one sister Arline Honecutt of Indiana.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Gene Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Opposition Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 12-2 p.m. prior to service.

Mary “Pate” Peyton Fletcher Hart

Walnut Ridge – Mary Peyton “Pate” Fletcher Hart, 86, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born October 27, 1925 in Mississippi to the late E.P. and Elsie (Oliver) Fletcher.

She is also preceded in death by three sisters; Alice Elizabeth Speck, Jane McDonough and Sue Hipson.

She is survived by husband of 62 years, D. Benson Hart since February 20, 1949 of the home, three sons; Blake (Debi) Hart of Walnut Ridge, Eric (Becky) Hart of Malvern, AR and Jeff (Melanie) Hart of Jonesboro and daughter Jennifer (David) Fogleman of Marion, AR. Seven grandchildren; Jeffrey (Charla) Hart of Jonesboro, John R. Hart of Armenia, Kristin (Garren) Ward of Walnut Ridge, Natalie (Adam) Keeth of Rogers, AR., Houston Hart of Bono, Will Fogleman and Peyton Fogleman both of Marion, AR. Five great grandchildren; Tristin Hart, Acelen Hart, Chloe Keeth, Tripp Hart and Garistin Ward. Also surviving is sister Jennieve McNabb of Pocahontas.

Throughout her life, she derived great satisfaction from her ability as a creative and talented seamstress, a gift she shared with all her friends and family. Many people were the recipients of her generous and inventive skill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge for the elevator fund.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2011 at First Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Steve Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. also at the church.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Hazel Marie Rooker

Pocahontas – Hazel Marie Rooker, 96, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 22, 1915 in O’kean to the late Martin and Tina Morgan.

She is also preceded in death by son Eugene Smith, grandson Johnny Frame, great grandson Josh Young, granddaughter Cathy Tempton and great granddaughter Glenda Lynn.

She is survived by son Houston Smith of Dyersburg, TN, two daughters; Shirley Frame of Clarksville, MO and Minerva Segraves of Pocahontas, 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Monday, November 21, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jeff Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Cemetery.

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

Huron “Spec” Hollis Justus

Smithville – Huron Hollis “Spec” Justus, 92, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 03, 1919 in Smithville to that late Gwen Cass and Julia America Justus.

He is also preceded in death by three brothers; Ferrell, G.C. and Flynn Justus and sister Violet Brown.

He is survived by wife of 33 years Melba Justus since September 28, 1978 of the home, four nieces and one nephew.

Mr. Justus was a lifelong resident of Smithville, was over the Imboden Feeder Calf Sale from 1956-1965 and in 1982 was named Lawrence County Farm Family of the year.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Smithville Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery.

Lunch will be served at 12 p.m. at the church and visitation will follow from 1-3 p.m.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Eathel Street

Pocahontas – Eathel Street, 95, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011 at Randolph Home.

Born September 04, 1916 in Dalton to the late John and Sarah Tanner.

She is also preceded in death by 2 brothers and 1 sister.

She is survived by two sons; Jake Street of Paris, Tx and Tim Street of Williston, FL One Daughter Taffy Walton of Pocahontas, Ar, 6 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Brother Leonard Tanner and sister Josephine Aquino both of Corning and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery with James Coker officiating.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 3-4 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Marvin E. Riddle

Pocahontas – Marvin E. Riddle, 82, passed away Monday, November 14, 2011.

Born June 05, 1929 to the late Joe and Lorean Riddle.

He is also preceded in death by brother Joe Riddle, Jr and sister Elizabeth Riddle.

He is survived by wife of 57 years, Ruth Riddle since July 02, 1954 and two sons; Joe Riddle of North Little Rock and James Riddle of Jonesboro.

Mr. Riddle worked for 22 years as a teacher/superintendent at Turrell school district and 15 years as a principle of Pocahontas school district.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Heart Association and St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Wayne Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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

Pallbearers include: James Hooper, Justin Majors, Brady Banta, Lee Bowles, Clyde Hackworth, James Ashcraft.

Honorary Pallbearers: Jerry Haley, Jeriel Summitt and Dino Mengarelli

James “Jim” McDowell Black

James “Jim” McDowell Black, 80, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday morning, November 13, 2011.

Jim Black was born to the late Dowell and Jessie Black of Pocahontas, on September 21, 1931 in Pocahontas. Jim graduated from Pocahontas High School in 1949 and was a lifelong Redskins fan. He was happily married for 58 years to Betty Joyce Black since January 01, 1953.

Jim proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for four years during the Korean War and was employed by Mississippi River Transmission for over 34 years until his retirement.

Jim was a long-standing and active member of the First United Methodist Church of Pocahontas, in which he served as a former trustee.

Jim Black is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Black of Pocahontas and their three children; Charles and Sara Black of Amarillo, Tx, Barbara and Jim Becker of Jonesboro, Ar., and Beverly and Jerry Joyner of Searcy, Ar. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the First United Methodist Church of Pocahontas.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at the McNabb Funeral Home n Pocahontas with a funeral service at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. He will thereafter be interned in the Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas.

Pallbearers include: Three grandsons; McDowell Mathis, Ian Black and Buckley Bridges, Barry Ford, James Tucker, Raul Blasini, Allen Cox and Larry Robert.

Honorary Pallbearers include: Men and Women of Mason Sunday School.

Marie Anna Thielemier

Pocahontas – Marie Anna Thielemier, 99, daughter of the late Xavier and Mary Pfeffer passed away Friday, November 11, 2011 at Randolph Home.

She was also preceded in death by husband Joseph and two sons Bill and David Thielemier, 6 brothers and 3 sisters.

She is survived by 3 sons; Jim, Mike and Patrick Thielemier all of Pocahontas. 5 daughters; Janet Peters, Mary Lou O’Donnell, Regina Baltz and Rose Baltz all of Pocahontas and Judy Shanlever of Hot Springs, 27 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 13 great -great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:00 am at St. John Catholic Church with Fr. Anthanius Okeiyi officiating. Burial will follow in St. Johns Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00-7:00 in Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Rosary service will follow at 7:00 pm.

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