Obituaries

Hazel Patricia Dirlam

Sherwood, AR. – Hazel Patricia Dirlam, 82, passed away Saturday, October 02, 2010.

Born March 17, 1928 in Heber Springs, AR., to the late James and Rosa Butler.

She is preceded in death by parents and husband Roscoe Dirlam.

She is survived by three sons; David Dirlam of Charleston, MO., James Dirlam of Clinton, AR., and Stanley Dirlam of Mt. View, AR. Three daughters; Pat Holland of Sherwood, AR., Elizabeth Cooper of Walnut, MS., and Diane Lancaster of Jacksonville, AR. 19 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Sister, Opal Rothe of Delaplaine, AR.

Graveside service will be held Wednesday, October 06, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in Jones Ridge Cemetery located in Delaplaine, AR. with Gary Barker officiating.

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

Katheryn Loretta Provance

Katheryn Loretta Provance, 82, of Piggott, AR., formerly of Maynard, AR., passed away on October 1, 2010 at 2:30 a.m. at Piggott Community Hospital of natural causes. She was born March 25, 1928 in Dalton, AR.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Provance of Piedmont, MO., her parents; Harvey and Mamie Avery of Maynard, AR. And one sister, Elsie McQuary of Lead Hill, AR.

She is survived by one son, Charles E. Provance, Jr. Of Piggott, AR. One daughter-in-law, Karen P. Provance, also of Piggott. Two granddaughters; Heather Marie Suydam of Paragould, AR. And Ashley Ann Campbell of Springfield, MO. Two grandsons; Andrew LaTrey Provance, also of Piggott, and Andrew Chase Eugene Wilson of Riverton, KS. Four brothers; Jim Avery of Bryan, OH., Manley Avery of East Prairie, MO., Duell Avery of Maynard, AR., and Don Avery also of Maynard. Three sisters; Helen Peoples of Pocahontas, AR., Mary Allen of Springfield, MO., and Jeannie Avery of Harrison, AR. And numerous nieces and nephews.

She attended Apostolic Church of Lord Jesus Christ in Maynard, AR. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, going to church, sewing, gardening, and taking care of animals. She never met a stranger in her life. She had only one son, who she adopted at the age of 45, but she was considered a second mom by many.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 09, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Pete Avery officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her parents in Nelson Cemetery located in Attica, AR. directly after service.

Visitation will be held Friday night from 5-7:00 p.m. also in the Chapel.

Bobby Charles Arnold

Ravenden – Bobby Charles Arnold, 60, passed away Friday, October 01, 2010 at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born November 04, 1949 in Delaplaine, AR.

He is preceded in death by father Charles Arnold.

He is survived by wife Marilyn Arnold of the home. Two sons; Rob and wife Missy Arnold of Paragould, AR and Donald and wife Leah Arnold of Imboden, AR. Two daughters; Jenn and husband Greg Jackson of Paragould, AR. and Samantha Reed of Ravenden, AR. Six grandchildren; Tyler Arnold, Corey Campbell, Tristen Arnold, Brittany Jackson, and Mason Jackson all of Paragould, AR. and Piper Reed of Ravenden, AR. Mother Wanda Carson of Paragould, AR. Four brothers; Johnny Carson and Michael Carson both of Paragould, AR., Jim Arnold of Berry Hill, OK. And Bobby Gene Arnold of Langley, OK. Three sisters; Linda Smith of Paragould, AR., Shirley Arnold of Langley, OK., and Kathy Ashford of Tulsa, OK.

Graveside service will be held Monday, October 04, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in the Oak Hill Church Cemetery with Junior Vester officiating.

Visitation will be held Sunday night from 4-6 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Anthony Wells, Keith White, Britt Conrad, Lucas Conrad, Tracy Jones, and Barry Merideth.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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