Obituaries

Lela Raye Kirk

Biggers – Lela Raye Kirk, 98, passed away Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born October 07, 1912 in Engleberg to the late A.B. and Nora Campbell.

She is also preceded in death by husband William Thaniel Kirk, grandson Roy Gene Caldwell and siblings Herman Campbell, Tommie Robinson, and Mary Dunlap.

She is survived by two daughters; Sharon (Butch) Clements and Carolyn (Don) Myers both of Biggers, six grandchidlren; Delores Hill of Biggers, Craig Hill of Ravenden Springs, Shannon (Hank) Sessoms of Cape Girardeau, MO, Heather Dean of Biggers, Aaron (Dyanna) Myers of Biggers, and Darin (Brandi) Clements of Columbia, MO. Five great grandchildren; Tiffany Hill of Jonesboro, Emily Hill of also of Jonesboro, Trey Sessoms of Cape Giradeau, MO, Madelyn Russell of Pocahontas and Paisley Myers of Biggers. Sister, Bonnie (Ray) Kellett of Pocahontas, brother-in-law Johnnie Dunlap of Walnut Ridge and sister-in-law Alma Hawkins of Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to Church of Christ in Biggers or Children’s Home in Paragould.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in Randolph Memorial Gardens with Mike Kellett and Gerald Fears officiating.

Visitation will be held Friday night from 5-7 p.m at McNabb Funeral Home.

Elsie Young

Pocahontas – Elsie Young, 90, passed away Monday, February 07, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born February 17, 1920 in Birdell, AR to the late William and Beulah McCarroll.

She is preceded in death by husband Ed Young, two brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by sister Willie McCarroll of Pocahontas and a host of nieces and nephews, many great nieces and nephews, and several great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Mitch Walton officiating. Burial will follow in Shockley Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5-8:00 p.m.

Shelia Lynn Davenport

Pocahontas: Mrs. Sheila Lynn Davenport, 55, passed away Friday, February 04, 2011 at her home. She was preceded by her sister Claudia Powell and stepbrother Michael Steven Farrar.

Born June 27, 1955 in El Paso, TX.

She is survived by her husband Lindsey Davenport Sr. Of the home. Children; Shawnda (Micheal) Hull of Marmaduke, AR, Heath (April) Wilson of Ohio, Lindsey Davenport JR., Sammy Jo Davenport, and Dinesa (Kenny) Elliott all of Randolph County, Keith Cronin and Julie Johnson both of Pocahontas. 15 grandchildren; Brianna, Austin, Monica and Micheal Jr. All of Marmaduke, AR. Joselyn and Heath Jr. Of Ohio, Logan, Dalton, and Haven all of Pocahontas. Taylor, Damon, Kerra and Liam all of Pocahontas. Chyanne and Dakota of Walnut Ridge and Ashlyn and Tyler both from Pocahontas. Siblings include Cindy Craig of Pocahontas, Susan Kuehl of Texas, Mike Dunn of Florida. Step brothers; William Farrar and Johnny Farrar both of Texas, David Farrar of South Carolina and step sisters; Stephanie Farrar of Texas and Stacey Longmire of South Carolina. Parents William and Lois Farrar of Pocahontas.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, February 09, 2011 at 2:00 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Dick Riney officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. Military Honors will be performed by Promberger Traw Post 4556.

Julian Frank Zitzelberger

Julian F Zitzelberger
Julian Frank Zitzelberger , 79, of Jonesboro, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011.
Mr. Zitzelberger was a Jonesboro business man, owner of Jonesboro Communications.
He was born November 11,1931. He was preceded in death by a daughter; Rene Zitzelberger; his parents Joseph and Katherine Zitzelberger.

He is survived by his wife Anna Zitzelberger of Jonesboro; a son Bruce Zitzelberger of Jonesboro, three brothers, Herb Zitzelberger, Martin Zitzelberger, Victor Zitzelberger all of Pocahontas, 3 sisters, Carolyn Cagle of Scottsdale, Arizona, Marjorie Melton of St. Louis, Mo., Betty Taylor of Pocahontas, 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 03, 2011 at St. Johns Catholic Church with Father Jack Vu officiating. Burial will follow in St. Johns Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers:
Ronnie Zitzelberger
Jack Zitzelberger
Wayne Cagle
Conrad Zitzelberger
Shane Taylor
Kent Zitzelberger

Norma Lee Brown

Bono – Norma Lee Brown, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Skills Nursing Facility in Jonesboro.

Born January 9, 1926 in Pocahontas to the late Elma and Clara Mae Stacy.

She is also preceded in death by husband Earl Brown and son Terry Lee Brown.

She is survived by son Norman Brown of Bono and daughter Brenda Kook also of Bono. Grandson Randy McQuay, two granddaughters; Lauren and Morgan McQuay, two brothers Fines Stacy of Marmaduke, AR and C.J. Stacy of Lancaster, CA and sister Marie Hilton of Rogers, AR.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Matthew Donner officiating. Burial will follow in Trinity Cemetery in Bono.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 12-1:00 p.m.

Pallbearers include: Joe Isom, Ray Bounds, Ronnie Bounds, Randy McQuay, David Stacy, and Donald Stacy.

Honorary Pallbearers include: Steve Watkins, Michael Watkins, Dale Davis, Ron Kelley and Jerry Meeker.

Edith Marie Swartzlander

Ravenden – Edith Marie Swartzlander, 58, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born November 10, 1952 in Pocahontas to the late John and Rosie Reese.

She is survived by husband Ray Swartzlander of the home, two sons Raymond Swartzlander of Ravenden and Billy Swartzlander of Annieville, AR and daughter Angel Woods of the home. Brother Johnny Reese of Birdell and three sisters; Mabel Newman of Williford, Wilma Bayles of Imboden and Linda Benson also of Williford. Grandchildren; Ryan and Morgan Swartzlander of Annieville, Chris, Amber, and Ashley Swartzlander of Ravenden, and Haiden and Riley Woods of the home.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 31, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Friendship Church with Elroy Tesch officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery.

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

Velma Francis (Gage) White

Ravenden Springs – Velma Francis (Gage) White, 97, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2011 in Paragould.

Born April 01, 1913 in Ravenden Springs to the late Jasper and Mary (Rice) Gage.

She is also preceded in death by husband Raymond White, 6 brothers and sisters; Charile, Luther, Newton, Monroe, Viola and Fred Gage.

She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorials may be made to Charter Oak Cemetery Fund; Bank of Pocahontas; PO Box 467; Pocahontas, AR. 72455 or Ravenden Springs First Baptist Church; PO Box 174; Ravenden Springs, AR. 72460.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ravenden Springs with Dave White and Howard Panky officiating. Burial will follow in Charter Oak Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday from 12-1:30 p.m. at the church.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Pallbearers include: Andrew White, Dennis White, Jeff Gage and Wayne Clark.

Bernice James

Pocahontas – Bernice James, 96, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Randolph County Nursing Home.

Born December 12, 1914 in Lake City, AR to the late Charlie and Oma Morris.

She is also preceded in death by husband Chester James, son Charles James, two granddaughters Dana Gohn and Vickie Jackson, brothers Gene, James, Paul and Bill Morris, and sister Madge Edington.

She is survived by children Jimmy James of Pocahontas, Legrand and wife Vi James of St. Louis, MO, Bobby James of Hardy, Mary James of St. Louis, and Joyce James of Pocahontas. 6 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Children’s Home, Inc; 5515 Walcott Rd; Paragould, AR. 72450.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held prior to service Wednesday from 10-11:00 a.m.

Mary Louise Smith

Delaplaine – Mary Louise (Gates) Rice Smith, 88, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Walnut Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center.

Born January 31, 1922 in Jones Ridge in Greene Co to the late C.J. Gates and Alice Gates.

She is preceded in death by husband Virgil Smith, son Dannie Rice, brothers Albert, Joe and Ray Gates, sisters Francis Varvil, Thelma Gillean, Cynthia Jones, Rachel Mustain, Ruby Rice, and Belle Rice.

She is survived by sons Jimmy (Rhonda) Rice and Tommy Rice both of Delaplaine, 7 grandchildren: Melissa Tucker of Walnut Ridge, Danny Allen Rice of Vicksburg, MS, Kim Miller of Jackson, MS, Jeremy Rice of Vicksburg, MS, Jamie Rice also of Vicksburg, MS, Chris Rice of Delaplaine and Joey Rice of Pocahontas and several great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab for their excellent care of their mom.

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

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Roger Tidwell officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers include: Chris Rice, Joey Rice, Danny Allen Rice, Melissa Tucker, Ben Tucker, and Tommy Rice.

Kenneth Lavern Lemmons

Pocahontas – Kenneth Lavern Lemmons, 77, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Randolph Home.

Born June 16, 1933 in Randolph County to the late Vernon and Uva Leona Lemmons.

He is also preceded in death by brother Joel Lemmons.

He is survived by wife Anna Lemmons of the home, daughter Lynne (Danny) Hogan of Pocahontas, son David (Jamie) Lemmons also of Pocahontas and three grandchildren; Katelyn Koons, Austin Hogan, and Mykala Lemmons all of Pocahontas. Sisters, Nancy Knotts and Leona Akin both of Pocahontas.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Dr. Grant Killion officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday night from 5-8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers include: Austin Hogan, Ken Knotts, Joey Lemmons, Eric Turner, Jason Turner, and Rob Raglin,

Honorary Pallbearers include: Amos Gates and Elton Fielden

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