Obituaries

Martha Inus Rogers

Martha Inus Rogers, 93, passed away August 10th, 2011 at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

She married William Clarence Rogers on March 02, 1935.

She retired from Brown Shoe Company and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death is her husband, William Clarence Rogers. One son, William Thomas “Tommy”, one daughter, Christine “Dorothy” Perrin. Parents, Dave Upshaw and Maud Upshaw Weatherford and one sister, Elza Rush.

Survivors include one daughter, Peggy and Joe Railsback of Dodge City, KS. One daughter-in-law, Omer Lee Rogers of Pocahontas, AR. 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren and her extended family/caregivers of the Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Services will be held Friday, August 12, 2011 at 10:00 a..m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating. Burial will follow in Gravesville Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday night from 5-7 p.m.

Penny J. Blackshear

Pocahontas: Penny Blackshear, 45, passed away Aug. 5th 2011 at her home.

Born September 21, 1965 in St. Louis, MO.

She is preceded in death by her father Gary (Bud) Simms and a granddaughter Jamielynn Blackshear.

She is survived by her husband Scott Blackshear of the home, her mother Joyce Simms of Bernie, MO, three children, Whitney and husband, Brian Tweedy, Kendal and wife Abreana Blackshear all of Pocahontas and Amber Simms of Blytheville, AR. Four grandchildren; Lexi Nichole Tweedy and expected sibling on the way, Paige and Dalton Blackshear all of Pocahontas, Bobby and Kryson Jefferson of Blytheville, AR. Siblings include; Paula Beck, Shelly Caldwell, Sandy Brashers all of Missouri. Special aunts, Lois Henderson and Vicki Sams. Special friends, Jean Oaks and Amanda Trivillion and special sister-in-law Shannon Blackshear.

Mrs. Blackshear was a member of the cancer society, salvation army social worker and Roma organization case manager. Mrs. Blackshear retired after working 20 years with the BRAD Agency as Head Start/Early Head Start programs where she assisted many families and children. She continued employment as a coordinator that many families were assisted helped with utilities, food and many needs that families face. Penny was loved by staff, friends and the general public. Penny was loved and will be missed.

Services was held Monday August 8th at 10:00am in the chapel of Mcnabb Funeral Home with Johnny Brashear officiating. Burial followed in Homeplace Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sunday evening from 5- 7 p.m.

Pallbearers included: Mike Godwin, Bill Hulen, Brian Tweedy, Ronnie Blackshear, Luke Smith, Jason Walker, and Jacob Walker.

Geraldine Burgess

Pocahontas – Geraldine Burgess, 71, passed away Thursday, August 04, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born May 07, 1940 in Engleburg to the late Jasper and Mary Hill.

She is also preceded in death by husband Gilbert “Gib” Burgess.

She is survived by three sons, David, Ronnie and Richard “Boone” Burgess all of Pocahontas. Two daughters, Mary Weatherford of Pocahontas and Rosie Wineland of Texas, 15 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Two brothers, Arvil and Hank Hill both of Paragould and one sister, Georgiann Shocklee of Mississippi.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, August 07, 2011 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. with Dennis McCarty and Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday night from 5-7 p.m.

William Darrell White

Doniphan – William Darrell White,53, passed away Tuesday, August 02, 2011. He was born in Mountain Home, Ar to Travis White and Lucille White.

He was preceded by his Father Travis White and 2 brothers Eddie White and Arlie White.

He is survived by his wife Sue White of the home. Two children, Jacob Brooks and Rachel Brooks both of Doniphan. Two grandsons, Jackson and Jason Darnell also of Doniphan. His mother Lucille White of Maynard. Four sisters, Tena Pierce of Middlebrook, Angie Ray of Engleberg, Janice Henson of Reyno and Kathy Martin of Warm Springs. Three brothers, David White of Middlebrook, Wesley White of Middlebrook, Lennard White of Lebanon, Mo. Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Service will be held Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Clyde Hackworth officiating. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 10:00 till service at 11:00 a.m.

Francis Wantulok

Pocahontas – Francis Wantulok, 79, passed away Monday, August 01, 2011.

Born July 25, 1932 in Missouri to the late Frank and Nora Wantulok.

He is also preceded in death by daughter Willdean Wantulok and half brother Andrew Mack.

He is survived by wife Carolyn Wantulok of the home, three sons, Willard Wantulok, Kenneth Wantulok and Anthony Wantulok all of Arkansas. 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, one sister and one half brother.

Memorial service will be announced at a later date. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Deborah “Debbie” Lynn Golden

Deborah Lynn “Debbie” Golden, 56, of Pocahontas, AR died on, August 01, 2011. She was born November 02, 1954 to Frank E. And Mary Florence Walden.

Debbie attended Jonesboro Public Schools, Arkansas State University and Mid-South School of Banking.

She is survived by two daughters, Lyndsey Brook Golden of Kenmore, WA and Kelsey Claire Golden; their father, Dr. Steve Golden; her mother, Mary Florence Walden; two brothers, Frank David Walden and Lisa, all of Jonesboro and John Nelson Walden and Sherri, of Pocahontas; special friends Vicky Powers and Cathy Earley along with many other relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank E. Walden.

Debbie was an avid animal lover and enjoyed anything that kept her outdoors. She maintained her quick wit and strong will throughout her battle with cancer. She reminded us to laugh everyday and be kind to animals.

A celebration of the life of Debbie Golden will be held in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home, in Pocahontas, on August 05, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. with Scott Wedding officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. prior to service starting. At her request, the body will be cremated. .

For those wishing to leave lasting memorials, the family asks you to consider the UAMS, Cancer Research Center, 4301 W. Markham St., #623, Little Rock, AR. 72205; the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1138 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR. 72401; or an animal welfare charity of your choice.

Melody Sue Hettis

Pocahontas- Melody Sue Hettis, 42, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born March 06, 1969 to the late Clarence and Nora Cummins.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Hettis of the Home. Two sons, Charles Cook and David Cook, one daughter, Brandy Cook all of Pocahontas. One step daughter, Corey Hettis of MO. One brother, Clarence Cummins, Jr. Three sisters, Melissa Wheeless and Shirley Scott both of Pocahontas and Melinda Bennett of Little Rock.

Service will be held Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Tracy Bennett officiating. Burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Visitation was held Wednesday from 5-7.

Pallbearers included: Damien Steele, Patrick Cummins, Richard Wheeless, George Bauldwin, Charles Cook, Jr., Alex Cook, Brandy Cook, Jeffrey Wheeless, and Matthew Wheeless.

Ruby Pauline Melton

Maynard- Ruby Pauline Melton, 79, daughter of the late James and Eulah Alphin, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 at her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Curtis Franklin Melton, brother, James Manley and two sisters Lena Taylor and Jaunita Dobbs.

She is survived by three sons, James Melton and wife Linda of Harrison, Paul Melton and wife Sandy of Colorado Springs, CO and Charles Melton and wife April of Maynard, two daughters, Barbara Burrough of Jonesboro and Debbie Melton and Joe Bison of Collinwood, TN. Grandchildren, Curtis Melton and wife Jessie of Harrison, Brian Melton and wife Shawna of Sheridan, AR, Amanda Melton of Colorado Springs, CO, Brandi Barnett and Husband David, Trent Melton and wife Ashley both of Maynard, AR, Lavon Butler and wife Terri, Cassie Burks and husband Shea, and Matthew Gragg and Wife Allison all of Jonesboro. Great grandchildren, Jhett and Quinn Melton, Taylor, Brock, and Kinley Melton, Callie, Eathan, and Ava Melton, Jackson Butler and Skyler Balley, Aliyah and Ragan Burks, Braxton Gragg and one Great grandson on the way.

Siblings, George Alphin of Pocahontas, Maxine Melton of Cherokee Village, Claire Marie Mitchell of Jacksonville, Florida, Mary Lou Little of Knoxville, TN , Connie Deardon of Abilene, TX and James Dwight Alphin and wife Denna of Pocahontas, AR.

“Mama passed just after day light on Monday. There was a light fog and a soft summer breeze. She slipped away to the sound of her morning doves singing in the yard outside her window. She was surrounded by her children as she went home. We love you, Momma.”

Service was held Friday, July 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm in The Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Zane Gragg officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers included Curt Melton, Brian Melton, Lavon Butler, Trent Melton, Shea Burks and Matthew Gragg.

The family would like to say a special thanks to the very special ladies that helped momma and dad to stay in their own home during their final years. Bernadette Ungerank, Shirley Dust, Shirley Johnson, Betty Foster and also a special thank you to the ladies at Caring Hand Hospice, Vicky Hamilton and Linda East. All of these ladies will forever be in our Family.

Signed the Melton Family

Martha Pauline May

Jonesboro- Martha Pauline May, 88, daughter of the late George and Maggie Lindsey Taylor, passed away Monday, July 25, 2011 at the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House.

She was preceded by her parents, Son Don Gazaway and granddaughter Kimala Lynn Gazaway.

She is survived by her husband T.L. May of the home, 2 sons Rudy Jr. and wife Betty, Gary and Wife Lisa Gazaway both of Pocahontas. 3 stepchildren, Karen McEntire and husband Butch of Southhaven, Ms, Patti May of LaCrescenta, Ca and James May of Kingwood, Tx. Grandchildren, Tony and Paula Gazaway, Mikki and Parrish Ergle all of Jonesboro, Candida Mitchell of Pocahontas, Amerigo Gazaway of Nashville and Lindsey Gazaway of Pocahontas and 1 Step- grandson Jeremy McEntire of Memphis, Tn and 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.

Service was held Friday, July 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Assembly of God with Terry Miller officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday from 5:00-8:00 at McNabb Funeral Home. Donation can be made to Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House or the Alzheimer Association.

Pallbearers included: Graham Gazaway, Cameron Lamb, Taylor Ergle, Parrish Ergle, Colby Mitchell, and Tony Gazaway.

Charles Faver Smith

Pocahontas-Charles Faver Smith, 52, son of the late G. E. and Rachel Faver Smith, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife Jane Smith of the home; three sons, Josh Smith of Jonesboro, Luke Smith and Nathan Smith of the home; one daughter, Rachel Smith of Pocahontas, and 2 granddaughters, Kacie Wilson and Peyton Ahrent.

Services were held at 10:00 a,m, Thursday, July 28, 2011 at St. John Catholic Church with Father Anthanius Okeiyi officiating. Visitation was held Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. with a 7:00 Rosary following in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial followed in St. John Cemetery.

An account for has been set up at First National Bank to assist with funeral expenses.

Pallbearers included: Johnathan Wren, Justin Lane, James Boozer, Patrick Ryan, Ronni Ramadani and John Lane.

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