Obituaries

Dorothy Mae Rice

Cheyenne, WY – Dorothy Mae Rice, 68, passed away Monday, April 11, 2011 at Davis Hospice Center.

Born August 21, 1942 in Pocahontas to Clifton and Gladys Garner – Ballard.

She is preceded in death by father, Clifton Ballard and daughter, Sandy Rice Fowler.

She is survived by mother, Gladys Garner of Pocahontas, brother, Jerry Ballard of Pocahontas, granddaughter, Melissa and husband, Clint Hanes, and three great grandchildren, Alexis and Joseph Baca and Hailey Hanes all of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Graveside service will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Doug Thielemier officiating in Masonic Cemetery.

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

James Albert Davidson, Jr.

Ravenden Springs – James Albert Davidson, Jr., passed away Monday, April 11, 2011.

Born June 30, 1948 in Ravenden to the late Jack and Bertha Davidson.

He is also preceded in death by brother, Oralee Henson and two sisters, Virgie Benson and Genova Wintermyer.

He is survived by wife of 35 years, Anita Davidson of the home, children, April Davidson of Kentucky, Tammy Wolf and Joseph Guilliams, one grandson, three special great grandsons, siblings, Robert Davidson and Rosetta Burrow, and by many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Charities of Donor’s Choice.

Memorial service will be Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Cory McCaig and Benjamin Warner.

Alvie Uhron Brooks

Alvie Uhron Brooks

Pocahontas – Uhron Brooks, 100, passed away Monday, April 11, 2011, at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab Center.

He was born January 03, 1911 at Maynard, Arkansas and lived in the Maynard area most of his life and Randolph County all of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas Alfred Brooks and Etta Lou Cull Brooks; his wife of seventy years, Evelyn Marie Ostercamp Brooks and son, Charles Wesley Brooks; four brothers, Ezra Garnet, Earl Ransom, Arlie Emil, and Agra Kenneth Brooks. Five sisters; Letha Ann Brooks, Vada Brooks Evans, Reva Verda Brooks Elkins, Margaret Elgie Brooks Williams, and Ola Mae Brooks.

Survivors include his daughter, Margaret Brooks Payne and husband, Jack, granddaughter, Renee Payne Brown and husband, Mike, great granddaughter April Brown all of Collierville, Tennessee. Grandson, Randy Brooks of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, great grandson, Coltyn Brooks, granddaughter, Sherry Brooks Tribble and husband, Dale, great granddaughters, Katrina Snow Richey and husband, Tim, Erika Snow Howard and husband, Adam and great great granddaughter, Hannah Howard all of Pocahontas, special nephew, Waylon Brooks, sister-in-law, Kathryn Dust, other nephews and nieces, relatives and friends.

Uhron was a member of the Washington Church of Christ. He was a sawmill worker, row crop farmer, and cattle farmer most of his adult life. He began working on the family farm at the early age of 10, due to his fathers early death.

Pallbearers include: Waylon Brooks, Richard Dust, Don Dust, Mike Brown, Coltyn Brooks, and Harold McCurter

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. with the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 with Harmon Seawel officiating in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Maynard Cemetery.

Katherine Baltz

Pocahontas- Katherine (Kiefer) Baltz passed into eternal life Friday, April 8, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

She was born in Pocahontas, Ar., August 4,1920 and was preceded in death by her parents, Konrad and Maggie Kiefer, 3 brothers ( Harold, Bob, and Konrad Jr.) And 2 sisters (Wilma and Betty). She was married to Edward Baltz on December 27, 1941 and they remained together until his death in 1990. She is survived by their five children; Tim, Margaret, Dan, John, and Mark; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a life-long Roman Catholic and attended St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pocahontas most of her life. She will be remembered for her many entertaining stories of her early life, for her many years of work as the office nurse for Dr. Norman Smith in Pocahontas, and for her dedication to her family, Church and community.

Visitation will be Monday from 5-7 with rosary service at 7 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

Funeral mass will be Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 10:00 Am at St.Paul’s Catholic Church with Fr. Athansius Okeiyi officiating. Burial will follow in St.Paul Cemetery.

Memorials will be forwarded to her Nephew, Father David Baltz, for his Missionary work in Africa.

Ronnie Dalton Wheeless

Ronnie Dalton Wheeless, 69, of Pocahontas, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, April 06, 2011 at his home.

Ronnie was born December 18, 1941 at the home of his grandparents in Campbell, Missouri to the late Dalton and Ollie Landis Wheeless. He lived most of his lifetime in Walnut Ridge before moving to Pocahontas twelve years ago.

Graduating from Walnut Ridge High in 1960 he became a successful farmer, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Shannon Baptist Church and a veteran of the Army National Guard.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 29 years, Mary Jane; an infant daughter, Jacqueline; one sister, Louise, and one brother, Jimmy.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Tonda, of the home; two sons and their wives, Ronald and Melanie Wheeless of Jonesboro and Heath and Lindsey Jarrett of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Cyndi Wheeless of Paragould and Mica Lamb and husband John of North Little Rock; six grandchildren, who were the apple of his eye, Taylor and Tyler Wheeless of Jonesboro and Cody, Cord, Trey, and Abby Lamb of North Little Rock; one sister, Carolyn (Tom) Towell of Pocahontas; three brothers, Wendell Wheeless of Pocahontas, Ricky (Autie Jarboe) Wheeless of Walnut Ridge, and Gene (Charlotte) Wheeless of Powhatan; and his mother-in-law, Ruth Warner of Walnut Ridge. He is also survived by three close friends whom he considered his brothers, Alvin Taylor of Paragould, Carroll Callahan of Walnut Ridge, and John Moyer of Marks, MS. Many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends mourn his passing.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 7th from 6-8 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 8 in the Chapel of McNabb’s Funeral Home of Pocahontas with Bro. Kevin Barnett officiating. Interment will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens with pallbearers; Jay Towell, Shaun Wheeless, Andrew Warner, Terry Rapert, James Taylor, and Randy Getson. Honorary pallbearers are Alvin and Bertha Taylor, Carroll and Barbara Callahan, and John and Nancy Moyer.

J.R. “Dick” Richard Jackson

Pocahontas – J. R. Jackson. 97, retired Pocahontas banker, died Tuesday, April 5. Jackson was born April 29, 1913 in Paragould to the late A.W. and Jennie Lightle Jackson. After graduation from Paragould High School, he earned degrees from New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Chicago, the University of Arkansas and Yale University. He also graduated from the LSU School of Banking. He was a Civil Engineer in his early working years, and operated Sallee Bros. Handle Factory in Pocahontas from 1945 to 1958. He spent 35 years as an Officer and Director of Bank of Pocahontas, retiring from banking in 1990. Jackson was also involved in rice, soybean and Angus cattle farming through ownership of farm land in Randolph County.

Dick, as he was affectionately known, was actively involved in a wide variety of civic and community affairs. He served on the Pocahontas School Board, was Chairman of the Pocahontas Water Commission for 25 years, served as President of the Pocahontas Rotary Club where he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, was an organizer of the Rolling Hills Country Club in Pocahontas and served for 10 years as that organization’s first treasurer. He joined the Pocahontas First United Methodist Church in 1952, and had been an active member holding many offices and teaching Sunday School.

Dick was an avid golfer who played regularly into his early 90′s. He was also an ardent Razorback enthusiast who believed that the Razorback’s chances of winning were lessened if he did not wear red on game days. By far his favorite activity was anything involving his family. The thing he disliked the most about being in his 90′s was the inability to play on the floor with his great grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Genevieve Sallee Jackson of Pocahontas; two sons, John Jackson & wife Mary and Raymond Jackson & wife Ginger all of Pocahontas; daughters Sue Gibson & husband Danny of Walnut Ridge and Lucy Jordan & husband Steve of Searcy. Also surviving are seven grandchildren & spouses; Caroline & David Morgan of Conway, Laura & Blake Whitley of Hot Springs, Elizabeth & Wade Williams of Fayetteville, Jeff & Allison Hatfield, Emily & Grant Cox and Alice Ann Jordan all of Little Rock and Genny & Porter Montgomery of Dallas, Texas. Eleven great grandchildren are Clair & Paige Whitley, Matthew, Jackson & Henry Cole, Jessica & John David Morgan, Meredith & Garrett Hatfield and John & Charlie Montgomery. In addition he is survived by three step grandchildren, Mike Miller of Pocahontas, Sloane Kelley and Shannon Cox of Walnut Ridge along with ten step great grandchildren Mary Katherine & Payton Miller, Cameron, Barrett, John-Scott & Caroline Kelley, Andrew Smith, Abbey Cox and Lucy & Leslie Williams. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Rebecca Luck and brother, Bill Jackson.

Visitation is Friday, April 8, 5-7 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Services are Saturday, April 9 @ 11:00 a.m. with Rockey Starnes officiating in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers are Jeff Hatfield, Blake Whitley, David Morgan, Mike Miller, Porter Montgomery, Grant Cox, and Wade Williams.

Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 400 Thomasville Ave., Pocahontas, AR. 72455

Geraldean Beller

Pocahontas – Geraldean Beller, 68, passed away Saturday, April 02, 2011.

Born October 23, 1942 in Center, TX., to the late Curtis “Buster” and Ora Clark.

She is survived by husband Robert Beller of the home, children: Susan Thompson of Gentry, AR., Anthony Phillips of Jonesboro and Dina Phillips of Ward, AR., 9 grandchildren and brother James Clark of Orange, TX.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pentecostal Church of God in Pocahontas.

Memorial service will be Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pentecostal Church of God in Pocahontas. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Edman McRae Rapert

Maynard – Edman McRae Rapert, 89, passed away April 01, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born February 14, 1922 in Maynard to the late Almous and Nancy Rapert.

He is also preceded in death by brothers: Normal, Arnold, Truman, Lehman, sister Emmanell and son-in-law Jim Drollinger.

He is survived by wife Audrey (Jackson) Rapert, children: Judy Drollinger of Wappapello, MO., Jacque and Don Steele of Pocahontas, Victor and Chenoa Rapert of Maynard, Janis and Mike Ulmer of Stokes, special niece Shelba Roberts and her sons Mike and Steve and families, and care giver Estel Goodwin. Grandchildren: Sonja and Jeff Miller of Dexter, Shannon Steele of Jonesboro, Sierra and Bruce Engelmann of Springdale, AR., Sabrina and Chris Ferrell of Bono, Sarah and Mike Mustread of Rose Hill, N.C., Rockey and Brooke Rapert of Truman, Cord Rapert of Jonesboro, Tori, Laura and Kate of Jonesboro, Justin and Landon Stephens of Black Rock, Caleb Stevens of Jacksonville, N.C., Heath Ulmer of Little Rock, Dustin and Ryan Ulmer of Stokes, Dylan and Jordan Ferrell of Brookland, AR., 18 great grandchildren, 1 great grandson due in July and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rapert was an elder at the Northside Church of Christ in Maynard and was always checking on people in the community.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Kenneth Gossett officiating. Burial will follow in Northside Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday night from 5-8:00 p.m.Maynard – Edman McRae Rapert, 89, passed away April 01, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born February 14, 1922 in Maynard to the late Almous and Nancy Rapert.

He is also preceded in death by brothers: Normal, Arnold, Truman, Lehman, sister Emmanell and son-in-law Jim Drollinger.

He is survived by wife Audrey (Jackson) Rapert, children: Judy Drollinger of Wappapello, MO., Jacque and Don Steele of Pocahontas, Victor and Chenoa Rapert of Maynard, Janis and Mike Ulmer of Stokes, special niece Shelba Roberts and her sons Mike and Steve and families, and care giver Estel Goodwin. Grandchildren: Sonja and Jeff Miller of Dexter, Shannon Steele of Jonesboro, Sierra and Bruce Engelmann of Springdale, AR., Sabrina and Chris Ferrell of Bono, Sarah and Mike Mustread of Rose Hill, N.C., Rockey and Brooke Rapert of Truman, Cord Rapert of Jonesboro, Tori, Laura and Kate of Jonesboro, Justin Stephens of O’Kean and Landon Stephens of Imboden, Caleb Stevens of Jacksonville, N.C., Heath Ulmer of Little Rock, Dustin and Ryan Ulmer of Stokes, Dylan and Jordan Ferrell of Brookland, AR., 18 great grandchildren, 1 great grandson due in July and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rapert was an elder at the Northside Church of Christ in Maynard and was always checking on people in the community.

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

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Kenneth Gossett officiating. Burial will follow in Northside Cemetery.

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

Sylvia Marie Mangrum

Ravenden- Sylvia Mangrum, 87, daughter of the late Thomas and Lula Mae Smith passed away Friday, March 25, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded by her husband Norman, daughter Debra Mangrum, 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

She is survived by five sons: Gene, Wayne, David, Dennis and Rick Mangrum, 2 daughters: Sylvia Holeman and Betty Richway. One brother Butler Smith, 2 sisters: Ruth Griffin and Lena Mae Ready, 20 grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-8.

Service will be Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Michael Bradley Officiating. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery.

Elsa Margarett Wilson

Maynard – Elsa Margarett Wilson, 84, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

Born October 03, 1926 in Patmos, AR.

She is preceded in death by parents Victor and Elsa Breedlove.

She is survived by husband Albert “A.G.” Wilson of the home. Children: Charles Wilson of Pocahontas, Gail (Wilson) Masserano of Bartlett, TN., Diana (Wilson) Rolland of Flagstaff, AZ., and Terry Wilson of Maynard. Seven grandchildren: Rodney Wilson, Melissa Denny, Jennifer Mills, Stephanie Woods, Mikael Rolland, Matthew Wilson and Conner Wilson.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Maynard Cemetery with Bill Goode officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 10-11:00 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home.

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