Obituaries

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.

Wilma Margaret Cox

Pocahontas – Wilma Margaret Cox, 100, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at her place of residence.

Born January 2, 1911 in Success, AR to the late Adrian and Maude Margaret Johnson.

She is preceded in death by husband Glen William Cox.

She is survived by daughter Dorothy Wright of Poplar Bluff, MO, grandchildren: Melissa Wright Davis and husband John C. Davis of Pocahontas, John William Wright and wife Greta Wright of Little Rock, Jeffrey Glen Wright and Nicol Wright of Nashville, TN. Great grandchildren include: Philip and Patrick Davis, John Lee and Wesley Wright, and Lee and Brock Wright.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Pocahontas.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Glenn Pettus officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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

Leo John Bergman

Leo John Bergman passed away on March 12, 2011 in his home in Pocahontas, Arkansas. He was surrounded by his loving family in his final hour.

Leo was born in Paris, AR on July 25, 1924. He moved to Randolph County some 83 years ago. He was one of nine children raised in the Engleberg Community. His parents were George and Anna (Rieder) Bergman.

Leo’s lifelong work was as an electrician. He worked for several years for Stewart Electric in Jonesboro. He often had to travel out of state for work. He retired in 1980 and supplemented his income by chopping wood and mowing yards. Leo was a strong and physically able individual who worked hard all his life.

Leo married Charlene Ann Jansen on November 3, 1943. Leo and Charlene celebrated the birth of nine children. Francis Marie (Ramsey), Leona Ann (Emery), Charlotte Katherine (Potter), Leo John, Jr., George Charles, James O’Neil, Louis Anthony, Mary Willena (Broadway) and Theresa Elizabeth (Hausman). Leo had 26 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, George and Joe Bergman and sisters, Emma (Blount), Clara (Jezik), Rose Bergman, and Mary (Frankenberger).

Leo John Bergman wanted to be remembered for his military service to his country. He was shipped overseas in 1944 as a replacement. He served in various locations in Europe for the next two years. When he returned home he continued his military commitment and served in the US Army Reserves. In October 1949, Leo was once again called into service. He was shipped to Okinawa, Japan where he guarded an ammunitions dump. While serving in the Army, Leo received the following decorations and citations EAME Campaign Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon and two overseas service bars.
Leo was a devout Catholic. He prayed daily and he took great solace and comfort in praying the rosary.

Visitation will be held at McNabb Funeral Home from 5 to 7 with Rosary service starting at 7PM. Monday, March 14, 2011. The funeral mass will be held at 10:00, on Tuesday, March 15th at St. Paul’s Catholic Church officiated by Fr. Mike Sinkler. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Engleberg.

Arlene King

Biggers – Arlene King, 85, passed away Friday, March 11, 2011 at Randolph Home.

Born May 26, 1925 in Fender, AR to the late Vince and Josephine Johnson.

She also preceded in death by three brothers: Carl, Gene and John, three sisters: Ossie, Lola and her twin sister Geraldine and two infant siblings.

She is survived husband Gerald D. “G.D.” King of the home, two sons: Vince and wife Marybeth King of Odem, TX., Scott and wife Christy King of Doniphan, MO., two daughters Kathie and Husband Sam Becerra of Paragould, AR., and Ellen and Husband Ellen Cable also of Paragould. 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandsons. Brother Russell Johnson of Biggers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Paragould Children’s Home.

Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011 at Biggers Church of Christ with Sam Becerra officiating. Burial will follow in Hite Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Monday from 1-3:00 also at the church. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Linda Ruth Knipprath

Pocahontas – Linda Ruth Knipprath, 59, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born October 26, 1951 in West Plains, MO to the late Alfred and Sybil Morgan.

She is also preceded in death by husband William Knipprath, Sr. and son William Knipprath, Jr.

She is survived by three brothers: Sidney Morgan and Dennis Morgan both of Republic, MO and Randy Morgan of Oklahoma City, OK. Sister Mary Henley of Ravenden and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with the family officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 6-8:00 p.m.

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