Obituaries

John Orville Brodell

Pocahontas – John Orville Brodell, 63, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born July 16, 1948 to Eugene “Gene” and Marilyn Brodell.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Brodell.

He is survived by son, Bruce and wife Tracie Brodell of Pocahontas and daughter, Christy and husband Eddie Rose of Pocahontas. Five grandchildren; Sheyna, Brennen and Katie Brodell, Blake and Lauren Rose. Two sisters; Charlotte and husband Pink Baltz and Janna and husband Mike Creason all of Pocahontas. Brother, Don Brodell of Little Rock, father, Eugene “Gene” Brodell of Pocahontas and special friend Pat Baltz.

Memorials may be made to St. John Cemetery Fund or St. Paul School.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 27, 2011 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Anthanius Okeiyi officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday night at McNabb Funeral Home from 5-7 p.m. with a 7:00 o’clock rosary following.

Alvie Lee Atkins

Pocahontas – Alvie Lee Atkins, 78, passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at Advanced Care Hospital in Searcy.

Born September 17, 1932 in Okean to the late Homer and Mary Atkins.

He is also preceded in death by wife Frieda Atkins, four brothers and one grandchild.

He is survived by three sons; Gary, Virgil and John Atkins. Two daughters; Cheryl Atkins and Linda Siscel, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Two brothers; Ralph and Danny Atkins and dear friend, Mary.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Terry Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday night from 4-8:00 p.m.

Juanita Goldes Robinson

Pocahontas – Juanita Goldes Robinson, 87, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born February 22, 1924 to the late Walter and Mattie Crawford.

She is also preceded in death by husband Bobby Joe Robinson and son Stanley Morris.

She is survived by daughter Peggy Yount of Pocahontas and two grandchildren; Stan Morris, II of Jonesboro and Kim Richey of New York.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Dennis McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday night from 5-7:00 p.m.

Philander Dale Kirk

Philander Dale Kirk, March 7, 1960- August 14, 2011 Resident of Warm Springs, AR. After a tragic accident, he passed away surrounded by his loved ones. Philander was born in Altheimer, AR where he spent his childhood and early adulthood. He has been employed for over 20 years at Trinity Behavioral Health where he dedicated his life to working with youth in challenging circumstances.
Philander was one of eleven children born to Betty Davis and was the husband of Kristi Kirk for the last 18 years. He will forever be remembered by his mom, wife, beloved children PK, 16, Kylee, 14, and MiKayla, 11, by his devoted siblings and their families Stan Davis, Reggie Davis, Robert Kirk, Alonza Jiles, Yolander Pittman, Wille Davis, Tyree Davis, Kim Booker, Javaris Steward, Clara Holly, caring in-laws along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know him. Philander loved spending time with his family and friends and helping those in need.

Philander touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.

Friends and family are invited to attend visitation at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas on Friday, August 19th from 4-8 pm and a memorial service on Saturday, August 20th at 11 am at Grace Fellowship Church, 3128 Highway 115, Pocahontas, AR 72455. The family wishes to thank all friends, family, and the community for the generous outpouring of love and support.

Maudie Bernice Wells

Ravenden Springs – Maudie Bernice Zeiger Wells, 81, passed away August 11, 2011 at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Born May 14, 1930 to the late Edward and Mary Zeiger of Janes Creek Township.

She was preceded in death by son Kenneth Wells and two grandchildren; Andrea Bennett and Tim Wells, two brothers, three sisters and other family and friends.

She is survived by husband William “Bill”Wells of Ravenden Springs. Five sons; Millard and wife Donna Wells and Anthony and wife Dana Wells both of Ravenden Springs, Doug and wife Sherry Wells of Myrtle, MO, Dennis and wife Mary Wells of Pocahontas and Danny and wife Janet Wells of Imboden. One daughter Diane and husband Clinton Bennett of Ravenden Springs. Two brothers; Robert Zeiger of Aurora, IL and Richard Zeiger of Mountain Home. One sister Dorothy Bounds of Kokomo, IN, 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and one daughter-in-law Kathy Wells Gray.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating. Burial will follow in Wells Cemetery.

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

Richard Kent Lindsey

Biggers – Richard Kent Lindsey, 78 years, 1 month and 26 days, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock. He was born June 16, 1933 at Spring Creek, AR.

An avid golfer and puzzle solver, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army. A graduate of Arkansas College in Batesville. Mr. Lindsey was a 33 year educator at Biggers Reyno High School.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Ruth Lindsey. One sister, Pauline Marie and eight brothers; Harold, Emmett, Milton, Bob, Reuben, Adrian, Edd and Larry.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Lindsey of the home, two daughters and son-in-laws; Mary and Richard Smith of Manila and Beth and Charles Willfond of Hoxie and five grandchildren; Tanner and Scout Smith and Hannah, Sara and Lucas Willfond. One brother Keith Lindsey and wife Teena of Calico Rock. Sister-in-laws Millie, Willene, Pauline, Glenna, Helen and Marie and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SpringCreek Cemetery or Corning United Methodist Church.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, August 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Pastor Ann Ferris officiating. Burial will follow in SpringCreek Cemetery at 1:00 p.m.

Visitation will be held Sunday night from 6-8 p.m.

Martin George Zitzelberger

Pocahontas- Martin George Zitzelberger, 71, son of the late Joseph and Katherine Zitselberger, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011 at his home.

He was preceded by his parents, 2 brothers; Thomas and Julian Zitzelberger.

He is Survived by his wife Reva Zitzelberger of the home, 2 sons; Dr. Trent Zitzelberger of Palm Springs, CA and Ronald Zitzelberger of Pocahontas, AR. 4 grandchildren; Luke Zitzelberger of Pocahontas, Kent Zitzelberger of Little Rock, Priscilla Mahan of Pocahontas and Charlotte Zitzelberger of Jonesboro, Ar. 2 great-grandchildren; Adrienne Mahan and Wade Zitzelberger. 2 brothers; Herbert and Victor Zitzelberger both of Pocahontas, 3 sisters; Carolyn Cagle of Scottsdale, AZ, Marjorie Melton of St. Clair, MO and Betty Taylor of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to St. John Cemetery Fund.

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

Service will be Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10:00 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery with Anthanius Okeiyi officiating.

Judy Kay Johnston

Pocahontas – Judy Kay Johnston, 64, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

Born February 16, 1947 in Searcy, AR to the late James and Arcie Holleman.

She is also preceded in death one granddaughter Angel Golliver and brother Thomas Hallman.

She is survived by three daughters, Melanie Golliver of Pocahontas, Tonya Stevens of Cash, AR and Melissa Wilson of Truman, AR. One son Jason Harwell of Pocahontas, one sister Wanda Stewart of Letona, AR, and nine grandchildren; Trisha and husband Ben Snow, Samantha and husband Aaron Wheeler, Kimberly Golliver, Jacob Brumley, Taylor Stevens, Austin Golliver, Chase Golliver, Landon Golliver and Nicholas Golliver.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Gary Barker officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery located in Jonesboro.

Visitation will be held Saturday prior to service from 12-2 p.m.

Pallbearers include: Gary Stevens, Ron Eaton, Jason Harwell, Tim Holleman, Jeff Holleman, Jim Stewart, Josh Holleman and Justin Holleman.

Honorary Pallbearers include: The grandsons

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.

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