Obituaries

Sterlin Howard Griffin

Pocahontas – Sterlin “Speck” Howard Griffin, 73, passed away Monday, October 24, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born November 03, 1937 in Corning, AR to the late E.L. Griffin and Minnie Johnson Griffin.

He is also preceded in death by two brothers; Burlin and E.J. Griffin.

He is survived by wife Shirley Griffin of the home, children; Rick Griffin of Paragould, Todd and wife Lisa Griffin of Pocahontas, Shawn and wife Andrea Griffin of Potosi, MO, Randy and wife Netta Meeks of Pocahontas, Debbie Lewis of Pocahontas, Rick and wife Beth Meeks of Pocahontas, Gina and husband Darrell Woods of Cloverbend, AR and Greg Meeks and special friend Barbara of Pocahontas. 19 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, four sisters; Irine Nettles of Corning, Lorine Goodway of Holt, MO, Katherine Wilson of Hannibal, MO and Dena Payne of Poplar Bluff, MO.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 28, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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

Pallbearers include: Jesse Meeks, Rick Meeks, Courtney Meeks, Jeremy Lewis, Kurt Light and Jared Griffin.

Honorary Pallbearer: Hunter Gates

Ronald Roy Willbanks

Ravenden Springs – Ronald Roy Willbanks, 68, passed away Thursday, October 13, 2011 at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born August 11, 1943 to the late Roy and Ruby Willbanks.

He is preceded in death by wife Ina Willbanks and daughter Kerrie Willbanks.

He is survived by two daughters; Belinda (Chuck) Armstrong of Henderson and Susan Scharf of Little Rock, two brothers; Bobby and Larry Willbanks both of Truman and three sisters; Margaret Davis and Mary Barnes both of Harrisburg and Betty Arnold of Truman. Also, 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Ravenden Springs with Matthew Donner officiating. Burial will follow in Water Valley Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to service at the church from 1-2 p.m.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Iverne Stubblefield Jones

Pocahontas – Iverne Stubblefield Jones, 89, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

Born August 15, 1922 in Dalton to the late J. Hite and Vada Stubblefield.

She is also preceded in death by husband Robert Jones.

She is survived by two nieces; Meredith Sanantonio of Orlanda, FL and Emily Tipton of Hot Springs, nephew John Stubblefield of Pocahontas and brother Perry Stubblefield also of Pocahontas. And several other nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 15, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Roger Shields officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 9-10:00 a.m.

Sylvia Ileen Clements

Sylvia Ileen Clements of Jonesboro, AR formerly of Washington, D.C., departed this life on October 12, 2011 at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock, AR.

Born March 13, 1926 in Ravenden, AR daughter of Marvin and Julia Clements.

Mrs. Clements was employed by the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. and after several years of retirement relocated to Jonesboro, AR in 2003. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and attended services at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro and also the Baptist Church in Ravenden since relocating to Jonesboro. She attended classes at George Washington University and was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the National Secretaries Association and AARP. She enjoyed concerts and did an extensive amount of traveling.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, one brother Johnny Clements, one nephew Jack F. Clements and one niece Donna Fay Clements.

Survivors include two brothers; Gerald C. Clements and wife Marie of Pocahontas, AR, Bobby B. Clements and wife Betty of Ravenden, AR. Two sisters; Barbara C. Hessenauer and husband Carl of Ravenden, AR and Zepha C. Schultz of Cherokee Village, AR., nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made directly to the Baptist Church in Ravenden, AR or the Northeast AR Food Bank at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro, AR.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Ravenden Baptist Church. Burial followed in Friendship Cemetery with John Stoll and Frank Casillas officiating.

Visitation was held prior to service from 1-2 p.m. also at the church in Ravenden.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Pallbearers included: Allen Booth, Todd Hessenauer, Bobby Clements, John Hessenauer, Tracy Clements and Paul Clements.

Margaret Sue Statler

Imboden – Sue Statler, 70, passed away Monday, October 10, 2011 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born December 01, 1940 in Blytheville.

She is preceded in death by parents; Ves and Evelyn Hobbs and grandmother who raised her and was thought of as her mother, Lula Hobbs.

She is survived by husband David Statler, Sr. of the home, son David Statler, Jr. Of Imboden, daughter Lacrecia Statler of Austin, TX, and two grandchildren; Elizabeth and Cody Statler both of Imboden.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at the Imboden Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Wednesday prior to service from 10-11 a.m. at the church.

Lawson Johnson

Pocahontas – Lawson Johnson, 85, son of the late John and Ada Johnson, passed away Sunday, October 09, 2011 at UAMS in Little Rock.

Born August 05, 1926 in Fort Thomas, Arizona.

He was preceded by his parents and wife Elda Lavern Johnson.

He is survived by 2 sons; Dr. Roger and Gary Johnson both of Pocahontas. One brother J.R. Johnson and two sisters; Mary Pifer and Sue Bentley, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Service will be Tuesday at 10:00 am in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Jeff Clay and Nelson Henderson officiating burial will follow at the Anticoh Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday From 5:00-7:00 at the Funeral Home.

Roxanne Harrington

Pocahontas – Roxanne Harrington, 70, passed away Sunday, October 09, 2011 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born February 18, 1941 to the late Marshall and Clara Harrison.

She is also preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by two daughters; Vicky Ralph and Kathy Ricker both of Pocahontas. Three sons; Eric, Mike and Mark Riley all of New York. Four grandchildren; Rhonda and Samantha Ricker and Nichole and Nicholas Farmer all of Pocahontas along with several grandchildren and great grandchildren all of New York. Also surviving, boyfriend Manuel Waggoner of Pocahontas.

Mrs. Harrington will be cremated and there are no services scheduled at this time. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

John Thomas Shotts, Sr.

Maynard – John Thomas Shotts, Sr., passed away Saturday, October 08, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born December 20, 1946 to the late Joe and Gertrude Shotts.

He is also preceded in death by wife and son.

He is survived by three sons; Timothy, Jeffrey and Joseph Shotts and three daughters; Jennifer Croy, Sarah Shotts and Amy Shotts.

Mr. Shotts will be cremated and there are no services scheduled at this time. McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Madgie B. Shelton

Pocahontas – Madgie B. Shelton, 99, passed away Friday, October 07, 2011 at Randolph Home.

Born May 05, 1912 to the late James and Sallie Turner.

She is also preceded in death by husband Jess Shelton, 3 sisters, 3 brothers and 2 grandchildren.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Marie Tyler of Pocahontas and Lois Pipkin Davis of Marmaduke. 10 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 28 great great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, October 10, 2011 at 10:30 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Perry Vandergriff officiating. Burial followed in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation was held Sunday from 5-8 p.m.

Pallbearers included: Casey Tritch, Brian Tritch, Raymond Imler, Wendell Tyler, Danny Tyler and Steven Pierce.

August Edward Snell

Walnut Ridge – August Edward Snell, 92, passed away Wednesday, October 05, 2011.

Born March 30, 1919 to the late Henry and Maggie Snell.

He is also preceded in death by his wife Lucille Snell, brother Hank Snell and sisters; Anaalee, Mickey, Dorothy and Margarett.

He is survived by three sons; Edward Snell of Ironton, MO, David Snell of Maynard, Joseph Snell of Walnut Ridge and daughter Patricia Hufford of Walnut Ridge. Eleven grandchildren; Pam, Larry, Chris, Donald, Kim, Jamie, Eddie Jr., Sally, David Jr., David, Tony, 30 great grandchildren and 16 great great grandchildren.

Mr. Snell was a long time member of VFW, American Legion and Moose Lodge of Mascoutah, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday, October 10th, 2011 at Hoffmeister South County Chapel located in St. Louis, MO with Ray Fultner officiating. Burial will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday night from 3-8 p.m. also at Hoffmeister South County Chapel.

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

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

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