Obituaries

Mary Louise Smith

Delaplaine – Mary Louise (Gates) Rice Smith, 88, passed away Sunday, January 23, 2011 at Walnut Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center.

Born January 31, 1922 in Jones Ridge in Greene Co to the late C.J. Gates and Alice Gates.

She is preceded in death by husband Virgil Smith, son Dannie Rice, brothers Albert, Joe and Ray Gates, sisters Francis Varvil, Thelma Gillean, Cynthia Jones, Rachel Mustain, Ruby Rice, and Belle Rice.

She is survived by sons Jimmy (Rhonda) Rice and Tommy Rice both of Delaplaine, 7 grandchildren: Melissa Tucker of Walnut Ridge, Danny Allen Rice of Vicksburg, MS, Kim Miller of Jackson, MS, Jeremy Rice of Vicksburg, MS, Jamie Rice also of Vicksburg, MS, Chris Rice of Delaplaine and Joey Rice of Pocahontas and several great grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab for their excellent care of their mom.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Roger Tidwell officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Ridge Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers include: Chris Rice, Joey Rice, Danny Allen Rice, Melissa Tucker, Ben Tucker, and Tommy Rice.

Marie Evans Kirk

Marie Evans Kirk of Pocahontas was called to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

Marie was born on February 17, 1927 near Biggers, Arkansas to her parents, Gussie and Gene Evans.

She was married to W. Louie Kirk for 59 years before he passed away in 2003 and was a loving and devoted mother to her daughter, DeAlonna.

She leaves behind her daughter, son-in-law Roger, sisters Floretta, Winnie, Patricia, Andrea, Virginia, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, J.R. and sister, Jane.

At Mrs. Kirk’s request, there will be a private burial service and no visitation.

Arrangements are under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Kenneth Lavern Lemmons

Pocahontas – Kenneth Lavern Lemmons, 77, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Randolph Home.

Born June 16, 1933 in Randolph County to the late Vernon and Uva Leona Lemmons.

He is also preceded in death by brother Joel Lemmons.

He is survived by wife Anna Lemmons of the home, daughter Lynne (Danny) Hogan of Pocahontas, son David (Jamie) Lemmons also of Pocahontas and three grandchildren; Katelyn Koons, Austin Hogan, and Mykala Lemmons all of Pocahontas. Sisters, Nancy Knotts and Leona Akin both of Pocahontas.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Dr. Grant Killion officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers include: Austin Hogan, Ken Knotts, Joey Lemmons, Eric Turner, Jason Turner, and Rob Raglin,

Honorary Pallbearers include: Amos Gates and Elton Fielden

Glen Dale Woodard

Maynard – Glen Dale Woodard, 45, formerly of O’kean, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2011 at St. Benards Medical Center.

Born December 04, 1965 in Walnut Ridge.

He is preceded in death by father Donald Woodard, sister Karen Thompson, sister-in-law Linda Woodard, maternal grandfather Adolph Crouch, paternal grandparents Elorence Dewey and Oshie Woodard.

He is survived by mother Marlene Woodard of Maynard, sister Donna (Bobby) Peppers of Maynard, two brothers Carl Woodard of Ellsinore, MO and Bob (LeAnn) Woodard of Van Buren, MO, grandmother Leoria Crouch of Pocahontas and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Gene Cullum officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery.

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

Billy Dale Warren

Pocahontas- Billy Dale Warren, 53, passed away Saturday January 15 ,2011.

He was preceded by his father Billy Joe Warren.

He is survived by his wife Vivian Warren and 2 children, Billy Joe and Amanda Warren all of the home. His mother Rebecca Warren of Hoxie, 2 brothers, Garry Warren of Dixon, Mo and Danny Warren of Hoxie. 3 Sisters, Brenda Warren and Doris Warren both of Hoxie and Patricia Warren of Portia.

Billy was a loving husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with family . He enjoyed fishing with his son and proud of his daughter for continuing her education.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Mackie McReynolds officiating. Burial will follow in Old Military Cemetery in Sedgwick.

Visitation will be Monday night from 5:00-7:00.

Pallbearers: Donald Prater, Tim Parsons, Jon Rogers, Jimmy Dean Dunivan, James Dale Gillian, Jody Tyler, Tony Smith and Wesley Mitchell

Honary Pallbearers: David Munn and James Cissell

Ralph Gerald Jarrett

Pocahontas – Ralph Jarrett was born March 11, 1920 to D.L. and Elizabeth Jarrett. He departed this life Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at St. Benard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and five sisters. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lee Jarrett, and his second wife, Marie Jarrett. He leaves behind three daughters; Loretta McKnight of Jonesboro, Dianne Meadors of Walnut Ridge, and Oneta Thompson of Pocahontas, as well as a son, Mike Jarrett of Hampton, GA. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. Also surviving are his step children; Dwayne Sharp, Eddie Sharp, Alan Sharp, Joan Gulley, Sandra Williams, and Sherry Martin along with 15 step grandchildren and 20 step great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Bessie Jarrett of North Little Rock.

Ralph put his faith first, family second, and all else last. After losing his father at a young age in the middle of the depression, he quickly learned the value of hard work. He would often work from dusk until dawn on the family farm, but he always took time off on Sunday to attend church with his wife and children. He was a deacon and charter member of Elnora Free Will Baptist Church, and along with his wife Mary Lee, hosted many pastors and missionaries in his home when they visited his church. In his spare time, he was an outdoorsman who was well-known for his ability to train dogs. Called “Bird Dog” by many, Ralph was especially proud of his dog “Trouble” who was a champion pointer. He was a beloved father and grandfather who loved all his kids the same, including those he gained by marriage to his second wife Marie.

Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 P.M. Friday, January 14, 2011 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. A celebration of this life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Elnora Free Will Baptist Church, Pocahontas, AR with Bro. O.D. Winfrey and Bro. Jeral Dean officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrence Memorial Park. Honored to serve as pallbearers will be grandsons and great grandsons; Mike Thompson, Trevor Meadors, Cory Meadors, Tyler Meadors, Peyton Tyner, Barry Riggs, Rodney Harris, Gavin Strait, and Zachary Riggs. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Veryl Hodges and St. Benard’s One East Nursing Staff.

Lasting memorials can be made to the Elnora Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, c/0 Dewrell Thompson, 2206 Evening Drive, Pocahontas, AR. 72455.

“I’m just an old plowboy, working hard in the field. My crop is salvation and the wealth that it yields.”

Francis Laveta Morgan

Corning- Francis (Laveta) Morgan, 84, daughter of the late Henry and Tena Tribble passed away Saturday, January 08, 2011 at her home.

She was preceded by her parents husband Elic Morgan, sister Violet Tidwell, 2 brothers; J.W. Tribble and Arvle (Buddy) Tribble.

She is survived by children; Anna Ruth (Bob) Fry and Lavonda (Charles) Midgett both of Corning, Linda (Gary) Bass of Knobel, Marsha (Joey) Jackson of Paragould, Sandy (David) Collins, Jim (Cathy) Cox of Fisher, and Eugene (Regina) Morgan of Atoka, TN, 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 10:00 am in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Brian Malone officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00-8:00.

Pallbearers Johnny Fry, Jeff Midgett, Brian Fairchild, Terrill Morgan, Brint Jackson, Matthew Jackson and Colby Collins.

James Clinton Bradley

Ravenden- James Clinton Bradley, 83, son of the late James and Beula Bradley passed away Friday, January 07, 2011 at his home.

He was preceded by his parents, daughter Clara Griffitt, son Michael Edward Bradley and son in-law Marty Wayne Wells.

He is survived by his wife Imogene Bradley of the home. Children; Jerry (Jacklyn) Bradley, Wayne (Joann) Bradley, Kathy Wells all of Ravenden, David Bradley of Williford, Debbie Bradley of Ravenden Springs, Jackie Bradley, Peggy Bradley, Hardy Bradley and Sheila Bradley all of Imboden and Cindy (Bobby) Williams of Pocola, OK. 22 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. 1 brother William Bradley of Hickory Plains, AR, 2 sisters; Jennie Qualls of Mammoth Springs and Margaret Fisher of Des Arc.

Visitation will be Monday From 6-8 in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home

Service will be Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at the First Assembly of God in Imboden with Michael S. Bradley officiating. Burial to follow in Opposition Cemetery.

Mary Christine Gordon

Pocahontas – Mary Christine Gordon, 91, passed away Thursday, January 06, 2011 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born October 22, 1919 in Birdell, AR to the late Henry and Nola Hufstedler.

She is also preceded in death by first husband Glendon Collins, second husband John Gordon, three brothers; Howard, Eugene, and Norman Hufstedler and two sisters; Ruby Wolfe and Ivern Kincade.

She is survived by her children; Shirley Simpson of Jonesboro, Billie (Louie) Ulmer of Paragould, Dianne (Frank) Harris of Paragould, John (Karen) Gordon of Fayette, AL, and Scott (Julie) Gordon of Noblesville, IN. 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, sister Imogene Romines of Pocahontas, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lilia’s Place Children’s Home in the Philippians via Rhonda McDaniel; PO Box 2645; Jonesboro, AR. 72402 or Crowley’s Ridge Academy; A Christian educational facility in Paragould, AR. 72450

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 08, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Ralph Wallis officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1-3:00 p.m. prior to service on Saturday.

Darrell Gellette Rice

Maynard – Darrell Gellette Rice, 70, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at VA Hospital in Poplar Bluff.

Born October 03, 1940 in Randolph County to the late Claude and Stella Rice.

He is preceded in death by two brothers; Lehman “Jack” Rice and C.B. Rice. Three sisters; Lorene Marshall, Claudine Nipps, and Zelda Kowalczyk.

He is survived by three daughters; Linette “Teresa” (Troy) Graulichof Milwakee, WI, Kathleen (Howard) Kerley of Rockford and Terri Parish of Rockford, four grandchildren and two brothers; John Rice of Marion, IL and Marion Rice of Pocahontas. Also several nieces, nephews, and a special friend Mike Porter of Poplar Bluff, MO.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements. There will be no services held at this time.

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