Obituaries

Charity Spray

Maynard – Charity Spray, 87, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born January 13, 1925 in Corning, AR.

She is preceded in death by parents, husband Richard Spray, three brothers; Chester, Howard and Bob, three half sisters; Georgia, Marine and Ava and one half brother Billy.

She is survived by son Calvin Spray of Maynard and daughter Margaret James of Rockford, IL, six grandchildren; Ron James of Stillman Valley, IL, Tim James of Davis Junction, IL, Teresa James of Rockford, IL., Lori Varner of O’Kean, Johnny Spray of Pecatonica, IL and Dee Dee McCoy of Leaf River, IL. Several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hitt Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 10-12 p.m.

Will D. Brewer

Pocahontas – Will D. Brewer, 81, passed away February 09, 2012.

Born November 28, 1930 in Elm Store, AR to the late Ratha and Alice (Watley) Brewer.

He is also preceded in death by one sister Wanda Wheeler.

He was united in marriage on March 02, 1954 to Geraldine Transier.

He is survived by wife Geraldine Brewer of the home near Myrtle, MO, two children; Lynda Armstrong of Myrtle, MO and Darrell and wife Janet Brewer of Couch, MO, three grandchildren; Jeremy and wife Ashley Armstrong of Marion, AR, Lane Brewer of Springfield, MO, and Hannah Brewer of Couch, MO, and two great grandchildren; Chase and Bella Armstrong.

Willard attended The Byrd Freewill Baptist Church and enjoyed living on the farm and riding around in his Ranger with Tessie sitting beside him.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 13, 2012 at the Byrd Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home and also from 1-2 at the Church prior to service.

JoAnn Turner Story

Little Rock – JoAnn Story, 77, died Thursday, February 09, 2012.

She was born January 22, 1935 in Biggers to the late Silas Turner and the late Lela Turner.

Mrs. Story was a homemaker, loved crocheting and baking. Bust most importantly she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 58 years Jesse “Jack” Story, daughter Pamela Lambert and brother James Turner.

She leaves to cherish her memory one son, Eddie Ray Story and wife Kathleen Story of Benton, brother Tom Turner of Texas, three grandchildren; Cody Story of Benton, Amanda Story Bain and husband Eric Bain of Alexander and Phillip Lambert of Cabot. Also, a host of other family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crystal Hill Baptist Church; 18823 Crystal Valley Rd.; Little Rock, AR. 72210.

Funeral service will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Larry Ballard officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to service from 10-11 a.m.

Lucille Crawford

Pocahontas – Lucille Crawford, 85, passed away Wednesday, February 08, 2012 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born July 23, 1926 in Little Rock to the late Daniel and Anna Bell (Athey) Huett.

She is also preceded in death by two sisters; Betty and Lola.

She is survived by husband Daley Crawford of the home, sister Sylvia Branen of Texas and three brothers; Tom Huett of Florida, Bud Huett of Arkansas and Jim Huett of Arizona, also numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Crawford was part of the pink ladies at the Randolph County Hospital.

Funeral service will be held Friday, February 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Dennis McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

William Wesley Hayes

William Wesley Hayes
Jan 1, 1925 – Feb 6, 2012

William Wesley (Bill) Hayes departed this earthly life as the sun was rising on Feb 6 2012 at Randolph Home with his wife and family at his side. He was 87.

Mr. Hayes was born at Ingram AR to the late Coleman Hayes & Pearl Rush Hayes on Jan 1, 1925. He married the love of his life, Elsie Mars on Oct 2, 1943. He served in the US Navy and was a farmer. He was of the Church of Christ faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved son, Ronald Hayes, a brother, Coleman Hayes, Jr. and a sister, Laura Ramsey and 1 great granddaughter, Shelly Rainwater.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elsie Hayes, two daughters: Peggy Rainwater (David) and Netia Olvey (Bob). He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Tony Rainwater, Ader Decker, Alicia Collett, David D Rainwater, Jeramie Hayes and Rob Olvey. He is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for William Wesley (Bill) Hayes will be Thursday afternoon at 2 in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Phillip Rainwater officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 at McNabb Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Mark Decker, Charles Collett, Gary Wayne Mars, Ricky Hayes, Dwain Hausman and Vernon Hausman. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Hayes, Johnny Buckley and Delbert Mars.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donors choice.

Ruby Nell Stogsdill

Ruby Nell Smith Stogsdill was born December 29, 1923, in Marked Tree, Arkansas, to Daisy Belle Hedrick Smith and Walter William Smith and was the tenth of 16 children. She was a woman of incredible wit and, as her last months demonstrated, extraordinary resilience and strength.

Ruby Nell spent much of her life in Imboden, Arkansas, where she met the love of her life, the handsome football player, James Albert Stogsdill. On May 30, 1942, shortly before James left for Europe to protect his country, the two married. They held hands and clung to each other in good times and bad until James’ death from cancer in 1989. Finding a new mate was not an option; no one would ever, could ever, replace her beloved “T”.

During the war, with her new husband thousands of miles away, Ruby moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she worked at the Bell Telephone Company. Not much time had passed when she and a friend saw an advertisement luring women to exotic, sunny Southern California to work at one of the military aircraft factories. She packed her bags and headed off for a new adventure, working as a “Rosie (Ruby) the Riviter”. After her 18-month stint as a California girl, she regaled us for decades about her invitation to Shirley Temple’s birthday party and a close-up glimpse of Humphrey Bogart (he was short, she reported; there’s her wit again).

When James returned from the war, they began building a family. Her mother had 16 children but Ruby Nell and James stopped at four: James Albert Jr., Carol Ann, Michael Wayne and David Alan.

Ruby later became a stay-at-home mother for many years in Rockford, Illinois, where she was also active on the school board and her childrens’ lives and activities. In 1963, Ruby, James and their children moved back to Imboden where she was a nurse’s aid at the Pocahontas Nursing Home. Her vivacious personality kept the doctors, nurses and residents in stitches with her many entertaining antics. Ruby ended her career in Heber Springs as an office manager for her brother, Dr. Wayne Smith.

She leaves behind many good friends and family. Surviving family members include four brothers, her four children and their spouses, six grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Ruby Nell would want her children to give a special shout-out to her brother Wayne, who, along with his wife Helen, faithfully visited her, attended to her and showered her with love throughout her illness.

Funeral service will be held Sunday, February 12, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Russell Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Saturday night from 5-7 p.m.

Amy B. Hibbard

Pocahontas – Amy B. Hibbard, 50, daughter of the late Bill and Barbara Hogan, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Five Rivers Medical Center.

Born May 19, 1961 in New York.

She is survived by husband Poncho Hibbard of the home, daughter Christie Hibbard and two sons; Ben and Daniel Hibbard all of Pocahontas. Brother Sam Hogan of Florida, brother and sister-in-laws; Bobby Hibbard, Lonnie and Peggy Hibbard, Donnie and Debbie Hibbard, Brenda and Henry Lindner, Norma and Gary Pickett, Sandra and Bruce Tweedy, Patsy Adams and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 04, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Chesser Cemetery with Gerald Fears officiating.

McNabb Funeral Home was in charge of making arrangements.

Ann Chester

Paragould – Ann Chester, 74, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Born June 11, 1937 in New Mexico to the late L.D. and Willie.

She is survived by husband Kern Chester of the home, daughter Deborah of Oklahoma and brother Bill of New Mexico.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stubblefield Cemetery Fund; C/O Diane Huett; 516 Chester Rd; Pocahontas, AR. 72455.

Graveside service will be held Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with John Fears officiating in Stubblefield Cemetery.

David Stalnaker

Pocahontas – David Henry Clay Stalnaker, 73, passed away Friday, January 27, 2012.

Born August 01, 1938 in Smithville to the late John William and Lucille (Howard) Stalnaker.

He is also preceded in death by three sisters; Cora Jackson, Pauline Brown and Flora Wildrick and brother John Stalnaker.

He is survived by wife Nancy Stalnaker of the home, four sons; David and wife Tina Stalnaker of Pocahontas, Billy Stalnaker of Pocahontas, Doug Dow of Richland, WA., and David Dow of Eagle Creek, OR and daughter Lucy and husband Bobby Cline of Supply, AR. Grandchildren; Amanda and husband Ron Carman of Pocahontas, Wesley and Dustin Stalnaker both of Conway, AR., Keith Stalnaker of Pocahontas, Kalista and William Cason both of Pocahontas, Stephanie and husband Brack O’Hair of Richland, WA., and Tasha and Danika Dow of Richland, WA. Great grandchildren; Kaiden and Alex Dow, McKinley O’Hair, Katlynn and Emily Carman, special friend Emily Turner and sister Ora Duncan of Pocahontas.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 30, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Burley Lynxwiler officiating. Burial will follow in Dry Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Sunday from 5-7 p.m.

Pallbearers include: Jimmy Ingram, Ronald Carman, Chris Winebaugh, Lee Tweedy, Ted Grissom, Larry Cline, Donny Cline and Dan Tweedy.

Honorary Pallbearers: Bobby Cline, David Stalnaker, Billy Stalnaker, Doug Dow and David Dow.

Niles Cramen Shepherd

Pocahontas – Niles Cramen Shepherd, 78, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2012 at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Born June 10, 1933 in Supply to the late Earnest and Lelah (Larkins) Shepherd.

He is survived by wife Natalie Pauline Shepherd of the home, son Tony and wife Wendy Shepherd, daughter Cara Shepherd and three grandchildren; Hannah, Olivia and Claire Shepherd all of Pocahontas.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Ingram Cemetery.

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

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