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Miscellaneous Craighead County, Arkansas Obituaries


Swetnam
Johnnie Alvin Swetnam, 84, of the Ash Flat Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Ravenden, died Monday at the nursing home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service of Hardy.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Mrs.Thompson
Mrs. Mary Deckelman Thompson, 76, of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Harrisburg, died Sunday at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. She was a homemaker and a member of the Morris Memorial Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Thompson. Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Davis of Memphis, Tenn., and Bobbie Waxler of Germantown, Tenn.; three brothers, Thaddeus Deckelman of Millington, Tenn., James V. Deckelman of Collierville, Tenn., and Donald L. Deckelman of Jonesboro; three sisters, LaVerne Rush of Collierville, Tenn., Sylvia Dunkerson of Paris, Tenn. and Joy Webb of Millington, Tenn.; and one grandchild. Funeral services will be Wednesday afternoon at 1 in the chapel of Jackson's Harrisburg Funeral Home with burial following in Harrisburg Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 this evening at the Memphis Funeral Home in Memphis and on Wednesday afternoon from noon until time of services at Jackson's Harrisburg Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Webb
Harold Glen Webb, 57, of the Union Hill Community near Thida, died Sunday at the White River Medical Center. He was a self-employed television repairman and a member of the Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, and by one brother. Survivors include two brothers, Dale Webb of Jefferson City, Mo., and Chester Vincent Webb of North Little Rock; five sisters, Reba Tarpley and Velma Hoffman, both of Newport, Marietta Gray of Star City, Sue Paulette of North Little Rock and Carolyn Smith of Jacksonville. Funeral services will be Thursday afternoon at 2 at the Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Onas Lee Gray officiating. Burial will follow in Browns Memorial Cemetery in Union Hill under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2 Wednesday afternoon until 8 that evening at the funeral home.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Lawrence
Funeral services for Henry Norton Lawrence, 72, of Paragould, will be private. A public visitation will be this evening from 6 until 9 at Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould. Lawrence died Friday at his home. He was a nurse's aide at the David Puryear Center and a farmer. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, one stepson and six brothers. Survivors include his wife, Pauline Lawrence of Schugtown; one son, Quentin Spurlock of Cave City; two stepdaughters, Jackie Landon of Washington and Robin Spurlock of Corpus Christi, Texas; one brother, J.D. Lawrence of Paragould; two sisters, Althie Carpenter of Mount Morris, Mich., and Elsie Howard of San Jose, Calif.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Spence
Funeral services for Allen Dale Spence, 55, of Fort Pierce, Fla., who died Friday at his residence, will be at 11 Wednesday morning at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann, with the Rev. Ricky Dobbins officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. Active pallbearers will include the nephews. Honorary pallbearers will include Dub Hutcherson and Clyde Sullivan. Born in Trumann, he had lived in Fort Pierce since 1979. He was a line operator for the World of Plastics in Fort Pierce and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, P. Ernestine Spence of the home; one daughter, Robin Spence of Fort Pierce; one stepdaughter, Sharron Wright of Fort Pierce; three stepsons, Junior Laminack, Charles Laminack and Rickey Laminack, all of Birmingham, Ala.; his father, Add Bertig Spence of Trumann; four sisters, Alice McPherson, Clytee Willis, and Mavis Campbell, all of Trumann, and Joann Mullins of Bono; two brothers, Jr. (Buddy) Spence of Trumann and Billy Spence of Jonesboro; a granddaughter; and five stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, one half-sister, and one nephew. Visitation will be from 5 this afternoon until 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Cupler
Gerald Clinton Cupler, 81, of Oil Trough, died Sunday at his residence. He was a retired farmer and a member of Church of Christ. Survivors include one son, Gerald Wayne Cupler of Batesville; one daughter, Joyce Ann Cupler of Oil Trough; three granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Webb Cupler; an infant son; and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 9 Wednesday morning at Maple Springs Cemetery in Oil Trough under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. Visitation will be from 6 until 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Wheelington
Greg Wheelington, 35, of Harrisburg died Monday at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Jackson's Harrisburg Funeral Home in Harrisburg.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Baldridge
Dennis Baldridge, 76, of Monette, died Monday at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center. He was a retired farmer and of the Assembly of God belief. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and had lived in the Monette area most of his life. Survivors include his wife, Betty Baldridge of the home; two daughters, Becky Hawkins of Leachville and Denise Coggin of Lake City; two sisters, Lucille Coble of Jonesboro and Veda Grooms of Leachville; two brothers, John L. Baldridge and Lin Baldridge, both of Leachville; and three grandsons. Funeral services will be held at 10 Wednesday morning at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette, with the Rev. Carl Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in Monette Cemetery. Pallbearers include Todd Shepard, Keith Mullen, Justin Blankenship, Michael McFarlin, Garrett Taylor, Jeff Austin. Honorary pallbearers include Paul "Doodle" Taylor, Maxie Jones, Doyle Yates, Thomas McFarlin, Van VanDerGriff, Jerry Reed, Jerald "Boots" Pitts, David Fletcher and the senior citizens of Monette. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Mrs. Hancock
Mrs. Mary Marie Hancock, 82, of Wynne died Saturday at Baptist Medical Center in Heber Springs. She was a charter member of Fairoaks Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Edwin Hancock of Conway; four daughters, Margetta Stokes of Vicksburg, Mich., Pat Mitchell of Hickory, Jean Mitchell of Wynne and Janie Every of Sayre, Penn.; a brother, Benjamin Doty of Fort Smith; a sister, Beatrice DeFoore of Newport; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 Wednesday morning at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Wynne, with Rev. B.F. Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Harris Chapel Cemetery in Wynne. Active pallbearers will include Michael Booth, Earl DeFoore Jr., Johnny DeFoore, Mack DeFoore, Matt Hancock, Phillip Mitchell, Allen Stokes and Dwayne Stokes. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home. The family requests that persons wishing to leave lasting memorials consider Fairoaks Baptist Church.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Rooks
Miles T. Rooks Sr., 94, of Vanndale died Sunday at his home. Born in Vanndale, he was a retired farmer and a member of Clarks Chapel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Velma Logan Rooks, and a sister. Survivors include two sons, Miles Turner Rooks Jr. of Cherry Valley and Billy George Rooks of Wynne; three brothers, T.D. Rooks of Cherry Valley, Edward Rooks of Wynne and Emmett Rooks of Keiser; a sister, Rosalie Crawford of Harrisburg; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 Thursday morning at Kernodle Funeral Home chapel in Wynne. Rev. Robert Tucker will officiate, and burial will follow at Vanndale Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 Wednesday evening at the funeral home. The family requests that persons wishing to leave lasting memorials consider the American Parkinson's Disease Association Inc., 1250 Hyland Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island, New York 10305-1944.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Mrs. DePriest
Mrs. Rebecca Davidson DePriest, 92, of Wynne died Saturday at her residence. A retired school teacher, she taught in all grade levels. Survivors include a son, Nick DePriest of Wynne; and a grandson. Funeral services have been scheduled for 10 this morning at the Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in Wynne, with Rev. T.G. Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at Carter Cemetery in Russell.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Mrs. Roach
Mrs. Janice Marie Winford Roach, 31, of Lake City, died Monday morning at her residence. Born in Los Angeles, she had lived in Lake City most of her life and was a member of First Baptist Church in Lake City. She had worked for Fruit of the Loom Corp. in Osceola. Survivors include her husband, Ricky Roach of Lepanto; a son, Brian Howard Peyton of the home; a daughter, Andrea Marie Peyton of the home; a sister, Michelle Kay Winford of Lake City, and three brothers, Jackie Allen Winford, Kenneth Doyle Winford and Jeffrey Brian Winford, all of Lake City. Funeral services have been scheduled for 11 Wednesday morning at First Baptist Church in Lake City, with Scott Miller and Jim Kincade officiating. Burial will follow in Cane Island Cemetery near Lake City under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Lake City. Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Wilson, Leon Johnson, Brandon Peaster, Steve Davis, Mike Ervin and Ronnie Joe Wooten. Honorary pallbearers will include Billy Mann, Chip Mann, Curt Timms, Rickie Timms and Dupree Davis. Visitation will be held from 5 this afternoon until 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Byrd
C.L. Byrd, 82, of Jonesboro, died Monday at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Thompson
Donald G. Thompson, 53, of Sorrento, Fla., formerly of Jonesboro, died Feb. 27 at his home. Born in Marshall, he was a 1966 graduate of Valley View High School. He was a corrections officer for Lake County and a member of the Sorrento Christian Center. He also was active in the Truckers Love Children of Leesburg and had served in the National Guard. Survivors include his wife, Charlette Thompson of the home; two sons, Adam Thompson and Eric Thompson, both of Florida; one brother, Billy Thompson of Cardwell, Mo.; five sisters, Glenda Melton of Yellville, Barbara Barker and Peggy Hanks, both of Jonesboro, Debby Raney of Hot Springs and Stella Waldron of Howey, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Allen J. Harden Chapel in Mt. Dora, Fla.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Pendergraff
Edward Pendergraff, 71, of Bay, died Sunday at the Craighead Nursing Center in Jonesboro. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the carpenter's union. Survivors include one son, Charles Pendergraff of Bay; two daughters, Susan Vestal of Bay and Sandra Landis of Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother, Henry Pendergraff of Bay; three sisters, Naomi Pagan of Smithville, and Ruth Hester and Viola Loven, both of Bay, and six grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10 Wednesday morning at the Holly Springs Cemetery, with Jimmy Pagan officiating. Burial will be under the direction of Langford's Funeral Service of Jonesboro. Visitation will be held from 5 this afternoon to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Dated Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Bunch
Samuel Edward Bunch, 81, of Pocahontas died Friday at the Randolph Home in Pocahontas. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a retired mechanic. He was a member of the Sutton Free Will Baptist Church of Pocahontas. Survivors include two daughters, Rita Bunch of Mountain Grove, Mo., and Linda Wulff of Cherokee Village; six brothers, Gerald Bunch and Byron Bunch of Pocahontas, R.L. Bunch of Benton Harbor, Mich., Vernie Bunch of Las Crusis, N.M., Charles Bunch of Ash Flat and Billy Bunch of Yoakum, Texas; two sisters, Virginia Hibbard of Houston, Texas, and June Hobbs of Ash Flat; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Guntharp Bunch and one sister. A graveside service will be held Monday morning at 11 at Sutton Cemetery in Pocahontas. Higginbotham Funeral Service of Walnut Ridge has charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 5 until 9 that evening at the funeral home.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Nance
Richard Jackson "Jack" Nance, 64, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Newport, died Friday at Nashville. Born at Newport he was a graduate of Newport High School and attended Arkansas Technical College in Russellville and Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway. He was a songwriter, musician and entertainment manager. His most famous song was "It's Only Make Believe," which he co-wrote with Conway Twitty, which earned gold record sales in the United States four different times. Recordings of his songs hit the charts in Britain, Canada, Africa and Australia. As a musician, he performed with Conway Twitty, played behind Elvis Presley and recorded at Sun Records in Memphis. He had worked with The Jackson Five, Dionne Warwick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Monkeys, The Moody Blues, The Rolling Stones and Three Dog Night. His television and movie credits include Swinging Country on NBC, Platinum High School with Conway Twitty and contributions to the soundtracks of Blue Sky and last year's animated feature, The Iron Giant. Survivors include his wife, Vickie Lowery Nance of Nashville; one son, Richard Nance of Park City, Utah; one daughter, Melanie Anderson of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York; one stepdaughter Melissa Holden; one stepson, Brouce "Pete" Holden III; his mother Mary Bigham Nance-Stites of Newport; one sister, Franchelle Harrell of Newport and four granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe A. Nance and by one brother. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 11 at the Holden Avenue Church of Christ. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6 until 9 at the funeral home.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Mrs. Brewer
Mrs. Verble H. Brewer, 96, of Paragould, died Friday at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. She was a homemaker. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

McKeeby
Henry John McKeeby, 75, of Osceola died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Osceola. Born in Toledo, Ohio, he was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Osceola. Survivors include one sister, Mary Jo Niver of Ann Arbor, Mich. Funeral services will be held at 2 Sunday afternoon at Calvary Baptist Church in Osceola, with Rev. Ed Gillham officiating. Burial will be Thursday at Fairview Cemetery in Linden, Mich., under the direction of Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 this evening at the funeral home.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Mrs. Nix
Funeral services for Mrs. Flora Carlos Bristow Nix, 92, of Ash Flat, who died Monday at Fulton County Hospital in Salem, were held at 10 Thursday morning at Ash Flat Church of Christ, with Brien Nix Hall and Johnny Carter officiating. Burial followed at the Wiles Cemetery, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Active pallbearers were Howard Welch, Dan Orr, Mack Thompson, Sonny Powell, Ed Martin and Frank Arnold. Honorary pallbearers were Gilbert Wolverton, Alfred Rogers, Jack Richardson, Charles Gibson, Lehman Evans and Jake Johnson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ash Flat Church of Christ. Survivors include one daughter, Pauline Branscum of Ash Flat; one son, Billie Ray Nix of Ash Flat; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ethel Brown of Franklin and Lorena Herron of Ash Flat. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Albine "Bine" Nix; one son; one great-grandchild; three sisters; and two brothers.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Mrs. Albrecht
Mrs. May Frances Buckley Albrecht, 57, of Hardy, formerly of Hobart, Ind., died Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. Born in Gary, Ind., she was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star at Hardy, the Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post in Hobart, the Ladies Auxiliary Fire Department at Lake Station, Ind., and was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include her husband, Glenn Albrecht of the home; five sons, Glenn Albrecht of Batesville, Terry Albrecht of Germany, Joseph Albrecht of Hardy, William Albrecht of Valparaiso, Ind., and Timothy Albrecht of Lake Station, Ind.; her father and stepmother, Joe and Charlotte Buckley of Valparaiso; one sister, Shirley Sikora of Hobart; one brother, Jerry Buckley of Crown Point, Ind.; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother. Memorial services will be held at a later date with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Hulshizer
Earl W. Hulshizer, 73, of Williford, died Tuesday at Eastern Ozarks Regional Health System hospital in Cherokee Village. Funeral services are to be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tri-County's Funeral Service in Highland is in charge of arrangements.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Smith
Charles "Bill" Smith, 75, of Batesville, died Thursday at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Born at Ruddle, he was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and was a member of West Baptist Church in Batesville. He was preceded in death by a brother. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ella Myrle Atkisson Smith of the home; a daughter, Rebecca Ann McConnell of Yardley, Pa.; and two grandsons. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 Monday afternoon at West Baptist Church in Batesville, with Bob Dailey officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery at Batesville. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City is in charge of arrangements. Active pallbearers will include Tim Stark, Melvin Patterson, Buddy Carlile, Bo Clark, Bill Campbell, Andy Goodwin, James Street and Lenny Rush. Visitation is scheduled for 2 to 4 Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Rodrigues
Memorial services for John J. Rodrigues, 76, of 2500 Greenbriar, Jonesboro, have been scheduled for 2:30 Sunday afternoon at the Rodrigues home. Rev. Jack Harris will officiate. Rodrigues died Thursday at his home. Born in Cambridge, Mass., he moved to Jonesboro in 1995 and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He also held membership in the American Legion and the St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Rodrigues retired in 1982 after working for Polaroid Corp. of Cambridge, Mass., for 31 years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Margaret "Peg" Rodrigues of the home; a daughter, Lorraine Lee of Billerica, Mass.; two sons, John "Jack" Rodrigues of Billerica, Mass., and David Rodrigues of Waltham, Mass.; a sister, Alice Mayo of Orleans, Mass., and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six brothers. The body is to be cremated, and burial is to be at a later time in Massachusetts. No visitation has been planned. The family requests that persons wishing to leave lasting memorials consider St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.; the Jonesboro Church Health Center at 200 West Matthews, Jonesboro; or CityTeam Ministries at 118 Burke Ave., Jonesboro. Langford's Funeral Service of Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Mrs. McPherson
Funeral services for Mrs. Lorinda McPpherson, 95, of Paragould, who died Thursday, will be held this afternoon at 1:30 at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould, with Rev. Dennis Scudder officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery in Paragould. Born in Blount County, Ala., she was a homemaker and a member of East Side Baptist Church in Paragould. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas McPherson, and two brothers and three sisters. Survivors include three sons, Doyle McPherson of Flint, Mich., Harold McPherson and Gene McPherson, both of Paragould; and nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Bill Messer, J.W. Dial, Troy Barlow, Charlie Cook, Steve Adams and Wayne Brightwell. The family asks that lasting memorials be made to the East Side Baptist Church in Paragould.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000

Mrs. Henken
Mrs. Jeanette Marie Henken, 75, of Cherokee Village, died Friday at Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ash Flat. Born in Arlington Heights, Ill., she was a homemaker and a Methodist. She was also a member of the Indian Hills Bowling League. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Henken. Survivors include two sons, Guy Henken of Burlington, Wis., and Mark Henken of Rancine, Wis.; three daughters, Tammy Hamm of Ash Flat, Roberta Luxem and Linda Curtin, both of Racine, Wis.; one brother, Harold Vetter of Arlington Heights, Ill.; one sister, Betty Fink of Schaumburg, Ill.; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Tri-County's Funeral Services of Highland.
Dated Saturday, April 8, 2000


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