Eric Kyle Hendrix, 20, was born Aug. 19, 1980 and died Saturday evening July 28 at the family residence in Trumann of natural causes.
Hendrix was born in Memphis and lived most of his life in Trumann. He was a junior at Arkansas State University, employee of Walton Enterprises, a 1998 graduate of Trumann High School, member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and Ducks Unlimited. Hendrix was preceeded in death by one brother, Tommy Floyd Hendrix, Jr. in 1996and his grandfather Robert E. Hendrix in 1993.
He is survived by parents Tommy and Jane Hendrix and grandparents Anita Hendrix of Trumann and Louise and Floyd Walton of Trumann.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Rev. Frank Bufford officiating. He was buried at Nettleton Cemetery in Jonesboro. Visitation was Monday evening.
Era "Bo" Aston
Mr. Era "Bo" Aston, 77, was born January 11,1924 and died Thursday morning September 27, 2001. Mr. Aston was born in Harrisburg, Ark., and had lived in Trumann for the past 35 years. He was a retired factory worker from Salvant and Salant in Trumann and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by six sisters, two brothers and was the son of the late G.C. and Annie Hill Aston. He is survived by his wife: Mrs. Earlene Aston of the home, two daughters: Mrs. Carol Orr of Grand Prairie, TX., and Mrs. Rhonda Helton of Trumann, AR., two sons: Dwight Aston of Abilene, TX. and one sister: Mrs. Lois Peterson of Albert Lee, MN. Also surviving him are 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. The visitation was Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home. The burial was held at Farm Hill Cemetery in Harissburg, Ark. The Pallbearers included Herbert Whittingham, O'Neal Whittingham, Earl Whittingham, Raymond Whittingham,Sr. Paul Whittingham, James Whittingham, and Raymond Whittingham, Jr., Honorary Pallbearers included John Orr, Jason Orr, Mitch Aston, Francis Orr, Darrell Cannon and Oscar Mason.
Roy T. Roberts
Roy T. Roberts, 83, of Trumann died June 16 at Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro of natural causes.
He was born in Calhoun, Miss. And had lived in Trumann for the past 32 years. He was a retired Master Sergeant for the U.S. Army and of the Protestant faith.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Jewell Hawkins, and one brother, J.W. Roberts and his parents, James Brian and Vera Brannon Roberts.
He is survived by his wife, Vivian Roberts of the home, one daughter, Carolyn Williams of Kansas City, Missouri, two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday June 25 at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann. Funeral services were Wednesday June 25, in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Rev. Pat Sims and Rev. Jim Thresher officiating.
Burial followed at Jonesboro Memorial Park in Jonesboro. Pallbearers were Brent Jacobs, Perry Young, Alan Kline, Jimmy Joe Chaffin, John Stuckey and Al Lindsey.
Albert L. Nance
Albert L. Nance of Kansas City, Mo., died November 19, 2002. He was 79 years old.
Mr. Nance was born in Alton, Mo., on September 4, 1923 and was raised in Trumann. Mr. Nance was in the service and retired after serving 22 years in the army.
Mr. Nance was survived by his wife, Mary Louise Nance; three daughters, Linda Whitten, Gail Burnette, and June Paige; one brother, Charlie Nance; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services for Mr. Nance were held at Charter Funerals / Northland Chapel with Vernon A. Burnette officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Whitten, David Paige, Joel Burnette, Simon Paige, John Shepley, and John Lozano. The burial followed at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, Kan.
Burl James Gillis
Mr. Burl James Gillis of Payneway, died Jan. 24, 2003, at his residence. He was 76 years old.
Mr. Gillis was a deacon and member of Corner's Chapel Baptist Church. He was also a WWII veteran of the Navy. Mr. Gillis was preceded in death by his parents, Tillman and Ruth Gillis, one brother, Elvis Gillis, and one grandchild, Dekoe Carrol.
Survivors include Mr. Gillis's wife, Geraldine Gillis, of the home; three sons, Jim Gillis and Dennis Gillis both of Jonesboro, and Glen Gillis of Marked Tree; three daughters, Linda Smith of Trumann, Ruth Ross of Marked Tree, and Gaye Carroll of Bay Village; three sisters, Bernice Crone of Memphis, Tenn., Mary Lois Yates of Marmaduke, Ark., and Lavada Edwards of Clarksdale, Miss.; one brother, Melvin Gillis of Trumann; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Gillis were held Monday, Jan. 27 at Corner's Chapel Baptist Church with Bobby, Barnett, George fink and Larry Loggins officiating. The burial followed at Jonesboro Memorial Park in Jonesboro.
Pallbearers were Craig Ross, Johnny Carrol, Grady Gillis, Garrett Gillis, Jared Gillis, Brandon Gillis, Nate Gillis, Larry Gillis, Wayne Loggians, Greg Gillis, Stephen Gillis and Michael Gillis.
All those wishing to donate to a lasting memorial are encouraged to send donations in honor of Mr. Gillis to Corner's Chapel Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Dorothy Jean Thomas
Mrs. Dorothy Jean Thomas of Jonesboro, passed away Wednesday, June 4, at the family residence of natural causes. She was 70 years old.
Mrs. Thomas was born on March 10, 1933, in Princeton, Ala., and had lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. She was retired from the Arkansas Glass Container Packing Department in Jonesboro, Ark., and was of the Baptist belief. Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar William and Rendy Flora Eakes Jones.
Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband Bobby Thomas, of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Patsy Diane Kelly and Mrs. Teresa Renee Shuburte both of Trumann, and Mrs. Joan Gail Griffin of Jonesboro; two sons, Donald Ray Thomas of Jonesboro and Roger Elroy Thomas of Trumann; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Ruth Morris of Trumann and Mrs. Joyce Qualls Mingo of Brookland; three brothers, Glen Joens of Sparta, Tenn., Junior Jones of Jonesboro, and Jimmy Jones of Trumann; thirteen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Thomas were held Friday afternoon in the chapel of Thomason Funeral Home in Trumann with Rev. Tommy Jacobs officiating. The burial followed at the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro.
Active pallbearers were Johnny Griffin, Johnny Shuburte, Paul Wilson, Robbie Thomas, Steve Kelly and Jason Coin. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Morris, Ren Shuburte and Brian Thomas.
Mr. Wilford F. "Bill" Steffens of Trumann, passed away July 29, 2003, from a drowning accident at Norfolk River in Mountain Home, Ark. He was 72 years old.
Mr. Steffens was born in Dixon, Ill., and had lived in Trumann since 1989 and was formerly of Memphis, Tenn. He was a retired salesman and restaurant manager, a member of the Northeast Arkansas Fly Fishers and of the Methodist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joann B. Worden Steffens in 1993, one sister, Laronna Sue Hazelwood and his mother Helen Gliczinski Steffens Willstead.
Survivors include one daughter, Ms. Vickie Steffens of Rockford, Ill.; two sons, Steven Steffens of Memphis, Tenn., and Gary Steffens of Houston, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Alice Daniels of Dixon, Ill.; two grandchildren, Logan and Julie Steffens both of Houston Texas; and a fiancée, Ms. Dorthiea Reeves of Trumann.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 2, 2003, in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Rev. Jimmy Anderson officiating. The burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Weiner, Ark.
Pallbearers were Charles Hazelwood, Delbert Reeves, Michael Ames, Danny Cochran, Buell Crider and Dennis Reed.
Bobby M. Hammonds, 68, was born Aug. 29, 1932 and died Saturday evening July 28, 2001 at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro of natural causes.
Hammonds was born in Kenton, Tenn. and had lived in Trumann for the past 31 years. He was also formerly of Chicago, Ill. He owned Hammond's Plumbing until his retirement, served on the Trumann City Council for 20 years and was a member of the First Assembly of God in Trumann. He was preceeded in death by one daughter Elizabeth Renee Hammonds in 1968, three sisters, five brothers and was the son of the late William Herman and Myrtle Norman Hammonds.
He is survived by his wife Loreda Webb Hammonds, daughters Kristin Wilson of Trumann and Sheila Austin of Harrisburg, sons Kelley Hammonds of Trumann and Dewayne Hammonds of Trenton, Tenn., sister Patsy Perryman and brothers Ted Hammonds of Martin, Tenn. and Roy Hammonds of Union City, Tenn. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was 11 a.m. Tuesday morning in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Rev. Kenneth Doke officiating. The burial is at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation was Monday evening.
Dorothy "Dot" McCrea Simmons, 76, was born Dec. 7,1924 and died Monday morning Oct. 1, 2001 at the Regional Medical Center of NEA in Jonesboro, Ark, of natural causes. Mrs. Simmons was born in Little Rock, Ark. and was a lifetime resident of Trumann. She owned and operated City Cafe in Trumann for 25 years until her retirement in 1981 and was a member of the Central Missionary Baptist Church in Trumann. She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. "Smokey" Simmons in 1980, one son, Donald Wayne Simmons in 1996; two brothers, Virgil and C. P. Martin and was daughter of the late Harley and Jane Ann Hancock Richards. She is survived by her 5 grandchildren: Donna Skelly of McComb, Ohio; Dana Conner of Eldon, MO.; Jimmy Wayne Simmons of West Plains, MO.; David Shane Simmons of West Plains,MO.; and Joseph Simmons of Trumann.Also surviving her are 8 great- grandchildren. The visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann, with Rev. Bill Maxwell Park Cemetery in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The burial will be in the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. The Pallbearers are Stanley Walker, Shannon Smith, Michael Smith, Jerry Smith, Steve Conner and Jeffery Walker. Honorary Pallbearers include Bill Teague, Gene Pounds, J.T. Allen, Bill Cook, Gerald Smith, Jim Simmons, Shane Simmons, and Bob Skelly.