Bishop Estes Monroe Roberts, 83, died Thursday, November 12, in Winter
Formerly of Marianna, he was a resident of Winter Garden and a Bishop of
the Church of God. He was a dedicated minister who built churches all
over the state.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Roberts of Winter Garden; one
daughter, Phyllis Sparks of Jacksonville; two stepdaughters, Jean West
and Cynthia O'Meara, both of Orlando; one stepson, Steve Frazier also of
Orlando; one brother, Norman Roberts of Medford, OR; six grandchildren
and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 18 at 2 p.m. at
Roller-Citizens Chapel with Bishop Paul Lawrence officiating. Burial
followed at Marianna Memorial Park.
Arangements were handled by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Whitman Mitchell, 79, died Wednesday, November 18, at Crittenden
Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.
He was a farmer and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in
Harrisburg. He also was a member of the Truman Blue Lodge 694 F&AM.
He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Swan of West Memphis and Alice
Osment of Harrisbrug; one son, Gary Mitchell of West Memphis; one
sister, Margaret Flora of Mishawaka, IN.; seven grandchildren and eight
Funeral services were held Friday, November 20, at Roller-Citizens
Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis at 11 a.m. Burial followed at
Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.
Arrangements were handled by Roller-Citizens in West Memphis.
Robert Johnson, Sr.
Robert Truman "Bob" Johnson, 80, passed away Wednesday, November 18, at
Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis after an illness.
He was the son of Floyd and Beadie Johnson. He was born July 18, 1918,
in the Oak Forest community of Lee County. He was a lifelong resident of
Lee County, a retired businessman, farmer, and community leader.
He was owner of Johnson's Grocery in downtown Marianna for 50 years,
having joined his father in the grocery business after returning from
World War II. He enjoyed the privilege of working in the family store
with his father, his son, and a daughter, before his retirement in the
Active in the community, he was past PTA President, past Lion's Club
President, past Commander of Julius Benham Post #5 of the American
Legion, a former Little League coach, and a volunteer high school band
director immediately after the war. He served with the 206th Army Coast
Artillery as a Master Sergeant in the Aleutian Islands from 1940-45 and
fought in the Battle of Dutch Harbor. During those years, he also served
as trombonist, vocalist and arranger with the Army Band.
A small, but gifted, athlete, he quarterbacked his high school football
teams, and also lettered in basketball and track, where he set school
records, some of which stood for decades. He attended Magnolia A&M,
where he was on the boxing team. Later in life, he enjoyed playing golf.
He was known for his quick wit and devotion to family, friends,
community and church. A member of the First United Methodist Church of
Marianna, he sang tenor in the choir for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Floyd Estelle
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Allen Johnson; a son, Robin Johnson,
and daughter-in-law, Pam Johnson, of Marianna; three daughters,
Stephanie Dixon and son-in-law, Bill Dixon, and Camille Bryant, all of
Cabot, and Kim Felker and son-in-law, Mark Felker of Crawfordsville;
nine grandchildren, Lee, Margo and Megan Felker of Crawfordsville, Craig
and Rebecca Johnson of Marianna, Adrienne Bryant of Cabot, Chad Bryant
of Memphis, Paisley Dixon of Fayetteville and Erin Dixon Bush and
grandson-in-law, Brian Bush of Little Rock; two sisters, Lois Duke of
Marianna and Willastein Odom of Maumelle; and a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 20, at First United
Methodist Church in Marianna with Rev. Judy Clark officiating.
Pallbearers were Steve Lindsey, John Oxner, Jr., Wally Pickens, Bill
Gerrard, David Gerrard and Buriness Soles.
Honorary pallbearers were Jack Dozier, Dr. Fred Rutledge, Ed Brown,
George Word, Marlin Williams and members of the American Legion.
Arrangements were handled by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in Helena.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Marianna.
Milton Eric Tucker
Milton Eric "Sammy" Tucker, 54, died Wednesday, November 18, at the
University Hospital in Little Rock.
He was a resident of Lee County and a heavy equipment operator.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Carrier Tucker of Marianna; four
daughters, Sonya Tucker, Stephanie Tucker, Susie Tucker and Sandy
Tucker, all of Marianna; two brothers, Buck Tucker of Moro and Jimmy
Tucker of Stuttgart and three sisters, Martha Carroll of Palestine, Mary
White of Memphis and Betty Perry of Nashville.
Graveside services were held Friday, November 20, at 3 p.m. at Marianna
Memorial Park with Rev. Al Merchant officiating.
Arrangements were handled by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Gertha Lee Trice
Gertha Lee Trice, 74, died Sunday, November 22, in Little Rock.
She graduated from Forrest City High School and attended East Arkansas
Community College. She inspired all of her children to go to college
with 11 of 13 children graduating from the University of Arkansas at
Pine Bluff. The legacy continued with four grandchildren graduating from
She was a long time community activist, 4-H leader, and farmer. In 1975,
she created the Lee County Self Help Project. Early on, this nonprofit
organization provided clothing and food to low income families in the
Mississippi Delta. As the LCSHP matured, it provided seed for growing
vegetables, transportation for rural residents, cattle to start
livestock operations from Winrock International, grant to build a
community building for Garrett Grove, and many other projects to assist
the surrounding communities of Lee County. She received numerous awards
for her 4-H work and other community activities.
She is survived by a sister, Martha Lee Morgan of Little Rock; eight
sons, Ernest Trice of Hot Springs, Garland Trice and Jeff Trice, both of
Pine Bluff, Herbert Trice, Larry Trice and Darrell Trice, all of
Houston, Viol Trice of Lansing, MI and Kalvin Trice of Little Rock; five
daughters, Essie Hewett of Little Rock, Addie Evans, Ethel Green and
Gertha Williams, all of Houston, and Geraldine Trice of Las Vegas; 26
grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Addie Lee Morgan and James
Bailey; one sister, Siretha Harris and one brother, Robert Morgan.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 28 at 2 p.m. with Dr.
Ernest Trice officiating at the New Bethel M.B.C. on 268 South Poplar
St. in Marianna.
Visitation will be on Friday, November 27, from 5-7 p.m. at Marianna
Anna Jo Anderson, 68, of West Fork, died Monday, May 6, 2002, in Fayetteville.
She was born in Marianna to Larry Nicholas and Jewel White.
She is survived by her husband, Leroy Anderson of West Fork; a son, Harry F. Locke Jr. of Fayetteville; two daughters, Deborah Clark of Eureka Springs and Von Caldwell of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Max Herron of West Memphis; three sisters, Margaret Taylor of Osage, Pansy Billingsley of Palestine and Betty Nicholas of Forrest City; and six grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at Marianna Memorial Park with Rev. Wayne Gore officiating.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Zirlee Ramsey, 74, of Forrest City, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
He was a retired farmer.
He is survived by three daughters, Virse Lee Watts of Fullerton Calif., Betty Dorsey of Palestine and Hazel Ramsey Scroggins of Little Rock; two brothers, Nathanial Oliphant of Morton Grove, Ill. and James Oliphant of Chicago; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at Morgan Chapel in Forrest City with Elder Nathanial Pendleton officiating. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery in Tchula, Miss.
J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Helen Lucille Harris, 87, of Cordova, Tenn., died Tuesday, May 21, 2002.
She was born in Tuckerman and has live in Marianna.
She is survived by two daughters, Josephine Travis of Cordova and Norma Sue Buford of Helena; two sons, James F. Harris of Sherwood and Danny H. Harris of Memphis; a brother Ralph Anderson of Anaheim, Calif.' 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 24 at the First Baptist Church in Marianna with Rev. Alan Greer and Rev. Steve Walter officiating. Burial was in Marianna Memorial Park.
Roller-Citizens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.