Mr. Rufus Hicks, age 65, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Hicks, born June 15, 1936, in Moro, was the son of Rufus Hicks Sr. and Juanita Rivers Sloan. He is survived by his wife Ora Lee Hicks, of Colt; five daughters, Rochelle Hicks and Patricia Hicks, both of Chicago, Ill., Inez Turner of Memphis, LeKerial Hicks of St. Louis, Mo. and Mary Hicks of Marianna; six sons, James Hicks of Eldorado, John Mills, of Little Rock, Larry Berry of Palestine, Rufus Hicks III and Curtis Taylor, both of Three Rivers, Mich., and Dana Hicks of Dallas, Texas and 23 grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Hicks will be held Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Goodwin Church of God in Christ with Elder A.D. Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Mr. Moriah Cemetery in Moro under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.
Mrs. Pauline Payne, age 71, of Southaven, Miss., died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Baptist Progressive Care in Southaven.
Mrs. Payne was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James William Payne.
She is survived by one son, Ronald Lewis Payne of Southaven, Miss.; three sisters, Jacqueline Milton of Wynne; Helen Slough and Marjorie Ramsey, both of Portageville, Mo.
Funeral services for Mrs. Payne will be held Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at 3 p.m., at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven, Miss. Burial will follow in Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens.
Geraldine 'Glen' Giles
Mrs. Geraldine Giles, age 79, of Palestine, died Friday, March 29, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Mrs. Giles, born April 27, 1922, in Crosby, was the daughter of John Branscomb and Nora Dell Ray Branscomb. She lived in eastern Arkansas for most of her life and was a housewife and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
In 1937 Mrs. Giles married Rev. Glen Giles and he preceded her in death in 1987. She is survived by two sons, Carl Giles of Forrest City and Wayne Giles of Berryville; two daughters, Linda Wood of West Memphis and Judy Jayroe of Palestine; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, Collier Shaw Fisher and Addison Gray Erwin.
Funeral services for Mrs. Giles were held today, Monday, April 1, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Burial followed at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Daniel Ray Hart
Mr. Daniel Ray Hart, age 31, of Palestine, died Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Hart, born Oct. 1, 1970, in Little Rock and was the son of Loyd Hart Sr. and Shirley Temple Robinson Hart. He worked in construction and was a member of the Church of God.
He is survived by his mother; a daughter, Katie Ray Hart, of Conway; five brothers, Loyd Hart Jr., Nelson Hart, Joe Hart and Robert Hart, all of Palestine and Gary Hart of Dewitt; eight sisters, Debra Armstrong of Dewitt, Wanda Greene of Clarendon, Kay Ballard of Cotton Plant, Lynn Ortiz of Moro and Marjorie Hutchinson, Betty Hart and Tina Pate, all of Palestine and Linda Ortiz of Rogers; three step-brothers, Carl Hankins Jr. of Miami, Fla., Johnnie Hankins and Tommy Hankins, both of Forrest City and a step-sister, Lavon Hankins of Miami, Fla.
Funeral services for Mr. Hart were held, Saturday, March 30, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in Marianna with Rev. Bill Thomason officiating. Burial followed in Marianna Memorial Park under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of Marianna.
Leon Ray Helms
Mr. Leon Ray Helms, age 75, of Paragould, died Friday, March 29, 2002.
Mr. Helms, born Aug. 12, 1926, was the son of Herbert Helms and Opal Blount Helms. He was a car salesman and a member of the Marion Church of Christ. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Helms is survived by his mother, of Paragould; two sons, Jerry Helms of Cheney, Wash. and Gene Helms of Andover, Kan.; two daughters, Judy Knight of Beech Grove and Jane Taylor of Paragould; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Helms were held today, Monday, April 1, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Morgan Chapel. Burial followed at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.
Christopher Lee Leary
Mr. Christopher Lee Leary, age 21, of Forrest City, died Thursday, March 28, 2002.
Mr. Leary, born Nov. 15, 1980, in Indianapolis, Ind., was the son of Hank and Marieanneai Henley Leary. He was employed by Food Giant and was a Baptist by faith.
Mr. Leary is survived by his parents, a brother, Michael Leary, of Indianapolis, Ind. and a sister, Tina Leary, of Greenville, Ind.
Funeral services for Mr. Leary were held, Sunday, March 31, 2002, at Morgan Chapel with Bro. Gary Chapman officiating, assisted by Bro. Ron Coats. Burial followed at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.
James Houston Sr.
Mr. James Houston Sr., age 92, of Marianna, died Monday, April 8, 2002, at the Helena Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Houston, a retired custodian, is survived by a daughter, Dorothy Houston Lloyd of Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, James Houston Jr., of Marianna; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2002, at the St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Marianna. Burial will be in the Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmonson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2002, at the J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home Chapel in Marianna.
Mrs. Gussie Jennings, age 91, of Marianna, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the Helena Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Jennings was a member of St. John M.B. Church in Felton, is survived by two nieces, Justine Wesley and Wanda Morganfield, both of St. Louis, Mo.
Visitation services for Mrs. Jennings will be held, Friday, April 12, 2002, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kennedy Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mrs. Jennings will be held, Saturday, April 13, 2002, at noon at St. John M.B. Church in Felton with Rev. Spencer Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Pilgrim Cemetery under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.
Patricia Ann Foley
Mrs. Patricia Ann Foley of Forrest City died Sunday, April 7, 2002, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. She was 49.
Mrs. Foley was born May 3, 1952, in Forrest City. She was a retired auditor.
Survivors include her father, Lepoleon Nelson of Forrest City; her mother, Lillie Nelson of Forrest City; three sisters, Earlene Townsend of California, Bytha Mills of Troy, Mich., and Peggy Nelson of Little Rock and three brothers, Lepoleon Nelson Jr., of Conway, Edward Nelson of Little Rock and Christopher Nelson of Atlanta.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 12, 2002, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, 2002, at the Taylor's Chapel CME Church with burial to follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home of Forrest City.
William "Dub" Hill
Mr. William "Dub" Hill of Forrest City died Monday, April 8, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City. He was 73.
Mr. Hill was an employee of Halstead Industries and the Arkansas Highway Department in Wynne for a number of years before retiring. He also operated the former Hill's Service Station in Wynne for two years. He was a member of the Antioch Baptist Church near Wynne and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served during the Korean War.
Survivors include two sons, Brian Kenneth Hill of Colt and Lee Hill of Caldwell; one daughter, Cindy Lowe of Hardy; one brother, Richard T. Hill of Forrest City; one sister, Louise West DeWitt of Colt; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Hill was preceded in death by his parents, Emmitt and Ruby Tims Hill; his wife, Bonnie Faye Haynes Hill; a son, William Keith Hill and a brother, Clovis Eugene Hill.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2002 at the Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Wynne. Burial was in Harris Chapel Cemetery at Wynne under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Homes of Wynne and McCrory.
Lyda Mae Wright
Mrs. Lyda Mae Wright of Blytheville, formerly of Forrest City, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville. She was 95.
Mrs. Wright was born Jan. 14, 1907, in Jericho, Ark. She was a retired housekeeper.
Survivors include two daughters, Tessie Okuseinde of Blytheville and Lena Thomas of Youngstown, Ohio; a sister, Frenchie Young of Chicago; 14 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 12, 2002, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2002, at the Cornerstone M.B. Church with burial to follow in Stanley Grove Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home of Forrest City.