Mr. Jeff Able, age 96, of Earle, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at his home in Earle.
Mr. Able, a retired farmer, was a member of the Earle First Assembly of God Church and a past member of the St. Francis County Farm Bureau. He also served as a board member of the St. Francis County Farmers Co-op and the Black Fish Lake Lions Club.
Mr. Able is survived by his wife, Stella May Forrester Able of Earle; one daughter, Sarah Ferguson of Heth; two step daughters, Bettye Forrester Smith of Jacksonville, Fla. and Marie Forrester Almond of Russellville; two sons, Tommy Able of West Memphis and Billy Able of Heth; a step son, Gene Forrester of Cherokee Village; three sisters, May Hammons of Millington, Tenn., Bee Conzone of Evans Mountain, N.C. and Dorothy Kinard of Grubbs; three brothers, Dan Able of Bradenton, Fla., Roy Able of Munford, Tenn., and Richard Able of Tacoma, Wash.; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a wife, Clara Lorene Able.
Funeral services for Mr. Able will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, in the Chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests all memorials be sent to the American Heart Association or Haven Hospice.
Hattie "Bebop" Farrish
Mrs. Hattie "Bebop" Farrish, age 82, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Forrest City.
Mrs. Farrish, born Dec. 2, 1919, in St. Joseph, La., was the daughter of Tom Ivory and Christine Farrish. She is survived by six nieces, Ruby Rogers of Lake View, Mattie Hall and Mary Elizabeth Hall, both of St. Louis, Mo., Jessie Mae Anderson of Rochester, N.Y., and Sherry Bateman and Mary Hall, both of Chicago, Ill., and two nephews, Frank Jefferson and Willie Jefferson, both of St. Louis, Mo.
Visitation services for Mrs. Farrish will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral services for Mrs. Farrish will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Woodhouse Mortuary with Rev. S.W. Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.
Bob K. McKenzie
Mr. Bob K. McKenzie, age 87, of Hughes, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at his home in Hughes.
Mr. McKenzie, born Oct. 21, 1914, in Booneville, was the son of James Franklin McKenzie and Dora Williams McKenzie.
In 1940 Mr. McKenzie graduated from the University of Arkansas and moved to Hughes to teach agriculture and farm. He was a Mason and a member of First Baptist Church of Hughes, where he served as a deacon. He served as a member of several boards including the Hughes School Board, where he served for 16 year and the East Arkansas Community College Board. He was a Hughes City Council member for 28 years and served on the Hughes Grainery Board and the Baptist Memorial Hospital Board. He also served as a member of the Arkansas Cotton Council and a Rotarian. He was the 1983 Farm Bureau outstanding senior farmer as well as a Paul Harris Fellow.
In 1939 Mr. McKenzie married Marry Kelly and she survives him along with three daughters, Margaret Herzfeld of Benton, Carole Parsley of Crofton, Md. and Kathy McKenzie; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son 1996, Bob Kelly McKenzie.
Funeral services for Mr. McKenzie were held today, Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home. Burial services were held at 3 p.m. today, at Sheridan Cemetery in Sheridan under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be made to the Hughes Rotary Scholarship Fund, 14563 Hwy. 38, E., Hughes, AR, 72348
Xavian Linwood Otha Strong
Xavian Linwood Otha Strong, age 5, of Little Rock, died on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002. Xavian, born Aug. 3, 1997, was the son of Tracey Strong. He attended Tru-Care Development Center and was a kindergartner at Badgett Elementary.
Xavian is survived by his mother, a sister, Zalakia Jordan; his grandparents, Michael and Linda Miles; a grandfather, Sam Strong; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, Otha and Georgia Lee Ford.
Visitation services for Xavian Strong will be held Tuesday, August 27, 2002, at Robinson Mortuary, Inc. in North Little Rock, from noon to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at the Greater Paradise Church in Little Rock, with Rev. Bruce Murry officiating. Burial will follow at Casteel Cemetery in Forrest City under the direction of Robinson Mortuary, Inc.
Mr. Virdo Jordan, age 92, of Wynne, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at Cross Ridge Community Hospital in Wynne.
Mr. Jordan, formerly of Palestine, was born Sept. 22, 1909, in Alicefield, Ala. He was a retired farmer is survived by five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Jordan were held today, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Clay Funeral Home with Rev. Uzziah Duncan officiating. Burial followed in Elcannon Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.
Howard A. "Bud" Williamson
Mr. Howard A. "Bud" Williamson, age 90, of Wheatley, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002, at his home in Wheatley.
Mr. Williamson, former mayor of Wheatley, was a retired farmer and a member of the Wheatley Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mary "Sissy" Ellis Williamson of the home; a son, Steve Williamson of Brinkley; two daughters, Anne Butcher of Cotton Plant and Pat Loewer of Brinkley; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Williamson were held at Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, 11 a.m. at Wheatley Methodist Church with Rev. Kavan Dodson and Rev. Wilbert Feagan officiating. Burial services will be held in Johnston Cemetery under the direction of Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home of Brinkley.
Emma Lou Ming
Ms. Emma Lou Ming, 56, formerly of Lepanto and Marked Tree, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2002, at her home in Jonesboro. Ms. Ming was a retired teacher of 34 years, a former member of the Eastern Star, active in charities and a Baptist.
Ms. Ming was preceeded in death by her father, R.M. "Buddy" Ming, her mother, Dicksie Louise Helms Ming and two brothers, Jack Ming and Jimmy Ming. She is survived by a sister, Sarah Payne of West Memphis; a brother, Jerry Ming of Marked Tree and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Ms. Ming will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002, at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at the Chapel of Roller Citizens with Brother David Applegate officiating. Burial will follow in Marked Tree Cemetery in Marked Tree under the direction of Roller Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis. The family requests memorials be made to Boys Town, Feed the Children and the American Cancer Society.
H.R. Rich Jr.
Mr. H.R. Rich Jr., age 93, of Stuttgart, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at Crestpark of Stuttgart.
Mr. Rich was born Dec. 9, 1908 in Stuttgart and was a lifelong resident. He was a member of the Rotary Club, various Masonic lodges and the First Christian Church.
Mr. Rich is survived by a niece Mary Rich Wirski, of Forrest City, and several other nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Mr. Rich will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at the First Christian Church in Stuttgart at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, in Lone Tree Cemetery under the direction of Turpin Funeral Home Inc.
Margaret Ninnie Versey
Mrs. Margaret Ninnie Versey, age 90, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2002, at Harris Hospital in Newport.
Mrs. Versey was born July 31, 1912 in Weldon and is survived by two nieces, Dolly Mae Griffin of Newport and Linnie Mae Jones of Little Rock.
Funeral services for Mrs. Versey will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002 at 10 a.m. at St. Luke A.M.E. Church with Rev. E.J. Outley Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest City Cemetery under the direction of Tolerson and Sons Funeral Home of Newport.
John J. Callahan
Mr. John J. Callahan, age 83, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2002 at his daughter's home in Forrest City.
Mr. Callahan was born Jan. 7, 1919, in Texas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Callahan. Mr. Callahan lived in Forrest City most of his life, was a factory worker and farmer, and a member of the Good Hope Baptist Church.
Mr. Callahan married Lula Worley in 1939 and she survives him along with three daughters, Mildred Britton of Wynne, Louise Howard and Josie Allmond both of Forrest City; three sons, Johnny Callahan, J.L. Callahan and Ellis Frost all of Forrest City; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. He had one son, Richard Kellum, who preceded him in death in 1988.
Visitation for Mr. Callahan will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home with burial following in Hughes Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Ethel Mae Dean Webber
Mrs. Ethel Mae Dean Webber, age 51, of Forrest City and formerly of Hughes, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2002, Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis.
Mrs. Webber is survived by her husband, Rev. Eugene Webber of Forrest City; her mother, Ollie Mae Dean of Hughes; three daughters, Helen Jean Troup of Forrest City, Janet Wallace of St. Louis, Mo. and Debbie Webber of New Orleans, La.; one son, Andre Blocker of Memphis; three sisters, Helen Smith of Hughes, Doskie Lee Rupert of Brickeys and Patricia Tucker of St. Louis, Mo.; four brothers, Elder Alexander Dean of Hughes, Freddie Dean of Gary, Ind., Charles Dean of Detroit, Mich. and Roosevelt Dean of Forrest City and nine grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Webber will be held Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Hughes. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the church with burial following in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Brickeys. Anthony Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.