Earnest Edward Gilliam Sr.
Mr. Earnest (Ernie) Edward Gilliam Sr., age 70, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Gilliam was born Feb. 9, 1932, in Lonoke County, the son of George T. Gilliam and Lottie Ruth Burgess Gilliam. He was a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Forrest City, an Army veteran and a retired insurance agent with Reliable Life Insurance Company.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Autry Gilliam in 1999, two brothers, Bill Gilliam and James Gilliam, and one sister, Lucille Gilliam Lott.
Survivors include a son, Earnest Edward (Eddie) Gilliam Jr., of Covington, Tenn.; a daughter, Janet Debra (Debbie) Gilliam of Forrest City and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Thursday evening, June 6, 2002, at the First United Pentecostal Church in Forrest City.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2002, at the First United Pentecostal Church in Forrest City with Rev. Aubrey Jayroe, Rev. John Creasy, Rev. Trent E. Gilliam and Rev. Terry Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in Johnson Cemetery in Wheatley under the direction of Bob Neal and Sons Funeral Home of Brinkley.
Zelma Cortez "Corky" Stewart
Mrs. Zelma Cortez "Corky" Stewart, a former resident of Forrest City, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Stewart was part of the original staff of Forrest Memorial Hospital which opened in 1958, where she earned her license as a Practical Nurse and worked until she retired to Bastrop, La., in 1975. She later moved to Houston to be near her daughter.
Mrs. Stewart is survived by her husband of 59 years, Fred P. Stewart; one daughter, Ann Hardy of Houston, Texas; two granddaughters and four sisters.
Funeral services for Mrs. Stewart will be held in Bastrop, La., on Saturday, June 8, 2002.
Mr. Jamey Hiertz, age 54, of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Mr. Hiertz was an author and a member of Deliverance Family Worship Center.
He was preceded in death by his father Carl Hiertz and his mother Lucylle Hiertz.
Mr. Hiertz is survived by his wife, LaNan Hiertz of Jonesboro.
Visitation for Mr. Hiertz will be held Friday, March 1, 2002, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Langford's Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside funeral services for Mr. Hiertz will be conducted on Saturday, March 2, 2002, at 1 p.m., at Oaklawn Cemetery, with Perry Walker officiating the service, under the direction of Langford's Funeral Service.
Jerry Lee Kelso
Mr. Jerry Lee Kelso, aged 67, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002.
Mr. Kelso was born April 26, 1934 in St. Francis County, the son of Floyd Monroe Kelso and Jenny Florence Melton Kelso. He moved back to St. Francis County in 1971, was retired from Airtherm, and was a Baptist.
He is survived by two sons, Gary Minnick and Terry Minnick, both of Sandwich, Ill.; a daughter, Carol Ann Dillion of Sanford Fla.; a brother, Roger Kelso of Forrest City; five sisters, Nettie Bateman and Ruby Nichols of Forrest City, Ruth Barnes of Illinois, Peggy Godair of Mississippi and Carolyn Paulette Ramsey of Lexa; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 1, from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral Services for Mr. Kelso will be held at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2002 at Stevens Funeral Home, with burial following in Hughes Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Wilmer Rogers, age 96, of Colt, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis.
Mrs. Rogers, born Oct. 18, 1905, in Turrell, was a retired farmer.
She is survived by a daughter Ermalene Handcock of Colt; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Rogers will be held Saturday, March 2, 2002, from 4 to 5 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mrs. Rogers will be held Sunday, March 3, 2002, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Sinai M.B. Church with Rev. Henry W. Showers officiating. Burial will follow at Clark Cemetery under the direction Clay Funeral Home.
Jimmy L. Phillips
Mr. Jimmy L. Phillips, age 55, of Madison, died Friday, March 8, 2002.
Mr. Phillips was a member of the St. Francis County Search and Rescue Team and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
He is survived by four daughters, Lesley Phillips and Kimberly Moore, both of Little Rock, Chandra Griham of Oklahoma and Sharon Hughes of Forrest City; three sisters, Velma Means and Cavanda Arnold, both of Heth and Flora Jean Arnold of Washington; three brothers, Booker Arnold of Little Rock, David Arnold of California and Eddie Arnold of Biggers.
Visitation for Mr. Phillips will be Thursday, March 14, 2002, from 9 to 11 a.m., at St. John Baptist Church in Madison. Funeral services for Mr. Phillips will follow the same day at 11 a.m., at the church with burial following in Paradise Gardens in Edmondson under the direction of Robinson Mortuary in North Little Rock.
Marie Evelyn Cooney
Mrs. Marie Evelyn Cooney, age 80, of El Dorado, died Thursday, March 14, 2002, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas.
Mrs. Cooney was born Feb. 13, 1922 in Forrest City, and was the daughter of Ben and Esther Hendricks Hill. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Cooney was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert M. Cooney; five brothers, Jack Hill, James Hill, Ray Hill, Floyd Hill and Ben Hill Jr.; and one great-grandson.
She is survived by two daughters, Evelyn Howard of Homer, La. and Sue Hill of Parkers Chapel; one son, Wayne Cooney of Clinton; three sisters, Myrtle Hutchison of Forrest City, Margaret Gracey and Pat Gill, both of Heber Springs; two brothers, Hackler Hill of Heber Springs and Bobby Hill of Forrest City; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Cooney will be Friday, March 15, 2002, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Rumph-Owers Funeral Home in El Dorado. Funeral services will be conducted for Mrs. Cooney on Saturday, March 16, 2002, at 2 p.m., at Faith Assembly of God in El Dorado with Rev. Monroe Hill and Rev. William Carter officiating the service. Burial will follow in Old Parkers Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Rumph-Owers Funeral Home.
Theo Lee "Pete" Holland
Mr. Theo Lee "Pete" Holland, age 70, of Forrest City, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at his residence.
Mr. Holland was born May 16, 1931, in Forrest City, and was the son of Theo Lee Holland, Sr. and Easter Brown Holland Reed. He made his home in Forrest City all of his life and worked in water well irrigation.
Mr. Holland was preceded in death by a daughter, Jimetta Lynn Morris in 1997.
He married Bertha Davenport in 1959, and she survives him along with a son, Theo Lee Holland of New Orleans, La.; three daughters, Ruth Ann Douglas and Janet Marie Lilly, both of Clarksville, Tenn. and Cathy Lynn Smith of Spooner, Wis.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Holland will be Tuesday, March 26, 2002, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services for Mr. Holland will be conducted Wednesday, March 27, 2002, at 11 a.m., at Forrest Park Cemetery with Rev. Hubert Smith officiating the service under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Jack Monroe Ming
Mr. Jack Monroe Ming, age 61, of Forrest City, formerly of Marked Tree, died Saturday, March 23, 2002, at Crestpark Skilled Care in Forrest City.
Mr. Ming, a U.S. Army veteran, was a retired rural development loan officer for the U.S. government. He was a member of the Forrest Hills United Methodist Church and was involved in the United Methodist Men's club, the American Legion and Blanntown Hunting Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dicksie Louise and Robert Manley Ming.
Mr. Ming is survived by his wife, Claudia Ming of Forrest City; two sons, James Ming of Southaven, Miss. and Jason Ming of Jonesboro; a daughter, Jennifer Adams of Northfield, Ill.; two sisters, Sarah Payne of West Memphis and Emma Lou Ming of Jonesboro; a brother, Jerry Ming of Marked Tree and two grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Ming were held today, Tuesday, March 26, 2002, at 10 a.m., at Forrest Park Cemetery with Dr. Floyd Ray officiating the service. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Forrest Hills United Methodist Church, 2007 Sycamore St., Forrest City, 72335.