William P. "Bill" Wallis
William P. "Bill" Wallis , age 77, of Forrest City, died Friday, April 14, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Mr. Wallis was born, Jan. 2, 1923, in Memphis. He was the son of Marvin Wallis and Mertye Isgrig Wallis. Wallis was a sales representative with Ellis Bagwell Drug Company of Memphis for 38 years and then with Archer Wholesale Drug of Little Rock for 10 years. He was a member of the Lions Club, received the Melvin Jones Award and was District Governor two times. He was very active in the Forrest City Razorback Club, helping to organize the club, and was president for many years. Mr. Wallis was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Wallis was married to Melba Cox in 1949. She survives him along with a foster daughter, Irene Chen of Calif.
Graveside services were held Monday, April 17, 2000, at 11 a.m. at Forrest Park Cemetery. Rev. Rex Darling officiated and Stevens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. The family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church.
Edith June Womack
Edith June Womack, age 60, of Forrest City, died Friday, April 14, 2000, in her home.
Ms. Womack was born, Nov. 8, 1939, in Poole, Ky., and was the daughter of Gordon Womack and Vilma Mae Daniels Womack. Before moving to Forrest City, she lived in Orlando, Fla.
Graveside services for Ms. Womack were held today, Monday, April 17, 2000, at 2 p.m. at Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joe H. Burch Sr.
Joe H. Burch Sr., 70, of Hughes, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.
Mr. Burch was a farmer and former mayor of Hughes. He was also a former Quorum Court Member of St. Francis County, served on the Crittenden Memorial Hospital Board, Farm Bureau member, was the 1997 Senior Farmer of the Year, charter member of the Hughes Lions Club and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hughes.
He is survived by his wife, Rose "Marie" Burch, of Hughes; a daughter, Melinda Patrick, of Hughes; a son, Joey Burch, of West Memphis; a brother, William Burch, of Hughes; and three grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 22, 2000, at noon at the Roller Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion under the direction of Roller Citizens Funeral Home.
Annie Mae McKissick Glass
Annie Mae McKissick Glass, age 64, of Palo Alto, Calif., formerly of Goodwin, died Thursday, April 13, 2000.
She is survived by one son, Bernard Glass of Houston, Texas; one daughter, Cassaundra Coxum, of Sacramento, Calif.; four brothers, William McKissick, of Forrest City, Scott McKissick, of Goodwin, Henry McKissick, of Marion, Ind., and David McKissick, of Palo Alto, Calif.; and one sister, Ada Watson, of Wheatley.
Funeral services for Mrs. Glass will be held Saturday, April 22, 2000, at New Mt. Zion Freewill Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Elder Otis Clayton, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Goodwin Memorial Cemetery. Branscumb Funeral Home of Brinkley is in charge of arrangements.
Alice Hatcher, age 75, of Forrest City, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mrs. Hatcher, born Dec. 27, 1924, in Haynes, and was the daughter of John W. Ramsey and Maggie Inge Ramsey. She lived in the St. Francis County area most of her life. She was a retired General Industries employee and a member of Landmark Baptist Church.
She married William Clifford Hatcher in 1943, and he preceded her in death in 1977. She is survived by four sons, William C. "Buddy" Hatcher, Charles Hatcher, Robert Hatcher and Thomas Hatcher, all of Forrest City; three daughters, Betty Sue Clark, Alice Faye Wallace and Mary Catherine Nichols, all of Forrest City; four brothers, Johnny Ramsey and Robert Ramsey, both of Texas, George Ramsey and Albert Ramsey, both of Forrest City; two sisters, Lois Wade and Esther Moorman, both of Texas; 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, April 21, 2000, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Services for Mrs. Hatcher will be held in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home, Saturday, April 22, 2000, at 2 p.m. with burial to follow in Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Jessie Eddie Sybert
Jessie Eddie Sybert, age 77, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, April 19, 2000.
Sybert, the daughter of Jasper and Alice Fletcher, was a homemaker and a member of Valley View Christian Center in Forrest City.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert Sybert; a son, Herbert D. Sybert; a daughter Alona Quinn, of Forrest City; one brother, Jasper Fletcher Jr.; two sisters, Della Fletcher and Maxine Fletcher; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by one son, James R. Smith; one brother, Osward Fletcher, of California, and three sisters, Alona Brill, of California, Rhoda Baggett, of Forrest City, and Clara Mae Thomas, of California.
Funeral services were today, Friday, April 21, 2000, at 2 p.m. in the Huson Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Katie Cemetery in Katie, Okla. Huson Funeral Home in Sherwood is in charge of arrangements.
Cliff Bracy Sr.
Cliff Bracy Sr., age 78, formerly of Marianna, died Monday, April 17, 2000, at St. Joseph Nursing Home in St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Bracy is survived by two sons, Cliff Bracy, Jr. and Freddie Lee Bracy, both of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Gracie Brown, of Haynes, and Willie Mae Hester, of Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, Jessie Bracy, of Memphis; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Annie Mae Bracy.
Services for Mr. Bracy were held Saturday, April 22, 2000, at Mt. Moriah M.B. Church. Burial followed at Mt. Moriah Cemetery under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.
Johnnie B. Strong
Johnnie B. Strong, age 85, of Holly Grove, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, in Brinkley.
Strong is survived by one daughter, Maxine Strong, of Chicago, Ill.; one sister, Georgia Simmon, of Chicago, Il.; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Services were held Saturday, April 22, 2000, at I John M.B. Church with burial in Mayo Cemetery, under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.
Sidney Roosevelt Yager
Sidney Roosevelt Yager, age 83, of Battle Creek, Mich., died Friday, April 21, 2000, at Battle Creek Health System.
Mr. Yager was born Dec. 3, 1916 in Forrest City to Judge Yager and Annie Williams Yager. He worked as a short order cook for Ft. Custer State Home for 14 years. He also worked at Battle Creek Foundry, V. A. Medical Center, and the Grand Trunk Railroad. He was a former member of First Salem Missionary Baptist Church and was a current member of New Deliverance Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Idabelle Yager in 1989, a son, Roosevelt Yager, two sisters, Lenora McKinney and Francola Yager, and a grandson, Marcus McCauly.
He is survived by a son, Marvin Yager, of Vicksburg, Mich.; four daughters, Mary Jones, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Lenora Cunningham, of Memphis, Tenn., Fayetta Cowans, of Battle Creek, Mich., Viola Kelly, of Detroit, Mich.; 19 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at New Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Services will be Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at New Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church at 1 p.m. with Pastor Edward Seals Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens in Emmett Township, Mich., under the direction of Bachman Hebble Funeral Service. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Dianna Louise Anderson Brown
Dianna Louise Anderson Brown, age 28, of West Memphis, formerly of Forrest City, died Thursday, April 20, 2000, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Brown worked for the Crittenden County Jail and was a graduate of Forrest City High School.
She is survived by her husband, Cleon Brown, of West Memphis; a son, John Anderson, of Forrest City; her mother, Elizabeth Anderson, of Forrest City; her father, Leroy Anderson, of Forrest City; her grandfather, Leroy Anderson, of Madison; and a brother, Ivan Anderson, of Forrest City.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Kennedy Chapel from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Services will be held Thursday, April 27, 2000, at 1 p.m. at St. Johns M.B. Church in Madison with Rev. Tommy Kimale officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest City Cemetery under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.
Diann McDowell Matthews
Diann McDowell Matthews, age 45, of Forrest City, died Friday, April 21, 2000 at her home.
McDowell, born, July 4, 1954, in Forrest City was the daughter of Jessie McDowell and Essie Davis McDowell. She was employed at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
She is survived by one son, Nikita Rogers of Dallas, Texas; four sisters, Lorena Howard of Forrest City, Shelby J. Burnett of Seattle, Wash., Ora Moore and Joyce Thomas, both of Little Rock; two brothers, Nickey McDowell of Forrest City and Gary L. Smith of Jacksonville, Fla.
Visitation will be Wednesday, April 26, 2000, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the chapel of Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral services will be held, Thursday, April 27, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Days Temple Church of God in Christ with Elder John H. Jennings officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.