Owen Hollis "Bunch" Almond
Mr. Owen Hollis "Bunch" Almond, age 89, of Brinkley, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the Hazen Nursing Center.
Mr. Almond was born Aug. 31, 1913, in Gillett, the son of Robert Payne Almond and Minnie Ina Sibley Almond. He was a retired farmer and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Mr. Almond is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Almond; a daughter, Holly Baxter of Forrest City; a son, Robert Almond of Texas; two brothers, James A. Almond of Mountain Home and Louis Almond of Fort Worth, Texas; four sisters, Annie Mae Carlile of North Little Rock, Jennie Freeman and Luna Rose Bauman, both of Stuttgart and Martha Gross of Nesbitt, Miss. ; and five grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Almond will be held Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fowler Funeral Home in Brinkley. Funeral services for Mr. Almond will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Brinkley with Rev. John Soward and Rev. Patty Soward officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery in Brinkley. Fowler Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
Mary D. McGhee Cobbage
Mrs. Mary D. McGhee Cobbage, age 90, of Chicago, Ill. and formerly of Forrest City, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at her daughter's home.
Mrs. Cobbage was born Feb. 9, 1912, in Pine Bluff, the daughter of Lucy Daniels and Joshua Daniels. She was a member of the Eastern Stars Boyd Chapter 106, active with a senior citizens group and was a member of the Beth Salem Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Cobbage is survived by one son, Mason McGhee of Forrest City; two daughters, Ernestine Broadous of Portland Ore., Estella McDonald of Chicago Ill.; one niece, Lucy Edwards of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a nephew, Marcus Freeman of Tacoma, Wash.; and a host of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Will Cobbage and a daughter, Canary Crawford.
Funeral services for Mrs. Cobbage were held on Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at Le Claire Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill., with Rev. Ossie Bush officiating. Wallace Broadview Funeral Home of Chicago, Ill. was in charge of all arrangements.
Mr. Tom Westbrook, age 60, of Palestine, died Tuesday, September 17, at his home in Palestine. He had been in poor health for the past three months.
Mr. Westbrook was born November 11, 1941, in Palestine, and was the son of Thomas Westbrook and Ozella Lane Westbrook. He lived in Palestine most of his life, was retired from Leaf Incorporated in Memphis, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Palestine.
Mr. Westbrook married Barbara Coons in 1962, and she survives him along with two daughters; Mrs. Cindy Reeves and Mrs. Vanessa Ferguson, both of Palestine, two brothers; Mr. Bill Westbrook and Mr. Robert Westbrook, both of Marmaduke, Arkansas, two sisters; Mrs. Sarah Lindsey of Mississippi, and Mrs. Doris Cook of Palestine, and three grandchildren; Dana, Savannah, and Caylie.
Services for Mr. Westbrook will be held at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 19, with burial in Bell Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening 6:00 p.m. till 8:00 p.m. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge.
John D. Henley IV
John D. Henley IV, "Butch", died August 15, 2002, after a long battle with heart disease. Gulf Breeze knew him as a florist with great style and flair. Forrest City, AR knew him as the third generation to operate Henley's Florist. Butch's floral artistry has touched many lives coast to coast.
Butch's greatest love was his family. He is survived by his wife Paula Chapman Henley, two sons, Russell Henley, Cape Coral, FL and John R. Henley, Atlanta, GA. Four stepchildren, Stephen and Matthew Bickelhaupt, Cape Coral, FL,; Diane Mingus and Mary-Ann Simpier, Bellevue, OH. Three sisters, Christy Bryan, Milton, FL; Karen Wuest, Gulf Breeze, FL and Kathy McCuller, Stonybrook, NY. Butch had fourteen grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Butch was well known and deeply loved by all who knew him. His generous spirit, and great appreciation for life, and all it had to offer, enriched many lives.
A memorial will be held in Gulf Breeze, FL in April to honor Butch's life. Notification pending.
Frankie Hill Loveless
Mrs. Frankie Hill Loveless, age 91, of Wynne, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Mrs. Loveless, born Jan. 1, 1911, in Tulsa, Okla., the daughter of Frank Hill and Nancy Morgan Hill. She was a homemaker and a member of the Pentecostal Church. Mrs. Loveless was also a waitress and cook for a number of years at the former Yellow Jacket Cafe in Wynne.
In 1930, Mrs. Loveless married Elmer C. Loveless and he preceded her in death in 1994. She is survived by six sons, Junior Loveless of Cabool, Mo., Elbert Loveless of Hickory Ridge, Jerry Loveless of Colt, David Loveless of Elgin, Ill., Johnny Loveless of Anna, Ill., and Mack Loveless of Dongola, Ill.; two daughters, Ann Hastings of Mountain Grove, Mo. and Emma Cheney of Lebanon, Mo.; 41 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Edward Loveless and Vernon Loveless; a daughter, Mary Ann Loveless; a sister and two brothers.
Funeral services for Mrs. Loveless were held today, Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in Wynne with Rev. T.G. Ramsey officiating. Burial followed in Harris Chapel Cemetery in Wynne under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne.
Jane Moore Steward
Mrs. Jane Moore Steward, age 68, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, at her home.
Mrs. Steward, born Oct. 28, 1933, in Forrest City, was the daughter of Williams Moore and Louise Ferguson Moore. She was a former employee of Yale and a member of First Baptist Church. She was a lifetime resident of Forrest City.
In 1969 Mrs. Steward married Charles Steward, and he preceded her in death in 2000. She is survived by a daughter, Kathi Spencer Martin of Forrest City; a son, William "Bill" Moore Spencer of Indianapolis, Ind.; her mother; a sister, Suzanne Moore Hill of Heth and three grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Steward will be held Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mrs. Steward will be held Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, at 10 a.m. at Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be made to the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Vera Janell Hammonds Smith
Mrs. Vera Janell Hammonds Smith, age 61, of Wynne, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at her residence.
Mrs. Smith, was a homemaker and an active member of the Hickory Ridge Church of Christ. She was a longtime volunteer for the Baptist Hospice Program in Cross County and had 500 hours of volunteer service.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Johnnie Smith of Wynne; three daughters, Donna Sue Smith of Memphis, Susan Byrd of Rena Lara, Miss., and Lynne Rice of Marion; her mother, Virgina Hammond of Beedeville and a brother, Harold Hammond of Southaven, Miss. She was preceded in death by a nephew, Tim Hammond.
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith were held Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002, at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Wynne. Burial followed in Johnson Cemetery near Wynne. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home Directors of Wynne and McCrory were in charge of arrangements.
William David "Duke" Alsup
Mr. William David "Duke" Alsup, age 75, of Forrest City, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Alsup was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Palestine, the son of Robert "Bob" Alsup and Florene Dover Alsup. He lived in St. Francis County for most of his life and was retired from Yale Hoists.
Mr. Alsup married Laverne Johnson in 1957, and she survives him along with one daughter, Jolene Cummings of Pine Tree; three sons, David Alsup of Palestine, Robert Alsup of Fox Lake, Ill., Alfred Johnson of Kingdome City, Mo.; one sister, Helen Lowe of Waynesville, N.C.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Alsup will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held graveside on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at 10 a.m. at Bell Cemetery. Stevens Funeral is in charge of all arrangements.
Joseph Albert Berry
Mr. Joseph Albert Berry, age 83, of Butlerville, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002, at his home.
Mr. Berry, the son of Albert Fennie Berry and Minnie Linderman Berry, retired from Arkansas Best Freight in 1980, after 23 years of service. He was a member of Greenwood M.B. Church and was a deacon for 30 years.
Mr. Berry is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mildred Cathey Berry, of the home; a son, Richard Berry of Pine Bluff; a daughter, Kathryn Berry Sanders of Forrest City; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Joe Berry of Sherwood.
Visitation services for Mr. Berry will be held Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Beebe. Funeral services for Mr. Berry will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church with burial following in Butlerville Cemetery. Westbrook Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be made to Greenwood M.B. Church, 11228 Hwy. 38, Ward, AR 72176.
James "Bo" Gattis
Mr. James "Bo" Gattis, age 63, of Hughes, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis. Mr. Gattis was a retired insurance agent.
Mr. Gattis is survived by his wife, Virginia Gattis; his parents, Thomas Burnes and Irene Burnes of Hughes; one daughter, Lanette Harwell of Memphis; and three sisters, Gladys Atkinson of Oxford, Miss., Sharon Caudill of Danville, Ill., and Debbie Floyd of Marble Falls, Texas; and a grandson.
Visitation for Mr. Gattis will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis. Services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at 10 a.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.
The family requests that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.