James Wesley Key
James Wesley Key, age 74, of Marianna, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2000 at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock.
Mr. Key was born June 29, 1925, in Cotton Plant and was the son of Andrew Jackson Key and Dora Virginia Hudsbeth. He was a retired farmer and a member of Walls Chapel Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Key of Marianna; a son, James Key Sr. of Marianna; six sisters, Mildred Wilson of Earle, Margaret Mahan of Pawnee, Okla., Florence Manasco of Marianna, Ailene Dickerson of Grapevine, Texas, Juanita Lambert and Betty Nossaman both of Midwest City, Okla., and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be today, Wednesday, Jan 12, 2000, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in Marianna. Services will be held graveside, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at 2 p.m., at Marianna Memorial Park with Rev. Andy Wilbanks officiating. Roller-Citizens is in charge of arrangements.
Louis Lee Holland
Louis Lee Holland, age 73, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at Crestpark Retirement Inn.
He was born June 3, 1926, in Forrest City, to Oscar Holland and Zera McNutt Holland.
He is survived by four brothers, Otis Holland of Forrest City, James Holland of Pine Bluff, Tony Holland of Little Rock, and Joe Walker of Detroit, Mich.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at 12 p.m. at Shady Grove M.B. Church with Rev. Harry Noble Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.
Billy Gene McClendon
Billy Gene McClendon, age 60, of Marianna, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at his home.
He was born March 13, 1939, to Gene McClendon and Francis Eloise Morris in Lee County.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine McClendon; his mother, Francis Whitehead of Marianna; a son, Robert McClendon of Edgerton, Mo.; a daughter, Cynthia Smith of Clarksdale, Miss.; a step-daughter, Jerri Howton of Marianna; five grandchildren, one great grandchild and several other friends and relatives.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in Marianna.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Roller-Citizens Chapel with Rev. Ken Walls officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Gill under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Katie Mae Pearson
Katie Mae Pearson, 79, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Rebsamen Medical Center.
Mrs. Pearson was born Sept. 23, 1920, in Haynes.
She is survived by two sons, Richard Wade of North Little Rock, and Tony Pearson of Aurora, Colo.; a daughter, Brenda Reynolds of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Charlie Bonner of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Hannah Wicks of Forrest City, and Sarah Williams of Little Rock.
Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 16, at Clay Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. at Beth Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Vernon Faulkner officiating. Burial will follow at Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.
Jurl Wofford, 81, of Widener, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, in Milwaukee, Wis.
Mr. Wofford was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Widener and was a former highway construction worker. He was also a former member of the Widener City Council.
He is survived by seven sons, Jewel Wofford of St. Louis, Mo., Herman Wofford of Bowling Green, Ken., Hal Wofford of Widener, Joel Wofford of Triangle, Va., Sterling Wofford of Woodbridge, Va., Gregory Wofford of Lancaster, Texas, and Carl Wofford of Lancaster, Calif.; seven daughters, Doris Hutcherson and Carol Wofford both of Dallas, Texas, Mable Brumfield of Milwaukee, Wis., Lillie Nelson of Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Witherspoon and Janice Wofford both of Kansas City, Mo., and Loretta Milow of Flint, Mich; five sisters, Flora Mae Harris, Laurean Hawkins, and Charlene Watson all of St. Louis. Mo., Ophelia Kimbrough of Detroit, Mich., and Artie Evans of Springfield, Ohio; three brothers, Albert Wofford of Madison, Otha Lee Wofford of Seattle, Wash., and Cornelius Wofford of Philadelphia, Pa.; 36 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be Saturday, Jan 15, 2000, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 16, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Widener Community Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be Sunday, Jan 16, at 1 p.m. at Widener Community Baptist Church with Rev. R.J. Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.
Lonnie Eugene Byrd
Lonnie Eugene Byrd, age 75, of Forrest City, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
He was born June 9, 1924, and was the son of Lonnie Luther Byrd and Mollie Irene Presley Byrd. He was retired from Sanyo Manufacturing.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Byrd in 1997.
He is survived by two sons, Lloyd Byrd of Forrest City and Bobby Byrd of Marianna; one brother, Donnie Joe Byrd of Forrest City; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Morgan Chapel with Rev. Bud Davis officiating. Burial followed at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.
Mattie Blanche England
Mattie Blanche England, age 93, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at her home in Forrest City.
She was born Jan. 21, 1906, in Widener and was the daughter of James Sparkman and Esther Fisher Sparkman. She lived in Forrest City most all of her life, was a housewife and was a member of the Forrest Chapel Methodist Church.
She married Beverly B. England in 1931 and he preceded her in death in 1953. She is survived by one son, Jerry England of Forrest City; one daughter, Frances Trimue of Forrest City; one sister, Hazel Killough of Norwood, La.; four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at 2 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Hughes Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Forrest Chapel Methodist Church or the Grand Memorial Presbyterian Church. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Evelyn W. Gatling
Evelyn "Sweetie" W. Gatling, age 99, of Memphis, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
She was born July 10, 1900, in Forrest City and was the daughter of Eugene Williams and Eddie Mallory Williams. She lived in Forrest City most all of her life, she was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church of Forrest City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Gatling in 1966.
She is survived by one son, Chambliss W. Gatling of Memphis; one step-daughter, Mary Gatling Logan of Arlington, Texas; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at 4 p.m. with burial following in Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Clifton Clymer "C.C." Keisling
Clifton Clymer "C.C." Keisling, age 90, of Marianna, died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
He was born Feb. 18, 1909, in Picket County, Tenn., and was the son of Emitt Keisling and Sally Ledbetter Keisling. He was a retired farmer and a member of the First Christian Church of Marianna.
He is survived by his wife, Eula Dale Conner Keisling of Marianna; three sons, Bennie Ceciel Keisling of Nashville, Tenn., Terry Keisling of Ola, Ark., and Ronnie Dale Keisling of Water Valley, Miss.; one daughter, Ann Peterson of Eudora, Miss.; one sister, Edna "Tootsie" Smith of Livingston, Tenn.; his stepmother, Hettie Keisling of Livingston, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Marianna with Rev. Randy Hall officiating. Burial followed in Memphis Memory Gardens with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Eva Ellen Brakensiek
Eva Ellen Brakensiek, age 94, of West Memphis, formerly of Tyronza, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at the Johnson-Hobson Health Care Center in Marion.
She was a general insurance clerk for Treadwell and Harry and was a member of the Rosewood Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph L. Brakensiek.
She is survived by two daughters, Carol Reynolds of Proctor, and Jane Sisler of Corpus Christi, Texas; one son, Charles Brakensiek of West Memphis; eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Burial will follow in Tyronza Cemetery in Tyronza, under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.