Virginia Cowan Wilkins
Mrs. Virginia Cowan Wilkins, 60, of Wynne, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in her home.
Mrs. Wilkins was a retired owner and operator of Virginia's Day Care in Wynne. She was a 1958 graduate of Forrest City High School and a former resident of Colt. She was the daughter of Ollie and Percy "Crook" Cowan. She was a member of Wynne Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wilkins is survived by her husband Buck Wilkins, of Wynne, two sons, Keith Gracey, Chuck Wilkins, both of Wynne; three brothers, Allen Cowan, of Jonesboro, Ernie Cowan, of Colt, and Billy Cowan, of Melbourne; two sisters, Laverne Mauffray, of Gulfport, Miss., Lucille Rushing, of Wynne; and four grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Wilkins were Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in the Chapel of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in Wynne with Rev. Wes George officiating and Rev. James Tallant assisting. Burial followed in Cogbill Cemetery in Wynne under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne.
Mr. Willie Haynes, age 91, of Marianna, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at Crestpark Retirement Inn in Forrest City.
Mr. Haynes was a member of Morning Star M.B. Church where he was a deacon for 35 years.
He is survived by 10 daughters, Curstine Doss, of Springfield, Ill., Carrie Bogart, of Marianna, Versie Kimble, Fannie Gardner, Vinetta Cross and Lucy Moore, all of Forrest City, Annie Cleveland, Mavis Barthley, Avis Jones and Kathy Floyd, all of Dallas, Texas; five sons, Willie Haynes, of Chicago, Ill., Wilbert Haynes, of Palestine, Wesley Haynes, of Marianna, Burlon Haynes, of Madison, Rev. Cassius Haynes, of Dallas Texas; 54 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Haynes will be Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kennedy Chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at 11 a.m. at Rising Sun M. B. Church in Forrest City with Rev. John Strong and Rev. Calvin Smith Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Pilgrim Cemetery in Marianna under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.
Patsy Jean Fleener Jones
Mrs. Patsy Jean Fleener Jones, age 68, of Palestine, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000.
Mrs. Jones was born on Dec. 13, 1931, to William Binkly Fleener and Orlena Gregory in Marianna. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Marianna.
Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Homer W. Jones. She is survived by three sons, Willie Mearl Jones of Memphis, Homer Wilton Jones and James E. Jones, both of Palestine; a sister, Francis Lee Miley, of Mission, Texas and five grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Jones were held today, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at the First Baptist Church of Marianna. The Rev. Steve Walter officiated. Burial followed at Marianna Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home
The family asks that all memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Marianna or the American Heart Association.
Mr. William Marshbank, age 88, of Lee County, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Helena Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Marshbank was a retired farmer and a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church, were he was a Deacon for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife, Rosie Marshbank, three daughters, Ellia Marie Wimbley of West Memphis, Letha Vanpelt of Palestine and Ora Wafford of Chicago, Ill.; a son, Calvin Blankenship of Chicago, Ill.; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Visitation for Mr. Marshbank will be Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kennedy Chapel. There will be a wake for Mr. Marshbank on Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Kennedy Chapel Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion M.B. Church, with Rev. N. Gillispie officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.
Jerry William Spencer
Mr. Jerry William Spencer, age 54, of Wynne, died Monday, Oct. 16, 2000, at the Regional Medical Center of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro.
Mr. Spencer, born Feb. 12, 1946, in Lepanto, was the son of Samuel Ester and Effie Mae Hawkins Spencer. Mr. Spencer was a communications technician for AT&T in Forrest City for 33 years. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a Baptist.
On May 21, 1971, Mr. Spencer married Genie Marie Fisher Spencer and she survives him. He is also survived by a son, Clinton Spencer, of Jonesboro; a daughter, Gina Marie Butz, of Wynne; four sisters, Patsy Tucker, of Ravendon Springs, Carolyn Patterson and Betty Moore, both of Bay, and Shirley Brooks of Dyess. Mr. Spencer was preceded in death by a brother James Spencer.
Funeral services for Mr. Spencer are Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Strasser, of Wynne Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will follow in Cogbill Cemetery in Wynne under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home.
The Family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association.
Marvin F. Gilbert
Mr. Marvin F. Gilbert, age 92, formerly of Colt, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at the Pleasant Valley Living Center in Little Rock.
Mr. Gilbert was born Aug. 10, 1908, in Clarksville, and was the son of Willie F. Gilbert and Mary Magdalene Waymire Gilbert. He lived in Colt most of his life. He was a farmer, a member of the Colt United Methodist Church where he served on the board of stewards, taught Sunday School and was a lay speaker.
Mr. Gilbert married Vivian Marguerete Britton in 1931, and she preceded him in death in 1976. He is survived by five daughters, Corinne G. Perry of Memphis, Jean Mohr of Elkgrove, Ill., Molly Wewers of Little Rock, Camille Jefferson of Pittsburgh, Penn., Rosalyn Clark of Tennessee.; two sisters, Sue Schmitz of Wynne and Edna Munn of Colt; one brother, Edward Gilbert of Palestine; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mr. Gilbert will be Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Stevens Funeral Home, with burial following at Hughes Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials are to be made to the Kaleidoscope of Caring in Little Rock or to the Good Shepherd Retirement Center in Little Rock.
Robert "Bob" Wylie Jr.
Mr. Robert "Bob" Wylie Jr., age 67, died at his home in Lexington, Tenn., on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000.
Mr. Wylie was the retired owner of Bob's Electric Motor Shop and the Tri-County Supply Shop in Forrest City. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Wylie was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Memphis and attended the Hopewell Baptist Church in Tennessee. He had been a school board member at Forrest Academy and Trustee of the school.
He is survived by his wife, Lequita Pickett Wylie of Lexington, two daughters, Anita Todd and Patricia Stave, both of Batesville; a sister, Anne Goodman of Bartlett; a brother, Louis Wylie of Destin, Fla., and four grandchildren. Mr. Wylie was preceded in death by a son, Robert Michael Wylie in 1961.
Visitation for Mr. Wylie will be tonight, Oct. 19, 2000, at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Leon Johnson Funeral Home in Henderson, Tenn. Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at 11 a.m., in Leon Johnson Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Cupples officiating. Burial will follow in the Sweettips Cemetery in Chester County.
Hattie B. Jones
Mrs. Hattie B. Jones, age 65, of Madison, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mrs. Jones, born March 21, 1935, in Widener, was the daughter of John H. Robinson and Cynthia Humphrey Robinson.
She is survived by six daughters, Annette Haggan, Edna Jones, Charlene Brown, all of Madison, Erma Robinson, of Chicago, Ill., Brenda Jones, of Forrest City, Shirley Jones, of Desert Springs, Calif.; six sons, Leon Jones Jr., of Oahu, Hawaii, Charles Jones, Larry Jones, Anthony Jones, all of Madison, Tony Jones, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Calvin Jones, of Fresno, Calif.; five sisters, Johnnie Bradford, of Detroit, Mich., Cora Burns, of Chicago, Ill., Flora Green, Ethel Goodwin, both of Harvey, Ill., Bertha Jackson, of Forrest City; and 15 grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Jones will be Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Madison Light Baptist Church, with Rev. L. Z. Jones officiating. Woodhouse Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Girtha Motley Tomlin
Mrs. Girtha Motley Tomlin, age 74, of Palestine, died Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2000, at Crestpark Intermediate in Forrest City.
Mrs. Tomlin was born April 7, 1926, in Palestine, to Eddie Motley and Della Weaver Motley. She was a member of Jericho Church of God in Christ, worked for the Community Services Center and was a social worker.
Mrs. Tomlin was preceded in death by her husband, Leamon Tomlin Sr. in 1993. She is survived by seven daughters, Shirley Jackson, Gail Gardner, Melanie Ingram, all of Palestine, Catherine Bradford, of Colt, Arbie Fryer, of Decatur, Ill., Brenda Quarrels, of San Antonio, Texas, Phyllis Smith, of Little Rock; five sons, Leamon Tomlin Jr., Calvin Tomlin, Freddie Tomlin, Kenny Tomlin, all of St. Louis, Mo.; four sisters, Bertha Roper, Dorothy Henry, of Kansas City, Mo., Ophelia Cole, of Latour, Mo. Maxine Grey, of Blairtown, Mo.; 37 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Tomlin will be Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Saint's Temple Church of God in Christ with Elder Nathaniel Pendleton officiating. Burial will follow in Jericho Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.
Rufus L. Wilson
Mr. Rufus L. Wilson, age 46, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mr. Wilson was born Jan. 12, 1954, in Haynes to Eugene White and Odessa Wilson Williams.
He is survived his parents, Eugene White of Memphis, Odessa Williams, of St. Louis, Mo.; his wife, Lynette Patton Wilson, of Forrest City; four daughters, Davina Ruffin, of Dallas, Texas, Melody Wilson, Amber Wilson, Crystas Wilson, all of Forrest City; three sons, Anthony Wilson, and Rufus Wilson Jr. of St. Louis, Mo., Christopher Wilson, of Forrest City; three sisters, Glenda Cross, Jacquelin Well, both of St. Louis, Mo., Joyce Shockley, of Toledo, Ohio; four brothers, Kenneth Williams, of Seattle, Wash., Jake Williams, of St. Louis, Mo., Quincy Williams, of Phoenix, Ari., Derrick Vinson, of Chicago, Ill.; and three grandchildren.
Funeral Services for Mr. Wilson will be held Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at Rising Sun M.B. Church at 1 p.m. with Rev. Alvin McKinney officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary. Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 22, 2000, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Woodhouse Mortuary.