Joe Dean Long
Mr. Joe Dean Long, age 70, of Moro, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mr. Long was the son of the late Arthur D. Long, and the late Cassie Darby Long. He was an Air Force veteran and served in the Korean Conflict, and was a member of the American Legion and the V.F.W.
He is survived by his wife, Wilda Webb Long; a son, Doug Long of Little Rock; a daughter, JoAnn Doolos of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Ronnie Long of Moro; three sisters, Bonnie Stark of Cabot; Betty Sue Umfress of Yuma, Ariz.; Doris Lindsey, of Lonoke, and four grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Long will be Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bob Neal & Sons Funeral Home in Brinkley. Funeral services will be Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Brinkley, with Rev. Jim McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow at Posey Cemetery in Wheatley.
Carroll Eugene Gadberry, Sr.
Mr. Carroll Eugene Gadberry, Sr., age 68, of Lake Havasu City Ariz., died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at his home.
Mr. Gadberry was born June 15, 1932, in Forrest City to Emmitt and Lucille Gadberry. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and served in the U.S. Army for 14 years, and the U.S. Air Force for four years. Mr. Gadberry was a retired U.S. Postal employee. He was a Baptist, a Mason, and a member of the VFW.
Mr. Gadberry is survived by two sons; Carroll Gadberry Jr., of Forrest City, Allen Gadberry of Griffith, Ind.; three daughters; Kristy Kiser of Logan, Ohio, Pam Cencion, of Wheatfield Ind., Anita Sills of Val Poraiso, Ind., one brother; Ralph Gadberry, of Forrest City; a sister, Carrie Reyer, of Forrest City; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death in 1992 by a grandson, Nicholas Cencion and in 1999 by a brother Thomas Gadberry.
Memorial Services for Mr. Gadberry will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at 2 p.m. in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.
Laura B. Horton
Mr. Laura B. Horton, age 51, of Widener, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.
Mr. Horton is survived by his wife, Clara Horton; his mother, Lillie Mae Horton, of Hughes; six brothers; Louis Horton, Jr., Leon Horton, of Hughes, Robert Horton and Edward Horton of West Memphis, Earnest Horton, of Detroit, Mich., Harry Horton, of Wynne; six sisters, Essie Mae Glover, of Detroit, Mich., Dorothy Sanders of Akron, Ohio, Naomi Riley of Rochester, N.Y., Viola Foster of Alton, Ill., Mary Tyler of Chicago, Ill., and Debra Gray of Lawton, Okla.
Visitation for Mr. Horton will be Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Anthony Funeral Home Chapel in Anthonyville. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at 1 p.m., at New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Hughes with burial following in St. John Church Cemetery in Hughes under the direction of Anthony Funeral Home of Anthonyville.
Mrs. Mabel Lee, age 84, of Memphis, died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis.
Mrs. Lee was a homemaker and a member of Trinity All Nations Church and she was a church mother for 25 years.
She is survived by two daughters, Bettie Johnson and Bertha White, both of Memphis; four sons, Willie Walker, Charles Lee, both of Memphis, and Paul Lee, Wardell Walker, both of Toledo, Ohio; a sister, Lee Yates, of Cofferville, Miss.; a brother, Homer Armstrong; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation for Mrs. Lee will be Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Trinity All Nations Church in Memphis. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Theodis Cochran Jr. officiating. Burial will be Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at National Cemetery in Memphis under the direction of J. E. Kennedy Funeral Home.
A. M. "Bub" McKennon Jr.
Mr. A. M. "Bub" McKennon Jr., age 76, of Morrilton, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000.
Mr. McKennon was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Fort Smith to A. M. McKennon Sr. and Willeen Jernigan McKennon. He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the Army. Following his discharge from the Army McKennon was a row crop and cattle farmer in Logan and Conway Counties. In 1954 he was elected to the Arkansas State House of Representatives where he served for six years. He was also appointed to the Arkansas State Claims Commission. He was a member of the Morrilton First United Methodist Church.
Mr. McKennon is survived by a son, Scott McKennon, of Forrest City; three daughters, Linda Finer of Palos Verdes, Calif., Judy Porter, of Conway, and Marsha Loyd, of McGehee; a sister, Catherine Brockmann of Maumelle; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Dana Cotton McKennon and a grandson, William Loyd.
A memorial service for Mr. McKennon will be held Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the Morrilton First United Methodist Church with Rev. Chris Cooper officiating, under the direction of Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Morrilton.
Harold Wayne "Buddy" DeVazier
Mr. Harold Wayne "Buddy" DeVazier, age 54, of Palestine, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at his home in Palestine.
Mr. DeVazier was born on Oct. 20, 1945, in Forrest City, and was the son of the late James Garland DeVazier and Annie Grace Darling DeVazier. He lived in St. Francis County all of his life, was a technician for AT&T for 18 years, and was employed by Dixie Furniture for 10 years. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church.
Mr. DeVazier is survived by his wife, Claire DeVazier; one daughter, Lori Ann Oldham, of Wilmington, N.C.; one son, Ric Guzman, of the home; one sister, Gale Taylor, of Hensley; and one brother, Jim DeVazier of Jonesboro.
Services for Mr. DeVazier were held Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at 2 p.m., at First United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Lindsey Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
The family of Mr. DeVazier ask that memorials be made to the Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Gene Prentiss Ferguson
Mr. Gene Prentiss Ferguson, age 90, of Forrest City, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at Crestpark Nursing Home.
Mr. Ferguson was born on May 16, 1910, in Mississippi. He was the son of John Wesley Ferguson and Mary Alice Roebuck Ferguson. He lived in St. Francis County most of his life, where he was an electrician and a Baptist.
Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by his wife, Ardella Taylor earlier this year. He is survived by one son, Gene Ferguson of Abingdon, Md.; one brother, J.W. Ferguson, of Arizona; three sisters, Pauline Ferguson and Christine Archer, both of Caldwell, Lorine House of Crawfordsville; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at graveside Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at 10 a.m., at Crittendon Memorial Park with Rev. Kenneth Archer officiating under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Stella Mae Christian
Mrs. Stella Mae Christian, age 83, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000 at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.
Mrs. Christian was born Oct. 20, 1916, in Forrest City, and was the daughter of the late Everett Sutton Anderson and Mora Louise Whittenton Anderson. She lived in Forrest City all of her life, was a retired school teacher from the Forrest City Public School System, and was a member of First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Christian was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Christian in 1982. She is survived by one son, George W. "Bill" Christian, of Forrest City; one daughter, Donna C. Warren, of Largo, Fla; one brother, Curtis Anderson, of Forrest City; three sisters, Gladys Ferguson, of Forrest City, Helen Stough, of Virginia, Midred Bridgeman, of South Carolina; and two grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. Christian will be Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at 10 a.m. in the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Forrest Park Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Dessie Ford, age 90, of Forrest City, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at Crestpark Retirement Inn in Forrest City.
Mrs. Ford was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Ford and is survived by five daughters, Addie Alcorn and Lee Opal Ford, both of Chicago, Ill., Dorenn Sykes, Barbara Brooks and Floretta Cross, all of St. Louis, Mo.; two sons, Glenn Ford and Brice Ford, both of Forrest City; a sister, Letha Carter; two brothers, Charlie Carter, of Gary, Ind., and John Carter; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Ford will be Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kennedy Chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Christ Disciples Church in Caldwell with Rev. Clark Woodard and Rev. Felix Duckworth officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.
Louis R. Grobmyer III
Mr. Louis R. Grobmyer III, age 76, of Helena, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at the Primacy Health Care Center in Memphis.
Mr. Grobmyer, born July 16, 1924, in Forrest City, was the son of Louis R. Grobmyer Jr. and Maggie Littrell Grobmyer. He lived in Forrest City before moving to Helena. He was a veteran of World War II, was retired from A.P. & L. and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Helena.
Mr. Grobmyer is survived by two sons, Louis R. Grobmyer IV, of Pennsylvania and Michael Grobmyer, of Texas; four daughters, Rita Wrape of Pennsylvania, Peggy Grobmyer of Conway, Agnes Grobmyer, of Texas and Kelley Grobmyer, of South Carolina; three brothers, Jimmy Grobmyer of Little Rock, Eddie Grobmyer of Alabama and Bill Grobmyer, of Forrest City; and eight grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Grobmyer will begin Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at 5:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Forrest City at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Willie L. House
Mr. Willie L. House, age 63, of Madison, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, in his home.
Mr. House, the son of Wade House and Fannie Worthey House, was born Sept. 20, 1936, in Proctor.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Hall House, of Madison; a daughter, Madge Graham, of Forrest City; a sister, Willie Mae Bell, of Haynes; two brothers, James House of Forrest City and Roosevelt Moore, of Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. House will be Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall with Bro. V. B. Rose officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.
Lois Malone, 88, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C.
Mrs. Malone, a retired beautician, was born January 31, 1912, in Marvel.
She is survived by a son, Percy L. Malone, of Washington D.C.; a sister, Sadie West, of Chicago, Ill.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Malone are Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services are Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at 3 p.m. at Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church with Rev. Ronald Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church Lois Malone Education Fund.