Harold Loyd Beller
Harold Loyd Beller, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died April 4, 2004, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born near Hoxie, he lived in the Hoxie and Walnut Ridge area all of his life. He was a retired carpenter for Morgan Building Co., and was a member of the Free Street Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ulyess and Lula Beller; three brothers; and a sister.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Tate Beller; two sons, Dwayne Beller, Walnut Ridge, and Richard Beller, Bono; a daughter, Sandra Galbreath, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the House-Gregg chapel with Ken Young officiating. Private burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
Ralph Earl Crain Sr.
Ralph Earl Crain Sr., 61, of Jonesboro, died April 5, 2004, at his home.
Born at Ravenden, he lived in Lawrence County in early life. He was a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam and was retired from Quebecor World Press as a tool and die maker. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church and Jonesboro Masonic Lodge No. 129.
He was a member and past state president of the Arkansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
He was preceded in death by a sister and a brother.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Miller Crain; two sons, Ralph Earl Crain Jr., and Brian Scott Crain, both of Jonesboro; his parents, Cleatus and Mary Crain, Jonesboro; a brother, Gaylon Crain, Jonesboro; a sister, Cleata Daniel, Jonesboro; and two grandchildren, Jonathan Crain and Kaylee Crain.
Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the Mitchell Funeral Home chapel with Barry Crain and Jerry Jolly officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Heights Cemetery at Rector under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.
Pallbearers will be Randall Miller, Mike Miller, Clovis Reddick, Rudy Randleman, Jimmy Huckabay and James Daniel.
Memorials may be made to St. Bernards Hospice.
Carl Eulius Dowdy
Carl Eulius Dowdy, 76, of Hoxie, formerly of Trumann, died March 30, 2004, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Born in Hartford, Iowa, he was retired from General Motors and was a World War II Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, June Annetta Mae Goodwin Dowdy; a sister; and a brother.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Copeland Dowdy; three daughters, Carla Ann Harp, Corning, Evelyn Jean Mace, Doniphan, Mo., and Beverly Anita Dowdy, San Antonio; two sons, Michael Dale Dowdy, Kentwood, Mich., and William Keith Dowdy, Reyno; six stepchildren; a sister, Helen Inez Calkin, Jonesboro; three brothers, Glen William Dowdy, Tomball, Texas, Richard Lowell Dowdy, Kansas City, Mo., and Gary Neal Dowdy, California; 32 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann with Rev. Donald Lewart officiating. Burial was in Nettleton Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Johnny Matthew Gaines, Michael Joseph Cherven, Terry Scott Mace, William Cody Dowdy, Christopher Anthony Bland, Charles Adam Bland and Craig Alexander Bland. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Calkin, Jonathan Wesley Watkins, William Clarence "Butch" Watkins and Jerry D. Ward.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Louis Huskey, 88, of Campbell, Mo., died April 3, 2004, at Walnut Ridge Nursing Home.
Born Sept. 16, 1915, at Swifton, he was the son of Quantrell and Myrtle Bettis Huskey. He was of the Assembly of God faith and was a retired farm laborer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Haynes Huskey, on May 3, 1998, whom he married March 1, 1945, in Tuckerman; two brothers; and four sisters.
Survivors include two brothers, Emmit Huskey, Delphi, Ind., and Billy Huskey, Jonesboro.
Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. in the Landess Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Huskey officiating. Burial was in Mt. Gilead Cemetery at Clarkton, Mo., under the direction of Landess Funeral Home of Campbell, Mo.
Cecil Malone, 80, of Imboden, died March 30, 2004, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born in Leachville, he was the son of George and Leona Lansford Malone. He was a farmer.
He was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.
Survivors include his wife, Kati Lillard Malone; three sons, Gary Malone, Ricky Malone and Ronnie Malone, all of Annieville; two daughters, Brenda Hibbard, Imboden, and Gail Johnson, Annieville; three brothers, Herbert Malone, Annieville, Clyde Malone, Fisher, and Bud Malone, Wilson; two sisters, Lucille McDonald, Fisher, and Nadine French, McGee; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Annieville with Jerry Clements and Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.
Clara Mae Pegues
Clara Mae Benn Pegues, of Saltillo, Miss., died March 31, 2004, at Homeplace Assisted Living in Saltillo, after a lengthy illness.
Born in Portia, she was the daughter of Kent and Mabel Benn. A graduate of Clover Bend High School, she moved to Memphis and graduated from Draughon School of Business. She retired from GMAC after 30 years of service. She was past president of the North Mississippi Medical Center Auxiliary and past president of Meadowview Garden Club. She volunteered her time to the Lee County Library and the Tupelo Community Concert Association. She and her husband, John Reed Pegues Jr., traveled the United States and many foreign countries.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo, where she was active in many areas, including preschool choir, coaching girls' softball and record keeping for the Sunday school congregation. She was an active member of the choir for 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Reed Pegues Jr., on Oct. 31, 2003, whom she married in 1952; a brother, Kent Benn Jr.; three sisters, Fay Walling, Corrinne Karapcik and Vada Benn; and a granddaughter, Memory Edwards.
Survivors include a daughter, Memory B. "Mimi" Pegues, Tupelo; a son, J.R. "J" Pegues III, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; five sisters, Mary Graddy, Walnut Ridge, Joyce Lees, Naples, Fla., Carolyn Patterson, Benton, Albertine Truley, Watsonville, Calif., and Ruth Tipton, Cabot; and three grandchildren, Emma, Siena and Alexa.
Funeral was Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo with Dr. Bryant Barnes officiating. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jerry Napier, Fred Pitts, Dr. Bob McCord, Dr. Robert Foster, Cavett Otis, Gregg Kennedy and Aubry Hays.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1008, Tupelo, MS 38802 or the Alzheimer's Society, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Jackson, MS 39216.
Cleveland Lee Ramsey
Cleveland Lee Ramsey, 71, of Pocahontas, father of Pat Brewer of Portia, died April 5, 2004, at his home. Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. Burial, with VFW honors by Promberger-Traw Post 4556, will be in Palestine Cemetery at Palestine. Visitation is Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Leavier Lehman Shook
Leavier Lehman Shook, 84, of Alicia, died March 31, 2004, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born July 30, 1919, at Alicia, he was the son of Archie and Sylvia Dobbs Shook. He was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Aurora Masonic Lodge #423 of Walnut Ridge, the Alicia town council and the Alicia Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Shook and Alvin Shook; and a sister, Leta Young.
Survivors include his wife, Jessie Turnbull Shook, whom he married Sept. 29, 1962; a son, Dexter Shook, Deming, N.M.; a brother, Raymond Shook, Paragould; and four grandchildren, Natalie Rushing, Charles Shook, Dexter Shook and Jennifer Rolls.
Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Deshawn Pankey officiating. Burial with Masonic rites was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Larry Corbett, Stanley Corbett, Almo Bridges, Gary Light, Carl Herring and Darrell Dobbs.
Ollie M. Wheeless
Ollie M. Wheeless, 85, of Pocahontas, died March 30, 2004, at her home.
Born Oct. 15, 1918, at Pangburn, she was the daughter of Thomas and Eva Penn Landis. She was a homemaker and a member of the Elnora Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton Wheeless; a son, Jimmy Wheeless; a daughter, Louise Wheeless; five sisters; and a brother.
Survivors include four sons, Ronnie Wheeless and wife, Tonda, and Wendell Wheeless, all of Pocahontas, Rickey Wheeless and Autie Jarboe of Walnut Ridge, and Gene Wheeless and wife, Charlotte of Powhatan; a daughter, Carolyn Towell and husband, Tom, of Pocahontas; a special daughter-in-law, Carolyn Newberry and husband, Ken, 18 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Cox-Waymon chapel with Herbert Knight officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas.
Mary Ruth Wilson
Mary Ruth Wilson, 81, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 3, 2004, at Craighead County Nursing Center in Jonesboro.
Born Nov. 15, 1922, at Black Oak, she was the daughter of William Lewis and Donna Bell Moore Vaughn. She was the owner and operator of The Beauty Clinic in Walnut Ridge for 13 years. She was active in the Home Extension Club, the 4-H Club and was a Sunday school teacher. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Egypt.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ward Wilson; a daughter, Pat Lambie; two brothers, William "Shorty" Vaughn, and R.D. Vaughn; and a sister, Bunnes Montgomery.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Poe, Jonesboro; three brothers, Marvin Vaughn and Carlton Vaughn, both of Egypt, and L.E. Vaughn, Ash Flat; three sisters, Essie Phipps, Egypt, Imogene Johnson, Hoxie, and Betty Lou Statler, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; four grandchildren, Brandon Ward Lambie, Kristin Lee Tankersley, Rodney Wilson Poe and Ramie Shay Thompson; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Roller-Farmers Union Chapel with Rev. Emil Williams officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Pallbearers were Jeff Vaughn, Darrell Vaughn, Danny Vaughn, Wesley Cogburn, Tony Vaughn and Shawn Vaughn. Honorary pallbearers were Ray Phipps, Jerry Phipps, Curt Montgomery, Gail Arnold, Ronnie Wilson, Sherry McQuay, Kerry Dalton, Jennifer Dacus, Diane Fort and Thelma Becker.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.