Jack C. Berry
Jack C. Berry, 84, of Sedgwick, died Dec. 24, 2004, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Born March 12, 1920, in Sedgwick, he was the son of John and Anna Mary Vinson Berry. He was a retired warrant officer with the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was also employed with General Electric, I M Debold Cotton Gin, and worked for 20 years with Cox-Implement. He was a member of the PT Boats National Organization, the Peter Tare Association, the Military Officers Association of America and Sedgwick Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, John T. Berry, Paul L. Berry and Forrest Berry; and two sisters, Evelyn Berry Fielder and Eunice Berry Townsend.
Survivors include his wife, Reba Miller Berry, whom he married Oct. 1, 1949.
Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Higginbotham Chapel with Thomy Green officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were Corwin Petty, Charles Petty, Anthony Whitley, Kevin Simms, Kevin Kapales and Lanny Fielder. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Davis, Charles Dame, Buel Dame, Harold Manus, J.S. Fielder, Dennis Manus, Jerry Cox, Emmit Stone, William A. Pierce, Glen Worlow, Glenwood Vance, Bill Gatlin, Homer Head, Doyne Hayes and John Petty.
Clyde Coleman, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 25, 2004, at his home.
Born in Memphis, he was the son of George Richard and Nettie Lou Johnson Coleman. He was a graduate of Whitehaven High School, a World War II Army veteran and received his pharmacy doctorate degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He was the owner of Mallory Heights Pharmacy in Memphis for 30 years before relocating to Walnut Ridge in 1980. He was the past director of the pharmacy at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and a consultant for Lawrence Hall and the Public Health Department.
He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister. Survivors include his wife, Martha Miller Coleman; two daughters, Marty Moore Anderson, Memphis, and Glenda Loyd, Jonesboro; a son, Richard Coleman, Bartlett, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Elder Larry Anderson officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery at Memphis under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Lexx Loyd, Blair Loyd, Judd Loyd, Coleman Moore, Gregory Coleman, Zachary Coleman, Phil Hagan, and his best friend, Archie Hardin. Honorary pallbearers were Quincy Coleman, Elijah Coleman and Jimmy Clyde Coleman.
Rita Ann Keller Dickerson
Rita Ann Keller Dickerson, 64, of Section, Ala., died Dec. 21, 2004, following a short illness.
Born July 23, 1940, in Indianapolis, she was a graduate of Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis and attended Purdue University.
She worked for Review Publishing in Indianapolis, where she became publisher of Amateur Athlete, Child Life, The Brownie Reader (which she co-founded), Children's Playmate, Design, and Jack and Jill magazines. She was also executive publisher of Holiday magazine and associate publisher of The Saturday Evening Post. She left Review Publishing in 1972 after being honored in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Women. She became circulation director of Ms magazine in 1973.
She left the publishing business in 1974 to devote her time to raising her children. She returned to work in 1981 as a fundraiser for a variety of non-profit charitable organizations, which she continued until she retired in 1995.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Miller L. Keller and Mary Catherine Lux Keller.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Guy Rex Dickerson; two sons, Vernon "Kelley" Cooper Jr., Jonesboro, and Robert Rex Dickerson, Little Rock; two daughters, Catherine Marie Coker, Walnut Ridge, and Jennifer Frances Jones, Section, Ala.; three brothers, Tom Keller, Noblesville, Ind., Jack Keller, Saratoga, Calif., and Kerry Keller, Indianapolis; a sister, Frances French, Carmel, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Roller-Drummond Funeral Home Southwest Chapel in Little Rock. Burial was in Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
An online guest book may be signed at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/drummond.
Cheri Renee Howard
Cheri Renee Howard, 29, of Powhatan, died Dec. 22, 2004, at her parents' home.
A 1993 graduate of Black Rock High School, she was a former certified nursing assistant at St. Bernards Medical Center, a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.
Survivors include her husband, 1st Lt. Steven Ty Howard, currently stationed in Baghdad; two sons, Drew Howard and Christian Noble Howard, both of the home; a daughter, Ashlee Nicole Howard, of the home; her parents, Rodney and Mary Sade Kissee, Powhatan; and her grandmothers, Ethel Wilcoxson, Hoxie, and Lillie Whitlow, Black Rock.
Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the House-Gregg Chapel with Rev. Glenn Chadwick officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be James Manning, David Manning, Daniel Manning, John Manning, Shawn Bryant and Rick Sade.
James McGuffey, 71, of the Calvin community, near Alicia, died Dec. 23, 2004, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.
Born in the Bramlett community, he lived in St. Louis for eight years and moved to the Calvin community in 1974. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea, and was a retired carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Turner.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth McGuffey; his mother, Olive Cobble, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Evelyn Williams, the Oak Grove community; and a brother, Harley Mack Turner, Bramlett.
Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Calvin Cemetery near Alicia with Bro. Monroe Baldwin officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Rufus Voage Saffell
Rufus Voage Saffell, 101, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 25, 2004, at Rose Skill Care Nursing Home.
Born in Egypt, he was the son of Samuel L. and Molly Butler Saffell. He was a lifetime resident of Northeast Arkansas, a retired farmer and school bus driver, and was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Trudie Pierce Saffell; and two brothers.
Survivors include a son, Donald Ray Saffell, Van Buren; three daughters, Wanda Keltner, Bridgman, Mich., Bernice Jones Henry, Jonesboro, and Lucille Emmons, Evans, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral is today at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home with Gary Gipson officiating. Burial will be in Keller's Chapel Cemetery.
Grandson Larry Jones and nephews George Pierce, Royce Pierce, Joe Pierce, Gaylon Pierce and Randall Pierce will serve as pallbearers.
Bertha Mae Wagoner
Bertha Mae Wagoner, 90, of Batesville, died Dec. 27, 2004, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Born June 14, 1914, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William Everett and Nancy Brown Ballard. She lived in the Walnut Ridge area until moving to Batesville in December of 1996. She was a homemaker and was of the Christian belief.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Fred Edward Wagoner; a sister, Lucy Ballard Prelip; two brothers, Fred Ballard and Willie Ballard; and a granddaughter.
Survivors include two daughters, Connie Crafton, Jonesboro, and Bettie Schleiff, Batesville; two sons, Fred Dewayne Wagoner, Joplin, Mo., and Joel Wagoner, Batesville; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral is today at 1 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Lavon Post officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Joel Schleiff, Gregg Schleiff, Chris Wagoner, Eddie Wagoner, John Wall and Joel Wall. Honorary pallbearers will be Anita Keith, Bill Keith, Junior Wagoner, Inez Wagoner, Norman Butts, Norma Butts, Neda Munn, Bill Munn and the Agape Sunday School class of Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro.
Visitation is Wednesday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.