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CRITTENDEN MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY

MARION, CRITTENDEN COUNTY, ARKANSAS

OBITUARIES

(Surnames beginning with P through T)

PUBLISHED IN LOCAL AREA NEWSPAPERS

 

COMPILED BY BRENDA HUNTLEY AND DEBBIE YATES

2003 - 2005


 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, August 26, 2003

ELIZABETH ROSE 'RUBY' WALLACE PADGETT, 83, of Choctaw, Ark., formerly of Proctor, Ark., homemaker, died Saturday at Ozark Health Medical Center in Clinton, Ark. Graveside services were Monday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis had charge. She was a member of Choctaw Church of Christ. Mrs. Padgett, the widow of William E. Padgett, leaves three daughters, Barbara Jean Newcomb of Bee Branch, Ark., Jacqueline Alexander of Clinton and Jo Ann Pearson of Choctaw; two sons, Willie Gray 'Bud' Padgett and Robert Earl Padgett, both of Choctaw, 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, December 28, 2004

CELIA ELAINE PALMER of West Memphis died Saturday at her home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home is in charge of services. Mrs. Palmer, 91, a homemaker and a member of Westwood Church of Christ, was the widow of Tom C. Palmer. She leaves two sons, Ronnie Palmer and Roger A. Yaw, both of West Memphis; a brother, Charles Yaw of Garnett, Kan., and four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the charity of the donors choice.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, September 28, 2004

MARIE L. PALVADO of Marion died Saturday at her home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Palvado, 55, was a cake decorator. She leaves her husband, Henry "Mickey" Palvado; a daughter, Michelle Barnett of Jonesboro; a son, Michael Palvado of Marion, and a sister, Carol Shell of Ypsilanti, Mich.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 18, 2004

MARIE W. PANNELL of Palm Bay, Florida, formerly of Crawfordsville, died Aug. 2 in Palm Bay. Visitation was from 9-10:30 a.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Graveside services followed at 11 a.m. at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Pannell, 91, a homemaker, was a member of Palm Bay Baptist Church. The widow of E.B. 'Pete' Pannell, she leaves a daughter, Marjorie Huffman of Palm Bay, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Palm Bay Baptist Church.

 

The Times Dispatch, Walnut Ridge AR, November 27, 2001

BURMELL PARKER, age 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 27, 2001, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center. Formerly of West Memphis, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church in West Memphis, the Good News Sunday school class and the Heritage Choir. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Wafford "Smokey" Parker. Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Rose, Walnut Ridge, and Judy French, West Memphis; a son, Dana Parker, West Memphis; two sisters, Helen Young, West Memphis, and Imo Webb, Marianna; two grandchildren, Steven Rose and Dina Hufstedler; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral will be Friday morning at 10 at Roller-Citizens Chapel in West Memphis. Burial will be in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in West Memphis.

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, November 26, 2002

KENNETH “SHORTY” PARNELL, 68, of Marion died Sunday, Nov. 24, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was self-employed, was a York Rite Mason and was a member of Missouri Street Church of Christ in West Memphis. Survivors include his wife, Connie Parnell of Marion; four sisters, Wanda Gibson of Jonesboro and Clara Craig, both of Jonesboro, Neva Swan of Hot Springs and Dean Gentzler of Virginia; and three brothers, Jim Parnell of Jonesboro and Calvin Parnell and Reuben Parnell, both of Marion. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lee and Cora Mae Randolph Parnell. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home chapel in West Memphis, with Michael Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Street Church of Christ Mission Fund. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 9, 2005

NADINE PEACE of Proctor died Friday at her home. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Sunday a Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home had charge of services. Mrs. Peace, 85, a retired service representative for Bell South Telephone, was a member of Telephone Pioneers of America and Union Avenue United Methodist Church. She leaves her husband, Luther Peace; two daughters, Donna McBryde of Memphis and Rita Underhill of Proctor; two halfbrothers, Curtis Grant of Plaquemine, La., and Marshall Grant of Morgan City, La., five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 26, 2002

EMMOGENE PEDEN of Proctor died Monday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Peden, 83, a homemaker, was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. She was the widow of Raymond Lester Peden. Mrs. Peden leaves five daughters, Erma Way, Reba Worthington, Mary Turner and Brenda Darnell, all of West Memphis and Evelyn Notgrass of Proctor; three sons, Carl Peden and Jimmy Peden, both of West Memphis and Roger Peden of Earle, 34 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 20, 2002

J.W. PENNINGTON of Venice, Fla., formerly of Crawfordsville, died Saturday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.  Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in West Memphis with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Pennington, 69, retired chief master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force, was a graduate from Crawfordsville High School and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. Mark's Episcopal Church. He leaves his wife, Julia Pennington; two stepdaughters, Carla Rybolt of Tampa, Fla., and Andrea Hewett of Sarasota; three stepsons, Gregory Sweet of North Port, Fla., and Jeffrey Sweet and Michael Sweet, both of Venice; a sister Lillian Piggott of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; a brother, Tony Pennington of Panama City, Fla., and seven grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, May 24, 2003

TONY PENNINGTON, 60, of Panama City Beach, Fla., formerly of Crawfordsville, Ark., appliance salesman, died May 20 in Panama City Beach. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park. He was an Army veteran and member of the National Guard and Crawfordsville Baptist Church. He leaves a sister, Lillian Piggott of Sheffield, Ohio. The family requests that memorials be sent to Hope House in First Baptist Church in Marion, Ark.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 18, 2005

HAROLD G. PERSON of Parkin died Saturday at his home. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Person, 78, was a retired farmer. He leaves his wife, Lucille Person; two daughters, Janet Heath and Rita Cross, both of West Memphis; a sister, Faye Wooten of Eagleville, Tenn., and a grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church in Parkin.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, October 1999

HELEN HOLLOWAY PERSON, Mrs. Elbert Person, Sr., 79, of West Memphis, died August 19, 1999 at her home. She is survived by two sons, Jimmy, class of ’51, of Forrest City, and Elbert, Jr. and his wife, Charlene Haddad Person, both class of ’58, of Earle, 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held August 21 at Crittenden Memorial.  She was a member of the Earle Methodist Church.

 

Time Share, A Newsletter for Earle Classmates, January 2004, Published by W. Joe Wood

JESSE EARL PERSON JR., 68, a retired West Memphis Utility serviceman and a Baptist, died September 7, 2003 at his home in West Memphis.  Services were at Roller-Citizens Chapel in West Memphis September 10, with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.  He leaves three daughters: Brenda Person of West Memphis, Lynn Yeager and Renee Harris, both of Marion; a son: William E. Person of West Memphis; a sister: Faye Wooten of Eagleville, TN; a brother: Harold Person of Parkin, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  (Earl Person, Husband of Dorothy Watson Person, Class of '52)

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 07, 2003

JOHNNY MATHEW PETERS of Marion died Saturday in Peach Orchard. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. this evening at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial at Crittenden Memorial Park. Mr. Peters, 30, a self-employed truck driver, was of the Baptist faith. He leaves his wife, Christy Browder-Peters; two daughters, Gabrielle Browder and Alexandria Browder-Peters, both of Marion; two sons, Christian James Browder-Peters and Mathew Patrick Browder-Peters, both of Marion; three sisters, Kelley, Tina and Wanda, all of Arkansas, and a brother, James Jasper Peters Jr. of Marion.

 

(Publication and date unknown - 1998)

LOUISE JOHNSON PHELPS of Earle, Ark. died of heart failure at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis 31 Mar., aged 79. Louise was a retired school teacher. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Earle Garden Club. She was the wife of Wren Phelps.Burial was in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, Ar. Survivors include her husband; sons John Phelps, Southaven, Ms. And David Phelps, West Memphis; and 1 grandchild.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 2000

WREN HENRY PHELPS, JR., 81, (class of ’36), died February 3, 2000 at Beverly Healthcare in West Memphis.  Services were Sunday, February 6th at the Earle Methodist Church with burial following at the Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.  Wren was a member of The Earle Enterprise team, which began with his Uncle Henry in 1907 and was last published in 1962 by Wren and his mother, Ruth Phelps.  Wren continued to operate as Phelps Printing Company with his wife Louise Johnson Phelps, class of ‘37 until 1985 when they both retired.  Louise died March 1998. Louise also taught Home Economics 1943-48 at Earle High. Wren was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of West Memphis and a former member of the Earle Jaycees.  He leaves two sons: John, class of ’66, of Southhaven, MS and David, class of ’70, of West Memphis, 2 grandchildren, and a sister; Kathleen ‘Sis’ Phelps Hollan, class of ’38, of Wynne.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, October 05, 2001

LINDY E. PHILYAW SR. of Holly Grove, formerly of West Memphis, died Wednesday at the Veterans Hospital in Kerrville, Texas. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. today at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel in Forrest City with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Philyaw, 69, was a retired construction worker and a veteran of the Korean War. He was the widower of Doris Frazier Philyaw and leaves two sons, Lindy E. Philyaw Jr. and Mark R. Philyaw, both of Forrest City; his mother, Martha Philyaw of Earle; four brothers, Frank Philyaw, Bobby Philyaw and Henry Philyaw, all of Earle and Jimmy Philyaw of Idaho; three sisters, Grace Rayford, Evelyn Kincaid and Susie Mathison, all of Texas; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, June 2004

MARTHA EMILY (WHIDDEN) PHILYAW, homemaker, 102, (mother of classmates), died April 8, 2004 at her home in Earle. Graveside services were April 12 at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. A member of the Earle Church of Christ, she was the widow of Frank G. Philyaw, and leaves 3 daughters: Martha Philyaw Trimble of London, TX, Lena Grace Philyaw Raiford, class of ’57, of Hunt, TX, Betty Sue Philyaw Mathison, class of ’60, of Mabank, TX; four sons: Frank G. Philyaw, Jr. and Bobby Philyaw, class of ’53, both of Earle, John Henry Philyaw, of Elmore City, OK, and Jimmy Philyaw, class of ’52, of Meridian, ID.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, October 31, 2005

MARY JANE DAVIS PIERCE, 67. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, AR. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday, October 31 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Mrs. Pierce was an Instructor at Southern College of Optometry and a member of Rosewood United Methodist Church. She is survived by a son, Kent Pierce of Memphis; her mother, Helen Elizabeth Davis of Memphis; a sister Nancy Earwood of Marion, AR; two brothers, James D. Davis of Sun City Center, FL and Harold D. Davis of Chattanooga, TN; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to The First Baptist Church of West Memphis, AR. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home 870-735-1000

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, April 20, 2003

SHIRLEY ANN PIRANI, 47, of Marion, homemaker, died Friday at her home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God. She leaves a daughter, Whittney Clowers, and a son, Matthew Pirani, both of Marion; her mother, Bertha Derrick of Earle; a sister, Vickie Ladart of Marion; three brothers, Ralph D. Derrick, Frank Derrick and William Derrick, all of Earle, and a grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, July 8, 2003

ROBERT PLAISANCE, 66, of West Memphis, former boiler engineer for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., died Sunday at Beverly Health Care in West Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. He was a Baptist. Mr. Plaisance, the widower of Moudean Plaisance, leaves a daughter, Lisa Plaisance of West Memphis, and three sisters, Dr. Renee Plaisance Balsam of Braselton, Ga., Carol Hinton of Prescott, Ariz., and Lori Reeves of Golden Valley, Ariz. The family requests memorials be sent to the Parkinson's Association.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, May 5, 2003

LINDA POLLAN, 87, of West Memphis, homemaker, died Sunday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. She was a member of the West Memphis First Assembly of God Church. Mrs. Pollan, the widow of Frank R. Pollan, leaves two sons, Mario Baratti of West Memphis and Terry Melton Pollan of Florence, Ala.; a stepson, Frank Pollan of New Mexico; three sisters, Mary Nodini Johnson of West Memphis, Angelini Nodini Vaughn of Fresno, Ark., and Janie Nodini Boyer of Heber Springs, Ark.; a brother, Johnny Nodini of West Memphis, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Tri City Tribune, Marked Tree AR, August 4, 2004

DONALD GARRIEL PORTERFIELD, 59, of Joiner died Thursday, July 29 at his residence. He was a store manager and a member of Wilson Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Sue Porterfield of Joiner; two daughters: Donna Richmond of Osceola and Denise Eaton of Searcy; one son: Randy Porterfield of Searcy; his mother: Edna Porterfield of Turrell; his grandmother: Lula Porterfield of Earle; one sister: Charlotte Yount of Memphis; three brother: Jerry Porterfield and Than Porterfield, both of Turrell and Wilton Porterfield of Wynne; and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 31 at Roller Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Burial followed in Crittenden Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 27, 2005

JOE POWERS of West Memphis died Monday at his home. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home had charge of services. Mr. Powers, a retired fireman for the City of West Memphis, was a U.S. Army veteran. He leaves a daughter, Donna Branstetter of West Memphis; a son, Steve Powers of Portia, and four grandchildren.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, March 13, 2003

PERCY 'BUBBA' POWERS JR., 42, of West Memphis, assistant retail manager, died Friday at his home. Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. He was a Methodist and a member of the National Rifle Association. He leaves his mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Claude Funderburg, and a sister, Patricia Ann Powers, all of West Memphis, and two brothers, Richard King of West Memphis and Stanley King of Atlanta. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society. (cemetery not stated)

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, July 22, 2003

CAROL ANN PRENTICE, 61, of West Memphis, nursing home administrator, died Saturday in Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery. She was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church in Stamps, Ark., and past president of Lafayette Co. Lioness Club. Mrs. Prentice, the wife of Larry J. Prentice, also leaves two daughters, Gwendolyn Zachary and Jennifer Carol Lenard, both of Marion; a son, Rodney Dewayne Lee of Waldo, Ark.; her mother, Ruth Harness of West Memphis; two sisters, Donna S. Lee of West Memphis and Irene Hurst of Marion; a brother, James L. Robinson of West Memphis, and 12 grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Arkansas Highway Patrol Association.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, September 14, 2004

FREDA I. PRESLAR of West Memphis died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, Tenn. Services were at 10 a.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Preslar, 71, a data clerk for Quaker State Oil Co., was a member of First Baptist Church in West Memphis. She leaves three sons, Rick Preslar of Marion, Chuck Preslar of West Memphis and Ron McCormick of Loveland, Colo.; a sister, Lila Bailey of West Memphis, and five grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to American Diabetes or the American Cancer Society.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, December 14, 2001

GEORGE ELTON PRESTAGE of West Memphis, formerly of Hughes, died Wednesday at Beverly Health Care and Rehab. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Prestage, 78, a retired truck driver, was a World War II Army veteran and a Baptist. He is the widower of Patricia Prestage. Mr. Prestage leaves three daughters, Lori Lynn Roberts of West Memphis, Brenda May of Mississippi and Gail Johnston of Hernando, Miss.; one son, Gregory Prestage of Hughes; one sister, Elona Ford of West Memphis; one brother, Ray Prestage of Alabama, and seven grandchildren.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, August 22, 2002

JAMES LESLIE "MITCH" PRICE III, 48, of Tyronza died Sunday, July 28, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. He was a member of Whitton Baptist Church. Survivors include his parents, James L. and Laquita Price of Tyronza; and his maternal grandmother, Juanita Ayers of Joiner. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Leslie and Beatrix Price of Tyronza. Graveside services were held July 29 in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion, with Joe Sparks officiating. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis was in charge of arrangements.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 31, 2001

RUBY ADELE PRICE of Batesville, Miss., formerly of Tyronza, died Wednesday at her home. Services were at 10 a.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Price, 73, homemaker, was a member of First Faith Baptist Church in Batesville. She leaves her husband, V.H. Price; two daughters, Betty Dunbar of Millington, Tenn. and Pat Nunnally of Tyronza; one sister, Pearl Duncan of Rockford, Ill.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 25, 2003

VIRGIL HOWARD PRICE of Joiner, formerly of Tyronza, died Saturday at his home in Joiner. Services were Sunday at 2 p.m. at Roller-Citizen Funeral Home Chapel West Memphis, followed by burial in Crittenden Memorial Park. Mr. Price, 81, was a member of First Faith Baptist Church of Batesville, Miss., and a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, where he earned a Silver Star service ribbon and two Bronze Star unit ribbons. He leaves two daughters, Betty Dunbar of Millington, Tenn., and Pat Nunnally of Tyronza; two sisters, Gussie Barber of Greenwood, Miss., and Bertha Hudson of Marked Tree; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, December 02, 2002

MAE BELLE PUGH of West Memphis died Friday at her home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home has charge of services. Mrs. Pugh, 88, a homemaker, was a Baptist and the widow of Frank Pugh. She leaves a daughter, Louise Craft of West Memphis; two sisters, Dorothy Cox of Osceola and Ernestine Franks of Parma, Mo.; a brother, Arthur Campbell of Pocahontas, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

 

Tri City Tribune, Marked Tree AR, March 15, 2002

GERALD PULLEY, 72 of Memphis died March 12, 2002 at his residence. He was a retired farmer and a member of Hites Chapel Assembly of God Church in Parkin. He is survived by his wife, Virgie May (Turpin) Pulley of the home, three daughters Virginia Ann Gaddis of Munford, Tenn., Susan Holland of Arlington, Tenn., and Sandra Pulley of Memphis; one son, Jerry Pulley of Philadelphia, Miss.; one sister, Helen Whitley of Memphis, five grand-children and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Friday, March 15 at 1 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis with burial at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge of services and the family requests memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 11, 2002

PRENTIS BENJAMIN PURDY of Memphis, brother of Jean Basse of West Memphis, died Thursday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Graveside services were Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis had charge of services. Mr. Purdy, 76, a dispatcher for Veterans Cab Co., was a member of Peabody Baptist Church. He also leaves his wife, Maxine Biship Purdy, and one other sister.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 12, 2002

JENKINS QUILLIN of West Memphis died Monday at his home. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home-West Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Quillin, 79, was a salesman for Leader Specialty School Supplies. He leaves his wife, Betty Quillin; a son, Joe Quillin of Dermott; a stepdaughter, Sandra Marconi of West Memphis; two stepsons, Edward Flake of Ft. Worth, Texas and Curtis Flake of Marion, and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, June 25, 2001

LUCY EMLINE QUILLIN of West Memphis died Friday at Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. Services were at 10 a.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Quillin, 82, insurance agent for McElroy, leaves a brother, Jenkins Quillin of West Memphis.

 

Tri City Tribune, Marked Tree AR, January 3, 2002

JOYCE SUE QUIROZ, 61 of Marked Tree dies December 31, 2001 at Rose Care Center in Trumann. She was a Baptist. She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Bolden of Pontotoc, Miss. and Joyce Bennett of Somerville, Tenn.; four sons, Joseph Lee Sims, Jr. of Moscow, Tenn., Keith Sims of Southaven, Miss., Bobby Sims of Oakland, Tenn., and Jimmy Dale Foster of Little Rock, four sisters, Evelyn Woods of Marked Tree, Lorraine Hurst of Black Oak, Peggy Nash of Black Oak, and Betty Cooksey of Marked Tree; three brothers, Ed Morgan of Payneway, Charles Morgan of Corinth, Miss., and Jerry Wayne Morgan of Trumann, 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The family received visitors on Tuesday, January 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services, arranged by Roller Citizens Funeral Home, West Memphis, were held at 10 a.m. on January 2 at the funeral home chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park cemetery, Marion, Ark. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

 

Roller Citizen Funeral Home, West Memphis AR, March 4, 2008

JESSE WILLARD RAGLE, 61, of Earle, AR passed away March 3rd at VA Medical Center in Memphis, TN. Mr. Ragle a US Air Force Veteran was a member Earle Baptist Church and was owner and operator of a hardware store. He is survived by his wife Mary Jo Ragle of Earle, AR; daughters, Jessica White of Earle; Jill Hill and Mary Griffin both of Heber Springs, AR; brother, Ralph C. Ragle of Wynne; sister, Lynda Boyd of Bartlett, TN; step-father Vernon Miller and mother Josephine Miller both of Wynne, AR. Service: Roller Citizen Funeral Home, West Memphis, AR, 1:00PM, Mar 5, 2008. Interment: Crittenden Memorial Park, Marion, AR. Memorials may be made to Earle Baptist Church in Earle, AR

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 4, 2005

C.E. "DOC " RAINS of West Memphis died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Rains, 86, a retired diesel mechanic for Arkansas Tractor, was a member of Marion-West Memphis VFW Post 5225. The widower of Martha J. Rains, he leaves a daughter, Kathryn Phillips of West Memphis; a son, Bubba Rains of West Memphis; a sister, Jewel Greenelsh of West Memphis, and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 18, 2002

TRAVIS D. "POP" RAINS of Hughes died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Rains, 61, parts salesman for Ford dealership, was a member of Hughes Central Baptist Church, a Mason and alderman of Horseshoe Lake. He leaves his wife, Gail Rains; a daughter, Kim Rains of Proctor; two sons, Billy Rains of Hughes and Danny Rains of Proctor; his mother and stepfather, Roxie and Jimmy Scott of Memphis; a sister, Bobbie Martin of Fyffe, Ala.; two stepsisters, Billye Ann Aden of Coldwater, Miss., and Patricia Lefebvre of Lillian, Ala., and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Ronald McDonald House.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 29, 2002

JACK JONES RAKESTRAW of West Memphis, formerly of Osceola, died Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Rakestraw, 83, a retired driver for Warden's LP Gas, was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5225 and the American Legion and a World War II Army veteran. He leaves his wife, Lorez Austin Rakestraw; two daughters, Jackie Rakestraw of West Memphis and Mayme McElrath of Crawfordsville; a son, Tommy Rakestraw of Marion; two sisters, Peggy Austin of Dyess and Keron Tate of Memphis, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, December 05, 2002

WILLIAM HOWARD RALPH JR., 72, of Crawfordsville, Ark., formerly of West Memphis, retired chief of police from West Memphis Police Department after 24 years, died Tuesday at his home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Forest Hill Funeral Home East with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Ralph, the husband of Margaret Ralph for 52 years, also leaves three daughters, Rebecca Goodbar of Marion, Diane Sheffer of Crawfordsville and Cindy Hubbard of Cordova; a son, William H. Ralph III of Bartlett, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro, AR, June 24, 2004

SHELBY ELIZABETH RATLIFF, 8, died Tuesday, June 22, at Cross Ridge Community Hospital in Wynne. Born at Jonesboro, she was a member of Wynne Baptist Church, where she played the violin and was active in the Upwards basketball team and the Awanas program. She also played in the Wynne softball league. She had completed the second grade at Wynne Primary School. Survivors include her parents, John W. "Johnny" Ratliff II and Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Crenshaw Ratliff of Wynne; one sister, Sydney Ratliff of Wynne; a brother, Johnny Ratliff of Wynne; and her grandparents, Billy and Bonnie Crenshaw of Earle, Bonnie Ratliff and Jerry Devazier, both of Wynne, and John Ratliff of Cherry Valley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Wynne Baptist Church, with Archie Mason officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion, under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne. Pallbearers will include Jerry Devazier, Corey Dildine, Keith Huffstutler, Lance Lovell, Bill Morgan and Trey Morgan. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the church. Memorials may be made to Wynne Baptist Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, July 26, 2002

JACK WOODFORD RAY of Crawfordsville died Thursday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Chapel-West Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crawfordsville First United Methodist Church with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Ray, 75, a farmer, was a long time member Quorum Court, Crawfordsville First United Methodist Church, a Mason and an Army Air Corps veteran. He leaves his wife, Patricia Ray; a daughter, Cynthia McDonald of Memphis; two sons, Mack Ray and Woody Ray, both of Crawfordsville; a sister, Mahala Smith of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and six grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Crawfordsville First United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 16, 2001

MICHAEL STEVEN RAY of West Memphis died Thursday at Methodist Hospital Germantown. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Ray, 33, construction worker for National Dry Wall was a member of Shell Lake Baptist Church. He leaves his wife Cynthia Ray; one daughter, Kirstie Ray of West Memphis; one son, Michael Allen Ray of West Memphis; his mother, Mary Ray of West Memphis; four sisters, Faye Thompson and Lisa Phillips both of Marion, Linda Stidham and Debbie Sullivan both of Milan, Tenn.; four brothers, Ray Thompson of Memphis, Jerry Ray of Milan, Tenn., Larry Ray and Ricky Ray both of Arkansas. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the American Leukemia Society.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 2, 2004

ROBERT "TOOTSIE" RAY of Earle died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Ray, 84, former owner/operator of Ray's Grocery in Earle, was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of Earle Baptist Church. He leaves several nieces and nephews. The family requests that memorials be sent to Earle Baptist Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, June 03, 2002

JAMES ALLEN REECE of Hughes died Thursday at his home. Services were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Hughes First United Methodist Church with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Family Funeral Care Summer Avenue Chapel had charge of services. Mr. Reece, 70, an earth-moving contractor, was a member of Hughes First United Methodist Church. He leaves wife, Barbara Sykes Reece; two daughters, G.G. Elmore of Cordova and Kylene Goza of Sherwood; two sons, James T. Reece and Kyle Allen Reece, both of Hughes; two sisters, Peggy Potter of Arcola, Miss., and Patsy Conner of Booneville, N.C., and four grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Hughes First United Methodist Church.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle, AR – May 2005

COACH A. L. REED, 91, of Earle, died April 24, 2005 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.  Services were April 25 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Reed was born August 7, 1913 at Booneville, AR and graduated High School there in 1932, from UA in 1936. He married Verneil Elizabeth Ward of Clardsville in 1939. She died April 23, 2004, just one year and one day prior to him. He leaves a sister and a brother of Wichita, KS, another sister of Los Angeles, and another brother of San Diego, CA.  Coach Reed taught schools in Arkansas for 38 years, including Trumann, Corning, Blytheville and Earle, and 2 years at a Japanese-American Relocation Center in Jerome, AR, during WWII. He also taught 2 years in Missouri. He had served in the National Guard.  While in Earle, he taught Chemistry, Biology, General Science and both Basketball and Football coach. He was in business in Earle for 17 years, including a coin-operated laundry, a Veterinarian, and was landlord of the Post Office building when it was on 2nd street.  He retired in 1976. He joined the Earle Methodist Church n March, 1945. His membership remained there until his death.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, June 2004

ELIZABETH ‘LIZ’ VERNEIL REED, wife of Coach A. L. Reed, 94, died April 23, 2004 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Services were April 26 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis, and burial was at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 27, 2005

BETTY SUE REED of West Memphis died Monday in Como, Miss. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Ms. Reed, 66, a secretary for Baptist Memorial Hospital, was a Baptist. She leaves a daughter, Pamela Box of West Memphis; a son, Jeff Box of Collierville, Tenn.; five sisters, Evelyn Newnham of Klamath Falls, Ore., Martha Smith of Como, Ethelene Lamb of Imboden, Shirley Simmons of Grenada, Miss., and Patricia Whitaker of Gore Springs, Miss.; three brothers, Charles Malone of Ft. Worth, Texas, Carl Malone of Green Bay, Wis., and John Malone of Grenada, and five grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Evening Times, West AR, September 10, 2001

BILLIE DEAN INGRAM REEDER of Germantown, Tenn., formerly of West Memphis, died Friday at her home.

Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home-West Memphis had charge of services. Mrs. Reeder, 67, homemaker, was the widow of Dr. Robert C. Reeder. She leaves four daughters, Susan Calderon, Stacy Certain, Carolyn Thomas and Susan Massa, all of Memphis; one son Grady Sanders of Memphis; her mother, Magelene McKinnon Ingram of West Memphis; one sister, Susie Pugh of Little Rock; two brothers, W. Kent Ingram Jr. and Keith M. Ingram, both of West Memphis and 11 grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the charity of the donor's choice.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 6, 2005

SANTO J. REGINELLI of Lehi died Monday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. A rosary will be at 5 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis and visitation will follow from 6-8 p.m. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church with burial following in  Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Reginelli, 78, a former employee at Boise Cascade, was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He leaves a sister, Ida Goodwin of Ruston, La. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Michael's Catholic Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 16, 2001

Infant, NICHOLAS EUGENE ALEXANDER REVELLE of West Memphis died Thursday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Services were Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Parents of the newborn are Freddy and April Revelle. He leaves one sister, Kurston Kelley of West Memphis; one brother, Freddy Revelle of West Memphis; grandparents, Peggy and Bill Owens of Hammond, Ind., Michael Pinkerton of Osceola, Martha and Eugene Southard of Marion; great-grandparents, Ruby Thrasher of Keiser, Betty Rains of Marion and Pauline Brock of West Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 16, 2002

LYMAN J. REYNOLDS of Proctor died Thursday at his home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Reynolds, 82, a retired farmer, was a member of First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville, a World War II Army veteran, life-time member of the VFW, a Shriner and a 32nd Degree Mason. He was the widower of Jeanette Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds leaves a daughter, Donna Clayton of Morgan Hill, Calif.; a son, Jay Reynolds of Marion, and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church in Crawfordsville.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, October 1999

MARY WALLACE FULLWOOD RHODES, Mrs. Fred Rhodes, 90, (class of ’27), of Earle, died July 14, 1999 at Johnson-Hobson Care Home in Marion.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred, a brother, Jim, class of ’24, died 1982; and two sisters: Gladys Fullwood Simpson, class of ’26, died 1978, and Rachel Fullwood, class of ’30, died 1984. She leaves one niece, Marilyn Nutzell of Knoxville, and a nephew, Jim Simpson of Germantown.  Mary Wallace, a retired Earle Post Office employee, had been a devoted member of the Earle Methodist Church since 1923. At the time of her death, she held the record for the longest membership: seventy-six years.  She was also among the earliest living classmates for whom I had addresses.  Services were at the Methodist Church in Earle, with burial at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 11, 2003

IVY RHYNE of West Memphis died Wednesday at Health Care and Rehab. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Rhyne, 97, a retired factory worker, was a Baptist. He leaves a daughter, Mary Rhyne of Florida; two sons, Marvin Rhyne of West Memphis and Mike Rhyne of Ripley, Tenn., six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, April 12, 2003

JAMES IVY RHYNE, 97, of West Memphis, former owner of the Pig & Poke, died Wednesday at West Memphis Health Care and Rehab. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. He leaves a daughter, Mary Rhyne Witman of Tampa, Fla.; two sons, Marvin Rhyne of West Memphis and Mike Rhyne of Ripley, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Susann Newcomb of North Branch, Mont.; two stepsons, Ray Pitts of Southaven and Jacki Gordon of West Memphis, 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, August 12, 2005

JAMES HOLLAND RICHARDSON, 78, of Marion died Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired mechanic for Memphis Area Transit Authority. He was a charter member of the Marion Kiwanis Club and Crittenden County Search and Rescue, a lifetime member of West Memphis Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Marion V.F.W. Post 5225 and of the Baptist faith. Survivors include a son, Fred Richardson of Marion; a daughter, Deborah Robson of Marion; three grandchildren, Scott Robson of Mountain Home, Sara Beth Richardson of Memphis and Jim Richardson of Marion; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laverne Young Richardson, and his parents, James Holland and Virginia Melton Richardson. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, with the Rev. N. Wayne Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 2001

JANE (MRS. S. R.) RICHARDSON, 77, (mother of 4 EHS classmates), died January 14, 2001 at the Johnson-Hobson Heath Care in Marion. In earlier years, she had been active in many community services including the Good Neighbor Center of Earle and West Memphis, the Heifer Project, International.  She leaves three daughters: Claire Richardson DeVazier, class of ’73, of Palestine, AR; Shirley Richardson Hildebrand, class of ’65, of Fayetteville, AR; and Mary Richardson, class of ’67, of Little Rock; and a son: Don Richardson, class of ’64, of Washington, DC, and Clinton, AR; a sister, Agnes Bilewicz, and a brother: Wesley Ross, of Little Rock; and 5 grandchildren.  Services were January 16th at the Earle United Methodist Church, where she was a member and burial was at Crittenden Memorial in Marion.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 30, 2004

BETTYE J. RICKMAN of Horseshoe Lake died Friday at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Rickman, 71, was a homemaker. She leaves her husband, Roy Rickman Sr.; two daughters, Martha Allen Tynes and Ruth Ann Thomas, both of Horseshoe Lake; four stepsons, Tim Rickman of Olive Branch, Miss., and Eddie Rickman, Glen Rickman and Marcus Rickman, all of Horseshoe Lake; a brother, James Trussell of Shreveport, La., 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 07, 2002

GRACE AKRIDGE RIEVES of Memphis, formerly of Marion, died Tuesday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Rieves, 92, a homemaker, was a member of Marion First United Methodist Church. She was the widow of Elton A. Rieves Jr., a former West Memphis attorney. She leaves a daughter, Sally Akridge Rieves of Albuquerque, N.M.; a son Elton A. Rieves III of West Memphis, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Conway Human Development Center.

 

Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque NM, August 23, 2002
SALLY AKRIDGE RIEVES, 61, of Albuquerque, NM, formerly of Marion, AR, retired English teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools, died Monday surrounded by family and friends after a brief illness. Graveside Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, AR. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, AR has charge. Ms. Rieves leaves a daughter, Allison Rieves White of Lexington Park, MD; a brother, Elton A. Rieves, III of West Memphis, AR; and three nephews. The family requests that memorials be sent to Conway Human Development Center in Conway, Arkansas.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 16, 2004

HERBERT HOWELL RIGGAN of Marion died today at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Marion United Methodist Church with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home has charge of services. Mr. Riggan, 86, a retired farmer, former manager of West Memphis Cotton Oil Mill and former employee of Crittenden Gin, was a member of Marion United Methodist Church, former president of the Marion School Board, former member of the Marion Rotary Club and member of the Crittenden County Farm Bureau. He leaves his wife, Catherine M. Riggan; three daughters, Betty Catherine Padgett and Susan Ruth Thomas, both of Memphis, Tenn., and Virginia Leigh Beasley of West Memphis; a son, Herbert H. Riggan Jr. of New Waverly, Texas; a brother, Harold Riggan of Corning, and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Marion United Methodist Church.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, January 11, 2003

FRANK GRIGG RILEY JR., 76, of Crawfordsville, Ark., retired deputy sheriff for Crittenden County, died Thursday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. He was a World War II Army veteran, and a member of Crawfordsville First Baptist Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5225 in Marion-West Memphis. Mr. Riley, the husband of Mildred C. Riley, also leaves six daughters, Shirley R. Bobbit of Elizabethtown, Ky., Marilyn Hartz of Helena, Vickie D. Riley Bloodworth, Annette Cole and Chris Wilson, all of Crawfordsville, and Edna R. Steinman of Marion; a son, Richard A. Riley of Collierville; two sisters, Patsy R. Campbell of West Memphis and Shirley C. Arnold of Hughes, Ark., 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5225 Marion and West Memphis or Crawfordsville First Baptist Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 25, 2005

MICHAEL D. RILEY of Fayetteville, formerly of West Memphis, died Monday at his home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Riley, 41, was a student. He leaves his wife, Paula Riley; a daughter, Michelle Riley; his father and stepmother, Milton and Reba Riley; a stepdaughter, Leslie Riley; a stepson, Clay Riley; a sister, Shelia Dees; a brother, Perry Riley; a stepsister, Margie Hart, and five stepbrothers, Sam Riley, George Fortner, Bobby Dale Fortner, Dennis Rust and Milton Rust.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 18, 2004

HENRI HAZEL ROBBINS of West Memphis died Monday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home has charge of services. Mrs. Robbins, 88, a retired case worker for Crittenden County Welfare Office, was a Methodist. The widow of Stanley David Robbins, she leaves a caregiver, Dana Robbins of Marion, six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Marion United Methodist Church Building Fund.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 22, 2002

MARY LUCILLE ROBERSON of West Memphis died Sunday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Milan Chapel Church in Heafer with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Roberson, 53, a homemaker, was a member of Milan Chapel Church. She leaves her husband, Don Roberson; three sons, Mitchell Goodbar of West Memphis, Charles Free of Atoka, Tenn. and Kenneth Free of Memphis; her mother, Marie Ellison of West Memphis; a sister, Carlene Jones of Clarksville; two brothers, Lucky L. Ellison of Pearl River, La. and Timothy Wayne Ellison of West Memphis and six grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Feed The Children.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 07, 2001

ELON JESSE ROBERTS of West Memphis died Sunday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church in West Memphis with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Roberts, 83, was a retired furniture salesman for Broadway Furniture Co., a charter member and a deacon of Calvary Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran. He leaves his wife Faye Roberts; two daughters, Kay Watt of Earle and Trina Scarbrough of Horseshoe Lake; two sons, Ron Roberts of Magnolia, Texas and Steve Roberts of Selmer, Tenn.; one brother, Donald Roberts of Humphrey; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Calvary Baptist Church

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 10, 2001

JOHN D. ROBERTS of Marion died Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Roberts, 74, West Memphis businessman, was a member of Highland Street Church of Christ in Memphis, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5225, the American Legion and a World War II Army veteran. He leaves his wife Lona Roberts; three sons, Lawrence Roberts, Terrell Roberts and Michael Roberts all of Marion; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family request that memorials be sent to American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 29, 2002

EDNA M. ROBERTSON of West Memphis died Thursday at Baptist Memorial DeSoto Hospital in Southaven. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Robertson, 86, was a retired dry cleaning inspector. The widow of Carl Robertson, she leaves two daughters, Barbara Lofton Lamb of Southaven and Melba Lofton Dill of West Memphis; three sisters, Laverne Gadsby of Virginia, Flossie Bishop of Jackson, Tenn., and Georgia Herdon of Memphis; four brothers, Houston Holt of Effingham, Ill., Bradley Holt of Memphis, Harold Holt of Belden, Miss., and Howard Holt of Tupelo, Miss.; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro, AR, October 14, 2004

LELAND SCOTT ROBINS, 51, of Strawberry, formerly of West Memphis, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, at White River Medical Center at Batesville. Born at Chicago, he worked as a computer programmer for West Memphis and was a member of Strawberry Church of Christ. Survivors include his father, Charles Robins of Strawberry, and one sister, Tammy Joe Barnett of Harrison. His mother, Martha Jo Ferguson Robins, died Oct. 7 in Batesville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gary Robins; his paternal grandparents, Ed and Lois Robins; and his maternal grandparents, Melvin and Edith Ferguson. The body was cremated, with Bryan Funeral Home of Hoxie in charge of arrangements. Memorial services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Strawberry Church of Christ for Robins and his mother, Martha Jo Ferguson Robins, who died Oct. 7. Bill Wheeler will officiate. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Crittenden Memorial Cemetery at West Memphis. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at Strawberry Church of Christ.

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro, AR, October 14, 2004

MARTHA JO FERGUSON ROBINS, 70, of Strawberry died Thursday, Oct. 7, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. A native of Hartselle, Ala., she was a retired interior decorator. She had been a member of the West Memphis City Beautiful Commission and was a volunteer at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Strawberry Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Charles Bernard Robins of Strawberry; one daughter, Tammy Jo Barnett of Harrison; one sister, Joyce Ferguson Flynn of Batesville; two brothers, Melvin Ferguson Jr. of Covington, Ind., and Morris Dale Ferguson of New Albany, Ind.; and two grandchildren, Lindsey Jo Jones and Lee Eric Jones, both of Harrison. She was preceded in death by two sons, Gary Ray Robins and Leland Scott Robins, and her parents, Melvin Francis and Edith Avelia Collins Ferguson. A memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Strawberry Church of Christ for Mrs. Robins and her son, Leland Scott Robins, who died Sept. 1 in Batesville. Bill Wheeler and Keith Martin will officiate. Graveside services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion, with Lyndal Dale officiating. Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Paragould Children's Home, 55150 Old Walcott Road, Paragould 72450.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 22, 2002

ANNIE D. ROBINSON of Earle died Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Services were at 1 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Robinson, 51, a factory worker for Earle Industries, was a member of Gibson Bayou Pentecostal Church. She leaves her husband, James Robinson; two daughters, Loretta Townsend and Mary Richardson, both of Earle; her mother, Willer Dean Stewart of Earle, and two brothers, Earle Wayne Stewart Sr. of Mayfield, Ky. and Jerry Stewart of West Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 4, 2005

ROBERT L. ROBINSON of West Memphis died Saturday at his home. Graveside services were Monday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home had charge of services. Mr. Robinson, 56, was an antique car refurbisher. He leaves two daughters, Crystal Robinson and Amber Robinson, both of West Memphis, and two sisters, Della White of Olive Branch, Miss., and Bonnie Henry of Apopka, Fla.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, October 25, 2002

SYBIL MAXINE RODEN of West Memphis died Thursday at Beverly Health Care and Rehab. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Roden, 70, a baker for Stimpson Big Star, was a member of First Pentecostal Church in West Memphis. She leaves four sons, Robert Roden of Proctor, Butch Roden of Jackson, Tenn., Ronald Roden of West Memphis and Marcus Roden of Heafer; three sisters, Jimmie Jarman of Bartsow, Calif., Betty Myers of Marion and Rita Cavallaro of Proctor, 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, February 7, 2003

CECELIA ALLEN RODGERS, 82, of Marion, homemaker, died Wednesday at her home. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Michael's Catholic Church in West Memphis, where she was a communicant, with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. Mrs. Rodgers, the widow of James Andrew Rodgers, leaves a niece and nephew who cared for her, Pat Boggan of Memphis and Larry Allen of Cordova. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 16, 2001

MARY LOU RODGERS of West Memphis died Sunday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Miss Rodgers, 53, leaves an aunt, Sara Johnson of West Memphis, uncle and aunt, Tilden and Lorene Rodgers of Apopka, Fla. and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 2000

PATRICIA JEAN FRANKS RODGERS, 50, (class of ’67), died November 19, 1999, at the Methodist Hospital in Memphis.  Services were November 20 at the First Assembly of God Church in Earle, where she was a member.  Burial was at Crittenden Memorial Park. She leaves her husband, John A. Rodgers, class of ’66, her mother, Irene West (Mrs. Curtis Franks), class of ’42, a sister, Beverly Hydrick, class of ’62, of Holly Grove, AR, and a brother Curtis ‘Ricky’ Franks, class of ’70, of Tyronza. Beverly is the wife of Ray Hydrick, class of ’60. Ricky is married to Debbie Bramucci, class of ’73.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, April 29, 1903

TOM RODGERS JR., 46, of Marion, self-employed general contractor, died Saturday in Tunica, Miss. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. He was a member of Earle (Ark.) First Assembly of God Church. Mr. Rodgers, the husband of Cathy Rodgers, also leaves a daughter, Emily Rodgers of Marion; his parents, Ann and Tom Rodgers and two sisters, Martha Fay Smith and Peggy Lee Miller, all of Earle, and two brothers, Johnny Rodgers of Marion and Bobby Joe Rodgers of Earle. The family requests that memorials be sent to Earle First Assembly of God Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, October 01, 2001

HARVEY JAMES ROEDER of Earle died Saturday at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Earle Baptist Church with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park. Mr. Roeder, 70, owner of Roeder Construction Co., was a member of Earle Baptist Church and the Earle Fire Department and was the widower of Shirley Katherine Roeder. He leaves one daughter, Ramona Williams of Broken Arrow, Okla.; three sons, Jim Roeder of Earle, Ric Roeder of Forrest City and Robin Roeder of West Memphis; two sisters, Edna Leaptrot of Jacksonville and Juanita Martish of Mt. Home; two brothers, Floyd Roeder of Little Rock and Bobby Roeder of Earle; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to Earle Baptist Church or Harwood Center School, 711 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, Tenn. 38105

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro, AR, February 6, 2004

HELEN ELAINE ROGERS, 34, of Wilson died Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Wilson. Survivors include her parents, Faye and James Rogers of Wilson; and three brothers, Floyd Rogers of Jonesboro and Ricky Rogers and Paul Rogers, both of Wilson. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home chapel in West Memphis, with Ken Pruett officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Wilson First Baptist Church or Special Olympics.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, December 2004

JULIA ‘JUDY’ ROGERS, 82, (class of ’40) of Memphis, died August 26, 2004 at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Services were August 30 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel and burial was at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Besides her husband; Finus Eugene Rogers, she leaves a son, Barry of Memphis, 2 grandchildren, and 3 sisters: Helen Jane Rogers Cato, of Memphis, Marhea Rogers Wilson, of Conway, AR, and Nell Rogers Townsend, class of ’39, of San Marino, CA. Jane, Marhea, and Nell were teachers at EHS.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 25, 2002

MARY LOUISE ROMINES of Hot Springs, formerly of West Memphis, died Friday at the Pines Nursing and Rehab Center in Hot Springs. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge of services. Mrs. Romines, 97, was former owner and operator of Broadway Liquors in West Memphis, and a communicant of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hot Springs. She was the widow of Virgil Romines and leaves a son, V. Parvin Romines of Hot Springs.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, October 1999

N. C. ROOK, 87, of West Memphis (formerly of Earle) passed away Sunday, October 3, 1999, at his home.  Services were October 6th at Roller-Citizens in West Memphis, interment at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. He is survived by three daughters: Jeanette Rook Neal, class of ’52 of West Memphis, Patsy Rook Garrett, class of ’57, of Olive Branch, MS., and Sandra Rook Anderson, class of ’59 of Memphis.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, December 2004

LORI LYNN STEWART ROSE, 44, (class of ’78), of Crawfordsville died August 26, 2004 at her home. Services were August 28 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Burial was at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. She was a member of the Earle United Methodist Church. She leaves her husband, David Rose, of Crawfordsville, a son, Mark Rose of Marion, her parents: Donald & Helen Karr Stewart, class of ’46, of Earle; a sister, Shari Joyce Stewart Bert, class of ’76 of Larned, KS, and 2 brothers: Dr. Donny Stewart, DDS, class of ’70, of Wynne, and Steve Stewart, class of ’74 of Earle.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, June 8, 2004

WILLIAM "BILLY" NASON ROSE SR. of West Memphis died Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Rose, 71, a master electrician, was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and the Marion-West Memphis VFW Post 5225. He leaves his wife, Linda Rose; a daughter, Belinda Johnson of Wynne; a son, William Nason Rose Jr. of West Memphis; three sisters, Nancy Boone of Charleston, S.C., Ruth Davidson of Parkin and Betty Jo Turner of San Angelo, Texas; two brothers, Robert L. Rose of Lawton, Okla., and Roger Rose of Parkin, and five grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, September 17, 2001

CECELIA FROHLICH ROSS of West Memphis died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Ross, 80, homemaker, was a member of First United Methodist Church. She was the widow of Charles M. Ross and leaves two daughters, Dolly Lyon of West Memphis and Judy Burris of Memphis and two grandsons, Greg and Brad Cordell, both of West Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to West Memphis First United Methodist Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 22, 2002

ELOIS L. ROSS of Batesville, formerly of West Memphis, died Wednesday at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Qualls Funeral Home in Batesville has charge of services. Mrs. Ross, 87, a homemaker, was a member of the Delta Art Council, a local artist and teacher and member of the West Memphis First Baptist Church. She was the widow of J.T. Ross. Mrs. Ross leaves two sons, Larry D. Ross of Forrest City and Sam O. Ross of Batesville; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to West Memphis First Baptist Church or the Crittenden County Fine Arts Council.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 11, 2002

ETHEL C. ROSS of West Memphis died Sunday at Beverly Health Care and Rehab. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Ross, 96, a homemaker, was a Baptist. She was the widow of Harmon Ross and leaves a daughter, Bobbie Jean Lee of Tulsa, Okla., and three sisters, Myrtle Oden of West Memphis, Annie Moore of Nesbit, Miss., and Jewell Drake of Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 21, 2002

MARGARET H. RUMBLE of West Memphis died Tuesday at Beverly Health Care. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Rumble, 84, a homemaker, was a member of First Presbyterian Church in West Memphis, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 53 and DBS Sorority. The widow of J.W. "Speed" Rumble, she leaves a daughter, Virginia Watkins of Clermont, Fla.; two sons, Danny Rumble of Memphis and Charles Rumble of West Memphis; three sisters, Elizabeth Browning of Booneville, Miss., Sammie Whitaker of Memphis and Sara Moore of West Memphis, and a grandchild.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 03, 2002

DORA LEE RUSHING of West Memphis died Monday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Rushing, 67, was an employee of Arkansas Employment Division and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Wynne. She was the widow of Leroy Rushing. Mrs. Rushing leaves three daughters, Debra Deese of West Memphis, Mattie Little of Moscow, Tenn., and Patricia Michael of Savannah, Tenn.; a son, Mack D. Walker Jr. of Wynne; a sister, Margaret Hanks of Flagstaff, Ariz.; two brothers, Sam Kelley of Bald Knob, and Stan Kelley of Heber Springs, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

 

Obit Central, Miscellaneous St. Francis County, Arkansas Obituaries

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CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL RUSSELL JR., one month 12 days, of Hughes, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at his home. He is survived by his parents, Christopher Michael Russell Sr. and Heather Russell of Hughes; his grandparents, William and Dorothy Bell of Hughes, Jim and Linda Reynolds of West Memphis, Spencer and Kathy Russell of South Carolina, and Ray Hugueley of Hughes; a half sister Peyton Ashton Wise of Hughes; a half brother, John Freeman Chamness of Hughes. Visitation will be Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis with burial to follow at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, May 29, 2005

DESSIE ERENE RUSSELL, 77, of West Memphis died Friday, May 27, at Methodist University Hospital at Memphis. She was a homemaker and member of Light Church of Christ. Survivors include a son, Raymond G. Russell Jr. of West Memphis; three daughters, Glenna S. Hughes of Marion, Jaqueline Hughs of West Memphis and Tia Mia Adkison of Tunica, Miss.; three sisters, Lovene Mariott of Jonesboro, Lucy Faye Hoggard of Brookland and Modean Stall of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Willis Liles of Light; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond G. Russell, and her parents, Virginia Dare Brashers and George Washington Liles. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today in Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery of Marion under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis. Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Children's Home of Paragould.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 24, 2004

FRED ARTHUR RUSSELL of Earle died Thursday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Services were at 10 a.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Russell, 72, a retired street supervisor for the City of Earle, was a member of Earle Baptist Church and a former member of Earle Volunteer Fire Department, where he was assistant fire chief. He leaves his wife, Mildred Russell; a daughter, Rita Hulen of Earle; a son, Larry Russell of Earle; a brother, Raymond Russell of Stinnett, Texas and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Earle Baptist Church.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, March 3, 2003

GLENN E. RUSSELL, 88, of West Memphis, farmer, died Sunday in West Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. He was a member of Missouri Street Church of Christ. Mr. Russell, the widower of Gwendolyn Russell, leaves two sons, Carl Russell of Manchester, Tenn., and Gerald Russell of West Memphis; two sisters, Lou Ella Batson of Berwyn, Ill., and Freda Hosford of Greers Ferry, Ark., seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Missouri Street Church of Christ.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, December 05, 2002

MARY RUSSELL, 74, of Marion, retired printer from Earle Industries, died Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. She was a Baptist. She leaves two brothers, William Raymond Russell of Tennessee and Fred Russell of Earle. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, June 10, 2005

RAYMOND G. RUSSELL, JR., 56, of West Memphis died Tuesday, June 7, at West Memphis. A self-employed vending machine business operator, he was a member of the Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Russell of West Memphis, and three sisters, Glenna S. Hughes of Marion, Jacqueline Hughes of West Memphis and Tiamia Adkinson of Tunica, Miss. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond G. Russell and Dessie Liles Russell. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery at Marion, with the Rev. David Moose officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Catholic Diocese of Memphis, February 15, 2001

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for ALFRED EUGENE RUTSSCHMAN, 63, at Sacred Heart Church by Fr. David Knight. Burial was in Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ella B. Rutschman; a sister, Barbara Anne Rutschman; two brothers, Frederick E. Rutschman of Eads, TN and Segfred W. Rutschman; and four nieces.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, July 23, 2002

JOSIE ORLENA RUTTER of West Memphis died Friday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home has charge of services. Mrs. Rutter, 73, a hairdresser, leaves a daughter, Brenda Shipley of West Memphis; a son, Paul Timothy Robertson of Birmingham, Ala.; three sisters, Medge Palmora of Lula, Miss., Ruby Braden of Walkerton, Ind., and Margaret Riley of West Plains, Mo.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 16, 2004

NOVA LEE RYAN of West Memphis died Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Services were Sunday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Ryan, 43, leaves her husband, Kenneth Ryan; a stepdaughter, Jessica Whittington of Ft. Campbell, Ky.; her mother, Marilyn Sanders of Highland; her father, James Sanders of Imboden; two sisters, Mona Poe of West Memphis and Sylvia Sanders of Abbott of Cordova, Tenn., and a brother, James Sanders of Hardy. The family requests that memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, November 22, 1999
The Bataan Death March was no World War II history lesson for WOODROW "WOODY' RYAN. He survived it, and it shaped the rest of his life.   Mr. Ryan, of Marion, died Friday of cancer. He was 77. An Army soldier during World War II, Mr. Ryan was among the Americans and Filipinos captured by the Japanese in the Philippines.  On Apri19, 1942, Japanese soldiers forced 70,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war to begin a march to a prison camp more than 60 miles away.  The already underfed prisoners were given little food or water, and many were killed ruthlessly along the way. An estimated 7,000 to 10,000 men died before reaching the camp. "I just don't know how to explain what it was really like if you were in it," said Arvil L. Steele, 79, of Houston, a death march survivor and longtime friend of Mr. Ryan. "It's like a Fourth of July, like rifles continually cracking, killing from the Japanese guards," Steele said. "They didn't mess with you, they didn't threaten you, they didn't slap you-they just killed you." Steele, who installed guns and ammunition on Army Air Force planes until all the planes were lost, said prisoners kept dying after they reached camp. "We were burying as high as 175 or 200 a day after that march was done," he said. Steele met Mr. Ryan not in the Philippines but later in Japan, where prisoners of war were taken to perform what amounted to slave labor. Steele was working in a mountain camp where prisoners were building a hydroelectric dam when Mr. Ryan arrived. He was transferred from a camp where prisoners were forced to mine copper.   “When he came in from the coal mining camp he wasn't in too good a shape," Steele said. "He is from Arkansas and I was originally from Mena, Arkansas, and we became friends over in that sick ward." Steele said he helped Mr. Ryan become well enough to work by scraping burned rice from the bottom of cooking pots so he could eat for a couple of days. They were still in the PO W camp when the war ended, in September 1945. The prisoners knew something was happening: The Japanese guards had disappeared and American aircraft were dropping 55-gallon drums of food.  The conditions Mr. Ryan endured for 39 months as a prisoner of war shaped the rest of his life. Steele believed the copper mining may have damaged Mr. Ryan's health, as did the starvation, disease and injuries.   Later in life, when Mr. Ryan was disabled, he enjoyed working with cars, and spent much of his time at home. He and his wife, Pauline, had been married since 1946.  Mr. Ryan spoke in public about his World War II experiences, hoping to keep the history alive. The West Memphis Evening Times reported about a talk he gave to a book review club at a public library. "This is the greatest nation on Earth. I am proud to be an American and was proud to have served my country, and I love my country very much," he told the group. "Maybe a little bit more than most people because of the things I had to go through." In addition to his wife, Mr. Ryan leaves a daughter, Deborah Ann Tucci of Memphis; two sons, Ralph D. Ryan of Marion and Phillip R. Ryan of Jackson, Miss.; a sister, Billie Jean Blansette ofPlano, Texas, and four grandchildren. Service will be a 1 p.m. Monday at Roller-Citizens Funeral home with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery in Marion.      

 

Cross County Veterans Memorial Committee

WOODROW F. RYAN was born 29 May 1922 in Parkin, Arkansas, the son of Blanche and Ause Ryan. He attended school in Parkin. He and his wife, Pauline, had three children.  He was a farmer, who spent his spare fishing and traveling.  Woodrow enlisted 23 March 1946 and was trained as an Airplane and Engine Mechanic 747. He was released from the prison camp in June of 1945 and discharged from the Army 31 August 1947, with a Silver Star and other medals. He died 19 November 1999.

Woodrow F. Ryan, 19020654 Staff Sergeant

2621st AAF Base Unit

United States Air Force, 1941-1947

Prisoner of War

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, December 7, 2004

WILLIAM FRANKLIN SAMPSON of Marion died Saturday at his home. Services will be at noon Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Sampson, 59, a truck driver for Superior Carriers, was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of First Baptist Church in West Memphis. He leaves his wife, Carole Sampson; a daughter, Melissa McCullar of Marion; a son, Jeff Sampson of Thompson Station, Tenn.; a sister, Betty Beene of Hughes; three brothers, Hershel Sampson of Hughes, Billy Perkins of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Earl Perkins of Walnut, Miss., and four grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, December 07, 2001

ROSALIE AGNES SANDERLIN of West Memphis died Wednesday at her home. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at West Memphis First Presbyterian Church with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Sanderlin, 75, was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the widow of Jack H. Sanderlin. She leaves a daughter, Jackie McMullin of Olive Branch, Miss.; a son, Russell A. Sanderlin of Orlando, Fla.; five brothers, Leon Duclos of Bakersfield, Calif., John J. Duclos of Gosnell, Jack Duclos of Albany, Ga., Alvin Duclos of Texarkana, Texas and Leo Duclos of Crystal Springs, Fla., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to West Memphis First Presbyterian Church Building Fund or the West Memphis Public Library.

 

The Mountain Echo, Yellville AR, Abstracts, Week of May 29, 2003

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Mrs. MAI LOVE SANDERS of West Memphis, Arkansas died Wednesday, May 21, 2003 at Methodist Central. She was 67. Mrs. SANDERS worked as a secretary for the First Presbyterian Church of which she was a member. She also worked as a secretary for Eden Pontiac-Cadillac. Survivors include her husband, Bobby SANDERS; stepdaughter, Sherry Ann SANDERS GRAY of West Memphis; stepson, Terry Keith SANDERS of Yellville; and three grandchildren. Visitation was from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 23, 2003 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 23, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Crittenden Memorial Park. Arrangements were under Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, Arkansas, 870-735-1000.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 12, 2002

STEVEN GLEN SANDUSKY of Marion died Wednesday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home-West Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Sandusky, 41, was a sheet metal worker. He leaves his wife, Debbie Sandusky; two daughters, Jennifer Sandusky and Kristy Sandusky, both of Marion; a son, David Sandusky of West Memphis; his mother, Juanita Sandusky of West Memphis; two sisters, Barbara Sumner of Charleston, Miss. and Margaret Shackelford of West Memphis, and two brothers, Jerry Sandusky of Memphis and Tommy Sandusky of West Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, September 2, 2004

TOMMY J. SANDUSKY of Marked Tree, formerly of Marion, died Tuesday at Three Rivers Nursing Center in Marked Tree. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Sandusky, 48, a mobile home installer, was a Baptist. He leaves a daughter, Melissa Sandusky of Douglasville, Penn.; a son, Tommy Sandusky Jr. of Douglasville; his mother, Juanita Sandusky of West Memphis; two sisters, Margaret Shackleford of West Memphis and Barbara Sumner of Charleston, Miss., and a brother, Jerry Sandusky of Memphis, Tenn. The family requests that memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, March 16, 2003

ZURIEL SANFORD, 86, of Turrell, Ark., carpenter, died Saturday in Turrell. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Sanford, the husband of Henrietta Sanford, also leaves four daughters, Mary Ellen Armstrong of Beebe, Ark., Eleanor Wilson of Earle, Ark., Betty Kelly of Dover, Fla., and Julia Childress of Antioch, Calif.; two sons, Tony Sanford of Turrell and James Earl Sanford of Heth, Ark.; a sister, Doris Osborne of Garner, Ark., 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to Gibson Bayou Cemetery Fund in Earle.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 01, 2001

MILDRED C. SAUCIER of Marion died Tuesday at her home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Saucier, 73, was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was the widow of Bobby T. Saucier. She leaves three sisters, Dorothy C. Hooker and Evelyn C. McCrary, both of Marion, and Juanita C. McNabb of West Memphis; three brothers, J.P. Cockrill and Richard Cockrill, both of Marion, and Harvey Cockrill of Laurel, Miss.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 1, 2004

CARL "SONNY" EDWARD SAYRE JR. of Proctor died Saturday at the Memphis Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Sayre, 32, was a diesel mechanic for FedEx Transport and a supporter for Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. He leaves his parents, Rosemary and Carl Edward Sayre Sr. of Proctor. The family requests that memorials be sent to Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Ronald McDonald House.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 2001

CLARA M. SCOTT, 93, (mother of 4 EHS classmates), died January 17, 2001 at Health Care and Rehabilitation in West Memphis.  She was a member of the Earle Methodist Church and the mother of: Christine Scott Edgin, class of ’43, of Earle/ Virginia Scott Kirkland, class of ’46, of LaVerne CA; Doyle Scott, class of ’44, of West Memphis; and Grady Scott, classmate of ’49-’50, of Sherwood, MO; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Graveside services were January 19th at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Doyle married Sue Perry Scott, class of ’52.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 02, 2001

DEAN POLLARD SCOTT of West Memphis died Monday at her home. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Scott, 71, was an insurance agent. She leaves her stepmother, Reba Pollard of Turrell; three sisters, Gwen Pollard Stitt of Belleaire Bluff, Fla., Shirley Pollard Cooper of Marion and Barbara Pollard of Turrell.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 07, 2002

CORDIE L. SCROGGINS of West Memphis died Tuesday at her home. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Scroggins, 66, a baker at Big Star, was a member of Faith Assembly of God Church in West Memphis. She leaves her husband, James H. Scroggins; three daughters, Norma Russell of Middleton, Tenn., Brenda Lancaster of Crawfordsville and Lisa McAlister of Marion; two sons, James R. Scroggins of Arlington, Texas, and Alan Scroggins of West Memphis; a sister, Faye Watts of Manila; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 2000

C. G. SELBY, class of ’54. Less than two months after his mother died, C. G. Selby, died Friday, December 17, 1999 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital.  He was self-employed and owner of Selby Upholstery and Wood Works.  Services were at the Earle Church of God and burial was at Crittenden Memorial.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, September 22, 2004

GENEVA L. JARRETT SELBY of Vermilion, Ohio, formerly of Earle, died Sept. 16 in Clarksfield, Ohio. Visitation will be 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Earle Church of God with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Selby, 65, a nurse aide for Ohio Extended Care, was a member of the Church of God in Vermilion. The wife of the late Rev. Larry Thomas Selby Sr., she leaves two daughters, Terry Michelle Sedberry of Rota, Spain, and Diane Marie Anderson of Oregan, Ohio; a son, Larry Thomas Selby Jr. of Vermilion; two sisters, Beulah Johnson of Westphalia, Kan., and Virginia Nelson of Kansas City, Kan.; two sons, William Jarrett of Salem and Roy Lee Jarrett of Fort Smith, and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Church of God Home for Children, 449 McCarn Cir., Sevierville, Tenn., 37864.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, September 22, 2004

The Rev. LARRY THOMAS SELBY SR. of Vermilion, Ohio, formerly of Earle, died Sept. 16. Visitation will be 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Earle Church of God with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. The Rev. Selby, 67, a quality control inspector for Ford Motor, was founder of the Vermilion Church of God and served as its  pastor. The husband of the late Geneva L. Jarrett Selby, he leaves two daughters, Terry Michelle Sedberry of Rota, Spain, and Diane Marie Anderson of Oregan, Ohio; a son, Larry Thomas Selby Jr. of Vermilion; a sister, Elaine Shannon of Jonesboro; a brother, Charles Selby of Earle, and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Church of God Home for Children, 449 McCarn Cir., Sevierville, Tenn., 37864.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 2000

MATTIE LEE SELBY, 84, (mother of 4 EHS classmates), died November 2, 1999 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. She was the widow of the Rev. Carl L. Selby, former pastor of the Earle Church of God. Services were November 4th at the Earle Church of God, where she had been a member.  Burial was at Crittenden Memorial Park. She leaves three sons and one daughter: Thomas ‘Larry’ class of ’55, and his wife, Geneva Jarrett Selby, class of ’58, or Vermillion, OH, C. G., class of ’54 and Charles, class of ’61, both of Earle; and Elaine (Mrs. Gordon) Shannon, class of ’57, of Jonesboro.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, December 2001

CLYDE SELF, JR., 78, self employed in the automobile bumper business, died November 26, 2001 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the West Memphis First Baptist Church, and an Army veteran. He leaves his wife, Carol Cole Self (class of ’49), a daughter, Mary Carol Linsky, both of West Memphis; two sons: Clyde A. Self III of Pangburn and Steve A. Self of West Memphis, a sister and 4 grandchildren. Services were November 26 at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, November 27, 2002

JAMES WILLARD SHARP, 73, of Wynne died Tuesday, Nov. 26, at his residence. Born in Waterloo, Ala., he was a self-employed brick mason for many years and held membership in the Moose Lodge in Forrest City and the Lions Club in Palestine, having lived in both communities before moving to Wynne. He was a member of Calvary Apostolic Church in Wynne. Survivors include his wife, Patsy Sharp of Wynne; five sons, Ricky Sharp of Cherry Valley, Sam Sharp of Newcastle, Calif., Buddy Sharp of Dallas, Texas, Bobby Sharp of West Memphis and James Sharp of Colt; four daughters, Catherine Farrish and Martha Grosvenor, both of Carrollton, Texas; Annette Sharp of West Memphis and Patsy Marie Moore of Pearl River, La.; one sister, Mary Ollie Coggins of Trumann; one brother, Douglas Sharp of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; 21 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Veletret Roberts Sharp, his parents and one son. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Apostolic Church in Wynne, with the Rev. T.G. Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne. Pallbearers will be Jamie Grosvenor, Douglas Farrish, Jim Bob Elliott, H.P. Farrish, Jim Grosvenor, Charlie Wallis, Michael Crider and Charlie Roberts. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

 

Published in the Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from 10/19/2003 - 10/20/2003

Funeral services for GARY L. SHAVER, 56, of Carpentersville, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at the Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Memphis, Ark.  Born Jan. 27, 1947, in Wynne, Ark., the son of Clarence V. and Frances W. (nee Stark) Shaver, he died Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in the Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery, Marion, Ark., following the services. Gary was a resident of the areA for more than 40 years, and was a former Elgin police officer and detective, and also an insurance fraud inverstigator for CNA Insurance.  He was a Navy veteran and served aboard the USS Forrestal during the Vietnam War, for which he was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and a citation for bravery from the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.  He is survived by his sons, Todd, of Lake in the Hills, and Brian (Vicki) of Carpentersville; his grandchildren, Tiffany, Rachel and Mark Andrew; his sister, Carolyn (John) Oakes of Cary, ; his brother, Bart (Kim) of Geneva; and his nieces, Jayna (Bob) Frett of McHenry and Koriann Oakes of Cary. Gary was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, at the Miller Funeral Home, 504 W. Main St., West Dundee. Please omit flowers. Memorials in Gary's name may be made to the Veteran's Administration Hospital, North Chicago.

 

Clay County Democrat, Rector AR, March 5, 2003

ADRIANE MAE SHELTON, 22, of Marked Tree died Sunday March 2, 2003, in Crawfordsville, Ark., as a result of an auto accident. She was a dispatcher for the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She is survived by her parents, J.C. and Bonnie Shelton of Marion; one sister, Holly Arreola of Clarkdale, Ark.; two step-sisters, Johnda Myers of Miller, Mo., and Tina Stokes of Rector; one brother, Joshua Shelton of Marion, Ark.; four step-brothers, Larry Laxton of Clarkdale, Ark., James Laxton of Marion and Henry Laxton and John Laxton of Rector; and her grandparents, Fay and Virgie Harvey of Marked Tree. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday (today) at Roller Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Burial will be in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion with Roller Citizens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, June 14, 2004

ERNEST EDDIE SHERRILL of West Memphis died Thursday at his home. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Sherrill, 64, a patient care assistant at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, was a Marine Corps Reserve veteran and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. He leaves his wife, Annie Sue Houston Sherrill; a daughter, Anita Desha Dixon of West Memphis; two sons, Tim Sherrill of Memphis and Patrick Sherrill of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Rosemary Taylor of Cedar Hill, Texas, and six grandchildren.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, June 22, 2005

ELMER LEE SHINABERY JR., 84, of Marked Tree, died Friday, June 24 at St. Bernard's Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Marked Tree, he was a retired pharmacist, World War II Army veteran, recipient of the Bronze Star and member of St. Norbert's Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Marie C. Shinabery of the home; five sons, Dale Farris of Nashville, Tenn., Randy Shinabery of Marked Tree, Vinson Shinabery of Memphis, Mark Shinabery of Little Rock and E. Lee Shinabery III of Little Rock; three sisters, Joyce Wike of Searcy, Norma Hendrix of Lepanto and Leola Jarrett of Little Rock; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday in St. Norbert's Catholic Church at Marked Tree with the Rev. Mark Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion under the direction of Murphy Funeral Home of Marked Tree. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Active pallbearers will be Nelson Catalina, Glenn McFarland, Steve Vescovo, Barry Vescovo, Louis Vescovo Jr., Terry Hendrix and Rex Gill. Honorary pallbearers will include Dr. C.C. Swingle, Dr. V.B. Smith, Dr. D.J. Broadway, Gene Hannah, Bill Jennings, Bill Craft and Phillip Calvert.
Memorials may be made to St. Norbert's Catholic Church or Three Rivers County Country Men's Golf Association.

 

Tri City Tribune, Marked Tree AR, June 29, 2005

COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF PHARMACIST - The Marked Tree community mourns the loss of a fine citizen this week, one who will always be remembered for his countless contributions to the community. Pharmacist ELMER LEE "SHINNY" SHINABERY JR. died on Friday, June 24 at St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro. He was 84 years old. Shinabery was born in November of 1920 and grew up in Marked Tree. He worked as a clerk at John and Frank's pharmacy until he was drafted into the Army in 1942. During his World War II service, Shinabery fought all the way from Napoli, Italy to the Austrian Alps. He commanded a machine gun squad, and received a Bronze Star for heroism. After the war, Shinabery married Marie Catalina in 1946. He graduated from the University of Tennessee as cum laude and obtained a pharmacy degree. In 1955, the Shinaberys bought the Nyal Drug Store. Through the store, Shinabery touched the lives of many Marked Tree residents. "Shinny" was honored in May of 2004 by the Marked Tree Historical Society for his outstanding contributions to the community. Bill Craft, who served as master of ceremony for the luncheon in Shinabery's honor, told his own story of how Shinabery had touched his life. Craft said he found himself without a job in high school, and was about to quit school because he could not afford to continue. Shinabery offered him a job at the drug store. As a result, Craft said he was able to finish high school and later graduate college. "I'm a representative of all the young people Shinny has helped," Craft said. "I am what I am because of him...I've come to love him dearly." Others who had worked at the drug store came forward to share similar stories of gratitude. Dr. Glenn Swingle said many residents who were financially struggling benefited from Shinabery's kindness. "I can remember hundreds of patients who had gone by there and didn't have a penny," Dr. Swingle said. "They all got their medicine. That's the kind of man Shinny [was]." Without a doubt, the Shinabery has affected the lives of many in Marked Tree, but none more than his own children. Dale Marie Farris, Randy Shinabery, Vinson Shinabery and Mark Shinabery have all grown up to follow in their father's footsteps to become pharmacists. Grandchildren have also taken up the family occupation. Shinabery retired from the Nyal Drug Store in 1992, but his service to the community continued for many years. He will always be remembered in Marked Tree as a man who gave of himself to serve others. He was a faithful member of St. Norbert's Catholic Church. Marked Tree Mayor Lawrence Ashlock shared his thoughts of Shinaberry at the luncheon last summer. "If I had to sum up all of Shinny's great qualities and accomplishments, I could do it in five words," Ashlock said. "Here is a good man." Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at St. Norbert's Catholic Church in Marked Tree with Rev. Mark Wood officiating. Burial followed in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion under the direction of Murphy Funeral Home of Marked Tree. Active pallbearers were Nelson Catalina, Glenn McFarland, Steve Vescovo, Barry Vescovo, Louis Vescovo Jr., Terry Hendrix and Rex Gill. Honorary pallbearers included Dr. C.G. Swingle, Dr. V.B. Smith, Dr. D.J. Broadway, Gene Hannah, Bill Jennings, Bill Craft and Phillip Calvert. Shinaberry was preceded in death by his parents, E.L. and Emma Shinabery, and three sisters: Thelma Meadows, Billie Davis and Emma Shinabery. He is survived by his wife, Marie Shinabery of the home; four sons: Randy Shinabery of Marked Tree, Vinson Shinabery of Memphis, Mark Shinabery and E. Lee Shinabery III, both of Little Rock; one daughter: Dale Farris of Nashville, Tenn.; three sisters: Joyce Wike of Searcy, Norma Hendrix of Lepanto and Leola Jarrett of Little Rock; seven grandchildren: R. Lee Shinabery Jr., Stephanie Shinabery, J. Gill Shinabery, Tyler Shinabery, Spencer Shinabery, Leslie Hodgson and Robin Shinabery; and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made in Shinabery's honor to St. Norberts Catholics Church or Three Rivers Country Club Men's Golf Association.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, December 2004

GENEVA STEPP SHOEMAKER, 74, of Memphis, died October 30, 2004 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Graveside services were November 1 at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis was in charge. She was a Baptist. The wife of Riley Shoemaker, she also leaves 2 daughters: Joann Lawrence of Munford, TN, and Jean Jackson of Bartlett, and 3 sisters: Virginia Dawson of Memphis, Ruth Glover of Lake Cormorant, MS, and Shirley Keeley of Cordova; 2 brothers: Louis Stepp of Hernando, and Jack Stepp of Earle; three grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. (The Stepp Triplets started to school in Earle about 1935-36 and moved from Earle while they were still in Grammar School. Geneva was the last of these triplets. The other two passed away some time ago.) Jack Stepp is the Chairman of the Gibson Bayou Church & Cemetery Maintenance Fund.

 

Tri City Tribune, Marked Tree AR, February 9, 2005

NELLIE VIOLA SHUBURTE, 82, of Gilmore died February 5 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. She was a retired grocery store owner and a member of the Living Water Pentecostal Church of God in Tyronza. Survivors include her husband, Hardin Shuburte of the home; one daughter: Myrtle Markham of Gilmore; two sons: Larry Shuburte of Gilmore and Tony Shuburte of Proctor; four sisters: Leota Brown of Summerville, Ga., Molly Jones of Lafayette, Ga., Naomi Ray of Chattsworth, Ga. and Dorothy Davis of Calhoun, Ga.; one brother: Joe Hill of Summerville, Ga.; five grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8 in the chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Burial followed in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, October 14, 2002

FRED ALBERT SIDES of Earle died Saturday in Memphis.  Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Earle First Assembly of God Church. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Assembly with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge of services. Mr. Sides, 64, a trucking company terminal manager, was a member of Earle First Assembly of God Church. He leaves his wife, Martha Sides; a daughter, Melinda Sides Ramer of Rogers; two sons, David Sides of West Memphis and Timothy Sides of Byhalia, Miss.; a brother, Rickie Sides of Earle; and eight grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Earle First Assembly of God Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, October 12, 2004

JOHN E. SIMMONS SR. of Marion died Thursday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Simmons, 78, a retired agriculture pilot, was a Navy veteran and a member of Marion First United Methodist Church. He leaves his wife, Francis Simmons; two daughters, Patricia Carol Valenti of Melrose Park, Ill., and Sharon Wilson of Allen, Texas; a son, John Edward Simmons Jr. of Clarendon; a brother, J.L. Simmons of Laurel, De., six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to Marion First United Methodist Church Building Fund.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 10, 2003

ANGELA LYNN SIMON of Crawfordsville died Saturday at her home. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Simon, 38, a receptionist for Holiday's Fashion warehouse, was an assistant leader for Girl Scout Brownie Troop 453. She leaves her husband, Art Simon Jr.; a daughter, Ashley Nicole Simon of Crawfordsville; a son, Austin Blake Simon of Crawfordsville; a step-daughter, Christine Kirtley of Mississippi; and her parents, Marlene Thomas of Huntsville, Ala., and Harlace Sealy of Aquone, N.C.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, January 13, 2003

CLARA SUE SIMS, 89, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, Jan. 12, at St. Bernard's Medical Center. Born in New Albany, Miss., she was an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Brinkley and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro. She graduated from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo., and had taught Latin, French and English in West Memphis and Brinkley for 33 years. She was a member of the Robert Crittenden Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Altrusa International, Delta Kappa Gamma Society and the Round Table Literacy Club of Brinkley. Survivors include one daughter, Marjorie McKnight of Parkin; one sister, Doris Dansby of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Dr. Don McKnight of Jackson, Tenn., and Lynn McKnight Parker of Jonesboro; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edwin Sims, and one sister. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro, with Neil Segrest and David Laverty officiating. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. in Crittenden Memorial Park Cemetery at Marion. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. at the home of Don and Lynn Parker, 1000 West Matthews Ave. Memorials be made to St. Bernard's Development Foundation, 915 Wilkins, Jonesboro 72401.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, April 3, 2003

HOWARD H. "BUBBA" SIMS, 60, of West Memphis died Tuesday, April 1, at St. Bernard's Medical Center. He was a veteran and a member of First United Methodist Church in West Memphis. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Joplin Sims of West Memphis; two sons, Brett Sims and Blake Sims, both of West Memphis; his mother, Laverne Bartrow of West Memphis; a brother, Dennis Sims of Wesson, Miss; and one grandchild, Drake Sims of West Memphis. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, with Tom Nowlin, Joe Black and Eddie Boone officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Pallbearers will be James M. Stevens, Stanley Griffin, Jeff Holmes, Harold Huey, Scott Fraley, Bobby Cordle, Willie Gammon and Jerry Jackson. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church in West Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, September 09, 2002

MILDRED SIMS of West Memphis, formerly of Horseshoe Lake, died Friday at Healthcare and Rehab. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis had charge of services. Mrs. Sims, 74, was a homemaker. She was the widow of Herbert Sims and leaves a son, Ray Sims.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 11, 2002

TOMMY JOE SIMS of Jonesboro, formerly of West Memphis, died Sunday at Beverly Health Care in Jonesboro. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home-West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Sims, 72, a retired postal clerk, was a member of the West Memphis First United Methodist Church, and active with the Boy Scouts of America. He leaves a daughter, Elisa K. Sims of Columbia, Mo.; a son, Thomas N. Sims of Jonesboro; two sisters, Nannie S. Smith and Dell S. Pollard, both of West Memphis; a brother, Yancey C. Sims of Marion, and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to West Memphis First United Methodist Church.

 

Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque NM, August 23, 2002

CAROL D. SISNEROS, 52, a resident of Albuquerque for 26 years, died Saturday, April 25, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Jerry of the family home; daughter, Tracy Ann Donovan of Gaithersburg, MD; son, Timothy James Donovan of Bethesda, MD; sister, Peggy Armstrong Oswalt of Newport, AR; brother, Mike Armstrong of Bear, DE; goddaughter, Joslin Gutierrez of Albuquerque; mother-in-law, Mary G. Sisneros of Santa Rosa, NM; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carol was employed as the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center supervisor. A Rosary will be recited Tuesday, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, University Blvd. Chapel, 1111 University Blvd. NE, with Rose and Ed Gulley reciting. Graveside services will be held Friday, 1:00 p.m., at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, Arkansas. Friends may visit French Mortuary, Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to time of Rosary. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5800 Lomas Blvd. NE, 87110 or to the charity of your choice. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 21, 2005

JOHN SLOAN of West Memphis died Thursday at his home. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Sloan, 53, was an electrician. He leaves his wife, Carrol Sloan; two daughters, Stephanie Brand of Mountain View and Melissa Cheney of Horn Lake, Miss.; a son, Damon McDermott of West Memphis; four brothers, Charles Dorr of San Antonio, Fla., Robert Dorr and Dean Sloan, both of Wynne, and Jimmy Sloan of Caruthersville, Mo., and seven grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Evening Times,West Memphis AR, June 29, 2001

WILLIE “BILLIE” SLOAN of West Memphis died Thursday at Beverly Health Care in West Memphis. Visitation will be at noon Sunday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Sloan, 91, was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was the widow of Ralph W. Sloan. She leaves one sister, Lorene Andrew of Los Angeles, Calif.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 11, 2004

Dr. BEDFORD W. SMITH of West Memphis died Wednesday in West Memphis. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Dr. Smith, 81, a doctor in West Memphis for 40 years and at East Arkansas Health Center in Lepanto, was a member of West Memphis First United Methodist Church and a World War II Army veteran. He leaves his wife, Carolyn Austin Smith; two daughters, Chantal McPherson of West Memphis and Francoise Baggett of Atlanta, Ga.; three sons, Bedford Smith Jr. of Bartlett, Tenn., and Gary Smith and Barry Nix Jr., both of Marion; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Dr. Ralph Hamilton Scholarship Fund.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 11, 2004

Dr. BEDFORD SMITH, former chief of staff at Crittenden Memorial Hospital, died Wednesday in West Memphis. He was 81. A 1951 graduate of the University of Arkansas Medical School, Dr. Smith delivered more than 3,000 babies during his 53 years of practicing medicine. He spent more than 40 years practicing with his uncle, Dr. Ralph Hamilton, and Dr. Milton Deneke at Hamilton Clinic. Dr. Smith received a rare scholarship to play football at Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport, Miss., and graduated from that school. He was an Army veteran of World War II. For more than 35 years, Dr. Smith donated his time to do physical examinations for the West Memphis Blue Devil football team. He was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan and a member of the Razorback Club and the Tush Hog Club. He was involved in the Dr. Ralph Hamilton Scholarship Fund and the American Heart Association. Visitation will be tonight from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home with services at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Crittenden Memorial Park.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 10, 2004

CORA LOUISE SMITH of West Memphis died Wednesday at her home. Services were at 10 a.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Smith, 58, was a homemaker. The widow of Sam Smith Jr., she leaves two daughters, Carla Thomas of West Memphis and Connie McGuire of Batesville; three sisters, Linda Stallard of Gate City, Va., and Francis Folger and Virginia Latito, both of Los Angeles, Calif., and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 26, 2002

DORIS E. SMITH of Memphis, Tenn., formerly of Newport and Crittenden County, died Saturday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Smith, 71, a homemaker, was a member of LaBelle Haven Baptist Church. She leaves her husband, J.P. Smith and a half-sister, Pat Welch of Hot Springs. The family requests that memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, May 22, 2003

FRANCES SMITH, 80, of West Memphis, retired waitress from Travel Lodge, died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion, Ark. She was a member of West Memphis First Baptist Church. She leaves two daughters, Johnnie McNab of Golden Valley, Ariz., and Libbie Dickerson of West Memphis; a son, Bob Pipkin of San Jose, Calif.; four sisters, Jewell Jackson and Bessie Vines, both of West Memphis, Deannie Jackson of Trona, Calif., and Sue Bouchard of White Lake, Mich.; four brothers, William Catt and Fred Catt, both of West Memphis, Billy Joe Catt of Lewisville, Miss., and Kenneth Catt of Hope, Ark., eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to West Memphis First Baptist Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 31, 2001

JOE WAYNE SMITH of Senatobia, Miss., formerly of Crawfordsville, died Thursday at his home. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel-West Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Smith, 70, insurance claims for Maryland Ins. Co., was a member of St. Gregory Catholic Church in Senatobia. He leaves his wife, Betty Smith; four sons, Timothy Smith of Memphis, Preston Smith of Sugar Land, Texas, Jason Smith of Little Rock and Brian Smith of Maryville, Tenn.; one brother, L.P. Smith of Memphis and eight grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, August 19, 2003

JOHN DOUGLAS SMITH, 82, of West Memphis, metal worker for an armored car manufacturer, died Monday at his home. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Park. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. He was a member of Assembly of God. Mr. Smith, the husband of Willie D. Smith, also leaves a daughter, Connie Fisher of West Memphis; a son, Eddie Smith of Muscatine, Iowa, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 29, 2002

KATHRYN SMITH of West Memphis, a resident of Health Care & Rehabilitation Center, died Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Services will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Smith, 71, was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She was the widow of Rady M. Smith. Mrs. Smith leaves three daughters, Linda K. Saber of Memphis, Judy L. Sims of Jacksonville, Fla., and Kathy A. Hull of Oak Harbor, Wash.; a son, Rady Glenn Smith of Memphis; three brothers, Bennie L. Wells of Southaven, Billy Wells of Senatobia, Miss., and Laverne Wells of Memphis, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 16, 2002

LINDA K. SMITH of St. Charles, formerly of Crittenden County, died Tuesday at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home-West Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Smith, 54, a homemaker, was of the United Pentecostal faith. She leaves her husband, James Edward Smith; a daughter, Sherrie E. Leppold of Massachusetts; a son, James A. Smith of Marion; her parents, Juanita E. Burfield and Elihue E. Burfield of St. Charles; three sisters, Camilla Roden and Kathy Turner, both of Proctor and Bonnie Boyd of Saltillo, Miss.; a brother, Franklin Burfield of Senatobia, Miss., and four grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to First United Pentecostal Church in West Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, July 19, 2002

LORENA J. "ROCKIE" SMITH of West Memphis, formerly of Starkville, Miss. and Blytheville, died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Smith, 75, retired owner of Rockie Smith School of Dancing, was a former board member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, secretary, treasurer, principal and charter member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters and a member of Crittenden Arts Council, West Memphis Auditorium Commission and co-director of the Miss. Delta Pageant. Mrs. Smith leaves her husband, A.B. Smith Jr., and a daughter, Llana Y. Smith of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Humane Shelter of Eastern Arkansas, P.O. Box 1237, West Memphis, Ark. 72303 or the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 1999

MAUDIE EVANS SMITH, (class of ’40), 76, of Hapeville, GA., died January 14, 1999 at the South Fulton Medical Center in Georgia.  Services were at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, AR January 18th with interment at Crittenden Memorial Cemetery.  She leaves a son: Billy Joe Evans, class of ’50, of Atlanta.  Other Evans shown in the Kennels were: C L (female), classmate of ’54, Jerry, ’64, Jimmy, ’71, and Thomas, ’68.  Your editor is unable to determine what/if any kin these are to Maudie.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 20, 2001

Chief MAYO SMITH of West Memphis died Thursday at his home. Services were today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park. Mr. Smith, 68, was a retired U.S. Navy veteran and life-time member of the VFW and was a member of the West Memphis Church of God. He leaves his wife, Virginia Brewer Smith; three daughters, Vickey Polson of North Little Rock, Paula Thomas of West Memphis and Beverly Wilkes of Paragould; one son, Gary Smith of Hardy; two sisters, Glenda Bledsoe of Byhalia, Miss., and Janice Hicks of Trumann; one brother, Donald Smith of Trumann and 10 grandchildren.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, July 27, 2003

NANNIE MAE SMITH, 86, of West Memphis, buyer for Spotts Drug Store in West Memphis, died Friday at Johnson Hobson Nursing Home in Marion. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in West Memphis, where she was a member, with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Forest Hill Funeral Home East has charge. She leaves a daughter, Peggy Ray, and a sister, Dell Pollard, both of West Memphis; a brother, Yancy C. Sims of Marion, two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Calvary Baptist Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, December 12, 2002

NELLIE MAE SMITH of Turrell died Wednesday at her home. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Smith, 61, a homemaker, was a member of First Baptist Church in Turrell. She leaves her husband, Jack Smith; a daughter, Diane "Sissy" Marter of Judsonia; a son, Keith Smith of Marion; her mother, Julia Fay Upton of Turrell; a sister, Ann Simpson of Turrell; two brothers, Donnie Upton and David Upton, both of Turrell, and three grandchildren.  The family requests that memorials be sent to First Baptist Church of Turrell.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, August 8, 2003

ROXIE PAULINE SMITH, 88, of Vicksburg, Miss., homemaker, died Wednesday at River Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. She was a member of West Memphis First Baptist Church. Mrs. Smith, the widow of Thomas Lester Smith, leaves three daughters, Mary K. Martin of Vicksburg, Jo Lynn Garner of Divide, Colo., and Patricia Blankenship of West Memphis; two sons, William P. Finton of Haughton, La., and Thomas L. Smith Jr. of Sikeston, Mo.; a sister, Bess Fink of Panama City, Fla., 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to William Earl Finton Transplant Fund care of Fidelity National Bank in West Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, July 27, 2004

SAM SMITH JR. of Gilmore died Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Smith, 65, a Crittenden County road supervisor, was an Army veteran. He leaves his wife, Cora Smith; two daughters, Carla Thomas of West Memphis and Connie McGuire of Batesville; three brothers, Jim Smith and Raymond Smith, both of Gates City, Va., and Jack Smith of Turrell and three grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Foundation.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, April 14, 2003

TANYIAH LASHAY SMITH, infant daughter of Tawanna Smith and Courtney Calloway of Crawfordsville, Ark., died Thursday at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. She also leaves her grandparents, Alice Calloway, Sharon Smith, Robert Galbert and Wardell Calloway, all of Memphis, and Billy Smith of Champaign, Ill.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro, AR, January 7, 2004

W. J. “BILL” SMITH, 75, of Greenwood (Miss.), formerly of Tyronza, died Monday, Jan. 5, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital. He was a Mason and a member of Whitton Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Reba Barber Smith of Greenwood; a daughter, Debbie Dickey of Greenwood; two grandchildren, Dawn Henry and Craig Henry; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at the chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, with Tim Mills officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion. Active pallbearers will include Larry Coffman, Bobby Gammill, Michael Gammill, Jerry Price, Les Price Jr. and Neil Dickey. Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Whitton Cemetery Association or a charity of the donor's choice.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 03, 2001

WILLIAM ROY SMITH of West Memphis, formerly of Ripley, Tenn., died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial East Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist-West Memphis with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Smith, 81, a construction supervisor and a member of First United Methodist Church. He was the widower of Ruth Smith. He leaves one daughter, Frankee Smith Rains of West Memphis and one granddaughter, Ruth Kathryn Rains. The family requests that memorials be sent to West Memphis First United Methodist Church or West Memphis Humane Society.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, October 15, 2001

ORLES LOUISE SMITHERS of West Memphis died Saturday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Smithers, 75, a homemaker, was a member of Missouri Street Church of Christ and was the widow of Roy Darwin Smithers. She leaves two daughters, Jenny Gingery and Sandy Grimsley, both of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, William Rodney Smithers of West Memphis and Roy Kevin Smithers of Bartlett, Tenn.; her mother, Orle Richardson of Clermont, Fla.; one sister Billie Annett Eubanks of Corinth, Miss.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, July 19, 2002

JAMES EDWARD SMITHEY of Frenchman's Bayou died Thursday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home-West Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Smithey, 52, stockman for Mitchell's Grocery, was a Baptist. He leaves five sisters, Tommie Ulrich of Joiner, Sharlene Dixon of Bassett, Janie Smithey of West Memphis, Marie Spence of Keiser and Tina Tacker of Shell Lake, and two brothers, Johnny Smithey of Caraway and Jerry Smithey of Tupelo, Miss. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, July 19, 2002

JAMES EDWARD SMITHEY, 52, of Frenchmans Bayou died Thursday, July 18, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include five sisters, Tommie Ulrich of Joiner, Sharlene Dixon of Bassett, Janie Smithey of West Memphis, Marie Spence of Keiser and Tina Tacker of Shell Lake; and two brothers, Johnny Smithey of Caraway and Jerry Smithey of Tupelo, Miss. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy and Azaline Smithey. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, with Joe Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion.  Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 15, 2001

DONALD RAY SNYDER of Earle died Saturday in Los Angeles, Calif. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Snyder, 49, was a car salesman and a Presbyterian. He leaves one stepson, Lee Thomas of Texas; four sisters, Diane Fuller of Earle, Kathy Shrader of Memphis, Glenda Carroll of Marion and Darlene Clark of West Memphis; one brother Ronald Snyder of Fayetteville, N.C.

 

Ouiser's Arkansas History Web Page

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WONG YEE SONG, d. 10/27/98 West Memphis; Aged 74; Interment: Crittenden Memorial Park, Marion, Ark; adg 10/30/98

(From SSDI: Born Jul 24, 1924 – Died Oct 27, 1998)

 

Osceola Times, Osceola AR, March 14, 1985
JOHNNY HENRY SOUTH, 72, of Joiner, self-employed mechanic, died Wednesday Feb. 27 at Osceola Memorial Hospital. He was 
born Aug. 24, 1912. He was a member of the Bassett Church of God. He leaves his wife, Mabel South of the home; three daughters, 
Martha Lloyd and Sharon Bradley of Collierville, Tenn. and Carolyn Brawley of West Memphis; a son, Johnny South of Grand 
Junction, Tenn.; a brother of Decatur, Ala.; two sisters, Alice Matthews of Molton, Ala. and Noranee Newman of Joiner and seven 
grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 2 in Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Burial was in 
Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 19, 2002

DONALD EDWARD SPEARS of Marion died Saturday at his home. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Spears, 55, was a member of First Baptist Church in West Memphis, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion of West Memphis. He leaves his wife, Joyce Spears; a daughter, Stacy Cox of Marion; three sons, Donnie Spears Jr. of West Memphis and Robert Spears and Joe Vinson, both of Marion; two sisters, Pat Harrison of Sommerville and Martha Jeanette of Centerville, Tenn.; a brother, Kenneth Spears of Marion, and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Marion-West Memphis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5225.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 2000

MAGGIE BELLE SPEARS, 88, (mother of 2 classmates), of Hughes died January 18 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.  She was a retired lumber company employee, a member of the Church of God and the widow of Louis W. Spears. She leaves three daughters; Ruth Spears Worthington, classmate of ’51, and Helen Lee, both of Hughes, and Julia Cox of Pearl, MS, four sons; James Spears, class of ’48, and Carlton, both of Hughes, Carolle, of Memphis, and Joseph of Orlando, FL, 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren.  Services were January 19 at Roller-Citizens in West Memphis, and burial at Crittenden Memorial.

 

Tri City Tribune, Marked Tree AR, September 29, 2005

INEZ SPEIGHTS, 50, of Lake Jackson, Texas, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, at NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro. Formerly of West Memphis, she was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two sons, Chris Speights of Victoria, Texas, and Scotty Speights of Richwood, Texas; a sister, Barbara Burch of Tyronza; two brothers, Ricky Furnish and Kenny Furnish, both of Hornlake, Miss.; and a grandchild, Carter Speights of Victoria. She was preceded in death by her husband, Randy Speights; and her parents, Leroy and Jeanette Moon Furnish. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Roller-Citizen Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Burial followed in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion. Active pallbearers included Ricky Furnish, David Furnish, Seth Walton, Phillip Burch, Johnny Burch and Charles Miller. Olan Burch was an honorary pallbearer.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 18, 2005

JAMES LARRY SPENCER of Arlington, Tenn., formerly of West Memphis, died Tuesday at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Spencer, 49, a computer programmer for Synchronics Inc., was a Baptist. He leaves his wife, Erin Spencer; two daughters, Alison Spencer and Emily Spencer, both of Cordova, Tenn.; two sons, Trevor Spencer of Cordova; a stepson, Richard Malphus of Arlington; his mother, Minnie B. Spencer of West Memphis, and a brother, Charles R. Spencer of West Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent be sent to the American Cancer Society.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, April 23, 2001

L. E. SPENCER SR. of West Memphis died Saturday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.

Visitation will be at 5 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at noon Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Spencer, 72, was a retired heavy equipment operator. He leaves his wife Sue Spencer; one daughter, Janis Spencer Scrape of West Memphis; four sons, L.E. "Skip" Spencer Jr. and David W. Spencer both of Marion, Jeffrey L. Spencer of Madison, Ala. and Robert Spencer of West Memphis; one sister, Betty Kuper of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; one brother, Shelby Jarrett of Joiner and 15 grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 20, 2005

JIMMIE SPOTTS of Marion died Saturday at his home. Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Friday at Marion United Methodist Church. Services will follow at 3 p.m. at the church with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home has charge of services. Mr. Spotts, 77, was a night watchman for West Memphis Utility. He leaves three sons, John Roy Spotts of Heber Springs, Jo Spotts of Palm Springs, Calif., and Jeff Spotts of Memphis, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Lee Spotts of Cordova, Tenn.; a stepson, Jamie Spotts of Southaven, Miss.; a sister, Frances Spotts of Cordova; two brothers, Johnnie Spotts of Northridge, Calif., and R. Len Spotts of West Palm Beach, Fla., and a grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Marion United Methodist Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 22, 2005

SUSIE MALENA BASKIN STACKS of Crawfordsville died Friday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in  Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Stacks, 87, was a homemaker. The widow of Dallas E. Stacks, she leaves a daughter, Mary Stacks of Crawfordsville; five son, Ralph Stacks of Horn Lake, Miss., Dallas Stacks of Tiptonville, Tenn., Robert Stacks of West Memphis, Hubert Stacks of Grand Junction, Mich., and Randy Stacks of Germantown, Tenn., and six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the American Kidney Foundation.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, December 7, 2002

PATRICIA "GAIL" STAGGS, 55, of Marion died Friday, Dec. 6, at her residence. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and was a registered nurse at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Survivors include her husband, Charles "Tommy" Staggs of Marion; one son, Michael Wayne Kelley of Marion; two daughters, Kimberly Michelle Nichols of Aberdeen, Miss., and Kristen Rae Kail of Marion; one brother, Floyd Willard Goodman Jr. of Quanah, Texas; and one granddaughter, Jessica Nichols of Marion. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home chapel in West Memphis, with Charlie Dewitt officiating. Burial will be at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Breast Cancer Society.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro AR, November 5, 2002

SARAH ANN STANTON, 54, of Marion died Sunday, Nov. 3, at Regional Medical Center of NEA. A Baptist, she worked as a licensed practical nurse at Beverly Health Care in West Memphis. Survivors include three daughters, Cheri McCormick of Manila, Jennifer Boatman of Caraway and Racheal Arreola of Marion; her parents, J.C. Sr. and Emmer Dean Shelton; a sister, Faye Dean Motter of Oak Park, Mich.; two brothers, J.C. Shelton of Marion and Bert Shelton of West Memphis; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, with Dayton Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be Noah Churchill, Jorge Arreola, Josh Shelton, Blake McCormick, Steven Motter, John Boatman, Jerry Shelton and Johnny Hilligas. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 19, 2002

LUCILLE G. STEELE of Turrell died Sunday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home-West Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Steele, 65, was a retired inspector for Temple Inland, and a member of Jericho Baptist Church. She leaves her husband, J.T. Steele; three daughters, Bobbie Ryan of Manila, Margaret Jones of Marion and Marie Chase of Mayflower; two sons, John Steele of Marion and Charles Steele of Turrell; a brother, Leon Morgan of Marked Tree, and 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro, AR, August 13, 2004

J. W. STEEN, 82, of West Memphis, died Friday Aug. 13 in Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tyronza and was a member of the Elm Masonic Lodge 766, Scottish Rite and Sahara Shrine. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Marion-West Memphis Post 5225 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Lucille Steen of West Memphis; a son, Jerry Steen of West Memphis; a daughter, Wanda Jackson of West Plains, Mo.; three stepsons, Rick Sorrell, Phillip Sorrell and Dennis Sorrell, all of West Memphis; three stepdaughters, Shirley Hindman of Tyronza, Susan Marconi of Crawfordsville and Gale Mayfield of Covington, Tenn.; five brothers, Hays Steen of Sheffield, Ala., Burton Steen of Coberville, Ill., Carlton Steen, Wayne Steen and Kenneth Steen, all of Marked Tree; 16 grandchildren; and 10 great -grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son and his parents. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis, with the Rev. Raymond Routon officiating. Burial will be in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion. Pallbearers will include Jeremy Hindman, Brandon Hindman, Steve Denton, Jeff Sorrell, Chris Sorrell and Frank Mayfield. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shrine Hospital fund.

 

Jonesboro Sun, Jonesboro, AR, January 22, 2004

ADELE (FYKES) STEWART, 101, of Earle died Tuesday, Jan. 20, at St. Bernard's Medical Center. She was a member of the Earle Garden Club and First United Methodist Church in Earle. Survivors include two sons, George Stewart of Jonesboro and Donald Stewart of Earle; six grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter B. Stewart, and her parents. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home chapel in West Memphis, with the Rev. Jim Randle officiating. Burial will follow in Crittenden Memorial Park at Marion. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Earle or a charity of the donor's choice.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 11, 2005

LOUIE EARL STIMPSON of Marble Hill, Mo., formerly of Hughes and West Memphis, died Saturday at his home. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Liley Funeral Home in Marble Hill. Services will be at 7 p.m. today in the chapel. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Stimpson, 79, a retired electrician for IBEW Union in Jonesboro, was a World War II and Korean War U.S. Navy veteran. The widower of Merle L. Aaron Stimpson, he leaves a daughter, Linda Cameron of Marble Hill; four sons, Samuel Stimpson of Farmington, Mo., Stanley Stimpson of Fieldsboro, N.J., Steven Stimpson of Burk Burnett, Texas, and Jerry Cornelius, Albernate, Ala., and 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, July 8, 2004

ALINE ANN STONE of West Memphis died Monday at her home. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Stone, 51, was a homemaker. She leaves a daughter, Kayla Seligman of West Memphis; a son, Danny Fields of Marion; five sisters, Shirley Coates of Marion, Joann Ward of Payneway, Wanda Stacks and Juanita Brown, both of Crawfordsville, and Jenny Clem of West Memphis; a brother, Bobby Coates of West Memphis, and seven grandchildren.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, July 10, 2003

RICHARD HOWARD STROUD, 23, of West Memphis, died Tuesday at his home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. He leaves his parents, Richard and Penny Stroud; a brother, Robert P. Bussey, and his grandmother, Hilda Cornelius, all of West Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, May 7, 2003

BOBBIE FAYE STUPENTI, 73, of Marion, homemaker, died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in West Memphis, where she was a communicant, with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. She was a member of the Infant of Prague Guild and a charter member of Marion and West Memphis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5225. Mrs. Stupenti, the wife of Aldo Stupenti, also leaves a son, Michael Lee Stupenti of Marion; three sisters, Carolyn Rapoport of Abingdon, Va., Bettye Sue Baratti of West Memphis and Carris Downey of Liberty, Mo., and a brother, Donald Wright of Bedford, Texas. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Michael's Catholic Church.

 

Timeshare (Newsletter for Earle Classmates), Earle AR, March 2000

DURWOOD SUMPTER, 76, (father of 6 EHS classmates), a Crawfordsville grocery store owner, died January 8, 2000 at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Services were at the Roller-Citizens Funeral Home January 11th, and burial at Crittenden Memorial Park. He leaves his wife, Donna of Crawfordsville; one daughter, Ann Stark, class of ’61, of LaFeris, TX; Six sons: Aubrey, class of ’60, of Jonesboro; David, class of ’63, of Heber Springs; Lynn, classmate of ’65, of Mountain Home; Roger, class of ’70, of West Memphis; Terry, classmate of ’68; and Vince, of Crawfordsville.  He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Wanda Armstrong, class of ’51, of Earle; and Edith Clifford of Green Acres, FL; a brother Clell, of Loraine, OH; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 11, 2004

FRANKLIN SWAN of Southaven, Miss., formerly of West Memphis, died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at noon Thursday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Swan, 64, an automobile salesman, was a Baptist. He leaves a daughter, Rebecca Swan of Southaven.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, March 15, 2002

CHARLENE K. SWEATT of Burlison, Tenn., formerly of West Memphis, died Wednesday at Baptist Hospital in Covington, Tenn. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Sweatt, 34, was a homemaker. She leaves her husband, Charles E. Sweatt; a daughter, Candace Milner of Burlison; her father, Charles Milner of Memphis; three sisters, Teresa Rutledge of Burlison, Sharon Norris and Pamala Hamm, both of Hughes; a brother, David Williams of Hughes, and her stepgrandmother, Birdie Wilson of West Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, October 29, 2002

TRUDY SWINDAL of West Memphis died Sunday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Swindal, 84, a retired hostess from Wonder City Cafeteria, was a member of First Baptist Church in West Memphis, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Auxiliary. She leaves her husband, Raymond D. Swindal; two sons, J.R. Haney and Donald F. Swindal, both of West Memphis; two sisters, Geraline Brewer and Ethel Riggins, both of Macon, Ga., two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to First Baptist Church in West Memphis.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 11, 2005

JOHN WAYNE TACKER of Marion died Wednesday at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Missouri Street Church of Christ with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mr. Tacker, 56, owner and operator of Big John's Shake Shack, was a member of Missouri Street Church of Christ. He leaves his wife, Loretta Tacker; a daughter, Lisa Taylor of Marion; a son, Jeff Tacker of Bossier City, La.; his parents, Juanita and A.B. Tacker of Heafer; a sister, Sherry Baine of Heafer, and five grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to West Memphis Christian School.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 10, 2004

CORAL MAE TAYLOR of Marion died Monday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home has charge of services. Mrs. Taylor, 75, a retired factory worker for American Electric, was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. The widow of Rex Earle Clendenning, she leaves a daughter, Betty Jeffers of Chino Valley, Ariz.; two sons, John Perschka of West Memphis and James Clendenning of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister, Linda Clendenning, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 11, 2002

ELIZABETH NADINE TAYLOR of West Memphis died Friday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Services were at 10 a.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Taylor, 68, was a homemaker. She leaves her husband, Clyde Taylor; three daughters, Linda Taylor Brown, Brenda Taylor Webb and Barbara Taylor McAlpin, all of West Memphis; a son, Wally Taylor Jr. of West Memphis; two sisters, Gladys Foster and Merle Chisholm, both of Baldwyn, Miss., seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 11, 2002

HAZEL MARIE TAYLOR of Hughes died Friday at UT Bowld Hospital in Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Taylor, 65, a homemaker, was a member of Hughes Church of Christ. She was the widow of Henry "Bud" Taylor and leaves two daughters, Dianne Taylor and Elizabeth Davis, both of Hughes; a son, David Taylor of Marion; two sisters, Linda Shaffer of Sprague, W.Va., and Sharon Shields of Fredricksburg, Va.; three brothers, James Shaffer of Piney View, W.Va., Harold Shaffer of Baltimore, Md., and Larry Shaffer of Melborne, Fla.; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent ot UT Bowld Hospital or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 01, 2002

MIA SIMONE TAYLOR, infant daughter of Eboney Peatro Taylor and Christianna Latrice Stewart of West Memphis, died Monday at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home has charge of services. The baby girl also leaves a sister, Paris La'Starr Taylor of West Memphis, and her grandparents, Wanda and Joe McLaurin of Memphis, Marilyn Taylor of West Memphis and Earl Meeks of Lakewood, Calif.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, August 26, 2003

JIMMIE WILLIAMS TEAGUE, 85, of Gilmore, Ark., homemaker, died Sunday at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. She was a member of Tyronza First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Teague, the widow of Thomas C. Williams and Nolan Teague, leaves a daughter, Tommie J. Kline of Gilmore; a son, Dr. Robert C. Williams of Port Orange, Fla.; a sister, Lillian Lewers Frazer of Gilmore, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Tyronza First United Methodist Church or the American Juvenile Diabetes Association.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 30, 2004

NANCY TERRY of West Memphis died Saturday at Methodist University Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Resurrection in Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller Family Funeral Home in Memphis has charge of services. Mrs. Terry, 64, a medical records worker, was a member of Church of the Resurrection and the American Health Information Management Association. She leaves a son, Richard Terry of Memphis; two brothers, John Butler of West Memphis and James Butler of Marion, and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Church of Resurrection Rose Fund.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, December 28, 2002

FRANK THOMAS, 68, of West Memphis, supervisor for West Memphis Bumper, died Friday at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. He leaves a nephew who cared for him and a caregiver, Carl Allen and Cherrye Thomas, both of West Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Vanderbilt Baptist Church in West Memphis. (cemetery not stated)

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 17, 2001

JOHN HARRY THOMAS of West Memphis died Wednesday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at West Memphis First United Methodist Church. Mr. Thomas, 76, a retired engineer for The Chrysler Corp., was a member of First United Methodist Church. Called Mr. Literacy of Crittenden County, he taught literacy classes since 1990 in West Memphis and was a Literacy Board Member for nine years. He was an Army paratrooper in World Ward II, in 101st, serving in North Africa, Italy and on D-Day. He leaves his wife June M. Spotts Thomas; three stepsons, Joe Spotts of Palm Springs, Calif., John Roy Spotts of West Memphis and Jeff Spotts of Memphis and five grandchildren.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, August 22, 2002

JEFFREY CHANDLER THOMPSON, infant son of Amanda Sue and Michael Jeffrey Thompson of West Memphis, died Tuesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home had charge of services. He leaves his grandparents, Jimmy and Elizabeth Thompson of West Memphis, Raymond and Doris Johnson of Lepanto; his great-grandparents, Hoyde and Sara Thompson of Batesville and Flora Walker of Lepanto, and his great-great-grandmother, Pauline McAllister of Lepanto.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, January 2, 2004

VOICA "MILDRED" THORN of Earle died Friday at Trumann Health & Rehab. Services were Sunday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis with burial in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Thorn, 86, a homemaker, was a member of Earle Baptist Church. The widow of O'Neal C. Thorn, she leaves two daughters, Irene Rouse of Trumann and Earlene Brooks of Earle; a son, Dexter Thorn of Hughes; a sister, Olene McCarley of Pine Bluff; a brother, Loyd Taylor of Wabash, and 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Earle Baptist Church.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, July 23, 2004

JOAN GAREY THREET of Alexander, formerly of West Memphis, died Wednesday in Little Rock. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Roller-Drummond Southwest Funeral Home Chapel in Little Rock. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Alexander First Baptist Church and graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Threet, 68, retired from Arkansas Baptist Children's Home, and also worked as a professional genealogist. She leaves her husband, Dan Threet; two sons, Stephen Threet of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Phillip Threet of Alexander; four sisters, Margaret Mariotta of San Francisco, Calif., Emma Lou Davis of Indian Wells, Calif., Alarene Baker of Southaven, Miss., and Martha Todd of West Memphis; a brother, Bill Garey of West Memphis and a grandson.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, November 16, 2004

SYLVIA GRAY TILL of Horseshoe Lake died Friday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Till, 82, a retired bookkeeper for M.O. Raspberry, was a member of Hughes First United Methodist Church and Hughes Garden Club. The widow of Wiley Till, she leaves a daughter, Lynn Brock of Little Rock; a son, Scott Till of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Bert Goacher of West Memphis and Virginia Hansen of Harrisburg, three grandchildren and a great-grandchildren.

 

Commercial Appeal, Memphis TN, January 4, 2003

LOU IDA TROUY, 96, of Forrest City, Ark., homemaker, died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Forrest City. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. She was a member of Poplar Avenue Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She leaves a brother, Terrell Hewlett of Colt, Ark. The family requests that memorials be sent to Poplar Avenue Baptist Church

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, May 02, 2003

CHASE EDWARD TUETKEN, infant son of Amy and Lance Tuetken of Oelwein, Iowa, formerly of West Memphis, died Sunday at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa. Graveside services were at 11 a.m. today at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis had charge of services. Baby Tuetken also leaves his grandparents, Carolyn and Walter Boles of Heth and Susie and Wally Tuetken of Monticello, Iowa; and his great-grandmother, Dorothy Emerson of Monticello.

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, February 20, 2002

CINDRELLA R. TURNER of Southbend, Ind., formerly of Crittenden County, died Monday at Iron Health and Rehab Center in Indiana. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will follow at 1 p.m. in the chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Turner, 85, a homemaker, was a member of Barton Baptist Church in Heafer. She was the widow of Albert W. Turner. Mrs. Turner leaves a daughter, Alice Faye Atkinson of Memphis; three sons, James Turner of Castle Rock, Colo., Don Robertson of Mishawaka, Ind., and Donald Ray Turner of Manchaca, Texas; a sister, Bonnie Bailey of West Memphis; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

 

Wynne Progress, Wynne AR, January 7, 1994

IRA F. TWIST dies in Marion; was descendent of founders – Twist – A descendent of the founders of Twist died Jan. 3 at Hobson Health Center in Marion.  Retired farmer and train enthusiast Ira F. Twist, 78, of Twist, was buried last Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.  Twist’s grandfather, Ira F. Twist, carved out a farming empire in the early 1900’s, clearing what was then prime timberland for cotton planting.  Eventually, the property covered 32 square miles in Crittenden and Cross counties.  The family owned the plantation town, where 1,400 workers lived at one time.  Twist was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Earle. 

 

(From Cross County Historical Society obituaries – IRA F. TWIST, died Oct 5, 1937, age 80. Buried in Rochester, Illinois.  Founder of Twist Plantation in 1910.  It was also stated that CLARENCE C. TWIST, son of IRA F. TWIST, died Apr 1, 1938, at the age of 48, and was buried in Rochester, Illinois.  Clarence C. Twist, 1889-1938, is buried in a marked grave at Crittenden Memorial Park, next to his wife, EDITH C. TWIST, 1889-1977. His grave was possibly moved.)

 

Evening Times, West Memphis AR, July 10, 2002

MARY SINGLER TWIST  of Hot Springs, formerly of Earle, died Tuesday at her home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Twist, 73, a homemaker, was a pianist, Sunday School teacher and president of the Women's Church Circle of Earle Presbyterian Church and was a volunteer for the Crittenden County Museum. In Hot Springs, she was a member of the Women's Church Circle and the hand bell choir of Westminster Presbyterian Church and was a volunteer at the Jackson House. Mrs. Twist leaves her husband, Richard C. Twist; a daughter, Judy Dugan of Germantown; two sons, Rick Twist of Rogers and Randy Twist of Carrollton, Texas, and six grandchildren. The family request memorials be sent to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs or the Crittenden County Museum, c/o Richard Wood, P.O. Box 644, Earle, AR, 72331 or the charity of the donor's choice.

 

 


 

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