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ASHBURN, 76, of Caldwell, Ark., butcher, restaurant cook and minister,
died Friday at the Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at
10 a.m. Monday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with
burial in Parkin (Ark.) Cemetery. He was a member of Assembly of God of
Des Arc, Mo. Mr. Ashburn, the husband of Jewel Ashburn, also leaves two
daughters, Sharon Newman of Hesperia, Calif., and Donna Arroyo of
Glendale, Calif.; two sons, Terry Ashurn of Glendale and Ronnie Ashburn
of San Bernardino, Calif.; a sister, Francis Harvey of Hot Springs,
Ark., seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
FORREST CITY, AR--GARNETT LEE BEGGS, 91, of Forrest City, formerly of McNairy County, Tenn., retired carpenter, died Sunday at Crestpark Intermediate Retirement Inn. Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Kernodle Funeral Home with burial in McElroy Cemetery near Wynne. He was a 35-year member of Carpenters Union and Caldwell (Ark.) Baptist Church. Mr. Beggs leaves a son, John Wayne Beggs of Forrest City, eight grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - March 3, 1992
Hughes, Ark--THOMAS E. CLARK, 58, of Hughes, Ark., formerly of Memphis, retired patrol officer with the Memphis Police Department, died Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Forrest City (Ark.). Services were Friday at Stevens Funeral Home in Forrest City with burial in Memorial Park in Memphis. He was an Air Force veteran and a member of St. Francis County (Ark.) Sheriff's Auxiliary Division. Mr. Clark leaves a son, Steven E. Clark of Memphis, and his mother, Eva Clark, and a sister, Dorothy Ann Waide, both of Corpus Christi, Texas. --Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - November 14, 1993.
Cape Girardeau, MO--CHARLES CLEMONS, JR., 84,
of Cape Girardeau, died Wednesday, March 7, 2007 at
Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau. He was
born Oct. 22, 1922 in Forrest City, AR, son of Charles
and Lillie Eston Clemons. He and Marie Graham were
married in Arkansas in 1952. She died Sept. 17, 1991.
SHAW - ROY
PAUL COCILOVA, 48, of Forrest City, Ark., formerly of Shaw, pawnshop
manager, died of a gunshot wound Tuesday at Delta Trade and Pawn Shop
in Forrest City. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis
of Assisi Catholic Church of Shaw, where he was a former communicant,
with burial in Shaw Cemetery. Thweatt-King Funeral Home in Cleveland
TN - JAMES DEES, 74, retired general foreman for Sanyo Manufacturing
Co. in Forrest City, Ark., died of pneumonia Monday at Methodist Le
Bonheur Healthcare in Jackson. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at
Casey Funeral Home with burial in Holly Springs Cemetery.
TN--BIRDIE HUMPHREYS DOWNS, 86, of Hughes, Ark., and Forrest City,
Ark., formerly of Cordova, retired registered nurse, died of heart
failure Monday in Dallas. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 13
at Memorial Park Rotunda with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge.
Akron, OH--EVELYN FILAS, 68, died Oct. 27, 1988 at her home. She was born in Caldwell, Ark., and had been an Akron resident since 1936. She was employed by the B. F. Goodrich Co. for over 10 years, retiring in 1952. She spent many hours working as a volunteer for St. John the Baptist
Mrs. Filas is survived by her husband, Paul; her sons, David of San Diego, Calif., Jeffery of Akron; sisters, Ruth Osborne of Akron, Helen Abraham of Norton; nephews, Steve Blankenship and Craig Abraham, both of Akron; nieces Nancy Burkhart of Akron, Georgann Abraham of Malibu, Calif.; and her former daughter-in-law, Sue Willet of San Diego, Calif.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 11 a.m., at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. WATERLOO RD. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.
--Akron Beacon Journal (OH) - October 30, 1988
COLT, AR–RUTH VIRGINIA FINN FLEMING, 75, retired seamstress for the former Rainfair Sewing Co., died of cancer Sunday at her home. Services were Tuesday at Caldwell (Ark.) Baptist Church, where she was a member, with burial in Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City. Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne and McCrory had charge. She also had worked for Halstead Industries. Mrs. Fleming, the widow of Gerald Warren Fleming, leaves a daughter, Sue Miller of Garland, Texas; three sons, Jerry Fleming of Colt, Kenneth Fleming of Fort Worth, Texas, and Glenn Fleming of North Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Emogene McKinnie of Memphis; two brothers, Alton Finn of Memphis and John Finn of Parkin, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - March 19, 1997
Sikeston, MO--OCTAVIA GRANT GREEN was born October 1, 1918 in Hughes, Arkansas, the daughter of William and Albany Houston Grant. Her parents have preceded her in death.
Octavia met Ural Dick Green while living in Arkansas and they were united in marriage on October 9, 1939. They relocated to Sikeston, Missouri in 1948.
She became a member of Smith Chapel United Methodist Church in Sikeston where she was an usher and a member of the Mother’s Board. She was a very faithful member to her church for over 40 years, until her health failed.
Octavia was the proud mother of 13 children; six boys and seven girls. Her husband preceded her in death on October 21, 1976. She is also preceded in death by two sons, McKinley Green and Ural Green, Jr. and four daughters, Vema Dudley, Betty Jacob, Peggy White and Wilma Green.
On Tuesday, May 12, 2009 God dispatched angels to Close to Home Family Care Center in Matthews, Missouri to bring back the soul of our beloved Octavia Green at the age of 90 years, seven months and 11 days.
She leaves to cherish precious memories, four sons and three daughters-in-law Willie Lee and Mary Green and Richard Lee “Ricky” Green of Sikeston, Missouri, Roy Lee and Dorothy Green of Marion, Indiana and Tommy Lee and Myra Green of St. Charles, Missouri, three daughters and one son-in-law, Daisy Green, Gloria Carrington and Sadie and Earnest Hubrins of Sikeston, Missouri and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009 at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church in Sikeston, Mo. with Rev. Byron Jordan officiating. Interment followed in Sunset of Memories Cemetery in Sikeston, Mo.
Williams Funeral Home in Charleston, Mo. in charge of arrangements.
--Published: Cairo (IL) Citizen, Wednesday, May 20, 2009.
LIBERTY, MO--CHESTER PAUL HOSKIN, JR., 60, Liberty, MO, died Thursday, June 27, 1996, at Liberty Hospital.
Services were held Monday, July 1, at Stevens Funeral Home, Forrest City, AR; burial in Bell Cemetery, Palestine, AR. (Arrangements: Stevens Funeral Home, Forrest City, AR)
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - July 2, 1996.
SPRINGFIELD, IL–DAVID HOWARD, JR., 47, of Springfield died Monday at his residence.
He was born Dec. 11, 1948, in Heth, Ark., the son of David and Linnie Mae Stone Howard Sr. He married Lois Louise Rolfe.
Mr. Howard was an engineer for the U.S. Army. He was a resident of Springfield for nine months and was formerly of Forrest City, Ark.
Survivors: wife, Lois Louise; a son, Charles D. Howard of Forrest City, Ark.; three daughters, Deloris and Linda Howard and Debra Tolliver, all of Springfield; seven grandchildren; four brothers, Amos, Charlie, Ricky and Leslie Howard, all of Forrest City, Ark.; five sisters, Earline Howard of Fort Pierce, Fla., Juanita Rolfe, Edna Stewart and Nurine Howard, all of Forrest City, Ark., and Ruby Jean Howard of West Memphis, Ark.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services: noon Friday, James D. Memorial Chapel, the Rev. Demarrio Hubbard officiating. Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery.
--State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL) - September 20, 1995
CAIRO, IL–VERLE B. KOCH, age 100, of Cairo, died Wednesday afternoon, March 31, 2010, at Parkview Nursing Home in Paducah, Ky.
She was born Aug. 6, 1909, in Forrest City, Ark., daughter of the late James Charlie and Lucy Ella Haven Looney. She was married to George Edward Koch, who preceded her in death in 1973.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cairo and was a retired supervisor with the Brown Shoe Company of Charleston, Mo.
Mrs. Koch is survived by one son, Donald E. Koch of Cairo; one daughter, Margaret Hagan of Paducah; five granddaughters, Karen and husband Troy Jones of Miller City, Ill., Lisa Koch of Paducah, Donna Mattera of Springfield, Ill., Lori and husband Jerry Bennett of Thebes, and Kathy Phelps of Ft. Smith, Ark.; three grandsons, Mark and wife, Anne Hagan of Culpepper, Va., Tim and wife Tiffany Koch of Olive Branch and Shawn and wife Alice Hagan of Caruthersville, Mo.; 13 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.
There will be no visitation.
Funeral Mass for Mrs. Koch will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 5, 2010 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cairo with Rev. Fr. John Agbasiera as celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge.
At the request of the family, expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in memory of Mrs. Koch.
Barkett Funeral Home, Cairo, in charge of arrangements.
--Cairo Citizen, Thursday, April 1, 2010
Forrest City, AR--JESSE B. LAMB, 74, of Forrest City, farmer, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital of Forrest City. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Akin Cemetery in Cherry Valley, Ark. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. He was a member of American Legion Post 4 in Forrest City. Mr. Lamb, the husband of Virginia Lamb, also leaves five sons, James Lamb of Pensacola, Fla., Jerry Lamb of Caldwell, Ark., Joel Lamb of Foxworth, Miss., Johnny Lamb of Shipshewana, Ind., and Jackie Lamb of Glennville, Ga.; a sister, Ethel Rogers of Earle, Ark., 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - May 30, 1993.
Luker, a native of the town of Colt in St. Francis County, Ark., was wounded in the fight for control of Okinawa nine days after American troops landed. He said medics said a wallet in his back pocket saved his life.
He had told his family that he was in the first landing craft to hit the beach and was the first soldier to step out onto the sand.
Joel Whitehurst Jr. of the Whitehurst Funeral Chapel in Los Banos said efforts are under way through the White House to have Luker be the first person buried at the new national cemetery near Los Banos.
After Luker's injury, he spent almost a year at Kennedy Veterans Hospital in Memphis prior to being discharged from the Army with a 100 percent disability. He and his wife, Lois Luker, lived in Gunnison, Miss., Wynne, Ark., and Forrest City, Ark., before moving to California in 1958.
Luker attended school in Colt, north of Forrest City and about 50 miles west of Memphis. He was married in 1943, and joined the Army in 1944.
He won two Bronze Stars and a Bronze Arrowhead, in addition to the Purple Heart and medals from the South Philippines and Ryukyu Islands campaigns.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Whitehurst Funeral Chapel.
He also leaves six daughters, Mrs. Tina Richardson, Miss Anne Luker, Mrs. Debbie Zuspan, Miss Sandy Luker and Mrs. Karen Moore, all of Los Banos, and Stella Thompson of Salinas, Calif.; three sons, Dusty Luker and Randy Luker, both of Los Banos, and David Luker of Utah; his mother, Mrs. Nellie Evans of Forrest City; five brothers, Parnell Luker of Salinas, Antioch Luker of Washington, Bill Luker of Widener, Ark., Oscar Luker of Caldwell, Ark., and Larry Evans of West Memphis; a sister, Mrs. Theora Campbell of Missouri, 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. --Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - June 21, 1991
Kansas City, MO–SYLVESTER MAYO JR., 54, central Kansas City, a former dry-cleaning business owner, was found dead Jan. 8, 1992, at the home.
Mr. Mayo owned and operated Mayo's Cleaners for more than 15 years until 1979. Later he worked for Ann's Laundry & Dry Cleaners and did home remodeling for the last two years.
He was a Mason and had served in the Air Force. He was born in Caldwell, Ark., and lived in Memphis, Tenn., before moving to this area in the 1940s. Survivors include two sons, Mark Jerome Mayo and Malord A. Mayo of Kansas City; five daughters, Sheila Walker and Stephanie Eubanks of Kansas City, Paula Ann Mitchell and Marie Valine Mitchell of Los Angeles, and Sherry L. Williams, Anchorage, Alaska; his mother, Precious Pendivers, Kansas City; three half brothers, Henry Lee Mayo, Des Moines, Iowa, and Ralph Mayo and Bryan Mayo of Kansas City, Kan.; five half sisters, Sylvia McIntosh, Donna Smith and Yolanda Richerson of Kansas City, Kan., Darlene Oliver, Philadelphia, and Laney Ruth Madden, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and five grandchildren.
--Kansas City Star, The (MO) - January 12, 1992.
COLCHESTER, IL -- C. H. "ROSIE" NORRIS, 86, of Forrest City, Ark., a Colchester native, died Friday, May 21, 1999, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Born April 5, 1913, in Colchester to Harry Clarence and Lula Myrtle Gunn Norris, he married Ora Beatrice Campbell in 1935. She died in 1994. Surviving are one son, Joe of Henning, Tenn.; two grandsons; and three sisters, Mildred Robinson of Prairie City, Myrtle VanFleet of Plymouth and Lorene Donaldson of California.
He was a resident of St. Francis County, Ark., for 30 years. He was a farmer.
Services were Sunday at Stevens Funeral Home in Forrest City. Burial was in Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City. -- Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - May 26, 1999.
COVINGTON - CARRIE MATTHEWS PORTER, 97, of Forrest City, Ark., formerly of Covington, retired domestic worker, died of heart failure Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Forrest City. Services will be at 1 p.m. today at St. Luke CME Church in Forrest City with burial in Casell Cemetery there. Barlow Funeral Home has charge.
Mrs. Porter, the wife of Preston Porter, also leaves a daughter, Mary Carolyn Chapman of Forrest City; two brothers, Henry Matthews of Milwaukee and Ernst Matthews of Monroe, N.C., a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - September 20, 1997
FORREST CITY, ARK--JOHN ROSS, 69, of Forrest City, formerly of Memphis, retired district forester for the Arkansas Forestry Commission, died of cancer Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Medical Center in North Little Rock.
A memorial mass will be said at a later date at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Forrest City. Roller-Chenal Funeral Home of Little Rock has charge.
He was a member of the Hall of Fame at Christian Brothers High School and a Coast Guard veteran.
Mr. Ross, the husband of Virginia Dwyer Ross, also leaves two daughters, Susie Ross Quin and Marie Ross, both of Memphis; two sons, Charles Marty Ross of Memphis and Sean Ross of Little Rock; a sister, Virginia Harvell of Millington, and two grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - March 5, 1997
OK--MENOLIA B. SCHUTTEN, died Monday evenining at Presbyterian
Hospital in Okla. City. Services have been set for 1:30 pm Thursday at
the First Baptist Church in Minco. Burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Minco.
Under direction of Reynolds Funeral Home. She was born Sept. 1, 1910 in
Wheatley, Arkansas and came to Minco at 7 years of age. She was a
homemaker, a member of the First Baptist Church, where she taught the
Naomi Sunday School class. She is also a member of the Iona Flower Club
and the Women's Missionary Union. She married William Edward Schutten,
Aug. 14, 1929 in El Reno and they made their home in Minco. He survives
her in death. She is also survived by one son Edward Griffin Schutten
of Minco, a daughter Mrs. R.W. (Janell) Clum of Houston Tx, one
brother, Owen Griffin of Glouchester Mass, four grandchildren, Pamela
Sue Crowe, William Bradford Crowe, Kenneth Edward Schutten, John Travis
Schutten, one niece Jeannie Smith and one nephew Tom Griffin. --Daily
Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - December 2, 1982
Hughes, AR--PARALEE STARKS, 83, of Hughes, Ark., homemaker, died of heart failure Tuesday at Crestpark Retirement Center in Forrest City, Ark. Services will be at noon Sunday at Locust Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Hughes with burial in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Edmondson, Ark. Anthony Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. She leaves two daughters, Emma Presley of Memphis and Adleaner Starks of Caldwell, Ark.; four sons, Johnny Sims of St. Louis, Freddie Jones and Timothy Starks, both of Hughes, and Will Starks of Caldwell, Ark.; a sister, Sadie Lee Williams of Forrest City, 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - January 16, 1998.
FORREST CITY, ARK. - JAMES ALBERT TONEY, SR., 61, a minister for 38 years, died Saturday at an Arlington hospital.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Friday at Salem Baptist Church in Forrest City.
Burial: Castell Cemetery in Forrest City.
Family hour: Thursday at Salem Baptist Church in Forrest City.
The Rev. James Albert Toney Sr. was born Oct. 18, 1934, in Chidester, Ark.
Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors, 4000 Miller Ave., 531-8666.
-- Fort Worth Star-Telegram (TX) - November 15, 1995
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK--MRS. BOBBIE M. VINES of Forrest City AR, passed away Aug. 27 in Forrest City.
She had lived most of her life in OKC.
She was a homemaker, member of Memorial Baptist Church on S. Western, member of Eastern Star.
She is survived by 1 son, J.T. Mashburn of OKC; 1 sister, Mrs. Hester Ealey of Claremore OK; 6 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren.
Services 2pm Wednesday, Memorial Baptist Church, interment Resthaven Cemetery, directed by Guardian Midtown.
--Daily Oklahoman, The (Oklahoma City, OK) - August 29, 1984
GREENVILLE - OPAL LILLIE HOLCOMB VOWELL, 73, formerly of Greenville, homemaker, died of cancer Tuesday at Westside Nursing Home in Greenville, S.C. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. Boone-Wells Funeral Home has charge. She was a native of St. Francis County, Ark., and a former resident of Sunflower County.
Mrs. Vowell, the widow of Walsie L. Vowell, leaves a daughter, Melba Clark of Taylors, S.C.; two sons, Gerald L. Vowell of Maryville, Tenn., and Cary L. Vowell of Southaven; a sister, Carmen Jones of Shaw; four brothers, J. D. Holcomb of Duck Hill, Joseph G. Holcomb of Shaw, and Lonnie Carl Holcomb and Lloyd Thomas Holcomb, both of Greenville, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. --Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - March 28, 1996
COLT, AR–GROVER WALRAVEN, 65, former owner of Grover Auto Parts in West Memphis, died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Forrest City. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Funeral Home with burial in Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City. He was a member of Caldwell (Ark.) Baptist Church. Mr. Walraven, the husband of Mavis Gilmer Walraven of Colt, also leaves a daughter, Brenda Walraven of Colt; three sons, Bill Walraven of Memphis, Donald Walraven of West Memphis, and Allen Dean Walraven of Colt; a brother, Carl Edward Walraven of Trenton, N.J., and five grandchildren.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - January 10, 1992.
BURTON, MI–JIMMIE LEWIS “BUDDY” WEBB of Burton, age 66, died Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at Genesys Health Park. Funeral services will be held 11AM, Monday, August 2, 1999 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Flint Area Chapel, 6063 Fenton Rd., Flint, Pastor Jack Gray officiating. Burial in Crestwood Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held 1-9 PM Saturday and Sunday at the funeral home.
Jimmie was born February 7, 1933 in Forrest City, AR, the son of Lewis and Mattie Mae (Barnett) Webb. He lived in the Flint area for the last 46 years. He retired from General Motors Delphi, where he was a member of Local #659.
Surviving are: 6 children, Cindy and husband Robert House of Burton, Pamela Badder of Flint, Janet Webb of Burton, Brigette Webb, Timothy Webb, both of Flint, Michael and wife Karen Webb of Swartz Creek; 13 grandchildren; step-father, Edward Stout of Burton; 2 sisters, Jennie and husband Darrel Morris of Florida, Sue and husband George Duda of GA; several nieces and nephews; stepson, Bobby Floyd of Burton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Webb and Mattie Stout and brother Ruben Webb.
--Flint Journal, The (MI) - July 31, 1999
Denver, CO--MURPHY CLEOPHAS WILLIAMS, 74 of Los Angeles died May 31 at Ceders-Sinai Medical Center. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at Caldwell Kirk Mortuary, 2101 Marion St. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery. The Rev. Williams, a native of St. Francis County, Ark., was pastor of New Hope Baptist Church in Denver for 26 years before serving as pastor of Roger Williams Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Lee Hayden- Williams of Los Angeles; a son, Michael Cleophas, Los Angeles; a daughter, Pepper D'Ann Williams, Los Angeles; four sisters, Bealer Dennard-Moore, Sacramento, Calif., Theaworthia Gray, Opal Simms and Precious Williams, all of Detroit; and a brother, Ulysses Williams, also of Detroit. --Rocky Mountain News (CO) - June 9, 1990.
FORREST CITY, ARK--FRANK GORDON WINGFIELD JR., 74, of Forrest City, formerly of Memphis, retired lieutenant colonel with the Air National Guard, died of cancer Tuesday at his home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home in Forrest City has charge.
He was a member of Whitehaven Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Wingfield, the husband of Emmalie Chappell Wingfield, also leaves a daughter, Navy Commander Nora Wingfield Tyson of Oklahoma City; a sister, Virginia Hiett of Williamsburg, Va., and a brother, Ed Wingfield of Memphis.
--Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - February 7, 1997
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