NEWPORT -- B.C. "Bearcat" Reynolds, 78, of Newport died Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Newport Hospital.
Born, raised and educated at Neelyville, Mo., he served two years in the Navy. He worked as a telegraphic operator for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was a member of the Corning Masonic Lodge No. 719 for more than 50 years. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Newport.
Survivors include one son, Benny Reynolds of Newport; one daughter, Kim Lumpkin of Batesville; one sister, Ellen Wilson of St. Louis; and four grandchildren, Chris Reynolds of Newport, and David Looney, Anjelica Lumpkin and Hannah Lumpkin, all of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jane Reynolds, one sister and one brother.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Dillinger Funeral Home chapel, with Billy Ed Morris and Glen Hoselton officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. There will also be a Masonic service at 7 p.m.
BLYTHEVILLE -- Elvie Lee Riggins Sr., 45, of Blytheville died Monday, Jan. 17, at his residence.
Born at Forrest City, he worked in a factory and was a member of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Riggins of Blytheville; two daughters, Deanna Marie Rogers of Fort Monroe, Va., and Crystal Ann Jones of Blytheville; three sons, Elvie Riggins Jr., Roger Lee Smith and Fredrick Lamar Davis, all of Blytheville; two sisters, Mae Ester Riggins of Chicago and Betty Riggins of Lansing, Mich.; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest Riggins and Lillie Henderson Riggins, and one brother.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Blytheville, with the Rev. Brian Olden officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens at Blytheville under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Hallowein Ross Sr., 77, of Jonesboro died Monday, Jan. 17, at St. Bernard's Medical Center.
Born at McCrory, he had worked as a truck driver for Jonesboro Grease Extracting Co. before retiring and was a member of St. John's Missionary Baptist Church of Jonesboro.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Ross of the home; three sons, Hallowein Ross Jr. and Bobby Ezell Sr., both of Jonesboro, and Timothy Ross of Alamogordo, N.M.; six daughters, Carolyn Ross of Davenport, Iowa, Sharlean Lewis of Milwaukee, Martha Sheppard of St. Louis, Lisa Jones of West Covina, Calif., Rosemary Knight of Compton, Calif., and Glenda Winn of Los Angeles; 31 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dove and Henritta Dupree Ross, three brothers and one sister.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church of Jonesboro, with the Rev. Charles Latham officiating. Burial will follow in Quiet Cemetery near Augusta under the direction of Rhodes and Son Funeral Home of Augusta.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE -- Berenice Thiry Hoffman Simich, 81, of Cherokee Village died Dec. 22 at her home.
Born at St. Paul, Minn., she worked with the Office of Strategic Services in Washington, D.C., during World War II. She later worked for 35 years in the offices of 3M Corp. at St. Paul. She moved to Cherokee Village in 1986, where she was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Zika Simich of the home; four sons, William Hoffman of Cloquet, Minn., Robert Hoffman of Park Rapids, Minn., Jeffrey Hoffman of Pine City, Minn., and Stephen Hoffman of Angola, Ind.; one stepson, Alexander Simich of San Diego; two sisters, Eleanor Summers of Atlanta and Alyce Jean Huber of Lakeville, Minn.; two stepsisters, Lila Sipetich of California and Milka of Yugoslavia; five brothers, Robert Thiry and Harold Thiry, both of Pine City, Dick Thiry of Cambridge, Minn., Jerry Thiry of Hayward, Wis., and Allen Thiry of Grand Rapids, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Hoffman, her parents and a brother.
A memorial mass is scheduled for 11 a.m. Feb. 4 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Kevin Atunzu officiating. Burial services will be held later at Calvary Cemetery in Pine City.
Arrangements will be under the direction of Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel of Highland.
MARMADUKE -- Conward Lee Thacker, 63, of Marmaduke died Wednesday, Jan. 19, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Heath Funeral Home.
Leveda M. Thomas, 74, of Jonesboro died Sunday, Jan. 16, at her residence.
Born at Tulot, she had lived in Jonesboro for 66 years, worked for the Craighead County Sheriff's Department and recently was honored with a departmental citation. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she served on the Mother Board and the E.W. Jackson ministry.
Survivors include four sons, Joe Thomas III, Jerry Tatum and Dennis Thomas, all of Jonesboro, and Michael Thomas of San Antonio; three daughters, Al-Fredia Muhammad and Denise Thomas, both of Jonesboro, and Jackie Dixon of Willingboro, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Thomas II, and her parents, Johnny and Viola Wright.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 700 Kitchen St., Jonesboro, with the Rev. Curtis Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Woodard Funeral Service of Jonesboro.
Active pallbearers will be Charles Sweat, Emorej J. Henderson, David Howard, Curtis Howard, Demetrius Rufus, Frankie Davis, Jimmy Harper, Roger Turner and Curtis Tate.
Honorary pallbearers will include Anthony Lakes, Danny English, Clarence Turner, John Thompson, Calib Turner, Derrick Guest, Owen Williams, Corey Wells and members of the Mother Board and the E.W. Jackson ministry.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
WEST RIDGE -- Funeral services for Helen Faye Tyer, 84, of West Ridge, who died Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn., will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Murphy Funeral Home of Lepanto.
Tad Rogers will officiate, and burial will be private.
A homemaker, she was a member of the Lepanto United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Jerry Evans of West Ridge; two stepsons, Bill Tyer of Blytheville and David Burks Tyer of Wynne; two grandchildren, Kathy Evans Lewis of Greenville, N.C., and Jerry L. Evans II of West Ridge; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Block Tyer, her parents, two brothers, two sisters and a granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Funeral services for Billy Leon Young, 75, of Jonesboro, who died Monday, Jan. 17, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Gregg Funeral Home chapel, with Carl Edge officiating. Burial will be in Keller's Chapel Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Don Young Jr., Wayne Dorton, Harold Long, Brandy Young and Wayne Barnett.
A lifelong resident of Jonesboro, he was retired from Crane Co. and from the Craighead County Courthouse. He was a member of the Lake City Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Jesse Crosby of Monette, and one sister, Wanda Lee Heaps of Jonesboro.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Kate Simpson Young.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FRENCHMANS BAYOU -- Leonard Ainsworth Jr., 54, of Frenchmans Bayou died Saturday, Jan. 22, at Southern Mississippi County Regional Medical Center in Osceola.
He was born in Frenchmans Bayou.
Survivors include his mother, Thelma Ainsworth of Frenchmans Bayou; six sisters, Lois Spencer, Judy Tucker, Cathy Ainsworth and Lisa Ainsworth, all of Frenchmans Bayou, Barbara Watkins of Olive Branch, Miss., and Nancy Crawford of Joiner; and three brothers, Freddie Ainsworth and Norval Ainsworth, both of Frenchmans Bayou, and David Ainsworth of Oakes, N.D.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Ainsworth Sr.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola, with Lee Dunn officiating. Burial will follow in Bassett Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.