Mary Louise Shackelford
JONESBORO — Mary Louise Shackelford, 74, died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Craighead Nursing Center.
She was born Jan. 6, 1934, at Caraway to the late Samuel and Stella Rea. She was a homemaker and member of Nettleton Baptist Church. She was active in the American Red Cross and the Baptist Student Union.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol Brown of Jonesboro and Rhonda Shackelford of Trumann; three brothers, R.H. Rea of Marion, Bill Rea of Niceville, Fla., and Lloyd Dale Rea of Caraway; a sister, Ruth Holloway of Crosby, Texas; two grandsons, Shaun Brown, his wife Cari, and Zack Brown; and one great-granddaughter, Kelcie Werhrum.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Shackelford; a daughter, Mary Alice Shackelford; and brother, Marion Lee Rea.
A celebration of her life will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in Nettleton Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Ray and Dr. Stan Ballard officiating. Burial will follow in Nettleton Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Gary Anderson, Jerry Brown, Charles Mitchell, Bob Mooneyham, Gerald Barker and Jim Isbell, and as honorary pallbearers, the Sunshine Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
The family requests lasting memorials be given to HopeCircle at NEA Clinic, St. Bernards Hospice or Nettleton Baptist Church.
Robert Lee Slayton
HARDY — Robert “Bob” Lee Slayton, 80, of Hardy died Thursday, July 17, 2008, at Jonesboro.
Mr. Slayton retired as the chief of fire and security for the City of Cherokee Village, and was a former Arkansas state trooper. He was a member of Ward Street Church of Christ where he served as an elder for more than 30 years.
He was the son of the late Joe Slayton and the late Barbara Stevens Slayton.
He is also preceded in death by one brother, Joe Ed Slayton; and one sister, Bobbie King.
Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Inness Slayton of Hardy; two daughters, Leala Jean Morgan and husband Don of Hardy, Pat Fowler and husband Sonny of Jonesboro, and foster daughter Tina Dees and sons Mitchell and Drake of Jonesboro; four sisters, Lou Taylor of Cherokee Village, Mary Miner of Paragould, Elizabeth Bradford of Paducah, Ky., and Sally Powers of West Memphis; and four brothers, Bill Slayton of Cherokee Village, David Slayton of Flint, Mich., Richard Slayton of Pocahontas and Danny Slayton of Williford.
He is also survived by two grandchildren, Donna Jean Goodwin and Faron Lee Morgan and wife Lori; two great-grandchildren, Katelyn Goodwin and Mikayla Goodwin; one foster grandchild, Ashley Robertson; and one foster great-grandchild, Keely Robertson.
Funeral services will be in Heath Oak Hill Chapel today at 3 p.m. with Tom O’Neal, Joe Spangler and Jack Richardson officiating. Interment will follow in Baker Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time.
Arrangements are entrusted to Heath Funeral Home of Highland.
Faye Ann Smith
MARION — Faye Ann Smith, 95, of Marion died Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at Willowbend At Marion.
She was born at Marked Tree and had lived in Marion for the past five years. She was formerly of the Freer community near Trumann. Mrs. Smith was a former sales clerk for Guy’s Discount Store at Trumann and a member of Avondale Missionary Baptist Church at West Memphis.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Danzil A. “Dink” Smith; two sons, Bobby Smith and Larry Smith; and two sisters. She was the daughter of the late Alex and Callie Trustee Blackwell.
Survivors include one son, Billy Smith of Taylor, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Loyce Smith of Ashland, Miss.; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be today at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home at Trumann with the Rev. Harley Kersey officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Steve Smith, Ed Davis, Larry Don Smith, Gary Lynn Smith, Ben Dixon and Zach Kersey.
Visitation was held Friday.
Elma Mae Taylor
POCAHONTAS — Elma Mae Morrow Taylor, 96, died Friday, July 18, 2008, at Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab Center.
She was born Sept. 16, 1911, at Boydsville. She was a homemaker, dedicated member of Boydsville EHC and a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church since 1923.
The daughter of Martha Ann Morrow, Elma was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Donald “Slim” Taylor; brothers, Royal McBee and Everett Morrow; and one daughter, Guelda Jacquline Taylor Valmassoi.
Elma is survived by two sons, Donald Duran Taylor of Crossville, Tenn., and Philip Autry Taylor and wife Shirley of Pocahontas; eight grandchildren, Terry Valmassoi of Poplar Bluff, Mo., Linda Valmassoi Weberlein, Steve Valmassoi, Gregorey Taylor, Janet Taylor Bianchi, all of Michigan, David Neal Taylor of Memphis and Angela Taylor Smith of Lake City; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In life, Elma was a hard-working Christian woman of character and determination. Whether making quilts for Boydsville EHC or riveting the wings and fuselage of B-24 bombers in Detroit during World War II, she always took great pride in her craftsmanship.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Irby Funeral Home at Rector with burial in Woodland Heights Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Richard Simpson, Danny Simpson, Alan Milburn, Marvin Milburn, Carson Hardin and Garvin Gatewood.
Visitation will be from 5-7 Sunday evening in the funeral home.
Mrs. Taylor wished for those considering memorials in lieu of flowers to consider the American Cancer Society.
Pearlie Agnes Underwood
JONESBORO — Ms. Pearlie Agnes Underwood, 86, of Jonesboro died Friday at St. Bernards Medical Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Emerson Funeral Home.
James E. Van Gordon
PIGGOTT — Graveside services for 70-year-old James Everett Van Gordon of Piggott, who passed away on Friday, July 18, 2008, at Murphy Health and Rehabilitation Center, are scheduled for Monday beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Mars Hill Cemetery at Crockett.
Visitation is Monday from 10 a.m. to noon in Irby Funeral Home Chapel at Piggott.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two grandchildren, one brother, five sisters and a host of other family and friends.
Raymond W. Gilliam
OSCEOLA — Raymond W. Gilliam, 85, of Osceola entered into rest Saturday, July 19, 2008.
He was born Friday, May 25, 1923, at Cabot to the late James and Gracie Gilliam. He worked for Maxwell Oil Co. for 49 years and was a World War II Army veteran.
His survivors include one brother, John Gilliam of Osceola; and one sister, Josephine Cash of Lonoke.
Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 p.m. in Roller Swift Funeral Home.
Graveside service will begin Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens with Bobby Tidwell officiating.
Lyman B. Hagen
JONESBORO — Dr. Lyman B. Hagen, 86, of Jonesboro died Saturday at St. Bernards Medical Center.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia “Pat” Hagen, in 2005.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Justin Bradley Lindley
SHERWOOD — Justin Bradley Lindley, 28, of Sherwood, formerly of Jonesboro, died Wednesday, July 16, 2008.
He was born Aug. 13, 1979, at Jonesboro.
Justin was a free spirit, loved his music, his preppy clothes and his children. Most of all Justin loved life — in his words, “Don’t see the exterior of society on us, but see the light that shines in every one of our souls.”
He is survived by his children, Austin Lindy of Sherwood and Jaycie Lindley of Cabot; mother and stepfather, Teresa Bradley Jacobs and Terry of Sherwood; father and stepmother, Connie Lindley of Jonesboro; brother, Tyler Jacobs of Austin; sisters, Jill Jacobs of Sherwood and Amber Lindley of Jonesboro; sister and brother-in-law, Shalla and Eddie Wilbanks of Jonesboro; grandmother, Etta Bradley of Jonesboro; stepgrandparents, George and Patricia Jacobs of Melbourne, Fla.; and nephew, Kael Wilbanks of Jonesboro.
He is also survived by the mothers of his children, fiancée Stacey Cody of Cabot and Robi Stevens of Sherwood. He leaves behind special friends, Ron and Terry Cody of Cabot.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eldridge Bradley and Morris and Mildred Lindley, all of Jonesboro.
The family requests and Justin would want you to attend his service in casual dress, so please dress comfortably.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Huson Funeral Home Chapel, 7700 Highway 107, Sherwood. Burial will follow in Arkansas Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends in Huson Funeral Home Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.