Elizabeth June Closson Burris
Elizabeth June Closson Burris, 80, of Stuttgart, widow of Porter Burris Sr., died Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Crestpark of Stuttgart.
Mrs. Burris was born May 9, 1927, in DeWitt to Milton Closson and Lila Gray Closson. She was a retired clerk typist, a member of the Eastern Star and was Baptist.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Burris Berg; and brother, Billy Closson.
Survivors are her son, Porter Burris Jr. of Stuttgart; two brothers, Milton Closson Jr. of Cathedral City, Calif., and Bobby Closson of Palm Springs, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Carrie Berg, Chris Berg and Evan Burris.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday at Turpin Funeral Home. Funeral services, officiated by Bro. David Inzer, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Turpin Funeral Home with burial following in Lone Tree Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to Arkansas Hospice, P.O. Box 7426, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71611.
Donald Karl Roberts
Donald Karl Roberts, 87, of Humphrey, departed from this life on March 24, 2008, at JRMC, Pine Bluff.
He was born April 26, 1920, in Humphrey, a son of the late J.J. and Beulah Roberts. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kenneth Wessels, and by seven sisters and two brothers.
He was a retired self-employed carpenter and from Stuttgart Co-op Buyers, a WWII veteran, a former city councilman and city clerk/treasurer of Humphrey and a very devoted member and worker of the Humphrey United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marjorie Edwards Roberts; daughters, Donna Wessels and Marilyn Roberts, both of Humphrey; granddaughters, Dana (Jerry) Arledge of White Hall and Melissa (Rickey) Robinson of Humphrey; and a great-grandson, Ryan Robinson of Humphrey.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 25, from 6-8 p.m. at Turpin Funeral Home in Stuttgart. Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 26, at 10 a.m. at Turpin Funeral Home with burial following in Lone Tree Cemetery.
Jimmy Leon Tucker
Jimmy Leon Tucker, 65, of Humphrey died Friday, March 21, 2008, at Stuttgart Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Tucker was born Aug. 17, 1942, in Marianna, Ark., to Vaida Mae and Fred Tucker. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a Baptist.
Preceding him in death were his parents, five brothers and one sister.
Survivors are his wife, Ellen Wright Tucker; one daughter. Kathy Abbot of Springfield, Mo.; two sisters, Martha Carroll of Palestine, Ark., and Mary White of Memphis, Tenn.; one step-son, Charlie Vaughan of Dewitt; two step-daughters, Belinda West of Bald Knob, Ark., and Connie Carey of Lancaster, Tenn.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; six step grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
Graveside service, officiated by Bro. David Inzer, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Frazier Cemetery by Turpin Funeral Home, Inc. of Stuttgart.
The family suggests that memorials be sent to the Sheriffsí Youth Ranch.
Vanessa Mary Eichler
Vanessa Mary Eichler, 45, of Mabelvale, Ark., died Monday, March 17, 2008.
Vanessa was born Feb. 13, 1963, in Stuttgart, the youngest of seven children, to Neil Conrad Eichler and Jearlin Clark Eichler. She was a graduate of Stuttgart High School and a Protestant. She was an Associate Broker with Crye-Leike, Realtors in Little Rock and was a Multi-Million Dollar Producer.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Scott Conrad Eichler.
Survivors are her parents, Neil and Jearlin Eichler of DeWitt; one son, Isaac Leif Halldorsson of Mabelvale; one daughter, Katherine Annette Wiles of San Monica, Calif.; four brothers, Russell Eichler, Joel Eichler and Dale Eichler and wife Kathy, all of Louisiana, and Richard Eichler of Stuttgart; one sister, Susie Eichler of Stuttgart; a sister-in-law, Brenda Eichler of Louisiana; and lots of loving nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at her parentsí home, 107 John Pike Lane, DeWitt, Ark.
The family requests memorials be made to the donorís choice.
Ricky Lynn Crouch
Ricky Lynn Crouch, 52, of Stuttgart died Friday, March 14, 2008, at his home.
He was born Oct. 23, 1955, in Stuttgart to James A. and Polly Murry Crouch. He attended Stuttgart High School and was a retired truck driver.
His father preceded him in death.
Survivors are his mother, Polly Crouch of Stuttgart; one brother, Jimmy Crouch and wife Anne of Ulm; and Sandra VanDalsen and husband Daren of Stuttgart.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Turpin Funeral Home chapel with burial following in Lone Tree Cemetery.
Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Turpin Funeral Home.
Mary Tarkington Siems
Mary Lillian Tarkington Siems, 89, of Little Rock, formerly of Stuttgart, died Friday, March 14, 2008, at St. Vincent North, Sherwood.
Mrs. Siems was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Tennessee, to Jim and Mabel Warren Tarkington. She was a graduate of Stuttgart High School and was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of First Christian Church in Stuttgart.
She was known as Benny to her friends and Mama Dean by her family.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Leslie Epperson Eanes; two brothers, Ed (Ruth) Tarkington and Wilson (Elizabeth) Tarkington; and a sister, Lou (John) Scott.
Survivors are her husband of 68 years, Johnny Joe Siems; two sons, Kenny Joe (Linn) Siems of North Little Rock and John Alan Siems of Fayetteville; one daughter, Shirley Ann (Ed) Epperson of North Little Rock; one brother, Louis (Dorothy) Tarkington of Little Rock; one sister, Tennie Vickers of Stuttgart; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Turpin Funeral Home chapel with burial in Lone Tree Cemetery.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Turpin Funeral Home.
Her family requests memorials be made to Stuttgart First Christian Church, 911 S. Main St., Stuttgart, or the charity of the donorís choice.
Her family would like to offer a special ďthank youĒ to Dr. Joe Lee Buford who in not only an outstanding physician, but a close personal family friend.
Edna Koehn Cook
Edna Koehn Cook, 86, of Stuttgart passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Crestpark Retirement Center in Stuttgart. She was born Oct. 28, 1921, in Prairie County, Ark., and was a lifelong resident of Stuttgart, Ark.
Edna was retired from Westís Dept. Store and then worked for St. Johnís Lutheran Daycare until her illness which she fought for many years.
She was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church. During her lifetime she was a member of St. Johnís Guild and St. Johnís Home School Club.
She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.
Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Anna Schroeder Koehn; one brother, Willie Koehn; and two sisters, Alma Koehn Papan and Gladys Koehn Koch; and the father of her children, Lawrence Cook.
Survivors are one son, Travis Cook; three daughters, Sherry Brantley (Terry), Debbie Norris (Bud) and Tracie Cook; three grandchildren, Kerrie Bronson, Crystal Booker (Russell) and Debbi DePriest (Tommy); five great-grandchildren, Heather Bronson and Cole Bronson (and their father Eddie Bronson), Landon Booker, Regan DePriest and Bailey DePriest; two nieces, Marty Shoemake (Robert) and Paula Smith (Carl); very special loved ones, Tiffany Brown, Kerri Jernigan and Paige Jernigan; and very special caregivers, Alma Yarbrough and Jana Millerd.
Visitation will be Wednesday, March 12, 2008, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Turpin Funeral Home. Funeral services, officiated by Pastor Jack Gillam, Vicar Aaron Kalbas and Pastor David Riley, will be Thursday, March 13, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Johnís Lutheran Church with burial following in Lone Tree Cemetery.
The family requests memorials be made to St. Johnís Lutheran Daycare or Hospice.
Pallbearers will be Billy Wicklund, Curran Papan, Johnny Porter, Rick Hefley, Daren Brown, Ryan Roop, Russell Chapman and William Coleman.