PORTIA — James Oliver Hacker, 76, of Portia died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at Regional Medical Center of NEA in Jonesboro.
Born in Lauratown, he was a lifelong residence of Lawrence County. He was a farmer, an Army veteran and a member of the Portia Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. He also worked as Portia city marshal from 1954 until 1977.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Louise Miller Hacker; one son, Jim Hacker of Batesville; two daughters, Jane Hacker of Portia and Jean Andrews of Hoxie; three sisters, Bama Smith of Walnut Ridge, Glenna Pickett of Portia and Maxine Gollehon of Titusville, Pa.; one brother, William Hacker of Selmer, Tenn.; and two granddaughters, Kim Davis of Jonesboro and Amy Smith of Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Oliver and Martha Hunt Hacker; two sisters; and four brothers.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bryan Funeral Home chapel of Hoxie, with Vance Penn, Matthew Adam and Isaac Woodard officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Gill, Dale Freeman, Jerry Joe Milligan, Charlie Risenhouer, Jerry Flippo and Alex Latham.
Honorary pallbearers will include Bill Flippo, Riley Milligan, Everett Pinkston, Marshall Smith and the Rev. Mike Ball.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Portia Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.
POCAHONTAS — Steven Dylan Hackworth, infant son of Claudette and Steven Hackworth of Pocahontas, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at Regional Medical Center of NEA.
Survivors in addition to his parents include two sisters, Jennifer Hackworth and Alivia Hackworth, both of Imboden; grandparents, Charles Larry Hackworth of Ravenden Springs and Constance June Lierly Hackworth of Rushville, Ill.; and his great-grandmother, Florence Lierly of Pittsfield, Ill.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Myrtle, Mo., Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.
A memorial service for Cathey Linda Hampton, 52, of Jonesboro, who died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at her residence, is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lake City Pentecostal Church.
Harold Anderson will officiate, and burial will be private.
A lifelong resident of Jonesboro, she was a homemaker and a member of Lake City Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Hampton of the home; two brothers, William Smallmon of Rockford, Ill., and Leamon Smallmon of Pocahontas; and four sisters, Sylvia Jowers of Jonesboro, Minnie Pearl Cain of Cherokee Village, Eulamae Thomas of Akron, Ohio, and Carolyn Chandler of Oilton, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Amy Smallmon, a brother and a sister.
No visitation has been planned. Arrangements are under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.
TRUMANN — Pauline Nearns, 71, of Trumann died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at Regional Medical Center of NEA.
Born in Moro, she had lived in West Memphis before moving to Trumann five years ago. She was a retired seamstress and a member of the Christian Worship Center in Trumann.
Survivors include three sons, Ronnie Nearns of Marion, Jerry Nearns of West Memphis and Bobby Nearns of West Helena; two daughters, Rhonda Alexander of Trumann and Shelia Smith of West Helena; three sisters, Lena Turpin and Mary Richardson, both of Moro, and Eola Lafex of Marianna; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne “Buddy” Boyd, and her parents.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Full Gospel Church of God in Moro, with the Rev. Tommy Jordan officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery at Moro under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Nearns, Jerry Nearns Jr., Ronnie Nearns, Sam Howton, Greg Bunnell and Bobby Watkins.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
PARAGOULD — Imogean Peoples, 79, of Paragould died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at the Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.
Born in Lake City, she was the former owner of Peoples Frosty Drive-In in Bakersfield, Calif., and was a member of the Peace Tabernacle in Paragould and a former member of First Church of the Nazarene in Bakersfield.
Survivors include two sons, Gerald “Shorty” Gramling and Donny Gramling, both of Paragould; a daughter, Etta Hilfinger of Bolivar, Ohio; a brother, Eual White of Wichita, Kan.; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James B. Peoples; parents, George and Etta Mae White; and two sisters.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Greenlawn Cemetery in Bakersfield, with Ted Underwood officiating.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Bakersfield.
Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould is in charge of local arrangements.
ASH FLAT — Norma Jean Ramsey, 64, Ash Flat died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at Baxter County Regional Hospital in Mountain Home. Born in Trumann, she was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Ramsey Sr. of Ash Flat; a son, Bill Ramsey Jr.; three daughters, Deborah Beasley, Tonya McKaskle and Nancy Smith; two brothers, Charles Short and Bobby Short; five sisters, Mary Cooper, Patsy Henry, Carolyn Insold, Shirley Webb and Janet Wilhite; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel in Hardy, with Greg Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Collins Cemetery at Wirth.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WALNUT RIDGE — Ralph J. Rosselot, 86, of Walnut Ridge died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Born in White County, Ill., he lived in the Walnut Ridge area most of his life. A retired carpenter, he was a World War II veteran and was a member of the First Free Will Baptist church.
Survivors include his wife, Vida Sue Rosselot of the home; one daughter, Donna Sheets of Walnut Ridge; one stepdaughter, Donna Williams of Ravenden; one son, Dwain Rosselot of Memphis; one stepson, Darrell Davis of Paragould; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pearl Rosselot, five sisters, one brother and one grandson.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the House-Gregg Funeral Home chapel in Walnut Ridge, with Steve Trail officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.
Harold Forehand, Gilbert Phillips, Billy Segraves, Terry Ponder, Terry Spradlin and Mitch Little will be pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will include Joe Romine, Dale Hancock and Jerry Decker.
Visitation will be from 5:30-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Noble Wilson Shelton, 68, of Jonesboro, formerly of Manila, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003 at his residence.
Arrangements will be announced by Howard Funeral Service of Manila.
LEACHVILLE — BryAnna Renea Smith, 5-month-old daughter of David Smith and Anna Collins of Leachville, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. She was born at Paragould.
Survivors in addition to her parents include one sister, Regina Smith of Lepanto; three brothers, Marc Smith of Lepanto, Wes Smith of Garden Point and Matthew Collins of Leachville; and grandparents, Jerry and Mildred Collins of Caraway.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Etowah Pentecostal Church of God, with the Revs. Huey Meherg and Kenneth Bass officiating. Burial will follow in Garden Point Cemetery at Etowah under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Osceola.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Funeral services for Alvin Doyle Snider, 57, of Cherokee Village, who died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 at his residence, will be at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Higginbotham Funeral Service in Hardy.
David White will officiate, and burial will follow in Bradford Cemetery at Williford.
Pallbearers will be Fred Snider, Ted Snider, Keith Ooten, Jimmy Snider, Charlie Yates and Brian Priest.
Honorary pallbearers will include Billy Adams and Billy McCoy.
A retired carpenter, he was a member of Brighten Community Church in Paragould.
Survivors include his wife, Violet Louise Snider of the home; four daughters, Paula Jackson of Hardy, Lynn Powell and Valerie Hall, both of Williford, and Lisa Collier of Paragould; two sons, Matthew Herren of Searcy and Alan Herren of Manila; four sisters, Syvilla Priest of Powhatan, Dianna Pitcher of Paragould, Barbara Eubanks of Delaplaine and Bonnie Clayton of Cherokee Village; three brothers, Gallen Snider of Evening Shade, Glendon Snider of Louisville, Ky., and Fred Snider of Jonesboro; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Gracie Shoopman Snider, and two brothers.