Cleburne D. Brand
Cleburne D. Brand, age 65, of Lake Charles, died Feb. 10, 2000, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a lengthy illness.
Born Aug. 9, 1934, at Clover Bend, he was the son of Clarence and Mae Woodard Brand. He was a service officer for Veterans Affairs in Lawrence County. He was retired from the Department of Defense. He was a member of Black Rock Masonic Lodge #476, Black Rock Lions Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Shriners Club, Scottish Rite and the Black Rock United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Dixie Brand, whom he married July 20, 1992; a son, Bobby Brand, Harrison; a daughter, Nancy Keeling, Levelland, Texas; a stepson, Victor Nutt, Stuttgart; a stepdaughter, Debbie Hall, Little Rock; two brothers, Gene Brand, Walnut Ridge, and Clarence Bernard Brand, Pocahontas; and three grandchildren, Robert Brand, Kelcey Brand and Nicole Keeling.
Funeral was Saturday morning at 10 at Bryan Chapel with Rev. Jim Stone officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Tom Moore, Sloan Durham, Victor Nutt, Dr. John McHaney, Alex Latham and J.D. Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Black Rock Lions Club.
Austin Gilbert Smith
Austin Gilbert Smith, age 79, of Hoxie, died Jan. 17, 2000, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a lengthy illness.
Born Aug. 23, 1920, he was the son of Fred W. and Florence Cotham Smith. He was a lifetime resident of Lawrence County and had served on the Hoxie City Council for many years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II, and was a former mechanic for Snapp Motor Company.
Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Robert Smith; a daughter, Sherry Moore, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Evelyn Ziegelmann, Lake Orion, Mich., and Bonnie Curry, Karnack, Texas; a brother, Tom Smith, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Phillip Moore and Mica Moore.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Bryan Funeral Home.
Rickey Eugene Thornton
Rickey Eugene Thornton, age 34, of Smithville, died Feb. 8, 2000, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
Born in Phoenix, Ariz., he was a truck driver for ISG Resource in Newark and was of the Assembly of God faith.
Survivors include his wife, Lyne Vaillancourt Thornton; two sons, Richard Thornton, of the home, and Shane Thornton, Cabot; a stepson, Michael St. John, Cave City; two daughters, Candy Mize and Priscilla Mize, both of the home; his father, Clarence Isom Thornton Jr., Gainesville, Texas; his mother, Patsy Fears, Cave City; three brothers, Darren Thornton and Scott Davis, both of Cave City, and Marty Thornton, Newport, Tenn.; two sisters, Lana Norris, Cave City, and Sandra Rogers, Southside; and a stepsister, Donna Andrews, Batesville.
Funeral was Saturday afternoon at 2 at the First Assembly of God Church in Cave City, with Rev. Bobby Sanders officiating. Burial was in the Marvin Cemetery
at Nelsonville under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.
Pallbearers were Darren Thornton, Roger Dale Zahn, Dennis Nichols, Steve Clark, Daniel Mullins, Mike Medlock, Don Mathias and Kelvin Moody.
Mary Alta Barry
Mary Alta Barry, age 86, of Imboden, died June 3, 2000, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born May 13, 1914, at Smithville, she was the daughter of C.M. and Jane Winchester Rainwater. She was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Richardson, three sisters, Agnes Matthews, Allie Walling and Dolly Richey; and a brother, Arthur Rainwater.
Survivors include a son, Charles Barry, Jonesboro; a brother, A.M. Rainwater, Black Rock; and a sister, Nancy Ann Cole, Pocahontas.
Funeral was Monday afternoon at 2 at Higginbotham Chapel with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery
under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were Jim Cole, Gary Rainwater, Tom Matthews, Dwight Segraves, Bob Rainwater and Jason Cameron.
Austin Claude Ellis
Austin Claude Ellis, age 69, of Ravenden, died Sept. 27, 2000, at his home.
Born Sept. 8, 1931, at Wirth, he was a screw machine specialist for Gates Rubber Company/Hose Assembly in Rockford, Ill. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, an alderman for the city of Ravenden and a Lawrence County Auxiliary Police Officer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Survivors include a son, Craig Ellis of Rockford, Ill.; three daughters, Connie Schinderling, Rockford, Ill., Cindi Smith, Ravenden, and Cathie Ellis, Conway; a stepson, Brad Siness, Camp Douglas, Wisc.; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral was Saturday at noon at Higginbotham Chapel at Hardy with Rev. Floyd Richard officiating. Burial was in Perry Cemetery
under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were James Stones, Daniel Dail, Blake Ellis, Travis Todd, Rex Marshal and Chuck Collins. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Schinderling and Cody Ellis.
Thelma Barthene Taylor
Thelma Barthene Taylor, age 74, of Waterford, Mich., died Jan. 11, 2000, at Lourdes Nursing Home at Waterford, Mich.
Born at Pocahontas, she was self-employed.
Survivors include her husband, Buddie Frank Taylor; a son, Darrell Taylor, Waterford, Mich.; one daughter, Darlene Taylor, Waterford, Mich; seven brothers, Teep Wicker, Milan, Tenn., Theodor Wicker, Brighton, Tenn., Therman Wicker and Truman Wicker, both of Walnut Ridge, Thurshel Wicker, Imboden, Tillman Wicker, Pocahontas, and Truel Wicker, Oxford, Mich.; a sister, Tressie Richardson, Columbiaville, Mich.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Funeral was Saturday afternoon at 1 at McNabb Chapel in Pocahontas with Don Strait officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery
at Pocahontas under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.
Rubye Melton Smith
Rubye Melton Smith, age 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 13, 2000, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.
Born in Couch, Mo., she was a homemaker and a member of the New Covenant Free Will Baptist Church. She moved to Lawrence County in early life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lirla Smith, 1973; two daughters, Vada Ruth Sheets and Beverly Nell Smith; two brothers; and four sisters.
Survivors include a son, Bob G. Smith, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Edith Parks and Ernestine Andrews, Walnut Ridge, and Wanda Cooper, Paragould; two brothers, Jerry Melton, Jonesboro, and Charles Melton, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Saturday afternoon at 2 at House-Gregg Chapel with Bob G. Smith and Charles Melton officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
Grandsons served as pall-bearers.
Bobby Darrial Smith
Bobby Darrial Smith, age 59, of Ravenden, died Sept. 15, 2000, at his home, following a short illness.
Born July 16, 1941, at Kennett, Mo., he was the son of Robert and Grace Lewis Smith. He had attended the FBI Academy and served for 21 years for the Little Rock Police Department, where he retired as Sergeant. He also served as a police officer at the Veteran's Hospital in Little Rock and had been an instructor at the Little Rock Police Training Academy. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served two years.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy Smith in 1999; a son, Robbie Smith; and a daughter, Leeann Smith.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Mae Morton Smith, whom he married Feb. 13, 1999; a son, Darrial Lynn Smith, Little Rock; a brother, Raymond Smith, Kennett, Mo., a sister, Louise Allen, Calvert City, Ky.; and five grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial were Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Opposition Cemetery, three miles southwest of Ravenden. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.
Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Elmer Walker, age 80, of Hoxie, died Sept. 30, 2000, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Born at Walnut Ridge, he lived in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area most of his life. He was a retired self-employed mechanic.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Raymond; four sisters; and four brothers.
Survivors include four daughters, Melba Jean Wallis and Erma Lee Cariker, both of Mountain Home, Sandra Kaye Wallis, Augusta, and Judy Snyder, Doylestown, Pa.; two sisters, Elean Woodard, Walnut Ridge, and Elsie Cohen, St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Vernie Walker, Berryville, and Billy Walker, Ravenden; a close friend, Louis Callison, Hoxie; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial were Tuesday morning at 11 at Lawrence Memorial Park. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers were Sammy Burton, Danny Walker, Roger Johnson, Gene Dauck, David Wallis and J.M. Johnson. Ronnie Tribble served as honorary pallbearer.
Rubie H. Willfond
Rubie H. Willfond, age 79, of Grenada, Miss, died Sept. 18, 2000, at her home.
Born at Clover Bend, she was the daughter of Bill and Emma Graham. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Willfond.
Survivors include three daughters, Harlene Hageman, Southaven, Miss., and Jan Willis and Kimberly Timbs, both of Duck Hill, Miss.; a son, Kelly Willfond, Grenada, Miss.; two sisters, Sybil Safley, Phillip, Miss., and Willene Jarrett, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren, Jason Hageman, Angel Nicole Willfond, Megan Timbs and Mary Hannah Timbs.
Funeral was to be this morning at 10:30 at National Funeral Home in Grenada, Miss. Burial was to be in Duck Hill Cemetery
in Duck Hill, Miss.
Emily Stroud, age 68, of Mountain Home, died Sept. 30, 2000, at Baxter Regional Medical Center.
Born Nov. 25, 1931, in Augsburg, Germany, she was the daughter of Mathias and Emilie Vatterly. She was a former resident of Ravenden and had lived in Mountain Home since 1992. She was a retired seamstress and was of the Catholic faith.
Survivors include her husband, Burley D. Stroud, whom she married in 1956 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and a sister, Theresa Lind, Sacramento, Calif.
Funeral and burial were private. Roller Funeral Home of Mountain Home had charge of the arrangements.
Euel Freer, age 75, of Clover Bend, died Sept. 17, 2000, at his home, following a lengthy illness.
Born Oct. 15, 1924, at Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Joe and Lola Pickens Freer. He was a lifetime resident of Clover Bend and the Arbor Grove Community. He was a farmer and a model maker at Vulcan and a member of the Clover Bend Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Freer.
Survivors include his wife, Sunshine Hembrey Freer, whom he married Nov. 13, 1942; a son, Danny Freer, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Paul King, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Ruth Pawley, Pontiac, Mich.; two grandsons, Wayne Freer and Allen Freer; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside service and burial were Tuesday afternoon at 2 at Strangers Home Cemetery
with Donald Layne officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers were Larry Light, Norman Oglesby, Lowell Christopher, Bob Childress, Gary Light and Jim Finch.
Lehman Cross, age 87, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 15, 2000, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.
Born in Alicia, he was a graduate of Alicia High School and received a bachelor of science in education and a master of science in education from Arkansas State University. He was a retired school administrator, having served as principal at Swifton and Alicia schools before becoming the superintendent of schools at Egypt. He was a leader in the effort to consolidate the schools of Bono, Cash and Egypt into what became Westside school system. He served as Westside's first superintendent until retirement.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, the Jonesboro Elks Lodge, Phi Delta Kappa honorary education society and the Masonic Lodge.
He was preceded in death by a grandson.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Cross; a daughter, Patricia Neeley, Denton, Texas; a granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.
Graveside service and burial were Monday afternoon at 1:30 at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Fred Haustein officiating. Langford's Funeral Service of Jonesboro had charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers were John Haven, Greg Williams, David Johnston, Tom Brown, Vic Adams and Wendal Kimbrough.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro.
Joseph Leroy Baker
Joseph Leroy Baker, age 90, of Benton, died Nov. 20, 1999, at the Regional Nursing Center at Bryant. He lived at Alicia and Swifton most of his life, moving to Benton 10 years ago. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Don Baker and Jerry Dean Baker.
Survivors include his wife, Ethyl Nicholson Baker; two daughters, Jane Kelley, Benton, and Judy Barron, Round Rock, Texas; three sons, Harold Baker, Walnut Ridge, Noel Baker, Clover Bend, and Gary Baker, North Little Rock; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral was to be this morning (Wednesday) at 10 at the Swifton Church of Christ with Don R. House officiating. Burial was to be in Arnold Cemetery, near Swifton, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were to be Tim Nicholson and grandsons.