Bessie Bare, 92, of Piggott died Friday, Jan. 20, 2006, at the Murphy Health and Rehabilitation Center in Piggott.
She was born April 22, 1913, in Clifty, Tenn., the daughter of the late Usless and Bell Lawson.
Mrs. Bare was a member of the Christian Church and was a nurse. She enjoyed fishing and gardening.
She was united in marriage to George Sherman Cates in 1928. He preceded her in death. They had one child. She was united in marriage to Robert Bare in 1962 and he also preceded her in death.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Willene Summerfield; a brother, Scott Lawson; and a great-grandson, David Monroe.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Robinson of Hemet, Calif.; a granddaughter, Diane Cowley of Omaha, Neb.; a great-granddaughter, Rhonda Kelly of Tomball, Texas; and three great-great-grandchildren, Christina and Heather Kelly and Christopher Monroe and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2006, in the Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Charles Carrens officiating. Burial followed in the Piggott Cemetery. Pallbearers were Trey Wooten, Bobby Wooten, Richard Claus, Bobby Shanklin, Tom Sneed and Tommy Hardcastle.
Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.
Martha Benefield Kirkpatrick
Martha Benefield Kirkpatrick, 52, of Garland, Texas, died on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, in Baylor Medical Center in Garland, Texas.
She was born Sept. 4, 1953, in Piggott, the daughter of the late Tom and Mary (Cryer) Benefield.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Odell Otte.
She is survived by her husband of 12 years, Michael D. Kirkpatrick of Garland, Texas; a son, Tom Haag of Dallas; a daughter, Lacie Wood and husband, Chet, of Plano, Texas; three sisters, Pat Colter of Piggott, Bobbie White of Paragould and Mary Kay Benefield of Paragould; three brothers, Joe Otte of Lanexa, Va., Gene Otte of Campbell and N.J. Benefield of Rector.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, in the Williams Memorial Chapel in Garland with Rev. Larry G. Dickens officiating. Interment followed in Garland Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Larry M., Donnie S., Jason H., Darrell M., Ronnie M. and Kenneth O.
Williams Funeral Directors of Garland, Texas, were in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Christine Mason Hatley
Christine Mason Hatley, 79, a long-time resident of San Jose, Calif., died on Jan. 21, 2006, in San Jose.
She was born July 31, 1926, in Hickoria, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Mason.
Mrs. Hatley was baptized into the Methodist church at Knobel as a young woman.
She was a homemaker and a teacher. She earned a B.S.E. degree in elementary education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 1951 and took several continuing education courses while teaching in the San Jose schools.
She began her teaching career in Knobel at age 17. She also taught in Boydsville, Memphis, Livonia, Mich., and San Jose, Calif. She held a Lifetime Teaching Certificate. Mrs. Hatley retired from teaching in 1987. She enjoyed gardening and working in her yard, but she was happiest when surrounded by her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Mason of Knobel; three brothers, C.R. Mason Jr., Jeff Mason and Thad Mason; a great-niece, Peyton Lytle; a sister-in-law, Colleen Carruthers; two nephews, Jerry Walden and Mike Walden; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H. Hatley.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Calvin Hatley; a son, Alan Hatley; a daughter, Carolyn Burton and husband, Sam; three grandsons, Matthew Hatley, Dan Burton and Scott Burton; two sisters, Geraldine Stayton of Pocahontas and Jacquelyn Pogue of Piggott; sister-in-law, Carolyn Mason of Knobel; brother-in-law, James Hatley and wife, Wanda, of Orlando, Fla.; sister-in-law, Nita Cox and husband, Gene, of St. Louis; brother-in-law, Euell Hatley of Maynard; sister-in-law, Anne Murray and husband, Aubrey, of St. Louis; sister-in-law, Bernita Baird and husband, Bud, of St. Louis; sister-in-law, Bonnie Ford of Pocahontas; brother-in-law, Carl Hatley of Corning; nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews; and many other relatives and friends.
A time of visitation and funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Ermert Funeral Home in Corning with Rev. Charles Carrens officiating. Burial will be in Pirtle Cemetery
in Peach Orchard.
Ermert Funeral Home of Corning is in charge of the arrangements.
John David and Susan Allen
John David Allen and his wife, Susan, were killed Aug. 29, 2005, in Biloxi, Miss., when Hurricane Katrina hit Biloxi.
Mr. Allen spent eight years in the United States Air Force. After his discharge from the USAF, he worked in construction in Nashville, where he met his wife, Susan. They later moved to Biloxi, where they made their home. He continued to work in the construction business and Mrs. Allen worked at one of the schools and also at one of the casinos.
He loved writing, playing guitar, singing and listening to country music. She was an avid reader and spent her spare time at the library looking for a new book to read.
Mr. Allen was the cousin of the late Eugene Allen, Fred Allen and Marguerite DeGarmo of Piggott.
He is survived by his daughter, Kari Lynn Allen of Boulder, Colo.; parents, Eldo Ray Allen and Julia Allen of Harlingen, Texas; a brother, Mark Steven Allen (Sylvia); nephews, George Allen and Steven Ray Allen; a niece, Rachel Allen of Dickson, Tenn.; a half-sister, Suzy Cody of Wichita, Kans.; and a cousin, Wilma Allen of Piggott.
Graveside services were held at Combs Restlawn Memorial Park at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2006, with Father Tom Pincelli of St. Anthony's Catholic Church officiating.
Evelyn Rust Mayes
Dedicated community volunteer and former Rector business owner Evelyn Rust Mays died Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, at age 92.
She and her late husband, Fonzy, were for many years co-owners of McNeil Auto and Home Supply on Main Street in Rector until it burned in 1973. She was a licensed beautician and taught at beauty schools in Paragould for several years. After she retired from teaching, Mrs. Mays wrote a popular weekly column for the Clay County Democrat, This Week in Rector, describing various social events around the Rector community.
Her tireless community efforts included 50 years of work at the Rector Labor Day Picnic. She served for years as a local election official, and her smiling face often greeted those voting in local, state and federal elections.
She also served as an officer and leader in the Rector Woman's Club and the Parent-Teacher Organization. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rector most of her adult life and served her church tirelessly in many roles.
Born Oct. 19, 1914, in Rector, she was the daughter of the late Martha and William "Bill" Rust. She was raised in the Leonard-Blue Cane communities. She was married to Fonzy A. Mays on Jan. 16, 1936.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly Mays and ElShafey Ashour of Florida and Joan E. and Byron Gregery of Collinsville, Ill.; her grandchildren, Richard Hodges of Santa Monica, Calif, Dr. Temple Hodges Zander of San Diego, Calif., and Heather Gregery Jenkins of St. Louis, Mo., and four great-grandchildren, Tucker Hodges, Austin Hodges, Athena Zander and Aries Zander.
She also was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Clarence Rust, James Rust, Wayne Rust and Zelda Rust McNeil.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 3) at the First United Methodist Church of Rector. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Roger Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Heights Cemetery
Pallbearers will be Richard Hodges, Tucker Hodges, Austin Hodges, Byron Gregery, Troy Zander and Tony Glaub. Irby Funeral Home of Rector is in charge of arrangements.
Richard Leonard Farmer
Richard Leonard Farmer, 76, of Rector, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2007, in St. Louis, Mo.
He was born Aug. 17, 1930, in Missouri and was the son of the late Willie R. and Ruthie Jane (Seets) Farmer.
He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley Mae Farmer; two brothers: Bill and Frank Farmer; and one grandson, Braxton Stokes.
He is survived by his daughter Pam Stokes and husband Robert of Rector; four grandchildren: Cheyenne, Robert Jr., Schylar, and Richard; three brothers: Charles Farmer of Marmaduke, Donald Farmer of Viola, Ark., and John Farmer of Salem, Ark.; two sisters: Mildred Giddings of Bloomington, Ill. and Margie Parton of Salem; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the Hoggard & Sons Chapel with Shelly Elkins officiating. Burial will be in Harvey Chapel in Marmaduke.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Stokes, Jerry Stokes, Jerry Midkiff, Bobby Parkus, Roger Forbes, and Jimmy Eaton. Honorary pallbearer will be grandson, Robert Stokes, Jr.
Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott will be in charge of the arrangements.
Richard "Rick" Bricker
Richard "Rick" Bricker, Sr., 55, of Piggott, formerly of Alton, Ill., died after long illness, Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at the St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Rick joined the Army as a volunteer on Oct. 30, 1969 when he was only 17. He was honorably discharged on April 17, 1972 as an E4. He is a Vietnam Veteran and served in the Republic of Vietnam as a helicopter mechanic and repairman from June 15, 1970 to April 17, 1972, which includes hospitalization in conus.
Decorations, metals, badges, citations, and campaign ribbons awarded or authorized were an Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal. Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device 60, National Defense Service Medal, and One Overseas Bar, Expert (Rifle M-14).
military education included USA Aviation School, and Aircraft Maintenance Apprentice Course.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Graham, maternal grandparents, Carl and Ethel "Mom" Bricker, son, Steven, brothers, "Crutch", "Sonny", David and Gale, sisters, Helen, Doris, and Tina.
Rick leaves behind his wife, Linda Williams Bricker of the home; daughters, Shelly Allman and husband, Bryan, Kylee Bricker and fiancée, Corey Camp; son, Billy Wright and wife Tanya; four grandchildren, Alicia Allman, Kelsey Allman, Logan Allman, and two month old Lendsi (Bricker) Camp, all of Piggott.
Out of state survivors include sons, Rick Jr., Travis, Aaron, Nicholas and Ronnie; daughters, Tina and Angela; brothers, Donald, Leon, Carl, Jamie, and Jackie; sisters, "Peaches" and Margarette. He touched the lives of innumerable other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at the Irby Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, at the Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Piggott with Bro. Kim Bridges officiating. Burial followed in the Mitchell Cemetery
in Greenway with full military honors.
Active pallbearers were Travis Bricker, Aaron Bricker, Nicholas Bricker, Fred Ort, Bryan Allman, and Byron Williams.
All arrangements were made by Irby Funeral Home in Piggott.
Floy E. Stewart
Floy E. Stewart, 88, of Piggott, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006, at Pine Lane Healthcare in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
She was born Sept. 3, 1918, in Piggott, and was the daughter of the late Charles and Dovie (Johnson) Elder.
She was united to marriage to Everette "Shorty" Stewart on Sept. 7, 1934.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Everette, and an infant daughter.
She is survived by her sons, Robert Stewart and wife Joan of Mountain Home, and Charles Stewart and wife Suzanne of Fort Meyers, Fla.; her daughter, Mary Sue Grasso and husband Mike of Brooksville, Fla.; and many other friends and relatives.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, in the Piggott Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Piggott. Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott will be in charge of the arrangements.
Howard Eugene Huffman
Howard Eugene Huffman, 79, of the General Baptist Nursing Home at Campbell, Mo., and formerly of Piggott, died on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at the Piggott Community Hospital after a long illness.
He was born in Greenway on March 28, 1927 to the late Clarence Matthew and Erma (Bell) Huffman.
He was a carpenter by occupation and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Harper of Russelville and Wanda Morris of Piggott; three sisters, Dortha Mae McMillon of Frisbee, Mo., Ruby Helen Huffman of Greenway, and Erma Jean Eubanks of Kennett; grandchildren, great grandchildren, thirteen nieces and nephews that loved him very much and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Howard Dewayne Huffman; three brothers, Harold Huffman, Roy Huffman and Marion Huffman; and one sister, Mimia Downham.
Active Pallbearers are Eddie Eubanks, Ronnie Eubanks, Davey Eubanks, Jason Moody, Jay Gipson and Clarence Mack.
Funeral services were Saturday, Dec. 30, at the Irby Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at the Mitchell Cemetery
Arrangements were handled by Irby Funeral Home of Piggott.