Charles Edward "Edd" Howard
Charles Edward "Edd" Howard, 79, of Piggott died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005, at the Murphy Health and Rehabilitation Center in Piggott.
He was a retired postal employee and of the Baptist faith.
He was born on May 21, 1926, in Piggott, the son of Charles Marion Howard and Maude (Barnwell) Howard.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice Howard; his parents, Charles Marion and Maude Howard; five brothers, Earl Howard, Carl Howard, Bill Howard, Gene Howard and Earnest Howard; four sisters, Leah Bray, Mag Clemons, Blanche Howard and Mary Howard.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Glenda and Rick Gillette of Trumann and Judy and Ivan Smart of Greenway; four grandchildren, Derek Gillette, Bradley Gillette, Mindy Carter and Shannon Smart; seven great-grandchildren, Tommy Edward Gillette, Emily Ann Gillette, Joseph Gillette, Damon Smart, Shanna Carter, Chandler Smart and Jacob Smart; and a loving sister, Frances McElvoy.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, at the Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Piggott with Bro. Charles Carrens and Dr. Shannon Holmes officiating. Burial followed in the Piggott Cemetery. Active pallbearers were John Bedwell, John Harlan, Arvil Skinner, John Tillman, Tony Pace and John Clemons. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Underwood, Bob Hampton, Dr. Hillard Duckworth, Harry Niewald and Willard Hughes.
Irby Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.
Ethel A. Sells Crawford
Ethel A. Sells Crawford of Malvern, formerly of Piggott, was born April 5, 1921, near Hickoria in Clay County. She was the daughter of the late Lewis C. and Elizabeth Small Sells. She died on Aug. 31, 2005, due to complications of cancer.
Since retiring from Brown Shoe Company in Piggott, Mrs. Crawford assisted in caring and cooking for others. She thoroughly enjoyed traveling, feeding birds and watching the birds and squirrels.
She made a profession of faith on Aug. 21, 1933, in the arbor in front of Mrs. Batton's home, during a meeting presided over by Bro. T.L. Cate and became a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Hickoria.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Shelby J. Crawford; and two half-brothers, Clyde Sells of Duran, Mich., and Henry Sells of Eugene, Oreg.
Survivors include a son, Clif Crawford and wife, Jerri, of Malvern; daughter, Gracedith Wilson of Rosenberg, Texas; grandson, Keith Crawford of Malvern; granddaughter, Delinda Cisco of Doniphan, Mo.; one great-granddaughter, Breann Wilson of Doniphan; and two brothers, Cecil Sells and Floyd Sells, both of Clarksville, Ark.
Visitation was held at Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home in Piggott from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Piggott Cemetery
with Junior Small officiating. Burial followed in the Piggott Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Dillard, Eddie Benbrook, Jim Duty, Jim Nichols, Paul Crawford and Kelly Cisco.
Regency Funeral Home of Malvern was in charge of the arrangements.
Barbara Ann Orr McArthur
Barbara Ann Orr McArthur, 63, of Sherwood died on Friday, Aug. 19, 2005.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Jim.
She leaves behind two sons, Tim Simpson of Cabot and Travis Simpson of Columbia, N.C.; a stepson, James McArthur of North Little Rock; a stepdaughter, Deborah Henderson of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Opal Daffron and husband, Cleveland, of Piggott; two brothers, Kenneth Orr and wife, Johnie, of Gulf Port, Miss., and Jerry Orr and wife, Barbara, of Bentonville; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Sylvan Hills Community Church, 8019 Highway 107, Sherwood, AR 72120.
Marianna Tyson Davis
Marianna Tyson Davis of Piggott died on Sept. 6, 2005, at the age of 83.
She was born on April 4, 1922, in Oklahoma City, Okla. She attended Central High School where she made many lifelong friends, was active in the Red Skirts and was named Basketball Queen.
After her graduation in 1940, she married Edward L. Brown, who tragically died in WWII. She later attended OU where she met and married Eddy Davis. They divorced in the early 60's but forged a good friendship prior to his death in January of 2005.
Mrs. Davis formed her own business in 1965, unusual at that time for a single woman. She owned 'Suite 1500' in United Founders Tower, a secretarial and answering service for many small businesses. She finished her career at the City of Oklahoma City, Traffic Division, retiring in 1988.
She moved to Piggott in 1991 to be near her daughter Vicki and her young grandchildren, who gave her so much joy. She remained in Piggott until her demise. She remained both vital and energetic until stricken with cancer earlier this year.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elzie Louis Tyson and Ada Manila Gallagher; husband, Edward J. Brown; and son Larry Joe Brown.
She is survived by her brother, Joe L. Tyson and wife, Jo Lou, of Oklahoma City, Okla.; son, Mike Davis and wife, Cheryl, of Edmond, Okla.; daughter, Kristi Hervol and husband, Henry, of Round Rock, Texas; daughter, Vicki Carlton and husband, John, of Piggott; grandchildren, Chris Davis, Shala Peterson, Jonica Davis, Alison Hervol, Ryan Davis, Nick Carlton and Lacey Carlton; one great-grandson, Ethan Davis; and two nieces, Jerry Lou and Jamie Lee.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper, located at 6006 N. Grand Blvd in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Janice Sue Rigdon
Janice Sue Rigdon, 66, of McDougal died on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at the St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
She was born Nov. 26, 1938, in McDougal, the daughter of the late Jewell and Edith Parrish Robinson.
She was united in marriage to J.V. Rigdon on Feb. 9, 1956. They had three children.
She is survived by her husband, J.V. Rigdon of the home; three children, Ronald Earl Rigdon of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Rhonda Sue Phillips of Piggott and Jay Lynn Rigdon of Corning; two grandsons, Tray Lynn Rigdon of Piggott and Matthew Blake Rigdon of Corning; one great-grandbaby on the way; one sister, Zelda Fay Hicks of Corning; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, in the Hoggard and Sons Funeral Chapel with Owen Little officiating. Burial followed in the Post Oak Cemetery
in McDougal. Pallbearers were Grover Baker, Charles Morrisett, Gary Howell, Roger Haywood, Doyne Neeley and Robert Welty.
Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.
Bro. Jerry Bob Millikin
Bro. Jerry Bob Millikin, 70, of Concord died on Monday, Sept 12, 2005.
He was born to Laymon "Buck" and Katie Millikin near Knobel on Nov. 24, 1934.
Bro. Millikin served as pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC) of Concord for the last 14 years. Prior to moving to Concord, he and his wife, Margaret, lived in Forrest City for 26 years where he established Faith Baptist Church and Faith Christian Home for Children. He pastored other churches in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas prior to Forrest City. For the past five years Bro. Millikin volunteered as Deputy Chief Chaplain of the Arkansas Civil Air Patrol where he earned the rank of Captain.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret Lee Millikin; two daughters, Judy Thomas and husband, Wayde, of Forrest City and Janet O'Connor of Kirkland, Wash.; and two sons, Mark Millikin and wife, Rebecca, of Vilonia and Jacob Millikin and wife, Dana, of Batesville; seven grandchildren, Steven and Seth Thomas, Delaney Jeude, and Joshua, Abigail, Wyatt and Lauren Millikin. He is also survived by his mother, Katie Millikin of Greenway; and three brothers, Dr. Jimmy Millikin of Marion, Jackie Millikin of Paragould and Harold Millikin of Greenway. He leaves behind brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and countless brothers and sisters in Christ.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005, at FBC in Concord. Officiating will be his brother, Dr. Jimmy Millikin. Internment will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery
in Banner, Ark. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday (today), Sept 14, at FBC in Concord.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Concord Building Fund, P.O. Box 146, Concord, AR 72523 at Bro. Millikin's final request.
Vesta Lee Parks
Vesta Lee Parks, 80, of DeSoto died July 27, 2005, at The Villa's in DeSoto.
She was born July 31, 1924, in Rector, the daughter of Albert and Lois (Tidwell) Wilkins.
She was a packer for Bussman Fuse.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Parks; her parents; and her sister, Lucille Vangilder.
She is survived by her daughter, Sherry (Sam) McElya of DeSoto; four grandchildren, Stephen Heskett of Foley, Mo., Russell Heskett of O'Fallon, Mo., Melinda (Ed) Kues of O'Fallon, Mo., and Stephanie McElya of St. Peters, Mo.; and five great-grandchildren.
Burial was in the Piggott Cemetery
in Piggott with Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
John Nell Cullum
John Nell Cullum, 74, of Lake City died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
She was born on Feb. 7, 1931, in Piggott, the daughter of the late John and Lora Thrasher.
She was a shoemaker and was of the Methodist faith. Mrs. Cullum had lived in Lake City for five years, previous to that she resided in Pheonix, Ariz.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, W.J. Cullum; one brother, Bruce Thrasher; and one sister, Lora Wagster.
She is survived by one sister, Maye Ann Hatch of Hot Springs; one brother, Richard Thrasher of Chula-vista, Calif.; two sons, Douglas Cullum of Harrisburg and John Smith of Pheonix, Ariz.; three daughters, Judith Holt of Lake City; J-Uan Giadone of Pueblo, Colo., and Janila Yaw of West Memphis, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at the Piggott Cemetery
in Piggott with Rev. Charles Cooper officiating. Burial followed in the Piggott Cemetery.
Gregg Funeral Home of Monette was in charge of the arrangements.
Jerry Thomas Gilkison
Jerry Thomas Gilkison, 73, died Thursday, Sept.3, 2005, at his home in Rector.
Born June 21, 1932, in Rector to the late Joe Gilkison and Julie (Layne) Gilkison, he was a barber, an Army veteran and of the Church of Christ faith.
He also was preceded in death by a son, Gary Gilkison; two brothers, Eugene and Randel Gilkison, and three sisters, Blanche Gilkison, Gladys Turnbo and Jeanne Pratt.
Survivors include three grandchildren, Shelley Moore of Piggott and Gary Lee Gilkison and Christie Gilkison, both of Paragould; three great-grandchildren, Shelby, Amber and Zachary Moore of Piggott; one brother, Joe Gilkison of California; one sister, Esther Kitterman of Jonesboro, and a host of other family members and friends.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Rector. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery
at Pollard with Irby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Gary Gilkison, Gary Moore Jr., Dennis Stahl, Chris Crawford, Corky Davis and Jerrod Bishop.
Thomas Bare, 58, of Jonesboro died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
He was born March 25, 1947, the son of the late Thomas Joe and Frances Neely Bare.
He is survived by two brothers, Mike Bare and wife, Tina, of Springdale and Terry Bare and wife, Jeaninea, of Jonesboro; five nieces and nephews, Jodie, Chris, Alex, Zachary and Pilar; two great-nieces and a nephew, Courtney, Madison and Dilon; and other relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, in the Piggott Cemetery
with Charles Carrens officiating. Burial followed in the Piggott Cemetery.
Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.
Willis A. Jones
Willis A. Jones, 87, of Maynard died Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at Clay Healthcare in Corning.
He was born Sept. 17, 1917, in Doniphan, Mo., the son of the late Eddie Reamer Jones and Lena (Eagan) Jones.
He was united in marriage to Geneva Ella Crowell on Sept. 7, 1935.
Mr. Jones was a retired farmer. He attended Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Jones of Maynard; a son, Charlie Jones of Maynard; two daughters, Donna Romine of Piggott and Sharon Bratcher of Batesville; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday (today), Sept. 7, 2005, in the Ermert Funeral Home Chapel in Corning with Orbra Williams Jr. and Rev. Chris Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in Hitt Cemetery
Ermert Funeral Home of Corning is in charge of the arrangements.