Delma Beulah Garrison
FLINT, Mich. Delma Beulah Garrison, 88, died surrounded by her family, Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.
Delma was born in Monette on Sept. 18, 1919. She attended Higher Ground Ministries and Flint Baptist Temple. She was a member of the MEA, NEA, Retired Teachers Association, CWA, WOW Club, Senior of Flint Baptist Temple and Friends in Christ. She was past president of the General Baptist Missionary Society and a volunteer with Genesee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Mrs. Garrison was a teacher for two years in Arkansas before teaching in the Westwood Heights School District in Michigan for 25 years, retiring in 1984.
Surviving are four children, Donna Jones and husband Darwin of Linton, Ind., Margaret Bauman and husband John, Keith Garrison and wife Debbie, all of Flint, and Bruce Garrison and wife Kellie of Swartz Creek, Mich.; sister, Ethel Lindsey of Fort Worth, Texas; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Charlie Garrison, in 1976; her parents, Levi and Elsie Gauf; sisters, Hattie England, Velma Chrisman, Eva Crittenton, Maggie Conkin and Evelyn Laird; and brothers, Pearl Richardson and Sammy Richardson.
A graveside service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Monette Memorial Cemetery
with William Laird officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.
Visitation will be held Monday morning in Gregg Funeral Home at Monette from 9-10:30.
James Edwin Godfrey
PARAGOULD James Edwin Godfrey, 79, of Paragould died Thursday, Aug. 7, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.
James was retired from the military, having served two terms in the Korean War, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of East Side Baptist Church.
James was preceded in death by his parents, Donnie and Margaret Ball Godfrey; daughter, Laura Lynn Godfrey; and brothers and sisters, Dickie, Shirley, Leona, Louise and Ann.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Godfrey of the home; sons, Randy Godfrey of Paragould and Danny Godfrey of West Virginia; daughters, Rose Blagg of Paragould and Brenda Godfrey of West Virginia; stepsons, Ronnie Huffman of Paragould, Keith Davis and Tommy Walters, both of Kennett, Mo.; stepdaughters, Doris Fleeman of Salem, Mo., Virginia of West Virginia, Rinthia Davis of Kennett and Crystal of Canada.
James is also survived by brothers, Francis and Pete Godfrey of West Virginia, Donnie Godfrey of Ashland, Ky., and Charles Godfrey of Michigan; and sisters, June Wilson and Kate Shaffer, both of West Virginia, and Jennie Cowel of Florida.
Visitation will be tonight from 6-9 in Heath Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. in East Side Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Scudder officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
The family has requested that memorials be sent to East Side Baptist Church.
PARAGOULD Roy Isom, 52, of St. Louis, formerly of Paragould, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Veterans Hospital in St. Louis.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Phillips Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Monday evening from 6-9 in the funeral home.
Mary Davis Decker Lacey
HARRISBURG Mary Lucille Davis Decker Lacey of Harrisburg departed this life Friday night, Aug. 8, 2008, in Jonesboro at the age of 68.
She was born March 10, 1940, at Harrisburg, the daughter of Bruce T. Davis and Lollie Kyle Davis. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church near Harrisburg. She loved to fish and enjoyed yard sales.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Rex A. Decker and Delbert Lacey; one daughter, Pamela Renee Decker; and one brother, William Burt Davis.
She is survived by her dearest friend and companion, Bill Best of Harrisburg; three sons, Mark A. Decker and wife Belinda of Bella Vista, Lance A. Decker and wife Diana of Clovis, N.M., and Dennis Scott Lacey of Springfield, Mo.; one brother, Seldon A. Davis of Harrisburg; five sisters, Barbara J. Lacey of Harrisburg, Glady O. Dalton of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Ellen C. Simmons of Springfield, Mo., Ann Chatman of Memphis and Debbie Easley of Batesville; seven grandchildren, Jason M. Decker, Mary Erin Renee Childers, Jacob M. Decker, Shanna R. Decker, Justin P. Decker, Sarah J. Decker and Brianna Renee Decker; and two great-grandchildren, Emma Decker and Elizabeth Decker.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in the Weston Funeral Service Chapel at Harrisburg with the Rev. Leroy Franks officiating. Interment will follow in Harrisburg Memorial Park Cemetery.
Friends may visit at the funeral home tonight from 6-8.
Clarence Lawrence Sr.
WILLIFORD Clarence Richard Ricky Lawrence Sr., 64, of Williford died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Fulton County Hospital at Salem.
Ricky was born on June 10, 1944, at Imboden, the son of Leonard Lawrence and Opal Watts Lawrence. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked many years as a truck driver before retiring. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and also of the American Legion. He loved volunteering as the auctioneer for local benefits to help people in need.
The family would like to thank all the friends and neighbors who helped with the benefit for Ricky and in so many other ways during his illness.
He is survived by his children, Pamela Maly-Lawrence Edlemon of Ottawa, Ill., Sheila Lawrence of Montgomery, Ill., Joella Lawrence Jordal of Sycamore, Ill., and Clarence Richard Lawrence Jr. of Ottawa; sister, Cornell Hughes of Florida; 10 grandchildren, Edward Scott Keldie, Brandon Hofman, Michael Maier, Matthew Maier, Rebecca Swanson, William Edlemon, Alysha Lawrence, Logan Lawrence, Cheyenne Lawrence and Dakota Lawrence; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Amanda Keldie; two nieces, Pamela Lawrence Von Kaenel and Dawn Lawrence Mills; nephew, Frank Lawrence; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Lawrence; mother and stepfather, Opal Watts Lawrence Swetnam and Babe Swetnam; and brother, Corbett Lawrence.
Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Tri-County Funeral Home at Highland with burial following with military honors in Bradford Cemetery
Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.
Joy L. Leer
NEW ALBANY, Ind. Joy L. Leer, 88, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, in Lincoln Hills Healthcare Center.
Survivors include her son, D. Curtis Clark of Louisville, Ky.; daughters, Patricia Marsh of Bedford, Ky., Sheryl Budd and Meryl Vannis, both of New Albany, and Geraldine Cooms of Oregon; and three sisters, Naomi Seats and Wilda Seats of Jonesboro, and Dorothy Belcher of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Minnie Gray; four brothers; and two sisters.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Sweet Moments Cemetery
under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.
Gerthie Faye Mack
TRUMANN Mrs. Gerthie Faye Armstrong Mack, 79, of Trumann died Friday at St. Bernards Medical Center at Jonesboro.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann.
Wendy Lee McEntire
JONESBORO Wendy Lee McEntire, 36, of Jonesboro passed away on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008, at her residence.
She was born at Memphis on Sept. 10, 1971, to Danny and Patricia Diane Taylor. Mrs. McEntire was a homemaker and a member of Greensboro Road Church of Christ.
She leaves behind her husband, Tim McEntire of Jonesboro; son, Bruce Peden of Turrell; mother, Patricia Colquitt; brother, Timothy Colquitt and wife Leslie of Fayetteville, N.C.; sisters, Teresa Harris of Honolulu and Cindy Cunningham of Heafer; niece, Hailey Colquitt; and nephew, Nicholas Harris.
She was preceded in death by her father, Danny Taylor.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Smith Center Assembly of God at Tilton with Ricky Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery
Visitation will be held Monday from 5-8 p.m. in Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home at Jonesboro.
Pallbearers will include Sam Ross, Donnie Ross, Kevin Lawrence, David Cunningham, Nicholas Harris and Richard Harris.
JONESBORO Dennis Monfort, 57, died Friday, Aug. 8, near Imboden as the result of a motorcycle accident.
He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Monfort; brother, David Monfort; and his grandparents.
He is survived by his wife, Terri Monfort of Jonesboro; daughters, Joie Monfort, Casey Wright, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Bookout; son, Bryan Chesser; mother, Clarice Fowler Monfort; sister, Marie Duree; brothers, Joe Monfort and Billy Monfort; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The body was cremated.
A memorial service is planned at a later date. House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge is in charge of arrangements.
William Luther Mullins
LAKE CITY William Luther Mullins of Lake City departed this life on Saturday morning, Aug. 9, 2008, at Jonesboro at the age of 56.
He was born April 20, 1952, at Lepanto, the son of John Wesley and Rosie Mullins.
William was a farmer for most of his life and had also worked 30 years for the Needham Monument Co. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was a true outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and gardening and was an avid sports fan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
He is survived by three sons, Scott Platt of Brookland, Jeff Platt of Paragould and Austin Tyler Lane of Caraway; two daughters, Stephanie Wilson of Henderson, Tenn., and Angela Campbell of Paragould; four brothers, James Mullins of Harrisburg, Calvin Mullins of Jonesboro, Jerry Mullins of Trenton, Tenn., and John Allen Mullins of Searcy; two sisters, Betty Green of Jonesboro and Shirley Mourning of Searcy; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services are set for 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Weston Funeral Service Chapel at Harrisburg with Pastor Stacey Prater and Billy Barnhill officiating. Interment will follow in Potters Cemetery
Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday evening from 6-9.