James O. Brown
OSCEOLA — James O. Brown was born in Waynesboro, Va., on May 14, 1911, and passed Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the age of 99.
He was a World War II Army veteran. He moved in 1954 to Osceola with Crompton Co. Inc., where he was employed for 471/2 years.
James was married to Lillian Conner Brown for 59 years; she preceded him in death. He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church.
He is survived by and was a wonderful father to six children: four sons, Franklin Brown of Clearfield, Utah, Dean Brown of Osceola, Philip Brown of North Little Rock and Jimmy Brown of El Cajon, Calif.; and two daughters, Carroll Hall of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Mary Beth Chipman of Manila; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edith Whetzel of Waynesboro.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Roller-Swift Chapel. Burial will follow in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens.
JONESBORO — Lucille Combs, 85, formerly of Hoxie, died Tuesday, June 15, in Jonesboro.
Survivors include a daughter, Sally Willfond of Hoxie; sons, Marvin Combs of Jonesboro and Billy Jeff Combs of Walnut Ridge; sister, Novadean Johnson of Florida; brothers, Roy Mobley of Texas, Eddie and Eugene Mobley, both of Holland, Mich., and Robert Mobley of Pocahontas; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge with Terry Vandergriff officiating with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will follow in Oak Forest Cemetery
in Black Rock.
TRUMANN — Gwendolyn Loretta Forrester, 77, of Trumann died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at the family residence.
Mrs. Forrester was born in Bay and had lived most of her lifetime in Trumann. She was a retired office manager for Smith’s Clinic in Trumann and a member of the Craighead Historical Society. Mrs. Forrester was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was a choir member and organist for many years and a member of the United Methodist Women.
Mrs. Forrester was preceded in death by one brother, Wayne Moon; and her parents, H.A. “Bert” and Margie Vernon Moon.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, James Forrester of the home; two daughters, Gail Kirksey and husband Freddie of Cordova, Tenn., and Leigh Hightower and husband Murray of Jonesboro; one brother, Wally Moon of Bryan, Texas; and two grandchildren, Kristin and Erika Kirksey of Cordova.
A celebration of her life will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church in Trumann with the Rev. Charles Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Mike Dungan, Logan Dungan, Lance England, Donnie England, Ryan Baker and Robert Hodges.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Cook, Dale Harvison and Charlie Hicks Jr.
Visitation will be from 5-7 tonight at Thompson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 220 Pine Ave., Trumann.
Everette Dene Hardin
DIXON, Ill. — Dene Hardin, 82, passed quietly at his home in Dixon, Ill., on Saturday, June 12, 2010, with his family and friends close by him.
Born Nov. 29, 1927, at Strawberry, he was the son of W.B. and Dovie Castle Hardin. He married Leota Guntharp on June 27, 1947.
He graduated from Hoxie High School and attended Arkansas State University. He served in World War II as a U.S. Navy Seabee and, while stationed in California in 1945, was one of eight sailors selected to attend the opening ceremony of the United Nations Peace Conference held in San Francisco.
He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. of Sterling, Ill., for 34 years, retiring in 1984.
He was a founding member, past president and life-member of the Green River Saddle Club of Amboy, Ill., a member of the Fulton, Ill., and Ogle County, Ill., saddle clubs, the Moose Lodge of Mount Morris, Ill., and the Polo and later the Dixon American Legion posts. He was a contributor to both the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Sterling.
An avid outdoorsman, he hunted deer, small game and mushrooms and blackberries to share with his friends, always with his beagles accompanying him. As a fisherman, he fished the waters of Illinois, Wisconsin and Arkansas for his favorite catches.
A longtime horseman, he loved to ride along with his many friends. He attended the cross country trail ride in Alley Springs, Mo., for many years and participated in the Pony Express ride commemorating the Illinois sesquicentennial of 1968 and the ride across Iowa. Or just seeking some time alone, often he and his horse would go out for an evening ride.
Survivors include his wife, Leota Hardin of Dixon; one son, Randy (Margaret) Hardin, also of Dixon; one grandson, Sgt. Robert (Erika) Hardin of Mililani, Hawaii; sister, Betty A. Richardson of Walnut Ridge; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Christopher L. Hardin (1966); a brother, W.C. Hardin; sister, Wanda F. Ades; and his mother and father.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service in the chapel of Higginbotham Funeral Service, 401 West Main St., Walnut Ridge. Interment will follow in Lawrence Memorial Park.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Hardin, Ron Hardin, G. David Guntharp, Jackie Guntharp, Joe Bryan Richardson, Mike Verkler, Donnie Wallis and Jerry Wallis.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to benefit the Veterans Memorial Park in Dixon.
Tommy Floyd Hendrix
TRUMANN — Tommy Floyd Hendrix, 56, of Trumann died Wednesday, June 16, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.
He was born in Jonesboro and had lived most of his lifetime in Trumann. Mr. Hendrix was a forklift operator for Kenny Manufacturing and a member of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Tommy Floyd “T.Tom” Hendrix Jr. and Eric Kyle Hendrix, and his father, R.E. Hendrix.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Hendrix of the home; his mother, Anita Faye Hendrix of Trumann; and his brother, Robert Hendrix Jr. of Trumann.
Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with the Rev. Larry Loggins officiating. Burial will follow in Nettleton Cemetery
Pallbearers will be Chris Penna, Mark Bennett, Rick Strickland, Garland Arrington, Byron Mittress and Mike Campbell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Penna and Jerry Hendrix.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann.
JONESBORO — Mrs. Mei-Nu Liu-Chang, 81, of Jonesboro went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, June 6, 2010, at St. Bernards Medical Center.
Her ancestors were from Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, in China. Mrs. Mei-Nu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 14, 1928, and moved to Jonesboro in 1980. She received Jesus Christ as her savior on May 26, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wen-Kwei Liu; four brothers; five sisters; and one daughter-in-law.
Survivors include two sons, Peter Chang of Jonesboro and Jin-Shin Liu of Taipei, Taiwan; three daughters and one son-in-law, Fang-Yan Liu of Taipei, Cindy Liu, Grace Liouh and Wilson Ouyang, all of Jonesboro; four grandsons, Nathan Liouh of Jonesboro, Aaron Chang, Jung-Ping Liu and Yu-An Liu, all of Taipei; and three granddaughters, Rachel Liouh of Jonesboro, Jia-Yin Liu and Ywe-Hwa Liu, both of Taipei.
Mrs. Liu-Chang also had three great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in Central Baptist Church with Larry Bailey officiating. Burial will be private.
There will be no visitation.
For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to Central Baptist Church.
Silas Lucas Sr.
Nov. 30, 1926-June 13, 2010
SIDNEY — Silas Lucas Sr., 83, of Sidney died Sunday.
Survivors include his children, Marvin and Carl Lucas, both of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Barbara Leister of Madison, Maine; stepchildren, Larry and James Wilson, both of Sidney, Troy Sr. and Dr. Michael Wilson, both of Batesville, and Renee Walker of Newburgh, Ind.; and siblings, David Lucas, Ruth Davenport, Ester Buffington and Rebecca Swindle.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Cave City First Assembly of God with burial in Mount Carmel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Qualls Funeral Home.
Lloyd Marion Russell
PIGGOTT — Lloyd Marion Russell, 101, of Piggott passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in Jonesboro.
His parents, Thomas and Jennie Latta Russell, and wife, Hazel Parrish Ellis, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his daughters, Betty Russell of Piggott and Marian Nabors and husband Dr. Tom Nabors Sr. of Nashville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Dr. Tommy Nabors and wife Lesley, Anne Phelps and husband Greg, and Russell Nabors, all of Nashville; and five great-grandchildren, Wright Nabors, Brett Nabors, Sophie Nabors, Ralston Phelps and Reid Phelps.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Piggott with Jerry Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Piggott Cemetery.
Visitation will be tonight at 6.
Memorials may be made to Children’s Homes Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould 72450, or the Piggott Public Library, 361 West Main St., Piggott 72454.
WYNNE — Ruth Williams, 73, of Wynne departed this life Tuesday, June 15, at home.
She was born Oct. 3, 1936, at Wynne to Floyd and Jessie Hankins Wiggins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Roy Wiggins; and sister, Nina Smitley.
Survivors include her sons, Ricky Williams and Ron Williams; daughter, Renee Boeckmann; sister, Mrs. E.E. Finn; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. today in Johnson Cemetery. No visitation is planned.
Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne is in charge of arrangements.