ROSIE — Wava Laverne Huff Hawkins, 81, of Rosie died Friday, Jan. 7.
Survivors include one son, Jack Hawkins and wife Michelle of Southaven, Miss.; one daughter, Kattie Ann Hatfield of Tupelo, Miss.; one brother, Kagle Huff of Jonesboro; two sisters, Loretta Lance of Batesville and Mary Jane Anselmi of Bradford; five grandchildren, Faith Hawkins, Ethan Hawkins, Khrystal Pratt, Michael Hatfield and Marsha Joy Dawson; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home chapel with intermenty in Maple Springs Cemetery.
Visitation is from 6-8 tonight.
MEMPHIS — Roger Ivie, 76, of Memphis died Saturday, Jan. 8, in Tennessee.
Mr. Ivie worked for Velsicol Chemical Corp. for 45 years as a chemical operator. He loved to hunt and fish.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Hulett Ivie, and his parents.
Survivors include one son, Marty Ivie of Cordova, Tenn.; one daughter, Sherry Opler and husband Steve of Lakeland, Tenn.; one brother, Coy Ivie of Memphis; and two grandsons, Nicholas and Austin Opler.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Swifton Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Anna Lee Jones
WISEMAN — Anna Lee Jones, 86, of Wiseman was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Brockwell, the daughter of Lewis Arthur and Mary Ann Byram Forrest. She departed this life on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, at Fulton County Hospital in Salem.
Anna was united in marriage to Thurman Claude Jones on April 19, 1946, at Batesville.
She graduated from Arkansas State University, then worked as a schoolteacher for the Violet Hill School. She was a member of the Wiseman United Methodist Church, where she served as secretary and treasurer for approximately 50 years, and she was a member of the Izard County Retired Teachers Association.
She leaves to mourn her passing one daughter, Karen Nelson (Bill) of Jonesboro; one son, Bruce Jones of Mountain Home; one brother, Cloyce Forrest (Melba) of Wichita, Kan.; six grandchildren, Brett and Kathryn Nelson and Jeremy, Randy, Stacey and Stephanie Jones; seven great-grandchildren, Lanie, Chloe, Brannon, Toby, Bradan, Anya and Cooper; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Rex Forrest; an infant sister; and an infant great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Lewis.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wiseman United Methodist Church in Wiseman with Loye Vern Mason officiating. Interment will be in the Forrest Chapel Cemetery
at Melbourne under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Salem.
Pallbearers will be James Tanner, Lindell Tanner, Jason Fountain, Jeremy Jones, Randy Jones and Brett Nelson. Honorary pallbearers will be Granville Todd, Richard Harber, Bobby Bookout, Kathryn Nelson, Stacey Jones and Stephanie Jones.
Visitation will be from 6-8 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials are preferred to the Forrest Chapel Cemetery, P.O. Box 1207, Melbourne 72556.
Jo Ann McCrary
PAYNEWAY — Jo Ann McCrary, 79, of Payneway died Saturday, Jan. 8, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.
She was a lifelong resident of Payneway and a member of the Central Baptist Church.
She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her parents, Cortez and Julia Martin; one brother, Bert Martin; and a sister, Etoile Simmons.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Jesse McCrary of Payneway; two sons, Jamie McCrary (Lisa) and Tommy McCrary (Sherry) of Marked Tree; three daughters, Linda Odell of Marked Tree, Debbie Bragg (Olen Jr.) and Terry Bankston of Jonesboro; sisters, Maurine Tubbs and Sue Stricklin of Marked Tree; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday with visitation from 6-8 tonight with Patrick Tucker and Glen Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Marked Tree Cemetery.
Murphy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
JONESBORO — Betty Metzgar passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at the age of 85.
Betty was a lifelong resident of Jonesboro. She met her husband of 61 years while he was passing through Jonesboro as a young soldier during World War II. After serving his time of duty, he returned to Arkansas to take her as his bride, and the two began their family which came to include two children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Betty was a homemaker who lived her entire life selflessly and made an impression on the life of every person she encountered — stranger or friend. She set a standard of compassion and caring for others that few other people ever meet. Her ministry was to always be there for those who were in need of a sympathetic friend, there not to judge but to lift them up. She was the one person you could always count on to help you carry your burden; her love was unconditional.
She spent the last few years of her life at Craighead Nursing Center, where she was an inspiration to both staff and residents. She had a special place in her heart for children, and they, too, were drawn to her. To them she was “Miss Betty,” and even after they were grown with children of their own, they still found time to run by and visit with her whenever possible.
She was a member of Forest Home Church of the Nazarene, where she was revered and loved and will be sorely missed. She devoted her entire life to God and accepted whatever challenge he gave her with grace and fortitude. To her friends and family, she was an angel with a direct line to heaven that she used on a daily basis.
She is survived by two sisters, Billie Williams and Monria Panneck of Jonesboro; son, Gordon Metzgar and wife Charlotte of Jonesboro; daughter, Pam Price and husband Jesse of Fairfield Bay; grandchildren, Margo Rogers, Meredith Metzgar, Brandye Pierce, Nick Andrews and Alex Andrews; great-grandchildren, Olivia Faith Metzgar, Sophie Rogers, Jett Pierce, Sawyer Shrum and Sailor Shrum; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Home Church of the Nazarene. The funeral will follow at noon officiated by the Rev. Ken Stallings.
There will be a private burial in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. Emerson Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers include Gordon Metzgar, Nick Andrews, Alex Andrews, Jesse Price, David Panneck and Brent Panneck.
For those wishing to leave lasting memorials, donations can be made to the Forest Home Nazarene Church Building Fund, 1922 Race St., Jonesboro 72401.
CORNING — Francis Laveta Morgan, 84, daughter of the late Henry and Tena Tribble, passed away Saturday, Jan. 8, at her home.
She was preceded by her parents; husband, Elic Morgan; sister, Violet Tidwell; and two brothers, J.W. Tribble and Arvle (Buddy) Tribble.
She is survived by children, Anna Ruth (Bob) Fry and Lavonda (Charles) Midgett, both of Corning, Linda (Gary) Bass of Knobel, Marsha (Joey) Jackson of Paragould, Sandy (David) Collins and Jim (Cathy) Cox of Fisher, and Eugene (Regina) Morgan of Atoka, Tenn; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Brian Malone officiating. Burial will follow in Randolph Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Max Stewart Jr.
OSCEOLA — Max Stewart Jr., 87, of Osceola entered into rest on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.
Born Sept. 13, 1923, to William Max Stewart Sr. and Rosa Stewart, he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Osceola, where he was a lifelong deacon. He was a retired market manager for Big Star and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Frankie Stewart; two sons, Larry Max Stewart and wife Sharon of Farmerville, La., and Kenneth Wayne Stewart and wife Billie of Osceola; one daughter, Diana Stewart of Dyersburg, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Dawn Stewart, Penny Ezell, Dr. Brad Stewart and Ken Stewart Jr.; six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Tommie Lou Barber of Osceola.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, W.B. Stewart and James Harvey Stewart.
Visitation will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Osceola with services following at 2 p.m.
In memory of Mr. Stewart, memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church in Osceola or Legacy Hospice.
Patsy Jean Davis
TRUMANN — Patsy Davis, 56, of Trumann passed away Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at St. Bernards Medical Center.
She leaves one son, Andy Davis of Trumann; three aunts, Ruth Mouzy of Jonesboro, Joyce Eaton of Potosi, Mo., and Shelby Barbaugh of Flemington, Mo.; and sister-in-law, Debbie Davis of Trumann.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jonny and Flora Davis, and two brothers, Larry and Billy Davis.
Langford-Bookout Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements. Services will be private.
JONESBORO — Theodore Drozdz, 93, of Jonesboro died Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.
He was a World War II veteran and member of First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Drozdz, and son, Dennis Drozdz.
He is survived by one son, Theodore V. Drozdz and his wife Cheryl of Warwick, R.I.; two daughters, Susan Drozdz of Mansfield, Texas, and Karin Ameika and her husband James of Jonesboro; and two grandchildren, Victor Leonard and Lily Ameika.
A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro. Service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Miles officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that consideration be given to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice house.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Katherine Goff, 99, of Cherokee Village died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at her home.
She was born Nov. 2, 1911, at East St. Louis, Ill., to Adrian and Clara Zeigenhein Dettaan. She was an employee of Alcoa and a member of St. Michaels Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Russell Goff.
There are no services planned. Arrangements are by Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.