Robert J. Brown
Robert J. Brown, 42, of Phoenix, Ariz., brother of Patricia Inman of
Rector, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, in an accident at Phoenix.
The son of the late Cecil and Aline (Shubert) Brown, he was a carnival
employee and was of the Pentecostal faith.
Other survivors include his wife, Patty (Ford) Brown, of Marianna;
two daughters, Jessica Brown and Katelyn Brown, of the home; one brother,
Steve Brown of Steele, Mo., and a host of aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Mary Jane Hathaway
Mary Jane Hathaway, 90, of 207 North Second St., Marmaduke, died Tuesday,
July 24, 2001, at Rupert, Idaho.
Mrs. Hathaway was born July 29, 1910, in Marmaduke to the late James
Oliver Smith and Joycie Carolyn (Wyatt) Smith. She had worked as a dietary
assistant and was a member of Ramer's Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Duane Smith of Rupert, Idaho, and Darrel
Smith of Ontario, Ore.; one sister, Ruby Williams of Marmaduke; two sisters-in-law,
Agnes Smith of Paragould and Betty Smith of Memphis, Tenn., seven grandchildren
and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Thomas, Johnny, James and
Eugene Smith, and three sisters, Bessie West, Lizzie Rutledge and Deloris
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, at Irby Funeral Home
Chapel in Marmaduke with Rev. Wayne Gould officiating. Burial was in Ramer's
Chapel Cemetery in Greene County with Irby Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Kenneth Kuykendall, Raymond Wyatt, Danny Wyatt, Terry
Wyatt, Levaughn Barrow and Gerald Smith.
Donald Leroy Callantine
Donald Leroy Callantine, 72, of Norfork, formerly of Rector, died Thursday,
Sept. 27, 2001, at Mountain Home.
He was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Manard, Mont. He was a retired auto mechanic
and Air Force veteran having served in World War II and Korea.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, oil painting and camping. He was a Protestant.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Emma Bennett Callantine,
and a brother.
Survivors include his wife, Madge Crawford Callantine; four sons and
daughters-in-law, Marty and Cathy Callantine of Paragould, Bob and Debbie
Callantine of Flippin, Daniel and Jennifer Callantine of Clarkridge and
Bryan and Carmen Callantine of Salesville; a daughter and son-in-law, Teresa
and Tim Tracer of Rector; 12 grandchildren; a brother, Noah Ralph Callantine
of Kalispell, Mont., and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at the First
General Baptist Church in Rector with Rev. Loy Culver and Rev. Kenny Burns
Burial was in Harvey's Chapel Cemetery in Marmaduke with Kirby-Boaz
Funeral Directors of Mountain Home in charge of arrangements.
The family requests memorials be made to Hospice of the Ozarks.
Annie O. Lucius
Annie O. Lucius, 94, of the Paragould Nursing Center, formerly of Rector,
died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at Paragould Nursing Center.
Mrs. Lucius was born Dec. 22, 1906, to the late James Frances Reese
and Lurinnie Fielder Reese and was married Jan. 31, 1925, in Chickasaw
County, Miss., to Joe Thomas Lucius, who preceded her in death in 1986.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Cappadocia General Baptist Church
Also preceding her in death were two daughters, Opal Reddick and Martha
Ann Lucius; one son, Orne Lucius; two brothers, Edward Reese and Woodrow
Reese, and two sisters, Eunice Reedy and Charlotte Reese.
Survivors include four sons and three daughters-in-law, Bill Lucius
of Port Charlotte, Fla., Burl and Erma Lucius of Bullard, Texas, Joe and
Linda Lucius of Fayetteville and Jimmy and Rhonda Lucius of Rector; one
special grandson, Patrick Lucius of Rector; one daughter, Orene Starnes
of Flint, Mich.; two sisters, Ruby Rhodes of Vardemen, Miss., and Elmer
West of Mississippi, numerous grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Woodland Heights
Cemetery in Rector with Bro. Jerry Gregory officiating. Irby Funeral Home
of Rector was in charge of arrangements.
Jesse Odel Rundel
Jesse Odel Rundel, 59, of Piggott died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at Piggott
He was born Jan. 25, 1943, in Clay County, the son of the late Iven
Jesse Rundel and Chapel Slayton.
He was of the Church of Christ faith and was a factory worker.
He was preceded in death by one son, Byson Ray Rundel.
He is survived by two sons, Ivan Odel Rundel of Paragould and Robert
Neal Rundel of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a daughter, Shawna Kay Rundel of Marmaduke;
two brothers, Don Ray Rundel of Piggott and Melvin Rundel of Michigan;
14 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and many other relatives and
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Irby Chapel
in Piggott with Bro. Kim Bridges officiating.
Burial was in Mitchell Cemetery near Greenway with Irby Funeral Home
in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Brian Potter, Jeremy Rundel, David Taylor, Greg Taylor,
Mitchell Taylor and Steve Slayton.
George A. Burns Sr.
George A. Burns Sr., 62, of Galveston, Ind., a native of Rector, died
Monday, July 9, 2001, at his home.
Born Oct. 21, 1938, in Rector, he was the son of Andrew J. and Naomi
M. (Gordon) Burns. He was married to Christy K. Beckley Burns, who survives.
He was employed by Deichman Excavating Co., retiring in 2000. He was
a member of the Francis Slocum Trail Riders and UAW Local 274.
Survivors include his wife; two sons and daughters-in-law, William
A and Shelly Burns of Kokomo, Ind., and George A. Burns Jr. and Debbie;
three brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Barbara Cassell of Amboy,
Ind., John and Barbara Burns of Young America, Ind., and Mike and Carolyn
Burns of Kokomo, and a brother and his fiancée, Franks Burns and
Davina Johnson; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ester and Harroll Gatewood
of Galveston, Betty and Butch Cessna of Kokomo and Mary Jo and Ed Rethlake
of Kokomo, 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at Murray Funeral
Home in Galveston. Burial was in Galveston Cemetery. Memorial contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Eula Edwards, 91, of Rector died Wednesday, March 20, 2002.
Mrs. Edwards was born Jan. 14, 1911, in the Blue Cane community to
the late Elvis and Enola Cox. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
She also was preceded in death by her husband, C.E. Edwards; daughter,
Melda Terry, and seven brothers.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Charles Smith
of Rector, 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and nine great-great
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Mitchell Funeral
Home Chapel in Rector with Rev. James Henry Dortch and Rev. Kenny Burns
Burial was in Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector with Mitchell Funeral
Home of Rector in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Dewain Smith,
Kevin Terry, Keith Smith, Allen Edwards, Bobby Terry and Dennis Robertson.
Lloyd Wesley Mobley
Lloyd Wesley Mobley, 82, of Oxford, Mich., a native of Rector, died
Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Lapeer (Mich.) Regional Hospital.
Mr. Mobley was born April 22, 1919, in Rector to Minnie and Cullen
Harris Mobley of Rector. He was a longtime resident of Lapeer and Tuscola
counties. He married Evelyn (Shaver) Robinson on June 21, 1975, at Silverwood
United Methodist Church. He was the principal broker at the Red Bird Realty
Agency of Lapeer and was known throughout the country for his training
of Tennessee Walking Horses at Red Bird Farms of Oxford. He was a lifetime
member of Walking Horse Association of Michigan.
He enjoyed showing horses and field trials for dogs and also loved
to spend time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; six children, Mary Jane (Edward)
Caustin of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Billie Jeane Williamson of McMinnville,
Ore., Lloyd Wesley (Linda) Mobley Jr. of Berthoud, Colo., Susan Robinson
of Columbiaville, Mich., William (Tammy) Robinson of Mayville, Mich., and
Shelley (Ron) Clark of Columbiaville; two brothers, Bill Mobley of Rector
and Donald Mobley of Tulsa, Okla., 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services were scheduled at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, Aug. 1)
at Silverwood United Methodist Church, Silverwood, Mich., with Pastor Ron
Hutchinson officiating. Interment was at the Rich Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Silverwood United Methodist Church.
Maxine Dana Hendrix
Maxine Dana Hendrix, 54, of Rector died Wednesday, March 20, 2002,
at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.
Born April 9, 1947, in Rector to the late Huley and Rosie Lloyd Dubar,
she was a caregiver.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers,
Richard and Raymond, and by two grandsons, Shane Guffey and Joshua Guffey.
Survivors include her husband, Ed Hendrix of Rector; three daughters,
Betsy Guffey of Moses Lake, Wash., Betty "Tooter" Taylor of New Jersey
and Susan Potter of Piggott; one sister, Billie Lloyd of Hot Springs, and
There are no services scheduled. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould
is in charge of arrangements.
John F. King
John F. King, 63, of Houston, Texas, husband of Rector native Karen
(Calvin) King, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 18.
Mr. King was born Aug. 19, 1938, in Johnson City, Tenn. He attended
the University of Southern Mississippi, and served in the U.S. Army. He
and his family moved in 1980 from Paragould to Houston, where he took the
position of human resources director at Toshiba International. He continued
there until he retired in 1995.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Karen (Calvin) King; five children,
Collette Kristiana, John Robert, Pamela Beth and Shane Cody, all of Cypress,
Texas, and Leah A. Adams of Jonesboro.
A memorial service for family members and friends was held at 10 a.m.
today (Wednesday, Nov. 28) at Cypress Bible Church in Cypress, Texas. In
lieu of traditional floral remembrances, a memorial fund has been established
for the future education of John King's children through Prosperity Bank,
located in the Fairfield subdivision. The phone number is (281) 373-0080.
Ruth Doty Simpson
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at Irby
Funeral Home Chapel in Rector for Ruth Doty Simpson, 84, of Athens, Tenn.,
who died Saturday, Dec. 22, at the University of Tennessee Hospital in
Knoxville. Jim McKeel will officiate.
A native of Pontiac, Mich., she was a daughter of the late John B.
Doty Sr. and Hazel Wickware Doty.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles D. Simpson Jr., and
was a member of the Church of Christ at Sweetwater since 1983. She served
as a licensed practical nurse with the Dunklin County Memorial Hospital
in Kennett and Paragould Community Hospital in Paragould for several years
until her retirement.
Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca E. Love of Athens; three sons
and two daughters-in-law, Charles D. Simpson of Athens, Robert M. and Marilyn
Simpson of Ten Mile and Dr. Joseph E. and Katherine Simpson of Knoxville;
four granddaughters, Sarah Whiteman, Rachel Chinchilla, Mika Davis and
Marla Simpson, and one grandson, Greg Love.
Rubel Estis Anderson
Rubel Estis Anderson, 90, of North Little Rock, formerly of Rector,
died Monday, April 16, 2001.
He was born Oct. 15, 1910, in Essary Springs, Tenn., to the late John
Lee and Buleah Duncan Anderson. He grew up in Rector and graduated from
Rector High School.
He was a member of Sixth and Izard Church of Christ and was retired
from Midwest Farms.
His wife, Frances Reese Anderson, preceded him in death.
He is survived by a daughter, Karen Beason of North Little Rock; three
grandchildren, Timothy and Mark Beason and Amy Beason Cheesman, and several
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Roller-Owens
Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Gipson officiating. A graveside service
and burial were at 5 p.m. at Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.
Memorials may be made to the Sixth and Izard Church of Christ or the
Children's Home of Paragould.
Alma Joyce Rowland
Alma Joyce Rowland, 49, formerly of Rector, died Thursday, Nov. 15,
2001, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett.
Survivors include a daughter, Lerin Rowland of Kennett; her longtime
companion, Charles Lasswell of Kennett; her mother, Thelma (Settlemire)
Bridwell of Imboden; her father, Norman Galloway of Calico Rock; four half-brothers,
Gene Galloway of Kennett, Wayne, Glenn and Eugene Galloway, all of Calico
Rock; two half-sisters, Darlene and Debbie Galloway of Calico Rock, and
many relatives and friends.
Memorial services were held Sunday, Nov. 18, at McDaniel Funeral Home
Chapel in Kennett.
Sally Laxton Banning
Sally Laxton Banning, 79, of Rector died Friday, Feb. 15, 2002, at
Arkansas Hospice Center in North Little Rock.
Born April 23, 1922, in Hohenwald, Tenn., to the late Eugene Williams
and Mernevy Williams, she was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Keiffer Laxton and Henry
S. Banning; one son, Gary R. Laxton; one daughter, Shirley Ann Laxton;
eight brothers, four sisters, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Survivors include four sons, John H. Laxton and David Laxton, both
of Rector, and James Laxton and Roy Laxton, both of Batesville; one daughter,
Esther Simmons of Rector; three brothers, Jack Williams of Hohenwald, Tenn.,
Bill Williams and Paul Williams, both of Fulton, Ky., 25 grandchildren,
27 great-grandchildren, and several step children and foster children.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Hargrave
Evangelical Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Dustman officiating. Burial
was in Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector with Irby Funeral Home in charge
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Floyd Strong, 87, of St. Francis died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at his
He was born Oct. 20, 1913, in Holcomb, the son of the late Elmer and
Isabelle Barker Strong.
He married Moria Pinkston on March 10, 1934, in Clay County.
He was of the Baptist faith and was a farmer.
He is survived by his wife, Moria; two sons, Clifford Strong of Dearborn,
Mich., and Ronald Strong of Muskegon, Mich.; one daughter, Stella Bledsoe
of Piggott; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren;
and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday (today) in Irby
Funeral Home Chapel in Piggott with Bro. O.H. Brooks officiating.
Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery near St. Francis with Irby Funeral
Home in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Neely Stinebrook, Cleveland Daffron, Gillis Neeley,
Delbert Hughes, Clyde Pinkston, and James Ellis.