Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Marynell Rudder
January 13, 1933
June 11, 2004
LENEXA, Kan. -- Marynell Heister Rudder, 71, of Lenexa, Kan., died June 11, 2004, at her home. She was born Jan. 13, 1933, at Pine Bluff. She retired as a speech therapist for Pleasant Ridge Elementary School at Overland Park, Kan. Survivors include one son, David Rudder of Portland, Ore.; three daughters, Lisa Thornton of Denver, Katie Dahlquist of Lenexa and Carol Knowles of Fairway, Kan.; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Country Club United Methodist Church at Kansas City, Mo. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Graceland Cemetery at Pine Bluff by the Cremation Society of Kansas & Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare of Kansas, 15329 W. 95th, Lenexa, KS 66219. Bertha Jones, 66, of Pine Bluff died Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home. Annie Ward, 99, of Pine Bluff, died Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home. Joe E. Lybrand, 70, of Hot Springs, died Saturday at St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hale-South Funeral Home.

George Ragland
Feb. 27, 1923
June 22, 2004
George C. "Son" Ragland, 81, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 27, 1923, at Sherrill, a son of the late Lee Ragland and Willie M. Williams Ragland. He worked in service and sales at Otasco for 25 years, retiring in 1982. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Ragland; and a daughter, Joyce R. Vance. Survivors include two sons, Dwight Ragland of Detroit and Michael Ragland of Pine Bluff; six daughters, Yvonne Green of Cleveland, Ohio, Renee Ragland of North Little Rock, Wanda Ragland Strain and Tina R. Monk, both of Pine Bluff, Kolleen Reynolds of Houston, Texas, and Monica R. Jarrett of Pine Bluff; one brother, Lee Ragland Jr. of Memphis, Tenn; 20 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Perry Funeral Home of Pine Bluff with the Rev. J.Y. Williams officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery by the funeral home. Visitation will be today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will be at 3503 S. Louisiana St.

Mercer Bayliss
Feb. 21, 1919
June 25, 2004
WARREN -- Mercer Embree "Flea" Bayliss, 85, of Warren, died Friday at Bradley County Medical Center. He was born Feb. 21, 1919, at Warren, a son of the late Fred E. Bayliss Sr. and Florence Dixon Bayliss. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a retired conductor for the Missouri-Pacific Railroad Co. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Warren. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Ann Banister Bayliss, whom he married May 5, 1941, at McGehee; four daughters, Cholista Price of Cabot, Babs Hardwick of Brinkley, Joy Moseley of Dermott and Kim Echlin of Star City; one brother, Garland Bayliss of College Station, Texas; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin Chapel at McGehee. Burial will be at McGehee Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Hazel Hearn, 90, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at Davis Life Care Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Charles Ray "Charlie" Morman, 51, of Pine Bluff, died Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. LuElla Kelley, 85, of Oakdale, Pa., died Saturday at Marion Health Care of Moon Township, Pa. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Orthy Gossage
June 22, 1925
July 1, 2004
Orthy Ophelia Young Gossage, 79, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at her home. She was born June 22, 1925, at Danville (Yell County), a daughter of the late George and Minnie Shepard Young. She was a homemaker and a farmer. She was a member of First Baptist Church at Sherrill. She was preceded in death on March 12, 1987, by her husband, Robert Amos Gossage, whom she married on October 18, 1943; three brothers, Leroy Young, Robert Young and J.D. Young; and two sisters, Versie Young and Elvie Young. Survivors include one son, Gary Gossage of Pine Bluff; one brother, John A. Young of Chowchilla, Calif.; two sisters, Naomi Young of Little Rock and Dorothy Panell of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shed Cemetery in Yell County with the Rev. Larry Persons officiating. Arrangements are by Hale-South Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral Home.

Juanita King
March 14, 1917
July 1, 2004
Juanita Lou Johnson King, 87, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at Davis Life Care Center. She was born March 14, 1917, at Stuttgart, a daughter of the late A.H. and Evelyn Ross Johnson. She was a secretary for the Department of Human Services. She was a member of Carr Memorial United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert King. Survivors includea son, Sammy Joe King of England (Lonoke County); a daughter, Lillie West of Pensacola, Fla.; a half-sister, Alice Gifford of Pine Bluff; one grandson; and two great-grandsons. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Hale-South Funeral Home with the Rev. Mary Susan Hilliard officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Virginia Boquet
December 6, 1923
July 2, 2004
LITTLE ROCK -- Virginia "Gee" Snowden Boquet, 80, of Little Rock, died Friday at Baptist Medical Center at Little Rock. She was born December 6, 1923, at Sandy Spring, Md., a daughter of the late Edward and Nellie Kelly Snowden. She graduated from Sherwood High School at Sandy Spring. She was a member of the Veterans Affairs Ladies Club. She was a charter member of Christ the King Catholic Church at Little Rock. She was preceded in death on August 28, 1972, by her husband, Rudolph Boquet, whom she married on October 21, 1944, at Olney, Md.; and a brother, Francis Snowden. Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Walker of Little Rock and Lynne Manatt of Sheridan; two sisters, Elsie Morris of Crescent City, Fla., and Marie Edsinger of Port Republic, Md.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at Houma, La. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery. Arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Sheridan. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Glenn Burdess
February 17, 1935
July 1, 2004
Glenn Dale "Pop" Burdess, 69, of Redfield, died Thursday at St. Vincent Doctors Hospital at Little Rock. He was born February 17, 1935, at Chariton, Iowa, a son of the late Albert R. and Fern Grove Burdess. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was an auto mechanic for 20 years at Redfield before retiring in 2001. He was preceded in death on November 17, 2003, by his wife, Mary Vermeesch Burdess, whom he married on June 29, 1956, at Des Moines; a son, Jeff Burdess; and a sister, Mary Burdess. Survivors include two sons, Steven Burdess of Little Rock and Ronnie Burdess of Redfield; two daughters, Sherry Cody of Pine Bluff and Deborah Deroy of Kissimmee, Fla.; five sisters, Twyla Gochanour and Judy Welch, both of Osceola, Iowa, Doris Wyneland of Des Moines, Jean Simmons of Phoenix, Ariz., and Beverly Stillian of Eudora, Kan.; seven brothers, Warren Burdess of Boone, Iowa, Lester Burdess and John Burdess, both of Sheridan, Frank Burdess of Vilonia (Faulkner County), Gilbert Burdess and Dean Burdess, both of Osceola, and Norman Burdess of Redfield; 13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Buie Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Gary Self officiating. Burial will be in Lost Creek Cemetery at Sheridan. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Wilma Addison
September 3, 1924
July 2, 2004
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Wilma J. Addison, 79, of Jefferson City, Mo., died Friday at her home. She was born September 3, 1924, in Johnson County, Ark., the daughter of the late Columbus Light and Mattie Cooksey Light. She worked part-time at The Uniform Clinic until March, 2003, where she performed mastectomy fittings. She attended Woodcrest Chapel at Columbia, Mo., and Heartland Chapel at Jefferson City. She was preceded in death on March 1, 2004, by her husband of 63 years, Arthur E. Addison; five brothers, Elmer Light, Arthur Light, Chester Light, Julian Light and Nick Light; and a great-grandchild. Survivors include two sons, Fred Addison of Humphrey, Ark. (Arkansas County) and Terry Addison of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Marlene Bush of Hot Springs, Ark., and Sherry Duckett of Jefferson City, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cedar Grove Cemetery at Genoa, Ark. (Miller County). Arrangements are by Houser-Millard Funeral Directors/Jefferson City Chapel of Jefferson City, Mo.

Sandra Pate
August 30, 1954
June 20, 2004
WALNUT SHADE, Mo. -- Sandra K. Owen Pate, 49, of Walnut Shade, Mo., died June 20, at her sister's home at Walnut Shade, Mo. She was born August 30, 1954, at Pine Bluff, a daughter of James E. Owen and Claudine V. Cody Owen, both of Harrison, Ark. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1972 and attended college at Arkansas State University. She was an accomplished pianist, singer and songwriter. She attended Tri Lakes Center Assembly of God at Branson. She was preceded in death on March 12, 2004, by her husband, James E. Pate III, whom she married in 1973; and grandparents, Joe N. Owen, Elzora Scott Owen, A.E. Cody and Norma Phillips Cody. Other survivors include a sister, Sheila Henderson of Walnut Shade, Mo. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home at Branson with the Rev. Mark Shorey officiating. Burial will be in Ozarks Memorial Park at Branson.

Cille Wilson
February 17, 1921
July 3, 2004
VIDALIA, La. -- Cille Wilson, 83, of Vidalia, La., died Saturday at University of Mississippi Medical Center at Jackson. She was born February 17, 1921, in Columbia County, Ark., a daughter of the late Bessie Doss Jones and Loran Jones. She was an Estee Lauder cosmetics consultant for M.M. Ullmans at Natchez, Miss., for 10 years. She was a member of the Vidalia Garden Club. She was a member of the Vidalia United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Casey Jones. Survivors include her husband, Hershal Wilson, and a brother, Joe V. Jones of Pine Bluff. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Vidalia United Methodist with the Rev. Barry Dennis officiating. Burial will be in Village Cemetery in Village, Ark. Arrangements are by Young's Funeral Home of Vidalia, La. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Young's Funeral Home at Vidalia. Charlie Matthews, 77, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Perry Funeral Home. O'Marion Lebron Creggett, infant, of Altheimer, died Thursday University Hospital at Little Rock. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Perry Funeral Home. Theodis Jones, 74, of Atlanta died Wednesday at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Perry Funeral Home.

Lillian Ross
March 18, 1909
July 5, 2004
DUMAS -- Lillian Lane Ross, 95, of Dumas, died Monday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff. She was born March 18, 1909, at Dumas, a daughter of the late Joe Lane and Joanna Lane. She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at Dumas where she was a church mother. Survivors include two brothers, Angrish Lane of Dumas and Cornelius Lane of Passaic, N.J.; six great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter's Rock Missionary Baptist Church at Dumas with the Rev. P.C. Holley Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Free Gift Cemetery at Dumas by Brown Funeral Home at Dumas. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will be at 139 S. Maple St., Dumas.

Murl Hallaway
January 30, 1926
July 9, 2004
MCGEHEE -- Murl Allen Hallaway, 78, of McGehee, died Friday at McGehee. He was born Jan. 30, 1926, at Yancopin (Desha County), a son of the late Oliver Hallaway and Maudie Sankie Hallaway. He was a retired chief engineer on a river boat. He was a World War II veteran. He was a Mason and a member of the Assembly of God faith. He was preceded in death by a son, James Allen Henson; and two grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruby Sass Hallaway; four daughters, Frankie Koonce of Dallas, Sylvia Wrobel and Murlene Ellis, both of McGehee and Phyliss Wash of Sheridan; two sisters, Tootie Stinson and Mavice Wargo, both of Watson (Desha County); 14 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at McGehee Cemetery with the Rev. Ken Caldwell officiating. Arrangements are by Griffen Funeral Service at McGehee. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Henry Davis
May 28, 1958
June 24, 2004
DETROIT -- Henry Davis, 46, of Detroit, formerly of Pine Bluff, died June 24, in Detroit. He was born May 28, 1958, at Pine Bluff, a son of R.C. Davis and Reola Davis, both of Pine Bluff. He was a member of Monument Evangelist Church at Detroit, where he served as minister of music and as an associate minister. He was co-founder of the Heavenly Host ministry and also served as a chaplain. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harvey Davis and Leon Reeves. Other survivors include one son, Henry Davis Jr. of Detroit; three brothers, Robert Davis of Pine Bluff, Calvin Crumpton of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Theotis Crumpton of Kansas City, Mo.; seven sisters, Louise Houston of Chicago, Arlene Boykins of Flint, Mich., Shirley Miller of Orlando, Fla., and Lucille Davis, Ruthie Hill, Rosie Thomas and Cassandra Forrest, all of Pine Bluff. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church at Faith, Ark., with Elder Willie J. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery by Christian Way Funeral Home at Pine Bluff. The family will be at 3215 W. 16th Ave.

Teddy Glover
January 1, 1974
July 5, 2004
SPRING GROVE, Minn. -- Teddy Glover, 30, of Spring Grove, Minn., formerly of Pine Bluff, died Monday at Spring Grove. He was born Jan. 1, 1974, at Fordyce, Ark., a son of Ilean Glover of Pine Bluff and the late Archillias Hudson Glover Sr. He was educated at Watson Chapel School District and graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1992. He was a member of Barnes Temple Church of God in Christ at Pine Bluff. He was preceded in death by a brother, Archillias Glover Jr. Survivors include his wife, Reaola Everette Glover; one son, Teddy Glover Jr. of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Tamerika Glover and Tykera Glover, both of Pine Bluff; five brothers, Clay Cosen, Alvin Glover, Tommy Glover and Ronnie Glover, all of Pine Bluff, and Andrew Hudson Glover of Chicago; seven sisters, Irma Jean Glover and Betty Joe President, both of Virginia, Belinda Grandy of Fordyce, Norma Dancy, Rita Glover, Annie Glover and Daphne Ventress, all of Pine Bluff; and one grandmother, Versie Lee Lawson of Fordyce. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at First Trinity Church of God in Christ with Elder Willie James Brown officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Christian Way Funeral Home at Pine Bluff. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will be at the home of Norma Dancy at 2421 W. 34th Ave.


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