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ARBEE 'BONE' ANDERSON JR. 
Mr. Arbee "Bone" Anderson Jr., 47, of Blytheville, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at Methodist Healthcare University in Memphis, Tenn. Born May 27, 1955, in Heth, he was a former employee of Louis George Motor Co. and a member of Bible Way Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, R.B. and Helena Anderson. 
Mr. Anderson leaves his wife, Deborah "Debbie" Thomas Anderson of Blytheville; 
Four sons, Anthony "Dank" Dadgryn Anderson, and Reginald "Reggie" Thomas, Arbee "Bee Bee" Anderson III and Tommy James "James" Anderson, all of Blytheville;

One daughter, Angela Renee "Bye Bye" Anderson of Blytheville; 
His sisters and stepsisters, Mary Faye Brown, Earnestine McDowell and Theresa Anderson, all of Milwaukee, Mary Campbell and Darlene Patrick, both of Milwaukee, and Georgia Allen (Willie) of Brooklyn, N.Y.;

Four brothers, Robert Thompson (Cleo) of Memphis, Johnny Lee Anderson (Christine) and Ollie Anderson (Ella), all of Blytheville, and Connie Anderson of Milwaukee; 

Three stepbrothers, Howard Campbell (Debbie) of Lexington, Ky., Henry Campbell (Valerie) and Eddie Campbell, all of Milwaukee; 

Two special friends, Rosco Sharkey (Teresa) of Blytheville and Coy Johnson (Deloris) of Osceola; and 
Three grandchildren, Reginald Lee "Little Reg" Thomas Jr. of Blytheville and Anthony Anderson Jr. and Destiny Anderson, both of Chicago.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, with Elder Curtis Smith Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Blytheville.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home in Blytheville. 

BEAULAH 'MISS DAYDEE' BARNES 
Mrs. Beaulah "Miss Daydee" Barnes, 90, of Blytheville, died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. She was the mother of Clarence Malone of Blytheville.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Collins Chapel Mortuary Inc. of Blytheville. 

RONNIE BEARD 
Mr. Ronnie Beard, 54, a lifelong resident of Blytheville, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at his home. Born in Blytheville, the son of William "Bill" and Betty Lynn Little Beard, he was of the Protestant faith. He served his country as a chief boatswain mate in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.

According to his family, he loved family life, fishing and baseball. During his years of growing up in Blytheville, he played baseball beginning with Little League and continuing through American Legion baseball, where he won the overall state batting championship in the late 1960s.

His father and one brother, Johnny Paul Beard, preceded him in death. 
Mr. Beard leaves his wife, Ann Ashmore Beard of the home; 
His mother, Betty Beard of Blytheville; 
Two children, Keary Ashmore of Millington, Tenn., and Deann Schloesser of Germany; 
Two brothers, Tony Beard of Marion and Kenny Beard of Burlison, Texas, and 
Four grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. today in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with Mr. Billy Holifield officiating. Burial followed in Elmwood Cemetery.

HORACE WAYNE BURTON 
Mr. Horace Wayne Burton, 43, of Long Beach, Calif., formerly of Blytheville, died Aug. 23, 2002, in Long Beach. 
A memorial service will be conducted at noon Friday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Blytheville. The Rev. Horace Howard will officiate.

GARY LEE JOHNSON 
Mr. Gary Lee Johnson, 26, of Blytheville, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. Born Feb. 4, 1976, in Osceola, he had been a farm worker and was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Johnson leaves his mother and father, Clora Johnson of Blytheville and Isaac Johnson Jr. of Luxora; 
His grandmother, Connie Mhoon of Blytheville; 
One son, Tyree Johnson of Blytheville; 
Three sisters, Kimberly Johnson of Blytheville and Karen Carter and Katherine Carter, both of St. Louis; and 
Four brothers, Isaac Johnson III, Bobby W. Mhoon and Timothy Johnson, all of Blytheville, and Isaac Johnson of St. Louis.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with the Rev. Sammie Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Garden Cemetery in Blytheville. Active pallbearers will be Allen Stewart Jr. IV, Terrence Stewart, Jeremy Mhoon, Raymond and Adonenus Johnson, Jerry Bledsoe Sr. Daiyell Daniels and Charles B. Marshall. Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Johnson, Isaac Johnson III, Tyree Johnson, Bobby Mhoon and Isaac Johnson.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

Billy J. Montgomery 
Mr. Billy J. Montgomery, 71, of Osceola, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at his home. Born June 21, 1931, in Osceola, he was a member of the Osceola First Baptist Church and a retired highway maintenance supervisor. He was a past master of the Osceola Masonic Lodge where he was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the Osceola Lodge for over 20 years. He was a member and a past president of the Lions Club, Mississippi County Shriners Club, Scottish Rite of West Memphis and the Pine Bluff Shriners Club. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Ruby Wallace Montgomery, and one infant son. 
Mr. Montgomery leaves one son, Billy Mac Montgomery, and his wife, Debbie, of Brighton, Tenn.; 
One daughter, Cindy Wachter, and her husband, Bill, of Cleveland, Miss.; 
One sister, Katherine Skaggs of Osceola; and 
Three grandchildren and one great-grandson. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Osceola First Baptist Church, with burial following in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Bro. Dale Walker will officiate.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola. 

SAMUEL AUGUSTINE 'GUS' MORRIS 
Mr. Samuel Augustine "Gus" Morris of Luxora died Tuesday at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville. 

JESSIE ROSS 
Ms. Jessie Ross, 78, of Osceola, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. She had been a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Ms. Ross leaves two brothers, Harry Neeley of Houston and Don Neeley of Cabot. 
Graveside services were conducted at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bassett Cemetery, with Bro. Gary Andrews officiating. 
Wilson Funeral Home of Osceola was in charge or arrangements. 

CLEO WILLIAMS 
Ms. Cleo Williams, 77, of Blytheville, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born April 26, 1925, in Tyronza, she had been a homemaker and was a member of Progressive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert E. Brown and Minnie Lee Wilson Brown. 
Ms. Williams leaves four sons, Calvin Leachman of Chicago, Arthur Brown and Larry Phillips, both of Blytheville, and Walter Lewis of Bunkie, La.;

Four daughters, Hattie Spencer, Jimmie Lee Northern, Willie Ethel Leachman and Gracie Mosley, all of Blytheville; 
One sister, Isbell Hill of Turrell; 
Three brothers, Willie Brown of Chicago, Ezel Brown of Marion and Lee Arthur Brown of Detroit; and 
Twenty-three grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Blytheville, with the Rev. L.B. Burton officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wilson Funeral Home in Blytheville. 

WALTERINE AUSTIN FORSHEE 
Mrs. Walterine Austin Forshee, 83, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Blytheville, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at her home. Born July 15, 1918, in Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Hamp and Lela Finn Austin. She was a retired shoe store manager and affiliated with the Nazarene Church. Her hobbies included sewing, needlework and crafts.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Herbert Forshee. 
Mrs. Forshee leaves her son and daughter-in-law, Pete and Connie Forshee of Arlington, Texas; 
One daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and Bob N. White of Russellville; 
One brother, Leon Austin of Utica, Miss.; 
Two sisters and brothers-in-law, Lorene and Jim Sykes of Gilbertown, Ala., and Mildred and Solon Lott of Jonesboro; and 
Six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at the Cobb Funeral Home in Blytheville. Mr. Eugene Huntington officiated, and burial followed in Memorial Park Cemetery.

YVONNE HOWELL 
Ms. Yvonne Howell, 44, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Blytheville, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. Born Nov. 2, 1957, in Saginaw, Mich., she had been a nurse's aid.

Ms. Howell leaves her father, David Ray of Argo, Ill.; 
Three sons, John Franklin, Frank Goodman and Darius Goodman, all of Blytheville; 
One daughter, Latasha Goodman of Blytheville; 
Ten sisters, Marilyn Bailey, Deborah Ray and Gail Ray, all of Argo, Ill., Erica Ray of Palos Hills, Ill., Brenda Goodman and Janice Williams, both of Blytheville, Marilyn Goodman, Gwen Hill, Luther Mae Studivent and Sue Goodman, all of Saginaw; and

Twelve grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with Elder John Blair officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Blytheville.

The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

ADELLE METHENY 
Mrs. Adelle Metheny, 90, of Blytheville, died this morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born Dec. 27, 1911, in Waverley, Tenn., the daughter of Joe and Ethel Hensley Bledsoe, she was a lifelong Blytheville resident and affiliated with the Church of God. Mrs. Metheny was a homemaker and devoted mother who, according to family members, enjoyed crocheting, sewing and needlework.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Metheny, and one son, Gene Metheny. 
Mrs. Metheny leaves four sons, Jack Metheny of Michigan City, Ind., Lewis Metheny of Dallas, and Waymon and Clayton Metheny, both of Blytheville;

Two daughters, Betty Huffman and Barbara Fannin, both of Blytheville; 
One sister, Velda Espinoza of West Memphis; and 
Eighteen grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Dogwood Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

JESSIE LEE THOMAS 
Mrs. Jessie Lee Thomas, 73, of Marked Tree, formerly of Turrell, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, in Marked Tree. Born in Schlater, Miss., she had been a driver for the Area Agency of Aging. Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Turrell and the Order of Eastern Star.

She leaves one daughter, Ruby Thomas of Newport; 
Nine sons, Freeman Wiseman and Larry Thomas, both of Chicago, John Thomas, Ray Thomas and Henry Thomas, all of Marked Tree, Peter Thomas and Willie Thomas, both of West Palm Beach, Fla., Frank Thomas of Milwaukee and Jay Thomas of Blytheville;

Three sisters, Lottie Thomas of Chicago and Birdia Polk and Ann Washington, both of Gary, Ind.; 
One brother of Greenville, Miss.; 
One brother-in-law, Ted Polk; 
Six daughters-in-law and one son-in-law; and 
Twenty-one grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Highway 42, in Turrell. Burial will take place at River View Cemetery in Marked Tree.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the W.H. Johnson Funeral Home in Earle. 

ALFONZO WARREN 
Mr. Alfonzo Warren, 67, of West Memphis, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. 
He leaves his wife, Mattie Mae Warren of West Memphis; 
Eight daughters, Jacqueline Macklin of Memphis, Shirley Washington, Erma Jean Warren, Sharon Warren, Debra Ann Warren, Denise Warren and Brenda Howard, all of West Memphis, and Joann Coburn of East St. Louis, Ill.;

Five sons, Phillip Brooks of East St. Louis, Sonny Ray Warren, Nathaniel Warren and Reginald Warren, all of West Memphis, and James Brown of Parkin;

Three sisters, Theresa Barber of West Memphis, Clara Warren of Blytheville and Edna Mae Gordon of Dallas; 
Two brothers, Isaac Warren of Little Rock and Dave Warren of Earle; and 
Seventeen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Anthony Funeral Home Chapel South. Burial will follow in St. Luke Cemetery in Earle.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

JANET LYNN BAILEY WILLIAMS 
Ms. Janet Lynn Bailey Williams, 46, of Leachville, died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in South Bend, Ind., she had lived most of her life in Panama City, Fla., and Louisiana. She was a retired employee of the state of Louisiana, working at the Hammond Developmental Center for the mentally and physically handicapped. She had been a Leachville resident for the past seven years.

Ms. Williams leaves her parents, Jim and Rita Bailey of Leachville. 
She was preceded in death by one brother, James Bailey Jr., and one sister, Jane Bailey. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville. The Rev. Don Wilson will officiate, and burial will follow in Leachville Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. 

VIRGIE MAE BEDFORD 
Mrs. Virgie Mae Bedford, 68, of Blytheville, died Thursday at her residence. 
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home of Blytheville. 

JERRY WAYNE HICKS 
Mr. Jerry Wayne Hicks, 30, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Monday, July 29, 2002, in Blytheville. Born Feb. 12, 1972, in Rolla, Mo., the son of John C. Hicks and Sharon Arnold Hicks, he was a graduate of Malden High School in Malden, Mo.

He was united in marriage to Jamie Pendergrass May 15, 2002, in Dyersburg, Tenn. 
Mr. Hicks was a veteran, having served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was employed at Nucor Steel Arkansas in Hickman and a member of the Ely Baptist Church of Kennett, Mo.

According to family members, he was active in youth baseball and loved umpiring. 
He leaves his wife, Jamie Hicks of the home; 
His parents, John C. and Sharon G. Hicks of Kennett; 
One daughter, Caroline Parker Hicks of Caruthersville; 
One stepdaughter, Statyn Elise Coppage of Caruthersville; 
One brother, Terry E. Hicks of Kennett; 
One nephew, Johnny Jack Hicks of Kennett; and 
A number of other relatives and friends. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the H.S. Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville, with Bro. Dale Rickman and Dr. Paul Currie officiating. Burial followed in the Maple Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Martin, Ryan Braswell, Kevin Faulkner, Shawn Wiley, Tony Jones and Derek Callens.

MATTIE MILLER 
Ms. Mattie Miller, 98, of Luxora, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. She had been a homemaker, a member of Gospel Temple in Luxora and a member of the Mother Board at Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Luxora.

Ms. Miller leaves three sons, Linzell Miller and Billy Miller, both of Luxora, and Robert Miller of Erie, Pa.; 
Three daughters, Stephanie Williford of Chicago, Charles Etta Freeman of Kansas City, Mo., and Jettie Miller of Luxora; and

Twenty-four grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Luxora, with the Rev. Michael McKinnie officiating. Burial will follow in Luxora Cemetery. Family members will be active pallbearers.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

NETTIE MAE REESE 
Mrs. Nettie Mae Reese, 43, of Steele, Mo., died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born to Gorden and Bobbie Defoe Selvar in Port Angeles, Wash., she had been an area resident most of her life. A former owner and operator of Nettie's Barbeque, she became a truck driver for J.E. Phillips Mail Service in Memphis, Tenn., but retired due to health problems. According to friends and family, she was a wonderful person who was devoted to her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Mrs. Reese leaves her husband, William Reese of the home; 
Her children, Jerry Reese of Steele and Charlotte and Michael Terry of Steele; 
Her stepchildren, Scott Reese of Kansas City, Mo., Margie Starky of Forest City and Monica McCland of Arnold, Calif.; 
Her daughter-in-law, Cindy Reese of Gosnell; and 
Her grandchildren, Victoria Reese, Miranda, Chase and Chelsey Terry, Rhonda Mae Reese, Jerry "Bubba" Reese Jr. and Brittany and Cari Decker;

Her brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Angie Defoe of Gosnell; 
Her in-laws, Larry and Maxine Ellis, Billy and Imojean Olson and Charlene Thorp; and 
A host of friends. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with the Revs. Gary Hyde and Kenny Davis officiating. A private burial will be conducted.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. 

CHARLES SCALES 
Mr. Charles Scales, 82, of Osceola, died Tuesday, July 30, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Osceola. He had been a plumber.

Mr. Scales leaves his wife, Retha Scales of Shannon, Miss.; 
Two sons, K.C. Scales of Osceola and Henry Scales of Chicago; 
One godson, Clyde Harris of Osceola; 
Four daughters, Mary Scott of Dyersburg, Tenn., Charlene Coleman of Chicago, Ada Matthews of Saginaw, Mich., and Annie Smith of Chicago;

One sister, Maggie Berry of Belden, Miss.; 
One brother, James Scales of Belden; and 
Eighteen grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Osceola, with the Rev. Moses Black officiating. Burial will follow in Whiteside Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be family and friends.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.


 


 

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