Miscellaneous Mississippi County, Arkansas Obituaries


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Mr. Gary Lee Darst, 53, of Gosnell, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., after a seven-month battle with cancer. Born June 13, 1950, in Delaware, Ohio, the son of retired U.S. Air Force MSgt. William and Mae Darst of Gosnell, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After his tour of duty overseas he was an instructor of specialized military tank operations. According to family members he enjoyed outdoor activities such as gardening and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his father. 
Mr. Darst leaves his mother, Mae Darst of Gosnell; 
One daughter, Lynne Crawford of Bismarck, N.D.; 
Two sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Ray Ireland of Gosnell and Darla and Butch Herring of Jonesboro; 
Three nieces, Amy Brown Wilson of Mildenhall Air Force Base, England; Heidi Bowman Diehl of Azores Air Force Base in Portugal; and Amber McCormick Butler of Jonesboro;

A special home health care nurse, Tammy Jones, who went above and beyond her normal duties to care for him during his illness;

One nephew, Dustin McCormick of Gosnell; and 
Three grandchildren, four great-nieces and one great-nephew. 
A private memorial service and burial will be conducted at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock upon completion of arrangements.

Mr. Ray Harrison, 79, of Blytheville, died Monday, July 28, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born Aug. 9, 1923, in Huffman, the son of Irvin A. and Mary Parthena Ray Harrison, he was a lifelong area resident and a member of the First United Methodist Church. He had farmed in Leland, Miss., for four years and the remainder of his farming career was spent in Mississippi County, where he was a member of the Mississippi County Cotton Board. He had attended Promised Land Methodist Church and Mary's Chapel Baptist Church. Mr. Harrison had been a Sunday school teacher and was involved in various church activities.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mamie Grace Young Harrison; one brother, Herman Pruitt Harrison; and one sister, Maurine Watson.

Mr. Harrison leaves his wife, Frances Shoemaker Harrison of Blytheville; 
One sister, Gwendolyn Harrison of Jonesboro; 
One sister-in-law, Louise Gaines of Blytheville; 
One brother-in-law, Tommie Young of Blytheville; and 
Several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with the Rev. Pam Estes and the Rev. Rick Brothers officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 
Memorials may be made to Mary's Chapel Baptist Church, 6005 N. State Highway 137, Blytheville, AR 72315; First United Methodist Church, Seventh and Main streets, Blytheville AR 72315; or to the Methodist Children's Home, 2002 S. Fillmore, Little Rock, AR 72204.

Mrs. Lola Pinkley, 61, of Gosnell, died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis, Tenn. Born in Success, the daughter of Gilbert Otis and Hazel Brooks Fowler, she had lived in this area for the past 30 years and was of the Pentecostal faith.

According to family members, she devoted her time and life to taking care of her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved cooking, gardening and remodeling her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents. 
Mrs. Pinkley leaves her husband, Sam Pinkley of the home; 
Her children, Vickie Branum and Gilbert Pinkley, both of Gosnell, Kim McLaughlin of Blytheville, Jo Ann Pritchett and Freda Fowler, both of Memphis, and Greg Pinkley of Norfolk, Va.; and

Ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Steven Spears officiating. Burial will follow in Dogwood Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 pm. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

Mr. James Robert Estes, 64, of Caruthersville, Mo., died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at his home. Born March 6, 1937, in Hardy, the son of James Rowe Estes and Jennie Gann Estes, he attended schools in Caruthersville.

He was united in marriage to Miss Janice Hudgings March 6, 1959, in Caruthersville. He was a veteran, having served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Estes was self-employed in the construction business for many years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church of Caruthersville.

Mr. Estes leaves his wife Janice Estes of Caruthersville; 
Three daughters, Morgan Janae Treece and Micalan Estes Anderson, both of Caruthersville, and Cara Michelle Gardner of Dunmor, Ky.;

His parents, James Rowe and Jennie Estes of Caruthersville; 
Two sisters, Rosa Lee Metzger of Hayti, Mo., and Mary Virginia Shoaf of Jefferson City, Mo.; 
Five grandchildren, Claressa Renee Anderson Nave, Jeffrey Sayre Treece, Jenifer Michelle Anderson, Cody Ryan Anderson and James Dylan Treece;

Two great-grandchildren, Hannah Nicole Anderson and James Curtis Nave; and 
A number of other relatives and many friends. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Temple Baptist Church in Caruthersville, with the Rev. Jerry Harmon officiating. Burial followed in the Maple Cemetery in Caruthersville. Pallbearers were Billy W. Constant, Bill Broderick, B.A. Cross, Charles Moody, Robert Hundhausen and Jim Madison.

The H.S. Smith Funeral Home of Caruthersville was in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Gloria Brown, 71, of Houston, formerly of Osceola, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003, in Houston. Born Dec. 18, 1931, in Garrett, Ky., she was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Brown, and her parents, Orville and Opal Hancock Gibson. 
Mrs. Brown leaves one son, David Flora of Blytheville; 
Two daughters, Deborah Cooper of Houston and Barbara Flora of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; 
One brother, Donald Gibson of Louisville, Ky.; and 
Nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at the Mississippi County Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Osceola, under the direction of Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola.

Mr. Claude David Byrd, 63, of O Fallon, Mo., died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at his home. He was a retired farmer and member of Eastside Baptist Church in Osceola.

He was preceded in death by his son, David R. Byrd. 
Mr. Byrd leaves two daughters, Elizabeth Byrd and Angel Byrd, both of Keiser; 
His sisters, Emma Austin of Osceola, Shelba McDearmon of O Fallon, Madgie Parker of Keiser and Minnie Vanzant of Senath, Mo.; and 

His brothers, Uless Isbell of Florida and James C. Byrd Jr. of Warrenton, Mo. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola. Bro. Tom Doty officiated, and burial followed in Garden Point Cemetery in Etowah.

Mrs. Mary Lou Jeffries Jones, 64, of Chicago, and a former resident of Blytheville, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at her home. Born to Clyde Jeffries and Nellie Cole Jeffries Ingram in Beulah, Miss., she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Louis H. Jones Jr.; brothers, Harold Jeffries and Lewis Ingram; and a sister, Mattie Jeffries.

Mrs. Jones leaves her husband of 48 years, Louis H. Jones of the home; 
Her grandchildren, Justin Jones, Joshua Jones, Stephanie Jones and Jacob Jones, all of Chicago; 
Her brothers, Clyde Jeffries of Chicago, Bobby Ingram of Salem, Mo., Glenn Ingram of Chicago, Joe Ingram, Anthony Ingram and Roy Ingram, all of Blytheville;

Her sisters, Lydia Okamura of Sacramento, Calif., Bonnie Batte of Memphis, Tenn., and Elizabeth Jarrett and Helen Payne, both of Blytheville.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville, with the Rev. Mitchell King Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

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

Mr. Francis D. Madison, 75, of Osceola, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, in Memphis, Tenn. Born July 20, 1927, in Oakman, Ala., he was a member of Osceola Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Madison; his wife, Dorothy Madison; a son, Brian Madison; and a grandson, Tyler F. Madison.

Mr. Madison leaves three sons, Barry Madison of Osceola, John Madison and his wife, Sarah, of Clementon, N.J., and James Madison of Brinkley;

One daughter, Melissa Pruitt and her husband, Teddy, of Wilson; 
His mother, Grace Harris of Dora, Ala.; 
Two brothers, James R. Madison of Oakman, Ala., and Felton Harris of Cullman, Ala.; 
Three sisters, Helen Raines of Jasper, Ala., Carolyn Lovelady of Dora and Betty McGahey of Northport, Ala.; and 
Ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Osceola Church of Christ, with burial following in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Osceola. Keith Martin and Guy Hester will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola. 

Mrs. Mae Evelyn Tippy, 79, of Lake City, the wife of J.T. Tippy, died today, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at Lakeside Nursing Center in Lake City. Born Nov. 10, 1923, in Chico County, the daughter of Lloyd and Clara Streeter Ward, she was a longtime Blytheville resident, a homemaker, and a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Lake City. According to her family, she was the "best cook in the whole world" and enjoyed cooking for everyone. She loved flower gardening, crocheting, embroidering and caring for her family.

Her parents preceded her in death. 
Mrs. Tippy leaves her husband, J.T. Tippy of Lake City; 
Three sons, Paul Ray Tippy of Little Rock, Charles Dean Tippy and his wife, Anita, of Jonesboro, and Phillip Wayne Tippy of Hardy;

Two daughters, Darlene Edwards and her husband, Harry, of Stafford, Va., and Karen Parish and her husband, Mike, of Blytheville; 

One brother, Kenneth Ward of Hobbs, N.M.; 
Two sisters, Opal Senger of Little Rock and Nellie Tippy of Hobbs; and 
Eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel in Blytheville. Mr. Harold Anderson will officiate, and burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

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




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