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Virgie Lucille Johnson - Cardwell 
Virgie Lucille Johnson, 83, of Cardwell, died Monday, April 2, 2001, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. Born at Brookland, she was the daughter of the late Pete and Sally Winn and had been a lifelong Cardwell area resident.
She is survived by two sons, Virgil Alvin Johnson of Cardwell and Estel Lee Johnson of Paragould; a brother, Virgie Britton Winn of Cardwell; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Lee Johnson, and a sister, Mary Edith Smith.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Rick Douglas officiating. Burial was in the Cardwell Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service.

Herbert Eugene Redding - Bono 
Herbert Eugene Redding, 76, of Bono died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Redding lived in Bono his entire life. He was a retired farmer and a member of North Main Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Sue Redding of the home; two daughters, Debbie Redding of the home and Pat Rodriquez of Sunrise, Fla.; a stepson, Edward Becker of Bono; a sister, Rose Downing of Manila; four brothers, Henry Redding of Henryville, Tenn., Lloyd Redding of Searcy and Phillip Redding and Tuffy Redding, both of St. Louis, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services were 10 a.m. Monday at North Main Baptist Church with Tommy Stacy officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.
Pallbearers included Edward Becker, Chad King and Dustin King.

J.R. David Jr. - Caraway
J.R. David Jr., 76, of Caraway died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001, at the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Sept. 26 on Arkansas 77 south of Manila. Born in Leachville, he was a retired banker and a Methodist.
Survivors include his wife, Lee David of Caraway; two daughters, Gundel Leigh Martin and Deborah Lynn Taylor, both of Caraway; a nephew, Lt. Col. John Joslin of Rockport, Texas; two grandsons, Garrett David Taylor and Kabe Graison Taylor, both of Caraway, two granddaughters, Holly Nicole Woody of Osceola and Melanie Lynn Gyngard of Caraway; a step-granddaughter, Erin Elizabeth Woody of Osceola, and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Friday at Caraway United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Williams and the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. A private burial is planned at a later date under the direction of Langford's Funeral Service.

James Leroy Gernhart Sr. - Osceola
James Leroy Gernhart Sr., 71, of Osceola, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at his home. Born June 22, 1930, he was a retired factory worker and a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Carrolls Corner.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Gernhart of the home; six sons, James Gernhart Jr. of Kentwood, Mich., Thomas Gernhart and Larry Gernhart, both of Osceola, Jerry Gernhart of Germany, Richard Gernhart of Plainwell, Mich., and David Gernhart of Osceola; a daughter, Lorie Pannell of Osceola; three sisters, Shirley Lawson of Sparks, Nev., Vivian Brennan of Mason City, Iowa, and Nancy Treaver of Paullina, Iowa; and two brothers, Jack Gernhart of Montana and George Gernhart of Kalamazoo, Mich.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Nettie Chalstrom; two brothers, Bill and Fred Gernhart; one grandson, Justin Pannell; and a great-grandson, Devon Eguewe.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Wilson Funeral Home chapel in Osceola with Brother Tommy Wilbanks officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery.
Active pallbearers were friends and family members.

Billy Gerald Cornish - Monette
Billy Gerald Cornish, 64, of Monette, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at his residence. He was a retired farmer, of the Baptist faith, lived most of his life in the Monette area, and a member of the Woodman of the World.
He is survived by his wife, Coty Ann Cornish of the home; a son, Brady Cornish of Monette; a daughter, Cindy Smith of Weiner; two sisters, Clar Dallas of Dumas and Aileen Castlebury of Paris, Texas; two grandchildren, Morgan Milligan and Cody Smith.
A memorial graveside service was held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Monette Cemetery with Rev. Clarence Cornish officiating. The funeral arrangements were under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider S. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Iva Nell Akes - Monette
Iva Nell Akes, 61, of Monette, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at her home. Born at Heber Springs, she was the daughter of the late Robie and Gertie Goff Clayton and had been a Leachville and Monette area resident since 1949. She was retired from Frolic Footwear and was a member of the Church of God.
She is survived by her husband, Floyd Akes, of Monette; a son, Mike Akes, of Paragould: a daughter, Vickie Southerly, of Marmaduke; seven brothers, Leo Clayton of Monette, Raymond Lee Clayton and Bill Clayton, both of Leachville, Kenneth Clayton of Moentte, Delbert Wayne Clayton of Greenbriar, Myril Clayton of Leachville and Dean Clayton of San Antonio, Texas: two sisters, Wincle Clayton of Monette and Imagene Roper of Leachville; six grandchildren and a great-grandson.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Howard Funeral Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Dennis Madison officiating. Burial was in the Cudd Cemetery in Marmaduke under the direction of Howard Funeral Service. 

William E. "Bill" Barrett - Caraway
William E. "Bill" Barrett, 78, of Caraway, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Delaware, Ohio, he was a longtime Blytheville resident and a retired salesman for the Krey Packing Co. He was a member of the Blytheville First United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Caraway Lions Club. He served in the Navy during World War II and Korean War and was a member of the Sons of the Revolution and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Alpha Lorraine "Larry" Rourke Barrett of Caraway; a son, Richard E. "Rick" Barrett of Mountain Home; four grandchildren, Weston Scrape III, Terrance Lee Scrape, Ashley Jean Jackson and Richard Gann Barrett; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.E. and Eurie Sands Burnett, and a daughter.
The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery.
The family requests that anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis or First United Methodist Church in Blytheville.

Jeanette Marbry - Tyronza
Jeanette Marbry, 73, of Tyronza died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. She retired as manager of a One-Hour Martinizing and was of the Baptist belief.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky Furnish and Kenny Furnish, both of Walls, Miss.; two daughters, Barbara Burch of Tyronza and Inez Speights of Lake Jackson, Texas; two sisters, Lou Ann Moon of Lake City and Vicki Holden of Palestine, Texas; seven brothers, James Moon, Sonny Moon and Craig Moon, all of Trumann, Tom Moon of Glen Allen, Va., Larry Moon and Paul Moon, both of Lake City, and Jackie Moon of Bay; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Leroy Furnish and Leonard Marbry; and her parents, Victor W. and Inez Doty Moon.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with Boyd Hosman officiating. Burial was in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.

Jeremy Randell Davis - Jonesboro
Jeremy Randell Davis, 21, of Jonesboro, died Monday, June 8, 2003. A native and life-long resident of Jonesboro, he was a 2000 graduate of Nettleton High School and a member of the Nettleton Baptist Church in Jonesboro. He was currently a junior at Arkansas State University and was employed by Nettleton Public Schools.
He is survived by his parents, Randy and Michele sparks Davis of the home; a sister, Paige Davis of the home; his maternal grandparents, Jerry and Claudine Sparks of Jonesboro; and paternal grandparents, Luther and Dottie Harris of Jonesboro and Gene Davis of California.
The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. John Lee officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery with Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro in charge of arrangements.
Active pallbearers include Terry Lee Heather, Daniel Massey, Zack Gartman, Chett Hickman, Brannon Hollis, Quinton Storman, Wayne Jones, Marshall Hubbard, Zach Bean, and Ryan Stevens.
Honorary pallbearers include members of the Nettleton High School class of 2000.
The family requests anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial consider the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

J.W. (Bud) Wortham - Manila 
J.W. Edward (Bud) Wortham, 83, of Manila died Sunday, April 8, 2001. He was born July 7, 1917, to Jennie and William Wortham. He was a retired carpenter and volunteer fireman. He was an avid golfer and a huge baseball fan. He was a member of the Manila First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Irene Wortham; a son, J.W. Edward Wortham, Jr. of Tulsa, Okla.; a daughter, Susan Lewis of Jonesboro; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, George Wortham, of Batesville, and a sister, Maureen Powell, of Manila.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Howard Funeral Service Chapel in Manila. Brother Jim Fowler of Paragould and Ray Dill of Manila will officiate.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Manila Cemetery.

Jane Naomi Lancaster - Horseshoe Bend 
Jane Naomi Lancaster, 60, of Horseshoe Bend, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at St. Bernards Medical Center. Born at Jonesboro, she was a home health nurse for the Arkansas Department of Health for 15 years, a member of the Arkansas Employees Association and a member of the Highland Drive Christian Church in Jonesboro.
Survivors include her husband, William F. Lancaster of the home; a son, Steven W. Lancaster of Manila; a daughter, Lynley Christian of Jonesboro; two brothers, Edward "Buster" Orr of Jonesboro and Johnny Orr of Springfield, Ore.; two sisters, June Pierce and Wendy Sharp, both of Jonesboro; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son and a grandson.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.

Dona Jo Banton - Marmaduke
Dona Jo Banton, 38, of Marmaduke, died Nov. 17, 2001, at Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was an office manager and of the Pentecostal faith.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Banton of Marmaduke; her father, Alton Darty of Carrolls Corner; a son, Brandon Jones of Manila; two daughters, Melissa Garrison of Paragould and Christina Haley of Manila; four sisters, Cathy Moore of Gosnell, Barbara Yancey of Osceola, Alyalee Long of Keiser, and Phyllis Towery of Carrolls Corner; a brother, Alton Darty, Jr., of Osceola; and three grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson Funeral Home in Osceola with Brother Huey Meherg officiating. Burial was in Garden Point Cemetery in Etowah with Wilson Funeral Home in charge.

Pearl Ruby Davenport - Manila
Pearl Ruby Davenport, 88, of Manila, died Friday, July 19, 2002, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Monette, she was the daughter of the late J.B. and Elizabeth Crow Files and was a life-long Manila resident. She was the widow of Claude Davenport and a member of New Harmony Baptist Church.
She is survived by three sons, Gene Davenport of Collinsville, Ill., Bud Davenport of Manila, and Benny Davenport of Hot Springs; five daughters, Faye Regan of Collinsville, Ill., Betty Sue Watkins of New Douglas, Ill., Eunice Thiel of Collinsville, Ill., Joyce Long of Mt. Home and Diane Long of Manila; a brother, Pete Files of Manila; a sister, Alta Loveless of Helena; 26 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lee Pulley.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) at the Howard Funeral Chapel in Manila with Rev. William Piercy and Rev. Allen Quinn officiating. Burial will be in the Manila Cemetery.

Kaleb Chase Carter - Moentte
Kaleb Chase Carter, infant son of Donald Arthur and Kathy Lynn Carter of Monette, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002, at The Med Center in Memphis.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Brittney Patricia Marie Carter and Cheyenne Selena Carter, both of the home; a brother, Donald Arthur Carter II of the home; paternal grandfather, Arthur J. Carter of Jonesboro; maternal grandparents, Roy D. and Patsy Hurt of Leachville; maternal great-grandmother, Maxine Pratt of Wilson.
A graveside service was held at 2:30 Monday at the Monette Cemetery with Rev. Rick Stevens officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Monette.

Earnest Alton Cloninger - Oklahoma
Earnest Alton Cloninger, 64, of Oklahoma, formerly of Monette, died Dec. 3, 2002. He was born Nov. 20, 1938 in Clarksville to Virgil and Burlie Pelts Cloninger. He attended school at Monette High School until he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patsy Lou (Robinson) Cloninger; sons, Earnest Wayne and wife Carmelita Cloninger, and Randy Cloninger; daughters, Brenda and husband, Martin Wolf, and Delora and husband, Ron Minard; brothers, Floyd Cloninger and Charles Cloninger; sisters, Loretta Cunningham and Mary Jane Elias; grandchildren, Dennis Wolf, Vernonica Towe and husband, J.R., Joshua Minard, Ryan Minard, Tyler Minard, Devin Cloninger, and Brandi Cloninger.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Wade, Roy, and Ray Cloninger.
The funeral was held at noon Friday, Dec. 6, at the South Colonial Chapel of Vondel Smith. 

Edward Lee Tyler - Manila
Edward Lee Tyler, 54, of Manila, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at the Med in Memphis from injuries received in a fire at his home. Born at Manila, he was the son of the late Cornelius and Bessie Martin Tyler and had lived most of his life in Manila. Mr. Tyler attended Manila High School and was a truck driver and carpenter.
He is survived by three daughters, Genice Styles, Jennifer Tyler, both of Seagoville, Texas, and Rita Tyler of Balch Springs, Texas; four brothers, Larry Tyler of Manila, Randy Tyler of Ohio, Terry Tyler of El Dorado, and Cornelius "Dickie" Tyler, Jr., of Grand Prairie, Texas; two sisters, Sharon Kay Hickman of Cardwell, and Rita Jane Tyler Rose of Elkhart, Ind.; and five grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Gary and Jerry Tyler.
The funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday at Howard Funeral Chapel in Manila with Rev. Don Phillips officiating. Burial was in the Monette Cemetery.


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