Homer Pierce Tatum - Little Rock
Homer Pierce Tatum, 83, longtime resident of Little Rock, died Tuesday,
March 6, 2001, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born Sept. 26,
1917, in Humboldt, Tenn., he was the son of Finis E. and Annie Earl (Pierce)
Tatum. He lived in Manila many years, where he finished high school. He
managed Manila Lumber Co. for many years, was retired from Celotex Corporation
and was an avid golfer. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World
He was preceded in death by three brothers, John P. Tatum, Rex C. Tatum
and Lex E. Tatum; his wife, Mary Ruth Moore, and a daughter, Sherry L.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Kay Harmon of White Hall; a son,
Tom D. Tatum of Little Rock; two grandchildren, Mary Ann Curl of Hot Springs
and Richard J. Williams of Bryant; a stepgrandson, James R. Harmon Jr.
of Hot Springs, and three great-grandchildren, Saxon S. Shepard, Emma B.
Williams and Shelby A. Harmon.
Services were March 10 at North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel.
Mary Ruth Ashley - Blytheville
Mary Ruth Ashley, 54, of Blytheville, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2001, at
Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.
Born at Osceola, she was a cashier and cook at a convenience store
and a member of the Luxora First Baptist Church.
Survivors include four daughters, Lisa Gaines of Gurley, Ala., Tracey
Ashley of Tampa, Fla., Tina Ashley of Blytheville, and Leslie Leija of
Dell; five sons, Donald Ashley, Jr. and Willie Ashley, both of Dell, Bobby
Ashley of Manila, Curtis Ashley of Burdette, and Carl Ashley of Gosnell;
four sisters, Joann Edwards of Osceola, Connie Austin of Memphis, Diane
Malone of Manila, and Margaret White of Florida; a brother, Nelson Tacker
of Luxora; and 18 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Eugene Ashley.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Wilson Funeral Home in Blytheville,
with George Nichols officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens of Blytheville.
Vama Augusta Hayden - Leachville
Vama Augusta Hayden, 94, of Leachville, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002,
at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in the Red Onion community
near Monette, she was the daughter of the late John and Martha Nance. She
had been a Leachville resident for most of her life and was a member of
the Church of God.
She is survived by a son, Darrell Hayden of Paragould; a daughter,
Jean Hayden Rogers of Houston, Texas; four brothers, Murrell Nance of Memphis,
Collier Nance of Monette, Vassar Nance of Leachville, Herndon Nance of
Corsicana, Texas; two sisters, Alma Dulaney of Jonesboro, Zelma Ashabranner
of Cedar Hill, Texas; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Howard Fuenral Service chapel
in Leachivlle with burial in the Monette Cemetery.
Pauline Horner - Senath
Pauline Horner, 79, of Senath, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Twin
Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett. She was born Feb. 17, 1923 at
Hornersville and was a homemaker. She was a member of Lulu Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Charline Horner Barnum of Paragould;
two sisters, Bettie King of Bangor, Mich., and Marian Branum of Hornersville;
five grandchildren, Donna Foster, Kim Foster, D.D. Fain, Tim Barnum, Brien
Burkett; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Mary Pierce;
two sisters, Esther Ferrell and Louise Isom; and three brothers, Cleo Pierce,
William Pierce, and Roy Pierce.
A graveside service was held at 1:30 p.m. at Lulu Cemetery with arrangements
under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home, Inc., of Paragould.
Pallbearers were Ted Foster, Brian Foster, Jeffery Foster, Tim Branum,
and Amber Foster.
Edna Mae "Jackie" Eubanks - Ozark
Edna Mae "Jackie" Eubanks, 76, of Ozark, formerly of Manila, died Friday,
July 19, 2002, at Turner Memorial Hospital in Ozark. She was the widow
of A.J. Eubanks and had been a resident of Ozark for the past two years.
Born at Sallisaw, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Claude and Bertha
Mattingly Jackson and had lived most of her life in the Manila and Roseland
area. She was a homemaker and member of the First Assembly of God Church
She is survived by a son, Darrell Eubanks of Ozark; a daughter, Dee
Anne Rollins of Roseland; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her
son, Curtis Allen Eubanks; her brothers, Eugene and Leonard Jackson, and
her sister, Minerva Kelly.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Monday at Manila Cemetery with
Rev. James Chipman officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of
Howard Funeral Service of Manila.
Marion Charlesteen Crabtree - Manila
Marion Charlesteen Crabtree, 83, of Manila died Saturday, Jan. 26,
2003, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Cave City,
she was the daughter of the late Charley and Rossie Bell Meacham. She was
a talented seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her family and friends. She
was a lifelong Manila area resident and was of the Methodist faith.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann and Dennis
Veach, of the Lost Cane Community; a brother, Thomas Meacham of Manila;
four sisters, Rodell Bunch of Manila, Laura Hutton of Kennett, Pat Fyler
of Batesville, Lawana Miles of Newport; a granddaughter, Candy Ann Crabtree
McMinn, and one great-grandchild, Destiny Alexis Brooks.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,
Edward Clay Crabtree, a son, Charles Crabtree; four brothers and a sister.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Howard Funeral Chapel
in Manila with Brother Ray Dill officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery.
Virginia Harrell Hayes - Manila
Virginia Harrell Hayes, 81, of Manila, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at
Baptist Memorial Hospital in Blytheville. Born June 25, 1920, in Leora,
Mo., she was the daughter of Zeddie and Pearl Blackburn Kinder. She was
a longtime area resident and a member of Browns Chapel Baptist Church.
She was a homemaker.
She is survived by a son, Donald Harrell of Manila; a daughter, Sharron
Barks of Ripley, Miss.; a brother, Paul Stull of Manila; a stepbrother,
Harvey Lee James of Leachville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands,
Billy Hayes and Marvin Harrell; a brother, Ralph Kinder; and two sisters,
Lurrie and Hallie Kinder, and one grandchild, Lonnie Glenn Barks.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Browns Chapel Baptist Church
in Manila with the Rev. Graig Stull and the Rev. Eddie Hawkins officiating.
Burial was in the Leachville Cemetery under the direction of Cobb Funeral
Home of Blytheville.
Virginia Maxine Hembrey - Leachville
Virginia Maxine Hembrey, 76, of Leachville, died Monday, July 15, 2002,
at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould. Born at Beebe, she had been
a Leachville resident for most of her life and was retired from Brown Shoe
Survivors include her husband, Golden Hembrey, of Leachville; a brother,
Vernon Cope of Grady; two granddaughters, Tammy Puckett and Shelby Sexton,
both of Leachville; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ben Nichols, and daughter,
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Howard Funeral Service
Chapel in Leachville with Rev. Charles Stoddard officiating. Burial was
in the Leachville Cemetery.
Catherine Evans - Manila
Catherine Evans, 81, of Manila, the widow of Keith Evans, died Wednesday,
Sept. 25, 2002, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born at Manila,
she was the daughter of the late Anderson and Haley Chapen Williams, and
had been a lifelong Manila resident. She was a member of Calvary Baptist
Church in Manila.
She is survived by two sons, Edward Evans and Edwin Evans, both of
Manila; a daughter, Lois Evans of Manila; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Howard Funeral Chapel in Manila
with Rev. Graig Stull officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery.
Vidline Leenora Shaver - Monette
Vidline Leenora Shaver, 73, of Monette, died Friday, Aril 11, 2003,
at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. She was a homemaker, member
of Refuge General Baptist Church and had lived in the Monette area most
of her life.
She is survived by three daughters, Debra Bader, Ella Sanderson and
Linda Hutchison, all of Monette; two sons, Joe Shaver of Lake City and
Jimmy Shaver of Jonesboro; a brother, Shamblin Timms of Lake City; 12 grandchildren
and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ott and Margie Timms, her
husband, Odie Shaver, seven brothers, two sisters, and a grandson, Darrell
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel
in Monette with Rev. Larry Ward officiating. Burial was at the Monette
Cemetery with Gregg Funeral Home of Monette in charge. Nephews served as
Rev. Cecil E. Chapin - Florida
Rev. Cecil E. Chapin 76, of Wimauma, Fla., formerly of Benton Harbor,
Mich., died July 14, 2003. Funeral services were conducted July 18, 2003
by the pastor at the Wimauma Church of God. Burial was in Wimauma.
Rev. Chapin was born in Carlisle, to John and Lela Chapin, Sept. 19,
1926. He graduated from Leachville High School in 1944. He then studied
at Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn. In 1948 he came to Benton Harbor and
built the first Church of God in the Twin Cities and started a radio Christian
broadcast at 19 years of age. He built a church on Midway Drive and than
built a larger church on Crystal Avenue at which time he became an ordained
minister and pastor of the Crystal Avenue Church for 12 years and also
served as a justice of the peace in Benton Harbor. He then became pastor
of the Churches of God in Detroit, Mich., and became overseer of all the
Churches of God in Canada. In 1968 he retired and moved to Wimauma, where
he became a realtor and a licensed real estate agent. There he was able
to minister as a loving, kind father and person to his family and friends.
His greatest love was God and the church.
Survivors include his daughter, Donna (Gary) Ball; sisters, Helen Wolford
Craven (George), Dorothy (Virgil) Avery and Wanda Faye (James) Avery; three
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a niece, Kathy (Wolford) Brutsche;
and nephew, Roy Wolford Jr.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Earl.
Memorials may be made to the Leachville Church of God Cecil E. Chapin
Randy Harold King - Manila
Randy Harold King, 41, of Manila died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at his
home. Born to Leon Leonard and Barbara Nell Williams King, Sr., he was
a factory worker, a lifelong area resident and of the Baptist faith.
In addition his parents, he is survived by a brother, Leon Leonard
King Jr., of Manila.
A memorial service was conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Blackwater
Baptist Church in Manila with Rev. William Piercy officiating.
Burial was in the Manila Cemetery under the direction of Cobb Funeral
Home of Blytheville.
Claud Polston - Manila
Claud Polston, 87, of Manila, died Thursday at Baptist Memorial Nursing
Center in Blytheville. Born at Hazel Grove, he was the son of the late
Christopher and Gurthie Baker Polston and had been a Manila resident since
1944. He was a retired farmer and member of Milligan Ridge Baptist Church.
Mr. Polston served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII.
He is survived by his wife, Julia Burke Polston of the home; a son,
Larry Dean Polston of Pittsburg, Kansas; two daughters, Faye Davis of Manila
and Lavella McWilliams of Blytheville; two sisters, Annell Bailey of Searcy
and Annaleaise Forrest of Mishawka, Ind.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. at Howard Funeral Service Chapel in
Manila with Rev. Waymon Holt officiating. Burial was in the Manila Cemetery.
Sgt. Larry Folkner - Blytheville
Sgt. Larry Leneer Folkner, 56, of Blytheville died Monday, Nov. 4,
2002, in Brinkley. Born in Monroe, he was a longtime resident of the area
and was an Arkansas State Police trooper. Beginning his career in Dumas,
he was commissioned as a trooper in 1972. He transferred to Mississippi
county in 1973, was promoted to sergeant in 1989, and his last three years
of service were with Troop D in Forrest City.
A member of the first ASP special response team, he received a number
of honors and awards, including the Valor Award in 1987 for his participation
in a hostage situation. He also was featured with Trooper Dewaine Malone
in Real Stories of the Highway Patrol TV show. He had planned to retire
in July and was of the Baptist belief.
Survivors included his wife, Brenda Bunn Folkner of the home; three
daughters, Heahter Folkner of Blytheville and Laurie Folkner and Allison
Folkner, both of Jonesboro; and two sisters, Brenda Grizzle of Clarendon
and JoAnn Hall of Hunter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Jefferson and Georgia
The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Blytheville
wit Rev. Thad Grimstead and Rev. John Lemons officiating.
Arrangements were under the direction of Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville.
An additional visitation was held Friday afternoon at Bob Neal Funeral
Home in Brinkley. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery at Brinkley.
Oma Dolly (Sands) McFall - Rockford, Ill.
Oma Dolly (Sands) McFall, 74, of Rockford, Ill., died Sunday, April
1, 2001, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. She was a homemaker,
of the Church of Christ belief, and had lived in Rockford for 12 years.
She was formerly of Caraway.
She is survived by a son, Roland Sands of Rockford; two daughters,
Brenda Giles of Paragould and Diann Murphy of St. Louis; a sister, Violet
Haynes of Rockford; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Sands.
The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel
in Monette with Scott Miller officiating. Burial was in the Monette Cemetery
with Gregg Funeral Home of Monette in charge.
Pallbearers were Kenny Murphy, Tim Hamilton, Shawn Rogers, Merle Wilkins,
Ricky Wilkins and Robbie Wilkins.