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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 War II.
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. Tatum.
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 in Manila.
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 Company.
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, Geraldine Hembrey.
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; a great-great-grandson.
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 Hutchison.
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 active pallbearers.

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 Educational Center.

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 Scott Folkner.
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.


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