BILLY J. MONTGOMERY
Mr. Billy Montgomery, 71, of Osceola, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002,
at his home. Born June 21, 1931, in Alicia, he was a retired highway maintenance
supervisor and 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.
Mr. Montgomery was a member and 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 his 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 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.
Mr. Gus Morris, 83, of Luxora, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at St.
Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Embry, Miss., the
son of Robert W. and Ruby Rogers Morris, he was a longtime area resident.
Mr. Morris had been actively engaged in farming most of his life and was
a member of the First Baptist Church in Luxora. He served his country in
the U.S. Army Second Cavalry Armored Division during World War II, was
a member of the American Legion and served on the Luxora school board for
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother,
Asa Morris, and two sisters, Ruth Morris and Ruby Scrivner.
Mr. Morris leaves his wife of 62 years, Lucille Terry Morris of the
Four children, Linda Bass of Desoto, Texas, David E. Morris and Owen
Morris, both of Luxora, and Dr. Michael Morris of Springfield, Mo.;
One brother, James Morris of Memphis, Tenn.;
Two sisters, Rose Osbourn and Frances Sanders, both of Tulsa, Okla.;
Ten grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First
Baptist Church in Luxora, with the Rev. Jackie Wood and the Rev. Ron Toon
officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Blytheville.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cobb Funeral
Home in Blytheville.
WILLIE MAE ROBINSON
Mrs. Willie Mae Robinson, 94, of Blytheville, died Thursday at Baptist
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McDonald-Horne
WILLIAM HALL FARIS
Mr. William Hall Faris, 52, of Hayti, Mo., died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003,
at his home. Born Jan. 13, 1951, in Braggadocio, Mo., the son of Charles
Albert Faris and Betty Ann Hall Faris, he attended the Braggadocio and
Hayti schools, graduating in the Hayti High School class of 1968. He also
attended the University of Missouri in Columbia. He was engaged in the
farm chemical sales business.
He was a member of Gideons International and very involved in the Heartland
Singles Ministry. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Caruthersville,
Mr. Faris leaves his parents, Charles Albert and Betty Faris of Braggadocio;
One son, Charles A. Faris II of Jackson, Mo.;
One daughter, Mary Catherine Faris of Memphis, Tenn.;
One sister, Charla Whitaker of Blytheville; and
One nephew, two nieces and a number of other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the H.S. Smith
Funeral Home Chapel in Caruthersville, with the Rev. Dr. James Adams, the
Rev. Mike Ault, the Rev. John Earl Dunavant and the Rev. Dave Lewelling
officiating. Burial followed in Maple Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Maclin,
Troma Jones, Bobby Irons, Danny Bradsher, Gary Coppage, Bill Wallace and
HUBERT HOWARD GALBRAITH SR.
Mr. Hubert Howard Galbraith Sr., 74, of Steele, Mo., died Sunday, Feb.
16, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis, Tenn. Born March
11, 1928, in Walnut Ridge, he served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Howard Galbraith and
Alma Johnson Galbraith; his first wife, Ethel Underwood Galbraith; his
brother, Albert Junior Galbraith; and his sister, Betty Crawford.
Mr. Galbraith leaves his wife, Nancy Sue Brewer Galbraith of Steele;
Two sons, Hubert Galbraith Jr. and Johnny Galbraith, both of Steele;
Six daughters, Louise Pritchett of Rives, Mo., Linda Mosier, Teresa
Middleton, Lisa Woody and Glenda Pounds, all of Steele, and Brenda Long
of Holland, Mo.;
Three brothers, Charles Galbraith of Kennett, Mo., Bob Galbraith of
Florida and David Galbraith of Arizona;
One sister, Mary Mitchell of Blytheville;
Twenty-two grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and
A host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. today at Bradshaw-Powell
Funeral Home in Steele, with Mr. John Mundy officiating. Burial followed
in Mount Zion Cemetery.
NANNIE LOUISE NEWELL
Ms. Nannie Louise Newell, 79, of St. Charles, Mo., died Monday, Feb.
17, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Charles.
Born in Manila, she was the daughter of the late Claudie and Maggie
Martin Harwell and had been a resident of Tallahassee, Fla., for the past
She was a retired painter and a member of the First Baptist Church
in St. Peters, Mo., and the Silver Threads Group.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Richard
Martin; two brothers; and two sisters.
She leaves one son, Jackie Martin of Irving, Texas;
Five daughters, Barbara Milner of Bay St. Louis, Miss., Edith Case
of Steinhachee, Fla., Diane Meyers of Kalamazoo, Mich., Darlene Patrick
of Sardis, Miss., and Donna Walker of St. Peters;
Two sisters, Irene Saban of Warren, Mich., and Gladys Neeley of Pacific,
Twenty grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Howard
Funeral Home Chapel in Manila, with Rev. William Piercy officiating. Burial
will follow in the Manila Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors from 9 a.m. until the time of service
CHESTER E. PENNEY
Mr. Chester E. Penney, 62, of Blytheville, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003,
at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born April 2, 1940, in Lawrence
County at his home in Clover Bend, the son of the Rev. Chester Penney and
Henrietta Penney, he was a retired Sears technician of 30 years and of
the Baptist faith. He attended Fairview Baptist Church and was saved in
1953 at the age of 13 at Harvey's Chapel.
According to family members, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather
who enjoyed spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, the Rev. Chester Penney, and
one sister Marilyn Clubb, both of Marmaduke.
Mr. Penney leaves his wife, Wanda L. Penney of Blytheville;
Two sons, Scotty E. Penney and Dr. Barry D. Penney and his wife, Tammy,
all of Blytheville;
His mother, Henrietta Penney of Marmaduke; and
Three grandchildren, Jonathan, Rebecca and Kaitlyn Penney.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview
Baptist Church, with Bro. Larry Haynes and Bro. Kim Bridges officiating.
Burial will follow in Harvey's Chapel Cemetery in Marmaduke. Family and
friends will be pallbearers.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Wilson
Funeral Home of Blytheville.
Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church in Blytheville.
MILTON F. RUBEL
Mr. Milton F. Rubel, 62, of Blytheville, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003,
at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He retired from Sears after
25 years of service in a number of management positions. After his retirement
he operated a Sears dealer store for three years.
He was a member of the Blytheville Rotary Club in which he was a Paul
Harris Fellow. He was also a member of Temple Israel.
Mr. Rubel leaves his wife, Arlene H. Rubel;
A daughter, Leigh Ann Rubel Ryan and her husband, Michael Ryan, of
A foreign exchange son, Karsten Myhre of Norway;
A sister, Sandra Holberg of Mobile, Ala.;
A stepsister, Marilyn Weinman of Memphis;
A stepbrother, Harold Goldman of Philadelphia; and
A grandson, Zachary Ryan of Memphis.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Memphis
Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Ave., Memphis.
The family will receive visitors from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday
at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
JAMES FLOYD 'POPS' SPENCER
Mr. James Floyd "Pops" Spencer, 63, of Manila, died Monday, April 7,
2003, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born in Manila, he had
been a lifelong Manila area resident. He was retired from EIS Brake Shoe
Manufacturing and a member of the Fairview Baptist Church in Leachville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Talmadge Spencer.
Mr. Spencer leaves his wife, Edna Lawrence Spencer of the home;
One son, Michael James Spencer of Manila;
Four daughters, Alanna Russell of Ash Flat, Sandra Foster of Joiner
and Linda Foster and Vicky Chipman, both of Manila;
His mother, Mrs. Janie McClain of Leachville;
One brother, Tommy Spencer of Leachville;
One half-brother, Freddy McClain of Leachville;
One half-sister, Karen Johnson of Memphis, Tenn.; and
Thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Howard
Funeral Chapel in Manila, with the Rev. Jerry Flagg officiating. Burial
will follow in the Manila Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rick Lee Jr., Kevin
Hawkins, Jason Hawkins, Shane Russell, Michael Whitehead and Lance Honeycutt.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Lee and Allen Oates.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral
ROBERT FRANK STUBBEN
Mr. Robert Frank Stubben, 73, of Blytheville, died Sunday, April 6,
2003, at his home. Born March 10, 1930, in Chicago, he was a retired security
Mr. Stubben leaves his wife, Marion Stubben of Blytheville;
His daughter, Donna Holakousky of Brookfield, Ill.;
His sons, Robert Stubben of Woodale, Ill., Howard Stubben of Berwyn,
Ill., and David Stubben of Winfield, Ill.; and
Seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be conducted in Illinois at a later date.
Wilson Funeral Home of Blytheville is in charge of arrangements.
IRA RAY 'RED' GILL
Mr. Ira Ray "Red" Gill, 75, of Blytheville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003,
at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville following a long illness. A lifelong
native of Mississippi County, he was born one of six children Nov. 2, 1927,
in Dell to Ben G. and Rivers Pybus Gill. He attended Dell and Blytheville
public schools and Arkansas State University.
Mr. Gill was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War having served
his country in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of
the First Baptist Church and the Men's Fellowship Class. He was also a
longtime member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans
and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a past international
president of the Jaycees and was selected as one of the Outstanding Young
Men of America in 1965. He was well known for his wit and oratory speaking.
He was also a land owner and past farmer.
The accomplishment "Red" is remembered most for is his barbecue. Owner
of River City Spice Co., he created an award-winning barbecue sauce known
throughout the world. Family Circle magazine recognized it as the best
barbecue sauce in Arkansas. He and his family have participated in events
from the White House to Ireland. He prepared barbecue for President Bill
Clinton's inauguration and headed up the American Barbecue Team in Europe.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ricky; two brothers;
and two sisters.
Mr. Gill leaves his wife of 53 years, Eva Lannum Gill of the home;
His son and daughter-in-law, Ray Alan and Glenda Gill of Blytheville;
His sister and brother-in-law, Robin and Tom Bennett of Blytheville;
His grandchildren, Ginger Brown of Blytheville and Heath Gill of Jacksonville,
Many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Cobb
Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Mike Welch and David Ross officiating.
Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be the Men's Fellowship
Sunday School Class.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Trinity Baptist
Church or the charity of the giver's choice.
Mr. W.D. Koonce, 81, of Blytheville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Born Aug. 11, 1921, in Blytheville,
the son of Willie E. and McHaley Collins Koonce, he was a retired machine
repairman for General Motors and of the Seventh Day Adventist faith. He
had lived most of his life in Lansing, Mich., and had resided in Blytheville
for the past five years. He served his country in the U.S. Army during
World War II, and according to his family, enjoyed playing music, fishing
and working in his yard.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth
Ott Koonce in 1977; one brother, Ernest Koonce; and one sister, Gladys
Mr. Koonce leaves three brothers, Russell and Lawrence Koonce, both
of Blytheville, and L.Z. Koonce of Lansing;
His companion, Billie Boren of Blytheville; and
Several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services in Blytheville will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday
in the Cobb Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Henry Applegate officiating.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral
Funeral services in Michigan will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Field and
Leik Funeral Home in Diamondale, Mich., with visitation from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Lansing.
ERMIE C. PATE
Mrs. Ermie C. Pate, 89, of Hughes, the widow of B.R. Pate, died Monday,
June 2, 2003, at her home. Born in Iuka, Miss., the daughter of Joseph
Lonzo and Pearl Waldrip Pate, she was a former longtime Blytheville resident,
a retired nurse's aide and a member of Woodland Corner Baptist Church.
According to her family, she enjoyed quilting, cooking and gardening.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents
and four sons, Roy Edward, Joseph Kelly, George Lee and Arthur F. Pate.
Mrs. Pate leaves two sons, William Earl Pate of Blytheville and Buford
Pate of Hardy;
One half-brother, J.C. Bachuss of Paducah, Ky.;
Four daughters, Mary Smith of Hughes, Eloise McGill and Pearl Hughes,
both of Blytheville, and Cindy Anglin of Judsonia; and
Twenty-three grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. today in the Cobb Funeral
Home Chapel in Blytheville, with the Rev. William Estep officiating. Burial
followed in Elmwood Cemetery.
GLENN ALLEN PAYNE
Mr. Glenn Allen Payne, 44, of Cherokee Village, and former resident
of Blytheville, died Tuesday, June 3, 2003, at Eastern Ozark Medical Center.
He was born in Blytheville, the son of Bobby Lee and Daisy McDermott Payne,
where he lived most of his life prior to moving to Cherokee Village six
years ago. He was a surveyor and heavy equipment operator. He was a former
member of 13th and Main Street Church of Christ in Blytheville and was
currently a member of the Evening Shade Church of Christ.
According to his family, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting,
fishing and spending time on the Spring River. He was a hospital volunteer
and also did volunteer work for the American Cancer Society. In the Cherokee
Village area he was known as "the greatest barbecue chef" and amazed everyone
with his talent of cooking hogs for the cancer team. He lived for his dog,
Jake, enjoyed playing with him and planned to include him in the Relay
He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents, Claude and
Dora Payne and Mayo and Dorothy McDermott.
Mr. Payne leaves his mother, Daisy McDermott Payne of Blytheville;
A sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Tim Revell of Memphis, Tenn.;
His niece, Cassie Revell, who was his pride and joy; and
His chocolate lab, Jake.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Elmwood
Cemetery in Blytheville, with Mr. Craig Lindsey officiating.
The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Cobb
Funeral Home in Blytheville.
Memorials may be made to the Eastern Ozark Home Health and Hospice,
122 Hospital Dr., Cherokee Village, Ark., 72529, or the American Cancer
RODNEY CLYDE BARNES
Rodney Clyde Barnes, the infant son of Erica Simpson of Blytheville
and Ronnie Clyde Barnes of Alexandria, Va., died Wednesday, June 18, 2003,
at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. He was born June 18, 2003, at
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville.
In addition to his parents, he leaves his grandparents, Steve Davis
and Mary Davis, both of Blytheville, and Barbara Barnes and Ronnie Clyde
Barnes, both of Alexandria;
His great-grandparents, Mary Gaston of Blytheville and Betty Barnes
of Alexandria; and
One sister, Amelya Barnes of Blytheville.
Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Sandy Ridge
Cemetery in Burdette, with the Rev. Gilbert Davis officiating. Family members
will be active pallbearers.
Wilson Funeral Home of Blytheville is in charge of arrangements.