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Maggie Higgs Griffith
Mrs. Maggie Higgs Griffith, age 94, of Conway, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at St. Andrews Place Nursing Center in Conway.
Mrs. Griffith, born Nov. 24, 1907, in Conway, was the daughter of J.C. Fremont Higgs and Sophronia Nelms Higgs. She was a retired teacher with the Conway Public School District where the Maggie Griffith Math and Science Building was named after her. She also served as a Sunday School teacher at Robinson and Center Church of Christ for 50 years.
Mrs. Griffith was preceded in death by her husband, Byron L. Griffith; a son, Wayne Griffith; a grandson, Byron T. Griffith; a brother, Garland Higgs and a sister, Mamie Roberts. She is survived by a son, Royce Griffith of Forrest City; three grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral service for Mrs. Griffith will be held, Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway with Fred Strasser officiating. Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Conway will be in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Benton Hampton
Mrs. Elizabeth Benton Hampton, age 92, of Little Rock, formerly of Marianna, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001.
Mrs. Hampton was born May 28, 1909, in Little Rock, and was the daughter of Timothy Benton and Modena McAlister Benton. She was a housewife, worked for the First National Bank of Marianna, and had worked at the State Revenue office. Mrs. Hampton was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene G. Hampton in 1972. She is survived by one daughter, Marie Gentry of Little Rock; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hampton will be held graveside on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Marianna City Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family request in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude or the First Presbyterian Church in Marianna.

Richard P. Davis Sr.
Mr. Richard P. Davis Sr., age 80, of Colt, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis.
Mr. Davis, born Jan. 1, 1921, was the son of Redford Davis and Flossie Holiday Davis. He was a retired farmer and a United States Army Veteran. He was also a Methodist.
Mr. Davis is survived by a son, Richard P. Davis Jr., of Forrest City; a daughter, Mary Jean Reeves of Pearlind, Texas; a brother, James Davis of Batesville; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death a sister, Pauline Ellis.
Visitation services for Mr. Davis will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morgan Chapel. Graveside funeral services for Mr. Davis will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Hughes Cemetery under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.

Paula Bolick Green
Mrs. Paula Bolick Green, age 53, of Cabot, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001.
Mrs. Green, the daughter of Paul and Lois Bolick of Beebe, and spent 23 years as a teacher.
She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Green of the home; her parents and her grandmother; Edra Girdley of Keiser.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Green were held Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery under the direction of Cabot Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be made in her name to the Cabot Scholarship Foundation, care of Cal Aldridge, 200 W. Main St., Cabot, AR 72023.

Ronald K. "Tick" Smith
Mr. Ronald K. "Tick" Smith, age 49, of Memphis, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Smith, formerly of Forrest City, was born Feb. 20, 1952 in Forrest City. Mr. Smith was an Army Veteran and a custodian.
Mr. Smith is survived by a daughter, Ronda Nicole Smith, of Memphis; two brothers, Rickey Green of Irving, Texas and Barry Smith of Forrest City and a sister, Beverly Smith of Evanston, Ill.
Visitation services for Mr. Smith will be held, Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at 1 p.m. at New Light M.B. Church with Rev. Jessie McClure officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.

John Ralph Urton
Mr. John Ralph Urton, age 83, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Urton, born July 23, 1918, in Hazen, was the son of Ralph Lewis Urton and Rose Rasor Urton. He was a retired assistant General Agent with Aetna Insurance. He was also a former principal with the Bald Knob School District and a member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a member of the senior Men's Adult Sunday School class.
In 1941, Mrs. Urton married Ruth Warbritton and she preceded him in death in 2001. He is survived by two sons; John Daniel Urton of Illinois and Samuel Britton Urton of North Little Rock; a daughter, Victoria Urton Harris of Forrest City; a brother, Harry E. Urton of Carlisle and seven grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mr. Urton will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Urton will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with burial following in Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church in Forrest City.

Margaret Butler Gatten
Mrs. Margaret Butler Gatten, age 83, of Charlotte, N.C. died, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, in North Carolina.
Mrs. Gatten, born Sept. 30, 1918, in Forrest City, was the daughter of Ralph Carroll Butler and Julia Dawson Butler. Mrs. Gatten was a retired teacher who had also lived in Dallas, Texas and Tuscumbia, Alabama. She was a Presbyterian by faith.
In 1942 Mrs. Gatten married Murray R. Gatten and he preceded her in death in 1980. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her stepfather, Jacob A. Gowen. She is survived by a son, Ray Gatten of Charlotte, N.C.; an aunt, L.H. Scarbrough of Russellville; and a granddaughter.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Gatten will be held, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Forrest City under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Theatric Green Jr.
Mr. Theatric Green Jr., age 47, of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Green, formerly of Forrest City, was born, Sept. 1, 1954, in Forrest City, to Theatric Green Sr. and Vivian Jones White. Mr. Green is survived by a daughter, Naobie Green of Forrest City; four sisters, Regenia Howard of Memphis, Renita Cole and Janette Moore, both of Forrest City and Helen Green of Dallas, Texas; two brothers, Danny White of San Antonio, Texas and John White of Forrest City and two grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Green will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Moriah, M.B. Church with Rev. Alex Winfrey officiating. Burial will follow in Clark Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Gerri Kimbrell
Mrs. Gerri Kimbrell, age 70, of Tulsa, Okla., died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, in Tulsa, Okla.
Mrs. Kimbrell, formerly of Forrest City, was born Oct. 16, 1931, in Woodruff County, and was the daughter of Oscar Fraze and Nola Mae Fowler Fraze. She worked at Wal-Mart prior to retirement, and was a member of the American Legion and VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Kimbrell was also active in Girl's State, the Susan B. Korman Breast Cancer Foundation, the Hospice Program in Forrest City, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Forrest City and Rogers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Kimbrell in 1983; her parents and three brothers.
Mrs. Kimbrell is survived by two sons, Michael Kimbrell of Jonesboro and Mark Kimbrell of Bentonville; a daughter, Patti Hughes of Tulsa, Okla.; four sisters, Christine Carter, Pauline Tucker and Vivian Maulden, all of McCrory, and Jane Baswell of San Francisco, Calif.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation for Mrs. Kimbrell will be held Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Morgan Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, at 2 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Forrest City, with burial following in Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.

Jim Roberts
Mr. Jim Roberts, age 69, of Forrest City, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Roberts was born Nov. 5, 1932, in Forrest City, and was the son of E.C. "Butch" Roberts and Mary Turk Roberts. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a retired river boat captain and a member of many lodges. He was also a 32nd Degree Mason.
Mr. Roberts is survived by a son, Butch Roberts of Marion; a daughter, Cathy Roberts of Little Rock; two sisters, Katie Miller of Collierville, Tenn. and Barbara Forbess of Flatwood, Ky.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Roberts will be Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, from 1 to 2 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. A memorial service is scheduled the same day at 2 p.m., with Stevens Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
The family request memorials be sent in lieu of flowers to the Shriner's Children's Hospital.

Juanita White
Mrs. Juanita White, age 77, of Hughes, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.
Mrs. White is survived by three daughters, Catherine Miller of Jacksonville, Roberta White of Hughes and Linda D. Kadelak of Fayetteville, N.C.; five sons, Jesse White and Tommy White, both of Hughes, Eddie White Jr. of Jacksonville, David White of Palestine and Joe White of Dallas, Texas; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. White will be held tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Anthony Funeral Home Chapel in Anthonyville. Funeral services for Mrs. White will be conducted Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, at noon, at Rising Sun Missionary Baptist Church in Hughes. Burial will follow in Paradise Garden Cemetery in Edmondson, under the direction of Anthony Funeral Home. 

Darren McFadden
Mr. Darren McFadden, age 35, of Detroit, Mich., died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, in Detroit.
Mr. McFadden, born, Dec. 13, 1965, was the son of Howard McFadden and Roberta Greer McFadden. He was a 1984 graduate of Forrest City High School and was employed as a shop manager at McFadden Tire and Road Service in Detroit.
Mr. McFadden is survived by four children, Montrell McFadden and Darren McFadden, Tawrren McFadden and Darelisha McFadden; his parents; two sisters, Falisha M. Wright of Colt and Loretta M. Foney of Chicago, Ill.; three brothers, Ronald McFadden of Forrest City and Sean and Marcus McFadden, both of Detroit, Mich.; grandparents Sam and Mildred McFadden, of Colt; and a host of aunts and uncles.
Funeral services for Mr. McFadden will be held Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at noon at Zion Temple Church of God in Christ in Caldwell with Pastor Jesse Eugene McFadden officiating. Burial will follow in Clark Cemetery in Caldwell under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home of Wynne and Pye Funeral Home of Detroit, Mich.

Mima Lee Sims
Mrs. Mima Lee Sims, age 86, of Caldwell, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at Crestpark Nursing Home.
Mrs. Sims was a homemaker and was a member of the Rising Sun M.B. Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl Fryer of Forrest City; two sons, Harold Johnson of Grand Rapids, Mich. and James Johnson of Forrest City; two sisters, Willie Frazier and Samantha Dunlap, both of Cleveland, Ohio; a brother, Tolbert Chism of Youngstown, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Sims were held Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at Rising Sun M.B. Church, with Rev. Olin Shurn officiating. Burial followed in Stanley Grove Cemetery under the direction of Kennedy Funeral Home.

Carl Boyd
Mr. Carl Boyd, age 21, of Forrest City, died Friday Dec. 7, 2001, in Madison.
Mr. Boyd, born, Feb. 21, 1980, was the son of William Ingram of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Louise Boyd of Forrest City. He was a laborer at Boar's Head Provisions.
Mr. Boyd is survived by his parents; a daughter, Kayla Boyd of Forrest City; a son, Jyland Boyd of Forrest City; five sisters, LaShunda Boyd, Teresa Lewis and Stephanie Goodman, all of Forrest City and Serena Ingram and Sheris Ingram, both of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; a brother, Earle Boyd, of Forrest City; and grandmothers, Geneva Boyd of Forrest City and Ima Ingram of Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Visitation services for Mr. Boyd will be held, Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kennedy Chapel. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at noon at Mustang Arena on the campus of Forrest City High School with Rev. Jessie McClure officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest City Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home.

Dylan Boyd
Mr. Dylan "Da Da" Boyd, age 31, of Madison, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, in Madison.
Mr. Boyd, born Jan. 7, 1970, was the son of William Ingram of Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Louise Boyd of Forrest City. He was a truck driver.
Mr. Boyd is survived by his parents; a daughter, Kiesha Sandford of Forrest City; five sisters, LaShunda Boyd, Teresa Lewis and Stephanie Goodman, all of Forrest City and Serena Ingram and Sheris Ingram, both of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; a brother, Earle Boyd, of Forrest City; and grandmothers, Geneva Boyd of Forrest City and Ima Ingram of Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Visitation services for Mr. Boyd will be held, Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kennedy Chapel. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at noon at Mustang Arena on the campus of Forrest City High School with Rev. Jessie McClure officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest City Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home.

Dewayne Stewart
Mr. Dewayne "Dee" Stewart, age 27, of Forrest City, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, in Madison.
Mr. Stewart, born Sept. 5, 1974, in Forrest City, was the son of Albert Stewart Sr. and Doris Wilson Stewart. He is survived by his parents; two sons, Traveion Stewart of Forrest City and Torrie Stewart of Madison; three sisters, Brenda Stewart of Marianna, Denise Cannaday of Forrest City and Necole Woods of Colt; three brothers, Ken Stewart of Honolulu, Hawaii, Paul Stewart of Den and Albert Stewart Jr. of Forrest City.
Visitation services for Mr. Stewart will be held Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral services for Mr. Stewart will be held, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Rising Sun M.B. Church with Rev. Isiah McKeown officiating. Burial will follow in Clark Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Ethel Lucille Henderson
Mrs. Ethel Lucille Henderson, age 87, of DeWitt, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at the Texarkana Nursing Home in Texarkana, Texas.
Mrs. Henderson, born Sept. 5, 1914, was preceded in death by her husband J.Y. Henderson. She is survived by four daughters, Mary Helen Mullen of DeWitt, Carolyn Eakin of Forrest City and Kay Marshall and Sue Rush, both of Texarkana, Texas; two sons, Jimme Ray Henderson of Searcy and John C. Henderson of Bentonville; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Henderson will be held, Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Essex Funeral Home in DeWitt. Funeral services for Mrs. Henderson will be held Tuesday, Dec.18, 2001, at 11 a.m. at Essex Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Flowers officiating under direction of Essex Funeral Home.

Margaret Penrose Mantle
Mrs. Margaret Penrose Mantle, age 87, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mrs. Mantle, born May 6, 1914, in Hunter, was the daughter of William Penrose and Ethel Shaver Penrose. She was a Methodist.
Mrs. Mantle is survived by two sisters, Jane King of Forrest City and Beatrice Grace of Dardanelle and one brother, Robert Penrose of California.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Mantle were held Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Hunter Cemetery in Hunter with Bro. Glen Nicholson officiating. Morgan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Donnie Gene Burrow
Mr. Donnie Gene Burrow Sr., age 49, lifelong resident of Wynne, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Cross Ridge Community Hospital in Wynne.
Mr. Burrow, born Nov. 26, 1952, in Long Beach, Calif., was the son of Orville Lee Burrow and Betty Jean Foxx Hudson. He had lived in Wynne, since the age of four. He was a 1971 graduate of Wynne High School and worked as a receiving specialist at Sanyo Manufacturing. Mr. Burrow had also worked as a supervisor with Halstead Industries for 28 years.
Mr. Burrow was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by a son, Donnie Burrow Jr. of Wynne; a daughter, Sheila Burrow of Wynne; a brother, Danny Burrow and one grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Burrow were held Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Wynne with Rev. Denny Taylor officiating. Burial followed in Harris Chapel Cemetery in Wynne under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne and McCrory.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Cross County Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Lawrence E. Evans
Mr. Lawrence E. Evans, age 84, of Caldwell, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Forrest City.
Mr. Evans was born July 21, 1917, and was the son of William Walter Evans and Nora Rainey Evans. He lived in St. Francis County most of life and was a former employee of B&E T.V., a member of the Lions Club, and a member of the First Baptist Church of Caldwell.
Mr. Evans married Dorothy Mae Lyon in 1939, and she preceded him in death in 2000, along with one son, Logan Evans in 1959..
He is survived by three sons, Bernar Evans and Gary Evans, both of Forrest City, and Jim Evans of Sheridan; two daughters, Molly Vondran of Caldwell and Bettye Brawner of Jonesboro; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Evans will be held Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at 10:30 a.m., Stevens Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Hughes Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church of Caldwell.

Judi Futrell
Mrs. Judi Futrell, age 56, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Methodist Hospital-Central.
Mrs. Futrell was born Dec. 15, 1945 in Parkin and was an insurance agent for State Farm Insurance, Mike Lawyer.
She is survived by two sons, Robert Futrell of Wynne and Colin Futrell of Forrest City; one sister, Nancy Roberson of Memphis; and one grandchild.
Funeral services for Mrs. Futrell will be held graveside on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at 10 a.m., at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be made in lieu of flowers to the American Cancer Society.

Raymond Howerton
Mr. Raymond Howerton, age 78, of Peach Orchard, formerly of Haynes, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Howerton was born May 30, 1923, in Nelsonville. He was the son of O.E. Howerton and Opheila Nelson Howerton. Mr. Howerton was an industrial engineer, a veteran of World War II, a Pearl Harbor survivor, VFW member and was a charter member of the Marianna Country Club.
Mr. Howerton was married to Mable Cox in 1962. She survives him along with one step-son, Arnold Verhoeven of Mountain Home; two brothers, Otho Howerton of Memphis and Robert Howerton of Sardis; three sisters, Ruth Honeycutt of Heber Springs, Gloria New of Rush, Texas and Trilby Hollis of Arlington, Texas. He is also survived by three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Forrest Park Cemtery in Forrest Ctiy at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001. Funeral services are under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Cecil Johnson Elliott
Mr. Cecil Johnson Elliott, age 85, of Palestine, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2001, in Liberty, Mo.
Mr. Elliott, born Nov. 7, 1916, was the son of John Francis Elliott and Metilda Ann Craft Elliott.
In 1936, Mr. Elliott married Neva Young and she preceded him in death in 1990. He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Sue Hoskin of Liberty, Mo.; a son, Gary Neil Elliott of Palestine and three grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mr. Elliott will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Elliott will be held Friday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home with burial following in Bell Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William McMorris
Mr. William McMorris, age 78, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at his home.
Mr. McMorris, born Dec. 15, 1923, in Haynes, was the son of Joe McMorris and Annie Ward McMorris. He was a retired custodian with the Forrest City School District for 31 years.
Mr. McMorris is survived by his wife Ettie Mae Hilliard McMorris of the home; five daughters, Amanda McMorris of Forrest City, Ella Conwell of Chicago, Ill., Gladys Harris and Geneva Owens, both of Harvey, Ill. and DeShay Bowman of Memphis; three sons, Jonathan McMorris of Forrest City and Joe McMorris and Willie C. McMorris, both of Chicago, Ill. and 20 grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mr. McMorris will be held Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Woodhouse Mortuary. Funeral services for Mr. McMorris will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at 1 p.m. at United Christian M.B. Church with Rev. Gus Dixon officiating with burial following in Casteel Cemetery. Woodhouse Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Garrett Vernon Parson
Infant Garrett Vernon Parson, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, at the Elvis Presley Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Garrett is survived by his parents, Kelly Mathews Parson and Greg Parson of the Palestine; maternal grandparents, Frances and James Mathews of Palestine; paternal grandparents Frankie and Sharon Parson, of Moro; and great-grandparents, Zella Lee Mathews of Marianna, Emily Perry of Forrest City, Aaron Perry of Palestine; Virgil and Maxine Johnson and Floyd Parson, all of Moro.
Graveside funeral services for Garrett Parson were held Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Oak Grove Cemetery near Moro with Bro. Gene McCain officiating. Morgan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that donations be made to the Kelly Mathews Parson Medical Fund at Forrest City Bank in Forrest City in lieu of flowers.

Harold Dean Huber
Mr. Harold Dean Huber of Forrest City died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at his home. He was 80.
Mr. Huber was born Jan. 27, 1921, in Galesburg, Ill., the son of Harold A. Huber and Iva Riggins Huber.
He was an Elder of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church where he was also a member of the church men's organization, the Joy Sunday School Class and a Bible study group. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, and was a survivor of the attacks on Hickam Field and Pearl Harbor. He was retired from 36 years in educational administration and teaching in Illinois and Arkansas.
Mr. Huber was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, 5th and 454th Bombardment Groups Association and the State Teachers and University Retirement Associations in Illinois. During his life in Forrest City, Mr. Huber was a member of the Kiwanis Club and assisted in the 1990 St. Francis County Cancer Society Business Crusade.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Edith E. Craig.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Richmond of the home; a son, Stanley Dean Huber of Los Gatos, Calif.; a daughter, Janet Denise Huber of Champaign, Ill., and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church with Rev. Bob Sohn officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Galesburg, Ill., at a later date.

Evan Dean "Sambo" Hughes
Mr. Evan Dean "Sambo" Hughes, age 60, of Searcy, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at White County Hospital in Searcy.
Mr. Hughes was born Oct. 10, 1941, in Caldwell, and was the son of Elmer Hughes and Modena Clark Hughes. He lived in St. Francis County most of his life until moving to Searcy in 1991. Mr. Hughes was a former law enforcement officer for the St. Francis County Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Hughes married Dora Flanagin in 1985, and she survives him along with one son, Clark Hughes of Tulsa, Okla.; one daughter Deana Cranor of Forrest City of Forrest City; one brother, John Hughes of Caldwell; two sisters, Mildred Harp of Forrest City, and Marilyn Jones of Clarendon; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Hughes were held Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at 10 a.m., at Stevens Funeral Home with burial following at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Leroy Jackson Sr.
Mr. Leroy Jackson Sr., age 78, of Widener, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Jackson was born June 8, 1923, in Jackson Parish, La. He was a retired supervisor for the federal government, and an Air Force veteran.
He is survived by four sons, Leroy Jackson Jr., of Widener, Michael Jackson of Richmond, Calif., Leonard Jackson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Don Rideau of Vaca Ville, Calif.; four daughters, Lynette Jackson and Janet Jackson, both of Richmond, Calif., Betty Jean Ross of Detroit and Peggy Stewart of Ballego, Calif.; a brother, Alson E. Jackson of Daly City, Calif., three sisters, Audry Moore of Chicago and Sally Ann Jackson and Alice Leonard, both of Hodge, La.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at the Riverside Baptist Church with Rev. Marland Brown officiating.

Alsie "Tiny" Jolly
Mr. Alsie "Tiny" Jolly of Forrest City died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at Baptist Hospital East. He was 78.
Mr. Jolly was born July 6, 1923, in Forrest City, the son of Julious H. Jolly and Ressie Mae Vaughn. He lived in Forrest City all of his life. He worked for the Wholesale Produce Company, was a World War II veteran and a member of the Caldwell Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Jolly of Forrest City; a son, Sandy Jolly, of Aubrey; a sister, Marie Evans of Texas and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. J.E. Hughes and Rev. Myron Shaw officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Forrest City under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Mildred Walker Sikes
Mrs. Mildred Walker Sikes, age 99, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Sikes was born Aug. 23, 1902, in Forrest City, the daughter of George P. Walker Sr., and Alice Bramell Walker. She lived in Forrest City all of her life, was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Sikes married John Preston Sikes, and he preceded her in death in 1983.
She is survived by a nephew, Collie Walker of Forrest City; two sisters-in-law, Lois Walker and Flora Cox, both of Forrest City and several other nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Sikes will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at the City Cemetery in Forrest City under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home.

Dean Smith
Mr. Dean Smith, age 74, of Olive Branch, Miss., died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001, in Southhaven, Miss.
Mr. Smith was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Kinton, the son of Alvin Smith and Mildred Johnson Smith. He lived in Palestine most of his life and was retired from Yale Industries.
Mr. Smith married Catherine S. Smith, and she preceded him in death in 2001.
Mr. Smith is survived by one sister, Johnnie Turner of Millington, Tenn., and two brothers, Marvin Smith of Hughes and Paul Smith of Olive Branch, Miss.
Visitation will be tonight, Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home.
Graveside funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at the Bell Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Mary Leaner Cole
Mrs. Mary Leaner Cole, age 84, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital -- Forrest City.
Mrs. Cole was born June 15, 1917, in Haynes, and was the daughter of Bluford Williams and Emer Williams. She lived in St. Francis County most of her life, and was a housewife and a Baptist.
Mrs. Cole married Rosco Cole in 1940, and he preceded her in death in 1979.
She is survived by two sons, Harvey Cole and James Cole, both of Forrest City; a daughter, Barbara Booker of Forrest City; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services were held for Mrs. Cole today, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, at 10 a.m., at Hughes Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Cleodis Ingram
Mr. Cleodis Ingram, age 72, of Palestine, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Ingram was born Feb. 28, 1929, in Palestine, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Bessie Ingram of Palestine; four sons, Cleodis Ingram Jr., Tony Henderson, Lorenzo Walker and Tyrone Walker, all of Chicago, Ill.; seven daughters, Dorothy Norwood, Stephanie Jones, Debra McCloud, Shawana Jones, Anglea Walker and Kimberly Walker, all of Chicago, Ill., and Tish Jackson of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers, Theodis Ingram and Elmer Ingram, both of Palestine, and Alphonso Ingram of Chicago, Ill.; four sisters, Mae Hollins and Truvillyn Curls, both of Palestine, Blendyne Vaden of Chicago, Ill., and Queen McKinney of Detroit, Mich. and 12 grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Ingram will be held Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at 1 p.m., at the Pine Tree Church of God in Christ, with Elder Verlee Lucas officiating the service. Burial will follow in Stanley Grove Cemetery in Caldwell under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.

Freddie Lee Starks Jones
Mr. Freddie Lee Starks Jones, age 62, of Hughes, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife, Ruby Jean Jones of Hughes; a daughter, Denise Jones of Hughes; a son, Bubba Jones of Hughes; two sisters, Emma Jean Presley of Memphis and Adleaner Starks of Caldwell; three brothers, Johnny Sims of St. Louis, Mo., Timothy Starks Jr. of Hughes and Will Starks of Caldwell and four grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Jones will be held Friday, Dec. 28, 2001, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Anthony Funeral Home Chapel South. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at noon, at the south chapel with burial following in Locust Grove Church Cemetery in Hughes, under the direction of Anthony Funeral Home.

Richard W. Davis
Mr. Richard W. Davis, age 83, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at the Crittenden County Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.
Mr. Davis was born June 23, 1918, in Forrest City, and was the son of Winfield Davis and Kate Fields Davis. He lived in Forrest City most of his life, was retired from the Forrest City Post Office and had been a farmer. Mr. Davis was also a member of the First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by one sister, Bettye Davis of Memphis, and several friends.
Graveside funeral services will be held for Mr. Davis on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at 10 a.m., at Forrest Park Cemetery, under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Edward "Sonny Man" Gates Sr.
Mr. Edward "Sonny Man" Gates Sr., age 84, of Haynes, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Forrest City.
Mr. Gates was born Oct. 17, 1917, in Haynes, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired janitor.
He is survived by wife, Maxine Gates of Haynes; five sons, Edward Gates Jr. of Camden, Herbert Gates of Peoria, Ill., Ronnie Gates of Garland, Texas, Christopher Gates of Dallas, Texas, and Tony Gates of Janesville, Wis.; eight daughters, Wilma Gates of Chicago, Ill., Maxine Hayes of Jefferson, Connie Cochran of Forrest City, Susie Gates and Betty Gates, both of Haynes, Vickey Gates of Garland, Texas, Greta Sanders of Detroit, Mich., and Minnie Gates of Dallas, Texas; 34 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation for Mr. Gates will be held Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., at Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at 1:30 p.m., at Spring Grove Baptist Church, with Rev. Cedric Coleman officiating the service. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.

Marlene Hearn Ross
Mrs. Marlene Hearn Ross, age 68, of Widener, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Forrest City.
Mrs. Ross was born Oct. 17, 1933, in Grenada, Miss., and was a retired nurses aid.
She is survived by her husband, John Dallas Ross of Widener; six sons, Norris Hardimon of Manchester, Ky., Victor Lee Hardimon and John E. Ross, both of Widener, James H. Hardimon of Alton, Ill., Luke Hardimon of Beloit, Wis. and Dwayne H. Hardimon of Las Vegas, Nev.; four daughters, Charlene McShan, Elaine Hardimon, both of Widener, Margaret Ann Hardimon of Forrest City, and Marlene Denise Ross of San Antonio, Texas; four sisters, Mattie Willis of Grenada, Miss., Belle Carter of Steele, Mo., Willie Mae Shack and Katie Tedford, both of Gore Springs, Miss.; 28 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mrs. Ross will be held on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Widener Grove Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Ronald A. Williams officiating, under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.

Monette Green Jarrett
Mrs. Monette Green Jarrett, age 70, of Palestine, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2001.
Mrs. Jarrett, born March 28,1931, in Palestine, was the daughter of Eli Green and Lillie Gregg Green. She made her home in Palestine all of her life and was a homemaker.
In 1948, Mrs. Jarrett married J. T. Jarrett and he preceded her in death earlier this year. She is survived by three sons, Jerry Jarrett and Donnie Jarrett, both of Palestine and Ronnie Jarrett of Caldwell; three daughters, Patricia Jumper of Palestine, Brenda Blankenship of Mt. Vernon, Texas and Cheryle Laws of Forrest City; a sister, Eva Hall of Palestine; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services fro Mrs. Jarrett were held Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at the Twin Assembly of God Church in Palestine with Rev. David Stegal and Rev. A.T. Blankenship officiating. Burial followed at Bell Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Emma Viola McGarah
Mrs. Emma Viola McGarah, age 78, of West Memphis, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. McGarah was a restaurant hostess and cashier, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of West Memphis, and a member of the Robert E. Spillman Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star 550.
She is survived by one son Lannie L. Lancaster Sr. of West Memphis; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mrs. McGarah will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002, at 10 a.m., in the Chapel of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, with burial following in Forrest Park Cemetery in Forrest City, under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis.
The family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society or the First Baptist Church in West Memphis.

Melba Jo Smith
Mrs. Melba Jo Smith, age 71, of Jonesboro, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001.
Mrs. Smith, formerly of Forrest City, was born July 15, 1930, in St. Francis County. She was the daughter of "Booker" Gore and Lucy Jayroe Gore. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
In 1960 Mrs. Smith married Orval "Smitty" Smith and he preceded her in death in 1995. She is survived by two sons, David Dearman of Jonesboro and Orval Smith Jr. of Ft. Smith; two brothers, Earl and Donald Gore, both of Palestine; four sisters, Ruth Howton of Palestine, Christine James and Pat Wilkie, both of Forrest City and Sue Tiner of Jonesboro; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Smith were held Monday, Dec. 31, 2001, at Stevens Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Gore officiating the service. Burial followed at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association.


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