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Billy Wayne "Bubba" Coleman, Jr.
Billy Wayne "Bubba" Coleman, Jr., 18, of Heth, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mr. Coleman was a track hoe operator and a member of Shell Lake Baptist Church.
He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Coleman of Heth; his father, Billy Wayne Coleman Sr. of Tyler, Texas; two sisters, Sudonna Dye of Heth and Stacy Hagood of Memphis and his grandmother, Sally Coleman of Annona, Texas.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Services will be Thursday, Dec. 2, at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Shell Lake Baptist Church in Heth.

Paula Gail Edwards Beck
Paula Gail Edwards Beck, 60, of Bella Vista, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at her home.
Mrs. Beck was born Jan. 26, 1939. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1959 and taught school in Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee. She worked as an office manager for the family business while living in Forrest City for 25 years. She moved to Bella Vista in April of 1997.
She is survived by her husband William "Bill" Beck of Bella Vista; a daughter, Leigh Anne Branch of Fayetteville and two grandchildren.
Services will be held Friday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Bella Vista Community Church with Rev. David McKay officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens under the direction of Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Bella Vista Community Church.

Beatrice Brown
Beatrice Brown, 73, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis.
Mrs. Brown retired from the Dietitian Department at Crestpark Nursing Home after 20 years of service.
She was preceded in death by he husband, Sylvester Brown, Sr. in 1997.
Mrs. Brown is survived by five daughters, Louise Brown and Joyee Cottrell both of Chicago, Ill., Eva Parks of Los Angeles, Calif., Elnora Blount of Madison and Mamie Hines of Haynes; five sons, Sylvester Brown Jr. of Los Angeles Calif., Rev. Micheal Brown of Brinkley, Roy Brown of Millington, Tenn., James Brown of Rockford Ill. and Paul Brown of Forrest City; two sisters, Dasisy McKinney and Julia Brown both of Forrest City; three brothers, Erenest Templeton of Tulsa, Okla., Sammie Templeton of Flint, Mich. and Herman Templeton of Battle Creek, Mich.; 46 grandchildren and 90 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kennedy Chapel. Services will be Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. at Day's Temple C.O.G.I.C. with Bishop J.H. Jennings and Bishop Willie B. Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Casteel Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home.

Thomas Culler
Thomas Culler, 83, of Forrest City, died Monday, Nov. 29, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Culler was a retired Forrest City School Plumber of 16 years.
He is survived by his wife Florida Culler of Forrest City; three daughters, Evern Culler and Ellen Brown both of Forrest City and Elaine Coleman of Dallas, Texas and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 3, from 12 to 5 p.m. at Kennedy Chapel with a wake to follow from 6 to 7 p.m. Services will be Saturday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. S.W. Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Casteel Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home.

Mitchell Joseph Ash Sr.
Mitchell Joseph Ash Sr., 87, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Crestpark Retirement Inn in Forrest City.
Mr. Ash was a lifelong resident of Forrest City and the owner of Ash Furniture Co.
He was preceded in death by his wife Helen Tompkins Ash in 1980.
He is survived a daughter, Lynn Ash Petry of Champaign, Ill.; a son, Mitchell Joseph Ash Jr. of Collierville, Tenn.; two sisters, Bernice Van Vranken of Forrest City and Lorraine King of Fort Worth, Texas; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a host of other relatives and friends.
A rosary visitation will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, 1999, at Stevens Funeral Home. Mass will be said at St. Francis Catholic Church in Forrest City on Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at 11 a.m. with burial to follow in the City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the St. Francis Catholic Church in Forrest City.

Charles Driver
Charles Driver, 19, of Forrest City, died Friday, Nov. 26, 1999, in South Carolina while on a hunting trip.
He was born Sept. 15, 1980, in Naples, Fla.
He is survived by his parents, Randy and Brenda Driver of Forrest City; four sisters, Amanda Driver, Angela Driver, Katie Driver and Jamie Driver, all of Forrest City; a grandmother, Margaret Griggs of Forrest City; grandparents John and Betty Wryals of Immokalee, Fla., and host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Charlie Griggs and Charlie Driver.
A memorial will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at the home of Randy and Brenda Driver, 27 SFC 331, Forrest City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests perennial plants for a memorial garden for Mr. Driver.

James Cecil "Jaybird" Elliott
James Cecil "Jaybird" Elliott, 62, of Colt, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro.
He was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Palestine to Noah and Stella Morris Elliott. He was a retired Yale employee and a lifelong resident of the Palestine and Colt areas.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Elliot and a son, Michael Elliott.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Like Elliott of Colt; one son, James Elliott of Chicago, Ill.; one daughter, Margie Crumley of Prescott; four brothers, Billy Elliott of Forrest City, Bobby Elliott of Little Rock, Donald and Johnny Elliott both of Palestine; three sisters, Ida Mae Ballard and Kay Dooley both of Forrest City, Geraldine Pendleton of Riverside, Calif. and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in Wynne. Services will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Wynne with Rev. Norman Like of the House of Prayer officiating. Burial will follow at Bell Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Nancy Jackson
Nancy Jackson, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mrs. Jackson was born July 11, 1911, and was the daughter of William Pitts and Nancy Rodgers Pitts. Mrs. Jackson was a methodist.
She is survived by her son, Jack Jackson of Palestine.
Funeral services will be scheduled at a later time.

Fred Dan Jones
Fred Dan Jones, 55, of St. Francis County, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 1999, in Little Rock.
He was born in Madison Dec. 2, 1943, to Chiney Jones and Emmie Vales Jones. Mr. Jones was a general maintenance worker.
He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Nations of Penn.; two brothers, Artie Williams and James Jones, both of Widener; three sisters, Bobbie Bowen of Widener, Edna Lane of Forrest City and Verna Louise Oxford of North Little Rock and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 4, at Bell Cemetery in Palestine, with Brother J.E. Hughes officiating. Services were under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.

Aubrey James Jones
Aubrey James Jones, age 80, of Palestine, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999.
He was born May 9, 1919, near Gill and was the son of William and Leah Jones. He was a retired farmer, a WWII veteran and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Palestine. He was a member of the St. Francis Farmer Cooperative.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey Mae Howton Jones of Palestine; three daughters, Diana Susan Woerner of Glen Ellyn, Ill., Barbara Leah Holcombe of Manhattan, Kan. and Lisa Marie Black of Little Rock; a sister, Catherine Singer and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Earl Jones, Lawrence Jones and Homer Jones.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at 10 a.m. at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Palestine. Graveside services will follow at Mars Hill Cemetery in Gill. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home in Forrest City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mars Hill Cemetery Fund, 3602 SFC 858, Palestine, AR. 72372 or the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 98, Palestine, AR 72372.

James T. "Dutch" Meredith
James T. "Dutch" Meredith, 74, of Forrest City, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 1999, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Mr. Meredith was born June 19, 1925, in Tyronza and was the son of Leonard Meredith and Eula McClroy Meredith. He lived in Forrest City for the past 40 years, was a member of the First United Methodist Church, was retired from State Farm Insurance, was a veteran of World War II, a member of Kiwanis, was a Mason, was a past school board member, a member of the Moose Lodge, a member of the Forrest City Country Club and was an honorary Colonel of the Arkansas State Police.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rheba Binns in 1987.
He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Meredith VanVranken of Shreveport, La.; two sons, Dr. James T. Meredith, Jr. and Mark Meredith, both of Forrest City and five grandchildren.
Visitation was Sunday, Dec. 5, at Stevens Funeral Home. Services were held today Dec. 6 1999, at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church. A graveside service was held today, Monday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. at Pine Wood Memorial Cemetery in Crossett. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church.

Mary Elizabeth Heustess Oswalt
Mary Elizabeth Heustess Oswalt, 87, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mrs. Oswalt was born Sept. 27, 1912, in St. Francis County and was the daughter of C.W. Heustess and Ella Mae Holloway Heustess. She lived in St. Francis County all of her life, was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Oswalt; three sons, Gerald Oswalt, Glenn Oswalt and Ray Oswalt, all of Forrest City; one brother, Paul Heustess of Forrest City; one sister, Willie Holder of Memphis; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be tonight, Monday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held graveside Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Forrest City Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Theodore H. Bridges
Theodore H. Bridges, 92, of Colt, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 1999, at his home.
Mr. Bridges was born Nov. 16, 1907, in Guys, Tenn., to Bart Bridges and Ada Boatwright. He lived in Colt most of his life, was a heavy equipment operator for Missouri Pacific Railroad, a member of Colt United Methodist Church and a member of the Colt Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Nicholas Bridges, a daughter, Annette Coats of Colt; a son, Thomas Bridges of Caldwell; two brothers, Hubert Bridges of Tracy, Calif., and Clarence Bridges of Wynne; two sisters, Audrey Bridges and Edna Beales both of Wynne. Five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held tonight at Stevens Funeral Home from 6 to 8. Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 10,1999, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. with Rev. Everett Isom and Rev. John Speed officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Colt United Methodist Church.

Vizian Juanita White
Ms. Vizian Juanita White, 62, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at her home.
She was born June 28, 1937, in Colt, the daughter of Clark Jones and Ruby Paige Jones. She is retired from the Forrest City Police Department after 20 years as a crossing guard.
She is survived by two daughters, Renita Cole of Forrest City and Reginia Howard of Memphis; three sons, Theartic Green of Jonesboro, John White Jr., of Forrest City and Danny White of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Bernice Davis of Detroit, Mich. and Claudia Brinker of Calumet, Ill.; four brothers, Clarke Jones of Detroit, Harold Jones of Gary, Ind., Benjamin Jones of Michigan City, Ind., and Elmon Chism of Washington; several grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 12, at Woodhouse Mortuary from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 13, at 12 noon at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Cato Brooks officiating. Burial will follow in Clark Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Victor P. Orrell
Victor P. Orrell, 75, of Casey, Ill., died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Ind.
Mr. Orrell was born Sept. 30, 1924, in Greenup, Ill., to Harley Samuel Orrell and Nora Gross Orrell. He was a retired boiler operator from Arkansas Power and Light, a member of Casey White Oak Church of God, served in the Navy during World War II and a member of Casey VFW Post #5762.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister and one grandson.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Orrell of Casey, Ill.; two sons, Bill Orrell of Casey, Ill., and Andy Orrell of El Campo, Texas; two daughters, Pat Hudgens of Enville, Tenn., and Jean Graves of Forrest City; two sisters, Vera Pogue of Casey, Ill., Betty Hutchings of Neenah, Wis.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday, Dec. 10, at Markwell and Son Funeral Home in Casey, Ill. Burial followed at Casey Cumberland Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to the Casey White Oak Church of God building fund in Casey, Ill.

Reece L. "R.L." Parrish
Reece L. "R.L." Parrish, 74, of Haynes, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1999, at the VA Hospital in Memphis.
Mr. Parrish was born Aug. 9, 1925, to Herbert Parrish and Ophie Phillips Parrish. He was a retired carpenter and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his wife Blanch Irene Parrish in 1993.
He is survived by three sons, James Reece Parrish of Texas, Glen Dale Parrish of Florida and Troy Parrish of Marianna; two daughters, Ophie Brady of Texas and Joy Fay Nix of Haynes; three brothers, Herbert Parrish of South Carolina, Joe Parrish of Marianna and Billy Parrish of Oklahoma; three sisters, Janice Bryant of Wynne, Shirley Conner of Oklahoma and Inez Presley of Haynes; 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services were today at 1 p.m. at Morgan Chapel with Bro. Bud Davis officiating. Burial followed at Hughes Cemetery under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.

Vivian Juanita White
Vivian Juanita White, 62, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 1999, at her home.
She was born June 28, 1937, in Colt to Clark Jones Sr. and Ruby Paige Jones. She retired from the Forrest City Police Department after twenty years of service as a crossing guard.
She is Survived by two daughters, Renita Cole of Forrest City and Regenia Howard of Memphis, Tenn.; three sons, Theartic Green of Jonesboro, John White Jr. of Forrest City, and Danny White of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Bernice Davis of Detroit, Mich., and Claudia Brinker of Calumet, Ill.; four brothers, Clark Jones Sr. of Detroit Mich., Harold Jones of Gary, Ind., Benjamin Jones of Michigan City, Ind., and Elmo Chism of Seattle, Wash.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held today at 12 noon at Salem Baptist Church with Rev. Cato Brooks officiating. Burial followed at Clark Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

David Rucker
David Rucker Sr., 52, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 1999, at St. Benard Hospital in Jonesboro.
Mr. Rucker was a sanitation worker for the city of Forrest City.
He is survived by his mother, Luiza Rucker of Forrest City; a daughter, Denise Rucker of Jonesboro; two sons, David Rucker Jr. and Michael Rucker both of Jonesboro; four sisters, Bertha Rucker, Carrie Gadison and Earstine Jackson all of Rochester, N.Y., and Hattie Wright of Forrest City; four brothers, Joseph Rucker of Forrest City, LeRoy Rucker of Rochester, N.Y., Argee Rucker of Chicago, Ill., Ruhen Rucker of Jonesboro and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kennedy Chapel. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. at United Christian M.B. Church with Rev. J.W. Lockhart officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest City Cemetery under the direction of J.E. Kennedy Funeral Home.

Carmen Renea Cook
Carmen Renea Cook, infant daughter of Jody and Mandy Palton Cook of Palestine, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at the Med in Memphis.
She was born on Dec. 13, 1999, and is survived by a paternal grandmother, Doris Cook of Palestine; maternal grandmother, Robin Palton of Forrest City; a brother, Caleb Cook and a sister, Morgan Cook, both of Palestine.
Graveside services were held on Friday, Dec. 17, 1999, at Bell Cemetery in Palestine with Bro. Lee Whitley officiating and Stevens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Merl Christine Thornton Rodgers
Merl Christine Thornton Rodgers, 82, of Forrest City, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999, at Baptist Central Hospital, in Memphis.
Mrs. Rodgers was born Jan. 19, 1917, in Pine Valley, Miss. Mrs. Rodgers lived in Memphis before moving to Forrest City. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Rodgers was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Rodgers in 1997 and her daughter, Elizabeth Rodgers Dobell.
She is survived by two sons, Charles Rodgers Jr. of Lawerenceburg, Tenn., and Donald Rodgers of Hampton, Va.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Steven's Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at 10:30 a.m. at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. at Memory Hill Gardens in Memphis.

Fletcher Gregsby Chrisco
Fletcher Gregsby Chrisco, 90, of Conway, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 1999, at the Heritage Center in Conway.
Mr. Chrisco was born Jan. 19, 1909, in Wynne to Urie Franklin Chrisco and Annie Gilbert Chrisco. He lived in Cross County until 1995 when he moved to Conway. He was a member of Park Place Baptist Church in Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myra Mae Gowen Chrisco.
Mr. Chrisco is survived by two daughters, Frances Head of Conway and Catherine Pickett of Little Rock; a sister, Mable Griffin of Colt; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Monday at Kernodle Funeral Home. Services were today, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at Kernodle Funeral Home. Burial followed at Cogbill Cemetery in Wynne. Memorials may be made to The Park Place Baptist Church in Little Rock.

Willie Wade Barksdale
Willie Wade Barksdale, 80, of Forrest City, died Monday, Dec. 20, 1999, at Baptist Central in Memphis.
Mr. Barksdale was born April 23, 1919, to Thomas Arthur Barksdale and Addie Georgia Ragsdale Barksdale. He retired after 20 years of service in the U.S. Army and also retired from Eaton Corp., in Forrest City. He was a member of the Forrest City Masonic Lodge #198, he was a 32nd degree of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and a member of the Sahara Temple in Pine Bluff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn Barksdale of Forrest City; a son, William "Willie" Barksdale of Marion; four daughters, Judy Hunt of Wynne, Madonna Smith and Clara Harland both of Forrest City and Melodi Betts of Hickory Ridge; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were today, Dec. 22, 1999, at Morgan Chapel with Bro. O'Neal Nesler and Bro. John Threat officiating. A private burial will be held later. Arrangements were made by Morgan Funeral Home.

James Edward Dice
Mr. James Edward Dice, aged 85, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Dec., 22, 1999.
He was born Oct. 24, 1914. Mr. Dice was a businessman, and was a member of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers and was a charter member of the Mid-East Arkansas National Association of Home Builders. At one time he was the oldest active real estate appraiser in the state. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Forrest City, and a veteran of World War II.
Mr. Dice is survived by his wife, Mable Parker dice; two daughters, Lana Diane Van Giesen and Jan Dice, both of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Judy Mullenix of Boca Raton, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
Funeral services are pending. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lola Mae Castling Dooley
Lola Mae Castling Dooley, 90, of Memphis, formerly of Marianna, died Dec. 22, 1999, at her daughter's home.
Mrs. Dooley was born in Magazine and was the daughter of Fred Castling and Eunice Robertson Castling. She attended Draughon's School of Business, was an employee of First National Bank of Marianna and was "Miss Marianna" in 1930. She lived in Marianna for 56 years before moving to Memphis and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Marianna.
She was preceded in death be her husband, Gaither Dooley.
She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Avery of Memphis; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home with graveside services to follow at Forrest Park Cemetery at 3 p.m., under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.

Lois Yvonne Watson Taegtmeyer
Lois Yvonne Watson Taegtmeyer, 72, of Wynne, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999, at the Cross Ridge Community Hospital in Wynne.
Mrs. Taegtmeyer was a retired food service employee and a member of the Valley Missionary Baptist church in Wynne.
She is survived by two sons, Ronald Taegtmeyer and James Taegtmeyer both of Wynne; two daughters, Marvine Gail Lucas of Parkin and Deborah Bohannon of Forrest City; two brothers, Ben Watson of Cherry Valley and Ed Watson of Wynne; two sisters, Edna Biggadike and Doris Merrell both of Wynne; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at 2 p.m. at the Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Wynne with Bro. Jimmy Peeler and Bro. Charles Brien officiating. Burial will be at McElroy Cemetery of Wynne under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Valley View Missionary Baptist Church in Wynne.

James Edward Dice
Mr. James Edward Dice, age 85, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999.
He was born Oct. 24, 1914. Mr. Dice was a businessman, and was a member of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers and was a charter member of the Mid-East Arkansas National Association of Home Builders. At one time he was the oldest active real estate appraiser in the state. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Forrest City, and a veteran of World War II.
Mr. Dice is survived by his wife, Mable Parker Dice; two daughters, Lana Diane Van Giesen and Jan Dice, both of Dallas, Texas; a sister, Judy Mullenix of Boca Raton, Fla.; two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 24, 199, at the First United Methodist Church in Forrest City. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 tonight at Stevens Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Charlene Brown
Charlene Brown, age 59, of Madison, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 1999, at her home.
She was born Sept. 5, 1940, and was the daughter of Tommie White Sr. and Lillie Mae Burse White.
She is survived by one daughter, Janette White of Madison; one sister, Dorothy Bonds of Del Rio, Texas; one brother, Tommie White Jr. of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at 1 p.m. at Madison Light M.B. Church with Rev. Alonzo Gatling officiating with burial following in Bonds Cemetery in Madison under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Virester Miller McDaniel-Haymer
Virester Miller McDaniel-Haymer, age 46, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at Crittenden Memorial Hospital.
She was born Nov. 22, 1953, to Virgie Haymer and Allie Mae Haymer of Forrest City, who survive her. She was employeed as a secretary at Crowley's Ridge Technical Institute.
She is also survived by two brothers, Xavier Haymer of Marion, and Tracy Haymer of Jonesboro; three sisters, Paulette Haymer of Dallas, Texas, Sheila Haymer of Forrest City, and Tammie Haymer of Memphis; and a grandfather, Willie Brown of Forrest City.
Services were held on Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at the Rising Sun M.B. Church with interment at Casteel Cemetery. Clay Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Jessie Leon Reeves
Rev. Jessie Leon Reeves, age 80, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
He was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Moro, and was the son of Jessie Reeves and Beulah Woods Reeves. He lived in St. Francis County most all of his life, was a retired minister, a veteran of WWII and was a member of the Beck Spur Baptist Church.
He married Bessie Salmons in 1948, and she survives him along with one son, Ronnie Reeves of Forrest City; one daughter, Mary Pamela Graves of Parkin; two brothers, Clarence Reeves of Palestine and Bert Reeves of Colt; four sisters, Florence Nickles of Forrest City, Inez Allison of Conway, Louise Massey of Louisiana and Audrey Hooker of Mississippi; five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Beck Spur Baptist Church.

Lola Mae Castling Dooley
Lola Mae Castling Dooley, 90, of Memphis, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1999, at her daughter's home. She was a former resident of Marianna and Forrest City.
She was married to Gaither Dooley, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Her and her husband were owners of the Dooley's New Star Department Store in Marianna.
She is survived by a daughter, Anne Avery; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren, all of Memphis.
Services were held on Thursday, Dec. 23 at Forrest Park Cemetery with Steven's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Dicksie Louise Helms Ming
Dicksie Louise Helms Ming, age 80, of Marked Tree, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Three Rivers Nursing Center in Marked Tree.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Marked Tree, the Eastern Star Lodge of Marked Tree and Poinsett County Extension Club. She was a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Buddy" Ming. She is survived by two daughters, Sarah Payne of West Memphis and Emma Lou Ming of Lepanto; two sons, Jack Ming of Forrest City and Jerry Ming of Marked Tree; four sisters, Nellie McCoy of Bay, Jewell Harvey of Sapula, Okla., Bessie Mansfield of Collinsville, Okla., and Mary Scoggins of Bradford; one brother, Clark Helms of Vienna, Ill.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Marked Tree with burial following in Marked Tree Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the AM Mullins Memorial FFA Scholarship Fund c/o the Marked Tree Bank.

Cedric Lamont Mooney-Kilgore
Cedric Lamont Mooney-Kilgore, 20, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999.
He was born June 4, 1979, to Jerry and Diane Mooney Kilgore, who survive him.
He attended Forrest City High School East Arkansas Community College, and was employed by Labor Ready of Lawrenceville, Ga. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by two sisters, Chiquita Mooney of Auburn, Ga., and Luquisha Mooney of Forrest City; and grandparents Williams Mooney and Ethel Mooney of Forrest City, and a niece.
Visitation will be until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999, at Woodhouse Mortuary. Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at 11 a.m. at Rising Sun MB Church with R. John Strong officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Woodhouse Mortuary.

Ralph L. Walker
Ralph L. Walker, 77, of Forrest City, died Sunday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Baptist Central Hospital in Memphis.
He was born June 3, 1922, in Paragould to John and Ollie Walker and lived in St. Francis County most of his life. He was retired from Yale Hoist, a veteran of World War II, member of the VFW, American Legion, DAV and attended Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
He married Floy Aldridge in 1947, and she survives him along with a daughter, Carolyn Breeson of Hendersonville, Tenn.; two brothers, Louis Walker of West Memphis and Earl Walker of Cord; one sister, Violet Woods of Paragould; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, with burial in Barnishaw Cemetery. Stevens Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bertha Mae Daniel Bates
Bertha Mae Daniel Bates, age 87, of Memphis, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Sycamore View Nursing Home in Memphis.
She was born May 29, 1912, in Ben Franklin, Texas, and was the daughter of Oliver Brewer and Grace Moore Brewer. She was a housewife and a resident of Dallas, Texas most all of her life. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas.
She is survived by one daughter, Judy E. Smith of Forrest City; and three grandchildren; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank E. Daniel in 1965.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at 10 a.m. at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lisa Anderson officiating. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at 11 a.m. in Dallas, Texas at Restland Memorial Park. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Darden
Robert Darden, age 82, of Widener, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Crestpark Retirement Inn Skilled of Forrest City.
He was born in Tallehasse, Miss. and was a retired farmer.
He is survived by six sons, Willie Thompson and Tommy Thompson, both of Widener, Louis Thompson of Madison, Walter Thompson of St. Louis, Mo., Freddie Thompson of Houston, Texas and Stanley Thompson of Widener; six daughters, Dorothy Rucker and Erma Wonsley, both of St. Louis, Mo., Sharann Hill and Patricia Brown both of Jonesboro, Janet Davis and Lucynthia Johnson, both of Widener; one sister, Louise Sykes of East St. Louis, Ill. and a friend, Alice Thompson of Widener; many grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at 1 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home with Rev. Louis Thompson officiating with burial following in Whitmore Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Clay Funeral Home.

Warren Lemuel Chowning
Warren Lemuel Chowning, age 80, of Alexandria, Virginia, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.
He was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Wynne and was the son of Cleve Lee Chowning and Frances Romains Edwards Chowning. He graduated from Wynne High School and was a member of the U.S. Air Force and a veteran of WWII. He was a personnel specialist for the U.S. Army at Fort Polk, Louisiana; was employed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Buffalo, New York and was personnel specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Va. at his retirement. He was of the Christian Church faith.
He is survived by his wife, Mamie Bass Chowning of Alexandria, Va.; one brother, R.W. "Bob" Chowning of Magnolia, Ark.; and two sisters, Margaret Chowning Ellis of Wynne and Mary Frances Chowning Pitts of Harrisburg. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Norman Chowning.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at 2 p.m. at Cogbill Cemetery with Rev. Wes George officiating. Kernodle Funeral Home of Wynne is in charge of the arrangements.

Frank L. Najewski
Frank L. Najewski, age 71, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at the White County Regional Medical Center in Searcy.
He was born Aug. 3, 1928, in Radom, Ill. and was the son of Joseph Najewski and Mary Novack Najewski. He lived in Forrest City since 1963, was a retired assistant supervisor for Airtherm, was a veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.
He married O'Neal Brown in 1950, and she survives him along with two daughters, Linda Wood of Marion and Donna Gay of Forrest City; one sister, Agnes Ragsdale of Millstadt, Ill. and one grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 31, 1999, at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. with burial following in Hughes Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, 1999, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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