Daniel Monroe Barker, 81, of Tuckerman departed this life Sunday, December 21, 2014.
He was born March 2, 1933 to George William and Minnie (Blankenship) Barker.
Mr. Barker was a member of Fisher Church of Christ where he served as an Elder; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son; Randy Barker and wife at his death; Sherry Barker.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years (married November 24, 1956); Peggy Barker of Tuckerman, son; Steve Barker (Laurie), five grandchildren; Jennifer Barker and fiance Carlos Edwards, Brandon Barker and wife Alana, Josh Barker and wife Jenny, Shay Barker and wife Sara,
and Shawn Barker and wife Rachel, ten great grandchildren; McKenzie, Kallista, Julia, Corbin, Trinity, Kaigan, Randi-Lynn, Bryce, Emerson and Claire.
Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Fisher Cemetery.
Interment at Fisher Cemetery.
Officiating will be Michael Brotherton.
Pallbearers will be Steve Barker, Shay Barker, Josh Barker, Shawn Barker, Brandon Barker, and Carlos Edwards
Glenn Koettel, 78, of Remmel Community departed this life Friday December 19, 2014.
He was born January 7, 1936 to Hershel and Marie Lewis Koettel. He was a member of the Church of Christ and the Jackson County Drainage District Twelve.
He was preceded in death by his parents; children; Geoffrey Jackson Koettel and David Glenn Koettel, sister; Rita Koettel Pardon and son in law Bill Bolden.
His survivors are wife of sixty years; Wanda Tanksley Koettel, son; Mike Koettel, daughter; Renee Koettel all of the home, grandchildren; Jason Koettel and wife Anne of Texas, Wesley Koettel and wife Lenee of Arkansas, Ashley Moyer and husband Gustavuf of Florida, great grandchildren; Brianna, Nathan, Morgan Koettel and Cole Richmond, sister; Joanne Rinehart and husband Keith and his beloved Yorkies; Hanna and Heidi.
Graveside service will be 2:00 Monday at Remmel McCall Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the local Humane Society.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
NORRIS HALL ANDERSON
NORRIS HALL ANDERSON, of Tuckerman, Ar, died in Little Rock on December 19, 2014. She was born May 26, 1912, in Calico Rock, Ar, and lived 102 years, 7 months, and 23 days. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joel E. Anderson, Sr.; her parents Hubert and Jeffie Hays Hall; her sister Wanda Hall Johnson and brother-in-law Joe Johnson; her sons-in law Robert Kramer and Claude Schiller. She is survived by two daughters: Camille Anderson Kramer of O’Fallon, Mo., and Wanda Jean Anderson Schiller of Louisville, Ky.; and one son Joel E. Anderson, Jr. and daughter-in-law Ann Gaskill Anderson of Little Rock.
She is also survived by three granddaughters and five grandsons and their spouses: Donna Kramer Oliver (Chuck) of St. Peters, Mo.; Sharon Kramer Prater (Tonie), of St. Charles, Mo.; Bob and Melanie Malloy Kramer of O’Fallon, Mo.; Linda Kramer Kyser (Phil) of Troy, Mo.; Kevin and Angie Loi Gibson of Louisville, Ky.; Lincoln and Linda Woolf Anderson of Tulsa, Ok.; Deverick and Ann Meislohn Anderson of Chapel Hill, NC; Mitchell and Monika Schurgerova Anderson of Olomouc, Czech Republic. Her grandchildren blessed her with 14 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was valedictorian of her senior class at Tuckerman High School and a graduate of Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tn. For thirty-six years the family lived on a farm outside Swifton where she was active in the Swifton PTA and served as its president. Several times she and friend Nola Brown conducted the school census for the Swifton School District. She and her family were active members of the Tuckerman Church of Christ where she was for many years a Sunday School teacher.
She is remembered by her children as a loving mother and remarkably strong woman who lived alone in Tuckerman for 23 years as a widow. At age 94 she moved to Presbyterian Village in Little Rock. The family expresses special appreciation to Monika and Michael Prysock of Tuckerman and to the staff of Presbyterian Village in Little Rock for the care and attention they extended to her.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Saturday, December 20, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Gracelawn Cemetery.
Eugene “Cowboy” Broadwater
Mr. Eugene “Cowboy” Broadwater, 69, of Imboden, Arkansas, departed this life on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. He was born November 10, 1945, in Hanna, Wyoming, the son of Kenneth and Dollie (Sims) Broadwater.
Mr. Broadwater retired from Ever Corporation after 25 years of service, and was of the Baptist belief. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horses, and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Broadwater was preceded in death by three brothers, Leon Broadwater, Charles Broadwater, and Jerry Dan Linvell; and two sisters, Virgis Broadwater and Mary Ann Linvell.
He is survived by two sons, Gregory Broadwater and wife Vickie of Imboden and Christopher Broadwater of Swifton; two daughters, Terri Snider of Newport and Amy Brian of Gregory; three brothers, Donald Broadwater of Texas, Kenneth Broadwater of North Carolina, and Raymond Linvell of Newport; two sisters, Sandra Carter of Texas, Mollie Easley of Brookland, and Mary Louise Howard of Heber Springs; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Thursday, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Friday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment following in Ballew’s Chapel Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Jane A. Hawkins
Mrs. Jane A. Hawkins of Bartlett, Tennessee departed this life in Newport, Arkansas, on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the age of 98. Mrs. Hawkins was born March 14, 1916, in Hohenwald, Tennessee the daughter of Thomas Brown Allen and Annie Hinson Allen.
She grew up in Trimble, Tennessee and was a 1934 graduate of Trimble High School. Several years after high school, she decided to pursue a career as a Registered Nurse. Mrs. Hawkins graduated from the Nashville General Hospital R.N. program, which later became part of the Vanderbilt Nursing School.
She joined the United States Army Corp of Nurses in November of 1942, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant prior to her Honorable Discharge in 1946. During her service in World War II, she was a member of the first M.A.S.H unit to arrive on Normandy and was a member of the 41st Evac Hospital. 2nd Lieutenant Jane Allen met and married 1st Lieutenant Mr. Malcolm Hawkins on March 7, 1944, in Barnstaple, England. Together the couple enjoyed 51 years of marriage and raised three children.
Mrs. Hawkins enjoyed her career as an R.N. working at many hospitals in Memphis and doing private nursing care. She worked tirelessly until her retirement at the age of 74. Mrs. Hawkins had the work ethic of the “Greatest Generation.” Her work was both her pride and her pleasure. This salty lady will forever be remembered wearing her big sunglasses, for her fabulous Southern cooking, her love of gardening, and her independent nature.
Mrs. Hawkins was a member of the Bartlett Baptist Church, Bartlett Library Board, and the Bartlett Historical Society. She was also a member of the American Legion.
Mrs. Hawkins was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col Ret. Malcolm Hawkins, Sr., on November 3, 1995; one brother, Clifford Allen; and two sisters, Lois Spellings and Billy Allen Sharp.
She is survived by her son, Malcolm Hawkins, Jr., and wife, Patti, of Bartlett, Tennessee; two daughters, Joy Hawkins Hendrix, and husband, John Bruce, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Carol Hawkins and husband, Roger Haley, of Athens, Alabama; two grandchildren; Kristin Hendrix Jackson and husband, Dr. Matt Jackson, of Newport, Arkansas, and Dr. Ashley Allen Hendrix of Nashville, Tennessee; and three great-grandchildren, Daniel Matthew Jackson, Maggie Jane Jackson, and Reed Allen Jackson.
Graveside services will be 12:30, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at West Tennessee State Veteran’s Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Charles “Buddy” Ward
Charles “Buddy” Ward, 75, of Kennett, Missouri departed this life Saturday, December 13, 2014. He was born December 2, 1939 to Tom and Margaret (Lusk) Ward.
Buddy was a member of Church of Christ, an Army Veteran, and enjoyed basketball and football.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters; Alma Lou Grigsby and Peggy Todd.
His survivors are his wife of 40 years; Billie Jean Ward of Kennett, Missouri, sons; Michael Ward of Louisiana and Billy Ward of Missouri, daughters; Renee Bearden and husband Michael of Texas and Buddi Wilson and husband Michael of Missouri, sister-in-laws; Brenda Turner of Arkansas and Anna Lee Davis of Arkansas, and ten grandchildren; Logan Mitchell, Lyndsey Mitchell, Landon Bearden, Emily Ward, Addyson Ward, Tracy Ward, Kathrine Ward, Timothy Ward, Michael Wilson and Jordan Wilson.
Funeral service will be 3:30 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Coffeyville Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at the funeral home.
Officiating will be Bro. Jimmy Cooper.
Pallbearers are Michael Wilson, Billy Ward, Michael Ward, Michael Wilson, Michael Turner, and Steven Turner
Bertie (Davis) Scudder
Ms. Bertie (Davis) Scudder, 84, of Newport, departed this life on Monday, December 15, 2014. She was born October 20, 1930 in Fisher, the daughter of Ike and Pearl (Wright) Davis.
Ms. Scudder was a homemaker, and also transported patients for Dr. Roger Green. She was of the Baptist belief. Ms. Scudder, enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, and was an excellent cook. She especially loved taking care of her grandchildren.
Ms. Scudder was preceded in death by her first husband, Roscoe Kirby; her second husband, Bryce Scudder; two sons, Larry Kirby and Ray Kirby; one daughter, Ruby Faye McFall; two grandchildren, Judy Lynn McFall and Tonya Kirby; one great-grandson, Logan Bryant; one brother, O.D. McIllwain; and two sisters, Joyce Yarbrough and Nadine Howard.
She is survived by one daughter, Sue Buttrum of Mountain Pine, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and twelve great-great grandchildren.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Wednesday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Graveside services will follow at 11:00 a.m. in Coffeyville Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are her grandsons, Leland McFall, Anthony McFall, Anthony Ray Kirby, Bubby Ray Kirby, Chris Tejas, and Jeffery McFall.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Michael Louis Henderson
Michael Louis Henderson, age 50, of Waldenberg, Arkansas, passed away peacefully into the hands of the Lord, Sunday, December 14, 2014. He was born June 10, 1964 in Newport, AR to Verice Chestene Wymer Henderson and Walker Louis Henderson. He is preceded in death by his mother and a son, Tony Henderson.
Michael worked in the paint and body business for over 25 years, while farming as a second generation farmer. He was also a member of New Life Church in Newport.
He is survived by his father; sister, Cheryl Reinhard (Zach), sons, Ricky Henderson (Emily) and Kevin Henderson; daughters, Misty Henderson, Ashley Thompson, Cailtin Sitzer and Cynthia Stover; grandchildren, Conner and Taylor Henderson, Lexi, Jacob and Chase Lishman, and Case Henderson; nieces, Carly and Chandly Bradley and numerous other family members.
A graveside service will be held at Balch Cemetery on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home
Lucy Robertson Wilmans Freeman
Lucy Robertson Wilmans Freeman died at home peacefully Thursday (12/11/14) of infirmities of age. She was 101 years old, and was the last of seven children of Robert Dorsey and Cornelia Robinson Phillips Wilmans of Newport, Arkansas.
Mrs. Freeman was born in Diaz, Arkansas, on November 13, 1913, but lived most of her life in Newport, where she was active in important organizations in the community that were usual for a woman of her time.
Unusual for her time, however, she became a courageous and pioneering businesswoman who stood her ground when told to give up her property because she was a woman.
After the death of her husband, S. Wolcott Freeman, she was told by a representative of the Olivetti Company (the Italian manufacturer of typewriters and other business machines, including the famous Olympia brand typewriter) it would be necessary for her to sell the Olivetti distributorship she inherited -- because she was a woman.
She would have none of it.
Her son, Samuel Robinson Freeman, recalled his father had won many vacation trips from Olivetti, and that his mother often was dinner partner of the head of the North American operation of the company. She got the man on the telephone and explained what had happened. She kept her business. And went on to win vacation trips for herself to Europe and to South America.
Her trailblazing didn’t end in the business world. Mrs. Freeman was a long-time member and communicant at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newport, and was the first woman to be elected to the position of Senior Warden.
She was the first woman to serve on the Jackson County Water Commission.
She served as treasure of the Episcopal Church Women of the Episcopal diocese of Arkansas
She was a member of the American Numismatic Association and a founding member of the Old Timer Assay Commissioners Society.
She was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to serve as a member of the Annual Assay Commission for the year 1964 which took place at the United States Mint in Philadelphia, Pa., on February 12, 1964. She and her husband attended a reception at the White House on April 13, 1964, in honor of President Johnson’s women appointees.
Mrs. Freeman was a graduate of Newport Arkansas High School and the University of Arkansas, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the class of 1935. At the University she was the President of the Women’s League, a member of the Y.W.C.A., Swastika (a club for outstanding University women), The Student Senate, the Pan-Hellenic Council and Pi Beta Phi.
Besides her husband, her son Charles Wolcott Freeman of St. Louis died in 2002. She is survived by her son, Samuel Robinson Freeman, Washington, D.C.; two granddaughters, Emily Freeman Huber (Patrick), St Louis, Missouri, and Lucy Freeman Huff (Mark), Denton, Texas; and four great-grandchildren: Alexander and Charles Huber, and Jack and Ellyn Huff.
The family wishes to thank Debbie and Jackie Gillespie who have been her committed caretakers for the last five years. The family also wishes to thank Mrs. Freeman’s nephew, Dr. Jabez Fenton Jackson, Jr., and his wife Pat.
A private funeral and burial will be Saturday, December 20th. A memorial service for the public will follow on Saturday, December 20th at 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Russ Snapp officiating. A reception will follow in the Parish House.
Honorary Pallbearers are her nephews – Robert Wilmans Newell, Robert Dorsey Wilmans, III., James Edward Wilmans, Jr., Dr Jabez Fenton Jackson, Jr., Dorsey Wilmans Jackson and Rex Mccuistion Wilmans.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 301 Hazel Street, Newport, Arkansas 72112; to the Jackson County W.A. Billingsley Memorial Library, P.O. Box 748, Newport, Arkansas 72112, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Mr. Arnold Geaslin, 79, of Searcy departed this life Friday, December 12, 2014. He was born September 26, 1935 to Helois and Bessie Lancaster Geaslin.
He was a member of Searcy First Assembly of God Church, and enjoyed watching the Razorbacks, music, golf and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers; J.R. and Carl Geaslin, and one sister; Brenda Enlow.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; Noretta L. Geaslin of Searcy, sons; Dave Geaslin and wife Debbie of Searcy, Doyne Geaslin and wife Deleta of Searcy, daughter; Karen Williams and husband Mike of Searcy, brothers; Al Geaslin of Searcy, Bill Geaslin of Searcy, Terry Geaslin of Tuckerman and Eugene Enlow of Oklahoma, sisters; LaVera Gates of Tuckerman, Velma Turner of Tuckerman, Connie Gates of Tuckerman, Carolyn Hembrey of Tuckerman and Ynette Webb of Jonesboro, grandcdhildren; Jacklyn Prince of Searcy, Brandi Wright of Searcy and Lucas Williams of Ward, great grandchildren; Trevor Weathers, Brayden Weathers, Arwyn Wright, Thorin Wright, Denver Williams, Kolbie Williams, Connor Prince and Grayson Prince.
Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday December 17, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Watson Cemetery.
Visitation will be 11:30-1:00 Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the funeral home.
Eugene S "Gene " Ivy
Mr. Eugene S. “Gene” Ivy of Newport departed this life on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at his home surrounded by loving family. He was born May 2, 1928, in Grubbs, one of six children born to Sylvester Otis Ivy and Maggie Luella (Moore) Ivy.
Mr. Ivy was a 1946 graduate of Grubbs High School. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Army, serving at Camp Polk in Louisiana until 1950.
Mr. Gene Ivy married Miss Janice Bagwell on February 4, 1956. Together they made their home in Newport, where he became an active member of the community. Over the years, Mr. Ivy was a member of the Lion’s Club, Jackson Masonic Lodge #191, Newport City Council, and Newport Country Club. He also served as a Boy Scout Leader, member and past President of the Jackson County Home Builder’s Association, and the Newport Special School District School Board. He was an active member of the “Round Table” group. Mr. Ivy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Newport where he served several years on the Building Committee.
Together with his brother, Bill, Mr. Ivy started Ivy Brothers Construction Company, Inc. Over a 50 year span, the brothers changed the landscape of Newport, building the Ivy Terrace addition, many commercial buildings, several of the town’s most iconic homes, and, notably, renovating the Mary Woods II, a paddlewheel steamboat.
Mr. Gene Ivy will be remembered throughout Jackson County for his genuinely kind spirit. He never met a stranger, as he would walk up to and introduce himself to anyone he didn’t know without a second thought, and was known far and wide as “the sweetest man ever.” Mr. Ivy was never a man of anger; he had a nurturing spirit and an immense love of babies and children that was returned to him tenfold.
Although the title was first bestowed upon him by his eldest granddaughter, Mr. Ivy soon became known as “Daddy Gene” to a wide range of people other than his grandchildren – their friends, his daughter’s friends, and anyone who loved and felt close to him. Along with “Daddy,” it was his most treasured moniker.
Mr. Ivy’s greatest love and joy was his family. He delighted in loving his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Gene Ivy will forever be remembered for his legacy of love and sincere kindheartedness.
His parents; two brothers, Billy Clayton Ivy and D. C. Ivy; and two sisters, Pauline Carty and Carolyn Coleman, preceded him in death.
Mr. Ivy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice Bagwell Ivy of the home; his children, Terri Ivy Ramsey and husband, Randy, of Newport and Steve Ivy of Pocahontas; three grandchildren, Lindley Gene Pettie and husband, John, of Newport, Gail Penix of Fayetteville, and Jesse Ivy of Pocahontas; five great-grandchildren, Alice Pettie, Mackenzie Ivy Murphy, Kayla Ivy, Berlin Ivy, and Isabel Ivy; one sister, Lula Belle Young and husband, Dean, of Newport. Also surviving are a host of nieces, nephews, and a lifetime of friends from the very young to the old.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Wednesday, December 10, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Newport with Rev. Brad Elrod officiating.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Clay Young, Kevin Young, Keith Edens, Kim Edens, Wayne Stoner, Jr., Ben Hulsey, Billy Admire, and Michael Allen. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Allen, Bill Fortune, Jerry Saracini, Jim Bishop, Jody Tapp, Dr. Ron Hardin, Dr. Mohammad Khan, Dr Matt Jackson, and the Members of the “Round Table.”
Memorials may be made to the Jackson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 154, Newport, AR 72112 or the UAMS Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy 4301 W. Markham Street, #816, Little Rock, AR 72205-7199, or visit www.giving.uams.edu
Mary Lou Mary Lou Gates
Mary Lou Gates, 88, of Newport departed this life Monday, December 8, 2014. She was born February 4, 1926 to Ed and Cora (Prater) Smart. She was a member of Jacksonport Baptist Church, enjoyed crocheting and dancing.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Floyd Gates, two sons; W.J. “Fuzzy” Gates and Carl Ray Gates, one daughter; Sissy Gates, and two sisters; Emma Jean Chambliss and Delmia Davis.
Her survivors are one son; Jimmy Floyd Gates and wife Linda of Newport, two daughter-in-laws; Linda Gates of Georgia, and Joyce Gates of Tuckerman, two brothers; J.D. Smart of Jacksonport and Eddie Smart of Newport, eight grandchildren; Lisa Gates of Jonesboro, Shelia Gates of Newport, Dennis Gates (Missy) of Tuckerman, Mary Ellen Mansker (Reggie) of Newport, Lynn Gates of Tuckerman, Johnathan Gates (Heather) of Jonesboro, Nicky Gates of Newport, and Tad Gates of Newport, and eight great grandchildren; Torrey Gates of Newport, Cody Gates of Tuckerman, Alex D. Gates of Newport, D’Quan Wilson of Newport, Alex L. Gates of Tuckerman, Justin Gates of Tuckerman, Laura Beth Edwards of Tuckerman, and Alexis Gates of Newport, and one great great granddaughter; Natalee Edwards of Tuckerman.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Coffeyville Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the funeral home.
Paul R. Perry,
Mr. Paul R. Perry, 93, of Newport departed this life on Saturday, December 6, 2014. He was born October 6, 1921 at Swifton, the son of Johnathan Allen and Nova (Parmley) Perry.
Mr. Perry retired from Elco Industries after 32 years of service. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in World War II. Mr. Perry enjoyed working in his yard, and was a St. Louis Cardinal’s fan. He was a member of the Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Perry was preceded in death by his wife, Paulie (Fink) Perry; one grandson, Jeffery Wilkerson; two brothers, Ray Perry and Dee Perry; three sisters, Lula Bell Hubbard, Agnes Lance, and Imogene Anderson; and his son-in-law, James Wilkerson, Sr.
He is survived by one son, Marcus Perry of Newport; one daughter, Kathy Perry Wilkerson of Newport; two grandchildren, James Wilkerson, Jr., and wife Lori of Newport and Marcus Wilkerson of Newport; four great-grandchildren, Chris Clark, Kevin Clark, Leeann Wilkerson, and Mary Wilkerson; and two great-great grandchildren, Brentley David Wilkerson and Tanner Ray Seals.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Monday, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church with interment in Fakes Chapel Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Mary J. (Marsh) Ferguson
Mrs. Mary J. (Marsh) Ferguson, of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Friday, December 5, 2014 at the age of seventy-seven. She was born January 17, 1937 in Headland, Alabama, the daughter of Ruben and Rose Lee (Brown) Marsh.
Mrs. Ferguson retired from St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she had worked as a housekeeper. She was a member of the Second Street First Baptist Church in Newport, where she was on the Mission Society and Mother’s Board. Mrs. Ferguson enjoyed cooking and watching tv. The joy of her life was helping raise her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Ferguson was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Ferguson; one son, Robert Pearce; and two sisters, Janie Mae Culber and Ruby Nell Martin. She is survived by two sons, James Pearce and wife, Vernita, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Donald Pearce of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; one daughter, Sheila Pearce of Newport; one brother, Jack Marsh of Abbeville, Alabama; one sister, Willia Stanford and husbane Willie of Abbeville, Alabama; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Friday, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Second Street First Baptist Church of Newport with interment following in Gum Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Erma Fay “Barbara” (Melton) Goza
Mrs. Erma Fay “Barbara” (Melton) Goza, 81, of Swifton, departed this life on Friday, December 4, 2014. She was born November 25, 1933 in Manila, Arkansas, the daughter of Jessie James and Addie (Hatfield) Melton.
Mrs. Goza was a cook and a certified nurses assistant until her retirement. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Goza was a member of the Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church of God in Swifton.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Millard Lewis Goza; her parents, and stepfather, Jody Satterfield; a son-in-law, Dennis McGinnis; six brothers, Carl Melton, Ralph Melton, Darrell Melton, Jack Melton, Marion “Buck” Anderson, and Charles Melton; and one sister, Annie Anderson.
Mrs. Goza is survived by three sons, Roger Goza and wife, Virginia, of Walnut Ridge, James Goza and wife, Nellie, of Swifton, and Gerald Goza and wife, Patti, of Cash; one daughter, Latricia McGinnis of Bono; seventeen grandchildren, and forty-six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church of God with Bro. Roger Tidwell and Bro. Thomas Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in Swifton Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home, Monday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Dennis McGinnis, Jr., Jeff McGinnis, John McGinnis, Matthew McGinnis, Cody McGinnis, and Alston McGinnis. Honorary pallbearers are Craig Goza, Trevor McGinnis, Kevin Wilson, Shannon Rickman, Cody Simmons, Bailey Chavez, Lance McGinnis, Neelee McGinnis, and Kevin Wilson.
The family wishes to offer a special thanks to Dierksen Hospice and Lindley Healthcare.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Lucy Alberta Willmuth
Mrs. Lucy Alberta Willmuth, 100, of Springdale, Arkansas died Saturday, November 29, 2014. Lucy was born, Lucy Alberta Damouth, February 10, 1914, Myrtle, Missouri, to Arthur J and Elsie (Freeman) Damouth.
Lucy married Glen W Robertson, September 6, 1931, in Jackson County. From this marriage came Lucy's only biological child, Houston Robertson born in 1935, and later Houston's daughter Amy Lynn. Lucy has spent her last months in the home of Amy and Amy's husband Jessie Joyner in Heber Springs. Lucy's marriage to Glen was very short when Glen died in 1937 at age 27.
In 1940 Lucy married Ed D Watts. Together they raised her son Houston and Ed's son Leroy. So although there were no additional children from this marriage, Lucy later gained four Watts grandchildren, Michael, James, Linda, and Bridget. Ed died in 1965.
The following year Lucy married William George Willmuth. This marriage lasted 22 years until his death in 1988. Lucy remained in their home in Springdale until early 2014 when she broke her hip. William had 2 grown children, J. W. Willmuth and Serilda Gene Allen. From this marriage Lucy later gained many grandchildren.
Lucy loved her home, garden, and Church and always had a well worn Bible near her chair. Lucy retired in 1986 from Allen Canning Co and was a member of the Holcomb Street Church of Christ. We believe there was great rejoicing on Saturday as Lucy left this life to join many departed loved ones and family members.
She was preceded in death by her son, Milton Houston Robertson; two brother, Olen Damouth and Jesse Damouth and one stepsister, Elizabeth Miller
Lucy is survived by several grandchildren; several great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Arnold Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday 11:00 a.m. until service time.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Debra (Davis) Bridgeman
Mrs. Debra (Davis) Bridgeman, 78, of Newport died Friday, November 28, 2014 in Newport. She was born February 20, 1936 in Heber Springs, Arkansas the daughter of Jeffie and Monnie (Elms) Davis.
Mrs. Bridgeman was a bookkeeper for the family farm and H & R Block for several years. She was a member of Oil Trough Church of Christ and enjoyed cooking, shopping, crafts and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs. Bridgeman was preceded in death by her husband, William F. “Sonny” Bridgeman, Jr.; her parents and two sisters, Mary Womble and Virgie Perrott.
She is survived by one son, Billy Bridgeman and wife Lynelle of Tuckerman; three daughters, Jo Ann Pippenger and husband Dwight of Grubbs, Ruth Haynes and husband Jimmy of Tularosa, NM and Wanda Steen of Newport; two sisters, Betty Calhoun of Searcy and Sharon Hudson of Letona; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and six great great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Emmett Campbell officiating. Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Delbert Coburn, Charles Allen Burrow, Martin Steward, Bob Bradley and Benjy Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be John Wyatt, Charles Roland, Robert Carpenter, David Pippenger, Travis Haynes, Morgan Bridgeman and John Blinkley.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home
Mr. Mack Emery, 53, of Tuckerman, died Monday, November 17, 2014. He was born May 26, 1961 in Newport, the son of Alvin “Sox” Emery, Sr., and Joye (Chism) Emery.
Mack was a 1979 graduate of Tuckerman High School. Following high school, he joined the United States Army National Guard, where he served until 1986. Mack enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching TV. He was a people person, with a wonderful sense of humor, and enjoyed talking and visiting. He loved to help people in any way he could. If he could not help you, he would find someone who could. He worked many years for Glenn’s TV as a technician, and in maintenance at Lindley Healthcare. He was a member of the Tuckerman Free Will Baptist Church.
Mr. Emery was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by three sons, Peyton Emery of Tuckerman, Matthew Emery of Russellville, and Patrick Emery of Jonesboro; three brothers, Roy Emery of Beebe, Tim Emery of Tuckerman, and Jamie Emery of Grubbs; six sisters, Margaret Brumley of Newport, Judy Browning of Searcy, Wendy Harbison of Tuckerman, Cindi Lowe of Tuckerman, Kim Reed of Searcy, and Anita Proffitt of New York; and many friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel, with interment in Dowell’s Chapel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Chris Brumley, Rhett Lowe, Brett Lowe, Michael Brumley, Ryan Emery, and Adam Reed. Trey Emery will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
Jimmie Watson Carlew
Ms. Jimmie Watson Carlew departed this life on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Cla-Clif Nursing Home in Brinkley, at the age of 86. She was born January 8, 1928, the daughter of Bob and Connie (Brock) Watson.
Jimmie grew up in the Hickory Grove Community. After high school, she enrolled in nursing school and graduated first in her class. She started her nursing career at Gray's Hospital in Newport. She retired from Harris hospital in Newport after 30 plus years of service, many of which were spent helping deliver babies and care for new mothers. She had a strong sense of family and spent her free time caring for her family.
Jimmie was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Connie (Brock) Watson; two sisters, Betty Anne Watson and Jane Watson; two brothers, Bowie Watson and Roger Watson.
She is survived by her daughter, Betty Anne Carlew Clifton and husband Buddy of Tumbling Shoals, AR; two brothers, Brock Watson of Joplin, MO and Bobby Watson of Orlando, FL; two sisters, Barbara Regan of Tulsa, OK and Jo Peeples of Houston, TX; three grandchildren, Trey Clifton and wife Lana of Fort Worth, TX, Amy Bell and husband Trey of Harrison, AR, and Lori Anne Joshlin of Cabot, AR; five great grandchildren, Jessica and Mason Clifton, Clifton Bell, Will and Emily Joshlin.
Friends may visit at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Funeral services are 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Brock Watson officiating. Interment will follow in Cheshier Cemetery.
Mitchell Love, Sr
Mr. Mitchell Love, Sr., of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Friday, November 14, 2014. He was born February 9, 1938 at Cash, the son of Luther and Carrie (Swanson) Love.
Mr. Love worked many years helping local men raise and train race horses. He also farmed and was a sawmill worker. Mr. Love was a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed cooking, fishing, and hunting squirrel and rabbit, and was a traveling man. Mr. love especially loved sitting on the porch, visiting with children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Mr. Love was preceded in death by his wife, Corean (Tucker) Love; two sons, David Love and an infant son; two brothers, Luther Love and Henry Love; one sister, Mildred Bumpers; grandchildren, Darion Lee Ross, and two infants; and his parents.
He is survived by four sons, Earl Tucker of Newport, Tommy Joe Love and wife Patricia of Searcy, Deon Love of Swifton, Mitchell Love, Jr. of Swifton; eight daughters, Helen B. Tucker of Swifton, Maeiris Love Allen and husband Gary of Newport, Kayrene Love Morse and husband David of Jacksonville, Tracy L. Love of Swifton, Mary Lynn Love of Tuckerman, Paula Love Odom and husband Michael of Jacksonville, Sally Ann of Little Rock, and Linda Kay Dicus of Marianna; one brother, Edgar Robinson of Newport; one sister, France Love Dean and husband, Noble of McCrory; several grandchildren; and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Thursday, November, 20, 2014 noon-service. Funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Shoffner.