Commander Sy Elton Mendenhall, U.S. Navy (Ret.), catapulted and flew West on August 30, 2014. He was born on May 8th, 1919 in Sidell, Illinois to Sy and Grace Mendenhall. As a child, he helped in the family farming business and endured the Great Depression. He related later in life that while there was little money, they always had plenty of food because they raised most of what they ate. In the winter, he would trap muskrats for their fur and sell them to generate cash. Upon graduation from Sidell High School, Sy entered the University of Illinois where he played football and wrestled in addition to attending classes. He also took a job on campus to help pay his way in school. After completing two years of college, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Cadet.
After passing initial training in St. Louis, he was sent to Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida for flight training. Upon completion of his training, he was awarded his Wings of Gold and commissioned an Ensign. Though not to his liking, he was retained in Pensacola as an Instructor Pilot as the Navy was expanding its pilot corps in 1941. One consolation prize for this duty was meeting his future and life-long companion on a blind date. He would soon marry Gloria Bergin of Pensacola on August 8, 1942 and begin their life journey together. But first, there was a War to be fought and won in the Pacific and Sy would soon find himself in the middle of it.
In early 1943, he was assigned to VF-6 flying the F6-F Hellcat off of aircraft carriers. He was initially the wingman for the Squadron Commander, Medal of Honor recipient Commander Edward “Butch” O’Hare. They soon embarked on a deployment aboard the USS Independence for the invasion of Marcus Island and attacked enemy positions on Wake Island. During the cruise, he was elevated to leading O’Hare’s Second Division for the Wake attack. Sy would complete this cruise and one other deployment during the War before ending it with a second tour as an instructor pilot. It was during his second cruise that his Hellcat suffered something known as a “cold cat”, a lack of sufficient power for the catapult and this resulted in his aircraft being tossed off the left side of the ship into the Pacific Ocean. Even though his sliding canopy slammed shut upon impact with the water, he was able to muster the strength on his second attempt to open it and escaped the sinking Hellcat. He was picked up by an escort destroyer and later returned to his ship.
After the war, Sy decided to continue his military career and spent several assignments overseas in such places as modern day Morocco and Guam. It was while he was serving as the Commander of a photo reconnaissance squadron (VAP-61) that he participated in the International Geophysical Year and took some of the first aerial photographs of Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska. Not one to pass a potentially dangerous job to someone else, he personally commanded a CIA requested “recon” flight over Indonesia where the government was fighting Communist insurgents. During this flight, his unarmed aircraft came under fire and the right wing of the aircraft was hit, narrowly missing the engine. However, the large hole just outboard of the engine made the aircraft extremely difficult to fly and it was clear they would not be able to make it back to their base. Flying fast and low, they found a runway under construction in the southern Philippine Islands and made a high speed landing that blew tires and caused the workers on the ground to scurry clear of the runway. Commander Mendenhall ended his Navy career as Executive Officer of NAS Memphis in 1963.
Upon retirement, he started his second career which was his lifelong goal: to own his own farm. In 1954, while still on active duty, he purchased a small farm near Oil Trough. Upon Sy’s retirement from the Navy, the family moved to the farm and raised Aberdeen Angus cattle for many years. Years of hard work on his part and that of his family resulted in a generous herd that provided a living for the family. In addition, Sy started a successful Ag Flying service that was a natural fit for his flying skills and served many farmers in Independence and Jackson Counties for 15 years. Sy was devoted to his community, working for infrastructure improvements such as roads and a rural water system. He teamed up with several local famers to attack a flooding problem with a local stream to establish the Departee Creek Watershed Improvement District, which is still active today. Believing in service before self, he was instrumental in getting signatures on petitions for a Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits in Arkansas. He truly believed our lawmakers should be “Citizen Legislators, not Career Politicians” as his bumper sticker stated for so many years. His service to the Independence County Conservation Board spanned from 1987 until 1999. Sy also served on the Jackson-Independence Regional Water Board for a number of years, having been instrumental in getting safe, reliable water to hundreds of users in the rural parts of both counties.
He was preceded by his parents, Sy and Grace Mendenhall and his sister, Pauline France. He is survived by his [[wife, Gloria,]] six children, fourteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His children include Carol and her husband Steve Smaha of Houston, TX, Mark and Claudia Mendenhall of New Brunfels, TX, Matthew and Leigh Ann Mendenhall of Springdale, AR, Connie and her husband Dan Harn of Washington, D.C., Michael and Susan Mendenhall of Plano, TX, and Myles and Katherine Mendenhall of Dallas, TX.
Visitation will be held Friday, September 5th from 5:30 till 7 PM at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home. A graveside service with military honors will be held at Blue Springs Cemetery in Newark on Saturday, September 6th at 10 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial be made to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, P.O. Box 33104, NAS Pensacola, 32508.
William Elvis Crotts, Sr
Mr. William Elvis Crotts, Sr., 86, of Grubbs, Arkansas, departed this life on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. He was born April 29, 1928 in Blytheville, the son of Homer Lee, Sr., and Dora Curzella (Wilson) Crotts. He married Miss Erma Vernell Brantley on December 1, 1951.
Mr. Crotts retired from Victor Metal after 30 years of service, and was Mayor of Grubbs from 1995-2002. He was a member of Ballew’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, where he served as Deacon and taught Sunday School. Mr. Crotts was a United States Army veteran, serving in World War II. Gardening was his passion, and he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Alvin Earl Crotts, M.G. Crotts, and H.L. Crotts; three sisters, Lucille Crotts Johnston, Maureen Wallis, and Christine Camp; and his parents.
Mr. Crotts is survived by his wife of 63 years, Erma Vernell Crotts; two sons, William Elvis Crotts, Jr., and wife Barbara, of Batesville and Brian Crotts and wife Nanette of Fairfield Bay; one daughter, Becky Cloud of Batesville; three sisters, Inez Mannon of Bradford, Louise Ragsdale and husband, Gus, of Newport, and Joan Crotts of Bishop Hill, Illinois; eleven grandchildren, William Elvis Crotts, III and daughter Kylee, Shad Crotts and wife, Marla, and his sons, Liam and Nevin, Marissa Martin and husband Jason, Vanessa Tharp and husband, Brayden, Jennifer Wyatt, and William Wyatt, Chris Crotts and wife, Sunny, and their sons, Hayden and Kellan, Carina Wingate, and husband Tim, and daughter, Ella, Micah Sanning and daughter, Evie, Rachel Cloud and children, Cole and Kourtney, and Kari Cloud, and three sisters-in-law, Shirley Fortenberry of Tuckerman, Eugene Schnell of Dallas, Texas, and Wanda “Cookie” Crotts of Grubbs.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Friday, August 30, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at Ballew’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Hoover Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in Ballew’s Chapel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are William Elvis Crotts, III, Shad Crotts, Jason Martin, Brayden Tharp, William Wyatt, Chris Crotts, Tim Wingate, and Micheal Slayton.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Otis Blair George
Otis Blair George, 66, of Tuckerman departed this life Friday, August 29, 2014. He was born January 20, 1948 to Otis Jordan and Francis Wilkerson. He was a Razorback fan, enjoyed sitting in the backyard watching the squirrels, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Carl Wayne Emery, and two sisters; Jacqueline Turnage and Melinda Pledger.
His survivors are his wife of 37 years; Emily George of Tuckerman, two sons; Jason George of Tuckerman, and Scotty Holt of Newport, two daughters; Elizabeth George (Marvin) of Tuckerman, and Kelly George of Tulsa, Oklahoma, one brother; Billy Gene Emery of Fayatte, North Carolina, two sisters; Linda Sparks of Brighton, Tennessee and Frankie Burchfiel of Newburne, Tennessee, and four grandchildren; Nicholas Heath, Anthony McFall, Jacob McFall and Emily Elizabeth Holt.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in Watson Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014.
Bill Fry, 48, of Newport departed this life Friday, August 29, 2014. He was born November 29, 1965 to Jerry Fry and Bitty Sue (Durham) Cooper. Bill was of the Baptist belief, enjoyed baseball, fishing, and swimming.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Jerry Fry and Bitty Sue Cooper.
His survivors are one sister; Lena Clemons of Paragould, and step-father; Jimmy Cooper of Newport.
Visitation will be 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.
Ophelia Harris, 68, of Newport departed this life Tuesday, August 26, 2014. She was born October 6, 1945 to Charley and Georgana (Duckins) Tucker. She was a member of Calhoun Street Church of Christ, enjoyed sewing, loved children, church, and cooking.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandchildren, four brothers; R.L. Martin, Charlie Tucker, Jr., Tom Tucker, and Willie Tucker, four sisters; Lou Ida Tucker Rowe, twins; Lorean Tucker Dicus and Corean Tucker Love, and Genevia Tucker Smith.
Her survivors are husband; Lewis Harris, Sr. of Newport, eight sons; Lewis Henry Harris, Jr., of Batesville, Phillip Harris (Susan) of San Antonio, Texas, Willie Harris (Brandy) of Diaz, Jimmy Harris (Roxana) of Batesville, Roger Harris of Batesville, Jeff Harris of Diaz, Alvin Thomas (Ruth Ann) of Searcy, and Ira Foster of Missouri, four daughters; Linda Harris of Diaz, Shirley Steward (Ricky) of Diaz, Barbara Hanson, (Nate) of Illinois, Marjorie Harris of Newport, and one special daughter; Letitia of Jonesboro, one sister; Nettie Arnold of Jonesboro, thirty nine grandchildren, one special granddaughter, and twenty one great grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Holden Avenue Church of Christ.
Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.
Scott “Grip” Little
Scott “Grip” Little, 54, of Beedeville departed this life Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
He was born June 4, 1960 to H.K. and Minnie (Taylor) Little. He was of the Church of Christ Belief, enjoyed swimming, hunting, fishing, sports and visiting with friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife; Denice Little, and his mother; Minnie Little.
His survivors are his father; H.K. “Doc” Little of Beedeville, and sister; Suzanne Brown and husband Hoyt of Weiner.
Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Fakes Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.
Harvey Bray, Sr
Mr. Harvey Bray, Sr., 70, of Melborne, Arkansas departed this life on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in Jonesboro. He was born February 15, 1944 in Bradford, the son of Andrew and Alice (Maples) Bray.
Mr. Bray worked as a farmhand over 30 years before retiring. He was of the Church of Christ belief, and enjoyed reading, hunting, and relaxing.
Mr. Bray was preceded in death by his parents, and two grandchildren, Zachary and Autumn Bray.
He is survived by 2 sons, Harvey Bray, Jr., and wife Rachelle of Jonesboro, and Doug Bray and wife Sondra of Weiner; five grandchildren, Keena Bray and Logan Bray, both of Weiner, Coda Bray of Judsonia, and Laranda Holmes and Cierra Fletcher, both of Jonesboro; two step-grandchildren.
There will be a visitation, Thursday evening, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Betty Lou (Ireland) Madden
Mrs. Betty Lou (Ireland) Madden, of the Cow Lake Community, Beedeville, departed this life on Monday, August 18, 2014, at the age of 75. She was born July 14, 1939, in Jackson County, the daughter of Lewis Carter Ireland and Lillian Evelyn (Massey) Ireland.
Mrs. Betty grew up in Beedeville and was a member of the Beedeville High School Class of 1959. During her High School years, she was a highly competitive member of the basketball, softball, and track teams.
Miss Betty Lou Ireland married Mr. Ralph E. Madden on April 5, 1959, and they enjoyed 42 years together until Ralph’s passing in 2002.
Mrs. Madden was a homemaker, her most treasured work was that of being a wife to Ralph, a mother to Tony and Tara, a grandmother to Brad, Paige, and Ashton, and a loving aunt to the many Ireland and Madden nieces and nephews she loved so dearly. She was a devoted member of the Beedeville Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for many years. During her working years, Mrs. Madden worked as a substitute teacher at the Beedeville schools and as a part-time postmaster. She also worked 10 years for Van Heusen Shirt Factory. Mrs. Madden’s giving spirit was evident in so many ways, but none more than her love of volunteering. She gave much of her time to activities involving her children and grandchildren. Mrs. Madden expressed her creative side by working in ceramics, crafts, sewing, and painting. She was a great fan of bargain shopping and playing cards. She was adored by her husband, children, grandchildren, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and all who knew her. Mrs. Madden had a kind and fun loving spirit. She will forever be remembered for her beautiful smile, her genuine interest in those she loved, and her laughter. She will be sorely missed by so many family and friends.
Mrs. Madden was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Ralph E. Madden; three brothers, Jimmy Ireland, Billy Lewis Ireland, and Scotty Lee Ireland; and her parents.
She is survived by her children, Tony Madden and wife, Karen, of Beedeville and Tara (Madden) London and husband, Tim, of Searcy; three grandchildren, Bradley London and Paige London both of Searcy, and Ashton Madden of Beedeville; her brother, Danny Ireland of Beedeville and her constant companion her beloved dog, Molly. Also surviving is a host of loving family and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Beedeville Church of Christ with Dr. Gary Elliott officiating. Interment will follow in Madden Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Bradley London, Harold Madden, Jr., Steve Reid, Dr. Mac Madden, Kenny Madden, Ed Madden, Danny Thomas, Jr., Jeff Madden, Dale “Butch” Madden, Jr., John Kevin Madden, Mitch Reid, Joe Madden, Jr., Keith Madden, Keith Ireland, Rodney Ireland, Todd Ireland, Daniel Ireland, and Chad O’Dell. Honorary pallbearers are Kevin Tate, Bart Gaskin, Hervey Madden, Danny Thomas Sr., Paige London, Kevin I. Reddman, Larry Dabbs, Ken Madden, Ashton Madden, and Danny Ireland.
To leave a condolence, light a memorial candle, or view the guestbook, please visit our website at www.jacksonsfh.com
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Deems Lee Kennedy
Mr. Deems Lee Kennedy, 62, of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, August 17, 2014. He was born June 25, 1952, in Newport, the son of Billy Roe and Louise (Polston) Kennedy.
Mr. Kennedy was an over the road truck driver, working for P&P Trucking. He was a United States Army veteran, and a graduate of Tuckerman High School.
Mr. Kennedy was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, William David Kennedy;
He is survived by his aunt, Genell Coo and husband Russ of Nixa, Missouri; and special friends, Larry Sexton and wife Vicki of Henderson, Texas, Zachary Sexton of Austin, Texas, and Gary Cloud of Batesville, Arkansas.
There will be no funeral services.
Allen Ray Jungers
Allen Ray Jungers, 55, of Newport departed this life Sunday, August 17, 2014. He was born October 20, 1958 to Cairl and Opal (Phillips) Jungers and was of the Pentecoastal faith. Mr. Jungers enjoyed working on old vehicles, riding four wheelers and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Darrell, LeRoy, C.H., Wayne and Dwayne Jungers; and two sisters; Lois Wilson and Margie Rudd.
His survivors are his wife; Teresa Jungers of Newport, two sons; Bryan Jungers of Newport, and Gary Don Jungers and wife Crissy of Diaz, one daughter; Tracy Jungers of Newport, one brother; Donny Jungers of Bradford, four sisters; Patricia Deniece Tidwell of Newport, Carolyn Sue Joslin of Newport, Inez Tims of Newport, and Verdis Foster of California, eight grandchildren; Hannah, Morgan, Paige, Zoey, and Lily Jungers, and Jacob, Davin, and Haley Garland.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Sandhill Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
Officiating will be Eugene Tidwell.
Pallbearers will be James Yarbrough, Donald Jungers, Lonnie Woods, Harlan Woods, John Durbin, and Michael Chatman.
Charles Preston Sullins
Mr. Charles Preston Sullins, 68, of Grubbs, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, August 17, 2014. He was born August 6, 1946 in Jonesboro, the son of Silvia Enos and Mina Ellen (Davis) Sullins.
Mr. Sullins was self-employed in floor installation, and a member of the Grubbs Church of Christ. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, and loved fishing.
Mr. Sullins was preceded in death by his wife, Janie Louise (Moss) Sullins; one brother, Gerald Sullins; ; and his parents.
He is survived by one son, Charles Preston Sullins, Jr., and wife Kim, of Grubbs; one brother, Jennings Sullins of Newport; one sister, Wilda Hodges of Newark; four grandchildren, Alex Sullins, Westley Sullins, Ashley Sullins-Mitchell, and Sylivia Sullins-Voyles, all of Swifton; five great-grandchildren, Caroline Sullins, Braxton Voyles, Alye Voyles, Khloe Voyles, and Holden Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Sullins Cemetery with Mr. Emmitt Campbell officiating.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Richard Lawrence Sheppard
Mr. Richard Lawrence Sheppard, 82, of Newport departed this life Friday, August 15, 2014. He was born June 7, 1932 to Robert Lloyd and Ruby (Newman) Sheppard. Mr. Sheppard was retired from the Sherriff’s Department and Air Force, he was a Koren and Vietnam Veteran, a lifetime member of VFW and DAV, and he enjoyed art.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Elizabeth Sheppard and second wife, Wilma Jean Kinard Sheppard; parents, and one brother, Robert Newman Sheppard.
His survivors are two sons, Rick Sheppard of Newport; and Mike Sheppard of Horseshoe Bend; one step-daughter, Robin Reed of Newport; three grandchildren, Kenneth Paul Sheppard, Kyle Sheppard, and Samantha Sheppard, and four great grandchildren, Alex Sheppard, Katie Sheppard, Jacob Sheppard, Lillie Sheppard all of San Diego, California; and his cat, George.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
Hurshel R. Holt
Mr. Hurshel R. Holt, 92, of Swifton, Arkansas died Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Swifton. He was born June 14, 1922 to the son of Council George and Agnes Mabel (Fortenberry) Holt.
Mr. Holt was a retired farmer and a member of the Swifton Church of Christ where he taught bible class and was an Elder for over forty years. He was a World War II Army veteran where he received two bronze stars for his service. Mr. Holt enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his family was his greatest joy and he loved being a farmer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Mae (Hughes) Holt and his parents.
Mr. Holt is survived by his son, Bobby Holt and wife Brenda of Swifton; one sister, Ruby Holt Young of Swifton; two grandchildren, Anthony Holt and wife Camille of Perryville and Joy Holt of Jonesboro; four great grandchildren, Senior Airman Corey Holt of Fayetteville, Julie Holt Heckethorn of Brookland, Kyle Wheeless of Perryville and Cole Wheeless of Perryville; and two great great grandchildren, Aspen Heckethorn of Brookland and Dawson Heckethorn of Brookland.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Swifton Church of Christ with Mr. Michael Brotherton and Mr. Anthony Holt officiating. Interment will be in Swifton Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Corey Holt, David Heckethorn, Kyle Wheeless, Cole Wheeless, Maurice Watkins and Charles Benson. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of the Swifton Church of Christ.
Cathryn Grace Gale
Mrs. Cathryn Grace Gale, 82, of Swifton departed this life August 13, 2014 in Shreveport, Louisiana after a short illness.
Mrs. Gale was born October 1, 1931 to Fred and Charlotte (Standiford) Gottlob. She loved gardening and her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; J.C. Gale, one daughter; Lisa Gale, and one grandson; Nicholas Johnston.
Mrs. Gale is survived by her two sons; Chris Gale and wife Tina of Shreveport, LA, Brent Gale of Shreveport, LA, one brother; Freddy Gottlob of Taylor, MI, three sisters; Christine Morris of Newellton, LA, Fredrica Edwards of Wartrace, TN, Henrietta Ferrington of Waterproof, LA, and two grandchildren; Austin and Amber Gale of Shreveport, LA.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Swifton Baptist Church with Nathan Bentz officiating.
Burial will be in Arnold Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Friday, August 15, 2014 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Don Gale, Gary Owens, J.w. Hulen, Darrol Campbell, Danny Fears and Roy Runyan.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
Mary Catherine (Fike) Hill
Ms. Mary Catherine (Fike) Hill of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the age of 84. She was born March 16, 1930 in Oil Trough, the daughter of Bill and Maureen (Hankins) Fike.
Ms. Hill was a graduate of Levy High School in North Little Rock. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Methodist Church. She had a giving heart, and enjoyed volunteering at Little Rock hospitals, reading the Bible, and singing.
Ms. Hill was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Maureen (Hankins) Fike; and one sister, Susan Lee Fike.
She is survived by her daughter, Jewel Hill of Little Rock; one sister, Patricia Ann Wick of St. Smith, Arkansas; her special cousin, Frances Pearson of Batesville; and many other cousins and friends.
Graveside services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Blue Springs Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home, Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
Mr. Leslie Sutherland, 88, of Grubbs, departed this life on Tuesday, August 05, 2014 at his home. He was born September 8, 1925 in Jackson County, the son of Jake and Alice Myrtle (McMinn) Sutherland.
Mr. Sutherland was a self-employed farmer, retiring in 1992. He was a United States Navy veteran, serving in World War II. Mr. Sutherland enjoyed hunting, farming, and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Grubbs Church of Christ.
Mr. Sutherland was preceded in death by one son, Gary Lynn Sutherland; two brothers, Aaron Odell Sutherland and Seth Joe Sutherland; one sister, Eula Imogene Pierce Huey; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Vonnie (Smith) Sutherland of the home; one son, Bobby Joe Sutherland and wife Vivin of Grubbs; one brother, Eulice Eugene Sutherland of Newport; one sister, Alice Maurine Thrasher of Batesville; his brother-in-law, Shelby Smith of Newport; and sister-in-law, Mazel Prince of Grubbs; two grandchildren, Dion Sutherland and wife Maggy, and Chad Sutherland; and three great-grandchildren, Tyler Sutherland, Sam Sutherland and wife Summer, and Sydney Sutherland.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Thursday, 12:30 until service. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Remmel-McCall Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Sam Sutherland, Tyler Sutherland, Dion Sutherland, Chad Sutherland, Doug Sutherland, Roger Sutherland, and Dennis Sutherland. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne McElrath, Wayne Lloyd, Kyle McLaughlin, Jimmy Fields, James Jones, and Dwight Pippinger.
Louise (Fowler) Beard
Mrs. Louise (Fowler) Beard, of Weldon, Arkansas, departed this life on Monday, August 4, 2014. She was born July 1, 1929 in Newport, the daughter of Charlie Lee, Sr., and Lucy Jane (Jenkins) Fowler.
Mrs. Beard was a homemaker, and a member of the Tupelo Assembly of God. Her greatest joy was raising her babies. Mrs. Beard also enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading her Bible, and loved gospel music, especially the Gaithers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eli Edward Beard, Jr.; her parents; and one brother, Sonny Flower.
Mrs. Beard is survived by two sons, Edward Beard of Newport, Michael Beard and wife, Lynnette, of Newport; five daughters, Brenda Gilliaum of Newport, Linda Morgan and husband Roy Simmons, of Battle Ax, Barbara Herman and husband, James of Weldon, Debbie Simpson and husband, Rickey of Tupelo, and Lori Snider and husband, Tim, of Newport; two sisters, Jo Draper of Jonesboro, and Maxine Jarrett and husband LeRoy of Greenwood; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren; and her special friends, Mary Hopkins of Weldon, Juanita and John Muir of Weldon, and Mary Clark of Tupelo.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 7, 2014 at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Watson Cemetery.
Ruby Pauline Clark Hall
Mrs. Ruby Pauline Clark Hall, of Newport, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at the age of 98. She was born May 27, 1916 in Cave City, Arkansas, the daughter of William Jackson “Will Jack” and Tillie Augusta Clark. On October 19, 1935, she married Mr. James Issac “Ike” Hall, and together they had 2 daughters, Pauline and Jane.
Her early years were hard, her family sharecropping many years. The depression days were very severe for Mrs. Hall and her family. There was no work for her Poppa, and often no food. She and her family caught fish, hunted squirrel and rabbit, and made a garden to survive. These hard years gave Mrs. Hall a strength and thirst for knowledge. She always wanted to learn and know how to do other things. When her older sister started school, Mrs. Hall studied right along with her. She learned enough that when she started school she stayed in the first grade only one day before being passed along to 2nd. Many times, her family would live several miles from school, and with no bus service, she would have to walk. Unfortunately, she did not get to finish her schooling for various reasons, but was self-taught. Mrs. Hall was known to have beautiful handwriting, and was so smart in everything. She had such a wonderful memory of so many things.
As a child, she and her family walked to the nearest church, as they had no car. Mrs. Hall has been a member of the First Baptist Church since May, 1948. She attended church regularly, riding with Mrs. Guthrie, who later died in a car accident. After she was unable to attend in person, she would watch on television.
She was extremely independent and proud, and kept a youthful look. Mrs. Hall loved when someone told her she didn’t look her age, which she never did. She always did her own hair, perms, colors, and cuts. Until she was 91 years old, she continued to mow her own yard, sharpening her mower blades every 2nd mow. She would also trim her hedges, rake leaves, pick up pecans, and prune her own trees. Mrs. Hall also climbed on top of her house to trim a tree or remove leaves, although she was eventually grounded from climbing the house! Mrs. Hall lived in her own home until April 12, 2014.
Mrs. Hall was healthy, only seeing the doctor once a year to have her blood pressure checked, and renew her prescription of 2 pills.
She worked so hard her entire life, working outside the home in addition to helping Ike with their trucking business. Mrs. Hall was very proud of her family, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren being her crowning glory.
Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her husband, James Issac “Ike” Hall on December 9, 1980; her daughter Jane Freeman on September 13, 1999; a great-grandchild, James Eugene “Gene” Tharp on August 27, 2004; three sisters, Christine Mahan, Alberta Christian, and a sister who died at 14 months, Irene Clark; her brother, William “Junior” Clark; and her parents.
She is survived by one daughter, Pauline Hall Lamer of Newport, Arkansas; five grandchildren, James Eugene “Gene” Tharp of Monette, Jerry Alan Tharp of Newport, Jon LaFitte Shaw of Memphis, Tennessee, Teresa Huber of Texas, and Jack Freeman, III of Midletman, Texas; 12 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.
Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Walnut Grove Cemetery with Bro. Jay Cox officiating.