Mr. David Wayne Stegall of Newport departed this life on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at his home. He was born January 24, 1940, in Haskell, Arkansas, the son of Perry Stegall and Nora Magdalene Honey Stegall.
Mr. Stegall grew up in Haskell, Arkansas where he attended High School. Following High School Mr. Stegall enlisted in the U.S. Army serving from 1959 to 1962. He was also a member of the Army National Guard.
As a young man, Mr. Stegall enjoyed hunting and fishing. He excelled in and was a talented player of Fast Pitch Softball, Horse Shoe Pitching, and Pool. Mr. Stegall was an award-winning pitcher in Fast Pitch Softball, a charter member of the Arkansas Association of Pool Players and an accomplished pool player. He was also very talented in the game of Horseshoe Pitching. Mr. Stegall organized and was in charge of the Horse Shoe Pitching Contest at Portfest.
Mr. David Stegall married Miss Sue Taylor on November 26, 1963. Together they started Stegall Furniture in Jacksonport and they enjoyed working together for over 30 until they retired from the furniture business. Mr. Stegall also worked for the U.S. Post office as a mail carrier until his retirement in 1999.
He was a faithful member of the Jacksonport Baptist Church. Mr. Stegall was also a devoted student of the Bible and enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many years.
He will be fondly remembered by his family, church family, and friends, as “Cool Dude,” “Cool Daddy,” “Papa Cool” and his favorite, “Mr. Cool” and for his signature response of, “Everything’s lovely!”
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister , Camilla White.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Sue Taylor Stegall of the home; three sons, Gary Wayne Stegall of Benton, Marvin David Stegall of Hot Springs Village, and Tony Stegall of Benton; 5 grandchildren; 5great-grandchildren; four brothers, Bob Stegall of Benton, Thomas Stegall of Rogers, Don Stegall of Hot Springs, and Jerry Walker of Meza, Arizona.
Friends may visit at the funeral home Saturday, October 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at the Jacksonport Baptist Church with Brother Ray Fultner, Brother Roger Tidwell, and Mr. Billy Max Warren officiating. Interment will follow in Watson Cemetery in Newport.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Glen Walls, Billy Max Warren, Don Roberts, Mark Curtis, Jay Guffey, and Harold Clark. Honorary Pallbearers are Bill Jones, John Nance, Ronnie “Poncho” Smotherman, Bob Smith, Elaine “Pretty Big” Thomas, Thomas Gregory, Steve Coe, Emogene Morris, Linda Adams, and Vernadine Rutledge.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Covia (Loftin) Jackson
Mrs. Covia (Loftin) Jackson, 85, of Newport, formerly of Grubbs, departed this life on Thursday, October 23, 2014. She was born March 11, 1929, in Grubbs, the daughter of William Robert and Oma (Street) Loftin.
Mrs. Jackson was a homemaker, and enjoyed sewing, watching the hummingbirds, and was an avid reader. She loved growing flowers, especially roses. She was a current member of the Campbell Station Baptist Church, but had been a life-long active member of the Grubbs First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Jackson was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Jackson; two brothers, Robert Harold Loftin, and Caraway Loftin and wife Margaret; four sisters and their husbands, Beatrice Fields and husband, Herbert, Evelyn Scott and husband James, Beulena Henderson and husband, Charlie, and Georgia Mae Foster and husband, Grady; a brother-in-law, J.R. Laird; and her parents.
She is survived by her two daughters, Brinda Joyce Hurst and husband Glen of Jonesboro and Anna Lois Obbards and husband, Steve, of Newport; two sisters, Omagene Laird of Memphis, and Vina King and husband, Claude, of Amagon; one granddaughter, Deanna McDougal and husband, Glenn; one great-grandchild, Michael Ray Bryant, Jr; and her sister-in-law, Jean Loftin.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Sunday, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Monday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel, with interment in Ballew’s Chapel Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Josh Stokes, Jeremy Stokes, Dale Stokes, John England, Mark Summers, and Allen Tennyson. Honorary pallbearers Glen Hurst, Steve Obbards, Glenn McDougal, and Michael Ray Bryant, Jr.
Garland Hankins, age 76, of Oil Trough died October 22, 2014. Garland was born June 29, 1938 to Henry Tyson and Violet Marie Hankins, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley, three sons, Steven Garland and wife Barbie of Charlotte, North Carolina; Anthony Bruce and wife, Sherry of El Dorado, and Lance Parmer (Joe) of Oil Trough; six grandchildren, Steven and wife Amanda of Dallas, Texas; Mason of Los Angeles, California, Luke of Springdale and Elizabeth Hankins of Conway; Joseph and wife Brandi of Oil Trough and Hannah Cox and husband Shannon of Salado; one great, granddaughter, Riley Grace; and brother, Parmer Hankins and his wife, Lucinda of Oil Trough. Two nephews Lee Hankins of Oil Trough and Phillip Hankins of Fayetteville, Arkansas He was an active member of the Oil Trough Church of Christ where he served as Treasurer for over 20 years.
Garland grew up waiting on customers and stocking shelves in his mother’s general store in Oil Trough. He learned the importance of public service and how to deal with people at an early age. He spent his entire career in industry and various aspects of vocational and adult education. Along the way he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Vocational Education Administration from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He retired in 2004 after 30 years with the State of Arkansas, 15 of them as Deputy Director and State Director of Adult Education with the Department of Workforce Education in Little Rock. After retiring from the state, he did consulting work for the U.S. Department of Education and several companies for a few years.
Garland also served as Director of White River Vocational Technical School (now ASU-Newport) for 5 years and was Assistant Director of Gateway Vocational-Technical School in Batesville (now University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville) for 10 years. He also worked as a Contracts Administrator for Aerojet Ordnance and Manufacturing Company in Batesville for eight years. He served as Mayor of Oil Trough for twenty years where he was responsible for working with the town council in bringing about major changes in the town’s services including hard-surfacing all the town’s street, creating the first fire department and purchasing a new fire truck, planning and implementing a free twice weekly residential and commercial garbage pickup, employing the town’s first full-time law enforcement officer, establishing a cable TV system for all residents, and construction of the Community Center Building.
During his tenure as State Director of Adult Education, he coordinated the development of the Adult Education Learning Resource Center designed to provide staff development to adult education teachers and administrator across the state of Arkansas. He also worked in conjunction with the mayor of Jacksonville and local industry leaders to develop and implement the Workforce Alliance for Growth in the Economy Program to serve incumbent workers and unemployed individuals in the state. The program won a national award from the National Alliance of Business in 1994 as one of the most innovative workplace programs in the nation. He also worked closely with the Department of Human Services on welfare reform and served on a number of committees to develop assessment and educational strategies to meet the needs of welfare clients. He also was actively involved with other state agencies in the planning and implementation of the state’s National Workforce Investment Act.
After his retirement, Garland continued to work for several years as a consultant for the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium in Washington, DC and MPR Associates in Berkeley, California. He also served as Interim Assistant Commissioner for Adult Literacy in the state of Georgia for six months in 2006.
Garland was an active member on a number of local, state and national committees. He was past president of the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, Newport Kiwanis Club and a member of the Jackson County Industrial Committee. He was past president of the Independence County Development Council; a member of the State Vocational Technical Education Advisory Committee; a past member of the Advisory Board for the Vocational Industrial Clubs of American and a former member of the Governor’s Commission on Adult Literacy, appointed by Governor Bill Clinton. He received the state Director’s Award in 1993 for Workplace Education presented by the Governor’s Commission on Adult Literacy. The state association of adult education honored Garland after his retirement with the creation of “The Garland Hankins Award,” presented annually to the outstanding adult education student in the state each year.
He served as a member of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium; a member of the Executive Committee for the National Council of State Directors of Adult Education and a member of the Arkansas Association for Public and Continuing and Adult Education. He worked with a committee of state adult education directors appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to develop the National Reporting System for adult education. Most recently he worked and was successful in the placement of the Hankins Store building in Oil Trough on the National Register of Historic Places.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 25, at 11 AM at the Oil Trough Church of Christ in Oil Trough. A private family visitation will be held from 6:00 - 7:00 pm on Friday, October 23. No public visitation is scheduled. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorials be made to the Children’s Home of Paragould, Arkansas.
Arrangements are by Jackson’s Funeral Home in Newport with Interment at Maple Springs Cemetery in Oil Trough.
Samuel Howard Smith
Mr. Samuel Howard Smith, 79, of Tuckerman departed this life Monday, October 20, 2014. He was a member of Tuckerman First Baptist Church and an Army Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Ray Carl and Violet Rich Smith, and three sisters.
His survivors are his wife of fifty seven years; Lee Ola Smith of Tuckerman, two daughters; Sandra Lee Smith of Tuckerman, and Susan Kay Smith of Tuckerman, and one brother; Richard Smith of Tuckerman.
Graveside service will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Gracelawn Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
Robby Lynn Martin
Robby Lynn Martin, 39, of McCrory departed this life Tuesday, October 14, 2014. He was a member of McCrory Assembly of God Church, enjoyed watching Razorback football, Nascar Racing, hunting, camping and fishing.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents; Troy and Katie Martin, maternal grandmother; Eva Lee Allen, and grandfather; John Curbo.
His survivors are his wife; Karen Martin of McCrory, three sons; Stan Moran of Lonoke, Dalton Martin of Benton, and and Peyton Martin of Benton, four daughters; Megan Biram (Johnny) of McCrory, Sunni Lynn Moran of Lonoke, Kayla Biram of McCrory, and Ashlyn Biram of McCrory, father; Lynn Martin of Wynne, stepmother; Lisa Martin of Wynne, mother; Carolyn Allen of Bald Knob, mother; Wanda Martin of McCrory, maternal grandfather; Thomas Allen of Bald Knob, Grandmother; Girtie Curbo, seven brothers; Chad Martin of Mississippi, and Tanner Martin (Tracy) of McCrory. Gary Scarbrough of Wynne, Brian Scarbrough of McCrory, Mark Sanders of Florida, Brad Powers of Wynne, and Cody Sanders of Wynne, one sister; Jessica Powers of Denver, Colorado, two grandchildren; Walynn Smith of McCrory and Lucas Junior of McCrory, several nieces and nephews, and a host of aunts and uncles.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 17, 2014 at McCrory Assembly of God Church.
Interment will be in Pumpkin Bend Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home
Dorothy Elizabeth Wells
Mrs. Dorothy Elizabeth Wells of Tuckerman departed this life on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at Newport, at the age of 93. She was born March 10, 1921, in Lonoke, the daughter of Joe Lesla Brown and Donna Keen Brown.
Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Brown married Mr. Joe Samuel Wells on August 28, 1937. Together they shared just over 50 years of family and friends.
Mrs. Wells was a devoted and beloved member of the Tuckerman Family Worship Center. She also served the Church as a past member of the Pentecostal Church of God Ladies Auxiliary, and a substitute Sunday School Teacher. Mrs. Wells was a homemaker. She enjoyed quilting, fishing, reading, gardening, and going to church. Her family was her greatest love; she cherished spending time with her children, grandchildren, great and great-great grandchildren. This kind Christian lady will be remembered for her sweet smile, wonderful stories, and loving spirit.
Mrs. Wells was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Joe Samuel Wells on November 30, 1987; two sons Timothy and Tommy Wells; one brother, Orben Wells; three sisters, Velva Green, Lessie Shnkle, and Lela May Brown; one granddaughter, Donna Mae Holladay; one grandson, Billy Joe Huskey; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, October 15, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Tuckerman Family Worship Center with Rev. Joe Lancaster and Rev. Rick Herring officiating.
Grandsons honored to serve, as pallbearers are Christ Brown, Rev. Daniel Midget, Tim Wells, Zach Wells, Joshua Walls, Jessie Bumpous, C. J. Watson, Rev. Joey Holladay, and Rev. Mike Brown.
Memorials may be made to the Tuckerman Family Worship Center, Hwy. 67 E on Webb St., Tuckerman, Arkansas 72473, Newport Pentecostal Church of God, 205 Ray St., Newport, Arkansas 72112, or the charity of your choice
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Clarence “Pete” Cox
Clarence “Pete” Cox, 85, of Imboden departed this life Sunday, October 12, 2014. He was born March 26, 1929 to Homer and Bessie (Woods) Cox. Mr. Cox was a Christian, he had great story telling skills, enjoyed working on clocks, gave all of his grandchildren nick names, loved the outdoors, wood working, fishing, hunting, and was a volunteer Sherrif’s Deputy for Tulare County, California.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; Elsie Headrick and one brother; Hubert Cox.
His survivors are his wife; Nadine (Davis) Cox of Imboden, three daughters; Linda Shryock of Pocahontas, Terri Didway and husband Jim of Visalia, California, and Margie Lowe and husband Bill of Los Banos, California, five granddaughters and seventeen great grandchildren.
Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Swifton Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5:30-8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.
Franklin D. “Sonny” Page
Mr. Franklin D. “Sonny” Page, 75, of Newport died Friday, October 10, 2014. He was born August 18, 1939 at Ingleside, the son of Frank and Daisy Pearl (Beck) Page.
Mr. Page was a self-employed farmer and was of the Baptist belief. His joy in life was fishing, hunting, and trapping. He enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of forty years, Patsy (Raines) Page; one grandson, Justin Anschultz; four brothers, James Page, David “Buck” Page, Bodie Page, and Malin Page; two sisters, Emma Lois Robinson and Bertha Lou Sullivan; and his parents.
Mr. Page is survived by his son, Keith Page of Beedeville, Arkansas; daughter, Sharon Anschultz, (Homer Don), of Fisher, Arkansas; one brother, Jerry Page, (Janet), of Newport, Arkansas; and three grandchildren, Jennifer Anschultz, Jordan Anschultz, and Mason Page.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Monday, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Funeral services are 3:00 p.m. Monday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Those honored to serve, as pallbearers are Stan Jackson, Dennis Scoggins, David Abney, Christopher Page, Tim Smith, Lawrence Adams, and Terry Emery. Honorary pallbearers are A.D. Prine and Raymond Malott.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Margaret Ann Davis Jones
Sister Margaret Ann Davis Jones, age 65, was born March 23, 1949 to Myrtle Davis and Milton Price and raised by Myrtle Davis and the late William Davis of Diaz, Arkansas. Margaret was called home to be with the Lord on October 3, 2014.
Margaret accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of St. Paul AME Church at Tuckerman, Arkansas. She attended the Tuckerman School and graduated from the Swifton High School in 1967.
She was a very avid reader and loved communicating with her family. She was employed at Racine County Courthouse Detention Center and for Society Assets in Racine, WI.
She was preceded in death by her father; William "Bill" Davis, a niece, Erica Davis, two nephews, Terrance Davis and Severin Simpson.
She leaves behind her loving mother; Myrtle Davis of Diaz, Arkansas, three children; Stephanie A. Jones, Kelly M. Jones, of Racine, WI, their father; Bobby Jones of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Deon M. Rogers of Racine, WI, four grandchildren; Shanika N. Anderson, Damion T. Anderson, Dylan C. Gills, and Jermias A. Taylor all of Racine, WI., two great grandchildren; Joshua Wallace and Nivya N. Edwards both of Racine, WI., four sisters; Doris Morris of Searcy, Arkansas, Shirley (Homer) Simpson of Newport, Arkansas, Patricia (Hershel) Alcorn of Newport, Arkansas and Annette (Jerry) Briscoe of Searcy, Arkansas, four brothers; Billy Ray (Marie) Davis and Gary (Kim) Davis both of Sherwood, Arkansas, Marvin (Beate) Davis of Colorado Springs, CO., and Rickey (Angela) Davis of Spokane, WA, a special friend; Marcella Rogers, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and love ones.
Funeral service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Interment at New Hope Cemetery.
Visitation 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Church.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
Martha McCallum Beaumont
Martha McCallum Beaumont, 103, of Memphis, Tenn., a long-time resident of Newport, Ark., died October 7, 2014. She was born June 7, 1911, in Union Church, Miss., the daughter of Samuel Tucker and Lily (Winters) McCallum.
Martha grew up in Lake Village, Ark., where she graduated from high school in 1928. She worked as a secretary until she married Lauren Hunter “Beau” Beaumont May 3, 1931. She lived in Little Rock, Conway and Fort Smith during Mr. Beaumont’s career with International Harvester. They bought a dealership in Newport, Ark., in 1943 named Gregory-Beaumont, which later became McDonald-Beaumont.
She was a homemaker and an active member of the PTA and Chapter R of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, serving as president of both. Martha was extremely creative, an excellent seamstress, and a wonderful cook and hostess. Always well informed, she enjoyed discussing politics and investments. She was also known as a good neighbor and friend.
Martha had a strong faith and loved her church, First United Methodist of Newport, where she had been a member since 1943. Always willing to serve, she was president of the United Methodist Women and a circle chairman. Martha was an inspiration to everyone she met. She always gave her best effort, working hard in her church, community and home.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband Beau on March 28, 1961; two brothers, John and William McCallum; two sisters, Blanche Clem and Nettie Gibson; and a son-in-law, David Williams Sr.
She is survived by her son, Larry Beaumont (Kathy) of Birmingham, Ala.; her daughters, Billie Anne Williams of Memphis, Tenn., and Mary Katherine Williams (Jim) of Fayetteville, Ark., and a brother, Robert McCallum of Fallon, Nev., who came to live with her and Beau following the death of his parents, and with whom they shared a special bond.
Other survivors are eight grandchildren, David Williams Jr. (Lori) of Collierville, Tenn., Anne Dunn (Kevin) of Avondale Estates, Ga., Hunter Beaumont of Denver, Col., Brent Beaumont (Katie) of Savannah, Ga., Ben Beaumont (Claire) of Little Rock, Ark., James Williams of Brooklyn, NY, Louise Pedersen (Andy) of Omaha, Neb., and Martha Williams of Hailey, Ida., and nine great-grandchildren, Ella Grace and Walker Dunn, of Avondale Estates, Ga., Walker and Lauren Beaumont of Savannah, Ga., Makayla Williams of Collierville, Tenn., Lucy and Hank Beaumont of Little Rock, Ark., and Beau and Samuel Pedersen of Omaha, Neb.
The family wishes to thank Ciretha Barton, her devoted caregiver for many years.
Funeral services will be October 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Newport with Rev. Hunter Beaumont and Rev. Brad Elrod officiating. Visitation at the church will be at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers are David Williams Jr., Brent Beaumont, Ben Beaumont, James Williams, Kevin Dunn and Andy Pedersen. Honorary pallbearers are her nephews, Gaston Gibson, Ray Clem, Larry Clem, Phil Clem, John McCallum, Ray McCallum, Bill McCallum and Chuck McCallum. Other honorary pallbearers are John Purdy, Phil McDonald, Marvin Thaxton, Craig Wood, Kaneaster Hodges Jr. and Jim Williams.
To leave a condolence, light a memorial candle, or view the online guestbook, please visit our website at www.jacksonsfh.com.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 3rd and Laurel Street, Newport, Ark., 72112; Billingsley Memorial Library, 213 Walnut Street, Newport, Ark. 72112; or Second Presbyterian Church Caring Dept., 4055 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tenn. 38111
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Chester L. Redd, Sr
Chester L. Redd, Sr., 84 of Bradford departed this life Sunday, October 5, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his wife; Joyce Redd on October 3, 2014, daughter; Patricia Redd Russell, and parents; Bill and Ina (Bromfield) Redd.
His survivors are sons; Chester L. Redd, Jr. of Griffithville, and Gary Redd of Bradford, sister; Anna Herron of Indiana, grandchildren; Tommy Russell of Bradford, and Aaron Redd of Little Rock, and one great grandchild; Jordan Hurst of Bradford.
A private service was held Monday , October 6, 2014 at Carter Cemetery.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
Joyce Elaine Redd
Joyce Elaine Redd, 81, of Bradford departed this life Friday, October 3, 2014.
She was preceded in death by daughter; Patricia Russell, parents, brothers; Elmo, Jr., Charles, Marvin and Alton, and sister; Evelyn.
Her survivors are her husband; Chester Redd, Sr. of Bradford, sons; Chester Redd, Jr., of Griffithville, and Gary Redd of Bradford, brothers; James Moran, Ronnie Moran, and Gary Moran all of Texas, sister; Alma Jean Edwards-Williams of Texas, grandchildren; Tommy Russell of Bradford, Aaron Redd of Little Rock, and one great grandchild; Jordan Hurst of Bradford.
A private service was held Monday, October 6, 2014 at Carter Cemetery.
Arrangements by Dillinger Funeral Home.
Tom Allison (T.A.) Brown
Tom Allison (T.A.) Brown, 79, of Tuckerman, Arkansas passed away Sunday, October 5. 2014 surrounded by his loving family. T.A. was born August 25, 1935 to Tom and Nola (Henderson) Brown in the Dunn Community east of town. He married Ollie Baker August 17, 1957 at the Tuckerman United Methodist Church. In addition to his wife, Ollie, of 57 years, TA is survived by a son, Max Brown and wife Debbie of Tuckerman and a daughter, Cindy Johnson and husband, Phil, of Knoxville, Tennessee; four grandchildren Katie and Sarah Johnson and Justin and Garrett Brown; sister- and brother-in-law, Dale and Ethel Baughn of Tuckerman; four nephews, Richard and Stephen Baughn and Tommy and Billie Shannon; and one niece, Janelle Foster. Also surviving are several Henderson cousins - Joe and Pat Pennington, Jimmy and Dottie Pennington, Scott and Cathy Henderson, Barbara and Bob Watson, Elizabeth and Jerry Young, Debra and Strad Wills Kathy Martin and husband; and his dear aunt, Anga Henderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Karene Shannon of Corpus Christi, Texas.
T.A. grew up in Tuckerman, Arkansas and graduated from Swifton High School in 1952 Upon graduating from the University of Arkansas in Science and Agricultural Education in 1956 he taught high school science for 30 years in Tuckerman, Newport, McCroy Bald Knob and Piedmont, Missouri. He loved farming, and during many of the years that he taught school, he had an entomology service and scouted cotton. He enjoyed camping and traveling and took trips to Washington D.C., the Grand Canyon, and Mexico with family, and also took busloads of his students on field trips to Florida, the Grand Canyon and Arkansas State Parks. After he retired from 30 years of teaching, he enjoyed a second career in farming hundreds of acres of rice, wheat and soybeans. He was one of the main Founders of the Trails To Tuckerman Historical Society.
He was a member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ in Newport. He leaves behind a godly legacy to his family and will be missed by all.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at Jackson’s Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held at the Jackson Funeral Home Chapel Friday at 2:00 p.m. with interment following in Gracelawn Cemetery
Memorials may be made to the Holden Church Of Christ or Trails To Tuckerman Historical Society.
Connie Sue (Sandefur) Glisson
Ms. Connie Sue (Sandefur) Glisson, 61, of Newport, departed this life on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at her home. She was born May 5, 1953 in Batesville, the daughter of L.C. and Lillian (Dugger) Sandefur.
Ms. Glisson was a homemaker, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, flower gardening, and dancing on Friday nights. She was an avid reader.
Ms. Glisson was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by two daughters, Sheila Lewallen of Batesville and Misty Duckworth of Jonesboro; two brothers, Jerry Sandefur of Charlotte and Ricky Sandefur of Moorefield; two sisters, Debbie Anderson and Darlene Everette, both of Newport; and two grandchildren, Addyson and Ashton Duckworth.
The Glisson family will be holding a memorial visitation Thursday, October 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Sulphur Rock Baptist Church.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Steven Keith Burris
Steven Keith Burris, 57, of Jacksonport departed this life Friday, October 3, 2014. He was born August 20, 1957, to Leonard and Mary (Lovell) Burris in Newport, Arkansas.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, Razorback fan and family man. He retired from the CR Fortune & White River Beverage Companies. He enjoyed being outside and delivering beer to his customers.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, his sister, Margaret (Sis) (Burris) Gravette Scudder, paternal grandparents, Clem Burris and Claudia (Moore) Burris and maternal grandparents, Charles and Myrtle (Fortune) Lovell.
He is survived by his son Steven Shane Burris (Heather) of Folkston GA & his mother Carolyn Flowers Tucker, by his daughters Whitney (Burris) Walker of Newport, & Rachel Burris of Jonesboro & their mother Pam (Bradley) Burris,
and by Mary (Holt) Burris and her children; Jimmy Phillips, Jeff Phillips, Cindy (Phillips) Brownfield, and Jennifer (Phillips) Blevins, by his brother; Richard Burris of Judsonia, & his sisters Sueanne (Burris) Pigg of North Little Rock & Kim (Gravette) Ruddell of Thida, AR, & by his grandchildren, Dylan, Brady, and Steven Layton Burris of Folkston, GA, Mercedes and Ollie Walker of Newport,
Jace and Naomi of Jonesboro, Kelsey, Kasey, Trey, Felicia, Jordan, Scott, and Baylee Phillips, Bryanna, Haley, and Caleb Brownfield, Adrian & Linsey Blevins. Numerous nieces and nephews that loved him very much.
Visitation will be at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport, AR on Monday night October 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. The Funeral will be at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel on October 7, at 10 am. Burial will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Newport.
Mr. Gayland Gardner, 81, of Tuckerman died Friday, October 3, 2014 at Jonesboro. He was born February 16, 1933 in Swifton, the son of Thurman and Roena (Taylor) Gardner.
Mr. Gardner was a retired farmer and owned Farmer’s Equipment in Tuckerman for fifteen years. He attended Missionary Baptist Church and was a veteran of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Mr. Gardner was preceded in death by his parents; three brother, Kern Gardner, Conway Gardner and Taylor Gardner and four sisters, Ruth Kilgore, Faye Hudgtens, Beautohn Wilson and Beaulah Carlson.
He is survived by one son, Kenny Gardner of Greenwood, Mississippi; two daughters, Lisa Latting and husband Greg of Tuckerman and Kristy Metzger of Tuckerman and four grandchildren, Andy Latting, Hayden Metzger, Grace Metzger and John Metzger.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bubba Reese officiating. Interment will be in Gardner Cemetery in Strawberry. Visitation will be Sunday 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Mike Jones, Jesse Simmons, Max Felts, Jim Fuller, Chris Nagel and Kenny Bowen. Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Hutchinson, Darrell Hutchinson, Darrell Campbell, Floyd Campbell, Sonny Campbell and Brian Runsick.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home
Bobby Joe Peters
Bobby Joe Peters, 73, of Newport departed this life Thursday, October 2, 2014. He was born October 21, 1940 to George M. and Anna (Holcomb) Peters. He was a member of Jacksonport Baptist Church, enjoyed restoring old cars, watching TV, and Nascar racing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson; Robert Daniel Peters.
His survivors are his wife; Florence Henderson Peters of Newport, two sons; Kevin Peters of West Memphis, and Keith Peters and wife Debbie of Desoto, Missouri, two step-sons; Charles Bolden and wife Susan of Strawberry and Paul Friar and wife Amy of Sherwood, one brother; Don Peters of Grubbs, one sister; Carolyn P. Kell of Swifton, seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Fisher Cemetery.
Officiating will be Bro. Bill Chambers and State Representative Mike Holcomb.
Visitation will be 11:00-1:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.