Robert Parker Molleston passed away of natural causes on October 27, 2014 at his home in Sweet Home, Arkansas. He was 53. Robert was born in Newport, and graduated from Newport High School, Garland County Community College and attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A lifelong audiophile, Robert loved working with stereo and computer equipment. Robert loved music and helping others enjoy music. Never short of opinions, Robert could often be heard contributing to radio call-in programs in Little Rock. Robert loved his animals and loved his rural lifestyle. Robert was a kind soul who will be missed by his friends and family.
Robert is survived by his lifelong friend, Sherrin Lynne Funk of Benton; his mother, Sally Choate Molleston of Little Rock; his brothers, Jerald Grimes “Jed” Molleston, Jr., and wife, Margaret (Woodward) Molleston, of Houston, Michael Choate Molleston and wife, Shelley, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Jeffrey Thomas Molleston and wife, Jennifer, of Little Rock; nieces and nephews, Jessica Margaret “Maggie” Molleston, Jerome Molleston, Elizabeth Molleston, McKenlie Graham, and Chanitz Molleston, Jacob Molleston, Julia Molleston, and Jenna Molleston; his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Walvoord of Harvard, Illinois, his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Max Joe Molleston of Iowa City, Iowa; and his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harvey Choate, Jr., of Little Rock.
Robert was preceded in death by his father, Jerald Grimes Molleston, Sr.; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Max E. Molleston, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harvey Choate, Sr.
Friends may visit at the First United Methodist Church of Newport, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 1:00 p.m. until service time. Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Brad Elrod and Mr. Jerald Grimes Molleston, Jr, (his brother) officiating. Interment will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are his borthers, Jerald Grimes “Jed” Molleston, Jr.; Michael Choate Molleston, Jeffrey Thomas Molleston, Tom Choate, Jacob Molleston, and Tom Walvoord.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Van Ivy, of Tuckerman, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at the age of 53. She was born January 20, 1961, in Newport, the fourth of five daughters born J.C. and Iwana (Blevins) Campbell.
Van grew up in Newport and was a member of the Newport High School Class of 1978. She earned her RN degree from Arkansas State University in 1997. After graduation she began working at Harris Hospital in Newport as an OB Registered Nurse. Patients and co-workers loved Van’s kind and compassionate style of nursing. Over the years she assisted in thousands of deliveries and touched many lives. Van had a strong work ethic, you could always depend on her to take care of anything you asked and even some things before you asked. She was the soul of integrity with a profound intelligence and intuition along with a quick wit, a no-nonsense attitude and an efficient, productive manner, which was how she showed her magnitude of love.
She was a talented seamstress and it was one of her favorite hobbies. She made many elaborate costumes for her children and grandchildren, everything from pumpkins to Ninja Turtles. Van also made all of her husband, John’s camouflage hunting clothes as well as scrubs, purses, aprons, bags, and every manner of thing for Christmas and baby gifts. She had recently gotten into embroidery and had made many special gifts that included it.
Van enjoyed the outdoors, especially being on the water and fishing. Last year she and her husband, John, cruised to Alaska, a trip she had dreamed of for years.
Miss Vanolynn Darlene Campbell married Mr. John Ivy on May 24, 1985, together they enjoyed 29 years, raised 2 sons, and enjoyed and adored 5 grandchildren. She enjoyed many things in her life, but nothing more than her family. Her greatest joy and love was her husband, children, and grandchildren. Van will forever be remembered for her sweet, loving spirit, her genuine desire to care for others, and her deep love for her husband, children, grandchildren, parents, and sisters.
She was preceded in death by her father, J.C. Campbell on December 31, 1990.
Van is survived by her husband, John Ivy, of the home; two sons, Jonathan Blake Ivy of Tuckerman and Brett Alan Ivy and wife, Lindsay, of Tuckerman; five grandchildren, Maxxum George Oltean, Berlin Sophia Oltean, John William Ivy, IsaBella Maria Moreno, and Evangeline Rose Moreno; her mother, Iwana (Blevins) Campbell of Newport; four sisters, Dr. Rhonda Whybrew of Newport, Benika L. Campbell, LPC of North Little Rock, Angie Campbell Owens of Bono, and Valorie Robertson of Jonesboro; her mother in law, Dean Davis Newport, as well as numerous loving nieces and nephews and a host of other family and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Tuckerman First Free Will Baptist Church with interment in Dowell’s Chapel Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Jackson's Funeral Home.
Danny King, 80, of Tuckerman departed this life Sunday, October 26, 2014. He was born March 6, 1934 to Emitt and Floyd (Jackson) King. Mr. King was a retired farmer and enjoyed yard work, gardening and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters; Vera Mae Taylor and Tessa Rainwater, and two brothers; Emitt King, Jr., and Bobby Carl King.
His survivors are his wife; Dixie King of Tuckerman, two sons; Mark King (Kim) of Batesville, and Kevin King (Shannon) of Kathleen, Georgia, one daughter; Lenny Burton (Ray) of Tuckerman, three sisters; Donna Fay Aaron of Black Rock, Mildred Issaccison of Smithville, and Eva Tilley of Bentonville, ten grandchildren; Jennifer Youngblood, April Wallis, Jason Burton, Rhonda Mena, Jack King, Breanna King, Will Ray, Justin Eddington, Shelby King and Jesse King, ten great grandchildren; Damon Young, Kenlee Youngblood, Ean Green, Ava Lynn Young, Alexa Mena, Keagan King, Illyana Mena, Langdon Green, Connor Eddington, and Jaxson Burton.
Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Dillinger Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will be in Dowell’s Chapel Cemetery.
Douglas “Bushy” Butler
Mr. Douglas “Bushy” Butler, of Swifton, Arkansas, departed this life on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the age of 70. He was born January 29, 1944 in Swifton, the son of Bert and Gladys Kohler Butler, and married Miss Wanda George on July 3, 1963.
Mr. Butler was a 1962 graduate of Swifton High School. He worked on the pipeline as an operating engineer until his retirement after 38 years of service. Mr. Butler was a member of the Army National Guard, and a Mason. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching his grandchildren play ball. Mr. Butler was a Mr. Fix-It, and a true family man. His family will remember his as a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and brother.
Mr. Butler was preceded in death by three brothers, Elsworth, Paul, and Johnny Butler; one sister, Virginia Butler; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda (George) Butler of the home; two sons, Dr. Mark Butler and wife, Dr. Judy Butler, of Newark, and Stephen Butler of Swifton; one daughter, Michelle Simmons of Swifton; two brothers, Ralph Butler of Fayetteville, and Lonnie Butler of High Hill, Missouri; two sisters, Violet Jones of Pocahontas, and Anna Lou Smith of Paragould; thirteen grandchildren, Tyler Simmons, Kyle Simmons, Clayton Butler, Andy Crawford, Tommy Butler, Austin Butler, Jake Butler, Spencer Butler, Beau Butler, Haley Simmons, Shannon Butler, Shelby Butler, and Hye-lim Cho Butler; and a lifetime of friends.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Arnold Cemetery with Bro. Earl Stoner officiating.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Tyler Simmons, Kyle Simmons, Clayton Butler, Andy Crawford, Austin Butler, and Jake Butler. Honorary pallbearers are Tommy Butler, Spencer Butler, Beau Butler, Haley Simmons, Shannon Butler, Shelby Butler, and
Hye-lim Cho Butler.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.
David Wayne Stegall
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.
Mr. Cecil Tubbs, of Pennington, Arkansas, departed this life on Thursday, October 23, 2014, at the age of 74. He was born June 7, 1940, at Loftin Levee near Pennington, the son of Jessie Manual and Hazel (Young) Tubbs.
Mr. Tubbs began working in the mill at Revere Copper and Brass in 1971. He retired in 2001 after 30 years of service from Norandal. Mr. Tubbs was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing for catfish, and bird watching. Mr. Tubbs enjoyed working in his garden and following his retirement made the most beautiful flower garden. He was a baptized believer of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Tubbs greatest love and enjoyment was his family. He delighted in his children and loved being Papa and Papa Cecil to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend will be forever remembered with love.
Mr. Tubbs was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Shonna Tubbs, and Jonathan Tubbs; six brothers, George, Ray, Jimmy Joe, Billy, Sylvanis, and Larry Tubbs; one sister, Ruby Henson; and his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Emma McDougal Tubbs, of the home; four children, Ronald Joe Tubbs and wife, Diane, of Jonesboro, Randall Tubbs and wife, Janice, of Cash, Russell Tubbs and wife, Billie, of Pennington, and Ronda Tse and husband, Roger, of Pennington; six grandchildren, Shannon Mirus and husband, Jay, Mitch VanderMolen, Jennifer Tubbs, Sara Barker and husband, Shay, Joseph Tubbs, and Kandyce Tubbs; two great-grandchildren, Serenity Tubbs, and Bryce Gavin Barker; two sisters, Bernice Welch and husband, J.W., of Cave City, and Sarah Tunstall of Vivian, Louisiana; two sisters-in-law, Shirley and Judy Tubbs; and many nieces, nephews, family, and a lifetime of friends.
Graveside services are 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Ballew’s Chapel Cemetery in Grubbs with Rev. Ron Snow officiating.
Those honored to serve as pallbearers are his grandsons, Joseph Tubbs, Mitch VanderMolen, Shay Barker, Jay Mirus, Ricky Bradley, and Danny Allen. Honorary pallbearers are, Shannon Mirus, Jennifer Tubbs, Sarah Barker, Kandyce Tubbs, Serenity Tubbs, and Bryce Gavin Barker.
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