Carlyn Regina “Gina” Horton, 52, of Jonesboro died Tuesday, June 18, (2002) at St. Bernard's Medical Center. Born at Mountain Home, she was a high school teacher and a published author and poet. She was active in the Craighead County Genealogical Society and was a member of the Southwest Church of Christ.
Survivors include her mother, Alta Atkinson Horton of Jonesboro; four brothers, Danny Lee Horton of Collinsville, Ill., and Michael Horton, Ben Horton and Tracy L. Horton, all of Jonesboro; and two sisters, Dena Williams of Berryville and Carol Reese of San Lorenzo, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Graveside services are scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. at Johnson Cemetery, with E. Winston Burton and Jimmy Adcox officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro is in charge of arrangements.
Cousins and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis National Society, Arkansas Chapter, 1100 North University, Suite 225, Little Rock 72207.
Dr. Beulah "Mrs. T" Timmons
17 August 1919 - July 18, 2002
Dr. Beulah Timmons, 82, of Jonesboro died Thursday, July 18, (2002) at St. Bernard's Medical Center. She was a native of Paris, Ill., and had retired from Carle Clinic in Champaign, Ill., and from Doctors Pathology Service in Jonesboro.
She obtained a doctorate in education after her retirement. She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Illinois.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Winifred Baker of Kansas City, Kan., and Betty Cook of Dallas, and one brother, Raymond V. Griffin of Charleston, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Timmons.
Graveside services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery at Champaign. Arrangements are under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
Visitation is scheduled for today from 10 a.m.-noon at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Clinical Laboratories Sciences (Medical Technologist) at the Arkansas State University College of Nursing and Health Professions.
Edward "Ed" Grayson Gerdes
December 20, 1927 - March 5, 2004
Edward "Ed" Grayson Gerdes, 76, of Jonesboro died Friday, March 5, (2004) at St. Bernard's Medical Center.
Born in Greene County, he had resided in Jonesboro since 1951. He was a member of the Ramers Chapel Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Greene and Craighead County Genealogy Societies.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Catherine Stephens Gerdes of the home; two sons, Randal Gerdes of Jonesboro and Mark Gerdes of Conway; a brother, Marion Gerdes of Jonesboro; a sister, Melva Deane O'Neal of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis H.C. and Ollie Pearl Brown Gerdes, and a brother.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Larry Hunt officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould.
Active pallbearers will be Douglas O'Neal, Ronnie Tritch, Larry Gatewood, Greg Gerdes, Orin Tritch and John Sifford.
Honorary pallbearers will include Ted Pylant, Morris Hoffman and the retired National Guard "Coffee Break" group.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Greene County Historical Society or the Craighead County Genealogy Society.
Sandra Rhea Frierson
January 12, 1957 - January 3, 2005
Sandra Rhea Frierson, 47, of Jonesboro died Monday, Jan. 3 (2005), at St. Bernard's Medical Center.
She was the first pediatric open-heart surgery survivor at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis in 1967 and helped pave the way for numerous successful heart procedures. She also researched heart diseases and helped locate surgeons for families in need of assistance.
Attending Arkansas College, she graduated from the University of Arkansas and was a resident of Fayetteville most of her adult life, where she was an editor for University of Arkansas Press. She returned to Jonesboro in 1997. A skilled photographer, she received numerous awards at local photography exhibitions. She was a member of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jonesboro.
Survivors include her parents, Charles Davis Frierson III and Carolyn Rhea Frierson, and a brother, Terry Frierson, all of Jonesboro.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro, with the Rev. Bruce Tippit officiating. The family will hold a private burial service. (Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery)
Memorials may be made to Heifer Project International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock 72203, www.heifer.org, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Marian Elizabeth Rankin Butler
26 June 1926 - March 22, 2005
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Marian Elizabeth "Aunt Mena" Rankin Butler, 78, of Frankfort died Tuesday, March 22 (2005), at Frankfort.
Born in Tampa, Fla., she had lived most of her life in Jonesboro before moving to Kentucky in 2004. She attended Jonesboro schools, where she was a member of the Glee Club, the drill team and the National Honor Society. She was a graduate of then-Arkansas State College, where she was a member of Alpha Tau Zeta sorority.
Her 49-year career included positions with the Air Force Depot in Memphis; Southwestern Bell; Jonesboro School District, where she taught home economics; Community Methodist Hospital at Paragould; the U.S. Department of Commerce; the Louis Harris and Associates National Polling and Market Research firm; and the Arkansas Employment Security Department. She retired in 1989 from the Arkansas Department of Human Resources as a licensed social worker.
Survivors include a daughter, Gail Hiley of Frankfort; two brothers, Charles Rankin and Tommy Rankin, both of Jonesboro; and a sister, Louise Mays of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Butler Jr. and her parents, Nathan Lewis and Mary Gladys Davis Rankin.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday (April 9, 2005) at Emerson Funeral Home's Memorial Chapel, with Billy Joe Emerson officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at Paragould.
No visitation is planned.
Martha Mae Miller Coleman
April 16, 1924 - July 28, 2006
WALNUT RIDGE -- Martha Mae Coleman, 82, died Friday, July 28 (2006), at Walnut Ridge.
She had lived at Walnut Ridge since 1980, moving from Memphis. She was a homemaker and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Richard Coleman.
She is survived by a son, Richard Coleman and wife, Robin, of Bartlett, Tenn.; two daughters, Marty Moore of Memphis and Glenda Loyd and husband, Don, of Jonesboro; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 301 East Highland Drive, Jonesboro, with Walter L. Shanks Jr. presiding.
Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery at Memphis.
Visitation will be from 6-8 tonight in House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.
Ada Lou Taylor Upton
November 29, 1937 - December 9, 2006
Ada Lou Upton, 69, of Jonesboro, died Saturday, December 9th at home. She was a loving and much loved wife, mother and grandmother. She was a VITA volunteer, assisting low-income taxpayers with tax preparation. She was born in Jonesboro, and lived most of her life in the Jonesboro area. She and her husband graduated from Bono High School in 1955, and moved to Alabama in 1960. They returned to Jonesboro in 1988. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Albert Upton, of the home; three sons, Jimmy Upton and his wife, Karan Upton, of Jonesboro, Keith Upton and his wife, Freda Upton, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Robert Upton and his wife, Lisa Upton, of Atlanta, Georgia; four brothers, John Daniel Taylor, Jr., of Paragould; Billy L. Taylor and Dale Randle Taylor, both of Jonesboro, Fred Taylor of Sierra Vista, Arizona; and ten grandchildren, Jason and his wife, Veniki, Daniel, Jessica, Stephen, Sarah, John, Kenneth, Jennifer, David and Alitra Upton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Daniel Taylor, Sr., and Edith Minton Taylor.
Pallbearers include Jason Upton, Daniel Upton, Stephen Upton, Ross Ward, Teddy Horton, and Carl Hollis, Jr. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Monday at Roller-Farmers Union Chapel with Bob Waldron and John McPherson officiating. Burial will follow at Old Enterprise Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday at the Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. Guests may visit on-line at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Albert E. Qualls
May 20, 1929 - April 18, 2009
JONESBORO — Albert E. Qualls, 79, lifelong resident of Jonesboro, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his home of natural causes.
Albert, born in Hardin, Tenn., on May 20, 1929, lived a good life as a dad, brother, boss, grandpaw and golfer. He was a member of Central Baptist Church of Jonesboro.
He is survived by his wife, Lenora S. Qualls; his sons and their wives and children, Albert David and Amy Qualls of Cary, N.C., and daughters Terri Marie and Jeremy Jordan, both of Oklahoma City, and Emily Qualls of Cary, Walter Daniel “Danny” and Lisa Qualls and daughter and son Hunter Brooke and Tyler Cordell of Jonesboro; and a sister, Louis and Jimmy Cobb of Collierville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Dee and Ola Corny Qualls; sisters, Artie Allen, Liz Lovell, Myrtle White and Emma Barton; and brothers, Charles Qualls, Herman Qualls and Lloyd Qualls.
Albert was a U.S. Marines veteran of the Korean War. He was also a retired major of the 875th Combat Engineers HQ of Jonesboro. He was retired from Arkla Gas (CenterPoint Energy) as area manager of Northeast Arkansas.
He served in many civic organizations and legislative committees and boards, and was also past-president of MOAA of Northeast Arkansas. He was an avid golfer and Hole-in-One club member of the Jonesboro Country Club. He dwelled on family, loved his nieces and nephews, especially the babies. He will be missed greatly by everyone who knew him.
Visitation will be from 6-8 tonight and from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.
The funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Emerson Memorial Chapel at Jonesboro with the Rev. Mike Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers are all his golfing buddies at the Jonesboro Country Club — y’all know who you are!
Active pallbearers will be Roy Rogers of Black Rock, Ron Newell of Paragould, Mike Lovell of Jonesboro, Buddy Lovell of Marked Tree and Tim Lamb of Jonesboro.
Online registry at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.
Micheal "Mike" W. Garner
February 14, 1948 - December 22, 2009
Micheal “Mike”W. Garner, 61, of Jonesboro, died Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at St. Bernard's Medical Center from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Mike was born in Hayti, Missouri to Harry and Evelyn Dodson Garner. He was an active member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church serving as webmaster for the church and school. He was a 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus and served as Past Grand Knight. Mike worked at Hytrol Conveyor Company for 36 years. Mike leaves behind many friends and loved ones who will miss him dearly.
Mike was scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 4 and was awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest award for adult scouters. He was involved in scouting and the Order of the Arrow for over 30 years, and active in many civic and community organizations, including the Jonesboro Jaycees. During Mike’s years as a Jaycee he served on state and local levels and received Jaycees highest honor, a JCI senator. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Garner.
Survivors include his loving wife of 39 years, Ann Willett Garner, of the home; son, Heath Garner and wife Amanda, Jonesboro; daughter, Mykal Ann Sammons and husband Fred, Brookland, Arkansas; mother, Evelyn Garner, Hayti; brothers, David Garner, Kennett, Missouri; Steven Garner, Hayti; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Monday, December 28, 2009, at Blessed Sacrament Church with Father Jack Vu officiating and Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are Fred Buhrmester, Murl White, Dean Massey, Stephen White, David Butler, and Zach Taylor with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren, Tyler, Courtney, Ian, Brittney, Katelyne, and Nathan, the Knights of Columbus, Hytrol Employees and his brothers in scouting. Visitation will be from 2 – 4 Sunday, December 27, 2009 at Emerson Funeral Home. Rosary to follow at 4:30 P.M.
For those wishing to leave lasting memorials, the family requests you please consider the Blessed Sacrament Building Fund, PO Box, 1735, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401, or the United Cerebral Palsy, PO Box 4081, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72403, or Boy Scout Troop 4, Fred Buhrmester, 3505 Friendly Hope Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72404.
Mike was the first president of the Genealogy Society of Craighead County Arkansas.
Robert "Bob" Shelton Hare
October 7, 1939 - September 22, 2011
Robert "Bob" Shelton Hare, 71, of Jonesboro, AR went Home to his Lord and Savior on Thursday September 22, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House with his family at his side.
He was born October 7, 1939 in Memphis, TN. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Edward and Clesteel, Hare, Sr. &, and brother, Reverend Clarence (Lefty) Edward Hare, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Anderson Hare; his children, Jill Hare of St. Louis, MO, Paige Hare Womble (Jody) of Little Rock, AR, and soon-to-be granddaughter, Chloe Grace Womble; step-children, Tracy (Sandy) Wartenberg of Southaven, MS, Pat (Derek) McCormick, Mark (Jennifer) Douglas, and Greg (Ann) Douglas, all of Lake City, AR; step-grandchildren, Chris and Hunter Wartenberg, Jessica and Daniel McCormick, Keryn (Michael) Cobble, Kassie Douglas, and Brittany, Sarah and Hunter Douglas; step-great-grandchildren, Remington and Jayde Cobble; sister-in-law, Alystine DeShazo Hare of Brownsville, TN; nephews, Clarence (Ed) Edward (Ginger) Hare, III and Paul (Ruth) Hare; nieces, DeAnne (Bobby) Hare Sharp of Jackson, TN, and Charlotte (Jeff) Hare Kerr of Burlington, NC.
A celebration of Bob’s life will be at 10am on Monday, September 26, in the Emerson Memorial Chapel with Dr. Stan Ballard officiating. Burial will follow at Nettleton Cemetery with Emerson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2-5pm Sunday afternoon, September 25, at Emerson Funeral Home.
Honored to serve as Pallbearers are Cliff Jackson, Benton Huey, Russell Altom, Danny Honnell, Billy Wells and Daniel McCormick.
Also honored to serve as Honorary Pallbearers are the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
In lieu of flowers, family ask to consider donations be made to Nettleton Baptist Church, 4701 East Nettleton Avenue, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or to Southern Confederate Heritage Park NEASHF, PO Box 16876 Jonesboro, AR 72403, in memory of Robert (Bob) Shelton Hare.
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Roberta "Bunny" Faye Miller Gambill
October 15, 1941 - July 4, 2013
JONESBORO — Roberta “Bunny” Faye Miller Gambill, 71, passed Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Jonesboro.
She was in her home, surrounded by her family. Bunny fought a courageous battle with small cell lung cancer and entered into the glory of God's kingdom.
Bunny was born Oct. 15, 1941, to Robert and Carma Evers Miller in Adrian, Mich.
On Nov. 23, 1957, she married Kenneth O. Gambill, and he survives. She was immeasurably proud of her long and loving marriage.
At age 15 Bunny dropped out of school to care for her two younger sisters and ailing father so that her mother could work out of the home.
Shortly after her marriage, she completed her schooling through adult education, completing two years of high school in 19 weeks.
Bunny and Ken soon started their family. With two small children in their home, she expressed her wishes to Ken that she would like to go to college. Bunny attended Adrian College and earned her bachelor's in elementary education in the short span of 2 1/2 years. She began teaching at Madison School, then continued her education at Eastern University, earning her master's degree and an additional 30 hours.
She had a deep love for children and team-taught first grade with her dear friend Bernadine Klump for 32 1/2 years. She was always involved in children's ministry at Adrian First Church of the Nazarene and after retirement at Forest Home Church of the Nazarene in Jonesboro.
Bunny was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Elmer Kunkle; and two sisters, Bonnie Miller and Virginia Lee “MC” Cox.
Those who will miss her dearly include one sister, Wanda Kay Ream of Morenci, Mich.; and three daughters, Karen Jeri (James) Alverson, Krystal Rae (Robert) Schamberger, both of Adrian, and Kara Renee Ross of Jonesboro.
She was also a proud, loving grandma to Tyler Wonderly, Kiley Wonderly, Jacob Schamberger, Luke Schamberger, Kaitlyn Ross and Kelcie Ross.
Special friends include Scott, Mendy, Landon, Lia and Lila Hendrix.
Bunny was a wonderful, caring and talented individual. Her works were many, and her love was strong. Words cannot express the depth of love and the burden she had for all children. She shared love of Christ every day through her Christian example.
A celebration of her life will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Forest Home Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Ken Stallings officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home. A fellowship meal will be served at the church at 12:30 p.m.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at the funeral home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.
Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Donald Mayes, Ryan Gambill, Jim Alverson, Robert Schamberger, Bruce Beck and Randy Watson; and as honorary pallbearers, the Fellowship class at Forest Home Church of the Nazarene, and Scott Hendrix.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Dierksen Memorial Hospice or the children's ministry at Forest Home Nazarene Church.
Online registry: www.mcnabbfuneralhomes.com
July 23, 1933 - March 31, 2014
Jonesboro- Glenna Berry, 80, passed from this life on Monday, March 31, 2014.
She was born July 23, 1933 in Poughkeepsie to the late Glenn and Sylvia Campbell. Glenna and her late husband of 56 years, Thurlo Berry, were retired owners of the Tupperware distributorship in Jackson, Mississippi: Delta Party Sales. After retiring in 1992, Glenna and Thurlo returned “home” to Arkansas, residing in Jonesboro. Glenna was an active member of the Southwest Church of Christ, the Craighead County Book Club, the Geneaology Society of Craighead County Arkansas, the Sharp County Historical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, volunteered with the Craighead County Friends of the Library, and many other social and charitable organizations. Glenna was the author of a geneaological history of the Campbell family pioneers of Arkansas, and she traveled the state giving many entertaining and information speeches on how to document and deliver family stories and histories. Glenna was also a member of the Loose Threads Quilt Club and made many beautiful quilts for family as well as for charitable donations.
Glenna is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Becky and Ernest Anaya of Atlanta, GA and Ann and Terry Perkins of Jackson, Mississippi; a grandson, Thurlo Timothy Berry of the home; a great-grandson, Thurlo Aidan Berry of Atlanta; four sisters and their husbands, Jan and Tom Phillips of Wilmington NC, Rita and Johnny Murph of Dallas, Texas, Mary Frances and Gary Wallace of Dallas, Donna Sue and Bob Zinn of Wichita, Kansas; a brother, Roland and Phyllis Campbell; brother-in-law, Tommy and wife Beautonne Berry of Dallas and sister-in-law, Carolyn Sockwell of Jonesboro. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurlo Buddy Berry Jr. and a grandson, Jonathan Philip Perkins.
A celebration of her life will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home Chapel with Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial to follow at Monette Memorial Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6-8pm on Thursday April 3 at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home, 300 W. Matthews Ave.
Glenna will be remembered for her loving generosity, devoted friendship, and dedicated Christian faith. Do not say that we “lost” Glenna, because “Christ in her and Christ in me, together we will always be.” Honored to serve as pallbearers, Tim Berry, Jaxon Sockwell, Phil Burton, Steve Horton, Stephen Long, and Jon Nobles.
December 18, 1974 - July 17, 2014
CHICAGO — William Dunavin, 39, formerly of Monette and Paragould, passed away July 17, 2014, at his residence.
Survivors include his father, Jeff Dunavin; brother, Mark Dunavin; and numerous other family members.
The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. Monday at Gregg Funeral Home in Monette with a memorial service at 3 p.m.
Online registry: www.mcnabbfuneralhomes.com
Mary Geraldine Garmrath
January 14 1938 - June 7, 2015
PARAGOULD — Mrs. Mary Geraldine Garmrath of Paragould, departed this life Sunday, June 7, 2015, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center at the age of 77.
She was born Jan. 14, 1938, at Paragould to John C. Smith and Pauline A. Chunn Smith.
Mrs. Garmrath was a lifelong member of East Side Baptist Church and served on several committees. She retired from the Arkansas Department of Human Services after 32 years.
She spent the last 18 years traveling, volunteering, quilting and donating her time to the Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society.
She loved the St. Louis Cardinals, Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas State University Lady Red Wolves basketball.
She was very active in her four grandsons' lives as she tried to go to all of their sporting events.
Mrs. Garmrath was preceded in death by her husband, George Wayne Garmrath; parents, John and Pauline Smith; brother and sister-in-law, Weldon and Betty Jo Smith; and brother, Donald Smith.
Survivors include sons, Clifton Garmrath and Steve Garmrath, both of Paragould; grandchildren, Tyler Garmrath (Lauren), Matthew Garmrath (Sarah), Alex Garmrath and Jon Koy Garmrath; great-grandchildren, Luxie, Benson and Loreli; sisters-in-law, Bettie Smith of Alexander City, Ala., and Laura Diggs of Paragould; brother and sister-in-law, Lynn and Verenda Garmroth of Russellville; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 tonight at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in Heath Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Jason Noel officiating. Burial will follow in Greene County Memorial Gardens.
Honored to serve as pallbearers will be Tyler Garmrath, Matt Garmrath, Alex Garmrath, Koy Garmrath, Barry Davis and Mark Miller.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Wells, Keith Milligan and Butch Cooper.
Memorials may be made to the Homebound ministry at East Side Baptist Church, Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society or Pilots for Christ.
Online registry: www.heathfuneralhome.com
Gregory A. "Gregg" Scott
December 17, 1947- June 12, 2016
BAY — Gregory A. Scott, 68, of Bay died Sunday, June 12, 2016, of natural causes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus Odell and Kattye Alsup Scott.
Arrangements will be announced by Emerson Funeral Home.
Online registry: www.emersonfuneralhome.com
Greg was a lifetime member of Shaver Camp SCV and a longtime member of the Genealogy Society of Craighead County Arkansas. In addition to researching his ancestors, he had a passion for Civil War and WWII History. He was a kind soul and will be missed.
Leatrice "Joyce" Johnston Warren
November 22, 1928 - May 22, 2016
Leatrice "Joyce" Johnston Warren, of Jonesboro, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the age of 89. She was born on November 22, 1928 in Flint, Michigan to Hugh Bernice Johnston and Ethel Florence Worsham Johnston and was the youngest of six siblings. After residing in Clarkton and Malden, Missouri, Joyce and her family moved to Jonesboro in 1961.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Raymond Earl Warren; her parents; two sisters and their spouses, Gladys Johnston Dowdy (Robert) and Pansy Johnston McDougal (Prince); two brothers, Clifford Bryan (Crip) Johnston (Bobbie), and Kenneth Craig (KC) Johnston (Nellie); one great-grandchild, William Gregory Bracken; mother and father-in-law, E.B. and Rena Warren; four brothers-in-law, Junior Warren, Louis Warren, Bill Blake and Short Sullivan.
Joyce was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro, where she served as an elder, and an active member of the “The Ruth Circle”.
Joyce was a 1946 graduate of Clarkton High School in Clarkton, Missouri, and earned a BSE and MSE from Arkansas State University in 1983. She began her teaching career at ASU followed by West Elementary School in Jonesboro. She taught at the Jonesboro Kindergarten Center for 16 years and retired in 1994. During the annual kindergarten graduation ceremony for her students, Joyce always prepared a personalized notebook for each child, highlighting their achievements including priceless mementoes. Joyce regularly competed in the National Senior Olympics, earning numerous medals for a variety of events. She also had a deep love for her family ancestry and traveled all over the United States, visiting libraries and cemeteries and researching the history of the Worsham-Johnston families. This research resulted in over 50 notebooks of material. Being of Scottish ancestry, Joyce loved to attend “Kirkin' O' The Tartans” at the First Presbyterian Church and also at Lyon College, in Batesville, Arkansas. Joyce was a member of the Arkansas Educational Association, the Jonesboro Classroom Teachers Association, the National Education Association, Arkansas Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi.
Joyce enjoyed taking her grandchildren bowling, and teaching them numerous games and songs as well as manners. She often took her great grands to the library for “Story Time” and loved having tea parties for them with a silver tea set. She grew beautiful flowers and would garden with her granddaughter Amy who lived with her. After she retired, Joyce traveled extensively throughout the country, as well as abroad. She was always ready for a flea market or antique shopping trip with her daughters.
Joyce leaves behind four daughters, Linda Cooksey (Henry), Jo Ellen Warren of Jonesboro, and twin daughters, Carole Damron (Jim) of Jonesboro and Cathie McCormack (Greg) of Winterville, Georgia; seven grandchildren, Amy Cooksey, Warren Damron (Jamie), and Chris Damron (Breanne) of Jonesboro; Jessica Mathews (Ross) of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Will Cooksey (Erin) of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Molly Bracken (Bill) of Colbert, Georgia; and Sarah Joyce Lewis (Adam) of LaGrange, Georgia; and 15 great-grandchildren, Jayden, Katie, Caleb, (twins) John Mark and Lyla, and Reese and Mason Damron of Jonesboro; Malachi and Vada Mathews of Hot Springs; (twins) Ben and Maddie Bracken of Colbert, Georgia, and Max, Abby and Emma Joyce Lewis of LaGrange, Georgia; a sister, George Anna Beck of Sikeston, Missouri; and three sister-in-laws, Retha Blake of Malden, Missouri, Freda Warren of Clarkton, Missouri, and Brenda Sullivan of Rogersville, Tennessee; as well as numerous beloved nieces, nephews, and cherished friends, … and “Karma”, her granddaughter Amy's delightful Shih Tzu.
Services will be Friday, May 25, at the First Presbyterian Church, 710 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro with the Reverend Stephen Moody officiating. Visitation will be from 12-1 pm, funeral service at 1 pm, followed by interment at Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Warren Damron, Chris Damron, Will Cooksey, Ross Mathews, Henry Cooksey, Greg McCormack and Adam Lewis. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Damron, Dr. Joe Stallings and Bill Bracken.
Special thanks to Elite Home Health, St Bernards Hospice and Home Instead Senior Care (Crystal and Breanna).
For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to The First Presbyterian Church, 510 Southwest Drive, Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Online registry: www.emersonfuneralhome.com
William "Bill" "Sonny" Whitmire
September 27, 1945 - June 15, 2018
William “Sonny” Whitmire, 72, of Trumann, moved to his heavenly home on Friday, June 15, 2018. He loved his Savior, his family, his friends, and his country.
He was born in Strawberry, Arkansas and lived most of his life in Trumann and Jonesboro.
William was retired from Hytrol Conveyor and was also a retired Army veteran. He also served as a member of American Legion Post 42. William was an active member of Nettleton Baptist Church, serving in choir and sharing the story of Jesus during his many years teaching 5-year-olds in Sunday school. His loyal service to others was one of his most endearing traits.
He enjoyed learning and was fortunate to have opportunities to travel as well as explore his heritage through genealogical research. William was preceded in death by his parents, Maida Turner Whitmire and Grant Edward Whitmire, both of Trumann, and a sister, Glenda Whitmire Martinez, of Corpus Christi Texas.
He leaves behind a family who love him and will miss his laugh and comforting voice. William is survived by his wife, Sandra Cragg Whitmire, of the home. Son, Nathan (Allison) Whitmire, and daughter, Amy (Alan Cheshier) Whitmire, all of Jonesboro. Son, Seth (Mandy) Whitmire, of Trumann and daughter, Laura (Todd) Spires of Washington Illinois. Brother Edward “Pete” Whitmire of Bradenton Florida, and sister, Royce Thompson, of Machesney Park Illinois. William also leaves behind grandchildren Samuel, Mary-Emma, Larkin, and Will Whitmire, all of Jonesboro, and Henry and Rachel Spires of Washington Illinois. In addition, he will also be leaving behind many nieces and nephews who were very precious to him.
Funeral service will be Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. at Nettleton Baptist Church, 7001 E. Johnson Ave., Jonesboro, AR with Pastor Stan Ballard officiating. Burial will be private at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye, AR.
Honorary pall bearers for the service will be the children of William's Sunday school classes over his years of service at Nettleton Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home, 220 Viva Dr in Trumann.
In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to leave a lasting memorial may contribute to the children's programs at Nettleton Baptist Church or may contribute to funding student school lunches for the underserved in their local community.
An online register can be signed at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net