Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - DEATHS -

ARKADELPHIA — Robert “Bud” Lee McNeely, 76, of Arkadelphia, died Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 2017, at Stella Manor Nurs­ing Home in Rus­sel­lville, Ark.

A son of Al­fred and Marie El­more McNeely, he was born June 3, 1941, in Prescott, Ark. He mar­ried Betty Jane (Baker) McNeely on Au­gust 29, 1960. He was a Busi­ness Owner of Bud’s Garage and Red Tiger Mov­ing Com­pany and a mem­ber of the Ma­sonic Lodge.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; a son, Billy Wayne McNeely; and a brother, Billy Ray McNeely. Bud is sur­vived by his wife, Betty Jane McNeely of Arkadelphia; two sons, Clifton Lee McNeely of Rus­sel­lville; Steven Ray McNeely (Suzi) of Jack­sonville; two daugh­ters, Cathy Lynn Franklin (Ricky), Jasper, Texas; Vicky Hood (Brian) of North Bend, Wash.; six grand­chil­dren, Matthew McNeely (Bob­bie); Craig McNeely, both of Dar­danelle; Austin Franklin; Mary Franklin, both of Jasper, Texas; Lil­lian McNeely of Jack­sonville; Parker Hood of North Bend, Wash.; one great-grand­child, Ma­son Robert McNeely of Dar­danelle; a brother, Arthur Nea­gle of Arkadelphia; a sis­ter, Shirley Turner of North Carolina; and two sis­ters-in-law, Trenda He­flin of Kentucky and Wanda Cor­nel­lier of Arkadelphia.

A pri­vate me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at a later date. Cre­ma­tion ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Humphrey Fu­neral Ser­vice.

Memo­ri­als may be made to Na­tional Kid­ney Foun­da­tion, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10016.

In­ter­net obit­u­ary and on­line guest book are avail­able at www.humphrey­fu­

–––––❖––––– BRYANT — Thomas Ebe Mathis, 81, of Bryant, passed away Oc­to­ber

11, 2017. He was born Fe­bru­ary 2,

1936, in Clin­ton, Arkansas, to the late Ronald and Man­nie Fer­gu­son Mathis.

Thomas was a mem­ber of the

1st South­ern

Bap­tist Church of Bryant, a 50-year mem­ber of the Ma­sonic Lodge Calf Creek in Snow­ball, Arkansas. He served in the Na­tional Guard and was a re­tired tech­ni­cian with ABF Truck lines af­ter 29 years of em­ploy­ment.

Thomas was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, son, Wil­liam T. Mathis, and daugh­ter, Donna L. Mathis. He is sur­vived by his wife, Carolyn Mathis, daugh­ter, Rebecca (Daniel) Hut­son of Bryant, grand­sons, Blake (Jay­lynn) Hut­son of Ben­ton, Bryson (Katie) Hut­son of Bryant, and great-grand­daugh­ter, Blake­lynn Hut­son.

Chapel ser­vices by Ashby Fu­neral Home will be 11 a.m. on Satur­day with Bro. Robby Tin­gle of­fi­ci­at­ing. Grave­side ser­vices will be 2 p.m. at Den­nard Ceme­tery in Van Buren County. Visi­ta­tion will be 10 a.m. un­til 11 a.m. on Satur­day be­fore ser­vices. On line guest­book at www.ash­by­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– CON­WAY — Susan Ann Everette, 57, of Con­way, Ark., de­parted this life Oct. 4, 2017. Fam­ily Hour Fri­day, 5-6 p.m. at Robin­son Mor­tu­ary LR, and Fu­neral Satur­day, 12 noon at Mt. Carmel Church, 105 Arnold Street, Plumerville, Ark. Ser­vices en­trusted to Robin­son Mor­tu­ary, 1201 Dr. MLK Jr. Drive, Lit­tle Rock, Ark. 72202, (501) 371-0111. “Ser­vice You Can Trust.”

–––––❖––––– FORT SMITH — Saun­dra “Kaye” Birk­head passed into the age of the eter­nal on Oc­to­ber

11, 2017. She was born to Oza

But­ler Al­bert and Jack Al­bert on Jan­uary 3,

1939, in White

County, Arkansas. She and her brother, Jack

Al­bert, grew up a part of a ro­bust ex­tended farm­ing and mer­can­tile fam­ily of which she was very proud. She earned a de­gree from then Arkansas State Teach­ers Col­lege, now UCA, and be­gan teach­ing on an emer­gency teach­ing li­cense in 1957. She mar­ried Bruce Birk­head in 1960 and to­gether they raised two chil­dren, Zena Mar­shall and Todd Birk­head, in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Grave­side ser­vices will be held at Mt. Salem Ceme­tery in Lo­gan County at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, 2017, un­der the di­rec­tion of Ed­wards Fu­neral Home. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 5 p.m. at First Chris­tian Church (DOC), 3501 Rogers Av­enue in Fort Smith. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions can be made for books for chil­dren who at­tend the Fort Smith Adult Ed­u­ca­tion Child­care Cen­ter or First Chris­tian Church, Fort Smith. To sign an on­line guest­book visit www. ed­wards­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– GASSVILLE — Dennis Hodges, 67, of Gassville passed away Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 2017. A gath­er­ing of fam­ily and friends will be held from 1-3 p.m. Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, 2017, at the Con­ner Fam­ily Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tion Cen­ter. The on­line guest­book and obit­u­ary are avail­able at www.con­ner­fam­i­ly­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– HOLLY GROVE — Norma Jean McCur­ley Creek­more, age 81, died Wed­nes­day. Sur­vivors: daugh­ter, Deb­ora Creek­more; grand­chil­dren, Ja­son Mor­row and Shad Mor­row; five great-grand­chil­dren; brothe, Bobby McCur­ley; sis­ter, Linda Kersey. Grave­side ser­vices: 2 p.m. Satur­day, McCur­ley Ceme­tery, Holly Grove. Ar­range­ments by Bob Neal & Sons Fu­neral Home, Claren­don. Guest­book: www.bob­nealand­


HOT SPRINGS VIL­LAGE — Louis R. Costello, 90, of Hot Springs Vil­lage passed away on Oc­to­ber 11, 2017. He was born on May 12, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., to the late Louis R. Costello and Maria (Maratino) Costello.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, and a son, Jack Martin Costello. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 67 years, Rita Costello; son Curt Costello; daugh­ter Lu­rita Pro­cac­cio (Tony); daugh­ter-in-law Lynn Costello; grand­chil­dren Kelly, Matthew, Elise (Ryan), Gregory, Ja­clyn and Eric; and great-grand­daugh­ter Kora. Louis was an amaz­ing hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther and will be greatly missed.

Me­mo­rial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, 2017 at Sa­cred Heart of Je­sus Catholic Church in Hot Springs Vil­lage, with Fa­ther Bill Elser of­fi­ci­at­ing. Guests may regis­ter at

–––––❖––––– JERSEY — Joyce Juanita Har­ri­son, 67, of Jersey, Ark., died Wed­nes­day. Fu­neral ser­vices are 2 p.m. Satur­day at Grif­fin Fu­neral Chapel with Bro. Michael Collins of­fi­ci­at­ing. Visi­ta­tion is 7-9 p.m. Fri­day at the fu­neral home. Burial at Row­ell Ceme­tery. Ar­range­ments by Grif­fin Fu­neral Ser­vice in Star City. On­line guest­book at www.griffin­fu­ner­alser­

–––––❖––––– LON­DON — Mary Jane Jones, 65, of Lon­don, died Thurs­day. View­ing: 11 to 1 p.m. Fri­day at the fu­neral home. Grave­side: 2 p.m. on Fri­day at Booher Ceme­tery and un­der the di­rec­tion of Shinn Fu­neral Ser­vice of Rus­sel­lville. The on­line obit­u­ary and guest­book are avail­able at www. shin­n­fu­

–––––❖––––– MARIANNA — Mavis Kather­ine Cox, 92, of Marianna, Arkansas, passed away Oc­to­ber 8, 2017. Pri­vate grave­side ser­vices were held Oc­to­ber 12, 2017, at Marianna Me­mo­rial Park at 11 a.m. in Marianna, Arkansas. Roller-Cit­i­zens Fu­neral Home had charge of ar­range­ments. Fam­ily and friends may view and sign on­line guest­book www.roller­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– MAYFLOWER — Lil­lie Mae Gregory, age 85, of Mayflower went to be with her Lord Oct. 12, 2017. She is sur­vived by two sons: Stevon Gregory of Mayflower and Mark Gregory of Clo­vis, New Mex­ico; three grand­daugh­ters: Mel­isha Junco of At­lanta, Ga., Am­ber John­son of Ar­ling­ton, Wash., Ash­ley Gregory of Tulsa, Okla.; and one grand­son: Joshua Gregory of Clo­vis, New Mex­ico. Grave­side ser­vice will be 2 p.m. Satur­day, Oct. 14, at Mt. Carmel Ceme­tery in Cabot by Smith-West­brook Fu­neral Home of Beebe. www.SmithFam­i­

–––––❖––––– MAYFLOWER — Bobby Joe Webb, 63, of Mayflower, Arkansas, passed away Oc­to­ber 9, 2017. Grave­side ser­vices will be held on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 2017, at LaGrange Ceme­tery at 2 p.m. in LaGrange, Arkansas. Roller-Cit­i­zens Fu­neral Home in Marianna has charge of ar­range­ments. Fam­ily and friends may view and sign on­line guest­book www.roller­fu­ner­al­ Marianna.

–––––❖––––– MENA — Ken­neth W. Schreiber, 89, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Oc­to­ber 6, 2017. Mass of Chris­tian Burial, Oc­to­ber 16, 2017, 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena. In­ter­ment in Mt. Cal­vary Ceme­tery un­der the di­rec­tion of the Beasley Wood Fu­neral Home of Mena.

–––––❖––––– NEW­PORT — Charles Ed­ward Rucker, 76, of New­port, died Satur­day. Sur­vivors: wife, Brenda; sons, Ed­ward and Ger­ald Rucker; daugh­ters, Princess Rucker, and Toni Willis; two broth­ers; four sis­ters; grand­chil­dren; great-grand­chil­dren. Visi­ta­tion: God’s House of Prayer, Satur­day, 9-10:45 a.m. Fu­neral fol­low­ing at 11 a.m. In­ter­ment: Post Oak Ceme­tery. Ar­range­ments: Jack­son’s New­port Fu­neral Home. www.jack­

–––––❖––––– OZARK — Ja­son Dou­glas Ram­sey, age 44, of Ozark, passed away Oc­to­ber 9, 2017. He was born Jan­uary 27, 1973, in Dex­ter, Mis­souri, the son of Kathryn (Cobb) Far­rior and John Ram­sey. Ja­son was mar­ried to Deb­bie Cook and to­gether they shared 25 years of mar­riage. He worked as a deputy sher­iff for the Pu­laski County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment for many years and re­ally en­joyed his work. Ja­son was an avid out­doors man and loved fish­ing and hunt­ing. He was a very giv­ing man and en­cour­age many to give life through or­gan do­na­tion. Ja­son was a lov­ing hus­band and de­voted friend to many.

He is sur­vived by his wife Deb­bie Ram­sey; his par­ents, John Ram­sey (Vickie) and Kathryn Far­rior (Jay); also two grand­moth­ers Edith Cobb and Betty Ram­sey; a good friend Kenny Yen­ner and close fam­ily friends Earl and Mar­cia Met­calf; and a host of other rel­a­tives and friends.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held by his fam­ily at a later date. Cre­ma­tion is in the care of Holden Cre­ma­tion and Fu­neral Ser­vice, Sparta.


PINE BLUFF — Wil­liam Har­vey Mi­tosinka, 50, of Pine Bluff, passed away in Jack­son, Miss., on Oc­to­ber 10, 2017. Har­vey was born on Fe­bru­ary 21, 1967, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to the late Jo Ann Mil­ner Mi­tosinka and Wil­liam “Bill” Mi­tosinka. He grad­u­ated from Pine Bluff High School in 1985.

Har­vey was a very hard-work­ing man who grew up in the truck­ing industry and worked in it for 32 years. He worked for a num­ber of years for Ruan, Penske, and was cur­rently em­ployed with ABF (Arkansas Best Freight). Har­vey at­tended Lib­erty Bap­tist Church in Flowood, Miss.

He is sur­vived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Trina Bar­ringer Mi­tosinka; three chil­dren, Cody Mor­ris, Emily Mor­ris, Lan­den Bar­ringer; a soon to be born grand­child, Lucy Olivia Mills; along with count­less friends and loved ones.

Visi­ta­tion will be Satur­day at 11 a.m. at Fuller Hale South Fu­neral Chapel, with the ser­vice fol­low­ing Satur­day at 12 noon. On­line con­do­lences: FullerFuner­

–––––❖––––– SHERI­DAN — An­thony D. “Tony” Ly­brand, 53, of Sheri­dan, Arkansas, died Thurs­day. Grave­side ser­vices will be 2 p.m. Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 2017, at Philadel­phia Ceme­tery in Prattsville. Visi­ta­tion: 1:30 un­til ser­vice time at ceme­tery. Ar­range­ments by Me­mo­rial Gar­dens Fu­neral home of Sheri­dan, (870) 9421306. www.memo­ri­al­gar­denssh­eri­


STAR CITY — Marla Rae Yar­brough, 35, of Star City, died Mon­day. Fu­neral ser­vices are 11 a.m. Fri­day at Grif­fin Fu­neral Chapel with Bro. Dee Webb of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial at Palmyra Ceme­tery. Ar­range­ments by Grif­fin Fu­neral Ser­vice in Star City. On­line guest­book at www.griffin­fu­ner­alser­

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