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MISCELLANEOUS OBITUARIES FROM GIBSON BAYOU CEMETERY BURIALS

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(many of the dates have been handwritten on the clippings)

 

 

G. W. AKINSApril 29, 2003Memphis Commercial Appeal (Obituary)

            G. W. AKINS, 73, of West Memphis, truck driver for Strickland, died Monday at his home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle, Ark. Mr. Akins, the widower of Vera Bell Crenshaw Akins, leaves two daughters, Catherine McHenry of Conroe, Texas and Linda Akins of Saulsbury, Tenn.; two sons, Terry Akins of Lakeland and David Akins of Indianapolis; a sister, Mattie Mae Martin of Memphis; three brothers, Thomas Akins of Southaven, Joseph Akins of Booneville, Miss., and Jerry Ray Akins of Horseshoe Lake, Ark., eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice

 

MRS. THELMA ABBOTTFeb. 15, 1993 (Clipping)

            Mrs. Thelma Abbot of West Memphis died Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital.  Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home’s chapel with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle.  Mrs. Abbott, 89, a homemaker, was a member of the Assembly of God.  She leaves a daughter, Iona Abbott of West Memphis; two sons, J. R. Abbott of Batesville and J. B. Abbott of Red Bluff, Calif., 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

 

ELIZABETH ANNIS - Friday, February 25, 1949 – Earle Enterprise (Obituary)

MRS. ELIZABETH ANNIS CALLED BY DEATH

            Mrs. Elizabeth Annis, wife of the late Daniel Clark Annis, died Saturday in Wynne at Wilson’s Clinic.  She was 74.  Mrs. Annis was born at Sherwood, Tennessee, May 19th 1874. She was a devout Christian, attending the Assembly of God Church.  She has made her home with her sons and daughters since the death of her husband in 1947. She is survived by three sons, Robert and Harold Annis of Earle, Sam Annis, of Freeport, Texas.  Three daughters Mrs. Willie Sartain, of Nettleton, Ark., Mrs. Gifford Minton of Vanndale and Mrs. Katie Brothers of Earle.  22 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.  Burial was Sunday afternoon at Gibson Bayou.  Holt Funeral Home in charge.

 

GEORGE BAILEY - Friday, December 23, 1949 – Earle Enterprise (Obituary)

“UNCLE GEORGE” BAILEY CALLED BY DEATH

            George Bailey, 81, a resident of this community for the past 50 years, died Sunday at his home near Earle after a long illness.  Services were held Monday at the Gibson Bayou Church with the Rev. Harvey officiating.  Burial was in Gibson Cemetery.  Mr. Bailey has been a substantial farmer in this section for many years and was well known.  He is survived by his wife.  “Uncle George”, as he was familiarly known by a legion of friends was quiet and assuming.  His never failing goof humor and innate friendliness made friends of everyone with which he came in contact.  He was a pioneer citizen of this community and enjoyed the respect of both the older and younger generation, and it is with deep regret that we chronicle the passing of “Uncle George”.  Holt Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 

FRANK M. BAKER – Friday, December 30, 1949 – Earle Enterprise (obituary)

FRANK BAKER IS VICTIM OF TRAGIC HOLIDAY ACCIDENT

            Funeral Services were conducted Monday afternoon at Holt Funeral Home in Earle by Rev. Joe B. Sullivan for Frank M. Baker who was fatally injured by a hit and run driver Christmas Eve night, near his home north of Earle. He was brought to the office of Dr. J. T. Irby and was given first aid treatment.  He died enroute to Memphis.

            Mr. Baker was 55 years of age.  He was born in Smithdale, Ark., and had been a resident of Crittenden County most of his life where he had been engaged in farming.  He is survived by his wife, six sons, Peter, James, Herman, Charles and Robert of Earle and Mike who is with the U. S. Marines and was home for the holidays. His four daughters are Mrs. C. R. Wright, Mrs. Joe Turner, Helen Baker and Mrs. Earl Barber of Miami, Florida.  Pallbearers were J. R. Hood, C. H. Organ, Everett Hood, V. R. Lunsford, Wes McCain and Herbert Layton.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.

 

ALBERT WENDELL BECKApr. 3, 1995 – Osceola (Clipping)

            Albert Wendell Beck, 54, of Fort Mill, S. C., formerly of Earle, electronic technician, died of cancer Thursday at Dorn Veterans Administration Center in Colombia, S. C.  Services will be at 10 a.m. today at First Baptist Church of Crawfordsville with burial in Gibson Bayou (Ark) Cemetery.  Wilson Funeral Home here has charge.  He was an Army veteran.  He was a member of the Assembly of God.  Mr. Beck, the husband of Betty Beck, also leaves a daughter, Shelley Beck, and a step-daughter, Cynthia Smith, both of Fort Mill; two stepsons, Mike Wells of Lancaster, S. C., and Paul Wells of Dinwiddie, Va.; two sisters, Iva Lambert of Madera, Calif. and Loraine Joyce of Osceola; three brothers, James E. Beck of Tennessee, Johnny Beck and Travis Beck, both of Proctor two grandsons and seven step grandchildren.

 

WILLIAM TRAVIS BECKJune 5, 2003 – Evening Times (obituary)

William Travis Beck of Proctor died Saturday in Proctor. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Crawfordsville First Baptist Church with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle. Mr. Beck, 65, self-employed machinist, was a member of Horseshoe Lake Baptist Church, the National Rifle Association and the CCSO Reserve Department. He leaves his wife, Carolyn Ruth Beck; three daughters, Ruthie Layne Sexton and Laurie Kay Follis, both of Proctor, and Aleitha Lorraine Gray of Fort Mill, S.C.; two sisters, Iva Lambert of Madera, Calif., and Lorene Joyce of Osceola; a brother, Johnny Beck of Parkin, and eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Horseshoe Lake Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

NETTIE A. BARKER - Information from Mary Yates Villeret, June 12, 2002 [email protected] (family source)

             Nettie Barker was Nettie Almeta Chaffin, daughter of John Nathan Chaffin and Elizabeth Almeta Ford.  They were from Lunsford, Arkansas in Maumelle Township, Craighead County.  They lived near the Elm Grove Church and School at Lunsford.  Nettie Chaffin married Richard Hardy Barker.  Their daughter, Orenia Barker, was born in Maumelle Prairie. They moved to Cloar, Arkansas where Richard worked as foreman for a family that owned a large area of land.

Nettie died at Cloar, Arkansas - now Earle.  She is buried to the right of the church with an iron fence around the grave. There is a large tree in the center of the grave. Her husband, Richard, planted a nut in the ground the day she was buried.

After the death of Nettie, Richard Barker took the children back to the Lunsford area. Mary Yates Villeret is the granddaughter of Orenia Barker and the great granddaughter of Richard Hardy Barker and Nettie Almeta Chaffin.

 

ROBERT T. BROUGHTON - December 30, 1955 – Earle Enterprise (Obituary)

SERVICES HELD FOR ROBERT BROUGHTON, 14

            Robert Broughton, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Broughton of Earle died Saturday of last week at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis.  He was suffering from tubercular meningitis and had been a patient at the Isolation Ward for almost a month. Funeral services were held Monday at the Gibson Bayou Church with Rev. Ray Langley, pastor of the Parkin Baptist Church officiating.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery with Holt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Robert was a member of the Earle Baptist Church and had received most of his schooling at Earle High School. The Broughton family are life-time residents of Earle with the exception of interim moves for business reasons.  They had recently returned from a year’s stay in Mississippi.

 

NELSON BURNETT

COMMERCIAL APPEAL - MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - Monday Morning, December25, 1933 (Newspaper Article)

“Deaf Farmer Is Shot By Two Highwaymen - Thugs Shoot When Earle Man Fails to Hear Commands”
When his deafness prevented his hearing commands to hold up his hands, Nelson Burnett, 32, farmer, living near Earle, was shot through the stomach by highwaymen Saturday night [Christmas Eve] at 11 o’clock. He was walking home from Earle at the time. He was found in the road about 45 minutes later by James Roe, farmer, who was passing in his car. Roe returned him to Earle, where a Holt ambulance took him to Baptist Hospital in Memphis. His condition is critical. He has a family. Burnett said that two young men, dressed in overalls, approached him in the darkness and when he asked what they wanted, one of them opened fire. One bullet penetrated the stomach. Then they robbed him of about $4 and fled. Officers at Earle today had found no trace of the assailants.

COMMERCIAL APPEAL - MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - Tuesday Morning, December 26, 1933 (Newspaper Article)

"Deaf Farmer Shot By Robber Is Dead - Failed to Understand Commands of Highwaymen"

Shot through the abdomen by highwaymen whose commands he had failed to heed by reason of his deafness, Nelson Burnett, 32-year-old farmer living near Earle, Ark., died at 9:30 o'clock yesterday morning at Baptist Hospital.  His body was returned to Earle yesterday afternoon where funeral services will be held today.  Burnett was accosted shortly before midnight Saturday by two youths as he was walking along the highway and failing to understand their commands, was shot.  He was found lying in the road 40 minutes later by James Roe and taken into Earle.  No arrests had been made early last night although City Marshal P. D. Peacher was out working on the case.

            CRITTENDEN COUNTY TIMES - WEST MEMPHIS, ARKANSAS - Friday, December 29, 1933 (Newspaper Article)

            "Highwaymen Kill Deaf Earle Man - Farmer Fatally Shot When He Fails to Hear Commands"

An intensive hunt is under way in the county for two highwaymen who fatally shot Nelson Burnett, deaf farmer living near Earle, late Saturday night in a holdup.  Mr. Barrett [Burnett], 32 years old, was found lying in the road 45 minutes after he was shot, by James Roe, a neighbor, who took him to Earle.  From there the wounded man was taken to the Baptist Hospital, Memphis, in an ambulance.  He died at 9:30 a.m. Monday.  Mr. Barnett [Burnett] told Mr. Roe that two young men dressed in overalls, stopped him on the highway as he was walking home from Earle about 11:45 p.m. Saturday night.  He asked them what they wanted, he said, and one of them opened fire, shooting him through the abdomen.  He said he could not hear what the youths said.  The pair rifled his clothing of $4 in cash and fled.  He gave a good description of the men and officers are hopeful of catching the murderers.  City Marshall P. D. Peacher of Earle is conducting the hunt.  Funeral services for Mr. Burnett were held at Earle Tuesday.

(Nelson Burnett is buried in an unmarked grave in “Gibson Bayou Cemetery”. His wife was Elizabeth "Lizzie" Stoner

    Burnett.   - - - Submitted by granddaughter, Mary Nell Burnett of Houston, Texas)

Note:  This grave has been since marked.  The following article appeared in the EARLE ENTERPRISE: 

EARLE FARMER DIES FROM BULLET WOUNDS; Nelson Burnett, Deaf, Fails To Understand Command of Highwaymen.

Shot through the abdomen by highwaymen whose commands he had failed to heed by reason of his deafness, Nelson Burnett, 32 year old farmer living near Earle, died at 9:30 o’clock Monday morning at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. His body was returned to Earle Monday afternoon.  Funeral services were held Tuesday.

Burnett was accosted shortly before midnight, Saturday, by two youths as he was walking along the highway and failing to understand their commands, was shot.  He was found lying in the road 40 minutes later by James Roe and taken into Earle.

 

CHARLES CAMPBELLSept. 30, 1986 (Clipping)

            Charles Albert Campbell Jr. of Earle died Monday night at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Memphis.  Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Gibson Bayou Cemetery near Earle with Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mr. Campbell, 63, a farmer, was a lifelong resident of Earle and a Baptist.  He was an Army veteran of World War II.  He leaves three sons, Richard Campbell of Marion, D. Wayne Campbell of West Memphis and Christopher Campbell of Byhalia, Miss.; two daughters, Mrs. Peggy Floyd and Miss Patricia Campbell, both of Marion; two brothers, Chester L. Campbell of Memphis and Eugene Campbell of Earle, and three grandchildren.

 

JESSE CARNESAugust 24, 2004 – West Memphis Evening Times (Obituary)

Jesse James Carnes of Earle died Saturday at his home. Visitation will be from 1-9 p.m. today at Earle First Assembly of God Church. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following in Gibson Bayou Cemetery. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge of services. Mr. Carnes, 66, a retired concrete finisher for Ferrell Paving, was a member of Earle First Assembly of God Church. He leaves his wife, Gracie Carnes; two daughters, Dianne White and Darlene Thomas, both of Earle; two sons, Donny Carnes of Earle and Richard Carnes of Marion; a sister, Bonnie Earls of Harrisburg; three brothers, Pat Carnes of Turrell, William Carnes of Parkin and Bobby Carnes of Blueford, Ill., nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Earle First Assembly of God Church.

 

ROSIE BELL CASALMANApril 2, 2004 - West Memphis Evening Times (Obituary)

Rosie Bell Casalman of Earle died Monday in Parkin. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle. Mrs. Casalman, 80, a homemaker, was a member of Bethany Chapel Pentecostal Church of God in Earle and the church's Ladies Auxiliary. She leaves her husband, A.G. Casalman; three daughters, Shirley Ann Hulen of Flippin and Patricia Ann Vannatter and Tina Marie Casalman, both of Earle; seven sons, Russell Paul Partain Jr. of Trumann, Walter Arnold Partain of Stuttgart, Al Partain of McMinnville, Tenn., Troy Edward Partain, James William Partain and Rickey Lynn Casalman, all of Earle, and Albert Glenn Casalman of Parkin; three sisters, Mildred Baker and Nadine Stroud, both of Spiro, Okla., and Junie Ferrell of Irving, Texas; two brothers, Tommy Swinney of Spiro and Johnny Churchwell of Jonesboro, and 34 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Bethany Chapel Pentecostal Church of God, 1689 Hwy. 149 N., Earle, AR, 72331.

 

JACK COLE - Information from LuAnne Baker, July 20, 2002 [email protected] (family source)

        Jack Cole is the son of Augustus "Gus" Cole and Harriet "Hattie" Epperson Thomas, who were born in Madison County, TN.  Gus and Hattie migrated to Arkansas between 1886 and 1893. Jack's siblings include Jenny Cole, Veda Cole Baker, and Lillie Cole Stepp.  He was married to Louella "Eller" Josephine Franklin.  Veda Cole Baker is buried at Crittenden Cemetery.  The burial places of Jenny, Hattie, and Gus Cole are unknown, but thought to be in either Crittenden or Cross County

        The parents of Jack's father, Gus Cole, were Alexander "Sandy" T. Cole and Evelina Cook.  Sandy Cole was born in NC and moved to TN where he was a plantation owner.  Sandy's father is John Cole who also migrated from NC to TN.   The parents of Jack's mother, Hattie Thomas, were John Thomas and Nancy "Nannie" D. Cole.  Nannie was the daughter of Reuben Cole and niece of Sandy Cole.  Reuben was born in NC and migrated to TN where he also became a plantation owner as well as a doctor.  

 

JAMES CLEO COLLINSDec. 3, 1989 (Clipping)

            Marked Tree – James Cleo Collins, 60, farmer, died Friday at Railroad Inn.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.  Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge.  He was a Pentecostal.  Collins leaves three daughters, Mrs. Joyce Criswell of Crawfordsville, Mrs. Mary Wilharte of Turrell and Mrs. Betty Winford of Earle; two sons, Gene Collins and James C. Collins Jr., both of Earle, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

            Second Clipping, Evening Times – James Cleo Collins of Marked Tree, formerly of near Earle, died Friday at Marked Tree.  Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mr. Collins, 60, a farmer, was a Little Rock native and a member of the Pentecostal Church.  He leaves two sons, Gene Collins and James C. Collins Jr., both of Earle, three daughter, Mrs. Joyce Criswell of Crawfordsville, Mrs. Mary Wilharte of Turrell and Mrs. Betty Winford of Earle, four grand-children and a great-grandchild.

 

PAMELA J. CRIMJuly 19, 1995 (Clipping)

            Pamela J. Crim, 45, of Earle died Wednesday at her residence.  Visitation will be at 4 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis.  Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens with burial at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.  Mrs. Crim is survived by her husband, Raymond Crim; father, Earnest Ashburn of Des Arc, Mo.; brother, Stephen Shook of West Memphis and grandmother, Loren Luman of Memphis.  She was a member of Faith Chapel of Colt, Ark.

 

JAMES PAUL DANIELS - May 10, 2002 - Memphis Commercial Appeal  - Memphis Area Deaths (Obituary)

Jimmy Paul Daniels, 65, of Hermitage, Tenn., formerly of Earle, Ark., self-employed insurance agent, died Tuesday at his home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle. He was a Presbyterian. He leaves a son, Frank Daniels of Old Hickory, Tenn.; three sisters, Doris Austin of Summit, Ill., Carolyn Harrison of Illinois and Linda Carajohn of York, Ill.; four brothers, William Daniels of Downers Grove, Ill., Charles Daniels of Barlow, Ky., Johnny Daniels of Chicago and Dickey G. Daniels of Wichita, Kan., and a grandson. The family requests that memorials be sent to Union Planters Bank Gibson Bayou Building Fund in Earle.

 

BESSIE MAE DREW – Friday, September 8, 1961 – Earle Enterprise (obituary)

            Services were held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the Earle Assembly of God Church for Mrs. Bessie Mae Drew, widow of Mr. Bob Drew, who died last Friday at her home here. She was 66. The Rev. Morris Whitman officiated.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery with Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mrs. Drew was born in Tyronza and had spent most of her life in Earle.  She owned and operated a grocery store near her home.  She leaves two sons, Lee Drew of Forrest city and Bobby Drew of Earle; three daughters, Mrs. Harold Annis, Mrs. Richard Gibson of Earle and Mrs. Jim Meredith of Lockport, Ill., a brother, F. D. Winningham of Earle; a sister Mrs. Lon Webber of Wynne, seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

 

R. L. “BOB” DREW – Friday, April 13, 1951 – Earle Enterprise (obituary)

            R. L. “Bob” Drew, a lifelong resident of Earle and Crittenden County died at his home here Tuesday morning at 4:15, following a lingering illness.  He had been in a Wynne Clinic a week preceding his decease. Funeral services were held at the Assembly of God Church, Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with Rev. J. S. McMahan officiating.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.  Holt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. “Bob” as he was familiarly known to the majority of our older citizens had been engaged in farming and other vocations until 1942 when he opened a small store and blacksmith shop on the east border of Earle where he enjoyed a lucrative business.  His pleasant smile, and unfailing good humor and unselfish generosity made friends of all with whom he came in contact.  His passing is a loss to the community. Besides his wife, Mrs. Bessie Mae Drew, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Harold Annis and Mrs. Rosie Cox of Earle and Mrs. Jim Merideth of Osceola.  Two sons, R. L. Drew Jr, Earle and Rector Drew of Forrest City.  Two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Markham of DesArc, and Mrs. Bertie Davis of Hawkum [Holcomb], Mo.

 

           

SHELBY B. DREW - Funeral Record (Linville/Isham Family Records)

 

MAUDIE DUNCAN - March 1936 (Publications)

            Obituaries from Cross County Times published in Parkin Arkansas.  Maudie Duncan died March 1936 at age 32. Buried Gibson Bayou, Earle. - Taken from "Cross County Arkansas Cemetery Records, Volume Two", compiled and published by Cross County Historical Society Inc and Cross County Genealogical Society, 1984. 

Note:  The Arkansas Death Index shows the date of death as April 1, 1936, Cross County, Arkansas.

 

BARZLEY GRAVES EAST - From the Savannah Courier Newspaper, Savannah Tennessee, dated 2 June 1892 is this item, included within the biography of Barzley Graves East (Junior)

Barzley Graves East, son of Mary A East and John Edwin East, was born 1 October 1869 at Savannah, Tennessee. He was a lad when his family moved to Mississippi and then to Earle, Arkansas. Barzley was named after his father's father, and the middle name was a family name in his mother's East ancestry. Young Barzley died at Earle, Arkansas on 23 May 1892. On 2 June 1892 an obituary in the Savannah Courier newspaper stated that "He was taken violently sick on the 21st of May, and soon became unconscious, and suffered greatly until death. His once manly form sleeps 'neath nature's verdant carpet at Gibson Bayou Church" at Earle. Young Barzley's paternal grandfather was Barzley East, who was also the brother of young Barzley's maternal grandfather.

NOTE: The above biography was researched and written by me around twenty years ago. And young Barzley's parents both had East as family names; they were cousins. Anyone wanting East info can contact me at [email protected]

I can attach the whole East file (in Wordperfect or MS-Word format) to an email, or just answer specific questions.

~ John E Young

 

ELLIS EATON - Jonesboro Sun, Wednesday - November 7, 2001 (Obituary)

WYNNE -- Ellis Eaton, 79, of Wynne died Monday, Nov. 5, at CrossRidge Hospital in Wynne. He was a farmer and was of the Pentecostal faith. Survivors include his wife, Line A. Eaton of Marked Tree; six sons, Larry Eaton and Joe Eaton, both of Marked Tree, Rickey Eaton of Tyronza, Ronnie Eaton of Osceola, Tony Eaton of Earle and Glen Eaton of Lake City; four daughters, Judy Edgin of Trumann, Debbie Ward of Marked Tree, Edna Smith of Colt and Evada Williams of West Memphis; one sister, Willie "Bill" Carter of Mississippi; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home in Tyronza. Burial will follow at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.

 

MRS. MILDRED ENO – March 13, 1889 – West Memphis Evening Times (Clipping)

            Mrs. Mildred Marie Eno of Earle died Monday at her home.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home’s chapel with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle.  Mrs. Eno, 58, wife of Orville Eno, was born in Parkin.  She was a Baptist.  Besides her husband, she leaves four daughters, Mrs. Salley Wisessman, Mrs. Mary Seacinna and Ms. Rosemary Eno, all of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Ann Peltz of Albuquerque, N. M.; three sons Allen Eno of Earle, Danny Eno of Lebanon, Ind., and Frank Eno of Chicago; two brothers, Lawrence Smith and ?bby Smith, both of Rockford, Ill.; three sisters, and 14 grandchildren.

 

WILLIE FISHER, SR. - Friday, May 11, 1951 – Earle Enterprise (obituary)

            Services were held last Thursday afternoon at the Earle Baptist Church for Mr. Willie Fisher Sr., who died at his home here Wednesday after a long illness.  Rev. Joe B. Sullivan officiated.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.  Holt Funeral Home in charge. Mr. Fisher was born in Alabama January 2, 1890.  He came to Arkansas at the age of three, and had lived in Earle for the past 28 years.  He was a Methodist. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ava Fisher, three sons, J. C. Fisher of Earle with whom he made his home; George Fisher of Portageville, Mo. and Willie Fisher Jr., of Jonesboro, Ark.  Two daughters, Mrs. Junnie Powell of Earle and Mrs. Nadine Wilson, DeWitt, Ark.

 

WILLODEAN EATON FLOCK – February 24, 2004 – Jonesboro Sun (Obituary)

Parkin -- Willodean Eaton Flock, 77, of Parkin, formerly of Earle and Senatobia, Miss., died Sunday, Feb. 22, at her residence. Born in Red Bay, Ala., she was a homemaker and a Baptist. Survivors include two sons, Raymond J.R. Carter of Hernando, Miss., and Benjamin Roger Carter of Tupelo, Miss.; seven daughters, Dora Frances Oakes of Lake Cormorant, Miss., Betty Ann Patrick of Looxahoma, Miss., Scotty Tubbs of Delmar, Joann Holt of Parkin, Deredia Ann Grandy of Horseshoe Lake, Rose May Wilkerson of Wyatte, Miss., and Polly Ann Mangrum of Arkabutla, Miss.; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oather Nathaniel Carter; her second husband, Bernard Flock; and her parents. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in Wynne, with the Rev. Ellis Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Gibson Bayou Cemetery at Earle. Pallbearers will include Raymond Carter Jr., Shannon Mangrum, Rickey Wilkerson, Billy Tubbs, David Hendrix and Richard Patrick. 

 

MRS. GLADYS FOREHAND – Dec. 28, 1987 (Clipping)

            Earle – Mrs. Gladys Forehand, 73, a retired nurse, died Monday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Earle Assembly of God Church with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery there.  Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis has charge. She leaves a son, David Forehand of Earle; a daughter, Mrs. Francine Powell of Nowata, Okla., and four grandchildren.

 

MRS. SULSA FRAZIER – Monday, July 13, 1992 – Evening Times (Clipping)

            Graveside services for Mrs. Sulsa Lee Frazier of Earle were today at Gibson Bayou Cemetery near Earle.  Mrs. Frazier, 85, died Saturday at Methodist Hospital Central in Memphis.  She was a member of the Church of Christ.  Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis was in charge of arrangements.  She leaves two daughters, Evadean Shempert of Earle and Pat Saffeel of Hanford, Calif.; two sons, Paul Hughes of Turlock, Calif. and Ed Hughes of Mountain Home; three step-daughters, Betty Williams and Ruby Barrios, both of Mississippi, and Doris Philyaw of West Memphis; a stepson, Billy Frazier of West Memphis; 18 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren.  Memorials may be sent to the support of Gibson Bayou Church and Cemetery, in care of Bill Baker, 1317 Sixth Street, Earle.

 

WESLEY DALE FROST - Friday, September 23, 2005 - The Sun - Jonesboro, AR (obituary)

CHERRY VALLEY -- Wesley Dale Frost, 57, of Cherry Valley died Wednesday, Sept. 21, at CrossRidge Community Hospital in Wynne.  He worked on the Sisk farm in Cross County and was a Baptist. Survivors include two sons, Randy Frost of Tyronza and Coy Tarking of Kansas; a daughter, Rhonda Hairell of Jonesboro; two brothers, Cletis Frost of Cherry Valley and Bill Gestring of Benton; three sisters, Maratha Johnson of Kennett, Mo., Carolyn Marrah of Bald Knob and Linda Robbins of Earle; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lesley Jasper and Velma Onlene Crick Frost; a brother; and two sisters. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home in Wynne. Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery at Earle. Pallbearers will be Chris Jacobs, Bill Potter, Bill Smith, Wesley Smith and Loyd Williams. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

EDGAR FULLWOOD – Earle, March 1907, reprinted in the November 10, 1961 edition of The Earle Enterprise

            “One by one our friends pass away in the arms of the death angel.  On the 7th inst. At 10 o’clock A.M. death entered the home of Ed Fullwood and took from its midst the husband and father.  Ed was 33 years old and leaves his wife and two small children, two sisters, and a brother, and last but not least, a fond and loving mother and a host of friends.  He died within two miles of where he was reared and was a good citizen full of energy.  He was building a home, for himself and family, with the hope of enjoying it in after years with his wife and little ones, but alas – death came and fond hopes blighted.  Weeping friends and tender hands laid his remains to rest in the church-yard at Gibson Bayou.  He is gone but not forgotten.”   Signed “A Friend”

 

HOYT GILMER – Dec. 11, 1990 - Earle, Ark. (Clipping)

            Hoyt Gilmer, 83, of Livingston, Texas, formerly of Earle, died Tuesday.  Survivors are two sons, Frank Gilmer of Livingston, Texas, and James Gilmer of Lufkin, Texas; five daughters, Mary Savage of McKenzie, Tenn., Patricia Whipple of Jacksonville, Jessie Morrow of Marion, Helen Highland of Texarkana and Brenda Stevenson of Corinth, Miss.; a brother, Doc Gilmer of Colt; 30 grandchildren; and 35 great-grandchildren.  Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.

 

LOUISE LINDSEY GLASGOW- Timeshare (Newsletter for EHS Classmates), August 2003

            Mary Louise Lindsey Glasgow, 72, a retired registered nurse from the Memphis Mental Health Hospital, died June 17th, 2003 at her home in Memphis.  Graveside services were June 19, at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.  She was a Presbyterian. She leaves two daughters: Phyllis Glasgow and Linda Gumm, both of Memphis; two sons: Mitch Glasgow of Maryville, TN, and Frank Glasgow, of Mountain View, a brother: Leonard Lindsey, of Heber Springs, and 6 grandchildren.

 

HENRY GROSS - 1920 (Census of Tyronza Township, Crittenden County, Arkansas)

            Henry Gross was listed as age 33, his wife, Dora (Larman/Carter) was age 31.  Also in the household was a 5 year daughter, Louise Gross, and a 2 year old Shelly Gross.  Two stepsons were listed; Clifton Carter, age 10, and Frank Carter, age 8. (Note:  Louise Gross is buried at Gibson Bayou with no marker)

From Crittenden County Marriage Records - Crittenden County Courthouse, Marion, Arkansas

Dora Larman, age 19 of Cloar, married J. B. Carter, age 20 of Earle, on December 21, 1908. Bondsman was D. T. Carter. D. T. Carter, age 24, married Ada Williams, age 21, on November 18, 1907.  Bondsman was C. W. Williams.

 

JOHN W. GUNN - Friday, July 1, 1949 – Earle Enterprise (Obituary)

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PIONEER CITIZEN HELD IN EARLE MONDAY

            Funeral Services were held Monday morning at 10 o’clock at the Earle Baptist Church for J. W. Gunn, the Rev. Roy Hilton officiating.  Mr. Gunn died at the home of his son, W. T. Gunn at Jacksonville, Ark., following a short illness.  He was 74.  Mr. Gunn was a pioneer resident of Earle having moved here in 1904.  During his active career he was in the grocery and market business and served the people of this vicinity for some 30 years in this capacity.  Ill health caused him to retire from his chosen profession some 11 years ago, most of which time he spent away from Earle.

He is survived by three sons, Dr. J. V. Gunn, W. T. and Earl Gunn; two sisters, Mrs. W. T. Ingram Mrs. Luetta Crimm, both of Earle.  Burial was at Gibson Cemetery.

 

MARGARET M. HAGGARD – Mar. 4, 2002 – West Memphis Evening Times (Obituary)

Margaret M. Haggard of West Memphis died Saturday at her home. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in West Memphis with burial following in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle. Mrs. Haggard, 54, a dispatcher for Yellow Cab Co., was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She leaves her husband, Charles W. Haggard; two sons, Michael Haggard and Cory J. Haggard, both of West Memphis; three sisters, Peggy Ann Olive and Audrey Jean Ingram, both of West Memphis and Carolyn Ann Chandler of Lynn, and a brother, Aubrey Jay Ingram of Fayetteville. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in West Memphis.

 

CECIL EDMOND HALLMARK – Apr 23, 2003 – West Memphis Evening Times (Obituary)

            Cecil Edmond Hallmark of Earle died Monday at his home. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle. Mr. Hallmark, 45, was a self-employed painter. He leaves three sons, C.J. Hallmark of Cleveland and Shea Hallmark and Cody Hallmark, both of Higginsville, Mo.; two sisters, Debbie Wilson of Houston, Mo., and Donna Tacito of Earle, and his grandmother, Nolia McAlister of Earle.

 

MRS. LILLIE MAE HARRIS – Aug. 2, 1988, Wynne, Ark. (Clipping)

            Mrs. Lillie Mae Harris, aged 64, of Wynne, died Sunday. Survivors are two daughters, Evelyn Bradley and Paulette Harris of Wynne; a son, Billy Holmes of Pine Bluff; two brothers, Raymond Atchley of Hale Center, Texas, and Thomas Atchley of Wynne, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.

 

THELMA HEATH – Jun 19, 2001 - West Memphis Evening Times (Obituary)

Thelma Heath of Earle died Monday at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Services will be at 12 p.m. Wednesday at Roller-Citizens Chapel with burial following in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle. Mrs. Heath, 56, a homemaker, was a member of Earle Church of God. She leaves her husband Kenneth Rodgers; eight daughters, Lily M. Heath of Pinny Flats, Tenn., Judy Hooks of Houston, Texas, Brenda Heath of Dallas, Texas, Annie Heath and Sherry Heath, both of Texas City, Texas, Sandy Rodgers and Angela Rodgers, both of Memphis, and April Warren of Leachville; nine sons, Tommy Heath of Springdale, Randy Heath of Parkin, Don Wilson, Rex Heath, Leroy Heath and Rodney Heath, all of Earle, Kenny Rodgers of Tupelo, Miss., Randy Rodgers of Oxford, Miss. and Mark Rodgers of Jacksonville, Fla.; six sisters; four brothers; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

 

PHILLIP HIGHLAND – about Oct. 24, 1993 (Clipping)

            Phillip Lynn Highland of Jonesboro died Sunday in Jonesboro.  Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home’s chapel, Tyronza, with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery Earle.  Mr. Highland, 20, leaves his wife, Rebecca Highland; a sister, Shelia Morgan of Marked Tree; a brother Frankie Highland of Texarkana and his parents Phillip H. and Lillie Highland of Jonesboro.

 

MARLEY ALLEN HILL – Aug 10, 1988 – West Memphis, Ark. (Clipping)

            Marley Allen Hill, 66, of West Memphis died Sunday.  Survivors are five sons, Donald Spears, Kenneth Spears and William Hill of West Memphis, Eddie Spears of Marion and James Hill of Trumann (Poinsett County); four daughters, Martha Stanley and Peggy Harrison of Memphis, Betty Taylor of West Memphis and Mary Rogers of Earle (Crittenden County); two brothers William Hill of Trumann and Roy White of Tiptonville, Tenn.; a sister, Essie Brewer of West Memphis, and 19 grandchildren.  Funeral was 11 a.m. Tuesday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.  Burial will be at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.

 

JEFFERSON B. HINSON - December 23, 1955 – Earle Enterprise (Obituary)

J. B. HINSON DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS - Services were held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis for Mr. Jefferson B. Hinson of Earle who died last Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. F. McDaniel, after a long illness.  He was 82.  Dr. C. M. Savage, pastor of the Earle Baptist Church officiated. Mr. Hinson was born in Nettleton, Mississippi and had been a resident of Crittenden County about 40 years.  He was a Baptist.  He leaves two daughters, Mrs. McDaniel of Earle and Mrs. Edwin Handschke of Jacksonville, Fla., and two sisters, Mrs. Dona Moore of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mrs. Dea Fulgham of Birmingham, Ala.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery near Earle.

 

CHESTER HORTON SR. – April 18, 1995, Haefer, Arkansas (Clipping)

            Chester Horton Sr. of Haefer died Tuesday at his home.  Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Gibson Bayou Cemetery near Earle with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home’s chapel.  Mr. Horton, 66, was a retired warehouse manager for Federal Compress Co., Iverness, Miss. and also retired from Dunavant Enterprises, Clarksdale, Miss.  He was a 32nd Degree Mason at Belzonie, Miss., and Army veteran and a Baptist.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Madge S. Horton; a son, Chester Horton Jr. of Sante Fe, Texas; a brother, James Everette Horton of Kansas City, Mo., and two grandchildren.

 

MADGE SUE HORTON – October 5, 2003 – Memphis Commercial Appeal (Obituary)

MADGE S. HORTON, 70, of Heafer, Ark., homemaker, died Friday at her home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle, Ark. She was a member of Barton's Chapel Baptist Church. Mrs. Horton, the widow of Chester Horton, leaves a son, Chester Horton Jr. of Galveston, Texas; a sister, Margie Maxwell, and two brothers, John Lewis and Mike Lewis, all of Heafer, and two grandchildren.

January 2004 – Time Share, published by W. Joe Wood - Madge Horton, Wife of Chester Horton, class of '45

Madge S. Horton, 70, a homemaker, of Heafer died October 3, 2003. Services were October 6 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Chapel with burial at Gibson Bayou Cemetery. She was a member of the Barton's Chapel Baptist Church, and the widow of Chester Horton, Sr. Chester died April, 1995.  She leaves a son, Chester, Jr., a sister, 2 brothers and 2 grandchildren.

 

CORDELIA WHEELER INGRAM - December 13, 1957 – Earle Enterprise (Obituary)

            Services were held November 22 at Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis for Mrs. Al Ingram, a former resident of Earle.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery. Mrs. Ingram left Earle in 1954 to make her home in West Memphis.  She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and had many friends in Earle. She is survived by her son Elmo Ingram of West Memphis, a stepson, Sherman Ingram of Hawthorne, Calif., one sister and five grand-children.

(Note:  Full name from Citizens Funeral Home record, daughter of M. E. Wheeler, unmarked grave)

 

EDITH PAULINE HULEN – January 2004 – Time Share, published by W. Joe Wood

Edith Hulen, Mother of EHS Classmates - Edith Pauline Hulen, a homemaker, 80 and widow of Wilburn Hulen, of Earle died November 15, 2003. Graveside services were November 18 at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.  Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis was in charge. She leaves 3 daughters: Frances Simmons of Earle, Wilma Jean Hulen Martin, classmate of '59, of Kansas City, KS, Polly Hulen Blackwood, class of '70, of Willford, AR; four sons: Earl Hulen, class of '67 and Mike Hulen, class of '65, both of Earle, Herman Hulen of Flippin, AR and David Hulen, class of '68, of Williamson, TX, 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

 

MARTHA SPEARS JENNETTE – Dec. 2, 2002 – West Memphis Evening Times (Obituary)

Martha Bell Spears Jennette of Centerville, Tenn., formerly of Earle, died Monday at Hickman County Hospital in Centerville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Earle Church of God with burial following in Gibson Bayou Cemetery. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge of services. Mrs. Jennette, 57, a homemaker, was a member of Earle Church of God. She leaves two daughters, Annetta R. Dalessandro of Winston, Ga., and Jeri Lynn Newcomb of Centerville; two sons, John R. Flick Jr. of Dannemora, N.Y., and Danny T. Flick of Centerville; a sister, Pat Harrison of Somerville, Tenn.; a brother, Kenneth Spears of Marion, and seven grandchildren.

 

RACHEL FRANCIS KELSO - http://joe_kelso.tripod.com/death/deathAR.htm (website)

            ARKANSAS DEATH RECORDS - GIBSON BAYOU CEMETERY - CRITTENDEN COUNTY, AR
KELSO, Rachel Frances - Died Nov 17, 1970 Aged 86 y, 5 m, 2 d

 

MRS. MAMIE LAMB – Feb. 12, 1993  (Clipping)

Mrs. Mamie Mae Lamb of Earle died Tuesday at Geriatrics Nursing Center here.  Graveside services were Thursday at Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, with Kernodle Funeral Home, Wynne, in charge.  Mrs. Lamb, 93, widow of Levi Leroy Lamb, was a member of Gibson Bayou Church.  She leaves a daughter, Ethel Lucille Rodgers of Earle; a son, Jesse Berry Lamb of Forrest City, 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

 

GUY S. LEWIS – about 1989  (Clipping)

            Guy S. Lewis of Heafer, died Sunday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital after a long illness.  Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mr. Lewis, 78, a retired farmer, was born in Dyersburg, Tenn. and had lived in Crittenden County for 65 years.  He was a member of the Barton Chapel Baptist Church.  The widower of Mr. Ruby Lewis, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. Madge Horton of Turrell and Mrs. Margie Maxwell of Heafer; two son, John Lewis and Mike Lewis, both of Heafer; a sister, Mrs. Maggie Lee Woods of Gleason, Tenn., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. (brother-in-law of Eva Griffin)

 

GUY LINDSEY – April 26, 1987 (Clipping)

            Guy Mitchell Lindsey of Memphis, formerly of Earle, died Friday at St. Francis Hospital, Memphis.  Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Citizens Funeral Home’s chapel with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle.  Mr. Lindsey, 80, a native of Mississippi, was a retired truck driver for Jones Truck Lines.  He was a member of Randle Freewill Baptist Church.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Edna Lindsey; a daughter, Mrs. Louise Lindsey Glasgow of Memphis; a son, Leonard C. Lindsey of Memphis; a brother, Clyde Lindsey of Olive Branch, Miss., six grandchildren.

 

LUTHER LINDSEY - September 13, 1957 – Earle Enterprise (Obituary)

EARLE FARMER DIES IN MEMPHIS HOSPITAL - Funeral services were held for Luther Lindsey, Earle farmer, at the Gibson Bayou Church Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 2:00 p. m., with the Rev. C. L. Selby, pastor of the Earle Church of God in Christ, officiating.  Interment was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.  Mr. Lindsey, a member of the Earle Church of God in Christ and long time resident of the community, died in a Memphis hospital Monday morning.  He was 52 and unmarried. He is survived by four brothers, Guy Lindsey of Memphis, Tenn., Clyde Lindsey of Nettleton, Ark., and Paul and George Lindsey of West Memphis, and a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Thomas of Booneville, Miss. Langford’s Mortuary of Jonesboro was in charge of arrangements.

 

WILBURN “BULL” LINDSEY – May 18, 2004 – Jonesboro Sun (Obituary)

EARLE -- Wilburn "Bull" Lindsey, 54, of Earle died Thursday, May 13, at his residence. Born in Earle, he worked as a carpenter. Survivors include three brothers, Leon Smith of Earle, Milburn Lindsey of Illinois and Darrell Lindsey of Plant, Fla.; and two sisters, Judy Lindsey of Cherry Valley and Vickki Carnes of Earle. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at First Assembly of God in Earle, with James Hudgens officiating. Burial will follow in Gibson Bayou Cemetery at Earle under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Directors of Wynne. Pallbearers will be Randy Heath, Marlo Newton, Joe Rogers, Ken Watson, Edward Winders, Jason Winders, Scott Winders and Timothy Winders. Memorials may be made to Gibson Bayou Cemetery or Earle First Assembly of God.

JOHN P. LINVILLE - Biography/Obituary (Linville Family Records)

 

MAE WILLIAMS LINVILLE - Obituary  (Williams/Linville Family Records)

 

HERBERT V. MARTIN – April 20, 1991 – Tyronza (Clipping)

            Herbert V. Martin, 68, of Tyronza, a retired citrus farmer, died Friday.  Survivors are seven sons; Thomas Martin of France, Donald Martin of Texas, H. Ray Martin of Texas City Texas, Jerry and James Martin of Marietta, Ga.  Ricky Martin of New Orleans and Louis Jansky of Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Vickie Martin of Palestine, Texas, Angel Martin of Arkadelphia and Sandy Penderson of Muscatine, Iowa; four sisters, Eddie Chisum and Irene Humphrey of Earle, Estelle Horning of Tyronza and Nincy Sweet of Kentucky; and 22 grandchildren.  Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Bayou Cemetery in Earle by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.

 

MRS. L. McFERRIN – Friday, December 1, 1944 – Trumann Democrat

            Died Sunday.  Mrs. Lou McFerrin, 63 years old, died Sunday night at 10 o'clock at her home in Marked Tree. She had been ill for the past year, suffering from cancer. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Gipson Bayou, near Earle, with Rev. Paul Phillips officiating. Griffin Funeral Home of Harrisburg was in charge of arrangements. She is survived by her husband, W.W. McFerrin; five sons, Tom Staggs, Ollie, Hubert, Henry McFerrin of Marked Tree and Pfc. Robert McFerrin, who is in the South Pacific; one daughter, Mrs. Gay Roach of Marked Tree.; four brothers, two sisters all of Oxford, Miss.; ten grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and two step grandsons.

            Arkansas death certificate for Louise Jane McFerrin, age 64, died in Poinsett County, AR on Nov. 26, 1944. William W. McFerrin, age 87, also died in Poinsett County on Jun. 7, 1948 (is he also buried here?)

 

JAMES "JIM" MCMAHON - February 20, 1937 (Publications)

            Obituaries from Cross County Times published in Parkin, Arkansas.  James McMinn (McMahon) died February 20, 1937, Civil War Soldier, buried at Gibson Bayou, Earle.

Taken from "Cross County Arkansas Cemetery Records, Volume Two", compiled and published by Cross County Historical Society Inc and Cross County Genealogical Society, 1984. 

Note:  The Arkansas Death Index shows the name to be James McMahon, date of death February 20, 1937, Cross County, Arkansas. An earlier funeral home marker, visible in 1967, stated the name as Jim McMahon, age 95 years, 1 month.  This grave is unmarked.         

 

ALLEN MCINTEER – May 14, 1995, Turrell, Ark. (Clipping)

            Allen C. McInteer of Turrell died Sunday at his home.  Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home’s chapel, Tyronza, with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle.  Mr. McInteer, 63, a security guard and a member of Barton Chapel Church leaves his wife, Mrs. Dorothy McInteer; a daughter, Sandi McKenna of South Attleboro, Mass.; two stepdaughters, Martha Nash of Earle and Jeanette Beasley of West Memphis; a son, Bill McInteer of Osage Beach, Mo; three stepsons, A. D. Peden Jr. of Turrell, Bruce Peden of Earle and Jack Peden of Arkansas; three sisters, Dora Jean McInteer, Frances Vanhusen and Anita Wright, all of Kansas; two brothers, Eldon McInteer and Bert McInteer of Kansas, three grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.

 

SALLIE MEDDERS - Friday, July 22, 1949 – Earle Enterprise

            Funeral Services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Earle Baptist Church for Mrs. Sallie Medders, 74, who died Friday, July 15, in a Memphis Hospital.  Rev. Joe Sullivan, pastor, officiated.  Mrs. Medders has been a resident of Crittenden County since 1917.  She has been in ill health for the past two years, most of this time confined to the bed at the home of her daughter Mrs. T. J. Taylor, in Earle.  She was a member of the Nazarene Church.

            Beside Mrs. Taylor, she leaves a daughter; Mrs. Minnie Hooker, Oxford, Miss., three sons, Ernest and Isom Medders of Memphis and Bill Medders of Toledo, Ohio.  Twenty-five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Jimmy Fullwood, Benny Butt, Tom Cloar, Bob Drew and Mal Harris.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.  Holt Funeral Home in charge.

 

J. C. MILLER – about 1989, Marked Tree (Clipping)

            J. C. Miller, 66, of Marked Tree (Poinsett County), a farm laborer, died Thursday. Survivors are a son, William Zane Miller of England; his mother, Jewell Miller of Marked Tree; three brothers, Vardimon Miller of Newport and John Wilburn Miller and Ben Zane Miller of Marked Tree, and two sisters, Mary Delmer Brown of Apple Springs, Texas and Louise Williams of Marked Tree.  Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday the Church of God of Prophecy in Marked Tree by Roller-Swift Funeral Home of Osceola.  Burial will be in Gibson’s Bayou Cemetery in Earle (Crittenden County).

 

WILBURN JOHN MILLER – September 6, 2003, Jonesboro Sun (obituary)

Wilburn John Miller, 75, of Marked Tree died Saturday, Sept. 6, at St. Bernard's Medical Center. He was a member of the Upper Room Apostolic Church. Survivors include one sister, Mary Brown of Marked Tree, and one brother, Zane Miller of Marked Tree. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Miller and Jewell Mullins Miller. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Upper Room Apostolic Church, with Lynn Vincent officiating. Burial will follow in Gibson Bayou. Wilson Funeral Home of Osceola is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the church.

 

S. R. MONTCALM – February 1931, Earle Enterprise (obituary)

            FORMER EARLE MAN MEETS TRAGIC DEATH.  S. R. Montcalm, of Bonita, La., Struck by Train.  Burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.

S. R. Montcalm, 85, of Bonita, La., met a tragic death last Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, when he was struck by a fast moving passenger train.  Death was instantaneous. Mr. Montcalm, whose hearing was impaired, had just left his home to walk up town, and as was his custom, he walked down the railroad right-of-way.  He had just crossed a cattle guard when the train, traveling at great speed, approached him from the rear, and despite the warning cries from his wife and several other witnesses he failed to hear the train in time to get out of its path. Mr. Montcalm, who was of French parentage, was born at sea.  He moved to Earle 40 years ago when this territory was almost a virgin forest, and lived here continually for 50 years, operating a blacksmith and wood-working shop.  He was a very successful business man, and through his kindness, fair dealings and cheerful disposition made hundreds of staunch friends in this community who were both shocked and grieved at his untimely passing.  He was a Christian man, his faith being manifested by a wholesome respect for religion in situations and a profound reverence for his Lord. Mr. Montcalm had been living in Bonita, La., for the past ten years and when he heard of the murder of his friend and co-worker of former years, Mr. E. L. Byrn, which sad event occurred several weeks ago, he requested that he be buried beside him at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in this city when his days on earth were ended.  The request is being granted and interment will be at Gibson Bayou. Funeral services are incomplete as we go to press, awaiting the arrival of his oldest son, Rector, who is on his way here from New Jersey. Besides his widow, who has been a devoted wife for 49 years, he leaves three sons, Raul, of Bastrop, La.; Ravel, of Bonita, La., and Rector, of New Jersey. The Enterprise joins a host of friends in offering heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.  (Note:  From “Earle Epic” – S. R. Montcalm owned a blacksmith shop.  His sign read “Horse shoeing a specialty – buggy was $1.00”)

 

JAMES ARTHUR MOSS – Jan 10, 1993 (Clipping)

            James Arthur Moss, 69, of Earle, a retired farmer, died Sunday.  Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Church of God.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Memphis.  Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.  Survivors are two sons, James Arthur Moss Jr. of Elmore, Ala., and James Larry Moss of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Rosie Agee of Benton and Margie White of Earle; a brother, Timothy Moss of Sweeney, Texas; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

 

WILLIAM THOMAS NELSON – Family History from the “Earle Epic”

            William Thomas Nelson was born in Crawfordsville Feb. 21, 1878 and died Jan. 8, 1932.  He was buried at Gibson Bayou.  He was married to Ada Mae Flora in 1902.  They moved to Earle in the early 1900’s and farmed for C. W. Cloar.  Ada Mae Flora was born May 8, 1883 and died Aug. 28, 1961 (not noted if she was also buried at Gibson Bayou). Their children were Carrie Onae Nelson, John Franklin Nelson, Clara Jane Nelson (Miller), William Nelson, Cecil Thomas Nelson, and Edward Nelson.

 

HOWARD NORVELL – about 1989 (Clipping)

            Howard E. Norvell of Earle died Sunday at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Memphis.  Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mr. Norvell, 70, was an Earle native and a former employee of old Dacus Casket Company, West Memphis.  He was a veteran of World War II.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Emma Norvell; a daughter, Mrs. Jennifer Jackson of Marianna; a son, John Norvell or Earle; a sister, Mrs. Ann Pool of Memphis; a brother, Ben Norvell of Phoenix, Ariz., and three grandchildren.

 

DALTON PANNELL – Nov. 18, 1992 (Clipping)

            Dalton Pannell, 79, of Earle, died Wednesday.  Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Earle Pentecostal Church of God.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.  Survivors are his wife, Marie Pannell; a son, Edward Wheelock of Earle; a daughter, Cathryn Addison of Nettleton, Miss., two brothers, Cecil Parks and Roy Parks, both of Earle; three sisters, Lorine Rodgers, Nadine Rodgers and Jennie Pearl Duncan, all of Earle; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

MRS. DUFFIE PANNELL – Nov. 4, 1993 (Clipping)

            Mrs. Duffie Marie Pannell of Earle died Thursday night at her home.  Services will be at 10 a.m. at Earle Church of God. Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mrs. Pannell, 78, a housewife, was a member of Earle Church of God.  She leaves a daughter, Cathryn Addison of Nettleton, Miss.; a son, Edward Wheelock of Earle; four brothers, J. D. Rodgers, Tom Rodgers, L.V. Rodgers and J. T. Rodgers, all of Earle, three grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

HENRY MCNEIL PHELPS - April 15, 1947 (Publications)

            Obituaries from Wynne Progress published in Wynne, Arkansas.  H. M. Phelps died April 15, 1947 at the age of 79.  Founder of the Wynne Progress. Buried at Gibson Bayou, Earle. 

Taken from "Cross County Arkansas Cemetery Records, Volume Two", compiled and published by Cross County Historical Society Inc and Cross County Genealogical Society, 1984.  (This grave is unmarked.)

 

LAFAYETTE PICKETT - information from Ann M. Causey, July 14, 2002 [email protected] (family source)

            Lafayette Pickett was the brother of Mary E. Pickett Throgmorton, wife of Dr. James C. Throgmorton.  Lafayette and Mary (Mollie) Pickett were two of the children of Benire Pickett and Delilah Robertson of Jefferson Co, IL. After moving to Ballard Co, KY in the late 1850's, Ben was killed and Delilah remarried to a McDaniel. They subsequently migrated from Ballard Co, KY to Crittenden Co, AR with their mother and step-father soon after the Civil War. (Lafayette Pickett is the great grandfather of Ann M. Causey)

            Additional information: Lafayette Pickett was married in 1872 to Miss Sarah E. Goad, daughter of William and Amanda M. Goad, early settlers here, having located in this neighborhood in 1856.  Lafayette and Sarah Pickett were the parents of five children; John H., Leroy, Della, Cora and Alice.  Lafayette Pickett, by occupation a farmer and blacksmith, was born in Jefferson Co., Ill. July 28, 1851. Both graves are marked and located on the west side of the highway, across from the church.

 

DONA BELLE SOUTHARD RIGBY – State of Arkansas, Certificate of Death, No. 347

Recorded - Crittenden County, Arkansas – Fogleman Township – Turrell  - Registration District 5472 - Full Name: Dona Rigby – female – white – widow  - age 42 – birthplace Arkansas - parents Seth Southard and Dora Peterson - Cause of death: Pellegra Neuritis, 2 or 3 years, attended by W. A. Parker, Clarkedale, Ark. from July 6, 1937 through August 14, 1937. She had not been seen by Dr. Parker since August 1937 - Date of Death: December 19, 1937 - Informant: Will Southard, Turrell, Ark. - Undertaker: Emerson, Jonesboro, Ark. – Burial December 20, 1937, Gipson Bayou. - Filed by A. F. Scott, Registrar.

Corrected information from Lea :  Dona Southard Rigby was the daughter of Will Southard and Theodosia “Dicey” Peterson. She was born at Leachville, Ark on February 2, 1895, and died at Turrell, Ark. on December 19, 1937. She was the wife of Grover Rigby and was not a widow at the time of her death. 

 

RICHARD E. ROBBINS – June 29, 2005 – The Jonesboro Sun (obituary)

Richard E. Robbins, 56, of Earle died Tuesday, June 28, at his home. He was a farmer and lifelong resident of Earle and Twist in Crittenden County. Survivors include his wife, Linda E. Frost Robbins of the home; three sons, Rodney Robbins and Christopher Robbins, both of Earle, and Randall Robbins of Jonesboro; a daughter, Rachel Anderson of Colt; three sisters, Donna Carol Winters and Fran Holloway, both of Jonesboro, and Brenda Robbins of Michigan; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edward and Georgia Louise Cossner Robbins and a brother. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Assembly of God in Earle, with the Rev. James Hudgins officiating. Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery at Earle under the direction of Thompson-Wilson Funeral Home of Wynne. Pallbearers will be Rachel Anderson, Preston Anderson, Santana Anderson, Rodney Robbins, Randall Robbins, Chris Robbins, Scott Anderson and Matt Valentine. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

ANNIE D. ROBINSON – Feb. 22, 2002 – West Memphis Evening Times (Obituary)

            Annie D. Robinson of Earle died Wednesday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital. Services were at 1 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion. Mrs. Robinson, 51, a factory worker for Earle Industries, was a member of Gibson Bayou Pentecostal Church. She leaves her husband, James Robinson; two daughters, Loretta Townsend and Mary Richardson, both of Earle; her mother, Willer Dean Stewart of Earle, and two brothers, Earle Wayne Stewart Sr. of Mayfield, Ky. and Jerry Stewart of West Memphis.

 

CHRISTOPHER ROGERS - July 22, 2002 - West Memphis Evening Times (Obituary)

Christopher Lee Rogers of Earle died July 13 in Modesto, Calif. Services were Sunday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.

Mr. Rogers, 33, a construction worker, leaves a daughter, Ashley Rogers of West Memphis; two sons, Joshua Allen Rogers and Christopher Matthew Rogers, both of West Memphis; his mother, Sherry Seaton of Millington, Tenn.; his father, Billy Bobby Rogers of Earle; a sister, Teresa Nash of Earle; a brother, Scott Rogers of Cherry Valley; a half-sister, Phyllis Ann Condit of Collierville, Tenn.; and his grandparents, Buford Casey of Fayetteville, Tenn., and Nadine and L.V. Rogers of Earle.

 

NICK SHANNON - June 19, 1900 (Census of Tyronza Township, Crittenden County, Arkansas)

            Nick Shannon was living in the household of his brother, S. A. Shannon.  He was 31 years old, a farm laborer, and a widower, having been born in Arkansas.  Individuals enumerated in the household were S. A. Shannon, age 35 - Sarah F. Shannon, age 38 - Eddie Shannon, son, age 15 - Mary Shannon, daughter, age 12 - Sarah Shannon, daughter, age 11 - James W. Shannon, son, age 8 - Orah Shannon, daughter, age 7 - Gertrude Shannon, daughter, age 3 - Birtie Shannon, daughter, age 7 months - Nick Shannon, brother, age 31.  S. A. and Sarah F. Shannon had been married 16 years, having 9 children, with 7 surviving at the time of the census. All individuals had been born in Arkansas. The birthplace of Sarah F. Shannon's parents was unknown.  S. A. Shannon was a farmer.  S. A. and Nick Shannon's father was born in Tennessee, their mother in Mississippi.

            Living next door to this household was James Shannon and his wife, Belle Shannon.  James Shannon was 27 years old, farm laborer, born in Arkansas.  His parents were born in Tennessee and Mississippi. He was most likely a brother to S. A. and Nick Shannon.  Belle Shannon was age 17, having been married less than 1 year with no children.  Her parents were born in Illinois.

            Arkansas Death Records show that Sarah F. Shannon, wife of S. A. Shannon, died April 24, 1940 in Crittenden County, Arkansas. A record also exists for Gertrude Bell Shannon who died February 11, 1946 in Crittenden County at the age of 50. A third record shows that Edward Shannon died in Crittenden County on October 1, 1939.

 

ALTON SHEMPERT – July 19, 1995 (Clipping)

            Alton Shempert, Earle carpenter and farmer, died Tuesday at Memphis Veterans Medical Center.  Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis in charge.  Visitation is at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.  The husband of Evaden Shempert, Mr. Shempert, 74, also leaves two daughters, Kay Rogers of Earle and Linda Harbison of Cleveland, Miss.; two sons, Jim Shempert of Earle and Ray Shempert of Wynne; a brother, Alfred Shempert, also of Wynne and four grandchildren.

 

WILLARD DEAN SIMMONS – Arkansas Democrat Gazette – Friday, June 17, 2005

Earle - Willard Dean Simmons, 68, of Earle, Ark., passed away June 14, 2005, in West Memphis. Graveside services will be held June 16 beginning at 2 p.m. at Gibson Bayou Cemetery with interment to follow.

 

DAVID SIMS – May 17, 1994 (Clipping)

            David Sims of McKinzie, Tenn., formerly of Earle, died Tuesday at Jackson-Madison County Hospital, Jackson, Tenn.  Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home’s chapel with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle.  Mr. Sims, 25, was a disabled employee of Morgan Heating & Air Conditioning.  He leaves two sisters, Jean Murry of West Memphis and Elizabeth Bratton of McKenzie, and four brothers, Robert Sims of West Memphis, John Sims of Eads, Tenn., James Sims of Marked Tree and Jimmy Sims of Kirksville, Mo.

 

JOHN H. SIMS – Nov. 20, 1986 (Clipping)

            John H. Sims, aged 62, of Earle (Crittenden County) died Saturday.  He was a Morgan Appliance Company employee.  Survivors are his wife, Helen Sims; five sons, Robert Sims of Memphis, John Sims of Eads, Tenn., James Sims of Marked Tree, Jimmy and David Sims, both of Earle; two daughters, Jean McMurry of Memphis and Elizabeth Bratton of Trumann (Poinsett County); two brothers, Dewey Sims of Wynne and Lynn Sims of Cherry Valley (Cross County); four sisters, Athabell Davis of South Carolina, Louellen Belcher of Vanndale (Cross County), Velma Carter of Marion and Mary Lee McDonald of Missouri, and 14 grandchildren.  Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Citizen’s Funeral Home at West Memphis.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery at Earle.

 

MYRTLE SKILLNER – State of Arkansas, Certificate of Death, No. 391

Recorded - Crittenden County, Arkansas - Tyronza Township – Earle - Registration District 165 - Primary Registration District No. 3248 - Full Name: Myrtle Skillin – female – white – single - born 1899 - age 15 – student - birthplace Earle - parents not listed - Cause of death: Malaria -Date of Death: September 17, 1914 - Informant: Farmers Mercantile Gin Co., Earle, Ark. - Undertaker: Farmers Mercantile Gin Co., Earle, Ark. - Filed by W. E. Throgmartin, Registrar - November 10, 1914.

 

JAMES RICHARD SMILEY – State of Arkansas, Certificate of Death, No. 273

Recorded - Crittenden County, Arkansas - Tyronza Township – Earle - Registration District 165 - Primary Registration District No. 2480 - Full Name: James Richard Smiley – male – white – married - born Aug. 4, 1862 - age 64 – farmer - birthplace St. Francis County – Length of residence 16 years - parents not listed – occupation Farmer – employer M. H. Bramlett – wife Florence Smiley - Cause of death: Intestinal Obstruction - Date of Death: September 28, 1924 – Attended by Dr. H. S. Watson from Sep 24, 1924 – Sep 28, 1924 - Informant: Florence Smiley - Undertaker: C. E. Matthews, Earle, Ark. - Filed by R. Pugh, Registrar – October 5, 1924.

 

LIZZIE EMMA SMITH – Friday, Feb. 16, 1951 – Earle Enterprise (obituary)

            Funeral services were held at the Gibson Bayou Church Monday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock for Mrs. Lizzie Emma Smith, who passed away Sunday morning at the home of her son, Hale Smith at Blackfish Lake.  Dr. C. V. Crabb officiated.  Her death was attributed to old age and complications.  She was 79. Mrs. Smith had been a resident of the Earle community for the past 25 years.  Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery with Holt Funeral Home in charge.  She is survived by three sons; Hale, Troy and Hollis Smith, one daughter, 23 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

 

FRANK SPEARS – Sept. 18, 1993 (Clipping)

            Frank Elsworth Spears of West Memphis died Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital.  Graveside services were at 10 a.m. today at Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mr. Spears, 74, a  farmer, was a member of the Earle Church of God.  He leaves two daughters, Peggy Harrison and Martha Jennette, both of Memphis; three sons, Kenneth Spears, Donald Spears and Eddie Spears, all of West Memphis; two sisters, Mary James of West Memphis and Margaret Duvall of Tunica, Miss.; a brother, Wilford Spears of Marked Tree, 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis.

 

DANIEL SPEARS - Citizens Funeral Home Records

            Spears, Daniel - Earle, Arkansas - born May 1, 1905, died Sep 30, 1971.  Buried Gibson Bayou Cemetery. Husband of Gertrude Bridges. Father; Louis Spears.  Mother; Delia Wiggington.  Two brothers; Vernon Spears of Chicago and Charles Spears of Illinois.  Three sisters; Mrs. Paul Merrill of Mississippi, Mrs. Macon Moore and Mrs. Sarah Tonsley of Corinth, Mississippi.

            Cross County, Arkansas Administrator Bonds – Book E, page 138, October 8, 1934.  In the matter of Dan Spears, Administrator for the Estate of L. M. Spears, deceased, Administrator Bond in the amount of $600.  Sureties; Jno. T. McDonald, D. C. Carter, B. E. O’Quinn, F. E. Brenner.  Approved October 1, 1934

 

LOUIS SPEARS - Citizens Funeral Home Records

            Spears, Louis - Earle, Arkansas - born Feb 6, 1942, died Mar 15, 1943.  Baby, buried Gibson Bayou Cemetery.

Father; Franklin E. Spears.  Mother; Mildred Howe.

 

MRS. SALLIE BELL SPEARS - Obituary  (Cole Family Records)

 (Clipping from my own records - microfilm, Poinsett County Library)

Modern News, Harrisburg Arkansas, Friday, October 25, 1940

Mrs. Sallie Bell Spears died at home at Route 2, Earle, Thursday morning of last week and funeral services were held at the Gibson Bayou Church Friday afternoon with the Griffin Funeral Home of this city in charge of funeral arrangements.  Mrs. Spears was the wife of T. Frank Spears, formerly of this city, having moved to Earle in 1923.

Sallie Bell Cole, daughter of William Archey Cole and Sarah Tennessee Tully Cole.  Sister of Samantha Idella Cole Williams, great-grandmother of Deborah Lunsford Yates

 

MRS. FANNY D. STARKEY – April 16, 1990 – Earle, Ark. (Clipping)

            Mrs. Fanny D. Starkey, 82, or Earle, died Monday.  She was a member of the Church of God.  Survivors are five daughters, Daisy Paddock of Silverdale, Wash., Minnie Miles of Battle Creek, Mich., Lela Rogers of Earle, Velma Otten and Barbara Laird of Colt; 13 grandchildren; and seven [great] grand-children. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Gibson Bayou Church.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery by Roller-Citizens of West Memphis.

 

BOYCE STEVENS – 1987 (Clipping)

            Boyce Stevens of Earle, a welder for Newberry Tank Co. here, died Wednesday at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Memphis.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gibson Bayou Church near Earle.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery with Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mr. Stevens, 58, was born in Tuckerman and was a Navy veteran.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Melva Stevens; three daughters Mrs. Janett Hulen of Kansas City Kan., Mrs. Melba Sue Revelle of Tyronza and Mrs. Barbara Brewster of Little Rock; three sons, Danny Stevens of Colt, Boyce Stevens Jr. of Jonesboro, and Boyce Franklin Stevens of Earle; a sister, Mrs. Pirley Vanhoozer of Harrisburg; a brother, Andrew Stevens of Cave City and four grandchildren.

 

MELVA ALBERTA STEVENS – January 24, 2003 – Jonesboro Sun (Obituary)

            SEARCY -- Melva Alberta "Birt" Stevens, 65, of Searcy died Wednesday, Jan. 22, at White County Medical Center in Searcy.  Born in Marked Tree, she was a factory worker and was of the Church of Christ belief.  Survivors include three sons, Danny F. Stevens of Colt, Boyce "Kim" Stevens of Memphis and Boyce Franklin Stevens of Phoenix; two daughters, Janet Hulen of Searcy and Sue Revelle of Humphrey; one sister, Joyce Clark of Hardy; one brother, L.T. "Tim" Dunahoo of Trumann; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at Wilson Funeral Home chapel in Tyronza, with Stacy Prater officiating. Burial will follow in Gibson Bayou at Earle.

 

NODINE (MODINE) SWINFORD – July 21, 1992 (Clipping)

            Modine Swinford, 69, of West Memphis, a clerk, died Tuesday.  Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou, Earle.  Survivors are three sons, Charles Swinford of Walnut, Miss., Johnny Swinford of Walls, Miss., and Jimmy Swinford of Blytheville; a daughter, Betty Southall of Tennessee; two brothers, Frank Spencer and O. D. Spencer, both of Walnut, Miss., 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

 

JAMES THROGMORTON - information from Ann M. Causey, April 19, 2002 [email protected]

            Dr. James C. Throgmorton, born 30 Aug 1841, died 1 Nov 1925. He was born in Wayne Co, TN. His was a Masonic service and he is buried next to his wife, Mary E. Pickett Throgmorton (1853-1941). Mary's grave is marked (the grave of James C. Throgmorton is unmarked). Mary E. Pickett Throgmorton was the sister of Lafayette Pickett. (see Pickett information)

 

REBECCA ANN CRIM THORN – January 1, 2004 – Memphis Commercial Appeal (obituary)

Rebecca Ann Crim Thorn, 64, of Lucerne Valley, Calif., formerly of Earle, Ark., waitress, died Dec. 25 in California. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Earle Church of God with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery there. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. She leaves two daughters, Deborah Post of California and Cynthia Scheving of Oklahoma; two sons, David Scheving of Arkansas and Arni Scheving of Michigan; three sisters, Marie Crim, Helen Hulen and Janice Crim; three brothers, James Robert Crim, Joe Crim and David Crim, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

PEARL C. TURPIN --  http://www.cswnet.com/~graphic/99obit/6-9-99.html (website)

Mrs. Pearl Christine Turpin, 88, of Clarksville died Monday, June 7, 1999, at Johnson Regional Medical Center. She was a daughter of the late Amy Zar and Rachel Matilda Sheperd Franklin, widow of William Taylor Turpin Sr., member of Faith Assembly of God Church, and was preceded in death by two daughters, Berniece Watson and Betty Ann Turpin, one son, Junior Turpin, three sisters, and seven brothers.  She is survived by four daughters, Shirley Cameron, Ruth Kemp and Pat Strickland, all of Clarksville, and Clara Utley of Wynne; four sons, William Turpin Jr., Carl Turpin, and Kenneth Turpin, all of Clarksville, and Ronald Turpin of Jonesboro; one sister, Euin Lallion Barrier of Savannah, Tenn.; 24 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Roller-Cox Chapel with Rev. D. G. Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery at Earle. Active pallbearers will be Stanley Turpin, Gerry Turpin, David Turpin, Greg Kemp, Bryan Utley, and Brad Strickland. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Cameron, Barry Cameron, Dennis Cameron, Kevin Utley, and Charles Watson.

 

LISA ANN TYLER – Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Wednesday, March 22, 1995 (Clipping)

            West Memphis – Lisa Ann Tyler, 25, of West Memphis, passed away Sunday.  Funeral services will be held Roller Citizens Funeral Home Chapel, West Memphis, today, at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Gibson Bayou Cemetery in Earle.

 

HUGH LEAONARD WATSON -  http://bellsouthpwp.net/w/a/wats1262/ (Family Source)

(son of Hugh Leonard Watson, grandson of George Laffet Watson) was born on 29 Nov 1879 in Earle, Arkansas, USA. He died on 15 Oct 1957 in Millington Naval Air Station, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He was buried in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, Arkansas, USA. Hugh married Martha WILLIAMS  in 1909 in Arkansas. Martha was born on 5 Jan 1888 in Jasper, Alabama USA. She died on 8 Jan 1959 in Millington Naval Air Station, Memphis, TN. She was buried in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle, Arkansas.

 

PETE WATSON - October 25, 1957 – Earle Enterprise (Obituary)

            Services were held Thursday, October 17, 1957 at 2:00 p. m. for Mr. Pete Watson at the Gibson Bayou church with the Rev. Charles Selby in charge of the service. Mr. Watson, who farmed near Earle for many years, died October 15, 1957 at 3:15 a. m. in the Baptist Hospital in Memphis. Mr. Watson was born in Earle and made his home near here until his retirement a few years ago.  At the time of his death he was living at Rt. 2, Truman, Ark.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Martha Watson, Truman, Ark.; 2 sons, Austin and Curtis; 4 daughters, Leona, Mrs. Vera Blevins, Mrs. Mary Ford, and Mrs. Gracey Peck; 1 brother, Bill Watson of Earle; 1 sister, Mrs. Maggie Gunn, Earle; 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Burial was in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.  Langford funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

 

PATSY EVELYN WILLIAMS - from Billy G. Williams [email protected] (Family Source)

            Born February 11, 1937 - Died September 23, 1940 at 11:40 PM.  Father: Sherman Williams, Mother: Jewell Hopkins Williams.  Patsy Evelyn Williams died in John Gaston Hospital from Septicomia following an injury to her right hip suffered on September 19, 1940.  Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis served as the undertaker.  Her funeral, apparently, was held on September 28, 1940.  There was no permanent headstone or marker for the grave.  To the best of my knowledge, Patsy was buried on the north side of Gibson Bayou Church in what has been designated as Section E.  She was the sister of Billy G. Williams and Marie (Mrs. Larry Hughes) Williams.

 

FLORA MAE WINDERS – March 15, 2004 – Memphis Commercial Appeal (Obituary)

Flora Mae Winders, 80, retired waitress, died Saturday at Crittenden Memorial Hospital in West Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery. She was a member of Earle Baptist Church. Mrs. Winders, the widow of Joe Winders, leaves two daughters, Bettye Orman of Crawfordsville and Tammy Winders of West Memphis; seven sons, Bobby Winders of Selmer, Tenn., Malcolm Winders of Wynne, Eddie Winders of West Memphis, Chuck Winders of Cherry Valley, Kevin Winders of Marion, and Ricky Winders and Dickey Winders, both of Earle; two sisters, Mamie Boggs of Cabot and Ollie Bell Stivers of Beebe; a brother, Charles Riley of Memphis, 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Earle Baptist Church.

 

JOE M. WINDERS – Jan. 6, 1993, Earle, Ark. (Clipping)

            Joe M. Winders, 71, of Earle, a retired employee of Stroupe Pest Control, died Wednesday.  Funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery.  Survivors are seven sons, Bobby Winders, Rickey Winders, Dickey Winders, Eddie Winders and Kevin Winders, all of Earle, Malcolm Winders of Wynne and Chuck Winders of Cherry Valley; two daughters, Bettye W. Orman of Crawfordsville and Tammy W. Webb of Parkin; 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

 

BOSS WINFREY – April 26, 1987 (Clipping)

            Boss Winfrey of Earle died Sunday at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Memphis.  Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Gibson Bayou Church, Earle.  Burial will be in Gibson Bayou Cemetery with Citizens Funeral Home in charge.  Mr. Winfrey, 69, a retired Earle policeman, was born in Arkansas.  He was a veteran of World War II and a Baptist.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Mary Winfrey; a daughter Mrs. Shirley Forsythe, and a sister, Mrs. Deallie Frazer of Earle.

 

MRS. MARY WINFREY - West Memphis Evening Times, February 5, 1992 (Clipping)

            Mrs. Mary Lee Winfrey of Earle died Wednesday at Baptist Hospital, Memphis.  Services will be at noon Friday at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home's chapel with burial in Gibson Bayou Cemetery, Earle.  Mrs. Winfrey, 70, a salesclerk, was a member of Earle Baptist Church and had lived in Earle since 1939.  She leaves a daughter, Modine Swinford of West Memphis; two sons, O. D. Spencer and Frank Spencer, both of Walnut Miss., three nephews and a niece.

            Correction:  In the obituary of Mrs. Mary Winfrey published in the Evening Times on Thursday, survivors were incorrectly identified.  It should read: Mrs. Winfrey leaves a sister, Modine Swinford of West Memphis; two brothers, O. D. Spencer and Frank Spencer, both of Walnut, Miss., three nephews and a niece.

 


 

Many of the burials at Gibson Bayou Cemetery were conducted by Holt Funeral Home of Earle which was owned and operated by brothers, Bill and J. W. Holt.  Their father was Walter “W.F.” Holt who preached at Gibson Bayou Church many years before his son’s death in 1948. He had a great love and affection for the people who attended the church, and contributed a great deal towards the history of the church.

 

J. W. Holt was tragically killed following a funeral that had been conducted in Cross County. 

His obituary, which appeared in the Earle Enterprise, has been graciously provided by his daughter,

Ann Holt Carpenter.

 

James Walter Holt Obituary

 

 


 

 

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