Wednesday, November 26, 2014

OBITUARIES >> 11-26-14


Grayson Eldridge Spears, 85, of Jacksonville, passed away Nov. 23 in Texarkana, Texas. He was born in Spears-ville, La., Dec. 20, 1928, to Grayson Lee and Lillian Rockett Spears. Upon graduating from Lisbon High School, he enlisted in the Army at age 17, serving in Korea at the close of World War II. After the war, he attended Northwestern State University and Centenary College in Louisiana.

A natural leader, Mr. Spears organized and operated a number of successful businesses, including three carpet mills and a trucking company, and was responsible for creating approximately 1,000 jobs. In 1982, he began an award-winning career as an agent for Shelter Insurance, serving the Jacksonville area until his retirement in 2006.

Always smiling, he encouraged his children, grandchildren and other young people to live a Christian life, to follow their dreams and to be good citizens. In addition to raising eight children of his own, Mr. Spears fostered a number of children who were at times without parents.

He generously supported a number of charities and sat on the advisory board of Paragould Children’s Home. He was also a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Harding University. In his spare time, he loved to fish. He loved to eat fish even more.

Mr. Spears was a member of Somers Avenue Church of Christ and had served as a deacon in many congregations and as an elder at Bailey Street and North Jacksonville Churches of Christ in Jacksonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James Spears and Ted Spears; three sisters, Opal Spears, Florene Keech and Barbara Roberson, and one grandson, Austin Carter.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Geraldine (Gerri) Gibson Spears; four sons, Duane Carter and his wife Denise of Romance, Don Spears and his wife Kim of Bentonville, David Carter and his wife Stacy of Texarkana, Texas, and Mark Spears of Bryant; four daughters, Linda Branham and her husband Rick of Hope, Dawn Cornelius and her husband Ron of Pleasant View, Tenn., Chris Lundsford of Wyoming and Debbie Hull and her husband Chris of Hannibal, Mo., eight grandsons, 17 granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Spears is also survived by three brothers, Paul Spears and his wife Gwenette of Ruston, La.; Jerry Spears and his wife Donna of Little Rock and Donny Spears and his wife Fran of Little Rock; one sister, Evelyn Hudson and her husband Leroy of Blanch-ard, La.; one sister-in-law, Nell Spears of Magnolia, and one brother-in-law, Jerry Roberson of Hope.

Services will be held at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, with Oren Burt and James Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.


Robert Martin, 62, of Cabot passed away on Nov. 23. He was born on July 27, 1952, to the late James Martin and Wanda Marlar Martin.

Robert was a member of Cabot United Methodist Church. He was a school educator for 39 years, which included coaching, teaching, serving as principal and administrator.

Robert loved every one of his students, teachers, co-workers and fellow officials. He was a loving family man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Robert was also preceded in death by his brother, Steve Martin.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Tama Martin; children, Jennifer Martin Coffman and her husband Clay, and Jonathan Martin and his wife Meghan; grandchildren, Jackson Martin and Cline Coffman, a host of other family and friends, as well as two puppies, Izzy and Lily.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Cabot United Methodist Church with Ray Vining and Andrew Kjorlaug officiating. Graveside service will follow at 3:30 p.m. in Magnolia Memorial Park in Magnolia.

The family would like to thank St. Vincent’s-MICU team as well as Arkansas Hospice, and Dr. Brad Baltz and his staff. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Cabot Scholarships Foundation care of Calvin Aldridge, 200 W. Main St. Cabot, Ark. 72023 or Cabot United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home.


Bobby Carroll Chinn, 80, of Jacksonville passed away at his home Nov. 21, surrounded by his wife, son and other family members.

Bobby was born April 3, 1934, in Magness (Independence County), to the late Emma and Ellis Chinn.

He was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Mattie and Mae, and three brothers, Kennard, Denzel and D.B.

He proudly served our country in the 101st Airborne Division Easy Company.

He moved his family to Jacksonville in 1960 and co-owned Esquire Barber Shop in Jacksonville for 35 years. He retired in 1994. After closing his barbershop, everywhere he went, guys would say, “I wish you would reopen, I can’t get a decent haircut.” He and his business partner, Jerry Leggitt, worked together for many years.

He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

He leaves behind his wife of 33 years, Lynda; a son, Roger Chinn and his wife Janis; three daughters, Cathy Dougherty and her husband Mike of Cabot, Kim Hill and her husband Mark of North Little Rock and Kelli Holsted and her husband Keith of Sherwood. He was also a proud grandfather of Tiffany Ferez and her husband Frank, Nick Dougherty and his wife Chrissy, Bo Dougherty, Dalton, Daylan, Drayson and Durham Hill, Walter Merriman and his wife Lauren, and Elizabeth Johnston, and three great-grandchildren. Bobby also leaves behind a sister, Nadine Thompson, of Snyder, Okla., many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The family would like to thank the special people of Baptist Home Health: Michelle, Lana and Gala, as well as Tina and Connie at Baptist Hospice.

A special thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Neuhauser for his constant and compassionate care.

The funeral was held Nov. 25 at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonville, with Bro. Dennis Wilkins and Bro. Royce Lowe officiating. Entombment followed at Chapel Hill Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements by Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home and Crematory.