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Funeral Director and Embalmer Obituary

Reverend Andrew Jackson "A.J." Parish, Jr., 78, of Fort Smith, died Friday, October 3, 2014 in a local hospital. He was born January 14, 1936 in Shreveport, LA.

He was the pastor of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church, member of Shiloh Baptist Church, a 33rd degree Mason, member of Widow Son #3, where he served as Chaplain and E.O. Trent Consistory #223, a veteran of the US Air Force where he served as an Air Policeman, first African American to serve in the Selected Service, graduate of Arkansas Baptist College and the Jackson Theological Seminary, a licensed Mortician and Funeral Director,owner-operator of Rowell-Parish Mortuary, the first African-American resident in Arkansas to be elected to the office of County Coroner, received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central State University, an Affiliate Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, former Vice President of Arkansas Coroner's Association, President of the Antioch District Association of the Consolidated District.


PARAGOULD, AR - Melanie Heath Bryant Posey of Paragould departed this life unexpectedly Saturday morning at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould at the age of 43 years, three months, and nine days.

Melanie was born May 21, 1971 in Paragould to Lynda Heath Bryant and the late Jimmy Ray Bryant. A lifelong resident of Paragould, Melanie was a third generation funeral director, embalmer and assistant manager of the family business, Heath Funeral Home, founded by her grandparents, the late Verlyn L. & Helen Heath in 1945. In addition, she served as the organizer and founder of the funeral home's Tree of Memory Service, a memorial tribute service during the Christmas season to honor those they served.

Melanie was a 1989 graduate of the former Ridgecrest (Paragould) High School and Arkansas State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources. During college, Melanie was an active member of the Phi Mu Fraternity. Melanie was a member of the Red Wolf Foundation and enjoyed howling her beloved Red Wolves on to victory. She was an active member, past board member and 1924 Sustaining Life Member of the Arkansas State University Alumni Association. She attended John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, where she graduated second in her class.

Melanie was a past president of both the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and the Northeast Arkansas Funeral Directors Club. In addition, she served on several National Funeral Directors Association committees.

Melanie had a servant's heart and it was exhibited every day of her life through service to her community. As a parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melanie served as president of the Parish Council and was a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She was a member of the Rotary Club of Paragould and served as the club president from 2008-2009. The 2002 Rotarian of the Year, Melanie was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon a Rotarian. She was the Rotary District 6150 Chairperson of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) for many years. She was active in the Junior Auxiliary of Paragould and the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she was a graduate of the first-ever Leadership Paragould Class. Melanie was a former chairperson of the Paragould Relay for Life.

Melanie married the love of her life, Stephen "Bear" Posey on April 28, 2007, and they enjoyed over seven years of marriage together. They expanded their family with the blessing of their children, Kat & J.T. in December 2010.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Ray Bryant in 2002; her maternal grandparents, Verlyn L. & Helen Heath; and paternal grandparents, Lester (Peck) & Bernice Bryant.

She is survived by her loving husband, Stephen "Bear" Posey, and their precious children, Kathryn Rhea and John Thomas Posey, all of the home. Her mother and "Big Daddy," Lynda Heath Bryant White and Kaut White of Paragould; sister and brother-in-law, Tanya and Scott Ellington of Jonesboro; sister, Kim Bryant of Paragould; her bonus sisters, Gina (Tim) Jarrett of Paragould, and Sharon (Tony) Dibble of Mountain Home; bonus brothers William Kaut (Cari) White of Jonesboro and David (Chris) White of Mountain Home. She also leaves behind a lifetime of dear friends and relatives, all of whom were very special to her.

Funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Paragould with Father Mike Sinkler officiating and Deacon Ricardo Puello assisting. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Heath Funeral Home?s Colonial Chapel, with rosary at 5:30 led by Deacon John Drake.

Lasting memorials may be made to the Melanie Heath Posey Children's Education Fund, in care of Centennial Bank, P.O. Box 490, Paragould, AR 72450; the St. Mary's School Scholarship Fund, 220 N. 2nd Street, Paragould, AR 72450; or to a charity of the donor's choice.


Kathleen Nicholas, age 87 of Clarksville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at her home. She was born Aug. 31, 1926, in Clarksville to the late William Foddie and Naomi Callahan. Kathleen was a grand lady who touched many lives with her compassion and understanding. She was a graduate of Clarksville High School and owned and operated the Hardwicke Funeral Home for the past 64 years. She was involved in every facet of the funeral business, which left little time to join community organizations; however, she was very supportive and provided assistance for many Johnson County organizations. She was a member of the Clarksville First Presbyterian Church.

Read more: The Courier - Your Messenger for the River Valley - Obituary Kathleen Nicholas.


Michael Rush Cornwell, Sr., owner and President of Cornwell Funeral Home, passed away on December 15, 2013, in Danville, Arkansas, at the age of 69. Mike was born on February 6, 1944, to the late Lloyd Rush Cornwell and Violet Masters Cornwell, and was a life-long resident of Yell County. Mike graduated from Dardanelle High School before attending the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Mike went on to graduate from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1967, during which he received the President's Award. Upon graduation, he returned to his family's funeral business in Dardanelle, and eventually moved to Danville to manage and expand the Danville funeral home. Mike was born and raised in the funeral business and dedicated his life to the success of the funeral home. At the time of his death, Cornwell Funeral Home was the second oldest business in Yell County and the fifth oldest funeral home in the State of Arkansas, having been established by Mike?s family in 1898.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17th, at Danville First Baptist Church.Funeral services will be held on December 18th at 2:00 p.m. also at Danville First Baptist Church, with internment immediately following at Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle, Arkansas. Memorials in Mike's honor may be made to the Yell County Wildlife Association. Arrangements provided by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Guestbook and online condolences maybe left at Cornwell Funeral Home.


Frank Mull, Jr. was born to Frank Mull, Sr. and Ealie Moorehead-Mull on June 17, 1942 in Madison, Arkansas. He departed this life on December 3, 2013. Frank graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961. He married Minnie Young in 1966. He attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from AM&N in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1971. Frank served in the United States Army Reserves during the Vietnam War. He was an active member until he was honorably discharged. During this time, he was employed as an Insurance Agent with Universal Life and Lincoln Insurance Company. He later began his tenure with the VA Hospitals in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee fulfilling the duties as a Practical Nurse. After retiring, Frank remained engaged by implementing Mull Excavating Services. He also held a Funeral Director License issued by the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. He served on the Forrest City School Board. He also worked with other agencies such as Arkansas Department of Corrections in Brickeys, Arkansas and Crestpark Nursing Home and Woodhouse Mortuary in Forrest City, Arkansas.

Visitation Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6-8 at New Light Missionary Baptist Church 126 West Day Street, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335

Funeral Services Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at New Light Missionary Baptist Church 126 West Day Street, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335


Doyle Parham, 66, of Little Rock died Sunday, October 6, 2013. Mr. Parham became a licensed funeral director on October 10, 1972 and was the manager at Hubble Funeral Home.


Gerald Wayne Hoggard, 81, of Piggott, Arkansas, passed away September 14, 2013, at the V.A. Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Hoggard was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer on June 14, 1957. He was issued his lifetime licenses in 2007


John Ray "Rick" Baird, son of the late John H. Baird and Clara Bell Davis Baird, was born July 6, 1946 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. He departed this life August 17, 2013 in Jonesboro, Arkansas at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 11 days. In 1980 he attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Science and became a licensed embalmer. At the time of his death, he was the owner and operator of North Arkansas Mortuary Service. Working with numerous funeral homes in Arkansas.

 

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