Obituary – Rev. James Leon Wilson

Rev. James Leon Wilson
October 26, 1923 – September 25, 2022

James Leon Wilson, age 98, of Forrest City, died Sunday, September 25, 2022, at his home in Forrest City.

Rev. Wilson was born October 26, 1923, in Jonesboro, and was the son of Herbert and Pauline Wilkerson Wilson. He attended Jonesboro High School and graduated in 1941. During his high school years, he worked at Butler Shoe Shop. After graduation, he worked in Blytheville, Arkansas, and later went to Connecticut where he worked in the Groton Submarine Base in New London, building submarines.

In early 1943, he was inducted into the army and placed in the 295th Salvage and Repair Unit, using his skills as a shoe repairman. After basic training, and training in the desert of California, his company was shipped overseas to Europe. The repair units were bombed out early in their landing on foreign soil and he was placed in the regular army. This led to his experience of hand to hand battle and later in the Battle of the Bulge.

Returning home from the war, he moved to Blytheville, Arkansas, where he met Mary Jo Hill. She was to become his bride in January of 1949. He joined the Masonic Order in 1954, and enjoyed sixty-eight years as a Mason. He reached the rank of 33 Degree Mason and was active until his death. He served as Worshipful Master in Earle and Forrest City. He enjoyed the Eastern Star and was Worthy Patron several times in his lifetime.

He was called to preach and he entered the ministry of the United Methodist Church. During his 43 years as a pastor, he served in the following churches: Stanford-Warren’s Chapel in Tennessee; Yarbro-Promised Land; Springdale; Fort Smith; Earle; Trumann; Paragould; Marked Tree; Harrison; Newport; and Levy. He retired in 1989, but continued to serve in Wheatley and Salem until he finally retired the second time and moved to Forrest City.

During his years as a pastor, he received his education: a Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas State College, and The Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt.

During his time, four children were born to Mary Jo and Leon; Cindy, and husband, Tony, Phareta, James, and Jo Alice, and husband, Greg. In 1993, Mary Jo and Leon moved to Forrest City, where for 29 years, they lived happily until Leon’s death. In departing this life, he leaves his wife, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, five nieces, two nephews, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, one sister, and three brothers.

The celebration of his life will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Forrest City, 10:00 A.M, Wednesday, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville. Visitation will be 5:00 till 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, at Stevens Funeral Home, with Stevens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials are to be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Forrest City, Arkansas, 72336 or a charity of one’s choice. You may log on to for the online registry.

Obituary – Blanca Mendez

Please pray for the family of Blanca Mendez, sister of Rev. Vitalino Mendez of Nueva Vida (Dardanelle UMC). Blanca passed away recently in Guatemala, where her services will be held.

Notes of condolences may be sent to:
Rev. Vitalino Mendez
14721 N St Hwy 28
Dardanelle, AR 72834-3137

Obituary – Raymond Cammack

Dr. Raymond Cammack, 79, of Magnolia, Arkansas died Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at the Claiborne Memorial Medical Center in Homer, Louisiana.

Dr. Cammack spent his life in the ministry and teaching. He received a Doctor of Education in Mathematics and was a professor of mathematics for 34 years at Southern Arkansas University. He served in the Arkansas United Methodist Church Conference, Columbia Charge for 21 years as Senior Pastor to Unity, Philadelphia, and Harmony United Methodist Churches in Columbia County, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Cammack; and sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Gordon Ward. Dr. Cammack is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon Cammack of Magnolia; daughter, Mitzi Bagwell and husband Jimmy of Coppell, Texas; grandchildren, Cameron Bagwell and wife Claudia of Rogers and Elizabeth Buchannan and husband John of Midlothian, Texas; great-grandchildren, Stetson Bagwell, Carter Weldon Buchannan, and Conway Jane Buchannan.
A private family interment will be held at a later date at the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery. Cremation services were provided by Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 320 West Main, Magnolia, AR 71753 or Columbia County animal Protection Society (CCAPS), PO Box 2003, Magnolia, AR 71754.

Obituary – Virginia Sue Jones

Virginia Sue Jones
September 13, 1928 – September 11, 2022

Virginia Sue Osment Jones, 93, was born September 13, 1928 on a farm near Macey, Arkansas, the youngest of nine children of Thomas Elmer and Mary Isabella (Mamie) Foster Osment, and died September 11, 2022, at her daughter’s home in Conway, Arkansas.

When Sue was one year old, her family moved to Jonesboro, where she grew up. Her childhood was marked by the care of a large and loving family, the experience of the Great Depression and participation with her family in the life of Fisher Street Methodist Church. In high school she served as president of the North Arkansas Conference Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Following her graduation from Jonesboro High School in 1946, a group of local church leaders who saw her potential, pooled the money for her to matriculate at Hendrix College. There she made lifelong friends, earned a degree in Speech and met her future husband. She continued her active church life in college, spending summers working on Methodist caravan teams, leading youth weeks in churches across the South. While at Hendrix, she was elected President of the Hendrix Christian Association and Program Chair of the Pre Theolog Fellowship and was elected by the denomination to serve nationally as a youth representative on the General Board of Missions of the Methodist Church.

Sue graduated from Hendrix in 1950. She spent two years as Director of Christian Education at First Methodist Church, Blytheville, before returning to Conway in a similar position at First Methodist Church, with additional responsibilities for campus ministries. On December 16, 1956 she married Frank Jones, with whom she shared 58 years of marriage and an extremely devoted life partnership. Their life together moved with his ministry in the Methodist Church, with appointments in Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and Van Buren, Arkansas and Springfield, Brookfield, Carthage and Blue Springs, Missouri. Sue continued her active church life throughout, while working diligently to re-define the ideal of a “preacher’s wife” for a more modern age.

While their three children were young, Sue devoted her days fully to her family. She is remembered by her children for, among other things, the meals she prepared that remain family favorites to this day, caring for, supporting and encouraging them in every way and her efforts large and small to bring joy to their lives. Through it all, she gave her children a solid example of the importance of committed relationships and caring for the bonds of family.

In her early 40s, Sue returned to school to study speech pathology. For two years, she drove 140 miles a day to complete her graduate degree. She worked as a speech pathologist for more than 25 years in Missouri public schools, private practice and supervising student clinicians at the University of Central Arkansas.

In 1993, Sue and Frank “retired” and returned to Conway, where they took great joy in renewing relationships with friends from their college years, became active in First United Methodist Church (where both had served on staff in the 1950s), enjoyed the freedom to travel and spend more time with family and otherwise flourished in a new chapter of life. Following Frank’s death in 2015, Sue kept a full and active life with family, friends and her church. She loved being a part of the Soul Sisters, United Methodist Women and the Nell Dyer Circle, P.E.O., the 20th Century Club and the Retired Preacher’s Wives.

Sue is remembered as a person who shared her love generously with her family and friends, who consistently practiced the disciplines of her faith, who had strong though generally quiet political convictions (she was a proud member of the Hillary fan club), who found pleasure bringing people together and preparing food for her guests, who enjoyed maintaining beautiful flower beds and decorating her home for each holiday season and who had a special fondness for Hendrix College. Sue and Frank were proud to establish an endowed scholarship at Hendrix and that their three children all graduated from Hendrix College and met their spouses there. Sue welcomed and loved each of her children’s spouses as one of her own.

Sue was preceded in death by her parents; her eight siblings and her husband, Frank. She is survived by her children, Rock (Melissa Lollar) of Delaware, Ohio; Brick (Dana Corn) of Austin, Texas and Pebble (David) Sutherland of Conway, Arkansas; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Her family remembers her for her love and devotion, for her resilience and stoicism, for her remarkable ability to adapt with the times, for looking her best every single day and for her unwavering commitment to embrace and value each member of her family.

Sue’s family is grateful for all who have provided care and support, with special gratitude to caregiver Charlene Benton and Stephen Minister and dear friend, Sue Higgs and to her many friends, including those who have preceded her in death.

A celebration of Sue’s life will be held Saturday, October 15, at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church, Conway. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to First United Methodist Church or to the Frank and Sue Osment Jones scholarship fund at Hendrix College.


Obituary – Sarah Meider

Sarah Katherine Meider
April 24, 1976 – September 12, 2022

Sarah Katherine Meider, 46, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2022. She was born on April 24, 1976, in Englewood, Colorado to Wayne and Jill (Galbraith) Meider. She was a 1994 graduate of Roy J. Wasson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango in 1999. Sarah was a reading interventionist at Colorado International Language Academy.

Those who knew Sarah remember her love of animals and appreciation for conservation. She enjoyed the outdoors and all kinds of Colorado adventures. Sarah could play the piano by ear. Her friends recall her wit and humor, compassion and loyalty. Her nieces and nephew will remember countless hours playing games and laughing with her during holiday visits.

Sarah is preceded in death by her grandparents: Philip and Grace (Hilf) Meider and Joseph and Polly (King) Galbraith. She is survived by her parents; her brother David (Stacey) of Long Beach, California, her twin sister Susan (Justin) Ledbetter of Benton, Arkansas; two nieces, Tessa Meider and Sadie Joy Ledbetter, and one nephew, Reid Meider; and many more extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 16, 2022, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Cappadona’s Funeral Home. A memorial service is planned for Monday, September 19, 2022, at 10:00 am at First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the El Paso County Humane Society or the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).

Obituary – Jake Mosby

Jake Mosby
September 26, 1929 – August 21, 2022

Jake Mosby Jr., 92, of Hazen, Arkansas, passed away on August 21, 2022 at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Jake Mosby Jr. was born on September 26, 1929 to Jake and Delphia Mosby at Hall’s Crossing (between Hazen and DeValls Bluff, Arkansas). Jake Mosby Jr. completed the 5th grade at Wiley Public School, DeValls Bluff, Arkansas before having to leave school to become the breadwinner for his Family.

Jake Mosby was an upstanding member of the Hazen community. His work history includes working as a Tire Changing Technician at Proctor Tire Company; being a self-employed farmer (farming approximately 1,000 acres of soybeans, wheat, and rice); and working as an independent contractor who built homes, a Church, and an apartment complex (Yopp Street Apartments) in Hazen, Arkansas. Jake Mosby’s community involvements included co-founding Boy Scout Troop 408, his appointment as a Hazen City Councilman, his appointment as a City Constable, and serving as Deacon at Meredith Memorial Church of God in Christ.

In 1952, Jake Mosby Jr. met the love of his life, Frances Marie Jones in Carlisle, Arkansas.  Jake and Frances Mosby went on to have five children, Jarvis Mosby – deceased (Marion), Roy Mosby (Gladys), Ronnie Mosby (Bernadette), Jeffrey Mosby (Roshonda), and Delphia Mosby. Jake and Frances Mosby were married for “69 happy years.”

Jake Mosby Jr. was predeceased in death by his father, Jake Mosby Sr.; mother, Delphia Mosby; five brothers, John Mosby, Leroy Mosby, Charles Mosby, Jeffrow Mosby, and Bobby Mosby; five sisters, Frances Mae Mosby, Betty Mosby, Dorothy Mosby, Emma Banks, and Joann Willis. He is survived by two sisters, Olivia Moore, and Bernice Kimbrough; and one brother, Jimmy Mosby. He is also survived by loving grandchildren, relatives, and friends.

Public viewing will be held at Colonial Southern Funeral Home, 216 N. Court Street, Carlisle, Arkansas, on September 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM.

Home-going service will be held at the Carlisle Civic Center, 215 S. Court Street, Carlisle, Arkansas, on September 2, 2022. Public viewing will be 10:00 – 11:00 am. Mr. Mosby’s Celebration Service will begin at 11:00 am.

Flowers may be sent to Colonial Funeral Home, 216 N. Court Street, Carlisle, Arkansas. Cards, gifts, etc., can be sent to Attn: Mosby Family, 6060 Silver Oak Drive, Sherwood, Arkansas, 72120-6500.