JONESBORO – Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, held a grand opening celebration May 3 for its preschool/children’s wing at the church’s Central campus. The event included tours through the new facility, free food and drinks, bounce houses and slides, as well as a gaming station.
HARRISON - Clinton Ira Morrison, 69, of Harrison, died April 25. He served with the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes) for 25 years. He served as a caseworker at the Arkansas Baptist Home for Children in Monticello from 1979 to 1985. In 1985, he became the Harrison area director for ABCHomes and, upon its opening in 1989, he became the Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch director. He maintained a dual membership in Bear Creek Springs Baptist Church, Harrison, and The Tabernacle in Branson, a Messianic Jewish congregation. He served in the United States Marine Corps as bodyguard for Secretary of State William Rogers during the Vietnam Era. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans. He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Laura, a son, four sisters and his father. Funeral services were held April 29 at Bear Creek Springs Baptist Church. Interment took place in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Omaha.
Phyllis Katherine Powers, 80, died April 20 in Harrison. She was the wife of Edward L. Powers, former director of missions for White River Baptist Association. They ministered together to many churches in Arkansas, Texas and Michigan through the years.
She served on the reorganization committee for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and on the Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) executive board. She served on the board of directors for the associational and state WMU for many years. She worked with children in the Awana program at Eagle Heights Baptist Church in Harrison, where she was a member.
She is survived by her husband, a son, a daughter, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three sisters and a brother.
Services were held April 25 at Eagle Heights Baptist Church. Burial followed at Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison.
James Harold “Jigs” Cannon, 90, died April 22 in Nashville.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
He pastored multiple churches in Arkansas and a church in Mississippi. He retired as director of missions of Little River Baptist Association and was involved in the jail ministry at the Sevier County Court House. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Lockesburg.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters and a half brother.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Priest Cannon, two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two step-granddaughters, a step-grandson and a sister.
Funeral services were held April 25 at First Baptist Church. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Lockesburg.
Jackie Eugene Wood, 58, died April 2. He previously pastored churches in Mississippi and was currently serving as pastor of First Baptist Church, Luxora, where he had served for the past 13 years of his 29-year ministry. He was also a carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Kay Wood, a son, a daughter, four brothers, two sisters and six grandchildren.
Services were held April 3 at First Baptist Church. A visitation was held April 4 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Dennis, Miss., followed by burial at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery in Fairview, Miss.