Emma Francway Hanners, of Jonesboro, Ark., died Sunday morning at the Craighead Nursing Center in Jonesboro. Born in Forrest City Ark., she had lived in Jonesboro since 1975, moving here from the Buckeye Community near Leachville, Ark.. She was married in 1936 to Virgil J. Hanners, who preceded her in death. She was a farm wife and homemaker, co-owned a country store, Buckeye Store, with her husband in the late 1930s, and in her later years was a cosmetologist working throughout Northeast Arkansas.
As well as her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, Will & Elizabeth Richardson Francway; and her brothers and sisters, Henry Francway, Robert Francway, Ernest Francway, John Francway, Delia Davidson, and Blanche Winberry.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Gary Hanners of Jonesboro and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro with Dr. Alan Winberry officiating. Burial was in the Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery. Emerson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Active pallbearers were Jack Cude, J.R. "Guy" Robinson, and Cliff Winberry.
Honorary pallbearers were Perry Cude, Dr. Ben Owens, Jr., John Denton, and Mrs. Billy Parish.
Visitation was held from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 11 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Arkansas Chapter of Little People of America, Chapter 67, Edwina Gleason, President, 524 W. 47th Street, Apt. C, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.