December 06, 2006 Edition

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Noah Rickey Xander James Wheelis


Phyllis Diana Burks Vernelle Petty Campbell Robert Ebert
Robert Allen Gaines Sally Jane Insalaco Agnes Inez Lee
Kenny R. Massey Roger Pittman Jimmy Roy Sagley
William C. Sloan Jr.


Noah Riley Keyth Rickey

Charley and Nicole (Brown) Rickey of Walnut Ridge announce the birth of a son, born Oct. 12, 2006, at Harris Hospital in Newport. He weighed nine pounds, one ounce, and has been named Noah Riley Keyth Rickey. Mother and baby are doing fine following an emergency c-section.

Grandparents are Charles and Gaye Rickey of O'Kean and Stephen and Michelle Bruce of Cherokee Village. Great-grandparents are Bill and Mary Hibbard of O'Kean, Zuma Rickey of Walnut Ridge and Steve and Dottie Stevens of Cherokee Village. Anna Osterdyk of Minnesota is the great-great-grandmother

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Xander James Wheelis

Michael and Terran Wheelis of Light are parents of a son, born Nov. 29, 2006 at Harris Hospital in Newport. He weighed eight pounds, five-and-six-tenths ounces, and has been named Xander James Wheelis.

Grandparents are Mike and Debbie Wheelis of Walnut Ridge, Rhonda Brady of Clover Bend and Toby Brady of Pea Ridge. Great-grandparents are Robin and Frances Whaley of Clover Bend, Phyllis Brady of Siloam Springs and Eula Wheelis of Walnut Ridge.

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Phyllis Diana Burks

Phyllis Diana Burks, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 2, 2006, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She had lived in the Walnut Ridge area most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Full Life Gospel Church of Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie Dian Burks; her parents and a stepmother.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Burks; three daughters, Malisa Riley, Black Rock, Barbara Cox, Walnut Ridge, Paula Nixon, Cherokee Village; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Kelly's Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ron Rogers, Clyde Freeman Jr., Bob Burks, Mike Burks, Gordon Graddy, Wendell Davis, Charles Duncan and Bill Pickerd.

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 8 at the funeral home.

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Vernelle Petty Campbell

Vernelle Petty Campbell, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 1, 2006, in Jonesboro.

She was a retired retail clerk and cashier and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eber O. Campbell; and her parents and a brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Wendy Campbell, Walnut Ridge; and a sister, Exell Wallace, Lexington, Tenn.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Robert Ebert

Robert Ebert, 47, of Paragould, died Dec. 2, 2006, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital in Paragould.

Raised in O'Kean, he attended Delaplaine High School and was an auto mechanic.

Survivors include a daughter, Rachel Stevens, Searcy; two brothers, Russell West, Hoxie, and Colin Rogers, Searcy; and two sisters, Angelia Ward, Paragould, and Kathi Spears, Texas.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Real Hope Ministries, 717 Pruett Street in Paragould, with Floyd Bailey officiating.

An online guestbook is available at

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Robert Allen (Bob) Gaines

Robert Allen (Bob) Gaines, 75, of Rockford, Ill., died Dec. 1, 2006, at his home.

Born April 7, 1931, in Walnut Ridge, he was retired from Suntec and also worked as a plumber for many years. He was a member of the Roscoe Sportsman Club and the Fox and Coon Club of Northern Illinois. He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Melva Woodson Gaines; a son, Roger Lee Gaines; two brothers, Lloyd and Rodney; and a sister, Vickie.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Carey Gaines, whom he married May 17, 1952; a son, Robert A. Gaines Jr.; three brothers, Jerry Gaines, Winnebago, Ill., David Gaines, Hot Springs, and Randy Gaines, Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Sharon Schmidt, Walnut Ridge, Diana Neldon, Jonesboro, and Linda Clifford, Radford, Va.; and a granddaughter, Jessica Gaines.

A funeral mass was Tuesday at St. Edward Catholic Church in Rockford with Rev. Michael G. Black officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Fitzgerald Funeral Home.

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Sally Jane Riggs Insalaco

Sally Jane Riggs Insalaco, 58, of North Little Rock, died Dec. 2, 2006, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

Born July 28, 1948, in North Little Rock, she was from a family of talented musicians and artists and enjoyed an illustrious professional career.

She is the daughter of the late Claude and Norvelle Riggs, who once lived in Walnut Ridge.

In 1966, at the age of 18, she was accepted into the company of the Dallas State Fair Musicals and performed in many productions. She then went to New York and was hired for the David Merrick Production of "Hello Dolly" starring Dorothy Lamour National Touring Company, and continued to work with internationally known producers.

She performed on Broadway in the production of "Tom Jones" and Harvey Schmidt's "Celebration." While in London, she co-starred on British television. She was Ballet Mistress and cast member in the original Robert Stigwood production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Palace Theater in London. Later, she was selected for the "Jesus Christ Superstar" Touring Choir, which performed for European royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1974, she returned to North Little Rock and opened Studio One for the Performing Arts. Her last professional performance was in the leading role of the musical "Chicago" at the Arkansas Repertory Theater.

Upon her retirement from dance, a Sally Riggs Insalaco day was proclaimed in North Little Rock for her many contributions to her community.

For the past 30 years, she was active in First United Methodist Church of North Little Rock.

In 1984, she and her husband, Vincent, formed the Family Entertainment Superstore Company, which grew to 50 stores in three states before being sold in 2002. Most recently, she and Vincent formed Downstream People Productions, which just finished filming the movie "War Eagle" in Northwest Arkansas.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Vincent; a daughter, Elizabeth; a son, Vincent III; two brothers, Lt. Col. Gene Riggs, Bossier City, La., and Jack Riggs, North Little Rock; a sister, Julia Maglothin, Birmingham, Ala.; a granddaughter, Mary Angelina, and a soon-to-be-born granddaughter, Isabella Rose.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock. Officiating will be Rev. Mary Hoey, assisted by Rev. Steven Copley and Dr. Ben Jordan. Roller Owens Funeral Home of North Little Rock has charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Griffin-Leggett Rest Hills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Sally Riggs Insalaco Performing Arts Scholarship Fund, in care of the Arkansas Community Foundation, 700 South Rock, Little Rock, AR 72202.

An online guestbook is available at Sally's personal web site is

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Agnes Inez Rash Lee

Agnes Inez Rash Lee, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 1, 2006, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

She was a homemaker and had lived most of her life in the Alicia and Walnut Ridge areas.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Floyd Rash; her second husband, Elmer Lee; an infant son, two brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include a son, Denver Rash, Pocahontas; two sisters, Edna Harbison, Jonesboro, and Bonnie Loer, St. Louis; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 11 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, with Perry Vandergriff officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Kenny R. Massey

Kenny R. Massey, 54, of Prophetstown, Ill., formerly of Rock Falls, Ill., died Nov. 28, 2006, at his home.

Born Sept. 21, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, he was employed at Frary Lumber. He married Jill Dillon on March 30, 1983.

He was preceded in death by his father, Garlin Massey Sr.; and his grandparents, Alvin and Atha Massey and Charlie and Anna Counts.

Survivors include three children, Zachary Massey, Fayette, Ala., and Kelsey Massey and Nicholas Massey, both of Rock Falls; his mother, Melva Massey, Sterling, Ill.; a sister, Renee Delgado, Sterling; two brothers, Garlin Massey, Searcy, and Craig Massey, Sterling; and his special friend, Jill.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls with Joshua Hetrick officiating.

An online guestbook is available at

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Roger Pittman

Roger Pittman, 41, of Ravenden Springs, died Dec. 2, 2006, at his home.

Born in Walnut Ridge, he had worked as a roofer and in construction. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Ravenden Springs.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald Pittman and Mark Pittman; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his parents, Wayne and Bonnie Hutchison Pittman, Ravenden Springs; four brothers, Mike Pittman, Lonnie Pittman and Boady Pittman, all of Petersburg, Tenn., and Wayne "Country" Pittman Jr., Ravenden Springs; and a sister, Bonnie Hoots, Jonesboro.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Roller-Farmers Union Chapel with Thurman Holt officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gene Lowry, Kenneth Hoots, Lonnie Pittman, Wesley Hoots, Wayne Pittman Jr., Harold Hoots, Jim Pittman, Dewayne "Blue" Pittman and Garland Pittman.

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Jimmy Roy Sagley

Jimmy Roy Sagley, 53, of Cash, died Nov. 27, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Walnut Ridge, he lived in Jonesboro before moving to Cash two years ago.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Sagley; two sons, Shawn Sagley and Todd Sagley, both of Cash; a daughter, Naomi Sagley, Jonesboro; his mother, Owdia Sagley, Jonesboro; a brother, Jackie Sagley, Florida; and two sisters, Virginia Morris, Benton, and Barbara Clippard, Gainesville, Fla.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Cash Assembly of God Church with Ron Snow officiating. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Corby Spicer, Steven Coleman, Roger Harris, Tommy Zemery, Kelly Fitzwater and Bobby Wells.

An online guestbook is available at

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William C. Sloan Jr.

William C. Sloan Jr., 76, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 2, 2006, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The son of William C. Sloan Sr. and Elizabeth Fuller Sloan, he was a member of a pioneer family of Northeast Arkansas. He had been a prominent farmer in the Fontaine area and was part owner of the Fontaine Gin. He later owned and operated Sloan Cattle Farms.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, LaVerne Scott Sloan; a son, William C. Sloan III, Jonesboro; a daughter, Phoebe Sloan Crocker, Little Rock; a brother, Frank F. Sloan, Jonesboro; two sisters, Barbara Sloan Pearsall, Austin, Texas, and Betsy Sloan Barrett, Jonesboro; and a granddaughter, Katie Crocker.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro with Dr. David Shaller and Rev. Patty Shaller officiating.

An online guestbook is available at

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