March 14, 2007 Edition

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Births

Ashley Michelle Rice

Obituaries

Wanda Hardin Ades Juanita Blagg James Patrick Brown
Troy Lenn Brown Anna Cicire Cannon Willis Marcy Fossett
Albert Haden Cockrill Georgia Freeman Cora Mae Girard
Jeremiah Goza Ilene Mae Grimes Edith Marie McCall
Drake Andrew McWilliams William "Bill" Taylor Mary Freeman Thom
Linda T. Thompson

Births

Ashley Michelle Rice

Amber Starling and Matthew Rice of Delaplaine have announced the birth of a daughter, born Feb. 25, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Ashley Michelle Rice.

She has two sisters, Destiny Rice, four, and Lindsey Rice, two.

Grandparents are Willard and Lynn Starling of Delaplaine and Everett and Pam Rice of Pocahontas.

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Obituaries

Wanda Hardin Ades

Wanda Hardin Ades, 75, of Monterey, Calif., died March 7, 2007, at her home.

Born March 5, 1932, in Strawberry, she was a 1949 graduate of Hoxie High School and was a member of Hoxie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Ades; her parents, William Benjamin and Dovie Casteel Hardin; and a brother, William Clayton Hardin.

Survivors include a son, Dr. James Bryan Quattlebaum and wife Lisa, Sacramento, Calif.; a brother, Everette Dene Hardin, Polo, Ill.; a sister, Betty Richardson, Walnut Ridge; and a grandson, Grant.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date at Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Juanita Blagg

Juanita Blagg, 85, of Fayetteville, formerly of Newport, died March 10, 2007. She also lived in Walnut Ridge for a short time.

Survivors include three daughters, Sondra Sue Blagg Cox, Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and Brenda Joyce Blagg and Janie Willeen Blagg, both of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, Deana McCormack, Jennifer Smith, Chad Cox, Amy Eldson Clark and Jill Eldson King; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery at Batesville.

Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease at www.michaeljfox.org.

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James Patrick "Pat" Brown

James Patrick "Pat" Brown, 92, of Cash, father of Jerry Brown of Walnut Ridge, died March 10, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Tuesday in Unity Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Troy Lenn Brown

Troy Lenn Brown, 36, of Hoxie, died March 4, 2007, at his home.

He was born Dec. 31, 1970, at Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Eddie Brown and Nathan Brown; his mother, Esther Rivera; and a brother, Jose Villarreal.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie Brown, Hoxie; two sons, Trae Brown, Dayton, Ohio, and Jacob Brown, Hoxie; two daughters, Gabreaille Brown, Dayton, and Talor Brown, Hoxie; his father, Larry Max Brown, West Plains, Mo., two brothers, Jerry Brown, Lynn, and Mario Villarreal, Strawberry; and two sisters, Angie Willard, Texas, and Teresa Smith, Michigan.

There were no services. The body was cremated. Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Anna Cicire Cannon

Anna Cicire Cannon, 89, of Strawberry, died March 9, 2007, at Cave City Nursing Home.

Born Feb. 8, 1918, in Naples, Italy, she was the daughter of Gennaro and Maria Cecire.

She met John Monroe Cannon Sr. while he was serving in the Army in Italy during World War II. They married on March 30, 1946, and she came to America as a war bride on June 13, 1946. She became a U.S. citizen on Oct. 11, 1996.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Monroe Cannon, in 1981; four brothers; two sisters; and two grandchildren, Heath Doyle and Troy Cannon.

Survivors include five daughters, Martha Smithee and Rosa Farmer, both of Batesville, Betty Batey, Tulsa, Sarah Doyle, Strawberry, and Judy Richey, Marion, three sons, John Cannon Jr., Strawberry, and William Cannon and Danny Cannon, both of Clyde, Texas; 20 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Chris Buxton, Jeff Holland and Don House officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearer were grandsons Jeremy Batey, Brett Cannon, Michael Doyle, Scott Cannon, Bryson Cannon and Cody Cannon.

Memorials may be made to the Strawberry Church of Christ or the Children's Home of Paragould, 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Willis Marcy Fossett

Willis Marcy Fossett, 89, of Delaplaine, died March 7, 2007, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born Nov. 11, 1917, at Roswell, N.M., he was the son of Charles Dee and Bertha Wygant Fossett. He was a retired farmer and had worked for Union Pacific Railroad for several years. He was a member of the Delaplaine Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Fossett and Denman Fossett; four sisters, Birdie Maynard, Bessie Eveland and two infant sisters; and a great-grandchild.

Survivors include his wife, Berniece Nation Fossett; two sons, Weldon Fossett and wife Sharon, Huntingtown, Md., and Wayne Fossett and wife Marcie, Owings, Md.; a daughter, Marsha McInnis and husband Dan, Madison, Miss.; a sister, Yula Young, Bald Knob; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of life was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.

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Georgia May Irene Walley Freeman

Georgia May Irene Walley Freeman, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 24, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 26, 1942, she was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tillman Walley; two infant children, Bonnie and Tillman; and her parents, Monroe and Viola Roper Donley.

Survivors include her husband, Troy Freeman; nine daughters, Rita and her husband Franky, and Brinda, all of Bee Branch, Cindi, Mabelvale, Kitty, Fairfield Bay, Tammy, Center Ridge, Marie and her husband Tom, Chicago, Peggy, Walnut Ridge, Glenda and her husband Alan, Jonesboro, and Pam and her husband Ken, Merrionette Park, Ill.; two sons, Bill and his wife Wendy, Bee Branch, and Troy Jr., Walnut Ridge, and his wife Shirley, Oak Forest, Ill.; three sisters, Eva and her husband Raymond, England, Bonnie, Pocahontas, and Shirley and her husband Max, Bee Branch; a brother, Lonnie and his wife Lena, Jonesboro; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, Feb. 27 at Morganton Community Church with Leo Murphree officiating. Burial was in Walley/Comstock Cemetery under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton.

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Cora Mae Girard

Cora Mae Girard, 79, of Jonesboro, died March 9, 2007, at her home.

She had lived most of her life in Walnut Ridge. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Girard; her parents; and three brothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Hoffman, Jonesboro, and Shirley Pillow and Annette Minick, both of Paragould; a son, John David Girard, Jonesboro; two sisters, Virginia Ham, Walnut Ridge, and Laverne Birmingham, Flint, Mich.; two brothers, Donnie Rogers, Hoxie, and Larry Rogers, Walnut Ridge; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Terry Gage and John Southern officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery near Walcott.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Dulaney, Harold Dulaney, Joe Dulaney, Shane Girard, John Cochran and Domingo Ledesma. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

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Jeremiah Goza

Jeremiah Goza, 21, of Ravenden, died March 7, 2007, at Hoxie.

Born Jan. 5, 1986, at Oklahoma City, he was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Abundant Life Church of Hardy, where he had been an active member for many years. He was currently attending Abiding Faith Ministries in Swifton, where he and his wife were in charge of Children's Church and participated in Youth Praise and Worship.

Survivors include his wife, Amber Nicole Hohn Goza; his parents, Ron and Debbie Goza, Ravenden; his grandmother, Opal Marie Goza; two brothers, Paul Goza and his wife Vickie, Ravenden, and Zacharia Goza, Ravenden; and two sisters, Mariah Goza, Ravenden, and Dana Hamilton and her husband Joe, Conway;

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Abundant Life Church in Hardy with Revs. Joey Barnes and Anthony Patterson Jr., and Jeff Bain officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Ilene Mae Grimes

Ilene Mae Grimes, 78, of Hoxie, died March 10, 2007, at her home.

Born Jan. 3, 1929, in Ravenden Springs, she was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Mary Brandon Gates. She was a homemaker and was of the Penetecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper Grimes, on Feb. 9, 1979, whom she married June 29, 1949; a son, Jerry Grimes; a daughter, Esther Rivera; three grandchildren, Sheryl Lynn Swift, Jose Villarreal and Troy Brown; two great-grandchildren, Nathan Brown and Eddie Brown; four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include five daughters, Mary Rhea, Bonnie Becker and Linda Blazer, all of Hoxie, Sheron Swift, Pocahontas, and Julie Walker, Robinsonville, Miss.; a sister, Nadean White, Jonesboro; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Junior Meeker officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearer were Glenn Rhea, Bobby Walker, Elbert Swift, John Becker, Johnathan Swift and Eddie Swift.

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Edith Marie McCall

Edith Marie McCall, 74, of Collierville, died March 12, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Stuck Sr. of Walnut Ridge. She had worked as an office administrator for Memphis Children's Clinic for the past 37 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Harry L. McCall; and a son, Gary L. McCall.

Survivors include a son, R. Scott McCall; a daughter, Terri L. Rowland; and four grandchildren, G. Bryan Rowland, Natalie E. McCall, Jennifer L. McCall and Rachel M. Rowland.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery on Holmes Road. Visitation is tonight from 5-8.

Memorials may be made to Baptist Trinity Hospice, Attn. Jay Atkinson, 1049 Cresthaven Rd., Memphis, TN 38119 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Drake Andrew McWilliams

Drake Andrew McWilliams was stillborn on March 11, 2007, at University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock.

Survivors include his parents, Trevor and Ashley McWilliams, Cabot; and his grandparents, Bub and Doris Whitaker, Alicia, Scotty and Beverly Tooley, Newport, and Don and Marlene McWilliams, Phoenix.

The body was cremated. No service is planned.

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Glenn Edgar Sharp

Glenn Edgar Sharp, 83, of Hoxie, died March 7, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 1, 1924, near Portia, he was the son of R.P. and Katie Hartsell Sharp. He was a carpenter and a farmer and was a member of the United Methodist Church of Black Rock.

Survivors include three nephews, Gary Sharp, Magnolia, Dale Sharp, Little Rock, and Larry Sharp, Madison, Wis.; a niece, Cherie Hill, Ellsworth, Iowa; and two sisters-in-law, Miriam Sharp, Ames, Iowa, and Evelyn Sharp, Little Rock.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Rev. Jerry Pentecost officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bob Heard, Tim Doyle, Steve Doyle, Roger Tinsley, Bill Doyle and Dr. Bobby Harbin.

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William "Bill" Taylor

William "Bill" Taylor, 79, of Hoxie, died March 8, 2007, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a short illness.

Born July 25, 1927, at Lepanto, he was the son of Lee (Pink) and Edith E. Ashlock Taylor. He was a World War II Army veteran and was retired from Morgan Buildings and Spas. He was co-owner of Taylor's Greenhouse in Hoxie and was a member of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou Tolbert Taylor, on Sept. 12, 2002, whom he married July 31, 1948; and two sisters, Vernie Shreeves and Beatrice McDonald.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Ervin, Hoxie; two sons, Randy Taylor, Hilton Head, S.C., and William Dale Taylor, Austin, Texas; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bros. Charles Hendrix and Lowell Graham officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ricky Shreeves, Bobby Shreeves, Fred Shreeves, Eddie Shreeves, Rick Tolbert and Mitchell Evans. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Men's Sunday school class of Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church, Ralph Steele, Gene McCormick, Billy Ray Shreeves and Michael Durham.

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Mary Freeman Thom

Mary Freeman Thom, 92, of Rockford, Ill., died March 9, 2007.

Born June 26, 1915, in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of George and Emily Watkins Hyslip. She was retired from National Lock and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Louise DuSavage, Rockford; two son, Ronald Freeman, Chandler, Ariz., and Gene Freeman and wife Janette, Loves Park, Ill.; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday at 8:30 at the funeral home.

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Linda T. Thompson

Linda T. Thompson, 56, of Walnut Ridge, died March 9, 2007, at her home.

Born March 31, 1950, in Forrest City, she graduated with honors from Blytheville High School. She lived in Apopka, Fla., for 13 years before moving to Jonesboro in 1997, where she had spent much of her life. She had worked as an assistant bookkeeper and as a secretary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack W. Thompson; and two daughters, Angela V. Mills and Jessica N. Thompson.

Survivors include a son, Mark Mills and his wife Virginia, Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Chris Thompson, Florida; a stepdaughter, Jackie Thompson, Florida; her mother, Lillie B. Doss, Jonesboro; a half-brother, Harold Brewer, Forrest City; two half-sisters, Anita Holt, Jonesboro, and Susie Onash, London, Ark.; and a granddaughter, Faith N. Mills.

A celebration of her life was held on Monday at 3 p.m. in the Magnolia Chapel of Gregg Funeral Home at Jonesboro with Rev. Willard Heinrichs officiating. Burial was in Philadelphia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mark Mills, Junior Koch, Jamie Patscheck, Chris Green, Bill Woods, Cliff Bailey and Kevin Wilson.

An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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