January 30, 2008 Edition

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Grace Helen Bassett Kinley Shea O'Connor


Glen Arnold Billie J. Ferguson Glenda Harris
Sharon Lee Hunt Dorothy Reed Jordan Terry McCrackin
Billy Gene McMullin Maxine Nicholas Imogene Norman
Clara Price Tracie Lea Waddell Wayne Whitlow


Grace Helen Bassett

Tanner and Sarah Bassett of Fayetteville have announced the birth of a daughter on Jan. 23, 2008, at a Fayetteville hospital. The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Grace Helen Bassett.

She has a two-year-old sister, Ella Marie.

Grandparents are Jerry Dudley Bassett of Jonesboro, Candy Harrell Roach of Fayetteville and Al and Theresa Simmering of Hope.

She is the great-granddaughter of Helen Tynse (Mrs. Jerry) Bassett of Walnut Ridge and Marcy and Wanda Harrell of Jonesboro.

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Kinley Shea O'Connor

Chas and Heather O'Connor of Batesville have announced the birth of a daughter on Jan. 16, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. The baby weighed seven pounds, .82 ounces, and has been named Kinley Shea O'Connor.

She has an older sister, Alli.

Grandparents are Kenny and Lisa Crafton of Paragould, Todd and Karen McDonald of Hot Springs and Jackie and Gay O'Connor of Walnut Ridge.

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Glen Arnold

Glen Arnold, 60, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 22, 2008.

Born July 1, 1947, at Egypt, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and had worked as a backhoe operator for Dixie Contractors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Helen Arnold; a sister, Louise Wewers; and two brothers, John Arnold and Louis Richard Arnold.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Arnold; two sons, Jason Arnold and Russell Henry Arnold, both of Jonesboro; two daughters, Glenda Haley, Mt. Dora, Fla., and Stacy Arnold, Jonesboro; a brother, Jim Arnold, Jonesboro; three sisters, Mary Cogburn, Jonesboro, Linda Goad, Mountain Home, and Sharon Foreman, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Courtney Arnold, Kaitlyn Arnold, Austin Arnold, Sulina Kitchen, Chelsey Haley and Zachery Haley; and Joyce Suline, mother of his children.

Funeral was Friday at 1:30 at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Wynndel King officiating. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery at Swifton.

Pallbearers were Blake Lamberson, Robert Ring, Brian Cope, John Warren, Steve Arnold and Randy Barr. Honorary pallbearers were Scott Warren and Gary Arnold.

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Billie J. Ferguson

Billie J. Ferguson, 70, of Highland, Ill., died Jan. 26, 2008, at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill.

Born Aug. 4, 1937, in Lawrence County, he moved with his family to St. Louis at age two, and later moved to Cahokia, Ill. A 1955 graduate of Cahokia High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an air traffic controller in the South Pacific. He worked at Nesco Steel Barrel in Granite City, Ill., for several years, and later worked as an electrician for Granite City Steel until his retirement 10 years ago.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, the Highland Masonic Lodge 583 AF & AM, Sons of the Confederacy, Granite City Steel Union and was a former Gold Wing Rider.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James William "Bill" and Vada A. Evans Ferguson.

Survivors include his wife, Nelda R. Russom Ferguson, whom he married Sept. 21, 1964; a daughter, Stephanie L. Fillingim and husband Tom, Highland, Ill.; a son, Byron J. Ferguson and wife Danielle, Converse, Texas; and four grandchildren, Brandon J. Ferguson, Nathan C. Toennies, Jacob D. Ferguson and Lauren R. Fillingim.

Funeral is today at 9:30 a.m. at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill., with Lewis C. Bell officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to Lifeline of Hope, St. Jude's Hospital or to the American Heart Association.

An online guestbook is available at www.spengel-boulangerfuneral.com.

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Glenda Harris

Glenda Patterson Harris, 87, of Conway, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 23, 2008.

Born April 25, 1920, in Reyno, she was the daughter of George and Lou Hill Patterson. She and her husband, Fleer Harris, owned and operated Harris Style Shop for many years and later opened Lawrence County Abstract and Title. She also worked in the Circuit Clerk's office for several years. She was of the Church of Christ faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fleer Harris, on April 22, 1993, whom she married Feb. 9, 1946; an infant daughter, Mary; five sisters and two brothers.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bob McMillon officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Wayland Springs Camp, c/o Elaine Gilliam, 2603 Southeast Front Street, Hoxie, AR 72433 or to the Paragould Children's Home.

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Sharon Lee Hunt

Sharon Lee Hunt, 64, of Black Rock, died Jan. 23, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 29, 1943, in Grand Rapids, Mich., she was a supervisor at Douglas Manufacturing. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Marcella Papke.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Warren Hunt, whom she married July 3, 1969; a daughter, Danette Raeckert and husband Greg, Laingsburg, Mich.; a brother, Alan Papke and wife Sharon, Grand Rapids; a grandson, Derrick Raeckert; a sister-in-law, Brenda Hunt, Hoxie; two nieces, Paige VanBrook, Walnut Ridge, and Brande Davis, Hoxie; and a nephew, Adam Hunt, Hoxie..

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Sammy Colburn, J. Paul Colburn, Caleb Colburn, Mark VanBrook, Randy Davis and Coy Slusser. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Bigs, Harold Rose, Creston Hutton, Charles Whittaker, Adam Hunt, Coy Slusser Jr., Jack Land and Jeremiah Settles.

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Dorothy Reed Jordan

Dorothy Reed Jordan, 86, of Royal Oak, Mich., formerly of Portia, died Jan. 14, 2008, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Born June 4, 1921, in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of William (Bill) and Odessa Medlock Reed. She retired from the Madison Heights School District in the late 1980s and was a member of the Royal Oak Church of Christ. She loved traveling and in later years spent many of summers in Portia with her cousin, Pansy Medlock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; and her foster parents, Houston and Janie Medlock.

Survivors include two sons, William (Bill) Jordan and wife Linda, Michigan, and John Jordan and wife Maria, Texas; four daughters, Cynthia McMahon and husband Bill, and Linda Pennington, all of Tennessee, and Kathryn Maxwell and husband Joseph, and Elaine Jackman and husband Tom, all of Michigan; 12 grandchildren, Julie, Tiffany, Christopher, Caroline, Courtney, Taylor, Dorin, Brittney, Daniel, Jonathan, Melissa and Joy; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Royal Oak Church of Christ with Clifford Tucker officiating. Burial was in White Chapel Cemetery at Troy, Mich., under the direction of Hopcroft Funeral Home of Madison Heights, Mich.

Memorials may be made to Missions Clinic International, c/o Royal Oak Church of Christ, 115 S. Campbell, Royal Oak, MI 48067.

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

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Terry McCrackin

Terry McCrackin, 44, of Strawberry, died Jan. 24, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Dec. 27, 1963, in Batesville, he was disabled from White River Medical Center, where he worked in environmental service. He was a member of the Strawberry Southern Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kay McIllwain McCrackin; a son, Matthew Wiseneiwski, Strawberry; two brothers, Mike McCrackin, Sulphur Rock, and Gary McCrackin, Strawberry; and three sisters, Brenda Whitlow, Newark, Sandra Harrelson, Hendersonville, N.C., and Cara Thacker, Marmaduke.

Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Mount View Cemetery, east of Cave City, with Craig Campbell officiating. Roller-Crouch/McGee Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Randy Whitlow, Josh Turner, Donald McIllwain, Bo McIllwain, Jimmy Rouse and Robert Melton.

A memorial fund has been set up for funeral expenses at First Community Bank, P.O. Box 540, Cave City, AR 72521.

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

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Billy Gene McMullin

Billy Gene "Bill" McMullin, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 25, 2008, at his home.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Virginia Bennett McMullin.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in the chapel of McNabb Funeral Home with Danny Mitchell, Winford Brewer and Mary Jo Brewer officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy Mitchell, Chris Mitchell Jr., Danny Taylor, Jerry Riddle, Jeff Brewer and Randall Hooten. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Bennett, Gary Cunningham, Joe O'Connell and Doyle McKinney.

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Maxine Nicholas

Maxine Nicholas, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 23, 2008, at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock.

A lifetime resident of Lawrence County, she was a housewife and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Darrell Nicholas; two sons, Randall William Nicholas and Darrell Wayne Nicholas, both of Walnut Ridge; and a sister, Sylvia Wallace, Dexter, Mo.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Joel McMasters and Brett Witcher officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Larry Witcher, Michael Witcher, Scott Hancock, Dean Hancock, Gary Holland, Shane Hancock and Brett Witcher. Honorary pallbearer was Sonny Holland.

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Imogene Norman

Imogene Williams Norman, 82, of Strawberry, died Jan. 23, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Feb. 10, 1925, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Walter Azar "W.A." and Alice Melinda Runyan Williams. She was a homemaker and worked at ConAgra Foods in Batesville. She was a member of Ramsey Heights Baptist Church at Desha.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Norman; a son, William Kenneth Norman; and a brother, Buren Kenneth Williams.

Survivors include two sons, Aris Ray Norman, Strawberry, and Danny Joe Norman, Batesville; a daughter, Donna Pledger, Batesville; a sister, Sue Ford, Cave City; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. in the Qualls Funeral Home Chapel at Cave City with Bro. Robert Randolph officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Michael Norman, Justin Saffell, Bob Norman, Darrell Ford, Chris Toland and Deriek Bangs. Honorary pallbearer was Kevin Larsen.

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Clara Price

Mrs. Clara Price went home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2008, at the age of 100 years, six months and 18 days. She lived at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge, where she had been for the past several years.

Mrs. Price was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She was born July 8, 1907, to Charlie and Ida Grizzle Chaney of Smithville. She married Wilson Price on Nov. 7, 1927, in Powhatan. Mr. Price died on Nov. 16, 1994.

"Miss Clara" was a smart, funny, creative lady who enjoyed life. She loved her Lord and her church, her family, teaching, gospel singing, reading and crossword puzzles, and in recent years, her family at Lawrence Hall. Many will remember her for her 30-plus years as a teacher in the Lynn school system.

She and her husband were well-known gospel singers in Arkansas during the 1970s and 1980s, having started their first gospel quartet in 1929.

She is survived by her daugher and a son-in-law she loved as her own son, Reva and Bob Osburn of Somerville, Tenn.; a much-treasured grandson, Michael Osburn; and two great-grandchildren, Justin and Jessica Osburn.

She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Tracie Lea Waddell

Tracie Lea Waddell, 46, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Jan. 27, 2008, at her home.

A native of Aurora, Ill., she was a longtime resident of Murfreesboro. She worked at L & T Plumbing and was of the Methodist faith.

Survivors include her husband, L. Van Waddell; a daughter, Taylor Waddell, Murfreesboro; a son, Lance Waddell, Murfreesboro; her parents, Richard and Mary Lou Livingston, Waller, Texas; two brothers, Rick Livingston, Conroe, Texas, and Chris Livingston, Galveston, Texas; and a sister, Jayme Case, Brevard, N.C.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at the Imboden United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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Wayne Whitlow

Wayne L. Whitlow, 73, of New Milford, Ill., died Jan. 21, 2008, at Swedish-American Hospital.

Born Dec. 1, 1934, in Lynn, he was employed for 32 years at Wales Beech and was retired from Mid-State Screws.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Syble Howard Whitlow; and three brothers, Gene, Truman and Junior.

Survivors include his wife Dessie Harper Whitlow, whom he married April 5, 1958, in Vicksburg, Miss.; a son, Alan Whitlow and wife Laurie; a daughter, Tina Lawson and husband Dallas; a sister, Wave Goodman and husband Junior, two brothers, Hershel Whitlow and wife Bev, and Bobby Joe Whitlow; a sister-in-law, Eva Whitlow; and four grandchildren, Kayla Lawson, Kyle Lawson, Ashley Whitlow and Todd Whitlow.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Olson Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev. Pat Chadwick officiating. Burial was in New Milford Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Stillman Valley High School Booster Club.

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

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