February 20, 2008 Edition

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Obituaries

Twayna J. Barnes Dennis Eugene Bell Edward Lester Broughton
Maggie Jane Burns Zetta Chesser Shirley Ann Dobbs
Jimmy Dale Evans Ethel Louise Fowler Benny L. Fry
Sherry Polston Grimes Betty Jo Isbell Buford C. Light
Gerry Ann Millsap Jim D. Nall Phillip Charles Prater
Robie A. Ratliff Velma Lee Reaves Gilbert H. Rutledge
Carolyn Taylor

Obituaries

Twayna J. Barnes

Twayna J. Barnes, 31, of Alicia, died Feb. 16, 2008, in an automobile accident near Swifton.

Born Nov. 19, 1976, she was a homemaker and was a member of the Alicia Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Robbin Burgett.

Survivors include her husband, Lynn Barnes, whom she married July 27, 2007; two daughters, Destiny Dawn Smith and Robbin Nicole Simmons, both of the home; a stepdaughter, Magen Nicole Smith, Walnut Ridge; two stepsons, Jeremy Shane Barnes and Justin Matthew Barnes, both of Monette; her mother, Mozel Frakes and husband John, Alicia; her father, Loy Reynolds, Springdale; and three brothers, Tommy Burgett and Brandon Burgett, both of Alicia, and Scotty Burgett, Hartsell, Ala.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Alicia Baptist Church with Bro. Monroe Baldwin officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Brandon Burgett, Scotty Burgett, Shane Barnes, Justin Barnes, Greg Tennison and K.L. Williams. Honorary pallbearers were George Fillmore and Newman Kimbrough.

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Dennis Eugene Bell

Dennis Eugene Bell, 55, of Benton, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 12, 2008.

Born June 12, 1952, in Crawford, Miss., he was a member of First Christian Church in Benton.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clifton E. Bell.

Survivors include his wife, Valorie Bell; two sons, Dennis A. Bell, Shannon Hills, and Bruce D. Hobright II and wife Courtney, Rosholt, Wis.; his mother, Nancy Francis Bell, Pascagoula, Miss.; a sister, Wanda Bell, Pascagoula; and three grandchildren, Tyler Hobright, Olivia Hobright and Austin Bell.

Funeral was Friday at First Christian Church in Benton with Rev. Holly Patton officiating. Ashby Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church Youth Group.

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Edward Lester Broughton

Edward Lester Broughton, 85, of Jonesboro, brother of Bob Broughton of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 17, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at the Needham Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Bowman Cemetery under the direction of Langford-Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.langfordbookoutfuneralhome.com.

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Maggie Jane Burns

Maggie Jane Burns, 86, of the Oak Hill community, died Feb. 17, 2008.

Born Sept. 8, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Arthur and Dorothy Victoria Lamb Ivins. She was a homemaker and attended the Oak Hill General Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walmer "Diddle" Burns, on Jan. 21, 1998, whom she married Sept. 21, 1940.

Survivors include a daughter, Janette Phipps, Jonesboro; a son, Sammy Burns, Oak Hill; two sisters, Muriel Parks, Bethalto, Ill., and Myrtle Schultz, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Melanie Hicks, Dana Bigger and Rex Phipps; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Manning No. 2 Cemetery with Bros. Royce Schanda and Marion Stringer officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Rex Phipps, Hubert Phipps, Joe Hicks, Jim Bigger, Kurt Weir and Michael Atkinson.

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Zetta Chesser

Zetta Chesser, 64, of Heber Springs, died Feb. 12, 2008, at Jonesboro.

She had lived in Walnut Ridge before moving to Heber Springs 12 years ago. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Nora McElyea Marshall; and a brother, Ralph Marshall.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry Chesser; a son, David Chesser, Searcy; a daughter, Susan Livengood, Bay; a sister, Pauline Robison, Lake City; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Lyndon Livengood, Dustin Chesser, Craig Goza, Steve Robison, Victor Marshall and Jim Worthy. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Phillips, Terry Phillips, Bill Wallis, Ivan Wallis, Tim Chesser and Mike Chesser.

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Shirley Ann Dobbs

Shirley Ann Dobbs, 53, of Hoxie, died Feb. 15, 2008, at her home.

Born Aug. 2, 1954, in Blytheville, she was the daughter of Burl Odell and Edna May Keith Johnson. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include her husband, David Dobbs, whom she married Nov. 26, 1989; two sons, Brian Underwood, Wisconsin, and Tim Underwood, Fayetteville; three brothers, Willard Robinson, Canalou, Mo., Woodrow Robinson, Pocahontas, and Johnny Johnson, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Wanda Wadkins, Walnut Ridge, and Kim Burlene Smyth, Columbia, S.C.; and four grandchildren, Celeste, Ethen, Braxton and Zion.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cross Roads Cemetery, near Portia, with Bro. Howard Pankey officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Johnny Johnson II, Keith Johnson, Billy Starnes, John Cagle, Adam Dobbs and James Turner.

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Jimmy Dale Evans

Jimmy Dale Evans, 50, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 15, 2008, at his home, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 27, 1957, in Walnut Ridge, he had lived in Paragould before moving to Jonesboro in 1976. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a delivery person for Hanks Furniture in Jonesboro and was of the Protestant belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Conrad Evans and Shirley Evans Nall; and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Janet Evans; a son, Joshua Dela Cuesta, Jonesboro; a brother, Perry Evans; and three sisters, Darla S. Mann, Paragould, Debbie Cottle, Smithfield, Va., and Johnnie Stone, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Rev. Charles Morgan officiating. Private burial was under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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Ethel Louise Fowler

Ethel Louise Fowler, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 16, 2008, at her home.

Born Sept. 5, 1919, at Bradford, she was the daughter of James and Rebecca Blevins Hackney. She was a homemaker and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Luther Fowler, whom she married on Sept. 28, 1940, in Lawrence County; a daughter, Pat Dixon and husband Boyce, Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren, Robert Combs, Richard Combs and Nancy Bushell; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, with Donald Layne officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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Benny L. Fry

Benny L. Fry, 65, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 12, 2008, at his home.

Born in Walnut Ridge, he moved to Jonesboro in 1962. He was a homebuilder and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Jonesboro, where he was a deacon for 24 years. He had served as chairman of the deacons, Sunday school superintendent, and drove the church van for the senior adults. He was active in the MAPS (Missions America Placement Service) Program, which constructed church buildings domestically and internationally.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.F. and Gladys Warner Fry; three sisters, Ruby Camden, Lorine Luster and Norma Smith; and two brothers, Shelby Fry and Lawrence Fry.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Merle Kirby Fry; two sons, Ben Fry Jr., and Tim Fry and wife Marsha, all of Jonesboro; three sisters, Luzene Carlton, Lebanon, Mo., Nina Rorex Vinson, Walnut Ridge, and Gerldine Brewer, Hoxie; and three grandsons, Tyler Fry, Logan Fry and Adam Fry.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Jonesboro with Matt Smith and Mike Glover officiating. Burial was in Manning Cemetery near Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Chris Flanigan, Rudy Cummings, Glen McManners, Ronnie Holder, Charles Smith and Jackie O'Connor. Honorary pallbearers were James Hall, Robert Stafford, Marshall Tyson, Herb Woefle, and the deacons of First Assembly of God Church.

Memorials may be made to the MAPS Program, P.O. Box 19187, Jonesboro, AR 72403 or the First Assembly of God Church.

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

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Sherry Polston Grimes

Sherry Polston Grimes, 52, of Strawberry, died Feb. 16, 2008, at Walnut Ridge.

She received a bachelor's degree from Southern Baptist College and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, L.B. and Ellafern Hodge Massey.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Polston, Strawberry, and Ryan Polston, Clarksville, Tenn.; a sister, Susan Bolden, Strawberry; and a grandson, Taylor Hugg, Ash Flat.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Strawberry with Charles Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn and Walnut Ridge.

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Betty Jo Isbell

Betty Jo Isbell, 72, of Paragould, died Feb. 15, 2008, at Arkansas Methodist Hospital.

Born Feb. 2, 1936, at Smithville, she was the daughter of Andrew Jackson and Willie White Gilbert. She was a care giver and a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two sons, Joe Gilbert and wife Rebecca, Brookland, and Tony Gilbert and wife Lynn, Finch; five brothers, Charles Gilbert, Chicago, Bob Gilbert, Arkansas, and Tom Gilbert, Jack Gilbert and Johnny Gilbert, all of Texas; four sisters, Ruth Grambling, Paragould, Iva Capps, Ash Flat, Liz Capps, Little Rock, and Goldie Steele, Texas; seven grandchildren, Zack Isbell, Kayla Isbell, Joey Isbell, Jaylene Isbell, Nick Isbell, Kendall Isbell, Heather Knecht, Jamie Knecht and Trevor Knecht; and six great-grandchildren, Daniel McKenna, Isaac Isbell, Lindsey Knecht, Logan Knecht and Erin Knecht.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Old Bethel Cemetery, near Black Rock, with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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Buford C. Light

Buford C. Light, 78, of Hoxie, died Feb. 18, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a short illness.

Born in the Strangers Home community, he was the son of Arthur and Susie Kirtley Light. He was a former cotton ginner and factory worker, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a member of the Hopewell Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Nancy Armstrong Light; three daughters, Amanda Kelley, Tressa Mitchell and Cindy Burns, all of Imboden; two sons, Sam Light, Liberty, Kan., and Randy Light, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Mildred Whitmire, Black Rock, and Ruby Light, Walnut Ridge; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Sweetheart.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Chapel. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home. Military honors will be provided by Promberger-Traw VFW Post #4556 of Pocahontas.

Visitation is tonight from 6 to 8.

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Gerry Ann Millsap

Gerry Ann Millsap, 38, of Bono, stepmother of Jammie Conrey of Sedgwick, died Feb. 14, 2008, at her home. Burial was Monday in Trinity Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Jim D. Nall

Jim D. Nall, 75, of Jonesboro, stepfather of Johnnie Stone of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 16, 2008. Burial was Tuesday in Pine Log Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Phillip Charles Prater

Phillip Charles Prater, 46, of Paragould, died Feb. 15, 2008, at his home. Survivors include his parents, Charley and Madeline Prater of Paragould, who graduated from Egypt School. A celebration of his life will be held today at 10 a.m. at Camp Ground United Methodist Church, near Paragould, with Rev. Eddie Harris officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro. An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Robie A. Ratliff

Robie A. Ratliff, 102, of Pocahontas, formerly of Smithville, died Feb. 16, 2008, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Survivors include five children, Olene Pacino, St. Louis, Ellen Day, Pocahontas, James Ratliff, Winfield, Mo., Dennis Ratliff, Granite City, Ill., and Robie E. Ratliff, Aquadulce, Calif.; a brother, Roy Ratliff, Stokes; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at the Cox-Waymon Funeral Home Chapel in Pocahontas.

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Velma Lee Reaves

Velma Lee Reaves, 87, of Batesville, died Feb. 17, 2008, at Woodlawn Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 27, 1920, in Newark, she was the daughter of Enos and Jennie Creasey Boultinghouse. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ at Newark.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Morris Reaves Sr.; a grandson, John Robert Smith; and two sons-in-law, Henry Ray Crews and Von West.

Survivors include a son, Morris Reaves Jr. and wife Jane, Saffell; four daughters, Virginia Austin and husband Jack, Newport, Ina West, Cord, Clara Nell Crews, Saffell, and Linda Smith, Batesville; a brother, Willie Boultinghouse, North Little Rock; eight grandchildren, Anthony Crabtree, Renee Bell, Dwaine Cobb, Denise Cobb, Jackie Crews, Resa Bolin, Elizabeth Rollins and Laura Smith; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Cord Methodist Church with her nephew Tommy Kidd officiating, assisted by Stanley Vandergriff. Burial was in Hopewell Cemetery at Cord under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Don Wayne Anderson, Wayne Anderson, Harry Bell, Jerry Brewer, Chuck Osborne and Murvlee Crigler. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmie Darling, J.C. McMinn and Curtis Smith.

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

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Gilbert H. Rutledge

Gilbert H. Rutledge, 56, of Imboden, died Feb. 13, 2008, at his home.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Rutledge.

Survivors include his wife, Judith Rutledge; two sons, Mark Rutledge, Imboden, and Gilbert Rutledge Jr., Texas; a stepson, Chad King, Portia; his father, Lawrence Rutledge, Napa, Calif.; six sisters, Teletha Wieland, Williford, Mary Owens, Tulsa, Okla., Alma Schofield, Wichita, Kan., Debbie Smithee, Monette, and Rosetta Helt and Margaret Grable, both of Flippin; two brothers, James Lesley Rutledge, Couch, Mo., and Jerry Rutledge, Hidden Valley; and five grandchildren.

Services were Saturday at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Mo.

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Carolyn Taylor

Carolyn Taylor, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 14, 2008, at Walnut Ridge.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Southern State College, a master's degree from Arkansas State University, a doctorate in chiropractic from Logan College in St. Louis and a degree in theology from Charis Bible College in Colorado Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Virginia Grisby Downum.

Survivors include Berlan Taylor of Alicia, and their daughter, Caroline "Cari" Taylor, Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sisters, Kathy Bilbrey, Walnut Ridge, and Barbara Phipps, Jonesboro; and two brothers, Melvin Downum, Jonesboro, and Donnie Downum, Highland.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Betty Williams officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Justin Downum, Gary Downum, Junior Tucker, Junior Graves, Ray Phipps and Sonny Bilbrey.

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