May 7, 2008 Edition

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Norma Hackworth Webster Earl Head Jr. William Aubrey Huskey
Joyce Malden Wanda Pickett McLaink Patsy Ruth Melton
Thelma Milligan Jacqueline Ramsay Ernie Trusty


Norma Hackworth

Norma Jean Melton Hackworth, 52, of Emerson, died April 17, 2008, at Magnolia City Hospital in Magnolia, following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 9, 1955, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Agnes Melton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Pete Melton; and a sister, Darlene Melton.

Survivors include her husband, David Hackworth; two sons, Cody Hackworth and Casey Hackworth, both of the home; three daughters, Lisa Hackworth and Pam Smith, both of Emerson, and Sandra McMasters and husband Lynn, Cabot; two brothers, James Melton, Jonesboro, and J.D. Melton and wife Lora, Hoxie; three sisters, Willine Erwin and husband Vernon, Imboden, Maxine Russell and husband Bill, Hardy, and Berline Stewart, Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Janette Melton, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Sunday, April 20, at Barlow Cemetery in Magnolia with Bro. Dale Fisher officiating. Lewis Funeral Home of Magnolia had charge of arrangements.

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Webster Earl Head Jr.

Webster Earl Head Jr., 76, of Memphis, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died May 4, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.

Born Sept. 2, 1931, at Neely's Landing, Mo., he was retired from transportation service and recently worked for the Justice Network.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ann Head; a daughter, Cathy Stanz, Somerville, Tenn.; a son, David Head, Memphis; two grandchildren, Matthew Head and Julian Stanz; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Park Avenue Church of Christ. Roller Family Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church.

An online guestbook is available at

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William Aubrey Huskey

William Aubrey "Orb" Huskey, 50, of West Monroe, La., formerly of Saffell, died May 1, 2008, in Monroe, La.

Born April 26, 1958, in Strawberry, he was the son of Elzie and Shirley Huskey. He worked as a painter for over 30 years.

Survivors include his wife, Suzy Fletcher; a son, Johny Huskey; a stepdaughter, Shona Slavent; a brother, Frank Huskey; two sisters, Jessie Hodge and husband Jerry, and Cindy Huskey; and two grandchildren, Mason Slavent and Shyann Ramos.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Clairborne Assembly of God Church with Rev. Clyde Kelly officiating. Burial was in Beulah Cemetery at Calhoun, La., under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of West Monroe.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Joyce Malden

Joyce Malden, 56, of Pocahontas, mother of Patrick James Malden of Portia, died April 28, 2008. Burial was Thursday in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home

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Wanda Pickett McLain

Wanda Lynn Pickett McLain, 77, of Jonesboro, died May 3, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born June 19, 1930, at Alicia, she was the daughter of James Lynn and Alice Ruth Clark Pickett. She lived in St. Louis for 35 years and returned to Jonesboro in 1986 She was a retired bank employee and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two infant children.

Survivors include a brother, Lynn Pickett, Joplin, Mo.; and two sisters, Urcel Ann Mathis, Springfield, Mo., and Geneva Taylor, Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. in Clark’s Cemetery, east of Alicia, with Lloyd Clark officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Patsy Ruth Melton

Patsy Ruth Melton, 56, of Walnut Ridge died May 2, 2008, at St. Bernards Hospital in Jonesboro, following a short illness.

Born Feb. 7, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Amos and Arvenia Allison Jones, she was employed at Robert Bosch Corporation for many years and was an avid NASCAR fan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Relton Jones and Larry Jones; and one sister, Sue Hibbard.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Melton, two sons, Craig Melton and Josh Melton, of the home; five brothers, Donnie Jones, Dwain Jones, both of Walnut Ridge; Kenny Jones, Rogers; Jerry Jones, Maumelle; Cleatus Jones, Mt. Vernon, Ind.; three sisters, Lenda Bellah, Walnut Ridge; Carolyn Smith, Powhatan, and Jackie Winchester, Mt. Vernon, Mo.

Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Greg Funeal Home with Faris Paxton and Glenn Smith officiating. Burial followed at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Rodney Jones, Blake Jones, Nathan Hibbard, Bobby Joe Bellah, Robbie Smith and Timmy Jones. Honorary pallbearers were Cleat Jones, Adam Jones and Cody Jones.

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Thelma Milligan

Thelma Milligan, 93, of Portia, died April 30, 2008, at the Willard Care Center in Willard, Mo.

Born Nov. 12, 1914, in Portia, she was the daughter of Wallace and Lela Wendell Riley. She was the owner of the Dairy King in Portia for over 30 years and was a member of the Portia Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Milligan, on June 12, 1968, whom she married June 23, 1934, at Portia.

Survivors include a daughter, Hilda Davis and husband Wayne, Pocahontas; two sons, Riley Milligan and wife Ann, Portia, and Jerry Milligan and wife Pat, Walnut Grove, Mo.; two sisters, Betty Davis, Portia, and Wilma Ferrell, St. Charles, Mo.; a brother, J.W. Riley, Hanover, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Jacqueline Rainwater Ramsay

Jacqueline Rainwater Ramsay was born April 20, 1920, in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and was the first child of A.W. and Ethel (Followwill) Rainwater.

The daughter of Walnut Ridge's long time high school principal and superintendent of schools, she excelled in her studies with his strong encouragement. She attended Hendrix College and graduated in the class of 1942. Though she taught public school for a year, her real love was libraries and library science, in which she earned a master's degree from Louisiana State University in 1944.

In the mid-1940s, she worked for the Arkansas State Library Commission, driving a truck all over the state to supervise and restock small local libraries. In 1946 on another library assignment, she met her future husband, William R. Ramsay, then in Army Air Corps uniform (demobilization was still in progress), who asked her for a book on musical counterpoint.

Their real courtship, however, took place in New York City, where they both moved in the late 1940s for different reasons: she to work as director of the Brooklyn Public Library's small branch libraries, and he to attend RCA's engineering school. They married in New York, at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, on March 25, 1950.

Shortly afterward, they moved west and eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1956. Jacquie remained active in library matters, setting up small libraries in elementary schools and serving on the board of supervisors of the Santa Clara County Library.

Jacquie and Bill Ramsay retired to Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, on the Monterey Peninsula, in 1988. After his death in 2002, she continued to live in Carmel. Among her last interests in life was encouraging the education of the college-age women whom she employed as assistants to help her live semi-independently.

From the 1950s until her death her activities were hindered by fibromyalgia. Those who knew her often found remarkable her untiring efforts to put aside her own physical pain and take an active, intelligent interest in others' growth and welfare, in a way that would make a difference.

She died peacefully at home on May 2, 2008, after complications from a fall 10 weeks earlier. She is survived by her son, Clay Ramsay, her grandson, Leo Abe Rainwater, her brother, Gary Rainwater and one aunt, Louise Ponder.

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Ernie Trusty

Riley Ernest “Ernie” Trusty, 67, of Bryant, formerly of Strawberry, died May 4, 2008.

Born Oct. 21, 1940, in Forrest City, he was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Benton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Willie Trusty; and a grandson, Jeffrey Trusty.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Trusty; two sons, Mark Trusty and wife Debra, Springdale, and Timothy Trusty and wife Traci, Bryant; two daughters, Debra Vaulner and husband Paul, Saffell, and Beth Brown and husband Rick, Bryant; a sister, Frances Ratliff and husband Dick, Greenbrier; a brother, G.L. Trusty and wife Linda, Broken Arrow, Okla.; and six grandchildren, Race Trusty, Bailey Trusty, Cameron Vaulner, Cooper Vaulner, Laura Brown and Drew Brown.

Funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Northside Church of Christ in Benton. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park. Griffin Leggett Forest Hills has charge of arrangements.

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