December 24, 2008 Edition

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Lula Maurean Bilbrey Vela F. Brown Wilma Sue Burleson
Alline Davis Maggie Lorene Heafner Lorene Brown
Ed Mahan Imogene Sackett Parker Nancy Akers Paxton
Bernard C. Robertson


Lula Maurean Bilbrey

Lula Maurean Bilbrey, 95, of Poughkeepsie, died Dec. 18, 2008, at a Fulton County hospital. Burial was Sunday in Lebanon Cemetery at Nelsonville under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Vela F. Brown

Vela F. Brown, 96, of Lakeside, Ariz., died recently at her home.

Born Jan. 23, 1912, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Thomas Mose and Vertie Stratton Robertson. She was raised by her father and stepmother, Edith Robertson, and attended school at Mount Vernon, near Black Rock, where she was an honor student.

She worked as a beautician and did volunteer work during World War II. After the war, she worked at Fedders Corporation in Effingham, Ill. She moved to Lakeside, Ariz., where she and her husband operated a business. She was a member of the Reorganized LDS Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Brown, whom she married June 22, 1941; a son, Wayne Moore; and six brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Kellums, Goodyear, Ariz., and Ann Ferganchick, Tucson, Ariz.; five sisters, Maudeline Rogers, Nettie Oldham and Dora McAlister, all of Jonesboro, Evelyn Flippo, Powhatan, and Betty Jean McCarty, Lima, Ohio; a brother, Bernard Robertson, Kirkland, Ill.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

Private services were held in Lakeside, Ariz.

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Wilma Sue Burleson

Wilma Sue Burleson, 63, of Black Rock, died Dec. 21, 2008, at her home.

Born Feb. 11, 1945, in the Lauratown community, she was the daughter of Leonard Eugene and Christine Stuart Mashburn. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fay Edward Burleson, on May 16, 2000, whom she married July 25, 1963.

Survivors include two daughters, Lucinda Burleson, Black Rock, and Rebecca Burleson, Powhatan; two sons, Mark Burleson, Hoxie, and Fay Edward Burleson II, Indiana; a sister, Dorris Datson, Poughkeepsie; four brothers, William Mashburn, Bakersfield, Calif., Billy Mashburn, Black Rock, Paul Mashburn, Batesville, and Ronnie Mashburn, Steele, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Alline Davis

Alline Davis, 75, of Imboden, died Dec. 15, 2008, at her home.

She was a homemaker and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Carter and Violet Henninger Woodward; three brothers; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, William O. Davis; three daughters, Virginia Dear and husband Boyd, DeRidder, La., Diane Young and husband John, and Agnes Taylor and husband Leon, all of Imboden; two sons, Odell Davis and wife Carolyn, Hoxie, and John E. Davis and wife Jean, Imboden; a brother, Lib Woodward, Jonesboro; a sister, Jeanine Spence, Flint, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Alline Davis Memorial Fund at Pulaski Bank in Imboden.

Visitation is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

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Maggie Lorene Heafner

Maggie Lorene Rice Heafner, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 17, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 24, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Henry M. and Mary Elizabeth Spence Rice. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold G. Heafner, on Feb. 2, 1985, whom she married Oct. 25, 1944; and siblings, Claude Rice, Leonard Rice, Lottie Hurn, Maudie Rice, Garland Rice, Vernie Rice, Gusty Rice and infant twin brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jo Wolf and husband Jack, Walnut Ridge; a grandson, Harold Porter and wife Kelli, Walnut Ridge; a granddaughter, Cassie Pratt and husband Adam, Hoxie; and three great-grandchildren, Kobe Porter and Maggie Porter, both of Walnut Ridge, and Saydee Pratt, Hoxie.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Harris officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Tony Mitchell, Billy Rice, Tom Richardson, Ronnie Rice, Dean Davis and David Wray.

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Lorene Brown

Lorene Brown, 89, of Rockford, Ill., died Dec. 21, 2008, at her home.

She had lived in Rockford for the past 34 years after moving from Delaplaine. She was a switchboard operator and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Brown; her parents, J.T. and Dessie Cummings McBroom; and a brother, J.E. "Buster" McBroom.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Hegberg, Rockford, and Shirley Fisackerly and husband Larry, Monticello; three grandchildren, Theresa Wake, Heath Hegberg and Stacy Usry; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Charles Abanathy officiating. Burial will be in Jones-Ridge Cemetery at Delaplaine.

Pallbearers will be Terry McBroom, Kent McBroom, Jake McBroom, James Compton, Frankie Rice and Jeff Tabor.

Visitation is set for Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to time of the service.

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Ed Mahan

Ed Mahan, 83, of Cash, died Dec. 16, 2008, at Woodbriar Nursing Center in Harrisburg.

Born March 9, 1925, at Alicia, he was the son of George and Loyce Mahan. He was a farmer and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lanelle Mahan; and a daughter, Sharon Mahan.

Survivors include a son, Mike Mahan, Cash; a daughter, Lee Ann Priest and husband Barry, Elizabeth; two sisters, Thelma Stanley, Lynnville, Tenn., and Linnie Inman, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Nick Mahan and Jill Priest.

Graveside service was Friday at 11 a.m. at Johnson Cemetery at Cash with Bob Kerry officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Cash Fire Department or to Johnson Cemetery.

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Imogene Sackett Parker

Imogene Sackett Parker, 82, of Egypt, died Dec. 16, 2008, at Richardson Regional Hospital.

Born June 15, 1926, at Swifton, she was the daughter of Cyrus and Vivetta Sackett. She grew up in Egypt, where she graduated from high school. She worked for many years at Frolic Footwear and GE. She was a member of the Egypt Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ray Parker and Darrus Kent; a daughter, Rayetta Parker; a sister, Audrey Harvey; and a brother, Wesley Sackett.

Survivors include two sons, Ray Parker and wife Mary Jean, Plano, Texas, and George Parker and wife Mira, Dallas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Langford-Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Gilly Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro City Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Brady, Mike Brady, Duane Downs, Duane Harvey, Ben Parker and Bill Robinson.

An online guestbook is available at

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Nancy Akers Paxton

Nancy Akers Paxton, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 18, 2008, at the Heart Hospital in Little Rock.

The daughter of Charles and Sadie Wilson Akers, she had lived in Walnut Ridge for the past 43 years after moving from Jonesboro. She was a bookkeeper, a homemaker and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Faris Paxton; a sister, Ruby Travis; and a brother, Cap Akers.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Tennison, Walls, Miss., and Adele Holmes and Phyllis Bryant, both of Bono; two sons, Charles Paxton and Byron Paxton, both of Jonesboro; a brother, Paul Akers, Brandon, Miss.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Robert Combs officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery at Brookland under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Nathan Tennison, Beau Tennison, Stephen Heard, Nick Atchley, Mark Paxton, Phillip Brinkley, Faris Paxton and Jeff Estes.

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Bernard C. Robertson

Bernard C. "Bernie" Robertson, 77, of Kirkland, Ill., died Dec. 20, 2008, at his home.

Born May 18, 1931, in Black Rock, he was the son of Thomas Mose "T.M." and Edith Beeler Robertson. He moved to Illinois at age 16 and began farming, eventually establishing a successful family-run beef and grain farm near Kirkland. He was a member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the National Cattleman's Association. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1956 and was a member of Kirkland United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Zane Robertson; seven brothers, T.J. Robertson, Doris Robertson, Shelby Robertson, Doc Robertson, Virgil Robertson, Cannon Robertson and Lavelle Robertson; and a sister, Vela Brown.

Funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Chapel in Sycamore, Ill. Burial will be in Maple Cemetery at Kirkland.

A memorial fund has been established in care of Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178.

An online guestbook is available at

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