December 31, 2008 Edition

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Dorothy Conatser Eunice Conrad Jean Fix
William Bennett Haney Rhoda G. Mullins Bernice K. Woodard
Tom Wylie Wyatt


Dorothy Conatser

Dorothy Banks Conatser, 90, of Trumann, died Dec. 24, 2008, at Craighead Nursing Center in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 5, 1918, in Smithville, she was the daughter of Lewis and Amanda Hardin Banks. She lived most of her life in Trumann and was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and was a past worthy matron of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.R. Conatser, in 1996; a son, James Conatser; five sisters; and a brother.

Survivors include four daughters, Elaine Isbell and husband Jim, Jonesboro, Patsy Bullock, Sharon Vest and husband Bob, and Rose Bradley and husband Bobby, all of Trumann; a son, Ken Conatser and wife Melody, Jonesboro; a sister, Maxine Mauzey, Kansas City, Kan.; a brother, Arlan Ray Banks, Kansas City, Kan.; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral was Satuday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Trumann with Drs. Tad Rogers and Jerry Wilcox officiating. Burial was in Potters Memorial Cemetery at Lepanto under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann.

Pallbearers were Brian Conatser, Bradley Isbell, Mark Vest, Waylon Bullock, Matt Conatser and Josh Bradley. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Conatser, Randy Conatser, Kelley Vest and Joey Conatser.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 575, Trumann, AR 72472.

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Eunice Conrad

Eunice Earlene Conrad, 83, of Ravenden, died Dec. 22, 2008, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 20, 1925, at Ravenden Springs, she was the daughter of Earl and Bama Ann Wells Graham. She was a retired salesclerk for Sears and later worked for Spikes Clothing Store in Pocahontas.

Survivors include two sons, James Conrad, Chicago, and Britt Conrad, Ravenden; four grandchildren, Cory Conrad, Kipp Conrad, Brittany Conrad and Lucas Conrad; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Higginbotham Chapel. Burial was in Wells Cemetery, near Ravenden, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Jean Fix

Shelby Jean Fix, 71, of Cabot, died Dec. 24, 2008.

Born June 21, 1937, in Hoxie, she was a member of Living Waters Assembly of God. She played semi-pro basketball for the Arkansas Redheads and also played softball and was a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Vernon Fix; her parents, Marvin and Bessie Dobbs; and a sister, Mary Lou Shockley.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Vernon Fix, Vancleave, Miss., and Keith Eric Fix, Cabot; a daughter, Belinda Ann Overton, El Paso; three sisters, Mona Kay, Jonesboro, Shirley Lowe, Warsaw, Mo., and Pat Nichols, Wanut Ridge; five grandchildren, Michael Teet Fix, Haley Dawn Wylie, Brittany Nichole Fix, Taylor Ryan Overton and Hailey Arielle Overton; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Moore's Cabot Funeral Home with pastor Gene Hewitt officiating. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

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William Bennett Haney

William Bennett Haney, 86, of O'Kean, died Dec. 25, 2008, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born June 17, 1922, he was the son of William Robert Haney and Laura B. Gates. He served in the Army Air Corps as an airplane mechanic during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Foster.

Survivors include a son, William Haney, O'Kean; a daughter, Linda Harris, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Bryan Farmer, Tina Stroud, Brittany Schmidt and William Haney; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens with Donnie Autry officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Rhoda G. Mullins

Rhoda Mae Forkum Greer Boothe Mullins, 88, formerly of Lawrence County, died Dec. 28, 2008, at her home.

Born Jan. 4, 1920, in Joiner, she was the daughter of Henry and Eva Cordelia Walker Forkum. She was a registered dietician at Greene Acres Nursing Home and attended Walnut Corner General Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Odos Greer, Willie Boothe and Ralph Mullins; a son, Odos Greer Jr.; and a grandson, Edward Darrin Harpole.

Survivors include a son, William Henry Greer and wife Betty, Byhalia, Miss.; two daughters, Betty Harpole and husband Johnny, Paragould, and Baraba Jean Harpole and husband Eddie, Delaplaine; a sister, Hazel Forkum, Paragould; five brothers, Melvin "Jack" Forkum, Norman "Wendy" Forkum, Tyler

"Tab" Forkum and Billie Joe Forkum, all of Walcott, and Richard Forkum, Columbia, Miss.; six grandchildren, Renee Greer, Michelle McCloud, John Harpole, Tommy Greer, Donna Breece and Amanda Hantke; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Walnut Corner General Baptist Church with Revs. Bobby Wade and Marion Stringer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.

Visitation is Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Bernice K. Woodard

Bernice Kathryn Woodard, 95, of Jackson, Tenn., died Dec. 28, 2008, at Primacy Healthcare in Memphis.

Born Nov. 2, 1913, at Alicia, she was the daughter of TT and Carrie Prater Sherrell. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Oscar Woodard, on Nov. 10, 2000, whom she married in October 1934; a daughter, Mary K. Stoakes; and a brother, Marvin Sherrell.

Survivors include a son, William "Buddy" Woodard, Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Joy Ray, Germantown, Tenn., and Betty Miller, Lakeland, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Kausler officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Mark Stoakes, Jamie Miller, Drew McCartney, Dennis Milan, Karyl Bailey and Tom Baker.

Visitation will be Wednesday from noon to time of the service.

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Tom Wylie Wyatt

Tom Wylie Wyatt, 89, of Paragould, died Dec. 26, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in 1919 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Mont and Zola Mae Edmonson Wyatt.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, John Newton Wyatt, Robert Wesley Wyatt and Billy Wyatt.

Survivors include his wife, Margie Wyatt; a daughter, Sharon Junca, Jonesboro; two sons, Eldon Wyatt, Columbia, S.C., and Oniel Wyatt, High Ridge, Mo.; two sisters, Emily Carter, Groveton, Texas, and Ruth Trotter, Albuquerque, N.M.; a brother, Charles Lee, Ocala, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Monday at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Heath Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Don Wyatt, Troy Wyatt, Keith Wyatt, Danny Price, Justin Waln and Vince Caldwell.

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