January 21, 2009 Edition

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Roacho ~ Broadway


Regina Lynn Boggs Alice T. Dollahite Marian Green
Lottie Sue Greer Mattie Housdan William Cleveland Keller
Joan Leonard Alice F. Marotz Walter Neeley
Vela Rippee Russell Dorothy Wicker Charles O. Wright


Roacho ~ Broadway

Marvin and Laura Cook of Walnut Ridge and Richard Roacho of Blythe, Calif., announce the engagement and fourthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennnifer Jania Roacho, to Joseph Wayne Broadway, son of Wayne and Lucy Broadway of Pocahontas.

The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a 2007 graduate of Blackwood Beauty School in Pocahontas. She is employed as a cosmetologist at Indulge Salon and Day Spa in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is a 2004 graduate of Pocahontas High School. He is employed as a customer service representative at StarTek in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, March 14, at 4 p.m. The wedding will be held at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All friends and family are invited to attend.

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Regina Lynn Boggs

Regina Lynn Boggs, 51, of Hoxie, died Jan. 17, 2009, at her home.

Having lived in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area the past 35 years, she was a homemaker and a store clerk. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, Andy Powers.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Boggs; a daughter, Jennifer Henson, Hoxie; her mother, Maxine Powers, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren.

Funeral will be Thursday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Chuck Fitzgerald and Rick Anglin officiating. Burial will be in Lorado Cemetery, near Walcott.

Pallbearers will be Chris Boggs, Michael Boggs, Michael Henson, Dalton Henson, Eric Hoffman, Steve Powers, Charles Hendrix and Charles Boggs.

Visitation is this evening from 5-8 at the funeral home.

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Alice T. Dollahite

Alice T. Dollahite, 94, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Jan. 9, 2009.

Born April 8, 1914, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of William and Clara Toy Spicer. She was formerly of the Walnut Ridge/Hoxie area and had lived in the Kalamazoo area since 1958. She was a member of the Portage Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Dollahite, on Dec 31, 1984; a daughter, Linda Steele; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include five daughters, Ernestine Rugg, Callie Frazine and husband Don, all of Kalamazoo, Dorothy Louise Kotus, Grand Rapids, Mich., Maxine Wiejaczka and husband Ken, Chicago, and Elaine Bailey and husband Russ, Lawton, Mich.; a sister, Aladiene Smith, Azle, Texas 17; grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the Portage Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses in Portage, Mich. Private burial was in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery under the direction of Langeland Family Funeral Homes of Kalamazoo.

Memorials may be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.

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Marian Green

Marian Green, 78, of Smithville, died Jan. 14, 2009, at her home.

Born Jan. 9, 1931, in Cedar Springs, Mich., she was the daughter of Fredrick Neff and Mamie Isabell Holiday Fisk. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Strawberry Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Hinkley.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Green; a son, Ivan Kent Ringler, Albermarle, N.C.; three daughters, Ranae Lashell Fletcher, Landis, N.C., Arretha Louise Page, China Grove, N.C., and Thelma Polston, Cave City; a brother, Ronald Neff Fisk, Cedar Springs, Mich.; a sister, Genieve Giar, Cedar Springs; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial was in Shamrock Cemetery near Charlotte.

Pallbearers were Michael Liles, Michael Peterson, Kevin Liles, Ken Polston, Kerry Fletcher and Phillip Horton.

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Lottie Sue Greer

Lottie Sue Greer, 74, of Black Rock, died Jan. 14, 2009, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro following a lengthy illness.

A resident of Black Rock for nearly 30 years, she was a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church, where she played the piano.

Survivors include her husband, James Greer; three children, David Greer, Newbern, Tenn., Anita Henson, Black Rock, and Tawana Walker, Eudora, Miss.; three sisters, Emma Martin, Heber Springs, Aleen Richards, Cordova, Tenn., and Mary Wall, Hernando, Miss.; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

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Mattie Housdan

Mattie Housdan, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 18, 2009, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born June 3, 1932, at Trumann, she was the daughter of Jessie and Lucy Hughes Vest. She was a homemaker and was of the Protestant belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rudy Housdan, on Nov. 15, 1986, whom she married Feb. 15, 1963; and nine siblings.

Survivors include a daughter, Lucy Sellers and husband John, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Ford Vest, Elmo, Wash.; a sister, Jessie Barnhill, Harrisburg; and a grandson, Corey Micheal Sellers.

Funeral service will be today at 2 p.m. at the chapel of Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie with Rev. Debbie Spangler officiating. Burial will be in the Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Don Brown, Jim Sellers, Wendell Jones, Bob Heard, Glen Worlow and Thomas Lamb.

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William Cleveland Keller

William Cleveland Keller, 70, of Weiner, father of Bobby Joe Keller of Swifton, died Jan. 13, 2009, at Jonesboro. Burial was Thursday in Ballew's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Joan Leonard

Joan Leonard, 57, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 16, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 2, 1951, she had lived most of her life in the Cash, Egypt and Jonesboro area and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "R.L." Leonard; her parents, Roy and Fanny McMahan; and a brother, Charles McMahan.

Survivors include four sons, Bobby Leonard, Tim Leonard and wife Juanita, Charlie Turner Leonard and Matthew Leonard Sr. and wife Sandra, all of Jonesboro; a daughter, Kathy Luna and husband Frank, Jonesboro; two sisters, Flora Bice, Imboden, and Jeanie Larkins, Memphis; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Wayne Herring officiating. Burial was in Keller's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Matthew Leonard, Tim Leonard, David Smith, J.R. Leonard, Jimmy Leonard and Greg Burr. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Luna, Bobby Leonard and Jerry Langston.

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

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Alice F. Marotz

Alice F. Marotz, 70, of Homer, Neb., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 6, 2009, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Grover Cleo and Cannie Missouri Blake Whittaker; and two brothers, Ernest Whittaker and Maxie Whittaker.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, David Marotz; a daughter, Janet Marotz and husband William, Wisconsin; two brothers, James Whittaker, Missouri, and Grover Whittaker, Hoxie; two grandsons, Joseph Marotz and Matthew Marotz; and five great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Burial will be at a later date.

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Walter Neeley

Walter Neeley, 71, of Black Rock, died Jan. 20, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 29, 1937, in Shawnee, Okla., he was the son of Joe and Leona Welker Neeley. He was a graduate of Strawberry High School, attended Southern Baptist College at Walnut Ridge and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.

He retired from Mobil Oil Corp. in 1992 after 30 years of service. As an employee of Mobil Oil, he traveled the world during his role in oil exploration. He was also a talented inventor and had eight U.S. patent inventions that helped Mobil in oil exploration.

His memberships included the Society of Exploration of Geophysicists, Electrical Electronic Engineering and Smithville United Methodist Church, where he was a past council chair, pastor parish relations chair and Sunday school teacher.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Russell Neeley and Bobby Joe Neeley.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Neeley; a son, Kyle Neeley and wife Debra, Memphis; a brother, Albert Brock, Griffithville, Texas; four grandchildren, Jayda Neeley, Alexis Janaski, Elizabeth O'Tinger and Rob Guthrie.

Funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Smithville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery, near Black Rock, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation will be Thursday morning from 10 until service time at the church.

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Vela Rippee Russell

Vela Rippee Russell, 89, of Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 19, 2009.

Born Oct. 18, 1919, in the Richwoods community, she retired from Walnut Ridge School after 28 years of serving lunch to "her kids." She had also worked for Kellim Laundry and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Poplar Valley Free Will Baptist Church of Bono.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Thomas Rippee; her mother, Ida Lee Rippee; her stepmother, Leona Rippee; two brothers, Roy Rippee and Robert Rippee; three sisters, Audrey R. Goodman, Elsie R. Hall and Reba (Nook) R. Christie; and a daughter, Norma Jean Russell.

Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Rev. J.W. Russell; a son, Rev. Larry J. Russell and wife Janis, Chesapeake, Va.; two granddaughters, Kimberly Russell Fender and Jennifer C. Russell; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the House-Gregg chapel with Revs. Tim Campbell and Marion Stringer officiating. Soloist will be Dwayne Ford. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Whittenham, Chris Whittenham, Don Hudson, Ron Moser, Gale Linebaugh and Jim Bradley. Honorary pallbearers will be Herb Whittenham, Arvis Connor and Jack Doyle.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-8 at the funeral home.

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Dorothy Wicker

Dorothy Wicker, 77, of Bono, died Jan. 13, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

A homemaker, she lived most of her life in the Fontaine community and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wicker; her parents, Jeff and Hazel Stowers Murphy.

Survivors include a daughter, Gail Bradsher, Fontaine; two sons, Jimmy Wicker, Fontaine, and Joe Wicker, Larado; a sister, JoAnn Henson, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Jimmy Murphy, Larado; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Larado Cemetery, near Walcott, with Tom Lamb and Marion Stringer officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Charles O. Wright

Charles O. Wright, 72, of Fairfield Bay, formerly of Corning, died Jan. 15, 2009.

Born Jan. 27, 1936, in Corning, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam and retired after 20 years of service (from 1956-1976). He then worked in the Clay County Assessor's Office. He was a member of VFW Post 4513 of Fairfield Bay and was deputy commander in Arkansas from 1991-92.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cloyd and Notra Lincoln Wright, who had lived in Walnut Ridge; a brother, Bill Wright; and a stepson, Greg Barloon.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie I. "Marge" Cory Wright; three daughters, Melinda Young and husband Don, Naylor, Mo., Judy Grimes and husband Mike, Jonesboro, Mary Finley and husband Stanley, Black Rock; two stepsons, David Barloon and wife Kathy and Jeff Barloon; a stepdaughter, Brenda Smith and husband Alan; a sister, Louann Brudner; and 12 grandchildren, Magen McGrew, Jeff Young, Tyler Greve, Kyle Grimes, Madison Finley, Serena Finley, Dalton Smith, Austin Smith, Jordan Barloon, Garrett Barloon, Brandon Barloon and Brittnae Barloon.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Fairfield Bay First United Methodist Church. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Roller McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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