January 28, 2009 Edition

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K'dee Inez Marie Oden


Bob Broughton Gus Crider Julian O'day Crider
Allis Gus Fallis Jr. Benjamin Wesley Hardin Drusilla A. Hickman
Carol Clayton Jackson Bell Polston Edith Littie Rountree
Cecil Owen Smith


K'dee Inez Marie Oden

Jennie Oden of Walnut Ridge has announced the birth of a daughter on Jan. 23, 2009, at Harris Hospital in Newport. The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named K'dee Inez Marie Oden.

Grandparents are Connie Lillard of Walnut Ridge and Royce and Alice Oden of Crossett. She is the great-granddaughter of Taylor and Inez Lillard of Smithville.

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Bob Broughton

Robert "Bob" Broughton, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 26, 2009, at Craighead County Nursing Center.

Born May 26, 1924, he was a member and past deacon of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Sue Dunham Broughton; three daughters, Suzanne Schlueter and husband Gary, Bono, Sandy Uran and husband John, Rossville, Tenn., and Sharon Grogan and husband Bill, Paragould; two brothers, James Broughton, Nashville, Tenn., and Charlie Broughton, St. Louis; and four grandchildren, B.J. Schlueter, Brandon Schlueter, Robert Grogan and Lee Grogan.

Funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro with Pastor Gerald James offi ciating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Sons-in-law and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Russell Dunham, Bill Grogan Sr., George Uran, Tom Sloan, Marcy Harrell, Gale Brewer, Bobby Davis, Ralph Clark and the staff of Craighead County Nursing Center.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernard's Hospice, 1712 Marie Circle, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

Visitation is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Gus Crider

Gus Crider, 96, of Imboden, died Jan. 27, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 30, 1912, at Sitka, he was the son of Charles and Mary Fooks Crider. He retired as assistant postmaster at Holbrook, Ariz., after more than 30 years of service. He was a World War II veteran and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, Louis Crider; and three brothers, Chester Crider, Dexter Crider and Russell Crider.

Survivors include his wife, May Willett Crider, whom he married Dec. 30, 1939, at Smithville; a daughter, Paula Wilson, Almogorda, N.M.; a son, C. Wayne Crider, Oak Harbor, Wash.; a brother, Ted Crider, Louisville, Ky.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Julian O'day Crider

Julian O'day Crider, 65, of Delaplaine, died Jan. 23, 2009, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Born Oct. 23, 1943, he was a farmer and was ordained as an elder of First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Crider.

Survivors include his wife, Tonda Crider; a son, Heath Crider and wife Angie, Peach Orchard; a daughter, Stefanee Hart and husband Jason, Jonesboro; two stepdaughters, Amber Smith, Pocahontas, and Andrea Smith, Searcy; his mother, Edna Crider, Delaplaine; eight grandchildren, Nate Crider, Bentley Hart, Darian Crider, Abigail Crider, Jaci Shay Hart, Aaron Smith, Mitchell Lee and Ashleigh Collier; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens at Paragould under the direction of Heath Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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

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Allis Gus Fallis Jr.

Allis Gus Fallis Jr., 81, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 20, 2009, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born July 9, 1927, at Alicia, he was the son of Allie Gus Sr. and Bessie Fallis. He was a former teacher, salesman, and owner of Fallis Mobile Home Park. He was a member of Stone Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Lee Hefner.

Survivors include his wife, Marceline Walls Fallis; two sons, Rick Fallis and fi ancˇ Marietta Alphin, Little Rock, and Stephen Fallis and wife Cindy, Rector; two daughters, Sandra Hefner, Jonesboro, and Micky Phillips and husband Jack, St. Petersburg, Fla.; two brothers, Douglas Fallis and wife Susie, Swifton, and David Fallis and wife Sue, Ozark; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Stone Street Church of Christ with Dick Blackford and Kenneth Camp officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will include the men of Stone Street Church of Christ.

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Benjamin Wesley Hardin

Benjamin Wesley Hardin, 80, of Swifton, died Jan. 21, 2009, at his home.

Born Feb. 16, 1928, in Swifton, he was the son of William R. and Mary Jane Coopriter Hardin. He was a World War II veteran and retired from Wal-Mart in 2001.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Hardin, Andrew Hardin and ShelbyHardin; and three sisters, Emma Morton, Effie Devore and Mae McGee.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Elwanda Ross Hardin; a daughter, Nancy Rhoades and husband Chuck, Cabot; a son, Billy Hardin, Swifton; two sisters, Rosie Caldwell, Cabot, and Bonnie Jimerson, Mountain Home; three grandchildren, Brandon Hardin, Allison Schulz and Travis Rhoades; and six greatgrandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Swifton. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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Drusilla A. Hickman

Drusilla Ann Hickman, 73, of Paragould, formerly of Black Rock, died Jan. 26, 2009, at NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro.

She had lived most of her life in St. Louis and had previously lived in Perryville, Mo. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice "Pat" and Geraldine M. Branham Hartnett; and a brother, Ronald P. Hartnett.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Charles J. Hickman; fi ve sons, Charles F. Hickman, Huntsville, Ala., Jim P. Hickman, Washington, D.C., Dr. Tim P. Hickman, Kansas City, Mo., Thomas L. Hickman and wife Vicky, and John R. Hickman, all of St. Louis; and a sister, Patrice, California.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jerry W. Smith offi ciating. The body will be cremated. Private burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Visitation will be Saturday from noon until time of the service.

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Carol Clayton Jackson

Carol Clayton Jackson, 47, of Hardy, died Jan. 19, 2009, at her home.

Born July 13, 1961, in Walnut Ridge, she was a graduate of Delaplaine High School. She joined the United States Army under the Delayed Entry Program while she was a senior in high school. She worked as a promotional coordinator for TKO Productions. She was of the Pentecostal faith and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Knobel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Jackson; and her parents, Bonnie and Pat Clayton and Lael Breckenridge.

Survivors include a son, Heath Jackson and wife Jeanie, West Plains, Mo.; a daughter, Brandy Figgins, Hardy; and 11 grandchildren, Cheyenne, Morgan, Chelsey, Andie, Jonathan, Jarrod, Tanner, Dakota, Dylan, Justin and Hunter.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Rick Ethridge offi ciating. Private burial will be at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers were Heath Jackson, Jimmy Dale Rice, Randy Sneed, Adam Gwinn, Tommy Rice, Michael Eveland, Charlie Yates, Keith Ooten, Judy Eveland, Jeff Goings and Kay Goings.

An online guestbook is available at www.mitchelfuneralhomes.com

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Bell Polston

Bell Polston, 83, of Cherokee Village, died Jan. 23, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Nov. 1, 1925, at Saffell, she was the daughter of William Jennings and Mae Gardner Herring.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry L. Polston.

Survivors include three sons, Laveral Polston and Jimmie Polston, both of Highland, and Larry Polston, Paw Paw, Mich.; a daughter, Velda Wiles, Highland; a sister, Wanda Lee Sexton, Saffell; a brother, George Herring, Strawberry; 10 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland.

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Edith Littie Rountree

Edith Littie Rountree, 96, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 22, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She had lived in Alicia before moving to Hoxie in 1974 and later moved to Walnut Ridge. She was a homemaker and was a member of the church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Rountree; a son, Darrell Rountree; two sisters, Mildred Rogers and Ethel Chronister; a brother, Otis Holloway; and two grandchildren, Paula Rountree and Brenden Rountree.

Survivors include a daughter, Earlene Andrews, Arizona; a son, Nathan Sonny Rountree, California; two sisters, Margaret Broadway and Ann Sauls, both of Walnut Ridge; a brother, Morris Holloway, Jonesboro; eight grandchildren; 21 greatgrandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don R. House and Donald Layne offi ciating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia.

Pallbearers were Zack Lawhon, Rick Stowers, Monte Weaver, Royce Lusk, John Chronister and Steve Whittaker.

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Cecil Owen Smith

Cecil Owen Smith, 86, of Sedgwick, died Jan. 20, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

A WWII Navy veteran, he was a farmer and a lifetime resident of Lawrence County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Rosa Potts Smith; brothers, Phineas, Otto, Raymond and Jerry Smith; and sisters, Mary Graham and Martha McCaffery

Survivors include his wife, Vastina Pratt Smith of the home; son, Lonnie Smith and wife Katie of Hoxie; daughter, Connie Carr of Hoxie; five grandchildren, Jennifer Carr of Hoxie, Owen Smith and wife Deborah of Jonesboro, Amy Pollard and husband Billy of Hoxie, Valerie Bratcher and husband John of Springdale, Amanda Prestidge and husband Adam of Powhatan; six greatgrandchildren, Devyn Pollard of Hoxie, Hannah Smith of Jonesboro, John Bratcher of Springdale, Andrew Prestidge of Powhatan, Rebeca Bratcher of Springdale and Alexander Prestidge of Powhatan; sisters, Emmaline Ashlock of California, Virginia Bonner of Walnut Ridge and Easter Rosenblum of Springdale; and brothers, Noble Smith of Baldwin, Mich., Garland Smith of Dowagiac, Mich., and Darrell Smith of Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bobby Wade offi ciating House-Gregg Funeral Home had chargeof arrangements.

Pallbearers were Mike Permenter, Alan Pratt, Robert Pratt, Jerry R. Smith, Lee Darrell Smith and Raymond Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were David Smith, Greg Smith, Joe Smith and Lewis Smith.

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