February 4, 2009 Edition

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Obituaries

Thomas S. Buercklin James Cain Jessie Alma Carroll
Franco E. Cline Martha Ellen Dawson Lester Gray
Curtis Huckabee Eugene Kelly McGhee Christine Shelton
Marie Thacker Tom Tillman Dorothy E. Warren

Obituaries

Thomas S. Buercklin

Thomas S. Buercklin, 77, of Greers Ferry, formerly of Portia, died Jan. 28, 2009, at his home.

Born Jan. 31, 1931, at Portia, he was the son of Fred and Vada Lane Buercklin. He was a real estate agent for area realtors in Greers Ferry for more than 20 years. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Sertoma Club and First United Methodist Church of Portia, before moving to Greers Ferry.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Austin Buercklin, whom he married April 19, 1953, at Hoxie; a son, William Buercklin, Fayetteville; two grandsons, Shaun Buercklin and Thomas Buercklin; and a great-grandson, Cody Buercklin.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. in Lawrence Memorial Park with Rev. Michael Winberry officiating.

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James Cain

James C. Cain, 67, of Chandler, Ariz., died Jan. 26, 2009, in Arizona.

Born July 27, 1941, in McCrory, he was the son of Thelma Ray and Ollie Rebaca Wright Cain. He was an engineer for the Arizona state government.

Survivors include two brothers, A.J. Cain, Surprise, Ariz., and Ray Cain, Maynard; three sisters, Donnie Habtilzle, San Diego, Frankie Ross, Perry, Mo., and Shirley Henderson, Tempe, Ariz.

Funeral will be today at 10 a.m. in the Bryan Chapel with Bro. Jim Martin officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Raymond Cain, Keith Cain, Heath Cain, Bill Eagle, Steve Oliver and Corey Atchley.

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Jessie Alma Carroll

Jessie Alma Carroll, 93, of Lake Charles, La., formerly of Hoxie, died Jan. 31, 2009, at Lake Charles Care Center in Louisiana.

Born Nov. 15, 1915, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Morton and Nellie Mae Kidder Woodson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie "Jack" Carroll, on Nov. 9, 1995, whom she married Sept. 2, 1941; a son, Glen Carroll; four brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Sabra Jackson, Lake Charles, La.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in the Bryan Chapel with Herbert Knight officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Clyde Woodson, Harmon Dotson, Don Truitt, Bobby Vance, Paul David Ragsdale and Ronnie Woodson.

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Franco E. Cline

Franco E. Cline, 79, of Paragould, died Feb. 2, 2009, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Oscar and Myrtle Stalnaker Lingo. She was a graduate of Egypt High School and worked at Sloan's Department Store. She had lived in Paragould since 1974 and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M.B. Cline; a brother, John Lingo; and a great-granddaughter, Emily Pyle.

Survivors include a daughter, Gloria Pyle, Brookland; a son, Billy Cline, Searcy; a sister-in-law, Della Lingo; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a special friend, J.W. Gramling.

Funeral is Thursday at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park with Gary Cremeans officiating.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30 to 8:30 at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould.

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Martha Ellen Dawson Martha Ellen Dawson, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 28, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

A longtime member of Hoxie Baptist Church, she was also a member of the Red Hat Society and past president of the resident council at LHNC. She was the daughter of the late John Hunt and Ethel Roberts Hunt Vinson.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy Nichols and Alvin "Bill" Dawson; twin sons, Roy Gearld Nichols and Lloyd Earl Nichols.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Nichols and wife Cynthia, Hoxie, and Leroy Nichols and wife Jennifer, Pocahontas; a daughter, Generia Green and husband Everett, Hoxie; a sister, Mabel Owens, Trumann; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Bryan Chapel with Thomy Green and Dr. Bob Kary officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tim Green, John Nichols, Josh Nichols, Brandon Tillie, Martin Allen and Johnny Gaither.

Memorials may be made to the Hoxie Baptist Church designated generator fund.

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Lester Gray

Lester Gray, 70, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 2, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He had lived in California before moving to Walnut Ridge 12 years ago. He was an auto body mechanic and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur "Cub" and Vinie Casey Gray; a brother, Darrell Gray; and three sisters, Eunice Dean, Loraine Hunt and Aleen Thompson.

Survivors include Mary Moskop, of the home; two daughters, Judy Jackson and Linda Tucker, both of Oakley, Calif.; three brothers, Don Gray, Walnut Ridge, Curt Gray, Antioch, Calif., and Carl Gray, Red Bluff, Calif.; a sister, Doris Gajewski, Walnut Ridge; and six grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 11 a.m. at Austin Cemetery, near Walnut Ridge, with Rick Hart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Claude Graves, Mike Gray, Brandon Gray, James Cagle, Justin Cagle and Jeff Worlow. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Owen and Charles Nichols.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Curtis Huckabee

Curtis Huckabee, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 31, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 19, 1937, at Nelsonville, he was the son of William Carol and Maggie Watkins Huckabee. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a former assistant manager of Barton Lumber Company, was former owner and operator of the Huckabee Discount Furniture Company and an electrician. He was also a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Oscar Huckabee and W.C. Huckabee; and four sisters, Ona Novak, Pauline Ramer, Virgie Miller and an infant sister.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Huckabee, whom he married Aug. 15, 1959; and two brothers, Edward Huckabee, Flint, Mich., and Lamon Huckabee, Paragould.

Funeral will be this afternoon at 2 in the Bryan Chapel with Don House officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ray Parson, Zack Lawhon, Ronnie Pierce, Luther Allen, Ricky Ditto and Don Mathews. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Willard, Spencer Ponder, Jim Blazer, Donald Bunn, Robie Allen, Coy Slusser, Charles White and Elvis Ditto.

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Eugene Kelly McGhee Eugene Kelly McGhee, 49, of Rolla, Mo., died Jan. 31, 2008, at Heritage Park Nursing Home in Rolla. He had lived in Rolla for the past 10 years, having moved there from California. He was a roofer and was of the Protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Billy McGhee.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Heskett McGhee; a son, Shan David McGhee, Farmington, Ky; his mother, Dawn Latimer McGhee, Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Stacy Baxa, Riverside, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be held at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Christine Shelton

Christine Shelton, 62, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 31, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 25, 1946, in Luxora, she was retired from Citizens Bank, where she was a bank teller. She was a member of Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Shelton; her parents, Marvin Henry and Annie Elizabeth Burnett Walker; four sisters, Deannie Ward, Sheila Athley, Margrett Jones and Deloris Walker; and three brothers, Rocky Walker, Marvin Walker and William Walker.

Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Brewer, Cash, and Anita Parker, Jonesboro; three brothers, Farion Walker and John Walker, both of Walnut Ridge, and Dan Walker, Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Amber Mitchell and Mathew Melton; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Monday at Cash Cemetery at 10 a.m. with Derek Collins officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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Marie Thacker

Marie Thacker, 75, of Smithville, died Jan. 30, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 8, 1933, at Leatherwood, Ky., she was the daughter of Roy and Nellie Couch Wombles. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lone Oak Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Thacker, whom she married Sept. 6, 1949, in Louisville, Ky.; a son, Johnny Lee Thacker; and two sisters, Carol Ann Turner and Alene Snoden.

Survivors include five sons, David Thacker, Ft. Worth, Texas, Danny Thacker, Walnut Ridge, Robert Thacker, Orlando, Fla., Roy Thacker, Keller, Texas, and Gerald Thacker, Smithville; a daughter, Sue King, Imboden; two brothers, Jessie Wombles and Jeromy Wombles, both of Palm Bay, Fla.; a sister, Betty Sue Plaster; 20 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Townsend Cemetery at Smithville with Bro. Charles Morgan officiating. Burial was under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Jeff Brooks, Danny Thacker, Roy Thacker, David Thacker, Robert Thacker and Gerald Thacker.

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Tom Tillman

Tom Tillman, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 29, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 14, 1948, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifetime resident of Walnut Ridge. He was a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Eunice Gill Tillman.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Roberts Tillman; four daughters, Brigitte Kirksey, Walnut Ridge, Meridith Holsapple, Hoxie, Cassie Slater, Hot Springs, and Brandi Owens, Sedgwick; three brothers, Dewell Tillman, Walnut Ridge, Sheldon " Max" Tillman, Abilene, Texas, and Joe Tillman, Imboden; four grandchildren, Lillie Holsapple, Christin Holsapple, Kaci Kirksey and Baylee Bridges.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the House-Gregg Chapel with Steve Alexander officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were David Bridges, Chip Gill, Craig Williams, Chris Tillman, Donald Brunson and Bunk VanWinkle.

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Dorothy E. Warren

Dorothy Elizabeth Warren, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 29, 2009. Born Jan. 9, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William Harrison "Dutch" and Annie Bell Green. She was a retired nurse's aide and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Deborah Lynn Warren and Helen Louise Griffin; a son-in-law, Charles Wayne Griffin; and four brothers, Raymond Green, Lee Roy Green, James Green and Robert Lee "R.L." Green.

Survivors include two sons, William Darrell Warren and wife Karen, Guy; Robert Christopher Warren, Kentucky; three daughters, Margie Hannah, Little Rock, Rose Ehrhardt and husband Cleatus, Alicia, and Misty Villarreal and husband Mario, Lynn; a brother, Everett Green and wife Generia, Hoxie; a sister, Nell Willis, Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Betty Green, Hoxie; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Bryan Chapel with grandson Darrell Eugene Griffin officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were great-grandsons, Thomas Hufstedler, Dustin Hufstedler, Kaleb Dodd, Brandon Griffin and George Morris, and son-in-law, Mario Villarreal.

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