March 18, 2009 Edition

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Holden Lee Howard


Hogue ~ Hedge


Millie A. Adkisson Jewell Baker Mike Bassett
Joe Finney Patsy Hill Randall Holder
Leon Gene Hunter Ruby Dame Johnson Jessie Mae Lawrence
Thomas F. Smith W.L. Thompson Larry Tribble
Vernon H. Willis Sr.


Holden Lee Howard

Robert and Tracy Howard of Lynn have announced the birth of a son on March 2, 2009, at St. Bernard's Hospital Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Holden Lee Howard. He has two sisters, Chelsey, 15, and Courtney, 13.

His grandparents are Linda Hoggard of Strawberry and the late Jerry Hoggard and Gerald and Betty Howard of Lynn.

Great-grandparents are Jesse Hoggard and Mary Beth Mize, both of Strawberry.

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Hogue ~ Hedge

Jennifer Hedge and Greg Hogue were married in a double-ring ceremony solemnized Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. in the Hospitality Room at the Valley View Church of Christ.

The bride is the daughter of Ken and Patty Hedge of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Imogene Vail of Pocahontas and the late Earnest Vail and the late William "Peck" and Trula Hedge.

The groom is the son of L.J. and Rena Hogue of Walnut Ridge. He is the grandson of Herbert Brewer of Imboden and the late Roberta "Bobbye" Brewer and the late Levi and Naomi Hogue.

The bride wore a floor-length gown of ivory satin and lace. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of red roses and light green hydrangea. Her attendant was her daughter.

A reception, hosted by the bride's parents, was held in the Hospitality Room following the ceremony.

The couple are making their home in Jonesboro.

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Millie A. Adkisson

Millie Amanda Adkisson, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died March 15, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing and Rehab.

Born Nov. 17, 1914, in Randolph County, she was the daughter of William F. and Silvestio Saffle Kingcade. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanette Haber and husband Marvin, Sarasota, Fla.; two sons, William "Bill" Atkinson and wife Eva, Hoxie, and Cleatos "Skete" Atkinson and wife Dorris, Sarasota, Fla.; three stepsons, Jimmy Adkisson and wife Ann, and Jackie Adkisson and wife Francine, all of Denver, Colo., and Bill Adkisson and wife Ellen, Bloomington, Ill.; three sisters, Georgia Huskey, Hoxie, Virginia Wicker, Hartsville, Tenn., and Wanda Gilligan, Rockford, Ill.; a brother, Claude Kingcade, Lynn; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel with Don House officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rob Adams, Brandon Adams, Will Hendrix, Kenneth Adkisson, Larry Forrester and Glenn Murphy.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Jewell Baker

Jewell Baker, 96, of Pocahontas, grandmother of Ronald Dulger of Ravenden, died March 11, 2009, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Funeral was Friday at Cox-Waymon Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

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Mike Bassett

William Michael "Mike" Bassett, 53, of Little Rock, died March 12, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Born March 7, 1956, in Memphis, he was a 1974 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. He was a 1979 graduate of the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He had been employed in banking for several years and was associated with First Security Bank of Little Rock at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Bassett; and his grandparents, Dudley and Laura Bassett and Robert and Hazel Moore.

Survivors include his wife, Gari Lynn Vansandt Bassett; a son, Brett Michael Bassett and girlfriend Elizabeth Millsap, Little Rock; his mother, Helen "Tynse" Bassett, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Jerry "Dud" Bassett, Jonesboro, and Richard Barry Bassett, Little Rock; a nephew, Tanner Dudley Bassett and wife Sarah, Springdale; two great-nieces, Grace Bassett and Ella Bassett, both of Springdale; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gary and Phyllis Vansandt, Dewitt; and a brother-in-law, Kirk Vansandt and wife Holly, St. Charles.

Funeral was Monday at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock with Rev. Greg Schick officiating. Graveside service was Tuesday at Lawrence Memorial Park. Roller-Chenal Funeral Home of Little Rock had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Boren Holthoff, Steve Thrower, Steve Thweat, Jeff Hildebrand, Michael Burns, Scottie Grimes and Greg Evans. Honorary pallbearers were his Sigma Chi brothers.

A memorial fund has been established at First Security Bank, 17810 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72223.

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Joe Finney

Joe "Butch" Finney, 61, of Mammoth Spring, died March 12, 2009.

Born Aug. 27, 1947, at Walnut Ridge, he was the son of the late Joe and Pearl Finney.

Survivors include two children, Randy Finney, Mishawaka, Ind., and Kelly Finney, Mammoth Spring; two brothers, Jerry Finney and Tim Black; five sisters, Carolyn Cowen, Nancy Taylor, Donna Allen, Sandra Finney and Janey Lambert; and four grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Tri-County Highland Funeral Home. A graveside service was held Monday at 2 p.m. at Lorado Cemetery at Fontaine.

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Patsy Hill

Patsy Hill, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died March 7, 2009.

She was born March 21, 1944, in Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ryan and Annie Bell McKenzie.

Survivors include her husband, Rayburn Hill, Maynard; a son, Tony Dawson and wife Becky, Michigan; two brothers, Thatt McKenzie, Maynard, and Perry McKenzie, Reyno; a sister, Faye Linck, Pocahontas; and a grandchild, Hank Dawson.

Graveside service was Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. at Gravesville Cemetery with Arvil Tribble officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Randall Holder

Randall Holder, 92, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Hoxie, died March 12, 2009, at Orchard Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Sept. 3, 1916, at Lynn, he was the son of Mack and Ora Goodwin Holder. He worked as parts manager for Snapp Motor Company in Walnut Ridge for more than 20 years and was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Maxola Holder; and two brothers, Devoe Holder and Lynn Holder.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Holder; and a stepson, Bill Richey, New Port Richey.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial was in Penn Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Leon Gene Hunter

Leon Gene Hunter, 82, of Lynn, died March 16, 2009, at his home.

He had lived at Lynn since 1947 and was the son of Jimmy Hunter and Lela Jones Hunter Bailey. He was the manager at Farm Service in Lynn for many years and a cattle farmer. He served on the Lynn School Board for 21 years and was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Martha Glenn Hunter; a daughter, Martha Jean Durham, Lynn; a son, James "Corky" Hunter and wife Geniave, Lynn; six grandchildren, David Durham and wife Kellie, John Durham and wife Libby, Andy Durham and wife Ashley, Ricky Hunter, Samantha Hunter and Jordan Hunter; and six great-grandchildren, Shea Durham, Morgan Durham, Rachael Durham, Tyson Durham, Makayla Durham and Tanner Durham.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church at Lynn with John Durham and Terral Neeley officiating. Burial will be in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers will be David Durham, Andy Durham, Rickey Hunter, Jordan Hunter, Ronnie Helms, Taylor Helms, Cameron Durham, Keith Geurin and Tyson Durham. Honorary pallbearers will be Van Deeter, James Daniels, Bob Dixon, Harold Morgan, Gerald Richey, Jerry Matheny and Scott Wright.

Memorials may be made to the Dry Creek Memorial Association, c/o Sherry Glenn, P.O. Box 98, Lynn, AR 72440 or to Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Randy Glenn, P.O. Box 127, Lynn, AR 72440.

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Ruby Dame Johnson

Ruby Dame Johnson, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died March 16, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The daughter of Samuel and Ruie Swindle Jones, she spent her adult life in Walnut Ridge. She was a supervisor at Frolic Footwear and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Russell Johnson; and three sisters, Mary Gay, Jewell Burke and Hazel Wilcockson.

Survivors include a son, Jimmy Dame, Sikeston, Mo.; two daughters, Susan Orick and husband Rodney, Walnut Ridge, and Peggy Weir and husband Sammy, Cherokee Village; three stepdaughters, Julie McDonald and husband Danny, Peculiar, Mo., Jill Wanashko, Harrisonville, Mo., and Stephanie Keener and husband Dave, Los Alamos, N.M.; two sisters, Sammie Sharp, Buchanan, Tenn., and Judy Reed, Dierks; a brother, H.D. "Buck" Jones, Minturn; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Travis Hayes, Tyler Dame, Jack Phillips, Shannon Taylor, Steven Hodge and Josh Mitchell.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Jessie Mae Lawrence

Jessie Mae Lawrence, 79, of Hoxie, died March 13, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 26, 1929, at Ravenden, she was the daughter of Francis Matthew and Anna Brooks Jones. She was a homemaker, an assembly line worker at Skil, and was a member of Oak Hill Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, James Lawrence.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Lawrence, Indianapolis, Ind., and Butch Lawrence, Hoxie; three daughters, Peggy Capps, Hoxie, Becky Miller, Beech Grove, and Tressa Willbanks, Blytheville; a sister, Essie Dawson, Freeport, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Marion Gramling and Bobby Powers officiating. Burial was in Dail Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers were Neal Carpenter, Jonathan Lawrence, Jeremy Lawrence, Paul Gaither, Scott Owens Jr. and Scott Owens Sr. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Walls, Joey Sanchez, Jeff Jones, Bobby Powers and Mike Lovett.

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Thomas F. Smith

Thomas F. Smith, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died March 10, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 9, 1931, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Fred W. and Florence M. Cotham Smith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines, serving in the Korean War, and an automobile salesman.

Survivors include his companion, Mina Davis, Walnut Ridge; three daughters, Diane Hackman, Becky Keeling and Karen Cahill, all of California; three stepdaughters, Lisa Hollister, Walnut Ridge, Sharon Billings, Hot Springs, and Donna Frazier, Hoxie; two stepsons, Roger Davis, Springfield, and Tim Davis, Little Rock; a sister, Bonnie Curry and husband Lloyd, Karmack, Texas; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimerrs Arkansas, 10411 West Markham St., Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409.

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W.L. Thompson

W.L. "Junior" Thompson, 88, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 15, 2009, at his home.

Born April 26, 1920, at Manila, he was the son of William L. Sr. and Hattie Mable Lehman Thompson. He was a retired lieutenant for the Arkansas Highway State Police and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Childers Thompson, on July 5, 1997, whom he married Dec. 30, 1948; and his second wife, Merle Cargill Thompson.

Survivors include a son, Donnie Hill and wife Joan, North Little Rock; a stepson, Merle McClain, Fort Smith; a sister, Lois Fleman, Richardson, Texas; two grandchildren, Kimberly Tipton and Logan McClain; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Rev. Steve Cook officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Larry Tribble

Larry Tribble, 61, of Imboden, died recently.

Born Nov. 2, 1947, in Pocahontas, he was the son of Charles and Dorothy Tribble of Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Rick Tribble, Jim Tribble and Stephen Tribble.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Debbie Bice Tribble, whom he married Oct. 22, 1978, in Pocahontas; a son, Jimmy Ingram, Imboden; five daughters, Shannon Tribble, Veronica Bradley and husband Levi, and Charli Tribble, all of Imboden, Cheryl Jeffries and husband Mac, Jackson, Tenn., and Tracy Granberry, Dyersburg, Tenn.; five sisters, Freda Smith, Shirley Snyder, Debbie Crawford, Cindy Tribble and Vickie Swan; 14 grandchildren, Jeremiah Ingram, Jed Ingram, Clayton Kirks, Chase Kirks, Kara Kirks, Chloe Kirks, Malachi Bradley, Mariah Bradley, Layton Tribble, Estel Jeffries, Savannah Jeffries, Matthew Jeffries, Tosha Granberry and Roger Granberry; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Cox-Waymon Funeral Home in Pocahontas with William Wilbanks officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Eddie Webb, Christopher Tribble, Vickie Swan, Debbie Crawford, Jason Bice and Levi Bradley. Several served as honorary pallbearers.

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Vernon H. Willis Sr.

Vernon H. Willis Sr., 83, of Lake Charles, La., died March 15, 2009, at a Lake Charles hospital.

A native of Black Rock, he was the son of Houston Lafayette and May Frances Willis. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he had lived in Lake Charles since 1969 and was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wilma Pearl Smith and Lucille Willis; and a great-granddaughter, Emily Grace Burmeier.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae Bryant Willis, Moss Bluff, La.; three sons, Vernon H. Willis Jr. and wife Linda, McAlester, Okla., Wesley Willis and wife Renee, Groves, Texas, Glenn Willis and wife Pamela, Sulphur, La., and Lewis Willis and wife Jerrilynn, Sacramento, Calif.; four daughters, Rena Guillory and husband Dan, Glenda Hooper, and Tina Scuderi and husband Joey, all of Moss Bluff, La., and Karen Watson and husband John, Lake Charles, La.; a brother, Raymond Hall Willis and wife Glenda, Bedford, Ind.; a sister, Ruby Louise Hill, Walnut Ridge; 25 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles, La., with Rev. Larry LaFleur officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens.

An online guestbook is available at

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