March 25, 2009 Edition

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Norma V. Asbury Modena Bradley Robin Annette Bristow
Flora Pauline Crouch Philip Gene Hancock Ethan Allen Harper
Anna Marie Henry Betty Holder Carl Eugene Mitchell Jr.
Ozela M. Redding Nancy Christina Riley Brannon Simpson
Florence Lucille Steed


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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Norma V. Asbury

Norma V. Asbury, 87, of Brookland, formerly of Mammoth Spring, died March 21, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born Jan. 11, 1922, in Canton, Ill..

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Asbury, in 1963.

Survivors include her daughter, Vivian Heyl and husband Larry, Brookland; six grandchildren, Sarah Brown, Gretchen Hunt, Kiersten Heyl, Carl Heyl, Megan Heyl and Uldis Heyl; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held April 11 at 3 p.m. at Brookland United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Brookland United Methodist Youth, P.O. Box 361, Brookland, AR 72417.

An online guestbook is available at

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Modena Bradley

Modena Alene Rains Bradley, 90, of Apopka, Fla., died March 17, 2009, at Florida Living Center in Apopka.

Born July 22, 1918, she had lived in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area for more than 40 years. Her husband, Dr. C.L. Bradley was an optometrist in the area. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 9, 2004, twin sisters and a brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Myra Ernst and husband Stevens, West Monroe, La.; her son, Dr. Barry Bradley and wife Elaine, Winter Park, Fla.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

The body was donated to science. There will be a memorial service on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ.

Memorials may be made to Crowley's Ridge Academy or Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould.

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Robin Annette Bristow

Robin Annette Bristow, 47, of Lynn, died March 22, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Rockford, Ill., she had lived most of her life in Lynn. She was an assembly line worker and was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Gene Kelley; and her grandparents.

Survivors include a son, Jason Bristow and wife Pasha, Lynn; her mother, Shirley Foley Kelley, Eaton; her fiancˇ, Thomas Grimes, Lynn; two sisters, Carol Beasley and fiancˇ Todd Hanson, Lynn, and Diana Counts and husband Jim, Melbourne; two brothers, Danny Kelley and wife Renee, Cassville, Mo., and Tony Kelley, Byron, Ill.; and three grandchildren, Ayden Bristow, Izaiah Bristow and Ian Bristow.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with David Stuart and Charles Helms officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Durham, Justin Dixon, Jeremiah Sloan, Buster Sexton, Dallas Johnson and John Grimes. Grandchildren, nephews and nieces will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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Flora Pauline Crouch

Flora Pauline kirkpatrick Crouch, 101, of New Berlin, Ill., formerly of Pocahontas, died March 20, 2009, in Springfield, Ill.

Born April 3, 1907, at Imboden, she was the daughter of Riley and Alice Kirkpatrick. She lived in Pocahontas for 59 years and worked as an engine buildup mechanic at the Walnut Ridge Air Base during World War II. She also worked in the Pocahontas School cafeteria for several years and as a night telephone operator in Imboden for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otho Crouch, whom she married on June 28, 1929, at St. Louis; a son, Donald Kirkpatrick; a sister, Mary Bender; and a brother, Clark Kirkpatrick.

Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Helms, Vacaville, Calif., Mona Childs, St. Louis, Patricia Phillips, Memphis, and Sandra Collins, New Berlin, Ill.; two sons, Gerald Crouch, Conway, and Michael Crouch, Sugarland, Texas; a sister, Martha Niehoff, Danville, Ind.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hope Cemetery in Imboden under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Philip Gene Hancock

Philip Gene Hancock, 50, of Sedgwick, died March 20, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was born Dec. 15, 1958.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Hancock; and a brother, Ricky Hancock.

Survivors include a son, Philip "Rocko" Hancock, Jonesboro; two daughters, Joy Prater, Hoxie, and Carla Hancock, Idaho; his mother, Ruthie McKenzie; three sisters, Sheila Findley, Sedgwick, Sophia Perry, Bono, and Carol Leonard, Jonesboro; and four grandchildren, Michael Copeland, Page Deboser, Bailey Prater and Shelby Johnson.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lorado Cemetery with John Snyder officiating. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Ethan Allen Harper

Ethan Allen Harper, 46, of Sedgwick, died March 18, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 29, 1962, in Jonesboro, he was the son of Richard Lawson and Peggy Perkins. He was a former employee of Skil and was of the Methodist belief.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jeff and Mary Lawson and W.H. and Ethel Perkins.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Townsend Harper, whom he married April 8, 1990; two sons, Matthew Harper and wife Chelsey, Atlanta, and Eli Harper, of the home; his father and stepmother, Richard and Arlene Lawson, Walnut Ridge; his mother and stepfather, Peggy and Homer Harper, Sedgwick; two brothers, Steve Harper, Sedgwick, and Chris Harper, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Tammy Groves, Brookland; a stepbrother, Brian Hon, Walnut Ridge; and four stepsisters, Teressa Peterson, Carrie Gutshall and Shalene Baker, all of Walnut Ridge, and Rhonda Trigg, Trumann.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with Rev. Marilyn Neal officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Allen Smith, Blake Britton, Joshua Sellers and Keith Bass.

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Anna Marie Henry

Anna Marie Henry, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died March 17, 2009, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 30, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Laymon and Amy Holland Pulliam. She and her husband moved to Michigan in 1950, where they lived until returning to Walnut Ridge in 1968. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sammy Henry Jr., on Sept. 29, 1971, whom she married in September 1950; a son, Chris Henry; and a brother, Chester Pulliam.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Parsons and husband Douglas, Pocahontas, and Kay Johnson and friend George Morris, Jonesboro; two sisters, Vida Rosselot and Loyse Forehand and husband Relton, all of Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Lisa Mann-Gunter, Billy Combs, Stephanie Jones and Samantha Mitchell; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. in Higginbotham Chapel with Rev. Ryan Johnston officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were Billy Combs, Brandon Mann, Harold Forehand, Mike Phillips, Michael Jones and Larry Williams.

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Betty Holder

Betty Lou Hibbard Holder, 85, of Paragould died March 19, 2009, at St. Bernard's in Jonesboro. Born July 15, 1923, in the Bloomer community, located in Sebastian County, she was the daughter of William N. and Mattie Lee (Larimore) Hibbard.

She was raised in Walnut Ridge, where she attended school and lived until 1962, when she moved to Paragould.

She was a homemaker and a retired secretary and bookkeeper at Paragould High School. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She married Darrell Holder in 1942, and he preceded her in death in 1980. She was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, C. Richard Holder and Ben Holder, both of Paragould; two brothers, Bill Hibbard of O'Kean and Leon Hibbard of Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, John Holder, Alan Holder, Kerie Martin and Valerie Holder and a great-grandson, Devin Holder.

A funeral service was held at the 7th and Mueller Church of Christ in Paragould on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Bro. Larry McFadden as the officiant. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Cemetery in Walnut Ridge under the direction of the House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Paul Waddell, Milford Hibbard, Kelly Waddell, Billy Hibbard, Ken Hoppe and Nathan Hibbard. Honorary pallbearers were Michael Brown, Duain Powell, Noel Jetton, Bob Singleton, James Balcom and Frank Gallin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crowley's Ridge College, 100 College Ave., Paragould, AR 72450.

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Carl Eugene Mitchell Jr.

Carl Eugene Mitchell Jr., 28, of Imboden, died March 23, 2009.

Born Feb. 1, 1981, in Jonesboro, he was the son of Dale and Tina Wenger Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thelma and Carl Mitchell.

Survivors include a daughter, Chandler Rayne Mitchell, Cave City; his parents, Dale and Tressa Mitchell, Imboden, and Tina Mitchell and Kim Dodson, Batesville; two brothers, Ryan Holder and Keith Dodson, both of Batesville; four sisters, Samantha Mitchell and Darrin Hill, Cord, Reva Mitchell and Josh Hill, Lynn, Jenny Light, Imboden, and Kimberlee Dodson, Batesville; and special friends, Ernest and Edith Sorg, Pocahontas.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Chesser Cemetery in Pocahontas. Cox-Waymon Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

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

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Ozela M. Redding

Ozela Marie Redding, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died March 22, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 5, 1930, at Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Steve Louis and Berth Simpson Mooney. She was a machine operator at Carter Carburetor in St. Louis and was a member of First United Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband. V.L. Redding; two sons, Frank Cravens and Gary Cravens; and a brother, Homer Lee Mooney.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Cravens, Hoxie, and Jim Cravens, Lebanon, Mo.; a daughter, Anita Diveley, Crocker, Mo., three sisters, Sue Coleman, Portia, Louise Garvin, Pocahontas, and Pat Bayles, Bono; four brothers, Charles McCutchen, St. Peters, Mo., Jim Mooney, Imboden, Carl Mooney, Bolivar, Mo., and Larry Mooney, Troy, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be this afternoon at 2 at the First United Pentecostal Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Timothy G. Potter officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Steve Butler, Mike Butler, Shawn Young, Joe Diveley, B.J. Storm and Manual Mooney.

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Nancy Christina Riley

Nancy Christina Riley, 94, of Hardy, died March 22, 2009, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born March 15, 1915, at Ravenden, she was the daughter of James and Pansie Wrenfrow Smith. She was a homemaker and attended Spring Lake Baptist Church at Ozark Acres.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Espen Campbell; her second husband, W.E. Riley; a son, Robert Campbell; and a great-granddaughter.

Survivors include four sons, Espen Campbell Jr., Belton, Texas, Jimmie Campbell, Cabot, Ronnie Campbell and Dale Campbell, both of Williford; four daughters, Reva Bamber and Barbara Smith, both of Hardy, Carol Johnson and Betty Elliott, both of Williford; a sister, Corena Boyd, Glennwood; 20 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Spring Lake Baptist Church in Ozark Acres with Rev. Brad Hartness officiating. Burial will be in Walker Cemetery at Hardy under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service in Hardy.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Higginbotham Chapel in Hardy.

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Brannon Simpson

Brannon Simpson, 23, of Southaven, Miss., grandson of Jerry and Linda Mann of Walnut Ridge, died March 7, 2009.

Funeral was March 12 at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven, Miss.

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Florence Lucille Steed

Florence Lucille Steed, 97, of Little Rock, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 21, 2009.

Born Aug. 23, 1911, in Benton, she was the daughter of Bill and Anne Elizabeth Hardwick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Steed; a son, James A. Steed; and three siblings, Velma Smith, E.J. Hardwick and Eva Day.

Survivors include a son, Charles "Bill" Steed and wife Elva, San Jose, Calif.; a daughter, Alice Braselton, Little Rock; four grandchildren, Susan Deems, Deidre Steed, Sharon Masters and James Steed; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock with Rev. Ray Higgins officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 2200 S. Bowman Rd., Little Rock, AR 72211.

An online guestbook is available at

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