August 12, 2009 Edition

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Thomas ~ Ferguson


Betty Sue Baldridge Ronnie Ball Chester Bell
Clarence Bernard Brand Bobby Joe Brown Joseph Wayne Fry
Sadie M. Hibbard Bid O'Dell House Richard D. Hudson
Roy Paul Huffman Mark Ludwig Harold C. Rose
Jax Cullen Sackman Elbert Sellers Nikki Jo Strickland


Thomas ~ Ferguson

Susan Annette Ferguson became the bride of George Kelly Thomas on July 24, 2009 in a private sunset ceremony at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro.

Whitney Schug played a flute solo.

The bride is the daughter of Oland and Sandra Duncan and the granddaughter of the late Lowell and Magdalene Roberts who lived at Strawberry. She is a nursing major at Arkansas State University and is employed in real estate and property management.

The groom graduated from Harrisburg High School and Arkansas State University. He is working in real estate and farming.

The couple honeymooned in Jamaica and will make their home in Harrisburg.

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Betty Sue Baldridge

Betty Sue Horn Baldridge, 77, of Beaumont, Calif., died July 25, 2009, at her home.

Born Dec. 9, 1931, she was the daughter of Cecil L. and Donna Wallin Horn. She grew up in Black Rock and was a 1949 graduate of Black Rock High School.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Baldridge; a son, Terry; three brothers, C.L. Horn Jr., Gary Lynn Horn and Julian Don Horn; a sister, Virginia Horn Meyer; and two grandsons.

Survivors include five daughters, Cecilia McLean, Banning, Calif., Priscilla McGinnis, Paso Robles, Calif., Lori Bynum and Stacy Baldridge, both of Beaumont, Calif., and Leslie Dowdy, Olathe, Kan.; two sons, Phillip Baldridge, Banning, Calif., and Ken Baldridge, San Jacinto, Calif.; a sister, Olivia Horn, Fayetteville; three brothers, John D. Horn, Lapointe, Utah, Ray D. Horn, Lenexa, Kan., and Larry Horn, Fayetteville; 24 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held July 30 at Oak Valley Parkway Church of Christ in Beaumont, Calif.

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Ronnie Ball

Ronnie James Ball, 18, of Mountain Home, died Aug. 3, 2009, at his home.

Born Dec. 19, 1990, in Louisville, Ky., he was preparing to start cosmetology school.

Survivors include his parents, James and Laura Ball; four brothers, Eric Ball, Mountain Home, Jim Stringer, Maryesher, Fla., Willie Ball, Valpariso, Ind., and James Ball, Long Island, N.Y.; a sister, Jessica Ball, Mountain Home; five nieces, Jennifer, Alexis, Sarah, Jessica and Laura; and three nephews, Preston, Matt and Michael.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, with James Ball officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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Chester Bell

Chester Bell, 77, of Pocahontas, father of Kelly Cheatham of Hoxie, died Aug. 7, 2009. Burial was Monday in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Clarence Bernard Brand

Clarence Bernard Brand, 82, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 5, 2009, at his home.

Born April 13, 1927, he was the son of Clarence and May Brand.

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Brand; a sister, Beatrice Madden; and a brother, Cleburne Brand.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Brand; two daughters, Susan Gibson and husband John, Medina, Ohio, and Sharon Miller and husband Scott, Pocahontas; a brother, Gene Brand, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren, April Schnardthorst, Erik Gibson, Alex Gibson, Brent Miller and Ashley Nelson; and two great-grandchildren, Katherina Schnardthorst and Brianna Schnardthorst.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park with Dr. Gary Gregory and Dr. Jerol Swaim officiating.

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Bobby Joe Brown

Bobby Joe Brown, 46, of Black Rock, died Aug. 8, 2009, at his home.

Born Feb. 19, 1963, in Little Rock, he was a welder and was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Brown; his mother, Lorine Handshaw Brown Dunn; his stepfather, Conard Dunn; a brother, Darrell Brown; and a sister, Patsy Nunnally.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Benton, Pocahontas; a stepson, Anthony Benton, Paragould; a sister, Gloria Smith, Black Rock; three brothers, Virgil Brown and Albert Brown, both of Black Rock, and Bud Collins, Sedalia, Mo.; his grandmother, Ethel Russell, Walnut Ridge; and two grandsons.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Bro. Ed Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Butler, Kelly Sloan, Rufus Graves, Danny Ray Sullens, Larry Dewayne Willfond and Mike Pickney. Honorary pallbearer will be Joe Hoffman.

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Joseph Wayne Fry

Joseph Wayne Fry, 77, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 4, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 10, 1932, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Cicero and Letha Fry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Fry; and a brother, Gene Fry.

Survivors include three children, Michael Fry and wife Billie, Pocahontas, Jeanne Carol and husband Charles, Alpharetta, Ga., and Trenna Jo Fry, Sefner, Fla.; two brothers, Delmas Fry, Jonesboro, and Bill Fry, Osceola; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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Sadie M. Hibbard

Sadie M. Hibbard, 79, of Pocahontas, died Aug. 11, 2009, in Walnut Ridge.

Arrangements will be announced by Higginbotham Funeral Service.

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Bid O'Dell House

Bid O'Dell House, 81, of Little Rock, formerly of Swifton, died Aug. 6, 2009.

Born Oct. 20, 1927, in Tyronza, she was the daughter of John Arthur and Ellen Katherine Street O'Dell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Wayne B. House; a daughter, Janan Qualmann and husband Allan, Maumelle; a son, Greg House and wife Karen, Little Rock; four grandchildren, Lindsey Niesen Swain, Lance Qualmann, Landra Q. Kerekes and Lauren Qualmann; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Swifton Cemetery with Allan Qualmann officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. A memorial service was held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Geyer Springs Church of Christ.

Pallbearers were Ritchie Adams, Jimmy O'Dell, Buddy House, Ed House, Jack House and Glen House.

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Richard D. Hudson

Richard D. Hudson, 30, of Powhatan, died Aug. 1, 2009.

Born Dec. 20, 1978, in Forrest City, he was a farmer and was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Johnny Hudson and Edgar Willfond; an uncle, Jerry Willfond; and aunt, Katrina Willfond; and a cousin, Crystal Hudson.

Survivors include a daughter, Haley Hudson, Walnut Ridge; a son, Tyler Hudson, Walnut Ridge; his father, Timmy Hudson, Hoxie; his mother, Louise Willfond Phillips, Hoxie; a brother, Timothy Hudson, Hoxie; a stepsister, Christy Mitts, Hoxie; and his grandmothers, Mary Hudson, Palestine, and Lillie Willfond, Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at Duty Cemetery near Walnut Ridge with Sister Rebecca LaPiro officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Marvin Willfond Sr., Robert Willfond, Blake Willfond, Richard Alls, Carl Willfond and Anthony Willfond. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Willfond, Jim Hodges and Cleo Cooper.

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Roy Paul Huffman

Roy Paul Huffman, 68, of Williford, died Aug. 9, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 13, 1940, in Williford, he was a mechanic in the farm service industry and was a member the Egypt Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Eunice Maldon Huffman; and two sisters, Albertine Muir and Joyce Pearcy.

Survivors include a son, Monty Huffman, Hardy; two daughters, Cassie Tacker, Bono, and Mikki Cook, Egypt; two brothers, R.M. Huffman, Corning, and Welby Huffman, Jonesboro; two sisters, Lavada Crisler, Cash, and Connie Watson, Dallas; six grandchildren, Heather Beaty, Brett Beaty, Reagen Tacker, Samantha Huffman, Timothy Fling and Erin Henson; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Nettleton Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mark Ludwig

Mark Randall Ludwig, 47, of Mammoth Spring, formerly of Black Rock, died Aug. 3, 2009, in Salem.

He had lived in Black Rock until moving to Mammoth Spring 16 years ago. He had worked at Vulcan Corporation and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Narl and Clara Nunally and Earl and Vella Whitlow.

Survivors include his wife, Denise Moody Ludwig; a son, Hunter Randall Ludwig, Mammoth Spring; his father, Randall Ludwig, Black Rock; and his mother, Ruth Nunally Morrison, Black Rock.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery near Mammoth Spring.

Pallbearers were Cress Byrd, Chuck Ludwig, T.J. Ludwig, Jim Moody, Charlie Bob Moore, Dustin Smith and Butch Stockwell. Honorary pallbearers were Burley Ludwig and Frank Forrester.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Harold C. Rose

Harold Rose, age 90 of Black Rock, went to be with the Lord at 5:25 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

Harold is survived by his wife, Wanda, of the home; their children: Gary Rose and wife, Joyce, of Walnut Ridge; Gary Austin and wife, Dean, of Plano, TX; and Donna Austin, currently residing at the family home in Black Rock; six grandchildren: Steve Rose (Tracy) of Greenbrier, Dina Rose Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge, DeAnna Brown (Don) of Atoka, TN, Jeff Austin (Michele) of Plano, TX, Christopher Weir of Topanga, CA, and Robbye Schroeder (Scott) of Topanga, CA; 11 great-grandchildren: Erin Bell, Ashley (Caleb) Taylor, Adam Hufstedler, Christie Bell, Heather Rose, Andy Hayes, Lauren Rose, Clay Hufstedler, Abby Austin, Peter Weir, and Aidan Austin.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Rose and Maudie Shelton Rose Tyer; one sister, Alice Marie Anderson; one brother, P.K. Rose, and great-great grandson, Parker Taylor.

Harold's entrepreneurial spirit began as a little boy growing up near O'Kean, where he traded his little red Western Flyer wagon for baby chicks in order to sell the chickens. A veteran of World War II, he was best known as a cattleman who owned the Commission Company at the Jonesboro Stockyards. Later, he joined his father and brother in the family implement business, Rose Implement Company, in Walnut Ridge. After the Allis-Chalmers dealership was sold, Harold went into retirement overseeing his rice and soybean farm and enjoying his love of vegetable, fruit tree, and flower gardening. However, Harold was not suited for the laid-back years of retirement. He started a small tire business known as The Tire Shop in downtown Black Rock. He continued to work in that business until his health declined. Throughout the years, in all businesses, he was known as a man of integrity. He will be missed by so many who knew him well and loved the kind and gentle man he was.

Harold absolutely loved Sunday school and served as Sunday school Superintendant for more than 40 years combined. His church, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville, honored him with an engraved bronze plaque for his outstanding commitment to service.

Services were under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Visitation was from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday Aug. 8, with Bro. Jerry Clements officiating and Bro. Wayne Bryant assisting. Burial followed at Lawrence Memorial Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers, pre-selected by Harold Rose, were Jerry Ray Foley, Rickey Goff, Bryan Spence, Dave Creed, Coy Slusser, Warren Ellis, L.B. Aaron, and Ronnie (Frog) Light. Because of his love for Sunday school, he requested that all Sunday school teachers from Pleasant Grove Baptist Church act as honorary pallbearers.

Lasting memorials may be sent to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock or St. Bernard's Hospice in Jonesboro.

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Jax Cullen Sackman

Jax Cullen Sackman, one-month old son of Nic and Courtney Sackman of Paragould and great-grandson of Lowell Mangrum of Ravenden, died Aug. 4, 2009, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center. Burial was Monday in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

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Elbert Sellers

Elbert "Bo" Sellers, 73, of Overland, Mo., formerly of Imboden, died Aug. 10, 2009.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Survivors include his wife, Retta Chappell Sellers; and a sister, Patricia Simpson, Pocahontas.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m., at the Imboden Church of Christ with Wayne Herring officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service.

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Nikki Jo Strickland

Nikki Jo Strickland, 23, of Bono, died Aug. 3, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 17, 1986, in Jonesboro, she lived in the Bono area most of her life. She was a 2004 graduate of Westside High School, where she was a member of the basketball, softball and volleyball teams. She was also a member of the Mashers softball team and attended Williams Baptist College on a softball scholarship. She was a member of Union Grove United Methodist Church and attended The Rock of Northeast Arkansas.

Survivors include her parents, Coral and Bruce Sutterfield, Bono; a brother, Eric Strickland, Jonesboro; a sister, Kimberly Strickland, Jonesboro; and her grandparents, Jerry and Margarete Reed, Monette, John and Sandra Carr, Tumbling Shoals, Bob and Teresa Sutterfield, Mountain View, and Marcie Strickland, Monette.

A celebration of her life was held Thursday at 2 p.m. at The Rock of Northeast Arkansas with Revs. Terry Watson and Jerry Reed officiating. Burial was in Union Grove Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Michael Gantt, Jr. Gantt, Jarrett Barks, Matt Drew, Chris Talley and Trakis Donaldson. Honorary pallbearers were the Westside class of 2004 and the Mashers softball team.

Memorials may be made to the Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House, 400 East Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 170 Township Line Road, Building B, Hillsbrough, NJ 08844 (

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