October 28, 2009 Edition

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Births

Aiden Trent Oliver River Alexander Warden Ryver Laine Wilson

Obituaries

Rethia Lofia Bristol Kemmel Hill Eldridge Clinton Joseph Fallis
Hazel Field Lester Hatcher Leonard Ervin Kapales
Juda Ann Linebaugh Charles Moskop Elbert Priest
Tommy Lynn Ragsdell Elizabeth Rice

Births

Aiden Trent Oliver

Malcolm and Gina Oliver of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son at St. Bernards BirthCare Center on Oct. 14, 2009. The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces and has been named Aiden Trent Oliver.

He has two sisters, Makenna Shay, seven, and Lannie Reese, three.

Grandparents are Jerry and Sheila Oliver of Strawberry, Linda Jones of Searcy and Gary and Barbra Jones of Beebe.

He is the great-grandson of Erma Walker of Strawberry and Louise Jones of Searcy.

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River Alexander Warden

Chris and Crystal Warden of Hoxie have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Oct. 21, 2009, at St. Bernards. The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces and has been named River Alexander Warden.

Grandparents are Robert B. and Gayla Warden of Hoxie and Michael Whitmire of Miami and the late Gretta Dean Whitmire.

He is the great-grandson of Alice Dean of Jonesboro and Sue (Mrs. Bud) Whitmire of Walnut Ridge.

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Ryver Laine Wilson

William and Natalie Wilson of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son at St. Bernards BirthCare Center on Oct. 14, 2009. The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces and has been named Ryver Laine Wilson.

He has a brother, Kaden, four.

Grandparents are Edna Dulaney of Paragould and Diane Wilson of Jonesboro.

He is the great-grandson of Jennie Dulaney of Portia.

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Obituaries

Rethia Lofia Bristol

Rethia Lofia Bristol, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 26, 2009, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

She was a retired spot welder for Waterloo and was of the Faith of the Apostles belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Franklin Bristol; her parents, Jessie and Julie Hogan Hand; two brothers, Ernie Hand and J.N. Hand; and a grandchild.

Survivors include four daughters, Carolyn Bristol, Hammond, Ind., Katyrn Mulkey, Maynard, and Sherry Hoskins and Sheila Snow, both of Walnut Ridge; a son, Charles Bristol, Deslouge, Mo.; a sister, Irene Rogers, Imboden; two brothers, Jerry Hand, O'Kean, and Eddie Hand, California; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with David Morse officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Leon Shelton, Vernon Hoffman, David Hoffman, John Farmer, Justin Gott and Harold Brady. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Nelson and Roy Rainertson.

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Kemmel Hill Eldridge

Kemmel Hill Eldridge, 89, of Alicia, died Oct. 20, 2009, at Walnut Ridge.

Born Jan. 20, 1920, near Swifton, he was the son of Luther Maurice and Jessie Mahan Eldridge. He was a self-employed farmer for many years and retired from Revere Copper and Brass after 21 years of service. He was a member of the Alicia Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and men's Sunday school teacher for many years.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 24 years, Kathleen Street Eldridge, on Sept. 18, 1964; two brothers, J.Q. Eldridge and Lones Eldridge; and four sisters, Dovie Mendenhall, Bethel Burge, Bessie Mahan and Fay Swink.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Wilma Ann Simpkins Eldridge; a daughter, Donna Patterson and husband Randy, Alicia; a sister, Nina Holiday, Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Donnie Lynn Patterson, Katherine "Katie" Patterson, Joshua Allen Patterson, Joy Elizabeth Patterson, John David Patterson and Bethany Faith Patterson; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy Patterson, John David Patterson, Bill Teague, Danny Fears and Jerry Eldridge. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Corbett and Stanley Corbett.

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

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Clinton Joseph Fallis

Clinton Joseph "Cokey" Fallis, 51, of Hoxie, died Oct. 21, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 11, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, he was a carpenter and was of the Protestant belief.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gus and Bessie Fallis and Cleo Parker.

Survivors include his wife, Tricia McComas Fallis, whom he married Sept. 14, 2009; three stepchildren, Briana Cooper, Colbi Cooper and Jadrianne Cooper, all of Hoxie; his parents, Dave and Sue Fallis, Ozark, and Myrna Shelton, Hoxie; two brothers, Dennis Fallis, Ozark, and James Fallis, Atlanta, Tex.; his grandmother, Idell "Mom" Parker, Walnut Ridge; and a granddaugher, Nana Cooper.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Calvin Crossing Cemetery. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Daniel Fallis, Tony Parker, Josh Parker, Matt Koch, Wally Kersey and Butch Brown. Honorary pallbearers were James Fallis, Robbie King, Tony Coats, Robert Lewis, Dave Wheeler and Mike Shelton.

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Hazel Field

Hazel Field, 94, of Apollo Beach, Fla., died Oct. 22, 2009, at her home.

She was originally from Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Field, who was from the Denton community, in 2004.

Survivors include two children, Chuck Lockridge and wife Beulah, and Betty Pargue, all of Apollo Beach, Fla.; five stepchildren, Maletta Field, Barbara Field, Ronnie Field, Doug Field and Gregg Field; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated.

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Lester Hatcher

Lester Hatcher, 93, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 22, 2009, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Lawrence County, he was the son of Dr. Wright and Kathleen Hatcher and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He farmed and taught agriculture to returning veterans in the late 1940s. In the 1950s, he moved to Florida, where he worked as an agricultural extension agent for the University of Florida until his retirement. He returned to Northeast Arkansas in 1995. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sara Zahn; and a brother, Wright Hill Hatcher.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Hatcher; a daughter, Mary Dell Paterno, Miami; two sons, John Hatcher, Jonesboro, and Clint Hatcher, Jacksonville, Fla.; a son-in-law, Tony Zahn, Liberty, Kan.; a niece, Vicki Hatcher Clark, Walnut Ridge; a nephew, Dr. Milton Hatcher, Mountain Home; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to the St. Bernards Hospice or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Leonard Ervin Kapales

Leonard Ervin Kapales, 75, of Hoxie, died Oct. 27, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 25, 1933, in Hoxie, he was a riverboat captain. He was a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church and a past member of the National Guard and the Hoxie Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Bertha Mae Ward Kapales; a brother, William Leo Kapales; and four sisters, Margaret Miller, Evelyn Thaw, Ina Parker and Helen Kapales.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Eaton Kapales, whom he married Oct. 23, 1954; two sons, Kevin Kapales and wife Andrea, Rogers, and Rickey Kapales, Eaton; a daughter, Mica Robertson and husband Mike, Conrow, Texas; a brother, James Kapales, Ravenden Springs; a sister, Christina McCarrol, Anderson, Ind.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Michael Winberry officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Juda Ann Linebaugh

Juda Ann Bradley Linebaugh, 61, of Hoxie, died Oct. 24, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 15, 1948, in Walnut Ridge, she was a lifetime resident of Hoxie. She was a homemaker and a member of United Free Will Bapist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Ida Ross Bradley; three sisters, Nella Mae Hendon, Ruby Staton and Virginia Michael; and a brother, J.F. Bradley.

Survivors include her husband, Gale Linebaugh; a daughter, Cindy Coats and husband Greg, Hoxie; two brothers, John Bradley (her twin), Hoxie, and Larry Bradley, Jonesboro; a sister, Barb Hackworth, Hoxie; and two granddaughters, Shayla Coats and Hannah Coats.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bros. Glenn Smith and Paul Bean officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Brad Hendon, Jeff Coats, Mike Inman, Barry Woodard, Anson Orrick, Bobby Sullivan and Roger Sullivan.

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Charles Moskop

Charles Moskop, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 26, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 10, 1934, in Harrisburg, he worked at St. Bernards for many years. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Hattie Strong Moskop; and a brother, J.B. Moskop.

Survivors include two sisters, Opal Johnson and husband Glenn, Millington, Tenn., and Virginia Sheppard and husband James, Bono.

Funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Marion Gramblim officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery at Walcott.

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

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

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Elbert Priest

Elbert Wayne Priest, 66, of Delaplaine, died Oct. 18, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 27, 1943, in Batesville, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam and a retired grocer. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include three brothers, Delbert Priest, Pocahontas, James Priest, Yuma, Ariz., and Melton Priest, Delaplaine; and a sister, Joyce Bari, Jonesboro.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould has charge of arrangements.

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

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Tommy Lynn Ragsdell

Tommy Lynn Ragsdell, 58, of O'Kean, died Oct. 20, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 20, 1951, in Walnut Ridge, he was a truckdriver and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frederick Joseph Ragsdell; and a brother, Jimmy Ragsdell.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Gentry Ragsdell, whom he married Dec. 19, 1970; a son, Brandon Ragsdell and wife Angela, O'Kean; his mother, Edith Ragsdell, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Sharon Jones, Walnut Ridge, Freda Dean, O'Kean, Donna Eubanks, Delaplaine, and Michelle Wilson, Hoxie; and three grandchildren, Eric Ragsdell, Courtney Ragsdell and Shon Ragsdell.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bros. Gene Cullum and Jerald Dean officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Heath Eubanks, Jay Jones, Cheyenne Jones, Jason Lee, Colton Wilson and B.J. Gentry. Honorary pallbearers were Weldon Denton, Danny Wilson, K.J. Spillman and Anthony Eveland.

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Elizabeth Rice

Elizabeth Staten "Nan" Rice, 88, of Roanoke, Ind., died Oct. 24, 2009, at Markle Health and Rehabilitation in Markle, Ind.

Born Feb. 24, 1921, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of John Wesley and Lennie Phillips. She was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and attended Mott Community College and Arkansas State University. She taught at Pease Elementary School and also worked at General Motors, Flint Osteopathic Hospital and Skaff Carpet and Furniture. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the C&O Railroad auxiliary. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Franklin Rice, on May 4, 1992, whom she married April 16, 1944, in Walnut Ridge; a son, Joe Rice; and two brothers, Robert Staten and James Staten.

Survivors include a daughter, JoAnn Cowgill, Little Rock; three sons, Robert D. "Bob" Rice and wife Leslie, Lapeer, Mich., Paul Jeffrey "Jeff" Rice, Roanoke, Ind., and James A. Rice and wife Rhonda, Huntington, Ind.; two brothers, Maurice Staten, Flint, Mich., and Carroll Staten, Knoxville, Tenn.; four sisters, Mary Koziol, Eugene, Ore., Melba "Babs" Damoth, Montrose, Mich., Christine Bowden, Oxford, Mich., and Linda Crawford, Burton, Mich.; 13 grandchildren, Joey, Rob, Kerri, Alissa, Krissy, Rebecca, Daniel, Greg, Alison, Kyle, Jennifer, Eric and Deanna; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Flint, Mich. Deal-Rice Funeral Home of Huntington, Ind., has charge of arrangements.

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

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