January 6, 2010 Edition

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Births

Bethany Renee Derr Matthew Alec Sellers Breanne Grace Wake
Xander Brayden Ward

Obituaries

Jim E. Bridges Nina Mae Casper Myrtle Norris Clark
Sandra Jean Cummings James Ray Hager Bill Jordan
Marvin Leroy Lee Vera Matthews Henry O'Neal McComas
Paralee "Pat" McEntire Lillian Campbell Mock Norma Neece
Essie Phipps Addie Wells Louie Willfond

Births

Bethany Renee Derr

Michael and Amanda Derr of Hartsburg, Mo., have announced the birth of a daughter on Dec. 14, 2009, at their home.

The baby weighed nine pounds, eight ounces and has been named Bethany Renee Derr.

She has an older brother, Andrew, who is two.

Grandparents are Gerald and Sheila Robinett Hurst of Hartsburg, Mo., and Terry and Mary Derr of Ashland, Ohio. She is the great-granddaughter of William and Lou Robinett and Linda Hurst, all of Hoxie, Bob and Carolyn Allen of Hardy and Harold and Patricia Geracci of Ashland, Ohio.

Great-great-grandparents are D.B. and Exie Chastain of Piggott and Bill McCrory of Walnut Ridge.

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Matthew Alec Sellers

Corey Michael and Brittany Amanda Baker Sellers have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Dec. 26, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. The baby weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Matthew Alec Sellers.

Grandparents are John and Lucy Sellers of Walnut Ridge, Dwight Baker of Lonoke and Barbara Baker of Jonesboro. He is the great-grandson of Harold and Geraldine Baker and Louise and Cleo Baty, all of Jonesboro, Ron and Betty Thomas of Walnut Ridge, the late Cecil Burrow, who lived in Jonesboro, and the late Roy Sellers and Rudy and Mattie Housdan, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Breanne Grace Wake

Larry Dean Wake and Jeri Ann Lawson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Dec. 30, 2009, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Breanne Grace Wake.

Grandparents are Delores Shearon of Memphis and Flora Wiche of Portia.

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Xander Brayden Ward

Alex and Brittany Ward of Hoxie have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on Dec. 26, 2009, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Xander Brayden Ward.

Grandparents are Junior and Connie Mullen and Jerry Ward, all of Hoxie, and Leslie Ward of Tulsa, Okla.

Great-grandparents are Jeri Mullen of Walnut Ridge, Joe Mullen of Black Rock, Carolyn Spades of Trumann, Bill and Donna Durham of Strawberry.

Great-great grandparents are Jeanette Russell of Lynn and Lex Ward of Hoxie. Great-great-great grandmother is Inez Pen of Walnut Ridge.

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Obituaries

Jim E. Bridges

Jim E. Bridges, 69, of West Memphis, formerly of Clover Bend, died Dec. 19, 2009, at his home.

Born Jan. 23, 1940, he was a self-employed automobile wholesaler and veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, E.O. and Dora Bridges; two sisters, Jackie Bridges and Hannah Fuller; and a brother, Larry Bridges.

Survivors include his wife, Doris Ann Guin Bridges; two daughters, Debbie Mares, Jonesboro, and Jessica Alhuneidi, Lawrenceville, Ga.; two sons, Jimmy Bridges Jr. and Cris Bridges, both of Bartlett, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Kim Bloodworth and Holly Dawson, both of West Memphis; five sisters, Madge Schneider, Dallas, Bonnye Trantham, Little Rock, Patricia Frakes, Corvallis, Ore., Libby Wheat, Oklahoma City, and Charla Kay Beckman, Springdale; a brother, Jerry Bridges, Clover Bend; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Roller-Citizen Funeral Home in West Memphis. Burial was in Crittenden Memorial Park.

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Nina Mae Casper

Nina Mae Goodwin Casper, 77, died Jan. 2, 2010, in Potosi, Mo.

Born Sept. 21, 1932, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Ozro Mark and Effie Mae Lingo Goodwin. She was a 1950 graduate of Lynn High School and a homemaker. She was employed by the Eaton Corporation in Forrest City for 32 years. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Evening Shade Calvary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Pat Casper, whom she married Sept. 20, 1952; two grandsons, Jeremie Patrick Pounders and Travis Paul Norviel; and a great-granddaughter.

Survivors include three daughters, Mitzi Jo Casper Wynne and husband Ron, and Patricia Denise Casper Koch and husband Mike, all of Cadet, Mo., and Pamela Casper Pounders, Violet Hill; four brothers, Jerry Goodwin, Lynn, R.C. Goodwin, Batesville, Sanford Goodwin, Cave City, and Larry Goodwin, Calamine; four sisters, Joyce Goodman, Sommers, N.Y., Barbara Penn, Leaf River, Ill., Aleta Miller, Doniphan, Mo., and Jane Ward, Jensen Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Lisa Manry, Jarrett Norviel, Jason Overturf, Sarah Nelson, Ashley Clayton, Lauren Wynne, Zachary Overturf and Wil Norviel; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Evening Shade with Joel Meredith officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home of Melbourne.

Pallbearers Mark Manry, Jon Nelson, Wil Norviel, Jason Overturf, Zachary Overturf, Jarrett Norviel and Jeramy Clayton.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 3388 Hwy. 167, Evening Shade, AR 72532 .

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Myrtle Norris Clark

Myrtle Norris Clark, 94, of Heber Springs, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 4, 2010.

Born May 25, 1915, in Poughkeepsie, she was the daughter of Claude and Gertrude Kelley Norris. She was a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix Academy in Imboden, where she was an All-State basketball player and team captain. She was also a graduate of Draughon School of Business in Memphis.

She was a math teacher at Walnut Ridge School and a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was a past president of the Business and Professional Women in Walnut Ridge and of the Order of the Eastern Star in Black Rock.

She was also a dancer and performed at the White House with the Peabody Senior Citizens' Chorale and Drama Group. She was named Mrs. Mid-South Fair Senior American in 1981.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Millard Morris Clark; a son, Captain William Norris Clark; and four brothers, Viernon Norris, Low Norris, C.V. Norris and Jack Norris.

Survivors include a daughter, former Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Betty Clark Dickey, Heber Springs; a son, Dr. Robert Morris Clark, Reston, Va.; a sister, Ida Marie Boyce, Walnut Ridge; 11 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Alan Clark, Tony Clark, Jeff Clark, Chris Clark, John Dickey and Ted Dickey.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Health Center, PMB #233, 501 West Main, Heber Springs, AR 72543 or to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 10411 West Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Southridge Nursing and Rehab for the loving care given to Mrs. Clark over the past years.

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Sandra Jean Cummings

Sandra Jean Cummings, 62, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 29, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, she was a factory worker and a member of the Cash Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Cummings; a son, Kenneth Cummings Jr., Walnut Ridge; three sisters, Sharon Cummings, Lake Charles, Mo., and Carolyn Lawson and Sheila Phillips, both of Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Larry Blackshear, Walnut Ridge, and Gary Blackshear, Calico Rock; and a grandchild.

Funeral was Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Ron Snow officiating.

Burial was private.

Pallbearers were Garren Ward, Riley Lawson, Joe Carey, Sharon Blackshear, Marcus Crider and Tony Carey.

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James Ray Hager

James Ray "Jimmy" Hager, 66, of Heber Springs, died Jan. 1, 2010.

Born Oct. 18, 1943, in Walnut Ridge, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Petersen Sand and Gravel in McHenry, Ill., for many years. He was later affiliated with P.M. Pub and Lakeside Inn. He returned to Arkansas in 1991.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Parolee Bruner Hager; and a brother, Louie Hager.

Survivors include five daughters, Autumn Carew and husband Mark, Watertown, Wis., Holly Hager and husband Scott, Wonder Lake, Ill., Heidi Hager and husband William and Vallie Arber and husband Patrick, all of McHenry, Ill., and Heather Hager, Genoa City, Wis.; a son, Monte Shawn Hager and wife Debbie, McHenry, Ill.; a sister, Martha Sue Gibson; three brothers, Freddie Mac Hager and wife Wanda, Tom Hager and wife Lessie, and Donnie Joe Hager and wife Trenna; nine grandchildren, Vincent Hager, Ryan Hager, Justin Hager, Michael Siudak, Tayler Carew, Sky Christiansen, Alexandra Arber, Kyler Konietzko and Kristy Konietzko; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Friday from 2-6 p.m. at Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Tumbling Shoals.

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Bill Jordan

William H. "Bill" Jordan, 65, of Clawson, Mich., died Dec. 21, 2009, at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

Born March 4, 1944, in Jonesboro, he lived in Portia before moving to Michigan in early life. He worked in sales for Billings Lawn Equipment in Royal Oak, Mich., and was the former general manager at Industrial Vehicle Sales.

He had many cousins in Lawrence County, as well as a special lady in his life, "Aunt" Pansy Medlock, of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dorothy Reed Jordan.

Survivors include his wife, Linda K. Pfankuch Jordan, whom he married May 7, 1966, in Warren, Mich.; two daughters, Julie A. Jordan, Madison Heights, Mich., and Tiffany L. Trousdale and husband Bill, Clawson, Mich.; four sisters, Cynthia McMahon, Kathryn Maxwell and husband Joe, Elaine Jackman and husband Tom, and Lynda Pennington; a brother, John Jordan and wife Maria; and two grandchildren, Brooke Trousdale and Paige Trousdale.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Royal Oak Church of Christ with Rev. Clifford Tucker officiating.

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Marvin Leroy Lee

Marvin Leroy Lee, 51, of Imboden, died Jan. 1, 2010.

He had lived in California before moving to Imboden and was a former member of the ironworkers union.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sterling Leroy and Betty Jo Barnett Lee.

Survivors include the mother of his children, Julie Lawson, Sneedville, Tenn.; two sons, Harley Lee and wife Sheena, Pocahontas, and Wayne Lee and wife Kandice, Imboden; a daughter, Crystal Davis and husband Coleman, Rogersville, Tenn.; two brothers, Billy Lee and Lawrence Lee, both of Imboden; two sisters, Dovie Pendergrass, Imboden, and Ellen McCoy, Gassville; and nine grandchildren, Dakota Lee, Kiowa Lee, Ethan Lee, Kiera Lee, Allysa Davis, Hannah Davis, Justin Davis and Dylan Davis.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Dale Ingram, Jason Manning, Ricky Rousch, Shannon White, Gerald Jones and Bill Lee Jr.

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Vera Matthews

Vera Agnes Matthews, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 4, 2010.

Born Aug. 16, 1921, at Hoxie, she was the daughter of Elmer and Ester Thorn Johnson. She worked as a bookkeeper for Matthews Oil Company for 30 years and was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Gene Matthews; two brothers, Howard Johnson and Delbert Johnson; a sister, Ruby Cole; and a grandson, Bradley Matthews.

Survivors include her husband, Gene Matthews; two grandsons, Chris Matthews and wife Cyndi, Searcy, and Layne Matthews, Walnut Ridge; two great-granddaughters, Madison Matthews and Molly Matthews; and a former daughter-in-law, Suzanne Harp, Black Rock.

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

Pallbearers will be Blake Burns, Miles Johnson, Eric Burns, Danny Gibson, Robert Speer and Kevin Slayton.

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Henry O'Neal McComas

Henry O'Neal McComas, 73, of Hardy, died Dec. 30, 2009, at Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehab in Ash Flat.

Born Dec. 15, 1936, in Clay County, he was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired truck driver and irrigation well driller.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois McComas; a son, Derrick McComas; his parents, Robert and Madge Prevo McComas; and three brothers, Raymond McComas, R.L. McComas and Ray Freeman.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia McComas Kiser, Winnebago, Ill., and Tricia McComas Fallis, Hoxie; three sons, Jackie McComas, Brookings, S.D., and Kevin McComas and Jason McComas, both of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Glenda Smith, Leachville, and Linda McCarty, Hardy; two brothers, Robert McComas, Ash Flat, and Orville McComas, Florida; 12 grandchildren, Briana Cooper, Colbi Cooper, Jadrianne Cooper, Jake Cooper, Logan McComas, Candice Day, Tosha Vaughn, Cinnamon McComas, Pete Kiser, Penny Kiser, Pam Kiser and Cory Mrudger; several great-grandchildren; and his companion, Juanita Cameron, Paragould.

Funeral was Saturday at Heath Funeral Home in Highland. Burial with full military honors was in Eagle Rest Cemetery at Wirth.

Pallbearers were Dave Gibson, Charley Agee, Bruce McComas, Jake Cooper, Bub Cooper, Steven Rose, Steve Rose, Hardy Herron, Scott McCarty and Jason McComas.

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Paralee "Pat" McEntire

Paralee "Pat" Holder McEntire, 94, of Ash Flat, formerly of Walnut Ridge died Jan. 1, 2010.

She grew up in the Friendship area, the youngest of 13 children. She was united in marriage to Alvin Leo McEntire on August 25, 1934. Alvin and Paralee enjoyed 63 years, c€elebrating with 100 family and friends on their 50th anniversary in 1984.

They lived most of their lives in Walnut Ridge. Pat worked as a nurse at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was always receiving cards and letters from patients and family members because of her exceptional bedside manner.

Pat moved to Homewood Village after Alvin's death in 1997. She loved her neighbors, nursed them when they were sick and hosted them on her front porch when weather permitted until 2008 when she moved to the Ash Flat Healthcare Center, where she remained until her death.

An avid gardener she loved cooking and canning for her family. Everyone loved to visit Alvin and Pat's because of their love of life, each other and Pat's cooking. She was a member of the Ash Flat Church of Christ and was a great example of Christian love to her family, friends and neighbors.

She was preceded in death by husband, Alvin Leo McEntire; her parents, William and Pearl Eaves Holder; a daughter, Mary McEntire; and sons, Bobby and Gregory McEntire.

Survivors include sons, Jack McEntire and Ray McEntire, both of Horseshoe Bend, Clay McEntire, Jonesboro, Steve and wife Margie of Conway; daughter-in-law, Beth McEntire-Bess and husband Greg, Hardy; 12 grandchildren, Christine McEntire, Lynn and Mark McEntire, Michael McEntire, Shannon and Tom Ezell, Cody McEntire, Richard McEntire, Tina Hodge, Corrine and Mark Power, Lindsay and John Duggar, Billy and Jordan McEntire, Jeff and Kara McEntire and Joe Scot McEntire; l7 great- grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Richard McEntire, Lynn McEntire, Mark McEntire, Cody McEntire, Michael McEntire, Billy McEntire, Jeff McEntire and Joe McEntire.

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Lillian Campbell Mock

Lillian Ruby Campbell Mock, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 30, 2009, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 30, 1915, she was the daughter of William Thomas and Louisa Hooten Campbell. She was employed in St. Louis until retiring for health reasons. She was a homemaker and was a member of the West End Church of Christ in St. Charles, Mo., and Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Joseph Lilburn Mock, in 1989; two brothers, Othar Campbell and Eber Campbell; and three sisters, Vivian Crider, Wanda Hawk and Velma Robert.

Survivors include seven nieces, LoreŽ Perkey, Paragould, Glenna Mae Skipper, Madera, Calif.; Sandy Robert, Cabot, Wendy Campbell, Pensacola, Fla., Pat Camp, Shipman, Ill., Maxine Mosier, St. John, Mo., and Sheila Mock, St. Louis; and three nephews, Larry Hawk, Dayton, Ohio, Lavelle Robert, Fort Worth, and Dick Mock Jr., Edmond, Okla.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ed Baker, Rick McIntire, Dean Wall, Junior Briner, Kenneth Fears and Doyle McKinney.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Norma Neece

Norma Neece, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 5, 2010, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 16, 1936, in Black Rock, she was a clerk at the Powhatan Courthouse and retired as bookkeeper from the Vulcan Corporation. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was an avid golfer and won the Ladies golf championship at the Walnut Ridge Country Club for six years. She was a star basketball player at Black Rock High School, earning All-County and All-District honors. She loved to travel and had visited all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.

She was preceded in death by a son, Kenny Neece; her parents, Bart and Hazel Woodson Wier; a brother, Joe T. Wier; and two sisters, Dorothy Hajek and Linda K. Wier.

Survivors include her husband, Leon Neece, whom she married Dec. 24, 1954; a son, Norman Neece, Arlington, Va.; three sisters, Betty Young and husband Charles, and Patty Nunally and husband Morris, all of Black Rock, and Donna Smith and husband Jim, Cherry Valley, Ill.; and a brother, Wendell Wier and wife Brenda, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. in Bryan Chapel. Burial will be in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Lawrence Hall Activity Fund, 1051 West Free Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Essie Phipps

Essie G. Vaughn Phipps, 92, of Egypt, died Dec. 30, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 2, 1917, in Black Oak, she was the daughter of William and Dona Vaughn. She was a cook for Westside Schools and was a member of Egypt Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Phipps Sr.; two sisters, Bunnis Montgomery and Mary Ruth Wilson; two brothers, Willis Vaughn and Ruble Vaughn; and a special child, Mecca Dulaney.

Survivors include two sons, Ray Phipps and Jerry Phipps, both of Jonesboro; three brothers, Marvin Vaughn and Carlton "Sonny" Vaughn, both of Egypt, and L.E. Vaughn, Ash Flat; two sisters, Imogene Johnston, Walnut Ridge, and Betty Lou Statler, Bono; a granddaughter, Andrea Trammell; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with pastor Rex Howell officiating. Burial was in Philidelphia Cemetery.

Nieces and nephews served as pallbearers.

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

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Addie Wells

Addie "Mae" Wells, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 4, 2010, at her home.

The daughter of Joseph Porter and Sarah Ann Ward Dunn, she had lived in Walnut Ridge the past 32 years after moving from Alabama. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by a brother and four sisters.

Survivors include six daughters, Patty Rash, Ruby Tippett and Betty Amos, all of Walnut Ridge, Rita Gomer and Otella Allison, both of Paragould, and Joann Couch, Hoxie; a sister, Onema Carr, Walnut Ridge; 30 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Austin Cemetery near Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers will be Caleb Dean, Bill Hatfield, Harmon Rhine, Larry Couch, Tim Ray and Jeff Gomer.

Visitation is tonight from 5-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Louie Willfond

Louie "Junior" Willfond, 77, of Hoxie, died Dec. 30, 2009, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was a farmer and had lived most of his life in Lawrence County.

He was preceded in death by a son, Donald Gene Willfond; his parents; a sister, Ilene Riggs; and two brothers, Melvin Willfond and Edgar Willfond.

Survivors include his wife, Niladean Willfond; two daughters, Virginia Jean Price, Reyno, and Darlene Avery, Hoxie; two sons, Larry Junior Willfond, Black Rock, and Kenneth Gale Willfond, Hoxie; 17 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Duty Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Aaron Jackson, Eddie Parsons, Scott Milburn, Tommy Householder, Mike Bennett and Blake Jones.

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