August 04, 2010 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Brank ~ Coffman Eagan ~ Phillips

Obituaries

Louetta Jane Bagwell Carol Sue Byers Nona Campbell
Hershel Eugene Chesser Robert Grounds Debrorah A. Latham
Royal Lawrence Donnie R. Lawson Dr. Christy Lynn Parker
Jeffery Joel Poff Margaret Russell James Seagraves
Flossie Jane Smith Pate Snapp Duwaine Stickel
Mary Neoma VanWinkle

Weddings/Engagements

Brank ~ Coffman

Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Branch of Bartlett, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Lucky Carter of Paragould have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lindsey Nicole Brank, to Christopher Lewis Coffman, son of Christy Adams of Bartlett, Tenn.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Shelby Short of Paragould, Girtie Branch of Senath, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Haynes of Black Rock.

She is a 2007 Paragould High School graduate and is employed as an administrative assistant at Pro-Drivers in Bartlett, Tenn.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Vernice and Verginia Moore of Bartlett, Tenn.

He is a 2007 Bartlett High School graduate and works as an EMT for EMHC in Memphis.

The couple will exchange vows on Aug. 7 at 1 p.m. at the New Antioch Baptist Church in Brookland. A reception will follow at the Paragould Community Center. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Eagan ~ Phillips

Richard and Robbie Eagan of Pocahontas have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Magan Taylor Eagan, to Steven Craig Phillips, son of Mike and Jo Carol Phillips of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jack and Lin Eagan of Black Rock and Dorothy Keller of Jonesboro.

She is a 2006 graduate of Pocahontas High School and will receive a degree in business management from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in December. She is employed in the quality department at Alberto Culver in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Relton and Loyse Forehand and Richard and Mae Phillips, all of Walnut Ridge.

He graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 2003 as an honor graduate and from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro with a degree in agriculture/plant science in 2007. He is employed as a crop consultant with Farm Service, Inc. in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows in a double-ring ceremony on the beach at Couples Resort in Negril, Jamaica, on Thursday.

Reception, shower planned

A combination wedding shower and reception will be held for the couple on Saturday, Aug. 14, from 2-4 p.m. in the Moody Room on the campus of Williams Baptist College. All family and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Louetta Jane Bagwell

Louetta Jane Bagwell, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died July 29, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 19, 1956, in Walnut Ridge, she was raised near Cash. She was retired from Arkansas Glass Container in Jonesboro and was of the Assembly of God belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Janie Bagwell; and three brothers.

Survivors include six brothers, Cecil Bagwell and wife Pat, Johnie Bagwell and wife Joan, Arthur Bagwell Jr. and wife Pat, Edward Bagwell and wife Mary, Roger Bagwell and wife Arvella, and James Bagwell; and a sister, Dorothy King, Paragould.

The body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Carol Sue Byers

Carol Sue Byers, 60, died July 18, 2010, at the Bailey Park Living Center in Humboldt, Tenn.

Born Nov. 29, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Leonard and Naomi Byers. Rev. Byers was pastor of Walnut Ridge First United Methodist Church in the 1960s. Carol was a 1967 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School. Confidently, she has reached the hope for those who have faithfully followed the Lord Jesus Christ.

Carol's life was characterized by service. Even in her prolonged illnesses and physical constraints, she found a way to serve others with her gifts and talents. She was a blessing to the children of Northbrook and a friend to all those who met her.

Survivors include her friends, Bob and Linda Faulkner of Topeka, Kan.; and all of her brothers and sisters of Northbrook Church in Three Way, Tenn., with whom she shared joyful life and ministry.

A celebration of her life was held at the Gathering Place of Northbrook Church on July 22. Burial was in Rose Hill under the direction of Arrington Funeral Group.

Memorials may be made to the children's ministry of Northbrook Church, 421 Hwy. 45W, Three Way, TN 38343 or to the American Cancer Society.

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Nona Campbell

Nona Campbell, 92, of Swifton, died July 30, 2010, at Jonesboro.

Born June 29, 1918, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Buddy and Callie Jarrett Tunstall. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Council; a brother, Ted; a son-in-law, Jim Floyd; a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Campbell; and a granddaughter, Meredith Diane Hoover.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Floyd, Swifton, and Anna Fay Lawrence and husband James, Searcy; three sons, Floyd Campbell and wife Vona, Jonesboro, Darrol Campbell, Swifton, and Loyd "Cowboy" Campbell and wife Martha, Evening Shade; 11 grandchildren, Sonny Campbell, Shari Hoover, Jabo Floyd, Ricky Floyd, Angela Herum, Kelly Lorenz, Bart Campbell, Michael Lawrence, Todd Lawrence, Trent Lawrence and Tracy Paul; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Sonny Campbell, Jabo Floyd, Ricky Floyd, Bart Campbell, Michael Lawrence, Todd Lawrence and Trent Lawrence. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Rorex, Milton Jordan, Odean Templeton, Kenny Crider, Mitch Worthington and Roy Runyan, Jr.

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

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Hershel Eugene Chesser

Hershel Eugene "Gene" Chesser, 83, of Maynard, died July 30, 2010, at his home.

He was a member of the Stokes Church of Christ for 42 years.

He was preceded in death by an infant son; his parents, Marion Clyde and Ada Chesser; three brothers, Raymond Chesser, Lehman Chesser and Doyle Chesser; three sisters, Hazel Surles, Ina Tribble and Louise Smith; and a granddaughter, Misty Barnett.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Clara Chesser, whom he married April 24, 1954; two sons, Charles Chesser and wife Margaret, Maynard, and Michael Chesser and wife Joyce, Pocahontas; three daughters, Kathy Barnett and husband Randle, Warm Springs, Janice Halliburton and husband Pawnee, Maynard, and Teresa Kester and husband Lee, Thayer, Mo.; two brothers, Dean Chesser, Lancaster, Calif., and Rick Chesser, O'Kean; two sisters, Maggie Wall and Linda Bradley, both of Walnut Ridge; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Ben Williams and Gary Buxton officiating. Burial was in Chesser Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children's Home.

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Robert Grounds

Robert "Bob" Grounds, 73, of Black Rock, died July 31, 2010.

He had lived in Fredericktown, Mo., before moving to Black Rock 20 years ago. He was a truck driver and was the owner of B&B Flea Market in Black Rock and BG Kennels. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bennet and Eula Combs Grounds; and three sisters, Bonnie Grounds, Shirly Goff and Pat Pardve.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Green Grounds; a daughter, Sandy Jaco, Bismarck, Mo.; four sons, Robert Grounds Jr. and Gale Grounds, both of Bismarck, Mo., and Gary Anderson and Bobby Grounds, both of Black Rock; a brother, Bud Grounds, Tampa, Fla.; extended family, Laine and Beverly Wireman, Black Rock, and Dylan Morgan, Newport; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

No services are planned.

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Debrorah A. Latham

Deborah A. "Deb" Latham, 55, of Jonesboro, died Aug. 2, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

She had lived in Jonesboro the past 25 years after moving from Lawrence County. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her pet Yorkie, Sebastian.

Survivors include five brothers, Joseph Franklin Latham, Imboden, Alex Latham and Herman Anthony Latham, both of Portia, Johnny Mack Latham, Beech Grove, and Paul Henry Latham, Jonesboro; and two sisters, Helen Francis and Peggy Paden, both of Jonesboro.

Funeral is Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Jerry Parker and Andy Latham officiating. A poem will be read by Lynn Mullins Rowland. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearer will be Lynn Mullins Rowland.

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

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

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Royal Lawrence

Royal "Fletcher" Lawrence, 63, of Cave City, died July 28, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

He was born July 3, 1947, in Alicia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Johnnie Haigwood Lawrence; two brothers and two sisters.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

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

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Donnie R. Lawson

Donnie R. Lawson, 61, of Walnut Ridge, died July 28, 2010, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was of the Baptist belief. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Lawson; a son, Kiley Lawson and wife Melynda, Pocahontas; a sister, Betty McMillon, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Jack Lawson, Walnut Ridge, and Gordon Lawson, Laporte, Ind.; and two grandchildren, Ashton Lawson and Courtney Jones.

Graveside service was Thursday at 11 a.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock with Bob McMillon officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Sidney Phillips, Marlin Cummings, Danny Andrews, Larry Blackshear, Donald Brunson and Garren Ward. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Collins and Jim McMillon.

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Dr. Christy Lynn Parker

Dr. Christy Lynn Parker, 37, of Vinemont, Ala., died Aug. 2, 2010, at her home.

Born Dec. 27, 1972, in Walnut Ridge, she graduated from Walnut Ridge High School as valedictorian of the class of 1991. She earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University in 1999. She practiced at the Cullman Veterinary Hospital in Cullman, Ala.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Parker; her twin sons, Will Parker and Tom Parker; a daughter, Sara Parker; her parents, Bill and Patricia Binkley, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Keith Binkley and wife Kristy, and Frank Binkley and wife Brandy, all of Arkansas; her in-laws, Darrell and Ernestine Parker, Vinemont, Ala.; and a sister-in-law, Mary Thornton and husband Danny, Vinemont.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Kemp Baptist Church in Addison, Ala., with Rev. Sean Easterwood officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Methodist Cemetery under the direction of Cullman Funeral Home.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30-9 p.m. at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Christy Parker Memorial Education Fund for Sara, Will and Tom Parker at Peoples Bank of North Alabama.

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Jeffery Joel Poff

Jeffery Joel "J.J." Poff, 17, of Strawberry, formerly of Mountain View, died July 31, 2010, in Stone County.

Born March 27, 1993, in Calico Rock, he was a student.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Joel Poff.

Survivors include his father, Jeffery Neal Poff and wife Melissa, Strawberry; his mother, Melody Steed Younger and husband Kenneth, Pleasant Grove; his fiancˇ, Jessica Kelley; five brothers, Cody Poff, Cole Poff, Marcus Trammell, Joda Younger and Kendall Younger; two sisters, Kristal Younger and Heather Younger; and his grandparents, Vickie Jones, Brenda and Wayne Holden and Hank Steed Sr.

Funeral was Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Flatwoods Missionary Baptist Church in Mountain View with Bro. Gregg Cooper officiating. Burial was in Flatwoods Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Mountain View.

Pallbearers were Michael McCracking, Mark McCracking, Blake Hamilton, Chris Rieinger, Codie St. John and Dylan Brady. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Trammell, Hank Steed Jr., John Crisman, Kirby Pinkston, Jamie Nash, Jim Davis and Todd Brady.

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

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Margaret Russell

Margaret Almeda Russell, 73, of Lynn, died July 31, 2010.

She had lived in California for many years before moving to Lynn. She was a certified nursing assistant and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Milard Rogers; her parents, Fred and Francis Libbee Riedel; and two brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie Russell; a son, Daniel Rogers, North Highlands, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Pat Wallace, Red Bluff, Calif.; two sisters, Libbee Fooks, Erlanger, Ky., and Fran Shazlein and husband Bud, Elverta, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at the Lynn Church of Christ with Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

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James Seagraves

James "Jake" Seagraves, 85, of Norton Shores, Mich., died July 23, 2010, in Muskegon, Mich.

Born July 28, 1924, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Perry and Clara Hinkle Seagraves. He had lived in the Muskegon area for the past 63 years and was a World War II Army veteran. He had worked as a superintendent of assembly at Teledyne Continental Motors for 47 years before retiring.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Christine Lombard; and a brother, Johnny Carroll Seagraves.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Kincade Seagraves, whom he married Oct. 23, 1947; two sons, David Seagraves and wife Louise, and Kevin Seagraves and wife Rose; three sisters, Dorothy Hollans and husband Lewis, Marcia Wilson and husband Pete, and Marnelle Wolfe and husband Ray; a brother, Lavelle Seagraves and wife Maurine; four grandchildren, Don Seagraves, Jeff Seagraves, Samantha Seagraves and Jared Seagraves; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were private. Military rites were performed by Muskegon County Council. Burial was in Norton Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Harbor Hospice-Poppen Residence.

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

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Flossie Jane Smith

Flossie Jane Smith, 74, of Swifton, died July 26, 2010, her home.

Born March 30, 1936, she was a former cafeteria worker at Westside School and was a member of Cash Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Smith; a daughter, Polly Davidson; her parents, Isaac James and Martha Holder; two sisters, Hazel Sisk and Glena Caurthurs; and a brother, Otis Holder.

Survivors include three sons, David Carr, Trumann, Eddie Carr, Fulton, Ky., and Billy Carr, Manila, Philippines; three brothers, Larry Holder, Indianapolis, Ind., and Ray Holder and I.J. Holder, both of Swifton; five sisters, Ellen Dean Gentry, Walnut Ridge, Freda Rhodes, Otwell, Mary McCurn, Indianapolis, Ind., Carolyn Russell, Cicero, Ind., and Sharon Huskey, Swifton; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Cash Baptist Church with Myles Evans officiating. Burial was in Little Redd Cemetery at Risher under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Darrell Huskey Jr, Wilbur Cole, Patrick Carr, Lewis Smith, David James Carr and Malcom Lesley Rhodes.

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

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Pate Snapp

Pate Norman Snapp, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died July 29, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 7, 1924, in Jamestown, he was the son of Herbert and Margaret Arnold Snapp. He had lived in Walnut Ridge the past 61 years and was the former owner of Sloan's department store and the Alamo Court Motel. He was a World War II Navy veteran and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lela Ellis Snapp; and seven siblings, Charles C. Snapp, Russell Snapp, Elizabeth Spencer, Maurice Snapp, Bill Snapp, Margaret Holman and C.R. Snapp.

Survivors include a daughter, Carrie Mae Snapp, Walnut Ridge; a son, Charles Snapp and wife Jackie, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Stacy Snapp Killian, Charles Cassidy Snapp, Gary Gill and Jennifer Faldon; and four great-grandchildren, Chase, Jadyn, Luke and Paige.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 6 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Johnny Stayton speaking.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter, 107 Benson Drive, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Duwaine Montgomery Stickel

Duwaine Montgomery "Stick" Stickel, 37, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 3, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Warm Springs before moving to Walnut Ridge and had worked at Waterloo as a welder.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Angella Stickel; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife, April Crum Stickel; his children, Heather Stickel and Nick Stickel, both of the home; his parents, Montgomery Clift and Valerie Peters Stickel; and two brothers, Troy A. Stickel and Joshua Kaine Stickel, both of Warm Springs.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Derek Collins officiating. Burial will be in Duty Cemetery.

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

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Mary Neoma VanWinkle

Mary Neoma VanWinkle, 88, died Aug. 1, 2010.

Born Oct. 6, 1921, at Paul's Switch, she was the daughter of Walter and Cora Medsker Dunham. She had lived in Indiana for 20 years before returning to Arkansas in 1971. She was a member of New Life Full Gospel Church at Black Rock and the DAV Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clay VanWinkle; her stepmother, eight brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Margaret "Maggie" Ratliff and husband Truel; a stepson, John Shoemaker and wife Patty; three sisters, Ethel Lawson, Sally VanWinkle and Clara Keech and husband Wyatt; three grandchildren, Rhonda Neiswander, James Dean and Glen Shoemaker; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.

Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

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