September 1, 2010 Edition

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Gabriel Michael Fisher


French ~ Houltzhouser


Michael Edward Bradley Paul J. Bryan Lenora Ann Carmon
Carrie Elizabeth Colburn Miriam Verniece Cunningham Alice Dean Davis
Geneva Fern Davis Jeremiah Miles Dobbs Ruth Ann Hight
Morlen D. Hillburn Robert O. Isabell Delphia Vitula Montgomery
Kathryn Amanda Stuthers Mary Neoma VanWinkle Franklin E. Wicker


Gabriel Michael Fisher

Matt and Tammy Fisher of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 15, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named Gabriel Michael Fisher. He has three older siblings, Rebecca, 16, Aaron, 14, and Rachael, six.

Grandparents are Larry and Brenda McDaniel of Blytheville, Dorothy M. Fisher of Trumann, Johnny Fisher of Judsonia and the late Johnny Johnson.

Elsie M. Prewitt of Pocahontas is the great-grandmother.

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French ~ Houltzhouser

Mike and Becky French of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brooke Elizabeth French, to Nicholas Ryan Houltzhouser, son of Bobby and Christina Stamps of Oxley, Mo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jimmy and Gail French of O'Kean and Mary Summers of Mountain Home.

She is a 2009 Hoxie High School graduate and is working toward an accounting degree from Black River Technical College in Pocahontas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Bill and Johnnie Roberts of Pocahontas. He is a 2008 graduate of Naylor High School in Naylor, Mo., and is working toward a business administration degree from BRTC.

The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. at Grace Fellowship in Pocahontas. A reception will be held for the couple following the wedding.

After a wedding trip to Maui, Hawaii, the couple will reside in Pocahontas.

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Michael Edward Bradley

Michael Edward Bradley, 55, of Ravenden Springs, died Aug. 16, 2010.

Born Oct. 26, 1954, in Chicago, he was a 1973 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Clara Bradley Griffith.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Bradley; four sons, Staff Sgt. Michael E. Bradley and wife April, Fort Bragg, N.C., Patrick Bradley and wife Amy, Pocahontas, and Seth Bradley and Cody Bradley, both of the home; his parents, James and Imogene Bradley, Ravenden; four brothers, Jerry Bradley, Wayne Bradley and Hardy Bradley, all of Ravenden, and David Bradley, Williford; four sisters, Kathy Wells, Ravenden, Peggy Bradley and Sheila Bradley, both of Imboden, and Cindy Williams, Pocola, Okla.; and a grandchild, Ashyton Bradley.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Michael S. Bradley officiating. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery. Military honors were provided by an honor guard from Fort Sill, Okla.

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Paul J. Bryan

Paul J. Bryan, 79, of Greenbrier, brother of Anna Bell Arms of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 22, 2010, at his home.

Burial was in Copperas Springs Cemetery at Guy under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Greenbrier. An online guestbook is available at

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Lenora Ann McNeill Carmon

Lenora Ann McNeill Carmon, 75, of Highland, mother of Jacquelyn Snapp of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 24, 2010, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home.

Burial was Friday in Oaklawn Cemetery at Highland under the direction of Heath Oak Hill Chapel.

An online guestbook is available at

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Carrie Elizabeth Colburn

Carrie Elizabeth Colburn, 42, of Paragould, died Aug. 30, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Paragould.

Born Dec. 7, 1968, she was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ivarn and Mattie George and Carl and Trellis Colburn.

Survivors include two daughters, Chastity Henry and husband Cliff, and Rachel Giles; a son, Jared Giles and wife Suzanna; her parents, Darrell and Marilyn Colburn, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Tammy Winfrey and Mendy Chambers; and five brothers, Tommy Colburn, Sammy Colburn, Matthew Colburn, Bobby Gates and a special brother, Mike Ozbun.

A memorial service will be held Friday at Main Street Church of Christ with Rob Combs officiating.

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

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Miriam Verniece Cunningham

Miriam Verniece Cunningham, 85, formerly of Lawrence County, died Aug. 24, 2010, at Gassville Nursing Center in Gassville.

Born Dec. 15, 1924, in Greene County, she was the daughter of Francis and Ida Roswell Craig. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Abe Smelser, Willard Smelser, Charlie Smelser, Luther Smelser, A.G. Earp, Elma "Cotton" Craig and Elza Craig; two sisters, Aubrey Smelser Dickinson and Ethelene Wilson; and a grandson, Craig Campbell.

Survivors include her husband, Franklin Cunningham; a son, Dane Cunningham, Paragould; two daughters, Lynell Davis, Mountain Home, and Dianne Cooper, Somerville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; an 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held 2 p.m. Thursday at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home of Paragould, 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

An online guestbook is available at

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Alice Dean Davis

Alice Dean Davis, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 25, 2010, at Lawrence Hall.

Born Feb. 28, 1924, in Lonoke County, she was the daughter of Bruce and Grace Owens Cummings. She was a homemaker and was of the Methodist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl F. Davis, on Feb. 11, 1978.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Rector, Cabot; a son, George Davis, Morrilton; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Jones Cemetery at Amity with Rev. Beth Stegall officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Geneva Fern Davis

Geneva Fern Davis, 70, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 28, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

A lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Jr. Davis; two sisters, Mary Hayes and Paulette Dildine; and her parents.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Davis and wife Louise, Walnut Ridge, Ricky Davis, Florida, and Darrell Davis and wife Carmen, Lakeland, Fla.; two sisters, Willie Tyler, Hoxie, and Brenda Smith, Imboden; two brothers, Ricky Lewis, Black Rock, and Jr. Lewis, Ava, Mo.; two grandchildren, Angel Davis Penn and Kyle Davis; and two great-granddaughters.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Betty Williams and Bob Marriot officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery.

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Jeremiah Miles Dobbs

Jeremiah Miles Dobbs, newborn son of Lacey Dobbs of Hoxie, died Aug. 23, 2010.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Danny Miles; his great-grandmother, Anna Marie Dobbs; his great-grandfather, Woodrow Morris; and a cousin, Kandon Wayne Bryant.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his grandmother, Carol Dobbs, Hoxie; his great-grandmother, Dixie Morris, Hoxie; his great-grandfather, Bobby Dobbs, Hoxie; his aunt, Shauna Bryant and husband Rob, Hoxie; and a cousin, Gracie Lynn Bryant, Hoxie.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Crossroad Cemetery at Portia with Wayne Bryant officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Ruth Ann Hight

Ruth Ann Hight, 59, of Springfield, Mo., died Aug. 26, 2010 at her home.

She was born July 5, 1951, in St. Louis, to Moss C. and Glendine Watson. She has spent the last 28 years with Lloyd Riley as her companion.

She was preceded in death by her father, Moss C. Watson on April 13, 2005; and an infant granddaughter, Ashley Applegate in 1984.

Survivors include her mother, Glendine Watson of Walnut Ridge, two sisters, Betty "BJ" Lietz and Tammy Whitehead, both of Walnut Ridge; seven brothers, Eddie Watson and Marvin Watson of Springfield, Mo., John Watson of Texas, Ken Watson of Paragould, Charley Watson of Arcadia, Mo., and William "BJ" Watson and Lee Watson, both of Hoxie; three daughters, Shelia Connell of Springfield, Mo., Glenda Ross of Scott City, Mo., and Paulina Flynn of Minnesota; two sons, Jeff Ross of Scott City, Mo., and Jessie Hight of Springfield, Mo.; 13 grandchildren, Stephanie Applegate, Ashton Applegate, Wayne Connell, Mike Connell, Cierra Ross, Mikayla Ross, JD Ross, Clorrisa Ross, Gabriella Hight, Devin Van Cleve, Kenny Burkholder, Zeth Burkholder, Emily Phillips; and four great-grandchildren, Zac, Cameron, Evan and Raelyn.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Greenlawn Funeral Home North in Springfield, Mo., Sunday, with Ken Watson and family and friends officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Riley, Jeff Ross, JD Ross, Edgar Watson, John Watson, Marvin Watson, Eddie Watson Jr. and TJ Beezley.

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Morlen D. Hillburn

Morlen D. Hillburn, 85, of Monett, Mo., died Aug. 22, 2010, at his home.

Born Aug. 3, 1925, in Harrisburg, he was the son of Joseph Jackson and Stella Moise Hillburn and was raised in the Eaton area. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean War and was retired from the Civil Service as a warehouse supervisor. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in California and the Assembly of God Church in Purdy, Mo.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Matney Hillburn, whom he married June 22, 1954, in Kingman, Ariz.; a son, William T. Hillburn and wife Blanca, El Paso, Texas; a daughter, Vicki Perry and husband Roger, Monett, Mo.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Monett, Mo., with Rev. Ardith Graves officiating. Buchanan Funeral Home of Monett, Mo., had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Robert O. Isabell

Robert O. Isabell, 79, of Smithville, died Aug. 28, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born March 10, 1931, in Lake City, he was the son of Daniel Isabell and Madie Eaves Vail. He was a U.S. Army veteran, who received the Bronze Star for his service during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953. He was a retired truck driver who owned his own truck and drove for Schneider Trucking Company. He was a member of the VFW in Evening Shade and the Eagles Club in Colorado.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred Isabell and Leonard Isabell.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Duncan Isabell; two daughters, Juanita Sevik, Melbourne, Australia, and Laurita Degurse, Willits, Calif.; five sisters, Hazel Montgomery, Terre Haute, Ind., Georgia Short, Rogers, Tenn., Charlotte Smith, Frankfort, Ind., Wanda Sichts, Lafayette, Ind., and Becky Graves, Burlington, Ind.; six grandchildren, Matthew Scoope, Amanda Davis, Sarah Dailey Eric Griffin, Brian Griffin and Lennon Degurse; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 3 p.m. at Powell's Chapel Cemetery in Poughkeepsie with the eulogy read by Charles Landers. Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be James Duncan, Danny Duncan, Kenneth J. Seat, Gary Duncan, Wayne Hofer and Phillip Smith.

An online guestbook is available at

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Delphia Vitula Montgomery

Delphia Vitula Montgomery, 98, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 16, 2010, at The Manor in Poplar Bluff.

Born April 12, 1912, in Grubbs, she was the daughter of Tom and Lula Young Sloan. She worked for a dry cleaning business and later retired from a fabric factory in Walnut Ridge. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Walnut Ridge. After moving to Poplar Bluff, she worked as a cook at the SEMO Baptist Youth Camp. She was a member or the Brown Chapel AME Church in Poplar Bluff.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hubert Towns, whom she married in 1942; her second husband, Hurley Montgomery, in 1976, whom she married in 1947; and 16 siblings.

Survivors include two daughters, Freda W. Ballard and husband Roosevelt, Poplar Bluff, Mo., and Rev. Louise Moore, Lynwood, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren; and a young lady she mentored, Bernetta Peoples, Monroe, La.

Funeral was Saturday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. at Brown Chapel AME in Poplar Bluff with Rev. James Boler officiating. Private burial was Saturday, Aug. 28, in Oak Lawn Cemetery at Batesville under the direction of Cotrell Funeral Service of Poplar Bluff.

An online guestbook is available at

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Kathryn Amanda Stuthers

Kathryn Amanda Kay Stuthers, 83, of Venice, Fla., formerly of Alicia, died Aug. 24, 2010.

Born Aug. 23, 1927, she was the daughter of Richard and Edna Crumpton Kay.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Stuthers; a son, Richard; and a daughter, Cynthia.

Survivors include five children, Jim Stuthers Jr. and wife Juliana, Bradenton, Fla., Jessica Spaulding and husband Don, Normal, Ill., Chris Stuthers and wife Kim, Pensacola, Fla., Mary Cox and husband Kevin, Englewood, Fla., and Stuart Stuthers and wife Terri, Punta Gorda, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Farley Funeral Home in Venice, Fla. Graveside service will be held at a later date in New Albany, Ind.

Memorials may be made to TideWell Hospice, Inc., 5955 Rand Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34238.

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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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Franklin E. Wicker

Franklin E. Wicker, 77, of Paragould, brother of Cecil "Pete" Wicker of Hoxie, died Aug. 15, 2010, at Belle Meade Nursing Center in Paragould. Burial was Wednesday, Aug. 18, in Lorado Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould. Memorials may be made to Griffin Memorial United Methodist Church. An online guestbook is available at

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