September 15, 2010 Edition

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Aiden Micheal Fitzgerald Justus Tyler Hodge Henzley Jane Slusser
Dristin Cade Smith


Otis D. Baker Nina Helen Bellah Roy Lee Bryan
Rhyder Thomas Finney Paula Goff John Grigsby
Mary Alice Kingcade Jason Quarry Darrell Richey
Beatrice Conditt Riley Danny Lynn Smith Thaddeus H. Winters


Aiden Micheal Fitzgerald

Eric and Kerry Fitzgerald of Bay have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Sept. 9, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Aiden Micheal Fitzgerald.

Grandparents are Kenny "James" and Teresa Whitehead of Cash and Tony and Patrick Fitzgerald of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Geneva Whitehead of Walnut Ridge, Robert and Audrey Jackson of Independence, Mo., Shirley Hannaford of Pocahontas and Rex Fitzgerald of Biggers/Reyno.

Garland Hannaford of Pocahontas is the great-great-grandfather.

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Justus Tyler Hodge

James and Melissa Hodge of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 27, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed four pounds, four ounces, and has been named Justus Tyler Hodge. He has five older siblings, James, Jarrod, Jordan, Joseph and Justin.

Grandparents are James and Angela Hodge of Walnut Ridge and Carson and Barb Aldridge of Indianola, Iowa.

Great-grandparents are James Edward Hodge and Shirley Ruiz, both of Newton, Iowa.

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Henzley Jane Slusser

Tristan and Lacy Slusser of Portia have announced the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 4, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Henzley Jane Slusser. She has one brother, Justin Edward Ray Slusser.

Grandparents are Bill and Linda Tyson of Powhatan, Jerry Slusser and Kathi Bonner, both of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Armilda Tyson of Powhatan, Catherine Slusser and Barbara Spurlock, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Dristin Cade Smith

Jon and Shannon Smith of Minturn have announced the birth of a son, born Sept. 2, 2010, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Dristin Cade Smith. He has two older brothers, Dalton and Colton Melton.

Grandparents are Cleatus and MaryAnn Smith of Powhatan and Stanley and Krystal Debow of Sedgwick.

Great-grandparents are Stella Riggs of Hoxie, Leona Debow Chrisman of Sedgwick and Cleadus and Barbara Smith of Mountain View.

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Otis D. Baker

Otis D. Baker, 66, of California, died Sept. 8, 2010, in Auburn, Calif.

Born Jan. 30, 1944, in Alicia, he moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., in early life. He worked as a United Auto Worker for over 30 years, before retiring to California. He was a member of the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eunice Allen; his father, Thomas J. Baker; two brothers, Larry D. Baker and Hugh E. Baker; and a sister, Audrey Price.

Survivors include his wife, Joby Baker; three sons, Otis D. Baker Jr., Gregory S. Baker, and Marty J. Baker; a daughter, Audra R. Baker; two sisters, Bonnie Varner and Connie Nimmow; and 10 grandchildren.

Burial was Sunday in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Nina Helen Bellah

Nina Helen Felts Bellah, 74, of St. Louis, died Sept. 7, 2010, at her home.

Born May 16, 1936, in Egypt, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn L. Bellah; two sons, Terry Bellah and David Bellah; and her parents, Ralph and Opal Parks Felts.

Survivors include four sons, Steven Bellah, Jerry Bellah, Billy Bellah and Mark Bellah, all of St. Louis; three daughters, Cathy Boyd, Karen Bellah and Alice Bellah, all of St. Louis; two brothers, Gerald Felts and James Felts, both of Jonesboro; a sister, Juanita Felts, Batesville; nine grandchildren, Amanda, Becky, Keith, Timothy, Stephanie, Joey, David, Heather and Brittney; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Ralph Wallis officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Felts, Neal Bennett, Paul Fleiger, Micky Felts, Donald Barnes and Kenny Lloyd.

An online guestbook is available at

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Roy Lee Bryan

Roy Lee Bryan, 73, of Paragould, brother of Annabelle Arms of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 10, 2010, at his home.

Graveside service was Tuesday at noon at Linwood Cemetery uner the direction of Heath Funeral Home.

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Rhyder Thomas Finney

Rhyder Thomas Finney, infant son of Anthony and Sheena Swartzlander Finney of Rogers, died Sept. 7, 2010, at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

He was born Aug. 25, 2010, in Rogers.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his grandparents, John and Susan Finney, Black Rock, Andrew and Linda Swartzlander, Rector, and Sheila Alberternst, Imboden; and his great-grandparents, Claudine Finney, Black Rock, Arther and Mary Fry, Michigan, and Leo and Pat Swartzlander, Ravenden.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lorado Cemetery with John Stoll officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Paula Goff

Paula Marie Goff, 66, of Smithville, died Sept. 9, 2010.

A homemaker, she had lived in Albuquerque, N.M., before moving to Smithville five years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Forrest Sr. and Mary Popp Loss; and a brother, Paul Loss Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Goff Sr.; three daughters, Tina Cardwell, Donna Haynes and Debra Carroll; a son, Thomas Goff Jr.; two sisters, Virginia Dunham and Mary Griffen; two brothers, Robert Loss and John Loss; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday at 6 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn.

The body was cremated.

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John Grigsby

John "Jake" Grigsby, 87, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 9, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 29, 1923, in Alicia, he was the son of Dewey and Lucille Grigsby. He had lived in Jonesboro for 45 years, and had formerly lived in Walnut Ridge.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University. He taught at Walnut Ridge High School for 15 years and spent many years as a state employee with the Arkansas Rehabilitation Service. He was also a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by a son, Roy Harrison Grigsby.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ruth Hellen Grigsby; two sons, Rusty Grigsby, Jonesboro, and Jared Grigsby and wife Amy, Roswell, Ga.; a daughter, Jonelle Grigsby, Jonesboro; a sister, Betty Snedeker and husband Orbert, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Wendell Grigsby, Indio, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Andrew Grigsby and Jacob Grigsby.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery, near Bono, with Revs. Charlie Sigman and Hammett Evans officiating. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2201 South Culberhouse St., Jonesboro, AR 72401 or Camp Aldersgate, 2000 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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Mary Alice Kingcade

Mary Alice Kingcade, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 13, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include a daughter, Melody Ann Wade, Walnut Ridge; a son, Douglas Allen Kingcade, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Sharon Housdan, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Tom Crum, Sedgwick, Bob Crum, Black Rock, and Ben Crum, Rockford, Ill.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers will be Heath Wade, Blake Wade, Roy Britt, Brandon Crowell, Randy Crum and Tommy Crum.

Visitation is tonight from 5:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Jason Quarry

Jason Quarry, 36, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 11, 2010, at his home.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was a former police officer for the cities of Walnut Ridge and Hoxie. He had also worked for Post Cereal for approximately 14 years. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jr. Quarry; and his grandfather, J.F. Graham.

Survivors include his wife, Deana Quarry; three sons, Fisher Quarry, Hunter Smith and Jake Smith, all of Walnut Ridge; his mother, Ellen Griffis and husband Jim, Jonesboro; his in-laws, J.T. and Judy Tribble, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Justin Quarry, Nashville, Tenn.; and his grandparents, Bonnie Graham, Clover Bend and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Quarry, Hoxie.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Tommie Boles and Alvin Lewis officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jeff Franks, Bubba Blackwood, Tommy Allen, Phillip Roark, Gator Gates and Jeff Yates. Honorary pallbearers were Matt Watts, Travis Tinker, Jamie Tinker, Josh Graham, Jeff Graham, Brad Graham, Houston Hancock and Derek Hancock.

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Darrell Richey

Darrell Lloyd Richey, 69 died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, following a lengthy illness.

He was born March l, 1941 in rural Lawrence County, near Powhatan, the son of Marvin and Irene Hedrick Richey. He had one brother, Dale Richey.

Darrell was a devoted soldier, son, husband and friend and his loss will be mourned by many. He was always proud of his hometown, childhood friends and family. He was baptized into the Baptist faith at a young age.

Darrell graduated from Black Rock High School, attended Williams Baptist College, and in 1964, graduated from Arkansas State University. He paid his way through college by working at food canneries in the north, and by door-to-door sales for the Fuller Brush Company.

He joined the United States Army in 1966, where he was assigned to the 9th Infantry Division with duty as a front line Combat Medical Corpsman. He served in the jungles of Vietnam.

After returning to the U.S., he began a career in banking and finance, joining Worthen Bank in Little Rock in 1971. He was a branch manager at many locations for the bank, and twice received the annual Distinguished Salesman award. He completed a three-year course of study at Graduate School of Banking, University of Virginia. He later worked in security and investment sales with Worthen Bank, First National Bank, Prudential-Bache and Vinin-Sparks.

ln 1972, he married Jane Williams and they began a friendship and partnership that lasted over 37 years.

Golf, travel, studying Spanish and family holidays were keen interests thoughout his life. His favorite travels with Jane included a delayed honeymoon in Europe, driving trips out west and up the Pacific Coast Highway from L.A. to San Francisco, playing golf at Pebble Beach along the way, and many birthday and anniversary trips to New York City and Las Vegas. More recently, his travels alone were for language immersion school in San Miguel, Mexico, and a culture study/photo safari in South Africa. In his adventures he loved to meet new people and share his pride in the state of Arkansas and the joys of growing up in a small town in the 1950s. He was a volunteer at the Clinton Presidential Center, as well as for several political campaigns. He really enjoyed time spent as an extra in three movies made in the Little Rock area. Darrell always strived to live out his core values of being fair, honest and finding whole and hearty laughter every day.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; his nieces Kim Dunlap and Kelly Weekly and their families; his sisters-in-law, Freda Richey, Betty Westbrook and Julia Fletcher, and brother-in-law, Vern Williams and their families; along with many other relatives and special friends.

He is predeceased by his parents and a brother.

A service honoring his life was held Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Horne in Walnut Ridge. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.

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Beatrice Conditt Riley

Beatrice Conditt Riley, 89, of Tuckerman, mother of Jimmy Riley of Saffell, died Sept. 11, 2010, at Harris Hospital in Newport. Burial was Tuesday in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.

An online guestbook is available at

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Danny Lynn Smith

Danny Lynn Smith, 58, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 10, 2010, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Born Oct. 3, 1951, in Newport, he was the son of Woodrow and Altie Pippinger Smith. He was a farmer and was of the Pentecostal belief.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Smith; two sons, Justin Smith, Lake City, and Danny Smith Jr., Walnut Ridge; four daughters, Pamela Smith, England, Melissa Craig, Beebe, Lisa Milgrim, Sedgwick, and Donna Hines, Irving, Texas; five brothers, Rickey Smith, Flippin, Mark Smith, Jonesboro, Terry Smith, Weiner, and Michael Smith and James Smith, both of Warm Springs; a sister, Janie Larson, Everett, Wash.; 23 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. James Hines officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Wesley Oglesby, B.J. Watson, Aqualah Henry, Derrick Schultz, Scott Whitlow and James Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Eugene Milgrim and Danny Smith Jr.

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Thaddeus H. Winters

Thaddeus H. "Thad" Winters, 78, of Cave City, died Sept. 9, 2010.

Born Sept. 23, 1931, in Smithville, he was the son of W.L. and Flora Cole Winters. He was valedictorian of Strawberry School in 1949. He led music in many churches in Arkansas and was president of the Arkansas State Singing Convention from 1972 to 1974. He organized the Gospel Echoes, a quartet who sang in churches in Arkansas and surrounding states for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Greg Winters; two brothers, Wayning Winters and Eugene Winters; and a great-granddaughter, Victoria Vargas.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Matlock Winters, whom he married July 14, 1963; two daughters, Katrina Farris and husband Jacob, Cave City, and Jean Ann Zepeda and husband Ed, California; a sister, Glenda Deeter and husband Henry, Kennett, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Landon Farris and Jennifer Zepeda.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Cave City. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Ben Foley, Dan Foley, Dale Justice, Mac Justice, Terry Winters and Jerry Winters. Honorary pallbearers were Gene Neeley, Lewis Crane, Barry Farris, Lee Lawson, Wayne Winters, Mike Covey, Heston Matthews and Ancil Matthews.

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