September 22, 2010 Edition

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Grace Arabella Nichols Adam Lane Potter


Nancy Rosalie Bennett Greta Blankenship Marie Bristow
William "Bill" Davis James Edward Gilbert Lela J. Holder
Marvin Langston William Murray Gerald Ratliff
Cleo Almond Stayton Jack Tribble Imogene White
James Whitmire Sr. Kay Worthington


Grace Arabella Nichols

Mark and Stephanie (DeClerk) Nichols of Ward have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born June 17, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Grace Arabella Nichols.

Grandparents are David and Mary DeClerk of Pocahontas, Nedra Nichols of Walnut Ridge and the late Charles Nichols, who lived in Sedgwick.

She is the great-granddaughter of Mary Wolf of Pocahontas and the great-great-granddaughter of Stella Blackwell of Walnut Ridge.

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Adam Lane Potter

Adam Potter and Aimee Mosley of Minturn have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 23, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Adam Lane Potter. He has one sister, Madison Potter, 16 months.

Grandparents are Bill and Janet Mosley of Minturn and Helen Potter of Walnut Ridge.

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Nancy Rosalie Bennett

Nancy Rosalie "Rose" Bennett, 63, of Hoxie, died Sept. 21, 2010, at her home.

Born Oct. 29, 1946, in Winchester, Va., she had worked at Wal-Mart since 1992 and was a customer service representative. She attended the New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Ricky Lee Bennett; her parents, Elmer and Nella Dick Adams; and a sister, Alice Lorene Nickson.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Sands and husband Michael, and Angie Bennett, all of Hoxie; a son, Jack Bennett and wife Sue, Mercersburg, Pa.; three sisters, Patsy Joy Conner, Falling Waters, W.Va., Betty Christine Bryant, Black Rock, and Ruth Ellen Boswell, Martinsburg, W.Va.; a brother, Steven Elmer Adams, Peterstown, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Veronica Boyd, Joshua Sands, Jonathan Sands and Jace Bennett; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at the New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock with Wayne Bryant and Allen Stinnett officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near Lorado, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Greta Blankenship

Greta Blankenship, 68, of Bryant, formerly of Black Rock, died Sept. 17, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Bill Blankenship; a son, Mark Blankenship and wife Robin, Little Rock; two sisters, Reta Kahley and husband Fritz, and Rita Toland and husband Rick, all of North Little Rock; and two grandsons, Brian Blankenship and Justin Blankenship.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Bryant. A graveside service was held at Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock at 3 p.m. Roller-Ballard Funeral Home of Benton had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Mission Team at First United Methodist Church, 508 North Reynolds Road, Bryant, AR 72022.

An online guestbook is available at

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Marie Bristow

Marie Bristow, 66, of Hoxie, died Sept. 21, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 31, 1844, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of John W. and Sybil Whitmire Stephens. She was a factory employee and a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her husband, Revell Bristow, whom she married Aug. 25, 1960; two sons, Wayne Bristow, Walnut Ridge, and Brent Bristow, Beebe; a daughter, Lavonda Dunavion, Tuckerman; a brother, Gerald Stephens, Rockford, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Stephanie Dunavion and Samantha Dunavion.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m.

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William "Bill" Davis

William "Bill" Davis, 87, of Pocahontas, brother of Frank Davis and Dorothy Decker, both of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 18, 2010, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Burial was Tuesday in Masonic Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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James Edward Gilbert

James Edward "Eddie" Gilbert Jr., 30, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 19, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Aug. 19, 1980, he was employed by Pinnacle Frames, Inc. in Pocahontas.

Survivors include his parents, James E. Sr. and Janie Lassiter Gilbert; two brothers, Rickey Whitlow and wife Tanya, Walnut Ridge, and Pfc. Samuel Jackson Gilbert, Lebanon, Mo.; a sister, Stephanie Erin Gilbert, Campbell, Mo.; his grandmother, Pauline Gilbert, Pocahontas; two aunts, Joan Hunnicutt, Williford, and Barbara Mitchell, West Memphis; and a special friend, Jeff Miller, Sikeston, Mo.

Funeral is today at 7 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Tony Becker and Ricky Whitlow officiating.

Visitation will be today from 5 p.m. until time of the service.

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Lela J. Holder

Lela J. Wallis Holder, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 17, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 10, 1936, she lived all of her life in the Walnut Ridge and Black Rock areas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ivan Alfred and Chloie McElyea Wallis; a sister, Willene Wallis; and three brothers, Willard Wallis, Roy Wallis and Floyd Wallis.

Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Holder Strahan, Jonesboro; two sons, Sam Holder, Walnut Ridge, and Shane Holder and wife Ashley, Strawberry; four brothers, Billy Wallis, Walnut Ridge, Troy Wallis, Hoxie, Ivan Wallis, Portia, and Lloyd Wallis, Perryville; two sisters, Darlene Mitchell, Morris, Okla., and Rhoda Smith, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Jessica Strahan, Samantha Strahan, Ty Holder and Cassidy Holder; and a great-grandchild on the way.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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Marvin Langston

Marvin Langston, 80, of Cherokee Village, died Sept. 15, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He had lived in Lawrence County before moving to Cherokee Village 14 years ago. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was of the Assembly of God belief.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Violet Marie Langston; his parents; and a sister, Becky Langston.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Snearly Langston; four daughters, Kathy Lawson and husband Randy, Karen Langston, Joyce Langston and Shauna Menely; two sons, Kerry "Bo" Langston and wife Connie, and Kenny Langston and wife Becky; five sisters, Agnus Davis, Lattie Fay Benson, Betty Lou Garner, JoAnn Richmond and Dorothy Smith; nine brothers, Earvin Langston, Harrold Langston, Billy Wayne Langston, David Langston, Jimmy Langston, Douglas Langston, Johnny Langston, Phillip Langston and Terry Langston; and grandchildren, Tony and Hillary Lawson, Kristina and Kara Langston, Kerry Langston Jr., Jessica Langston, Jamie and Darren Bowen, Jennifer and Matt Green, Kenny Jr. Langston, Melissa Garvin, Stephanie and Hillary Youngren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kerry Langston Jr., Kenny Langston Jr., Ryan Whited, Darren Bowin, Jackie Foster and Tony Lawson.

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William Murray

William "Bill" Murray, 69, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Sept. 14, 2010, at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Fla.

Born April 1, 1941, in Clarion, Pa., he was formerly of Hoxie.

Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Murray; two daughters, Debbie Layne and Donna Butler and husband Tom; a sister, Lois McClain; and three grandchildren, T.J. Butler, Kalyn Fierro and Garth Layne.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home in Spring Hill.

An online guestbook is available at

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Gerald Ratliff

Gerald Ratliff, 78, of Eaton, died Sept. 19, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born in Williford, he lived at Eaton all his life. He taught agriculture for 34 years at several local schools and was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, June Etchison Ratliff, whom he married Dec. 24, 1955; three sons, Roger Ratliff, Eaton, James Ratliff and wife Georgia, Imboden, and Mike Ratliff, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Darrell Ratliff and wife Louise, England, and Duck Ratliff, Williford; a sister, Carolyn Hill and husband Bud, Ravenden Springs; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Burial will be in Dail Cemetery at Ravenden.

Pallbearers will be Jamie D. DeJournett, Chase DeJournett, Travis, Manns, Chip Gill, Chris Blevins and Gayland Ratliff. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Counts, Tom Baker, Russell Ratliff, Colby Johnson and Justin DeJournett.

Memorials may be made to the Sloan-Hendrix FFA Alumni Scholarship, P.O. Box 1080, Imboden, AR 72434.

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Cleo Almond Stayton

Cleo Almond Stayton, 68, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 16, 2010, at his home.

Born Feb. 5, 1942, at Light, he was the owner and operator of Stayton Machine Works in Walnut Ridge. He was a member of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Juanita Brown Stayton; a brother; two sisters; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Fry Stayton, whom he married June 15, 1965; two sons, Marty Fry and wife Sandy, Tuckerman, and Scott Stayton and wife Vickie, Damascus; two daughters, Paula Ginnett, Springdale, and Elizabeth Carpenter and husband Chad, Mt. Morris, Ill.; four brothers, Bill Stayton, Walnut Ridge, Jim Stayton and Tom Stayton, both of Gentry, and Eddie Stayton, Rogers; five sisters, Mary Langston, Gentry, Geraldine Gatewood, Lauratown, Dora Martin, Sulphur Springs, Carol Hankins, Siloam Springs, and Wanda Deacons, Prior, Okla.; and 11 grandchildren, Marcus Fry, Kenton Fry, Candice Stayton, Robert Riedell, Jeremy Riedell, Madison Stevens, Noah Stevens, Audra Carpenter, Chelsea Carpenter, Shane Odom and Sharon Reed.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. James Warbington officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Walcott.

Pallbearers were Randall Fry, Leonard Doan, Andrew Stayton, Robert Stayton, Tony Becker and Robbie Stayton. Honorary pallbearers were Marcus Fry, Kenton Fry and Noah Stevens.

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Jack Tribble

Freeman "Jack" Tribble, 83, of Henderson, died Sept. 20, 2010, in Mountain Home.

Born Nov. 25, 1926, in Lawrence County, he lived in Walnut Ridge until moving to Henderson in 1994. He was a World War II veteran and a retired farmer. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Fern Binkley Tribble, whom he married July 3, 1943; his parents, Robert and Mary Tribble; five brothers; and three sisters, including infant twins.

Survivors include four children, David Tribble, Walnut Ridge, Fredia Finch and husband A.D., O'Kean, Danny Tribble and wife Kaye, Fritch, Texas, and Jason Tribble and wife Jennifer, Henderson; 11 grandchildren, Celena Rorex and husband DG, Vicki Goza and husband Paul, Ginger Britton and husband Keith, Clay Tribble and wife Jaimie, Jennifer Jean and husband Adam, Mark Finch, Eric Tribble and wife Dannie, David Tribble, Hannah Tribble, Darren Tribble and Colton Rogers; and 11 great-grandchildren, Jonathon Rorex, Tel Britton, Jordan Rorex, Makenzie Britton, Caleb Tribble, Jordan Tribble, Maddox Jean, Mallie Jean, Kaylee Tribble, Jaxon Eric Tribble and Riley Jack Goza.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Imogene White

Imogene White, 91, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 12, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 3, 1918, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Grover Cleveland and Beulah Elizabeth Goodwin White. She graduated high school at Bay in 1939 and moved to Batesville, where she studied business.

After working in Memphis, she moved to Pine Bluff, where she worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. In 1944 she was transferred to Washington, D.C., where she worked in support of the War Department during World War II. In 1953 she began work at the Library of Congress. She retired in 1978 and moved to Jonesboro to care for her elderly mother. She was a member of Southwest Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by four siblings, Goodwin White, Avanell Ellis, Harold White and Evelyn Jayne.

Survivors include five nephews, Goodwin White Jr., Camden, Dr. David E. White, Marlborough, N.H., Dr. J. Lawrence Jayne Jr., Bristol, Va., Greg White, Augusta, Ga., and Matthew Ellis, Hixson, Tenn.; and two nieces, Martha Elizabeth Jayne Smith, Knoxville, Tenn., and Linda White, Houston.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Jimmy Adcox officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn.

Memorials may be made to Southwest Church of Christ, 1601 James St., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at

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James Whitmire Sr.

James Whitmire Sr., 64, of Carbon Cliff, Ill., formerly of Black Rock, died Sept. 9, 2010, at Genesis Medical Center Illini Campus in Silvis, Ill.

Born March 6, 1946, in Walnut Ridge, he was a self-employed contractor and also worked as a maintenance supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda F. Young Whitmire, on April 29, 1985, whom he married May 3, 1965; his parents, William Azro and Nina Elfreda Godwin Whitmire; two brothers, Grant Whitmire and Millard Whitmire; and two sisters, V. Louise Hoggard and Betty Ann Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie L. Dixon Whitmire, whom he married June 16, 1990; two sons, James Whitmire Jr., Chicago, and William Whitmire and wife Tonia, Edgington, Ill.; four daughters, Michele Forbes and husband Todd, Colona, Ill., Allyson Whitmire, Carbon Cliff, Ill., Mary Chandanais and husband Dan, Albany, Ill., and Karla Cunningham and husband Chris, Moline, Ill.; three brothers, Alfred Whitmire and wife Pat, Walnut Ridge, Melvin Whitmire and wife Mary, Hoxie, and John Whitmire and wife Jane, Colona, Ill.; a sister, Pauline "Polly" Livingston, Batesville; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. at the New Day Church in Silvis, Ill. Burial was in Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary of East Moline, Ill.

An online guestbook is available at

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Kay Worthington

Kay Holder Worthington, 60, of Swifton, died September, 15, 2010, in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 8, 1950, in Flint, Mich., she was a 1968 graduate of Flushing High School in Flushing, Mich. She was a homemaker and had worked as a pharmacy tech at Wal-Mart for the past 10 years. She was a member of the Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church of God in Swifton, where she was Sunday School secretary since 1990.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Louise Comer.

Survivors include her husband, Dan Worthington, whom she married Oct. 12, 1968; a son, Danny Worthington and wife Shawna, Swifton; a daughter, Carolyn Bain and husband Jeff, Swifton; her parents, Paul and Helen Gossage Holder, Swifton; a brother, Tim Holder and wife Diane, Flushing, Mich.; four grandchildren, Mandy Rowland, Dylan Bain, Laci Worthington and Dawson Lee Worthington; and her best friend, Carol Sholler, Gaylord, Mich.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Abiding Faith Pentecostal Church of God in Swifton. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Greg Slagley, Blake Dukes, Anthony Decker, William Roper, Rick Midgett and Curt Martin. Honorary pallbearers were Sonny Robinson, Tony Lewis, Chad Comer, Shannon Comer, Bo Gossage, Carl Ray Melton, Cory Patrick, Johny McGuire and her friends at Newport Wal-Mart.

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