November 03, 2010 Edition

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Billy Joe Aaron John Lloyd Adams Sandy Baguley
Gloria Dean Davis Dorothy Louella Decker Royce E. Halstead
Delores Smallwood Harris Helen Jones Bobby Neal
William E. Perrin Jr. Ray Phipps Jr. Clifford Thompson


Billy Joe Aaron

Billy Joe Aaron, 77, of Black Rock, died Oct. 30, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 13, 1933, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Edwin and Lou Christie Aaron. He had been associated with trucking for 45 years. He and his wife started their trucking corporation 20 years ago. He was also an active member of the Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Lee Aaron; and a sister, Betty Clark.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Roma Cromwell Aaron, whom he married Feb. 16, 1957, in Hayti, Mo.; two sons, Bobby Aaron and wife Kelly, Hoxie, and Michael Aaron and wife Terri, Doniphan, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Ralph Clark, Walnut Ridge; and seven grandchildren, AaLesha, Cali, Hunter, Preston, Chailland, Savanah and Dylan.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Mark Harris officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Donald Sanders, Leon Jones, Keith Aaron, Laddie Aaron, Ron Kelly and Billy Clark. Honorary pallbearers were Dwight Gonser, Jerry Anglin, Donald Bunn and all Aaron Trucking drivers.

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John Lloyd Adams

John Lloyd Adams, 81, of Foley, Mo., died Nov. 2, 2010, at his home, following a short illness.

Born Jan. 31, 1929, he was the son of William S. and Minnie Adams. He was a former resident of Lawrence County and a World War II veteran.

He was preceded in death by six sisters, Wilma A. Hibbard, Wanda Foster, Naomi Emmons, Beatrice Buhler, Hazel Adams and Evelyn Ireland; and five brothers, Austin Adams, Ausborn Adams, Hallett Adams, Bill Adams and his twin Lon Adams.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta Adams; a son, Mike Adams and wife Kim, Mountain View; two daughters, Diane and Brenda, St. Louis; a sister, Lavern Aldridge, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a niece, Janice Hibbard, Walnut Ridge; and children and grandchildren in Missouri.

Arrangements are incomplete, and services will be held in Missouri.

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Sandy Baguley

Sandy Baguley, 63, of Imboden, died Oct. 27, 2010.

She was born Oct. 21, 1947, in Joiner.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Baguley; her father, T.J. Williams; and her mother and stepfather, Charlene and Lawrence Davies.

Survivors include three children, Kim Tague, Newport, Lisa Baguley, Emmonak, Alaska, and Johns Schwent, St. Louis; three siblings, Vickie Davies, Virginia, and Michael Williams and Terry Williams, both of Tennessee; and six grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Wilson's Osceola Funeral Home. Burial was in Ashburn-Musick Cemetery at Bassett.

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Gloria Dean Davis

Gloria Dean Davis, 79, of Smithville, died Oct. 29, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Aug. 14, 1931, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Carl and Lola Brown Russell. She lived in St. Louis for several years before moving to Smithville. She and her husband opened Davis Discount Store in 1976, where she worked for 32 years until retiring.

She served as president of the Lawrence County Republican Party and served as president of the Selective Service Board for over 20 years. She was a longtime member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer; two brothers, Gene and Ed; a granddaughter, Wendy; and two great-grandchildren, Adrianna and Baby Shea.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Duaine Davis, whom she married June 25, 1948, in Imboden; three sons, James Davis and wife Barbara, Jacksonville, Tim Davis and wife Donna, Wynne, and Gary Davis and wife Dena, Smithville; two daughters, Susanne Jones and husband Gerald, Cherokee Village, and Judy Allen and husband Mack, Franklin, Tenn.; three sisters, June Luskey and Louise Schlichtemier, both of St. Louis, and Betty Clark, Arizona; a brother, Lee Russell, Georgia; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Tim Davis and Stan Little officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Michael, Ryan, Austin, Jared, Keith and Zach.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children's Home or the Wynne Church of Christ Guyana Missions Fund, P.O. Box 113, Wynne, AR 72396.

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Dorothy Louella Decker

Dorothy Louella Decker, 78, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 31, 2010, at her home.

Born Dec. 28, 1932, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Oscar W. and Manerva Janes Davis.

She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include her husband, James Ryan Decker, whom she married Oct. 21, 1950, in Sedgwick; a daughter, Treasa Hoggard and husband Kevin, Strawberry; a son, Michael Decker, Petit Jean Mountain; two sisters, Stella Toye, Mena, and Irene Kerley, Pocahontas; a brother, Frank Davis, Walnut Ridge; and five grandchildren, Taylor Decker, Jody Hoggard, Shelby Hoggard, Shanna Hoggard and Jaden Hoggard.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Bro. John Stoll officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Pallbearers will be Charles Helms, Phil Simmons, Herbert Robbins, Ronnie Robbins, Keith Sutton and Lance Lamb.

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Royce E. Halstead

Royce E. Halstead, 81, of DeKalb, Ill., died Oct. 29, 2010, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.

Born March 21, 1929, in Eaton, he was the son of Samuel P. and Selma Richie Halstead. He was a former employee of Northern Illinois University in the grounds department and was a member of Sycamore Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joyce Lee.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Healey Halstead, whom he married April 3, 1947, in Eaton; two sons, Samuel Halstead and wife Chris, and Dan Halstead and wife Vicki, all of DeKalb, Ill.; a daughter, Joyce Bentch and husband Kevin, Worland, Wyo.; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with Phillip Vermillion officiating. Burial was in Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb.

Memorials may be made to the Royce E. Halstead Memorial Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home Ltd., P.O. Box 605, DeKalb, IL 60115.

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Delores Smallwood Harris

Delores "Dee" Smallwood Harris, 61, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 1, 2010, at her home.

She had lived in Walnut Ridge for 32 years. She was a homemaker and attended Gethsemane Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas Smallwood; her parents; three brothers; and a grandson, Cody T. Cross.

Survivors include her husband, Walter "Butch" Harris; three daughters, Michelle Cross and husband Dean and Margaret Piatz and husband Vince, all of Walnut Ridge, and Wanda Taylor and husband Wendell, Marion; three sisters, Faye Newman and Gloria Sheets, both of Otway, Ohio, and Carolyn Crace, Rareden, Ohio; a brother, George Crace, New Boston, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church with Derek Collins officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Vince Piatz, David Looney, Ritchie Millsap, Mark VanBrook, Anthony Baker and Tony Adkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Pinkston, Shawn Young and Robert Adkins.

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

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Helen Jones

Helen Hatfield Jones, 83, of Ash Flat, died Oct. 30, 2010.

Born May 10, 1927, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Fred and Hazel Green Hatfield. She was a homemaker and a member of the Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus Edward Jones; two daughters, Joyce Ann Jones and Venita Jones; two infant stepdaughters; three brothers, Lloyd Hatfield, Merle Hatfield and Billy Hatfield; and two sisters, Glenda Brock and Elwana Jones.

Survivors include a son, Roy Jones and wife Kay, Ash Flat; a daughter, Loretta Seanard, Ash Flat; a stepson, Jerry Jones, Tuckerman; a stepdaughter, Shirley Wilson, Swifton; three brothers, Harold Hatfield, Eddyville, Ky., Nick Hatfield, Smithland, Ky., and Fredie Hatfield, Alicia; two sisters, Virginia Barnett, Swifton, and Aretta Hubbard, Smithland, Ky.; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial will be in Arnold Cemetery at Swifton.

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Bobby Neal

Bobby Neal, 68, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 2, 2010, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Sept. 17, 1942, in Walnut Ridge, he was a carpenter and was of the Assembly of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Alfred and Maudie Etta Smith Neal; and four siblings, Pauline Rammery, Roy Neal, Robert Neal and Louise Dockery.

Survivors include three sisters, Irene Milgrim, Jonesboro, Christine Nees, Black Rock, and Lucille Humphrey, Oklahoma.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Bill Hulen, Leonard Neece Jr., James Milgrim, Loretta Decker, David Decker and James Eubanks.

Visitation is Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until time of the service at the cemetery.

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William E. Perrin Jr.

William E. "Barney" Perrin Jr., 49, of Imboden, died Oct. 28, 2010, at his home.

Born Dec. 3, 1960, in El Paso, Texas, he was a master plumber and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, William E. Perrin Sr.; and his grandparents, Charles and Erlene Fagg, and Frank Perrin.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Perrin; two daughters, Kandace Hill and husband Clayton, and Samantha Perrin, all of Imboden; his mother, Linda Perrin, Imboden; a sister, Cherie James and husband Don, Pocahontas; his grandmother, Christene Perrin, Walnut Ridge; and a granddaughter, Cadence Hill.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Bros. Jerry Clements and Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Don James, Johnny Bookout, Anthony Waddell, Clayton Hill, David Witt and Jeffery Witt.

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Ray Phipps Jr.

Ray Lewis Phipps Jr., 71, of Egypt, died Oct. 31, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 22, 1939, at Egypt, he was a chemical salesman and served in the Arkansas National Guard. He was a member of the Egypt City Council and Egypt Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray Sr. and Essie Vaughn Phipps.

Survivors include a daughter, Andrea Trammell and husband David, Jonesboro; a brother, Jerry Phipps, Egypt; and three grandchildren, Shanley Trammell, Alexa Trammell and Jazmine Trammell.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rex Howell officiating. Burial will be in Markham Cemetery at Egypt.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Cook, Brian Skinner, Tim Gibson, Darrell Vaughn, Don Scruggs and George Palmer. Honorary pallbearers will be Donna Bowers and Vick Houston.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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Clifford Thompson

Clifford Damon Thompson, 77, of Ravenden, died Oct. 25, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 22, 1933, in Michigan, he was the son of Louie and Goldie Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy Thompson; two sons, Ray Thompson and Alan Thompson; two daughters, Linda Bower and Patricia Childers; a brother, Leslie Thompson; a sister, Hazel Saddle; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Imboden with Tommy Medley officiating. Burial was in Dail Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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