November 10, 2010 Edition

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Barner ~ Nelson


Charles E. Austin Farrell Lee Bass Bennie Leroy Beckum
Viola Agnes Horsman Faye Ingram Jack Thomas Lawson
Laura Miller Darlene Wallis Mitchell Zelma Nichols Pikarsky
Anne Scarbrough Alma Louise Sumner Bill Tennison
Arzella Williams


Barner ~ Nelson

Charles (Chuck) Barner of Tuckerman has announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of his daughter, Cary Ann Barner, to Bradley Dewayne Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewayne Nelson of Sedgwick.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Geraldine Barner of Tuckerman and the late Charles Barner.

She is a 2004 graduate of Jackson County School District and is employed at the Arkansas Revenue Office in Newport.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Nelson of Powhatan and Shelba Lee of Fontaine and the late William Lee.

He is a 2004 Westside High School graduate and is employed at the Wolf Bookstore in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Newport. A reception will follow at the Iron Mountain Depot in Newport.

Invitations will be sent to family and friends.

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Charles E. Austin

Charles E. Austin, 100, of Imboden, died Nov. 4, 2010, at his home.

Born July 10, 1910, in Morrilton, he was the son of Willie and Marion Weaver Austin.

Survivors include two sons, David Austin and Billy Austin; a stepson, Bob Ponder; a sister, Marie Martin; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Randolph County Memorial Gardens with Gerald Fears officiating. Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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Farrell Lee Bass

Farrell Lee Bass, 64, of Fontaine, died Oct. 30, 2010, at his home.

Born May 23, 1946, in Walnut Ridge, he was the owner and operator of Bass Construction and also served in the National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Dimpsey Bass and Helen Prock Ward; two sisters, Sarah Noell and Loretta Colburn; and a brother, Larry Neal Bass.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Bonnie Naydeane Kennedy Bass; five daughters, Leann Coleman and husband Shannon, Terrie Pruitt and husband Billy, Sonya Sharp and husband Wade, Misty Moon and husband Wesley, and Shan Strope and husband Eric; six siblings, Pat Bass, Linda Cook and husband Ralph, Marsha Rieney and husband Thomas, Joyce Arnold and husband Bruce, Marilyn Sharp and husband Jackie, and Wesley Bass and wife Samantha; 14 grandchildren, Kristina Wilson, Cortney Lee, Ashley Lee, Nitichia Lee, Justin Gifford, Felishia Moon, Aubrey Moon, Colton Moon, Zachery Moon, Casey Pruitt, Tyler Pruitt, Tanner Bass, Blake Strope, Shyann Strope; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held Friday at 3 p.m. at the Lorado Baptist Church with Wayne Bass officiating. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made directly to the family.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bennie Leroy Beckum

Bennie Leroy Beckum, 77, of Trumann, father of Melinda Ray of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 8, 2010, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann. Burial will be in Tyronza Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401. An online guestbook is available at

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Viola Agnes Horsman

Viola Agnes Horsman, 88, of Haven, Kan., died Nov. 3, 2010, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Born May 16, 1922, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of James and Mary Jones Brown. She was retired from Gibson's in Liberal, Kan., after 21 years of service. She was a lifetime member of the VA, the VFW and the American Legion.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Wayne and William; and a sister, Leota Haney.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Reeves, Fort Worth, Texas; a brother, Henry Brown, Waggoner, Okla.; a sister, Nadine Brownlee, Wellington, Kan.; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Laurel Cemetery in Haven, Kan., with Gary Cox officiating. Ott Funeral Home of Haven had charge of arrangements.

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Faye Ingram

Faye Ingram, 89, of Strawberry, died Nov. 3, 2010, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Dec. 12, 1920, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Ferd Monroe and Frances "Fanny" Jane Horn Ward. She was a homemaker and a member of the ladies auxiliary, the VFW and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Ingram; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a son, John Ferd "J.R." Ingram, Strawberry; two daughters, Sonja Hannemen, Moline, Ill., and Deborah Kelly, Iowa; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Gregg Cooper officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Steve Baker, James Massey, Jerry Ward, Craig Campbell, Roy Walls and Leonard Shaw.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jack Thomas Lawson

Jack Thomas Lawson, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 7, 2010, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was retired from Skil Power Tools. He also served in the Army National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Lawson; a son, Jack Thomas Lawson Jr.; his parents, Ewell and Della May Bradley Lawson; and a brother, Donnie Lawson.

Survivors include two sons, Ed Lawson and wife Tracy, and Blake Lawson and wife Rachel, all of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Betty McMillon, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Gordon Lawson, La Port, Ind.; and three grandchildren, Chris Lawson, Derek Lawson and Madison Lawson.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Chris Lawson, Derek Lawson, Brian Ross, Tracy Moore, Duane Woodard and Allen Simms.

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Laura Miller

Laura Yutzy Miller, 72, of Saffell, died Nov. 3, 2010, at her home.

She was born Oct. 14, 1938, in Plain City, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Ada Frey Yutzy; two sisters, Leah Yutzy Byler and Verna Yutzy Miller; a brother, Ivan H. Yutzy; two brothers-in-law, Andrew Byler and Elmer Byler; a stepson, Jonathan Miller; and a granddaughter, Brenda Schrock.

Survivors include her husband, Sylvan N. Miller; four stepsons, Kenneth Eugene Miller, Freeman Miller and wife Maudene, Bloomfield, Mo., Steven Miller and wife Marlene, Rixeyville, Va., and Marlin Miller and wife Hannah, Linneus, Mo.; three stepdaughters, Vera Ann Eash and husband Jerry, Auburn, Ky., Catherine Schrock and husband David, Linn, Mo., and Joanna Yutzy and husband Wilmer, Huntsville, Mo.; four sisters, Erma Kauffman and husband Curtis, Strawberry, Bernice Yutzy, Sarasota, Fla., Edna Gingerich and husband David, Linneus, Mo., and Arlene Schlabach and husband Stanley, Monticello, Ky.; a brother, Milo Yutzy; a sister-in-law, Martha Yutzy, Linneus, Mo.; and a brother-in-law, Lester Miller, Brookfield, Mo.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Mennonite Church in Jesup with Joe Weirich, Philip Mast, Ernie Yoder and Loren Troyer officiating. Burial was in Locust Creek Mennonite Cemetery at Linneus, Mo. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of local arrangements.

Pallbearers were Loren Jones, Conrad Miller, Jason Gingerich, Wilmer Yutzy, Marlin Miller and Duane Schlabach. Honorary pallbearer was Daniel Miller.

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Darlene Wallis Mitchell

Darlene Wallis Mitchell, 77, of Morris, Okla., died Nov. 4, 2010.

Born Oct. 8, 1933, in Myron, she was the daughter of Alfred and Chloie McElyea Wallis. She grew up in Walnut Ridge, but lived most of her life in Oklahoma, where she moved after her marriage.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Jerry L. Mitchell, on July 4, 2001, whom she married Oct. 7, 1950; two sisters, Willene Wallis and Lela Wallis Holder; and three brothers, Willard Wallis, Roy Wallis and Floyd "Red" Wallis.

Survivors include a son, Rev. Michael Mitchell and wife Jan, Davenport, Okla.; two daughters, Carolyn Mitchell and Dianna Mitchell Elam, both of Morris, Okla.; four brothers, Billy Wallis, Walnut Ridge, Troy Wallis, Hoxie, Ivan Wallis, Portia, and Lloyd "Fuzz" Wallis, Perryville; a sister, Rhoda Wallis Smith, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at Liberty Baptist Church in Morris, Okla. Burial was in Middleton Chapel Cemetery at Wainwright, Okla., under the direction of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee, Okla.

An online guestbook is available at

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Zelma Nichols Pikarsky

Zelma Nichols Pikarsky, 87, of North Little Rock, died Nov. 4, 2010.

Born May 9, 1923, in Hot Springs, she was the daughter of Ernest and Sarah Lavender Nichols. She served in the Womens Army Auxiliary Corp, the United States Marine Corp, the United States Air Force and the Arkansas Air National Guard, where she retired after a total of 23 years of service.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Nichols and and Ernest "Buddy" Nichols; and two sisters, Ernestine Nichols and Eva Ragland.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Williamson and husband Gary, Jacksonville, Susan Suits and husband Richard, Conway, and Sharon White and husband Galen, LaVerne, Calif.; a sister, Virginia Reader, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren, Nathan Suits, Allison Suits, Erin White and Evan White.

Graveside service was Monday at 11 a.m. at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. North Little Rock Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

An online guestbook is available at

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Anne Scarbrough

Anne Scarbrough, 52, of Bartlett, Tenn., daughter of Dorothy Louwien of Ravenden, died Nov. 5, 2010. Funeral was Monday at noon at Memphis Funeral Home. Burial was in Memorial Gardens.

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Alma Louise Sumner

Alma Louise Sumner, 81, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 6, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 18, 1928, in Alicia, she was the daughter of James and Christina Bobbitt.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ray Kenny Secrest and John William Sumner; a son, Franklin Lee Secrest; a daughter, Teresa Jane Sumner; and a half-sister, Leah Gentry.

Survivors include three daughters, Frances Benton, Maynard, Kimberly Becker, Hardy, and Tammy Kress, Streator, Ill.; six sons, Kenny Secrest, Maynard, Marshall Secrest, Donnie Secrest, John Sumner and James Sumner, all of Pocahontas, and David Secrest, Reyno; 22 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with John Cochran officiating. Burial will be in Bassett Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Benton, Chris Secrest, Michael Secrest, Jimmy Sumner, Chris Baker, Malcolm Rawls, Aaron Rawls and Jeremy Blackwell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Secrest, Jordon Sumner, Bradley Kress and Tommy Kress.

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Bill Tennison

Bill Tennison, 79, of Hoxie, died Nov. 5, 2010, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was retired from Vulcan. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Eastern Star Charles Chapter of Hoxie and First United Methodist Church in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Pearl Gaskin Tennison; three brothers, Don Tennison, Douglas Tennison and Delano Tennison.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Tennison; a daughter, Ances Glidewell and husband James, Hoxie; two sons, Bill Tennison and wife Mary, Walls, Miss., and Rus Tennison, Hoxie; a sister, Etta Brand, Newport; two brothers, Thomas Tennison, Rockford, Ill., and Dwain Tennison, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Jeff Glidewell, Candace Edwards, Nathan Tennison, Beau Tennison, Tim Tennison and Toni Stever; and 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Hoxie with Michael Winberry and Bonda Moyer officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jeff Glidewell, Tom Edwards, Nathan Tennison, Beau Tennison, Tim Tennison and Charles Stever.

Memorials may be made to Hoxie First United Methodist Church.

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Arzella Williams

Arzella Manning Williams, 73, of O'Fallon, Ill., died Nov. 7, 2010, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Ill.

Born Sept. 18, 1937, in Walnut Ridge, she was a bakery manager and a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Nellie Lamb Manning.

Survivors include her husband, MC Williams; a son, Charles Steve Williams, Jacksonville; a daughter, Regina West, O'Fallon, Ill.; a sister, Bernice Webb, St. Louis; a brother, James Manning, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Amie Williams, Sarah Garner, Michael Bourdo, Michelle West-Stearns, Matthew Williams and Laura Williams; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Keith Marlin officiating. Burial will be in Manning #1 Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Garner, Douglas Manning, Michael Cheek, Willis Johnson, Bruce Manning and Ricky Manning. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Steve Williams, Michael Bourdo, Matthew Williams, Terrel, Josh and Charles Manning.

Visitation is Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Family Hospice, 5110 W. Main St., Belleville, IL 62226-4729.

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