January 12, 2011 Edition

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William Reid Martin Braelyn Mae Mize


King ~ Sikes


Virginia Barner Foy Eugene Batey James Clinton Bradley
Bob Burns Troy Wayne Burton Norma Carter
Anna Carol Davis D. Gene Davis Charles C. Harbison
Ernest Ralph Raney Jolene Smith Ruth Townsley


William Reid Martin

Drake and Marcia Martin of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born Dec. 24, 2010, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, three ounces, and has been named William Reid Martin.

Grandparents are William and Cathy Shoe and Ray and Marcia Martin, all of Walnut Ridge. Great-grandparents are Gene and Norma Davis of Walnut Ridge.

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Braelyn Mae Mize

Jimmy and Angel Mize of Smithville have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Dec. 30, 2010, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Braelyn Mae Mize. Grandparents are Walter and Tammy Williams of Ward, Tom Carley of Hoxie, Shannon and Tracey Long of Lynn and Max Mize of Calamine.

Great-grandparents are Homer and Maxine Mize of Smithville, Jimmy and Venita Doyle of Saffell and Luella Luther and Pat Carley, both of Hoxie

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King ~ Sikes

Jeff and Debbie King of Paragould, formerly of Hoxie, have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amy Elizabeth King, to Joaby Lee Sikes, son of Scott and Becky Sikes of Fredericktown, Mo.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mildred King of Delaplaine and the late Jack King, and the late Victor and Evelyn Cline.

She is a 2006 Hoxie High School graduate and will graduate with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Arkansas State University in May. She is employed at Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center in Farmington, Mo., as an extern.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Melvin and Mary Ellen Sikes of Fredericktown, Mo., and Bob and Murtle Sullivan of Bismarck, Mo.

He is a 2004 Fredericktown School graduate and is a 2009 graduate of Williams Baptist College with a physical education degree. He is employed at Fredericktown R1 School District as a middle school boys' basketball coach and high school golf coach.

The couple will exchange vows on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Vance Vineyards Winery in Fredericktown, Mo. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Virginia Barner

Ida Virginia Freeman Barner, 68, of Judsonia, died Jan. 7, 2011, at White County Medical Center in Searcy.

She was born Oct. 21, 1942, at Egypt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lunia Freeman; two brothers, Earl Freeman and Burl Freeman; and a sister, Corine Haskett.

Survivors include her husband, William Paul Barner; a son Aaron Paul Barner and wife Sarah, Searcy; two brothers, James Freeman, Trumann, and Benjamin Ernest Freeman, Screvin, Ga.; four sisters, Mary Arnold, Riverview, Fla., Hazel Cook, Combs, Mozel Frakes, Alicia, and Carilla Stogsdill, Jonesboro; and two grandchildren, Dezirae Barner and Aidyn Barner.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Judsonia with Steven Barner officiating. Powell Funeral Home of Searcy has charge of arrangements.

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Foy Eugene Batey

Foy Eugene Batey, 89, of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Paragould, died Jan. 3, 2011, following a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 6, 1921, in Paragould, he was the son of Joe and Verna Johns Batey. A U.S. Army veteran, he retired from General Motors in Michigan in 1976. He had lived in Florida for 35 years and was a member of the Concord Road Church of Christ in Orlando.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane; five brothers, Guthel Batey, Preston Batey, Carlos Batey, Pete Batey and Joe Batey; and three sisters, Doris, Javee and Javone.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Gladys Robinson Batey; a son, Norman Batey and wife Ann, Paragould; a sister, Janice Simmons and husband Paul, Michigan; two sisters-in-law, Irene Batey, Paragould, and Berky Davidson and husband Mel, Oklahoma; a brother-in-law, Charles Robinson and wife Dora, Arkansas; two grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

Funeral was Saturday at the Mulberry Church of Christ in Paragould with Robert Hammitt officiating. Burial was in Croft Cemetery near Paragould under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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James Clinton Bradley

James Clinton Bradley, 83, of Ravenden, died Jan. 7, 2011, at his home.

Born Feb. 9, 1927, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Clara Griffitt; a son, Michael Edward Bradley; and a son-in-law, Marty Wayne Wells.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Bradley; 10 children, Jerry Bradley and wife Jacklyn, Wayne Bradley and wife Joann, and Kathy Wells, all of Ravenden, David Bradley, Williford, Debbie Bradley, Ravenden Springs, Jackie Bradley, Peggy Bradley, Hardy Bradley and Sheila Bradley, all of Imboden, and Cindy Williams and husband Bobby, Pocola, Okla.; a brother, William Bradley, Hickory Plains, two sisters, Jennie Qualls, Mammoth Spring, and Margaret Fisher, Des Arc; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at the First Assembly of God in Imboden with Michael S. Bradley officiating. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Bob Burns

Bob D. Burns, 75, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 7, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 29, 1935, in Walnut Ridge, he was a retired tobacco salesman and a deacon of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Ferrell Burns, on Feb. 11, 2008, whom he married Dec. 24, 1960; his parents, Boyce "Toots" and Daisy Edith Warner Burns; a sister, Daphine Vermilye; and two brothers, Marvin Burns and Willis "Tiger" Burns.

Survivors include two daughters, Laura Golden and husband Mac, Little Rock, and Kristen West and husband Alan, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren, Ellis Golden, Warner West, Graham West and Edie Rose West.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Mark Harris officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Marvin Kennedy, Chuck Flowers, John Katrosh, Jerry Worlow, Blake Burns, Eric Burns, Russell Burns and Lacy Burns. Honorary pallbearers were the First Baptist Thursday Men's Lunch Group, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Lawrence Hall staff and residents.

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Troy Wayne Burton

Troy Wayne Burton, 34, of Portia, died Jan. 8, 2011, at his home.

He had lived in Portia most of his life.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Hubert Burton.

Survivors include a son, Elijah Troy Burton, Pocahontas; his parents, Gary and Dottie Whitmire Burton, Hoxie; a sister, Sara Burton; a brother, Travis Burton; his grandparents, Gerald and Barbara Whitmire, Portia, and Wilma Burton, Pocahontas.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Roger Brand and Khris Whitmire officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Ken Askeland, Kris Whitmire, Doug Burton, Travis Burton, Danny Whitmire, Blake Householder, Matthew Womack and Jeremy Kisling.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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Norma Carter

Norma Jean Carter, 75, of Swifton, died Jan. 8, 2011.

She was born March 8, 1935.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Taff and Thelma Jimerson Brumley.

Survivors include three sons, James Carter, Swifton, David Carter, Florida, and Stephen Carter, Newport; three daughters, Angela Fry, Swifton, Theresa Ortiz, Florida, and Denise McGrady, Pennsylvania; and several grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God in Swifton. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.

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Anna Carol Davis

Anna Carol Wilson Davis, 64, of Ellsinore, Mo., died Jan. 10, 2011, at her daughter's home in Mountain Grove, Mo.

Born Oct. 3, 1946, in the Lauratown community, she was a retired waitress at the Log Cabin Restaurant and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isma "Bobbie" Wilson and Cicle "Tots" Wilson; and three brothers, Amos Wilson, Leroy Wilson and W.E. Wilson.

Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Connell and husband Scott, Vickie Roark and husband Doug and Nova Fisher and husband David; a son, Roby Ellison; a brother, Charles Wilson, Smithville; two sisters, Ruthie Nixon and Fern Shelton of Portia; and 10 grandchildren.

Arrangements will be announced later.

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D. Gene Davis

D. Gene Davis, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 5, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 25, 1930, in Black Rock, he was the son of Charles "Peck" and Madge Forrester Davis. He was a millwright, a carpenter and a jack-of-all-trades handyman.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Hutson Davis, whom he married Nov. 1, 1952; two daughters, Debbie Smith and husband Mike, and Marcia Martin and husband Ray, all of Walnut Ridge; four brothers, Forrester Davis, W.B. Davis and Dale Davis, all of Walnut Ridge, and Ronald Davis, Memphis; four sisters, Yvonne Ellison, Manon Tillman, Sue Hancock and Mona Hicks, all of Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren, Drake Martin, Andrea Corley and Matthew Smith; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Sons-in-law and grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the bereavement fund at First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 547, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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Charles C. Harbison

Charles C. Harbison, 77, of Swifton, died Jan. 10, 2011, at his home.

Born July 5, 1933, in Swifton, he was the son of Archie and Lola Barker Harbison. He was a designer, an engineer and the owner of United Rolling Company. During his career, he worked in design at movie studios and on the space shuttle.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Amos Harbison, Freeman Rodgers and Lenard Feagin; and three sisters, Fern Mattison, Mildred Freeman and Carlene Rodgers.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine Lyle Harbison, whom he married May 11, 2002; two daughters, Julie Wickersham, Las Vegas, and Brenda Buckley, Arkansas; two brothers, Parnell Brothers, California, and Waller Lyle, Swifton; two sisters, Janey Rodgers, South Carolina, and Charlene McMillan; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Abiding Faith Church of God in Swifton. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Scott Midgett, Jamie Midgett, Blake Dukes, Mark Odglen, Bobby Irby and Steven Irby.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Ernest Ralph Raney

Ernest Ralph Raney, 80, of Searcy, died Jan. 9, 2011.

Born June 1, 1930, in Smithville, he was the son of Joseph and Jannie Rudy Raney. He worked for Industrial Aviation in Denver, until moving to Cottonwood, Ariz., in 1977, where he owned and operated Cottonwood Shoes until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Searcy.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Byron Raney; and two sisters, Shirley Lesher and Sara Raney.

Survivors include his wife of almost 62 years, Francis Marion Walling Raney; a son, Roger Lee Raney, Sedona, Ariz.; a daughter, Pamela Diane Raney, Grand Lake, Colo.; a brother, Harry Raney, Searcy; three sisters, Nina Bodin, Jonesboro, Kitty Daniels, Dallas, and Wilma Johnson, Carmichael, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy. A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Jolene Smith

Jolene "Jo" Holder Smith, 74, of Hoxie, died Jan. 6, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Jan. 7, 1936, at Old Walnut Ridge, she worked for Brown Shoe Co. for 37 years. She had lived in Pocahontas before returning to Lawrence County 14 years ago. She was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robinson and Bertha Cypret Holder.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Lowell Smith; a son, Ronny Smith and wife Pam, Des Plaines, Ill.; a sister, Mary Sue Livermon, Eloy, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Jeremy Smith, Eric Smith and Brandon Apa; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Paul Ragsdale, Robert Denison, Mike Wright, J.L. Wright, Kevin Wright and Herman Shaw. Honorary pallbearers were L.J. Hogue, J.D. Hulen and Burl Lawson.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegreggfh.com.

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Ruth Townsley

Ruth Maxwell Jones Townsley, 102, of Smithville, died Jan. 5, 2011, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville.

Born Nov. 17, 1908, she was a homemaker and a farmer.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

Survivors include a sister, Imogene Noah, Gravette; a niece, Malita Mitchell and husband Charles, Gravette; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Smithville Baptist Church. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

An online guestbook is available at www.higginbothamfuneralservice.com.

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