January 19, 2011 Edition

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Births

Kandon Drake Looney

Obituaries

Ronnie Bennett Arthur Blackshear J.D. Coker
Leona Mae Cole Joan Fullerton Millard Lewis Goza
Terry Haney Ralph Jarrett Kathy V. Lowe
Lillian Milligan Avo L. Monroe Olive Vera Mosher
Brenda Oxford Genevieve Ruby Rhine Melvin Robertson
Carlene Slusser Billy Dale Warren Glen Dale Woodard

Births

Kandon Drake Looney

Billy and Sarah Looney of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born Dec. 17, 2010, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Kandon Drake Looney. He has one older sister, Kaydence Dawn.

Grandparents are Beverly Simmons of Hoxie, Mike Simmons of Jonesboro and Bill and Marie Looney of Clover Bend.

Great-grandparents are Eldon and Joyce Simmons of Annieville, Ann Sullivan of Walnut Ridge and Cecil and Brenda Haynes and Helen Looney, all of Hoxie.

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Obituaries

Ronnie Bennett

Ronnie Bennett, 64, of Portia, died Jan. 10, 2011, at Ravenden.

Born May 14, 1946, he was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.T. and Carrie Bennett; and a sister, Ileta Hand.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Carol Bennett; a brother, Kenneth Bennett, Ravenden; and two sisters, Kathleen McGuire Hand and Angelee McAbee, both of Powhatan.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport with Rev. Johnny Worsham officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Larry McAbee, Ronald Brown, Roger White, Timothy McGuire and Larry Tapp.

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Arthur Blackshear

Arthur H. Blackshear, 88, of Newport, died Jan. 16, 2011.

Born Sept. 24, 1922, at Knobel, he was the son of Sam and Minerva DeWitt Blackshear. He moved to Anderson, Ind., in the 1950s and lived there until he moved to Newport in 1991. He worked as a plumber and appliance repairman for Hammons Appliance Repair in Anderson for 25 years. He was a member of the Holden Avenue Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Hobert Blackshear, Bill Blackshear, Willard "Jim" Blackshear, Ira Blackshear, Jess Blackshear, Gene Blackshear and Virgil Blackshear; and six sisters, Nora Simmons, Elsie Simmons, Retha Priest, Rutha Wiley, Alta Blackshear and Wilma Blackshear.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Crider Blackshear; two daughters, Suzanne Muterspaugh, South Carolina, and Sonya Ward, Little Rock; and two sisters, Gail Dunham, Newport, and Lavina Pace, Hoxie.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Ryan Wilson officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Marty Pace, Scott Blackshear, Wesley Grady, Phillip Stidham, Michael Sipes and Terry Hardin.

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

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J.D. Coker

J.D. Coker, 86, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 11, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 24, 1924, he was the son of Willie Dee and Etta Calvin Coker. He was a retired teacher and school administrator for the Nettleton School District. He was a U.S. Army veteran and the recipient of a purple heart in World War II.

He was preceded in death by a brother, E.B. "Buford" Coker; and three sisters, Thelma Coker, Lucille Nicholson and Jodel Burns.

Survivors include two sisters, Beatrice Graham and Peggy Pierce, both of Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Calvin Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dennis Pierce, Jason Nicholson, Barry Hulett, Roger Coker, Dandy Coker and David Coker.

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

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Leona Mae Cole

Leona Mae "Boots" Shelton Cole, 69, of Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Hoxie, died Jan. 17, 2011, at her home.

Born in Greene County, she was a homemaker and attended Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Cole, on June 25, 2007; her parents, George Newton and Lou Ann Pender Shelton; four brothers, David Shelton, Jerry Don Shelton, Kenneth Shelton and Thomas Shelton; and four sisters, Wanda Lee Easter, Verna Heath, Laverne Miller and Naomi Wilson.

Survivors include two sons, Timothy Cole and wife Paula, Swifton, and Joseph A. Cole, of the home; six daughters, Esther McNutt and Faith Cole Fain and husband Curtis II, all of Judsonia, Eve Gates and husband David, Black Rock, Eden West and husband David, Belton, S.C., Rebekah Cole, Portia, and Charity Lawrence and husband Jeff, Ravenden; three sisters, Lois Pridemore and husband Don, Cherokee Village, Wilma Brubaker and Sandra Heath, both of Atlanta; a brother, Harold Joe Shelton and wife Wanda, Cherokee Village; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ with pastor Donny Reagan and Rev. Darrell Ward officiating. The eulogy will be provided by Rev. Curtis Fain II. Private burial will be at a later date in Arkansas. Tetrick Funeral Home of Elizabethton, Tenn., has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ, 2733 Elizabethton Highway, Johnson City, TN 37601.

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

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Joan Fullerton

Joan Richardson Fullerton, 74, of Memphis, died Jan. 12, 2011, in Memphis.

Born Sept. 28, 1936, in Swifton, she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Van Thomas and Julia Gray Richardson; two brothers, Robert Richardson and Van Richardson; and three sisters, Inice Wright, Coty Hutchins and Clarice Matthews.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil Fullerton; three sons, Marty House and wife Lynda, Atlanta, Anthony House and wife Kimberly, Collierville, Tenn., and Brian House and wife Tamilla, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; a daughter, Kim Dickerson, Collierville, Tenn.; two sisters, Carol Crider, Swifton, and Frances Crawley and husband Horace, Benton; eight grandchildren, Tyler Dickerson, Taylor House, Cody House, Kylie House, Logan Dickerson, Carley House, Calli House and Sawyer House.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Cody House, Tyler Dickerson, Logan Dickerson, Kenny Crider, Craig Crider, John Blankley and Sawyer House.

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

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Millard Lewis Goza

Millard Lewis Goza, 85, of Swifton, died Jan. 12, 2011, at his home.

Born Feb. 12, 1925, in Minturn, he was the son of Cletus and Hemma Golden Goza. He was a television and appliance repairman, working for Clyde Kell. He was a member of New Hope Community Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Royce Goza.

Survivors include his wife of over 60 years, Erma Fay Melton Goza; three sons, Roger Goza and wife Virginia, Alicia, James Goza and wife Nellie, Swifton, and Gerald Goza and wife Patti, Cash; a daughter, Latricia McGinnis and husband Dennis, Cash; two brothers, Leroy Goza, Swifton, and Cletus Truel Goza, Brookhaven, Miss.; a sister, Furn Dillon, Searcy; 16 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Community Church. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Dennis McGinnis, Jeff McGinnis, Curtis Neeley, Bailey Chavez, Logan Slagley and Mark Nichols. Honorary pallbearers were Josh Cockern, Trevor McGinnis, Shannon Rickman, Kevin Wilson, John McGinnis, Carl Ray Melton and Cody McGinnis.

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

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Terry Haney

Terry Wayne Haney, 55, of Newport, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 12, 2011.

He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was a truck driver. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #692 in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Haney and Lela Jordan.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene Haney; two sons, Matt Haney and wife Carla, Maynard, and Jared Haney, Thompson Station, Tenn.; a daughter, Lisa Haney, Brentwood, Tenn.; his father, George Jordan, Jonesboro; three brothers, Michael Haney and wife Sarah, Jonesboro, Eric "Sonny" Haney and wife Debbie, Paducah, Ky., and John Lashare and wife Roberta, Jonesboro; four sisters, Georgina Baldwin and husband Wayne, Paragould, Karen Bomar, Lynn Coleman and Gina Guess and husband Mark, all of Paducah, Ky., and Jeanette Spees, Omaha, Neb.; and two grandchildren, Mercy Lopez and Jordan Haney.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery at Newport.

Pallbearers were Clarence Allen, Tom Keating, Jack Hicks, Eric Adams, Tim Moore and John Freeman. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Hicks, Phillip Allen and Jared Haney.

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

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Ralph Jarrett

Ralph Jarrett, 90, of Pocahontas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 12, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 11, 1920, he was the son of D.L. and Elizabeth Jarrett. He was a farmer and a deacon and charter member of Elnora Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Lee Jarrett; his second wife, Marie Jarrett; four brothers; and five sisters.

Survivors include three daughters, Loretta McKnight, Jonesboro, Dianne Meadors, Walnut Ridge, and Oneta Thompson, Pocahontas; a son, Mike Jarrett, Hampton, Ga.; three stepsons, Dwayne Sharp, Eddie Sharp and Alan Sharp; three stepdaughters, Joan Gulley, Sandra Williams and Sherry Martin; a sister-in-law, Bessie Jarrett, North Little Rock; 24 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Elnora Free Will Baptist Church with O.D. Winfrey and Jeral Dean officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons: Mike Thompson, Trevor Meadors, Cory Meadors, Tyler Meadors, Peyton Tyner, Barry Riggs, Rodney Harris, Gavin Strait and Zachary Riggs. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Veryl Hodges and the St. Bernards One East nursing staff.

Memorials may be made to Elnora Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, in care of Dewrell Thompson, 2206 Evening Drive, Pocahontas, AR 72455.

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Kathy V. Lowe

Kathy V. Lowe, 58, of Cabot, died Jan. 18, 2011.

Born June 4, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Wilburn and Lucille Kildow Anglin. She was employed at Delta Dental.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Hershel Anglin.

Survivors include her husband, James Lowe; two sons, Jason Lowe and wife Amy, and Jonathan Lowe, all of Russellville; nine brothers, Bill Anglin, Pocahontas, Jerry Anglin, Smithville, Kenneth Anglin, Wally Anglin and Rick Anglin, all of Hoxie, Sonny Anglin and Mike Anglin, both of Walnut Ridge, Scott Anglin, Houston, and Randy Anglin, Maryville, Ind.; two sisters, Linda Hurst, Hoxie, and Pat Guilliams, Ravenden; and a granddaughter, Jetta Lowe.

Funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the McArthur Assembly of God in Jacksonville. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery under the direction of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home.

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

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

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Lillian Milligan

Lillian Milligan, 82, of Dexter, Mo., died Jan. 4, 2011, at the Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter.

Born Nov. 30, 1928, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Otis Milligan and Sarah Gilooly Jackson. She retired from Elders Manufacturing after 47 years of service. She attended the Bernie Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Bonnie Mickey and Lola Crawford.

Survivors include two brothers, J.L. Milligan and Donald Jackson, both of Dexter, Mo.; and a sister, Beverly Marley, Arkansas.

Funeral was Friday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. at Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter with Stan Dauck and Travis Quertermous officiating. Burial was in Chalk Bluff Cemetery.

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Avo L. Monroe

Avo L. Monroe, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 15, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born April 4, 1929, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of John and Grace Stroud. She was a former owner and operator of Monroe Daycare and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus "Bud" Monroe, on July 26, 2005, whom she married April 27, 1947; a son, John Monroe; a grandson, David Monroe; and three sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Angela Blackshear, Walnut Ridge; two sons, Ronnie Monroe, Houston, and Richard Monroe, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Jerry Melton, Jonesboro; a sister, Wanda Swank, Alaska; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Wilburn Griggs officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Blackshear, Rickey Monroe, Anthony Monroe, Bobby Bunch, Jamie Monroe and Rickey Ditto.

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Olive Vera Mosher

Olive Vera Mosher, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 17, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

The daughter of Emanuel and Birdie Johnston Kerley, she lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a homemaker and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Mosher Sr., in 1996; three sisters; and three brothers.

Survivors include four sons, Ron Mosher, Walnut Ridge, John L. Mosher Jr., Sherwood, Billy Mosher and wife Pat, Jacksonville, and Don Mosher, Hensley; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers will be Ed Golden, Bob Anderson, Bill McNutt, Gary Overstreet, David Ellis and Keith Lundquist.

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

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Brenda Oxford

Brenda Oxford, 57, of Paragould, sister of Lisa Kincade and Bill Parten, both of Hoxie, died Jan. 16, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. A celebration of her life will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Bro. Gene Cullum officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 2222, Little Rock, aR 72203-0222. An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.com.

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Genevieve Ruby Rhine

Genevieve Ruby Rhine, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 18, 2011, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born June 2, 1919, in Marked Tree, she was the daughter of Jesse and Sadie Belle Dill East. She was the former owner and operator of Watt's Cafe in Portia and was of the Protestant belief.

She was preceded in death by her former husbands, Buster Watts and James Rhine; three sisters; and a brother.

Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Rose Matthews and husband Tommy, Lynnville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Farrah Matthews and Cassondra Elliott; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Steven VanHooser officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation is Friday from 9 a.m. until time of the service

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Melvin Robertson

Melvin Robertson, 77, of Paragould, father of Linda Harris of Hoxie, died Jan. 16, 2011. Funeral is today at noon at the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.phillipsfuneral.org.

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Carlene Slusser

Carlene Stringer Slusser, 67, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 17, 2011, at her daughter's home.

She was born May 9, 1943, in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Gene Slusser, whom she married in 1956 in Walnut Ridge; a son, Billy Joe Slusser; a daughter, Tina Louise Richey; her father, Carl Everett Stringer Sr.; and a grandson, Brady Allen Jean.

Survivors include her children, Teresa and Michael Beebe, Jonesboro, Keith Allen Slusser and Bridgett Loraine Tyson, both of Gulfport, Miss.; her mother, Edith Kay Owens Stringer, Gulfport, Miss.; two sisters, Kathren Belle Slusser, Walnut Ridge, and Carolyn Sue Kohl, Georgia; two brothers, Carl Stringer Jr. and Steven Stringer, both of Mississippi; nine grandchildren, Ashley, Christian, Tasha, Shawn, John Daniel, Jacob, Christy, Jackie and Jerald; two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service. Burial will be in Whitaker Cemetery near Egypt.

Grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be today from noon until time of the service.

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

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Billy Dale Warren

Billy Dale Warren, 53, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 15, 2011.

Born Oct. 11, 1957, he was preceded in death by his father, Billy Joe Warren.

Survivors include his wife, Vivian Warren; a son, Billy Joe Warren, of the home; a daughter, Amanda Warren, of the home; his mother, Rebecca Warren, Hoxie; two brothers, Garry Warren, Dixon, Mo., and Danny Warren, Hoxie; and three sisters, Brenda Warren and Doris Warren, both of Hoxie, and Patricia Warren, Portia.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Mackie McReynolds officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Donald Prater, Tim Parsons, Jon Rogers, Jimmy Dean Dunivan, James Dale Gillian, Jody Tyler, Tony Smith and Wesley Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers were David Munn and James Cissell.

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Glen Dale Woodard

Glen Dale Woodard, 45, of Maynard, died Jan. 16, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 4, 1965, in Walnut Ridge, he had formerly lived in O'Kean.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Woodard; a sister, Karen Thompson; his grandparents, Adolph Crouch, Elorence Dewey and Oshie Woodard; and a sister-in-law, Linda Woodard.

Survivors include his mother, Marlene Woodard, Maynard; a sister, Donna Peppers and husband Bobby, Maynard; two brothers, Carl Woodard, Ellsinore, Mo., and Bob Woodard and wife LeAnn, Van Buren, Mo.; and his grandmother, Leoria Crouch, Pocahontas.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Gene Cullum officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery.

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