February 09, 2011 Edition

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Avery Bristol Jones Cameron Taylor Lawrence


York ~ Higgins


Norma Jean Anderson Shirley Eugene Anderson Yvonne Beller
Thomas Bettis Matthew W. Bridges Vaughn Brown
Frank Cunningham David Allen Gavin Larry W. Hoaglan
Willene Kirkland Tracy Laneal Linebaugh Brooks Little
Truel Parmer Ratliff Jean Seagraves


Avery Bristol Jones

Blake and Beth Jones of Alicia have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Jan. 6, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and has been named Avery Bristol Jones.

Grandparents are Nancy Hamilton of Cave City, Danny and Janice Hamilton of Sidney, Sheron Bates of Memphis, and Dana and Vonda Jones of Clover Bend.

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Cameron Taylor Lawrence

Tommy and Jordan Lawrence of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Jan. 29, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed five pounds, one ounce and has been named Cameron Taylor Lawrence.

Grandparents are Tommy Dale Lawrence of Powhatan, Renee Lawrence of Black Rock, Sherry McQuay and John McQuay, both of Walnut Ridge.

She is the great-granddaughter of Joe and Jutta McQuay of Jonesboro, Gail Browder of Milton, Fla., and Don and Gail Arnold of Walnut Ridge.

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York ~ Higgins

Constance Elizabeth York and Stephen Anthony Higgins Jr. have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

Parents of the couple are Becky York of Jonesboro and the late O'Neil York and Stephen Higgins Sr. and Norma Vess, both of Fort Worth, Texas.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bertie York of Walnut Ridge and Clay and Margaret Kenward of Jonesboro. She is a stylist at Goldwaves Salon in Fort Worth.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Caroline McGlouthlin of Mineral Wells, Texas. He is a measurement supervisor with XTO Energy.

The couple will exchange vows on April 30 at 5:30 p.m. at 2403 RidgePointe Drive in Jonesboro.

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Norma Jean Anderson

Norma Jean Anderson, 82, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 28, 2011, at Randolph County Nursing Home in Pocahontas.

Born Dec. 16, 1928, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Bowman Wyatt and Coetta Stratton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H.L. Anderson.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Anderson, Imboden, and Tracie Brodell, Pocahontas; three siblings, Loretta Goodman, Pocto City, Okla., B.K. Wyatt, Imboden, and Jerry Ann Clements, Jonesboro; and two grandchildren, Sonic Moore and Kimberly Prater.

Private services were under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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Shirley Eugene "Andy" Anderson

Shirley Eugene "Andy" Anderson, 80, of Greenwood, Ind., father of William Hulen of Black Rock, died Feb. 4, 2011, in Indianapolis. Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Jessen Funeral Home in Whiteland, Ind. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Greenwood, Ind. An online guestbook is available at www.jessenfuneralhome.com.

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Yvonne Beller

Yvonne Beller, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 2, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 9, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Lester and Marie Wilson Warner. She was a homemaker and of the Protestant belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Beller, on April 1, 1972, whom she married Dec. 5, 1942; three brothers, Leonard "Boob" Warner, Charlie Ray Warner and John Warner; and a grandson, Kim Edward Beller.

Survivors include two daughters, Glenda Rice, Walnut Ridge, and Mary DeMastes and husband John, Clinton; three sons, William Eddie Beller and wife Donna, Warm Springs, Larry Beller and wife Brenda, Galesburg, Ill., and Robert Beller and wife Geraldean, Pocahontas; a sister, Ester Griffith, Galesburg, Ill.; two brothers, Raymond Warner and wife Gail, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Chester Warner, Walnut Ridge; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Duty Cemetery with Dr. Terry Wallace officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Lori Moss, Justin Bolding, Jennifer Beller, Jay DeMastes, Mike Beller and Devin Hutton. Honorary pallbearers were Rogan Ross, Samantha Ward, Lisa Murray, Ken Moss, Bob Murray, John DeMastes and Stacy Martin.

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Thomas Bettis

Thomas Bettis, 86, of Cherokee Villiage, father of Denise Scott of Hoxie, died Feb. 2, 2011, in Jonesboro. Visitation was Saturday at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland. No services were planned.

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Matthew W. Bridges

Matthew W. Bridges, 88, of Machesney Park, Ill., died Feb. 1, 2011, at his home following a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 23, 1922, in Black Rock, he was the son of Ira D. and Elva McBride Bridges. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Marines with the Fourth Marine Divison. He served in the Pacific with combat landings on the islands of Roi-Namur, Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima. He was awarded three Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars.

Following the war, he worked for Buda Company in Harvey, Ill., Clark Construction in Portia before moving to Rockford, Ill., where he worked for Roper Stove and Ordinance and later owned and operated a restaurant. After closing the restaurant, he worked as maintenance supervisor for Fred H. Smith Estates, where he retired after 32 years.

He was a member of the Rockford United General Baptist Church and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Mounted Police Posse.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Matthew Bridges; six brothers, Albert, Owen, Howard, Cleo, Earl and Lewis; and four sisters, Fern, Christene, Edith and Deloris.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Vivian Dobbs Bridges, whom he married May 12, 1945, in Walnut Ridge; a son, Ron Bridges and wife Sara, Machesney Park, Ill.; four grandchildren, Tanya Bridges, Todd Bridges, Deborah Bridges and Nicole Bridges; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be Friday, one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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

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Vaughn Brown

Vaughn Brown, 93, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 6, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 7, 1917, at Egypt, he was the son of Hermon and Grace Brown. He moved to Jonesboro in 1991 after living for several years in Flint, Mich., where he retired from General Motors after 36 years of service. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Brown; and five brothers.

Survivors include a cousin, Gaylon Gibson and wife Kay, Jonesboro; and a second cousin, Kenny Gibson, Jonesboro.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bishop Cemetery with pastor Jim Roberts officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

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

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Frank Cunningham

Martin Franklin Cunningham, 89, of Mountain Home, formerly of Paragould, died Jan. 31, 2011, at the Gassville Nursing Home in Gassville.

Born May 26, 1921, in Greene County, he was the son of Wilfred Avery and Vera Davidson Cunningham. He was a former resident of Powhatan and was an active member of the Powhatan Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Verniece Cunningham; a brother, Willford Cunningham; and a grandson, Craig Campbell.

Survivors include a son, Dane Cunningham, Paragould; two daughters, Lynell Davis, Mountain Home, and Diane Cooper, Sommerville, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Ken Burton officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Children's Home of Paragould, 5515 Old Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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David Allen Gavin

David Allen Gavin, 49, of Strawberry, died Feb. 2, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 29, 1961, he had lived most of his life in Florida before moving to Strawberry in 2010. He was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.L. and Marion Gavin.

Survivors include his wife, Tina; two sons, Joshua Gavin, of the home; Stephen Gavin, Davenport, Fla.; a daughter, Brandi Wright, Davenport, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Tommi Tinker; a stepson, Clay Dennis; three sisters, Talla Gilley, Winterhaven, Fla., Wanda L. Beasley, Davenport, Fla., and Charlotte Sever, Lake Wells, Fla.; three brothers, H.L. Gavin Jr., Cord, Michael Gavin, Strawberry, and Theron Gavin, Bald Knob; and three grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Mitch Bell officiating.

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Larry W. Hoaglan

Larry W. Hoaglan, 62, of Pine Bluff, died Feb. 1, 2011, at his home.

Born May 2, 1948, in Flint, Mich., he was raised in Walnut Ridge and graduated from Walnut Ridge High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1970.

He worked for the Public Service Commission as their chief engineer from 1970 to 1981. He served as president and CEO of Communication Service Supply Association in Little Rock from 1981 until his retirement in 2008.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff and volunteered as assistant scoutmaster for First Baptist Scout Troop 106 for 15 years. He was a member of the Kentucky Refuge Hunting Club near Benton and volunteered as a black belt taekwondo instructor for many years.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oliver Hoaglan.

Survivors include his wife, Zelda Selph Hoaglan, whom he married Feb. 6, 1971, in Greenwood; two sons, David Hoaglan, Shawnee, Kan., and Jordan Hoaglan, Fayetteville; his mother, Opal Winters Hoaglan Felkins, Bono; a brother, David Ray Hoaglan, Henrico, N.C.; three stepbrothers, Leon Felkins, Vicksburg, Miss., and Jimmy Felkins and Delbert Felkins, both of Bono; and two stepsisters, Earline Hendrix, Jonesboro, and Donice Tyler, Otwell.

Funeral was Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff with Rev. Matt Norton officiating. Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Gentry Cemetery in Greenwood. Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home of Pine Bluff had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 6501 South Hazel, Pine Bluff, AR 71603; First Baptist Church Boy Scout Troop 106, 6501 South Hazel, Pine Bluff, AR 71603; or Jenkins Memorial Center, 2410 Rike Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.

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

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Willene Kirkland

Willene Kirkland, 82, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 1, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Oct. 19, 1928, she was the daughter of Olene and Willie Baker. She had lived in Imboden before moving to Jonesboro in 2003. She was a Southwestern Bell Pioneer and a Silver Haired Legislator. She was a member of the Clover Bend Historical Association and First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Billy Joe Kirkland; and a son, William Joseph "Bill" Kirkland.

Survivors include a son, Michael Kirkland and wife Teresa, Siloam Springs; a sister, Marilyn Kinder, Swifton; three grandchildren, Stephen Michael Kirkland, Spencer Kirkland and Whitney Kirkland; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Patty Soward officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be David Doyle, Tom Baker, Stephen Kirkland, Spencer Kirkland, Michael Kirkland, Bob Nall, Phil Kirkland and Tim French.

Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Clover Bend Historical Association, 4679 Highway 63, Black Rock, AR 72415.

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

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Tracy Laneal Linebaugh

Tracy Laneal Linebaugh, 40, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 29, 2010, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born Nov. 13, 1970, in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include a son, Aaron Pierce; a daughter, Brittany Linebaugh, Pocahontas; a stepdaughter, Amanda Ferrell; her father and stepmother, Gary Wayne and Linda Smith; her mother, Tresia Moody Robbins; a brother, Kirt Smith, Jonesboro; three half-sisters, Angie Perez, Marcia Parker and Ashley Parker; a half-brother, Anthony Smith; two grandchildren, Braden Levi Griffin and Bryson Blaze Belles; and her fiancˇ, James Gowan.

Funeral was Dec. 31 at Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Kenneth Winningham officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick.

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Brooks Little

Brooks Little, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 3, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was a farmer and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Caleb and Lala Little.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Pace Little; two sons, Mitch Little and wife Janet, Hoxie, and Gary Little and wife Rhonda, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Kenneth Little, Hoxie; four grandchildren, Weston Little, Ashley Blackwell, Natasha Graddy and Josh Graddy; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Ryan Johnston, Timothy Campbell and Dale Blackwell officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Bobby Joe Goodwin, Larry Jones, Roger Tinsley, Terry Spradlin, Joe Romine and Jackie O'Connor.

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

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Truel Parmer Ratliff

Truel Parmer Ratliff, 84, of Imboden, died Feb. 2, 2011, at his home.

Born Sept. 30, 1926, in Alicia, he was the son of Caro A. and Rachel Pace Ratliff. He lived in Indianapolis for several years, where he retired from Bridgeport Brass. He returned to Arkansas in 1984 and became involved in the cattle business. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Ratliff and Garland Ratliff; and a sister, Dorothy Nunnally.

Survivors include his wife Margaret "Maggie" Ratliff; a daughter, Rhonda Neiswander and husband Joe, Jonesboro; a son, James Dean and wife Cindy, Imboden; four sisters, Imo Mason, Jolene Munns and husband Marlan, Jeanie Davis and Margie Sacco, all of Indianapolis; a brother, Kenneth "Doc" Ratliff and wife Myrtle, Franklin, Ind.; and three grandchildren, Jared Neiswander, Jesse Dean and Chandra Jira.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Brand officiating. Burial was in Calvin Crossing Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Dean, Jesse Dean, Jared Neiswander and Brad Graham.

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Jean Seagraves

Jean Seagraves, 83, of Muskegon, Mich., died Jan. 24, 2011, in Muskegon.

Born Sept. 4, 1927, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Robert and Roxie Turley Kincade. She had lived in the Muskegon area for the past 63 years and was a member of the Muskegon Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, James "Jake" Seagraves, whom she married Oct. 26, 1947.

Survivors include two sons, David Seagraves and wife Louise, and Kevin Seagraves and wife Rose; three sisters, Lorene Parker, Lola Rice and Pat McKinney and husband Doyle; four grandchildren, Don Seagraves, Jeff Seagraves, Samantha Seagraves and Jared Seagraves; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. in The Lee Chapel of Sytsema Funeral Home in Muskegon. Burial was in Norton Cemetery at Muskegon.

Memorials may be made to the Muskegon Rescue Mission.

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