April 20, 2011 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Boles ~ Woodley

Obituaries

Geraldean Beller Clara Louise Bennett Andy Copeland
James Albert Davidson Jr. Carolyn Riggs Henson Winola Jean Jean
Odell E. Matheny Tilman McDaniel Ona Mae Morgan
Gilbert A. Northcutt Freddie H. Sandusky III Earl Williams
Martha Louise Willis

Weddings/Engagements

Boles ~ Woodley

Shakara Boles and Dalton Woodley, both of Willow Springs, Mo., will exchange wedding vows on Saturday, May 14, at 2 p.m. at Ash Flat Church of Christ.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Tommie and Sherry Boles of Ash Flat. She is the granddaughter of Larry and Frances Forrester of Hoxie and Norma Jean Boles of Strawberry and the late James Tommie Boles.

The prospective groom is the son of Clark Woodley of Willow Springs, Mo., and Debbie Walker of West Plains, Mo. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Darland Woodley of Willow Springs and Jessie Hitzfield of West Plains.

All family and friends are invited to the wedding and the reception to follow in the church's fellowship hall.

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Obituaries

Geraldean Beller

A memorial service for Geraldean Beller, 68, of Pocahontas, who died April 2, 2011, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Pentecostal Church of God in Pocahontas. McNabb Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Pentecostal Church of God in Pocahontas.

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Clara Louise Bennett

Clara Louise Bennett, 76, of Yuma, Ariz., died April 9, 2011, in Yuma.

Born Jan. 5, 1935, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Christine Hager. She was a real estate agent for Sunrise Development Company and attended the First Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include her husband, Glendon Bennett; a daughter, Sue Edwards and husband Jack, Glendale, Ariz.; a son, Timothy Bennett, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Joyce Hager McKay, El Cajon, Calif.; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

Private services were held at Desert Lawn Memorial Park with pastor Paul Killingsworth officiating. Johnson Mortuary of Yuma had charge of arrangements.

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

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Andy Copeland

A.W. "Andy" Copeland, 80, of Clinton, died April 13, 2011, at his home.

Born Jan. 10, 1931, he was the son of Bud and Pearl Copeland. He had lived in Mobile, Ala., before moving to Clinton two years ago. He was a retired hydraulics technician and was a minister of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nadine Copeland, in 2009; a brother, Lonnie Copeland; and a sister, Dora Hale.

Survivors include a son, Tony Copeland and wife Dana, Clinton; a daughter, Janey Nelson and husband Rick, Birmingham, Ala.; three sisters, Betty Vincent, Brenda Jelks and Sondra Coy, all of Jonesboro; a brother, Bill Copeland, Helena; and a grandchild.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Scott Downum officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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James Albert Davidson Jr.

James Albert Davidson Jr., 62, of Ravenden Springs, died April 11, 2011.

Born June 30, 1948, in Ravenden, he was the son of the late Jack and Bertha Davidson.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Oralee Henson; and two sisters, Virgie Benson and Genova Wintermyer.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Anita Davidson; his children, April Davidson, Kentucky, and Tammy Wolf and Joseph Guilliams; a brother, Robert Davidson; a sister, Rosetta Burrow; a grandson; and three great-grandsons.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Cory McCaig and Benjamin Warner.

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

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Carolyn Sue Riggs Henson

Carolyn Sue Riggs Henson, 60, of Cave City, daughter of Ellene Vinson of Strawberry, died April 9, 2011, at her home. A memorial service will be held Saturday at Weaver's Chapel Cemetery, located north of Batesville. Qualls Funeral Home of Batesville has charge of arrangements. No visitation is planned.

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Winola Jean Jean

Winola Jean Jean, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died April 18, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Home.

Born Jan. 25, 1927, at Alicia, she was the daughter of James C. "Jack" and Lola Ann Cooper Arnold. She was a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church, the Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women, Delta Kappa Gamma, Church Women United, Lawrence Memorial Auxiliary, Charles Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Geneva Burton Circle of the Hoxie United Methodist Women.

She graduated from Walnut Ridge High School as valedictorian in 1946. She received a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State College in 1954 and a master's degree in 1962. She taught at Counts School, Sedgwick, Clover Bend, Egypt and Hoxie, beginning in 1947 and retiring in 1983.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton C. Jean, whom she married Sept. 8, 1963; four brothers, Marvin Arnold, Keith Arnold, Lester Arnold and J.C. Arnold; and a sister, Elva Owens Godwin.

Survivors include a sister, Mazie Alls, Walnut Ridge; five nephews, Dennis Alls, Don Alls, Doug Arnold, Steve Arnold and Jeffrey Arnold; four nieces, Phyllis Owens Smith, Pam Arnold Bradsher, Rita Alls Taylor and Joyce Arnold Davis; nine great-nieces; six great-great-nephews; and three great-great-nieces.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Hoxie Methodist Church with Bonda Moyer officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Hoxie Methodist Church, P.O. Box 116, Hoxie, AR 72433.

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Odell E. Matheny

Odell E. "Digger" Matheny, 75, of Ravena, New York, formerly of Saffell, died April 16, 2011.

Born in Dowdy, he lived in the Ravena-Selkirk area most of his life. He retired from Blue Circle Cement Company in 1997 after many years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Allie Matheny; and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Janette Matheny; a son, Michael Matheny, Ravena; a daughter, Cyndi Thomas, Oregon; four sisters, Olean Huskey and Florene Collins, both of Arkansas, and Lorena Parr and Doris Sullivan, both of Missouri; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 6 p.m. at Babcock Funeral Home in Ravena.

Memorials may be made to the Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204.

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

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Tilman McDaniel

Tilman McDaniel, 78, of Wilton, Iowa, brother of Stella Joseph of Saffell, died April 16, 2011, at his home. Burial was Tuesday in Oakdale Cemetery under the direction of Bentley Funeral Home of Wilton. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association in his memory. An online guestbook is available at www.bentleyfuneralhome.com.

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Ona Mae Morgan

Ona Mae Morgan, 84, of Pensacola, Fla., went to be with the Lord on April 15, 2011.

Born March 26, 1927, she was a former resident of Lawrence County. She enjoyed shopping and quilting and was an awesome cook.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Graddy; two brothers, Thomas Graddy and Bud Graddy; and a sister, Bodie Graddy Waldrop.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur Ray Morgan; a daughter, Judith Ann Morgan Sweeney and husband Bill; two sons, Tommy Leigh "Buddy" Morgan Sr. and wife Amie, and Jarl Ray "Hank" Morgan and wife Sue; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Trahan Family Funeral Home in Pensacola.

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

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Gilbert A. Northcutt

Gilbert A. Northcutt, 87, of Strawberry, died April 17, 2011, at his home.

Born July 14, 1923, at Dowdy, he was the son of Marion and Lillian Long Northcutt. He was a retired farmer and a member of Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church at Saffell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Devone Northcutt; a brother, W.J. Northcutt; and a grandson, Marty Northcutt.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Northcutt and Randall Northcutt, both of Strawberry; a sister, Billie Clyburn, Wichita, Kan.; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Stanley Vandergrift officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Dowdy under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Carrell Huskey, Junior Huskey, Ricky Huskey, Brent Northcutt, Jerry Gilliam and David Doyle. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Ray Huskey, Garland Gilmore and Butch Meisner.

Visitation is today from noon until time of the service.

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Freddie H. Sandusky III

Freddie H. Sandusky III, 23, of Farmington, Mo., formerly of Lynn, died April 8, 2011.

Born Sept. 26, 1987, he attended Lynn School until the ninth grade and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred H. Sandusky Jr.

Survivors include a sister, Nicole Richardson, Batesville; his grandparents, Fred and Clynell Sandusky, Batesville; and aunts, Pam Glenn, Brenda Anderson, Tina Sandusky McKnight and Christina Sandusky Miller.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Earl Williams

Earl Williams, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died April 18, 2011, at his home.

Born Aug. 6, 1937, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Earl and Ruthie Whitmire Williams. He was a carpenter and of the Church of Christ belief.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy Blake Williams, whom he married March 24, 1976; three daughters, Sherri Ames, Pekin, Ill., Kimberly Williams, Peoria, Ill., and Mary Todd, Henderson; two sons, Bill Schmidgall, Egypt, and Bob Schmidgall, Jonesboro; seven sisters, Yvonne Arnold, Henderson, Tenn., Shirley Stansell, Beach Bluff, Tenn., Peggy Heiser, Washington, Ill., Sheila Blackstock, Bloomington, Ill., Lisa Metheny, Oregon, Julie Nohl, Morton, Ill., and Nancy Smith, Peoria; four brothers, Roger Williams, Manito, Ill., David Williams, Leroy, Ill., Jimmy Williams, Delavan, Ill., and Ronnie Williams, Texas; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

No services will be held. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Martha Louise Willis

Martha Louise Brasher Willis, 77, of Lafe, died April 14, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Dec. 17, 1933, in Paragould, she was the daughter of Allen and Ida Brasher. She was a homemaker and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Lafe.

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

Survivors include her husband, William Willis, whom she married May 16, 1952; two sons, Larry Willis and wife Virginia, Lafe, and Terry Willis, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Mary Dowler, Lafe, and Tillie Henderson, Cape Canaveral, Fla.; six grandchildren, Crystal Willis, Flynn Willis, Heith Willis, Holly Gunn, Amber Bagwell and Amanda Spinks; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lafe with Curt Dwyer officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould.

Pallbearers were Flynn Willis, Heith Willis, Blake Brasher, Phillip Brasher, David Dowler and Jerry Lacy.

Memorials may be made to St. John's Building Fund.

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

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