April 27, 2011 Edition

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Lilly Nicole Osburn


Logan ~ Potter


Helen Phillips Doty Bonnie Louise Hacker Danny Haynes
Clarence Olden Huckabee Freeman Wyatt Keech Kenneth Little
Ruth Ann McKee LouElla McKinney Charles Edward Mears
Marysue Morton Lenard Tillman Sales Freddie N. Sandusky III
Eva Thompson Christina Winemiller


Lilly Nicole Osburn

Mika R. Minor and Jason A. Osburn of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on April 13, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Lilly Nicole Osburn.

Grandparents are Marian Billingsley and Jerry Billingsley.

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Logan ~ Potter

Scott and Cindy Logan of Walnut Ridge announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Katie Elizabeth Logan, to Michael Joe Potter, son of Josephine Potter of Walcott and the late Paul Mack Potter.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ray and Laveda Scott of Walnut Ridge and the late Bruce and Ruth Logan, who lived in Walnut Ridge. She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and continued her education at Arkansas State University, where she received a bachelor's in mathematics. She is employed as a personal banker at Bank of America in Jonesboro, while pursuing a degree in accounting at ASU.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Greene County Tech High School. He operates his own business, Precision Flooring, in Paragould.

The wedding will take place at the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow in the First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. All family and friends are invited.

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Helen Phillips Doty

Helen Phillips Doty, 83, of Jonesboro, died April 20, 2011, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, after a lengthy illness.

Born July 18, 1927, near Weiner, she was the daughter of Arthur and Bertha Phillips. She lived most of her life in Walnut Ridge before moving to Jonesboro in 1998.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, and had previously been a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge for nearly 50 years, where she taught children, served on the administrative board and various committees and was an active member of United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Phillips and Jesse Phillips.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Paul H. Doty Sr.; a daughter, Susan Dudley, Jonesboro; a son, Paul Doty Jr. and wife Jane, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Emily Richey, J. Paul Doty, Sara Campbell and Claire Matthews; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Revs. John Miles and Patty Soward officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro, 801 S. Main, Jonesboro, AR 72401; First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge, 214 SW Second St., Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Bonnie Louise Hacker

Bonnie Louise Hacker, 79, of Portia, passed away April 20, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 13, 1931, at Nelsonville, she was the daughter of James Henry "J.H." and Clara Evaline Kirkland Miller. She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Portia Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Oliver Hacker, on Feb. 6, 2003, whom she married May 13, 1948; three brothers, Leonard Miller and infants Orland and Bernard Miller; and a sister, Clara Belle Hart Kellow.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane Hacker, Portia, and Jean Andrews, Walnut Ridge; a son, Jim Hacker, Batesville, and his fiancˇ, Jonna Kincade, Imboden; two granddaughters, Matt and Kim Davis, Jonesboro, and Chris and Amy Cone, Sherwood; and two great-grandsons, Noah and Drew Davis, Jonesboro.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Carl Cate and Vance Penn officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Charley Risenhoover, Alex Latham, Sammy Dunlap, Dale Freeman, Jerry Gill and Steve Hacker. Honorary pallbearers were Jim King, Mark Travis, Victor Clark, Riley Milligan, Dewayne Austin and Dent White.

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Danny Haynes

Danny Haynes, 50, of Williford, died April 20, 2011.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Haynes; two daughters, Christie Haynes and Page Blevins, both of Pocahontas; a son, Shawn Haynes, Maynard; five brothers, Bruce Haynes and Randy Haynes, both of Buffalo, Mo., Jody Haynes, Iowa, Jessie Haynes, Alabama, and Kenneth Haynes, Pocahontas; and a grandson, Carter Blevins.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Friendship Cemetery with Bro. Michael Bradley officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Clarence Olden Huckabee

Clarence Olden Huckabee, 83, of Smithville, died April 22, 2011, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Jan. 19, 1928, at Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Clarence David and Bama Savannah Watkins Huckabee. He was an employee of the Sharp County Road Department.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Huckabee; two sons, Michael Huckabee and James Aaron Huckabee; three daughters, Elaine Hill, Gloria Huckabee and Selena Huckabee; three sisters, Violet Cokes, Hazel Heath and Helen Snyder; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include two daughters, Beth Fleming, Cave City, and Rebecca Biggers, Yuba City, Calif.; a brother, Lloyd Huckabee, Poughkeepsie; two sisters, Vera Hatfield, Gassville, and Wanda Lasley, Cave City; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Phillip Lewallen officiating. Burial will be in Marvin Cemetery near Nelsonville.

Pallbearers will be Michael Huckabee, David Huckabee, Doyne Huckabee, Damien Huckabee, Adrian Downs and Matthew Polston. Honorary pallbearers will be the Sharp County road crew.

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Freeman Wyatt Keech

Freeman Wyatt Keech, 70, of Imboden, died April 20, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

He was born May 26, 1940, in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Marguerite Keech; a sister and twin granddaughters.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Keech; a son, Steven Keech, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Frema Gipson, Imboden, and Jeanine Duncan, Walnut Ridge; and two brothers, Sonny Keech, Renton, Wash., and David Keech, Sedalia, Mo.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Joe Loghry officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

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Kenneth Little

Kenneth Little, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died April 20, 2011.

Born June 27, 1920, he was the son of Caleb and Lala Brannon Little. A lifelong resident of Lawrence County, he was retired from Cinch Manufacturing in Pocahontas and was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Brooks Little.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Maxine Little, Walnut Ridge; two nephews, Mitch Little and wife Janet, Hoxie, and Gary Little and wife Rhonda, Walnut Ridge; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Ryan Johnston and Derek Collins officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Marty Pace, Josh Graddy, Derek Blackwell, Luther Allen, Bobby Joe Goodwin and Hershel Sawyers.

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

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Ruth Ann McKee

Ruth Ann McKee, 56, of Jonesboro, died April 20, 2011, at her home.

Born Nov. 27, 1955, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Nelson and Virgina Brown; and a brother, Ronnie Nelson.

Survivors include her husband, Sammie McKee, Lake City; two daughters, Tracy Cross and husband Ron, Jamesville, Wis., and Cheryl Cardenas and husband Ruben, Jonesboro; a brother, Ray Nelson, Jonesboro; three sisters, Hester Hutton and husband David, Pocahontas, Beverly Thomas and husband David, Jonesboro, and Regina Freeman and husband Terry, Bono; six grandchildren, Britney Cross, Tyler Cross, Dakota Baker, Dylan Cardenas, Angel Cardenas and Gustavo Cardenas; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 5 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Jerre Hasell officiating. Burial was private.

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

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LouElla McKinney

LouElla McKinney, 74, of Smithville, died April 23, 2011, at her home.

Born Oct. 22, 1936, in Seaside, Calif., she was a social worker and a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses in the Ash Flat congregation.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Ethel Brockman Fazier.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Hubert M. McKinney; three sons, David Hastey, Evening Shade, Leonard McKinney and wife Deanna, Owensboro, Ky., and Bryan McKinney, West Memphis; a daughter, Jeri Thomas and husband Joe, Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Leona Bortis, Illinois; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Ash Flat with Joe Thomas officiating. Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland has charge of arrangements.

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Charles Edward Mears

Charles Edward Mears, 82, of Powhatan, died April 25, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born May 10, 1928, in Midland, Ind., he was the son of Herman and Ruth Rogers Mears. He had lived in Oxnard, Calif., before moving to Powhatan in 1992. He was a retired supervisor for the Pleasant Valley School District and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Mears.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Parker and husband Don, Jonesboro; and Jenny Klein and husband Ronald, Tehachapi, Calif.; a brother, Herman Mears Jr., South Bend, Ind.; three sisters, Betty Blume and Mary Pinkowski, both of South Bend, and O'Detta Wesolek, Lansing, Mich.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Private funeral will be under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro. There will be no visitation.

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

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Marysue Morton

Marysue Whitmire Morton, 76, of Ravenden, died April 22, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 5, 1934, in Alicia, she was the daughter of the late Ben and Loma Maples Whitmire. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the Alicia Baptist Church. She was an avid collector and loved to knit, sew, cross stitch, quilt and weave her own rugs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Everett Morton, whom she married Nov. 8, 1952, in Walnut Ridge; and a son, James Everett Morton.

Survivors include a son, Robert Lee Morton, Ravenden; a daughter, Loma Jean Frybarger, Alicia; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Andy Latham officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Thomas Frybarger, Keith Franks, Leif Douglas, Houston McLaughlin, Buck Morton and Darryl Morton.

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

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Lenard Tillman Sales

Lenard Tillman Sales, 71, of Swifton, died April 18, 2011, at his home.

Born Feb. 7, 1940, he was a farm laborer and attended Faith Assembly of God in Tuckerman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter C. and Alpha Fortson Sales; a son, Stacy Wayne Sales; and three brothers, Donald Sales, Charles Ray Sales and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Lee Huskey Sales; a son, Lonnie Sales, Swifton; a daughter, Sherrie Sales, Swifton; two brothers, Leroy Sales, Cash, and Wesley Sales, Jonesboro; a sister, Tular Strong, Booneville; and three grandchildren, Timothy, Ashlee and Courtney.

Funeral was Thursday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Brandon Gates officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery.

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

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Freddie N. Sandusky III

A memorial service for Freddie N. Sandusky III, 23, of Farmington, Mo., formerly of Lynn, who died April 8, 2011, will be held May 7 at 11 a.m. at the Lynn Methodist Church.

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Eva Thompson

Eva Thompson, 94, of Corning, sister of Freeman Fann of Walnut Ridge, died April 22, 2011, at Corning Therapy and Living Center. Burial was Saturday in Hitt Cemetery at Success under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.ermertfuneralhome.com.

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Christina Winemiller

Christina Winemiller, infant daughter of Roscoe Winemiller and Amande Meggs of Swifton, died April 22, 2011.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Roscoe Winemiller Jr.; three sisters, Stephani Winemiller and Lisa Campbell, both of Jonesboro, and Leslie Winemiller, Swifton; and her maternal grandparents.

Graveside services were Monday at Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

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

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