September 21, 2011 Edition

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Brinlee Ann Bullard Colton David Riley Ring


Ronald Vance Bales Sr. Marquetta Bell Gregory Mark Benton
Teddy Mae Burchfield Roma Ellaene Collins Brian Davis
Alvie Jackson Dillin Kenneth Edward Fielder Robert Lesley Honeycutt
Betty Rose Hurst Melissa Jane Jackson Bobby Dean Kinder
Charles Ludwig Herbert Franklin McCall Roy Glenn Puckett
Wilma Rider


Brinlee Ann Bullard

Jason and Rebecca Bullard of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born Sept. 19, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Brinlee Ann Bullard. She has one brother, Brice Denton Bullard, three.

Grandparents are David and Teresa Justus of Light and Dennis and Shelia Bullard of Hoxie.

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Colton David Riley Ring

Andrew and Luton Ring of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on Sept. 11, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro. The baby weighed nine pounds, six ounces, and has been named Colton David Riley Ring.

Grandparents are John and Melissa Ring of Bono and Tony and Carrie Becker of Jonesboro.

He is the great-grandson of Mary Montgomery of Jonesboro and Sam Montgomery of Egypt. Great-great-grandparents are Virginia Goodman of Jonesboro and Harvey and Carolita Montgomery of Egypt.

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Ronald Vance Bales Sr.

Ronald Vance Bales Sr., 71, of Paragould, died Sept. 16, 2011, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Born in Sedgwick, he was a retired director and paramedic for EMS. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 to 1962.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Vance Jr.; his parents, Duane B. and Jessie M. Bales; and a brother, Warren Bales.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Ada Rogers Bales; two sons, Warren Bales and Quentin Bales, both of Paragould; three brothers, Steve Bales, Jonesboro, and Kelly Bales and Kevin Bales, both of Paragould; six grandchildren, Michelle Stallings, Christine Bales, Mallorye Wesley, Blake Bales, Kelly Bales and Casey Bales; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick with Charles Stoddard officiating. Phillips Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Quentin Bales, Warren Bales, Steve Bales, Blake Bales, Bill Young and Matt Wesley. Honorary pallbearer was Dale Barrett.

An online guestbook is available at

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Marquetta Bell

Marquetta Bell, 52, of Swifton, died Sept. 12, 2011, at her home.

Born March 3, 1959, in Newport, she was a member of the Blues Chapel Church. She had worked at Poinsett Grain for eight years, St. Bernards for four years and the St. Bernards Outpatient Surgery Center for seven years. She was a member of Weiner Fire and Rescue.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Willie Huffman Evans.

Survivors include her husband, Wendell Bell; a son, David Shawn Bible, Jonesboro; a daughter, Brandi Bible, Swifton; a sister, Sharlie Carter, Hardy; and a special niece, Kim Carter Fears.

Funeral was Thursday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Weiner. Burial was in Johnson Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Schwartz, Mitchel Kieffer, Tyler Sitzer, David Owens, Todd Howard and Troy Hill. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Fears, Steve Rushing, David Huffman and Bobby Addington.

An online guestbook is available at

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Gregory Mark Benton

Gregory Mark Benton, 44, of Paragould, died Sept. 10, 2011.

Born Nov. 14, 1966, in Walnut Ridge, he attended Greater Visions Church in Paragould.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Belinda Benton; his parents, Harold and Mazie Benton; and a brother, Stan Benton.

Survivors include a son, Christopher Benton; a stepson, Ethan Rodriguez; and three sisters, Darlene Pope and husband Mike, Pam Wilson and husband Jim, and Sandy Mosbach and husband Jerry.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould with Rick Ethridge officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery.

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Teddy Mae Burchfield

Teddy Mae Burchfield, 88, of Little Rock, died Sept. 19, 2011.

Born March 3, 1923, near Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Frank Albert and Claudia Crays Davidson. She was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ for over 30 years and had been a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ in Little Rock for the past 20 years.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Gene Burchfield.

Survivors include a son, Jerry Burchfield and wife Christina, Little Rock; a sister, Esthell Crews, Cave City; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. at Lincoln-Ward Cemetery in Saffell.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.

An online guestbook is available at

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Roma Ellaene Collins

Roma Ellaene Wiles Collins, 88, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 13, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 10, 1923, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Clarence and Maggie Gilliam. She retired from General Electric after 23 years of service, and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Wiles; her second husband, Wylie "Duke" Collins; a son, Johnny Wiles; three brothers, Harris Gilliam, Raymond Gilliam and Hubert Gilliam; and a sister, Juanita McManus.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Bowden and husband Tom, Arlington, Texas; two sons, Garry Wiles and wife Becky, Rison, and Larry Wiles and wife Mary Jo, Jonesboro; a sister, Sue Milburn, Oklahoma City; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Gregg Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Wayne and Linda Johnson officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Matt Wiles, Josh Wiles, Tanner Sherman, Ezekiel Turley, Noah Wiles, Jake Anderson, Caleb Anderson and Lee Michael Ayers.

Memorials may be made to Bay United Methodist Church.

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Brian Davis

Brian Alan Davis, 37, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 13, 2011.

He was born March 31, 1974, in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andy Davis Jr., his grandparents, Robert Sr. and Jessie Davis, and Betty Snodgrass.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa Davis; two sons, Landon Alan Davis and Jacob Andrew Davis, both of the home; his mother and stepfather, Susan and Gary Blevins, Pocahontas; a brother, Adam Davis and wife Andrea, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Jamie Lemmons and husband David, Pocahontas; his stepmother, Peggy Davis, Pocahontas; and his grandfather, Ray Snodgrass, Pocahontas.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Terry Miller officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery.

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Alvie Jackson Dillin

Alvie Jackson Dillin, 87, of Jasper, Texas, died Sept. 16, 2011, at Rayburn Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Jasper.

Born Jan. 30, 1924, at Light, he was the son of Alvie and Pearl Dillin. He was retired from General Cable in St. Louis. He served in the U.S. Army and was awarded five Bronze Stars for participation in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo Dillin, Walter Dillin, Hubert Dillin and Jake Dillin; and a sister, Mable King.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Gussie Wanda Dillin; a son, Dennis Martin Dillin and wife Rochelle, Jasper, Texas; a daughter, Jackie Lynn Miller, Frisco, Texas; a brother, Lacy Dillin, Jonesboro; a sister, Mildred Kieffer, Maryland; a grandchild, Nequel Lynn Bacon; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Monday at Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

An online guestbook is available at

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Kenneth Edward Fielder

Kenneth Edward Fielder, 90, of Paragould, died Sept. 13, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born April 16, 1921, at Walcott, he was the son of Alvin Benton and Ola Vera Beasley Fielder. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, having served in the South Pacific from July 9, 1942, to Dec. 14, 1945. He was a retired salesman for H.J. Heinz.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Etta L. Hope Fielder.

Survivors include a brother, Dr. Gerald Dexter Fielder and wife Lora, Union, S.C.

Graveside service was Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Cemetery at Walcott with Ken Overton officiating. Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould had charge of arrangements.

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Robert Lesley Honeycutt

Robert Lesley "Less" Honeycutt, 89, of Ash Flat, died Sept. 18, 2011, at his home.

Born Aug. 2 1922, he was the son of Hiram Sr. and Gertrude Ann Jones Honeycutt. He was a member of Light House Baptist Church. He served in World War II and participated in four major battles.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wess Honeycutt and Noel Honeycutt; seven sisters, Ava, Zelda, Anola, Ora Lee, Elizabeth, Robbiee Jean and Doris; three grandsons, Little Kenny Bettis, Tommy Corp and Mitchell Wagner; and two sons-in-law, Kenny Bettis and Donald Joe May.

Survivors include his wife, Violet Mae Phenix Honeycutt, whom he married Jan. 17, 1952; four sons, Danny Honeycutt and wife Georgia, Jonesboro, Robert Honeycutt and wife Doris, Williford, Teddy Honeycutt and wife Angie, Hardy, and Terry Honeycutt, Ravenden; four daughters, Joyce Bettis, Highland, Janet May, Ravenden, Doris Johnson and husband Charles, Ash Flat, and Erma Jernigan and husband Dennis, Owasso, Okla.; a brother, Hiram Honeycutt Jr., Ravenden; 24 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home, Oak Hill Chapel in Highland. Burial will be in Flint Cemetery at Wirth.

An online guestbook is available at

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Betty Rose Hurst

Betty Rose Hurst, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 19, 2011.

Born May 18, 1928, in Roadhouse, Ill., she was the daughter of Willie and Mimmie Ward McGhehey. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hurst, on June 6, 2005, whom she married Sept. 28, 1951; a son, Cary Hurst; and a brother, Walter McGhehey.

Survivors include a daughter, Candace Humes and husband Doug, Walnut Ridge; three grandchildren, Shawn Humes, Richie Johnson and Catherine Wiley; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Stan Jones, Paul Schaefer, Ed Tannehill, Tim Richey, Chuck Cagle and Anthony Pinkston.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.

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Melissa Jane Jackson

Melissa Jane Jackson, 45, of Paragould, sister of Renee Butts and stepdaughter of Cleo Cooper, both of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 17, 2011, in Jonesboro. Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Unity Cemetery in Jonesboro under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould. An online guestbook is available at

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Bobby Dean Kinder

Bobby Dean Kinder, 70, of Hoxie, died Sept. 14, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 7, 1941, in Newport, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He had lived in Lawrence County most of his life and was a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Nova Reed Kinder; and two sisters, Ada Smith and Joan Collins.

Survivors include a son, Robbie Kinder, Wynne; a brother, Mitchell Kinder, Paragould; four sisters, Barbara Scott, Walnut Ridge, Brenda Smith, Searcy, Rosemary Kozelka, Wisconsin, and Jenice Johnson, College City; a special friend, Vona Bradley; and his best friend, Cuddles, his dog.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. The body was cremated.


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Charles Ludwig

Charles "Burley" Ludwig, 72, of Black Rock, died Sept. 19, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 24, 1939, in Lynn, he had lived in Lawrence County all his life. He was a retired motor patrolman for the Arkansas Highway Department and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Vella Whitlow; his stepfather, Earl Whitlow; his father, Charles Mark Ludwig; and a brother, Jimmy Mack Whitlow.

Survivors include two sons, Chuck Ludwig and wife Pam, Annieville, and T.J. Ludwig and wife Crysti, Black Rock; his life partner, Kim Tippy and her son Shawn, of the home; a sister, Shirley Branch, Black Rock; a brother, Randall Ludwig, Black Rock; two grandsons, Anthony Ludwig and Jason Ludwig; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service is today at noon at Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Eaton, with Jerry Smith officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Tippy, Dale Arnold, David Ames, Freddie Pickney Jr., Anthony Ludwig and Jason Ludwig. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Truitt and Daniel Nunally.

An online guestbook is available at

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Herbert Franklin McCall

Herbert Franklin "Sonny" McCall, 71, of Missouri City, Texas, died Sept. 5, 2011, at Parkview Manor of Quail Valley.

A native of Walnut Ridge, he was the son of the late Herbert and Iola McCall. He was a 1958 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, where he excelled in the marching band. After completing a linotype training program at Arkansas State University, he worked for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis and other publishing organizations. He was a longtime member of the Longstreet Methodist Church in Memphis.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara McCall; a son, Michael, Memphis; and a sister, Sue Shirley, Palm Coast, Fla.

A memorial service will be held later in Walnut Ridge.

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Roy Glenn Puckett

Roy Glenn Puckett, 57, of Mount Olive, Ala., died July 23, 2011, at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham.

He was a retired electrician.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Bobbie Cline; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Sara Puckett; three stepsons, Dr. Roy D. Pepper and wife Daryl, Gulfport, Miss., Darrell Pepper, Humboldt, Tenn., and Steve Pepper and wife Stacy, Germantown, Tenn.; his father, Buddy Puckett, Bono; two brothers, Greg Puckett, Bono, and Travis Gage, Jonesboro; five sisters, Karen Shirley, Karen Primm, Kim Holland and Holly Blalock, all of Jonesboro, and Rhonda Ingram, Brookland; and four grandchildren, Stephanie Pepper, Camille Pepper, Andrew Pepper and Michael Pepper.

A celebration of his life was held Saturday at 1 p.m. at People's Faith Tabernacle in Hoxie with Roger Brand officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401 or the University of Alabama Palliative Care at UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, in care of Kristen Farmer Hall, FOT 1231, 1530 Third Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294-3412.

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Wilma Rider

Wilma Harrietta Sanders Rider, 84, of Smithville, died Sept. 18, 2011, at Woodlawn Nursing Home in Batesville.

Born July 29, 1927, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Harry and Myrtle Clinton Sanders. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Zeek Rider; and three brothers, Kenneth Sanders and two infant brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Brannon and husband William, Lynn; a sister, Peggy Cartner, Kennesaw, Ga.; three grandchildren, Lisa Smith, Dena Crafton and Kara Britton; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn with Terral Neeley officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were Leroy Holm, Corky Hunter, Randy Glenn, Larry Vance, Scott Wright and Carl Sullivan.

Memorials may be made to Dry Creek Cemetery.

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