October 19, 2011 Edition

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Births

Luke Morgan Whitlock

Weddings/Engagements

Jarrett ~ Kelly

Obituaries

Terry Boling Barbara Brown Marion G. Burleson
Suzanne Clark Sylvia Ileen Clements Nye Garner Cureton
John Mickey Davis Sr. Shelby Glowdean Fisher Ruby Haigwood
Troy Ray Henson Daphene Mize Hughes Stephen Jackson Lawson
Louella Morgan Mary Jo Scott Virginia Mae Sharp
Ann Spencer Margaret Sue Statler Gladys Woodson

Births

Luke Morgan Whitlock

Shana and Jared Whitlock of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on Oct. 4, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro. The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Luke Morgan Whitlock.

Grandparents are Donnie and Darlene Hensley of Hoxie, Cathy Blevins of Maynard and Phillip and Vada Whitlock of Melbourne.

He is the great-grandson of Mary Lee Roper of Walnut Ridge, Bonnie Blevins of Maynard, James and Wenona Whitlock of Russelville and Rudolph and Aleta Liscomb of Melbourne.

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Weddings/Engagements

Jarrett ~ Kelly

Jessica Jarrett and Fielder Kelly, both of Jonesboro, have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Susan Snapp O'Connor of Memphis and Stan Jarrett of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Anne Snapp of Walnut Ridge and the late Jimmy Snapp and the late Edith and Wilburn Jarrett.

The prospective groom is the son of Chris and Julie Kelly of Jonesboro. He is the grandson of Edgar L. Dean of Jonesboro and the late Mary Frances Dean Sparks.

Jessica is a 2011 graduate of Williams Baptist College and is a third grade teacher at the MicroSociety Magnet School in the Jonesboro School System.

Fielder is a student at Arkansas State University and is a certified personal trainer employed at The Trim Gym.

The wedding is set for Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at The Beach Club in Gulf Shores, Ala. A reception will follow.

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Obituaries

Terry Boling

Terry Boling, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 18, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was originally from the Light area and had lived in Walnut Ridge the past several months. He attended the Lawrence County Cooperative School and was active in the Special Olympics.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and a sister.

Survivors include two brothers, Gary Boling and wife Linda, Portia, and Van Boling and wife Debbie, St. Louis; three sisters, Joyce Hatch, Elaine Crist and husband Rennie, all of Conyers, Ga., and Karen L. Smith and husband Kyle.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Marion Stringer officiating and Dan Hatch giving the eulogy. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Hatch, Jamie Smith, Chad Boling, David Crist, Eddie Scott Jr. and Brad Hendon.

Visitation is Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

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

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Barbara Brown

Barbara "Barbie" Brown, 48, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 16, 2011.

Born Jan. 11, 1963, in Jonesboro, she was a homemaker and a member of the Hoxie Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Funchess.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Brown; a son, Dylan Faught, Jonesboro; a stepdaughter, Myretha Wheetley, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; her father, James Funchess and wife Linda, Black Rock; her mother, Thalia Funchess, Jonesboro; two brothers, Quinn Greer, Roland, Okla., and J.D. Greer, Evening Shade; four sisters, Lana Russell, Black Rock, Vanessa Gray, Sedgwick, Susan Hunt, Olive Branch, Miss., and Cindy Throgmorton, Pocahontas; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Cemetery with Rev. Rebecca Lapiro officiating. Emerson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Donations to help with final expenses may be made in her memory at Bank of America, 2500 E. Highland Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Marion G. Burleson

Marion G. Burleson, 84, Bloomington, Ind., passed away at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at Bloomington Hospital.

Mr. Burleson was a member of Smithville Christian Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater and was a retired schoolteacher, coach and vice principal. He was a 1953 graduate of Indiana Central College and received his master's degree in 1963 from Butler University. As an educator, coach and administrator, he had a profound influence on the lives of many young people during his 35 years of work in Indianapolis Public Schools and Franklin Township School Corp.

He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed many years of fishing and hunting with buddies throughout the United States and Canada. He also participated in football and track at Indiana Central College.

Born Dec. 21, 1926, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Charles and Ruth McDonald Burleson, both of whom preceded him in death. On May 13, 1951, in Brownstown, Ind., he married Catherine Ann Sommers, and they were married for 60 years. She survives in Bloomington.

Other survivors include two sons, Thomas (Deborah) Burleson and Jay Scott Burleson, both of Indianapolis; one daughter, Jan Carol Boyer, Indianapolis; four brothers, Richard Burleson, Arkansas, Charles Burleson, Bowling Green, Ind., and Ted (Pat) Burleson and Roger (Polly) Burleson, both of Arkansas; four sisters, Juanita Hedrick, Colorado, Edna Osborne and Jayne (Ralph) Brown, both of Arkansas, and Glenda Sue Stowinsky, Spencer, Ind.; four grandchildren, Courtney Boyer, Michael Boyer, Nicholas Burleson and Joan Burleson; and brothers-in-law, Dave (Sue) Sommers and Louis (Darlene) Sommers, both of Brownstown; and a sister-in-law, Helen Goen, Brownstone.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Edward Burleson, and two sisters, Ruby and Ellen.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery at Brownstown. Full military rites were accorded by American Legion Post 89, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam Veterans 7, all of Seymour, Ind.

Memorial donations may be made to Marion G. Burelson Scholarship Fund through Spurgeon Funeral Home, P.O. Box 143, Brownstown, IN 47220.

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Suzanne Clark

Suzanne Clark, 61, sister-in-law of Judy Lloyd of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 14, 2011, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A celebration of her life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Crestview United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, with Rev. Linda Elford officiating. An online guestbook is available at www.higgibothamfuneralservice.com.

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Sylvia Ileen Clements

Sylvia Ileen Clements, 85, of Jonesboro, formerly of Washington, D.C., died Oct. 12, 2011, at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock.

Born March 13, 1926, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Marvin and Julia Clements. She had worked for the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C., and moved to Jonesboro in 2003, after several years of retirement. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Washington and had attended First Baptist Church in Jonesboro and Ravenden Baptist Church.

She attended classes at George Washington University and was a member of the Retired Federal Employees, the National Secretaries Association and AARP.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Clements.

Survivors include two brothers, Gerald C. Clements and wife Marie, Pocahontas, and Bobby B. Clements and wife Betty, Ravenden; and two sisters, Barbara C. Hessenauer and husband Carl, Ravenden, and Zepha C. Schultz, Cherokee Village.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ravenden Baptist Church with John Stoll and Frank Castillo officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to Ravenden Baptist Church or the Northeast Arkansas Food Bank at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

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Nye Lottis Garner Cureton

Nye Lottis Garner Cureton, 87, of Cash, a former schoolteacher at Strawberry, died Oct. 16, 2011. A celebration of her life will be held today at 10 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial will be in Johnson Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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John Mickey Davis Sr.

John Mickey Davis Sr., 61, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Hartsville, S.C., died Oct. 13, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 24, 1950, in Darlington, S.C., he was the son of the late Vernon W. and Susie Farmer Davis.

He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Rosa Lee O'Neal Davis, whom he married Feb. 10, 1967, in Hartsville; two daughters, Donna Kay Self, Hartsville, and Susan M. Davis, Walnut Ridge; two sons, John M. Davis Jr., Hartsville, and Timothy Brent Davis Sr., Pocahontas; a brother, Danny Ray Davis, Hartsville; a sister, Rebecca Davis, Hartsville; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Higginbotham Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

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Shelby Glowdean Fisher

Shelby Glowdean Fisher, 74, of Smithville, died Oct. 12, 2011, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 5, 1937, in Hoxie, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ada Arvella Hutsell and Tolbert Thomas Bookout; and three brothers, Troy Bookout, Melvin Bookout and Bill Bookout.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby J. Fisher, whom she married March 2, 1959; a daughter, Deborah Sipa and husband John, Jonesboro; a sister, Glenda Kelly, Norwich, Kan.; two granddaughters, Linsey Sipa and Britney Sipa; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 12:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Steve Sipa, A.J. Sipa, Keith Fisher, Joe Fisher, Doug Holmes and Verlyn Holmes.

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

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Ruby Haigwood

Ruby Mae Elizabeth Robinson Haigwood, 83, of Newport, died Oct. 11, 2011, in Batesville.

Born Sept. 5, 1928, at Egypt, she was the daughter of James Franklin and Myrtle May Easley Robinson Pinkston. She worked as a nurse's aide for several years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Surrounded Hill Landmark Missionary Baptist Church at Macks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adrin Haigwood; two brothers, Roy Robinson and Carl Robinson; and a sister, Dorothy Marshall.

Survivors include two sons, Don Robinson, Bryant, and Charles "Chuck" Haigwood, Heber Springs; three daughters, Cathy Beesley, Newport, Phyllis Fuller, Grubbs, and Belinda Deason, Oil Trough; 13 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Shawn Haigwood, Mark Wilson, Perry Wilson, Davie Wilhite, Keith Willis and Jim Fuller. Honorary pallbearers were Royce Beesley, Anthony Deason, Evan Freeman, Blake Freeman, Colton Willis, Harley Westfall, Alex Wilson, Daimyan Wilson, Royce Robinson, Hayden Hiagwood.

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

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Troy Ray Henson

Troy Ray Henson, of Poplar Bluff, Mo., died Oct. 17, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

A 1964 graduate of Black Rock High School, he was visiting his mother in Smithville when he suffered a massive stroke.

Funeral will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Fowler-Sullivan Funeral Home in Neeleyville, Mo.

Visitation is Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Daphene Mize Hughes

Daphene Mize Hughes, 78, of Canfield, Ohio, died Oct. 11, 2011, at her home.

Born Aug. 2, 1933, at Calamine, she was the daughter of Tolah and Mildred Campbell Mize. She was a 1951 graduate of Strawberry High School and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Leland E. Mize.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Vernon Hughes, whom she married April 14, 1956; a son; two daughters; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Mary B. Mize, Strawberry.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in New Springfield, Ohio. Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home of Youngstown, Ohio, had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at www.vaschak-kirilafh.com.

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Stephen Jackson Lawson

Stephen Jackson Lawson, 45, of Strawberry, died Oct. 17, 2011, at Lynn.

Born Feb. 7, 1966, in Walnut Ridge, he worked as a pipe fitter and welder. He was a member of Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cleo Jackson Lawson; his stepfather, Kenny Tidwell; and his grandparents, Glen and Ruby Lawson and Bovay Allen.

Survivors include his wife, Helena Lawson, Magness; twin sons, Daniel Stephen Lawson and Dillon Jackson Lawson, both of Cave City; a daughter, Brook Louise-Mae Lawson, Cave City; four stepdaughters, Kayla Pearcy, Kansas City, Mo., and Brea Young, Cera Young and Dreaci Young, all of Magness; his mother, Judy Allen Lawson Tidwell, Saffell; a sister, Dawn Barkley and husband Doug, Jonesboro; and his grandmother, Helen Allen, Saffell.

Graveside service is Friday at 3 p.m. at Union Cemetery in Saffell with Bros. Curt Howard and Larry Etheridge officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

No visitation is planned.

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Louella Morgan

Louella Nattie Morgan, 80, of Smithville, died Oct. 14, 2011.

Born April 21, 1931, she was the daughter of Walter and Lettie Green.

Survivors include two daughters, Eva Tunstall, Sulphur Rock, and Mary Lou Gentry, Florida; four sons, Roy Morgan, Smithville, Clifton Morgan, Michigan, James Morgan, Kansas, and Robert Morgan, Batesville; two brothers, Edward Greene, Smithville, and Bedford "Judd" Greene, Tyronza; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Wilson's Tyronza Funeral Home. Burial was in Tyronza Cemetery.

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Mary Jo Scott

Mary Jo Scott, 51, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 17, 2011, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 23, 1959, in Jonesboro, she was a homemaker and taught Children's Church at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Edward Holder.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Scott; two daughters, Mary Scott, of the home, and Jennifer Allen and husband Robie, Walnut Ridge; her mother, Generee Harris Holder, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Johnny Holder and wife Twila, Walnut Ridge, and Billy Ed Holder and wife Debbie, Pocahontas; three sisters, Jennie Adkins and Vivian Holder, both of Walnut Ridge, and Tommie Sue Rains and husband Edward, Cash; and two grandchildren, Jordan Scott and Allison Allen.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. Burial will be in Noblel Cemetery, near Brookland, under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Friday at the church from noon until time of the service.

Donations may be made to House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge, P.O. Box 166, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Virginia Mae Sharp

Virginia Mae Sharp, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 17, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Dec. 2, 1941, in Hoxie, she was a retired cafeteria worker for Hoxie School and was of the Assembly of God belief.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie and Marie Morris Blazer.

Survivors include four sons, Wayne Gray and wife Janey, Delaplaine, David Gray, Hoxie, Mike Sharp and wife Kim, Jacksonville, Fla., and Steve Sharp and wife Holly, Maynard; two sisters, Shirley Robins, Walnut Ridge, and Janice Bonner, Pocahontas; two brothers, Jim Blazer and John Blazer, both of Hoxie; six grandchildren, Josh Gray, Melissa Gray, Amanda Sharp Oneil, Steven Ingles, Saina Sharp and Sarah Sharp; and a great-grandchild.

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 Rodney Robins, Dennis Robins, Josh Gray, Matt Robins, Cody Bonner and Fred Vanhoozer.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8.

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

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Ann Spencer

Ann "Cookie" Spencer, 64, of Ravenden, died Oct. 17, 2011.

Born Aug. 4, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, she was a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and attended Williams Baptist College. She lived in Lawrence County most of her life and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Allen Spencer; and her father, Richard Homer Dail.

Survivors include her husband, Roscoe Spencer; her mother, Imal Pauline Hepler Dail, Ravenden; two sisters, Janice Mead and husband Wilbur, Julesburg, Colo., and Betty Busby and husband Byron, Pocahontas; and three brothers, Jack Dail and wife Wanda and Larry "Butch" Dail and wife Doris, all of Ravenden, and Ted Dail and wife Cheryl, Black Rock.

Funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Ravenden with Frank Casillas and John Stoll officiating. Burial will be in Dail Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Scotty Dail, Shane Dail, Anthony Dail, Nicholas Dail, Bradley Gilbreth, Zac Gilbreth and Harold Sharp.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Margaret Sue Statler

Margaret Sue Statler, 70, of Imboden, died Oct. 10, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born Dec. 1, 1940, in Blytheville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ves and Evelyn Hobbs; and her grandmother who raised her, Lula Hobbs.

Survivors include her husband, David Statler Sr.; a son, David Statler Jr., Imboden; a daughter, Lacrecia Statler, Austin, Texas; and two grandchildren, Elizabeth Statler and Cody Statler.

Funeral was Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at Imboden Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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

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Gladys Woodson

Gladys Colbert Croom Woodson, 85, of Powhatan, died Oct. 13, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born July 24, 1926, in the Lauratown community, she was the daughter of Hubert and Beulah Wilson Colbert. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was retired from Skil, Inc.

She was preceded in death by a child, Billie Croom; and two brothers, Ray Colbert and Billy Colbert.

Survivors include her husband, David Woodson; two daughters, Teresa Scott, Walnut Ridge, and Melanie Woodson, Fenton, Mo.; three sons, Willie Croom and wife Loretta, Powhatan, Michael Croom and wife Kristi, Black Rock, and Dallas Woodson, St. Louis; a sister, Thelma Davis, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Jack Colbert, Walnut Ridge; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Powhatan Cemetery with Harold Russell officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Billy Croom, Steven Croom, Bradley Croom, Michael Croom, Jim Stevens and Robbie Netrefa.

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

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