November 2, 2011 Edition

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Madison Jo Ann McQuay


Todd ~ Lawrence


Myrle Ryburn Callahan Carl Raymond Cook Esthel Crews/a>
Verdell Deal Barbara Ann Galbreath Christine Gibbs
Helen Latham Glasgow Glodean Huffman Willard Doyle Jenkins
J.D. Johnson James E. Kapales II Charles Kersey
Judy B. Moore Jennings Segraves Arthur Andrew Swan Jr.


Madison Jo Ann McQuay

Matthew and Ashley McQuay of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 22, 2011, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Madison Jo Ann McQuay. She has two brothers, Xavier and Robert Dettmann.

Grandparents are Harold and Karen Woolbright of Hoxie, Mark Ellison of Walnut Ridge, Wendell Bell of Swifton and Rick and Dianne Slagley of Tuckerman.

Great-grandparents are Martha McQuay of Hoxie, Florean Ivy of Walnut Ridge and Shirley Stone and Jerry Bell, both of Swifton.

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Todd ~ Lawrence

Christy Broadway of Black Rock and Mike and Johnda Todd of Avilla, Mo., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Jade Todd, to Lyndon Kyle Lawrence, son of Lynn and Henrietta Lawrence of Ravenden.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jerry and Sharon Broadway of Annieville and Doyle and Ada Todd of Avilla, Mo.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Hulen and Christine Lawrence, who lived at Ravenden, and the late Lennie and Faye Upton, who lived at West Plains, Mo.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. at the Ravenden Church of Christ. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception to follow.

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Myrle Ryburn Callahan

Myrle Ryburn Callahan, 91, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., died Oct. 17, 2011.

Born Dec. 11, 1919, in Elnora, she was the daughter of Thomas Washington and Mary Elizabeth Swinney Ryburn. She was raised in Walnut Ridge and graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1937. She was the last remaining of eight members of the Ryburn family. She was a licensed practical nurse for Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Dr. Joe Hughes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Leland Callahan, in 1991.

Survivors include two sons, James Leland Callahan and wife Paulette, and Samuel Thomas; five grandchildren, Jamie, Michael, Kelly, Tom and Tim; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Visitation is Sunday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Carl Raymond Cook

Carl Raymond Cook, 75, of Powhatan, died Oct. 25, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 30, 1935, in Flint, Mich., he was a retired pinspotter repairman for Frontier Lanes in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Black Rock, where he served as sound technician and was co-chairman of the building and grounds committee.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steven Michael Cook; his parents, Carl and Thelma Howard Cook; and five sisters, Ruth Breckinridge, Alberta Lindsay, Beverly Gysi and twins Patricia McCann and Patsy Helms.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Palmer Cook, whom he married June 12, 1988, in Reno, Nev.; a son, Mark Cook and wife Laura, Chandler, Ariz.; two daughters, Jackie Key and husband Gary, Davison, Mich., and Jane Cook, Phoenix; two stepsons, Andy Ball and wife Suzi, Dewey, Ariz., and David DeBenedetto and wife Danielle, Goodyear, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Tricia Schooley and husband John, Phoenix; a brother, Wayne Cook, Columbiaville, Mich.; two sisters, Maxine Koch and husband Irv, Davison, Mich., and Martha Alberts and husband Carl, Manistee, Mich.; two sisters-in-law, Geneva Williamson and husband Dick and Bernice Gray, all of Powhatan; and 14 grandchildren, Josh Key, Mark Key, Joshua Ball, Brian Ball, Cassie Ball, Sara Schooley, Kevin Schooley, Stacy Schooley, Dominic DeBenedetto, Elias DeBenedetto, Cydney Cook, Alex Cook, Tricia Cook, and Danny Cook.

Graveside service was Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Esthel Crews

Esthel Crews, 95, of Saffell, died Oct. 27, 2011, at a Cave City nursing home.

Born May 24, 1916, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Frank and Claudia Crays Davidson. She was a homemaker and the oldest living member of Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil "Buss" Crews; a son, Henry Ray Crews; a brother, Jim Davidson; and a sister, Teddy Mae Burchfield.

Survivors include a grandson, Jackie Crews and wife Wendy, Saffell; a granddaughter, Resa Bolin and husband Todd, Batesville; three great-grandchildren, Tyler Ray Crews, Lindsey Renee Crews and Stephanie Rae Bolin; a great-great-grandson; and a daughter-in-law, Clara Nell Crews, Saffell.

Funeral was Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell with Bro. Stanley Vandergrift and Jerry Burchfield officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Verdell Deal

Verdell Durham Deal, 79, of Arnold, Mo., formerly of Lawrence County, died Oct. 30, 2011.

Born May 16, 1932, she was the daughter of Audie and Grace Ward Durham.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Deal; a son, Rick Deal; a sister, Ona Jean Bell and a brother, G.W. Durham.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane Bodkins and husband Bill; a sister, Alligene Vandiver and husband John; three brothers, Edward Durham and wife Geneva, Noel Ray Durham and wife Kay, Billy Dean Durham and wife Donna; a sister-in-law, Wilma Durham; and two grandchildren, Jaclyn Bodkin and Ryan Bodkin.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Arnold Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Shepherd Hill Cemetery. Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association. A guestbook is available at

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Barbara Ann Galbreath

Barbara Ann Galbreath, 41, of Minturn, died Nov. 1, 2011, at her home.

Born July 17, 1970, in Jonesboro, she was a homemaker and a member of Faith Tabernacle Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathy Lee Anderson Simmons; and a grandmother, Georgia Anderson.

Survivors include her husband, Bryan Edward Galbreath, whom she married Aug. 1, 2005, in Minturn; a daughter, Ashka Pittman, Minturn; two sons, Joseph Sather, Hoxie, and James Pittman, Minturn; her father, J.R. Webb, Mississippi; two brothers, James Webb, Imboden, and Samuel Webb, Hoxie; three sisters, including Georgina Tedder, Judsonia; and a half-sister, Jeanie Ledesma, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle Church in Hoxie with Rev. Ted Shields officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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Christine Gibbs

Christine Gibbs, 84, of Hoxie, died Oct. 31, 2011, at her home.

Born Jan. 18, 1927, in Swifton, she was the daughter of Henry and Ollie Sullivan Webb. She was a retired assistant manager of sales for Sears, and was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer L. Gibbs, whom she married Aug. 12, 1944; a son, Jim Gibbs; and three brothers, Ewell Webb, Billy Webb and Meolon "Pete" Webb.

Survivors include a daughter, Pat Goodin, Hoxie; a son, Danny Gibbs, Hoxie; a brother, Harold Webb, Swifton; two sisters, Remona Haney, Swifton, and Carolyn Wheeler, Marion; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with Bill Wheeler and David Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Arnold Cemetery, near Swifton, under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rick Myers, Larry King, Marty Harvey, Tim Webb, Bobby Webb and Jeff Webb.

Visitation will be tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Helen Latham Glasgow

Helen Latham Glasgow, 75, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 25, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 6, 1936, in the Stoney Point community in Randolph County, she had worked at Western Sizzlin in Jonesboro for many years.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Bob Golden, Leon Francis and Bruce Glasgow; a son, David Golden Francis; her parents, Herman and Gladys Teel Latham; and a sister, Debbie Latham.

Survivors include a daughter, Rehlinda Francis, Florida; five brothers, Joe Latham and wife Janet, Imboden, Alex Latham and wife Lynda and Andy Latham and wife Phyllis, all of Portia, Mac Latham and wife Judy, Beech Grove; and Paul Latham, Jonesboro; a sister, Peggy Latham Paden and husband Bill, Jonesboro; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro.

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Glodean Huffman

Lola Glodean Huffman, 73, of Swifton, died Oct. 25, 2011.

Born July 6, 1938, in Damascus, she was a longtime member of the Swifton Church of Christ., where she was active on the food committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lola Hedrick; two brothers, Willard Hedrick and Boyce Hedrick; and a sister, Hazel Morgan.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Ferrell and husband Rick, Jonesboro; a son, Ricky Hunt and wife Karen, Diaz; five grandchildren, Leslie Reed, Doug Ferrell, Corey Hunt, Logan Hunt and Ethan Hunt; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Willard Doyle Jenkins

Willard Doyle Jenkins, 76, of Piggott, passed away Oct. 25, 2011, at Piggott Community Hospital.

Born Sept. 9, 1935, in Missouri, he was the son of Carl and Lorene Benson Jenkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Elaine Jenkins.

Survivors include his loving wife, Virginia Sue Fry Jenkins; two sons, Doyle Jenkins Jr. and Troy Allen Jenkins, both of Paragould; a daughter, Rhonda Sue Midgett and husband Jeff, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Eddie Jenkins, Springfield, Mo., and Don Jenkins, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; five sisters, Helen Jenkins and Melv Jenkins, both of Gideon, Mo., Carolyn Blankenship, Kennett, Mo., Marve Wheatley, Indiana, and Linda Rollins, Florida; four grandchildren, Amanda Sanders and Kayle Jenkins, both of Piggott, and Brooke Midgett and Joshua Midgett, both of Walnut Ridge; a great-granddaughter, Gabby Sanders; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Irby Funeral Home in Piggott with Elvis Brandon and Kim Bridges officiating. Burial was in Piggott Cemetery.

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J.D. Johnson

J.D. Johnson, 76, of Black Rock, died Oct. 31, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 13, 1934, in Datto, he was the son of Earl and Ruby Garrett Johnson. He had lived in Lawrence County for the past 37 years and was a member of the Black Rock Church of Christ.

He served three years as a paratrooper and 18 years with the U.S. Coast Guard, and was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the military after 21 years of active service.

He was a member of the Black Rock Lions Club, the Black Rock Masonic Lodge and was the Black Rock City Recorder. He was a former member of the Lawrence County Quorum Court. He was also a private investigator and process server.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, James Johnson, Raymond Johnson and Archie Johnson; and a grandson, Zach Rylant.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Johnson; two daughters, Suzan Johnson, Paragould, and Julie Crowder, Houston, Texas; a son, J.D. Johnson II, Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Earlene Melton, Kennett, Mo.; a brother, Carl Johnson, Paragould; and three grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Steve Prestidge, Tim Wooldridge and Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Dale Freeman, Junior Briner, Phillip Briner, Larry Steele, Daniel Johnson and Jesse Wells.

Visitation is Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Walnut Ridge.

An online guestbook is available at

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James E. Kapales II

James E. Kapales II, 80, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 31, 2011, in Batesville.

Born Nov. 17, 1930, in Hoxie, he was the son of James Eugene Sr. and Bertha Mae Ward Kapales. He was a U.S. Army National Guard veteran and a member of the Church of Christ. He was a farmer and was retired from the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Aileen A. Kapales; two brothers, William Leo Kapales and Ervin "Dutch" Kapales; four sisters, Evelyn Thau, Ina Parker, Margaret Miller and an infant sister, Helen Kapales; and a grandson, Bobby James Knatcal.

Survivors include a son, James Eugene Kapales III, Walnut Ridge; four daughters, Sharon Holmes, Richardson, Texas, Karen Knatcal and Patsy House, both of Batesville, and Aleta Sue Spencer, Sebring, Fla.; a sister, Christine McCarroll, Chesterfield, Ind.; 15 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Qualls Batesville Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

No visitation is planned.

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Charles Kersey

Charles "Pepaw" Kersey, 91, of Jonesboro, died Oct. 26 at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born in Zent, he had lived in Jonesboro since 1941. He was a retired miller from Riceland Foods after working for 35 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, camping and playing cards with family and friends. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Leotha Kersey of the home; his children, Darrell Ray Kersey Sr., Bee Branch, Jerry Kersey, Jonesboro, Annetta Sharp, Cherokee Village; his brother, Roy Kersey, Zent; and his sisters, Pauline Geater, Germantown, Mary Lou Nichols, Aubrey, and Helen Goodman, Brinkley. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Debra Walker, Durane Walters, Charlie Kersey, Angee Jones, Jarrod Kersey, Jeremy Kersey, Seani Gibson, Joshua Kersey, Autumn Thetford and Laissa Kersey; 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Roscoe and Lula Katherine Britton Kersey; a son, Bill Kersey; a grandson, Darrell Ray Kersey Jr.; and nine brothers and sisters.

Funeral was Sunday at Emerson Memorial Chapel at 2 p.m. with Larry Walker officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Jeremy Kersey, Jarrod Kersey, Kelley Thomas Walters, Joshua Kersey, Matthew Walker, Jonas Kersey, Clayton Kersey and Tyler Dawson. Honorary pallbearers were Keith Summers, Lonnie Schales, Bill Stallings and Leon Sharp.

The family would like to give special thanks to Drs. Brannon Treece, James Ameika, Tomasz Majewski, the second floor nurses and rehab staff at St. Bernards Medical Center and Extended Family Home Health staff for the loving care they gave during the long illness.

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Judy B. Moore

Judy B. Moore, 61, of Bald Knob, died Oct. 28, 2011, at her home.

Born Nov. 16, 1949, in Berrien Springs, Mich., she was the daughter of Pete and Sadie Ellen McCarty Moore. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca "Becky" Dunn and Wendy Halfacre, both of Bald Knob; three sons, Vernon Ullery and Michael Horton, both of Paragould, and Christopher Horton, Niles, Mich.; a brother, Frank Moore, Niles, Mich.; a sister, Jane Springer, Indiana; and nine grandchildren.

Arrangements will be announced by Bryan Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jennings Segraves

Jennings "Jack" Segraves died Oct. 27, 2011, in Avon Park, Fla., at the age of 86. He was born on Aug. 17, 1925, in Lynn to Floyd and Gertha Segraves.

He is survived by one brother, Joe Segraves, and pre-deceased by two sisters, Lucille Gifford and Floydell Casper. He is also survived by his children, Jennings "Jen" Segraves Jr. (Treece) of Avon Park, Fla., Jeanne White (Steve) of Bowling Green, Ky., John Segraves of Avon Park, Fla., and Debbie Brittain Remonte (Bob) of DeSoto, Texas.

When Jack was 9 years old, he made his first hamburger that was sold in his Dad's hamburger joint. At 15, after his Dad died, he went to Pocahontas to work in a CCC camp for a year. Jack worked in a hotel kitchen in Pine Bluff when he was 17, where he met his future wife. After meeting him for the first time, she said to her sister, "There is the man I am going to marry!" They wrote letters when Jack left for the service.

He went to basic training in Fort Sill, Okla., and then "desert" training in Colorado Springs, Colo. There he experienced sleeping with his head under a mule saddle, covered with snow. He shipped out to Burma and China, where he worked with a mule pack as part of the Mars Task Force. He left Shanghi on Jan. 1, 1946, to return to the States, leaving the Army as a 20-year-old Staff Sergeant.

In May of 1946, he married Floy Jean Ford and settled in El Dorado. He worked in and then managed "Woody's Grill" until he bought his own restaurant, "The Coffee Cup," in 1968.

After his first wife died, he married Betty Brittain in 1978 and moved to Avon Park, Fla., Jack worked as a food service manager in Avon Park Correctional Institute until his retirement in 1990. His wife passed away in 1999. Jack has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Jack was a member of the Church of Christ and had a life-long enjoyment of vegetable gardening.

He will be interred at Arlington Cemetery in El Dorado. In lieu of flowers, please give contributions to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908.


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Arthur Andrew Swan Jr.

Arthur Andrew Swan Jr., 78, of Swifton died Oct. 30, 2011, after a battle with cancer.

Born Sept. 1, 1933, at Tuckerman, he was the son of Arthur "Bud" Andrew Sr. and Beulah Brown Swan. He was retired from factory and farm work and was of the Assembly of God belief.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bertha Lintz and Agnes Hendrix.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Virginia Ross Swan, whom he married Oct. 1, 1953; a son, Ricky Swan and wife Kathy, Newport; a daughter, Pat Swan Looney and husband Steve, Oil Trough; two sisters, Ann Eagan and husband Jerry and Gladys Jacobs and husband George, all of Tuckerman; three grandchildren, Zack Swan, Tyler Swan and Brittany Looney Sullins; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral will be today at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Zack Swan, Tyler Swan, Erik Sullins, Greg Clark, Jerry Cremeans and Albert Hendrix.

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