November 16, 2011 Edition

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Births

Scarlett Leigh Golden Elayna Jade Ann Rickey

Obituaries

Ruth Thomen Boyd Lorene Case Darrell Glenn Colburn/a>
Troy Coleman Georgia R. Dunham Billy Jeff Fry
Michael Eugene Gavin Thomas George Opal Loraine Hutton
Emma Willene Jarrett Mary E. Keller Herbert Franklin McCall
Pearl Mitchell Debra Jean Ragsdell Glenda Omega Rice
Elzine Sloan Michael Ross Tompkins Chester Waldrupe
Truman Ward Thomas C. Whitlow Harold Wayne Wiles

Births

Scarlett Leigh Golden

Brent and Jennifer Golden of West Monroe, La., have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, on Nov. 11, 2011.

The baby weighed seven pounds, six ounces, and has been named Scarlett Leigh Golden.

Grandparents are Howard Golden of Hoxie and Judy Pickney Brannon of Farmerville, La.

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Elayna Jade Ann Rickey

Charles Vernon and Nicole Elizabeth Ann Brown Rickey of Siloam Springs have announced the birth of a daughter on Sept. 23, 2011, at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed eight pounds, eight ounces and has been named Elayna Jade Ann Rickey.

She has two older brothers, Noah Rickey, five, and Wyatt Rickey, two.

Grandparents are Charles and Gaye Rickey of Black Rock and Stephen and Michelle Bruce of Cherokee Village.

She is the great-granddaughter of Bill and Mary Hibbard and Zuma Rickey, all of O'Kean, Dottie Brown of Cherokee Village and Harold and Bobbie Bruce of Powhatan and the great-great-granddaughter of Anna Osterdyk of Mora, Minn.

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Obituaries

Ruth Thomen Boyd

Ruth Evelyn Thomen Boyd, 66, of Waxahachie, Texas, died Nov. 10, 2011.

Born Aug. 12, 1945, at Delaplaine, she was a graduate of Crowley's Ridge Junior College in Paragould, and Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. She was a registered nurse and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Basil and Lois Rice Thomen; an infant sister, Alice Faye Thomen; and her grandparents, William and Pearl Davis Thomen, and Thomas and Emma Forehand Rice.

Survivors include her husband, Milton Conrad Boyd; two daughters, Krista Wysong and husband Raymond, Stephenville, Texas, and Robin Thomas and husband Bert, Wauksha, Wis.; a son, William Fly and wife Diana, Hutto, Texas; and six grandchildren, Savanna, Rayleigh, Dustin, Aaron, Kade and Kori.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at Delaplaine Baptist Church, with a final memorial at Brownie Cemetery in Peach Orchard. Wayne Boze Funeral Home of Waxahachie has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the missions fund or the women's ministry fund at Waxahachie Bible Church or to a local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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

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Lorene Case

A celebration of life service for Lorene Case was held at Hill Crest Memorial Chapel on Nov. 13, 2011, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Melton Prothro and Rev. Gevan Spinney officiating the service.

Lorene Case was a member of First Baptist Church in Haughton, La.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl M. Case; her parents; and four siblings.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Case Covington and husband Louis, Haughton, La., and Peggy Case Worthington and husband Ralph, Midland, Texas; three grandchildren, Vickie Lynn Doss and husban Zach, Midland, Texas, Casey Covington and wife Lacie, Little Rock, and Jordan Covington, Haughton, La.; and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and June Doss.

Our mother was symbolized by the eagle. She has been strong in her passions, tough in her determination and passionate about excelling in every activity. Our mother did not know the word "average." As a teenager, she excelled as an athlete with high school basketball and track records which stand unbeaten to this date. She competed in the 1932 Olympic tryouts against the famous Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Mother went on to play professional ladies basketball with the Redheads and later became the first woman licensed referee in the state of Missouri.

She retired after 35 years as a P.E. and classroom teacher in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie school systems in Northeast Arkansas. As a P.E. teacher, she fought each and every year for the allocation of funding and programs for women's athletics. She began a second career at the age of 60 as an Advocate Director for the Elderly and retired after 12 years of service.

She was a unique and special lady who both earned and demanded respect. She gave her best and expected the same from others. She made a difference in the world and awaited her Lord and Master's invitation to come home.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to her caregivers, Helen and Heide Greene, and Susan Burke; and the staff at Horizon Bay Assisted Living in Bossier City, La.

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

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Darrell Glenn Colburn

Darrell Glenn Colburn, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 10, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 19, 1940, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carrie Colburn; his parents, Carl and Trellis Alexander Colburn; and a sister, Inez Moody.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Colburn; five sons, Samuel Colburn and Bobby Gates, both of Hoxie, Tommy Colburn, Columbus, Ga., Matthew Colburn, Paragould, and Joe Johnson, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Tammy Winfrey, Walnut Ridge, and Mendy Ozbun, Bono; two sisters, Treva Kelley, Searcy, and Wanda Johnson, Jonesboro; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

A memorial service was held Monday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Rob Combs officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Troy Coleman

Troy Dolford Coleman, 74, of Bono, passed away Nov. 12, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Nov. 10, 1937, at Lake City, to Elmer Coleman and Frances Marcella Glasco Coleman Chandler. Troy was a retired Texaco distributor wholesaler and served in the U.S. Army Reserve during the Korean Conflict. He attended Oak Grove Baptist Church, loved flying and working with heavy equipment. He was also an avid horse lover.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Terry Ray Coleman.

Survivors include his loving wife, Jamie Coleman; a son, Andrew (Julie) Coleman, Paris, Tenn.; two daughters, Leslie (Greg) Williams, Mountain Home, and Teresa (David) Best, Bono; two stepson, Rick (Donna) Davis, Jonesboro, and Doyne (Stephanie) Davis, Walnut Ridge; a stepdaughter, Karen (Tommy) Reed, Pocahontas; grandchildren, Tessa and Tyler Williams, Stephanie and Chelsea Best, and Dylan Coleman; stepgrandchildren, Makenzie and Brooklyn Reed, Colby Reed, Austin Radcliff, Emily Davis, Colton Davis, Caden Davis, Will and Wyatt Davis; a great grandson, Chance Williams; a half brother, James Coleman; and two aunts, Hilda Goff of Bono and Hazel Maxwell of Jonesboro.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Wynndel King officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Cemetery at Bono.

Memorials may be made to John 3:16 Ministries, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte, AR 72522.

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

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Georgia R. Dunham

Georgia R. Dunham, 88, of Jonesboro, mother of Russell Dunham of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 12, 2011, at Skilcare Nursing Center. Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Trinity Cemetery near Bono with Rev. Ken Winningham officiating. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.emersonfuneralhome.com.

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Billy Jeff Fry

Billy Jeff Fry, 86, of Osceola, died Nov. 9, 2011, in Osceola.

Born March 9, 1925, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Cicero and Letha Fry. He was a World War II Navy veteran, receiving three Bronze Stars. He attended Moler Barber College and was a barber in Osceola for 58 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Osceola.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene Fry and Joseph Fry.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Sarah K. "Cat" Fry; a son, Larry Fry, Tupelo, Miss.; a daughter, Patricia Hayes and husband Ricky, Gillett; a brother, Delmas Fry, Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Whitney Geisler, Dana Hayes, McCrea Fry and Jay Hunter Fry; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola. Burial was in Mississippi County Memorial Gardens.

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

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Michael Eugene Gavin

Michael Eugene Gavin, 58, of Strawberry, died Nov. 11, 2011, in Strawberry.

Born Nov. 5, 1953, in Davenport, Fla., he moved to Strawberry in 1982 and was an auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, H.L. and Marion Lanetta Manning Gavin; and a brother, David Gavin.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Gavin; three daughters, Jeannie Massey and husband Kent, Neosho, Mo., Cindy Gonzalez, Lake Wells, Fla., and Laura Kent and husband Christopher, Mt. View; three sons, Chucky Gavin and wife Crystal, Strawberry, Michael Gavin Jr. and wife Jessica, Haines City, Fla., and Joseph Gavin, Batesville; three sisters, Talla Gilley, Winter Haven, Fla., Wanda Beasley, Davenport, Fla., and Charlotte Sever, Lake Wells, Fla.; two brothers, H.L. Gavin Jr., Cord, and Theron Gavin, Bald Knob; 25 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Mitch Bell and Roger Randolph officiating. The body will be cremated.

Pallbearers were John Jarvis, Christopher Kent, Kent Massey, Timothy Robison, Tom Sailor and Bobby Castillo.

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

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Thomas George

Thomas Jefferson "T-Bone" George, 81, of Mountain View, died Nov. 14, 2011.

Born Dec. 29, 1929, in Alco, he was the son of William Page and Ida Minick George. He was a riverboat captain from 1953 to 1990.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Leah Emogene Hugg.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Romine George; a daughter, Debi Segraves and husband David; a son, Norman George; a brother, Bill George and wife Lavon; two sisters, Wayne Parker, and Pat Reviere and husband René; two granddaughters, DeSha' Mills and Marisa Rector; and six great-grandchildren.

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

A visitation will be held tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Mountain View. A local visitation will be held Thursday from noon until time of the service.

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

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Opal Loraine Hutton

Opal Loraine Hutton, 95, of Manila, died Nov. 15, 2011, at her home.

Born in Manila, she was the daughter of Ben and Ida Jackson Rice. She and her husband had lived in California and Texas before returning to Northeast Arkansas in the 1950s. They lived in the Walnut Ridge and Hoxie area for several years before moving back to Manila in 2002.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vaughn Hutton; a brother, Ancil Rice; and a sister, Harriet Schultz.

Survivors include two brothers, J.B. Rice and Murel Rice, both of Manila; and a sister, Edith Nau, Flint, Mich.

Graveside service will be Thursday at Manila Cemetery with Rev. William Piercy officiating. Howard Funeral Service of Manila has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until time of the service at the funeral home.

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

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Emma Willene Jarrett

Emma Willene Jarrett, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 13, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 27, 1923, at Clover Bend, she was the daughter of William and Emma Cooper Graham. She was a certified nurses assistant at Lawrence Hall and a homemaker. She was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dwain Jarrett, on July 12, 2010, whom she married in 1972; two brothers, Joseph Millard and Robert Graham; and two sisters, Sybil Safley and Ruby Willfond.

Survivors include two sons, Bill Hackworth and wife Paula, Portia, and Scott Hackworth and wife Patty, Cameron, N.C.; three grandchildren, Brittney Barnett, Lisa Morgan and Pashia Hampton; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Smith officiating. Burial will be in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Mary E. Keller

Mary E. "Twiggy" Keller, 69, of Smithville, died Nov. 14, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born July 21, 1942, in Cash, she was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sethley Lloyd and Wilcie Lee Riley.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathy Craig, Smithville; a sister, Glenda Samson; a brother, Floyd Lamb; and three grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. David Webb officiating. Burial will be in Manning #2 Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from noon until time of the service.

Friends and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

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McCall service

Herbert Franklin "Sonny" McCall, 71, of Missouri City, Texas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 5, 2011.

In celebration of his life, lunch and a memorial service will be shared by family and friends Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Don's Steakhouse in Walnut Ridge. Burial will follow at Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Pearl Mitchell

Pearl Allene Mitchell, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 9, 2011, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 5, 1925, in the Clearlake community, she was the daughter of Arthur and Annie Lee Dill Sluder. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church. She worked as bookkeeper for Mitchell's Gulf for over 25 years.

She was preceded in death by a son, Mitch; two brothers; and a sister.

Survivors include her husband, Jewel A. Mitchell, whom she married Feb. 10, 1945; a daughter, Sandra Mitchell Snodgrass, Joplin, Mo.; and a grandson, Ronald Spencer Jr.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Chapel. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Phillip Midkiff, Tom Sloan, J.R. Cox, John Phillips, Jerry Gibbens and Phillip Tolson.

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

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Debra Jean Ragsdell

Debra Jean Ragsdell, 57, of O'Kean, died Nov. 12, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 4, 1954, in Walnut Ridge, she was a former mayor of O'Kean. She was a beautician and was of the Free Will Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Ragsdell, on Oct. 20, 2009, whom she married Dec. 19, 1970; and her parents, Bobby and Norma Smith Gentry.

Survivors include a son, Brandon Ragsdell and wife Angela, O'Kean; a brother, Bobby Joe Gentry, O'Kean; a sister, Kathy Dean and husband Jeral, O'Kean; four grandchildren, Brandon Eric Ragsdell, Shon Ragsdell, Courtney Ragsdell and Erica Cheatham; two great-grandchildren; and a close family friend, Jerry Nash, O'Kean.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Jeral Dean officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Brian Dean, B.J. Gentry, Heath Eubanks, Cheyenne Jones, Timothy James and Colton Wilson.

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

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Glenda Omega Rice

Glenda Omega Rice, 72, of Pocahontas, mother of Vicky Mitchell of Imboden, died Nov. 9, 2011, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Burial was Sunday in Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Elzine Sloan

Elzine Sloan, 86, of Walnut Ridge, passed away, Monday, November 14, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 31, 1925, at Denton, she was the daughter of Orville and Elsie Matthews Oldham. She was a homemaker, devoted loving mother and wife and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Walnut Ridge.

She was united in marriage to James E. Sloan III on July 25, 1946, who preceded her in death Aug. 7, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Walto Oldham and O. D. Oldham.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Dane Sloan of Walnut Ridge and David Clay Sloan and wife Penny Kay of Walnut Ridge; two step-grandchildren, Haley Osburn and Zack Osburn of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Myra Ballard and husband Jerry of Walnut Ridge; and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Debbie Spangler officiating. Private family burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Frank Oldham, Mr. Jerry Ballard, Mr. Dan Sloan, Mr. Kelly Sloan, Mr. Mike Sloan, Mr. Pat Sloan and Mr. Walker Sloan.

Visitation is Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.

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Michael Ross Tompkins

Michael Ross Tompkins, 38, of Lee's Summit, Mo., died Nov. 7, 2011. Graveside service was Friday at Bradford Cemetery near Williford. Speaks Suburban Chapel of Independence, Mo., had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to Bradford Cemetery or to the American Cancer Society. An online guestbook is available at www.speakschapel.com.

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Chester Waldrupe

Chester Waldrupe, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 15, 2011, at his home.

Arrangements will be announced by House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at www.housegregg.fh.com.

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Truman Ward

Burros "Truman" Ward, 80, of Griffith, Ind., formerly of Strawberry, died Nov. 3, 2011.

He was a U.S. Marine veteran and a member of American Legion Post 66 and the DAV Chapter 17 in Hammond, Ind. He retired from LTV Steel after 27 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Owen Ward.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Thelma Ward; a daughter, Lonie Rich and husband Bill, Hebron, Ind.; two brothers, Wayne Ward and wife Nina, and Jim Ward and wife Showko; four grandchildren, Angela Wickstrom, Teresa Cox, Jimmy Ewen and Kelly Ewen; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday, Nov. 7, at White Funeral Home in Griffith. Burial was in Memory Lane Cemetery at Schererville, Ind.

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

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Thomas C. Whitlow

Thomas C. "Tom" Whitlow, 64, of Saffell, died Nov. 11, 2011, in a Batesville hospital.

Born Aug. 20, 1947, at Strawberry, he was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph "Pink" and Dolly Honeycutt Whitlow.

Survivors include his companion, Patty Huskey; three sons, Jimmy Whitlow, Sulphur Rock, Tracey Whitlow, Little Rock, and James Huskey, Springdale; a daughter, Tammy Whitlow, Iowa; two brothers, Rickey Whitlow, Yellville, and Gary Whitlow, Strawberry; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell with Bro. Stanley Vandergrift officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Wendell Saffell, Ronald Saffell, David Allen, Mitch Bell, Shane Watts and Scott Durham. Honorary pallbearers were Perry Bell, Lloyd Lackey, Danny West, David West and James Huskey.

Memorials may be made to the Tom Whitlow family, c/o Patty Huskey.

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Harold Wayne Wiles

Harold Wayne Wiles, 63, of Egypt, died Nov. 11, 2011, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 2, 1948, in Stuart, he lived in Egypt most of his life. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked for Colson Casters in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Gertie Bradley Wiles; a sister, Beatrice Burnside; and an infant brother, Vernon Wiles.

Survivors include two sisters, Shirley Hon, Egypt, and Pat Lamb, Imboden; a niece, Cheyenne Black, Egypt; three nephews, Darrell Passmore, Walnut Ridge, Shannon Passmore, Imboden, and Michael Burnside, Jonesboro; and his dog, Buddy.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Wiles Cemetery, near Ash Flat, with G.W. Allison officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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