December 14, 2011 Edition

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Obituaries

Cynthia K. Bagwell Bob Bolien Oscar Croom
John L. Cummings Floyd Dunham Jr. Thelma Jean Hacker
Elizabeth Holder Julia A. Huskey William Henry Jones
Donna Taylor Jordan Pauline Matthews Cloetta Booth Mullen
Louise Rainwater Ponder William Nelson Purdy Beulah Izez Ragsdale
David Lee Sifford Larry Blake Sisk Kathryn Ann Smelser

Obituaries

Cynthia K. Bagwell

Cynthia K. Bagwell, 61, of Black Rock, died Dec. 10, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 5, 1950, in Tallahassee, Fla., she was the daughter of the late Ovid Boone II and Gladuis Ruminor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Bagwell.

Survivors include a daughter, Candy Roderick, Walnut Ridge; two sons, Dwain William Bagwell and David Midgett, both of Walnut Ridge; a stepson, Jimmy Bagwell Jr., Newport; a sister, Robin Reinstra; three brothers, Steven Boone, Michael Boone and Ovid Boone III; and six grandchildren, Michael Story, Justin Story, William David Midgett, Danellie Deham, Rebecca Bagwell and Austin Bagwell.

There will be no services.

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Bob Bolien

Bob Bolien, 73, of Ravenden Springs, died Dec. 7, 2011, at his home.

Born Nov. 24, 1938, at O'Kean, he was the son of the late Alvin and Georgia Judd Bolien.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Bolien and Ray Bolien; and a sister, Carolyn Bolien Brannon.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Bolien; three sons, including Tommy Bolien, McAlester, Okla.; three daughters, including Linda Anderson, Bristol, Tenn.; four stepsons, James Parsons, Allen Catron, Mike Catron and Curtis Catron; a stepdaughter, Cynthia Fry; two sisters, Imogene King and Beverly Silers, both of Texarkana; 27 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is available at www.taylor-coxfuneralhome.com.

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Oscar Croom

Oscar "Jerry" Croom, 95, died in Hemet, Calif.

Born in the Coffman community, he was the son of Cleo and Ruth Farmer Croom.

He was preceded in death by five siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Hope Croom; a sister, Alice, Georgia; and a brother, Clarence, Michigan.

Burial was in California.

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John L. Cummings

Our beloved Dad, John L. Cummings, of Pocahontas, age 79, passed away December 10, 2011, at St Bernards Hospice. He was surrounded by those who loved him.

Born October 19, 1932 in Viola, he was preceded in death by his parents, John and Zella Cummings; his wife Vee of 51 years; and sisters, Bonnie Self and Kathryn Bolding.

He was the only boy in the family. He had eight sisters who called him "OUR HERO!" He was a professional truck driver. He played guitar and sang professionally. He also spent many hours volunteering his talents at nursing homes and benefits.

Survived by daughter, Dee Lynn (Bill) Durgan of Vancover, Wash.; sons, Kevin (Carla) Cummings of Blaine, Minn., Shane Cummings of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Summer, Ryan, Toby, Jonathan, Emily, Katie, Ariel, John and Eric; great-grandchild, Maddox; sisters, Imogene Drum of Marshall, Ill., Murlene Parman of Rochester, Ind., Juanita (Thomas) Winslow of Maynard, Zella Beaman of Ceres, Calif., Dorothy Osburn of Black Rock, and Patricia (Jerry) Milligan of Springfield, Mo.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

John L. was special in so many ways-we were all privileged to have been part of his life. Memories will keep him alive in our hearts AWAYS!!!

A celebration of his life will be held at The First Assembly of God in Black Rock on December 17 at 1 p.m., with a gathering for family and friends afterward.

-paid

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Floyd Dunham Jr.

Floyd William "Frosty" Dunham Jr., 84, of Newport, died Dec. 7, 2011, at his home.

Born June 29, 1927, in Jackson County, he was the son of Floyd and Stella Dunham. He retired from Ferrell Gas after 35 years of service. After retirement, he became a handyman, doing carpentry work.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Dunham.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Gail Dunham; and a sister, Barbara Coble, Newport.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Ryan Wilson and Robert Davis officiating. Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport had charge of arrangements.

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

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Thelma Jean Hacker

Thelma Jean Hilburn Hacker, 84, of Portia, died Dec. 12, 2011, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Jan. 10, 1927, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of James Homer and Dora Swindle Hilburn. She had been a member of the Church of Christ for 69 years, and a part of the Portia congregation since 1976.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Clay Hilburn.

Survivors include three brothers, Billy Joe Hilburn and James Danny Hilburn, both of Portia, and Jerry Lee Hilburn, Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Reva Dean Doyle, Pocahontas, and Sharon Rose Turner, Imboden.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Portia Church of Christ with Robert Davis and Gerald Fears officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Turner, Jamie White, Kenny Doyle, Tommy Hilburn, Buddy Hilburn and Jeff Medcalf.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until time of the service.

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Elizabeth Holder

Elizabeth Holder, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 7, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 31, 1924, at Saffell, she was the daughter of Cecil and Hester Sides Terry. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Weldon Holder, whom she married Dec. 1, 1943; a daughter, Peggy Lujan and husband Jesse, San Antonio; a half-sister, Wilodean Schlueter, Walnut Ridge; a half-brother, Bernice Terry, Illinois; a grandson, Anthony Lujan; and four great-grandchildren, A.J, Reagan, Hannah and Easton.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Harris officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were J.R. Cox, Phillip Tolson, Jerry Gibbens, Phillip Midkiff, Dan Ellison and Chris Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were the Ruth's Sunday school class.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

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Julia A. Huskey

Julia A. Huskey, 94, of Saffell, died Dec. 7, 2011, at her home surrounded by her family.

Born Aug. 12, 1917, in Coffman, she was the daughter of the late Lee William and Mary Ellen Freeman Bailey. She was an active member of Saffell Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, gardening, puzzles and cooking. Her favorite was preparing food and having fun with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Edward Huskey; a son, Jerry Lee Huskey; three sisters, Lucy Quarry, JoAlice Davis and Beulah Taylor; and two brothers, Robert Lee Bailey and Frank Bailey.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Carrell Gene and Mildred Huskey, Willie Edward and Eula May Huskey, and Rickey Wayne and Levenia Huskey, all of Strawberry; four daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Jo and Carlton Wann, Paragould, Deborah Suzanne and Denton Penn, Green Valley, Ill., Barbara Lou Broadway, Smithville, and Kathey Rena and Archie Wilson, Jonesboro; a half-sister, Wilene Davis; 25 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive her.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Mike Gaskill officiating. Burial was in Lincoln Ward Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Honored to serve her as pallbearers were Derrick Huskey, Scotty Huskey, Jimmy Huskey, Brett Broadway, David Wann and Tommy Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Huskey, Rusty Huskey, Jeff Huskey, Keith Huskey, Lyle Huskey, Willie Jo Huskey, Corkey Penn and Bart Penn.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lincoln-Ward Cemetery Association, 75 Hwy. 361, Strawberry, AR 72469.

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

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William Henry Jones

William Henry "W.H." Jones, 71, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 6, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 9, 1940, in Ravenden Springs, he lived much of his life in the Walnut Ridge and Jonesboro areas. He served 21 years in the U.S. Army, retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. He was a member and past Master of the Nettleton Masonic Lodge and attended Refuge Baptist Church in Lake City.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Gerald and Lelia Jane Horsman Jones; a brother, Jr. Jones; and a granddaughter, Amanda See.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Evelyn Jones; a daughter, Carla Trotter and husband Donald, Paragould; four sons, Greg Estelle, Huntsville, Ala., Jeffery Jones, Las Cruces, N.M., Jimmy R. Emerson and wife Sally, Jonesboro, and Warren Allen Emerson and wife Sandra, Bay; three brothers, Eddie Jones, Ravenden, Leon Jones, Black Rock, and Bill Jones, Imboden; three sisters, Betty Weiss and Margaret Matthews, both of Imboden, and Phyllis Blackshire, Jerusalem; 11 grandchildren, David See, J.J. Emerson, Stephanie Griffey, Bryan Barnes, Adam Emerson, Matt Emerson, Brittney Culpepper, Rachel Jones, Liren Jones, Jacklyn Jones and Spencer Jones; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Bro. Kevin Barnett officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David See, Bryan Barnes, Adam Emerson, Matt Emerson, James Barnett and Donald Trotter.

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

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Donna Taylor Jordan

Donna Taylor Jordan, 59, of St. Charles, Mo., daughter of the late Joe and Ila Mae Webb Taylor, formerly of Lawrence County, died Dec. 6, 2011. Funeral was Thursday at 3 p.m. at Stygar Mid Rivers Funeral Home in St. Charles. Memorials may be made to Annie's Hope. An online guestbook is available at www.stygar.com.

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Pauline Matthews

Pauline Matthews, 87, of Ravenden Springs, died Dec. 5, 2011, at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab.

Born Aug. 24, 1924, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Franklin and Lottie Kuhn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Matthews Sr.; a son, Jerry Matthews; two infant children; and a brother, Paul Kuhn.

Survivors include her children, Howard Matthews Jr. and wife Cindy, Pocahontas, Bobby Matthews and wife Frances, Patricia Goodsell and husband Tommy and Jackie Matthews and wife Becky, all of Ravenden Springs, Phyllis Roark and husband Danny and Scottie Matthews and wife Sandy, all of Ravenden; and 11 grandchildren, Kevin Matthews, Jason Matthews, Joey Goodsell, Kelly Campbell, Phillip Roark, Jeffrey Roark, Stephanie Andrade, Kim Matthews, Eugene Matthews, Keith Matthews and Jeramy Matthews.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial was in Kuhn/Matthews Cemetery.

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

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Cloetta Booth Mullen

Cloetta Inez Booth Mullen, 89, of Hardy, died Dec. 7, 2011.

Born May 22, 1922, in Williford, she was the daughter of Clen and Ena Beabers Booth. She received a bachelor's degree in teaching from Arkansas State University, a bachelor's degree in elementary education from UALR, and her Master's in library science.

She established and founded the Arkansas Library for the Blind and Handicapped, and was a member of the Catholic faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Gail Davis, Ward, and Vonette Templeton, Jonesboro; a brother, Van Douglas Booth, Melbourne, Fla.; a sister, Linda Furguson, Hardy; three grandchildren, Dr. Vonda Houchin, Dr. Ellen Lawrence and Bill Von Templeton; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home Oak Hill Chapel in Hardy with Father Linus officiating. Burial was in Walker Cemetery at Hardy.

Memorials may be made to the Animal Shelter or American Alzheimers.

An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.net.

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Louise Rainwater Ponder

Laura Louise Rainwater Ponder, 97, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 12, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 13, 1914, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Hugh McGuire and Mary Louisa Weir Rainwater. She was a secretary at Arkla Gas in Walnut Ridge for many years and enjoyed bowling, China painting and working in her yard. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew M. Ponder, on March 29, 1971, whom she married Nov. 14, 1937; three brothers, Robert G. Rainwater, A.W. Rainwater and Dr. E.W. Rainwater; and three sisters, Ida Rainwater, Mary Rainwater and Vida Moore.

Survivors include three nieces, Billee Merguie, Jonesboro, Bonnee Rainwater, Vicksburg, Mich., and Linda Yates, Knoxville, Tenn.; and two nephews, Robert Rainwater, Three Rivers, Mich., and Dr. Gary Rainwater, Crested Butte, Colo.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Cook officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be John David Merguie, Jeff Aulgur, Danny Gibson, John Bland, Terry Ryan and Leonard Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be John Elders, Benson Hart, Gene Brand and Jack Allison.

Visitation will be Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge.

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

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William Nelson Purdy

William Nelson "Bill" Purdy, 81, of San Antonio, died Dec. 4, 2011, in San Antonio.

Born March 11, 1930, in Corning, he was a U.S. Army veteran and served with the U.S. Border Patrol for over 30 years. He was a member of the American Legion and the Fraternal Order of Retired Border Patrol.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Smith Purdy, formerly of Lawrence County; two daughters, Yolanda Mancilla and husband Richard, San Antonio, and Susan Waters and husband Phillip, Austin, Texas; a sister, Tommie Jo Lemmons, Pocahontas; and two granddaughters, Melissa Ilene Mancilla and Dina Mercedes Mancilla.

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Beulah Izez Ragsdale

Beulah Inez Ragsdale, 91, of Trumann, died Dec. 8, 2011, at Trumann Health and Rehab.

Born in Ravenden, she was the daughter of John and Flava Stratin Ragsdale. She was a retired seamstress and a member of Calvary Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother.

Survivors include six nieces, Carolyn McElyea, Barbara Moore, Marion Lancaster, Melissa Herod, Karen Wallace and Viola Willis, all of Trumann; and four nephews, Tony Lancaster, Ralph Moore, Kenneth Lancaster and Keith McElyea.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Thompson Funeral Home in Trumann with Rev. Ricky Forbis officiating. Private burial was in Holly Springs Cemetery at Harrisburg.

An online guestbook is available at www.thompsonfuneralhome.net.

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David Lee Sifford

David Lee Sifford, 56, of Minturn, died Dec. 9, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 27, 1955, in Pocahontas, he was a former employee of Bryan Funeral Home and the City of Hoxie Street Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, TZ and Lola Mae Watts Sifford.

Survivors include a sister, Kathy Sifford, Minturn; and a brother, Jerry Sifford, Ravenden.

Burial was Sunday in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Larry Blake Sisk

Larry Blake Sisk, 59, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 8, 2011, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born April 1, 1952, he was lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of Eli Lindsey Memorial Methodist Church in Smithville. He had worked as a lineman for Southwestern Bell.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Jackson Sisk.

Survivors include his wife, Kaye Sisk; two daughters, Jamie Tillman and Breanna Sisk, both of Walnut Ridge; two sons, Joe Tillman and wife Angel, Conway, and Nathan Henson and wife Amber, Walnut Ridge; his mother, Kathy Sisk, Smithville; a sister, Debbie Gramlich, Bono; and four grandchildren, Matthew Hollister, Teegan Hollister, Eric Tillman and Dylan Tillman.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with John Durham officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery.

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

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Kathryn Ann Smelser

Kathryn Ann Smelser, 59, of Gainesville, Mo., died Dec. 6, 2011, in Austin, Texas.

Born June 28, 1952, in St. Louis, she had lived in Gainesville the past 14 years. She worked at the local movie store for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Marilyn Lamers Davis; a sister, Cheryl Clark; a brother, Melvin Davis Jr.; and a grandson, Kelton Trae.

Survivors include her husband, Boyce Smelser, whom she married Sept. 2, 1969, in Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Amy Graham and Sonja Taylor; two sisters, Judy Davis Goodman and Peggy Davis; a brother, Rodney Davis; a son-in-law, Darren Taylor; and five grandchildren, Cody Graham, Austen Graham, Mason Graham, Zane Taylor and Tagg Taylor.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Gainesville with Bobby Jo Wade officiating. Burial was in Sims Cemetery.

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

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