December 28, 2011 Edition

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Easton Kai Floyd Kyler Hayden Reid


Wanda Helper Bailey Mackenzie Beary Madlyn Blake Cates
Randy B. Dixon Randall Leon Ford Flora Mae Herring
Timmie Ray Lyles Heston Matthews Dora McAlister
Mary Louise McLeod Judy Lynn Roberson Edgar "Coot" Smith


Easton Kai Floyd

Will and Tiffany Floyd of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Oct. 8, 2011, at NEA Baptist in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, three ounces, and has been named Easton Kai Floyd.

Grandparents are Rodney and Lila Floyd of Walnut Ridge and Randy Jones of Hoxie and the late Carrie Jones.

He is the great-grandson of Linda Jones and Freda Foley of Walnut Ridge and Imogene Montgomery of Millington, Tenn.

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Kyler Hayden Reid

Hailey and Steve Reid of Paragould have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 13, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Kyler Hayden Reid.

Grandparents are Joe and Shelby Faulkner of Paragould and Buddy and Faye Reid of Black Rock.

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Wanda Helper Bailey

Wanda Helper Bailey, 82, of Melbourne, died Dec. 24, 2011.

Born Jan. 4, 1929, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Ralph Helper and Willie Mae Baird. She worked at the post office at Calamine for several years, before moving back to Ravenden. She worked as a waitress in Ravenden for 23 years before retiring. She moved back to Melbourne in 2009 and was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Violet Hill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Cleo Bailey; and two daughters, Sharon Kay Bailey and Patricia Jo Foushee.

Survivors include a son, Randy Bailey and wife Sherry, Violet Hill; a sister, Imal Dail, Ravenden; three grandchildren, Keith Foushee, Jessica Bailey and Marissa Bailey; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at noon at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Randy Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Janes Cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mackenzie Beary

Mackenzie Beary, 11, of the Finch community, died Dec. 23, 2011, at her home.

Born July 2, 2000, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of David Beary and the late Teresa Beary. She was a sixth-grader at Brookland Middle School and a member of Central Baptist Church, where she was involved with AWANA.

In addition to her father, survivors include three brothers, Creede Beary, of the home, and Corey Lammers and Kyle McGee, both of Brookland; a sister, Keeley Beary, of the home; her grandparents, J.D. and Ann Beary, Walnut Ridge, Charles and Sue Lammers, Brookland, and Donnie and Betty Dotter, Jonesboro; great-grandparents, Virgil and Dorothy Lammers, Jonesboro;and three uncles, Jason Lammers, Jonesboro, and Jonathan Beary and Jarrod Beary, both of Walnut Ridge.

Arrangements will be announced by Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

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Madlyn Blake Cates

Madlyn Evans Blake Cates, 74, of Ravenden, died Dec. 23, 2011. At NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 6, 1937, at Clover Bend, she was the daughter of Eutah and Eva Voyles Evans. She attended Hoxie school in early life before moving to Manila and attending Milligan Ridge School. She lived in Manila most of her life and was the owner and operator of Madlyn's Beauty Shop. She moved to Ravenden 13 years ago and was a member of the Ravenden Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Blake; and two sisters, Jean Evans and Anita Rea.

Survivors include her husband, Junior Cates; two sons, Steven Blake and wife Dottie, Manila, and Grayson Blake, Jonesboro; a daughter, La Cinda Wyatt and husband Obery, Blytheville; two stepdaughters, Paula Cates, North Carolina, and Vicki Smith and husband Larry, Mountain View; two brothers, Tracy Evans, Walnut Ridge, and Terry Evans, Missouri; four sisters, Wavie Watts, Walnut Ridge, Betty Clements and Billie Henry, both of Ravenden, and Thomy Tillman, Imboden; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial was in Sutton Cemetery at Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Charles Hagar, Steve Evans, Allen Booth, Billy Watts, Shaun Smith and Barry Sellers.

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Randy B. Dixon

Randy B. Dixon, 61, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 24, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 4, 1950, in Jonesboro, he was the owner of Randy's Auto Service and a longtime member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Dixon; a son, Michael Dixon, Jonesboro; his father and stepmother, W.M. and Freida Dixon, Smithville; his mother, Florene Dixon, Jonesboro; a brother, Nolan Dixon and wife Sandy, Jonesboro; four sisters, June Horne, Annette Carr and husband Jerry, Diane Pierce and husband Gaylon, all of Jonesboro, and Traci Cole and husband Myron, Bartlett, Tenn.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Bethany Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Gunnels officiating. Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery, near Smithville, under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Memorials may be made to Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 17034, Jonesboro, AR 72403.

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Randall Leon Ford

Randall Leon Ford, 73, died Dec. 18, 2011, at his home, following a lengthy illness.

Born Dec. 15, 1938, in Marmaduke, he was a 1956 graduate of Pocahontas High School and a 1961 graduate of the University of Mississippi. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army. He received a master's degree in history from Arkansas State University in 1972.

He retired from the Army in 1986 after 24 years of service. His service included a tour in Germany, two tours in Vietnam, a tour at NATO Land South in Izmir, Turkey, and service at several posts in the Military District of Washington, D.C.

In 1989, he founded Star Tech, a security company in Washington, D.C. He worked at the company until he sold it in 2005.

He had been an active member of the Falls Church of Christ in Falls Church, Va., since July 1975.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, Ann Hardin Ford; two sons, Dr. Randall Leon Ford Jr. and wife Jennifer, Knoxville, Tenn., and Jefferson Matthews Ford, Oakton, Va.; two sisters, Laura Ford, Pocahontas, and Anna Gail Thompson and husband Eric, Springdale; a brother, Don Ford and wife Peggy, Memphis; two brothers-in-law, Dan Matthews and wife Gayleen and Davis Matthews and wife Margaret, all of Imboden; and a grandson, Randall Leon Ford III.

Burial is today at 2 p.m. in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to Capital Caring, Rainbow Christian Services or Camp WaMaVa.

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Flora Mae Herring

Flora Mae Herring, 90, of Hoxie, died Dec. 21, 2011, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born July 6, 1921, in Charlotte, she was the daughter of Monroe and Eunice Pearl James Bradley. She was a homemaker and was of the Assembly of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Herring; a son, Bobby Lee Herring; and three brothers, James Bradley, Nathern Bradley and George Thomas Bradley.

Survivors include a brother, Jimmy Bradley and wife Mary, Jonesboro.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Lynn.

Visitation is today from noon until time of the service.

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Timmie Ray Lyles

Timmie Ray "Timbo" Lyles, 43, of Marmaduke, died Dec. 22, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 20, 1968, in Walnut Ridge, he was employed by KNL Holdings.

He was preceded in death by his father, Foy "Floppy" Lyles.

Survivors include his wife, Misty Lyles; two sons, Adam Barnum and Carson Barnum, both of the home; his mother, Jimmie Lou Lyles, Stanford; four brothers, Fred Lyles and wife Barb, Olympia Village, Mo., Dale Lyles and wife Susan, Paragould, and Richard Lyles and James Lyles and wife Kathy, all of Rector; and two sisters, Sue Cole and husband Lee, Paragould, and Judy Jones and husband Kenny, Brookland.

A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel with Rev. Nathan Gramling officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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Heston Matthews

Heston Matthews, 84, of Smithville, died Dec. 25, 2011, at his home.

Born May 9, 1927, in Smithville, he was the son of Thomas Monroe and Martha Susan Winters Matthews. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Smithville United Methodist Church. He served on the Board of the Bank of Cave City.

He was preceded in death by a nephew, Tommy David Matthews; and a special aunt, Lottie Hoggard.

Survivors include a brother, Ancel Matthews and wife Lucille, Imboden; and three nieces, Ann Sutton, Pocahontas, Susan Taylor, Smithville, and Cindy Price, Paragould.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at the Smithville United Methodist Church with Bob McMillon officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Pallbearers will be Harold Foley, Bobby Justice, Ben Foley, Danny Foley, Clint Burrow and David McAnally. Honorary pallbearers will be Dwight Redus, Basil Thacker, Cecil Balentine, Tom Goff and Roger Helms.

Visitation is today, one hour prior to the service.

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Dora McAlister

Dora McAlister, 78, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 23, 2011, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 30, 1933, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Thomas Mose and Edith Beeler Robertson. She was a retired office manager for Dr. F.M. Wilson and the Jonesboro Eye Clinic. She was a charter member of Craighead County Master Gardeners, serving as president in 1996 and receiving her lifetime membership earlier this year. She was a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Warren Baughman; her second husband, Edwin McAlister; eight brothers; two sisters; and a granddaughter, Katy Pryor.

Survivors include two sons, Anthony Warren Baughman and wife Mary, West Fork, and Jeffrey Blaine Baughman and wife Kimberlee, Okatie, S.C.; three daughters, Linnette Baughman Pryor and husband Mike, Little Rock and Jonesboro, Beth McAlister Price and husband Emmett, Stafford, Va., and Kerry Elizabeth Deardorff and husband Kelley, Hot Springs; three sisters, Nettie Oldham, Jonesboro, Betty Jean McCarty, Lima, Ohio, and Evelyn Flippo, Powhatan; 11 grandchildren, Mark Baughman, Kevin Baughman, Joshua Baughman, Daniel Pryor, Dr. Rebecca Price, Julie Spinelli, Karen Price, Kallee Allen, Alexandrea Allen, Shelby Deardorff and Kristen Deardorff; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Jerry Parker and Dr. Frank Oldham officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Emmett Price, Kelley Deardorff, Mike Pryor, Mark Baughman, Kevin Baughman and Daniel Pryor. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. F.M. Wilson, Dr. Joseph George, Jack Jayroe and the Craighead County Master Gardeners.

Vistation is tonight from 6-8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the David Puryear Center, 2806 Fox Meadow, Jonesboro, AR 72404, the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House at St. Bernards, c/o the St. Bernards Development Foundation, 400 East Street, Jonesboro, AR 72401 or by donating blood at your local Red Cross.

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Mary Louise McLeod

Mary Louise McLeod, 55, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 17, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tibble and Dean Shaw McLeod.

Survivors include her twin brothers, Keith and Kevin McLeod, both of Jonesboro.

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Salvation Army Church in Jonesboro. Private burial will be in Pine Log Cemetery at Brookland.

Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

An online guestbook is available at

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Judy Lynn Roberson

Judy Lynn Smithey Roberson, 62, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Pocahontas, died Dec. 27, 2011, at a Little Rock hospital.

Born July 29, 1949, in New Albany, Miss., she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius Eason and Stella Marie Crosswhite Smithey.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Roberson Jr. and wife Beverly, Jason Roberson and Derrick Roberson and wife Shawna, all of Pocahontas; a daughter, Christinea Johnson and husband Brian, Walnut Ridge; five sisters, Jeanie Roberson, Booneville, Miss., Brenda Kizer, Myrtle, Miss., Linda Mowery, New Albany, Miss., and Pam Mason and Dannette Roberson, both of Mountain Home; a brother, Rick Smithey, New Albany; 13 grandchildren; and a special friend, Helen Simpson, Pocahontas.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Rev. Matthew Donner officiating. Burial will be in Johnston Cemetery at Reyno.

Pallbearers will be Seth Simpson, Brian Johnson, Justice Roberson, Charles Roberson III, Zachary Roberson and Nick Thompson.

Visitation is Saturday from noon until time of the service.

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Edgar "Coot" Smith

Edgar "Coot" Smith, 76, of Hoxie, died Dec. 26, 2011, at his home.

Born April 4, 1935, at Clover Bend, he was the son of Walter J. and Audrey Golden Smith. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked at LP Gas for many years. He served the Third Judicial District for 20 years, and retired as Juvenile Probation Officer in 2003. He was a member of the Arkansas Juvenile Officers, the Hoxie Masonic Lodge and Hoxie United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative board. He was a former member of the Lions Club, served on the Hoxie School Board and was an amateur radio operator.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Moore Smith, whom he married Feb. 14, 1959; three sons, John David Smith and wife Yvonne, Abita Springs, La., Scott Smith and wife Melissa, Madisonville, La., and Allen Smith and wife Kim, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Hessie Stanley, Memphis; a brother, Dennis Smith and wife Paula, Clover Bend; a sister-in-law, Imogene Smith; and six grandchildren, Lauren Smith, Lindsey Smith, Grant Smith, Harrison Smith, Allyson Smith and Jeffrey Smith.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Hoxie United Methodist Church with Revs. Bonda Moyer, Bob Hager and Roger Glover officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the church.

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