January 11, 2012 Edition

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Births

Andrew Capps Aurora Lily Watson

Weddings/Engagements

Polston ~ Teel

Obituaries

Mildred Leona Alphin Roland Buckner Ruby Beauthon Coleman
Jerry Cook Joyce Dunn Geneva Mount Evans
George Herzig Ernest "Wayne" Jones Mildred Louise Kerr
Mary Lou McCain Scotty McCluskey Billy Joe McCrory
Maxine Elizabeth Meeks Raymona M. Nash Betty Jean Neldon
Mary L. Rexrode Billy "Bill" Smith Lorene Nunnally Spades
Paul Tinsley Kathy Todd

Births

Andrew Floyd Harrison Capps

Andrew and Samantha Capps of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born on Jan. 2, 2012, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Andrew Floyd Harrison Capps. He has two sisters, Halana Way, 11, and Cloey Capps, three.

Grandparents are Gary and Deb Way of Mountain Home, Sam Rorex Jr. of Walnut Ridge and Steve and Becky Capps of Lynn.

Great-grandparents are Nina Vinson of Walnut Ridge and Kathaleen Vaughn of Strawberry.

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Aurora Lily Watson

Jeremiah and Bethany Watson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter on Dec. 31, 2011, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Aurora Lily Watson.

She has an older brother, Raymond Watson, 14.

Grandparents are Ann Thompson and Johnny and Bonnie Russell, all of Swifton, Dawn and Allen McClanahan of Arcadia, Mo., and Kenneth and Doris Watson of Paragould.

She is the great-granddaughter of William and Joy Roper of Swifton and Glendine Watson of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Polston ~ Teel

Sonny and Shelia Polston of Strawberry have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Suzanne Polston, to Heath Teel, son of Tony and Linda Teel of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Louise Gray of Strawberry and the late Earl Gray and Doris Polston of Strawberry and the late Jerrell Polston. She is employed by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Newport.

The prospective groom is the grandson of William Teel Jr. and Walnut Ridge and the late Knowles Teel and Opal Wasson of Fort Smith, formerly of Walnut Ridge. He is a farmer.

The couple will exchange vows on Feb. 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They will be honored with a reception on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Walnut Ridge Country Club. All relatives and friends are invited.

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Obituaries

Mildred Leona Alphin

Mildred Leona Alphin, 90, of Sherwood, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 6, 2012, at St. Vincent Medical Center.

Born Sept. 22, 1921, near Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Archie Lee and Mary Manning Ball. She was a homemaker and was retired from the Human Development Center. She was a member of the Christian Life Center in Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Elisha Alphin and Charles Alphin; and a brother, Eugene Ball.

Survivors include her husband, Bartes Alphin, whom she married July 27, 1940; four sons, Dewain Alphin, Pensacola, Fla., Nathan Alphin, Memphis, Jerry Alphin, Jacksonville, Fla., Mark Alphin, Finland; six daughters, Wilma Grimes and Vounda Everett, both of Sherwood, Diana Newcom and Betty Alphin Christman, both of St. Charles, Mo., Claretta Moody, Vilonia, and Marietta Alphin, Bauxite; 25 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at the Manning #2 Cemetery with Revs. Melvin Clifford and Steven Judd officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Ben Billingsley, Tim Alphin, John Alphin, Ross Alphin, Terry Alphin, Justin Alphin, Austin Alphin and Eric West. Honorary pallbearers were Belinda Davenport and Crystal West.

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

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Roland Buckner

Roland Buckner, 80, of Ash Flat, died Jan. 2, 2012, in Ash Flat.

Born March 29, 1931, in Black Rock, he was the son of Edd and Willie Ann Brown Buckner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Buckner.

Survivors include four sons, James Buckner, Phil Reynolds Jr., Fred Buckner and Franklin Reynolds; two daughters, Terryann Loerzel and Nancy Russell; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

There are no arrangements at this time.

Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland has charge of arrangements.

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

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Ruby Beauthon Coleman

Ruby Beauthon Coleman, 83, of Saffell, died Jan. 4, 2012, at the White River Medical Center.

Born Oct. 28, 1928, at Saffell, she was the daughter of John Cecil and Nola Jane Gray Harris. She was a homemaker and a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Van Doyne Coleman, on Nov. 22, 2005, whom she married May 5, 1946; and a brother, James Henry Harris.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Coleman Harris, Saffell, and Connie Coleman Hardaway, Batesville; a son, Ronald Coleman, Saffell; two brothers, Charles Harris, Lynn, and Billy Harris, Saffell; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Gary Buxton and Gregg Cooper officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were James Massey, John Anderson, Benson Hardaway, Doyne Hardaway, Austin Coleman McNeely and Robert McNeely.

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

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Jerry Cook

Jerry Cook, 68, of Jasper, Mo., died Dec. 28, 2011, at his home following a lengthy illness.

Born July 10, 1943, at Fontaine, he was the son of Joe and Delphie Barnes Cook. He moved to southwest Missouri in 1981 from Kansas City, Mo. He was a farmer and worked in construction. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Cook, Neosho, Mo.; four daughters, Reané Williams and husband David, Jasper, Mo., Virginia Appenzeller, Fort Worth, Texas, and Marquita Tidwell and LaDonna Gillespie, both of Neosho, Mo.; two sons, Dale Moore, Hannibal, Mo., and John Cook, Neosho; two sisters, Ruth McKenzie, Sedgwick, and Suzanna Minton, Bono; a brother, Ralph Cook, Jonesboro; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Clark Chapel of Memories in Neosho, Mo., with Melvin "Hap" Anders officiating. Burial was in Reagan Cemetery at Neosho.

Pallbearers were Brandon Williams, John Cook, Mark Appenzeller, Jason Proctor, Derek Buzzard and Craig Doty. Honorary pallbearer was Brad Fanning.

Memorials may be made to the Jerry Cook Memorial Fund, in care of Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.

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

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Joyce Dunn

Joyce Ponder Pattison Dunn, 88, of Little Rock, passed away Dec. 23, 2011.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Gloria Magee (David) of Little Rock, Dwight Pattison (Darcy) of North Little Rock, and Harry Pattison (Joy Archer and daughter, Shayla Archer) of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; grandchildren, Jonathan Magee (Cindy) of Warren, Laura and Nancy Magee, both of Little Rock, Sara Cougill (Nate) of Denver, Colo., Jinny Richardson (Sean) of Waukesha, Wis., Amy Roberts (Clay) and Luke Pattison, both of North Little Rock, Hannah Pattison of Eugene, Ore., and Sophie Pattison of Tacoma,Wash.; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Emily Magee, Haileigh and Bruce Roberts, and Zeke Richardson; sister-in-law, Catherine Ponder and nephews, Stephen Ponder (Becky) of Houston, and Tom Ponder (Audra) of Itasca, Ill.

Joyce was born Nov. 12, 1923, to Ruth Hopper and Harry Lee Ponder at the home of her grandmother, Luella Majors, in Tuckerman. She was the great-great-great-niece of Col. Willis M. Ponder, founder of Walnut Ridge. The family moved to Little Rock in the fall of 1929, to Memphis the following spring for three years, and then back to Little Rock in October 1933.

She graduated from Little Rock High School in 1941 and entered Ouachita Baptist University that fall. Transferring to East Texas State University in May 1944, she received her degree in Biology in 1945. She then entered the Kilbury School of Medical Technology, becoming a registered Medical Technologist in 1947.

In 1949, she married Dwight Nelson Pattison, who preceded her in death in 1956. Shortly thereafter, Joyce began working fulltime in clinical chemistry at St. Vincent Infirmary, later became the instructor for the Clinical Laboratory Assistant Program for five years, and then worked in Hematology for 13 years at Baptist Memorial Hospital in North Little Rock before she retired.

In 1984, she married Silas Theron Dunn, who died in 1989. Also preceding her in death were her brother, Thomas C. Ponder, and nephew, Harry Ponder, both of Houston.

Joyce's favorite hobby was exploring the country in her travel trailer with her mother and children in tow. They made their first trip in 1958 and eventually visited all of the contiguous states and five Canadian provinces, touring many historical sites and National Parks, and taking trips that lasted as long as 55 days.

An active member of Immanuel Baptist Church for 78 years, she taught fifth grade Sunday School for 16 years, assisted with choir, GA's and youth programs while her children were growing up. In later years, she participated in Sunday School, WMU and XYZ.

She was elected a lifetime member of the PTA due to her active participation while her children were in school. Joyce was an avid reader, a crossword puzzle fanatic, an accomplished seamstress (she made all her own clothing for over 50 years as well as most of her daughter's), and she loved to cook.

Funeral services were Thursday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Hollingsworth and Rev. Rick Jaggers officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Library.

Arrangements were by Little Rock Funeral Home.

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

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Geneva Mount Evans

Geneva Mount Evans, 76, of Tuckerman, mother of David Evans of Swifton, died Jan. 3, 2012, at her home. Burial was Friday at Dowell's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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George Herzig

George "Vown" Herzig, 70, of Strawberry, died Jan. 8, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born July 24, 1941, in Batesville, he was retired from ConAgra Foods in Batesville after 35 years of service. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Hazel Herzig.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Claudia Herzig; a son, Bobby Herzig, Oklahoma City; a daughter, Patti Sprague and husband Rick, Empire, Colo.; two brothers, Joe "Harold" Herzig, Batesville, and Roy Herzig, Texarkana; two grandchildren, Ryan Kelley and Whitney Huskey; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Craig Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Ken Baumann, Tim Crouch, Michael Hagar, Jason Hagar, Rondall Hagar and Jerry Winkle. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Sprague, George Jackson and Chris Hatman.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m.

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Ernest "Wayne" Jones

Ernest "Wayne" Jones, 42, of De Soto, Mo., died Dec. 27, 2011, in De Soto.

He was born Oct. 19, 1969, in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny W. Jones; and his grandparents, Boyd and Brooksie Crumpton.

Survivors include his wife, Tina Campbell Jones; two sons, Trevor Jones, De Soto, Mo., and Jeremy Wood and wife E'llise, Jonesboro; a daughter, Misty Rouse and husband Jeff, Jonesboro; a brother, John Shannon Crumpton and wife Kelly, De Soto; and two grandchildren, Jeffrey Rouse and Jared Rouse.

A memorial visitation was held Sunday at Victoria Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the family through a memorial fund that has been established at Southern Commercial Bank in De Soto.

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Mildred Louise Kerr

Mildred Louise Kerr, 79, of Batesville, mother of Linda Harris of Strawberry, died Jan. 5, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville. Burial was Monday in Palestine Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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Mary Lou McCain

Mary Lou McCain, 73, of Portia, died Jan. 2. 2012.

She was born Dec. 25, 1938, in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett McCain; a son, Jimmy McCain; her parents, Fonsie and Alice Boomer; two sisters, Marie McCain and Pearlie Clark; and a brother, Buddy Boomer.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Brien and husband Peter, Tennessee Ridge, Tenn.; three sons, Jerry McCain and wife Alice, Pocahontas, Terry McCain and wife Judy, Portia, and Larry McCain and wife Glenna, Paragould; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Perry Vandergriff and Bro. Gregory officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

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

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Scotty McCluskey

Scotty McCluskey, 46, of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 1, 2012.

He was a 1983 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles McCluskey; and a brother, Charles McCluskey Jr.

Survivors include three sons, Nathan, Jason and Avis Landrum; his mother, Peggy McCluskey, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Rusty McCluskey and wife Ruby, Bono, Ricky McCluskey and wife Jama, Ramona, Calif., and Randy McCluskey, Jonesboro; a sister, Belinda McCluskey Noblin, Hoxie; his grandmother, Janette Landrum, Arlington, Texas; and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at a later date. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Billy Joe McCrory

Billy Joe "Wild Bill" McCrory, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 4, 2012, at his home.

Born Feb. 12, 1930, in Lawrence County, he was the son of William H. and Mary Gaines McCrory. He was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene Duncan, on Sept. 19, 1996, whom he married July 11, 1966.

Survivors include four daughters, Carolyn Allen, Hardy, Joyce Dement and Brenda Moore, both of Jonesboro, and Dletta Doyle, Sedgwick; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 4 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery, near Alicia, with Joe McMasters officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Maxine Elizabeth Meeks

Maxine Elizabeth Meeks, 78, of Imboden, died Jan. 6, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 16, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Maude Petit Thomas.

Survivors include her husband, Doyle Lee Meeks; a son, Dennis Thomas Meeks and wife Alyssa, Flower Mound, Texas; a sister, Carol Szabo and husband Frank, Aurora, Ill.; and a granddaughter, Catherine Elizabeth Meeks.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Eric Moffett officiating. Burial was in Chesser Cemetery.

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

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Raymona M. Nash

Raymona M. Nash, 94, of Searcy, formerly of Jonesboro, died Jan. 8, 2012.

Born July 9, 1917, in Almyra, she was the daughter of Charles and Winifred Taylor Recker. She was the longtime owner of Modern Beauty Shop in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Harriett; two brothers, Raymond and John William; and a nephew, Raymond Jr.

Survivors include nine nieces, Pauline Cooksey, Hoxie, Bonna George and Shirley Inman, both of Greers Ferry, Raylene Wiles, Corning, Dee Niedermeier, Peach Orchard, Debbie Harpole, Memphis, Bobbye Truitt, Pocahontas, Phyllis Smith, Powder Springs, Ga., and Willette Thomas, Searcy.

Graveside service was Monday at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Betty Jean Neldon

Betty Jean Neldon, 64, of Hoxie, died Jan. 9, 2012.

Born July 25, 1947, in Tuckerman, she was a homemaker and a longtime resident of Lawrence County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Reba Clark Walker.

Survivors include four daughters, Tammy Gates and husband Gator, Charlene Raby and husband Barry, all of Hoxie, Angie Smith and husband Alex, Walnut Ridge, and Candace Berry and husband Matthew, Mustang, Okla.; four sisters, Charlene Hutchins and husband Bill, Jonesboro, Peggy Bennett, Cabot, Johnnie Sue Martin and husband Ricky, Cherokee Village, and Sandy Pigg and husband Keith, Bradford; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the New Life Cathedral Church in Hoxie with Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. Private burial will be under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Derrick Simms, Carson Gates, Tommy Walker, Charles Walker, Benny Reynolds and Shane Lackey.

Visitation will be Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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

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Mary L. Rexrode

Mary L. Rexrode, 87, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 4, 2012, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 8, 1924, in Warm Springs, she was the daughter of Bee Hunt and Thelma Lawson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stringer; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Cook.

Survivors include a daughter, Thelma Parker, Walnut Ridge; a son, Nathan Stringer and wife Sherry, Jonesboro; a granddaughter, Sarah Stringer; and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens with Jon Fears officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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

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Billy "Bill" Smith

Billy "Bill" Smith, 83, of Ash Flat, father of Cindy Wells of Ravenden, died Jan. 7, 2012, at his home. Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Heath Oak Hill Chapel of Highland with Bros. Robert "Sonny" Malson and Floyd Rikard officiating. Burial will be in Perry Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.net.

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Lorene Nunnally Spades

Alta Lorene Nunnally Spades, 87, of Smithville, died Jan. 4, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 1, 1924, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Lula Sanders Nunnally. She lived in Lawrence County most of her life and was a member of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a store clerk at Sheila's Quick Shop in Lynn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, "Speedy" Spades; a son, Richard "Dick" Spades; and four brothers, Austin Nunnally, Bill Nunnally, Alfred Nunnally and Devoe Nunnally.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Kelly, Paragould; three sons, Dan Spades, Lynn, Joe Spades, Doniphan, Mo., and John Spades, Jensen Beach, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Spades, Cherry Valley, Ill.; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Lynn with Terrell Neely officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were Seb Spades, Darryl Knight, Eddie Nunnally, Rick Spades and Daris Spades. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Goodwin, Donnie Nunnally and Jamie Nunnally.

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

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Paul Tinsley

Paul Daniel Tinsley, 78, of Newport, died Jan. 3, 2012.

Born Jan. 28, 1933, in Swifton, he was the son of Calvin and Pearl Sneed Tinsley. He owned and operated Paul's Lion Service for 10 years during the 1950s, and Tinsley Auto Sales for more than 50 years.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Tinsley and Taylor Tinsley; and a sister, Irene Tinsley.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Tinsley; two sons, Mike Tinsley and wife Anglela, and Jim Tinsley and wife Sara, all of Jonesboro; a daughter, Becky Mooney and husband Jerry, Mountain Home; a brother, James Tinsley and wife Joan, Swifton; 10 grandchildren, Justin Tinsley, Paul Tinsley, Aaron Tinsley, Brian Mooney, Brad Mooney, Matt Tinsley, Adam Tinsley, Beth Lovins, Rebecca Tinsley and Ben Tinsley; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Don Blackmore officiating. Entombment was in Cheshier Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Grady, Dean Sides, Mike Brand, Jim Bishop, Johnny McGuire and Ricky Horton. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Fortune, Gene Ivy, Tommy Clark, Maurice Odom, Ed Michaels, Bill Phillips, Jessie Simmons and all of his coffee shop buddies.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital, The Learning Center of Jonesboro or John 3:16 Ministries.

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

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Kathy Todd

Kathy Todd, 59, of Delaplaine, died Dec. 29, 2011, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 26, 1952, she was the daughter of the late David and Francis Lane.

She was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Todd; and two brothers.

Survivors include her husband, John Todd; a son, Carl Todd, Paragould; two daughters, Charman Rowe, Pocahontas, and Candace Cullum, O'Kean; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday, Jan. 1, at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Dole Roofe officiating. Burial was in Epsaba Cemetery.

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

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