January 18, 2012 Edition

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Penn ~ Manning


Norma J. Beck Stephanie Bost-Brown Jacqueline Imogene Cassidy
Telene Decker Opal Lee Felkins Billy Dan Gallagher
Lila Goodson Molly N. Ingram Lucille Kerby
Wayne Martin Deborah K. Miller Betty Jean Neldon
Charles Lee Phillips, Marjorie Nadine Pruett Emma Lee Sawyer


Penn ~ Manning

William's Baptist College's Manley Chapel was the setting Dec. 10, 2011, at 5 p.m. for the ceremony uniting Amber Marie Penn and Bruce Aaron Manning in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of David and Dana Penn of Hoxie. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Joanne Davis of Lynn and the late Dennis and Syble Penn.

She is a 2010 graduate of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and is employed by Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge.

The bridegroom is the son of Bruce and Kelley Manning of Walnut Ridge. He is the grandson of James and Bobbie Manning of Walnut Ridge and Zola Brewer of Hoxie and the late Carl Brewer.

He is in partnership with Manning Farms of Walnut Ridge.

Bob McMillon performed the ceremony. Nuptial music was provided by Darlene Moore, pianist, and John Householder, vocalist, both of Walnut Ridge. Cindy Morgan of Lynn, friend of the bride's family, was the wedding coordinator.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore a sweetheart strapless bodice gown designed by Allure Bridals, adorned with delicate beading and embroidery and finished with a basque waist. The skirt was made of soft, flowing taffeta with pinched suffle tucks down to the chapel-length train.

Sarah Penn Thomas, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Natalie Manning, sister of the groom; Kalie Durham, cousin of the bride; and Jenny Bruce.

Flower girl was Kennedy McVey, cousin of the groom. Randi Winslow, cousin of the bride, and Ashley Ezell presided at the bride's book.

Jason Ezell served as best man. Groomsmen were Bruce Manning, father of the groom, Josh Bruce and Justin Ezell.

Ring bearer was Ethan Penn Thomas, nephew of the bride. Ushers were Tucker Hurst and Zach Hurst, cousins of the groom.

Programs were presented by Zachary Caspall, cousin of the groom, and Marquerite Gill.

A wedding reception was held in the Moody Dining Hall following the wedding, and was catered by Fresh Ideas.

Following a wedding trip to Negril, Jamaica, they reside in Clover Bend.

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Norma J. Beck

Norma J. Beck, 80, of Salem, Wis., died Jan. 9, 2012, in Milwaukee.

Born June 16, 1931, at Fontaine, she was the daughter of Thomas and Violet St. Claire Lawson, she graduated from Lighthouse Christian College in Beebe.

She moved to Illinois in 1947, and settled in Wisconsin in 1982, and was a member of the Apostolic Jesus Name Assembly Church in Salem, Wis., where she taught at the church school until her retirement in 2003.

She was preceded in death by seven siblings, Clyde, Roy, T.G., Garman, Clifford, Joy Dean and Emmaevelyn.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Rev. Hildred Beck, whom she married Sept. 11, 1947, in Jonesboro; a daughter, Linda Coffelt and husband Randy, North Aurora, Ill.; a son, Rev. Garey Beck and wife Patsy, Moss Point, Miss.; a sister, Violet Hoffman, Arkansas; a brother, Ivan Lawson and wife Sylvia, West Sacramento, Calif.; three grandchildren, Sonya Greene, Gwendolyn Smith and Randall Coffelt Jr.; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at Strang Funeral Home in Antioch, Ill. Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Lorado Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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

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Stephanie Rainey Bost-Brown

Stephanie Rainey Bost-Brown, 48, of Hickory, N.C., died Jan. 11, 2012, at her home.

Born Oct. 16, 1963, in Rowan County, N.C., she attended Caldwell County Schools, the North Carolina School of the Arts and Texas Christian University. She graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University and was a dance teacher with the Caldwell County Schools.

She was preceded in death by her father, John F. Bost III; and her grandparents, John F. Jr. and Virginia Martin Bost, and Jack R. and Patricia H. Rainey.

Survivors include two daughters, Anabelle Grace Scarborough and Rainey Camille Scarborough, both of Hickory, N.C.; a special friend, Vernon Scarborough Jr., Blowing Rock, N.C.; her mother, Patsy Rainey Bost Hollar, formerly of Walnut Ridge, and husband Larry, Granite Falls, N.C.; a sister, Leah Bost Vaughan and husband Andy, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; and two stepsisters, Julia Hollar Whisenant and husband Rick, Nashville, Tenn., and Johnna Hollar Swanson and husband Eric, Spartanburg, S.C.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ in Lenoir, N.C., with Trudy Irving officiating. Private burial was under the direction of Evans Funeral Service in Lenoir.

Memorials may be made to The Humane Society of Catawba County, P.O. Box 63, Hickory, NC 28630, The Caldwell Humane Society, P.O. Box 1991, Lenoir, NC 28645 or the Ann Freeman Dance Academy Non-Profit Educational Fund, 532 10th Street Blvd. N.W., Hickory, NC 28601.

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

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Jacqueline Imogene Cassidy

Jacqueline Imogene “Jackie” Cassidy, 63, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 13, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born July 20, 1948, she lived in Lawrence County before moving to Jonesboro 22 years ago. She was an advocate for disabled adults and worked at Abilities Unlimited.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Cassidy; her parents, Harry and Imogene Tracy Andrews; and two sisters, Wanda Murphy and Mickey Myers.

Survivors include a daughter, Billie Carol Copeland and husband Shawn, Los Angeles; sisters, Bonnie Sheets and Bette Gibbs, both of Hoxie, Joann Cortelloni and Louise Digman and husband Jerry, all of Walnut Ridge, Brenda Dumstorff and husband Rich, Germantown, Ill., and Linda Massey and husband Junior, Walcott; and two brothers, Harry Andrews, Ward, and Steve Andrews, Paragould.

Graveside service was Sunday at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock with Harold Russell officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Tracy Murphy, Jerry Digman, Bill Tracy, Joey Massey, Brian Massey and Brad Massey. Honorary pallbearers were Junior Massey, Steve Andrews and Harry Andrews.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Telene Decker

Telene Vera Decker, 47, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 10, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 16, 1964, in San Diego, she was the daughter of the late Billy Eugene and Patricia Ann Gaskin Decker.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Ray Decker.

Survivors include a son, Billy Killough, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Selene Decker, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Keith E. Decker, Fort Worth; and two grandchildren, Trinity Killough and Kaitlin Killough.

A visitation was held Monday from 5-8 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, P.O. Box 96546, Washington, D.C., 20077-7222.

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

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Opal Lee Hoaglan Felkins

Opal Lee Hoaglan Felkins, 89, of Bono, died Jan. 10, 2012, in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 24, 1922, in Big Sandy, Tenn., she was the daughter of Edward and Eulah Jane Winters. She lived in Walnut Ridge and worked at the Polar Freeze for many years. She moved to Bono in 1977.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Felkins; two sons, Larry W. Hoaglan and an infant son; and a brother, James Winters.

Survivors include a son, David Hoaglan and wife Lee, Henrico, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Zelda Hoaglan, Pine Bluff; a half-sister, Mary Nell Kelso-Darrohn, Trinity, Fla.; five stepchildren, Leon Felkins and wife Diane, Vicksburg, Miss., Delbert Felkins and wife Pat, Doniece Tyler and husband Ernie, and Earline Hendrix, all of Jonesboro, and Jimmy Felkins and wife Sharon, Bono; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Wittingham officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jordan Hoaglan, David Hoaglan, Andrew Hoaglan, Heath Hendix, Jeff Felkins and Garrett Felkins. Honorary pallbearers were her other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Billy Dan Gallagher

Billy Dan Gallagher, 66, of Batesville, died Jan. 15, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Jan. 24, 1945, in Black Rock, he retired from ConAgra Foods in Batesville after 43 years of service. He was a member of the Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church near Bethesda.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Gallagher; his parents, John William and Mary Elizabeth Long Gallagher; a brother, Michael Gallagher; and two grandsons, Timothy Gallagher and Brian Gallagher.

Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Gallagher; three sons, Keith Gallagher and Chris Gallagher, both of Bethesda, and Brian Scott Gallagher, Batesville; a brother, John Gallagher, Southside; four sisters, Barbara Rutledge, Batesville, Wanda Strother, Charlotte, Jimmie Gill, Phoenix, and Dee Wilkerson, Southside; four grandchildren, Kaylee Gallagher, Landry Gallagher, Jamie Gallagher and Michael Gallagher; and a great-grandson.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Desha First Baptist Church with Bros. Chris Sims and Troy Sharp officiating. Burial will be in Barnes Cemetery, near Bethesda, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Service of Batesville.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Smart, Brent Howard, Matt McGee, Adam Garcia, Steve Felts and Lavon Womack. Honorary pallbearers will be Brett Farris, Harold Hamley, Bob Balentine, Tom Qualls and members of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8.

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Lila Goodson

Lila Goodson, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 13, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 26, 1926, she was the daughter of Elvis and Mary Beck. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Goodson; and a brother, Curtis Beck.

Survivors include two sons, Joe Goodson, Jonesboro, and Bill Goodson, Bono; three daughters, Joyce Smith, Bono, Peggy Hanks, Brookland, and Pam Goodson, Walnut Ridge; four brothers, Marvin Beck, Waucondra, Ill., Hildred Beck, Salem, Wis., Grady Beck, Richland Center, Wis., and Larry Beck, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Vera Fielder, Bono, and Betty Wilcockson, Troy, Mich.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 East Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Molly N. Ingram

Molly N. Ingram, 85, of De Soto, Mo., died Jan. 12, 2012, at Hillcrest Nursing Center.

Born in the Coffman community, she was the daughter of Joseph A. and Nettie Oldham Brown. She worked at the De Soto Shoe Factory as a fancy stitcher for 24 years. She was a member of the Open Door Apostolic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Ingram, whom she married in 1942 in Walnut Ridge; a son, Danny Ingram; three brothers, Virgil Brown, Ray Brown and Ralph Brown; and two sisters, Virgie Poteet and Margaret Kissee.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Patterson and husband Jim, Cadet, Mo.; Diane Ingram, Brazil, Ind., and Kathy Smith and husband Vernon, De Soto; a son, Gary Ingram and wife Sue, Fletcher, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Marion Ingram, DuQuoin, Ill.; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Mahn Funeral Home in De Soto, Mo. Burial was in Peaceful Ridge Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the activities department of Hillcrest Nursing Center, 1108 Clark St., De Soto, MO 63020.

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

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Lucille Kerby

Lucille Kerby, 90, of Oakland City, Ind., died Jan. 11, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center.

Born Oct. 3, 1921, in O'Kean, she was the daughter of J.O. and Rosie Martin. She was a member of Mackey Church of the Nazarene in Mackey, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dorris E. Kerby; a daughter, Sue Jones; five brothers, two sisters and two grandchildren.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Kerby and wife Beverly, Illinois, and Raymond Kerby and wife Linda, Arizona; a daughter, Myrna Lemmons and husband Randall, Indiana; a son-in-law, Cleatus Jones, Indiana; Mike Jones, Indiana; a sister, Carrie Thompson, Illinois; eight grandchildren; and several great and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at noon at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Wayne Martin

Wayne Martin, 68, of Hoxie, died Jan. 15, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 24, 1943, in Manila, he had lived in Lawrence County the past 30 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and self-employed as a used automobile dealer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest and Beulah Gould Martin.

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Kay Martin, Hoxie; five sons, James Miller, Paragould, Billy Martin, Hoxie, Jerry Martin, Walnut Ridge, Greg Martin, Leachville, and Marty Martin, Rogers; three sisters, Faye Howard, Somerville, Texas, and Judy Whatley and Barbara Skinner, both of Augusta; a brother, Earnest Martin Jr., Manila; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 12:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Gary Galloway officiating. Burial will be in Manila Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Wagoner, Willie McGiver, Ernie Skinner, Randy Martin, Wendall Allen and Michael Pasley. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Martin, Johnnathan Martin, James Parlow and Ray Hefner.

Visitation is today from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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Deborah K. Miller

Deborah K. Miller, 59, of Imboden, died Jan. 8, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born Nov. 17, 1952, in Indianapolis, where she lived most of her life.

Survivors include three children, James Perrine, Robert Grubb and Lisa Travis; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her fiancé, Byron Burton.

Private services are under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

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

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Betty Jean Neldon

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

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.; her twin brother, Jimmy Walker, Cash; 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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Charles Lee Phillips

Charles Lee Phillips, 81, of Paragould, stepfather of Darrell Leipert of Black Rock, died Jan. 12, 2012, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould. Burial was Monday in Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila. An online guestbook is available at www.howardfuneralservice.com.

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Marjorie Nadine Pruett

Marjorie Nadine “Marg” Pruett, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 14, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born at Fontaine, she lived most of her life in Walnut Ridge. She worked at Lawrence Garment Manufacturing for 18 years and was a member of the Free Worship Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Pruett; her parents, Guy and Dora Davis Hancock; a brother, Curtis Hancock; and a grandson, Mike Edward Willfond.

Survivors include a son, Timothy Murphy and wife Tami, Wood River, Ill.; two daughters, Geyvon Crest and husband Mark, Corning, and Dorsie Shaw, Bentonville; two stepsons, Gary Liles and wife Cheryl, Lorado, and Kelly Pruett and wife Vivian, Hoxie; two stepdaughters, Jammie Houston and husband James, Black Rock, and Janice Parsons, Paragould; two sisters, Mamie Schlobohm, Alton, Ill., and Florene Ivie, Hoxie; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home with David Moore and Danny Murphy officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tony Becker, Gary Ellison, Mark Ellison, Rex Ellison, Matthew McQuay and Ernie Fultner.

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

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Emma Lee Sawyer

Emma Lee Sawyer, 81, of Williford, died Jan. 13, 2012, at her home.

Born Feb. 3, 1930, in Moody, Mo., she was the daughter of Lee Powell and Meda Marshall.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Sawyer; a sister, Jean Lindsy; and two grandsons.

Survivors include a son, Teddy Sawyer, Ozark Acres; four daughters, Pam Sawyer, Williford, and Joan Wilkerson, Regina Ross and Karen Pickett, all of Ravenden; a brother, T.J. Sonny Powell, Ash Flat; a sister, Glenda Ervin, Cherokee Village; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Heath Funeral Home in Highland with Bro. Floyd Rikard officiating. Burial was in Bradford Cemetery at Bradford.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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

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