February 01, 2012 Edition

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Obituaries

Katherine Andrews Bettie Jo Butler Gennell Clinton
Gerald A. Grim Roy Allen Hayes Devoe E. Hedrick
Gale Kellim Lydia Alene Maxwell Lynn Poff
Dixie Tate Rawlings Shirley Smelser David Stalnaker
Beverly J. Sturch Lorene Sullivan Rowena Summerville
Doyce Gene Tyler Rebecca Warren

Obituaries

Katherine Andrews

Katherine June "Kathy" Andrews, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 24, 2012.

Born April 24, 1951, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and a member of the Light Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnnie Theodore Andrews, whom she married March 7, 1969; and her father, Jimmie Whitmire.

Survivors include two sons, John Andrews and wife Kim, and Jason Andrews and wife Charity, all of Walnut Ridge; her mother, Evelyn Whitmire, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, David Whitmire and wife Janice and Donnie Whitmire and wife Teresa, all of Springdale, and Chris Whitmire and wife Lorra, Clover Bend; and six grandchildren, Tyler Andrews, Hayden Andrews, Savannah Andrews, Jacie Andrews, Zoey Andrews, and Mikki Jo Andrews.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Paul McFadden and Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Evan Teague, Robert Davis, Cap Phillips, Mitch Whitmire, Greg Evans and Button Wallin.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Bettie Jo Butler

Bettie Jo Butler of Lakeside, Navajo County, Ariz., passed away Aug. 17, 2011, at Solterra Senior Living in Lakeside. She has gone home to be with the Lord, her mother and father and brother and sisters. She was 84.

Bettie was born on April 11, 1927, in West Plains, Howell County, Mo., to the late James and Susan (Campbell) Trantham. _

She leaves behind her son, Richard Butler of Louisville, Ky., and daughter, Cherry (Bruce) Carroll of Show Low, Ariz.; grandchildren, Stacey Butler of Louisville, Ky., and JR Carroll of Albuquerque, N.Mex.; sister-in-law, Carolyn Trantham of Walnut Ridge; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

Bettie loved growing up in Walnut Ridge. She relocated to Houston in the late '50s, where she raised her children and was a stay at home mom. In the mid '70s she returned to her hometown of Walnut Ridge, where she enjoyed her family, friends, her home and her new found independence. She loved making a beautiful home for her family and her many friends.

Inurnment will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Lawrence Memorial Park with Paston Griggs officiating. _

The family would like to thank Anita James and the entire staff at Solterra Senior Living for her lovely home over the past two years and also her many friends she made while there.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low, Ariz., handled the arrangements.

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

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Gennell Clinton

Gennell Clinton, 83, of Strawberry, died Jan. 30, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born July 18, 1928, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Joe Bob and ODessie Hubbard Williams. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a homemaker. She was a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Clinton, in 1989; and a brother, Joe Campbell Williams.

Survivors include two sons, Lanny Clinton and wife Jerrie, Rosebud, and Phillip Clinton and wife Billie, Strawberry; five grandchildren, Cheri Ellis, Amanda Clinton, Steve Clinton, Christi Clinton and Jeremy Clinton; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Kenny Townsley and Don House officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers will be Steven Clinton, John Ellis, Jeremy Clinton, Robert Denison, Larry Vance and Tony Nunnally.

Visitation was set for today from 6-8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn.

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

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Gerald A. Grim

Gerald A. Grim, 78, of Pocahontas, brother of Gary Grim of Ravenden, died Jan. 28, 2012, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas. Services will be held in Glendale, Ariz. Taylor-Cox Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of local arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.taylor-coxfuneralhome.com.

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Roy Allen Hayes

Roy Allen Hayes, 47, of Sanford, Fla., died Jan. 25, 2012, at his home.

Born Oct. 3, 1964, in Leachville, he was a maintenance supervisor, having worked for Orlando-Sanford Airport Authority.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Delores Mae Thacker Brooks, who lived in Smithville.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Hayes; a son, Jamie Pitzer, Sanford, Fla., a daughter, Erica Salmon, Sanford, Fla.; a brother, Jeff Brooks, Fort Worth, Texas; and six grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Joe Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Townsend Cemetery at Smithville.

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Devoe E. Hedrick

Devoe E. Hedrick, 92, of Texarkana, Texas, died Jan. 25, 2012, at his home.

Born Nov. 5, 1919, in Lawrence County, he was retired from the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Texarkana Elks Lodge #399, the Texarkana Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Texarkana chapter of MOAA. He attended Chapelwood Methodist Church in Nash, Texas, and previously attended First Presbyterian Church of Texarkana. He served as an AARP 55 Alive Defensive Driving Instructor for 20 years, and was a Wadley Hospital volunteer.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Louise Reece Brinkman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at Chapelwood Methodist Church in Nash, Texas. East Funeral Home-Downtown of Texarkana, Texas, had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Chapelwood Methodist Church, Texarkana Elks Lodge #399 or Disabled American Veterans.

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

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Gale Kellim

Gale O'Day Kellim, 91, of Jackson, Tenn., died Jan. 30, 2012, following a short illness.

Born Dec. 29, 1920, in Delaplaine, he was the son of W.W. and Lola Kellim. He served for 15 years as a sales supervisor with Arkansas-Missouri Power Company in Walnut Ridge, Blytheville and Caruthersville, Mo. He moved to Jackson, Tenn., in 1964, and worked as a sales representative for Empire Stove Company. He later was a sales supervisor for Century Engineering in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and sales supervisor for Freedom Heating and Air Conditioning.

He had been a member of West Jackson Baptist Church since 1964. He was a master mason for the past 50 years, first at the Masonic Lodge in Walnut Ridge and later at Masonic Lodge #461 in Caruthersville. He was a past president of the Lion's Club in Caruthersville and a member of the Lion's Club, Rotary Club and VFW in Jackson.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Naval Aviation Squadron #3, serving in the South Pacific during World War II.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, O'Neal Kellim and Paul Kellim.

Survivors include his wife, Edna M. Kellim, whom he married in 1941; two daughters, Kathy Barnett and husband Rickey, Franklin, Tenn., and Carol Sykes, Jackson, Tenn.; a sister, Edna Crider, Delaplaine; and four grandchildren, Benjamin Barnett, Allison Barnett, Justin Sykes and John Sykes.

Funeral is Thursday at 3 p.m. at George A. Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Jackson, Tenn., with Lonnie Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren: Ben Barnett, Allison Barnett, Justin Sykes, John Sykes, and Lennie Ellis and Bob Summars.

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

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

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Lydia Alene Maxwell

Lydia Alene Maxwell, 97, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 25, 2012, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born March 4, 1914, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of John and Edna Justus Simpson. She was a homemaker and a member of North Main Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. "Bill" Maxwell; two sons, Wayne Maxwell and Don Maxwell; two brothers, Millard Simpson and Garland Simpson; and two sisters, Cora McCarroll and Faye Simpson.

Survivors include a son, Bill Maxwell and wife Mary, Black Rock; and two brothers, Luther Simpson, Camden, and Joe Simpson, Minden, La.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Micheal Bolin officiating. Burial was in Townsend Cemetery near Smithville.

Pallbearers were Ted Hardin, Bob Maxwell, James Dillport, Donnie Wilson, Donald Clayton and Matt Adams.

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

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Lynn Poff

Lynn Nora Poff, 80, of Hoxie, died Jan. 27, 2011, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 19, 1931, in Blytheville, she was the daughter of Robert and India Britton Storey. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She was a licensed social worker and was retired from BRAD.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Poff; two brothers, John H. Storey and Herman Storey; four sisters, Myrtle Wakefield, Geneva Decker, Juanita Bowman and Irene Jenkens; and a grandson, Tyler Spargo.

Survivors include a son, Kevin Poff and wife Stephanie, Pocahontas; four daughters, Joie Brown and husband Clifton, Black Rock, Deborah Schmidt, Walnut Ridge, Teresa Wigton and husband Tom, Powhatan, and Trenna Poff, Mablevalle; three sisters, Bobbie Reddick, Maynard, Lou Scott, McKenzie, Tenn., and Eleanor Vessels, Los Osos, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs and Jack Shock officiating. Burial was in Stranger's Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Seth Schmidt, Billy Schmidt, Preston Spargo, Matt Spargo, Quenton Wigton and Jacob Wigton. Honorary pallbearers were Ed Baker, Jack Shock, Daniel Abbott, Dallas Cagle, Larry Spargo, Darrell Blaylock, Don Winfrey, Mike Smith, Mark Shock, Tammy Heffington and Jackie Ivy.

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

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Dixie Tate Rawlings

Dixie Tate Rawlings, 82, of Paragould, sister of Bill Rush and Barbara Davidson, both of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 26, 2012, at her home. Burial was Saturday in Greene County Memorial Gardens under the direction of Mitchell Funeral Home of Paragould. An online guestbook is available at www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.

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Shirley Smelser

Shirley Jean Smelser, 75, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 29, 2012, in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 7, 1936, at Egypt, she lived in Lawrence County most of her life. She was owner of Smelser Plumbing and was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emil "Peaberry" Smelser; her parents, Claude and Mary Lee Harvey Foster; her stepmother, Betty Brewster; a sister, Mazilee Foster; a brother, Jack Foster; a stepbrother, Raymond Chapman; and a stepsister, Louise Zigler.

Survivors include two sons, Kevin Smelser and wife Melissa, and Kyle Smelser and wife Michelle, all of Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Betty Lou Forkum and husband Tab, Walcott, and Virginia Barron, Jonesboro; two brothers, Jim Foster and wife Connie, Chadwick, Ill., and Harold Foster, Holland, Mich.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge with Rob Combs and Ed Baker officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Saulsberry, Button Wallin, Rex Hart, Lester Herring, Nathan Crafton and Dennis Coggins.

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

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David Stalnaker

David Henry Clay Stalnaker, 73, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 27, 2012.

Born Aug. 1, 1938, in Smithville, he was the son of the late John William and Lucille Howard Stalnaker.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Cora Jackson, Pauline Brown and Flora Wildrick; and a brother, John Stalnaker.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Stalnaker; four sons, David Stalnaker and wife Tina and Billy Stalnaker, all of Pocahontas; Doug Dow, Richland, Wash., and David Dow, Eagle Creek, Ore.; a daughter, Lucy Cline and husband Bobby, Supply; a sister, Ora Duncan, Pocahontas; nine grandchildren, Amanda Carman, Wesley Stalnaker, Dustin Stalnaker, Keith Stalnaker, Kalista Cason, William Cason, Stephanie O'Hair, Tasha Dow and Danika Dow; five great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Emily Turner.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Burley Lynxwiler officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Ingram, Ronald Carman, Chris Winebaugh, Lee Tweedy, Ted Grissom, Larry Cline, Donny Cline and Dan Tweedy. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Cline, David Stalnaker, Billy Stalnaker, Doug Dow and David Dow.

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

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Beverly J. Sturch

Beverly J. Sturch, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 30, 2012, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

She had lived in Walnut Ridge for 44 years. She was retired and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge, as well as a lifetime member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and was currently serving as president of the local chapter.

For several years she owned and operated Bev's Dress Shop on Main Street in Walnut Ridge. In addition to that, she had worked at Van Atkins Department Store, Grahams Department Store, Skil Corporation and the Walnut Ridge Public Schools.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan L. (Pete) Sturch Jr., her parents, William Thomas and Ruby Catherine (Jones) Smith, and a daughter, Kathleen Suzanne (Sturch) Hesskamp. Also preceding her in death was her grandmother, Luella Smith, who had raised her since an early age.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jane Callahan and husband Kerry, Walnut Ridge, and Ellen Parrish and husband Steve, El Centro, Calif.; two sons, Tom Sturch, Walnut Ridge, and Col. (Ret.) Jim Sturch and wife Suzanne, San Antonio; 14 grandchildren, Matt Callahan wife Sarah, and Ty Callahan, Walnut Ridge, Kim Sturch, Megan Bower, Brad Sturch all of Colorado, Paige Russell, Jonesboro, Tommie Nicole Sturch, Strawberry and Brandon Sturch, Pocahontas, Emily Vaughn and Steven Vaughn, Texas, Nate Parrish, Kristin Parrish and Brooke Parrish all of California; and eight great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside service is planned for Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial be made to the Walnut Ridge United Methodist Church elevator fund.

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

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Lorene Sullivan

Lorene Wright Doyle Sullivan of Strawberry passed away in her sleep Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Newport Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Newport at the age of 94 years, 11 months and 28 days, just two days shy of her 95th birthday.

Lorene was born in Lynn to her parents, Charlie and Prudence Wright, on Jan. 30, 1917. She was a homemaker and avid quilter. She also enjoyed gardening and growing flowers. Lorene was an active member of the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell for 75 years, where she was a charter member of the Mt. Harmony Woman's Auxiliary. She taught a Sunday School Class for 50 years and helped with other ministries of the church, including Vacation Bible School.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Prudence Wright; her first husband and father of her children, Horace Doyle, in 1983; her second husband, Coy Sullivan, in 1993; one infant daughter; one infant granddaughter, Penny Crabtree and her brother, Ellis Wright.

Survivors include one son, Charles Doyle and wife Betty of Strawberry; four daughters, Yvonne Phillips and husband Gilbert of Walnut Ridge, Ann Doyle and husband Eddie Ray of Strawberry, Jane Reaves and husband Morris Reaves Jr. of Saffell, and Linda Crabtree and husband Jimmy, also of Saffell. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson, as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell with Bro. Stanley Vandergrift officiating. Burial was in the Ward Cemetery located at Strawberry with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Greg Crabtree, Anthony Crabtree, Chuckie Doyle, Phillip Wilson, Chris Wilson, Jody Doyle and Cody Doyle. Honorary pallbearers were her great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 73, Saffell, AR 72572.

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Rowena Summerville

Rowena Ruffner Arnold Summerville, 97, of Blytheville, passed from this life on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born in Hoxie to Roy and Maude Ruffner Arnold, she was a member of the Retired Teacher's Association and First United Methodist Church of Blytheville. Rowena was also a member of the Blytheville Women's Club and Pathfinder Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church of Blytheville.

Mrs. Summerville taught elementary school for over 30 years at schools in Alicia, Fisher, Imboden, Hope, Little Rock and Blytheville. During WWII, Mrs. Summerville served as the first secretary and head of civilian payroll for the chief lumber expeditor, as well as the commanding officer at the pilot training school in Walnut Ridge.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Royston "Bill" Summerville; and sister, Eloise Arnold Owens.

She is survived by her son, William Douglas "Doug" Summerville and wife Martha Davis Summerville of Kingwood, Texas; sister, Marguerite Arnold Collier of Huntington Beach, Calif.; grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Summerville and Lindsey Rogers Summerville and his wife, Tracy Kegel Summerville; great-granddaughter, Anna Elizabeth Summerville, all of Houston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, at 1:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Blytheville. Burial was at Strangers Home Cemetery in Alicia at 4 p.m. under the direction of Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville.

An online guestbook is available at cobbfuneralhome.com.

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Doyce Gene Tyler

Doyce Gene Tyler, 67, of Smithville, died Jan. 26, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 20, 1944, in Knobel, he had lived in Michigan before moving to Lawrence County 20 years ago. He was self-employed and the owner of Tyler and Sons Construction. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Genelda Tyler; and his parents, Garl and Isabella Boyd Tyler.

Survivors include his wife, Henryetta Tyler; three sons, David Tyler and wife Melissa, Thayer, Mo., and Curtis Tyler and Glenn Tyler and wife Melinda, all of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a daughter, Renee Limpert, Poplar Bluff; a brother, Kenny Tyler and wife Marcia, Camp; a sister, Brenda Bacon and husband Paul, Flint, Mich.; 19 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hillcrest Gymnasium in Lynn with Harold Russell and Tom Barnes officiating. Private burial was under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Steven Tyler, Travis Tyler, Cody Tyler, Anthony Tyler, Jonathan Tyler, Timothy Tyler and Gage Marchant. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Runyan, William Runyan, Danny Roberson and Mike Kean.

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

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Rebecca Warren

Rebecca Inman Warren, 77, of Hoxie, died Jan. 27, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 5, 1934, in Bay, she was the daughter of Alvin and Daisy Shaver Inman. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a homemaker. She was a retired certified nursing assistant at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Joe Warren; two sons, Danny Warren and Billy Dale Warren; and three sisters, Naoma Todd, Lois Cagle and Emma Jean Tillman.

Survivors include a son, Garry Warren and wife Patty, Waynesville, Mo.; three daughters, Brenda Warren and Doris Warren, both of the home, and Patricia Warren and husband Hubert, Portia; and a sister, Frances Pafford, Hoxie.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Billy Mack Jones officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jacob Warren, Billy Warren, Joshua Warren, Charlie Risenhoover, Michael Henson and Jeremy Lewis. Honorary pallbearers were Hubert Workman and Jimmy Dean Dunavin.

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

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