February 08, 2012 Edition

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Births

Brooklynn Piper Tate

Obituaries

Margie Allene Bumpous Junior Lee Butts Frances M. Clark
JoAnn Conatser Rosie Foley Otis T. Gray
Amy B. Hibbard Robert J. Jean Sr. Mardell Lee
J D Roberts James Elbert Rue Emogene Slagley
Bonnie Garrett Smith Johnie E. Stone Beverly J. Sturch
Tony Watson

Births

Brooklynn Piper Tate

Jeremy Tate and Danielle Green of Hoxie have announced the birth of a child, born on Jan. 12, 2012, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Brooklynn Piper Tate.

Grandparents are Scott and Teresa Green of Walnut Ridge and Donnie and Pat Tate of Bono.

Great-grandparents are Dorothy Cummings and Sharon Webb, both of Walnut Ridge, and Isaac Green of Black Rock.

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Obituaries

Margie Allene Bumpous

Margie Allene Bumpous, 51, of Thida, daughter of Mary Perrin of Saffell, died Jan. 31, 2012. Burial was Friday in Brown's Memorial Cemetery at Thida under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport. An online guestbook is available at www.dillingerfuneralhome.com.

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Junior Lee Butts

Junior Lee Butts, 70, of Hoxie, died Feb. 6, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 14, 1941, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryan and Dola Hathcock Butts.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Butts; three daughters, Cindy Brand and Angie Bennett, both of Jonesboro, and Brenda Bobbitt, Dixie; three sons, John Butts, Hoxie, Wayne Compton, Evening Shade, and Robert Compton, Poughkeepsie; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Mike Bennett, Larry Don Bobbitt, Ron Brand, Jonathan Watkins, James Harris and James White. Honorary pallbearer will be Chris Taylor.

Visitation is Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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

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Frances M. Clark

Frances M. Clark, 88, of Portia, died Feb. 2, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 27, 1923, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Frank McCarroll and Johnnie Ward McCarroll Alvarez. She was a homemaker and a member of the Portia Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, S. Lavelle Clark, whom she married Feb. 29, 1948, in Pocahontas; and two sisters, Lillian Weir and Willie McBride.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Clark, Portia; a sister, Flossie Wilson, Malvern; and two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Vic and Patsy Clark, Portia, and Ralph Clark, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Higginbotham Funeral Service with Robert Davis and Darrell Douglas officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Pallbearers were Jim Penn, C.L. Clark, Robert Shelton, Philip Clark, Merle Mitchell and Vic Clark Jr.

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

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JoAnn Conatser

JoAnn Conatser, 75, of Trumann, died Feb. 2, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 2, 1936, in Strawberry, she was a schoolteacher for the Bay, Scranton and Hazen school districts, and was also a home health worker. She lived most of her life in the Trumann area, where she was on the Board of Directors of the Lion's Club and Eastern Star. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Trumann, where she was active in the Awana and Wings programs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Conatser; a son, John Randall Conatser; her parents, Dene and Ruth Mullen West; and a brother, Gary West.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Allen Conatser, Trumann, and Brian Keith Conatser, Russellville; three daughters, Cynthia Gail Barber and husband Kirk, Radcliff, Ky., DeAnna Marie Harrison and husband Jason, Spain, and Jamie Ruth Neal and husband Derek, Topeka, Kan.; two brothers, Danny West and wife Debbie, Okmulgee, Okla., and David West, Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters, Helen Lackey and husband Lloyd, Batesville, and Patty Huskey, Saffell; a sister-in-law, Linda West, Strawberry; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Trumann with Dr. Tad Rogers officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Trumann.

Honorary pallbearers were members of First Baptist Church and the Lion's Club of Trumann.

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

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Rosie Foley

D.S. "Rosie" Foley, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 6, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 18, 1921, in Smithville, he was the son of Dan H. and Maude Spotts Foley. He was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a member of the Jimmy Jeff Sharum Firehouse Boys and First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He served as Lawrence County Sheriff from 1951-1960 and County Judge from 1979-1982. He later held various jobs with the State of Arkansas and was an appraiser for the Jack Cato Association.

He was preceded in death by eight brothers, Wycliff, Hubert, Genes, Ruel, Ursel, Freelin and two infant brothers; a sister, Pauline Norris; and a grandson, Jason Foley.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Hackworth Foley, whom he married Feb. 14, 1948; a son, John Foley, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Stacy McNutt and husband David, West Memphis; two brothers, Tom Foley, California, and Mayo Foley, Oklahoma City; a sister, Oneta Bradley, Wichita, Kan.; four grandchildren, Shane Foley, Danielle Smith, Heather Saylor and Cody McNutt; and five great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Arrangements will be announced by Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Otis T. Gray

Otis Gray, 83, of Hoxie, died Feb. 6, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 2, 1928, in Sedgwick, he was retired from the Crain Company in Jonesboro, and had been a radio dispatcher for the Hoxie Police Department. He also served as a city councilman and was a former fire chief. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his biological parents, Sam and Alice Gray; his guardians, Linus and Maudie Lamb; and several siblings.

Survivors include his wife, Demetra "Mickey" Erwin Gray, whom he married Jan. 11, 1964; a son, Mike Pinkston and wife Donna, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Reva Pierce and husband Sam, Monroe, La.; five grandchildren, Steve, Stephanie, Mya, Samantha and Scottlyn; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Tim Richey, Stan Jones, Barry Tolson, Donnie Roberts, Wesley Gates and Glen Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Prater, Jay Fielder, Curtis Lamb and Drew Tolson.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the women's ministry at First Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 835, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Amy B. Hibbard

Amy B. Hibbard, 50, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 31, 2012, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

She was born May 19, 1961, in New York.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Barbara Hogan.

Survivors include her husband, Poncho Hibbard; a daughter, Christie Hibbard, Pocahontas; two sons, Ben Hibbard and Daniel Hibbard, both of Pocahontas; a brother, Sam Hogan, Florida; and several brothers-and sisters-in-law, Bobby Hibbard, Lonnie and Peggy Hibbard, Donnie and Debbie Hibbard, Brenda and Henry Lindner, Norma and Gary Pickett, Sandra and Bruce Tweedy and Patsy Adams.

A memorial service was held Saturday 11 a.m. at Chesser Cemetery with Gerald Fears officiating. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Robert J. Jean Sr.

Robert Joseph Jean Sr., 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 31, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 9, 1927, at Clover Bend, he was the son of William Harvey and Mary Brady Jean. He was a plumber and served on the Walnut Ridge City Council and the City Water Board. He was an elder of the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge for many years.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Tanner; a brother, Bill Jean; and a great-granddaughter, Reese Avery Anderson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Moore Jean, whom he married Feb. 14, 1947; two sons, Roger Jean and wife Sharon, Hot Springs, and Robert Jean, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Betty Ann Pope and Alda Garland Ramsey, both of Jonesboro; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Charles Tanner, David Jean, Glynn Pope, Adam Jean, Logan Jean and Rob Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Hooten, Ed Baker, Jake Henry, Junior Briner, Ralph Clark and Jim Crews.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter.

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

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Mardell Lee

Mardell Lee, 87, of Winfield, Ill., died Feb. 4, 2012, in Winfield.

Born June 20, 1924, she was the daughter of Buck and Ruth Cross Hulen. She had lived in Swifton as a child, before moving to Illinois, where she lived most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Lee; and a brother, Walter "Dennis" Hulen.

Survivors include a son, William Lee and wife Janet, Winfield, Ill.; a daughter, Pamela Capezio and husband Joseph, Warrenville, Ill.; two brothers, J.D. Hulen and wife Diana, Black Rock, and Ronnie Hulen and wife Joann, Chico, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Danny Capezio, Erin Lee and Evelyn Lee.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial will be in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is Friday, one hour prior to service.

Pallbearers will be J.D. Hulen, Vinson Hulen, J.W. Hulen, Bill Lee, Joe Capezio and Danny Capezio.

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

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J D Roberts

J D Roberts, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 5, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 2, 1929, in Cache Township in Lawrence County, he was the son of Wesley and Jewel Stone Roberts. He was a Korean War veteran and a retail salesman. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Geneva Prentice Roberts, in 2001; a brother, Harold Roberts; and a sister, Thelma Mashburn Hibbard.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Roberts; five sons, Roger Roberts, Knoxville, Tenn., David Roberts, Belleville, Randy Roberts, Parker, Colo., Steve Roberts, Memphis, and Tim Roberts, Pocahontas; two brothers, Thomas Roberts, Jonesboro, and Jesse Roberts, Walnut Ridge; five sisters, Dorothy Russell and Norma Tillman, both of Walnut Ridge, Erma Rider and Judy Bridges, both of Pocahontas, and Linda Milgrim, Black Rock; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Dr. John W. Flowers officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Jason Roberts, Michael Roberts, Daniel Roberts and Marlin Roberts.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m.

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

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James Elbert Rue

James Elbert Rue, 72, of Jonesboro and Walnut Ridge, entered into Heaven on Friday, February 3, 2012, at Batesville Health Care Center.

James was born to Johnny and Helen Blanch Barnett Rue on October 22, 1939, in Ott.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Blanch Barnett Rue; father, Johnny Rue; and two brothers, John William Rue and Roy Wesley Rue. James resided most of his life in the Northeast Arkansas area. He worked for many years as a wholesaler, loading trucks for Jonesboro Grocery. He had many hobbies, including coin collecting and arrowhead collecting, as well as a love of history.

James is survived by his wife, Sherry Ann Rue of Batesville; daughter, Tona Hubble; granddaughter, Brandy Michelle Hubble and son-in-law, Michael Wayne Hubble, all of Batesville; a son, James Alton Rue of Sand Springs, Okla.; two brothers, Bobby Dale Rue of Water Valley, Miss., and Charles Lester Rue of Pocahontas; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at Leota Church of Christ in Leota, Mo., with minister Dennis McCarty officiating. Burial was in the Free Union Cemetery. Higginbotham Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

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

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Emogene Slagley

Emogene Slagley, 85, of Swifton, died Feb. 4, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 3, 1926, in Cave City, she was the daughter of William Arthur Hendrix and Willie Mae Crow. She was a member of the Swifton First Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Woodrow Slagley, on July 21, 2011, whom she married April 3, 1943; two brothers, Lenis Hendrix and George Hendrix; and a sister, Pauline Ray.

Survivors include three sons, David Slagley, Tillman Slagley and Greg Slagley; five daughters, Joann Slavin, Betty Webster, Willie Baker, Mary Jane Faulhaber and Cynthia Buchanan; a brother, Conway Hendrix; a sister, Edna Mae Baze; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton First Assembly of God Church. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.

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

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Bonnie Garrett Smith

Bonnie Garrett Smith, age 82, of Strawberry, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Born Oct. 17, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Pearl Garrett. She was a retired real estate broker and a member of the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Johnny Ewell Smith, whom she married on Aug. 2, 1947; three brothers, Luther Garrett, Vester Garrett and Elmo Garrett; two infant sisters; a grandson, Jonathan Smith and a granddaughter, Keisha Harris.

Survivors include six sons, Ricky and Cynthia Smith of Cave City, David and Pam Smith of Lenexa, Kan., Alan and Shirl Smith of Smithville, Gary and Pat Smith of Tahachapi, Calif., Kenny and Kellie Smith of Batesville, Darrel and Linda Smith of Smithville; two daughters, Karen and Greg Evans of Walnut Ridge, and Karla and Michael Wilson of Cave City; one sister, Vonnie Adams of Walnut Ridge; 23 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will begin Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell with John Freeman and Stanley Vandergrift officiating. Burial will follow in the Lancaster Cemetery located at Strawberry, with arrangements by Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

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

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Johnie E. Stone

Johnie E. Stone, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 6, 2012, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Aug. 19, 1920, at El Paso, he was the son of Elmer and Vera Campbell Stone. He was a World War II Army veteran and a self-employed gravel hauler. He was of the protestant belief.

He was preceded in death by two former wives, Pauline Holder and Henrietta Massey; seven siblings, Elza, Paul, Aubrey, Thelma, Velma, Delrun and Horen; and a grandson, Kim.

Survivors include seven daughters, Linda Debow and husband James, Hoxie, Joan Stout and Lisa Foley and husband Ben, all of Walnut Ridge, Brenda Birmingham and husband Billy, Scappoose, Ore., Janie Carlile and husband David and Cyndi Wood and husband Ronnie, all of Paragould, and Jennifer Graves and husband Mike, Marmaduke; two sons, Larry Stone and wife Beverly, Tonganoxie, Kan., and Gary Stone and wife Amelia, Anthem, Ariz.; two brothers, Charles Stone, Jonesboro, and William Stone, Las Vegas; a sister, Bernice Grey, Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren, Jim, Angel, Dawn, Kelly, Samantha, Amy, Lindsey, Tasha, Trevor, Garrott, Hunter, Erika, Tiffany, C.J., Jacey, Brittney, Spencer and Shyanne; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Sam Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Hunter Prince, Trevor Brown, Garrott Wood, Derek Woodard, Ty Woodard and Spencer Foley.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.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; 13 grandchildren, Matt Callahan and wife Sarah (Segraves) and Ty Callahan, Walnut Ridge, Nate Parrish, Kristin Parrish and Brooke Parrish, all of California, Paige (Sturch) Russell and husband Wayne, Jonesboro, Tommie Nicole Sturch, Strawberry, Brandon Sturch, Pocahontas, Kimberly Sturch, Megan Bower, Bradley Sturch, all of Colorado, Emily Vaughan and Steven Vaughan, Texas; and 10 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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Tony Watson

Tony Wesley Watson, 60, of Saffell, died Jan. 30, 2012, in Batesville.

Born Oct. 27, 1951, in Jonesboro, he had worked for Townsends Processing Plant in Batesville for 26 years. He had also worked for Crabtree Farms and Freshour Road Construction Company. He was a member of the Strawberry Southern Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvel E. and Ollie Ripka Watson; a sister, Dolly Schwartzentraub; and an infant brother.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Mary Nevins Watson; a son, Daniel Watson and wife Amber, Saffell; three brothers, W.O. Watson and Arlin Watson, both of Strawberry, and Gene Watson, Sulphur Rock; three sisters, Mary Kendall, Cherry Valley, Geneva Keck, Cord, and Barbara Ann Burtcher, Sulphur Rock; and a granddaughter, Alexandra Watson.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Crouch-Magee Funeral Home in Cave City with Dan Tipton officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jerry Smith, Tim Halfacre, B.J. Goings, Harry Keck, Robert Watson, Tommy Pagen, Wayne Smith and Lavon Huskey. Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Dailing, Mike Wilmuth, Norm Saffell, Harold Lance, Bill Patterson, Freddie Rogers, the Legacy Hospice staff, members of the Saffell Volunteer Fire Department, nurses of the fourth floor of White River Medical Center, Dr. Ron Bates and Dr. K. Raman Desikan.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207.

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

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