March 28, 2012 Edition

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Births

Gabriel Dwayne Taylor

Obituaries

Billy J. Bilbrey Mary Lee Boozer Marjorie Carpenter
Olive Evelyn Cobble Gaylon Crain Eula Mae Hampton
Velma Howard William Roe Hutson Wilda Norraine Keton
Dorothy Ripka Mason Mavis Miles Thelma Powell
Karen Simmons Faye Ellen Smith

Births

Gabriel Dwayne Taylor

Billy and Britney Taylor of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born on Feb. 27, 2012, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Gabriel Dwayne Taylor. He has one sister, Carlee Grace Taylor, two.

Grandparents are Dwayne and Cindy Fultner of Hoxie, Emma Day of Pocahontas and Billy Taylor Sr. of Marked Tree.

Great-grandparents are John and Jessie Fultner of Hoxie, Gary and Sally Jones of Ravenden and Carolyn Sheets of Cherokee Village.

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Obituaries

Billy J. Bilbrey

Billy Joe Bilbrey, 79, of Spotsylvania County, Va., passed away March 26, 2012, at his home.

Mr. Bilbrey was a native of Smithville. He was a beloved father, husband, grandfather and brother.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley A. Bilbrey; his daughters, Katrinka J. Craig and Melody A. Van Pelt, both of Fredericksburg, Va., and Ginger Otstott, Lake Stevens, Wash.; four grandsons; two great-grandchildren; and his brother, Devoe Bilbrey, Sterling, Ill.

Services will be private. Covenant Funeral Service of Fredericksburg, Va., has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Mary Lee Boozer

Mary Lee Boozer, 85, of Bigelow, formerly of Hoxie, died March 21, 2012, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Born April 4, 1926, in Russellville, Ala., she was the daughter of Robert Lee and Ader Elizabeth Brimmer Hawkins. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bono United Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Boozer; a son, Orvil Lee Boozer; and four siblings, Ben Hawkins, Doyle Hawkins, Donald Hawkins and Lois Ridge.

Survivors include seven daughters, Ruby James, Mary Liles and Margaret Hill, all of Walnut Ridge, Brenda Story, Batesville, Connie Stowers, Maynard, Charlotte Cornett, Texarkana, and Sharon Trinidad, Bigelow; three sons, Andrew Boozer and Larry Boozer, both of Bigelow, and Jerry Boozer, Bono; a brother, Bud Hawkins, North Carolina; 36 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at First United Pentecostal Church in Pocahontas. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Marjorie Carpenter

Marjorie Carpenter, 77, of Knobel, died March 26, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 30, 1934, in Browning, Mo., she was the daughter of Raymond and Nellie Wertenberger. She was a homemaker and a member of the Delaplaine Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn McNabb; two brothers, Jay Wertenberger and Chester Wertenberger; and a sister, Josephine Shipley.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Gene Carpenter, whom she married Oct. 6, 1967; two sisters, Mary Collins, Brookfield, Mo., and Carolyn Hambrick, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; and three grandchildren, Justin Eric Carpenter, Stephanie Ashton McNabb and Kelly Jean McNabb.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Delaplaine Baptist Church with Rev. Don Settles officiating. Burial will be in Hosea Cemetery at Knobel under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home of Corning.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8.

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

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Olive Evelyn Cobble

Olive Evelyn Cobble, 98, of Walnut Ridge, died March 27, 2012, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 13, 1913, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Wilburn and Minnie Carter Cook. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of Free Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Howard Turner and Julius Cobble; two sons, James McGuffey and Harley Turner; two brothers, Harley Cook and Harvey Cook; and a granddaughter, Sandra Turner.

Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn Williams, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with L.J. Hogue and Don House officiating. Burial will be in Calvin Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Troy Cooper, Chad Moore, Chuck Thielemier, Charles Thielemier, Dustin Thielemier and Edward Williams.

Visitation is Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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

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Gaylon Crain

Roy Gaylon Crain, 66, of Jonesboro, died March 20, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in Memphis.

Born Nov. 24, 1945, at Ravenden Springs, he received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from Arkansas State University.

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1968. He was a captain in the 101st Airborne Division, in which he served in Vietnam as a company commander. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal.

After his discharge, he entered the manufacturing industry and served as operations manager for Skil Corp. in Walnut Ridge for 14 years. He was also vice-president of manufacturing with Louisville Ladder in Louisville, Ky., for seven years.

After retirement, he became a real estate agent with Fred Dacus Associates in 1996. He was a member of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sons of the American Revolution and the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleatus and Mary Farmer Crain; and a brother, Ralph Crain.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Cathy Seats Crain; a son, Clay Crain and wife Stephanie; a daughter, Stephanie Crain Busch and husband Brenton; a sister, Cleata Daniel and husband James; and four grandchildren, Kirk Busch, Connor Crain, Logan Busch and Collin Crain.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Chris Cooper officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Stan Daniel and David Daniel, Tommy White, Ralph Crain Jr., Josh Seats and Lynn Harmon. Honorary pallbearers were the office and staff of Fred Dacus Associates, Billy Cribbs and Bill Keith.

Memorials may be made to Cornerstone United Methodist Church or to the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, 1634 Eye St., Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20006.

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

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Eula Mae Hampton

Eula Mae Hampton, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died March 23, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 3, 1939, in Powhatan, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of the Christian Assembly Church in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Hampton; her parents, James and Lillie Flood Mashburn; a sister, Gladys Mashburn; and four brothers, Eugene Mashburn, Shorty Mashburn, William Mashburn and James Monroe Mashburn.

Survivors include a daughter, Carletta Mashburn, of the home; and three sisters, Ruth Boggs and Evelyn Phillips, both of Powhatan, and Lula Taylor, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Christian Assembly Church in Hoxie with Keith Wooldridge and Steve Alexander officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Matthew Taylor, James Rouse, Van Hinds, David Allen, Don Smith and Andy Huttig. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Taylor and Narvel Phillips.

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

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Velma Howard

Velma Wooldridge Howard, 92, of Cave City, formerly of Hoxie, died March 16, 2012, at a Batesville hospital.

Born Nov. 12, 1919, in Cave City, she was the daughter of James E. and Lillie Ann Wooldridge. She retired from International Shoe Factory in Batesville after 24 years and was a seamstress. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Taylor Howard; a son, Gary Taylor Howard; and a sister, Eara Lee Nicholson.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Howard Wilkes, Cave City; four grandchildren, Barry A. Wilkes, Brandt Wilkes, Susannah Vincent and Julie Fillingim; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Cave City with Bro. Stanley Vandergrift and Rev. Roger Hook officiating. Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery, near Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Warren Willette, Cody Vincent, Jack Wallis, Josh Petkovich, Eugene Heath and Joey Carpenter. Honorary pallbearers will be Barry A. Wilkes, Brandt Wilkes, John Fillingim, Mattheu Allen, John Yoshita, and the congregations of Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church of Cave City.

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William Roe Hutson

William Roe Hutson, 79, of Rockford, Ill., father of Gary Hutson of Walnut Ridge, died March 20, 2012. Burial was Saturday in Scandinavian Cemetery under direction of Delehanty Funeral Home of Loves Park, Ill.

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Wilda Norraine Keton

Wilda Norraine Hayden Keton, 89, of Swifton, died March 23, 2012.

Born Jan. 20, 1923, in Stafford, Kan., she was the daughter of John Henry and Elizabeth Hayden. She was a past president of the PTA, a 4-H leader and an active member of the Arnold and Swifton Churches of Christ. She served as an officer of the Alicia chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Keton; four brothers, Trenton Hayden, Sam Hayden, Albert Hayden and Chet Hayden; and a sister, Billie Munden.

Survivors include two sons, Taylor Keton and wife Jeanie, Jonesboro, and Fred "Butch" Keton and wife Beckie, Swifton; two daughters, Peggy Alexander, Jonesboro, and Erma Bailey and husband Paul, Cabot; a brother, John Henry Hayden and wife Bernice, Stafford, Kan.; a sister, Naoma Rundell, Ulysses, Kan.; 10 grandchildren, Brooke Briske, Chris Keton, Joe Keton, Amy Grissom, Kelly Ward, Marc Keton, Jackie Brickey, Kasey Carter, Tracy Bailey and Aaron Bailey; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Marty Harvey, J.Q. Harvey, James Adams, Bobby Holt, Tim Higgins and Robert Tempelton.

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

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Dorothy Ripka Mason

Dorothy Ripka Mason, 86, of Batesville, died March 18, 2012, in a Batesville hospital.

Born Nov. 8, 1925, in Lynn, she was the daughter of William Miles and Sara Lorinda Chambless Ripka. She was a member of the Full Gospel Fellowship Church and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Beauchamp; six sisters, Pearl Hawkin, Ollie Watson, Alice Henderson, Gracie Duncan, Alpha Payne and Dona Worthem; two brothers, Walter Ripka and Charles Ripka; three stepsons, Archie Mason, Robert Beauchamp and Gene Mason; a stepdaughter, Ramona Roofe; a grandson; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include her husband, Paul Mason; a son, Paul David Beauchamp and wife Flora, Batesville; three daughters, Deloris Tharp and husband Jim, West Plains, Mo., Naomi Price, Batesville, and Sherita Johnson and husband Daniel (Paul), Drasco; a stepson, Kenneth Mason and wife Kathleen, Batesville; two stepdaughters, Paulette Reid and husband John, and Jane Martin and husband G.A., all of Harrison; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Full Gospel Fellowship Church with David Adams and Barbara Bullard officiating. Burial was in Lee Chapel Cemetery in Batesville under the direction of Willis-Hays Funeral Service.

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

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Mavis Miles

Mavis Leah Lincoln Miles, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died March 25, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 25, 1921, in Hazel Green, Ala., she was the daughter of Claude and Robbie Crabtree Lincoln. She lived in Memphis most of her life before moving to Lawrence County 25 years ago. She worked in the family-owned dry cleaning business and was a homemaker. She was of the Southern Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woody Miles; a son, Larry Miles; two brothers, Carroll Lincoln and Thomas Lincoln; and a grandson, Mark Miles.

Survivors include a daughter, Lyn Kirksey, Hoxie; a son, Michael Miles, Hoxie; a sister, Odene Short, Memphis; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is today at 11:30 a.m. at Forrest Hills East Cemetery in Memphis under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Thelma Powell

Thelma Imogene Winchester Powell, 90, of Imboden, passed away March 25, 2012.

Born July 30, 1921, in Imboden, she was the daughter of the late William Owen Winchester and Eula Mae Weir Winchester. She was a member of the Black Rock Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harmon T. Powell, whom she married Aug. 4, 1940; and a son, Robert L. Powell; a sister and three brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Albert Powell and wife Barbara and Gerald Powell and wife Connie, all of Imboden; four sisters, Mary Ann David, Walnut Ridge, Ernestine Brewer and Ruth Smith and husband J.B., all of Black Rock, and Martha Sellers, Warsaw, Ind.; a brother, Robert Winchester and wife Vetrix, Pocahontas; four grandsons, Bill Powell and wife Janna, Imboden, David Powell, Paragould, Mark Powell and wife Deena, Batesville, and Jason Powell and wife Keri, Hot Springs; six great-grandchildren; and three foster great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Gaylon Russell officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Powell, David Powell, Mark Powell, Jason Powell, Bobby Powell and Buford Eagan. Honorary pallbearer will be Judson Spellings.

Visitation is tonight from 5-8 p.m.

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

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Karen Simmons

Karen Simmons, 74, of Jonesboro, died March 17, 2012, in Little Rock.

Born April 18, 1937, in Springfield, Mo., she graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1955 and lived most of her life in Jonesboro. She was a homemaker and a member of the Blessed Sacrement Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris Simmons; and her parents, Ed and Faye Ray.

Survivors include a daughter, Teresa Wheeler, Maumelle; a sister, Patsy Keathley, North Little Rock; a sister-in-law, Aliene Simmons, Jonesboro; and two grandsons, Matthew Wheeler and Andrew Wheeler.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday, March 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrement Catholic Church in Jonesboro with Rev. Jack Vu officiating. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Matthew Wheeler, Andrew Wheeler, Al Brodell, Dustin Keathley, Drew Keathley and Derek Keathley.

Memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 720 S. Church St. Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Faye Ellen Smith

Faye Ellen Smith, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died March 22, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 11, 1918, in Mammoth Spring, she was the daughter of Forrest and Lou Woods Banks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Odis Smith; a son, Odis Lester Smith; two sisters, Lori Humphries and Dorothy Holder; and a brother, William Banks.

Survivors include two children, Ervin Smith, Black Rock, and Lula Chastain, Hollister, Mo.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cox-Higginbotham Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Bryant officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Steve Prisliski, Jay Langley, Donnie Callahan, Chad Tweety, Ian Smith and Sam Langley.

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

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