April 04, 2012 Edition

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Case Garrison Binkley


Kellett ~ Murphy Kendall ~ Conti


Henan E. Boothe Glendora Carter Fred Pat Casper
Blondie McQuay Robert B. Neely Inez Waldron Riggs
Junior O. Taylor


Case Garrison Binkley

Frank and Brandy Binkley of Imboden have announced the birth of a son, born on Feb. 29, 2012, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

The baby weighed eight pounds, three ounces, and has been named Case Garrison Binkley. He has one sister, Karmyn Gray, 12.

Grandparents are Bill and Patricia Binkley of Walnut Ridge and the late Dennis and Rita Dail.

Mildred Dail of Ravenden is the great-grandmother.

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Kellett ~ Murphy

Ron and Kathy Kellett of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kayla Jo Kellett, to Mark Murphy, son of J.R. and Sherry Murphy of Hoxie and Betty Medlock of Brookland.

The bride-elect is the grandddaughter of the late Glen and Mary Jane Kellett and the late Ernest and Gladys Gates.

She is a 2011 Walnut Ridge High School graduate.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Evelyn Murphy of Walnut Ridge, the late Hoover Murphy and the late Frances Weeks.

He is a 2005 graduate of Black Rock High School.

The couple will exchange vows at the United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge on Saturday at 11 a.m.

All family and friends are invited to the ceremony and the reception, which will follow in the church's fellowship hall.

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Kendall ~ Conti

Sarah Conti became the bride of Troy Kendall in a ceremony on March 22, 2012, on the island Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.

Maid of honor was Tara Kendall, sister of the groom, of Pocahontas, and groomsman was Jeff Brady of Hoxie.

The bride is the daughter of Susan Stallings of Pocahontas and the late James Stallings and Chris Licari of Loves Park, Ill., and the late Jim Bob Licari.

She is a graduate of Black River Technical College in Pocahontas and is employed as an LPN/case manager at Mid South Health Systems in Walnut Ridge.

The bridegroom is the son of Paul and Kathy Kendall of Pocahontas.

He is a student at BRTC in Pocahontas and is employed as an LPN at Lawrecne Hall Nursing Center.

The couple have one daughter, Addison Brea Ward.

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Henan E. Boothe

Henan E. Boothe, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died March 29, 2012, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born April 6, 1919, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of George and Minnie Fry Boothe. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Evergreen General Baptist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Vianna Brumley, Walnut Ridge; a son, Glenn Boothe, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Terry Boothe, Jeff Boothe, Vicky Vest and Gene Brumley; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Marion Stringer officiating. Burial was in Whittaker Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bobby Neal, Junior Rice, Jimmy Boothe, Terry Boothe, Gene Brumley and Michael Vest.

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

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Glendora Carter

Glendora Carter, 81, of Pocahontas, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Randolph County Nursing Home.

Glendora was born Dec. 10, 1930, to Milas and Nora Haynes.

Glendora and C.W. Carter were married on April 7, 1951.

Glendora was preceded in death by her parents Milas and Nora Alread Haynes; six brothers, Warren, James, Raymond, Daily, Carl and Bill; two sisters, Glennis Ogden and Gladys Eddington.

She is survived by her husband C.W. "Dub" of the home; a daughter Linda White of Jonesboro; two sons; Rick (Nanette) and Bruce (Gaye) of Pocahontas; grandchildren, Kara White of Jonesboro, Casey, Kristen and Hannah Carter, all of Pocahontas; and a great-granddaughter, Clara Carter of Pocahontas; and a sister, Hazel Wallis of San Diego.

Glendora was a loving wife, mother and granny, as well as a factory worker at Cinch for 30 years. She was a member of the O'Kean Church of Christ until 2003, when she and Dub moved to Pocahontas and became members of the Skaggs Church of Christ in Pocahontas.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Walnut Ridge Children's Shelter, The Church of Christ Children's Home in Paragould or to the Randolph County Nursing Home Foundation in memory of Glendora.

A Graveside service will be held Thursday, at 2 p.m. in Randolph Memorial Gardens with Darrell Fears officiating.

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

Pallbearers include Chad Williams, Bob French, Brad French, William Haney, Rob Lance, Clay Stroud and Ronnie Parten.

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


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Fred Pat Casper

Fred Pat Casper, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died April 2, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born June 19, 1938, at Eaton, he was the son of Joe and Sarah Mahala Kenter Casper. He was a forklift operator at Tenaco Automotive in Paragould and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Cecil Casper, Thurman Casper, L.D. Casper, Truman Casper, Albert Casper and Roy Casper; and five sisters, Neva Berry, Ethel Berry, Cora Campbell, Louise Casper and Margie Harris.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Lee Johnson Casper, whom he married Oct. 6, 1960; and two sisters, Nadine Goodwin, Lynn, and Clara Wells, Powhatan.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Leroy Scudder officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rob Johnson, Tim Johnson, Ken Polston, Larry Wells, Steve Wells and Gary Casper. Honorary pallbearers will be the workers at Shepherd Care.

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

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

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

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Blondie McQuay

Blondie McQuay, 87, of Jonesboro, died March 28, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born in Mountain View, she lived most of her life in Lawrence and Craighead Counties. She was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl McQuay; two sons, J.R. McQuay and Aubry McQuay; and a grandson, Greg McQuay.

Survivors include four sons, Paul McQuay, Sam McQuay and Roger McQuay, all of Randolph County, and Leroy McQuay, Jonesboro; six daughters, Jean Lee, Bono, Sue Jacobs, Jonesboro, Earline Whybourn, Shelby McQuay and Martha Wood, all of Dallas, and Lisa Rich, Batesville; two sisters, Nara Gardner, Washington state, and Virginia Caples, Bono; 35 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Leroy McQuay, Roger McQuay, Paul McQuay, Paul David McQuay, Travis McQuay and Ryan Johnson.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Cemetery, 4556 CR 318 Road, Bono, AR 72416 or Cache River Pentecostal Church, c/o Rick Hart, 212 Robin Lane, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Robert B. Neely

Robert B. Neely, 87, of Strawberry, died March 27, 2012, at his home.

Born July 15, 1924, in Hillsboro, Ala., he was the son of Frank and Nellie Cottingham Neely. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War, retiring after 21 years of service. He owned and operated a barber shop in Memphis for 10 years before moving to Strawberry.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Kate Smith; two sons-in-law, Alton Flowers and Kurt Bogart; and a stepson, Don Maxie.

Survivors include his wife, Glenda Neely; two sons, Robert H. Neely and wife Willie, Ocean Springs, Miss., and Frank Neely and wife Ronda, Phoenix; five daughters, Wanda Flowers, Batson, Texas, Bobbie Scott and husband Jim, Surprise, Ariz., Debbie Bogart, Kaiser, Ore., Charlene Cain and husband Jason, Ashland City, Tenn., and Louellen Rivard, Phoenix; three stepchildren, Brenda Montgomery and husband Ronnie, Walnut Ridge, and Dannie Maxie and wife Kim and Cindy Maxie, all of Hoxie; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 3 p.m.

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Inez Waldron Riggs

Inez Waldron Riggs died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in Austin, Texas, after a brief illness.

She was born Helen Inez Waldron in Black Rock, to parents R.C. and Lucille Waldron in September 1922. She grew up in Walnut Ridge, attended Arkansas Tech and graduated from the University of Arkansas, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

She married Orval Elmo Riggs of Walnut Ridge in 1942. She and Orval lived in Kansas City, Kan., Oakland, Calif., Dayton, Ohio, and Morgantown and Clarksburg in West Virginia at various times in their lives. Inez made a home and friendships wherever they settled.

Inez was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother and she will be sorely missed by her family and many friends. More than anything else, Inez was dedicated to her family. She spent nearly every waking hour making sure her husband, Orval, and their children - Susan, Tommy and Dianne - were doing well. Her caring and concern lasted long into their adult lives. She made their needs her needs. She instilled in each of her children the importance of education, of religion and the importance of growing up to be a good person.

Every visit to her home or to the homes of her children was accompanied by tins of her homemade chocolate chip cookies, cheese straws and brownies. Not a Christmas or Halloween or Easter or birthday of any of her children or their spouses or any of her nine grandchildren passed without receiving a card from Inez and Orval.

Inez was also active outside her home. She taught elementary school in Jonesboro from 1960-1966 and was actively involved throughout her life with her college sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She and Orval were loyal members of the First United Methodist Church in Little Rock and Little Rock Country Club until their move to Austin last fall.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Orval E. Riggs, M.D. Of their wedding day, Orval wrote that it was "the most important and significant day of his life," and she remained his one true love. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas Steadman Waldron of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Dianne Riggs Espinoza of Austin Texas, and Susan Riggs Runge, M.D. of Chapel Hill, N.C., their families, and the family of her son, Tommy.

She was predeceased by her son, Thomas Richard "Tommy" Riggs, M.D. of Austin, Texas; and her sister, Camille Ellis of Little Rock.

A graveside service was held Monday at 11 a.m. at Austin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas 78705 (512) 452-8811.

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


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Junior O. Taylor

Junior Odell Taylor, 76, of Hoxie, died March 29, 2012, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Jan. 1, 1936, in Franklin, he was the son of Carlton and Anna Belle McElyea Taylor. He was retired from the Jonesboro Sun and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Taylor.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Taylor; and a brother, Elvis Taylor, Jonesboro.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Revs. Dale Hughart and Gaylon Russell officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Tim Richey, Anthony Pinkston, Rod Dobbs, Lanny Leavell, Allen Taylor and Larry Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be B.D. Bunn, Charles Helms, Ed Tannehill and Arthur Robins.

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

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