April 18, 2012 Edition

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Johnson ~ DeWitte Lamb ~ Brown


Pauline Clements Ora L. Duncan Vernon Claude Godwin
Ruby Earlean Hanan Wanda Lee Higginbotham Doris M. Jones
Alta Lou Lawson Sam Saffell Sammie Roberta Sharp
Jacqueline Brown Taylor Leonard H. Wall


Johnson ~ DeWitte

Ron and Pam Johnson of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Alyssa Johnson, to David DeWitte, son of Rick and Terrie DeWitte of Maynard.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Linda Johnson of Black Rock, the late Donald Johnson and the late Chester and Kathleen Warnick.

She is a 2005 Hoxie High School graduate and received a Bachelor of Science in family psychology in 2009 from Williams Baptist College with a bachelor's degree in family psychology.

She is employed at Hays in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is employed at Windmill Rice in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows in a double-ring ceremony on May 26, at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Pauline Clements

Pauline Clements of Smithville died April 10, 2012, at Brighton Ridge Health Care Center in Eureka Springs, she was 97 years old.

She was born Nov. 18, 1914, in Smithville, to the late John G. and Addie Davis Penn. She lived in Lawrence County until 1998 when she moved to Jenks, Okla., to be near her son.

She was a member of the Denton Methodist Church until moving and transferring her membership to Walnut Ridge First United Methodist Church, where her membership continued until her death. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, Wednesday Morning Bible Class, Retirees Group, Lawrence County Retired Teachers Association, and a lifetime member of the Arkansas State Retired Teachers Association.

A graduate of Arkansas State University, she taught school in Lawrence County Public Schools for 44 years. Thirty-two of those years were in Hoxie Public Schools, from which she retired.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Tom Craig, who was a World War II casualty; husband, Leslie Clements; son, Gary Clements; and brother, Denton Penn.

Survivors are her sons, Harold (Ann) Craig of Holiday Island, and J.L. (Marilyn) Clements of Greenwood; 10 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; nephews, Denton, Larry and Mart Penn; friends; and many of her former students, whom she fondly remembered as her kids.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Smithville Cemetery with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Services were under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Honorary pallbearers will be Denton (D.M.) Penn, Larry Penn, Mart Penn, Jeff Craig, John Craig, Ronnie Clements, Ragon Clements and former students.

An online guestbook is available at www.coxfh-walnutridge.com.


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Ora L. Duncan

Ora L. Duncan, 89, died April 13, 2012, at the Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born March 19, 1923, in Lynn, she was the daughter of John William and Lucille Howard Stalnaker. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Palmer Duncan, whom she married Aug. 16, 1949, in Lynn; three sons, John Duncan, Lucian Duncan and Steve Duncan; three sisters, Flora Fay Wildrick, Cora Jackson and Pauline Brown; and two brothers, John Stalnaker and David Stalnaker.

Survivors include a daughter, Marie Dunahay, Smithville; two sons, Billy Ray Duncan, Black Rock, and Otis Ray Duncan, Abbieville, La.; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Harold Russell officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at www.coxfh-walnutridge.com

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Vernon Claude Godwin

Vernon Claude Godwin, 103, of Heber Springs, formerly of Strawberry, died April 16, 2012, in Heber Springs.

Born March 25, 1909, at Saffell, he was the son of Wesley and Katie Rainey Godwin. He was an inspector for U.S. Steel in California.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tommy Peterson Godwin, whom he married March 14, 1998; and a daughter, Colleen Johnson.

Survivors include a son, Bill Polston, Pleasant View, Calif.; a daughter, Janice Benscotter, Antioch, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at College City.

Visitation is Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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

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Ruby Earlean Hanan

Ruby Earlean Hanan, 83, of Black Rock, died April 12, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Marvin Earl and Vada Blunt Ragsdale. She had lived in Lawrence County most of her life and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jake Hanan, whom she married March 15, 1943; two sons, Clarence Andrew Hanan and A.J. Hanan; two sisters, Frances Vowell and Patsy Moss; a brother, Herschel Ragsdale; a grandson, Jakie Hanan Jr.; and a great-granddaughter, Addison Hanan.

Survivors include two sons, Don Hanan, Swifton, and Jakie Hanan and wife Joyce, Black Rock; two sisters, Virginia Hall and Judy Douglas, both of Black Rock; three brothers, Earl Ragsdale, Black Rock, Paul Ragsdale, Hoxie, and Noah Ragsdale, Trumann; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were nephews: Larry Ragsdale, Donald Ragsdale, Paul David Ragsdale, Jackie Vowell, Teddy Vowell and Archie Hall.

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

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Wanda Lee Higginbotham

Wanda Lee Higginbotham, 78, of Cardwell, Mo., died April 10, 2012, at Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center in Kennett, Mo.

Born at Strawberry, she was the daughter of R.E. and Marie Collins Lackey. She lived most of her life in Cardwell and was a 1952 graduate of Childress High School. She was a member of the Cardwell United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Higginbotham; and two brothers, Vernon Lackey and Carl Lackey.

Survivors include a son, Mike Higginbotham, Paragould; a daughter, Vickie Jackson and husband Steve, Cardwell; two sisters, Lillian Pittman, Paragould, and Mena Jenkins, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Andrea McDaniel, Matthew Jackson and Taylor Higginbotham; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 1 p.m. at Cardwell Cemetery with Rev. Mark McMinn officiating. Howard Funeral Service of Leachville had charge of arrangements.

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

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Doris M. Jones

A graveside memorial service for Doris M. Dance Jones, formerly of Hoxie, will be held today at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park.

Mrs. Jones, who died last November, was the sister of Lloyd Clark of Powhatan and stepsister of Daisy Wells of Minturn.

Free Street Church of Christ will host a dinner/reception at the fellowship building on Free Street in Walnut Ridge immediately following the service. Mrs. Jones was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ before moving to Rock Falls, Ill., where her daughter and sons lived.

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Alta Lou Lawson

Alta Lou Lawson, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died April 14, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 17, 1920, in the Little Brown community, she was the daughter of Frank and Alma Lou Oden McQuay. She was a lifetime resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of the Cache River Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oakley Ervin Lawson; a daughter, Louis Angeline; two sons, Oakley Lawson and Spurgin Lawson; four sisters, Zora Farmer, Roma Bagwell, Edith Lawson and Nola Cloyd; a brother, Earl McQuay; and a granddaughter, Vanessa Lawson.

Survivors include four sons, Elanzo Lawson and Gene Lawson, both of Sedgwick, Bill Lawson, of the Greensboro community, and Ronnie Lawson, Fontaine; a daughter, Ellen Tilley, Nettleton; 13 grandchildren, Terry Lawson, Micheal Lawson, Pam Koster, Lisa Lawson, Sherry Joseph, Allen Lawson, Misty Rusher, Kimberly Sykes, Mallory Calderon, Angie Lawson, Candis Lawson, Donnie Lawson and Clinton Townsley; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Old Military Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Lawson, Mike Lawson, Allen Lawson, Donnie Lawson, Addison Sykes and Clinton Townsley.

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

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Sam Saffell

James Hollie “Sam” Saffell, 55, of Saffell, died April 10, 2012, in Memphis.

Born Aug. 27, 1956, in Batesville, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of Saffell Missionary Baptist Church. He was a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tommie Saffell.

Survivors include two daughters, Malorie Toland and Lindsey Calhoun, both of Batesville; a son, Justin Saffell, Batesville; his mother, Jo Crabtree, Batesville; a brother, David Hendrickson, Saffell; three sisters, Gwen Edley and Marla Davis, both of Batesville, and Sheila Collins, Cabot; and three grandchildren, with one on the way.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell with Mitch Bell officiating. Burial was in Saffell Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Lynn.

Pallbearers were David Hendrickson, Sam Morgan, Tim West, Rodney Lindsey, Richard Sullivan and Wendell Adams. Honorary pallbearer was Eric Hendrickson.

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

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Sammie Roberta Sharp

Sammie Roberta Sharp, 80, of Buchanan, Tenn., formerly of Hoxie, died April 13, 2012, at her home.

Born Nov. 16, 1931, in West Plains, Mo., she was the daughter of Samuel Robert and Ruie Swindle Jones. She had worked at the Delco Remy factory in Anderson, Ind., and was a member of the Sulphur Well Church of Christ in Springville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Elizabeth Sharp; and four sisters, Hazel Wilcoxson, Jewell Burk, Ruby Johnson and Marie Gay.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Sharp, whom she married July 16, 1948; a daughter, Sheryl Moody and husband Kent, Buchanan, Tenn.; three sons, Bobby Sharp Jr. and Phillip Sharp and wife Susan, all of San Antonio, and Steven Sharp and wife Diana, Wadesville, Ind.; a sister, Judy Reed, Arkansas; a brother, Buck Jones and wife Mabel, Hoxie; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Sulphur Well Church of Christ with Randy Stephens officiating. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery under the direction of Ridgeway Funeral Home of Paris, Tenn.

Family served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Sulphur Well Church of Christ, 1760 Oak Grove Road South, Springville, TN 38256.

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Jacqueline Brown Taylor

Jacqueline Ann “Jackie” Brown Taylor, 79, of Texarkana, Texas, died April 11, 2012, in a Texarkana hospital.

Born Feb. 12, 1933, in Saffell, she was a retired secretary for the East Baton Rouge Parish School system and a member of Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, James Edward Taylor; three daughters, Cathy Henderson and husband Larry, Texarkana, Texas, Laura Hodge and husband Jack, Dallas, and Lisa McFatter and husband Ed, Lake Jackson, Texas; a son, Remmel Taylor and wife Ruth Ann, Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Patricia Williams and husband Keith, Texarkana; and 10 grandchildren, Ashley Henderson, Katelyn Henderson, Luke Taylor, Joel Taylor, Hannah Taylor, Allison McFatter, Jack David Hodge, Samantha McFatter, Caroline McFatter and Natalie Hodge.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Chapelwood Funeral Home in Nash, Texas, with Dr. John Cannon officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Walnut Church of Christ building fund, 2720 Moores Lane, Texarkana, TX 75503.

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

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Leonard H. Wall

Leonard H. Wall, 77, of Walnut Ridge, died April 14, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Oct. 29, 1934, he was the son of Ezra and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Wall. He was in the land clearing business before becoming a farmer and raising cattle. He was a member of the Church of Christ and Woodmen of the World.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, James Wall, Woodrow Wall, Hancil Wall and Truman Wall; and three sisters, Grace Cupp, Kathryn Clubb and Jean Sabo.

Survivors include his wife, Maggie Wall; two sons, Dean Wall and wife Debra, and Steve Wall and wife Christine; two sisters, Clara Carroll and husband Jim, and Genevieve Mangrum and husband Jimmy; and four grandchildren, Courteney Sisk, Caleb Wall, Matthew Wall and Luke Wall.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church near Walcott with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Main Street Church of Christ, 319 E. Main Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or Children's Home, 655 Greene Road 755, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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