November 7, 2012 Edition

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Sadie Maddox Noblin


Morgan ~ Wallis


Rickey V. Couch Terry Alan Draby Harry Hicks
Dr. Ralph Joseph William A. Little Vastena Obarts
William Albert Sparks Jr. Clyde L. Tyler


Sadie Maddox Noblin

Curtis and Meagan Noblin of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 30, 2012, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed six pounds, five ounces, and has been named Sadie Maddox Noblin. She has one sister, Sydney, three.

Grandparents are Bruce and Rhonda O'Connor of Hoxie, Belinda Noblin of Hoxie and Rodger Noblin of Highland.

Great-grandparents are Peggy McCluskey of Walnut Ridge, Harvey and Ann Noblin of Hoxie, Ron and Barbara Brown of Minturn and Larry Dulaney of Jonesboro.

Ruby Powers of Hoxie is the great-great-grandmother.

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Morgan ~ Wallis

Mart and Sherri Morgan of Lynn have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sloane Allison Morgan, to Cody Dwayne Wallis, son of Shawn Wallis of Walnut Ridge and the late Ben Wallis.

The bride-elect is a 2001 Lynn High School graduate and a 2010 Arkansas State University graduate.

She is employed as a teacher at Trumann Intermediate School.

The prospective groom is a 2006 Hoxie High School graduate and a 2010 Williams Baptist College graduate.

He is employed at Trumann School as a football coach.

The couple will exchange in vows at the Trumann Country Club on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the country club.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Rickey V. Couch

Rickey V. Couch, 59, of Copperas Cove, Texas, died Nov. 2, 2012, following a short illness.

Born Nov. 19, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, he served in the U.S. Army for 23 years before retiring as a Command Sergeant Major.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Sue Whitmire; and two brothers, Winifred Couch and Harold Couch.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Lenora Couch; three daughters, Jessie Couch, Kempner, Texas, Chelsea Schmalzried, Butte, Mont., and Portia Patrick, Deltona, Fla.; two brothers, Darrell Couch, Roanoke, Va., and Doug Couch, Jonesboro; and two grandsons, Nicholas Schmalzried and Sean Schmalzried.

A memorial service was held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Pearl, Texas. Heart of Texas Cremation & Burial Service had charge of arrangements.

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Terry Alan Draby

Terry Alan Draby, 55, of Hampton, Ga., died Oct. 26, 2012.

Born Dec. 22, 1956, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Lee and Louise Draby.

Survivors include a daughter, Angelique Draby, Troy, Mo.; a sister, Barbara Dahm, Hoxie; two brothers, Bob Draby, Griffin, Ga., and Bill Draby, Hampton, Ga.; and his stepmother, Sandra Draby, Hampton, Ga.

No funeral arrangements were made. The body was cremated.

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Harry Hicks

James Harold "Harry" Hicks, 76, of Walnut Ridge, passed from this life Saturday at his home.

He was born Feb. 9, 1936, in Walnut Ridge, to T.W. and Freda Slayton Hicks. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a farmer and owner of Hicks Farms.

He served on the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission and was a chartered member of the Walnut Ridge Jaycees. He also served on the Walnut Ridge Park Committee and was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ.

Harry loved to deer hunt, was an avid wakeboarder and was the best grandpa anyone could ever have. His favorite saying was, "Couldn't have asked for better family and friends." He often made the statement, "I wouldn't change a thing."

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Robert Hicks.

He is survived by his wife, Mona Hicks, of the home; sons, Tori Hicks and wife Misti of Walnut Ridge, and Kirk Hicks of North Little Rock; sister, JoAnn Hager and husband Terry of Cabot; grandchildren, Robert Hicks and wife Jenny, Taylor and Cole Hicks; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Gatlin Hicks.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial followed in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were Joe Hicks, Tori Hicks, Kirk Hicks, Taylor Hicks, Cole Hicks and Robert Hicks. Honorary pallbearers were James Manning, Jerry Cox, Johnny Gaither, Josh Blakeney, Garland Gilmore, Albert Leatherberry, Heath Hager and Charles Broadway.

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Dr. Ralph Joseph

Dr. Ralph Farris Joseph, 87 of Walnut Ridge, passed from this life Thursday, Nov. 1, at St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born December 15, 1924, in Black Rock to Frank and Fern Waldron Joseph, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and graduated from Black Rock High School as valedictorian of his class in 1942.

He attended Arkansas State University for two years before being accepted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He graduated from UAMS in 1947 with his Doctor of Medicine Degree and started his practice in Walnut Ridge in 1948.

He was instrumental in the founding of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he continued to practice medicine as a member of the medical staff.

He founded the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Program in Lawrence County. He was a member of the Rotary Club and served many years with the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission. He received numerous awards and recognitions through the years for his medical and civic leadership. He was an elder and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Gayola Joseph; and one daughter, Patricia Joseph.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Joseph, of the home; two sons, Dr. Ralph Joseph II, and Dr. William Joseph and wife Diane, all of Little Rock; a sister, Imogene Snodgrass of Jonesboro; a stepdaughter, Jean Gramling, Jonesboro; two stepsons, Steve Lutterloh and wife Amy, Memphis, and Brooks Lutterloh and wife Sherry, Chapel Hill, N.C.; six grandchildren, Patrick Joseph, Elizabeth Joseph, Eric Joseph, Zachary Joseph, Alex Joseph and Lauren Joseph; and step-grandchildren, Whitney Gramling, Meagan Gramling, J.P. Lutterloh, Charles Lutterloh, Liana Bowlin and Amy Postlethwaite; and five step-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge with Susan Weeks and Debbie Spangler officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Visitation will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to the Ralph Joseph Youth Leadership Program, P.O. Box 85, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476 or the First Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge.

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William A. Little

William A. "Bill" Little, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born November 28, 1918, in Lawrence County, he was the son of John Budgie and Laura Ingram Little. He was a farmer and raised catfish. He was a member of the Cross Roads Baptist Church at Portia.

He was untied in marriage to Valarie (Connie) Hancher on Sept. 2, 1984. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Woodrow Little, Rudy Little and Pete Little; and four sisters, Bernice Roth, Lorane Dobbs, Irene Lawson and Lucille Erwin.

Survivors include his wife, Connie Little; a brother, Budgie Little Jr. of Hoxie; two sisters, Ruby Massey of Paducah, Ky., and Faitha Little of Las Vegas; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Howard Pankey and Mike Frost officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Rick Whittington, Jerry Castor, Randy Mitchell, Dennis Little, Stan Smith and Hunter Burris. Honorary pallbearers were the Ricky Burris Sunday School class.

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Vastena Obarts

Vastena Obarts, 86, of Pocahontas, died Oct. 30, 2012, at Randolph County Nursing Home.

Born Nov. 11, 1925, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Obarts. She lived most of her life in Pocahontas and was a beautician and a member of the Pocahontas Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters; and a granddaughter, Jillian Long.

Survivors include a son, Glenn Obarts and wife Kay, Pocahontas; two daughters, Janice Jansen and husband Mike, Pocahontas, and Janie Long and husband Jerry, Burleson, Texas; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

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William Albert Sparks Jr.

William Albert "Dub" Sparks Jr., 81, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 1, 2012, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born March 26, 1931, at Gum Stump, he was the son of William Albert Sr. and Elvis Tippit Sparks. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War. He was a carpenter and a member of the Ephesus Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah Martin Sparks, whom he married July 3, 1955; three sons, Tommy Sparks and wife Linda and Jimmy Sparks and wife Marie, all of Paragould, and Mark Sparks and wife Sandy, Jonesboro; a sister, Earline Brasfield, Boise, Idaho; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Duty Cemetery with Bros. Robert Jones and Dickie Ferguson officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jeremy Sparks, Nathan Sparks, Daniel Sparks, Jesse Baker, Billy Baker and Dickie Ferguson.

An online guestbook is available at

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Clyde L. Tyler

Clyde L. Tyler, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 5, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 10, 1949, in Jonesboro, he was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Travis Pickney Bennett; and a brother, Michael Bennett.

Survivors include two brothers, Gary Bennett, Walnut Ridge, and Reggie Bennett and wife Kathy, Paragould; and two sisters, Janice Seehaver, Weiner, and Debbie Johnson and husband Roger, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Keith Marlin officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Johnson, Jimmy Glidewell, Corey Seehaver, Cody Jones, Vance Ball and Jeffery Glidewell.

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