December 19, 2012 Edition

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Obituaries

Leona Belle Archer William Edward Beller Robert Burns
Vernon James King David L. McGinnis Mary Curtis Mize
James Hardaway Norman Brian Leonard Priest Shirley Ann Rice
William A. Staudt Lorene Watson Carolyn Williams

Obituaries

Leona Belle Archer

Leona Belle Archer, 85, of Ravenden, died Dec. 15, 2012.

Born Dec. 23, 1926, she was the daughter of Herbert and Effie Beavers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Archer; and a sister Marion Saloma.

Survivors include four sons, Harold McKnight, St. Louis, James Archer, Imboden, Ronnie Archer, Aurora, Ill., and Steve Archer, Flippin; a daughter, Barbara Biondo, St. Louis; two sisters, Hellen White and Gracie; a brother, Don Beavers; 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with A.J. Stracener officiating. Burial will be in Opposition Cemetery.

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

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William Edward Beller

William Edward “Eddie” Beller, 69, of Warm Springs, died Dec. 12, 2012, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Sept. 2, 1943, in Newport, he was a retired funeral director and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kim Edward Beller; and his parents, William Nelson and Yvonne Marie Waner Beller.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Marie Myers Beller; a daughter, Jennifer Beller, Warm Springs; three brothers, five sisters and 11 grandchildren.

Burial was Saturday in Duty Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Robert Burns

Robert (H.B.) Burns Sr., 83, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 9, 2012, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

He was a member of Bethesda Healing and Worship Center.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Emma Burns; a daughter and a sister.

Survivors include a son, Robert Burns, Dallas; a daughter, Rhonda Burns Perkins, Hurst, Texas; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Grace Chapel of Woodard Funeral Service in Jonesboro with Rev. Charles Latham officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

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Vernon James King

Vernon James King, 93, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 15, 2012, at the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.

Born Sept. 4, 1919, in Warm Springs, he was the son of James Franklin and Hattie Burrow King. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. He attended Pocahontas public schools, graduating in 1936.

He was a member of the University of Arkansas Class of 1940, where he graduated with a degree in accounting and was a member of Sigma Nu. He also graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1943.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II before returning to Pocahontas, where he practiced law, worked at Pocahontas Federal Savings and Loan and helped run the family-owned Kings Department Store.

He was very active in a number of civic endeavors, including serving on the Chamber of Commerce, the Pocahontas Water and Sewer Commission and the school board, as well as serving as the Pocahontas city attorney. He was a former president of the Pocahontas Rotary Club, of which he was a member for more than 50 years. Vernon also was instrumental in the formation of Rolling Hills Country Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Martha Pickens King, who passed away in 1983; a son, Vernon James “Jim” King Jr.; and a sister, Berniece King Limbaugh.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell Spikes King, whom he married in 1990; a son, William Craig “Bill” King, Cordova, Tenn.; a daughter, Ann King Lawnin and husband Jim, The Woodlands, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Smith King, Johnson; six grandchildren, James

Winston King, Martha Ellen King Myers, Lindsay King Montierth, Nelson Reynolds Lawnin, William Carter Lawnin and Elizabeth Ann Lawnin; five great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas with Rev. Victor Green officiating. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 400 Thomasville Ave., Pocahontas, AR 72455 or to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.

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David L. McGinnis

David L. McGinnis, 58, of Paragould, died Dec. 17, 2012.

Born April 17, 1954, he was the son of James Andrew and Patricia Ruth Batterton McGinnis. He was a contractor for highway construction and was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include a son, Blake McGinnis, Walnut Ridge; and a brother, Jim McGinnis, Jonesboro.

Graveside service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Dr. Bruce Tippit officiating.

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

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Mary Curtis Mize

Mary Curtis Mize, 95, formerly of the Smithville and Jesup areas, died Dec. 11, 2012, at Heavenly Care Residential Home in Pleasant Hill, Calif.

Born Nov. 11, 1917, at Emery, she was the daughter of Calvin and Gracie Binkley Curtis. She was a homemaker and a member of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Concord, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland I. Mize; three brothers, Marion Curtis, Elvin Curtis and Ell Curtis; and a sister, Floy Curtis Short.

Survivors include a son, Mike Mize, Pagosa Springs, Colo.; a daughter, Elaine Little, Concord, Calif.; four grandchildren, Laura Mize, John Mize, Kerry Little and Amanda McDaniel; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Reggie Walling officiating. Burial will be in Parsley Cemetery east of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Mike Mize, Ashith Bolar, Alan Richey, Shelby Richey, Robby Mize and John Little.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 6465 South Yale Avenue, Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74136-7804.

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

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James Hardaway Norman

James Hardaway Norman, 84, of Rose Township, Mich., died Dec. 16, 2012.

Born June 17, 1928, in Strawberry, he was the son of Ephraim and Nettie Ann Doyle Norman. He was the youngest of 13 children. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War. He retired from General Motors after 25 years of service. He was a deacon at the Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Holly, Mich.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Regina Diane Norman; and a son, Michael James Norman.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Imogene Norman; three daughters, Rebecca Stuber and husband David and Tammy Harper, all of Holly, Mich., and Wendy Rumford and husband Chip, Fenton, Mich.; a sister, Alene Holland, Strawberry; seven grandchildren, Nickole Smiles, Jennifer Howe, Annette Harper, James Harper, Thomas Harper, Haley Rumford and Wyatt Rumford; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Dryer Funeral Home in Holly, Mich., with pastors Bobby G. Hopkins and David Stuber officiating. Burial will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Holly, Mich.

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

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Brian Leonard Priest

Brian Leonard Priest, 42, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 14, 2012, at his home.

Born Aug. 25, 1970, in Indianapolis, he was a member of General Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Manuel and Dora Priest and Lonnie and Gracie Snider.

Survivors include a daughter, Katlyn Priest, Rosepine, La.; his parents, Delbert and Syvilla Priest, Walnut Ridge; three brothers, Scott Priest and wife Rhonda, Spring Grove, Pa., Cameron Priest and wife Rita, Black Rock, and David Priest and wife Lisa, Pocahontas; and two grandchildren, Hunter and Peyton.

A memorial service was held Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Shirley Ann Rice

Shirley Ann Rice, 72, of Portia, died Dec. 11, 2012, at White County Medical Center in Searcy.

Born Aug. 5, 1940, in Clover Bend, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a certified nurse's aide. She was a member of the Portia Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Virginia Whaley Terry; and a grandson, Zackary Halbrook.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Glidewell, Portia; a son, Jerry Halbrook and wife Cindy, Brighton, Tenn.; a brother, Kenny Jo Terry, Atlanta; three grandchildren, Heath Ditto, Amber Halbrook and Tyler Halbrook; and her best friend, Bob Dunlap, Portia.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Portia Church of Christ with Darrell Douglas and Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were members of the Portia Church of Christ.

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

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William A. Staudt

William A. Staudt, 68, of Hoxie, died Dec. 17, 2012, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born April 10, 1944, in Jonesboro, he was the owner and operator of the William Staudt Company and Staudt Farms. He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph L. and Elizabeth Brooks Townsend Staudt; and a brother, Rudolph Staudt Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Bonita Kopp Staudt; a daughter, Bonnie Smithee and husband Brad, Paragould; and three grandchildren, Seth Smithee, Hannah Smithee and Abby Smithee.

Funeral is Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Walnut Ridge with Father Mike Sinkler officiating and Deacon Marlyn Tate assisting. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jon Kopp, Matt Kopp, Jonathan Barnhill, Danny Kopp III, Rick Fort and Sam Allen.

Rosary is tonight at 6 p.m. in Bryan Chapel, followed by visitation from 6:30-8.

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

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Lorene Watson

Lorene Watson, 86, of Cabot, formerly of Hoxie, died Dec. 17, 2012, at Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock.

Born March 8, 1926, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Dan and Mary Johnson McGonigal. She had lived in Cabot the past 15 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Cabot.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Watson, in 2002.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Watson Henry and husband Randall, Lebanon, Tenn.; two sons, Wiley Norris Watson and wife Laura, Tucson, Ariz., and William Danny Watson and wife Jimmye Carol, Cabot; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Davis and Dale Bonner officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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

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Carolyn Williams

Carolyn Virginia Watson Williams, 88, of Alicia, died Dec. 7, 2012, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 2, 1924, in Saffell, she was the daughter of William Henry and Etta Whitmire Watson. She was retired from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital dietary department and was a member of the Alicia Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Franklin Williams; a brother, Wiley Watson; two sisters, Lutisha Williams and Novene Rogers; and a granddaughter, Monetta Lynn Corbett.

Survivors include a daughter, Loretta Corbett and husband Larry, Jonesboro; three sons, Ronnie Williams and wife Pam, Bono, Stanley Williams and wife Henrietta, Walnut Ridge, and Dennis Williams, of the home; a brother, Leon Watson, Batesville; six grandchildren, David Corbett, Kris Williams, Rohni West, Michelle Sheets, Joseph Williams and Andrew Williams; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Alicia Baptist Church with Rev. Rick Hart and Bro. Marvin Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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

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