December 26, 2012 Edition

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Asa Dotson Davian Asher Strickland


Lester Brown Ilene Burgess Pearlie Eyvonne Burks
Ruth Smith Clark Phyllis Jean DeMille Wanda Lee Middlecoff
Geraldine Ray Sammy Lawrence Sutton Billie Salvon Woodson


Asa Matthew Bentley Dotson

Matthew and Mikah Dotson of Black Rock have announced the birth of a son on Nov. 19, 2012, at UAMS in Little Rock.

The baby weighed four pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Asa Matthew Bentley Dotson.

Grandparents are Toledo Ann Smith of Black Rock and the late Ray Warner Smith and Charlotte Dotson of Hoxie and the late Samuel Micheal Dotson.

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Davian Asher Strickland

Katy Strickland of Walnut Ridge has announced the birth of a son, born Dec. 9, 2012, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Davian Asher Strickland. He has three siblings, Blaze Logan Sheffield, eight; Ember Christine Strickland, five; and Kenneth Cole Hancock Strickland, three.

Grandparents are Pamela C. Ray of York, Ala., and Kenneth C. Hayes Jr. of Middletown, N.Y.

Great-grandparents are David Anderson and Anna Anderson, both of California, and Kenneth C. Hayes Sr. of Middletown, N.Y.

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Lester Brown

Lester Cordell Brown, died Dec. 20, 2012.

Born Feb. 19, 1934, he was the son of Willie and Lillie Brown.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Willie Ray Brown; and a sister, Ruby Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Verda Brown; two daughters, Stacy Throesh, Pocahontas, and Shelly Newell and husband D.J., Imboden; a sister, Dortha Wells, Ravenden; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at Yadkin Cemetery under the direction of Taylor-Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Kevin Montgomery, Ronald Dulgar, Ernie Brown, David Wells, Ronnie Wells and Jimmie Wells. Honorary pallbearer was Greg Deloach.

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Ilene Burgess

Alma Ilene Burgess, 87, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 19, 2012, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born Dec. 16, 1925, in O'Kean, she was the daughter of James Sr. and Alma (Penny) Dean.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Burgess; a son, Dennis Burgess and wife Becky, Smithville; a daughter, Peggy Allen and husband Luther, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Mary Lou Higgins, Pocahontas; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Derek Collins and Gerald Dean officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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Pearlie Eyvonne Burks

Pearlie Eyvonne Burks, 60, of Sulphur Rock, died Dec. 20, 2012, at her home.

Born Sept. 21, 1952, she lived near the Lawrence and Sharp County line for over 40 years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cave City Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Vonnie Adams.

Survivors include her husband, J.C. Burks; two daughters, Lisa Aaserud, Sulphur Rock, and Patty Albee, Maine; a son, Jason Burks, Sulphur Rock; four sisters, Jennie King and Tonia Goad, both of Jonesboro, and Mary Adams and Carmen Stayton, both of Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren, Valerie Aaserud, Matthew Aaserud, Stephanie Albee, George Albee and George Harlan; and six great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held Saturday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Kelly Cemetery.

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Ruth Smith Clark

Ruth Olena Smith Clark, 90, died Dec. 18, 2012, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 1, 1922, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Robert and Bessie Miller Smith. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of the Church of Christ in Imboden. She was a nurses's aide at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Wilkerson and Victor Clark; a son, Jimmy Dee Smith; three brothers, Leonas Smith, Gene Smith and Billy Smith; and a sister, Pauline Gilbert.

Survivors include two sisters, Wilma Gilbert and Elwanda Taylor, both of Imboden; a grandson, Dean Smith and wife April, Imboden; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Morgan Smith and Jacob Dean Smith.

Graveside service was Friday at 11 a.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge and Lynn.

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Phyllis Jean DeMille

Phyllis Jean DeMille, 64, of Springfield, Mo., died Dec. 18, 2012, at Mercy Hospital.

Born April 7, 1948, in Hoxie, she was a graduate of Hoxie High School. She worked for many years at Zenith and Litton Industries. She was a member of BPOE Elks Lodge #409 and attended South Haven Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clinton and Elma Anderson Scudder; and a sister, Mary Adcox.

Survivors include her husband, Bill DeMille, whom she married in 1982; a son, Michael Taylor and wife Nina, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Nita Griffis and husband Larry, Ozark, Mo., and Corliss Potter, Rolla, Mo.; two brothers, Lonnie Scudder and wife Gina, Paragould, and Donnie Scudder and wife Janell, Springfield, Mo.; and two granddaughters, Andrea Taylor and Ally Taylor.

Graveside service was Friday at 10 a.m. at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery with Chaplain Darren Tourville officiating. Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 2053-D South Waverly, Springfield, MO 65804 or the National Kidney Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Ste. 204, Overland Park, KS 66202.

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Wanda Lee Middlecoff

Wanda Lee Middlecoff, 75, of Hoxie, died Dec. 19, 2012, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 8, 1937, at Portia, she was a cook for several years at Hoxie High School and was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Thomas and Ethel May Kildow Knight; a sister, Dorothy Mullens; and infant twin brothers.

Survivors include her husband, Veride Middlecoff, whom she married Dec. 27, 1952; four daughters, Becky Ditto, Hoxie, Brenda Huey, Grubbs, Linda Gaines, Walnut Ridge, and Bonnie Yasler, Ravenden; a son, Cary Middlecoff, Imboden; a brother, Elmer Knight, Paragould; four sisters, Judy Toler and Gerladine Hager, both of Hoxie, Diane Bowen, Lonoke, and Zelma Knotts, Burlington, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Frost officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were David Ditto, Christopher Ditto, Michael Gaines, Tanner Middlecoff, Travis Middlecoff and Coy Yasler.

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Geraldine Ray

Geraldine Ray, 88, of Pocahontas, formerly of Lawrence County, died Dec. 17, 2012.

Born April 20, 1924, in Success, she was the daughter of Charlie and Ura Carter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Ray; a son, Walter Ray; two brothers, Kermit Carter and Lester Carter; a sister, Viva Jean McConnahay; and a grandson, Joseph Hausman.

Survivors include four sons, Albert Ray, Stokes, Rickey Ray, Maynard, and Ronnie Ray and Michael Ray, both of Pocahontas; four daughters, Carolyn Starling, Marilyn Hausman and Pamela Phillips, all of Pocahontas, and Patricia "Pat" Hausman, Bono; five siblings, J.W. Carter and Homer Carter, both of Supply, Gentlelee Hinklin and Sharon French, both of Doniphan, Mo., and Peggy West, Oklahoma; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Burial was in Pitman Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

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Sammy Lawrence Sutton

Sammy Lawrence Sutton, 69, of Smithville, died Dec. 17, 2012, at a local hospital.

Born June 24, 1943, in Des Arc, he was of the Christian faith.

He served in the U.S. Navy, retiring after 24 years of service. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, a Good Conduct Medal with three Stars, the Meritorious Unit Commendation with one Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Star, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one Star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Paulette Sutton, on Oct. 22, 2011; his parents, James Franklin and Joy Gross Sutton; a brother, Bennie Sutton; and two sisters, Elsie Crymes and Ruth Sutton.

Survivors include a son, Tony Sutton, Lynn; three daughters, Tammy Nichols, Nashville, Ark., and Linda Hightower and Norma Joy Sutton, both of Lynn; five brothers, Elmo Sutton, Frank Sutton and Bruce Sutton, all of Des Arc, David Sutton and Darrell Sutton, both of Carlisle; five sisters, Judy Barnett, Crossett, Dora Dean Snyder, Hazen, Larinda Childers and Darline Lumpkin, both of Des Arc, and Norma Gail Shelby, Star City; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bold Springs Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Deshawn Pankey officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Hardy & Loresa's Family Funeral Service of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Andy Childers, Gary Collins, Wesley Barnett, Tim Mansfield, Vincent Barnett, Justin Eans, Steve Birmingham and Jason Sutton. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Staley and Mike Hightower.

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Billie Salvon Woodson

Billie Salvon Woodson, 63, of Portia, died Dec. 21, 2012, at his home.

Born March 5, 1949, in Black Rock, he lived most of his life in Lawrence County. He owned and operated Woodson's Tree Service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Mary Pearl Woodson; and two brothers, Paul Woodson and Charles "Porky" Woodson.

Survivors include two daughters, Connie Woodson, Portia, and Billie Jean White, Jonesboro; a son, John Koch, Hawaii; three brothers, Jewel Woodson, Hoxie, John Woodson, Michigan, and J.J. Woodson, Jonesboro; a sister, Elaine Sillers, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild on the way.

Private services are under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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