January 30, 2013 Edition

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Stephen Gerald Boyd III Kypton Matthew Cole


Daniel ~ Allison


Valerie Cheyenne Bailey Helen Tynse Bassett Edward H. Blackwell
Johnny Eugene Bradley Sharlena Butts Delong James L. Evans
Lois Gibson Sandra Joyce Gibson Arthur Ralph Gipson
Bridgett Slusser Helmbrecht Dr. Frank W. Oldham Jr.


Stephen Gerald Boyd III

Liz Campbell and Stephen Boyd Jr. of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son on Jan. 4, 2013, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

The baby weighed 11 pounds, one ounce, and has been named Stephen Gerald "Tripp" Boyd III.

He has an older brother, Isaac Motes, who is 13.

Grandparents are Brady and Teresa Campbell of Hoxie and Steve and Kathy Boyd, all of Hoxie.

He is the great-grandson of Pete Wicker of Hoxie and Tony and Margie Zambrano of Alicia.

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Kypton Matthew Cole

Michael and Jennifer Cole of Cave City have announced the birth of a son on Jan. 18, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Kypton Matthew Cole.

He has an older brother, Landon Cole, who is three.

Grandparents are Scott and Sheila Cole and Cynthia and Todd Milburn, all of Paragould, and Eugene and Patty Dickson of Imboden.

He is the great-grandson of Carl and Francis Herring of Portia, Gene and Geneva Brightwell of Imboden and Eugene and Sonja Cole of Paragould.

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Daniel ~ Allison

Madison Daniel and Josh Allison will exchange wedding vows at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Stan and Maria Daniel of Jonesboro. She is the granddaughter of Virginia Gilliam of Harrisburg and the late Raymond Gilliam and James and Cleata Daniel of Jonesboro and formerly of Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the son of Tim and Linda Allison of Jonesboro. He is the grandson of Christene Holloway of Bono and the late Jack Holloway and G.W. and Fran Allison of Jonesboro.

Madison is a dental hygienist with Higginbotham Family Dental, and Josh is head baseball coach at Valley View School.

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Valerie Cheyenne Bailey

Valerie Cheyenne Bailey, 13, of Evening Shade, died Jan. 22, 2013, at her home.

Born July 12, 1999, Batesville, she was the daughter of Kevin and JoAnn Bailey. She was an eighth-grade student at the Cave City Middle School and a member of the Ash Flat Church of Christ. She enjoyed softball and volleyball.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Roy Bailey, and a cousin, Cynthia Kay Bailey.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Paige Bailey, of the home; and her grandparents, Joyce Bailey, Evening Shade, and Larry and Joyce Davis, Poughkeepsie.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Cave City High School gymnasium with Tommie Boles and Dwight Sharp officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jacob Bailey, Patrick Lovins, Lordest Goodman, Jacob Tipton, Ryan Rosier, Cody Corbitt, Austin Waller and Logan Levitt.

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Helen Tynse Bassett

Helen Lucille Tynse Bassett, 93, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Born Oct. 24, 1919, in Wilson, she was the daughter of Robert Dent and Hazel Followwill Moore. She was a retired bookkeeper and bank teller. She was a member of the Walnut Ridge First United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women's Club and the Garden Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Bassett, on April 26, 2001, whom she married Aug. 11, 1949; her parents, Robert Dent Moore and Hazel Followwill Moore; a son, William Michael Bassett; a sister, Juanita Moore Allen; and a brother, Robert D. "Bud" Moore Jr.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Dudley Bassett, Jonesboro, and Richard Barry Bassett, Little Rock; three sisters, Alyce "Tootsie" Binzer (Bob), Madison, Ind., Jimmye Moore Long, Mertzon, Texas, and Jeannie Moore Smith, Hoxie; two grandsons, Tanner Dudley Bassett (Sarah), Springdale, and Brett Michael Bassett, Little Rock; two great-granddaughters, Ella Marie Bassett and Grace Helen Bassett, both of Springdale; a daughter-in-law, Gari Lyn Bassett, Little Rock; and many other friends and relatives.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Cook officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Grant Smith, Jim Binzer, Billy Long, Danny Gibson, Ray Moseley, John Bland, Greg Evans and Andy Allen. Honorary pallbearers were Allen Smith, Bob Binzer, John Allen, Tom Allen and Robert Tims.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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


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Edward H. Blackwell

Edward H. Blackwell, 82, of Beloit, Wisc., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 26, 2013, at UW Madison Hospital.

Born Oct. 30, 1930, in Arkansas, he was the son of Henry and Mae Whittingham Blackwell.

He worked for many years in the heating and air conditioning industry retiring in 1986. Most recently he was employed at Pioneer Court and Premiere Rehab as a supervisor. He served in the U.S. Army, was a member of American Legion Post 48 and a member of People's Church.

He was preceded in death a granddaughter, Abigail Blackwell.

Survivors include his wife, Cecilia Plude Blackwell, whom he married Feb. 18, 1989, in Rockford; three children, Donnia Rambo and husband Kelly, Jim Blackwell and wife Pat and Keith Blackwell and wife Mary; three stepchildren, Rhonda Niedermeier and husband Jeff, Rod Lee and wife Esther and Michael Lee and wife Mary; a brother, Sonny Blackwell and wife Sandra; a sister, Darlene StockstilL and husband Arthur; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Brian Mark Funeral Home in Beloit with Rev. Truman Turner officiating. Burial with full military rites will be in Floral Lawns Cemetery

Visitation will be Friday morning at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the service.

An online guestbook is available at brianmarkfh.com.

A memorial is being established in his name.

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Johnny Eugene Bradley

Johnny Eugene Bradley, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 22, 2013.

Born Jan. 19, 1944, in Swifton, he was the son of Luther Eugene and Almus Inez Jones Bradley. He was a former employee at Frolic Footwear and was of the Church of Christ belief.

Survivors include three sisters, Thrisa Gentry and husband George, De Valls Bluff, Millie Holland, Memphis, and Lynda Latham and husband Alex, Portia.

Funeral was Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Portia Church of Christ with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Adam Adams and George Gentry. Honorary pallbearers were Victor Clark, Eddie Johnson and Bobby Smith.

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

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Sharlena Butts Delong

Sharlena "Syndi" Butts Delong, 61, of Rogers, died Jan. 19, 2013.

A graduate of Black Rock High School and Blackwood Beauty School, she had lived in Rogers for the past four years. She had been a caregiver for people with special needs since 2006.

She was preceeded in death by a son, Charles Autry Nunally; and her father, John Henry Butts.

Survivors include her mother, Alice McGory Butts, of the home; a daughter, Danielle Sanders, Walcott; a sister, Syrena Price, Greers Ferry; a brother, Ted Butts, Buncombe, Ill.; and a granddaughter, Haley Sanders.

Funeral service was Jan. 28 at Open Door Baptist Church in Rogers.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Focus Day Program Center, located at 717 N. Pruett Street in Paragould.

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James L. Evans

James L. Evans, 73, of Batesville, died Jan. 27, 2013, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Aug. 16, 1939, in Conran, Mo., he resided in Lawrence County prior to moving to Batesville in 1986. He was employed at General Oil Company until his retirement in 2002 and was a member of Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mander Evans; and a brother, Roger Evans.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, June Evans; his mother, Mary Evans, Walnut Ridge; a daughter Natalie Baker and husband Bob, Batesville; three brothers, Mack Evans and wife Dian and Steve Evans, all of Jonesboro, and Greg Evans and wife Karen, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Regina Hayes and husband Gabby, Black Rock; a granddaughter, Jessica Jackson; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral is this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Allen Free Will Baptist Church, located at Southside, with Bro. Tim Campbell and Bro Tim Landers officiating. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, located in Batesville, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Service in Batesville.

Pallbearers are Kevin Evans, Heath Evans, Brandon Evans, Corey Evans, Jace Evans and Larry Upton.

Memorials may be made to Allen Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 629 Allen Chapel Road, Batesville, AR 72501 or to a charity of choice.

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Lois Gibson

Lois Gibson, 68, of Ravenden, died Jan. 23, 2013, at Walnut Ridge.

Born Dec. 7, 1944, she was the daughter of Dudley Richard and Medrith Jewel Headrick Jarrett. She ran a service station with her husband, "Dub."

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Callahan; three brothers, Shelby Jarrett, Junior Jarrett and James Jarrett; a sister, Novalene French; and her parents.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Willard "Dub" Gibson, whom she married Aug. 27, 1969; a son, Ricky Gibson, Russell; a daughter, Jerrie Lawhon, Jacksonville; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Dowell's Chapel Cemetery.

An online guest book is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Sandra Joyce Gibson

Sandra "Sandy" Joyce Gibson, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 24, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born March 7, 1952, in Rochelle, Ill., she had lived in Pocahontas before moving to Lawrence County 28 years ago. She had worked at TRC & Cinch in Pocahontas and was a member of the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Beverly Mae Galback Huffman; a son, Heath Bass; and a brother, Ricky Willis Huffman.

Survivors include her husband, Tommy Gibson; a sister, Carol Stadler, Doniphan, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Gabrielle and Andrew Bass.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Chapel in Walnut Ridge with Rob Combs and Ed Baker officiating. Burial followed in the Aldridge Cemetery near Sedgwick under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at housegreggfh.com.

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Arthur Ralph Gipson

Arthur Ralph Gipson, 89, of Hoxie, died Jan. 21, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 8, 1923, in Randolph County, he was the son of William and Minnie Pearl Mabrey Gipson. He was a longtime resident of Lawrence County and was a machine operator in manufacturing. He was U.S. Army Veteran, having served in the Philippines during World War II.

He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Thelma Gipson; two daughters, Vickie Moreno, San Antonio, and Judith Fuller and husband John, Manchester, Tenn.; a son, Arthur Alden Gipson, Savannah, Ga.; a brother, William Rufus "Dub" Gipson, Pocahontas; and four grandchildren, Anne Ellen DeVerneuil, Eric Moreno, Arthur John Fuller and Bethany Fuller.

Funeral was Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle Church in Hoxie with Ted Shields officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Eric Moreno, Arthur John Fuller, Paul Moore, Shey Flanery, John Duckworth and Davis Rush. Grandchildren served as honorary pallbearers.

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

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Bridgett Slusser Helmbrecht

Bridgett Slusser Helmbrecht, 46, of Biloxi, Miss., formerly of Hoxie, died Jan. 22, 2013, in Biloxi.

A native of Arkansas, she had been a resident of Biloxi for the past seven years. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Billy Gene and Carlene Slusser; her sister, Tina Slusser Richey; her brother, Billy Slusser; and her grandmother, Kathleen Stringer of Mississippi.

Survivors include a daughter, Christy Rawls; two sons, Gerald Wayne Pittman and Jacky Pittman; a sister, Teresa Beebe; a brother Keith Slusser; and three grandchildren, Tyson, Jaylynn and Hayden.

A graveside service will be held at Whittaker Cemetery on Highway 91 in Walnut Ridge on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Dr. Frank W. Oldham Jr.

Dr. Frank W. Oldham Jr. of Jonesboro and Boerne, Texas, passed away on Jan. 22, 2013, at the age of 67.

He is survived by his mother, Nettie Oldham of Jonesboro; his wife, partner and best friend of 43 years, Donna Leonard Oldham, of the home; son, Chad R. Oldham (Tiffany) of Jonesboro, and daughter Whitney Miller of Little Rock; grandchildren Franklin "Wyatt", Nicole, and Ava Oldham of Jonesboro, and Jayden Miller of Little Rock; a sister, Diane Oldham Seymore (Curt), and brother, Shane Oldham, all of Jonesboro.

Additionally, he is survived by his cherished extended family, Bud Leonard (Linda), Judy Smith (Dennis) of Corning, and Charlotte (Ron) Rahm of San Antonio; nephews, Grant Smith, Todd Smith and Eric Leonard; nieces, Daya Seymore Shipman, Alison Zimlich, Melissa Woolard, Julie Almon, Farrah Rahm and Meredith Oldham.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank W. Oldham Sr.; and a brother, Mark Oldham.

Frank was a kind, compassionate and godly man. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. From his humble roots in rural Lawrence County, he achieved the greatest of successes by forging long and meaningful relationships throughout the state and beyond. He cherished each and every one of those relationships and will be dearly missed by his family and many, many friends.

Frank was born on April 30, 1945, to Frank W. Oldham Sr. and Nettie Oldham in Black Rock. In his youth, he spent a great deal of time with his grandparents, Orville and Elsie Oldham and Mose and Edith Robertson. He could often be found hanging out around his grandfather's mercantile in Black Rock and was known to have delivered groceries throughout much of the countryside. He was ever grateful for those opportunities and experiences and often expressed that such experiences had a profound impact on his life.

For many years, he was involved in the Boy Scouts of America. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, was a member of the Order of the Arrow, and was bestowed the notable Silver Beaver Award for service in Scouting. He was a staff member and waterfront director at Camp Cedar Valley and later served on the Board of the East Arkansas Area Council.

A 1963 graduate of Black Rock High School, he graduated with undergraduate degrees from Williams Baptist College in 1965 and Arkansas State University in 1967. He received his Master of Arts from the University of Central Missouri in 1968, his Ph.D from the University of Arkansas in 1974, and was a 1987 graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.

A tenured professor and former Dean of Continuing Education at Arkansas State University, Frank spent most of the last 35 years in the banking industry. He served as Chairman and CEO of Security Bank in Paragould 1987-1993; Chairman and CEO of Farmers and Merchants Bank of Pocahontas 1987-1991; President of Worthen National Bank of Conway 1991-1993; Chairman and CEO of Boatman's Bank (NEA) 1995-1997; Chairman and CEO of American State Bank Corp. 1997-2005; and BancorpSouth Regional (NEA) President 2005-2007. At the time of his death, he served as a Director for First Western Bancshares of Rogers, and the Argent Financial Group.

Oldham served in a number of professional and civic capacities. In 1990, he was appointed by then Governor Bill Clinton to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees and served until 2000, the last two years as chairman. In addition, he served as Chairman, Bank Administration Institute; Chairman, Arkansas Association of Bank Holding Companies; Chairman, Midsouth School of Banking; Director, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta; President, Jonesboro Economic Development Corp.; Director, University of Arkansas Foundation; Director, University of Arkansas Alumni Assoc. Board; Member, Rotary Club of Jonesboro and the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce.

Frank enjoyed the outdoors, particularly hunting, fishing and snow skiing. He enjoyed Razorback athletics and rarely missed a home football game. He possessed an affinity for sports cars and was well known to many troopers throughout the state. Most importantly, he enjoyed spending time and traveling with his family and friends.

A man of incredible faith, he was a member and served as Deacon and Elder of the Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro. He sought to please God in every facet of his life and encouraged many others in their own walk. He relished the hope of eternal salvation and was a firm believer in the power of prayer.

A visitation for family and friends was Friday, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Southwest Church of Christ, 1607 James Street, Jonesboro, Arkansas. Funeral Services followed at 12 p.m. The family hosted a reception at the RidgePointe Country Club following services. Burial was private and under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UAMS Foundation, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the Better Life Counseling Center of Jonesboro, or the University of Arkansas Foundation.

The family wishes to acknowledge Frank's longtime personal assistant, Judy Dacus of Paragould, for her many years of devoted service and for making sure Frank was where he was supposed to be, and Donna informed where she could find him. In addition, the physicians and staff of the UAMS Cancer Research Institute and the physicians and staff of the NEA Medical Clinic for their many years of professional care, as well as, all the many employees of Security Bank, Farmers and Merchants Bank, American State Bank, and First Western Bank.

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


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