February 06, 2013 Edition

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Births

Hailee Grace Moore

Obituaries

Dr. Robert Lynn Brand Patricia Ann Frakes Ruby Alice Gaither
Bobby Lee Gilbert Mary Magdalene Gray Erma Lysinger
Orpha Lela Murphy Monnola Eunice Smith Paul J. Stratton

Births

Hailee Grace Moore

Douglas Moore and Kaylin Sullivan of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter on Jan. 26, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, three ounces, and has been named Hailee Grace Moore.

Grandparents are Melonie Sullivan of Jonesboro and Doug Moore of Hoxie. She is the great-granddaughter of Terry and Faye Sullivan of Hardy and Tom and Bev Moore of Hoxie.

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Obituaries

Dr. Robert Lynn Brand

Dr. Robert Lynn Brand, 49, of Harrison, died Feb. 3, 2013.

Born March 5, 1963, in Walnut Ridge, he was a 1981 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, where he was a National Merit Scholar.

He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, graduating with a B.S. in chemistry. He then graduated from medical school at UAMS in Little Rock. Following his residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, he began practicing with Radiology Associates of North Arkansas in Harrison.

He was a former member of the Razorback Marching Band and the Hogwild Pep Band.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cleburne Brand.

Survivors include his wife, Jackie Knight Brand; a daughter, Kelcey Brand; a son, Robert Lynn Brand Jr.; his mother, Alice Owens Brand, Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Teresa Taylor, Atlanta, and Nancy Keeling and husband Bruce, Levelland, Texas.

A celebration of his life will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Community Church with Rev. Johnny Walters officiating. Burial will be in Maple Leaf Cemetery under the direction of Holt Memorial Chapel of Harrison.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Bennett, Tom Downs, Greg Elders, Joey Laborde, Gerald Myer, Steve Rose and Chuck Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Radiology Department, physicians and staff of North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Bruce Keeling, Drew Edmondson, Landon Jackson and Christian Gillies.

Memorials may be made to the University of Arkansas Razorback Marching Band, 300 University House, One UofA, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

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

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Patricia Ann Frakes

Patricia Ann Frakes, 78, of Corvallis, Ore., died Jan. 30, 2013, at her home.

Born Aug. 29, 1934, in Marmaduke, she was the daughter of Earnest Odell and Opal Eidora Olive Ridings Bridges. She graduated from Clover Bend High School in 1952 and moved to Illinois, where she lived for several years. She moved to Corvallis in 1983.

She attended Oregon State University, where she studied Health Promotion and Education. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1993 at the age of 59. She was certified in gerontology and her specialty was caring for and helping seniors with disabilities until her retirement in 2004.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Bridges and Jimmy Bridges; and three sisters, Madge Schneider, Hannah Fuller and Jackie Bridges.

Survivors include her companion of 27 years, Cecil Torbet; two sons, Michael Frakes and Timothy Frakes; four daughters, Stephanie Bridges, Karen Bethell, Patricia Boyd and Kristy Frakes; a brother, Jerry Bridges; three sisters, Bonnye Trantham, Libby Thomas-Wheat and Charley Kay Beckman; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Circle Church of Christ in Corvallis with pastor Greg Strawn officiating. McHenry Funeral Home and Circle Church of Christ had charge of arrangements.

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

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Ruby Alice Gaither

Ruby Alice Gaither, 97, of Hoxie, died Jan. 31, 2013, at her home.

Born June 8, 1915, in Jacksonville, Ill., she was the daughter of Joseph W. and Pearl Williams Huff. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Gaither, whom she married Feb. 8, 1936; a daughter, Judith Gaither; a son, James R. Gaither Jr.; four brothers and a sister.

Survivors include four sons, Ronald Gaither, Hoxie, Stan Gaither, Clover Bend, and William Gaither and Ray Gaither, both of Pocahontas; a daughter, Linda Blansett, Hoxie; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with William Vassar officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were provided by Minturn farms: Dennis Bullard, Jason Bullard, Noel Bullard, Terry Owens, Gary Light and Larry Light.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock or the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Bobby Lee Gilbert

Bobby Lee Gilbert, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 28, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 8, 1932, in Smithville, he was the son of Andrew and Willie White Gilbert. He was a retired construction worker and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy Brown Gilbert; his second wife, Joyce Gilbert; a daughter, Karen; a son, Mark; a brother; and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Gilbert; a son, Kerry Gilbert, Paragould; two daughters, Brenda Richmond, Powhatan, and Suzanne Ciscel, Paragould; a stepdaughter, Sharon Galbreath, Portia; four brothers, Charley Gilbert, Chicago, and Tommy Gilbert, Jack Gilbert and Johnny Gilbert, all of Texas; two sisters, Ruth Gramling, Paragould; and Lizzie Capps, Little Rock; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Thursday at noon at Old Bethel Cemetery with Bro. Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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

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Mary Magdalene Gray

Mary Magdalene Gray, 87, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Sedgwick, died Feb. 4, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 20, 1925, at Egypt, she was the daughter of Henry and Cassie Skinner Foster. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of the Cache River Pentecostal Church. She was a homemaker and had worked at General Electric.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Luther E. Gray; three brothers; a sister; and a granddaughter.

Survivors include two sons, James Gray and wife Vanessa, Sedgwick, and Bryan Gray and wife Becky, Ridgeland, Miss.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rick Hart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation is Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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

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Erma Lysinger

Erma Lee McLaughlin Lysinger, 82, of Summerdale, Ala., died Feb. 2, 2013.

Born Jan. 16, 1931, in Hoxie, she was the daughter of Otis McLaughlin and Lois Phillips. She was a longtime resident of New Orleans before moving to Alabama after Hurricane Katrina.

She attended Arkansas State Teachers College and was employed by The U-Haul Company of Louisiana for 13 years. She was an active member of the Delta Amiees of New Orleans, a philanthropic auxiliary of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. She attended various Methodist churches.

Survivors include her husband, Calvin Lysinger; two daughters, Pam Meredith and husband Len, and Joey Cork; and a grandson, Phillip Cork.

A memorial service will be held in Hoxie at a later date.

Memorials may be made to All About Dogs Coastal Rescue, Attn.: Beverly Hicks, P.O. Box 476, Magnolia Springs, AL 36555 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Orpha Lela Murphy

Orpha Lela Murphy, 99, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Feb. 3, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center in Walnut Ridge.

Born Sept. 27, 1913, in Hoxie, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew Jackson and Edith Chloe Ringle Adkisson; her husband, Oscar Haywood Murphy, whom she married Oct. 1, 1933; four brothers, James, Wallace and Willard Adkisson, and Alfred Pierce; and three sisters, Dorothy Farmer, Lillian Kisling and Charlsey Huff.

Survivors include a son, Glenn Murphy (Shirley) of Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Blair Ballard (Jerry) of Walnut Ridge, Crockett Murphy (Kristi) of Jonesboro; a great-grandson, Payton Murphy Poole of Walnut Ridge; three step great-grandsons, Trey Ballard, Charlotte, N.C., Andrew Ballard (Cristin), of Fayetteville, and Josh Ballard of Conway; and a special niece, Chloe Jean Prater of Jonesboro.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial will be in Markham Cemetery.

Visitation is today, one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Charles Ford Hooten, Odell Fort, Jerry Felts, Lynn Nicholson, Doug Arnold and J.T. Chronister. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Douglas, Ben Perdue and Edward Tedder.

Memorials may be made to Markham Cemetery, P.O. Box 29, Bono, AR 72416.

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

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Monnola Eunice Smith

Monnola Eunice Smith, 95, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 5, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Oct. 22, 1917, she was the daughter of H.H. and Laura Lee Thomas Book. She lived in Lawrence and Greene Counties most of her life. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Horace Smith; two children, Danny Ray Smith and Norma Jean Smith; and three brothers, Floyd Book, Kenneth Book and Doyle Book.

Survivors include two daughters, Marion JoAnn Smithee, Minturn, and Sherry Yvonne Corbett, Alicia; three sons, James Floyd Smith, Minturn, and Herbert Harold Smith and Ronnie Earl Smith, both of Walnut Ridge; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Marion Stringer officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery near Walcott.

Visitation is Friday, one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Michael Smith, Daniel Smith, Brent Smith, Blake Householder, Steve Smith and Shaun Hopkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Teague, Adam Smith, Stanley Corbett and Robert Nelson.

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

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Paul J. Stratton

Paul J. Stratton, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 30, 2013, at his home.

Born April 30, 1940, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of the Giles Spur community. He was a farmer and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Norvel and Florence Moore Stratton; and a brother, Bobby Stratton.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Stratton; a daughter, Kimberly Hinson and husband Terry, Paragould; two grandchildren, Carrington Gray and wife Ashley, and Kasey Nelson and husband Cason, all of Paragould; three great-grandchildren, Ashton Gray, Jaylyn Karter Nelson, and Garrett Youngblood, all of Paragould; and many special nieces and nephews

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs and Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery near Walcott.

Pallbearers were Dwight Ellis, Jerry Cox, Jeremy Cunningham, Dale Stratton, Bill Binkley and Frank Binkley. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Michael Isaacson and Joyce Files, Harry Jones, Ben Henry, Jack Ward, Raymond Minton, Warren Fender, Jimmy Cunningham, David Sprinkle, Johnny and Diana Cook, Kenny and Connie Tolbert, Vickie Hidalgo, Lloyd Don and Stephanie Cook, David and Theresa Justus, Linda Wineland and their families.

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

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