February 20, 2013 Edition

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Jaziah Deveah Swift


Prudence Anderson Ruby M. Burleson James Carter
William Halcom Fred B. Keton Sharon Louise Miller
Willie Fred Rice Alice Fern Richardson Loreta Robertson


Jaziah Deveah Swift

Jazmine Swift of Hoxie has announced the birth of a child, on Feb. 7, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Jaziah Deveah Swift.

Grandparents are Jon Swift of Hoxie and Sylvia McGee of Deltona, Fla. Great-grandparents are Dollie Oaks and Mary Rhea, both of Hoxie.

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Prudence Anderson

Prudence Anderson, 69, of Imboden, died Feb. 12, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 25, 1943, in Franklin, N.C., she was the daughter of the late George and Agnes Stiles.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Drake; and a brother, Steve Stiles.

Survivors include her husband, James Anderson; three sons, Allan Huskey, Woodstock, Ga., Brian Huskey, Minneapolis, Minn., and Sam Huskey, Conway; a daughter, Rhonda Reaper, Pangburn; three stepsons, James Allan Anderson and Randy Anderson, both of Strawberry, and Mike Anderson, Cave City; a stepdaughter, Paula Hoggard, Strawberry; eight siblings, JoAnne Hubbs, Jean Wells, Nelson Stiles, Alma Bryson, Fred Stiles, Dan Stiles, Margaret Banks and Rebekah Hollan, all of North Carolina; 29 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Bob McMillon and Dan Stiles officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jim Jones, Steve Jones, Dan Matthews, Davis Matthews, Rick Benson, Bill Stacy, Buck Sharp and Randy McFadden. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Rorex, Virgil Lynch, Bill Oldham, Audie Reaper and John McGlothlin.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House or Imboden Methodist Church.

An online guestbook is available at mcnabbfuneralhomes.com.

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Ruby M. Burleson

Ruby Marie Burleson, 97, of Imboden, died Feb. 13, 2013, at her home.

Born Nov. 13, 1915, in Webb City, Mo., she was the daughter of Martin L. and Lola Mae Davis Smythe. She was a factory seamstress and a member of the Community of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Landon Burleson; two brothers, Fred Smythe and Willis Smythe; and four sisters, Hazel Blair, Maudie Owens, Ella Erter and Beatrice Overbaugh.

Survivors include two nephews, Earl Erter and wife Lisa, Kansas City, Mo., and Nichols W. Rockey, Wichita, Kan.; two nieces, Ellen Bopp and husband Tim, Kansas City, Kan., and Susan K. Sears, Shawnee, Kan.; seven grandnephews and grandnieces, Dakota, Ava, Brandon, Jeff, Terri, Desirae and Kevin; and several great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces.

The family will hold a private service at a later date.

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

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James Carter

James Hugh Carter, 82, of O'Kean, died Feb. 12, 2013.

Born Jan. 4, 1931, in Randolph County, he was the son of Clyde and Lorine Carter.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Baby Carter; a brother, Ronnie Carter; two sisters, Juanita Bruns and Barbara Sullivan; and a grandson, James Aaron Carter.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Carter; two sons, Gregg Carter, Pocahontas, and James Carter, O'Kean; a daughter, Brenda Bettis, Pocahontas; four brothers, Gary Carter, Missouri, Jeff Carter, Texas, and Larry Carter and Fred Carter, both of Pocahontas; a sister, Sue Rickey, Pocahontas; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Aaron Winfrey officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

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

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William Halcom

William A. "Bill" Halcom, 85, of Wentzville, Mo., formerly of Jonesboro, died Feb. 11, 2013.

Born April 2, 1927, in the Lesterville community, he was the son of Earl and Sylvia Halcom.

He served in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army 6th Infantry Tank Destroyer Division in the Forgotten Theater in China, Burma and India.

He worked as a machinist at General Motors in Pontiac, Mich., and Crane Company in Jonesboro. He also worked for Jonesboro Acoustical Tile and retired from ASU in 1986.

He was a Scout Master for Jonesboro Scout Troop 1, sponsored by the police department. During his tenure, six Troop 1 members achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Erlene Manning Halcom; a daughter, Rhonda Dickherber and husband Kevin, Wentzville, Mo.; a son, Clint Halcom and wife Maria, Jonesboro; four grandchildren, David Halcom, Steven Dickherber, Jordan Dickherber and Marissa Brown; two step-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home with Nevin Gnagey officiating. Burial was in Nettleton Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be former Troop 1 Scouts: Greg Cole, Rick Mellow, Mark Miller, Kevin Miller, Willie Correa, Billy Snider, Shannon Hilliard and Tim Richards. All former Troop 1 Scouts served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to The Kidney Foundation, at 10803 Olive Blvd., Ste. 200, St. Louis, MO 63141 or 1818 N. Taylor St., Ste. 186, Little Rock, AR 72207 or to the NEA Humane Society, 6011 E. Highland Drive, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Fred B. Keton

Fred Byron "Butch" Keton, 63, of Swifton, died Feb. 13, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 3, 1950, in Newport, he was an electrical maintenance supervisor for Norandal for 26 years. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Wilda Norraine Hayden Keton.

Survivors include his wife, Beckie Norris Keton; three sons, Chris Keton and wife Julie, and Marc Keton and wife Leslie, all of Swifton, and Joe Keton and wife Shannon, Little Rock; a brother, Taylor Keton and wife Jeanie, Jonesboro; two sisters, Peggy Alexander, Jonesboro, and Erma Bailey and husband Paul, Cabot; and five grandchildren, Matthew, Ben, Kynlie, Owen and Kade.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton Church of Christ. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were J.Q. Harvey, Garland Schopfer, Raymond Church, Jerry Church, Danny Allen and James Adams. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Jones, Robert Templeton, Marty Harvey and Perry Pinkston.

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

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Sharon Louise Miller

Sharon Louise Miller, 65, of Redmond, Ore., formerly of Walnut Ridge, passed from this life on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.

Sharon was the daughter of Art and Louise McClusky Miller, who preceded her in death. Sharon was born on June 21, 1947. While growing up in Walnut Ridge, she was an active participant in Brownies, FHA, Saddle Club and sports. She graduated from WRHS in 1965, attended ASU and graduated from Henderson State University in 1969.

Following graduation, Sharon taught school at Prefort, Maine, where she was active in the fight to enact Title IX legislation. Title IX required public schools to offer equal opportunities in sports to both male and female students. While in Maine, Sharon became involved in endurance horse racing. She moved to Oregon in the mid-80s to participate in more endurance racing events.

Miller twice participated and completed the world famous Tevis Cup 24 Hour 100 Mile Endurance Race. Riding her beloved Arabian, Almarah I, Claudius, she completed the difficult 100-mile course over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in less than 24 hours to win the coveted Sterling silver belt buckle in both 1989 and 1990.

Sharon and her partner, Carol Gilbert, owned Overland Ranch. Located in an Old Wells Fargo Stage station on the high mountain desert, they trained and boarded Arabian horses for dressage and endurance events. A noted horse trainer in her own right, Carol continues their work.

Sharon Louise Miller is survived by her partner Carol Gilbert; her horse, I, Claudius; loving friends Russ Boyd and Carrie Mae Snapp; and a host of friends from coast to coast.

A private memorial service was held in Redmond. Her ashes will be returned to Walnut Ridge for final interment in Lawrence Memorial Park next to her parents. A celebration of her life will be held at that time.


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Willie Fred Rice

Willie Fred "Bill" Rice, 74, died Jan. 15, 2013, at his home.

Born Sept. 25, 1938, in Hoxie, he was the son of Fred Jewel and Mattie Booth Rice. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a retired truck driver.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on March 1 at the Hoxie Service Center. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Alice Fern Richardson

Alice Fern Richardson, 83, of Cave City, died Feb. 15, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Sept. 18, 1929, in the Lauratown community, she was the daughter of Robert Anderson and Millie Jane Blackwell McCampbell. She was a retired beautician and had worked at Nina's Style Shop in Cave City. She was a member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy R. Richardson; two brothers, Luther McCampbell and Willard McCampbell; three sisters, Lucille Goodwin, Opal Harris and Lessie McBurnett; and a grandson, Tony Richardson.

Survivors include a son, Rickey Richardson and wife Jerrie, Bethesda; a daughter, Roetta Stoneking, Batesville; a brother, Robert E. McCampbell and wife Sybil, Black Rock; four grandchildren, Andy Richardson, Isaac Stoneking, Beatrice Edgin and Rickey Richardson; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bro. Ron Canard officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Waylon Deen, Jeff Moody, Wayne Goodman, Rickey Richardson and James Edgin. Honorary pallbearers will be Abram Edgin, Gabrielle Stoneking, Dr. Robert Walton, Dr. Qaisar Khan, Jerry Neal Harris and Bobby Joe Goodwin.

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Loreta Robertson

Loreta Catherine Fleming Robertson, 95, of Black Rock, died Feb. 11, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Aug. 28, 1917, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of James and Margie Bolen Fleming. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon "Cannon" Robertson, whom she married Jan. 4, 1936, in Black Rock; three brothers, John Fleming, Walker Fleming and Amos Fleming; a sister, Inis Ratliff; and a grandson, James Robertson II.

Survivors include three sons, James Robertson and wife Christy, and Ray Cleo "Fat" Robertson and wife Tommie Jean, all of Black Rock, and Billy Robertson, Holland, Mich.; two daughters, Linda Robertson and Kathy Robertson, both of Black Rock; a brother, Wilbert Fleming, Byhalia, Miss.; a sister, Christine Kildow, Black Rock; four grandchildren, James Michael Robertson, Mitch Robertson, Mike Robertson and Marcia Gill; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Mike Ballard officiating and Libby Dunavant as guest speaker. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Keith Robertson, Leroy Ratliff, Richard Fleming, Harold Willet, Billy Joe Starnes and Lawrence Kildow.

Memorials may be made to Helping to Unite Teens (HUT), P.O. Box 123, Black Rock, AR 72415, the Black Rock Fire Department, 491 Elm St., Black Rock, AR 72415 or Oak Forest Cemetery, 3998 Highway 117, Black Rock, AR 72415.

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

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