March 6, 2013 Edition

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Dani Lynn Booker


Carolyn Chandler Larry J. Colburn Ted Crider
Pearline McAbee-Elam Bobby Hendon Timothy Lavelle Segraves
Bernice Simmons Gayle Thomas


Dani Lynn Booker

J.D. and Randi Booker of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter on Feb. 17, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Dani Lynn Booker.

She has an older brother, Bradyn, who is five.

Grandparents are Margie LeBlanc of Hoxie, Lynn Montgomery of Hope Mills, N.C. and Doug and Sidney Booker of Lexington, Mo.

She is the great-granddaughter of Shirley LeBlanc of Hoxie.

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Carolyn Chandler

Carolyn Chandler, 65, of Strawberry, died Feb. 27, 2013, in Batesville.

Born Feb. 15, 1948, in Memphis, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two daughters, April Baldwin and Lisa Baldwin, both of Strawberry; a son, Craig Ravaron Baldwin, Strawberry; five grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at Louise Chapel in Joiner with James Stokes officiating. Wilson Funeral Home of Osceola had charge of arrangements.

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Larry J. Colburn

Larry Jackson Colburn, 70, of Egypt, died March 2, 2013, following a long illness.

Born May 23, 1942, at Egypt, he was retired from General Electric in Jonesboro and was of the Church of Christ faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Jackson Colburn Jr.; his parents, Cecil and Corine Cook Colburn; and two brothers, Jerry Colburn and Barry Colburn.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Lola Mae Colburn; three daughters, Kelly Miles and husband Barry, Bono, Kerry Smith, Tampa, Fla., and Kristin Whitehurst and husband Shawn, Jonesboro; a brother, Terry Colburn, Egypt; a sister, Sherry Kent, Walnut Ridge; and three grandchildren, Audrey Miles, Cory Whitehurst and Shawna Whitehurst.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Egypt Church of Christ with Arlie Bennett officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

Pallbearers were Sheffield Kent, Chad Smith, Dorman Hufstedler, Jerry Cook, Wayne McNatt, Dennis Glidewell, Walter Lee Wagner and Tony Wagner. Honorary pallbearers were Terry Wagner, Alistair Kent, Jack Kent, Gary Simmons and Roger Foreman.

An online guestbook is available at

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Ted Crider

Virell Theodore "Ted" Crider, 89, of Lewisville, Texas, died Dec. 22, 2012.

Born Oct. 20, 1923, in Smithville, he was the son of Charles T. "Charlie" and Mary Alice Fooks Crider. He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Meredith Crider, in 2000, whom he married Dec. 24, 1955, in Royal Oak, Mich.; and four brothers, Chester, Dexter, Russell and Gus.

Survivors include two daughters, Terri Clemens and husband Garry, and Cheri White and husband Delbert; three sons, Randall Crider, Scott Crider and David Crider; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Dec. 27 at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the youth department of the donor's church.

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Pearline E. McAbee-Elam

Pearline E. McAbee-Elam, age 94 years, of Niles, Mich., died at 3:40 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Hamilton Grove Communities near New Carlisle, Ind.

She was born on Feb. 27, 1918, in Alicia to William Robert and Mary Ann (Brown) Whitmire. She has lived in Niles since 1954, coming from Arkansas. She was employed at Simplicity Pattern Company in Niles for many years prior to retirement.

Pearline was a member of the Church of Christ of Niles. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and canning the produce, especially the green beans. She also enjoyed raising chickens.

On Aug. 27, 1938, in Hopewell, she married Mr. Linnie C. McAbee, with whom she celebrated the 62nd anniversary of their wedding prior to his death on Dec. 8, 2000. They were preceded in death by an infant daughter, Glenda Sue McAbee, and a great-granddaughter, Sable.

Later, on Oct. 1, 2005, she married Glennis E. Elam, who preceded her in death on April 29, 2012. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Whitmire, and sisters, Beulah Graham, Alice Lee, Gatha Decker, Grace Reese, Mildred Sherman, and Geniva Konce.

Surviving family includes her children, Linda G. (& Kenneth) Grubbs and Donald Hugh (& Kathy) McAbee, both of Niles; nine grandchildren, Lisa Hemphill of Sumter, S.C., Scott Grubbs, of Alvaton, Ky., Gregory (& Kathy) McAbee of Westfield, Ind., Sarah (& Allen) Hinkel of Sterling, Va., Trisha (& Bill) Kromer of Moyock, N.C., Linda (& Chris) Lingle of Clayton, Del., Jennifer (& Roger) Kirksey, Jacquline Kirkdorfer and Donna McAbee, all of Niles; 20 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren; and Pearline's brother, William Whitmire of Umatilla, Fla., and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was Tuesday, Feb. 26, 11 a.m. at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles with Mr. David Thompson of the Church of Christ officiating. Committal followed at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ, 1515 Huron Street, Niles, MI 49120.

An online guestbook is available at


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Bobby Hendon

Bobby Lee Hendon, 77, of Ravenden, died March 2, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 17, 1935, in Portia, he was the son of Clarence and Hazel Erwin Hendon. He was a carpenter and a member of the Opposition Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette Britton; three brothers, Gene Hendon, J.C. Hendon and Charles Hendon; four sisters, Kathleen Manning, Mozelle Moody, Leota Stewart and Mary Peacock; and two infant siblings.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Neva Hendon; a son, Scott Hendon and wife Rhonda, Mountain Home; a daughter, Leasia Lynch and husband Barry, Strawberry; four grandchildren, Rob Britton, Tom Britton, Krystal Hendon and LeeAnna Cornwall; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Mitch Walton and Arther Inman officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Lamb, Sammy Lamb, Levi Lamb, Manual West, Tosh Manning and Ryan Manning.

An online guestbook is available at

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Timothy Lavelle Segraves

Timothy Lavelle Segraves, 48, of Hoxie, died Feb. 27, 2013.

Born Oct. 25, 1964, in Jonesboro, he was a U.S. Army veteran. He was an equipment specialist at Frito-Lay in Jonesboro and was a member of the Alicia Baptist Church, where he ran the media on Sundays.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Rose Leta Harvey Segraves; a son, Shawn Segraves, Hoxie; a daughter, Bridgett Nicole Segraves, Hoxie; his father and stepmother, Perry and Maureen Segraves, Walnut Ridge; his mother and stepfather, Ann and Raymond Church, Swifton; a sister, Angela Forehand, Hoxie; two stepbrothers, Rickey Church, Knoxville, Tenn., and Keith Hime, St. Louis; and two stepsisters, Debbie Handshow, Harrison, and Toni Kay, West Plains, Mo.

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

Pallbearers were Katie Golden, Mike Sudduth, Greg Sudduth, Bruce Wilson, Charles Wilson and Derek Abbott. Honorary pallbearers were Sgt. Stephen Swann, Harry Connery, Ben Talley, Amber Abbott and Ashley Forehand.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bernice Simmons

Bernice Wilma (Bea) Simmons was united with her Heavenly Father on March 2, 2013, at age of 83.

She was born in Lawrence County on Feb 13, 1930. She passed away at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. She resided with her niece Theresia and husband Tim Gill for the past six years in Trumann. She worked at Lawrence Hall Nursing Home in Walnut Ridge for 20 years.

Although she had no children, she had a large family of children she called her own. She attended Hope Well Assembly of God, and for the last six years attended the Stone Street First Assembly of God in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Ethel Wiles; and her husband, Lelan Simmons of Minturn.

She is survived by an uncle, Clyde Wiles of Jonesboro; a brother, Wilburn (Raylene) Wiles of Corning; her sisters, Maggie (Dallas) House of Imboden, Mildred (James) Smith of Minturn; and Reba (David) Stayton of Kansas City Mo.; nieces, Theresia Luster Gill, Annette Gerkin, Diane Gleghorn and Margaret Waddell; nephews, Bobby Luster, Danny Wiles, Jeffery House, and John Stayton; great-nieces, Stephanie Thompson, Callie and Lindsey Gerkin, Jordan House and Hannah Stayton; great-nephews, Michael and Danny Burns, Jason Luster, Logan Waddell, Kyle House and Matthew Wiles; great-great-grandchildren at heart, Alexis, Hope, Tyler and Rhett Burns, Maddox Thompson, Maddie and Lillie Luster and Tristin Wiles.

Her enjoyment in life was being around her children and her nursing career. She never missed a day of work. She had an amazing heart full of love and always took care of others first. She is now reunited with her first love, her wonderful husband, Lelan. Heaven now has an amazing new angel, and her presence will greatly be missed on this earth.

Services will be held at Bryan Funeral Home in Hoxie on Thursday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon for family and from noon to 2 p.m. for friends and family. Services will begin at 2 p.m., presided by Bro. Charles Davis. Following the services she will be laid to rest next to her husband at Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Wayman Hutton, Dennis Smith, Marty Pace, Larry Jones, Andrew Jones and Erik Hearnes.

An online guestbook is available at


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Gayle Thomas

Gayle Yvonne Thomas, 80, of Hoxie, died March 1, 2013.

Born July 13, 1932, in Pewee Valley, Ky., she was the daughter of William and Gladys Wallace Wheeler. She was an owner and operator of the Canvas Shop in Hoxie and was a member of the Pocahontas Seventh Day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Ray Thomas; three brothers, Donnie Jones, Wallace Wheeler and Bobby Wheeler; and a sister, Joyce Cook.

Survivors include a daughter, Crystal Sweeney and husband Tim, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Bill Wheeler, Trenton, Ga.; three grandchildren, Stephanie Jarrett, Chris Sweeney and Annie Sweeney; and special friends, Brenda Cude, Hoxie, and Sherri Schrider, Powhatan.

A memorial service was held Monday, from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas.

An online guestbook is available at

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