April 03, 2013 Edition

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Jessen ~ Crowell


Pamela L. Baker Virginia Davis Bill Franks
Joyce Mae Hudson Sandra M. Jones R.L. McDowell
Junior Meeker Glenda C. Pehrson Bonnie Poteet
David N. Woodson


Jessen ~ Crowell

Debbie Jessen of Imboden has announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Jana Jessen, to Brandon Crowell, son of Connie Dunivan-James of Calamine and Norman Crowell of Batesville.

The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Russell Jessen.

The couple will unite in marriage on Saturday, April 13, at 3 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Annieville. A reception will follow the ceremony at the church.

All family and friends are invited to attend.


Pamela L. Baker

Pamela Leah Baker, 48, of Walnut Ridge, died March 26, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 29, 1964, in Pocahontas, she was a homemaker and of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Liz Jones.

Survivors include her husband, Darryl Baker; a daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Baker, of the home; two sons, Anthony Seth Baker, of the home, and Joshua Blake Baker and wife Kristen, Harrisburg; her father, Royce "Bill" Jones, Powhatan; three sisters, Toni Foster, Minturn, Paula Nielson and husband Pete, Apison, Tenn., and Joyce Brewer and husband Frank, Strawberry; a brother, Billy Ray Jones and wife Melanie, Powhatan; and two grandchildren, Kayden Elizabeth Baker and Andrew Michael Bennett, and one on the way, Abeleigh Hope Baker.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Jim Mannon and Roger Baker officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Wayne Tidwell, Charlie Cook, Keith Aaron, Curtis Jackson, Kyle Smelser and Jerry Adkisson. Honorary pallbearers were Josh Graddy, Wes Crisler, Jo Dulaney, Heath Russell, Keith Russell and J. Dub Russell.

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

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Virginia Davis

Virginia "Jenny" Davis, 74, of Pocahontas, passed away Friday, March 29, 2013, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born June 29, 1938, in Poinsett County, she was the daughter of Nathan and Oma Simpson. She was retired from Walmart in Pocahontas and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Vennie Peaster.

Survivors include her husband, Darrell Davis, Jonesboro; a son, Todd Davis, Mandan, N.D.; a daughter, Sherry Russell, Hoxie; two sisters, Wilma Wells, Sun City, Fla., and Deloise Phillips, Washburn, Mo.; four grandchildren, Courtney Russell, Sarah Russell, Caleb Davis and Zane Davis.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Charles Hendrix officiating. Burial was in Pine Log Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Caleb Davis, Zane Davis, Brad Wells, Tommy Phillips, Jack Davis and Bruce Davis.

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


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Bill Franks

James William "Bill" Franks, 86, of Walnut Ridge, died March 26, 2013, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Aug. 21, 1926, in Baldwyn, Miss., he was the son of George W. and Cora Lee Davis Franks. He had lived in Lawrence County since 1967 after moving from Mississippi. He was the owner of Bill Franks Body Shop and was a Mason and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy McCarroll, seven brothers, Homer Franks, Velton Franks, Dewey Franks, Toy Franks, Lonnie Franks, Perry Franks and Eugene Franks; and two sisters, Loner Hall and Willie Mae Franks.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Pearlene Franks; four sons, Kenny Franks and wife Tammy, Hoxie, Jeff Franks and wife Cindy, Jonesboro, Rick Duncan and wife Jeanine, and Danny Duncan and wife Sandy, all of Walnut Ridge; nine grandchildren, Candi Bennett, Trey Franks, Houston Franks, Carson Gates, Amanda Henry, Brandi Wade, Josh Duncan, Eric Duncan and Kindra Duncan; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with David Harper officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Brad Maxwell, Stacey Davidson, Eugene Powers, John Seagraves, R.A. Wright and Blaine Gibbs. Honorary pallbearers were Lonnie Gene Franks, Junior Mullen and Johnny Franks.

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

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Joyce Mae Hudson

A memorial service for Joyce Mae Hudson, 87, of Washington, Mich., formerly of Walnut Ridge, who died Feb. 8, 2013, at Lake Orion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Orion, Mich., will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Burial will follow in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Born Aug. 21, 1925, at Alicia, she was the daughter of Henry "Sam" Wood and Ruby Prewitt. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hudson; and two brothers, Howard "Pete" Wood and Jerry "Buck" Wood.

Survivors include a daughter, Beverly Lee and husband David, Washington, Mich.; a brother, Bill Wood, Harrison; a sister, Roberta Hanshaw, Walnut Ridge; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Donetti and Amy Fici; and six great-grandchildren.

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

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Sandra M. Jones

Sandra M. Jones, 65, of Rogers, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 27, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers.

Born Feb. 26, 1948, in Newport, she was a teacher for many years in the Northwest Arkansas area. She had lived in Northwest Arkansas for over 30 years after moving from Northeast Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Rodgers; and a grandson, Zachariah.

Survivors include her husband, Kenny Jones; a son, Chad Jones and wife Reagan, Rogers; two daughters, Lisa King and Kenna Reese and husband John, all of Rogers; her mother, Jessie Comstock Rodgers, Michigan; two brothers, Billy Rodgers, Ohio, and Joey Rodgers, Michigan; and seven grandchildren, Jovi, Chanlar, Raya, Cole, Laine, Casey and Wade.

A memorial service was held Friday at 2 p.m. at Stockdale-Moody Chapel in Rogers with Joey Rogers officiating. Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to a muscular dystrophy charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at stockdalefuneral.com.

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R.L. McDowell

R.L. McDowell, 89, of Manila, died March 30, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 5, 1923, near Amarillo, Texas, he was the son of Brad and Eula Mae McDowell. He lived most of his life in the Manila area. He was a farmer and later retired from the Bush Canning Company in Blytheville. He was of the Church of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jerline Whitehead McDowell, in 2009.

Survivors include a son, Darrell McDowell, Manila; four daughters, Phyllis Williams and Lisa McCallie, both of Pennsylvania, and Paula McDowell and Tina Willyerd, both of Manila; four sisters, Betty McDowell, Houston, Bonnie Warnick, Walnut Ridge, and Brenda Haney and Ada Meeks, both of Black Rock; 11 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at Howard Funeral Service in Manila with Rev. Linda Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Manila Cemetery.

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

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Junior Meeker

Junior Meeker, 59, of Hoxie, died April 1, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 4, 1953, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Lois Heard Meeker; two sisters, Georgia Gullett and Diane Mize; and two brothers, Floyd Dean Meeker and Ronnie Meeker.

Survivors include a sister, Kathy Young, Hoxie; and two brothers, Charles "Butch" Meeker and Billy Meeker, both of Hoxie, and Ray Meeker and wife Peggy, Salem, Mo.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Ray Meeker and Odel Davis officiating. Burial will be private.

Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Eric Songer, Josh Meeker, Justin Meeker, Odel Davis, Carl Davis and Jamie Mize. Honorary pallbearer will be James Meeker.

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

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Glenda C. Pehrson

Glenda Cooper Pehrson, 87, of Little Rock, died March 20, 2013, following a lengthy illness.

Born April 13, 1925, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of William Marion and Lois Marie Shelton Cooper. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and earned a Masters of Science in microbiology from UAMS. She taught microbiology at UAMS and was a researcher for many years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Nils C. Pehrson, in 1979, whom she married June 5, 1948, in Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Billy Marion Cooper and Vernon Kelley Cooper.

Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Pehrson Kittinger and husband Joseph, Wilmington, N.C., Pamela Pehrson Schaffer, Carrabelle, Fla., and Susan Kelly Pehrson, Birmingham, Ala.; a nephew, Vernon Kelley Cooper Jr., Walnut Ridge; a niece, Catherine Cooper Coker and husband David, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to The Ozark Society, the Salvation Army or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock.

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

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Bonnie Poteet

Bonnie Johnson Poteet, 80, of Imboden, died March 30, 2013.

Born July 15, 1932, in Lilbourn, Mo., she was the daughter of Arthur Dresden and Opal Dale Johnson. She was a graduate of Lilbourn High School and was a member of the Imboden Church of Christ, where she taught Sunday school for several years.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Poteet; two daughters, Deborah Pollard, Memphis, and Cynthia Spikes, Burns, Tenn.; a son, Daniel Poteet, Ravenden; two sisters, Doris McClellan and Norma Wolf, both of Sikeston, Mo.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Imboden Church of Christ with Frank Foust officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

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

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David N. Woodson

David Neil Woodson, 84, of Fenton, Mo., formerly of Black Rock, died March 31, 2013, at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Louis.

Born Dec. 8, 1928, in Black Rock, he was the son of Arthur "Dick" and Ella Etna Woodson. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an electrician and a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Gladys Croom; and a brother, Richard Woodson.

Survivors include a daughter, Melanie Smothers, Fenton, Mo.; a son, Dallas Woodson, St. Louis; a brother, Clyde Woodson, Ballwin, Mo.; two sisters, Nina Truitt, Black Rock, and Jane Freeland, Tennesee; and four grandchildren, Jedidiah Smothers, Daniel Smothers, Michaela Smothers and Miranda Belle Ladymon.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Steve Prestidge officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Visitation will be Thursday from noon until 2 p.m.

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

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