May 15, 2013 Edition

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Claire Rowan Connolly


Gladys Batey Frankie Junior Britton Charles A. Buchanan
Anna Marie Butts Gunner Lee Evans Bob G. Freeman
Everett Jarrett Jr. Joyce Anita Kapales Geraldine Mae Knight
Albert M.C. Rucker


Claire Rowan Connolly

Lance and Charlotte Connolly of Virginia Beach, Va., have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born April 28, 2013, at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va.

The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce, and has been named Claire Rowan Connolly.

Grandparents are Barbara Coker of Walnut Ridge and Rita Massey of Hoxie.

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Gladys Batey

Gladys (Robinson) Batey, 92, passed away Nov. 13, 2012, at Cape Coral, Fla.

She was born Oct. 29, 1920, to Elmer Bryan and Pearl Mae (Culp) Robinson in Hornersville, Mo. Gladys' grandmother gave her the name Tutee, which stuck with her throughout her life.

She moved back home after the death of her mother, to care for her dad and younger siblings. She later married Eugene Batey from Arkansas and both worked at General Motors in Flint, Mich., for over 30 years, retiring in 1975. She then moved to Florida for the next 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 62 years, Foy Batey; daughter, Diane Batey; sister, Thelma; brothers, Elmer Jr. and Edward Robinson; and stepmother, Sue Robinson.

She is survived by sister, Bertha Davidson (Mel); brother, Charles Robinson (Dora); stepsisters, Linda Atwell (Larry) and Shirley Bryant (Mike); cousin and lifelong best friend, Alma Middleton; sisters-in-law, Janice Simmons and Irene Batey; best friend, Norma Phegley and many loved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorial services are today from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Mel Davidson and Bertha Davidson officiating. Burial will follow at Croft Cemetery in Paragould.


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Frankie Junior Britton

Frankie Junior "Bud" Britton, 82, of Concord, N.C., died May 11, 2013.

Born Oct. 25, 1930, at Fontaine, he was the son of Frank and Alma Britton. He worked for BB Vance Construction for many years and was a former mayor of Sedgwick. He was a member of Sedgwick Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Hugh Britton, Walter Britton, Floyd Britton and Gene Britton; and five sisters, Eunice Dunham, Lois Scott, Lola Dacus, Mary Fielder and Jesse Tilley.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Britton; a daughter, Becky Coln and husband Bob, Concord, N.C.; a sister, Imo Gene Mangrum, Cherokee Village; three grandchildren, Jason Coln, Celena Shumaker and Amanda Queen; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery near Sedgwick with Rev. Thomas Lamb officiating. Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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Charles A. Buchanan

Charles A. "Bill" Buchanan, 79, of Batesville, died Sunday at his residence.

Born May 22, 1933, in Sitka, he was the son of Marshal B. and Minnie Faye Causbie Buchanan. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Arkansas State University and worked there as the beef herdsman.

During his career, he served as the agriculture instructor at Hoxie High School; the Lawrence County FmHA assistant county supervisor, and was promoted to supervisor.

While serving as supervisor, he received the Supervisor of the Year award for the largest workload of any county in the United States. He was awarded the Special Services award given by the President and Secretary of Agriculture, Earl Butz in Washington, D C.

He then became the FmHA district director in Batesville.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Diane Buchanan; and two brothers, Douglas Mack Buchanan and John Marshall Buchanan.

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Guthrie Buchanan; two daughters, Katherine June Mayberry, Floresville, Texas, and Sue Lavon Squire, Lawrenceville, Ga.; a brother, Bruce Buchanan, Clifty; sisters, Barbara Buchanan Haynes, DeRidder, La., and Gena Buchanan Hill, Highland; and five grandchildren, Bradley Squire, Kara Linnea Squire, Trevor Marshall Squire, Dallin Taylor Squire and Courtney Buchanan Mayberry.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville with Larry Cruse and Dennis Squire officiating. Burial will be in Buchanan Cemetery at Sitka.

Pallbearers will be Van Thomas, Zack Weller, Fred Engelken, Danny Kopp, Robert Engelken, Ricky Carter, Steve Schmidt and Greg Kemper. Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Nash and Carl Baird. Visitation is Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72207 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1100 N. University, Suite 255, Little Rock, AR 72207.

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Anna Marie Butts

Anna Marie Butts, 73, of McRae, mother of Leona Mae Halpin of Imboden and grandmother of Tammy Malin of Hoxie and Dale Nobels of Alicia, died May 10, 2013, at her home. Burial was Monday in Williford Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas. An online guestbook is available at

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Gunner Lee Evans

Gunner Lee Evans, infant son of Haley Dawn Anglin and Danny Dakota Evans of Lynn, died March 6, 2013.

He was preceded in death by two aunts, Linda Skaggs and Kathy Lowe; a great-aunt, Janis Anglin; and a grandmother, Grace Reese.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Kylie Joy Melerine, of the home; and his grandparents, Jennifer Carnahan and Jonathan Curtis, Walnut Ridge, Eric Anglin, Hoxie, Danny Evans, Lynn, and Marie Williams, Newport.

Graveside service was Wednesday, May 8, at Lawrence Memorial Park with Jeremy McLaughlin officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Bob G. Freeman

Bob G. Freeman, formerly of Ravenden, died in Crete, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara J. Brogan Freeman; and a daughter, Judith Freeman; and a son, David Freeman.

Survivors include a daughter, Joy Smith and husband Randy; a grandson, Daniel Schulz; and a great-grandson.

Funeral is today at 7:30 p.m. at Hirsch Funeral Home in Crete, Ill. A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery near Alicia under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the South Suburban Humane Society, 1103 West End Ave., Chicago Heights, IL 60611.

An online guestbook is available at

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Everett Jarrett Jr.

Everett Jarrett Jr., 67, of Walnut Ridge, died May 12, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Aug. 27, 1945, near Walnut Ridge, he was a roofer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Denton Jarrett, whom he married Feb. 28, 1968; his parents, John Jarrett Sr. and Daronda Mae Simons Jarrett; and an infant.

Survivors include three sons, Junior Jarrett and James Jarrett, both of Walnut Ridge, and Rodney Jarrett, Texas; five daughters, Tammy Moffitt and Janiece Archer, both of Paragould, Candie Getson, O'Kean, Sharon Adams, Doniphan, Mo., and Betty Tate, Pocahontas; a brother, John Jarrett, Corning; two sisters, Elizabeth Holman, Pocahontas, and Mary Skaggs, Gulfport, Miss.; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Thursday at 5 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home, with a memorial service to follow at 6.

An online guestbook is available at

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Joyce Anita Kapales

Joyce Anita Eaton Kapales, 75, of Conroe, Texas, formerly of Hoxie, died May 11, 2013, at Icon Hospital in Humble, Texas.

Born Feb. 7, 1938, in Knobel, she was a beautician and a homemaker. She was of the Methodist faith and attended Hoxie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Ervin "Dutch" Kapales, whom she married Oct. 23, 1954; her parents, Benjamin Floyd Eaton and Lois Carolina Turpin; three brothers, Luther Eaton, Billy Eaton and Gene Eaton; and two sisters, Thelma Rainwater and Anna Davis.

Survivors include three children, Ricky Kapales, Eaton, Kevin Kapales and wife Andrea, Rogers, and Mica Robertson and husband Michael, Conroe, Texas; four grandchildren, Drew Kapales, Aubrey Kapales, Mackenzie Kapales and Billy Shelton II; and her caregiver, Mariam Mayo.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Rainey, Gary "Duck" Rainwater, Mark Eaton, Travis Tinker, Jamie Tinker and Robert Pratt. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Tinker and Gary Baldwin.

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Geraldine Mae Knight

Geraldine Mae Knight, 74, of Hoxie, died May 11, 2013, at her home.

Born Dec. 14, 1938, in Hoxie, she retired from the Hoxie School District after working in the cafeteria for 29 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Ethel Kildow Knight; and two sisters, Wanda Middlecoff and Dorothy Mullins.

Survivors include two sons, Shawn Travis and wife Donna, Hoxie, and Kevin Travis and wife June, Cave City; a daughter, Vicki Lucci and husband RJ, Pennsylvania; a brother, Elmer Knight, Paragould; three sisters, Judy Toler, Hoxie, Dianna Bowen, Lonoke, and Zelma Knotts, Iowa; and five grandchildren, Matthew Travis, Kaci Travis, Holly Gronewold, Bonnie Stewart and Panna Middlecoff.

Graveside service was Tuesday at Crossroads Cemetery with Calvin Hardin officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Mike Chism, Carry Middlecoff, Travis Middlecoff and Tanner Middlecoff.

An online guestbook is available at

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Albert M.C. Rucker

Albert M.C. Rucker, 84, of Williford, died May 7, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born May 23, 1928, in Bono Hill, he was the son of Tommy and Lela Rucker.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Wayne Rucker and Tim Rucker, both of Mammoth Spring; three daughters, Alice House and Sheila House, both of Traskwood, and Charlotte Ward, Marmaduke; two brothers, George and Billy Joe; and a sister, Glyda Jean, all of Missouri.

No services are planned. Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge had charge of arrangements.

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