May 22, 2013 Edition

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Smith ~ Terry


Joyce Ann Atkinson Frances Covington Cox James R. Finch
Elsie Foushee Chester C. Fowler Richard Hackworth
Sidney Nicole Randall Phyllis Smith Tony Ward


Smith ~ Terry

Mark and Ronele Smith of Cave City have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Smith, to Phillip Terry, son of Rod and Theresa Malmay of Black Rock.

The future bride is the granddaughter of Shirley Smith of Cave City and the late Glenn Smith and Louise Wilkes of Cave City and the late Ray Wilkes.

She is a 2003 Cave City High School graduate and received her bachelor's degree in middle school education from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 2013. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Cave City School.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Shirley Lacosse of Black Rock and the late Robert Miller, Jan Terry of Mooringsport, La., and the late James Terry, Clarence and Vicky Malmay of Many, La., and Deborah Paddy of Oil City, La., and the late Tommy Paddy.

He is a 2003 graduate of Black Rock High School and is employed as a correctional officer for the Arkansas Department of Corrections in Newport.

The couple will exchange vows on June 15 at 6 p.m. at the Timber Ridge Lodge in Cord. A reception will follow. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Joyce Ann Atkinson

Joyce Ann Atkinson, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died May 18, 2013, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Dec. 19, 1946, in Jonesboro, she had been a quality control operator at Skil and was a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Haskell Farley; and her grandparents, William and Lucy Orr and Paul and Nannie Farley.

Survivors include her husband, Donald F. Atkinson, whom she married Dec. 25, 1986; a son, Donald Atkinson II and wife Jennifer, Black Rock; a daughter, Michele Atkinson, Dixon, Ill.; her mother, Louise Orr Farley, Hoxie; two sisters, Brinda Monroe, Walnut Ridge, and Shirley Story, Hoxie; and five grandchildren, Matthew Clutter, Katelyn Atkinson, Elizabeth Spencer, Dylan Spencer and Madalyn Atkinson.

Funeral is today at 11:30 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Dale Hughart officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Donald Atkinson II, Timothy Green, Anthony Monroe, Ricky Monroe, Bub Whitaker, David Hampton, Joey Rice and Elijah Cadle.

Visitation is today from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at


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Frances Covington Cox

Frances Laverne Covington Cox, 80, of Light, died May 19, 2013, at Greene Acres Nursing Home in Paragould.

Born Sept. 11, 1932, she was a bookkeeper and cashier at Walmart in Walnut Ridge. She also worked at Woolworths and OTASCO in Paragould for 22 years. She attended Walnut Corner Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas "Tom" Andrew Covington Sr.; her second husband, James Clinton Cox; three sisters, Lena Clapp, Irene Bellah and Alene Medlin; and three brothers, John Perry, Andrew Perry and Charles Perry.

Survivors include three daughters, Jean Morrow, Light, Patty Greer, Little Rock, and Debbie Smith, Paragould; a son, Thomas "Tommy" Andrew Covington Jr., Paragould; two brothers, Earl Perry, Light, and Elwood Perry, Muskegon, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel with Rev. George Haygood officiating. Burial will be in Pine Knot Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2 p.m. until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Zak Burgess, Cody Crabtree, Christopher Covington, Jason Smith, Ross Ashford and Adam Shelton.

Memorials may be made to Crowley's Ridge Academy PALS Program, 606 Academy Drive, Paragould, AR 72450 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at

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James R. Finch

James R. Finch, 75, of Alicia, died May 19, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 28, 1937, near Jonesboro, he was a farmer and was of the Baptist faith. He helped organize the Clover Bend Fire Department and served as fire chief for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James R. and Whitfield Gaither Finch Sr.; a son-in-law, Paul Hillman; and a sister-in-law, Freda Finch.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Morrison Finch, whom he married Dec. 28, 1960; a son, Scott Finch, Clover Bend; a daughter, Marguerite Andrews and husband Ronnie, Carlisle; a brother, A.D. Finch, Henderson; a sister, Elizabeth Lacy, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren, Preston Finch, Erin Hillman, Jana Hillman and Alexis Andrews.

Funeral is today at 2:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Marvin Reynolds and David Emery officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Roger Anderson, Bob Goodwin, Larry Jones, Frog Light, Terry Jones and Danny Freer. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Veteto, Boyce Smithee, Roger Tinsley, A.D. Finch, D.C. Morrison, Vance Morrison, Jim Morrison, Mike Morrison, Charley Smith and Raymond Volner.

An online guestbook is available at

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Elsie Foushee

Elsie "Darlene" Foushee, 87, of Cave City, died May 15, 2013, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born May 27, 1925, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Lawrence Utah and Lillie Mae Richey Harris. She was a homemaker and a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kendall Foushee; an infant son; an infant daughter; and a brother, Darrell Harris.

Survivors include a son, Wesley Foushee, Cave City; a sister, Wanda Hardin, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Keith Foushee, Melanie Foushee and Jason Foushee; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Bobby Sanders officiating. Burial was in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Keith Foushee, Chris Foushee, Kyle Foushee, Jason Foushee, William Downs and Bobby Smithee. Honorary pallbearers were the recuperative care nursing staff at White River Medical Center.

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Chester C. Fowler

Chester C. Fowler, 90, of Sun City Center, Fla., died April 21, 2013, at the Sun City Hospice in Sun City Center.

Born July 5, 1922, at Supply, he was a former resident of Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas C. Fowler.

Survivors include his wife, Charline M. Fowler; two sons, James R. Fowler and Chester D. Fowler; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Burial will be today at 11 a.m. at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton, Fla. The National Cremation and Burial Society of Ruskin, Fla., had charge of arrangements.

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Richard Hackworth

Richard Hackworth, 62, of Pocahontas, died May 19, 2013.

Born Oct. 25, 1950, in Portageville, Mo., he was the son of the late Ted and Lena Hackworth.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, David Hackworth and Jim Hackworth; and a sister, Doris Engle.

Survivors include his wife, Vida Hackworth; a son, Stan Hackworth; a daughter, Becky Hackworth and fiance Brian Chipman; three brothers, Don Hackworth and wife Barbara, Hoxie, Larry Hackworth, Ravenden Springs, and Ted Hackworth and wife Trina, Piggott; three sisters, Peggy March and husband Jim, Marshall, Mo., Mary Dulaney, Hoxie, and Lucy Brown, Fairfield Bay; and two granddaughters, Brianna Mahan and Brooklyn Chipman.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial will be in Myrtle Cemetery in Myrtle, Mo., with Mackie McReynolds officiating.

An online guestbook is available at

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Sidney Nicole Randall

Sidney Nicole Randall, 14, of Walnut Ridge, was found dead May 18, 2013. She had been missing since March 9, 2013.

She was born July 15, 1998, in Jonesboro, to Victor and Denise Schwab Randall. She was a student at Walnut Ridge Middle School, where she was a member of the flag line and the junior high volleyball team. She was also a member of the Girl Scout Dance Team. She was a contestant in the Miss Bobcat Pageant when she was in the seventh and eighth grades, and the Little Miss Pageant at age six. She competed in her first pageant at age two. She was a great middle sister. Sidney was a vibrant young lady, full of life and was loved by all those who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Richard Randall; her maternal grandfather, Donald Culver; and an uncle, Benny Webb.

Survivors include her mother, Denise Schwab Cornell, of the home; her father, Victor Randall, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Ben Randall and Zackery Cornell, both of the home; her paternal grandmother, Sharon Randall, Walnut Ridge; her maternal grandmother, Brenda Webb, Walnut Ridge; her great-grandmother, Bonnie Culver, Walnut Ridge; and many other friends, relatives and loved ones.

A private visitation will be held for the family at Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Walnut Ridge High School's Sharum Gymnasium with Glenn Smith officiating. Guest speakers will be Jake Guenrich and David Rader. Arrangements are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home. Burial will be private.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Parsons, Michael Murphy, Jeremy McLaughlin, Eugene Milgrim, Larry Wake and Brian Butts. Honorary pallbearers will be the eighth grade class at Walnut Ridge Middle School.

An online guestbook is available at

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Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Kyger Smith, 82, of St. Louis, died May 14, 2013, at her home.

She was born Nov. 11, 1931, in Black Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Lawrence Smith.

Survivors include two sons, Gaylon Smith and wife Karen, and Douglas Smith; a daughter, Becky Leggat and husband Bob; seven grandchildren, Chris Kuwajima, Jason Smith, Dana Evans, Cameron Smith, Madeline Smith, Ashley Stokes and Cody Stokes; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services were private.

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Tony Ward

Charles Owen "Tony" Ward, 78, of Batesville, died May 14, 2013, at his home.

Born May 31, 1934, at Strawberry, he was the son of Owen Edward and Juddie Bennett Ward. He was a retired car salesman.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie Owen Ward; a brother, Ed Ward; and a sister, Delores Lepper.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ward; two sons, Dennis Ward, Cabot, and Phillip Ward, Clinton; a daughter, Cathy Ward, Edmond, Okla.; a stepson, Doug Carnett, Batesville; two brothers, Jerry Ward, Strawberry, and Billy Ward, Bald Knob; three sisters, Geraldine Poskey, Strawberry, Clella Bellefeuille, California, and Marilyn Adcock, August, Ga.; four grandchildren, Shana Hopper, Mitch Ward, Brad Ward and Scott Perkey; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Rev. Jim Conyers officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mitch Ward, Kolby Carnett, Scott Perkey, William Runyan, Doug Carnett and Gary Poskey. Honorary pallbearers were Brad Ward, Kenny Ward and Paul Runyan.

An online guestbook is available at

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