July 10, 2013 Edition

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Derek Shad Baker Cadyn Seth Woodson


Sherry Benson Baillio Jimmy Larry Britt Grace House Cleveland
Octavia Deatherage Jessie M. Laird Dollie Cox Nichols
Harry Lee Raney Joyce Thielemier Ann Wright
Tina Elizabeth Young


Derek Shad Baker

Shad and Erica Baker of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born on July 3, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Derek Shad Baker. He has one sibling, Elijah Burton.

Grandparents are Patricia Baker of Hoxie, Linda Church of Walnut Ridge, and Tracy and Cathy Stroud of Pocahontas.

Great-grandparents are Joe and Sally Huskey of Hoxie.

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Cadyn Seth Woodson

Michael and Sara Woodson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born July 6, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Cadyn Seth Woodson. He has one sibling, Cambry.

Grandparents are Lorraine Mansker of Walnut Ridge, Debbie Woodson of Pocahontas, and Mike Woodson of Swifton.

Great-grandmother is Barbara Woodson of Walnut Ridge.

Great-great-grandmother is Idell Parker of Hoxie.

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Sherry Benson Baillio

Sherry Benson Baillio, 55, of Memphis, died July 4, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident in Memphis on Thursday. She was the daughter of Frank G. Benson and Homerlene Kerley Benson, former residents of Walnut Ridge.

She was a Memphis-area sales and marketing representative and a member of the Hope Presbyterian Church in Memphis. She will be remembered as a person who loved animals and enjoyed outdoor activities and special times with her family.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Baillio is survived by her children's father, Steve Baillio; her daughters, Mandi Hamilton of Memphis, and Chrissy Baillio of Knoxville, Tenn.; her brothers, Frank Benson Jr. of Memphis, and Jamie Benson of Williston, Tenn.; a grandson, Ty Hamilton; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends in the Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County areas.

Services of Remembrance for Ms. Baillio were Monday at 3 p.m. at Peebles West Funeral Chapel in Oakland, Tenn., with interment in the Fayette County Memorial Park Cemetery on Highway 64 at Oakland.

Memorials may be made to Hope Presbyterian Chruch, 8500 Walnut Grove Road, Cordova, TN 38018.

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


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Jimmy Larry Britt

Jimmy Larry Britt, 65, of Pocahontas, died July 4, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Born Sept. 10, 1947, in Walnut Ridge, he was of the Baptist belief. He retired from Acme Brick Company after 40 years as a kiln operator.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Luther and Wanda Lee Galbreath Britt.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Barker Britt, whom he married Oct. 7, 1967; a daughter, Angela Crain and husband Ron, Brookland; two sons, Will Britt, Jonesboro, and Larry Britt and wife April, Powhatan; three brothers, Edward Britt, James Roy Britt and Ray Britt, all of Walnut Ridge; and three grandchildren, Brittney Andrews, Dylan Crain and Ella Jane Britt.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Patrick Hancock officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Gary Bibb, Jason Britt, Charles Barker, Dewayne Barker, Tim Baldinger and Steven Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Crain, Dylan Crain, Randal Shultz and Max Moore Jr.

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

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Grace House Cleveland

Grace House Cleveland, 84, of Searcy, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died July 4, 2013.

Born Oct. 8, 1928, in LaGrange, Ga., she was the daughter of William E. and Ada Browning House. She received a master's degree from Arkansas State University and later received a second master's degree in counseling from Cornerstone University in Nashville, Tenn. She was a member of the College Church of Christ in Searcy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Richard Cleveland; two sons, William Eric Cleveland and Arthur Richard Cleveland Jr.; a daughter, Kathryn Yvonne Cleveland; five sisters, Mary Hill, Blanche Anderson, Pauline Underwood, Irene Vaughn and Willie Mae Cotney; and a brother, William Earl House.

Survivors include a daughter, Annette Kittany and husband Jimmy, Marion; five grandchildren, Arthur Richard Cleveland III, Amy Cleveland, Wade Jones, Timothy Norman and David Blake Jones; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy with John Kachelman officiating. Visitation was prior to the service. A second visitation was held at 2:30 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

Graveside service was at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Octavia Deatherage

L. Octavia Deatherage, 101, of DeKalb, Ill., died June 27, 2013, at the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center.

Born Nov. 5, 1911, in Imboden, she was the daughter of William Addison and Mary Edna Hedrick Hudson.

An accomplished artist, she was active in the Kishwaukee Valley Art League for several years and had many art gallery affiliations. She taught art class for several years both in Imboden and in DeKalb.

Octavia was a Bible scholar and an active, charter member of Victory Baptist Church in DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, T. Noble Deatherage, whom she married Dec. 27, 1939, in Black Rock; two sisters, Evelyn Rexroad and Lillian Knauss; and a brother, Bill Hudson.

Survivors include two daughters, Deanna Sexton and husband Lee, DeKalb, Ill., and Carolyn Deatherage, Madison, Wis.; a son, Steven Deatherage, Madison, Wis.; a sister, Opal Brown and husband Harlie, DeKalb, Ill.; two grandsons, Trent Sexton and Barry Sexton; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 1, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with Rev. Eric Mangek of Victory Baptist Church officiating. Cremation was by Anderson Funeral Home Crematory.

Memorials may be made to the L. Octavia Deatherage Memorial Fund, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.

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

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Jessie M. Laird

Jessie McCarroll Laird, 98, of Walnut Ridge, died July 7, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born May 14, 1915, at Black Rock, she was the daughter of John and Virgie Ward McCarroll. She was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Laird, whom she married Nov. 25, 1937; two sisters, Lorene Gibbens and Gustavia Davis; and a brother, Vernon McCarroll.

Survivors include a son, Don Laird and wife Glenda, St. Louis; two daughters, Leveta "Betty" DeVault and husband Jim, Bland, Mo., and Levona "Bonnie" Cullen and husband Joel, Bono; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Dale Hughart officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Todd Cullen, Paul Schaeffer, Bobby Schaeffer, Brian Heisner, Cullen Felkins and Brian Matlock. Honorary pallbearers were Craig Lonning, Garrick Lonning and Riley Felkins.

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

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Dollie Cox Nichols

Dollie Cox Nichols, 90, died June 28, 2013, at Broadway Healthcare Center in West Memphis.

Born Oct. 26, 1922, in Eden, she was the daughter of Lee Cox and Ada McCarroll Cox Holloway. She lived most of her life in Lawrence, Greene and Craighead Counties. She was a farmer's wife and homemaker in the Little Brown community (Egypt) and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don O. Nichols, whom she married Dec. 5, 1940; two sisters, Georgia Huffman and Loease Statler; and two brothers, Louie Dale Cox and Lawrence Cox.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Cassiday, Memphis; a son, Don R. Nichols, Liberty, Texas; a sister, Margaret Watkins, Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Michael Statler, Kevin Statler, Felicia Davis, Debra Bornemeirer, Kerri Knippa and Kelli Rinando; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 3 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Don House officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Nick Statler, Caleb Statler, Jay Lucas, George Statler, Ernest Carter and Todd Statler.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 6977 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030.

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


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Harry Lee Raney

Harry Lee Raney, 87, of Searcy, formerly of Smithville, died July 3, 2013.

Born July 31, 1925, he was the son of Joe and Jeannie Rudy Raney.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he fought in France. Following his service, he worked for Roper Appliance Manufacturing in Rockford, Ill. He returned to Arkansas and worked for a purebred Hereford ranch in the Denton community and the C.H. Briley Cattle Ranch in Hickory Plains. After that, he worked for Lomanco Manufacturing Company in Jacksonville as a production worker before being promoted to plant manager, where he served for 10 years. He retired as a farmer and rancher in White County. He was a member of the West Side Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Byron Raney and Ralph Raney; two sisters, Sara Raney and Shirley Lesher; and a son-in-law, Jim Roberts.

Survivors include his wife, Levana Rhea Howerton Raney; a daughter, Tressia Roberts; three sons, Tony Raney and wife Beth, Terry Raney and wife Ginger, and Steve Raney; three sisters, Aileen Johnson, Kittye Daniels and Nina Bodin; six grandsons, Jason Raney, Aaron Raney, Dustin Raney, Jon Raney, Josh Raney and Bryan Raney; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Powell Funeral Home in Searcy. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Searcy Children's Home, P.O. Box 1141, Searcy, AR 72145.

An online guestbook is available at www.powellfuneralhome.net.

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Joyce Thielemier

Edna Joyce Thielemier, 72, of Pocahontas, died July 2, 2013.

Born July 4, 1940, in Pocahontas, she was active in many organizations and charities, including Extension Homemakers Club, Auxiliary Volunteer of Five Rivers Medical Center, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital and the American Cancer Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Beulah Toon; and three brothers, Donald Ramsey, Ray Ramsey and Jerry Ramsey.

Survivors include her husband, Jim Thielemier; a son, Scott Thielemier and wife Sonja, Imboden; three daughters, Sandy Matthews and husband Scottie, Ravenden, Vicky Bass and husband Michael, Benton, and Teresa Tarantino and husband Tim, Biggers; a brother, Earl Ramsey, Biggers; a sister, Billie Jo Tidwell, Newport; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church with Father Anthanius Okeiyi officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Jeffery Thielemier, Darrin Thielemier, Craig Bass, Chase McCandless, Trevor Anderson and Mat Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Aley Thielemier, Kristi Barnes, Megan Wilson, Jeramy Matthews, Ashley Tarantino and Daniel Thielemier.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude's, Arkansas Children's Hospital or the American Cancer Society.

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

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Ann Wright

Vida Ann Wright, 70, of Hoxie, died July 7, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 8, 1942, in Bono, she lived most of her life in Hoxie and was a member of the Hoxie Church of Christ. She retired from the Hoxie Public School as a teacher's aid after 33 years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Owen "Buster" Griffin; and a grandchild, Buddy Dulaney.

Survivors include her husband, J.L. Wright; two sons, Kevin Wright and wife Beverly, Hoxie, and Michael Wright and wife Laura, Smithville; two daughters, Jeanett Smith and husband Clarence, Sedgwick, and Diane Dulaney and husband Boyce, Black Rock; her mother, Sybil Harris Griffin, Jonesboro; a sister, Evelyn Tate and husband Delbert, Jonesboro; two brothers, Charles Griffin and wife Karen, Jonesboro, and Rick Griffin and wife Sharon, Bono; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at the Hoxie Church of Christ with Matthew Balentine and Robert Davis officiating. Sara and Bethany Wright will share special memories. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Wright, Mike Wright, Layne Wright, Cooper Wright, Charles Griffin, Rick Griffin, Harry Wright and Greg Mosier. Honorary pallbearers will be Delbert Tate, Tommy Redd, Wayne Smith, Tony Dulaney, Chris Davidson, Von McDaniel, Alex Archer and Lorne Hazelwood.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould, the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro or the American Cancer Society.

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

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Tina Elizabeth Young

Tina Elizabeth Young, 51, of Walnut Ridge, died July 6, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 17, 1961, in Pocahontas, she was a certified nursing assistant and activities director at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab. She was a choir director, a licensed cosmetologist and a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Nathan Young; maternal grandmother, Ella Johnson, paternal grandfather, George Young, maternal grandfather, Thurman Johnson; and paternal grandmother, Ethel Young.

Survivors include her mother, Freddie White and husband Carl, of the home; three sisters, Juanita Baggett, Jonesboro, Judith Whitaker, Conway, and Theresa Clayborn, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Byron Cleveland, of the home; a special cousin, Linda "Sue" White, Little Rock; and her cousin and caregiver, Georgia Ann McClain, Walnut Ridge.

Visitation will be Fridady from 6-8 p.m. Funeral is Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Mansker, Derek Johnson, Harold White, Woodrow Mays, Kevin Baggett and Lynn Bearden. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Sellers, Preston Shockley, Phillip Diggs, Reggie Mansker, Charles L. White and Michael Stevens.

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

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