July 31, 2013 Edition

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Cameron Reid Anderson


Harold J. Adams Mary Lou Bailey Steven Lee Booth
James Brown Sara Croom Ronnie Dean Davidson
Jean W. Layton Ruby Nell Light Perry Murphy
Margaret Stevens Max Lelon Terrell


Cameron Reid Anderson

Jon and Hillary Anderson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born July 16, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, three ounces, and has been named Cameron Reid Anderson. He has one brother, Eli, three.

Grandparents are Bob and Joan Anderson of Walnut Ridge and Ronald and Diane Coleman of Saffell.

Great-grandparents are Cloyce and Melba Sowell of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

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Harold J. Adams

Harold Justice Adams, 85, of South Haven, Kan., formerly of Saffell, died July 14, 2013, at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Kan., after a brief battle with lung cancer.

Born Jan. 23, 1928, in Swifton, he was the son of Walter and Victoria Means Adams. He had lived in South Haven since 1973 and was a retired construction worker.

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

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Cadek Adams, whom he married Jan. 27, 1973, in Wichita, Kan.; a daughter, Helen Colona, Wichita; and two sons, Luther Adams and wife Donna, and Ron Adams, all of Stanwood, Wash.; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. A graveside memorial service was held July 18 at the Czechoslovakian Cemetery near Caldwell, Kans. Schaeffer Mortuary of Caldwell had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Rivercross Hospice or the Friendship Meals in your community.

An online guestbook is available at www.schaeffermortuary.info.

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Mary Lou Bailey

Mary Lou Bailey, 74, died July 29, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

She was born Sept. 19, 1938.

She was preceded in death by a stepson, Eugene Bailey Jr.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene Bailey Sr.; two stepdaughters, Lori Neeley, Batesville, and Elaine Bayles, Cave City; and four stepsons, Matthew Timmons, Cave City, Jim Timmons, Batesville, and Leslie Wayne Bailey and Andrew Dalton Bailey, both of the home.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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Steven Lee Booth

Steven Lee Booth, 57, of Elkins, died July 24, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville.

Survivors include a son, Steven Lee Booth II, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Crystal "Angel" Byrd and husband Shannon, North Little Rock, and Christine Elizabeth Booth, Seattle; his mother, Thelma Hansel, Rockford, Ill.; two brothers, Tim Booth, Rockford, Ill., and Jim Booth, Alabama; and two sisters, Denise Martin, Rockford, Ill., and Crystal Jersky and husband Bill, Streator, Ill.

Memorial services will be held at a later date by his family in Rockford, Ill., and by his family in Arkansas. Private burial will be in Janes Cemetery at Ravenden Springs.

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James Brown

James Raymond Brown, 65, of Strawberry, died July 28, 2013, in Batesville.

Born Nov. 22, 1947, in Alicia, he was a farmer and was of the Church of Christ faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Henry and Wynnette Parks Brown; and two sisters, Mary Manns and Virginia Rush.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Brown; four daughters, Tammy Vaughn and husband Danny, Hoxie, Jamae Cole and husband Tommy, Bay, Rachel Castle and husband James, Batesville, and Stephanie Williams, Horseshoe Bend; a brother, Gene Brown, Light; three sisters, Anita Simpson, Mammoth Spring, Wanda Bennett, Pocahontas, and Jeanette Denise Britt, Walnut Ridge; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Willis Funeral Service in Batesville with Glendon "Butch" Parks officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Parks, Paul Parks, Dannie Vaughn, Danny Vaughn, Seth Simpson and Kyle Radcliff. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Junior Britt, Aaron Britt, Jessie Britt and Tommy Cole.

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

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Sara Croom

Sara Croom, 28, of Cave City, died July 27, 2013.

Born June 8, 1985, in Oklahoma City, she was a customer service representative for Southern Bank and a member of the National Honor Society. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Lorraine Christensen Hubert; and her grandfather, Robert Christensen.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Croom, formerly of Black Rock; her parents, James and Donna Hubert, Midwest City, Okla.; a brother, Kyle Reed, Midwest City, Okla.; a sister, Andrea Duhame, Branson, Mo.; two grandmothers, Marilyn Christensen, Midwest City, Okla., and Bonita Jones, Harrah, Okla.; and a grandfather, George Hubert, Oklahoma City.

A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Willis Funeral Service in Batesville with her brother, Kyle Reed, officiating. Private burial will follow at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stephen Croom, Kelley Bales, Julie Allender, John Manz, Phillip Pickett, Willie Dunkin, Jeremy Russell and Brad Scott.

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

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Ronnie Dean Davidson

Ronnie Dean Davidson, 63, of Walnut Ridge, died July 25, 2013, at his home.

Born Feb. 26, 1950, in Walnut Ridge, he was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and worked as an auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenda Wilson Davidson; an infant son; his parents, Paul Winfield and Juanita Bernice Riggs Davidson; three brothers, Billy Joe Davidson, Cloyce Davidson and Jackie Davidson; and a sister, Lois Davidson.

Survivors include two sons, Stacy Davidson and Jamie Davidson, both of Alicia; a stepson, Gary Swindle, Jonesboro; a stepdaughter, Kelly Johnson, Ravenden; six brothers, Lonnie Davidson, Terry Davidson and Jerry Davidson, all of Doniphan, Mo., Jr. Davidson, Hoxie, Donnie Davidson, Memphis, and Harold Davidson, Jonesboro; two sisters, Geraldine Arnold, Walnut Ridge, and Willene Luster, Portia; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia.

Pallbearers were Doug Arnold, Bobby Luster, Tim Hodges, Jason Luster, Roy Paul Davidson and Ben Davidson. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Davidson, Dustin Davidson and Brian Davidson.

An online guestbook is available at www.cox-fearsfuneralhome.com.

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Jean W. Layton

Jean W Layton, 79, of Pocahontas, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, at her residence.

She was born April 8, 1934, in Blytheville. She married her lifelong partner of 64 years, Buddy J Layton, May 13, 1948.

She is survived by her daughter, Yvonda "Vonnie" Layton; a son, Andrew Criss Layton, both of Pocahontas; and granddaughters Cortney (Layton) Morris and Kristen Layton, of The Woodlands, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Buddy J Layton Sr.; a son, Buddy J Layton Jr.; sisters, Mary L Wagnon and Margie Bevill; and granddaughter, Julie Nicole (Layton) Rountree.

She enjoyed 29 years of retirement in the hills of Randolph County. Visitation will be today at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St Jude's in Memphis or Sheriffs Boys and Girls Ranch in Paragould.

An online guestbook is available at www.taylor-coxfuneralhome.com.


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Ruby Nell Light

Ruby Nell Light, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died July 27, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 7, 1932, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Arthur and Susie Kirtley Light. She lived in Walnut Ridge most of her life and was a nurse at St. Bernards Medical Center for many years. She was a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Don House officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Gary Light, Ronnie Light, Lavone Light, James Light, Benny Light and Billy Wayne Light.

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

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Perry Murphy

Perry Allen Murphy, 90, of Ravenden, died July 23, 2013, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born May 6, 1923, in Flatwoods, Mo., he was the son of Leo Raymond and Edna Livingston Murphy. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II in the 746th tank battalion at the Battle of the Bulge, and was a POW. He was wounded Dec. 25, 1944, and returned to the war after he fully recovered. He received five Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts for his efforts during his tour of duty. After his service, he owned and operated a sawmill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Onita Murphy; a stepson, Marty Wells; and a brother, Carl Chester Murphy.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Murphy, Searcy, and James Murphy, Watts, Okla.; a daughter, Joan Burch and husband David, Lynn; a stepson, Keith Wells and wife Kathy, Fayetteville; a stepdaughter, Patricia Pritchard, Hawaii; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Wells, Ravenden; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Jackie Pickett officiating. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers were Brian Ratliff, Jerry Wayne Price, Andy Morris, Danny Isreal, Elden Helms and Chuck Greenwell. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Ratliff, Corey Wilson and Jason Roan.

An online guestbook is available at www.cox-fearsfuneralhome.com.

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Margaret Stevens

Margaret Stevens, 71, of Newport, mother of Laura Stevens of Clover Bend, died July 23, 2013. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home had charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Max Lelon Terrell

"Captain" Max Lelon Terrell, 81, of Annieville, died July 27, 2013, at his home.

Born April 4, 1932, in Aberdeen, he was the son of George Washington and Maude Harris Terrell. He was a tugboat captain for 65 years and attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mars Jean Poteet Terrell; a daughter, Sheila Garner; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son, Michael Cameron and wife Betsy, Imboden; a daughter, Elizabeth Foulkes, Cherokee Village; a brother, Steve Terrell, San Antonio; two sisters, Vicky Roberts, Roe, and Sue Eastham, Houston; seven grandchildren, Brandy Luker, Jason Cameron, Jeff Cameron, Brenton Eason, Ryan Garner, Tyler Garner and Kaitlin Foulkes; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held today at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Annieville with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at www.cox-fearsfuneralhome.com.

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