August 7, 2013 Edition

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Addison Gail Richmond


Donald Boyd Sr. Donald Bridges John B. Little
Donna Faye Murphy Johnnie Ridenhower David William Thomas
Bill G. Wade


Addison Gail Richmond

Daniel and Amber Richmond of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born July 19, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Addison Gail Richmond.

Grandparents are Bobby and Sharon Lamb of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are E.A. and Dorothy Davis of Williford and O'Neal and Frances Richmond of Lynn.

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Donald Boyd Sr.

Donald Boyd Sr., 77, of Ravenden, died July 25, 2013, at his home.

Born March 11, 1936, at Hunter, he was the son of Clay C. and Gertie Boyd. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie E. Boyd.

Survivors include four sons, Donald D. Boyd and wife Janet and Mark D. Boyd and wife Valerie, all of Jonesboro, and Donald E. Boyd Jr. and wife Tina and Dakato Michael Boyd, all of Ravenden; three daughters, Donna L. Nightingale and husband Gary, Trumann, Peggy J. Boyd, Mountain Home, and Destiny Boyd, Ravenden; 16 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Ravenden Baptist Church with Frank Casillas officiating. Private burial will be under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

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Donald Bridges

Donald "Elmo" Bridges, 78, of Strawberry, died July 31, 2013, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

Born July 25, 1935, in Brinkley, he was the son of William Vernon and Opal Elmo Dry Bridges. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a carpenter and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Marie Harbison Bridges; a son, Joseph Elmo Bridges; and two brothers, William Vernon Bridges Jr. and Kenneth Allison Bridges.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo Neal Bridges, whom he married July 30, 2005, in Holland, Mich.; a son, Daniel Bridges and wife Dee Dee, Clover Bend, a daughter, Marie Owens and husband Terry, Alicia; two sisters, Barbara Barton and husband Frank, White Cloud, Mich., and Carolyn Prins and husband Ron, Holland, Mich.; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Alicia Baptist Church with Marvin Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery. Cox-Fears Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Daniel Bridges, Jeb Bridges, Terry Owens, Josh Owens, Aaron Owens, Brandon Burgett and Tyler Burgett.

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John B. Little

John B. Little, 87, of St. Louis, died July 25, 2013.

Born June 28, 1926, in Strawberry, he was the son of John and Essie Little.

He was preceded in death by a son, K. Brad Little; and two sisters, Algie Bond and Thelma Ward.

Survivors include his wife, Jocquelyn Stage Little; a son, Jack Little and wife Linda; a daughter, Tanya Magnus and husband Gordon; a sister, Annie Geurin and husband Darrell, Lynn; a daughter-in-law, Melissa Little; and two grandchildren, Jason Little and Taylor Magnus.

Funeral was Tuesday, July 30, at 10:30 a.m. at Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home in St. Ann, Mo. Burial was in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

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Donna Faye Murphy

Donna Faye Murphy, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 2, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born March 4, 1947, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She owned and operated Helen's Beauty Shop in Walnut Ridge for over 30 years. She was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church and a member of the Hoxie Eastern Star organization.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Allison; and her father, Leonard Cannon.

Survivors include a son, Russ Arnold, Jonesboro; and a brother, Kenny Cannon, Fayetteville, N.C.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Oak Hill Baptist Church near Sedgwick. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Greer, Jake Bigger, Sully Bigger, Hunter Smith, Anson Orrick and Sam Burns.

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Johnnie Markus Ridenhower

Johnnie Markus Ridenhower, 56, of Paragould, died July 31, 2013, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born Dec. 4, 1956, in Hoxie, he was employed by Mellow Moon Trucking.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Alma Reagan Ridenhower; and two brothers, Ricky Ridenhower and Gary Ridenhower.

Survivors include a daughter, Carrie Litaker, Judsonia; three sons, Johnny Ridenhower, Slidell, La., and Joseph Ridenhower and Thomas Ridenhower, both of Mountain Home; his father, Johnny Willard Ridenhower, Ravenden; three sisters, Sharon Lockard, Eolia, Mo., Linda Wills, Spring, Texas, and Sandra Patterson, Ravenden Springs; a brother, Tom Ridenhower, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; and four grandchildren.

Visitation was Saturday at Heath Funeral Home in Paragould. Burial was private.

Memorials may be made to the Ridenhower Family Fund, c/o Carrie Litaker, 1435 Hwy. 124, Judsonia, AR 72081.

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David William Thomas

David William Thomas, 55, of Henderson, died Aug. 1, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born June 16, 1958, in Philadelphia, he was the son of Jerry and Nancy Carol Hain Thomas. He was a retired district manager of an insurance company and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie Osburn Thomas, whom he married July 4, 1991; three daughters, Leslie Daniels, Walnut Ridge, and Tonya Poteat and Jessica Cain, both of Jonesboro; a sister, Nancy Lea Hardin, Morrilton; four brothers, Jerry Thomas, Jonesboro, Michael Thomas, Searcy, Buddy Thomas, Vanndale, and Larry Thomas, Wynne; six grandchildren, Rowdy Ditto, Finley Poteat, Brecken Poteat, Kopeland Poteat, Kaiser Cain and Merritt Cain.

Graveside service was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery at Lynn with John Durham and Jake Guenrich officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Rowdy Ditto, Jerry Ditto, Payton Poole, Terry Ballard, Todd Bolzer, Trey Bolzer, Terry Cothern and Trevor Cothern. Honorary pallbearers were the 2012 Walnut Ridge senior high football players.

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Bill G. Wade

Bill G. Wade, 77, of Jonesboro, formerly of Lawrence County, died July 31, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 2, 1935, in Smithville, he was the son of Cyrus Leroy and Della Rebecca Adams Wade. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Olene Walden.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Dent Wade, whom he married Sept. 16, 1954, in Walnut Ridge; two sons, Bobby Wade and wife Brenda, Sedgwick, and Mike Wade and wife Lindi, Jonesboro; two daughters, Becky Davis and husband Steve, Walnut Ridge, and Debra S. Will, Birmingham, Ala.; two sisters, Eula Goff, St. Louis, and Roydell Tucker, Hoxie; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Hall, Keri Davis, Stephen Davis, Jason Wade, Brandi Boggs, Aleha Will, Brandon Will and Hayden Wade; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation was Friday at Cox-Fears Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Burial was private.

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