September 25, 2013 Edition

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Births

Cruze Jaxson Hickman

Obituaries

Estle Brannen Burton Willis Brinsfield Roger M. Bristow
Leona F. Chrisman Lowell P. Christopher Freda L. Foley
Calvin Lee Gray Sr. Max Hill Mary Ruth Mischnick
Gladys W. Smith Michael Robert Stigall Charlotte Elizabeth Vance
Nadine Verkler Nadine Laverne Weaver Edith Shirlene Webb

Births

Cruze Jaxson Hickman

Jason and Andi Hickman of Imboden have announced the birth of a son, born on Sept. 13, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Cruze Jaxson Hickman. He has two siblings, Jade and Caden.

Grandparents are Gordon and Sharon Hickman of Imboden, Terry and Peggy James of Ravenden Springs and Paula Spears of Blytheville.

Great-grandparents are Herma Armitstead of Ravenden Springs, Virginia James of Walnut Ridge, John and Willma Hickman of Imboden and Paul and Alice Spears of Joiner.

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Obituaries

Estle Brannen

Estle Brannen, 84, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 17, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 31, 1928, in Monroe, Miss., he was the son of Norman and Ona Honeycutt Brannen. He worked as a farmer for many years on Horse Island, between Bono and Egypt. He managed the Minute Man restaurants in the early 1970s and later worked for the Colonial Baking Company in Memphis. After retiring from the bakery, he worked for many years for Jonesboro Public Schools as a special education bus driver and in the maintenance department. He was a member of the Apple Hill Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, W.D. Brannen and Ernest Brannen; and a grandson, Justin L. Brannen.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Winnie Geraline Johnson Brannen; two sons, Larry Brannen and wife Barbara and Steve Brannen and wife Freda, all of Jonesboro; a daughter, Paula Byard and husband Clint, Trumann; a sister, Erlene Gossage, Cash; five grandchildren, Steve Brannen, Brad Brannen, Joshua Byard, Lori Brannen and Candice Gragg; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with James King officiating. Burial was in Trinity Cemetery at Bono.

Pallbearers were Stephen Brannen, Brad Brannen, Joshua Byard, Marcus Gragg, Aaron Honeycutt and Jerry Waddill. Honorary pallbearers were T.Z. Jones, L.D. Johnson, Charles Johnson, Rick James, David Cline and Devan Gossage.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

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

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Burton Willis Brinsfield

Burton Willis Brinsfield, 92, of Newport, stepfather of Burton Winston of Hoxie, died Sept. 21, 2013. Graveside service was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Cemetery in Newark under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Roger M. Bristow

Roger Michael Bristow, 61, of Lynn, died Sept. 21, 2013, at his home, following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 9, 1952, in Lawrence County, he was a sawmill worker and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland Paul and Minnie Wildrick Bristow; a brother, Ray Bristow; and a sister, Rose Marie Bristow.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Gipson Bristow; two sons, Rodney Bristow, Lynn, and Taylor Bristow, Walnut Ridge; three daughters, Tonya Hankins, Pocahontas, Jeannie Phillips, Walnut Ridge, and Sarah Bristow, Lynn; seven brothers, Frank Bristow, Lewis Bristow, Scotty Bristow and Thomas Bristow, all of Texas, and Jeff Bristow, Stevie Bristow and Truman Bristow, all of Lynn; a sister, Charlotte Hellar, Dexter, Mo.; and eight grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery with Bro. David Stuart officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family members served as pallbearers.

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

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Leona F. Chrisman

Leona F. Debow Chrisman, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 23, 2013, at her home.

Born Aug. 21, 1926, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Jim and Fannie Stone Dame. She was a homemaker and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Sedgwick Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wilgus Debow; her second husband, Cyral Hugh Chrisman; a grandchild, Kim Swartzlander; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Isaac Debow and James Debow and wife Linda, all of Hoxie, and Stan Debow and wife Krystal, Sedgwick; two brothers, Ray Dame and Bill Dame, both of Arkansas; two sisters, Juanita Wallace and Loretta Turner, both of Illinois; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Billy Baker, Richey Burgin, Jon Smith, Stanley Debow, Stanley Debow II, Dalton Smith and Isaac Debow.

Visitation is today from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

Memorials may be made to Caring Hands Hospice House, 1045 West Main, Suite C, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Lowell P. Christopher

Lowell P. Christopher, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 17, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 2, 1932, at Smithville, he was the son of Estes and Eddie Mae Stephenson Christopher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War. He was a farmer and also worked for the USDA Cotton Division. He was a member of the former Corner Stone Free Will Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school for many years.

He was preceded in death by a son, Don Davis Christopher; a brother Lloyd Christopher; and a sister, Wilma Christopher.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Joyce Rice Christopher, whom he married June 6, 1958; a daughter, Kelly Richardson and husband Tom, Walnut Ridge; three sistes, Genevieve Williams, Hoxie, Linda Spargo, Mountain Home, and Estalee Butler, Sulphur, La.; and a grandson, Christopher Richardson.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Blackwell and Rev. Robbie Hager officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Taylor Christopher, John Christopher, Ron Rice, Jeff Rice, Terry Boothe and Steve Graham.

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Freda L. Foley

Freda L. Foley, 87, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at the Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 10, 1926, in Minturn, she was the daughter of Fred Louis and Grace Killion Ezell. She attended Holy Angels Academy in Jonesboro. She was one of the first nurses at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she worked for over 20 years. She was also member of the First Baptist Church.

She was united in marriage to Ruel Foley, who preceded her in death in 2008. She was also preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Gertrude DeOteris and Arnelia Bell Birkett.

Survivors include three daughters, Ruelene Foley, Lila (Rodney) Floyd both of Walnut Ridge, and Kay Ellis of Pocahontas; two sons, Dan (Shelia) Foley of Batesville and Tom (Rhonda) Foley of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a brother, James Fredrick Ezell of Jonesboro; a brother-in-law, Doug Birkett of Clarkston, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, Shelly Barnes of Pocahontas, Bobby (Christie) Bunch of Warrenton, Va., Amy (Brent) Cunningham of Freeport, Mich., Tommy John (Jacqui) Foley of Washington, D.C., Will (Tiffany) Floyd of Jonesboro, Joseph Ruel Foley (Marin) of Batesville, Hunter Foley of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Trudy (Ethan) Teague of Sarasota, Fla., Leslie (Shane) Lamb of Conway, and Donna Campbell of Loxahatchee, Fla.; 18 great-grandchildren, Kolby and Allie Barnes, Jack, Max and Lucy Cunningham, Ellie and Luke Bunch, Elizabeth Ruelene and Keylee Patricia Foley, J.T. and Julianne Teague, Taylor Payton, McKenzie Hart and Christian, Cassidy, Kailey and Olivia Campbell and Easton Floyd; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Dr. Bob McGee and Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating.

Pallbearers will be Will Floyd, Bobby Bunch, Kolby Barnes, T.J., Joe and Hunter Foley. Interment will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Lawrence Memorial Health Foundation or Williams Baptist College Scholarship Fund.

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

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Calvin Lee Gray Sr.

Calvin Lee Gray Sr., 62, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 24, 2013, at his home.

Born June 20, 1951, in Gideon, Mo., he was a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver. He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Richard Gray; his stepfather, Ed Wilson; a sister, Louetta Malin; and a stepbrother, Eddie Wilson.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Diane Lindley Gray, whom he married Oct. 4, 1968, in Caruthersville, Mo.; his mother, Helen Wilson, Scotts Hill, Tenn.; three sons, Gary Gray and Calvin Lee Gray Jr., both of Pocahontas, and Joseph Gray, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Angela Schneider, Bono; three brothers, Delmar Gray, Scotts Hill, Tenn., Danny Wilson, Wisconsin, and Victor Wilson, Oxford, Miss.; a sister, Annabelle Hesselbien, Manchester, Tenn.; and nine grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Derek Collins officiating. Cox-Fears Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Max Hill

Max Hill, 67, of Annieville, died Sept. 17, 2013.

Born Aug. 25, 1946, in Randolph County, he was the son of the late Ralph Hill and Maxine Davis.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Hill; and a sister, Wanda Hill.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Humes and husband James, Annieville; three sons, Bruce Hill and wife Shannon, Annieville, Clint Hill, Pocahontas, and Wayne Hill, Poteet, Texas; four brothers, Tony Hill and wife Janette, Defuniak Springs, Fla., Bud Hill and wife Carolyn, Ravenden Springs, Dolan Hill and wife Brenda, Jonesboro, and Lindal Hill and wife Tammy, Branson, Mo.; two sisters, Carolyn Franklin and husband Benny, Sanford, Fla., and Dorothy Hary and husband Gary, Fort Smith; and six grandchildren, Syd Humes, Curtis Humes, Shane Hill, Brian Hill, Nikolas Hill and Travis Hill.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Mackie McReynolds officiating. Burial was in Yadkin Cemetery.

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

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Mary Ruth Mischnick

Mary Ruth Davis Mischnick, 86, of North Little Rock, formerly of Lawrence County, died Sept. 17, 2013, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Sherwood.

Born Nov. 5, 1926, in Tyronza, she was the daughter of Azro and Marie Grimes Nunnally. She was a homemaker and a member of United Church of God in Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Winford Davis; a son, Carl Lindell Davis; a brother, Raymond Nunnally; and a sister, Ellen Trombley.

Survivors include her husband, Alfred Mischnick; three sons, Bobby Davis and Larry Davis, both of Jonesboro, and Joe Davis, Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Evelyn Shafer, Seattle; two sisters, Margie Lantz and Nancy Puckett; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Steven Shafer officiating and Alfred Mischnick giving eulogy. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery near Lynn.

Visitation was set for Friday from noon until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Larry Davis, Joe Davis, Bobby Davis, Derrick Shafer Carl Puckett and Robert Puckett.

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Gladys W. Smith

Gladys W. Smith, 96, of Powhatan, formerly of Grubbs, died Sept. 22, 2013.

Born June 7, 1917, she was the daughter of Hardy Flowers and Verna Moore Williams. She was a member of Grubbs Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Smith; a son, James Warren Smith; and a daughter, Lucy McLaughlin.

Survivors include a son, Billy Joe Smith, Memphis; a daughter, Ann Smith McAbee, Powhatan; seven grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Dillinger Funeral Home in Newport. Burial will be in Ballews Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 11:30 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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Michael Robert Stigall

Michael Robert Stigall, 51, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 16, 2013, at his home.

Born March 11, 1962, in El Paso, Texas, he was of the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed by Frit Industries in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Janice Michaelson Stigall.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Stigall, Ripley, Miss., and Robert Stigall, Blytheville; a daughter, Stephanie Stigall and companion Adam Jones, Steele, Mo.; two brothers, Steven Stigall, Easley, S.C., and Dan Stigall and wife Judy, San Diego; a sister, Lori Stigall Dickmann and husband George, Greeleyville, S.C.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Great Harvest Church in Pocahontas with Rev. Gene Griffon officiating. Burial, with military honors, was in the Dail Family Cemetery at Ravenden. Faith Funeral Service of Manila had charge of arrangements.

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

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Charlotte Elizabeth Vance

Charlotte Elizabeth LaMew Vance, 90, of Sedgwick, died Sept. 22, 2013.

Born in August 1923, in Greene County, she was the daughter of Joe and Mary LaMew. She moved to Sedgwick early in life and graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1946. She worked at Citizen's Bank in Walnut Ridge and at the revenue office in Jonesboro. She was a lifelong member of Sedgwick Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday school secretary and treasurer and sang in the choir.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenwood "Peck" Vance, whom she married in 1946; and an infant brother, Max LaMew.

Survivors include a son, Sammy Glenn Vance, Sedgwick, and Jean Marie Craft and husband Rohn, Jonesboro; two grandsons, Drew Craft and Jesse Craft; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Michael Doyle and Rev. Robert Stafford officiating. Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Kevin Craft, Tim Nichols, David Vance, Rick Myers, David Vance II and Gene Vance. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Merle Vance and Rick Hopkins.

Memorials may be made to Sedgwick United Methodist Church or the NEA Humane Society.

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

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Nadine Verkler

Nadine Verkler, 89, of Smithville, died Sept. 22, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 12, 1923, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Lon and Lizzie Belle Hill. She lived most of her life in Black Rock and Eaton.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Lawrence Verkler; a son, Larry Verkler; seven sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include a son, Ted Verkler and wife Judy, Imboden; a daughter, Libby Cude and husband Jerry, Conway; seven grandchildren, Tammy Terry, Melanie, Heather, Jeff, Mike and Christy; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Harold Russell officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Terry Verkler, Jeff Cude, Mike Cude, Trey Verkler, Chris Milligan and Lonnie Gilbreth.

Visitation is today from noon until time of the service.

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

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Nadine Laverne Weaver

Nadine Laverne Weaver, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 17, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Aug. 23, 1928, in the Eaton community, she was the daughter of Homer and Elizabeth Nunnally Lawson. She was a homemaker and a member of Main Street Church of Christ. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant for the NEA Area Agency on Aging.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Weaver; two brothers, Orace Lawson and Kenneth Lawson; and a sister, Faye Nunnally.

Survivors include a son, Monty Weaver and wife Doris, Hoxie; two grandchildren, Nathan Weaver and Tabitha Griggry; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery, near Eaton, with Rob Combs officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould, 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Edith Shirlene Webb

Edith Shirlene Webb, 68, of Ravenden Springs, died Sept. 19, 2013, at her home.

Born Dec. 7, 1944, in Walnut Corner, she was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frankie Ernest and Maggie Alberta Aust Nelson; her stepfather, William Fry; three brothers, Leland Nelson, Henry Nelson and Edward Nelson; two sisters, Alice Eaton and Imagene Walker; and two grandchildren, Donald Otis and Little Rosie.

Survivors include five sons, Edward Webb and wife Nancy, Brian Keith Webb and wife Amanda and Donald Webb and wife Lisa, all of Pocahontas, Tony Webb and wife Joanie, Ravenden Springs, and Gary Webb and wife Jenny, Black Rock; a daughter, Sheila Jackson, Ravenden Springs; six brothers, Earl Nelson, Ruben Nelson, Bill Nelson, Donnie Nelson, Freddie Fry and Theodore Fry; six sisters, Marie Russom, Jean Tribble, Sharon McDonald, Mary Tate, Sue Nelson and Shelby Morris; 25 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral was Monday at noon at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Danny Webb officiating. Burial was in Manning Cemetery at Hoxie.

Pallbearers were Cody Webb, Tony Webb Jr., Anthony D. Webb, Paul Jackson, Junior Swartz and Johnny Swartz. Honorary pallbearers were Anthony L. Webb and Glenn Webb.

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

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