October 02, 2013 Edition

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Blakely Jane Bowker Haley Ellen Hogan Mason Joseph Moore


Stone ~ Huggins Verkler ~ Head


Dorothy Mae Brady Carolyn Collins James M. Harris
John L. House Theda Gay Massey Patricia Moody
Walley G. Neal Nettie Oldham William I. Rainwater
Mable Ward


Blakely Jane Bowker

Richard and Felicia Bowker of Smithville have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Sept. 9, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces, and has been named Blakely Jane Bowker. She has two siblings, Trista, five, and Grayson, two.

Grandparents are Ruth Lindsey of Pocahontas, Robert and Eylan McLaughlin of Powhatan and Richard Bowker and Anna Doyle, both of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are Harmon and Linda Dodson of Smithville, Mildred Young of Ravenden and Charlotte Mcgarrah of Hardy.

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Haley Ellen Hogan

Christopher and Sarah Hogan of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on Sept. 18, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed eight pounds, five ounces, and has been named Haley Ellen Hogan.

Grandparents are Rick and Pam Manning of Walnut Ridge and Wendell and Marilyn Hogan of Pocahontas.

Great-grandparents are Donnie Hogan and Earl and Fran Hagar, all of Pocahontas, James and Bobbie Manning of Walnut Ridge and Ethel Wilcoxin of Hoxie.

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Mason Joseph Moore

Jason and Alley Jo (Campbell) Moore of Lake City have announced the birth of a son on Sept. 21, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed 8 pounds and has been named Mason Joseph Moore. He has an older sister, Mallory Moore.

Grandparents are Cody Campbell of Hoxie, Libby and Tim Faught of Jonesboro and Debbie and Donald Moore of Smithville.

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Stone ~ Huggins

Ray and Johnnie Stone of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ragan Mary Stone, to Jonathan Thomas Huggins, son of Dr. and Mrs. Fred Huggins of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mary Stone of Walnut Ridge and the late Emit Stone and Jane Barnhill of Mountain Home and the late Jerry Barnhill.

She is a 2010 honor graduate from Ridgefield Christian School and is a senior communications major at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Tommy and Shirley Huggins, who lived at Cotton Plant, and Mae Ruth Faulkner of Little Rock and the late Coolidge Faulkner.

He is a 2008 honor graduate of Crowley's Ridge Academy, a 2011 honor graduate of Harding University and 2013 graduate of Northwest Arkansas Community College, where he graduated with a degree in nursing.

The couple will exchange vows in a mid-October wedding at the Stan Jones Mallard Lodge in Minturn.

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Verkler ~ Head

Eddie and Lynda Verkler of Black Rock have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tiffany Leah Verkler, to Michael Scott Head II, son of Scott and Yvonne Head of Little Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of J.B. Vance of Black Rock and the late Garnet Vance and the late Wave Ed Jr. and Imogene Verkler, who lived at Black Rock.

She is a 1998 graduate of Black Rock High School, where she was valedictorian, and a 2002 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, where she graduated cum laude. She is promotions supervisor for the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) in Conway.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Peggy Head of El Dorado and the late Wilbur Head and Kermit and AlFriede Benson of El Dorado.

He is a 2001 graduate of Little Rock Catholic High School and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2011. He graduated from UALR cum laude and was recognized as the outstanding business graduate. He is a Microsoft Alliance Champion at Hewlett-Packard in Conway.

The couple will exchange vows on Nov. 2, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Pavilion B of Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton. All family and friends are invited. RSVP's are requested at www.verklerhead.ourwedding.com.

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Dorothy Mae Fleming Brady

Dorothy Mae Fleming Brady, 56, of Black Rock, died Oct. 1, 2013, at her home.

Born Oct. 10, 1956, in St. Louis, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She had worked at the Haynes House in Portia and was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Juanita House Fleming.

Survivors include her husband, Dale Brady; three sons, Dale Brady Jr. and Jeremy "Scott" Brady and wife Brandie, all of Black Rock, and Christopher Micheal, Minute, N.D.; two brothers, John Aden, Portia, and John Fleming, Annieville; a sister, Alice Creed, Black Rock; and nine grandchildren.

A visitation and memorial service will be held Friday from 10:30 a.m.-noon at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Sister Rebecca Lapiro officiating.

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

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Carolyn Collins

Carolyn (Kay) V. Collins, 70, of Pocahontas, passed away Sept. 28, 2013, at Randolph County Nursing Home.

Born June 9, 1943, in Chicago, she was the daughter of Frank and Linda O. Perry Hunnicutt. She was a homemaker and a member of the Clear Springs Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Frank, Albert, Freddy and Butch Hunnicutt; and three sisters, Eunice Kulick, Maragret Gann and Joyce Pettegrew.

Survivors include her husband, Benny Collins, of the home; two daughters, Linda (Phil) Collins-Smith of Pocahontas, and Kathy Franks of Fort Smith; two brothers, Tom (Joan) Hunnicutt of Williford, and John (Karen) Hunnicutt of Highland; one sister, Dorothy (Fred) Holder of Imboden; three grandchildren, Butch D. Smith, Heather Tate Williams and Mike Franks; three great-grandchildren, Reese Williams, Brayden Smith and Jackson Smith; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral service is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Rowdy Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the Opposition Cemetery near Ravenden.

Pallbearers will be Butch Smith, John Williams, Mike Franks, Billy Collins Jr., Barry L. Collins and Brandon Benson.

Online guestbook is available at www.bryanfh.com.


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James M. Harris

James M. "J.M." Harris, 85, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 26, 2013, at his home.

Born Dec. 21, 1927, at Stokes, he was the son of Lehman and Elmyra Shocklee Harris. He was a World War II Army Veteran and worked at Brown Shoe. He was a member of the Hillside Church of Christ in Stokes.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Loren Harris and Gilbert Harris; three sisters, Delpha Pierce, Marie Waymon and Betty Jean Crismon; and a grandson, Mark Seawel.

Survivors include his wife, Zada Evans Harris, whom he married April 30, 1949, in Pocahontas; three sons, Bret Harris and wife Polly, Warm Springs, James Harris and wife Tina, Jonesboro, and Leon Harris and wife Peggy, Willow Springs, Mo.; three daughters, Barbara Seawel and husband Ken and Nancy Sorg and husband Tom, all of Pocahontas, and Lois Sanders and husband Bennie, Giddings, Texas; a brother, Floyd Harris, Springfield, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Brett Hickey officiating. Burial was in Harris Cemetery at Stokes.

Pallbearers were Shawn Seawel, Jonathan Seawel, Jason Harris, Bennie Sanders, Joshua Harris and Caleb Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Chris McCorkle, Mark Duff, Seth Conroy, Nick Burleson, Brandon Duff, Trent Duff, William Sanders, Mike Hernandez and Riley Conroy.

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

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John L. House

John L. House, 68, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Armorel and Tomato, died Sept. 26 at St. Bernard's Hospital in Jonesboro.

He was born March 28, 1945, in Blytheville, to parents Marvin and Beulah House. John accepted Christ as his savior as a young man at the Tomato Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Marvin House, and mother Beulah House. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Hugh Edward and infant brother Gerald Owen House.

John loved taking care of his parents and spending time with his special nephews. He also enjoyed fishing, traveling, photography and visiting friends. His past jobs included; exclusive sales for Brooks Brothers in Chicago and was employed at Cargill grain in Osceola.

Survivors include his close and loving sister, Lisa Booth (Tim) of Walnut Ridge; sisters, Mary Ann Spann (Tom) of Benton; Glenda Westrich of Kelso, Mo.; Norma Sue Zerbini (Richard) of San Jose, Calif.; brothers, D. Michael House (Cheri) of Jackson, Md., Charles R. House (Barbara) of Batesville, Virgle House (Patti) of Des Plains, Ill., Terry House (Sandra) of Knoxville, Tenn., and James "Bud" House (Marie) of Rockford, Ill.

John also helped raise, and loved more than life, three special nephews, Edwin Wallace Jr. of Jonesboro, Jeffrey Wallace of Blytheville, and Austin Booth of Walnut Ridge. John also had seven other nephews, 13 nieces, numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

A memorial service will be held in Blytheville at a later date under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Lasting memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 322 SW Front Street, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas 72476.

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Theda Gay Snow Massey

Theda Gay (Snow) Massey, 83, of Muskogee, Okla., went to her eternal savior on Sunday, Sept. 29 ,at the Fort Gibson Nursing Home in Oklahoma. She was born Jan. 28, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, to Harry Lee and Sylvania Jane Bellah Snow. She was married to Billy Massey for 64 years. He continues to reside at the nursing home in Fort Gibson. They had three sons together.

Theda and Bill began their lives together in 1949 in Walnut Ridge and moved to Moline, Ill., shortly after to find a new life away from their humble farming beginnings. A child of the depression, Theda knew the value of hard work and education, sometimes having to hitchhike in order to get herself to school. She got her education and more. She wanted a better life for herself and her children and made sacrifices along the way to get there.

Theda lived a life of culture and travel, seeing the world and making new friends wherever she went. Whether it was the bridge club, Bible study or golf, she made friends easily, treating everyone with dignity and value. Those qualities helped her achieve responsible positions both professionally and for civic organizations. She was a Florida Regent with the Daughters of the American Revolution, having completed the extensive research required to gain acceptance. This research led her to write a book titled, "The Bellah Family."

Theda worked her entire career at Modern Woodman Life Insurance in Rock Island, Ill., and was administrative assistant to the corporate investment manager at the time of her retirement in 1987.

She lived the life she dreamed of as a child, and was very generous to everyone along the way. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Theda was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Roger Massey; a grandson, Eric Massey; and brothers, Gene and Howard Snow.

Survivors include her sons, Mike (Evalyn) Massey of Muskogee, Okla., and David (Emily) Massey of Excelsior Springs Mo.; sisters, Joyce Anderson and Linda Brooks of St. Louis, and Sharon Barnett of Lenexa, Kan.; grandchildren, Erin (Ron) Peterson, Randa (Mike) Johnson, Lance (Wendy) Dixon, Josh (Sherry) Massey, Melanie (Jason) Scott, Jennifer (David) Rogers and Julie Linden; and great-grandchildren, Ryan Johnson, Abby Johnson, Kennedy Dixon, Logan Dixon, Olivia Scott, _Amaira Peterson and Jaden Peterson.

Funeral will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Jack Kemper officiating. Cox-Fears Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge has charge of arrangements. Burial will follow at Snow Family Cemetery in Walnut Ridge.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

Pallbearers will be Roger Leese, John Snow, Justin Carter, Ronald Massey, Josh Massey and Lance Dixon.

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


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Patricia Moody

Patricia Jeanne Camp Moody, 86, of Little Rock, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.

She was born on May 27, 1927, in Lauratown to Robert and Rubye Grissom Camp. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 _ years, Halbert Jones Moody, on Jan. 6, 2010.

Also preceding her were her parents, her husband's parents, Ben and Agla Jones Moody of Clover Bend; and a daughter-in-law, Pamela Michelle Davis Moody (Keith) of Wimberley, Texas.

After graduating as valedictorian from Hoxie High School, she attended Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University) in Jonesboro for just one semester, where she was a cheerleader and a member of Alpha Sigma Sorority. However, after her money ran out, she returned home. After moving to Little Rock in 1948, she renewed her acquaintance with Halbert Moody of Clover Bend after a chance meeting. After marrying two years later, four little boys soon appeared and she traded her dream of a college education for that of a mother and homemaker. She and Halbert spent the next 59 _ years together raising four boys, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was a long time member of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her four sons, Keith Jay Moody of Wimberley, Texas, Scott Alan Moody and Ben Robert Moody, both of Little Rock, and Mark Anthony Moody of Honolulu; former daughters-in-law, Mary Jo Moody and Melissa Anne Moody of Little Rock; nine grandchildren, Brooke Moody, Ben Moody Jr. and wife Jaclyn, Jason Moody and wife Kim, Summer Moody, Justin Moody and wife Julie, Mary Ann Moody Ritchie and husband Joey Ritchie, Daniel Moody, Brian Moody and Christian Moody; six great-grandchildren, Aiden Moody, Mila Moody, Peyton Moody, Justin Bo Moody, Tucker Moody, and Johnny Moody; three step-great-grandchildren, Jordan, MacKensie, and Charlie; her devoted sister, Bobbie Carolyn Camp of Little Rock; three aunts, Regina Camp of Jonesboro, Ethrene Grissom of Walnut Ridge and Alene Grissom of Hoxie; several cousins, close friends Jim Childers and Marilyn Halbrook of Little Rock, and many of the Moody children's friends who considered Pat a surrogate mother.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Hospice Home Care for the care and compassion shown to our mother during her short stay there.

Visitation was held Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock. Graveside services were Monday at 1 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, 4823 Woodlawn, Little Rock, AR 72205; Hoxie Methodist Church, 318 SW Broad St., Hoxie, AR 72433; or to the charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenal.


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Walley G. Neal

Walley Gene Neal, 49, of Garden City, Ga., died Sept. 23, 2013, in Oregon.

Born Aug. 6, 1964, in Sweet Springs, Mo., he was a truck driver and a firm believer in God.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy William Neal.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie Mingledorff Neal, whom he married June 6, 1996; three stepchildren, Brenda Warbington and husband Mark, Atlanta, Chris Braddy, Savannah, Ga., and Sandra Braddy, Guyton, Ga.; his mother, Ruth Hay Neal Garcia, Macks Creek, Mo.; a sister, Renee Lynch and husband David, Macks Creek, Mo.; four grandchildren, Shelby Balkcom, Jake Balkcom, Catherine Braddy and Ian Warbington; and a great-grandson.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with pastor Michael Puckett officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be James Michael Milgrim, Larry Smith, Robert Hall, Noah Lynch, Bobby Eubanks and Christopher Braddy.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

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Nettie Elizabeth Oldham

Nettie Elizabeth Oldham, 87, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 24, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 8, 1926, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Thomas Mose and Edith Beeler Robertson. She was a homemaker and a member of Walnut Street Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank W. Oldham Sr.; two sons, Frank W. Oldham Jr., and Mark D. Oldham; three sisters, Dora McAlister, Vela Brown and Maudie Rogers; and eight brothers, Vernon Robertson, Sherman Robertson, Shelby Robertson, Bernard Robertson, Lavelle Robertson, Virgil Robertson, Doris Robertson and T.J. Robertson.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Seymore and husband Curt, Jonesboro; a son, Shane Oldham, Jonesboro; two sisters, Evelyn Flippo and Betty Jean McCarty; a daughter-in-law, Donna Oldham; four grandchildren, Chad Oldham, Meridith Oldham, Daya Seymore Shipman and Whitney Oldham Miller; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Rev. Jerry Parker officiating. Emerson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 400 East St., Jonesboro, AR 72401, Walnut Street Baptist Church, 1910 Scenic Dr., Jonesboro, AR 72401, or UAMS Health Care System, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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William I. Rainwater

William I. Rainwater Sr., 87, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Mr. Rainwater was born March 3, 1924, in Imboden, to the late Riley and Catherine Rainwater. He was a Lawrence County native. He attended Hendrix College, the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Arkansas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas. He served his country proudly in the United States Army Air Corps and the United States Navy.

In his early career, he operated cotton gins and grain elevators in Northeast Arkansas. During the mid-1960s, he began developing and operating hotels, principally Holiday Inns, in Arkansas and surrounding states. His farming interests are in the Delta areas of Arkansas and Mississippi. He served on various family Bank Boards in Northeast Arkansas until recently merging with Regions Bank.

He had a long-time involvement in not-for-profit healthcare-related institutions, such as hospital and nursing home boards. He had many years of service in the conservation of our natural resources to preserve for future generations on local, state and national levels. Mr. Rainwater was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, and volunteered in various positions in city and county government.

He served on several boards, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Jonesboro City Water and Light, Hendrix College Board of Trustees, St. Bernard's Medical Center Board of Trustees, University of Arkansas Campaign for the 21st Century Steering Committee and the University of Arkansas Board of Advisors.

Mr. Rainwater was honored with the Citizen of Year Award in 1977 from Walnut Ridge; in 1997 he became the third recipient of the Jonesboro Rotary Club's James E. Gramling "Service Above Self Award", in 2002 he received the highest award for service - induction into the Order of Constantine on the 145th birthday of founding Sigma Chi Fraternity at Miami University, in 2003, he was an initial recipient of J.W. Fulbright Recognition Award providing honor and prestige to the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the first annual Above and Beyond Award from St. Bernards Healthcare and in 2007, he received the Roy H. Jolly Volunteer Award from the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Angie Rainwater; a son and his wife, Bill Rainwater Jr. and Jill; a daughter and her husband, Virginia Rainwater Cox and Steve; a brother, Sloan Rainwater Jr., all of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Riley Rainwater, Alexa Rainwater, Stephen Cox and Weston Cox, all of Jonesboro.

A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. John Miles II officiating. Burial will be private at Hope Cemetery, near Imboden, under the direction of Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 9:30-11 a.m. at the church.

Honored to serve as pallbearers will be O'Dell Fort, Jim Kuykendall, Jack Walsh, John Brimberry, Ben Owens Sr., Tom Thomas, Adam Flock and Bill Hurt. Honorary pallbearers will be the CWL Board of Directors, St. Bernards Healthcare Board and his brothers of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

Lasting memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church or St. Bernard's Foundation for St. Bernards Memory Care Villas, 400 East St. Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Mable Ward

Georgia Mable Milgrim Ward, 94, of Delaplaine, died Sept. 30, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 22, 1919, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Charles Henry and Ella Hanshaw Milgrim. She was a cook at the Lawrence Hotel and Hob Nob restaurant. She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Hazel Jones; infant twins, Frank and Jonnie; three brothers, Charles Milgrim, Jewell Milgrim and Dale "Dock" Milgrim; a sister, Mary Frances Sutter; and a great-grandson, Michael Brandon Milgrim.

Survivors include a daughter, Jessie Tunstall, Delaplaine; three sons, Eugene Milgrim, Delaplaine, Donnie Milgrim, Walnut Ridge, and James Brannon, Navarra, Fla.; a brother, Levi Milgrim, Jonesboro; a sister, Jessie Duckworth, Walnut Ridge; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Sister Rebecca Lapiro and William Tunstall officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m.

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

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