October 30, 2013 Edition

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Randall ~ Witt


Dylan Brady Jack Carlton Brady James Flood
Charles C. Foley Ronnie Paul Goza Raima Halliburton
Alla Mae Lantz Carolyn Marie Pankey Robert Ponder
Geraldine Ragsdell Don J. Richardson


Randall ~ Witt

Sammantha Witt became the bride of Ben Randall in a 2 p.m. ceremony on Sept. 21, 2013, at New Beginnings Church in Hoxie with Chuck Fitzgerald officiating.

Parents of the couple are Mike and Diana Witt, Denise Cornell and Victor Randall, all of Walnut Ridge.

Shelby Fields served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Angel Travis and Tiffani Witt.

Jeremiah Gatewood served as best man. Groomsmen were Cody Tribble and Isaac Sosbe.

Zachary Cornell was the ringbearer, and flower girl was Bethany Witt.

Kearney Leona and Chantelle Longonia served as ushers and attended the bride's book.

A reception followed the ceremony in the church's fellowship hall.

The new Mrs. Randall will be joining her husband soon in San Diego, Calif., where he is stationed with the Navy.

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Dylan Brady

Dylan Todd Brady, 19, of Strawberry, died Oct. 28, 2013, near Smithville, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born Aug. 16, 1994, in Valparaiso, Ind., he was a 2012 graduate of Hillcrest High School. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church at Strawberry.

He was preceded in death by an aunt, Dorothy Brady; and friend, J.J. Poff.

Survivors include his parents, Todd and Lisa Reynolds Brady; two brothers, Kyle Brady and Travis Brady; and his grandparents, Jerry and Madeline Reynolds, Hot Springs, and Howard and Mary Brady, Sheldon, Ill.

Graveside service is Friday at 11 a.m. at Ward Cemetery, near Strawberry, with Gregg Cooper officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 5:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers will be Kyle Brady, Todd Brady, Travis Brady, Jeff Poff, Tyler Parker and Kyle Bristow. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Manuel and all of his friends and classmates.

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

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Jack Carlton Brady

Jack Carlton Brady, 80, of Bella Vista, formerly of Chester, Ill., passed away at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at Highland Healthcare and Rehab Center in Bella Vista.

Born July 14, 1933, in Hoxie, he was the son of William Dent and Pearl Ellen Gray Brady. He retired as a zone service manager from General Motors, Chevrolet Motor Division, where he had worked for 28 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Jean Biesterfeld Brady, whom he married June 8, 1955, in Hoxie; a daughter, Janet Sutherland and husband Terry, Boynton Beach, Fla.; two sons, Dave Brady and wife Jody, St. Louis Park, Minn., and Rick Brady and wife Kellie, Crystal, Minn.; a sister, Jessie Colleen Gahr, West Memphis; a brother, Coleman Brady and wife Roberta, Sherwood; three grandchildren, Blake Brady, Crystal, Minn., Kelly Henry and husband Brandon, Maple Grove, Minn., and Bryan Lazorik and wife Sara, Minnetonka, Minn.; three great-grandchildren, Taylor Henry, Mya Henry and Henry Lazorik; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Pechacek-McClure Funeral Home in Chester, Ill., with Rev. Bud Bennett officiating. The body was cremated. Inurnment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Chester.

Memorials may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.

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


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James Flood

James "Jim" Flood, 75, of Powhatan, died Oct. 22, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

He was a native of Borris, County Carlow, Ireland, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Christopher and Ann Kavanagh Flood; a brother, Brian Flood; a sister, Ann Flood; and a granddaughter, Molly Gorman.

Survivors include his significant other, Brenda Johnsen; five brothers, Sylvester Flood and wife Rita, Thomas Flood and wife Mary, Michael Flood and wife Laurie, Christopher Flood, and Jack Flood and wife Tish; two sisters, Mary Parsons and husband Brian, and Elizabeth Sheehan and husband Patrick; and eight grandchildren.

Burial will be private. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Charles C. Foley

Charles C. Foley, 84, of Flint, Mich., died Oct. 26, 2013, at his home.

Born March 27, 1929, at Jesup, he retired from General Motors in 1988. He was a member of UAW Local #599.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Leon Foley and W.H. Foley; and a sister, Joyce Hill.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Anna Waites Foley, whom he married Sept. 26, 1953; four sons, Dennis Foley and wife Tana, Michael Foley and wife Lisa, Kerry Foley and wife Chrissy, and Kenneth Foley and wife Barbara; a daughter, Renee Foley; a brother, Harold Foley and wife, Sharon; two sisters, Mary Root and Shirley Kelley, both of Arkansas; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Swartz Funeral Home in Flint, Mich., with pastor Dennis Foley officiating. Cremation will take place following the service.

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

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Ronnie Paul Goza

Ronnie Paul Goza, 64, formerly of Black Rock, died Sept. 25, 2013, and was cremated in Hollister, Mo.

He was born Oct. 8, 1948, to Raymond and Opal Goza.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, Paul Dana; a son, Jeremiah; a brother, Raymond Leavon; and his father, Rev. Raymond Goza.

His mother, Opal; son, Paul (Vicki); and brothers, Bobby L. (Darlene) and Tommy are hosting a visitation and memorial service at the Independent Christian Assembly Church in Hoxie on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.

All family and friends, those who worked with him, played ball with him and knew him are invited to attend.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis National Research Institute or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Raima Halliburton

Raima Joyce Halliburton, 93, of Tulsa, Okla., died Oct. 11, 2013, at her home.

Born Feb. 9, 1920, in Greenwood, she was the daughter of Jesse and Pearl Wilson. She married her husband of 72 years, Sam, on Nov. 6, 1941. Sam grew up in Walnut Ridge and graduated from WRHS.

She retired from ONEOk, where she supervised the processing of employee health insurance claims. She was a breast cancer survivor of more than 40 years.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Richard Halliburton and wife Sherye; two grandchildren, Amy Tate and David Halliburton; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 15, in Kerr Chapel at First Presbyterian Church in Tulsa. Stanley's Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at stanleysfuneralhome.com.

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Alla Mae Lantz

Alla Mae Lantz, of Jonesboro, was born June 18, 1946, to John Newton Smith and Erma Cannler Smith of Cave City. Her life was made complete on this Earth on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the age of 67, and is now perfectly completed and healed in and with Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and husband of 45 years, James Eugene "Jim" Glenn Lantz.

She is survived by her six children; three daughters Trish Chandler and son-in-law Jeff, Sophie Holland and son-in-law Shannon, Becky Burns and son-in-law Danny, all of Jonesboro; three sons James David Lantz, Samuel Lantz and daughter-in-law Shannon of Jonesboro, and Phillip Lantz of Chicago.

The sparkle in her eye was 11 grandchildren; Joshua Lantz, Adam Lantz, Josie Chandler, Legend Chandler, Blake Self, Clay Holland, Jackson Holland, Tyler Burns, Rhett Burns, Suzannah Lantz, and Presley Lantz.

She is also survived by two sisters, Willa Mae "Dude" Runyan and spouse Ellis of Cave City and Jeannie Lindsey and spouse Bill of Cord-Charlotte. She is survived by two brothers, John William Smith and spouse Mary Ann of Batesville, and Jerry Mac Smith and spouse Tammy of Cave City.

She was blessed with a large circle of love in a big family who celebrates life as the awesome gift that it is. She had a warm sense of humor and assuring bright blue eyes. She was a devoted wife and mother, fun and supportive memaw, a trusted mother-in-law, special daughter and very loved sister and friend.

She loved her second family - her friends and co-workers at Walmart on Parker Road in Jonesboro and her church family at Christian Life Fellowship of Jonesboro. She responded in love to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and believed in the friendship, comfort and Love of God. Her courage and devotion to family left us all with the gift of an example of true and loving service. She will be incredibly missed.

Funeral was Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home with Jeff Chandler and John Miles officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be the grandsons: Josh Lantz, Adam Lantz, Blake Self, Tyler Burns, Rhett Burns, Legend Chandler, Clay Holland and Jackson Holland.

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


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Carolyn Marie Pankey

Carolyn Marie Pankey, born Jan. 30, 1943, in Pleasant Plains, was the daughter of Marion and Irene Hughes Martin. She was 70 years, eight months and 27 days old when she died on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, when she became seriously ill while vacationing in Port Aransas, Texas.

She was united in marriage to Howard Pankey on Feb. 13, 1959. She was a homemaker, a former employee of The Times Dispatch, a pastor's wife and a member of Ravenden Springs Baptist Church.

Carolyn served in the ministry with her husband for over 30 years at different churches, starting with Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, Hoxie First Baptist Church, Cedar Glade Baptist Camp and Ravenden Springs Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marion Martin; a daughter, Merritt Pankey; and a son, Jason Pankey.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Howard Pankey of Imboden; her mother, Irene Martin of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Rosalind Casillas of Imboden, and Denia Rusinowski of Searcy; two sons, Deshawn Pankey of Lynn, and Terrell Pankey of Texas; a brother, Larry Martin of California; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends who loved her.

Funeral is Saturday at 3 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Billy Ed Morris officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

Memorials may be made to the Ravenden Springs 1st Baptist Church, P.O. Box 174, Ravenden Springs, AR 72460.

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


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Robert Ponder

Robert E. "Bob" Ponder, 77, of Imboden, died Oct. 27, 2013, at his home.

Born Dec. 24, 1935, in Pocahontas, he was the son of Cletus C. and Dena Gregory Ponder. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a machinist at McDonnell-Douglas for 38 years. He was a member of Skaggs Church of Christ in Pocahontas.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Baker Ponder, whom he married Oct. 31, 1964, in Walnut Ridge; two sons, Gene Ponder and wife Terrie, Imboden, and Joe Ponder and wife Christi, Troy, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Katelyn Ponder, Mary Ponder, Patrick Ponder and Cody Ponder.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Pallbearers will be Frankie Penn, Willard Hogue, Lowell Rose, Kenny Smith, Clay Crabtree, Brandon Murphy and Clifford Rorex.

Visitation is Wednesday, one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Skaggs Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 1015, Pocahontas AR 72455 or to the Children's Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Geraldine Ragsdell

Geraldine "Blondie" Ragsdell, 76, of Delaplaine, died Oct. 24, 2013, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born May 5, 1937, in the Giles Spur community, she was the daughter of Oscar and Ora Binkley Gentry. She had owned and operated the Ragsdell Cafˇ in O'Kean and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Nathaniel Ragsdell, whom she married Oct. 10, 1959; a son, Vince Ragsdell and wife Tammy, Pocahontas; three daughters, Belinda Ragsdell, Jonesboro, Gayle Roberts and husband Steve, O'Kean, and Gaye Carter and husband Bruce, Pocahontas; two sisters, Sue Sullinger, Maynard, and Shirley Ball, O'Kean; two brothers, Gene Gentry, O'Kean, and Rex Gentry, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren, LeAnn Russon Steward, Casey Carter, Hannah Carter, Nathan Ragsdell, Neely Ragsdell, Jeff Thielemier and Darrin Thielemier; and a great-grandchild.

Graveside service was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Warren Cemetery, near Walcott, with Bro. Jerald Dean officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bruce Carter, Steve Greer, Shelby Steward, Tommy French, Steve Roberts and Nathan Ragsdell.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Don J. Richardson

Don J. Richardson, 63, of Strawberry, died Oct. 20, 2013, at his home.

Born Feb. 10, 1950, at Saffell, he was a truck driver for 40 years and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bus and Verlon Richardson; and a sister, Barbara Haney.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Linda Richardson; two sons, Jeremy Richardson, Cave City, and Michael Richardson, Jacksonport; two brothers, John Richardson and Jim Richardson, both of Illinois; a sister, Shirley Dunham, Iowa; and seven grandchildren, Natalia Richardson, Cadence Richardson, Callister Richardson, Austin Richardson, Riley Proctor, Genet Childress and Zahrend Smith.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Terrell Neeley officiating.

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

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