Obituaries

Donna Gail Bailey Arbie Grant Bates Michael Brown
Rocky L. Brown Sr. Louise Collins Mildred Corrine Dail
Sgt. Edward D. Dobbs Mary Girard Madeline A. Guntharp
Rudolph Liscomb Mona Faye Madden Dorthy Sue McLaughlin
James Shatsar Douglas Thomas Webb

Obituaries

Donna Gail Bailey

Donna Gail Bailey, 62, of Hoxie, died Nov. 12, 2013, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Born July 23, 1951, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and a member of the Faith of the Apostles Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vernon Hoffman Sr.; a sister, Emma Faye Woodson; and her grandparents.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Bailey, whom she married in 1978; six children, Sharon Beardsley and husband David, Jonesboro, Jim Bailey and wife Jenny, Bono, Chris Price, Walnut Ridge, Rachael Jones and husband Terry, Piggott, John Bailey and wife Tracy, Hoxie, and Latisha Bailey, of the home; her mother, Violet Hoffman, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Vernon Hoffman Jr. and wife Delores, Walnut Ridge, and David Hoffman and wife Debbie, Imboden; five sisters, Leona Miles and husband David, Silsbee, Texas, Sharon Weitkamp and husband Bill, O'Kean, Angie Pickett and husband Phillip, Highland, Beverly Fraizer and husband Jimmy, Cherokee Village, and Tammy Reese and husband Dewayne, Black Rock; and 18 grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at noon at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. John Bailey and pastor David Morse officiating. Burial was in Warm Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons Randall Parker Jr., Aaron Jones, Ben Jones, Sam Jones, John Jones, Joshua Beardsley, Michael Bailey, Ethan Bailey and J.D. Greer.

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

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Arbie Grant Bates

Arbie Grant Bates, 86, of Black Rock, died Nov. 15, 2013, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born May 20, 1927, in Black Rock, he was the son of George A. and Bessie Propst Bates. He had lived most of his life in Lawrence and Craighead Counties and was of the Baptist belief. He was a retired crop duster and the owner of Bates Flying Service. He was a journeyman electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by a brother, George Bates Jr.; and two sisters, Mona Lou Collins and Margie Smith.

Survivors include Barbara Bates, the mother of his children; two daughters, Pam Martin, Jonesboro, and Sheila Ann Williams and husband Ronnie, Greers Ferry; a brother, Frank Bates, Cherokee Village; a sister, Mary Boyd, St. Peters, Mo.; six grandchildren, Shawn Grant Williams, Andy Martin, Barry Martin, retired Lieutenant Commander Rick Williams, Rhonda Eimer, First Sergeant Phillip Williams; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were his grandchildren, and special friend, Rob Colbert.

Honorary pallbearers were all of his crop dusting buddies and members of the Masonic Lodge in Black Rock.

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

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Michael Brown

Michael Wayne Brown, 60, of Paragould, died Nov. 14, 2013, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born April 26, 1953, in Walnut Ridge, he was an employee of Tenneco.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil A. and Mary Ellen "Jane" Hibbard Brown; and three brothers, Jerry Brown, Allen Dale Brown and David Brown.

Survivors include his wife, Pauletta Brown; a son, Russell Brown and wife Andrea, who is serving in the Air Force in England; a brother, Ancil Brown and wife Sybil, Ravenden; a sister, Sharon Timperley and husband Clayton, Fontanelle, Neb.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould with Art Smith and David Lawrence officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Harold Diggs, Ed Tolleson, Richard Hartness, Denishio Blanchett, Sam Maners and Dan Stokes.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould or UCAN in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

An online guestbook is available at www.phillipsfuneral.org.

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Rocky L. Brown Sr.

Rocky L. Brown Sr., 55, of Swifton, died Nov. 17, 2013, at his home.

Born July 11, 1958, in Caraway, he was the son of Vernon and Ruby Brown. He worked at Curtner Lumber Company until his health declined.

Survivors include three sons, Rocky Brown Jr., Jessie Brown and Cody Brown, all of Swifton; his mother, Ruby Brown, Swifton; two sisters, Opal Williams, Tuckerman, and Shirley Patricia Bice, Newport; and a grandson, Hayden Brown.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Dowells Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Dillinger Funeral Home of Newport.

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

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Louise Collins

Louise Collins, 99, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 16, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 27, 1914, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of John and Alta Smith Wilburn. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Collins; two sons, Soney Collins and Freddy Collins; three infant sons, Michael Collins, Roger Collins and Kenneth Collins; three sisters, Bessie Spurlock, Christine Hogan and Mickie Carter; and a brother, Cleo Wilburn.

Survivors include two sons, Danny Collins, Springdale, and Ricky Collins, Hoxie; three daughters, Marcelle Hibbs, Walnut Ridge, Beverly Miles and husband Michael, Hoxie, and Kathy Bartlett, Searcy; a special nephew, Bud Spurlock, Choctaw, Okla.; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Chance Bartlett, Marshall Allen, Bryan Cook, Bill English, Kevin Lakey and Rick Lakey. Honorary pallbearer was Bud Spurlock.

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

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Mildred Corrine Dail

Mildred Corrine Bailey Dail, 85, of Ravenden, died Nov. 16, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 28, 1928, in Randolph County, she was the daughter of Albert and Beulah Nixon Bailey. She was a 33-year member of the Spring River Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving 28 years as secretary. She also served as secretary/treasurer for Dail Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Dail; a daughter, Jane Lynne Dail; two sons, Dennis Lee Dail and Johnny Dean Dail; a sister, Sybil King; and three brothers, Cleo Bailey, Manley Bailey and an infant brother.

Survivors include a son, Robin Micheal Dail, Ravenden; a sister, Aldean Hogan, Pocahontas; eight grandchildren, Tim Dail, Chaley Johnson, Daniel Dail, Shara Phares, Brandy Binkley, Misty Dail, Brian Dail and Chad Dail; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Ravenden First Baptist Church with Frank Casillas and John Stoll officiating. Burial was in Dail Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to the Dail Cemetery Fund.

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

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Sgt. Edward D. Dobbs

Sgt. Edward D. Dobbs, 72, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 10, 2013, at his home.

Born Dec. 11, 1940, at Alicia, he had lived in Jonesboro most of his life. He worked as a tool and die maker for Colson from 1965 to 1978. He worked for Mid-South Manufacturing Company in Marked Tree from 1984 until retiring in 1999.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea and Germany. He later served in the Arkansas National Guard for 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Louise Dobbs; and his parents, Ernest and Vida Quarry Dobbs.

Survivors include a son, Ernie Rucker, Jonesboro; two daughters, Rebecca Nichols and husband Billy and Earnestine Lee, all of Jonesboro; two brothers, Darrell Dobbs, Walnut Ridge, and Ricky Dobbs, Rockford, Ill.; sisters, Pauline Henke, Edmond, Okla., Faye Copeland, Shawnee, Okla., Francis Herring, Portia, Linda Krepps and Bonnie Woody, both of Batesville, Barbara Tennison and Phyllis Francis, both of Rockford, Ill., and Shirley Gipson, Loves Park, Ill.; nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery with Don House officiating. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 305 W. Jefferson, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Mary Girard

Mary Girard, 81, of Paragould, died Nov. 13, 2013, at her home.

Born Jan. 20, 1932, in Portia, she was the daughter of Lee and Rosie Mann. She was a member of Tenth Street Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Girard; four sons, Bobby Girard, Dennis Girard, Robert Girard and Stan Girard; and two sisters, Arlene Pullium and Zanilla Bellah.

Survivors include a son, Edward Girard, Paragould; two daughters, Sandra Smith and husband Rev. Nick Smith, Salem, Mo., and Robin Jacobs and husband Andrew, Paragould; a brother, Eugene Mann; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Tenth Street Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Boyce Cate and Rev. Nick Smith officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery at Portia under the direction of Phillips Funeral Home of Paragould.

An online guestbook is available at www.phillipsfuneral.org.

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Madeline A. Guntharp

Madeline Annabell Guntharp, 91, of Jonesboro, died Nov. 6, 2013.

Born Dec. 21, 1921, in the Lauratown community, she was the daughter of Leonard and Ada Morris Goza. She was "a farmer's wife" and had worked at Frolic Footwear.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Millard David Guntharp; a son, James "Blondie" Guntharp; two brothers, Raymond Goza and Leonard Goza Jr.; two sisters, Velma Jones and Olay Niece; and two grandsons, Dean Moran and Jessie Shatswell.

Survivors include four sons, General David Guntharp and wife Rita and Jackie Guntharp and wife Donna, all of Jonesboro, Garland Guntharp and wife Wilma, Hoxie, and Terry Guntharp and wife Venecia, Siloam Springs; four daughters, Milladene Shatswell and Wilma Russell Doyle, both of Jonesboro, Judy Dailey and husband Bud, Brookland, and Linda Stotts and husband Paul, Gatewood, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Ann Guntharp, Ozark; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Friday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Roger Brand officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Steve Guntharp, Jason Guntharp, David Smith, Dennis Guntharp, Carl Mac Rogers, Chad Guntharp and Randal Guntharp.

Memorials may be made to People's Faith Tabernacle, 714 State Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Rudolph Liscomb

Rudolph Leonard Liscomb, 71, of Melbourne, died Nov. 14, 2013, at his home.

Born Feb. 15, 1942, in Lawrence County, he was a U.S. Army veteran and of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Aleta Jean Coggins Liscomb, whom he married May 5, 1965; his parents, Hamilton and Lottie Mae Suddeth Liscomb; a brother, Charles Liscomb; and a sister, Shirley Elliott.

Survivors include a son, Curtis Liscomb, Imboden; two daughters, Cathy Allmon, Melbourne, and Vada Whitlock, Heber Springs; two sisters, Dorothy Liscomb, Jonesboro, and Betty Liscomb, Black Rock; 20 grandchildren, Michael Liscomb, Vanessa Pendergrass, David Rigsbee, Thomas Liscomb, Ryan Langston, Nina Langston, Isaiah Whitlock, Addison Whitlock, Krystal Allmon, Brittney Allmon, Hamilton Liscomb, Devin Liscomb, Katelyn Liscomb, James Whitlock, Jared Whitlock, Victoria Mansfield, Lily Liscomb, Lacy Liscomb, Kainen Rogers and Maigen Rogers; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Melbourne Cemetery under the direction of Eddie's Family Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Phillip Whitlock, Ryan Langston, Kainen Rogers and David Rigsbee.

Memorials may be made to the Rudolph and Aleta Liscomb Memorial Fund, c/o Bancorp South, P.O. Box 70, Melbourne, AR 72556.

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

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Mona Faye Madden

Mona Faye Rumbley Madden, 61, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 12, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 18, 1952, in Cambridge, Md., she was the daughter of Thomas and Anna Cochran Rumbley.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Randy Rombley.

Survivors include her husband, Rickey Madden, whom she married Feb. 6, 1989, in Rockford, Ill.; two sons, William Knight, California, and Jeremy Knight, Rockford; two stepsons, Kevin Madden and Robert Madden, both of Rockford; three brothers, Harvey Rumbley and wife Jeanna, Yuma, Ariz., Ronald Messick, Aurora, Ill., and Robert Messick and wife Renee, Palestine, Ill.; four sisters, Joann Rumbley, Smithville, Tenn., Rhonda Bressler and husband Steven, Winnebago, Ill., Donna Moore and husband Dustin, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Jan Bullock, Belvidere, Ill.; his stepmother, Janet Groves, South Beloit, Wis.; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating.

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

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Dorthy Sue McLaughlin

Dorthy Sue McLaughlin, 87, of Monette, died Nov. 17, 2013, at the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 10, 1926, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Curtis Elmer and Lady Grace Rice Hill. She was a housewife and a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. McLaughlin; a daughter, Judy McLaughlin; a brother, Curtis Gene Hill; a sister, Kathlene Burnett; and a nephew, Gene Hill.

Survivors include two nieces, Gina Cornish and husband Tony, Monette, and Kay Gublin and husband John, Leakey, Texas; five great-nieces, Jessica Majors, Jennifer Majors, Hollie Boyett, Kim Cantrell and Erin Kosmo; two great-nephews, Matthew Cornish and Eric Gublin; five great-great-nieces; and three great-great-nephews.

Funeral was Tuesday at noon at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Ernest Cornish officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Matthew Cornish, Tyler Cornish, Derick Cornish, Justin Bosche and Bryan Thornhill. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Whitlow, Brian Boyett, Todd Cantrell, John Gublin and Eric Gublin.

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

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James Shatsar

James "Clyde" Shatsar, 53, of Hoxie, died Nov. 17, 2013, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis following a short illness.

Born June 23, 1960, in Rockford, Ill., he was preceded in death by his father, James R. Shatsar; and a brother, Danny Shatsar.

Survivors include his wife, Toni Shatsar; two sons, Robert Shatsar, Torrance, Calif., and Brandon Shatsar and wife Shawna, of the home; a daughter, Harley Shatsar, of the home; his mother, Virginia Shatsar, Hoxie; and two brothers, David Shatsar and Johnny Shatsar, both of Hoxie.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at New Beginning Full Gospel Church with Bro. Rick Anglin officiating.

Memorials may be made to the James "Clyde" Shatsar fund at Iberiabank.

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Douglas Thomas Webb

Douglas Thomas Webb, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 16, 2013, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 4, 1929, in Memphis, he was the son of Carl and Thelma Bridges Webb. He was disabled and attended the Lawrence County Cooperative School in Portia for several years. He was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include distant family and several friends.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Oscar Gray officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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