December 11, 2013 Edition

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Johnson ~ Walker Starr ~ Trublood


Nang V. Beck Francis Ivy Laddie Logan
William Chester Mason Ruthann Nunally David Samuel Potillo
Alan Eugene Slates Odren Strong Wayne B. Wood


Johnson ~ Walker

Russ and Tonya Johnson of Beebe have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Johnson, to Will Walker, son of Tommy and Edie Walker of Little Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Pete and Rosemary Peterson of Beebe and Archie and Sandra Owens of Mountain View. She is a student at Harding University and is majoring in psychology with a minor in art.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Dave and Carole (Sinks) Patterson of Floral, the late Denver Walker who grew up in O'Kean, Julia Reiman of Waldenburg and the late Albert Reiman. His father and grandmother are formerly of Lawrence County. He is a student at Harding University and is majoring in history with a minor in Bible.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Trinity Episcopal Church, located at 200 North Elm Street in Searcy. A reception will follow.

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Starr ~ Trublood

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Starr of Smithville have announced the engagement of their daughter, Barbara Nicole Starr, to Zachary Splint Trublood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Trublood of Harrison.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and attended the University of Arkansas. She is employed by Regions Bank in Batesville as assistant manager.

The prospective groom is a graduate of Harrison High School and the College of the Ozarks. He is employed by the USDA-NRCS in Walnut Ridge.

The wedding is planned for February.

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Nang V. Beck

Nang V. Beck, 57, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 4, 2013, in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 11, 1956, in Thailand, she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Master Sergeant Rollin C. Beck, USAF; her parents, Kite and Diea Vetsitlit; four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, Joey Beck and wife Jamie, Texas; three grandchildren; and best friend, Charlyo Oxley, Cord.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould.

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Francis Ivy

Francis William Stanley Ivy, 63, of Imboden, died Dec. 5, 2013, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

He was born July 8, 1950, in Wynne.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Allen Ivy.

Survivors include a son, Allen Ivy, Benton; a daughter, Brenda Johnson, Pocahontas; his mother, Ellie Lee Ivy Stevens, West Memphis; two brothers, Earnest Ivy and Bob Malin, both of Imboden; three sisters, Audry Thomas, Hernando, Miss., and Linda Guilliams and Emma Brown, both of Imboden; four grandchildren, David Junkersfield, Fantasha Rutledge, Jacob Ivy and Kara Ivy; four great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Christine Franks, Ravenden.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Koinonia Baptist Church in Imboden with Joey Loghry officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Allen Ivy, Dewaynne Ivy, Jean Cloinger, Ralph Wicker, Jim Archer, David Junkersfield and Ralph Guilliams Jr.

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Laddie Logan

Laddie Logan, 79, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 7, 2013.

Born April 16, 1934, he joined the Army in 1957, after graduating from Arkansas State College. His military decorations include three Legion of Merit Medals, a Meritorious Service Medal, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal with valor devise and two oak leaf clusters, a Combat Infantryman Badge, an Air Medal with Numeral 2, an Army Commendation Medal, a Parachutist Badge, a Ranger Tab, a Vietnamese Ranger Badge, a Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

After retiring from the military in 1977, he earned a Master of Business Administration Degree in 1979 from Arkansas State University and a Doctorate in marking from the University of Memphis. He taught at Arkansas State University in the College of Business, Department of Management and marketing from 1979 until retiring in 2000.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mona Logan; his parents, Bly Logan and Marie Fentress; and his stepparents Randy Fentress and Kitty Logan.

Survivors include a son, William P. Logan, Houston; and a daughter, Ramona Marie "Mimi" Logan, Jonesboro.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Jeanne Williams officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearers will be the N.E.A. Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Old Geezers Breakfast Club of Lawrence County.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Greene County Animal Farm, 1261 Greene 739, Paragould, AR 72450 or the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society, P.O. Box 1042, Jonesboro AR 72403.

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William Chester "Bill" Mason

William Chester "Bill" Mason, 63, of Williford, father of Mildred Gipson Wilkerson and grandfather of Daniel Gipson, both of Smithville, died Dec. 3, 2013, at Horseshoe Bend Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland has charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at

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Ruthann Nunally

Ruthann Nunally, 65, of Jonesboro, formerly of Lawrence County, died Dec. 4, 2013, at her home.

Graveside service was Thursday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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A complete obituary will be in next week's edition of The Times Dispatch.

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David Samuel Potillo

David Samuel Potillo, 80, of Jonesboro, died Dec. 3, 2013, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born July 5, 1933, in Granite City, Ill., he was the son of Samuel David and Erna Potillo. He had lived most of his life in Arizona before moving to Craighead County seven years ago. He was a maintenance manager for Pepsi Cola.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Rae Potillo; and a daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Potillo.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Potillo; a son, David L. Potillo, Arizona; a sister, Doris Weaver, Illinois; three grandchildren, James Potillo, Jennifer Brewer and Robert Potillo; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery.

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Alan Eugene Slates

Alan Eugene Slates, 55, of Annieville, died Dec. 9, 2013, at his home.

Born Aug. 15, 1958, in Casper, Wyo., he was the son of Clyde and Sally Branstetter Slates. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a former elementary schoolteacher and was of the Assembly of God belief.

Survivors include his mother, Sally Slates, Casper, Wyo.; a sister, Rebecca Eaton, Humble, Texas; a niece and two nephews.

Burial will be in the Oregon Trail Veterans Cemetery in Casper.

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Odren Strong

Odren Strong, 85, of Muncie, Ind., died Dec. 4, 2013, in Alexandria, Ind.

Born Feb. 17, 1928, in Walnut Ridge, he served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Indiana Business College. He retired from General Motors after 30 years of service and also owned Strong's Tax Service for over 50 years. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma V. Mason Strong; a son, Darrell Lee Strong; his father, Collie Strong; his mother, Ollie Strong; five brothers, Daily Strong, Fred Strong, Ottis Strong (his twin), Archie Strong and Vancey Strong; and four sisters, Hattie Moskop, Vesta Martin, Luella Morrow and Rosetta Bemis.

Survivors include a daughter, Shelia K. Strong; a sister, Naomi Brunton; a daughter-in-law, Melanie Gale Davis Strong; nine grandchildren, Sarah Reed, Rachel Reed, Benjamin Strong, Rebekah Needler, Hannah Parry, Josh Earl, Jeremy Earl, Adam Earl and Andrew Earl; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Muncie with Bishop Terry Hartman officiating. Burial was in Elm Ridge Memorial Park. Military rites were conducted by the U.S. Navy and Veterans of Delaware County. Elm Ridge Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Wayne B. Wood

Wayne Buchannan "Buck" Wood, 92, of Saffell, died Dec. 7, 2013, at the Cave City Nursing Home.

Born July 28, 1921, in Greene County, he was the son of William and Mary Green Wood. He served in the U.S. Air Corps as a medical corpsman. He later owned and operated several grocery stores in Arkansas. He led singing at First Baptist Church in Parkin for 25 years and later became a member of First Baptist Church in Forrest City.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris A. Scott Wood; two sons, Jackie Wayne Wood and Tommy Dale Wood; a grandson, Russell Scott Wood; three brothers and a sister.

Survivors include a son Chris Wood and wife Debbie, Saffell; a daughter, Sharon Gregory and husband Mitch, Edmond, Okla.; a daughter-in-law, Jeanine Wood, Jonesboro; a brother, Hamp Wood, Waldenburg; a sister, Bonnie Bennett, Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Ross Gregory, Tori Gregory, Chad Wood, Aaron Wood and Ginger Kerby; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial will be private.

Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Ross Gregory, Chad Wood and Aaron Wood, and Matt Kerby.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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