January 15, 2014 Edition

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Births

Gunner Drake Wade

Obituaries

Kipton Patrick Clements Lance Phillips Riley Sloan Rainwater Jr.
Don Rorex Charles Williams

Births

Gunner Drake Wade

Blake and Brandi Wade of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born on Jan. 1, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Gunner Drake Wade. He has two sisters, Madison and Emma.

Grandparents are Danny and Sandy Duncan and Randy and Melody Wade, all of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Dorothy Liles of Light and Pearlene Franks of Walnut Ridge.

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Obituaries

Kipton Patrick Clements

Kipton Patrick Clements, infant son of Justin and Casey Voyles Clements, died Jan. 8, 2014, at Arkansas Children's Hospital.

He was born Dec. 30, 2013, in Jonesboro.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Karleigh Clements, of the home; his grandparents, Randy and Ronda Clements, Walnut Ridge, and Wintfred and Sandra Voyles, Earle; his great-grandfather, Rudy Clements, Walnut Ridge; and his great-grandmothers, Betty Kelley, Earle, and Mary Voyles Stanley, Tyronza.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Lance Phillips

Lance passed peacefully at his home Sunday morning from our arms to God's.

He was preceded in death by his father, Winford; and his mother, Pearl; two brothers, Phil and Powell; two sisters, Lois and Willene; and his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy Ann.

His children survive him: two sons, Lance Casey and Winford Rudd; three daughters, Jean Ann, Leslee Lynn and Joy Anna; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many friends that he held dear. He was loved by many, and in turn he loved many.

A celebration of life will be held at the Clover Bend School Auditorium, Sunday at 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Clover Bend School.

And now abideth in faith, hope, love these three: but the greatest of these is love.
1-Corinthians 13:13

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

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Riley Sloan Rainwater Jr.

Riley Sloan Rainwater Jr., 89, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 9, 2014, at his home.

Born June 13, 1924, in Imboden, he was the son of Riley Sloan and Catherine Virginia Hatcher Rainwater. He attended Sloan-Hendrix Academy in Imboden, Hendrix College in Conway, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Arkansas Law School in Little Rock and Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

In his early years, Mr. Rainwater operated a service station in Imboden, in partnership with his brother, William I. Rainwater. He also ran the family cotton gin business and worked at Citizens National Bank for many years. He was an instructor in mathematics and chemistry at Little Rock University for several years.

He was a member of the Arkansas Bar and the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. He served as the Pulaski County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, the Lawrence County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and had a general practice of law at Walnut Ridge.

He was an investor in farmland and hotel businesses, and was a purebred Angus cattle breeder. He was a member of the American Angus Association, Purebred Tennessee Walking Horse Breeder, Purebred Belted Galloway Cattle Breeder and Belted Galloway Society of the United States.

He was a charter member and the first President of the Kiwanis Club of Walnut Ridge, Jonesboro Industrial Development Corporation, was past president of the Arkansas Bankers Association and a board member of the Arkansas Community Foundation in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Sylvia Sue Spikes Rainwater, in 1992, whom he married Dec. 27, 1950; and a brother, William I. Rainwater Sr.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews and their spouses, Virginia and Steve Cox, Jill and William I. Rainwater Jr., all of Jonesboro, Cassie and Alan Jean of Texarkana, Texas, and Vickie and Ben Henry of Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Angie Rainwater of Jonesboro; many other family and friends.

A celebration of his life was held Monday at 11 a.m. at Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. John Miles II and Weston Cox officiating. Burial was private.

Memorials may be made to the NEA Humane Society, 6111 E. Highland Dr., Jonesboro, AR 72401 or the Craighead County Community Foundation, 407 Union St. Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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Don Rorex

Donald Gee "Don" Rorex was called home on Jan. 6, 2014, at the age of 80 years, 1 month and 28 days.

Born Nov. 9, 1933, he was the son of Rev. Lehman and Myrtle Shirley Rorex. Don spent his youth around the Swifton area. He loved sharing stories of his time there, working in the cotton fields and walking to and from everything. In the eighth grade, his family moved to Monette, and it was there that he graduated high school in 1952. He always looked forward to seeing his classmates at their reunions.

After a year at ASU, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he proudly served during the Korean War. In 1958, he married Pauline Smith and together they had four children, Kim, Donald Gee Jr., Gina and Jon. Don loved his family beyond measure.

After living in St. Louis for a few years, where he worked at Chevrolet, they moved to Walnut Ridge to make their home. For 30 years Don owned and operated Don Rorex Supermarket in Hoxie. These were wonderful years for Don. He loved the grocery business, his customers and his employees. That tradition continued with him to the Dairy King in Portia, and later Don's Steakhouse in Walnut Ridge. Don was definitely a "foodie." He was an avid Razorback fan and sports enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brother, Jerry; sister, Mary Osborn; and future son-in-law, Matt Mullen.

He is survived by four children, Kim Brilz and husband Steve; son, D.G. and wife Celena; daughter, Gina and son, Jon.

He is also survived by his grandchildren who were the light of his life, Jonathon and Jordan Rorex, children of D.G. and Celena; Lilly Brilz, daughter of Kim and Steve; and Baily and Jess Rorex, children of Jon. You never met a more proud Grandpa.

He is also survived by brothers, Dr. Charles Rorex (Pat) of Farmington, Mo., Carrol "Blackie" Rorex of Walnut Ridge; sisters, Francis Watkins of Broken Arrow, Okla., Shirley LeBlanc of Hoxie, and Janice Lykins (John) of Gravette; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive him.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Derrek Collins officiating. Burial followed in Lawrence Memorial Park. Visitation was Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.

Pallbearers were Gary Doty, David Watkins, Ronald LeBlanc, Randy West, Wallace West, JoJo Harman, Michael Harman and Frankie Lee. Honorary pallbearers were Ron Gaither, Warren Fender, Lee Flanagan, John Lykins, Bud Olson and Dale Freeman.

Memorials may be made to John 3:16 ministries and the Butterfly Ranch.

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

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Charles Williams

Charles "Glen" Williams, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 11, 2014, at his home.

Born July 12, 1948, in Alicia, he was a maintenance electrician at Skil for over 25 years and a member of the Oak Grove Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Arthur and Pearl Williams, and Olive Cobble.

Survivors include his wife, Susan Williams; a daughter, Kalinda Moore and husband Chad, Lynn; his parents, Arlen and Evelyn McGuffey Williams, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Oleta Cooper and husband Troy, Bono, and Sherry Thielemier, Pocahontas; a brother, Edward Williams and wife Teri, Lilbourne, Mo.; and a grandchild, Hunter Moore.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Kelly Rowe officiating. Burial will be in Markham Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dewayne Barker, Michael Cobble, Jody Dotson, Jason Moore, Rowdy Morgan and Wesley Piece. Honorary pallbearers will be T.Z. Jones, Boyd Lamb, Donald Moore, Don Winfrey and the employees of Caring Hands Hospice.

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

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