January 22, 2014 Edition

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Births

Charli Gray Young

Obituaries

Mary Schug Bean Lavern Cox Anita L. Forrester
Charles L. Harris Drianna Ludwig Tammy Jo Marlin
Charles R. Moore Sr. John Leslie Moore Silas Chandler Morris
Leonard Earl Nees Sr. John Oldham Miles A. Oliver
Marian Roberta Reynolds James Newton Thames Jocie Lois Thomason
Wanda Grace Vance

Births

Charli Gray Young

Eric and Heather Young of Conway have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Jan. 9, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock.

The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Charli Gray Young. She has a brother, Mason, eight.

Grandparents are Diana and Jeff Hill of Bradenton Fla., Jeanette and Joe Young and Jack and Tammy Whitehead, all of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Doris Lauren of Jonesboro, Leon Wells of Springdale and Geneva Whitehead of Walnut Ridge, and Velda Myhre of Bradenton, Fla.

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Obituaries

Mary Schug Bean

Mary Schug Bean, 87, of Schugtown, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 10, 2014, in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 20, 1926, in Schugtown, she was the daughter of Fritz and Nellie Schug. She was a retired secretary for Jonathan Logan Manufacturing and a member of the Mulberry Church of Christ. She was a longtime member of the Eastern Star and was Past Worthy Grand Matron.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Bean; two brothers, Add Schug and Ray Schug; and a sister, Laurine Dutton.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ellen Pepper and husband Earl, DeQueen; two grandchildren, Jennifer Woods and Jessica Coffman; three great-grandchildren; and a special cousin, J.B. Harvey and wife Dorris, Lake City.

Funeral was Monday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Bro. David Flannery officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

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

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Cloyd Lavern Cox

Cloyd Lavern Cox, 79, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 21, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 27, 1934, he was the son of Vernon and Elizabeth Welch Cox. He was a truck driver in the dry cleaning business, a school bus driver and a Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenneth Cox; and a stepdaughter, Jessie Maria Coffey.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Brown Rogers Cox, whom he married in Jonesboro; three stepsons, Michael Cornell Rogers, Avon, Ind., Wayne Rogers, Jonesboro, and Tom Rogers, Branson, Mo.; eight step-grandchildren; a niece, Kelly Stieman; and a nephew, Warren Cox.

Funeral is Thursday at noon at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas.

Visitation is Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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Anita L. "Skeeter" Forrester

Anita L. "Skeeter" Forrester, 51, of Sikeston, Mo., sister of Mark VanBrook of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 20, 2014, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston. A memorial service will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at Temple of Faith General Baptist Church in Sikeston. Blanchard Funeral Chapel of Sikeston has charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.blanchardfuneral.com.

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Charles L. Harris

Charles L. Harris, 79, of Smithville, died Jan. 15, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Born March 6, 1934, in Saffell, he was the son of John Cecil and Nola Gray Harris. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a row crop farmer and dozer operator, having owned his own business. He was a member of the Lynn Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Henry Harris; and a sister, Ruby Beauthon Coleman.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Hugg Harris; a son, Anthony Lee Harris and wife Rhonda, Smithville; three daughters, Tena Charlene Wright, Batesville, Kimberly Ann Sexton, Little Rock, and Carla Sue Ladd, Cave City; a brother, Billy Harris and wife Kay, Saffell; nine grandchildren, Cody Lee Harris, Allie Kay Evans, Austin Wilson Harris, Brittany LeeAnn Johnston, Spencer Lee Wright, Corey Nathaniel Wright, Tyler Scott Wright, Kolton Lee Moore and Kolby Rhae Moore; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Kenny Townsley officiating. Burial was in Penn Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were Spencer Wright, Corey Wright, Tyler Wright, Cody Harris, Kolton Moore and Austin Harris.

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

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Drianna Ludwig

Drianna Rishae Juel Ludwig, 19, of Black Rock, died Jan. 19, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born March 12, 1994, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Kerry and Elaine Noblin Ludwig.

She was preceded in death by a grandmother, Ruby Noblin.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Kaige Ludwig and Rogan Ludwig, both of the home; grandfathers, Harvey Noblin and wife Ann, Walnut Ridge, and Floyd Henson, Pamona, Mo.; and a grandmother, Rheita Ludwig, Black Rock.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bryan Smith officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery.

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

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Tammy Jo Marlin

Tammy Jo Marlin, 48, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 14, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 12, 1965, in Imboden, she had lived in Tennessee before moving to Lawrence County. She was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Householder; a brother, Jimmy Foust; and a grandfather, Ramon Householder.

Survivors include a daughter, Tatum Marlin, McMinnville, Tenn.; a son, Matthew Marlin, McMinnville, Tenn.; a brother, Tommy Householder and wife Debbie, Alicia; and two grandchildren, Emma Kendall and Saul Torres.

Graveside service was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Rick Hart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Dennis Smith, Bruce O'Connor, John Rodney, Teddy Morris, Michael Householder and Blake Householder.

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

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Charles R. Moore Sr.

Charles R. "Charlie" Moore Sr., 76, of Ash Flat, died Jan. 14, 2014, at Ash Flat Healthcare and Rehab Center.

Born Jan. 24, 1937, in Memphis, he was an Air Force veteran and of the Catholic belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mose Morris Moore.

Survivors include a son, Charles Moore Jr., Black Rock; and a daughter, Rose Moore, Dallas.

Funeral was Friday at 11 a.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with DC James Thompson officiating. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery.

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

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John Leslie Moore

John Leslie Moore, 56, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 17, 2014, at Bradley County Hospital in Warren.

Born Dec. 27, 1957, in Rockford, Ill., he lived most of his life in Lawrence County. He had worked for the Walnut Ridge Police Department and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department for several years and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Verlon James and Lillie Ross Moore; a brother, James Moore; and a sister, Linda Reeves.

Survivors include a son, Jonathon Moore and wife Stacey, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Donald Moore and wife Debbie, Lynn, and Tim Moore, Pocahontas; and five sisters, Sue Anglin and husband Sonny, Walnut Ridge, Rosie Humes and husband Donnie, Powhatan, Virginia Shatsar and Ruth Moore, both of Hoxie, and Betty Daugherty, Jonesboro.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Private burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Silas Chandler Morris

Silas Chandler Morris, 71, of Pocahontas, formerly of Black Rock, died Jan. 19, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 6, 1942, in Beaumont, Texas, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver. He was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlene Benton Morris; a daughter, Brenda LeAnne Morris; and his parents, Phillip and Mariam Morgan Morris.

Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda Brown and husband Jeff, and Connie Lemmons and husband Cole, all of Pocahontas; three grandchildren, Michael Morris, LeAnna Hausman and Taylor Baltz; and three great-grandchildren.

Family graveside service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Harold Russell officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to copdfoundation.org.

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

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Leonard Earl Nees Sr.

Leonard Earl Nees Sr., 65, of Hoxie, died Jan. 16, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born March 25, 1948, in Sapula, Okla., he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a carpenter in the housing industry and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Diane Nees; his parents, William Ludwig and Rosetta Pickett Nees; a brother, John Thomas Nees; a sister, Kathryn Marie Nees; a grandson, Joseph Eugene Hulen; and two granddaughters, Rachael Ann Hulen and Crystal Lynne Gibson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Madden Nees, whom he married March 19, 2011, in Hoxie; a son, Leonard Earl Nees Jr. and wife Sandy, Peach Orchard; two daughters, Lorreta Decker, Bono, and Lisa Hulen and husband Bill, Black Rock; a brother, William Benjamin Nees and wife Brenda Joyce, Valdosta, Ga.; four stepchildren, Janet Smith, Hoxie, Donna George and husband Morris, McComb, Miss., Barbie Caldwell and husband Shay, Benton, and Jennifer Doyle and husband Bobbie, Pocahontas; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Shay Caldwell officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

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

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John Oldham

John Oldham, 75, of Corinth, Miss., died Jan. 11, 2014.

Born Dec. 4, 1938, he was the son of Dee and Anna Katherine Stewart Oldham. He was a retired machinist and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Smith Oldham; a son John Oldham, Corinth, Miss.; a daughter, Patricia Spencer and husband Billy, Corinth, Miss.; a sister, Melba Christie, Paragould; and a grandson, Rohan Todd Oldham.

Funeral was Monday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at Tuscumbia Baptist Church in Corinth with Bro. Rodney Whittemore officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

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Miles A. Oliver

Miles A. Oliver, 87, of Strawberry, died Jan. 20, 2014, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Oct. 23, 1926, in Smithville, he was the son of Arthur and Noma Foley Oliver. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was retired from the Banquet plant in Batesville. He was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church at Strawberry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae Kay Oliver; and a daughter-in-law, Martha Oliver.

Survivors include a son, Ted Oliver and wife Donna, Batesville; a daughter, Bobbie Sue Geurin and husband Ralph, Strawberry; five brothers, Jimmy Oliver, Glenn Oliver, Billy Oliver, Kenneth Oliver and Jerry Oliver; five sisters, Inez Williams, Shirley Dearman, Mary Nunnally, Patsy Barker and Barbara Brannon; three grandchildren, Brandi Miller, Amanda Johnson and Randy Spades; three great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Melba Richey, Lynn.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Old Jerusalem Church in Strawberry with Roger Randolph officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge and Lynn has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Lynn.

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

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Marian Roberta Reynolds

Marian Roberta Smith Reynolds was born on June 30, 1933, (the only child of Glenn and Ina Lawson Smith) at Imboden. She passed from this life at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center on Jan. 16, 2014.

Roberta was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by two uncles, Cecil Smith of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Wayne Smith of Pocahontas; special cousins, Dr. Noel Lawson, Little Rock, and Vivian Lawson Hogue, Conway; and many other relatives and friends.

She was proud of her bachelor and master degrees (she had attended Williams Baptist College, Arkansas State University and East Texas State Baptist University) and was a retired school librarian, an avid reader, and had been an excellent pianist. She played piano for the Clear Springs Baptist Church for years, sharing those duties with her mother.

Funeral service was conducted by her cousin, Russell Smith, on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Kelly Cemetery at Black Rock.

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

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James Newton Thames

James Newton Thames, 64, of Imboden, died Jan. 20, 2014.

Born Feb. 19, 1949, in Amarillo, Texas, he lived in Austin, Texas, most of his life, before moving to Imboden in 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1983. He was a radio operator aboard ship during and after the Vietnam War.

Following his military service, he worked for the State of Texas in Austin in various capacities from 1984 until his retirement in 2012.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmo Lavern Thames.

Survivors include his wife, Lacrecia Sue Statler Thames, whom he married in 2005; a son, Tommy Boston Thames, Las Vegas; his mother, Joan Boston Thames Carrell, Temple, Texas; a brother, William Dayton Carrell, Temple, Texas; and three stepsons from Thailand.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Joe Kaiser officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

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

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Jocie Lois Thomason

Jocie Lois Thomason, 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 18, 2014, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born July 13, 1934, at Stanford, she was the daughter of Mack Doughty and Jocie White. She worked as a CNA, owned a boarding home and was a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sterling Thomason; five siblings, Oreane Shewmaker, Maudie Shaffer, Jesteen Crocket, Dortha Lenderman, Max Lee Baine and Linda Brumley; and a grandson.

Survivors include a brother, Jesse Doughty, Paragould; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with L.R. Smith officiating. Burial was in Croft Cemetery near Stanford.

Pallbearers were Mark Morrow, Keith Morrow, John Gill, Jeff Gill, Wes Gill, Garrett Gill and Heath Brumley.

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

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Wanda Grace Vance

Wanda Grace Vance, 94, of Jonesboro, formerly of Lawrence County, died Jan. 17, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 15, 1919, in Whitten, she was the daughter of David Franklin and Sarah East Sellers. She worked for the family construction company for over 52 years before retiring. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Howard Grant Vance; and 12 siblings.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Bailey and husband Don, Jonesboro; two sons, Gene Vance and wife Peggy and David Vance and wife Alice, all of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Dr. Patrick Bailey, Greg Vance, David Vance II, Derek Vance, Seketheia Vance and Shelley Teat; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 8 a.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Revs. John Miles and Patti Soward officiating. Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Sons, sons-in-law, grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

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

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