January 29, 2014 Edition

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Births

Zoey Rena Brown Peyton Abigail Huskey Chandler Lee Eric Madden
Hudson Blake Sluder

Obituaries

Johnny Paul Carr James "J.W." Cole Mary Lou Dover
Silva Joe Fry Kim Greenlee Eddie Dean Hart
Doris Jane Kirkland Jenny Phillips Virl J. Pratt
Leroy Scudder Marie Marquerite Steele Loyce Woodrow Tinker
Edith Tolbert Tillman Wicker Bro. David Earl Winfrey

Births

Zoey Rena Brown

Nicholas and Christin Brown of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, on Jan. 20, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed six pounds, four ounces, and has been named Zoey Rena Brown.

Grandparents are Eric and Lori Highfield of Smithville and Billy and Kim Brown of Hoxie.

Great-grandparents are Owen and Mary Sharp of Smithville, Larry and Frances Forrester of Hoxie, Earl and Doris Highfield of Powhatan and Bill and Betty Brown of Sedgwick. Great-great-grandmother is Georgia Huskey of Walnut Ridge.

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Peyton Abigail Huskey

Brent and Keitha Huskey of Imboden have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Jan. 17, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Peyton Abigail Huskey.

She has one sister, Katelyn Graddy.

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Chandler Lee Eric Madden

Josh and Ashley Madden of Bono have announced the birth of a son, born on Jan. 7, 2014, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and has been named Chandler Lee Eric Madden. He has one sister, Lillyan, five.

Grandparents are Connie Hutton of Walnut Ridge, Scott and Rhonda Webb of Bono and Randy Madden of Bloomfield, Mo.

Great-grandparents are Bess Wilson of Walnut Ridge, Kay Hutton of Hoxie and Barbara Webb of Cash.

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Hudson Blake Sluder

Ryan and Erica Sluder of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on Jan. 13, 2014, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Hudson Blake Sluder.

Grandparents are Ken and Jutta Sluder of Walnut Ridge and Billy Ferguson and Barbara Ferguson, both of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Leta Medlock of Powhatan, Donald Sluder of Walnut Ridge, Virginia Keesling of Jonesboro, Eddie Medlock of Salem and Anni Reich of Waynesville, Mo. Ruth Boggs of Powhatan is the great-great-grandmother.

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Obituaries

Johnny Paul Carr

Johnny Paul Carr, 53, of Rector, died Jan. 25, 2014, at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Born Nov. 21, 1960, in Jonesboro, he was an auto mechanic and a member of the Pocahontas United Pentecostal Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Carr; and a sister, Debbie Adair.

Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Stringer, Rector; his mother, Ellen Gentry, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Robert Carr, Bono, and Tim Carr, Jonesboro; four sisters, Loretta DeWitt, Windfall, Ind., Emma Nash and Ruby Ducote, both of DeQuincy, La., and Lesa Case, Lincoln; three stepsisters, Betty Gail Porter and Suzie Adams, both of Paragould, and Sandy Price, Imboden; and three grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Pocahontas United Pentecostal Church with Revs. Jerry Cochran and Bill Gray officiating. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery at Swifton under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

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

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James Woodrow "J.W." Cole

James Woodrow "J.W." Cole, 94, of Paragould, father of Bob Cole of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 21, 2014, at Belle Meade Nursing Home. Private family burial was Saturday under the direction of Heath Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital or Belle Meade Nursing and Rehab. An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.com.

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Mary Lou Dover

Mary Lou Dover, 75, of Aurora, Ill, died Jan. 25, 2014, at Season's Hospice and Pallative Care in Naperville, Ill.

Born Dec. 10, 1938, in Ravenden, she moved to Aurora in 1955, where she worked and raised her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis "Slim" Dover; her parents, William and Viola Henson Brown; and a sister, Lucille James.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathern Thomas and husband Eric, Aurora, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Thomas and William Thomas.

Funeral is Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Jon Fears officiating. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery at Ravenden.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Brown, James Brown, Eddie Jones, Carl Bailey and Roger Dover. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Wiles and Curtis James.

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

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

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Silva Joe Fry

Silva Joe Fry, 78, of Egypt, died Jan. 20, 2014.

Born Jan. 17, 1936, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Rufus and Ruby Doyle Fry. He was a retired welder and owned and managed rental properties in the Egypt area.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Fry; and a sister, Sherry Derby.

Survivors include two sons, Roger Fry, Washington, Mo., and Wayne Fry, St. Claire, Mo.; five daughters, Cynthia McCowen, St. Claire, Mo., Kim Davis and Terrie Spillman, both of Paragould, Shelia Neal, Egypt, and LaDonna Ellis, Cordova, Tenn.; a sister, Joyce Sheridan, Illinois; 16 grandchildren, Paige Smith, Priscilla Spillman, Chloe Spillman, Sydni Ellis, Keller McCowen, Taylor McCowen, Ryan McCowen, Heidi McCowen, Shelene Hanley, Shaun Fry, Kylie Fry, Macey Fry, Miles Fry, Emmy Fry, Maxwell Fry and Micheal Fry; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Manning #1 Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Keith McCowen, Taylor McCowen, Darrin Spillman, Miles Fry, Max Fry and Shaun Fry.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Kim Greenlee

Zemerue "Kim" Greenlee, 97, of Festus, Mo., died Jan. 17, 2014, at Fountainbleau Nursing Center in Festus.

Born Sept. 19, 1916, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of William S. and Fannie E. Milligan Faulkner. She had owned Faulkner's Restaurant in Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Greenlee, on April 27, 1989; four stepdaughters, Wanita Cartee, Earlene Hochstatter, Ruth Hulvey and Doris Nash; and three siblings, J.W. Faulkner, Madge Carder and Claudia Bartell.

Survivors include a stepson, Earl Greenlee and wife Cecelia, Festus, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Bernice Bollinger, Bloomsdale, Mo., and Charlotte Merritt, Perryville, Mo.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday, Jan. 20, at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Crystal City, Mo., with Jim Owen officiating. Mahn Twin City Chapel in Festus had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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

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Eddie Dean Hart

Eddie Dean Hart, 64, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 27, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 5, 1949, in Biggers, he was a U.S. Army veteran and worked at Brown Shoe. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Reyno.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd John and Lula Risenhoover Hart; three brothers, James Luther Hart, Buck Hart and Danny Ray Hart; and four sisters, Sue Cochran, Kay Werlenich, Faye Waymon and Barbara Hampton.

Survivors include his wife, Lucina Fowler Hart; a son, Chris Hart and wife Nikki, Pocahontas; two daughters, Kandi Calhoun and Tiffany Venson, both of Pocahontas; a stepdaughter, Michelle Porterfield, Pocahontas; a sister, Wilma Pyles, Pocahontas; four grandchildren, Gavin Francis, Kade Francis, Brianna Hart and Londyn Hart; a great-grandchild; two step-grandchildren; and his caregiver, Diane Gates.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ at Pocahontas with Roger Hovis officiating. Burial will be in Ingram Cemetery, near Maynard, under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Nick Arnold, Nick Johnson, Stacy Tribble, Ian Bickers, Jim Hart and Roger Stormes. Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Hart and Kurt Light.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 at the church.

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

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Doris Jane Kirkland

Doris Jane Kirkland, 87, of Greenbrier, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 26, 2014.

Born Nov. 5, 1926, she was the daughter of John and Ina Austin. She worked at Southwestern Bell for over 10 years, and later worked as a sales clerk. She was a lifelong member of the Free Will Baptist Church and worked as a volunteer grandparent for Head Start in Conway.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Bro. Zane Kirkland; two sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include two children, Phil Kirkland and wife Diana, and Zana Schafer and husband Bill W.; a sister, Mildred Austin; four grandchildren, Blake Schafer, Ashley Weston, Sarai Beth Fureigh and Skylar Kirkland; and five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Conway with Bro. Tim Campbell officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Arkansas, 204 Executive Court, Suite 301, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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

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Jenny Phillips

Jenny Phillips, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 27, 2014, at NEA Baptist Hospital.

Born May 12, 1939, near Walnut Ridge, she had been an LPN at St. Bernards in Jonesboro and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and had also worked at Pace Place in Walnut Ridge.

She was a Jehovah's Witness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Mable Vinson Pace; two brothers, Ralton Pace and Jay Pace; and a sister, Mozel Williams.

Survivors include her husband, Morris Phillips, whom she married March 22, 1969; a daughter, Kristi Pate, Walnut Ridge; four brothers, Bob Pace, Wendell Pace and Freddy Pace, all of St. Louis, and Edward Pace, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Jodell Smith, San Diego; and a grandson, Cade Schnick.

A private memorial service will be announced later by the family.

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

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Virl J. Pratt

Virl J. Pratt, 87, of Hoxie, died Jan. 21, 2014, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Oct. 8, 1926, in Etowah, she was the daughter of Clarence W. and Virgie Wann Ward. She was a teachers aid and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewell Herbert Pratt, on Oct. 6, 1995, whom she married March 4, 1942; a son, D.H. "J.R." Pratt; two brothers, Joe Ward and Cecil Ward; and a sister, Helen Ward.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Whitmire, Walnut Ridge; a son, Robert Pratt and wife Missy, Clover Bend; a sister, Evelyn Whitmire, Walnut Ridge; two stepsisters, Mary Lou Jean, Walnut Ridge, and Colleen Anderson, Flint, Mich.; a half-sister, Linda Madar, Carlie; two half-brothers, Willis Ward, South Carolina, and Ronnie Ward, Norfork, Va.; six grandchildren, Hali Pratt, Megan Elliott, Adam Pratt, Michael Whitmire, Mitchell Whitmire and Cristy Phillips; several great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers were JR Tucker, Lonnie Smith, Adam Pratt, Mitchell Whitmire, Chris Whitmire and Cap Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Cody Whitmire, Michael Whitmire, Teague Phillips and Collin Phillips.

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

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Leroy Scudder

Leroy Scudder, 82, of Portia, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 22, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 18, 1931, in the Coffman community, he was the son of Murrell and Fay Oldham Scudder. He was an ordained preacher and minister of music for many years and served at the First Free Will Baptist Church for over 25 years. He was employed by Scripture Press for many years and was a piano tuner. He was a member of the Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance and a former manager of Shepherd Care.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Luella Bearry Scudder, whom he married Dec. 16, 1950; a brother, Dennis Scudder and wife Barbara, Paragould; and cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. David Harper and Rev. Steve Trail officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery at Portia under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Eldridge Neece, Sam Presley, Jack Presley, Johnnie Presley, David Ponder and Toby Spradlin. Honorary pallbearers were the ministers of the Social Band Association and the Lawrence County Ministerial Alliance.

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

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Marie Marquerite Steele

Marie Marquerite Steele, 85, of Ravenden Springs, died Jan. 23, 2014, at Woodlawn Heights Nursing Home in Batesville.

Born Dec. 3, 1928, in Erin, N.Y., she was the daughter of Lee and Agnes Dunfee Wheaton. She was a retired nurse and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church of Ravenden Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lewis Lyons Sr. and John Steele; a son, Larry Lyons; two brothers, Edward Wheaton and George Wheaton; and a grandson, Lee Lyons.

Survivors include two sons, Lewis Lyons, Texas, and Ronnie Lyons, Cave City; three sisters, Inez Korbel, Imboden, Irene Burlew, Horses, N.Y., and Betty Malkovsky, Ithaca, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Janeya Lyons, Trey Lyons, Larry Lyons and Brandon Lyons; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Missionary Baptist Church in Ravenden Springs with Matthew Donner officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Loyce Woodrow Tinker

Loyce Woodrow Tinker, 91, of Minturn, died Jan. 22, 2014, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Dec. 12, 1922, in Evening Star, he was the son of Clarence and Ollie Gazaway Tinker. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a member of Main Street Church of Christ. He was a former mayor of Minturn and was retired from Vulcan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Pierce Tinker; and an infant brother.

Survivors include a son, Jason Tinker, of the home; and a sister, Maxie French, Anderson, Ind.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge with Rob Combs and Jerry Haner officiating. Burial was in Minturn Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Richard Tinker, James Tinker, Ed Baker, Kyle Smelser, Gary Light and Danny Haner. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Brown, Dean Davis, Tom Dodd, Wayne King, Dale Freeman and Alex Latham.

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

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Edith Tolbert

On Jan. 26, 2014, Edith Catherine Tolbert, 78, passed through Heaven's gate after a period of declining health.

She is survived by her brother, Cleo Tolbert; nieces and nephews, Kenneth, Douglas and Rita Richey (Smith), Tim Tolbert; great-nieces and nephews, CJ Smith, Lucy Richey (Edwards), Amanda Richey (Maness), Kenny Richey, Michael and wife Jami Hughes; great-great nieces and nephews, Siarrah, Arwyn and James, Kaitlyn and Kynzie and Ethan.

Ms. Edith was preceded in death by her parents, the late William Franklin and Nettie Ann Creek Tolbert; brothers: John, Lester, Mack Tolbert and sister, Mae Lucille Tolbert.

Ms. Edith was born at home in the Richwoods community near Walnut Ridge. The family later moved to the Smithville community and obtained the family farm. She spent most of her adult life living in the Fort Smith area.

She retired from Vista Health (Harbor View Health and Rehab) as a Nutritional Services Coordinator. She was an active member of Howard Hill Assembly of God of Greenwood. Her hobbies included cooking and cake decorating. She became a caregiver of her brother.

Ms. Edith was known and loved best for her open heart and open arms to all she encounted; a multitude of friends, neighbors and co-workers. She openly accepted everyone as family and became "Aunt Edith" or "Aunt B".

Ms. Edith was lovingly cared for by her church family, the staff of Mercy hospital and Sparks Select Specialty.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Visitation is today from 5-7 p.m.

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

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Tillman Wicker

Tillman Wicker, 93, of Pocahontas, died Jan. 24, 2014, at Randolph Home in Pocahontas.

Born Oct. 10, 1920, in Ravenden, he was the son of Shelby Otto and Eular Elizabeth Banks Wicker and an Army Air Force veteran. He was a minister and senior pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ in Pocahontas for 53 years.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Wicker; a daughter, Cathy Wicker; four brothers; two sisters; and two grandsons, Joshua Gene Allison and Eli Jared Neece.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Louise Hinkle Wicker, whom he married Aug. 31, 1952; five sons, Tim Wicker and wife Sheila, Paragould, John Wicker, Imboden, and Paul Wicker and wife Pam, Joseph Wicker and wife Angie, and Benjamin Wicker, all of Pocahontas; three daughters, Patricia Moore and husband Gary, Pocahontas, Jeanette Coley and husband Ron, Jonesboro, and Sarah Bashaw and husband Marty, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; two brothers, Teep Wicker and Ted Wicker, both of Tennessee; 24 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Gary Moore officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery near Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Tim Wicker, John Wicker, Paul Wicker, Joseph Wicker, Ben Wicker and Jordan Wicker.

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

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Bro. David Earl Winfrey

Bro. David Earl Winfrey, 61, of Grubbs, died Jan. 25, 2014.

Born Dec. 3, 1952, in Walnut Ridge, he was a 1971 graduate of Hoxie High School. He received his license to preach in 1972 and was ordained in 1973.

He pastored Oak Grove Free Will Baptist Church at Eaton from 1972-1974, Pirtle Free Will Baptist Church at Peach Orchard from 1974-1976, Arbor Grove Free Will Baptist Church at Hoxie from 1976-1980, First Free Will Baptist Church in Tuckerman from 1980-2004 and Ballew's Chapel since 2007. He also managed the Christian Supply Store in Conway from 2004-2007 and was known for his singing.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Carolyn Wooldridge Winfrey, whom he married July 2, 1971, in Walnut Ridge; three children, Scott Winfrey and wife Amy, Lowell, Pam Emery and husband Jamie, Grubbs, and Chris Winfrey and wife Sharleenia, Walnut Ridge; his parents, Rev. O.D. and Estalene Nicholas Winfrey, Tuckerman; two brothers, Danny Winfrey, Morton, and Don Winfrey, Walnut Ridge; and eight grandchildren, Zayne, Zoe, Kendra, Draven, Kara, Wyatt, Ethan and Owen.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Jackson's Newport Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Ballew's Chapel Cemetery at Grubbs.

Pallbearers will be John Ivy, Anthony Ivy, Steve Sykes, Danny Allen, Mike Allen and Terry Holland. Honorary pallbearers will be the Free Will Baptist ministers in the area and their wives and his Ballew's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church family.

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

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