February 5, 2014 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Dickson - Bagwell

Obituaries

Ronnie Lloyd Bonner Rosemary Collins Archie F. Cox Sr.
Robert Goodman Anna McGaha Vera Evelyn Rutledge
Kathleen Sisk Lorene Taylor Thomas Grady Taylor
Larry Darriel Woods James Wesley Woodson

Weddings/Engagements

Dickson - Bagwell

Amy Michelle Dickson and Timothy Allen Bagwell have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of John M. Franks of Walnut Ridge and the late Mary Jo Franks. She is the granddaughter of Jewel and Diane Woodson of Hoxie. She graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and works at Rogers Pharmacy.

The prospective groom is the son of Larry and Ruth Gibbens of Ravenden. He graduated from Sloan-Hendrix High School and works for Western Rivers Boat Management.

The couple will exchange vows on March 15 at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow at the church.

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Obituaries

Ronnie Lloyd Bonner

Ronnie Lloyd Bonner, 57, died Jan. 28, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 17, 1956, in Walnut Ridge, he retired from Dana as a machinist and was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Bonner.

Survivors include his wife, Sonda Rogers Bonner; a son, Nathin Bonner and wife Robyn, Pocahontas; his mother, Virginia Bonner, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Judy Bonner, Houston; and a grandson, Tucker Bonner.

Funeral is Thursday at 3 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating.

Visitation is Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

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

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Rosemary Collins

Rosemary Collins, 67, of Janesville, Wis., died Jan. 9, 2014.

Born Feb. 28, 1946, in Strawberry, she was a graduate of Strawberry High School. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Rock County with two associate degrees in 1984. After receiving her degrees, she worked for Quality Grain Service for 10 years. She was a member of the Roxbury Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis B. "Buddy" and Mira W. "Virgie" Whitmire Moss; and a grandson, Josiah McCall.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Floyd T. "Tom" Collins, whom she married Sept. 13, 1964, in Janesville; three daughters, Winona McCall and husband Jerry Dale, Cabot, Mary Beth Grice and husband Jon, Janesville, Wis., and Andrea Smith and husband Jim, Cave City; a sister, Mira King and husband Thomas, Arkansas; a brother, Terry Moss and wife Debbie, Arkansas; 11 grandchildren, Justin McCall, Dustin Smith, Colton McCall, Cameron Hanson, B. Ross Hanson, Zac Smith, Katelyn McCall, Benjamin McCall, Joshua McCall, Katie Banker and Christy Grice; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Roxbury Church of Christ in Janesville, with Jon Grice officiating. Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to ECHO or Pregnancy Helpline of Janesville.

An online guestbook is available at www.whitcomb-lynch.com.

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Archie F. Cox Sr.

Archie F. Cox Sr., 90, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 1, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 9, 1923, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Frank and Ora Cox. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was retired from Rohr Aircraft Company. He lived in California, Eureka Springs, Memphis and Nashville before returning to Walnut Ridge in 2003. He was a member of the Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Robinson Keathley Cox, whom he married Sept. 7, 1942, in Franklin, Ky.; and a brother, Mack Cox.

Survivors include a son, Archie Cox Jr. and wife Tula, Austin, Texas; a sister, Catherine Ponder and husband Miles, Walnut Ridge; and two brothers, Bob Cox and wife Janiel, North Little Rock, and Ed Cox, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Paula Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Austin Cemetery.

A celebration of his life is planned for May.

Pallbearers will be David Ponder, Spencer Ponder, Paul Cox, Hugh Bishop, Wendell Tolson and Phil Tolson.

Memorials may be made to the Austin Cemetery Trust, c/o Harriet Ponder, 1708 Corbet Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Robert Goodman

Robert Moses Goodman, 73, of Strawberry, died Jan. 30, 2014, in Batesville.

Born Feb. 29, 1940, in the Harmony Grove community, he was a farmer and was of the Christian faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Pankie Willbanks Goodman; a brother, Hoover Goodman; and a granddaughter, Whitney Goodman.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Mross and husband Shelby, Strawberry; a son, Bobby Goodman; two sisters, Gracie Lee Wilson, Pocahontas, and Daisy Wilson, Newport; three grandchildren, Valerie Mross, Kodi Plancarte and Brandy Goodman; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Clark Cemetery in Uno with Bro. Junior Barham officiating. Jackson's Newport Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Anna McGaha

Anna McGaha, 90, of Jonesboro, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 29, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born April 18, 1923, she was a homemaker. She and her husband moved here from California in 1962, ministering for 50 years at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert McGaha Sr.; her parents; and a brother, Joey Fiannaca.

Survivors include a son, Robert McGaha and wife Glenda, Jonesboro; a daughter, Carmel Aaron, Heber Springs; a sister, Lillian Sabitina; two brothers, Chuck Fiannaca, San Leandro, Calif., and Tony Fiannaca, Reno, Nev.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Walnut Ridge. Ron Floyd of Pocahontas will officiate.

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

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Vera Evelyn Rutledge

Vera Evelyn Rutledge, 72, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 2, 2014, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Jan. 7, 1942, in Walnut Ridge, she was a plant manager for Wolverine Worldwide Company and a member of Oak Hill General Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Bobby Rutledge, whom she married Aug. 7, 1958; a son, Gregg Rutledge, Hoxie; a daughter, Sandy Minard, Portia; a brother, Curtis Lamb, Walnut Ridge; five sisters, Iva Atkinson and Ester Floyd, both of Walnut Ridge, Grace Heard, Hoxie, Lettie Mae Whitmire, Lunsford, and Opal Christian, Michigan; eight grandchildren, Michael Minard, Blake Passalaqua, Holly Rutledge, Chad Rutledge, Devin Rutledge, Shawn Rutledge, Courtney Rutledge and Jordan Rutledge; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Craig Lee officiating. Burial will be in Manning #1 Cemetery.

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

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Kathleen Sisk

Willie Kathleen Durham Sisk, 83, of Smithville, passed away Feb. 3, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 3, 1930, in Jesup, she was the daughter of William Claude and Annie Smith Durham. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eli Lindsey Methodist Church at Jesup. She worked as Deputy Circuit Clerk for Lawrence County for 20 years. She loved to sew and travel, her favorite city being New Orleans. She loved to watch volleyball and the Arkansas Razorbacks, but her greatest passion was visiting with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Sisk; a son, Larry Blake Sisk; two brothers, Boyce Durham and Terry Durham; and two nephews, Justin Durham and Nagel Britt.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Gramlich (Fred), Jonesboro; a daughter-in-law, Kaye Sisk, Walnut Ridge; five grandchildren, Joe Tillman (Angel), Jamie Pflaumer (Mike), Nathan Henson (Amber), Breanna Newby-Sisk (Nikki) and Katie Dillon (Matt); and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 11 a.m. at the Eli Lindsey Methodist Church in Jesup with Bro. John Stoll and her nephew, John Durham, officiating. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be nephews, "the Durham Boys," Denny, Mike, Jim, Sloan, Mitchell, Mark, and Kevin; and nieces, Teresa Durham and Karen Durham Britt.

Memorials may be made to St. Bernard Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU), 225 E. Jackson, Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Lorene Taylor

Doris Lorene King Taylor, daughter of James Elijah and Ethel Mayme Rackley King, was born June 29, 1925, in Pottsville.

Lorene graduated from Pottsville as salutatorian of her class in May 1943, and from Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway in August 1946 with a BSE in Vocational Home Economics. Lorene began her teaching career at North Little Rock Junior High School.

While attending ASTC, she met the love of her life, Wilford Wasson Taylor, and they were married on Dec. 20, 1946. In June 1949, they moved to Hoxie, where she taught school for 37 years; 30 years as the home economics teacher. In 1986, Lorene was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Arkansas Association of Vocational Home Economics Teachers. The Hoxie Chapter of Future Homemakers of America earned many chapter and individual awards. Lorene retired from teaching in 1987.

Following her retirement, Lorene began china painting. She devoted many hours creating beautiful pieces, which she willingly shared with friends and family. Lorene was an active member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church, serving in many leadership positions.

Lorene and Wilford were married just two weeks short of 60 years before Wilford preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 2006. Lorene transferred to the "Church Triumphant" on Jan. 30, 2014.

She is survived by daughter, Sandra Thresher of Jonesboro; and sons, Jerry of Burke, Virginia, and Tim of Hoxie; two sisters, Myra Nell Leek of Dumas, and Annie Belle Page of Conway; six grandchildren, John Taylor, Vancouver, British Columbia, Jamie Taylor Crowley, Martinsburg, W.Va., Brian Acre, Hoxie, Leah Taylor Williams, Bentonville, Mark Taylor, Cordova, Tenn., and Chan Workman, Paragould; eight great-grandchildren, Allie Thresher Bartlett, Michael Workman, Kylie Welch, Jonathan Acre, Taylor Crowley, Amelia Williams, Sophia Williams and Katie Acre.

Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the Hoxie United Methodist Church. Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. at the church under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Bonda Moyer officiating. Burial was in the Smithville Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jim Green, Terrell Downing, Larry Jones, Jon Walter, David Belk and Jim Barksdale.

Memorials may be made to: Lorene Taylor Scholarship Fund, c/o Hoxie High School, P.O. Box 240, Hoxie, AR 72433 or Hoxie United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 116, Hoxie, AR 72433.

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

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Thomas Grady Taylor

Thomas Grady "Tom" Taylor, 73, of Black Rock, died Jan. 28, 2014, at his home.

Born July 13, 1940, in the Little Brown community, he was a retired truck driver and a musician.

He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Grady Taylor Jr.; his parents, Raymond and Ruby Starnes Taylor; a sister, Trudy Cagle; and his grandparents.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Butler Taylor, whom he married in June 2000; four sons, Randy Taylor and wife JoAnn, Pocahontas, Steve Maronde and wife Cathy, Leaf River, Ill., Scott Maronde and wife Gina, Black Rock, and CJ Anderson and wife Brandi, of the home; two daughters, Lorry Lee and husband Kevin, Walnut Ridge, and Tonya Ferguson and husband Dwight, Black Rock; two brothers, Carroll Taylor and wife Lavonne, Oregon, Ill., and Jimmy Taylor, Yale, Ill.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Lee, Jarrod Swann, Jericho Maronde, T.J. Taylor, Anthony Taylor and River Ferguson.

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

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Larry Darriel Woods

Larry Darriel Woods, 72, of Alicia, died Feb. 1, 2014, at his home.

Born June 16, 1941, at Bono, he was a farmer and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Woods, Feb. 23, 2013, whom he married Jan. 16, 1960; his parents, Lloyd and Lucille Dunlap Woods; a brother, Terry Woods; and two sisters, Sharon Brown and Shirley Williams.

Survivors include two sons, Darriel Woods and wife Gina and Danny Woods and wife Jennifer, all of Clover Bend; three daughters, Laura Teel and husband Kenny, Pocahontas, Vickie Buchanan, Douglas, Ga., and Ronna Woods, Clover Bend; 12 grandchildren, Jennifer Woods, Jessica Waldrupe, Andrea Meeks, Carman Weaver, Ashley Williams, Dustin Woods, Taylor Woods, Breanna Robertson, Allison Carter, Chelsey Harper, Lee Buchanan and Blake Buchanan; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Brumley officiating. Burial will be in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Danny Woods, Donnie Morgan, Brian Brumley, Sam Allen, Terry Burchfield and Allen Freer. Honorary pallbearers will be Dustin Woods, Blake Buchanan, Shannon Brumley and Connor Morgan.

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

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James Wesley Woodson

James Wesley Woodson, 63, died Jan. 30, 2014, at Ridgecrest Health and Rehab in Jonesboro.

Born July 10, 1950, in Black Rock, he owned a tree service and was a member of Faith of the Apostle Church of Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel and Mary Pearl Davis Woodson; and three brothers, Charles Woodson, Paul Woodson and Bill Woodson.

Survivors include two sons, Shawn Woodson and wife Lauri, and Jeff Woodson, all of Hoxie; two brothers, Jewel Woodson and wife Diane, Hoxie, and John Woodson and wife Karen, Farmington, Mich.; a sister, Patricia Siler, Walnut Ridge; and five grandchildren, Brett Nosser, Kaley Woodson, Kerry Woodson, River Woodson and Si Woodson.

No services are scheduled.

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

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