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Births

Reagan Olivia Crawford

Weddings/Engagements

Redden - Prater

Obituaries

John C. Childers Dale Davis Alice Eldridge
Rev. R.W. Goodman Alene H. Grissom Lonzo Hoffman
Betty Sue Horton Tony O'Neil Hutchins Reatha Lee Kell
Earl R. Lee Bobbie Jo Manning Judy Moore
Verda Fern Niswonger Tonie Gail Coles Norris James Alis Raney
Elsie Shannon Sonny Williams

Births

Reagan Olivia Crawford

Jessie and Ashley Crawford of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Jan. 31, 2014, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Reagan Olivia Crawford. She has one sister, Kinley Crawford, three.

Grandparents are Bruce and Ronda O'Connor of Hoxie and Joe and Rose Crawford of Imboden.

Great-grandparents are Ron and Barbara Brown of Minuturn, Larry Dulaney of Jonesboro and Betty Green of Imboden.

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Weddings/Engagements

Redden ~ Prater

Surrounded by candlelight, in front of an iron arch heavily adorned with flowers, Lesha Shantelle Prater and Kyle Douglass Redden were united in marriage in a double-ring ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m. at Manley Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge.

The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Lesha Prater of Walnut Ridge. She is the granddaughter of the late Burl and Virginia Prater of Portia and the late Hubert and Verna Gilmore of Walnut Ridge.

The bridegroom is the son of Don and Nancy Redden of Cave City, formerly of Gosnell. He is the grandson of Gerald and Betty Brown of Hot Springs, the late Dock and Agnes Rauls of Hornersville, Mo., and the late Jake Redden of Cuba, Ky.

Robert Combs performed the ceremony and violinist Kari Robins, cousin of the bride, provided nuptial music. Karen Williams was the wedding director and Linda Holt was the wedding coordinator.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an Oleg Cassini one-shoulder tulle ball gown, adorned with ornate beaded lace appliquŽs. The tulle ball gown skirt fell into a chapel train, embellished with beaded lace appliquŽs.

She wore an ivory floral-hat blush veil accented with crystals during the ceremony and during the postlude wore a statement headpiece decorated with crystals, along with a tulle cape with detailed neckline style.

She carried a large, cascading bouquet of pink and bluebird roses, white hydrangeas, mums, white dahlias, dusty miller, seeded eucalyptus and baby's breath. It was wrapped in silver ribbon and ornamented with photo charms of her late grandparents.

Tiffanie Rainy Bufford of Conway served as matron of honor and Cara Slone Knight of Danville was the bridesmaid. Marty Troup of Monett, Mo., presided at the bride's book.

Stephen Redden, brother of the groom, of Marion served as best man and Joseph "Gopher" Tubbs of Grubbs was groomsmen. Ushers were Ortha Trotter of Grubbs and Zach Luster of Jonesboro.

The parents of the bride hosted a reception at the Walnut Ridge Country Club following the wedding. Servers were Kari Boothe Kincaid of Bono, and Katie Olive, Lee Ann Pulliam and Tyler Hipp, all of Jonesboro.

Out-of-county guests included: Brock and Cara Knight of Danville; Dillan and Tiffanie Bufford and Riley of Conway; Brandon Baker of Morrilton; Katie Olive, Brenda Griffin, Patti Abell, Zach Luster, Jacob Daffron, Madison Maddox, Carolyn Faulkner, Lee Ann Pulliam and Tyler Hipp, all of Jonesboro; Jace and Kari Kincade of Bono; Haley Smith of Fayetteville; Joseph Tubbs, Ortha Trotter and Cathy Ramsey, all of Grubbs; Stephen Redden and Teri Key, both of Marion; Lola Gilmore and Bobby Gilmore, both of Swifton; Albert and Simone Leatherberry of Cabot; Coy and Marge Stewart of McRae; Tim and Brittany Carter of Cave City; Michael and Susan Richards of Bryant; Sandra Hedge, Cheryl Coy, Mckenley Coy, Savannah Coy, Mike Bowers and Gretchen Hunt, all of Paragould; and Cliff and Teri Browning and Cory and Joy Harrison, all of Manila.

Out-of-state guests included Marty Troup of Monett, Mo.; Tim and Rondia Rauls of Hornersville, Mo.; Charlie Arthur of Kennett, Mo.; and Gary and Diane Arthur and Elizabeth Arthur all of St. Charles, Mo.

Following a wedding trip to Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the couple are now residing in Walnut Ridge.

Showers

Alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha honored Shantelle with a wedding shower at the ZTA house, located on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Helping host the shower were Brenda Griffin and the bride's little sister, Katie Olive, and guests were served a cookie cake and punch.

Ladies of the Hoxie Church of Christ hosted a shower for the bride at the home of Karen Looney. The bride received many nice gifts and guests were served an assortment of refreshments.

The bride was also honored with a shower at The Times Dispatch. Shantelle's coworkers prepared a potluck meal for the bride and her mother and mother-in-law.

The parents of the groom hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Walnut Ridge Country Club. Guests were served a steak meal, and Kyle and Shantelle honored the wedding party with gifts of appreciation.

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Obituaries

John C. Childers

Retired Army Colonel John C. Childers, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 18, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

A graduate of Walnut Ridge High School, he entered the Army in 1944 and retired in 1975.

He attended Texas A&M University and graduated from Arkansas State College and Indiana University. His Army education included the Basic Army Artillery Course, the Basic Finance Officers Course, the Advanced Finance Officers Course, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

His overseas service included tours of duty in Japan, Germany, Korea and Vietnam. His decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, two Legions of Merit, The Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Upon retirement, he was employed by the Inter-American Development Bank, The General Research Corporation, and Coopers and Lybrand. He moved back to Walnut Ridge in 1986.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlton and Stella Childers; five brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Willene R. Childers; a daughter, Judith A. Stuart, Hot Springs; two grandchildren, Shelley Tuxhorn and Natalie Cole; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jeanne Williams officiating. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Danny Gibson, Dave Fowler, Clay Sloan, John Bland, J.R. Cox and Ray Moseley. Honorary pallbearers will be the Seekers Sunday school class.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge or the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society in Jonesboro.

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

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Dale Davis

Lloyd "Dale" Davis, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 15, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 11, 1932, in the Little Brown community, he was the son of Charles Henry and Madge Louella Forrester Davis. He retired from Entergy after 32 years of service and was a member of the Sedgwick Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Junior Davis, Dub Davis and Gene Davis; and a sister, Irene Crider.

Survivors include his wife, Vada Johnson Davis; a son, Darrell Wayne Davis and wife Kathy, Paragould; a daughter, Donna Williams and husband Larry, Ravenden; two stepsons, Harvey Austin, Hot Springs, and Joey Austin and wife Stacye, Conway; two brothers, Ronald Davis, Memphis, and Forrester Davis, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Sue Hancock, Mona Hicks, Manon Tillman and Yvonne Ellison, all of Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Kristie Stringer, Jennifer Smith, Jackie Austin, Nikki Golden, Matt Scott and Abby Austin; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Tom Lamb officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Glen Worlow, Randy Worlow, Mitchell Worlow, Jeff Worlow, Tommy Lamb and Carlos Vidal.

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

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Alice Eldridge

Alice Estella Housh Eldridge, 93, of Swifton, died Feb. 8, 2014, in Newport.

Born Aug. 10, 1920, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Ira and Maud Spaulding Housh. She was a homemaker and a member of Swifton First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lones Moral Eldridge; a daughter-in-law, Nikki Eldridge; three brothers, John Elvin Housh, Harvey Gene Housh and J.L. Housh; and four sisters, Erma Lee Simpson, Bonnie Hulett, Ila Barnett and Nina Sue Housh.

Her sister, Verda Niswonger, died Feb. 9, 2014.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry Eldridge and wife Donna, Jonesboro, Ira Eldridge, Fayetteville, and Glenn Eldridge and wife Sharon, Rockford, Ill.; three daughters, Deborah McPherson and husband Gerald, Paragould, and Kathy Fears and husband Danny and Elaine Fisher and husband Mitchell, all of Swifton; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Swifton First Baptist Church with Bro. Nathan Bentz officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Darrell Campbell, Roy Runyan Jr., Everett Richardson, Rick Bradley, Bobby Riley and Joshua Garrett. Honorary pallbearers were Don Hutchinson, Glen Hayes, Ronny Templeton, O'dean Templeton, Brad Beard and Layne Mathis.

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

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Rev. R.W. Goodman

Rev. R.W. Goodman, 86, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 10, 2014, at his home.

Born Aug. 6, 1927, in Black Oak, he was the son of Winston Rubin and Nancy Mabrey Goodman. He was a retired master sergeant of the U.S. Army and a former pastor of the Providence Baptist Church of the Southern Baptist Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wave Goodman; two daughters, Melissa Ferguson and Debra A. Pepion; and nine brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a sister, Mildred Gipson, Abilene, Texas; four grandchildren, Sarah Heathcock, Memphis, Joshua Watkins and Jesse Pepion, both of Jonesboro, and Amanda Holliday, Paragould; and seven great-grandchildren, Blu Skye, Leeloo, Austin, Eathan, Winston, Harry and Gracie.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. Don Miller and Harold Ray officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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

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Alene H. Grissom

Alene H. Grissom, 97, of Hoxie, died Feb. 9, 2014, at her home.

Born Oct. 27, 1916, at Saffell, she was the daughter of Robert and Delia Sides Terry. She was a store clerk and a member of the Hoxie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ferd Grissom, on March 6, 1996, whom she married Sept. 28, 1935; a daughter, Linda Ruth Grissom; five sisters, Verlon Foster, Marie McCampbell, Mary Horned, Bobby Lee Brooks and Nova Gumm; and a grandson, Jerry Mark Warner.

Survivors include a great-grandson, Jerry Allen Warner, Houston; two great-great-grandsons, Skyler Warner and Jayden Warner; nieces and nephews, Barbara McCampbell Dietrich and Terry McCampbell, both of Whitehall, Charles Horned, Conway, Billy Gumm, Phoenix, Robert Gumm, DeQueen, Delia Haak, Gentry, David Horned, Little Rock, Nancy Camarillo, Jonesboro, Edwin Grissom, Walnut Ridge, Ernestine Crackel, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Barbara Richards, Wentzville, Mo., and Sara Grissom Gilliam, Hoxie; a sister-in-law, Etherine Grissom, Walnut Ridge; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Rev. Bonda Moyer officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were David Foley, John Holt, Jim Green, Leonard Doan, George Bruton and Zach Mullen.

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

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Lonzo Hoffman

Lonzo Hoffman, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 14, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 27, 1929, at Light, he was the son of Thomas and Myrtle Huffman Hoffman. He had lived in Lawrence County as a child, and later lived in St. Louis and Granite City, Ill. He retired from maintenance from the Hoxie School District.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Deloris Faye Hoffman; and three brothers, Carl Hoffman, Vernon Hoffman and Robert Hoffman.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Hoffman, Calico Rock, Michael Hoffman (Wendy), Jonesboro and William Hoffman, Walnut Ridge; seven daughters, Evelyn Kay Riesinger (Bob), Glenda Kirby, Sandy Raich (Steve), Karen Smith, all of St. Louis, Mary McDole (Ronald), Overland, Mo., Carla Foster (John) of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Lonakay Loar (James), Walnut Ridge; two stepdaughters, Hilda Gadis (Becky), St. Louis, and Tammy Fletcher (Buck) of Sikeston, Mo.; a stepson, Russell Penrose, Hillsboro, Mo.; two sisters, Lenma Robinson (Lowell), Pocahontas, and Dorothy McCall (Harland) of Greenfield, Tenn.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Harland McCall officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jerry Denton, David Hoffman, Vernon Hoffman, Lynn McCall, Daniel Hoffman and Donald Hoffman. Honorary pallbearers were all of his grandsons and nephews and stepson, Russell Penrose.

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

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Betty Sue Horton

Betty Sue Horton, 72, of Powhatan, died Feb. 15, 2014, at her home.

Born Sept. 5, 1941, in Charleston, Mo., she was the daughter of Roy and Mary Ann Smith Boyd. She was a homemaker and a member of Clear Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Leon A. Horton; a son, Allen Horton and wife Wilma, Strawberry; a daughter, Leona Lawson and husband Richard, Spencerville, Ind.; a brother, James Roy Boyd and wife Sandy, Festus, Mo.; a sister, Shirley Hanshaw and husband Bob, Powhatan; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at noon at Clear Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Rowdy Morgan officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Allen Horton, Richard Lawson, Joshua Cagle, Jeremy Cagle, Duane Hutchison, John Stewart, Howard Horton and Danny Hutchison. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Cagle, Dennis Brooks and Ron Brown.

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

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Tony O'Neil Hutchins

Tony O'Neil Hutchins, 68, of Cave City, died Feb. 15, 2014, at his home.

Born July 31, 1945, at Eaton, he worked for Razorback Steel in Newport, and GDX Automotive in Batesville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and served as district commander of the American Legion for many years. He was of the Missionary Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hulen and Hazel Hutchins.

Survivors include his wife, Sherra Hutchins; a son, William Reid Womack and wife Angie, Cave City; a daughter, Nancy Lynn Mitchell and husband George, Cave City; four brothers, Windell Hutchins, Bee Branch, Bobby Hutchins, Cave City, Billy Hutchins, Jonesboro, and Farrell Hutchins, Tuckerman; two sisters, Willa Dean Solida and Merita Campbell, both of Heber Springs; five grandchildren, Dane Womack, Kyle Mitchell, Corey Womack, Sara Mitchell and Catie Mitchell; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Cave City with grandson William Dane Womack officiating. Graveside service is at 3 p.m. at Pine Mountain Cemetery at Bee Branch under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Solida, Joe Solida, Randall Hutchins, Jeffrey Hutchins, Todd Hutchins, Mark Hutchins, Justin Hutchins and Jeremy Hutchins. Honoray pallbearers will be all of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces.

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

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Reatha Lee Kell

Reatha Lee Kell, 90, of Pocahontas, died Feb. 8, 2014, at Randolph Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 21, 1923, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Orville F. and Vera Knauss Lee. She was a homemaker and a member of Imboden United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her former husbands, Rosser M. Willis and Vernon V. Kell; and two brothers, Isham Lee and Fiander Lee; and three sisters, Bernice Bratcher, Anna Kirby and Mary Queen.

Survivors include two daughters, Marcia Tapert, Imboden, and Barbara "Bobbi" A. Willis, Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Mark Tapert, John Tapert, James Tapert, Mary Ford and Terri Parkllan; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Revs. John Stoll and Joe Kaiser officiating. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mark Tapert, Orlando Mejia Jr., Gevan Murphy, Bobby Bratcher, Danny Holder, Paul Carr and Dillie Lee.

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

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Earl R. Lee

Earl R. Lee, 84, of Strawberry, died Feb. 14, 2014, at his home.

Born Oct. 24, 1929, at Delapaine, he was the son of Ray and Lizzie Varner Lee. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was retired from White Rogers in Batesville. He was a member of Curia Masonic Lodge in Cave City. He was of the Southern Baptist faith and was an ordained deacon.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Willie B. Lee, Lehman Lee, Leon Lee and infant Jessie Lavon Lee; and a sister, Opal Gillean.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Opal Lee; three sons, Earl Wayne Lee, Pittsburg, Kan., William B. Lee, Jonesboro, and James Andrew Lee, Locust Grove; a daughter, Cara Dickison, Calamine; a brother, Frank Eugene Lee, Paragould; a sister, Beulah Jackson, Russellville, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Curt Howard officiating. Burial will be in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton.

Pallbearers will be Cambria DeLee, Erin DeLee, Zach Dickison, Steve Birmingham, Perry Mitts and Timmy Higgins. Honorary pallbearers are Rick Clem and Frank Fowler.

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

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Bobbie Jo Manning

Bobbie Jo Manning, 77 of Walnut Ridge, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 29, 1936, in Conway, she was the daughter of Clarence and Cora Smith Lang. She was an employee of Lawrence Manufacturing Company and Skil, and the loving wife of local farmer James Manning. She was a member of the Gethsemane Baptist Church.

Bobbie's family was her life, and she meant everything to her family. She enjoyed camping, fishing, wildlife, flowers and travel. She had a kind, gentle and caring spirit with unconditional love and genuine concern for each family member.

She was a true reflection of a Godly woman; a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. We know that she is now rejoicing in Heaven with the loved ones who have gone before her.

She was united in marriage to James Manning on Sept. 27, 1952. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Cora Lang; a sister, Mary Barber; a brother, Burl Lang; a grandson, Norman Marlin; and a great-grandson, Jakob Manning.

Survivors include her husband, James Manning, of the home; sons, Rick and Pam Manning of Walnut Ridge, Doug and Denise Manning of Paragould, and Bruce and Kelley Manning of Walnut Ridge; daughters, Gail and Joe Holland of Clover Bend, Anita and Keith Marlin of Walnut Ridge; a devoted sister, Betty Parsley of Little Rock; eight grandsons, Adam and Jody Holland of Jonesboro, James and Lori Manning of Hot Springs, S.D., David and Blair Manning of Jonesboro, Daniel and Laura Manning of Walnut Ridge, John and Lisa Manning of Glenpool, Okla., Matthew Manning of Paragould, Josh Manning of Paragould, and Aaron and Amber Manning of Clover Bend; five granddaughters, Carol and Brad Brown of Jonesboro, Stephanie and Aaron Hurst of Hoxie, Melissa and Darren McVay of Walnut Ridge, Sarah and Alex Hogan of Jonesboro and Natalie Manning of Walnut Ridge; 10 great-granddaughters, Hannah, Rebekah, Claire, Madison, Rachel, Chloe, Kennedy, Josie, Haley and Rylee; seven great-grandsons, Tucker, Zach, Caleb, Tony, Greyson and Isaiah; and many other relatives and friends. Interment was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Gethsemane Baptist Church with Bro. Derek Collins officiating.

Active pallbearers were Adam Holland, James, Daniel, David, John, Matthew, Aaron and Josh Manning. Honorary pallbearers were Carol Brown, Stephanie Hurst, Melissa McVay, Sarah Hogan and Natalie Manning.

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

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Judy Moore

Judy Moore, 77, of Hot Springs, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. She was born July 17, 1936, in Walnut Ridge, to Joe and Aline (Miller) South. Judy was a Methodist. She taught for over forty years in the public school system and was recognized as one of the top educators in every school district.

She was a happy woman who loved life and put family and children at ease for so many years with a warm smile and kind words. Judy's most endearing traits were kindness and compassion and a special intuition and insight concerning those she loved. Judy often did without so that others would have in their time of need.

Judy is preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Jimmy Joe South. She is survived by her daughters, Stacy Chapman (Brad) of Dallas, Leigh Ann Trimble of Hot Springs, and Rose Moore of Dallas; grandchildren Rachel Denison (Craig) of Dallas and Allie Chapman of Denton.

In accordance to her wishes, Judy's ashes will be scattered at the places most dear to her heart.

An online guestbook is available at www.caruth-hale.com.

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Verda Fern Niswonger

Verda Fern Niswonger, 79, of Pocahontas, died Feb. 9, 2014, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born May 27, 1934, in Minturn, she was the daughter of Ira and Maud Spaulding Housh. She was raised by Earl and Lottie Grisson. She was the 2012 Mrs. Ridgecrest Healthcare and Rehab Valentine Queen and Mrs. Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehab Queen 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Niswonger; a daughter, Felida Ann "Corky" Niswonger; four brothers, J.L. Housh, Harvey Gene Housh and John Elvin Housh; and four sisters, Bonnie Hulett, Ila Barnett, Erma Lee Simpson and Alice Eldridge.

Survivors include five children, Jessica Richmond, Shelila and Danny Martin and David Niswonger and wife Penny, all of Lynn, Margare Ortiz, Eagle Lake, Texas, Drenda Sanchez and husband Daniel, Sealy, Texas; Bonnie Harmon and husband Richard, Cherokee Village; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Jay Hicks officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Stoney Cook, Daniel Sanchez Jr., Craig Martin, Jim Looney, Michael Bounds and Ben Ortiz. Honorary pallbearers were Jesus Ortiz, Toby Manciaz, Randy Spades and Phillip Penn.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

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

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Tonie Gail Coles Norris

Tonie Gail Coles Norris, 55, of Cave City, stepmother of Katie Vinzant of Strawberry, died Feb. 14, 2014, at her home. Burial was Tuesday in Cave City Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City. An online guestbook is available at www.quallsfh.com.

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Raney service

A memorial service for James Alis Raney, who died Jan. 10, 2014, at his home in Roland, Okla., will be held March 1 at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the New Life Full Gospel Church at Black Rock.

His sisters, Vesta Smith, Sharon Broadway, Nona Richey, and brother, Vero Brandon, invite all family members and friends to come and celebrate his life on earth.

Attendees are invited to bring a covered dish and share a meal with the family.

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Elsie Shannon

Elsie Freeman Hutchison Shannon, 96, of Batesville, died Feb. 15, 2014, at her home.

Born March 31, 1917, at Jesup, she was the daughter of James Wesley and Sarah Bell Wells Freeman. She was a homemaker and a member of the Harrison Street Church of Christ. She was named Senior Ms. Independence County in 2008, and was also Woodlawn Nursing Home Queen.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Woodrow Hutchison and O.D. Shannon; a son, Randall Clay Hutchison; two stepsons, Arthur Shannon and Milton Johnson; two brothers, Henry Freeman and Otto Freeman; and two sisters, Mae Goff Audet and Addie Brandon.

Survivors include five daughters, Ramona Shirley, Cave City, Emma Caples, Rogersville, Mo., Gypsy Rose Qualls and Linda Simmons, both of Batesville, and Anna Belle Morris, Mountain Home; a stepson, Randy Shannon, Plano, Texas; two stepdaughters, Julia Grantsyn, Michigan, and Rita Shannon; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Tom German officiating. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

No visitation is planned.

Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Qualls, Blain Hutchison, Phillip Simmons, Greg Caples, Andy Rogers, Charles Tipton, Joe Provencher, Billy Qualls, Alan Wright, Christopher Bailey, Michael Bailey, Colin Caples, Steve Snyder, Andy Snyder, Dean Morris, James Simmons, Wayne Caples, Elbert Shirley, Michael Harp, Dr. Robert Walton and Larry May.

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

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Sonny Williams

James E. "Sonny" Williams, 67, of Dalton, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 12, 2014.

Born March 6, 1946, in Walnut Ridge, he grew up in the Giles Spur community, where he lived until he retired from farming. He was a charter member of United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge and was a member of the National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack L. and Ruby Rhodes Williams; an infant daughter, Shelley Annette; and a sister, Mary Jane Wheeless.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, JoAnn Tate Williams; two children, Stacy Lynn Williams, Walnut Ridge, and Marsha Denise Walker and husband Ricky, Pocahontas; and four grandchildren, Austin Seth Williams, Mady Claire McGinnis, Mason Patrick McGinnis and Abby Kate Rogers.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Glenn Smith officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Blake Jones, Mike Blissenbach, Danny Andrews Jr., Danny Andrews, Jerry Hackworth and Robert Walker.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge or United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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

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