February 26, 2014 Edition

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Births

Lewallen Warden Watson

Weddings/Engagements

Colley - Scrivner

Obituaries

Cheryl Doyle Burrus David Eugene Comadoll Robert Cox
James Elvis Fisher Violet Ann Hoffman Louie Holder
Georgia McCabe Harvey Leo Montgomery Betty Ruth Waggoner
Gary Bruce Wright

Births

Arian Cobain Stone Lewallen

Angela Riddick of Hoxie and Christopher Lewallen of Tabernacle, N.J., have announced the birth of a son, born on Dec. 16, 2013, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds and has been named Arian Cobain Stone Lewallen.

Grandparents are Rita Massey of Hoxie and Maryann Lewallen and Tony Leone, both of Delanco, N.J.

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Maximus Bryan Warden

Chris and Crystal Warden of Hoxie have announced the birth of their second child, a son, born on Feb. 16, 2014, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Maximus Bryan Warden. He has one brother, River Alexander, four.

Grandparents are Robert and Gayla Warden of Hoxie and Michael Whitmire of Miami and the late Greta Whitmire.

Great-grandparents are Sue Whitmire of Walnut Ridge and Alice Dean of Jonesboro.

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Brantley Moss Watson

Jeremiah and Bethany Watson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born on Feb. 1, 2014, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The baby weighed nine pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Brantley Moss Watson. He has two siblings, Raymond, 16, and Aurora, two.

Grandparents are Ann Thompson and Johnny and Bonnie Russell, all of Swifton, Dawn and Allen McClanahan of Ironton, Mo., and Kenneth and Doris Watson of Paragould.

He is the great-grandson of Joy Roper of Swifton and Glendine Watson of Walnut Ridge.

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Weddings/Engagements

Colley - Scrivner

Charlene Marie (Creed) Colley and George Wesley Scrivner have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of John David and Alice Creed, both of Black Rock, and the granddaughter of Charlene Clark of Black Rock and the late Charles Clark.

She is a graduate of Black Rock High School and is a student at Ozarka College.

The prospective groom is the son of Margarette Scrivner of Cherokee Village and the late Arlie Scrivner, and the grandson of James D. Lampley of Ashland, Miss.

He is a 2000 graduate of Evening Shade High School and is employed as an appliance technician at A&E Factory Service.

The couple will exchange vows on April 19 at 2 p.m. at Faith Assembly of God Church in Evening Shade. All family and friends are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow at the church.

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Obituaries

Cheryl Doyle Burrus

Cheryl Doyle Burrus, 44, of Evening Shade, died Feb. 23, 2014, at a Batesville hospital.

Born June 19, 1969, in Oklahoma, she was a CNA and a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church at Saffell.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Horace Doyle, Lorene Doyle Sullivan and Earnest and Vergie Doyle.

Survivors include her husband, Chris Burrus; two sons, Curtis Burks, Alicia, and Jonathan Burrus, Wiseman; a daughter, Cara Doyle, Strawberry; her parents, Eddie and Ann Doyle, Strawberry; a brother, Jody Doyle, Strawberry; a sister, Gayla Ann Dingman, Strawberry; and a granddaughter, Katelynn Mashburn, Daytona, Fla.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church with Bros. Stanley Vandergriff and R.J. Akers and Dr. Jim Chambers officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers will be Jody Doyle, Jason Stuntz, Curtis Burks, Brad Webb, Patrick Lee, Arlis Lee III, John Reed and Darrell Burcham. Honorary pallbearer will be Kenny Dingman.

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

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David Eugene Comadoll

David Eugene Comadoll, 40, of Pocahontas, died Feb. 22, 2014, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born June 20, 1973, in Rockford, Ill., he was a longtime resident of Randolph County. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Imboden and enjoyed working with electronics.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Survivors include his parents, Richard Eugene and Pamela Williams Comadoll, of the home; a sister, Lisa Anderson and husband Robert, Imboden; and a brother, Richard Lynn Comadoll and wife Kristi, Imboden.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Keith Marlin officiating. Burial was in Chesser Cemetery at Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Bob Anderson, Robert Beard, David Hardin, Sterling Johnson, Daniel Williams and Sam Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Ashley Anderson, Jessica Anderson, Bobbie Anderson, Courtney Comadoll and Nicole Comadoll.

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

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Robert Cox

Robert "Bob" Cox, 84, departed this life on Feb. 17, 2014, after his loving wife prepared him a sandwich at West Markham Rehab Center.

Bob lived his life as a testament and triumph to the human spirit. Enduring rheumatoid arthritis for 38 years never lessened his zest and enjoyment of life. The last years of his life were an even larger uphill battle filled with surgeries, tests, treatments, medications, hospital stays, and months of very difficult rehab. Minutes before his death he had called his daughter to report on his recent gains in therapy and say how he was waiting on "momma", his wife, to bring him the cemetery papers to work on.

Through the years, Bob had taken it upon himself to refurbish and plot out his family's Austin Cemetery in Walnut Ridge. This had consumed hundreds of hours of researching, measuring, drawing, creating documents, making trips to Walnut Ridge as well as fundraising and personally financing a great deal of it. Not only did he recreate a lovely resting place, he also decided to add a community park on land purchased by his brother, Archie.

Bob grew up in Walnut Ridge and was the son of Frank and Ora Cox. He had many fond memories there and loved entertaining friends and family with his stories past and present.

In 1954, he moved his family to Newport, where he ran a meat packing plant and eventually became the quintessential entrepreneur starting Cox Fixture and Refrigeration by selling grocery equipment out of his home. Out of this meager beginning, he has managed his current business for 51 years with his wife, Janeil and his son, Paul. Up until his last days he was going to auctions and still making business calls from his hospital room. Weeks before he was injured on his mobility scooter, he was outside for six hours having two men clean up the front part of his shop.

He never wanted to retire or give up on anything. He loved his work, his family, his friends and his Lord. Much of his success comes from having a very strong work ethic and being a man of integrity in all aspects of business. If Bob gave his word or handshake, then it was a done deal. If you asked around, you would find many people who would consider him a mentor in one way or another, whether it was helping them get a start in their careers, financing them, or just believing in them.

There are countless lives he touched and inspired. Helping people was his passion and his only regret would be that he could not help more. He was never a man to complain about his illnesses or hard times. If anything, he was our inspiration for overcoming whatever life might bring and for that we thank him.

Bob leaves behind his wife, partner and best friend, Janeil, and the gratitude for all she has done to help him along every step of the way for more than 63 years. One could not be around him long without having to hear some proud parent or grand-parent comment about his children, Peggy Hays (Phil), Pam Reagan (Steve), Paul Cox (Christie), or his grandchildren, Angie, Amy, Kristin, Courtney, Neil, Rob, Katherine, Clark, Jeannie, or eight great-grandchildren; or his dog, Odus.

He is also survived by his sister, Catherine Ponder (Miles), brother, Eddie; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Mack and Archie, and his true friend, Gary Williams. Bob is definitely a man to be missed and remembered by many.

The family received friends at their home in North Little Rock on Thursday from 2-4p.m. A viewing was held at Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church on Saturday from 12:30-2 p.m., with a funeral following at 2 p.m. Arrangements were by Jackson's Newport Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Austin Cemetery Trust, 1708 Corbet Street, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

Life is short. From Bob (Dad) we learned that one of life's greatest gifts is those we meet along the way. We will miss him. We already do. Goodbye for now. Life was more colorful with you in the world. Thanks for the memories and the lessons you have taught us.

To leave a condolence, or light a memorial candle, please visit www.jacksonsfh.com.

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James Elvis Fisher

James Elvis Fisher, 55, of Smithville, died Feb. 23, 2014, at a Batesville hospital.

Born Nov. 20, 1958, in Tyronza, he was a trailer mechanic for SNL Trucking in Batesville and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel Carthel and Ruby Aileen Smith Fisher; and two brothers, Hershel Fisher and Eddie Fisher.

Survivors include his wife, Delita Hargo; a son, Bo Eric Fisher, Florida; a stepson, Thomas Hargo, Batesville, Miss.; a stepdaughter, Kelly Hargo, Walls, Miss.; three brothers, Jimmy Fisher, Orlando, Fla., Melvin Fisher, Tyronza, and David Fisher, Jonesboro; and seven grandchildren.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City has charge of arrangements.

No visitation is planned.

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

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Violet Ann Hoffman

Violet Ann Hoffman, 84, of Walnut Ridge, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, Feb., 19, 2014.

Violet was born April 24, 1929, in Fisher, La., to the late Thomas Garmon and Anna Violet St. Clair Lawson.

She is survived by children, Vernon E. (Delores) Hoffman Jr. of Walnut Ridge, David D. (Debbie) Hoffman of Imboden, Leona Kaye (David) Miles of Silsbee, Tex., Sharon A. (Bill) Weitkamp of O'Kean, Angela L. (Phillip) Pickett of Highland, Beverly J. (Jimmy) Frazier of Cherokee Village, Tammy A. (Dewayne) Reese of Black Rock; 16 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ivan Lawson of Sacramento, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Hoffman; daughters, Emma Faye Woodson and Donna Gail Bailey; her father, Thomas Garmon Lawson; her mother, Anna Violet St. Clair Hoffman; five brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation was Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service was Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at 1 p.m. with David Morse and Marty McComas officiating in the McNabb Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Laredo.

Pallbearers were Billy Don Weitkamp, Kevin Weitkamp, Vernon Hoffman III, Dewayne Lawson, Jim Bailey and Daniel Hoffman.

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

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Louie Holder

Louie Holder, 92, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 20, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born July 11, 1921, in rural Randolph County, he was the son of Redmon C. and Viola Ward Holder. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he worked as a mechanic for many years before taking over as the Director of Transportation with the Pocahontas Public School system. After retirement from Pocahontas Public Schools, he enjoyed fishing, camping and being with his grandchildren. He was a true gentleman and his great Christian influence will be missed, but will live on in the lives of his family.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eva Holder; an infant daughter, Alma Louise Holder; a sister, Pauline Stone; and two brothers, Bill Holder and Floyd Holder.

Survivors include a son, Gail Holder and wife Brenda, Jonesboro; a daughter, Daphene Heern and husband John, Jonesboro; a brother, Ed Holder, Conway; a sister, Lucille Davis, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren, Julie Adkins and husband James, Jeremy Holder and wife Kasey, Emily Devereux and husband Nick, Courtney Batten and husband Justin, Johnna Heern and Clay Heern; 10 great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Molly and Avery Adkins, Kendall and Keaton Holder, Stephen and John Thomas Devereux, Jacie, Dustin and Autumn Batten, all of Jonesboro.

Funeral was Saturday at 3 p.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Michael Meredith officiating. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

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

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Georgia McCabe

Georgia McCabe, 71, of New Iberia, La., formerly of Smithville, died Feb. 15, 2014, in New Iberia.

Born July 30, 1942, in Waco, Texas, she married Lawrence Gene "Larry" McCabe in 1968 and moved to Franklin, La. They moved to Smithville in 2007. She relocated to New Iberia in 2011, following her husband's death.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, G.W. and Alma Snider Goolsbee; and an infant brother, Mark.

Survivors include four sons, Scott McCabe and wife Gail, Stephen McCabe and wife Leriza, David McCabe and wife Lacey and Solomon McCabe; two daughters, Kristal DeMahy and husband Shane, and Holly McCabe; and 11 grandchildren, Britlyn McCabe, Travis McCabe, Hailey McCabe, Jessica McCabe, Chloe DeMahy, Sean DeMahy, Alissa McCabe, Jackson McCabe, Olivia McCabe, Toni McCabe and Romey McCabe.

Graveside service is Friday at 11 a.m. at Townsend Cemetery at Smithville with Roger Randolph officiating. Cox-Fears Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Scott McCabe, Stephen McCabe, David McCabe, Solomon McCabe, Ronald McCabe and Shane DeMahy.

Memorials may be made to Miles Perret Cancer Services, 2130 Kaliste Saloom Rd. #200, Lafayette, LA 70508.

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

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Harvey Leo Montgomery

Harvey Leo Montgomery, 92, of Jonesboro, died Feb. 19, 2014, at his home.

Born Sept. 3, 1921, in Knobel, he was the son of Johnce and Carrie Gatlin Montgomery.

He was preceded in death by a brother, six sisters, a half-brother and two half-sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Carolita Montgomery; a daughter, Shelia Brogden, Jonesboro; five sons, Sam Montgomery and wife Mary and Ken Montgomery, all of Egypt, and Bill Montgomery and wife Judy and Ronnie Montgomery and wife Debbie, all of Bono, and James Montgomery and wife Jackie, Jonesboro; three sisters, Irene Highfield and Wiley Nixon, both of Corning, and Joetta Evers, Rector; two brothers, Bud Montgomery, Lafe, and Ivan Montgomery, Sullivan, Mo.; 23 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Kenneth Gossett officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were David Montgomery, Ronnie Montgomery, Steven Montgomery, Brad Richey and Michael Coots. Honorary pallbearers were Richey Montgomery, Blake Montgomery, Shawn Montgomery, Brian Montgomery, Sammy Montgomery, Mark Coots, Dr. Thomas Mulligan and the staff of Total Life Healtcare.

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

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Betty Ruth Waggoner

Betty Ruth Waggoner, 84, of Imboden, died Feb. 18, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 9, 1930, in Little Rock, she was the daughter of Robert E. and Ruth Easley Branch. She was a retired elementary teacher and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward LeRoy Waggoner Jr., on Feb. 16, 2004. They were married Feb. 14, 1949.

Survivors include three children, Michael Waggoner, Imboden, Jayme Ruth Waggoner, Austin, Texas, and Brik Waggoner, Annieville; two brothers, Robert Branch, Walls, Miss., and Jack Branch, Phoenix; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Linwood Cemetery in Paragould with Wayne Herring officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Gary Bruce Wright

Gary Bruce Wright, 62, of Pocahontas, died Feb. 20, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 10, 1951, in Jonesboro, he was a timber cutter and a member of the Highway 166 Church of Jesus Christ in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.L. and Winnie Mae Workman Wright.

Survivors include a daughter, Nikki Hart and husband Chris, Pocahontas; a brother, Larry Wright, Oregon; and two grandchildren, Brianna Hart and Londyn Hart.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Highway 166 Church of Jesus Christ in Pocahontas with Gary Moore officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bill Starling, Doyle Stockwell, Rick Brown, Donnie Brown, Clayton Brown and Charles Segraves. Honorary pallbearer was Kurt Light.

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

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