March 19, 2014 Edition

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Phillips - Garner


Hallie Mae Boyce Jack M. Colbert Daniel Aaron Davis
Lee Horrell Paul King Jack Long
Linda Kay Richey Judy Karen Rogers David Whitmire Stanthill
Patricia Ann Wartgow


Phillips - Garner

Winford and Joette Phillips of Lauratown have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rebekah Pearl Phillips, to Barry Matt Garner Jr., son of Dr. B. Matt and Susan Garner of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jim and Linda Gipson of Jonesboro and the late Lance and Nancy Phillips who lived at Clover Bend.

She is a home school graduate and attended Cosmetology School of Designing Arts in Jonesboro. She is employed as a stylist at the Salon Shop and Spa in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Dr. Jack and Janet Sugg of Jonesboro and the late Dr. William and Jackie Garner who lived at Jonesboro.

He is a graduate of Jonesboro High School and Harding University in Searcy and will attend pharmacy school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock this fall.

The couple will exchange vows on May 10, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.

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Hallie Mae Boyce

Hallie Mae Boyce, 81, of Hoxie, died March 12, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born March 23, 1932, in Marked Tree, she was the daughter of William and Lucy Wittwell Orr. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cache River Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elvis Boyce; a daughter, Linda Johann; a brother, Roy Orr; and two sisters, Billie Smith and Barbara Murphy.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest Moore; a son, Jimmy Boyce and wife Deborah, Bono; a brother, John Orr and wife Jeri, Mountain Home; five sisters, Ellen Smith and husband Walter, Bono, Elouise Farley, Hoxie, and Betty Bass, Joy Adams and husband Doyle, and Doris Dent and husband Lee, all of Jonesboro; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Bill Bass, Joe Bass, Scott Bass, Carlos Dent, Mike Truxler and Dennis Truxler.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jack M. Colbert

Jack Millard Colbert, 91, of Walnut Ridge, died March 16, 2014, at his home.

Born July 8, 1922, at Lauratown, he was the son of Hubert and Bulah Wilson Colbert. He had lived in Texas before moving to Lawrence County in 2005. He was a technology specialist and also served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II as staff sergeant.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Colbert, whom he married July 6, 1958; two brothers, Ray Colbert Sr. and Billy Jewel Colbert; and a sister, Gladys Woodson.

Survivors include a sister, Thelma Davis, Walnut Ridge; several nieces, nephews, special friends and two special caregivers.

Graveside service is today at 11:30 a.m. at Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Visitation is today from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Billy Croom, Michael Croom, Ronnie Davis, Jim Prater, Leroy Johnson and Robert Shelton.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter or Powhatan Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at

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Daniel Aaron Davis

Daniel Aaron Davis, 27, of Jonesboro, died March 13, 2014, at his home.

Born Feb. 10, 1987, in Batesville, he was a lifelong resident of Craighead County.

Survivors include his father and stepmother, James and Melora Davis, of the home; his mother and stepfather, Michelle and Dail Kiplinger, Jonesboro; a sister, Holly Robertson and husband Stephen, Jonesboro; two stepbrothers, Austin Guerber, Laken Heath, England, and Thomas Guerber and wife Ashley, Jonesboro; and his grandparents, Bill and Joanne Davis, Lynn, George and Earline Kempf, Saffell, and Eugene and Shirley Burroughs, Mountain Home.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Lynn with Tommy Boles officiating. Private burial was in Lincoln Ward Cemetery at Saffell.

Pallbearers were Greg Davis, Glen Burroughs, Stephen Robertson, Greg Robertson, Brian Robertson and Thomas Guerber. Honorary pallbearers were David Penn, Jim Thacker and Austin Guerber.

Memorials may be made to House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge to help with final expenses.

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Lee Horrell

Lee Irvin Horrell, 84, of Paragould, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 11, 2014, at his home.

Born Dec. 15, 1929, in Trumann, he was the son of Bud and Edith Horrell. He moved with his parents at an early age to Hardy. After graduating from Hardy School District in 1948, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While serving in Japan, he was deployed to Korea, where he served as a medic and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for acts of heroism and meritorious service in a combat zone. He received a Battlefield Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant while serving in Korea for 13 months.

Upon returning to the United States, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and became Commander of Company B, 17th Regiment, and 7th Infantry Division. This gave him the honor of being one of the youngest Company Commanders in the United States at the age of 23.

Following his service in the Army, he graduated from Arkansas State University with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a masters and specialist degree in educational administration. He taught and coached girls' basketball in several school districts, and was high school principal at Williford, Sloan-Hendrix and Marmaduke schools. He retired in 1992 from Marmaduke after 34 years in education. He was a member of New Haven Baptist Church.

He had served as a deacon since 1962 and taught Sunday school classes at Hardy, Marmaduke and Walnut Ridge. He became a Gideon while living at Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Jackson Cooper Danley.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Clella Anne Lee Horrell, whom he married in 1951; a son, Scott Lee Horrell and wife Kim, Little Rock; three daughters, Kimberlei Ann Danley and husband Jimmy, and Kelli Suzanne Harris, all of Paragould, and Kristi Kaye Wiggins and husband Jody, Siloam Springs; a brother, Jack Horrell and wife Carolyn, Highland; two sisters, Willie Ann Garner and husband Linn, Glencoe, and Mattie Sue Anderson, West Plains, Mo.; eight grandchildren, MacKenzie Horrell, Caroline Horrell, Brad Horrell, Cord Danley, Kendra Yeager, Ethan Pugh, Molli Pugh and Eli Wiggins; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at New Haven Baptist Church with Bros. Ron Pickney and Kim Bridges officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Paragould.

Pallbearers were Cord Danley, Brad Horrell, Ethan Pugh, Jimmy Danley, Jody Wiggins and Tyler Yeager.

Memorials may be made to New Haven Baptist Church Building Fund, SIDS or the Alzheimer's Association.

An online guestbook is available at

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Paul King

Paul King, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died March 13, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 3, 1923, at Arbor Grove, he was the son of Alfred and Lola Gregory King. He was a U.S. Marine veteran who served in World War II and a farmer. He was a member of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by three wives, Ruby King, Vivian King and Selena King; a brother, Jewel Freer; and a sister, Ruth Pawley.

Survivors include two daughters, Paula Morris and husband Larry, Southaven, Miss., and Julia Zimmerschied and husband Lewis, Morrill, Kan.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. John Durham officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Scott Garfinkel, Jonathan Morris, Matthew Lowdermilk, Eric Palmer, Andrew Bumgartner and John Baxter.

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Jack Long

Carroll Dempsey “Jack” Long, 94, of Hoxie, died March 15, 2014.

Born Feb. 8, 1920, in Streator, Ill., he was the son of Charles and Tina Fritts Long. He was a farmer and was of the protestant faith.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Julian Long; and a sister, Wilma Dean Long.

Survivors include his wife, Maida Graves Long; a son, Paul Long, Hoxie; two daughters, Becky Douglas, Licking, Mo., and Sandra Burke, Springfield, Mo.; two sisters, Joe Vatsula and Emma Jean Barnett, both of Pocahontas; a brother, Olian Long, Streator, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held later.

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Linda Kay Richey

Linda Kay Richey, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died March 18, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 10, 1944, in Walnut Ridge, she was a former employee of Skil Corporation and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, J.C. Smith; and a brother, Dwight Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Cloyce Richey, whom she married July 1, 1962; two sons, Mark A. Richey, Doniphan, Mo., and Jason Brent Richey, Imboden; her mother, Vivian Smith, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Brenda Fuller, Paragould, and Tammy Oliver, Cabot; three grandchildren, Wilson, Maranda and Logan; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. John Durham officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Vistitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Danny Richey, Wilson Richey, Tim Richey, Randall Richey, Jerry Richey and Terry Ryan. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Fellowship Baptist Church.

An online guestbook is available at

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Judy Karen Rogers

Judy Karen Rogers, 54, of Bono, formerly of Lawrence County, died March 11, 2014, at her home.

Born Nov. 14, 1959, in Marion, Ind., she was a nurse and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her father, Euen Frisbee.

Survivors include a daughter, Blair Liscomb and husband Blake, Hoxie; a son, Shawn Jones, Hoxie; her mother, Erma Frisbee, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Joyce Clayton, Bono, and Jeanie Abbott, Walnut Ridge; and two grandchildren, Blakely Liscomb and Channing Liscomb.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Private burial will be later at Park Cemetery near Annieville.

An online guestbook is available at

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David Whitmire Stanthill

David Whitmire Stanthill, 43, of Opelika, Ala., formerly of Hoxie, died March 7, 2014, in Austin, Texas.

He was born May 20, 1970, in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Whitmire; a brother, Bobbie Whitmire; his stepfather, Ted Stanthill; and his grandfathers, Bruce Whitmire and Bill Hacker.

Survivors include a daughter, Allison Stanthill, Opelika, Ala.; his mother, Jan Hacker Vickers, Dallas, Ga.; a sister, Sondra Whitmire Stanthill, Dallas, Ga.; a brother, Adam Whitmire, Jonesboro; and his grandmothers, Ruth Whitmire, Portia, and Pearline Hacker, Pocahontas.

A memorial service will be held in Opelika, Ala.

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Patricia Ann Wartgow

Patricia Ann Wartgow, 81, of Rockford, Ill, died Feb. 25, 2014.

Born Dec. 8, 1932, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lois Shawver. She was a member of Maywood Evangelical Free Church, where she served, cleaned, cooked meals and participated in plays.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Gene Wartgow, whom she married Feb. 14, 1952; two sons, Jeff Wartgow and wife Joyce, and Mark Wartgow and wife Stacey; a daughter, Jeannie Shawver; three sisters, Mary Bradley and husband Jimmy, Illa Mae Morgan and husband Jack, and Helen Foley; six grandchildren, Matthew Montoya, Shannon Zies, Emily Wartgow, Brooks Wartgow, Elijah Wartgow and Lilly Wartgow; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Tuesday, March 4, at 11 a.m. at Maywood Evangelical Free Church in Rockford with pastors Scott Nesse and Gary Kniseley officiating. Burial was in New Milford Cemetery under the direction of Honquest Family Funeral Home of Loves Park, Ill.

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