March 26, 2014 Edition

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Bailey - Matthews


Robert Eugene Adkins Freda Arnold Ada Ellen Benson
Sam Bridges A.J. Henry Bobby Humes
Jack Long Betty Owens Daniel Bobby Poindexter
Charles Bernard Robins Vicky Lynn Simpson


Rory Michael Sullivan

Adam and Elizabeth Sullivan have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on March 13, 2014, at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The baby weighed eight pounds and has been named Rory Michael Sullivan.

Grandparents are Sam and Jan Sullivan of Bono and Elaine Lambie Blackman of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Ann Jackson of Jonesboro, formerly of Lawrence County, Jeane Lambie of Little Rock and Marshall Sullivan of Maumelle.

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Bailey - Matthews

Tommy and Sarah Rose Matthews of Lynnville, Tenn., have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Farrah Elizabeth Matthews, to Greg Allen Bailey, son of Patricia Bailey of Light and the late Bill Bailey.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Genevieve Watts Rhine and Buster Watts who lived in Portia and the late Bernard and Francine Matthews who lived in Walnut Ridge.

She graduated from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and works as the Lawrence County assessor.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Earl and Elsie Bailey and Austin and Rose Kemp, all of whom lived in Light.

He is a graduate of Stanford High School and works for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.

The couple will exchange vows on May 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Matthews Memorial United Methodist Church in Madison, Tenn.

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Robert Eugene Adkins

Robert Eugene Adkins, 61, of Walnut Ridge, died March 23, 2014, in Jonesboro.

Born June 12, 1952, in Circleville, Ohio, he had lived in Texas before moving to Lawrence County in 1985. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ruby Spillman Adkins; a brother, Jim Adkins; and two sisters, Shirley Conrad and Wilma Smith.

Survivors include a son, Tony Adkins and wife LeEllen, Supply; a daughter, Shirley Heinzman, Walnut Ridge; and four grandchildren, Robert Ray, Joseph Hancock, Morgan Adkins and Dylan Adkins.

Graveside service with military honors is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery with Randy Pinkston officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Freda Arnold

Freda Ashlock Arnold, age 82, of Plumerville, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014.

She was born October 21, 1931, in Hickoria, a daughter of Leonard Ashlock and Florence Dobbins Ashlock. She was a member of the Caney Valley Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Ludye Arnold (Barbara) of Houston, Ark., Ricky Arnold (Debi) of Plumerville, Terry Arnold of Center Ridge and Jackie Arnold (JoAnn) of Pangburn; daughters, Oleta Arnold of Horseshoe Bend, and Brenda Pace (Freddie) of St. Louis; three brothers, Clayton Ashlock of Quitman, Delbert Ashlock of Jerusalem, and Rocky Ashlock of Mountain Home; 22 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Odell Arnold; an infant son, Larry Dwayne; three sisters; and one brother.

Funeral was Friday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at the Harris Funeral Home in Morrilton with Bro. Cecil Burgess officiating. Burial was in Caney Valley Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joey Ashlock, Allen Ashlock, Jeremy Wells, Douglas Porter, Phillip Garrett, Johnny Trafford, Troy Ashlock and Billy Ball.

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Ada Ellen Benson

Ada Ellen Benson, 87, of Tuckerman, died March 25, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 16, 1926, in Trumann, she was the daughter of Lee Roy and Maggie E. Chapin McCarty.

She was preceded in death by husband, Walter Benson, whom she married Aug. 17, 1944, in Blytheville; a son, Walter Edward Benson; five sisters; a great-granddaughter, Angel Benson; and a great-grandson, Trey Jewell.

Survivors include five sons, Kenneth Benson and wife Thelma and Rick Benson and wife Ina, all of Imboden, Eugene Benson, West Monroe, La., David Benson and wife Claire, Tuckerman, and Gary Benson, Michigan; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Imboden with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bob Lewis, Dan Matthews, Davis Matthews, Buck Sharp, Britt Conrad and Terry Rorex. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Jean and Billy Gene Downing.

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Sam Bridges

Samuel Wilford "Sam" Bridges, 73, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died March 17, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 6, 1940, in Caraway, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran and attended Arkansas State University. He worked at Snapp Motor Company for five years before moving to Paragould in 1981. He retired from Pannell Ford-Mercury after 25 years as a Ford parts manager.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro and served as a driver/worker at Ozark Mission Project camps for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Paul and Emma Jean Byrd Bridges; his stepmother, Elsie Robertson Bridges; a brother, Jimmie Dwight Bridges; and grandparents, Samuel Tilton and Sarah Adeline Lemons Bridges.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Ann Watson Bridges, whom he married in 1963 in Monette; a son, Michael Bridges and wife Rebecca, Jonesboro; three brothers, Jim Bridges and wife Shirley, Nashville, Tenn., Winfred Bridges and wife Adelle, Jonesboro, and Darrell Bridges and wife Terri, Clarksville; two sisters, Lagena Powell and husband Charles, Birmingham, Ala., and Jane Border and husband Marshall, Jonesboro; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Jim Keith and Mike Bridges officiating. Burial was in Monette Cemetery at Monette.

Memorials may be made to The Witt House (food ministries) of FUMC Paragould, Disabled American Veterans, the American Heart Association or the instrumental music program of Westside School District in Jonesboro.

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A.J. Henry

A.J. Henry Jr, 87, of Walnut Ridge, went to be with the Lord on March 20, 2014.

Born May 19, 1926, in Nettleton, he was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Jackson and Mae Davis Henry; his first wife, Dorothy Wilson Henry; his second wife, Janelle Campbell Henry.

He was a minister and elder for many years, and a member of the Free Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include two sons, Phil (Jackie) Henry and Terry (Cathy) Henry, both of Walnut Ridge; two stepsons, Vernon (Suzann) Henry of Paragould and Stanley (Lisa) Henry of Denton, TX; two stepdaughters, Rhonda (Keith) Thompson and Deborah (Dick) Pace, both of Monette; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vera James of Pocahontas, and Kathleen Milner of Searcy; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Mr. Henry entered the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He built the original cable television system in Walnut Ridge and Hoxie and operated it for 35 years. After retirement, he served as Interim Building Inspector for Walnut Ridge, chairman of the Walnut Ridge Water and Sewer Commission, and president of the Northeast Arkansas Public Water Authority, a system built to serve Lawrence and adjacent counties in Northeast Arkansas. The water system plant was named the A.J. Henry Water Treatment Plant in Mr. Henry's honor.

He served as a delegate to the Silver Haired Legislative Session, president and secretary to the Silver Haired Legislators Alumni Association of Arkansas, Associate State Coordinator of Community Operations of the AARP, Assistant Coordinator of Grassroots and Federal Issues of the AARP, President and member of the Board of Directors for the East Arkansas Area Agency on Aging and Instructor for the AARP Defensive Driving Course.

Funeral was Sunday, March 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Free St. Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge with Lloyd Clark officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons. Interment followed in the Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children's Home, Free Street Church of Christ or a charity of the donor's choice.

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Bobby Humes

Robert "Bobby" Humes, 56, of Powhatan, died March 22, 2013, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 8, 1958, in Walnut Ridge, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was an ag tech recruiter and a mechanic at Greenway Equipment, Inc. in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ryburn and Minnie Terry Humes.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Sue Humes, whom he married Oct. 17, 1986; a son, Shawn Humes and wife Shirley, Powhatan; a sister, Meajean McReynolds, Powhatan; three brothers, Perry Humes and Marion Humes, both of Walnut Ridge, and Donnie Humes, Powhatan; a grandson, Robby Humes; and special friends, Steve Wade, Doug Kincade, Mike Phillips and Jason Mondy.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Joe Bolick, Thomas Fry, Jason Aaron, Heath Teel, Brandon Chamberlain and Jacob Kingcade.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Attn: Soutwest Affiliate, P.O. Box 841125, Dallas, TX 75284-1125.

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Jack Long

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

Born Feb. 8, 1920, in Fairfield, 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 two brothers, Carl Erwin Long and Julian Emery (Clara) Long; a sister, Wilma Dean Long; four half-brothers, Harlan Long, Ernest Long, Ovid Long and Arthur Ramond (Maudia) Long; and two half-sisters, Rose (Vern) Zimmerman and Wreath Long.

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

A private memorial service will be held later.

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Betty Owens

Betty Owens, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died March 22, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 17, 1932, in Tuckerman, she was the daughter of Audie and Sylvie Parr Sullivan. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Daryl Sullivan and Melvin Sullivan; and a granddaughter, Sloane Owens.

Survivors include a son, David Owens, Jonesboro; a daughter, Marie Ford, Jonesboro; a sister, Nancy Sullivan, Swifton; six brothers, Robert Sullivan, Ron Sullivan and Delon Sullivan, all of Rockford, Ill., Donald Sullivan, Elgin, Okla., Jimmy Sullivan, Tuckerman, and Wayne Sullivan, Swifton; and three grandchildren, Donald Ray Ford, Patsy Pyles and Keaton Owens.

Graveside service is today at 10 a.m. at the Dallas Chapel Cemetery, near Tuckerman, with Ed Baker officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be David Owens, Patrick Amnott, Josh Guess, Kacy Morse, Jimmy Sullivan and Keaton Owens.

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Daniel Bobby Poindexter

Daniel Bobby Poindexter, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died March 23, 2014, at his home.

Born Oct. 29, 1924, at Clover Bend, he was the son of Lawrence and Frances Hembey Poindexter. He was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a retired tax appraiser and a member of Free Street Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Regina Poindexter; two daughters, Beth Brown and husband Bill, Walnut Ridge, and Sharon Bethany, West Memphis; two sons, Michael Poindexter, Walnut Ridge, and Michael Dossett and wife Tawnia, Virginia Beach, Va.; three grandchildren, Sean Bethany, Ehren Poindexter and Cameron Poindexter; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Lloyd Clark, Garland Gilmore, Doug Arnold, Daniel Mullen, Tori Hicks and Jarrod Whitmire. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Anderson, Wayne McEntire, Randy Sain, Jerry Tucker, J.E. Sauls, Dallas Cagle and Don House.

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Charles Bernard Robins

Charles Bernard Robins, 85, of Strawberry, died March 24, 2014, in Batesville.

Born July 26, 1928, in Jesup, he was the son of Ed and Lois Campbell Robins. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of Strawberry Church of Christ. He was a member of the OCAW International Union, Brotherhood of Boilermakers and was on the board of Families First Foundation.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Ferguson Robins; two sons, Gary Robins and Scott Robins; and two brothers, Junior Robins and Joe Robins.

Survivors include his wife, Birteen Milligan Robins; a daughter, Tammy Barnett, Harrison; a stepson, William Dale Walker, Strawberry; seven grandchildren, Eric Jones, Lindsey Jones, Jennifer Wright, Christie Nunnally, Andrea Walker, Ashley Boyer and Alan Brannon; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home in Cave City with Tommie Boles officiating.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes, Inc., 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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Vicky Lynn Simpson

Vicky Lynn Simpson, 57, of Lynn, died March 21, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 4, 1957, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Jessie Harold and Joyce Lancaster Lueallen. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by a brother.

Survivors include two sons, Chad Clariday and Jason Clariday, both of Arkansas; a daughter, Stacy Crawford, Louisiana; a stepson, Kenny Simpson, Arkansas; a stepdaughter, Brittney Gate, New York; her father, Jessie Harold Lueallen, Louisiana; her mother, Joyce Lancaster Lueallen, Black Rock; a brother, Harold Lueallen, Mountain Home; a sister, Debbie Mayeux, Louisiana; and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Mark Crawford officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Children and grandchildren served as pallbearers.

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