April 16, 2014 Edition

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Finney - Brown


Antoinette J. Campbell Shirley Oliver Dearman Charles Goad
Anna Leona Mays Nina McPherson Heather Myers
Serita Lynn Perry Charles Edward Pilkinton Jessie Lee Roberts
Jewel Woodson


Finney - Brown

Marilyn Finney and Dale Brown, both of Walnut Ridge, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at noon at the Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge.

A reception will be held at the church following the ceremony.

Invitations will be issued.

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Antoinette J. Campbell

Antoinette J. "Toni" Campbell, 70, of Imboden, died April 10, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born May 20, 1943, in Milwaukee, she was a nurses' aide and worked in insurance billing at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin and Geraldine Montgomery Hahn.

Survivors include her husband, Troy Campbell, whom she married in 1967; three sons, Kenny Walker, Odessa, Texas, and Scott Walker and David Campbell, both of Ravenden; a daughter, Sandy Walker, West Memphis; five sisters; two brothers; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home in Imboden.

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

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Shirley Oliver Dearman

Shirley Oliver Dearman, 75, of Quitman, Miss., died April 9, 2014, at Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian, Miss.

Born May 1, 1938, in Smithville, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Noma Foley Oliver.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Miles A. Oliver; two sisters-in-law, Ella Mae Oliver and Patsy Oliver; and a grandson, John Anthony.

Survivors include a son, Arthur Dearman, Quitman, Miss.; two daughters, Shelly Jones and husband Glyn, and Brenda Thompson and husband Timothy, all of Quitman, Miss.; five brothers, Jimmy Oliver, Glenn Oliver and Jerry Oliver, all of Lynn, Billy Oliver, Hot Springs, and Kenneth Oliver, St. Louis; four sisters, Inez Williams, Salt Lake City, Mary Nunnally and Barb Brannon, both of Lynn, and Patsy Barker, St. Louis; 10 grandchildren, Chris Dearman, Jerry Dearman, Charles Dearman, Nick Dearman, Stephanie Dearman, Jeffrey Anthony, Arthur Jones, Eric Thompson, Olivia Cooley and Lance Thompson; five great-grandchildren; and a longtime friend, Betty Ishee.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mont Rose Baptist Church in Quitman, Miss., with Bro. Dennis Coats officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery under the direction of James F. Webb Funeral Home.

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

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Charles Goad

Charles Paul Goad, 87, of Pinson, Ala., passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at his home.

Born Nov. 10, 1926, in Portia, he attended Portia High School. He was a longtime member of Pinson First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He enjoyed working hard and tending to his yard. He loved spending time with his family and was a very devoted caregiver to his wife, Billie Goad, for the past eight years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Pearl Goad; and a brother, Armon Goad.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Billie Goad; two daughters, Linda Reaves (J.D.) and Susan Logan (Doug); a son, Mike Goad (Trish); a brother, Oland Goad; nine grandchildren, Jamie Kersh (Lori), Stacy Vann (Blake), Ashley Kersh (Tony Romano), Daniel Logan (Jennifer Watson), Joy Reaves Dawson (Heath), Kathy McKee (Blake), Jenny Yerby (Jason), Wendy Bayer (Eric) and Brien Kieth (Jennifer); and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday, April 6, at Pinson First Baptist Church under the direction of Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home in Birmingham. Burial was Monday, April 7, at 10 a.m. at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East in Trussville, Ala., with Rev. David Awtrey and Bro. Eric Sorrell officiating.

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


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Anna Leona Mays

Anna Leona Mays, 89, of Harrisburg, died April 11, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 3, 1924, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of John Ervin and Lillie Holder. She worked at Moore Brothers for many years and helped on the family farm. She was a member of Main Street Church of Christ and attended Senior Citizens of Harrisburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben Mays; a son, David Benjamin Mays; a brother, Sonny Holder; two sisters, Mardell Manning and Wanda Bowers; and a grandson, Lyle Mays.

Survivors include a daughter, Janet Massengill and husband Gaylon, Harrisburg; two brothers, Weldon Holder, Texas, and Billy Holder, Walnut Ridge; two granddaughters, Holly Briley and Keysha Curtis; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Dr. Kelly Jones officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Adam Briley, Michael Curtis, Johnny Holder, Mike Holder, Jason Andrews, Chucky Bowers and Luke Massengill.

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

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Nina McPherson

Nina McPherson, 99, of Imboden, died April 10, 2014, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Aug. 1, 1914, in Williford, she was the daughter of JaHue Stokely and Carrie Belle Cooper Yates. She was a homemaker and a member of the Imboden Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph McPherson, whom she married in November 1941 in Williford; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Judy Henderson and husband Eldon, Imboden, and Lynda Wright and husband Ray, Yreka, Calif.; six grandchildren, Lanny Henderson, Tresa Keough, Michael Henderson, Michele Bolyard, Randy Wright and Jennifer Reed; 10 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Imboden Assembly of God Church with Jernigan Schwent officiating. Burial was in McCollough Cemetery at Wirth under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Eldon Henderson, Michael Henderson, Lanny Henderson, Chase Henderson, Larry Keough and Ray Wright.

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Heather Myers

Heather LeAnn Myers, 37, of Biggers, died April 9, 2014, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro.

She was born December 25, 1976, in Sikeston, Mo., to Donald Harris and Carolyn Delores Kirk Myers. She was a 1995 graduate of Biggers-Reyno High School, Black River Technical College and Arkansas State University. She worked as a Registered Nurse, and was a member of the Biggers Church of Christ.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Arthur Lee and Opal Myers and Thaniel and Raye Kirk, all of Biggers.

Survivors include her parents, of the home; brother Aaron (Dyanna) Myers of Biggers; sister Shannon (Hank) Sessoms of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; nephew, Trey Sessoms; niece, Paisley Myers; very special aunts, Bernice Rapert and Sharon Clements, both of Biggers; and many other beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation was Friday, April 11, from 5-8 p.m. at the Cox-Fears Chapel in Walnut Ridge. Funeral was Saturday, April 12, at 2 p.m. at the Biggers Church of Christ with Gerald Fears and Josh Dement officiating under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge. Burial was in Hite Cemetery in Biggers.

Pallbearers were Lowell Myers, John Myers, Aaron Myers, Hank Sessoms, Craig Hill and Darin Clements.

Memorials may be made to Children's Home, Inc. of Paragould, 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.

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


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Serita Lynn Perry

Serita Lynn Perry, 52, of Walnut Ridge, died April 12, 2014, at her home.

Born Feb. 15, 1962, in Walnut Ridge, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Randal Ray Perry; and her parents, Elvis Eugene and Linda Joyce Casey Ditto.

Survivors include a son, Ray Dustin Perry and wife Kitza, Arlington, Texas; a brother, Billy Ditto, Mountain View; two sisters, Rebecca Davis and Cindy Allen, both of Walnut Ridge; and two grandchildren, Nahla Perry and Zak Perry.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Stinnett officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery.

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

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Charles Edward Pilkinton

Charles Edward Pilkinton, 73, of Pocahontas, died April 13, 2014, at his home.

Born Nov. 22, 1940, in Wilson, he was the son of the late Earnest Lee and Mary Pearl Todd Pilkinton.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Earnest Ray Pilkinton.

Survivors include his wife, Willene Frakes Pilkinton; two daughters, Lisa Pilkinton Gibbs and husband Brent, Pocahontas, and Stacey Pilkinton Taylor, Doniphan, Mo.; four sisters, Mary Baldridge and Diane Welch, both of Hardy, Carol Long, Williford, and Janet Blume, Montgomery, Ill.; three brothers, James Pilkinton, Pocahontas, Johnny Pilkinton, Hardy, and Harold Pilkinton, Aurora, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Gage Taylor, Dyani Taylor, Christian Gibbs and Chyann Gibbs.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Pilkinton Jr., James Pilkinton, Travis Meeker, Brent Gibbs, John Collier and John Gettings. Honorary pallbearers were L.D. Brown, Gary Light and Johnny Pilkinton.

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

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Jessie Lee Roberts

Jessie Lee Roberts, 57, of Jonesboro, died April 9, 2014, at his home.

Born Sept. 12, 1956, in Harrisburg, he was a 1974 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and attended Williams Baptist College. He lived in Chicago for 30 years before moving to Jonesboro two years ago. He was a writer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Wanda Roberts; and a sister.

Survivors include two sisters, Janice Murphy, Ash Flat, and Linda Tyson, Powhatan; and a brother, Roy Roberts, Hardy.

There will be a private graveside service. Emerson Funeral Home of Jonesboro has charge of arrangements.

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

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Jewel Woodson

Jewel Woodson, 75, died April 14, 2014, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Nov. 21, 1938, in Black Rock, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a retired Walnut Ridge fireman and was self-employed with Woodson's Tree Service.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Jo Franks; his parents, Emanual and Mary Pearl Darris Woodson; and four brothers, Charles "Porky" Woodson, Paul Woodson, James "J.J." Woodson and Bill Woodson.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Land Woodson, whom he married May 27, 1960; a daughter, Renae Vidal and husband Carlos, Hoxie; a son, David Woodson and wife Julie, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Elaine Siler, Walnut Ridge; a brother, John Woodson and wife Karen, Farmington, Mich.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family requests that family and friends pay their respects at Jewel and Diane's home today. No services are planned. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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