April 30, 2014 Edition

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Reese Evelynn Hancock


Webb - Herzing


Helen Barker Barnett Billy Joe Dame Iolene Lancaster Gibbs
Jerry Kemp Samuel David Lassiter Jeanette Doyle Parr
Zuma Rickey Rebecca Pauletta Sellers Nina J. Ward
Earnest Ray Weitkamp


Reese Evelynn Hancock

Derek and Lauren Hancock of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, on April 7, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Reese Evelynn Hancock.

Grandparents are Donnie and Tammy Hancock of Hoxie, Jim Houser of Maryville, Tenn., and Bob and Stephanie Ferrand of Knoxville, Tenn.

Great-grandparents are Kenneth and Sue Quarry of Hoxie, Tom and Betty Worden of Knoxville, Tenn., Mary Hancock of Hoxie and Carolyn Pardon of Maryvile, Tenn.

Great-great-grandparents are Retha Hendrick of Maryville, Tenn., and Bertha Anheiser of Houston.

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Webb - Herzing

Megan Denise Herzing became the bride of Bartley Jackson Webb in a wedding held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 3 p.m. in the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in DuBois, Penn.

Megan is the daughter of David and Sandra Herzing of DuBois, Penn., and Bartley is the son of Perry and Rebecca Webb of Springdale. He is also the grandson of Bobby and Mary Ann Jackson of Walnut Ridge.

Megan graduated from DuBois High School and received an RN and bachelor of science in nursing degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a surgical RN at University Orthopedic Surgical Center in State College, Penn.

Bartley graduated from Springdale High School. He received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master of science degree from Middle Tennessee State University and is working toward a master of science degree in the educational administrative field from Penn State. He is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and is a collegiate football coach.

Rev. Kelley Schanely performed the formal, double-ring ceremony. Polly Averill was the organist, and Jeannie Anthony was soloist.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Maid of honor was Darice Case of Pittsburgh. Bridesmaids were Lauren Preston of DuBois, Melissa Varischetti of Brockway, Penn., Marci Bigney of DuBois, Amanda Smith and Sarah Gordley, both of Springdale, Kimberly Herzing of Lancaster, Penn., and Lindsey Herzing of DuBois.

Sadie Herzing of Lancaster was the junior bridesmaid, and Nadia Herzing of Lancaster was the flower girl.

Chris Bathon of New York City served as best man. Groomsmen were Nic Ponzio of Dallas, Michael Purcell of Atlanta, Steve DeLaurentis of Philadelphia, Hank Jenkins of Omaha, Neb., Bobby Burger of Cincinnati, Darin Herzing of Lancaster, David Herzing of DuBois, Tony Klausing of Chicago and Brendan Collins of Boulder, Colo. Groomsmen also served as ushers.

Ringbearers were Benjamin and Nathan Smith of Springdale, Darin Herzing of DuBois and David Herzing of Lancaster.

A reception was held after the ceremony at the Lakeview Lodge at Treasure Lake in DuBois.

The couple is planning a wedding trip at a later date. They are making their home in State College, Penn.

Attending the wedding and reception from Walnut Ridge were Bob and Mary Ann Jackson and Susan McManus.

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Helen Barker Barnett

Helen Barker Barnett, 71, of Fairhope, Ala., formerly of Black Rock, died April 23, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Bitha Barker of Black Rock.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Barnett; a daughter, Cindy Crim and husband Steve, Fairhope, Ala.; a son, Billy Barnett, Daphne, Ala.; three sisters, Darlene Goza, Black Rock, Anna Mae Croom, Rochelle, Ill., Jean Hays, Fairhope; two brothers, Lawrence Barker and Dale Barker, both of Black Rock; and two grandchildren, Caitlin Crim and CiCi Crim.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Memory Gardens of Fairhope under the direction of Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home.

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

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Billy Joe Dame

Billy Joe Dame, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died April 23, 2014.

Born Aug. 29, 1928, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of James Monroe and Fannie Stone Dame. He worked 38 years for Ark-Mo Power and AP&L. He was also a Master Mason since 1956 and a past Worshipful Master of the Aurora Lodge 423 in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Lee Elizabeth Allison Dame, whom he married June 10, 1948; two brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include a son, David Dame and wife Lesa, Batesville; three daughters, Ava Jo Mensi and husband Bob, Bartlett, Tenn., Beth Reese and husband Gary, Jackson, Tenn., and Tami Watson and husband Bobby Mike, Hoxie; a brother, Ray Dame, Pocahontas; two sisters, Loretta Turner and Juanita Wallace, both of Rockford, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

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Iolene Lancaster Gibbs

Iolene Lancaster Gibbs, 93, of Walnut Ridge, died April 21, 2014, in Walnut Ridge.

Born Sept. 4, 1920, in Corning, she was the daughter of Charles and Lela Wright. She was retired from Ozark Border in Poplar Bluff, Mo., and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was formerly married to Chill Lancaster.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Gibbs; two sisters, Reba Phelps and Sylvia Maddox; and a brother, Arlie Wright.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Ted Lancaster and wife Deanne, Jonesboro; a daughter, Carolyn Conaway and husband Danny, Fort Worth, Texas; two brothers, Charles Wright and wife Margie, and Frank Wright and wife Sue, all of Qulin, Mo.; a sister, Helen Daffron, St. Charles, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Dr. Dana Allen and husband Simon, England, Spencer Alan Lancaster and wife Dena, Sherwood, Dr. Shawn Peyton and husband Mark, and Mindy Lancaster, all of Jonesboro, Cameron Conaway and wife Allison, Clayton Conaway and wife Jana, and Colbi Conaway, all of Fort Worth; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday at 3 p.m. at White-Sanders Funeral Home in Qulin, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Crowley's Ridge Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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Jerry Kemp

Jerry Lynn Kemp, 71, of Batesville, died April 25, 2014.

Born Jan. 23, 1943, in Chickasha, Okla., he was a 1960 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School and graduated from Arkansas State University with degrees in business and education.

He was a former postmaster at Imboden, retiring in 2001 after 40 years of service. He was also an auctioneer and square dance caller, and was of the United Methodist faith. He was an active Shriner and a 32nd Degree Mason.

He began a career in real estate in 1967, doing business in Randolph, Lawrence, Sharp and Craighead counties. He was the previous owner and managing broker of the Crye-Leike Batesville Real Estate Center and Crye-Leike Champion Real Estate Group in Searcy.

He was a member of several civic and professional organizations, including the Certified Appraisers Guild of America and a graduate of the Realtors Institute. He was a member and past president of both the Batesville Kiwanis Club and the Batesville Board of Realtors. He was chosen Realtor of the Year in 2009 by the Batesville Board of Realtors.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Lois Sanders Kemp; and a brother, Gary Kemp.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Kemp; three sons, Randy Kemp and wife TamRa, Baytown, Texas, and Ryan Kemp and Michael Kemp, both of Ravenden; two daughters, Tammy Hawkins and husband Tim, Jonesboro, and Penny Penn, Cumming, Ga.; a sister, Paula Kemp, Springfield, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Tommy Brannon and wife Cordella, Sherwood; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Believers Community Church in Batesville with Bro. David Insell officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Lynn under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Pallbearers were Charles Penn, Nathan Howard, Randy Kemp, Michael Kemp, Ryan Kemp and Mark Kemp. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy and Ladene Bray, Bill and Jean Burns, Jim and Loretta Williams, Lackey and Kristi Moody, Sandy Taylor, Joe Taylor, Don Wilkes, Michael Ennis, Bridgette Straw, Lesa Dame, Karen Gardner, Mary Blanchette, Jack Dail, Danny Holder, the McDonald's morning coffee club, Larry Price, Steve Bryant and Tommy Bryant.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, 2001 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131-3597 or Lynn United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 149, Lynn, AR 72440.

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

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Samuel David Lassiter

Samuel David Lassiter, 42, died April 22, 2014, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Born March 15, 1972, in Heidelberg, Germany, he was the son of Sam Lassiter II and Patricia Ann Cook. He was raised in Hoxie by his adoptive parents, the late Opal Brandon and Elbert "Buddy" Rasdon. He was a 20-year Walmart associate, working as an Advance System Engineer in the Information Systems Division in Bentonville. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Knoxville.

Survivors include two daughters, Samantha Kathleen Lassiter, Rogers, and Talia Angeline Lassiter, Bentonville; four stepchildren, Andrew Gravit, Lauren Dickey, Caitlin Riddle and Dalton Barnes; his girlfriend, Donna Pierce, Rogers; special friends, John and Bea Leech, Houston; and his siblings, Dale Brandon, Kevin Anderson, LaWanda Minter, LaShell Gehring, Tim Lassiter, Todd Lassiter and Tammy Lassiter.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Burial will be at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers were Tim Francis, Steve Cardenzana, Ed Barlow, Heath Konkler and Paul Harrill.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Jeanette Doyle Parr

Vida "Jeanette" Doyle Parr, 74, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Clover Bend, died April 22, 2014, at her home.

Born Nov. 19, 1939, she was a contributing editor to Guidepost magazine and a member of Salem United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Byzie Parr; and a grandson, Samson Coleman.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen Bisbee, Albuquerque, Kathey Phoenix-Doyle and wife Rita, Cedar Crest, N.M., and Kristen Parr, Conway; a son, Alan Parr, Arkansas; two brothers, David Doyle, Jonesboro, and Robert Doyle, Forrest City; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Conway.

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Zuma Rickey

Zuma Rickey, 94, of Walnut Ridge, died April 26, 2014.

Born May 18, 1919, in Iron County, Missouri, she was the daughter of Elston and Effie Swift.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Vernon Rickey; a son, Lloyd Edward Rickey; three brothers, William Swift, J.D. Swift and Grover Swift; two sisters, Tessie Brown and Seloy Pitcher; and a grandson, Colin Gentry.

Survivors include four sons, Charles Lewis Rickey and wife Gaye, Powhatan, Elston Lavern Rickey and wife Jo Ann, Mercedes, Texas, Nelbert Vernon Rickey and wife Kay, Pocahontas, and Joseph Doyle Rickey and wife Katherine, Valley Center, Kan.; four daughters, Margie Christine Gentry, Walnut Ridge, Edie Elba Stanley, Springdale, Effie Melba Rickey-Watts, Huntsville, and Thea Denise Hughes and husband Joe, Cabot; a brother, Elmer Swift, Paragould; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Tim Campbell and William Tunstall officiating. Burial will be in Jones Ridge Cemetery at Delaplaine.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Rickey, Rick Reed, Charley Rickey, Dusty Stanley, Kenton Hughes and Bobby Rickey. Honorary pallbearers will be James Sullinger, Kelvin Gentry and Shane Stanley.

Memorials may be made to the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

An online guestbook is available at www.taylor-coxfuneralhome.com.

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Rebecca Pauletta Sellers

Rebecca Pauletta Sellers, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died April 26, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born June 11, 1948, in Clover Bend, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. She was a CNA at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center, a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mechelle Sellers; a brother, Kenneth Quarry Jr.; and her grandparents.

Survivors include a son, Michael Sellers, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Troy Lacoss, Indiana; a sister, Tammy Hancock, Hoxie; her father and stepmother, Kenneth and Sue Sellers, Hoxie; and two grandchildren, Jerimiah Sellers and Ethan Sellers.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jeremy McLaughlin officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Visitation is Thursday, one hour prior to service.

Pallbearers will be Michael Sellers, Billy Blair, Jeremy McLaughlin, Greg Duckworth, Josh Horn and Byron Cleveland. Honorary pallbearer will be Mark Hughes.

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

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Nina J. Ward

Nina J. Ward, 85, of Crown Point, Ind., formerly of Strawberry, died April 22, 2014.

She was retired from Lake County Convalescent Home and was a member of First Baptist Church of Cedar Lake, Ind.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Wayne Ward; a daughter, Pat Panozzo and husband Daniel, Crown Point; and two grandchildren, Jennifer Panozzo and Daniel Panozzo.

Funeral was Friday at noon at Pruzin & Little Funeral Service in Crown Point with Rev. David Nykamp officiating. Burial was in Memory Lane Cemetery at Schererville, Ind.

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

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Earnest Ray Weitkamp

Earnest Ray Weitkamp, 93, of Jonesboro, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014.

Ray was born in O'Kean on May 19, 1920, to the late William Peter Weitkamp and Myrtle Belle Clark Weitkamp. Ray was a former Randolph County Farm Bureau president and served on various boards. He also served in the Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Opal Lilian Weitkamp; a daughter, Sharon Kay Weitkamp; brothers, Clarence Weitkamp, Henry Weitkamp and Gus Edward Weitkamp; and sisters, Mabel Cross, Lena Stone and Agnes Clark.

Survivors include a son, Earnest Ray "Richard" Weitkamp Jr. and wife Rosann, Paragould; two daughters, Carolyn Sue Bullock and husband Ron, Jonesboro, and Anna Louise Walton, Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Darrell "Jack" Weitkamp, Delaplaine; two sisters, Eunice Holbrook, Holly Springs, Miss., and Rosalee Crawford, Pocahontas; four grandchildren, Roger Weitkamp and wife Cheri, Woodstock, Ga., Robin Weitkamp and wife Kimberly, Batavia, Ill., Amanda Beckman and husband Gary, Conway, and Melanie Brown, North Little Rock; and eight great-grandchildren, Jake and Jared Weitkamp, Woodstock, Ga., Wesley and Dustin Stalnaker, Conway, Austin, Angel, Dulce and Maida Weitkamp, Batavia, Ill.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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


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