May 7, 2014 Edition

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Anderson Martin McGinnis
Medlock Williams


Jaxson Ray Anderson Aubrie Irene Martin Stella Elizabeth McGinnis
Deacon William Medlock Quinn Taiann Williams


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 Earnest Ray Weitkamp


Jaxson Ray Anderson

CJ and Brandi Anderson have announced the birth of a son, born April 18, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Jaxson Ray Anderson. Siblings include Sky Hufford, seven, Cayden Anderson, five, and Caleb Anderson, 19 months.

Grandparents are Clifford Anderson of Walnut Ridge, Peggy Taylor of Black Rock, Kevin Pippin of Doniphan, Mo., and Pam Waltrip of Aurora, Mo.

Great-grandparents are Sue Coleman of Walnut Ridge and Henry and Sharon Blankenship of Aurora, Mo.

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Aubrie Irene Martin

Brandon and Susan Martin of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 25, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, six ounces, and has been named Aubrie Irene Martin. She has two siblings, Caleb and Owen.

Grandparents are Gary and Toni Whitfield of Michigan City, Ind., and Kevin and Carol Martin of Westville, Ind.

Great-grandparents are Royce and Retha Ford of Westville Ind.

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Stella Elizabeth McGinnis

Jeremy and Hannah McGinnis of Jonesboro have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born April 25, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed nine pounds and was named Stella Elizabeth McGinnis.

Grandparents are Lesa Caldwell of Hoxie, Lisa Kemp, Jim and Michele McGinnis, all of Jonesboro, and Stephen and Michelle Bruce of Cherokee Village.

Great-grandparents are Bobbie Bruce of Powhatan, and Dr. Charles Kemp and Jo Rapert, both of Jonesboro.

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Deacon William Medlock

Joe and Dianna Medlock of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born on April 10, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed five pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Deacon William Medlock. He has three brothers, Derek, Dylan and Darren.

Grandparents are Nancy Medlock of Walnut Ridge and the late Ted Medlock and Thomas and Susan Bounds of Pocahontas.

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Quinn Taiann Williams

Tyler and Marisa Williams of Russellville have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on March 31, 2014, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center in Russellville.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Quinn Taiann Williams.

Grandparents are Bobby and Lisa Williams of Walnut Ridge, Danny and Kimberly Simpson of Paragould and Randy and Loretta Freeman of Pocahontas.

Bill and Odessa Rogers of Walnut Ridge are the great-grandparents.

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Huskey - Britton

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Huskey of Lynn have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Shelby Nicole Huskey, to Aaron Bradley Britton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Trent Geurin of Lynn and Stacy Britton of Lake City.

The bride-elect is a student at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and is planning to become a physical therapy assistant.

The prospective groom is also a student at ASU and will graduate this summer with a bachelor's degree in plant science, and an internship with the University of Arkansas Jackson County Extension Service.

The couple will unite in marriage on May 17, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Vance, uncle and aunt of the bride, pending weather conditions. If rain, the couple will marry at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell.

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Manus ~ Pinkston

Perry and Peggy Manus of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amber Nicole "Nikki" Manus, to Steven Michael Pinkston, son of Mike and Donna Pinkston of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of J.C. and Barbara Slatton of Walnut Ridge and the late Roscoe and Velma Griffith.

She is a 2004 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is a nursing student at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mickey Gray of Hoxie and the late Otis Gray and Pat Hicks of Walnut Ridge and the late Robert Hicks.

He is a 2001 Hoxie High School graduate and is employed at Associated Engineering and Testing in Jonesboro as a survey party chief.

The couple will wed on May 24, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the couple's home, located at 3939 Highway 117 in Powhatan. A reception will follow the ceremony at the couple's home.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Mossman - Schlueter

Krista Paige Mossman and Brandon Charles Schlueter have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Keith and Melanie Mossman of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

The groom is the son of Gary and Suzanne Schlueter of Bono.

The couple will exchange vows on May 31 at 4 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Trublood - Starr

Nicole Starr and Zachary Trublood were united in marriage at 4 p.m. on Feb 22, 2014, in a ceremony at St. Paul Catholic Church in Pocahontas. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Father Les Farley of Fayetteville.

Parents of the bride are Ben and Karen Starr of Smithville. Parents of the groom are Don and Connie Trublood of Harrison.

The bride was escorted by her father and son, Ryder Starr. She wore a strapless white fit and flare Alexon lace-on-net gown with a sweetheart neckline and a chapel train with a cathedral veil.

She carried a bouquet of fresh calla lilies with two wedding rings attached that were from her deceased grandfathers.

Attending the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Allison Starr. The bridesmaids were Amber Martin, cousin of the bride, Susie Eddington and Lauren Grissom.

Serving as miniature bride was the bride's cousin, Kinley Martin.

Groomsmen were Tim Ferguson, Tanner Johnston and Lawson McKee. Landon Schaeffer served as the miniature groom.

The ring bearer was Carter Grisson, and serving as flower girl was Chanley McKee.

A reception and dance immediately followed the ceremony in the St. Paul Gymnasium. The reception was candle lit with round tables and long white tablecloths and pink overlays. Tall vases with white calla lilies and rose arrangements adorned the tables.

The meal was catered by Mel Finder of Walnut Ridge.

Lisa Earnheart, aunt of the bride, and Janet Harper served as coordinators for the wedding. Marty and Kim Ray, uncle and aunt of the bride, served as coordinators of the reception, along with Ina Benson.

The newlyweds spent their honeymoon on a cruise to Mexico and will be making their home in Pocahontas.

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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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Bartes Elisha Alphin

Bartes Elisha Alphin, 93, of Sherwood, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died April 30, 2014, at North Little Rock Baptist Hospital.

Born Jan 20, 1921, in Minturn, he was the son of James and Clara Read Alphin. He was a retired maintenance operator for St. Bernards Regional Hospital and a member of the Christian Life Center in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Ball Alphin, on Jan. 6, 2012, whom he married July 27, 1940; two sons, Elisha Lee Alphin and Charles Alphin; a daughter, Betty Alphin Christman; two brothers, Bertel Alphin and Earl Alphin; and two sisters, Jewell Whittaker and Beulah Wallin.

Survivors include four sons, Dewain Alphin, Apache Junction, Ariz., Nathan Alphin, Covington, Tenn., Jerry Dale Alphin, Jacksonville, Fla., and Mark Aphin, Finland; five daughters, Wilma Grimes and Vounda Everett, both of Sherwood, Diana Newcom, St. Charles, Mo, Claraetta Moody, Vilonia, and Marietta Alphin, Bauxite; 25 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Manning #2 Cemetery with Rev. Melvin Clifford officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Ross Alphin, Terry Alphin, Ray Moody, Curtis Newcom, Rick Fallis and Al Richards.

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Margaret Joanne Davis

Margaret Joanne (Richey) Davis, 72, of Lynn went to see Jesus Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Joanne was a lifetime member of the Lynn Church of Christ. Nothing made her happier than time with her friends and family, showing off her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's pictures along with sending her special, homemade cards to anyone and everyone, she thought needed one.

Joanne is preceded in death by her parents, John Daniel Richey and Sarah Opha (Lawson) Richey Hugg and stepdad, Melvin Hugg; two grandsons, JonDavid Penn (1991) and Daniel Davis (2014).

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Billy Gene Davis; two daughters, Dana Penn (David) of Hoxie, and Rhonda Thacker (Jim) of Pocahontas; two sons, Greg Davis of Lynn, and Allen Davis (Melora) of Jonesboro; six grandchildren, Sarah, Amber, Randi, Jerica, Thomas and Austin; seven great-grandchildren, Ethan, Evan, Elliot, Rylee, Leona, Khloe and Jax; three brothers, John D. Richey (Joyce) of Batesville, Jerry Richey (Joan) of Bono, and Lanny Hugg (Janice) of Strawberry; and one sister, Lyn Huckaba (Ray) of Savannah, Tenn.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ with Tim Davis officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton. Visitation was Friday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Lynn Church of Christ.

Pallbearers were David Penn, Jim Thacker, Chris Thomas, Aaron Manning, Kent Winslow and Jake Mans. Honorary pallbearers were Ray Huckaba, Heath Richey, Shane Richey, James Davis, Jim Penn, Thomas Gueber, Chad Davis, Jerry Dan Davis and Jerry Davis.

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Vance Burton Finch

Vance Burton Finch, 87, of North Little Rock, died Saturday, May 3, 2014. Burt was born October 23, 1926, in Furlow Township in Lonoke County to Bead and Jewell Finch. He served his country during World War II on numerous islands in the Pacific, as well as in Japan, as part of the occupation force after the war. He was proud to have served in the U.S. Army Infantry and was a member of the Arkansas National Guard.

He returned to the United States, married the girl of his dreams and attended college on the G.I. Bill. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas College of Engineering in Fayetteville. He considered himself very fortunate to be given a chance to succeed. He built a career as a civil engineer with the U.S.D.A. Soil Conservation Service for 35 years serving in Wynne, DeWitt, Paris, Pine Bluff, Walnut Ridge and Little Rock.

He played the piano, the guitar, the banjo, excelled with the harmonica and sang second tenor with his three brothers in a gospel quartet. Burt was a lifelong Methodist and a member of Lakewood United Methodist Church for 41 years.

A true gentleman and a good Samaritan who helped anyone he could who was down on their luck, Burt was always for the underdog. He was proud to be an Arkansan and was a great fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Burt touched the lives of family, friends as well as strangers with a gentle voice and a soothing countenance. He possessed an impeccable character and was modest by nature. He was truly a Renaissance man.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Jennie Rowley Finch; his parents, brothers Bennie Finch and Pat Finch, and sisters Ruth Martineau and Posey Finch.

He is survived by a brother, Ellis Finch of Furlow; and a sister, Anna Woody of Little Rock. He also leaves his children Tina Gill (Steve) Trimble of North Little Rock, Rick (Karen) Finch of Bastrop, Texas, and Bernie (Vicki) Finch of North Little Rock; grandchildren, Joe Gill of New Providence, N.J., Samantha Finch of Bastrop, Texas, and Jennie and Matthew Finch of North Little Rock; three great-grandchildren; and a host of family, friends and a very special friend, Charlotte Murry.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock. Private burial was in Concord Cemetery under the direction of Arkansas Funeral Care in Jacksonville.

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Jamie Marie Hall

Jamie Marie Hall, 34, of Pocahontas, died April 29, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 5, 1979, in La Mirada, Calif., she worked as a set-up operator at Pinnacle for many years. She was a member of the Pinnacle Relay for Life team and the Skaggs Church of Christ in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rodney Ray Hall.

Survivors include two sons, Tyler Chavira, of the home, and Hunter Crawford, Mammoth Spring; her mother, Karen Sue Melson Hall, of the home; four sisters, Mary Yinger, Mandy Eveland and husband Chad, Melissa Hawkins and husband Justin, and Katie Kerley, all of Pocahontas; the father of her son, Mark Crawford; a special aunt, Cindy; Hunter's grandmother, Sheila; and several loving uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Graveside service was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas with Jon Fears officiating. Cox-Fears Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Oris Huskey

Oris Huskey, 85, of Saffell, died May 5, 2014, at Fayetteville.

Born Dec. 7, 1928, in Strawberry, he was the son of John Henry and Dona Richmond Huskey. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired farmer and mechanic. He was a member of the American Legion and the DAV.

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son, James Huskey and wife Lisa, Springdale; and two grandchildren, Patrick Huskey and Payton Huskey.

Funeral is Friday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church at Saffell with Bros. Ben Gibson and Sonny Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Ward Cemetery at Saffell under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Visitation is Friday from noon until time of the service.

Pallbearers will be Patrick Huskey, Payton Huskey, Scotty Huskey, Marcus Huskey, Vance Whitlow and Tom Barber.

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Tal Lewis

Tal Lewis, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died April 29, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 9, 1925, in Sedgwick, he was the son of Tall Mack and Ida Catherine Williams Lewis. He lived most of his life in Lawrence County and was a member of the Portia Assembly of God Church.

He was preceded in death by nine brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include three daughters, Breanna Lewis, Walnut Ridge, Katie Lewis, Black Rock, and Barbara Herrin, Jacksonville; two sons, Dillion Lewis, Black Rock, and Roger Dale Lewis, Jacksonville; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Steve Alexander officiating. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery at Portia.

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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, Kenneth Quarry and stepmother, Sue, 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.

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Ted Simmons

Ted Simmons, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died April 30, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 24, 1926, in Strawberry, he was the son of Oscar W. and Maebelle Green Simmons. He was a retired pastor and a member of the Faith Tabernacle Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Hester May Kinder; five brothers, Morris Simmons, Alden Simmons, Cleade Simmons and two infant brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Ann Zimmerman Simmons of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center, who he married May 10, 1943; six daughters, Pat Spurlock, Jonesboro, Maggie Williams and Sherry Harris and husband Babe, all of Pocahontas, Paulette Simmons, Walnut Ridge, Susan Shields, Hoxie, and Debbie Monroe, Yadkinville, N.C.; three sisters, Zelma Sandusky, Doniphan, Mo., Myrtle Dunn, Rockford, Ill., and Daisy Holland, Cherry Valley, Ill.; four brothers, Tommy Simmons, Alicia, Horace Simmons, Loves Park, Ill., Floyd Simmons, Kirkland, Ill., and Robert Simmons, Doniphan, Mo.; nine grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Faith Tabernacle Church in Hoxie with Revs. Ted Shields, Joey Harris and Sam Spurlock officiating. Burial was in Markham Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Terry McPhink, Jason Blackwell, Gary Armstrong, John Duckworth, Israel Shields, Jeremy Harris, Nathaniel Harris and Gene Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Teddy Shields, Tony Gosha and Jerry Burchfield.

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Dr. Harry Starnes

Dr. Harry Dee Starnes, 72, of Clinton, passed away May 3, 2014, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Born June 18, 1941, in Walnut Ridge, where he was raised, Harry graduated from the University of Arkansas. After obtaining his medical degree, he served in the United States Air Force as a flight surgeon in Vietnam.

He practiced medicine for over 40 years in many parts of the country and returned to his home state to settle in Clinton in 1993. In Clinton, Dr. Starnes helped build the new regional medical facility to serve the people of North Central Arkansas.

Dr. Starnes was a man of deep reflection, passion and integrity with an enduring sense of purpose and compassion for his patients, his colleagues, his friends and his family. His loving kindness and healing hands will live on in all that he touched. He made a difference in people's lives and he will be missed by many.

Louise and Joe Starnes of Walnut Ridge, and Bob Starnes of Booneville preceded Dr. Starnes in death.

Dr. Starnes is survived by his wife Connie; two daughters, Jennie Starnes Campbell Hitchcock (Alan) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sarah Starnes Baguley (Chris) of Little Rock; sons, Michael Starnes of Orlando, Fla., and Dr. Harrison Benjamin Starnes (Katy) of Little Rock; a sister, Sandra Sue Starnes of Little Rock; and three grandchildren Heather Campbell of Knoxville, Tenn., Harrison Michael Starnes of Orlando, Fla., and Alexander James Starnes of Little Rock.

A memorial service will be held today at 2 p.m. at Clinton United Methodist Church with pastor George Odell officiating. Roller-McNutt Funeral Home of Clinton has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Van Buren County Library, 119 Shake Rag Road, Clinton, AR 72031 or the Clinton United Methodist Church.

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Alice Geneva Taylor

Alice Geneva Taylor, 92, of Jonesboro, died May 5, 2014, at her home.

Born Sept. 4, 1921, in Alicia, she was the daughter of James and Alice Clark Pickett. She had lived in Alicia before moving to Jonesboro 16 years ago. She retired after 17 years of teaching first grade at Tuckerman and was a member of First Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Taylor; an infant son; a daughter, Donna Taylor; a sister, Wanda Pickett McLain; and a brother, Lynn Pickett.

Survivors include a daughter, Judy Williams and husband Rick, Brookland; two sons, Berlan Taylor, Alicia, and Phil Taylor and wife Kay, Jonesboro; a sister, Urcel "Anne" Mathis, Marshfield, Mo.; four grandchildren, Justin Williams, Caroline "Cari" Wilson, Joshua Dharano and Holland Ledeliah Taylor; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 10 a.m. at Clover Bend Cemetery with Bro. Bruce Tippit officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Bill Templeton

Bill G. Templeton, 80, of Jonesboro, passed away Sunday morning, May 4, 2014, at his home.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1933, in Pocahontas.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Beulah Templeton; three brothers, Howard Templeton, Freddie Templeton and J.C. Jenkins; and three sisters, Ruth DeJournett, Lucille Swick and Virginia Jankowski.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Vonette Mullen Templeton; a daughter, Ellen (Rob) Templeton-Lawrence; a son, Bill V. Templeton; and a grandson, Eli Lawrence, all of Jonesboro.

Surviving siblings include James (Pat) Templeton of Festus, Mo., and Margaret Ivy of Pocahontas. Additional surviving family members include many nieces and nephews.

Bill was a high school athlete for the Pocahontas Redskins from 1949 through 1952 and lettered in football, basketball, track and baseball. He was an All-American in football, and a two-time All-State player as a running back. Bill attended college at the University of Arkansas in 1952-1953 and transferred to Arkansas State University in 1953 due to U of A's "no married players" rule. He signed at ASU under Coach Frosty England, lettering as a running back in 1954-55-56. He graduated from ASU in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army in 1958 as a 1st Lieutenant.

Bill held coaching positions with the Osceola Seminoles from 1959-1960, the Kennett Indians from 1960-1961, and the Blytheville Chickasaws from 1961-1965. He was head coach in Blytheville from 1962-1965.

He coached the ASU Indians from 1965-1979 as an offensive backs coach under Coach Benny Ellender and as offensive coordinator under Coach Bill Davidson. Bill coached in three Pecan Bowls in 1968, 1969 and 1970. He coached on the 1970 and 1975 undefeated teams.

Bill often said he was an "Indian" throughout. He played for the Pocahontas Redskins, the ASU Indians, coached with the Osceola Seminoles, the Kennett Indians, the Blytheville Chickasaws and the ASU Indians, married a girl with Indian ancestry and lived on a street named Indian Trails.

In 1979, he retired from coaching and become an Assistant Athletic Director for Fundraising and Director of the Indian Club. He raised money for the expansion of Indian Stadium, and for the Ike Tomlinson baseball stadium lights. As Indian Club Director, he started the Tommy Bolt Indian Classic Golf Tournament and the Lit'l Bita Christmas Arts and Crafts Show. Additionally, he raised money for the addition of the Larry Lacewell Locker Room and the Locker Legends.

In December 1997, Bill retired from fundraising for ASU. That lasted for two weeks. In January of 1998, he came out of retirement to become the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving for the ASU Indian Club/Red Wolf Club. He held this position until December 2013.

Bill was inducted into the ASU Ring of Honor in 1997 and the Letterman's Club Hall of Honor in 1987. In 2005, the Bill Templeton Recruiting Room in the football complex was named in his honor. Additionally, he was the first recipient of the athletic program's Roast and Toast event.

Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, was a fan of all sports, enjoyed a round of golf and fishing with his grandson.

The family wishes to thank Bill's doctors and hospice caregivers; along with friends and family who have given so willingly of their love and support.

Memorials may be made to the Red Wolves Foundation Memorial Fund for Bill Templeton, P.O. Box 2219, State University, AR, 72467.

A celebration of his life will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Jonesboro with pastor Chris Jones officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-8 at Emerson Funeral Home.

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