May 14, 2014 Edition

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Coats - Jones McKinney - Rainwater Woodard - Durham


Laverne Amos Mary Jane House Norman Gail Pitcher
Jeffrey Cecil Rorex Alma Jolene Sisco Ann Willis


Coats - Jones

Greg and Cindy Coats of Hoxie have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Shayla Ann Coats, to Billy James Jones, son of Billy and Rene Jones of Atkins and Mary Brown of Casa.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dwain Linebaugh and the late Judy Linebaugh, Butch Watkins and the late Donna Watkins and Joan Bradley and the late John Bradley, all of Hoxie.

She is a 2010 Hoxie High School graduate and a 2014 graduate of Williams Baptist College with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is employed at Hometown Behavioral Health in Hoxie.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Yvonne Jones of Atkins and the late Bill Jones and Ray and Dorothy Brown of Russellville.

He is a 2009 graduate of Atkins High School and is employed at Best Manufacturing in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on May 24, 2014, at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. A reception will follow immediately after the ceremony at the Hoxie Community Center.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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McKinney - Rainwater

Dave and Carla McKinney of Jonesboro have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Melody Rachelle McKinney, to Robert Darrell Rainwater, son of Ross and Sherry Rainwater of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dale and Mary Miller of Jonesboro and Doyle and Pat McKinney of Walnut Ridge and the late Jan McKinney.

She is a 2011 graduate of Ridgefield Christian High School and is a senior at Arkansas State University where she is studying public relations with a minor in marketing. She is employed part-time at ASU.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Darrell and Ricca Brady and Bob Rainwater, all of Walnut Ridge, and the late Patty Rainwater.

He is a Walnut Ridge High School 2011 graduate. He is a senior at ASU where he is majoring in agricultural business and will graduate in December. He is employed part-time at Riceland Foods in Jonesboro.

The couple will exchange vows on July 12, 2014, at 4 p.m. at White Oak Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge. A reception will follow the ceremony in the church's family life center.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Woodard - Durham

Wayland and Judy Woodard of Corning have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Felicia Renee Woodard, to Dylan Hunter Durham, son of Eddie and Melissa Durham of Strawberry.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Roy and Wanda Herren of Corning and the late Elmer and Pauline Woodard.

She is a 2009 Corning High School graduate and is a 2014 graduate of Williams Baptist College. She is employed with the Arkansas Highway Department in Paragould.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Dennis and Pam Bagwell of Pocahontas, Gary and Kathy Rainwater of Smithville and Edward and Geneva Durham of Saffell. He is the great-grandson of Barbara Mize of Lynn and Tressie Houchin of South Haven, Mi.

He is a 2010 graduate of Hillcrest High School and is attending Ozarka College in Melbourne in pursuit of an RN degree. He is employeed by Durham Farm and Land Leveling.

The couple will exchange vows on May 24, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at the home of the groom's parents, located at 322 Lawrence County Road 326 in Strawberry. A reception will follow the ceremony.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Laverne Amos

Laverne Amos, 85, died May 8, 2014, in Mountain Home.

Born June 9, 1928, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Charles and Loma Hartley Anderson. She lived most of her life at Noland before moving to Baxter County. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Noland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Amos; two brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph Amos and wife Kathy, Midway, and Larry Amos and wife Paula, Rockford, Ill.; a sister, Faye Martin, Pocahontas; a brother, Bill Anderson and wife Geneva, Noland; and three grandchildren, Shannon Amos, Joshua Amos and Derek Amos.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with William Richmond, Gary Tubb and Michael Brinkmeier officiating. Burial was in Chesser Cemetery at Noland.

Pallbearers were Tony Amos, Richard Amos, Bobby Anderson, Clifford Anderson, Dakota Kimbel and Dickey Phiffer.

An online guestbook is available at

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Mary Jane House

Mary Jane House, 68, of Walnut Ridge died May 9, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 19, 1946, in Newport, she was a graduate of Batesville High School. She graduated from Crowley's Ridge College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Harding University. She had attended Michigan State University and the University of Michigan as a guest of the president of each of those institutions.

She was a member of the National Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and the Arkansas Retired Teachers Association. She taught in the elementary schools at Strawberry, Grubbs, Crowley's Ridge Academy and Swifton, but spent the bulk of her years at Black Rock. She also taught Sunday school until health prevented. She was a member of the Church of Christ

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kerri Dawn House, five years ago; her father, Leonard Busby; her mother Mary Alice Bullard Busby; her grandparents, Oliver and Stella Metcalf Bullard and Leonard Sr. and Alpha Churchill Busby; and a brother, Leonard Wayne Busby.

Survivors include her husband, Don House; a son, Jim Ed House and grandson, Jabe House, all of Walnut Ridge; one brother, Jimmy D. Busby of Searcy and other family and friends. She was close to her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and had special friends with whom she enjoyed life.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Main Street Church of Christ with Harmon Seawel and Art Smith officiating. Burial was in Stranger's Home Cemetery near Alicia under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jesse Pulliam, Kendell Snedeker, Ed House, Jim House, Randy Oden and Walker Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Dunlap, Michael Busby and Glynn Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Mary House Project, Crowley's Ridge College, 100 College Drive, Paragould, AR 72450 or MDA/ALS research 204 Executive Court, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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Norman Gail Pitcher

Norman Gail Pitcher, 78, of Paragould, died May 12, 2014, at his home.

Born Sept. 29, 1935, in Delaplaine, he was the son of E.C. and Annie Pitcher. He was retired from Emerson Electric Company and was a member of West View Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Glen Pitcher, Ben Pitcher, Vondia Pitcher, Cleo Pitcher, Leorn Pitcher and Wilburn Pitcher; and a sister, Hazel Summers.

Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Pitcher; a son Cleveland Pitcher and wife Avery, Yellville; a daughter, Anna White and husband Joey, Paragould; a brother, Frank Pitcher, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Clara Mae Stevens, Paragould; three grandchildren, Holly Pitcher, Travis White and Valerie Newberry; and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Marc Reeves and John Lane officiating. Burial will be in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

An online guestbook is available at

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Jeffrey Cecil Rorex

Jeffrey Cecil Rorex, 55, of San Antonio, died May 8, 2014, at his home.

Born April 17, 1959, in Hollywood, Calif., he was a project analyst for USAA Federal Insurance Co.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ella Marie Sammons Rorex.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Diane “Maggie” Nickerson Rorex, whom he married Nov. 7, 1979, in San Antonio; three sons, Paul, Keith and Stephan Norman, all of San Antonio; his father, Cecil Marion Rorex, San Antonio; and a brother, C. Douglas Rorex and wife Jane, Jacksonville, Ill.

Graveside service is Friday at 10 a.m. at Markham Cemetery at Egypt with Jay Justus officiating. Cox-Fears Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Alma Jolene Sisco

Alma Jolene Russell Sisco, 84, of Pocahontas, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at Randolph Home.

She was born in O'Kean on Dec. 30, 1929, where she lived most of her life. She was a homemaker and worked at Cinch in Pocahontas for several years.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Laura (Cook) Russell; her husband, Elmo Sisco; a son, Robert Sisco; and a sister, Treasa Hambrick.

“Hick”, as she was known by relatives and friends, was a housewife, mother, field hand and later a Cinch worker and waitress. An avid seamstress, she made shirts for her sons and bears, quilts and other things for grandchildren and great-grandchildren. An independent and caring lady, she will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by sons James (Joan) Sisco of St. Louis, Jerry (Georgia) Sisco of Pocahontas, Donald (Lynda) Sisco of North Little Rock; a sister-in law, Sleety Haynes of O'Kean; and daughter-in law, Barbara Sisco-Stayton of Pocahontas; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins; and special friends, Eunice Wheeler, Mary Hibbard, Marvene Lance and Mary Abbott.

Graveside service is Monday at Greene County Memorial Gardens in Paragould under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Visitation is Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Walnut Ridge.

The family would like to acknowledge a sincere thank you to all the staff of Randolph Home for taking such loving care of our mother.

Memorials may be made to Randolph Home.

An online guestbook is available at

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Ann Willis

Sally Anna Mae Bryant Willis, 83, of Lake Charles, La., died at 8:04 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at a local hospital.

Born Nov. 9, 1930, in Keo, she moved to Lake Charles in 1969. She was a member of the Moss Bluff United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She enjoyed being surrounded by her family and she also enjoyed gardening. Mrs. Willis will be remembered for her uplifting spirit who never met a stranger. She will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Those left to cherish her memory are four sons and their wives, Vernon H. Willis Jr. and Linda of McAllister, Okla., Wesley Willis and Renee of Groves, Texas, Glenn Willis and Pamela of Carlyss, La., and Lewis Willis and Jerrilynn of Fair Play, Calif.; four daughters and their husbands, Rena Guillory and Dan, Karen Watson and John, Glenda Hooper, and Tina Scuderi and fiancé Kevin Ewalt, all of Lake Charles; two brothers and their wives, Lewis Bryant and Annie Ruth of Little Rock, and Jim Bryant and Cynthia of Conway; sisters-in-law, Glenda Sue Willis of Indiana, and Ruby Hill of Walnut Ridge; a stepbrother, Harrell Ferguson of Conway; two stepsisters and their husbands, Betty Tanner and Carl of Conway, and Ellen Adcock and Jerry of Benton; and 27 grandchildren, as well as 43 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon H. Willis, Sr.; her mother, Rena Burleson Bryant; her father, James Elmer Bryant, her stepmother, Opal Bryant; and a baby brother, Morris Bryant.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles, La., with Rev. John Robert Black officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memory Garden Cemetery.

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