May 28, 2014 Edition

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Lawhon - Junkersfeld Scott - Liscomb


Travis Bobrowksi Gardner Austin Croom Helen L. Petty
Mary Frances Pitcher Jerry McDon Prater Eugenia Pearl Robinson
Walter Ray Smith Frankie Lea Witt


Lawhon - Junkersfeld

Gary and Janet Lawhon of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, ShayLee Garyn Lawhon, to Bradley Duane Junkersfeld, son of Jeff and Jima Junkersfeld of Pocahontas and the late Brian Werkmeister.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Oma Lee Austin of Walnut Ridge and the late Donald Austin and Zack and Colleen Lawhon of Hoxie.

She is a 2010 Walnut Ridge High School graduate and is a senior at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is employed at First National Bank of Lawrence County.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Danny and Mary McCondless, Larry Junkersfeld and Dawn Brandaberry, all of Pocahontas; Kenny and Sandra Cowin of Van Buren, Mo., and Dawn Brandaberry of Pocahontas.

He is a 2010 graduate of Pocahontas High School and is employed by the United States Postal Service in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on June 14, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

All family and friends are invited to attend and reception, which will follow the wedding in the Lawrence County Meeting Room.

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Scott - Liscomb

Amber Marie Scott and Blaine Allen Liscomb have announced their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Scott of Hoxie and the daughter of Denise Scott of Paragould and the late Allen Scott of Hoxie.

She is a 2011 graduate of Hoxie High School and is a senior at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She is employed at Hays in Walnut Ridge.

The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Decker of Hoxie and the late Gary Liscomb of Hoxie.

He is a 2008 Hoxie High School graduate and is a 2013 graduate of Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge. He is also employed at Hays in Walnut Ridge.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, June 28, at 5 p.m. at First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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Travis Bobrowksi

Travis Dillon Bobrowski, 35, of Walnut Ridge, died May 20, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, after battling a long illness at home.

Born Oct. 31, 1978, in San Antonio, he attended Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas. He was a former loan officer for First National Bank in Walnut Ridge and a member of Aurora Lodge #423. He was of the Methodist belief.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, O'Neal and Kay Kellim and Richard and Tressa Bobrowski; and an uncle, Billy Kellim.

Survivors include his mother, Karen Sue Kellim, Walnut Ridge; his father, Mike Bobrowski, Texas; two sisters, McKenzie Hanshaw and Kelsey Hanshaw, both of Walnut Ridge; and a niece, Marlee Taylor.

Graveside service, with Masonic rites, was Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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Gardner Austin Croom

Gardner Austin Croom, 85, of Jonesboro, died May 24, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 2, 1929, in Smithville, he was the son of Floyd and Bess Gardner Croom. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Austin Croom; and his father.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Patsy Croom; a son, Steven Croom, Jonesboro; a daughter, Donna Allen and husband Ira, Jonesboro; his mother, Bess Holmes; and three sisters, C. Fae Skinfill, Jonesboro, Thelma Harvey, Rockford, Ill., and Janette Morgan, Lynn.

Graveside service is today at 2 p.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery at Strawberry with pastor Robert Breneman officiating.

Visitation is today from 1:30 p.m. until time of the service.

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Helen L. Petty

Helen L. Petty, age 93, Versailles, Mo., departed this life Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Good Shephard Nursing Home in Versailles.

Helen was born Oct. 1, 1920, in Silverdale, Mo., the daughter of John W. and Nora Belle (Vanover) Miller. She was united in marriage March 28, 1941, in Cardwell, Mo., to J. L. Petty. They shared 54 years of marriage together until his death, March 30, 1995.

Helen was baptized at an earlier age, and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Lake Ozark, Mo.

She taught junior high English and journalism in both the Kennett and Jefferson City, Mo., public schools. She was a lover of reading and poetry and had written several poetry pieces herself. She was a member of Eastern Star in Camdenton and Gideon International.

Helen was a loving and devoted, wife, mother, and grandmother who loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren dearly. She will be forever remembered and sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.

Helen is survived by two sons, John L. Petty and wife Betty of Sedgwick, and Jim Petty and wife Linda of Versailles, Mo.; one daughter, Judy Elliott and husband Bruce of Lake Ozark, Mo.; six grandchildren, Charles Petty and wife Valerie of Sedgwick, Dr. Corwin Petty and wife Rachel of Springdale, Lisa Attaway and husband Rev. Craig Attaway of Wildwood, Fla., Tim Petty and wife Nicole of Jefferson City, Mo., Matt Petty and wife Laurie of Lee's Summit, Mo., and Margo Arauz and husband Anthony of Lake Ozark, Mo.; 16 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives and friends.

Aside from her husband John, Helen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Nora Belle Miller; five brothers, John Miller, Luther Miller, Wes Miller, Jess Miller and Lindy Miller; and four sisters, Katie Ford, Mary Lee Hill, Ella Mae Crotts, and Hazel Miller.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at Hedges-Scott Funeral Home in Osage Beach, Mo. Funeral is Thursday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Lake Ozark, Mo. Interment will be at Greenmore Cemetery, Barnett, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International.

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Mary Frances Pitcher

Mary Frances Pitcher, 81, of Delaplaine, died May 21, 2014, at Cornerstone Hospital in Jacksonville.

Born Feb. 24, 1933, in Delaplaine, she was the daughter of Charles Edward and Rosie Katherine Hollaway Stevens. She was a homemaker and a member of the Delaplaine Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleo Pitcher, whom she married Sept. 25, 1948, in Delaplaine; a daughter, Lynn Katherine Pitcher; three brothers, Woodrow Stevens, Bob Stevens and Paul Stevens; and two sisters, Lilly Jordan and Lenora Hill.

Survivors include her children, Gig Pitcher, Delaplaine, and Carmen Pitcher, Atoka, Tenn.; and five sisters, Vivian Davis, Paragould, Venita Amick, Phoenix, Arzella Svaglic, St. Louis, Wanda Fox, Gainesville, Mo., and Imogene Rainwater, Delaplaine.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge with Art Smith officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens at Paragould.

Pallbearers were Anthony Pitcher, Sam Davis, Steve Davis, Rick Hale, Jake Smith and Vondia Glen Pitcher.

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Jerry McDon Prater

Jerry McDon Prater, 72, entered into eternal peace on May 19, 2014.

Jerry was born August 3, 1941, in the Clear Lake community to the late Burl Jr. and Virginia Decker Prater.

He is survived by his loving wife Joyce Prater of the home; a son, Donald (Sheila) Prater of Hardy; a daughter, Beverly (Tommy) Gray of Pocahontas; an adopted son, Bennie Johnson of Pocahontas, grandchildren, Shaunda (Eddie) Goodman of Washington state, Tyler and Justin Broadway of Pocahontas; great-grandchildren Isaac, Peyton, Madison and Jaxon Goodman of Washington state; two sisters, Carol Robins of Powhatan, and Debbie Workman of Portia; a brother, Rick Prater of Walnut Ridge; a sister-in-law, Earnestine Lenderman of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, Violet Reeves; father-in-law, Kid Reeves; brothers-in-law, Ricky Reeves and Carl Reeves.

Jerry was a very loving father. His greatest enjoyment was tractors, racing and spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed by many. Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Bill Gray and Jerry Cochran officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Tyler Broadway, Justin Broadway, Benny Johnson, Randy Reeves, Robin Reeves and Shannon Workman.

An online guestbook is available at


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Eugenia Pearl Robinson

Eugenia Pearl Robinson, 53, of Hoxie, died May 25, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 14, 1960, in Hillsboro, Ill., she worked as a CNA for over 20 years at Lawrence Hall and Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab. She was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Lee Shuffler Jr.; her parents, Elvis Elwood and Mary Melbareen Alexander Robinson; four brothers, Jackie Laverne, Floyd Edward, Teddy Lee Robinson and Gene Claude Carlock; and two sisters, Towana Sue Craft and Joanne Stovall.

Survivors include a daughter, Tina Hulen and husband Michael, Black Rock; a brother, Billy Robinson and wife Sandra, Hoxie; a sister, Sally Jones and husband Gary, Ravenden; and four grandchildren, Dalesha, Tranisha, Falesha and BoJames Johnson.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cox-Fears Funeral Home with Byron Cleveland officiating. Burial will be in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Walter Ray Smith

Walter Ray Smith, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died May 18, 2014, at his home.

Born Oct. 20, 1944 in the Fontaine community, he had served in the National Guard and was retired from Southwestern Power Administration.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Delmar Wicker Smith; and three brothers, Bill Smith, Earnest Smith and Carrol Smith.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Orr Smith; a son, Billy Smith, Sedgwick; a daughter, Missy Burns and husband Blake, Jonesboro; a brother, Joe Smith, Green River, Wyo.; a sister, Nadine Britton, Ravenden; and three grandchildren, Whitney Cooper, Bailey Burns and Heather Clark.

Funeral was Wednesday, May 21, at 3 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Rick Hart officiating. Burial was in Old Military Cemetery at Sedgwick.

Pallbearers were Josh Blakeney, Jerry Gilliam, Elbert Dunbar, Raymond Minton, Glenn Worlow and Ernie Milsap. Honorary pallbearers were Kimberly Witt, Kim Davis, Margaret Manning, Debbie Jernigan, Debbie Bias and Pam Mayes.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

An online guestbook is available at

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Frankie Lea Witt

Frankie Lea Witt, 78, of Imboden, died May 26, 2014.

Born July 27, 1935, at Birdell, she was the daughter of Frank and Christine Perrin.

She was preceded in death by a son, Billy Randall Witt; and a brother, Bill Perrin.

Survivors include children, Eddie (Ronda) Witt, Strawberry, Stan (Tina) Witt, Austin, David Witt, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Kristy Richmond and Jeffrey Witt, both of Imboden, and Perrin (Felicia) Smith, Black Rock; a sister-in-law, Linda Perrin; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 4 p.m. at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery at Birdell.

Visitation is Thursday from 2-4 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Joe Chappell, Don James, Jim Jones, Dan Matthews, Davis Matthews and Gevan Murphy.

An online guestbook is available at

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