June 25, 2014 Edition

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Barrow Caldwell Heckethorn


Jackson - Richardson


Barbara Anglin John Blazer Carey Wayne Blevins
Ellis Welton Burch Ellen Caldwell Elwood Crafton
Jerry Glenn Davis Mark Anthony Dobbs Jamie Norris Ross
Michael "Button" Wallin


Grady Caleb Barrow

Shane and Kim Barrow of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son, born June 4, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Grady Caleb Barrow. He has two siblings, Jason Andrew Barrow, nine, and Raegan Elise Barrow, one.

Grandparents are John Holsapple, Kaye Tillman, both of Walnut Ridge, and Mona Barrow of Lake City.

Great-grandparents are Louisa Holsapple of Poplar Bluff and Rita Little of Jacksonville, Fla.

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Chevy Aaron Caldwell

Amy Caldwell of Walnut Ridge has announced the birth of a son, born June 7, 2014, at UAMS in Little Rock.

The baby weighed five pounds, five ounces, and has been named Chevy Aaron Caldwell. He has a brother, Jordan, 12.

Grandparents are Gary and Sandy Caldwell of Ravenden and Wanda and Louisdean Sr. Crawford of Harrisburg.

Great-grandmother is Betty Free of Alabama.

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Dawson Wade Heckethorn

David and Julie Heckethorn of Brookland have announced the birth of a son, born May 30, 2014, at St. Bernard's Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Dawson Wade Heckethorn. He has a sister, Aspen Elizabeth, five.

Grandparents are Richard and Judy Martin of Brookland, Carl and Sherry McComb of Brumley, Mo., and Anthony Holt of Perryville.

Great-grandparents are Brenda and Bobby Holt of Swifton, Martha and Jimmy Mansfield of Powhatan and Sarah and Layman Duncan of Iberia, Mo.

He is the great-great-grandson of Hershel Holt of Swifton.

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Reed Daniel Walker Lane

Justin and Tammi Lane of Bono have announced the birth of a son, born June 8, 2014, at St Bernard's Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed eight pounds, nine ounces and has been named Reed Daniel Walker Lane. He has two siblings, John (Eli) Hartwood Lane, seven, and Brooks Wren Maverick Lane, three.

Grandparents are John Edward Lane, Phyllis and Curt Farley, all of Pocahontas, and James and Anita Mashburn of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Hazel Champlin of Hoxie and Wanita Blackburn of Jonesboro.

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Jackson - Richardson

Steve and Paula Jackson of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachael Elizabeth Jackson, to Joseph Bryan Richardson, son of Joe Bryan and Jo Richardson of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gary and Maggie Sears and Bobby and Mary Ann Jackson, all of Walnut Ridge.

She is a 2009 graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is pursuing a degree in nursing at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.

She is employed at St. Bernards Heart and Vascular in Jonesboro.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Joe and Betty Richardson and Bobby and Peggy McMillon, all of Walnut Ridge.

He is a 2010 Hoxie High School graduate and is attending ASU. He will graduate in December with a bachelor's degree in agricultural business. He is employed with Richardson Farms.

The couple will exchange vows on July 12, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Manley Chapel on the campus of Williams Baptist College.

A reception will follow the ceremony at the Stan Jones Mallard Lodge. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Barbara Anglin

Barbara Carter-Anglin, 68, of Beebe, born April 21, 1946, passed away June 22, 2014, surrounded by family and holding the hand of her husband and love true of 55 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilson and Gladys Carter; and sisters, JoAnn Taylor, Aileen Kapalas and Billie Ruth Nodine.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Kenneth Anglin; daughters, Kimberly Anglin Jansen and Kelly Anglin Murphy; grandchildren, Zach Jansen Kast, Jordyn Coole, Jayna Murphy, and Dillon Coole; siblings, David Carter and Betty Housdan; and daughter of the heart, Lisa Johnson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at New Beginning Full Gospel Church in Hoxie.

Memorials may be made to Joyce Meyer Ministries.

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


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John Blazer

John Blazer, 58, of Hoxie, died June 16, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a long illness.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Blazer; three sons, Scott Blazer and wife Brittney, Randy Blazer and wife Sarah, and Michael Blazer and wife Kindra, all of Walnut Ridge; a brother, Jim Blazer and wife Patricia, Hoxie; two sisters, Shirley Robins and husband Arthur, Hoxie, and Janice Bonner and husband Terry, Pocahontas; and nine grandchildren.

Private services were Sunday from 10 a.m. - noon at the Hoxie City Park.

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Carey Wayne Blevins

Carey Wayne Blevins, 49, of Lynn, died June 21, 2014.

Born June 29, 1964, in Walnut Ridge, he was a truck driver and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Wenzel and husband Alec, Cabot, and Cassie Blevins, Black Rock; his parents, Bill and Hazel Blevins, Lynn; two brothers, Terry Blevins, Cord, and Teddy Blevins, Lynn; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at noon at the Lake Charles Full Gospel Church with Bro. Joe Guthrie officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Sam Blevins, Sammy Blevins, Colten Johnson, Tony Fowler, Rick Rainey and David Niswonger.

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

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Ellis Welton Burch

Ellis Welton Burch, 91, of Lynn, died June 23, 2014, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born Dec. 5, 1922, in Denton, Texas, he was the son of Jess and Vesta Milligan Burch. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II and the Korean War. He was a licensed psychiatric technician nurse and was of the Christian faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Mae Justus Burch; a son Tommy Burch; and 12 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include a son, David Burch and wife Joan, Lynn; three brothers; three sisters; four grandchildren, Dallas Heasley, Jess Burch, Robyn Burch and Heather Horn; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Friday at 10 a.m. at Hickory Creek Baptist Church in Denton, Texas, with David Burch officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Old Alton Cemetery in Denton under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service.

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Ellen Caldwell

Ellen R. Caldwell, 65, of Benton, formerly of Hoxie, died June 21, 2014, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Born Jan. 24, 1949, in Swifton, she was a housewife and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Caldwell; her parents, Redis and Alma Hendrix Green; two brothers, Jerry Green and Melvin Green; and a sister, JoAnna Gilbreath.

Survivors include three sons, Shay Caldwell and wife Barbie, Benton, Billy Caldwell and wife Lesa, Hoxie, and Chuck Caldwell and wife Tammie, Cave City; a daughter, Pam Carter, Paradise, Texas; a brother, Virgil Green, Winterhaven, Fla.; a sister, Shirley Malish, Jonesboro; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Max Pyron officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Billy Combs, Alan Schales, Jeremy Frank, Kyle Thatcher, Colt Thatcher and Dylan Thatcher.

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

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Elwood Crafton

Elwood Crafton, 85, of Jonesboro, died June 22, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Egypt and lived most of his life in Craighead County. He was a well-known coach in Northeast Arkansas. Elwood graduated from Arkansas State University with a B.S.E. in Physical Education and an M.S.E. in Education Administration. He earned a Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Claud and Gertie Crafton; and his sister, Neda Munn

Elwood was appointed by Gov. David Pryor to a four-year term on the Arkansas State Board for Social Work Licensing. Governor Clinton re-appointed him to another four-year term. He served as Chairman of that board for five years. Since Arkansas was among the first states to license social works, he was invited to speak to Social Work Boards in Seattle, Denver, Topeka, Kan., Louisville, Ky., and Princeton, N.J.

Elwood was a world traveler, having visited six of the seven continents and 54 countries. He had the opportunity to study Welfare Systems in several European countries. He served on the Problem Pregnancy Board, was a Mason and a member of Central Baptist Church. He is retired from the State Department of Human Services.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Crafton of the home; and one niece.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with Rev. Jerry Clements and Bro. Mike Martin officiating. Burial will be private at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will include Bob Arnold, Eddie Burns, Bruce Arnold, Terry Qualls, Grover Cooper, Al Presley, Jerome Boyd, Benny Campbell, Carl Baxter, Paul Boyd and the Agape Sunday School Class at Central Baptist Church.

Memorials may be sent to Central Baptist Church or The Salvation Army.

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


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Jerry Glenn Davis

Jerry Glenn Davis, 51, of Walnut Ridge, died June 19, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 18, 1962, in Tyronza, he lived most of his life in Lawrence County and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sue Baker Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Davis; two daughters, Amanda Gillispie, West Virginia, and Bethany Davis, of the home; a son, Randal Davis, Fayetteville; his father, Grady Davis, Mena; a brother, Billy Davis, Mena; a sister, Ann Brady, Walnut Ridge; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date by House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Mark Anthony Dobbs

A celebration of life, with military honors, for Mark Anthony Dobbs, 57, of Bull Shoals, will be held Saturday, July 5, at 11 a.m. at the Upper Pavilion 2 at Bull Shoals-White River State Park located on Highway 178 in Lakeview. Mark died June 16, 2013, following a tragic car accident.

Mark was the first-born son of Wiley Gale and Shirley Smith Dobbs. He was born in San Diego on Sept. 6, 1955, and graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1973. Mark served in the Navy for six years before enrolling at Arkansas State University, where he completed both a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Mark graduated Magna Cum Laude, was a President's Scholar and Phi Kappa Phi.

Mark married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Cheryl, in January 1974, and they began their life together as a Navy family. Mark and Cheryl lived in many places, including California, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas, through his career with the Navy and built many lifelong friendships. Mark was awarded multiple medals and commendations while serving in the Navy and achieved the rank of Captain before he retired after 28 years of service.

After he retired, Mark and Cheryl moved to Bull Shoals to live on the lake that they had enjoyed with family, children and grandchildren for over 30 years. He had many hobbies in retirement, including fishing, spending time with his children and grandchildren, writing and painting. He had recently published two books, Fracked! and Navigating the Female Universe! Fracked! was based around the community he loved and where he was very involved. Mark spearheaded the visioning project for the city and joined Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary in 2007. Since joining Rotary, he became a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year, Club President 2010-11, Assistant District Governor and most recently was chosen as District Governor Elect for 2015-16. He was a proud Rotarian.

Mark was a devoted and loving husband, a proud and supportive father, an adoring Poppa and a true friend and patriot. He will be missed more than words could describe but is alive in our hearts and memories forever!

Mark is survived by his wife, Cheryl Dobbs; two daughters, Kristi Dobbs Christensen (Lennard), and Stephanie Dobbs Miller (Ryan); and grandchildren, Kieren and Cord Christensen, all of Texas; his mother, Shirley Dobbs of Springdale; a sister, Susan Gurley (Rick) of Huntsville; and two brothers, Danny Dobbs (Beverly) W. Monroe, La., and Marty Dobbs (Shawn) of Cleveland, Tenn.

Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services of Bull Shoals has charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

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Jamie Norris Ross

Jamie Norris Ross, 96, of Walnut Ridge, formerly of Lynn, died June 18, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 4, 1918, at Driftwood, she was the daughter of Frank and Virgie Norris Seagraves. She was a member of the Baptist church.

She moved to Detroit in the early 1940s and worked in the Chrysler factory producing Jeeps and trucks for the military during World War II, becoming one of the early "Rosie the Riveters." She moved to Florida after retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ross; her stepfather, George Hudson; a sister, Bonita Lingo; three stepbrothers, Sherril Hudson, Earl Hudson and Ewalt Hudson; three stepsisters, Dallas, Bernice and Olivia; and a stepdaughter, Nancy Ross.

Survivors include two nieces, Levita Lingo, Jonesboro, and Jamae Bailey, Walnut Ridge; two stepsons, Jim Ross, Harrison, Ohio, and Chuck Ross, Florida; a step-granddaughter, April Bolton-Gulisano, Harrison, Ohio; a step-nephew, Jim Richey, Lynn; and two step-nieces, Mary Sue Alls and husband Cecil, St. Louis, and Earline Ashlock, Cave City.

Visitation and funeral was Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lynn with Terrell Neeley officiating. Burial was in Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

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

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Michael "Button" Wallin

Michael "Button" Wallin, 65, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at UAMS in Little Rock.

He was born on Feb. 23, 1949, in St. Louis and was raised in Walnut Ridge by his grandparents, W.E. and Ivern Wallin.

Button graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 1967. He worked for his dad, W.E. Wallin at Wallin's garage for more than 20 years. He became a pilot in the early 70s and owned and operated Wallin Agri Aviation with his son Michael "Zip" Wallin. He received Outstanding Operator in 2012 and was a member of the Walnut Ridge City Council for many years. Button served on the Arkansas Agricultural Aviation Association Board of Directors for many years. Flying was not only his career, but his passion. His family brought him many joyous moments throughout his life.

He is survived by wife, Natalie Wallin, of the home; daughter, Kimberly Wallin Brown of Searcy; son, Michael "Zip" Wallin (Lindsey) of Walnut Ridge; stepdaughter, Sheridan Smith of the home; stepsons, Jake Smith of the home, Nathan Thomas (Krystal) of Harrisburg, and Eric Thomas (Mandy) of Dallas; brothers, Paul Deptula (Kim) of St. Paul, Mo., and Jerry Digman Sr. (Louise) of Walnut Ridge; nine grandchildren also survive.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the doctors and staff at UAMS for the care they provided for Button over the recent weeks. They would also like to express their gratitude for the loving support shown by their many friends.

Funeral was Sunday at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge with Cory Pfeifer officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to service. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Nick Vacarri, Scott Brady, Kai Rorex, Brandon Evans, Chris Propst, Ben Brand and Wayne Stonebarger.

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


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