July 2, 2014 Edition

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Paxton twins Smith


E.A. Davis William Henry Doyle Marilyn Sue Espy
William Earl Fisher Karen Rena Green Fredie LaVonn Hatfield
Thelma Irene Price Troy Lee Reeves Jimmie Ray Smith Sr.
J.C. Tate


John Holder Paxton
Meriam Alice Paxton

Merilee and Faris Paxton of Jonesboro have announced the birth of twins, born June 26, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The first baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named John Holder Paxton. The second baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Meriam Alice Paxton.

Siblings are Henry, four, and Kate, two and a half.

Grandparents are Debbie and Charles F. Paxton of Jonesboro, formerly of Lawrence County, and Jeannette and Rod Olps of Moscow, Idaho.

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Alexandra Renee Smith

Terry and Jennifer Smith of Maumelle announced the birth of a daughter, born April 7, 2014, at UAMS Birthcare Center in Little Rock.

The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces, and has been named Alexandra Renee Smith.

Grandparents are Joan and Jerry Smith of Edgemont, Ark, formerly of Lawrence County, Susan Riley of Walnut Creek, Calif, and Ronnie Tilley of Maumelle.

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E.A. Davis

E.A. Davis, 76, of Martin Creek, died June 27, 2014, at his home.

Born July 15, 1937, in Williford, he was the son of James Millard and Jancy Elizabeth Brown Davis. He was a school bus driver for Williford Schools for 30 years and worked for Cooper Community, Inc., for 10 years. He was a charter member of Forest Hill Baptist Church and a charter member of the Martin Creek Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ketchel Davis and Kelsie Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Dorthy Jean Rogers Davis, whom he married Sept. 21, 1961, in Ravenden; two sons, James Davis, Martin Creek, and Freeman Davis and wife Stephanie, Mammoth Spring; two daughters, Sheila Ingram, Martin Creek, and Sharon Lamb and husband Bobby, Black Rock; two sisters, Fredia Collins, Mammoth Spring, and Connie Yeager, Highland; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Forest Hill Baptist Church with Hank McElderry, Wayne Hillis and Johnny White officiating. Burial was in Bradford Cemetery, near Ravenden, under the direction of Cox-Fears Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Austin Morris, Jack Huffmaster, Daniel Collins, Johnny Collins, Terry Agee, Jerry Agee, David Young, Kevin Holloway and Kevin Morris.

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

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William Henry Doyle

William Henry Doyle, 56, of Pocahontas, died June 28, 2014.

Born July 18, 1957, in Walnut Ridge, he was a former employee of Monroe Auto Equipment Company and was a member of the No Chains Ministry Church in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Dessie Andrews Doyle.

Survivors include a daughter, Kristy Beasley and husband Michael, Rector; two sisters, Shelia Ingram, Annieville, and Milissa Gentry, Walnut Ridge; and a grandson, Kaleb.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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

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Marilyn Sue Espy

Marilyn Sue Espy, 71, of Brookland, formerly of Imboden, died July 1, 2014, at her home.

Born May 5, 1943, in Flora, Ind., she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Don Espy; her parents, Thurman and Vianna Finney Birmingham; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Louis D. Espy, whom she married in December 1958; two sons, Jerry D. Espy and wife Sandy, Bradford, and Jeffery L. Espy and wife Jill, Paragould; a daughter, Jackie D. Whitaker and husband Nathan, Sulphur Rock; a daughter-in-law, Theresa Espy, Jonesboro; a brother, Darrell Birmingham and wife Sharon, Batesville; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Thursday at 11 a.m. at Lorado Cemetery with Bro. Linnie Finney officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of the service at Lorado Baptist Church.

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

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William Earl Fisher

William Earl Fisher, 83, of Hoxie, died June 26, 2014.

Born June 22, 1931, in Hoxie, he was the son of Earl and Ruby Archer Fisher. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Fisher; a brother, Harold Fisher; and a grandson, Ethan Fisher.

Survivors include three sons, Keith Fisher and wife Debbie, and Joe Fisher and wife Stacy, all of Walnut Ridge, and David Fisher and wife Tracy, Mountain Home; three brothers, Freddy Fisher, Newport, Bobby Fisher, Smithville, and Darrel "Bud" Fisher, Jacksonville, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Brent, Clair, Kai and Anna Fisher.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Smith officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Wayne Hollister, Mike Hollister, Bobby Slusser, Mike Fisher and Dempsey Fisher. Honorary pallbearers were Larry Norwood, Jack Allison and Danny Gibson.

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

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Karen Rena Green

Karen Rena Green, 41, died June 26, 2014 in Memphis.

Born Feb. 15, 1973, in Little Rock, she lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Flora Mae Barrentine Cauley; and two infant children, Cheyenne Green and Samantha Liles.

Survivors include her husband, Isaac Green; two children, Isaac Albert Green II and Destiny Ashley Rena Green, both of the home; two sons, Kennith Hilderbran and Justin Cauley; two daughters, Christina Coleman and Chevy Gillette; her father, Edward Cauley, Hugo, Okla.; five brothers, Ronnie Cauley, Bob Cauley, Wayne Cauley, William Barrentine and Robert Miles; a sister, Kathy Lee; a granddaughter, Zelda Hilderbran; and several other grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rebecca Lapiro officiating.

Visitation is tonight from 6-8 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Justin Cauley, Kenny Green, Terry Green, Joe Green, John Holman and Lane Holman. Honorary pallbearers will be Chester Green and all nephews.

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

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Fredie LaVonn Hatfield

Fredie LaVonn Hatfield, 65, died June 26, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born May 29, 1949, in Half Moon, he was a resident of Lawrence County and was pastor of The Church in Walnut Ridge.

Survivors include his wife Beeda Hatfield; three sons, Fredie Hatfield Jr. and wife Esther, and Brian Hatfield, all of Walnut Ridge, and Phillip Hatfield, Fulton, Mo.; two daughters, Sheila Hancock and husband Dewayne, Mason, Tenn., and Debra Roberts and husband Eric, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Harold Hatfield and wife Kathryn, and Nick Hatfield and wife Jackie, all of Kentucky; a sister, Aretta Hubbard and husband George, Kentucky; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 11 a.m. at Arnold Cemetery, near Swifton, with Jerry Painter officiating with Cherokee rituals. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Devin Roberts, Conner Roberts, Samuel Hatfield, Seth Hatfield, Dylan Hatfield and Tim Hatfield. Honorary pallbearers were Fredie Hatfield Jr., Brian Hatfield, Phillip Hatfield, Dewayne Hancock, Eric Roberts and Micah Hancock.

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

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Thelma Irene Price

Thelma Irene Price, 94, of Phoenix, formerly of Lynn, died June 24, 2014, at Christian Care Hope Center in Phoenix.

Born May 10, 1920, in Lynn, she was the daughter of Robert and Winnie Grady Martin. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ, serving as the secretary for Eastside Church for many years. She taught piano and organ at schools in Lynn, Strawberry, Warren, Mich., and Phoenix.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Price; two brothers, Jim Martin and Ullman Martin; and a sister, Lula Justus.

Survivors include many nieces and nephews.

Graveside service was Monday at 10 a.m. at Dry Creek Cemetery in Lynn with Darrell Douglas officiating. Cox-Fears Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Troy Lee Reeves

Troy Lee Reeves, 80, of Jonesboro, died June 28, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Sept. 10, 1933, in Alicia, he was the son of Earl and Alis Hardin Reeves. He had lived in Jonesboro for 51 years and had worked as a heavy equipment operator for the city of Jonesboro for 29 years. He was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by a son, Danny Reeves; a brother, Coy Reeves; and a grandson, Christopher Reeves.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Melba Reeves; two sons, Ronnie Reeves and wife Tammy, Jonesboro, and Donny Reeves and wife Sheila, Forrest City; three daughters, Patti Webb and husband Brian, Gulfport, Miss., Glenda Silsbee, Jonesboro, and Penny Guntharp and husband Travis, Paragould; a brother, Leonard Reeves, Granite City, Ill.; two sisters, Erma Lawson, Granite City, Ill., and Kitty Fallis, Edwardsville, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Willard officiating. Burial will be in Jonesboro Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Jeromy Holladay, Nathan Silsbee, Cheyne Weir, Corey Waller, Brian Reeves and Cody Reeves.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1138 East Matthews Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Jimmie Ray Smith Sr.

Jimmie Ray Smith Sr., 82, of Mount Pleasant, died June 23, 2014, at his home.

Born June 13, 1932, at Delaplaine, he was the son of James Andrew and Hazel Pearl Moore Smith. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Smith; a son, Jimmie Ray Smith Jr.; a daughter, Mona Rae Smith; two brothers, Glenn Smith and Junior Smith; and a sister, Violet Wilson.

Survivors include nine daughters, Barbara Jean Dobbs, Springtown, Texas, Rose Lightner, Saginaw, Texas, Eva Luster, Batesville, Peggy Moreland, Graham, Texas, Sadie Palmer, Bald Knob, Cindi Griffin, Janis Smith and Audrey Holowell, all of Mount Pleasant, and Debi Harrison, Cave City; two stepsons, Pat McCarron, Conway, and Dan McCarron, Batesville; 30 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Southern Baptist Church with Bros. Dennis Gay and Bruce Qualls officiating. Burial was in Maxville Cemetery at Cave City under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Harrison Townsley, John Wigginton, Boyce Walling, Dusty Westmoreland, Gary "Bean" Curtis, Fred Rush and Chris Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were employees and retirees of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department.

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

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J.C. Tate

J.C. Tate, 72, of Jonesboro, died June 25, 2014, in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 28, 1941, in Walnut Ridge, he worked as a spray-painter for FMC for 18 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Beulah Tate; a brother, Cletus Tate; and a sister, Inez Tate.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Tate; three daughters, Lisa Qualls and husband Danny, Jonesboro, Tina Tate, Oklahoma, and Crystal Bryant and husband Benny, Paragould; two stepchildren, Johniefaye Jennings, New Madrid, Mo., and Michael Wilkerson and wife Lynda, Hardy; a brother, Earl Tate, Wisconsin; a sister, Emmarann Ballard, Hoxie; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Jonesboro Memorial Park with Dr. Larry Kendrick officiating. Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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