August 27, 2014 Edition

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Gill ~ Cox Palvado ~ Burns


James H. Denison Gary Flippo Tammie Lynette Heinzman
Steven Holman Joe Garland Peace Alma Christena Powell
Ruth E. Warner


Gill ~ Cox

James Andrew (Andy) Jr. and Shannon Gill of McGehee have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Madeline Elise Gill, to Stephen Everett Cox II, son of Stephen E. and Virginia Cox, of Jonesboro.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ralph and Carolyn Biggs of McGehee and Rosa Lee Reynolds of Brandon, Miss., and the late James Gill.

A 2007 graduate of McGehee High School, Madeline received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas in 2011. She is a member of Chi Omega Fraternity and served as recruitment chair for the organization.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Angeline Rainwater of Jonesboro and the late William Rainwater Sr. and Ruby Cox of Clarksville, Tenn., and the late Sammie Joe Cox.

Stephen received a bachelor's degree in agricultural business in 2010 and a master's degree in marketing management from the University of Arkansas in 2012. He is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Cox is employed as integrated solutions manager at Legacy Equipment in Paragould.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Nov. 1, at First United Methodist Church in McGehee. They will make their home in Jonesboro.

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Palvado ~ Burns

David and Susan Palvado of Memphis have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Brooke Alexandria Palvado, to Matthew Jackson Burns, son of Shari and Mike Webbe of Jonesboro and Jack and Patsy Burns of Memphis.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mae Palvado of Hernando, Miss., and the late Joseph Palvado and Betty Walker of Norman, Okla., and the late Gene Walker. She received her undergraduate degree from and is attending graduate school at the University of Memphis. She works at Pavo Salon.

The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Adrian and Bettye Claxton, who lived in Alicia, and Mary Burns of McKenzie, Tenn., and the late Jim Burns. He graduated from the University of Memphis Summa Cum Laude and works at Insight Discovery, LLC in Memphis.

The couple will exchange vows on Sept. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the River Hall in Harbor Town Square in Memphis.

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James H. Denison

James H. Denison, 76, of Fenton, Mich., died Aug. 19, 2014.

Born Oct. 11, 1937, in Lake City, he was the son of Floyd and Dicie Bell Denison. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban missile crisis and was retired from XL Tool & Manufacturing. He was an elder at Tyrone Covenant Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lanna Susan Denison; a daughter-in-law, Jennifer Petriches Denison; three brothers, Sanford Denison, Edd Denison and Jerry Wayne Denison; and a sister, Elizabeth Adams.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Stewart Denison; a son, Roger Dale Denison, Durand, Mich.; two daughters, Jami Eckman and husband Matt, Hartland, Mich., and Annette Hutson and husband Jeremy, Fenton, Mich.; two sisters, Margie Price, Fairmont City, Ill., and Pam Martz, Salem; four brothers, Cleo Denison and wife Ivaleen, and Melvin Denison and wife Mary, all of Lynn, David Denison and wife Clara, Powhatan, and Bill Denison and wife Wanda, Walnut Ridge; and seven grandchildren, Hannah Eckman, Pvt. Isaac Eckman, Dale James Denison, Amber Sutton, Emily Denison, Faith Hutson and Sophia Hutson.

Funeral was Saturday at Tyrone Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fenton, Mich. Sharp Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church in McAllen, Texas.

An online guestbook is available at

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Gary Flippo

Gary Devoe Flippo, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died Aug. 18, 2014.

Born July 17, 1954, in Great Falls, Mich., he was a pharmacist and the owner and operator of The Prescription House Pharmacy in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry Lee Frank and Margaret Jones Flippo.

Survivors include three daughters, Kera Flippo, Walnut Ridge, and Abbey Flippo and Megan Flippo, both of Fayetteville; his ex-wife, Charlotte Flippo, Fayetteville; and a sister, Margo Broening and husband Harry, Milford, Ohio.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Walnut Ridge with Rev. Bill Branch officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Harry Broening, Michael Hodge, Bobby Gardner, Bradley Harp, Travis Middlecoff, Tanner Middlecoff and Blaine Middlecoff.

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Tammie Lynette Heinzman

Tammie Lynette Heinzman, 49, of Hoxie, died Aug. 25, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 15, 1964, in Rockford, Ill., she was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Ken Frary.

Survivors include a son, Jamie Heinzman, Hoxie; her mother, Gerri Frary, Hoxie; her father, James McIntire and wife Carol, Jonesboro; a brother, James McIntire and wife Dianna, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Lisa Moore, Corning; two stepsisters, Brenda Hall and husband JJ, Jonesboro, and Lynda Lawrence, Mountain Home; and her grandfather, Gene Junior, Rockford, Ill.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Carl Massey officiating. Burial will be in Gravesville Cemetery near Pocahontas.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Moore, Dylan Moore, Andrew Moore, James McIntire III, Archie Roderick, Jerod Whitmire, Bruce Smith and Ronnie Blackshear. Honorary pallbearers will be Greg Conrey and the OCW family.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Lawrence County Library.

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Steven Holman

Steven Holman, 26, of Hoxie, died Aug. 21, 2014, at UAMS in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Murl Simpson.

Survivors include his mother, Jeri Holman, of the home; a sister, Tracy Walker, Memphis; his grandmother, Frances Pafford, of the home; and three nieces, Makayla Walker, Ella Walker and Lillie Walker, all of Memphis.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Charles McKendree officiating. Burial was in Marked Tree Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mark Davis, Michael Walker, Charlie Risenhoover, Charles McKendree, Tommy Walker, Ben DeClerk, Danny Taylor and Fred Frogue.

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Joe Garland Peace

Joe Garland "My Joe Peace" Peace, 72, of Milan, Tenn., formerly of Hoxie, died Aug. 19, 2014.

Born June 10, 1942, he was a retired farmer and had served in the National Guard. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Milan, where he formerly served as a Royal Ranger Leader, Senior Bible Quiz Coach, Sunday school superintendent and audio technician.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Frances Peace.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rosemary Thornton Peace; two daughters, Missy Peace Blakely and husband Kevin, Gibson, Tenn.,and Melanie Peace, Jackson, Tenn.; a sister, Elaine Peace Triplett; two grandchildren, Regan Blakely Dale and Haley Blakely; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday at 1 p.m. at Milan First Assembly of God Church. Bodkin Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 566, Milan, TN 38358.

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Alma Christena Powell

Alma Christena "Chris" Duncan Powell, 80, of Ferris, Texas, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Ferris.

Born Monday, April 2, 1934, in Smithville, she was the daughter of James and Nora Vincin Wildrick Duncan and attended school at Lynn. She was an airbrush artist and a member of First Assembly of God Church in Atoka, Okla. She loved her dogs, flowers, working in her garden and watching hummingbirds.

She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Henry D. Abee, whom she married in January 1950; her second husband, Goffery A. Powell, whom she married in May 1972 in Dallas; an infant daughter, Henrietta Abee; two brothers, George "Buster" Duncan and James Duncan Jr.; a sister, Mary Johnson; and two great-grandsons, Shane Scott and infant Christian Zahay Cooke.

Survivors include four daughters, Janie Parks and husband Tommy and Brenda Atilano and husband Joe, all of Ferris, Texas; Cecelia Ann West, Sherman, Texas, and Ocia Abee Rodriquez, Irving, Texas; a brother, Bert Duncan and wife Mildred, Southside; and three sisters, Janiece Cross and husband Jerry, Charlotte, Cleaetta Poland and husband Bob, Tom Bean, Texas, and Deborah Martinez, Sherman, Texas.

She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Ted Wilson and wife Dana, Bixby, Okla., Deon Cooke and wife Beth, Bells, Texas, Jeremie Atilano Sr. and wife Leann, and Joshua Atilano, all of Waxahachie, Texas, Christena "Tena" Scott and husband Mick, and Kelly Ingrum and husband Randy, all of Atoka, Okla., Rayann Castillo, Albuquerque, N.M., Misty Benson and husband Nathan, Dallas, Leta Hamilton and husband Luke, Irving, Texas, and Kristy Henson and husband Aaron, Maumelle.

Also surviving are 17 great-grandchildren, Dustin Eagleberger and wife Tamra, Christen Scott, Paige Wilson, Jake Wilson, Katelyn Ingrum, Phoebe Ingrum, Jeremie Atilano Jr., Joe Atilano, Mia Atilano, Hayden Henson, Camden Henson, Patience Cooke, Hope Cooke, Rayna Cooke, Eric Cooke, Shauntae Castillo, Shawn Sprinkle and Justin Sprinkle; two great-great-grandsons, Raishaun Cooke and Lucky Sprinkle; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and church family.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Brown's Funeral Chapel in Atoka, Okla., with Bro. Bob Wingo officiating. Burial was in Bera Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ted Wilson, Deon Cooke, Jeremie Atilano, Joshua Atilano, Mick Scott and Randy Ingrum. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Wilson, Joe Atilano, Bert Duncan, Aaron Henson, Dustin Eagleberger, Bob Frederick, Marcello Rodriquez, Tommy Parks and Bill Abee.

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Ruth E. Warner

Ruth E. Warner, 84, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Aug. 23, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 25, 1929, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Linnie Cook. She was a retired cafeteria supervisor with Walnut Ridge Public Schools and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church. Ruth had a passion for cooking and no one entered her home without an offer of food.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Warner, on July 7, 2003, whom she married March 9, 1946; a son, Bill Warner; and a sister, Iola Willfond.

Survivors include a daughter, Tonda Wheeless, Pocahontas; two sons, Wendell Warner and wife Mary, Texarkana, and Laney Warner and wife Kim, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Sue Warner, Arkadelphia; 10 grandchildren, Mark Warner and wife LaDonna, and Kirk Warner and wife Hope, all of Arkadelphia, Devin Warner and wife Kristy, Texarkana, Brandon Warner and wife Torie, Botswana, Africa, Mica Lamb and husband John, North Little Rock, Heath Jarrett and wife Lindsey, Walnut Ridge, Andrew Warner and wife Amanda, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., Leslie Sharp and husband Kevin, Ooltewah, Tenn., Cyndi Wheeless, Paragould, and Ronald Wheeless and wife Melanie, Jonesboro; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister's children, Sandra Gray and Carolyn Teel, both of Walnut Ridge, Peggy Dawson, Powhatan, Caressa Fry, Allen Willfond and Charles Willfond, all of Hoxie; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Blackwell officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were, Mark Warner, Kirk Warner, Devin Warner, Andrew Warner, Heath Jarrett and Cody Lamb. Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Warner, John Lamb, Kevin Sharp and Ronald Wheeless.

Memorials may be made to a local food bank.

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