September 10, 2014 Edition

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Jones Witt Witt


Lingo ~ DeMastes Milgrim ~ Utley Parrish ~ Reithemeyer


Jessie Duckworth Charley Curtis Edwards Susan Gaither
Linda Kay Gladden Opal Marie Goza Shirley Haimes
Vic Hanshaw Alma Christena Powell Andrew Evans Ross
Marilyn Ford Sullivan Mary Ann Williams


Olivia Irene Jones

Junior and Samantha Jones have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Aug. 26, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Olivia Irene Jones.

Grandparents are Fred and Christina Herring of Walnut Ridge, Randy Jones of Hoxie and the late Carrie Jones.

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Abigail Grace Witt

David and Michelle Witt of Alicia have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born July 26, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and has been named Abigail Grace Witt.

Grandparents are Bill and Deborah Teague of Alicia, Diane Hamby of Whiting, Ind., and Bill Hamby of Dyer, Ind.

Great-grandparents are Stanley and Sherry Corbett of Alicia.

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Caydon Anthony Witt

Colton Witt of Imboden and Jessica Hickey of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born Aug. 27, 2014, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces, and has been named Caydon Anthony Witt.

Grandparents are Julia Witt and Jeff Witt, both of Imboden, Patricia Richard of College City and the late Mark Hickey.

Great-grandparents are Davis and Margaret Matthews of Imboden and Perry and Jenny Lewis of College City

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Lingo ~ DeMastes

Georgia Lingo became the bride of Earl DeMastes in a private ceremony in Pocahontas on Aug. 13.

Don Wilson performed the double-ring ceremony.

Following a wedding trip to St. Louis, the couple will reside in Black Rock.

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Milgrim ~ Utley

Eugene Jr. and Lisa Milgrim of Hoxie announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Cheyenne Noel Milgrim, to Michael Earl Utley, son of Joyce Best of Georgetown, Ind.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Judy Fears of Egypt, Margaret Smith of Walnut Ridge and Bobby Arnold of Red Oak, Texas.

She is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and is employed as a mentor at Families, Inc.

The prospective groom is the grandson of John and Erma Jackson of Walnut Ridge.

The ceremony will take place on Oct. 4 at 2:30 p.m. at the Hoxie Community Center. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Parrish ~ Reithemeyer

Shawn Parrish of Hoxie and Angie Tidwell of Jonesboro have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Whitlee Shaye Parrish, to Barton Clayton Reithemeyer, son of Larry and Debbie Reithemeyer of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Raymond and Wayvon Smith of Sedgwick, JoAnn Parrish of Walnut Ridge and the late Lavelle Parrish.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Curtis and Lily Mae Lamb of Walnut Ridge and the late Chris and Lucille Reithemeyer.

The couple will exchange vows on Oct. 5, 2014, at 6 p.m. at The Silos in Bono.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Jessie Louise Duckworth

Jessie Louise Duckworth, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 5, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Oct. 6, 1924, in Imboden, she was the daughter of Charles and Pearl Wrey Milgrim. She was of the Jehovah’s Witness belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Chester Duckworth; a daughter, Carol Johnson; three brothers, Charles Milgrim, Jewel Milgrim and Doc Milgrim; two sisters, Mary Sutter and Mabel Ward; two grandchildren, John Johnson and Cheyanne Mitchell; and two great-grandchildren, Michael Johnson and Brandon Johnson.

Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Richardson and husband Bryan, Hoxie, and Jane Mitchell, Benton; a brother, Levi Milgrim, Bono; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 3 p.m. at Duty Cemetery, near Walnut Ridge, with Dale Cobble officiating. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Charley Curtis Edwards

Charley Curtis Edwards, 90, of Searcy, died Aug. 8, 2014.

Born Dec. 19, 1923, in Antioch, he was the son of Charley C. "Buddy" Sr. and Eva "Evie" Watson Edwards. He was a 1942 graduate of Floyd High School, and graduated from the Maritime Service School as a radio electrician in 1945. He served as a merchant seaman in the U.S. Maritime Service for 45 years. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Searcy.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanie Miller; and seven sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Madia Marie Bilbrey Edwards, formerly of Smithville; a grandson, Chadd Miller; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Searcy. Cremation arrangements were under the direction of Powell Funeral Home. Burial of ashes will be in Smithville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul’s Memorial Fund.

An online guestbook is available at

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Susan Gaither

Susan Jeannette Gaither, 48, of Little Rock, died Sept. 4, 2014.

She was born Dec. 29, 1965, in Jonesboro.

Survivors include her mother, Margie Gaither, Conway; her father, Johnny Gaither, Walnut Ridge; a brother, David Gaither, Seattle; and a sister, Tanya Duckworth, Clarksville, Tenn.

Graveside service is Thursday at 4 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Linda Kay Gladden

Linda Kay Gladden, 66, of Germantown, Tenn., passed away Saturday, Sept. 6, at Methodist-LeBonheur Hospital following a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Originally from Sedgwick, Linda was born Sept. 13, 1947, to Glendel and Virginia Whitener. Although she was an only child, she grew up with cousins from the Vance family who were as close as siblings. She went to Hoxie High School and attended Arkansas State University.

She married Jerry B. Gladden of Dyess on Dec. 22, 1971, in Sedgwick. Throughout their nearly 43 years together, they treasured their family and their home. Their marriage was a wonderful example of selflessness and love. Linda worked as a teacher at Temple Israel in Memphis for 19 years and it held a very special place in her heart. She loved going to work and it was her greatest love other than her family.

She was a joy to everyone who knew her. She will always be remembered for her warm smile, her quick wit, her unique style and her love of life.

Linda is survived by her husband, Jerry B. Gladden; two sons, Adam Gladden and wife Allison, Maumelle, and Michael Gladden and wife Beth, Knoxville, Tenn.; three grandsons, Gus Gladden, Bob Gladden and Henry Gladden; and numerous cousins, extended family and dear friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

A celebration of her life was held Monday at 2 p.m. at Gregg Langford-Bookout Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park with Bro. Thomas Lamb officiating.

An online guestbook is available at


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Opal Marie Goza

Opal Marie Brown Goza, 97, of Black Rock, died Sept. 3, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 19, 1916, at Lauratown, she was the daughter of Henry and Nancy Ann Flippo Brown. She was a member of the Independent Christian Assembly in Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Raymond Cecil Goza, on Sept. 26, 2004, whom she married Feb. 18, 1933, at Lauratown; two sons, Raymond Leavon Goza and Ronnie Paul Goza; a brother, Carl Brown; two sisters, Hazel Hall and Pauline Deathridge; and four grandsons, Paul Dana Goza, Tommy Leavon Goza, Michael Gene Goza and Jeremiah Ray Goza.

Survivors include two sons, Bobby Leon Goza and wife Darlene, and Tommy Gene Goza, all of Black Rock; three grandsons, Michael Goza and wife Robin, Memphis, Paul Brian Goza and wife Vickie, Walnut Ridge, and Zachariah Goza, Jonesboro; three granddaughters, Becky Glidewell and husband Jerry, Black Rock, Darla Jean Owens and husband Don, Chelsea, Ala., and Mariah Goza, Jonesboro; 10 great-grandchildren, Matthew Bagwell, Stephanie Olson and husband Jon, Jeromie Glidewell and wife Amy, Ashley Vasseur, Joshua Vasseur, Isabella Goza, Savannah Goza, Emma Goza, Ava Goza and Riley Jack Goza; and a great-great-granddaughter, Emma Grace Marie Olson.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy McMasters officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at


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Shirley Haimes

Shirley Ann Haimes, 78, of Charlotte, N.C., died Aug. 14, 2014.

Born March 3, 1936, in Bay, she was the daughter of Clarance and Viola Choate.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Stark; two sons, Richard Williams and Steve Williams; and her grandparents, Leo and Eunice Choate.

Survivors include two daughters, Nena Worthy and husband Jim, and Margie Schindler and husband Dave; a sister, Betty Maxie, Hoxie; and a brother, Calvin Choate, Streamwood, Ill.

Burial was in Trezevant, Tenn.

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Vic Hanshaw

Victor "Vic" Hanshaw, 89, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Sept. 6, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born April 13, 1925, in Mammoth Spring, he was the son of Wilbur and Mabel McLaughlin Hanshaw, and grew up in Black Rock. He enlisted in the Army at the age of 18, fought in the battle of Okinawa and was a World War II Army veteran.

After returning home, he served as an Arkansas State Trooper for 20 years. He was elected sheriff of Lawrence County and served six terms before retiring.

Vic was an avid fisherman and animal lover. He spent much of his time at the senior center and visiting friends. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Roberta Hanshaw; and his parents.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Hanshaw and wife Lora, Harrison, and Kenny Hanshaw, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Wilma Jean Colburn and husband Perry, Collierville, Tenn., and Retha Browning and husband John, Phoenix; granddaughters, McKenzie Hanshaw and partner Josh Mosher, Kelsey Hanshaw and Lexi Baker; and a great-granddaughter, Marlee Taylor.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rob Combs officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Yates, Junior Briner, Doug Wayland, Jim Danley, Phillip Roark and Ray Swindle.

An online guestbook is available at


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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.

An online guestbook is available at


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Andrew Evans Ross

Andrew Evans Ross, 36, was granted his angel wings Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Andrew was born Sept. 16, 1977, to the late Joseph Wayne Ross Sr. and Glenda Jean Pierce. Andrew was a loving father, son, brother, uncle and friend to the Imboden community. He was an active member in the Koinonia Church.

He is survived by sons, Dakota Ross and Evan Ross; mother, Glenda Jean Pierce; brothers, Wayne (Christie) Ross, Shawn (Tammy) Ross, David (Irene) Ross; sister Dana (Shawn) Kelly; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and Aunt Kathy Ladnier.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Burial was in Hope Cemetery at Imboden.

An online guestbook is available at


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Marilyn Ford Sullivan

Marilyn Ford Sullivan, 85, of Cabot, mother of Kay Hendrickson of Strawberry, died Sept. 4, 2014, at the Spring Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in Cabot. Burial was Saturday in Fairview Cemetery, east of Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Children’s Home at Paragould or the Cave City Church of Christ. An online guestbook is available at

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Mary Ann Williams

Mary Ann Williams, 70, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 6, 2014, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Jan. 1, 1944, in Sikeston, Mo., she was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Willcut; a daughter, Carolyn Williams; her parents, Harvey Christopher and Lena Geneva Riley Wilson; three sisters, Sylvia Parker, Bonnie Wilson and Veecha Mae Wilson; and a brother, Arland Wilson.

Survivors include three sons, Kevin (Beverly) Williams, Pocahontas, Joseph Bails, Malden, Mo., and James Parker, St. Louis; five daughters, Karen (Ed) Van Malsen, Cedar Springs, Mich., Karla (Marty Lakey) Williams, Minturn, Tammy (Billy Meadows) Williams, Hoxie, Sherrie Williams, Galesville, Wis., and Teresa Roberts, Sikeston, Mo.; a sister, Tiney Mae Moore, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; a brother, Raymond Wilson, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery with Rev. James Noblin officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Marty Lakey, Billy Meadows, Kevin Williams, Ed Van Malsen, Michael Carter and Mike Rothie. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Rykert, Bobby Hancock and Tim Carter.

An online guestbook is available at

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