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Williams ~ Butts


Calvin Allison JC Cothren Peggie Dancer
Gertie L. Galleher Norma Grisham David Wayne Jean
Wilma C. Jessen Alma Christena Powell Myrtle Leoma Robinson
James W. Rutledge Genevieve Thistlewood Betty Young


Williams ~ Butts

Sharna Jolyn Williams became the bride of Bryan Keith Butts during a double-ring ceremony at A Special Memory Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on Aug. 4, 2014.

The bride is the daughter of Stephen Williams of Walnut Ridge and Danny and Rhonda Eveland of Imboden.

She is the granddaughter of Betty Weiss and Bill Yates, both of Imboden, and the late Zanuel White and the late Gloria Faye Yates.

She is employed at Auto Credit Corporation in Walnut Ridge.

The groom is the son of James and Linda Watson of Walnut Ridge and the late Bobby Butts.

He is employed as operations manager at Castino Industries in Walnut Ridge and serves as a lieutenant with the Walnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.

Following the wedding, the couple honeymooned for 13 days traveling through 15 states on motorcycle and attending Sturgis 2014. Reception to be held

The couple will be honored with a reception on Saturday at The Studio, located at 123 West Main Street in downtown Walnut Ridge.

The reception will start at 5:30 p.m. and the band Fallen Within will begin playing at 8 p.m. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Calvin Allison

Calvin Thurlo Allison, 53, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 16, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro. Born April 9, 1961, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Jack and Velma Dobbs Allison. He worked in retail most of his life and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Wiley and Daisy Dobbs; and his paternal grandparents, Calvin and Polly Allison.

Survivors include his parents, Jack and Velma Allison of Walnut Ridge; a sister, Kellie Yates and husband Jeff, of Walnut Ridge; a brother, Shad Allison and wife Amanda, of Walnut Ridge; nephews, Hunter Yates, and Kobe Allison both of Walnut Ridge; nieces, Holley Yates and Emily Allison of Walnut Ridge; step-nephews, Brycen Thomas, Mari Thomas, Jack Thomas and Ellis Thomas; many other relatives and friends survive.

Graveside service was Sunday at 4 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. Jake Guenrich officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Chuck Holley, Hunter Burris, Jeff Yates, Hunter Yates, Kobe Allison and Stetson Wells.

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JC Cothren

JC Cothren, 92, of Light, died of natural causes Sept. 14, 2014, at the Arkansas Veterans Home of Fayetteville.

Born June 10, 1922, in Paragould, he was the son of Jackson C. and Syntha Gramling Cothren. He was commissioned in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942 and flew 60 combat missions into occupied France and Germany as a B-26 and A-26 pilot. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal with multiple oak-leaf clusters.

After the war, beginning in 1947, he served as an instructor pilot in the United States Air Force Reserve.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a Master of Education degree from the George Peabody College for Teachers (now part of Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, Tenn.

He taught, coached and counseled at Light and Walcott Schools and later, at Greene County Tech High School. After retiring as Superintendent of Greene County Tech School District in 1975, he was named vice-president of First National Bank of Paragould. While at the bank, he bought what was to become Cothren Chrysler, Inc., in Paragould. He concluded his professional career there in 1996 as owner and general manager.

Throughout his professional life, he was a member of the Paragould Rotary Club and was named a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was a member of Light Baptist Church.

In retirement, JC pursued with vigor his life-long avocation of gardening. His kindness and wisdom will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his wife Evangeline and brothers Mack and John Cothren.

He is survived by his son, Jackson Cothren, granddaughter Lauren Ellis "Ellie" Cothren, and Angela Cothren, all of Fayetteville. He is also survived by his brother, Dillman Cothren of Paragould.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at Light Baptist Church. Nelson-Berna Funeral Home and Crematory of Fayetteville handled the local arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Evangeline and JC Cothren Endowment, c/o the Arkansas Community Foundation of Greene County, P.O. Box 1116, Paragould, AR, 72451 or to the Light Baptist Church Memorial c/o David Pratt, P.O. Box 1, Light, AR, 72439.

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Peggie Dancer

Peggie Ann Dancer, 65, of Paragould, died, Sept. 18, 2014, at her home.

Born Jan. 7, 1949, at Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of the late Perley and Addie Milgrin Kennedy.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, David Kennedy.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Dancer; two sons, David Dancer and wife Cathy and Kevin Dancer and wife Misty, all of Paragould; two daughters, Julie Willard and husband Russell, West Plains, Mo., and Christy Thompson and fiancé Scott Wooldridge, Jonesboro; a brother, Terry Kennedy; five sisters, Darlene Bass, Nadie Bass, Eunice Hillhouse, Carol Blaine and Eudeane Rogers; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Wayne Bass officiating. Burial was in Lorado Cemetery.

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Gertie L. Galleher

Gertie L. "Miss Gertie" Galleher, 90, of Jonesboro, died Sept. 22, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 2, 1924, in Black Oak, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Hallie Bridges Wilson. She retired after 35 years at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, Ohio. Coming from Hoxie, she lived the rest of her life in Craighead County. She was a member of Nettleton Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Galleher; a sister, Lucille Kious; and three brothers, Jack Wilson, Leroy Wilson and Amos Wilson.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Aikey and husband Richard, Ohio; a son, Charles Zabur and wife Kathy, Ohio; a brother, Bill Wilson and wife Sissy, Jonesboro; and two grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jimmy Young officiating. Burial was in Herman Cemetery at Jonesboro.

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Norma Grisham

Norma Elizabeth Pitcock Grisham, 86, of Batesville, formerly of Hoxie, died Sept. 22, 2014.

Survivors include two daughters, Francie Grisham Workman and husband Bill, Jonesboro, and Karen Grisham Massey and husband Douglas, Batesville; a son, Charles Grisham and wife Nancy, Bradford; a sister, Purna Mae Pitcock Roberts, West Plains, Mo.; five grandchildren, Clayton Workman, Amy Workman Cooper, Stayton Massey, Richard Massey and Joe Massey; 14 great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Troy Henley, Terry Joe Kee and Bill Willard officiating. Song leader will be Danny Keith Walker. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Clayton Workman, Stayton Massey, Richard Massey, Joe Massey, Matt Cooper and Don Henley. Honorary pallbearers will be Leland Grisham, Gary Grisham, Jerry Roberts, Everett Pitcock, David Gunter and Raymond Grisham.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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David Wayne Jean

David Wayne Jean, 62, of Benton, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, after a brief illness.

Born October 12, 1951, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of the late Faye and William Jean.

David attended Arkansas State University, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He was a Master Plumber and the owner of David Jean Plumbing, Heating and Air.

His greatest joy was being with his family and friends and taking excellent care of his customers. He had a special fondness for the Colorado Mountains and snow skiing with his family. They were the world to him. He will be remembered for his humility and genuine kindness by all who knew him.

He is survived by the mother of his three beautiful children, Mary Coolick Jean; his son, Alexander Jean; two daughters, Michelle and Sarah Jean, of Little Rock; and two brothers, Eddie Jean of Benton, and Alan Jean of Texarkana, Texas.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock. Burial was private.

Memorials may be made to Lake Valley Community Church, 910 Shady Grove Road, Hot Springs, AR 71901 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Wilma C. Jessen

Wilma C. Jessen, 84, of Imboden, died Sept. 17, 2014, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born March 31, 1930, in Denton, she was the daughter of Carl and Emma Clements Brown. She was a homemaker and a member of the Imboden Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Russel Jessen and infants, Ronald and Donald Jessen; and an infant sister, Carletta Brown.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur Jessen Jr., whom she married May 14, 1948, in Imboden; two sons, Gary Jessen and wife Tara, Alabama, and Joe Jessen, Imboden; a daughter, Lyjuan Kelley and husband Larry, Jonesboro; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Jessen, Bono; six grandchildren, Beth Hook, Jana Crowell, Bryan Jessen, Brad Jessen, Garret Jessen and Jacob Kelley; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at noon at the Imboden Baptist Church with Michael Freeman and Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Bryan Hook, Bryan Jessen, Garret Jessen, Brad Jessen, Brandon Crowell and Jacob Kelley.

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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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Myrtle Leoma Robinson

Myrtle Leoma Robinson, 75, of Pocahontas, died Sept. 18, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 15, 1939, in Light, she was a seamstress for the Miller Golf Bag factory and was a member of the First Apostolic United Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gene Sedgwick; her parents, Tom and Myrtle Huffman Hoffman; and four brothers, Carl Hoffman, Vernon Hoffman, Lonzo Hoffman and Robert Hoffman.

Survivors include her husband, Lowell Robinson; a sister, Dorothy McCall, Greenfield, Tenn.; a sister-in- law, Bernice Hoffman, Walnut Ridge; a stepdaughter, Lanae Foster, Beebe; and four step-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Marvin Marshall officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas.

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James W. Rutledge

James W. Rutledge, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 21, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 12, 1927, in the Lesterville community near Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Clyde and Nola Wells Rutledge. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former employee of the chicken farms. He was of the Pentecostal belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Lorraine Rutledge, whom he married May 13, 1959.

Survivors include a son, Ronald Rutledge, Trumann; a stepdaughter, Sandra Scott, Heston, Pa.; a brother, Bob Rutledge, Hoxie; a sister, Barbara Schuetz, St. Louis; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Pennsylvania at a later date.

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Genevieve Thistlewood

Genevieve "Genny" Thistlewood, 74, of Imboden, was granted her angel wings Sept. 17, 2014.

Genevieve was born June 26, 1940, in the Lesterville community, to the late Estes and Ollie Wilson Miller.

Genny and T-wood built T-Wood Bowling Lanes. They spent numerous hours working together. Every chance she got, she was in the vegetable garden or her flower beds. They have built several friendships throughout the years. Genny was a loving wife, mother, granny, sister and friend to many. She will be greatly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Patsy Ruth Bland; niece, Tina Marie Bland; and a brother-in-law, Jim Bland.

She is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, William "T-wood" Thistlewood, of the home; daughters, Beverly Arnold and Carla (Dennis) Schaechtel; stepsons, Larry Thistlewood and Billy Thistlewood Jr.; grandchildren, Cody (Becca) Simpson, Colten Simpson and Gennifer Simpson; two great grandchildren, Maddox Simpson and Aniyah Simpson; a sister, Jerry Clark; brothers, Joe Miller and Herb Miller; nephews, David Clark and Jeremy Clark; and nieces, Dana Westmoreland and Khara Miller.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Stan Rogers officiating. Burial was in Hope Cemetery.

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Betty Young

Betty Young, 72, of Black Rock, passed away, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at her home in Black Rock, where she had resided for the past 55 years.

Born March 4, 1942, in Detroit, she was the daughter of Bart and Hazel Woodson Weir. She was a homemaker, wife, mother and schoolteacher. She was a member of the Black Rock Church of Christ.

Betty received her BSE from Arkansas State University in 1973, then went on to receive her MSE from ASU in 1977. She was a remedial reading teacher and seventh grade literature teacher at Black Rock School for 25 years. She was united in marriage to Charles Allen Young, May 16, 1959.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bart and Hazel Weir; a brother, Joe T. Weir; three sisters, Linda K Weir, Dorthy Hajek, Norma Neece; and a nephew Kenny Neece.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Young of the home; a daughter, Vicky Hamilton and husband Jeff of Austin, Texas; two grandsons, Jonathan Hamilton and Cody Hamilton, of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Patty Nunnally and husband Morris, of Black Rock, and Donna Smith and husband Jim, of Cherry Valley, Ill.; a brother, Wendell Weir and wife Brenda, of Walnut Ridge; and numerous other family and friends.

Funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Steve Prestidge officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Hamilton, Cody Hamilton, Jeff Hamilton, Curtis Young, Donnie Young and Norman Neece.

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