October 1, 2014 Edition

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Births

Jones Slusser

Weddings/Engagements

Blackwell ~ Snyder

Obituaries

Lance Ballard Jerry Phillip Bridges Virgil Wayne Brown
Monteen Luck William Ancel Matthews Frankie W. Meeks Sr.
Alice Faye Payne Alma Christena Powell Linda Mae Spargo
John Franklin Truitt Charles Kevin Woodson William D. Workman

Births

Maliea Louise Jones

Colby and Bethany Jones of Black Rock have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Sept. 16, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed seven pounds, five ounces, and has been named Maliea Louise Jones.

Grandparents are Tony and Mary Erwin of Black Rock and Harry Jones of O'Kean.

Great-grandparents are Helen Israel of Ravenden and Sue Sullens of Walnut Ridge.

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Ace Allen Slusser

Katelyn Mathews and Cody Slusser of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born August 12, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, six ounces, and has been named Ace Allen Slusser. He has two siblings, Chevy Wheeler and Ashlyn Slusser.

Grandparents are Greg Mathews, Rick Slusser and Ann Davis.

Great-grandparents are Hal and Susan Colier, Warren Mathews, LeAnn Mathews and Elizabeth Townsend.

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Weddings/Engagements

Blackwell ~ Snyder

Jason and René Blackwell of Walnut Ridge have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Keisha René Blackwell, to Westley Aaron Snyder, son of Melissa Brock of Hoxie and Robert and ChrisAnn Snyder of Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Lonnie Blackwell of Walnut Ridge and the late Deloris Blackwell and Dale Nelson of Light and the late Pam Nelson.

She is a 2014 graduate of Hoxie High School and is attending Black River Technical College.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Dorothy Stewart of Hoxie and Saul and Sherrye DeMay of Illinois.

He is a 2010 Hoxie High School graduate and is employed at Rent One as an account representative.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. at First United Pentecostal Church of Pocahontas. All family and friends are invited to attend the wedding and reception, which will follow the ceremony at the church.

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Obituaries

Lance Ballard

Lance O. Ballard, 47, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Walnut Ridge, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in the company and spirit of many loved ones.

Lance was born on Dec. 20, 1966, in Helena. He earned a BA in French and Literature from SMU and a MBA in Quantitative Analysis from the University of Arkansas, Sam Walton School of Business. He had a successful career in marketing and analytics in the banking/ financial industry.

Lance was an active parishioner of St. Gabriel Catholic Church, serving as a Minister of the Word and Eucharistic Minister. He also devoted his time and talent to Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools, serving as the president of the School Board.

Prior to moving to the Charlotte area, Lance was a supporter of Ballet Arkansas, The Arkansas Repertory Theater and the Little Rock Humane Society. He was a voracious reader collecting many first editions and autographed copies by his favorite authors. His greatest joy and source of pride were his teenaged sons, for whom he spent countless hours watching perform, preparing snacks and driving carpool.

Lance is survived by his loving sons, Jackson Oldham Ballard and Jonathan Saracini Ballard, and his devoted former wife, Shari Saracini Ballard.

Lance also leaves behind his parents, Jerry J. and Myra Ballard Sr., of Walnut Ridge; and his siblings, Kim Ballard Holmes and her husband Lee, of Fayetteville, Jerry J. Ballard Jr. and his wife Blair, of Bentonville, and Teresa Ballard of Walnut Ridge.

Lance will be missed by his extended family including, but not limited to, Kaitlin and Elena Holmes, Andrew, Christine and Holden Ballard, Jerry J. Ballard III, Josh Ballard, Sandy and Jerry Saracini, Susan and David Smith, and Stephanie Smith.

A special heartfelt thank you goes to Bobbi Almond whose strength, love, kindness and guidance has been priceless.

A prayer service was held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, followed by visitation until 8 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be tonight at 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Jerry Phillip Bridges

Jerry Phillip Bridges, 83, of Clover Bend, died Sept. 24, 2014, at Bolivar General Hospital in West Tennessee.

Born Aug. 4, 1931, in Arbyrd, Mo., he was the son of Ernest Odell "E.O." and Dora Ridings Bridges. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving in the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Diane Bridges; two daughters, Tammy Sanborn and husband Kent and Alicia Bridges; two sisters, Libby Wheat and Charla Kay Beckman; and four grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Kent Sanborn, Billy Marcum, Alan Whaley, River Whaley and Jack Land.

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

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Virgil Wayne Brown

Virgil Wayne Brown, 65, of Black Rock, entered into eternal peace on Sept. 21, 2014.

Born May 16, 1949, at Lauratown, he was the son of the late Joe Neoapolen and Lorine Hanshaw Brown.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Kimberly D. Brown and Cassandra E. Brown; two brothers, Bobby Brown and Darrell Brown; a sister, Patsy Nunnally; his stepfather, Conard Dunn; his mother-in-law, Beatrice Hoffman; and his father-in-law, Carl Hoffman

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carylon Hoffman Brown; a daughter, Melissa JoAnn Hancock and Chris Layton; two brothers, Laymon Eugene "Bud" Collins and Albert Bruce "Buzz" Brown; a sister, Gloria Jean Smith and husband James; two grandchildren, Xander Layton and Paxton Layton; Uncle Bob and Aunt Shirley Hanshaw; special family friends, Robin and Brad, Halie, Savanah, Rani Stacy and Jessica Beasley and Andrew, Jonas Garthwaite; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 3:30 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Bro. Eugene Gregory officiating. Burial was in Old Lebanon Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jason Lamb, Aaron Hoffman, Wayne Hoffman, P.J. Mashburn, Joe Wilfond and Jason Hoffman. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Russell, James Hoffman, John Phillips, Joe Hoffman, Jim King and Donald Hoffman.

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

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Monteen Luck

Monteen Rice Luck, 85, of North Pole, Alaska, formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 24, 2014, at her daughter's home in Alaska.

Born July 4, 1929, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Earl and Lona Rice.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Luck.

Survivors include a brother, Pete Rice, Fayetteville (formerly of Walnut Ridge); a daughter, Paulette Phillips, Washington; two granddaughters, Amy LeMarque-Lewis and Jodie LeMarque-Kurth; a sister-in-law, Bernie Hoffman, Walnut Ridge; six great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Arrangements were under the direction of Fairbanks Funeral Home – North Pole Chapel.

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William Ancel Matthews

William Ancel Matthews, 90, of Imboden, died Sept. 28, 2014, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Aug. 6, 1924, in Smithville, he was the son of Thomas Monroe and Martha Susan Winters Matthews. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He taught math at Smithville, Lynn and Williford for 10 years, and at Sloan-Hendrix for 29 years. He was active in the community, serving on the Imboden Town Council and as a Boy Scout leader for many years. He was a member of Imboden Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Tommy David Matthews; two brothers, Willard Matthews and Heston Matthews; and a son-in-law, John Sutton.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille Lewis Matthews, whom he married May 25, 1949, in Walnut Ridge; three daughters, Ann Sutton, Pocahontas, Susan Taylor, Smithville, and Cindy Price, Paragould; 12 grandchildren, Shawn Sutton, Brandon Sutton, Kyle Sutton, Dereik Taylor, Travis Taylor, Davida Smith, Matt Taylor, Alexandria Buckwalter, Kevin Matthews, Rachel Kelley, Jennifer Watkins and Jessica Earls; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Imboden Methodist Church with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill McCurley, Jim Jones, Gene Dearen Sr., Mike Holland, Davis Matthews, Donnie Baker, David Taylor, Kenny Price and all of his former students.

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

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Frankie W. Meeks Sr.

Frankie W. Meeks Sr., 79, of Black Rock, died Sept. 28, 2014.

Born Sept. 8, 1935, in Black Rock, he was the son of Cecil and Johnie Woodson Meeks. He was a lifelong resident of Black Rock and a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Williams; and four brothers, John Riley Meeks, Otho Meeks, Charles Meeks and Herschel Meeks.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Dail Meeks, whom he married Dec. 24, 1954; a daughter, Cheryl Chastain and Mike, Black Rock; two sons, Frankey Meeks Jr. and Cathrene, Black Rock, and Jimmy Meeks and Robin, Williford; a sister, Faye Shannon; four brothers, Bill Meeks, Curtis Meeks and Jim Meeks, all of Black Rock, and Winston Meeks, Ravenden; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at the Black Rock Church of Christ with Steve Prestidge officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Frankey Meeks, Jim Meeks, Mike Chastain, Derek Meeks, Matt Stewart and Cody Lindholme. Honorary pallbearers will be Lance Loggains, Shawn Hooks and Robert Highman.

Visitation is today from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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

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Alice Faye Payne

Alice Faye Payne, 75, of Cave City, died Sept. 26, 2014, at her home.

Born Sept. 12, 1939, at Cord, she was a retired business owner, having owned and operated Hometown Antiques and Gifts in Cave City for several years. She also worked for GenCorp Automotive in Batesville as a supervisor for several years. She was a member of Eastern Star and Soul's Harbor Church in Cave City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Edward and Nola Terry Mize.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheree Lyn Huckabee, of the home; two sisters, Linda Asberry and husband Larry, Cave City, and Judy Harris and husband Kenny, Lynn; and three grandchildren, Jeremy Huckabee, Zackery Huckabee and Brent Huckabee.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Soul's Harbor Church in Cave City with Bro. Sam Manuel officiating. Burial will be in Milligan Campground Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Visitation is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the church.

Pallbearers will be Joey Huckabee, Brandon Mize, Gregg Asberry, Tyler Asberry, Justin King and T.J. Cude. Honorary pallbearers will be Rob Lyons, Brent Huckabee, Colton Asberry and the members of Soul's Harbor Church.

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

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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 www.brownsfuneralserviceatokaok.com.

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Linda Mae Spargo

Linda Mae Christopher Spargo, 72, died Sept. 25, 2014, in Mountain Home.

Born Oct. 23, 1941, in Clover Bend, she was a 1959 graduate of Clover Bend High School. She formerly worked for Walmart in Wynne and later co-owned Galactic Hurricane in Jonesboro, where she was known as Ms. Linda.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Estes and Eddie Mae Stephenson Christopher; two brothers, Loyd Christopher and Lowell Christopher; and a sister, Wilma Christopher.

Survivors include her husband, Glendon Spargo; a son, Glen Spargo Jr., Hoxie; three daughters, Christi Owen and husband Steven, Marion, Ky., Sherri Schriver and husband Keith, Longmont, Colo., and Carol Stith and husband Tim, Greenwood; two sisters, Genevieve Williams, Hoxie, and Estalea Butler and husband Gary, Sulphur, La.; grandchildren, Lynnette and Ben West Jr., Holly Hicks, Jacob Schriver, Kyle Schriver, Sarah Schriver and Taylor Stith; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with O.D. Winfrey officiating. Burial was in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ben West Jr., Jacob Schriver, Kyle Schriver, Tim Church, Chris Richardson and Kyle Hicks.

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

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John Franklin Truitt

John Franklin Truitt, 70, of Pocahontas, entered into eternal peace Sept. 24, 2014.

John was born Aug. 19, 1944, in Bono to the late W.C. and Gladys Dunlap Truitt. John was a loving husband, father and papaw. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

John is survived by his loving wife, Bobbye Truitt; children, Beth (Jonathan) Ragan, Jennifer Truitt, Sarah (Jeremy) Presley and John (Melissa) Truitt; grandchildren, Kristyn Ragan, Joshua Ragan, Miranda Halstead, Mia Presley, Braden Presley, Gage Truitt, Kiley Truitt, Caleb Truitt; and a brother Don (Nina) Truitt.

His is preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service celebrating his life was Saturday at 2 p.m. at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas with Nancy Rainwater officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Jones, Steve Jones, Chad Chester, Bill Anderson, Sloan Durham and Roger Anderson. Honorary pallbearers were Red Kildow, Danny Holt and Bill Meeks.

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

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Charles Kevin Woodson

Charles Kevin Woodson, 44, of Walnut Ridge, died Sept. 23, 2014, at his home.

Born Aug. 17, 1970, in Jonesboro, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and a construction worker.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles "Porky" Woodson; and his grandparents, Cleo and Idell Matthews Parker and Manuel and Pearl Darris Woodson.

Survivors include his mothter, Barbara Parker Woodson, of the home; a brother, Mike Woodson and wife Angie, Swifton; three sisters, Sherry Burnside and husband Terry, and Sheila Woodson, all of Walnut Ridge, and Debbie Luther and husband Scott, Paragould; seven nephews; a step-nephew; two great-nephews; three nieces, two step-nieces and a great-niece.

Funeral was Thursday at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church with Glenn Smith officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Michael Woodson, Eric Woodson, Tyler Ellison, Noah Burnside, Chris Ellison, Dalton Ellison and Hunter Luther.

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

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William D. Workman

William D. "Bill" Workman, 69, of Jonesboro, died Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

Born Sept. 24, 1945, at Lauratown, near Clover Bend, in Lawrence County, Bill was a 1964 graduate of Clover Bend High School and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He married Francie Grisham on Aug. 5, 1972, and was a faithful Christian and member of Greensboro Road Church of Christ. Bill worked several years for City Water and Light of Jonesboro, and was a talented musician, singer, songwriter and auctioneer.

He was preceded in death by an infant sister, JoAnn Workman; and his parents, Willard Clayton Workman and Lois Harris Workman.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Francie Grisham Workman, of the home; a son, Clayton (Emily Kee) Workman, and their sons Austin Workman and Jonah Workman, all of Belews Creek, N.C.; a daughter, Amy (Matt) Cooper and their son Gage Pipkin, all of Bono; three sisters, Ada (Wendell) Davis of Tennessee, Sue Simpson of Paragould, and Pam Workman of Walnut Ridge; three brothers: Willard Workman Jr. of Walnut Ridge, Hubert Workman of Portia, and Gary Workman of Hoxie; an uncle, William Noel Workman of Mississippi; and many nephews, nieces, great nephews/nieces and cousins.

Visitation is Thursday from 1-1:45 p.m. in Emerson Memorial Chapel. The funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. with Terry Joe Kee, minister of Greensboro Road Church of Christ in Jonesboro, and Mark Brewer, minister of Bay Church of Christ officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Liberty Church of Christ Cemetery on Highway 351 North in Greene County.

Active pallbearers include Bill Berry, Bobby Colburn, Don House, Marshall Lands, Dan Nichols and Jeff Presley. Honorary pallbearers include Leo Barnett, Scottie Blanchard, Curtis Duffel, Mike Felts, Mike Gray, Dr. F. Joseph George, Kenneth Harp, Dr. Louis Layton, Dr. Marc Monte, Randy Oden, Dave Pearson, Jody Pickens, John Robertson, Jim Selvidge and Kelly Rowe.

Memorials may be made to Greensboro Road Church of Christ Mission Fund, the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, the Clopton Clinic Chemotherapy Unit, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Memphis or the American Cancer Society.

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

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