October 29, 2014 Edition

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Births

Bass Lundquist McGee
Stallcup

Obituaries

Mary Behannon Ray Gene Gann Barbara Jean Hackworth
Angela Mary Hendrix Joe Louis Johnson Billy Eugene Massey
Maynard Richey

Births

Hunter Alexzander Bass

Cody and Breonna Bass of Black Rock have announced the birth of a son, born Oct. 9, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed eight pounds, one ounce, and has been named Hunter Alexzander Bass. He has two older brothers, Jayden, three, and Eli, two.

Grandparents are Dale Brady Jr. of Black Rock, Elaine Brady of Imboden and Joe and Kathryn Bass of Black Rock.

Great Grandparents are Dale Brady Sr. of Black Rock, Billy and Sandra Lee of Imboden, Linda Maxie of Wilburn and Betty Bass of Jonesboro.

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Ian Rex Lundquist

Erik and Shannon Lundquist of Gypsum, Colo., have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born Oct. 27, 2014, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, Colo.

The baby weighed four pounds, 14 and a half ounces, and has been named Ian Rex Lundquist.

Grandparents are Brenda Hart of Walnut Ridge and the late Rex Hart and John and Roberta Lundquist of Denver, Colo.

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Thomas Edward McGee

Chris and Samantha McGee of Springfield, Ill., have announced the birth of a son, born on Oct. 21, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Ill.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Thomas Edward McGee. He has one sibling, a brother, Owen.

Grandparents are Stephen and Edna White, Mike McGee and Kim McGee, all of Springfield, Ill.

Great-grandparents are Zada Dickey of Walnut Ridge, Thomas and Barbara McGee and Allen Brewer, all of Springfield, Ill.

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Adam Christian Stallcup

Dr. Jim and Leslie Stallcup of Hogeye have announced the birth of a son, born Oct. 28, 2014, at a Springdale hospital.

The baby weighed seven pounds, four ounces and has been named Adam Christian Stallcup. He has an older sister, Leah, six.

Grandparents are Jim and Lyn Stallcup of Walnut Ridge and David and Sherry Tyson of Tennessee.

The great-grandmother is Geraldine Stallcup of Lawrence Hall.

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Obituaries

Mary Imogene Behannon

Mary Imogene Hale Behannon passed from this life on Oct. 24, 2014, in Lufkin, Texas.

She was known to most as "Gene" and was born near Smithland, Texas, in Marion County on May 31, 1924, to the late Norman and Pearl Moore Hale.


Gene graduated from Carlisle High School in Price, Texas, and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Her teaching career spanned 50 years, with 30 of those years in public schools in Texas, and 20 years as an educator at Southern Baptist College (now Williams Baptist College) in Walnut Ridge. The last 18 years, she was a teacher for the Henderson, Texas, schools, from which she retired in May 1994.

Gene married Dr. Woodrow (Woody) Behannon of Lufkin on July 23, 1946, in the Carlisle Baptist Church in Price. They were married over 50 years, before his death in June 1997. Moving from Arkansas to Henderson in 1976, Gene joined First Baptist Church and was a member of the Radio Bible Adult Sunday School Class. She served for several years as the secretary for the Heritage Association, and assisted her husband, Dr. Behannon, in supervising tours and special happenings at the Howard-Dickinson House.

She held membership in the local and State Retired Teachers of Texas, was a member of the Eastern Star, and was a participant in the Silver Star organization of the local Chamber of Commerce. Gene was also a member of AAUW and B&PW organizations when these clubs were active in Henderson.

Survivors include: aunt, Helen Moore of Bossier City, La.; nephews, Jim Miller and wife Denise Cunigan of Huntington. Texas, and Rusty Welch and wife Ann of Virginia; great-nieces, Donna Gardner, Dawn Cotton and husband James Eckles, and Debra Elliott, all of Lufkin, and Tara Boulware and husband Jimmy of Zavalla.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Crawford-A. Crim Funeral Home in Henderson, Texas, with Dr. David Higgs officiating. Interment followed at Rusk County Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Nick Gardner, Danny Elliott, Jimmy Boulware, Bob Lofton, Bob Baker and Aaron Lofton.

Memorials may be made to the Library Media Center of First Baptist Church, 207 W. Main St., Henderson, TX 75652, the Howard-Dickinson House, c/o Rusk County Heritage Association, P.O. Box 820, Henderson, TX 75653, and/or the Felix Goodson Library at Williams Baptist College, c/o Pamela Meridith, 60 W Fulbright Ave., Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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VRay Gene Gann

Ray Gene Gann, 64, of Batesville, brother of Bonnie Pickett of Ravenden and Carol Pickett of Walnut Ridge, died Oct. 25, 2014, at a Batesville hospital. Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Brian Ryals officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery at Sitka. An online guestbook is available at www.quallsfh.com.

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Barbara Jean Hackworth

Barbara Jean Hackworth, 72, of Hoxie, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014.

Born June 15, 1942, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of James Floyd and Ida Opal Ross Bradley. She was retired from Arkansas Glass Container and was a member of New Life Cathedral of Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Mary Jo Bradley, Nella Mae Hendon, Ruby Staton, Virginia Michael and Judy Linebaugh; and two brothers, J.F. Bradley and John Bradley.

Survivors include her husband, Don Hackworth, whom she married Nov. 20, 1964; two sons, Rev. J. Randal Hackworth and wife Brenda, Enid, Okla., and Larry Don Hackworth, Yelm, Wash.; an honorary daughter, Diane Tayler and husband Michael, White Hall; a brother, Larry Bradley, Jonesboro; a granddaughter, Kaya Hackworth, Oklahoma; a grandson, Tayler Armstrong, White Hall; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at New Life Cathedral in Hoxie with pastors David Craig and Chuck Fitzgerald officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were John Dulaney, Wesley Gates, Greg Coats, James Jones, Mitch McCarroll and Tim Hall. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Albert, Ronnie Coats, Shadrach Turner and Tommy Dulaney.

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

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Angela Mary Hendrix

Angela Mary Hendrix, 75, went to be with the Lord our Father on Oct. 27, 2014.

She was born Dec. 4, 1938, in Margate, England.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life and best friend Paul "Bobo" Hendrix.

Angela is survived by her five children, Charles Hendrix and wife Linda, and Glenn Hendrix, all of Hoxie, Paula Tibbs and husband Jerry, Jonesboro, Tracy Rose and husband Steve, Greenbrier, and Wayne Hendrix and wife Diana, Mt. Sterling, Ky.; two sisters, Rosalind Sweeney, Dundalk, Ireland, and Vanessa Hallwood, Birchington, England; a brother, John Hogan, Amsterdam, Holland; eight grandchildren, Kristy Beasley, Trisha Duckworth, Will Hendrix, Natalie Hendrix, Heather Rose, Lauren Rose, Kaleigh Hendrix and Dylan Hendrix; and three great-grandchildren, Kaleb Tedder, Ashtyn Duckworth and Addyson Duckworth.

Angela was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and a wonderful cook, who will be deeply missed by her children, family and friends.

Graveside service is Saturday, at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bro. David Craig officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Joe Louis Johnson

Joe Louis Johnson, 78, of Kansas City, Mo., formerly of Birdell, died Oct. 22, 2014, at Saint Luke’s North Hospital in Kansas City.

Born Jan. 4, 1936, at Birdell, he was the son of Claude Bob and Maude Hardin Johnson. He worked at Avis Car Rental in Denver and was a Mason.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Iola Butner Johnson; four brothers, Jack Johnson, Marvin Johnson, Cecil Johnson and Robert Johnson; and two sisters, Luttie M. Johnson and Drucelia Oaks.

Survivors include a son, Joel Johnson, Grand Island, Neb.; a brother, James Johnson, Springfield, Mo.; two sisters, Sue Agnes Young, Imboden, and Mary Francis Herron, Springfield, Mo.; and a grandson, John Max Johnson.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Gerald Fears officiating. Burial was in Hardin Cemetery in Imboden.

Pallbearers were Sherman Ballard, David Looney, Bobby Johnson, Johnny Young, Willis Johnson, Steve Johnson, Terry Ballard and Doug Johnson.

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

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Billy Eugene Massey

Billy Eugene Massey went to his eternal rest on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

He was born in Landis on March 7, 1931, to Samuel Russell and Dell Morrison Massey. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Theda Gay Snow, on Aug. 12, 1949. She preceded him in death one year ago on Sept. 29, 2013.

Born into a farming family, he left school at an early age to work with his father on the family farm near Lunsford shortly after the end of World War II. The knowledge gained from his farming experiences would one day take him far from his humble roots and around the world with John Deere as an Agricultural Engineer. Before that could happen, he knew he needed more education, so he began his journey at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge in the late 1940s and continued at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., in the early 1950s.

Bill began his career at Plow Planter Works in August of 1951 and assisted with the development of Deere’s first Quality Control Department. His work as a designer predates the CAD machine era. His work was essential in the elimination of hand labor in cotton production and is associated with many landmark projects.

His work was very important to him and even on our vacations, I can recall a moment when he recognized a planter he had helped design working in a field, so he pulled the car over, got out, and waved the farmer over and asked him how the planter was working. They talked for quite awhile, and if pride could walk, it did as dad came back to the car.

His work took him from the Arkansas homestead to places like Mexico, Brazil and Turkey with the Mannheim Project. Bill was inducted into the The American Society of Agricultural Engineers in 1958.

John Deere was the only company at which he ever worked or wanted to work. But time, and the grain embargo of the 1980s, meant retirement for mom and dad. They had a long and adventurous retirement, traveling to Israel, Ireland, England and Greece. Living on a golf course in Florida, they entertained many friends and family for a dozen years until health issues brought them back to Arkansas.

Bill and Theda were married 64 years, and Mom reminded me even late last year that they were "still very much in love." They had a life together that many would call the "American Dream." It’s been said that the stars are just holes in the floor of heaven. If that’s true maybe one night we can look up and see them together again.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger Massey; a grandson, Eric Massey; brothers, Leon Massey and Donald Massey; and sister, Willadean Hanshaw.

He is survived by sons, Mike Massey and his wife, Evalyn, of Muskogee, Okla., and David Massey and wife, Emily, of Excelsior Springs, Mo.; sisters, Erma Bloodworth, Irene Grady and Evelyn Snow; a brother, Ronald Massey; grandchildren, Erin and Ron Peterson, Randa and Mike Johnson, Lance and Wendy Dixon, Josh and Sherry Massey, Melanie and Jason Scott, Jennifer Rogers and Julie and Rodrigo Soto; great-grandchildren, Ryan Johnson, Abby Johnson, Kennedy Dixon, Logan Dixon, Olivia Scott, Amaira Peterson, Jaden Peterson and Jordy Peterson.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

Graveside services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Snow Cemetery in Walnut Ridge. Arrangements and services are under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Massey, John Snow, Josh Massey and Darrell Hanshaw.

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

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Maynard Richey

Maynard Richey, 84, of Strawberry, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, in Batesville.

Born Jan. 4, 1930, he was the son of William Clay Richey and Sybil Harris Richey. Maynard was a farmer, a carpenter and worked for Strawberry Waterworks. He enjoyed coon hunting, gardening and sharing what he raised, and was known for having the best corn crop around. He was a strong, devoted, gentle Christian man, a dedicated husband, and a member of the Strawberry Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 60 years, Bernice Kennedy Richey, whom he married Sept. 3, 1950; a son, Calvin Richey; a sister, Bernice McGee; and a grandson, Jered Morgan.

Survivors include a son, Ellis Richey of Hackett; two daughters, Cindy Morgan and husband Jerry Wayne of Lynn, and Marilee House and husband Mark of Batesville; eight grandchildren, Brandi Shilts, Beverly Richmond, Lauren Geurin, James Richey, Haley Ward, Trevor Morgan, Clayton House and Maggie Jo House; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald Richey and wife Nina of Lynn, and W.C. Richey and wife Nina of Strawberry; and several nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life service was held Monday at 7 p.m. at the Strawberry Church of Christ with Gregg Cooper officiating. Burial was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Ward Cemetery in Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Trevor Morgan, Clayton House, Joe Richmond, James Richey, Scott Durham and Eddie Durham. Honorary pallbearers were Dustin Geurin, Will Shilts, Darrell Smith, Randy Richey and T.J. Latting.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children’s Home, 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450.

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

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