November 19, 2014 Edition

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Martin Wilson


Jack Eagan Mary Francis Gill Patsy Hooten
Mary House Steven Daniel Liles Darrell Lynn Ross
Jimmie E. Shular Deanna Smith H. Dewon Smith
Vernon R. Spencer Bob Tate James Houston Taylor
Gaither Zimmerman


Ava Erica Martin

Brandon and Megan Martin of Alicia have announced the birth of a daughter, born Nov. 7, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, one ounce, and has been named Ava Erica Martin. She has five siblings, Andrew Davidson, nine, Ally Davidson, seven, Brayden Davidson, four, Bella Davidson, two, and Jace Davidson, 10 months.

Grandparents are Roy Paul Davidson of Walnut Ridge, Kelly Davidson of Cherokee Village and Susie Martin of Jonesboro.

Great-grandparents are Barbara Davidson of Walnut Ridge and Mary Sprinkle of Horseshoe Bend.

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Paisley Jade Wilson

Tucker Wilson and Tabitha Hibbs of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a daughter, born Oct. 30, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, one ounce, and has been named Paisley Jade Wilson.

Grandparents are Dale and Sherry Hibbs and Juan and Deborah Mates, all of Jonesboro, and Kent and Susan Wilson of Albuquerque, N.M.

Great-grandparents are Joe Ann Cook and Steve Irvin, both of Jonesboro, Roy and Brenda Hibbs of Walnut Ridge and Shirley Hunt of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Great-great grandfather is Wilburn Hibbs of Walnut Ridge.

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Jack Eagan

Jackie Ray "Jack" Eagan, 74, of Jonesboro, passed away Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Memphis.

Born Nov. 25, 1939, in Saffell, he was an owner and operator of Eagan Manufacturing in Black Rock and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sallye Eagan; his parents, Estes and Nona Godwin Eagan; and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, Lin Eagan; a daughter, Shelia Jackson and husband David, Fayetteville; two sons, Richard Eagan and wife Robbie, Black Rock, and Ashley Eagan and wife Susanne, Pocahontas; two stepsons, Jerry Gilliam and wife Deborah, Wake Forrest, N.C., and Kenneth Gilliam and wife Dim, Jonesboro; two brothers, Vernon Eagan and wife Jeannie, North Little Rock, and Buford Eagan and wife Barbara, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Joshua Jackson and wife Whitney, Jenni Russell and husband Ryan, Joe Paul Jackson and Magan Eagan; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bros. Mark Harris and Jake Guenrich officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forrest Cemetery at Black Rock under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter in Walnut Ridge or the National Kidney Foundation.

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Mary Francis Gill

Mary Francis Gill, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died Nov. 12, 2014, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 1, 1930, in Ravenden, she was the daughter of Elmer and Ethel Jones Etchison. She worked for many years at Lawrence Manufacturing and Ark Trail Blazer. She was a homemaker and a member of the Portia Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Olus Harold Gill, whom she married Nov. 6, 1948, in Bono; a daughter, Sharon Kay Gill; a son-in-law, Jimmy Tom Sexton; and her grandparents, Edward A. and Sarah Francis Etchison.

Survivors include a son, Chip Gill and wife Susan, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Ann Sexton, Newport, and Charlette Koob and husband Terry, Houston; two sisters, June Ratliff, Eaton, and Judy Ellen Armstrong, Hope Mills, N.C.; and five grandchildren, Jeff Sexton, Jeremy Wetuski, Tiffany Wilson, Eric Wetuski and Marguerite Gill.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Eric Wetuski, Duane Gill, Greg Gill, James Ratliff, Jeffrey Sexton and Joey Gill. Honorary pallbearers were Roger Ratliff, Von Gill and Mike Ratliff.

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Patsy Hooten

Patsy June Hall Hooten, 81, of Bono, died Nov. 14, 2014, at her home.

Born Sept. 2, 1933, in Egypt, she was the daughter of Ara and Daisy Hall. She was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Dennis Renfro and Kenneth Wayne Renfro; two sisters, Bobbie Henderson and Nora Ann Dance; and a brother, Ara Hall Jr.

Survivors include her husband, William Paul Hooten; a daughter, Barbara Garza, Jonesboro; three grandchildren, Amado Garza, Angela Renfro and Steven Renfro; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro. Burial was in Markham Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Marc Monte and his staff at the Clopton Clinic, the nurses in chemotherapy, Dr. William Palmer and First Care.

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Mary House

Mary Magdelene Olson House, 93, of Hoxie, died Nov. 12, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro, following a lengthy illness.

Born Oct. 10, 1921, in Marion, she was the daughter of John and Maggie Richey Olson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jesus Name Pentecostal Church of Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her huband, Sylvester Clinton House; a son, Clinton Sylvester House; a brother, Wesley John Olson; and a sister, Opal Flemming.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Linda Sue Forsyth House; a granddaughter, Amanda Jane House Organ; a custodial granddaughter, Vivian Rose Kemper; four great-grandchildren; 15 foster grandchildren; and six foster great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Steven Daniel Liles

Steven Daniel Liles, 28, of Alicia, died Nov. 12, 2014.

Born Jan. 3, 1986, in Jonesboro, he worked for Holmes Tile and Marble.

He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Esther Rivera; a great-grandmother, Ilene Grimes; grandfathers, Jasper Grimes and Bill Baty; three uncles, Jose Villarreal, Troy Brown and John Blazer; and two cousins.

Survivors include three children, Hayli Liles, Aaron Liles and Zachary Liles, all of Rye, Texas; his mother, Angelena Willard and husband Anthony, Dayton, Texas; his father, Harley Liles, Newport; two sisters, Heather Maddox, Leonard, Texas, and Amanda Willard, Dayton, Texas; two brothers, Anthony Willard, Smithville, and Jeremy Liles, Cypress, Texas; and grandparents, Herbert and Barbara Willard, Thida, Linda Baty, Dayton, Texas, and Larry Max Brown, Doniphan, Mo.

A memorial service was held Sunday.

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Darrell Lynn Ross

Darrell Lynn "Porkchop" Ross, 51, of Hoxie, died Nov. 17, 2014, at his home.

Born May 23, 1963, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Marie Pickney Ross.

Survivors include three sisters, Wanda Dail and Doris Dail, both of Ravenden, and Brenda King, Paragould; three brothers, Kenny Ross, D.J. Ross and Mike Ross, all of Ravenden; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held today from 6-8 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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Jimmie E. Shular

Jimmie E. Shular, 82, of DeKalb, Ill., died Nov. 11, 2014, at Neighbors Rehab Center in Byron, Ill.

Born June 5, 1932, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., she was the daughter of Gillie J. and Maudie L. Richey Chappell. She worked at Walmart in DeKalb, and formerly at K-Mart and Target in DeKalb.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Angela Shular; a sister, Wanda Rushin; and two sons-in-law, Bill Woodham and Con Moriarity.

Survivors include her husband, Donald L. Shular, whom she married May 25, 1960, in Reno, Nev.; two daughters, Sandra Woodham and Deborah Moriarity, both of Davis Junction, Ill.; a son, Robert Catef, Las Vegas; seven grandchildren, Tonya Woodham, Todd Woodham, Shanna Reiling, Sean Moriarity, James Moriarity, Lori Quintin and Robert Catef Jr.; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and several cousins, including many in Lawrence County.

Funeral was Sunday at 4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, Ill., with Rev. Robert Vaughn of Malta Congregational Church officiating.

The body was cremated.

Memorials may be made to the Jimmie E. Shular Memorial Fund, sent to the Shular family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.

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Deanna Smith

Deanna Smith, 52, died Nov. 11, 2014, at her home.

Born Feb. 13, 1962, in Jonesboro, she lived most of her life in Randolph County. She worked for Tweedy Transport and was a member of First Baptist Church in Pocahontas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Blackwell.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff Smith; two children, Timothy Smith and Jamee Smith, both of the home; her mother, Betty Wheeler Blackwell, Drew, Miss.; three brothers, Eric Blackwell and wife Tamara, Drew, Miss., Dean Blackwell and wife Tina, Pocahontas, and Gene Blackwell and wife Kerri, Piggott; and two sisters, Linda Bibb and husband Dale, Delaplaine, and Tammy Chappell and husband Troy, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Pocahontas with Eric Moffett officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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H. Dewon Smith

H. Dewon Smith, 86, of Belvidere, Ill., passed away peacefully, Saturday afternoon, Nov. 15, 2014, at Northwood's Care Centre, after a short illness. Dewon was born Sept. 6, 1928, in Strawberry, the son of Homer A. and Nettie (Chappel) Smith. He married Ann Wilkerson on Aug. 12, 1948, in Bono.

Dewon started his working career in farming with his father. He then moved to Rockford, Ill., where he worked for JL Clark from 1950 to 1955, and then went to the Ford dealership where he was a mechanic and sales associate.

Dewon and Ann then moved back to Jonesboro, where he was a manager for Quality Gladiolas Farms. In 1966, Dewon and Ann moved back to Illinois, where he went to work for Chrysler Corp in Belvidere as a pipefitter, he retired in 1991 after 25 years.

Dewon was a member of Belvidere Church of Christ. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing and R.V. camping. He was also a member of Blackhawk RV Club.

Dewon is loved and will be missed by his wife, Ann of Belvidere; daughter, Sharee (Larry) Burks of Jonesboro; son in-law, Danny Simpson of Belvidere; sister in-law, Vernice Smith of Jonesboro; grandchildren Tracy (Mark Rarig) Simpson, Monica (Michael) Simon, Marcus (Lisa) Simpson; Jennifer Casey, Greg Burks, Matt (Traci) Burks; 15 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Dewon is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Marilyn "Dianne" Simpson; and a brother, Dale Smith.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro with David Gibson officiating. Burial will be private.

Visitation will be prior to the service on Friday from 9-11 a.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel.

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Vernon R. Spencer

Vernon R. "Pete" Spencer Jr. was called home by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at 9:45 a.m. after a long illness.

He was 94 years old and born Dec. 18, 1919, to Grace Murray Spencer and Mr. Vernon R. Spencer Sr. in Newport.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Mrs. Regena Diane Spencer; his parents; sisters, Carmen Briggs and Evelyn Clark; brothers, Earl Spencer and Homer Spencer; a grandson, Bradley Robert Lindahl; and granddaughter, Tina Spencer. His wife was the former Regena Henderson of Walnut Ridge.

He is survived by a son, Charles V. Spencer of Sandia Park, N.M.; a daughter, Rosemary Spencer of El Paso, Texas; a grandson, David Scott Lindahl of Schaumburg, Ill.; a nephew, Mark Smith and wife Gladys in St. Louis; nieces, Nancy Rainey Bell and husband Chip of Eatonton, Ga., Patsy Rainey Hollar and husband Larry of Granite Falls, N.C.; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pete lived and worked primarily in Newport with his family, and at age 32 moved to Las Cruces, N.M., with family and worked 15 years at Las Cruces Sun-News and other newspaper offices in the area. Pete also worked for 36 years at White Sands Missile Range.

He and his wife moved to the El Paso area in 1974. His church home was Skyline Baptist Church in El Paso, Texas, where he served as a deacon for a number of years.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Skyline Baptist Church. His body will be cremated at the La Paz-Graham Funeral Home in Las Cruces.


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Bob Tate

Robert Gerald "Bob" Tate, 83, of Walnut Ridge, passed away Nov. 16, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 30, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Wayne and Esther Berry Tate. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was retired from Skil and was a charter member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and four sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Lorazell Sharp Tate, whom he married July 4, 1951; two sons, Rick Tate, Imboden, and Danny Tate, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Cindy Abbott and husband Dan, Hoxie; two brothers, Darrell Tate, Walnut Ridge, and Bill Tate, Machesney Park, Ill.; two sisters, Jean Denton, Walnut Ridge, and Robin Pierce, Hot Springs; three grandchildren, Chelsea Matheny and husband Ty, Marti Bradley and husband Seth, and Mark Byrd; four great-grandchildren, Hayden Matheny, Tate Matheny, Presley Matheny and Blakelynn Bradley; and several other relatives and friends.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Revs. Glenn Smith and Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Weldon Denton, Larry Tate, Ronnie Tate, Shawn Cook, Steve Gipson and Chris Gipson. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Matthews, Octavis "Red" Adamson, Archie Harden, Leroy Lacy, Al Whitmire, Roy Johnson, Delbert Gall and Bill Holder.

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James Houston Taylor

James Houston Taylor, the loving and devoted husband of Norma Kee Mobley Taylor, father to Angela Pandora Barnett, and grandfather to Stephanie Taylor Bond and her husband, Devin Benton, passed on to the “big cruise ship in the sky” on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014.

James, born in Mississippi County in 1940, was a hair dresser, fisherman, dog breeder and a darn good cook. He was passionate about his 27 vacation cruises, good food and wine and of course, his family. Spending the last 50-plus years in Jonesboro, Walnut Ridge and Black Rock, he was known about town for his great sense of humor and his genuine friendliness to all – he truly never met a stranger.

James is also survived by his mother-in-law of nearly 60 years, Adelaide Mobley Maddox; his sister-in-law, Martha Mobley Morgan; and his brother, Max L. Taylor.

The family would like to thank the medical team at Clopton Clinic, St. Bernard's Hospital and the incredible staff at Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House. The family requests in lieu of flowers, friends and family consider a donation to the Hospice House.

A celebration of James will be held on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, beginning at 3 p.m., with a concluding toast to his life at 5 p.m. at The Venue, 117 W. Main St. in Walnut Ridge. Friends are welcome to join the family in our Bon Voyage. We love you James, Dad.


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Gaither Zimmerman

Gaither "Jake" Zimmerman, 98, of Pocahontas, died Nov. 15, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born March 29, 1916, he was the son of Charlie and Hester Sanders Zimmerman. He was a lifelong resident of Alicia, a farmer and a World War II veteran.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Zimmerman; five brothers, David Zimmerman, Alex Zimmerman, Fate Zimmerman, Paul Zimmerman and Arvil Zimmerman; and a sister, Lillian Zimmerman Simmons.

Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Simmons, Walnut Ridge, and Gladys Golden, Morresville, Ind.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Rev. Ted Shields officiating. Burial will be in Arnold Cemetery at Swifton.

Pallbearers will be Bill McPhink, Nathaniel Harris, Gene Davis, David Simmons, Gary Armstrong and Shawn Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Spurlock and Joey Harris.

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