December 24, 2014 Edition

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Helen Keller Allen Henry Dale Deeter Pamila Ann Ellis
Harry Vernon Midgett Joe Ratliff Jimmy Slatton


Graham Owen Hatcher

Nick and Stefanie Hatcher of Paragould have announced the birth of a son, born on Dec. 19, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed eight pounds, four ounces, and has been named Graham Owen Hatcher. He has one sister, Reese Makena Hatcher, two.

Grandparents are David and Jackie Hatcher of Corning and Eddie and Peggy Chadwick of Black Rock.

Great-grandparents are Janice Hatcher and Dortha Clayton, both of Rector; Joyce Booth of Powhatan and Bill and Laverne Gaines of Portia.

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Helen Keller Allen

Helen Keller Allen, 87, of Saffell, died Dec. 16, 2014, at a Cave City nursing home.

Born Nov. 8, 1927, in Little Rock, she was the daughter of Thomas Albert and Jenny Bell Kelley Keller. She was a homemaker and a member of the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Bovay Allen; a brother, George Keller; and a grandson, Stephen Lawson.

Survivors include two sons, David Allen, Saffell, and Albert Allen, Cave City; two daughters, Judy Tidwell, Saffell, and Shirlene Smith, Jesup; a brother, Boyce Keller, Rogers; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Paul Sowell and Keith Wilson officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Dowdy under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Brian Allen, Doug Barkley, Shaun Allen, Zack Allen, Aaron Smith and Jared Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Lawson, Dillon Lawson, David Lee Tidwell, Chase Smith and Ayden Smith.

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Henry Dale Deeter

Henry Dale Deeter, son of the late Henry Deeter and Althea Butts Harris Deeter, was born Oct. 30, 1928, in Lynn, and departed this life Dec. 17, 2014, at the age of 86 years, one month and 17 days.

Mr. Deeter was a retired educator and junior high school principal.

He was preceded in death by three older half-brothers, Wendell Harris, William Deeter and Elva Deeter.

He is survived by his wife: Glenda Winters Deeter of Kennett, Mo., whom he married June 15,1956; a son, Grant Deeter and wife Angela of Blytheville; a daughter, Jaime Taylor and husband Jon of Birmingham, Ala.; a foster son, David Walker and wife Karen of Tallahassee, Fla.; four grandchildren, Forrest Taylor, Seth Taylor, David Walker and Jaime Walker; two great-grandchildren, Colin Walker and Claire Walker; two great-nephews, Bill Deeter and Van Deeter; and other relatives and many friends.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Slicer Street Church of Christ in Kennett, Mo., with Spencer Furby and Johnny Hester officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett. McDaniel Funeral Service had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Larry Metheny, Gaylon Mullins, Chuck Conley, Harold Ferguson, Jack Harris and Billy Joe Wilson. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. John McMullan, Ward Billings, Don Ward, Leonard Boggs, Gerald Wilkerson, Roger Montgomery and Mike Hunter.

Memorials may be made to Children's Home Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Pamila Ann Ellis

Pamila Ann "Pam" Ellis, 48, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 20, 2014, at her home.

Born Jan. 20, 1966, in Walnut Ridge, she was a factory worker and a homemaker. She was of the Church of Christ belief.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward C. Shields.

Survivors include a son, Anthony Shields, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Candice Shields, Newport; her mother, Patricia Shields, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Michael Lynn Shields, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Tammy Pittman, Walnut Ridge, and Barbie Flemming, Spokane, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Sean Forest, Memphis Brown, Phoebe Brown and Jaden Wilfond.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Harry Vernon Midgett

Harry Vernon "Bean" Midgett, 82, of Conway died Dec. 21, 2014.

Born Feb. 2, 1932, he was known by most as "Bean."

He is survived by his wife, Betty; a sister, Eunice Wheeler; three children; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Bean was a farmer, a builder and a veteran, but most of all, a family man who loved God. He loved to grow things, and his rows were always straight. He learned to appreciate dirt and the moving of it at an early age, when he would pretend his thumb was a dump truck. He was always building something, from roads to furniture, or anything his beloved wife Betty could concoct. He was a man of precision. Everything that was worth doing was worth doing right. "Do it right the first time" was a quote we often heard.

He did it right when he married Betty. He said there was only one and she was his. Three popcorns and three cokes was how their story began. Too shy to ask the popcorn girl at the movie theatre for a date, he would volunteer to buy popcorn and cokes for him and his friends. When he finally walked her home, they knew they had found the love of their lives. They almost made it 62 years.

The father of three children, seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, he is leaving quite a legacy. Terry Thompson (Michael), Michael Midgett and Tracy Tidwell (Mark) never questioned his love and devotion to them, their mother or their children. His grandchildren, Nikki, Matt, Kassy, Kari, Amy, Zach and Karlee, and great-grandchildren Kaleb, Alyssa, Brianna, Summer, Hannah, Stuart, Ethan, Levi and Connor were his pride and joy.

He loved babies and thought they should be taught respect and how to behave early on. He believed one could do anything they wanted if they believed in themselves and worked hard enough for it. Later in life, after his fourth retirement, Bean and Betty became Sojourners, traveling the United States helping to build children's homes, churches, church camps or whatever needed to be built or repaired. Even when he became too ill, he would plan on how he could help his neighbors.

Bean loved to fish with his buddies, but one of his greatest pleasures was frying fish either for family or fundraisers for the Children's Home in Paragould. The legacy that Bean leaves behind is a legacy of being a good man who went about doing good. Just like he believed there was only one Betty, all who knew him know there was only one "Bean" and he was ours.

Funeral is Wednesday at noon at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Art Smith officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens at Paragould.

Pallbearers will be Matthew J. Pitcher, Chad Cupp, Zach Tidwell, Kaleb Eason, Darren Eason and Jeremy Champlin. Honorary pallbearers will be brothers-in-law Dennis Brake and Jerry Davis, and good friend Jack Phelps.

Visitation for the family is Wednesday at 10 a.m., and from 10:30 – noon for the public.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450, or online at


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Joe Ratliff

Jerry Joe "Mr. Wonderful" Ratliff, 84, of Justin, Texas, died Nov. 30, 2014.

Born March 24, 1930, in the Duval community in Lawrence County, he was the son of Howard and Billye Robins Ratliff. He attended the Duval School, where his father was a teacher and farmer. After the Duval School closed, his father taught at Clover Bend and Joe attended school in Walnut Ridge, and later graduated from DeWitt High School in DeWitt.

While in high school, he held jobs at the Coker-Hampton Drug Store, the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant and as a newspaper carrier.

He attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1951. He lived in Memphis before moving to Texas in 1974. He retired from the custom wheel business in 1998. After his retirement, he collected and restored antique cars.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Ratliff; and a son, Matthew Ratliff.

Survivors include a daughter, Donna Frisbee and husband Joe, Justin, Texas; a sister, Jeanne Ratliff Dobbs, Georgia; and a granddaughter, Emily Jane Frisbee.

Funeral was Saturday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at DeBerry Funeral Directors in Denton, Texas.

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Jimmy Slatton

Jimmy Dale Slatton, 66, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 16, 2014, at the Walnut Ridge Convalescent Center.

Born April 25, 1948, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Jack and Lucille Slatton.

Survivors include three sisters, Jackie Hutton and husband Waymond, Norma Waddell and husband Ted, and Vickie Warner and husband Joe; three brothers, Donald Slatton and wife Barbara, Melvin Slatton and wife Brenda, and Rickie Slatton and wife Peggy; and many cousins, nephews, nieces and friends aplenty. He never met a stranger.

His second family includes the students and residents of the Exceptional School in Portia, and the Haynes House. He also loved helping the Bobcat football program.

Funeral was Thursday at 3 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Karen Hutton officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Jeff Taylor, Dan Mullen, Bill Wilcoxson, Joe Fisher, Tori Hicks and Mark Fender.

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