December 31, 2014 Edition

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Rhonda Lee Carley Borden F. Doyle Bennett Franklin Hart
Patsy Hollar Dixie Lee Lakey Barbara McGinnis
L.V. Phillips Farion Walker Sr. Jimmy Slatton
Gene Whitlow


Kohlman Tate Clements

Justin and Casey Clements of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 10, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, two ounces, and has been named Kohlman Tate Clements.

He has a sister, Karleigh, who is 8, and a brother, Kipton, who is one.

Grandparents are Charles and Ronda Clements of Walnut Ridge and Wintfred and Sandra Voyles of Earle.

He is the great-grandson of Betty Kelley of Earle, Mary Etta Stanley of Tyronza and Rudy Clements of Walnut Ridge.

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Rhonda Lee Carley

Rhonda Lee Carley, 49, of Hoxie, died Dec. 23, 2014, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 30, 1965, she was a longtime resident of Lawrence County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J.T. and Pat Parsons Carley; and a brother, Tom Carley.

Survivors include a son, Casey Carley and wife Tennene, Walnut Ridge; a sister, Kim Roberts and husband Kevin, Hoxie; and three grandchildren, Tyler Carley, Madison Warren and Kaylie Warren.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

An online guestbook is available at

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Borden F. Doyle

Borden Fred Doyle, 92, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 27, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 27, 1922, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Joe and Polly Howard Doyle. He was a deacon at Oak Hill Baptist Church for 30 years and was a member of Sedgwick Baptist Church. He was a farmer and a painter.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie Doyle; three daughters, Pattie Johnson and husband Richard, Bono, Jackie Sexton and husband Larry, Imboden, and Loureta Copeland and husband Gary, Jonesboro; a sister, Opaline Tipton, St. Louis; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at 1 p.m. at Herman Cemetery, near Westside, with Tom Lamb officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family served as pallbearers.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bennett Franklin Hart

Bennett Franklin Hart, 91, of Walnut Ridge died Dec. 26, 2014, at the Jonesboro Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born June 28, 1923, he was the son of Eugene and Ouida Bennett Hart and a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a farmer and a member of First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Fern Hart; a brother, Gene Hart Jr.; and a sister, Moina Juanita Hart.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Barnett and Kay Dudley, both of Jonesboro; a brother, Benson Hart, Walnut Ridge; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Jeanne Williams officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Chris Dudley, Gregg Dudley, Bennett Dudley, Will Papich, Matthew Papich and Will Ray. Honorary pallbearers were James Hart, Blake Hart, Paul Cox and Kevin Slusser.

An online guestbook is available at

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Patsy Hollar

Patsy Rainey Bost Hollar, 75, of Granite Falls, N.C., passed away on Dec. 23, 2014.

She was born Dec. 18, 1939, in Magnolia, to Jack R. Rainey and Patricia Henderson Rainey. Patsy graduated from Walnut Ridge High School. She completed her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in piano at The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, in Belton, Texas, followed by graduate study in music at the University of Texas.

Patsy was a member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Lenoir, N.C., for several years. She then became a member of the First Baptist Church of Lenoir and was the choir director for 10 years. She was the choral music director at Lenoir High School and for many years, the choral music director at Hibriten High School. Mrs. Hollar retired from Caldwell County Schools in December 1999.

Her choral music students consistently excelled in choral music competitions all over the southeast. Patsy also for many years, directed the Lenoir Singing Christmas Tree and the Treble Ensemble. She served on the board of directors of the historic Chapel of Rest and the Community Music Club of Lenoir.

In addition to her parents, Patsy was preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie Rainey Bost.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Hollar; daughter, Leah Johnsie Bost Vaughan (Andy) of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Julia Hollar Whisenant (Rick), of Asheville, N.C., and Joanna Hollar Swanson (Eric) of Spartanburg, S.C.; sister Nancy Rainey Bell (Chip) of Lake Oconee, Ga.; and sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Martin (Steve) of Raleigh, N.C.

Mrs. Hollar is survived by three grandchildren: Anabelle and Rainey Scarborough and their father, Vernon Scarborough, all of Hickory, N.C.; and Harper Jane Vaughan of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. She is also survived by six step-grandchildren: Wesley, Zachary and Luke Whisenant, and Lindsay, Collin and Jarod Swanson; nieces, Anna Pennell (Fabio), Carla Jardin (Charles), Ashlei Martin, Laura Hanlon (Zachary); and nephews, Adam Pennell (Janet), and Bilijack Bell (Lisa).

A memorial service was held Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lenoir with Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial was private. Evans Funeral Service of Lenoir, N.C., had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Community Music Club of Lenoir Scholarship Fund, c/o Carol Frye, 210 Beall St., NW, Lenoir, NC 28645.


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Dixie Lee Lakey

Dixie Lee Lakey departed this life peacefully, surrounded by her children, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014, at the age of 72.

Momma loved to sew, tend to her flowers, watch Walker Texas Ranger, her children, grandchildren, and her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Dixie Zimmerman; one brother, Grady Murray; and her beloved grandmother, Iva Cook.

Momma is survived by her children: one son, Marty (Karla) Lakey of Minturn; three daughters, Angie Lakey of Black Rock, Mandy (Mike) Crosno of Walnut Ridge, and Kim (David) Light of Clover Bend; her grandchildren, Jessie, Alex, Sarah, Lisa, Samuel, Cole, and Hannah, who were her greatest joy; one sister, Toledo Smith of Black Rock; and her nieces and nephew, Scott, Christie, Tracy and Mikah. She was a beloved aunt and sister.

Graveside services was Sunday at 3 p.m. at Markham Cemetery with Bro. David Ponder officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Mike Crosno, Cole Crosno, David Light, Samuel Light, Scott Smith and Matt Dotson.

An online guestbook is available at


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Barbara Carolyn McGinnis

Barbara Carolyn McGinnis of Imboden, born Jan. 24, 1937, graduated to Heaven on Dec. 23, 2014, having finished her course as set by her Savior, Jesus Christ.

As a family, we are grateful that she has been reunited with her husband, Walton McGinnis; her parents KD and Myrtle McLeod; her great-grandchild, Annie Grace Lange; and many, many other friends and loved ones.

Carolyn’s surviving family members include daughter, Jo Hovind of Pensacola, Fla.; son, Michael McGinnis of Imboden; brother and wife, Billy Gene and Margot McLeod of Clarksville; brother and wife, Larry and Mary Lea McLeod of Imboden; son-in-law, Kent Hovind of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Stacey McGinnis of Peoria, Ill.; grandchildren include: Kent Andrew Hovind and wife Danielle, Eric Hovind and wife Tanya, Marlissa Dublin and husband Paul, Terra Lange and husband Aaron, Stephanie McGinnis, and Tammie Flores and husband Thomas; great-grandchildren include: Stephanie Hovind, Angie Hovind, Jordan Hovind, Kailey Hovind, Matthew Hovind, Weston Lange, Kyler Lange, Dean Walton Lange and Victor Flores.

Carolyn McGinnis served the Imboden community in many ways since returning to her hometown in 1981. As an employee in McLeod’s General Store, her abilities in accounting were invaluable, as well as her helpful smile and spirit to customers during her 10 years serving beside her brother, Larry McLeod.

As a tax preparer for over 30 years, Carolyn worked tirelessly to help individuals with the task of preparing their annual tax returns. Many elderly and others having fallen on hard times experienced no charge for her services. As organist for the Imboden Baptist Church for 35 years, and the Imboden Methodist Church for five years, hours of preparing music to enhance the worship services were her joyful contribution.

As host and contributing cook for many family and community events, her welcoming home and delicious dishes blessed untold numbers of people. Carolyn’s often silent witness for her Savior included helping hands and a prayerful heart for many.

A service celebrating Carolyn’s life was held Sunday 3 p.m. at Imboden First Baptist Church with pastor Michael Freeman officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers were Kent Andrew Hovind, Eric Hovind, Paul Dublin, Aaron Lange, Thomas Flores, Matthew Hovind, Jordan Hovind and Weston Lange.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Glade Camp, 5671 U.S. 63, Imboden, AR 72434.


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L.V. Phillips

L.V. Phillips, 81, of Barstow, Calif., died Dec. 8, 2014.

Born Nov. 29, 1933, in Powhatan, he was the son of Jesse and Pearl Neece Phillips. He and his family moved to Barstow in 1962. He served three years in the U.S. Air Force as a jet mechanic. He retired in 1991 as a planner-estimator from the Marine base in Barstow.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jewell Phillips and Allen Phillips; and two sisters, Jaunita Mohanke and Eunice Schular.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Shelton Phillips; a daughter, Kathy Hayes and husband Fred, Clarksville, Tenn.; a son, Timothy Phillips and wife Teresa, Barstow, Calif.; two brothers, Louie Phillips and wife Jo, Chicago, and Russell Phillips and wife Lynda, Washington; a sister, Jessie Loop and husband Norm; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Shelton and wife Bonnie and James Shelton and wife Patty.

There will be a private memorial at a later date.

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Farion Walker Sr.

Farion Walker Sr., 61, of New Hope, Ky., died Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 3, 1953, in Luxora, he was a retired United States Army veteran, where he was a medic. He was a member of American Legion Post 121 and Gethsemane Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Henry and Annie Elizabeth Walker; five sisters, Margaret Jones, Ollie Delores Walker, Shelia Athey, Deanie Ward and Christine Shelton; and three brothers, Marvin Walker Jr., William Jefferson Walker and Rocky Walker.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Walker of New Hope; five children, Tom (Angel) Walker of Illinois, Farion "Bubba" (Cheri) Walker Jr., of Walnut Ridge, Elizabeth Walker of Washington, Grant (Ashley) Bennett of New Haven, Ky., and Kendrea (Chad) Ward of Cox’s Creek, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Justin (Tannia) Walker, Cassandra Walker, Jessie Walker, Kimber Spinks, Aron Bennett, Logan Bennett, Lucas Bennett, Jacob Ward, and Briley Ward; one great-grandson, Tristan Walker; two brothers, Dan Walker of Jonesboro, and Johnny Walker of Walnut Ridge, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Barlow Funeral Home in Bardstown, Ky., with pastor Darrell Goodlett officiating. Burial was in Bardstown Cemetery.

An online guestbook is available at


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Gene Whitlow

Gene Whitlow, 86, of Black Rock, died Dec. 28, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born on Oct. 30, 1928, in the Sloan Town community, he was the son of Garland and Bertha Dunlap Whitlow. He was the owner and operator of Gene’s Garage for many years and was a school bus driver for Black Rock School. He was a member of the New Life Full Gospel Church at Black Rock.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Stewart Whitlow; a brother, Earl Whitlow; and four sisters, Louise Fears, Mozell Dulaney, Aleta Wade and Nadine Stewart Pierce.

Survivors include a son, Bobby Whitlow and wife Barbara, Black Rock; a brother, Bill Whitlow, Black Rock; four grandchildren, Robert Lee Whitlow Jr., Britt Whitlow, Blake Whitlow and Bridgette Spurlock; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the New Life Full Gospel Church in Black Rock with Allen Stinnett officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Visitation is Tuesday from 6 until 8 p. m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Fred VanHoozer, Eric Vance, Heath Russell, Allen Stinnett, Billy Starnes Jr. and Glenn Blackburn. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Lee Whitlow Jr., Britt Whitlow, Blake Whitlow, Matthew Spurlock, David Whitlow and Ronnie Starnes.

An online guestbook is available at

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Thomas E. Woodson

Thomas E. "Tom" Woodson, beloved husband, father, brother and friend, age 76, of Omaha, Neb., passed away Dec. 24, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving wife, Jane, family members, and dear sister-in-law, Elly Rensick.

He was born on June 24, 1938, to Wesley and Cora (Tyree) Woodson in Black Rock.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John D. Woodson; sister, Ella A. (Woodson) Wilson and brother-in-law, James A. Wilson Sr.; his mother-in-law, Andrea B. Gonzalez; and father-in-law, Leonardo Gonzalez; brothers-in-law, Ken Rensick and Porfie Gonzalez; three sisters-in-law, Ramona Gonzalez, Terry Jo Young and Annette Shelor; and his great niece, Kelsey King.

Tom is survived by his wife, Genevieve "Jane" (Gonzalez) Woodson of Omaha; son, Timothy Eugene Woodson (Lisa) and grandson, Dakota, all of Woodstock, Ill.; daughter, Wendy Woodson-Clark (Joe) and grandchildren, Tori and Michaela, all of Chicago; stepdaughter, Shannon Callahan (James) and step-grandchildren, Jeremy, Tessa, Tyler, and Trista; stepson, Aaron Nichelson of Omaha; sister, Anita Sue James of Kansas City, Kan.; brother, James Woodson (Diane) and sisters, Jeanette Crosslin, Nancy Pickney (Fred) and Barbara Tyree, all of Black Rock; and many other family and friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, Jan. 3, 2014, from 1-3 p.m. at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home in Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a memorial service at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Midland Chapter, 1941 South 42nd Street, Suite 205, Omaha, NE 68105.


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