January 7, 2015 Edition

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Cain Murphy Roberts


Vada Davis Beary Julia Ann Belk Rhonda Lee Carley
Louise Mays Dillon Evelyn Robertson Flippo Linda Kay Grant
Billy John Hallmark Bunk Hodge Jr. Robert William Mobley
Evelyn Pendergrass Pauline Mae Richey Lawrence Waddell III


Adalyn Darby Cain

Keith and Holly Cain of Hoxie have announced the birth of a daughter, born Dec. 23, 2014, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Adalyn Darby Cain. She has a brother, Harley Cain.

Grandparents are Ray-J and Terry Cain of Hoxie, Beth Willison and Rick Willison, both of Walnut Ridge.

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Kinzley Rain Elizabeth Murphy

Mark and Kayla Jo Murphy of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of their first child, a daughter, born on Dec. 19, 2014, at St. Bernard’s Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 14 ounces, and has been named Kinzley Rain Elizabeth Murphy.

Grandparents are Ron and Kathy Kellett of Walnut Ridge, Junior and Sherri Murphy of Ravenden and Betty Medlock of Jonesboro.

Great-grandmother is Evelyn Murphy of Walnut Ridge.

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Kitt McCandless Roberts

Derick and Kemberly Roberts of Mishawaka, In., have announced the birth of a son, born on Dec. 6, 2014, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Mishawaka.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Kitt McCandless Roberts. He has one brother, Reeve, two.

Grandparents are Kevin and Kim Roberts of Hoxie and Kenneth and Sharrion Walker of Pocahontas.

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Vada Davis Beary

Nevada Evelyn "Vada" Beary, 93, of Galesburg, Ill., died Dec. 31, 2014, at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

Born July 18, 1921, in Lynn, she was the daughter of J. Washington and Willie Grace Martin Davis. She was a homemaker, caregiver. She worked at the Hemp Mill in East Galesburg during World War II and at Elmer’s Spudnut Shop in Galesburg during the 1950s. She was a member of Mothers of World War II and was a longtime member of the East Galesburg Community Chapel. She also attended Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg for the past six years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonald Dee "Arkie" Beary, whom she married July 28, 1939, in Black Rock; two sisters; two brothers; two grandchildren; and two sons-in-law.

Survivors include three daughters, Rosetta Howerter, Willene Coon and Leona Shannon and husband Dyson Sr., all of Knox County, Ill.; three sons, Leonard E. Beary, James Beary, and Richard Beary Sr. and wife Penny, all of Knox County, Ill.; two sisters, Nina Archer, Hartford, Mich., and Vickie Brewer and husband Clifford, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.; a brother, Jennings Davis and wife Marion, Astor, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Hinchcliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Rev. Milton Marquith officiating. Burial was in Knoxville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the East Galesburg Community Chapel, Bethel Baptist Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

An online guestbook is available at www.h-p-w.com.

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Julia Ann Belk

A Celebration of Life service was held for Julia Ann "Judy" Green Belk at First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro on Sunday at 3 p.m. Judy passed from this life on New Year’s Day surrounded by close family and a dedicated nursing staff at Phil and Flo Jones Hospice House. She was buried at a graveside service at Lawrence Memorial Park.

Born on Valentine’s Day in 1938 at Hoxie, she was the daughter of Herbert Eugene Green and Julia Mae Hughes Green.

She is survived by her three brothers, Thomas Eugene Green (Pat), James William Green (Frances) and Robert Joseph (Annie).

She received her education at Hoxie, graduating in 1955, and attended Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. Judy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro.

She and her husband, Joseph David Belk II, were married Oct. 25, 1959, at Hoxie Methodist Church. Together they reared two sons, Joseph David Belk III (Susanne), and Mark Alan Belk (Jill), all of Jonesboro; and two daughters Carol Ann Belk Howard (Terry) of Jonesboro, and Laura Lynn Belk Wilcox (Ric) of Mountain View.

She enjoyed a career as a full-time mom and assisted with the family farm. She delighted in her nine grandchildren: Jayson David Belk, Mark Aaron Belk, Kaitlyn Belk Middleton, Kristyn Leighann Belk, Nathan Geoffery Belk, Jamie Renee Howard, Megan Brooke Wilcox, Jordan Blake Wilcox and Ryan Drake Wilcox.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Ben Owens and his staff at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House for all the care that shown over the past several months.

The family requests that memorials be made to Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, Hoxie United Methodist Church or First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro.

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


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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 close friend, Jeff Bellah; a sister, Kim Roberts and husband Kevin, Hoxie; a grandson, Tyler Carley; two stepgrandchildren, Madison Warren and Kaylie Warren.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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

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Louise Mays Dillon

Louise Mays Dillon, 100, of Brandon, Miss., died Jan. 5, 2015, in Brandon.

Born in Walnut Ridge, she had lived in Brandon for the past 14 years, and was a member of North Brandon Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Oral A. Mays and John G. Dillon; and a grandson, Chris Mays.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Ruble and husband James; a son, Charles Mays and wife Monicca; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Thursday from 10-10:45 a.m., with the funeral service at 11 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, Miss. Graveside service is Friday at 10 a.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

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

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Evelyn Robertson Flippo

Evelyn Robertson Flippo, longtime resident of Powhatan, entered into Heavenly rest Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Bentonville, following a brief illness.

The daughter of T.M. (Mose) and Edith Beeler Robertson, she was born Oct. 28, 1922, at Mount Vernon community near Black Rock. She graduated from Black Rock High School in 1941, and married Robert L. Flippo Jr. on Nov. 24, 1945.

A substitute teacher and postal clerk in her early years, she devoted most of her life to raising and supporting her family. Musically inclined, she enjoyed cooking, sewing, needlepoint and ceramics. She and her husband also operated Lake Charles Boat Dock for many years.

Mrs. Flippo followed her motto to "go the second mile" and encouraged others to do the same. Firm in her convictions, she led by example, whether she was working for historic preservation, implementing community service projects, assisting with her children’s education, or carrying on the work of Powhatan United Methodist Church, where she was a member for nearly 70 years.

Her dedication and determination is evident in her 30 years of work in historical preservation. After helping reactivate the Lawrence County Development Council in the 1960s, she served as chairman of the Powhatan Courthouse Restoration Committee. She secured widespread support from the generous citizens of Lawrence County and Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, who sent preservation experts from Colonial Williamsburg.

When Lawrence County consolidated its courthouses to Walnut Ridge, she assembled volunteers to sort, file and preserve abandoned documents. Restoration of the courthouse, completed in 1973, sparked life into the town of Powhatan as the 1888 Courthouse became the anchor for Powhatan Historic State Park.

As a volunteer, and then program director at the State Park for 15 years, Mrs. Flippo communicated the importance of the Powhatan projects and worked with the Arkansas History Commission to provide proper preservation of the courthouse records. She also assisted the Mormon Church with microfilming the records.

She was involved in documenting all of the historical buildings in Powhatan named to the National Register of Historic Places, including the Imboden-Ficklin log house, Telephone Exchange Building, Jail, Powhatan Male and Female Academy and the Powhatan United Methodist Church. She also provided research to assist Old Davidsonville State Park.

A member of the Lawrence County Historical Society for 30 years, she served as president and vice president. She and members of the Lawrence County Historical Society advocated Powhatan’s preservation as an example of a 19th century Arkansas community.

Last spring, the Arkansas Historical Association presented its Award of Merit to Mrs. Flippo for her efforts to preserve the valuable historic Lawrence County records, which now form the basis of the collection held at the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA). Some of the records are 200 years old.

Her research into the county’s history also provided information for interpretative exhibits and provided the basis for numerous club presentations. Northeast Arkansas school children who visited the Courthouse Museum gained insight into their heritage through her presentation of "Grandma’s Trunk." She scripted and sometimes acted in trial reenactments in the historic courtroom.

She participated in the "Mother of Counties" Pageants, which celebrated Lawrence County’s place in Arkansas history, in 1964, 1965 and 1976. In addition to presenting workshops for Northeast Arkansas teachers, she frequently assisted college and high school students with research for papers and made friends across the United States by helping them with genealogical research.

Active in the Powhatan Home Demonstration Club, she served as a 4-H Club leader for many years, guiding the development of numerous young people in the Powhatan community. Her other civic service work included the Black Rock Boy Scouts and Black Rock School.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters and eight brothers.

Survivors include four children, Suzanne Hager of Jonesboro, Darlene (Tom) Moore of Walnut Ridge, Robert M. (Melissa) Flippo of Bella Vista. and Miriam (Randell) Smith of Fayetteville; a sister, Betty Jean McCarty of Lima, Ohio; and six grandchildren, Jesse Hager of Jonesboro, Holly Hager of Fayetteville, Matthew Moore of Walnut Ridge, Luke Smith and Isaac Smith of Fayetteville, and Robert M. Flippo Jr. of Bella Vista.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Central Methodist Church in Fayetteville, and Friday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Walnut Ridge. Visitation will be 12:30-1:30 preceding the service in Walnut Ridge. Burial will be in Powhatan Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Nelson-Berna Funeral Home of Fayetteville, with local arrangements by House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge.

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

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Linda Kay Grant

Linda Kay Grant, 65, of North Little Rock, died Jan. 1, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 9, 1949, in Little Rock, she was a longtime resident of Independence County before retiring to North Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Grant, on March 26, 1999; her parents, Murry and Gladys Lunsford Hodge; and a granddaughter, Quinci Allen.

Survivors include two daughters, Wendy Huskey and husband Scott, Strawberry, and Shenna Burnside, Hoxie; two brothers, Mark Hodge and wife Patty, North Little Rock, and Donald Hodge, North Little Rock; a sister, Helen Thomas and husband Walker, Benton; and five grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Burial was in Weaver’s Chapel Cemetery near Batesville.

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

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Billy John Hallmark

Billy John Hallmark, 80, of Cary, N.C., died Dec. 29, 2014.

Born Sept. 10, 1934, he was the son of Imo Howard and Ora Hallmark. He was president of the 1952 graduating class of Clover Bend High School. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He received a master’s degree in business from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as an intelligence officer in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired as a lieutenant colonel and worked as a consultant for MRJ Consulting firm in Fairfax,Va.

He was preceded in death by four sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Gayle T. Hallmark; three daughters, Jennifer L. Wing and husband John, Annville, Pa., Julie T. Beadle and husband Joseph, Knoxville, Tenn., and Jacquelyn M. Owens and husband Patrick, Tabernacle, N.J.; and six grandchildren, Erin Beadle, Claire Beadle, William Beadle, Annie Beadle, Joshua Owens and Colin Owens.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary, N.C. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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

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Bunk Mitchell Hodge Jr.

Bunk Mitchell Hodge Jr., 79, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 2, 2015, at Cross Ridge Community Hospital in Wynne.

Born April 8, 1935, in Walnut Ridge, he was the son of Bunk and Estelle Jarrett Hodge. He was a longtime resident of Lawrence County and had owned Hodge Trucking in Marianna.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dempsey Hodge and Darrell Hodge.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Hodge; two daughters, Debbie Waldrip, Moro, and Stacie Sparks, Marianna; two stepdaughters, Stephanie Ball, Wynne, and Cindy Biggs, Jonesboro; a stepson, Jeff Duncan, Florida; a brother, Bill Hodge, Jonesboro; three sisters, Elaine Casten, North Carolina, Pat Cupples, Tennessee, and Joan Hill, Little Rock; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Sunday at Lawrence Memorial Park with Bob McMillon officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Austin Sparks, Clint Sparks, Brad Waldrip, Brett Waldrip, Justin Weatherford, Dustin Biggs, Lacey Hodge and Eric Ball.

Memorials may be made to Lee Academy Booster Club, 973 Hwy. 243, Marianna, AR 72360.

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

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Robert William Mobley

Robert William Mobley, 83, of Pocahontas, died Dec. 29, 2014, at Pocahontas Nursing and Rehab.

Born Sept. 10, 1931, in Judsonia, he was the son of Lonnie and Bertha Louise Grisby Mobley. He drove a forklift for the Heinz Pickle Factory and was a farmer. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Ronnie and Curtis Douglas Mobley; a brother, Earl Mobley; two sisters, Irene Duke and Lucille Combs; and a grandson, Lonnie Mobley.

Survivors include his wife, Ruthie Blevins Mobley, whom he married Dec. 16, 1950, in Pocahontas; two sons, Randy Mobley, Indiana, and Bobby Mobley, Holland, Mich.; two daughters, Barbara Ridge, Hudsonville, Mich., and Brenda Jones, Maynard; three brothers, Boyce Mobley and Eugene Mobley, both of Holland, Mich., and Roy Mobley, Florida; a sister, Navadean Johnson, Florida; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at noon at Cox Funeral Home with Perry Vandergriff officiating. Burial was in Ingram Cemetery near Supply.

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


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Evelyn Pendergrass

Evelyn Pendergrass, 80, of Walnut Ridge, died Dec. 30, 2014, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Feb. 8, 1934, in Pocahontas, she was a homemaker and attended Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Smithville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Pendergrass Sr., whom she married Jan. 11, 1951, in Pocahontas; four brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include four sons, Ronnie Pendergrass, Imboden, Willard Pendergrass Jr., Jonesboro, and Scott Pendergrass and James Pendergrass, both of California; two daughters, Marilyn Taylor, Jonesboro, and Kathy Hagen, California; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

No public visitation or service is planned. Cox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Pauline Mae Richey

Pauline Mae Richey went to Heaven on Jan. 3, 2015, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born April 9, 1926, in Freeport, Ill., she graduated as an honor student in 1943 from Stockton High School (Illinois). After graduation, she worked at Case Paint Company in Rockford.

Pauline married Otis Richey of Lynn on July 18, 1953, in Pearl City, Ill. They moved to Lynn in 1958, where she lived until his death. She was a loving mother, housewife and avid reader. She was also a popular babysitter, taking care of over 50 children over her lifetime. She was of the Baptist belief and a piano player in the church for many years.

Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mable Wise Klaas; her husband of 49 years, Otis Richey; and a brother Donald Klaas.

She is survived by three sons, Danny (Kathey) of Tulsa, Okla., Wayne of Lynn, and Bobby (Ronda) of Lafe; seven grandsons, Chris Richey of Broken Arrow, Okla., Andrew Richey of Tulsa, Okla., Eric Woodward of Conway, Kevin Richey of Pocahontas, Brandon Richey of Lafe, Josh Richey of Walcott, and Jason "Buck" Jackson of Carlisle; two granddaughters, Marla Clairday of Paragould, and Tonya Thompson of Jonesboro; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruby Hakimi of Frisco, Texas; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. R.J. Akers and Bro. Stanley Vandergrift officiating. Burial was at Dry Creek Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Charles Goff, Noel Duncan, Brad Maxwell, Brandon Richey, Josh Richey and Kenneth Richey.

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


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Lawrence Vance Waddell III

Lawrence Vance Waddell III, 57, of Imboden, died Jan. 1, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 25, 1957, in Manila, he was a master plumber who owned his own business.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tracie Waddell; his mother, Iva Downing Waddell; a sister, Lilla Waddell; and his grandparents, Melvin and Lilla Downing and Lawrence Sr. and Addie Mae Collins Waddell.

Survivors include a son, Lawrence Vance Waddell IV, Galveston, Texas; a daughter, Taylor Waddell, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; his father, Lawrence Vance Waddell Jr., Imboden; a brother, Anthony Waddell and wife Margaret, Imboden; and two sisters, Adella Bookout and husband Johnny, Smithville, and Angela Perrin, Imboden.

Private services were under the direction of Faith Funeral Service of Manila.

Memorials may be made to John 3:16 Ministries, 75 Holmes Road, Charlotte, AR 72522.

An online guestbook is available at www.faithfuneralservice.net.

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