January 21, 2015 Edition

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Jeffrey ~ Durham


Sharon Faye Ballard Jamie Ann Counce Mark Richard Hobbs
Kenyon Anthony Johnson Randall Ludwig Eddie Lee Roy Luster
Bertha Lee Romine Helen Grace Taleff Rev. Maurice Webb Sr.


Rhett James Shrable

Brett and Candis Shrable of Jonesboro have announced the birth of a son on Dec. 17, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed six pounds, nine ounces and has been named Rhett James Shrable.

He has an older sister, Kambreigh, who is two.

Grandparents are Mary Schug and Ken Ware, both of Jonesboro, and Carol Shrable of Walnut Ridge and the late Gary Shrable.

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Jeffrey ~ Durham

Skyla Denese Jeffrey and David Scott Durham announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Carole Blue of Newark and the late Larry Owen Blue. She is the granddaughter of Earnestine Allwhite of Newark and the late Albert Allwhite and the late William Owen and Una Blue.

She is a 1995 graduate of Newark High School and is employed as a secretary at the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.

The bridegroom is the son of Denny and Kelly Durham of Imboden and Martha Jean Durham of Lynn. He is the grandson of Martha Ann Durham of Smithville and the late Boyce Durham and Martha Hunter of Lynn and the late Gene Hunter.

He is a 1987 graduate of Lynn High School and graduated from Arkansas Tech College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness. He is the feed mill manager for Peco in Newark.

They will exchange vows on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Saffell Missionary Baptist Church in Saffell, with Bro. Paul Sowell officiating. All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Sharon Faye Ballard

Sharon Faye Ballard, 71, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 17, 2015, at her home.

Born Feb. 16, 1943, she worked in the office of McQuay’s Construction for 10 years. She lived in Texas from 1985 to 1991, where she worked in the accounting department of Truck Stops of America. She returned to Walnut Ridge in 1992, where she was self-employed in the picture framing business for 14 years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Russell F. Hamilton; and a brother, Gary Hamilton.

Survivors include a daughter, LaVonda Dolan and husband Jeff, Naperville, Ill.; two sons, Russell Ballard and wife Tracey, Royse City, Texas, and Tracy Ballard and wife Mitzi, Belle, Mo.; her mother, Marjorie F. Flynn Chandler; a sister, Marlene Corray and husband Dan, Washington, Ill.; a brother, Wayne Hamilton and wife Diane, Medford, Ore.; six grandchildren, BryAnn, Samantha, Alex, Neilan, River and Hailey; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Greg Coats officiating.

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

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Jamie Ann Counce

Jamie Ann Counce, 37, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 11, 2015, at her home.

Born Jan. 26, 1978, in Leesburg, Fla., she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Tammy Martinez.

Survivors include three daughters, Ashley March, Hoxie, and Kayla Hall and Kaitlyn Vardell, both of the home; her mother, Patsy May Varner, Walnut Ridge; her father, Franklin Hall, Florida; and a sister, Debra Wallen, Portia.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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

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Mark Richard Hobbs

Mark Richard Hobbs, 50, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 17, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 19, 1964, in Little Rock, he was a retired mill foreman for Riceland Foods and was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa Newill Hobbs, whom he married Aug. 26, 1989; a daughter, Rachael Hobbs, of the home; his parents, Gene and Mary Frances Davis Hobbs, Holly Grove; and a sister, Janine Sain and husband Jim, Barton.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Dr. Doran Gregory officiating. Burial was in Franks Cemetery at Holly Grove.

Family and close friends served as pallbearers.

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

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Kenyon Anthony Johnson

Kenyon Anthony Johnson, 3, of Jonesboro, died Jan. 13, 2015, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Born April 18, 2011, in Little Rock, he attended school at the Learning Center of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro.

He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Rosa Day; and two aunts, Tina Young and Ella Mae White.

Survivors include his father, Derek Johnson and wife Candice; his mother, Amanda Day Johnson; a brother, Kiotti Johnson; grandparents, Billy Johnson and Theresa Clayborn; great-grandparents, Carl and Freddie Jo White, and Robert Whitaker.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Gregory Alexander officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens at Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Carl White, Derek Johnson, Billy Johnson, Frank Owens, Floyd Robinson and Billy Robinson.

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

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Randall Ludwig

Randall Verley Ludwig, 73, of Black Rock, died Jan. 18, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born March 20, 1941, in Lynn, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Ludwig; his parents, Charles and Vella Randolph Ludwig; two brothers, Burley Ludwig and Jimmy Kildow; and Earl Whitlow.

Survivors include a sister, Shirley Branch, Black Rock; a daughter-in-law, Denise Ludwig, Mammoth Spring; a grandson, Hunter Ludwig; and his caretaker, Ruth Morrison, Black Rock.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Ludwig, T.J. Ludwig, Frank Forrester, David Whitlow and Charlie Moore.

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

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Eddie Lee Roy Luster

Eddie Lee Roy Luster, 65, of Powhatan, died Jan. 12, 2015, at his home.

Born May 6, 1949, in Elvins, Mo., he was a longtime resident of Lawrence County. He was a retired U.S. Marine veteran who served in the Vietnam War. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay Roy and Lorine Fry Luster.

Survivors include two sons, Joey Luster and wife Sandy, and Eddie "Buster" Luster and wife Celena; three daughters, Cheryl Luster, Jeannie Salva and husband Jimmy, and Kelly Whitlow; two brothers, Jack Luster and Jay Stevens; three sisters, Deborah Gatrel, Peggy Bratcher and Charlotte Langston; eight grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle, Owen, Tanner, Nicole, Samantha, Shayla and Shanda; and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Gaylon Russell officiating. Burial with military honors was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

Pallbearers were Joey Luster, Eddie "Buster" Luster, Billy Woodson, C.W. Bratcher, Keith Bratcher and Dustin Meeks. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Stanley and Terry Mashburn.

Memorials may be made to Disabled Veteran National Foundation.

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

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Bertha Lee Romine

Bertha Lee Romine, 99, of Hoxie, died Jan. 13, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 25, 1915, in Tuckerman, she was the daughter of Jessie and Deasy Berry Barker. She moved to Lawrence County in 1939, where she was a homemaker and a member of the Walnut Ridge Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos "Shankie" Romine, whom she married June 4, 1932, in Newport; a son, James Romine; two daughters, Marie George and Jane Harp Hulett; two sons-in-law, T.J. "T-Bone" George and Edward Harp; three brothers, Jessie Barker, Joe Barker and Clarence Barker; three sisters, Merniva Thompson, Cilar Huskey and I.V. Kollar; and a grandson, Allen Romine.

Survivors include three sons, Bill Romine and wife Wilma, Rockford, Ill., Clarence Romine and wife Kathy, Seminole, Okla., and Ed Romine and wife Frankie, Hoxie; a son-in-law, Junior Hulett, Hoxie; a daughter-in-law, Lee Etta Romine, Dexter, Mo.; three sisters, Sybel Barnham, Swifton, Julia Keedy, Cash, and Anna Jo Gale, Georgia; 17 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Chaplain Lt. Col. Terry Romine officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandchildren served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

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

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Helen Grace Taleff

Helen Grace Taleff, 78, of Hunnewell, Mo., formerly of Hoxie, died Jan. 14, 2015, at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal, Mo.

Born Aug. 5, 1936, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Enoch Alvin and Ava Mae Hare Pierce. She was a graduate of Greene County Tech High School, and worked as a home health aid in Lawrence County. She and her husband moved from Hoxie to Hunnewell in 2012.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Pierce and David Pierce; and a daughter-in-law, Paula Taleff.

Survivors include her husband, Alexander Albert Taleff, whom she married May 23, 1959, in Gary, Ind.; a son, Richard Michael Taleff, Hunnewell, Mo.; two daughters, Kim Rogers and husband Randy, and Marcy Hutcherson, all of Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Al Pierce, Savannah, Tenn., and Charles Pierce and wife Claudia, Lake Station, Ind.; a sister, Judy Boyd, Hoxie; eight grandchildren, Jason Taleff, Mica Morris, Lisa Lair, Kailey Hutcherson, Cheyenne Hutcherson, Cody Taleff, Abril Prince and Eric Morris; and eight great-grandchildren.

The body will be cremated. Services will be held at a later date. Garner Funeral Home of Monroe City, Mo., has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to P.A.W.S. of Paragould.

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

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Rev. Maurice Webb Sr.

The Reverend Maurice Clive Webb Sr., 101, of Little Rock, died Jan. 12, 2015.

He was born Sept. 25, 1913, in Kansas City, Mo., to the late Joseph and Winnie Webb.

He is predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Atha Williams Webb; his sister, Pauline Webb; and his brother, Boyce Webb.

His 98-year-old sister, Lorene Hamilton of Walnut Ridge, was able to spend this past Christmas with her dear older brother.

He is also survived by his three children, Maurice C. Webb Jr., Bigelow, Marcia Caplinger (Kelsy), and Kathy Webb, all of Little Rock. Additional survivors are his three grandchildren, Paul (Trey) Lecky III (Nancy), Woodland Park, Colo., Laura Lecky Coulter (John), Little Rock, and Mauri Lecky Arnold, Tampa, Fla.; and his six great-grandchildren, Samantha and Matthew Lecky, Jonathan Webb Coulter, and Rachel, Katherine and Eliza Arnold. Each grandchild and great-grandchild was blessed to have been baptized by Papaw/Pop at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

Rev. Webb graduated from Hendrix College and the Perkins School of Theology at SMU. Prior to entering the ministry, he owned grocery stores in Blytheville and Egypt. He was a World War II veteran, serving with the Navy Seabees in Guam.

His ministry included serving United Methodist congregations in Little Rock and Springdale, including 14 years as the associate pastor of First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

He and his wife shared a memorable experience and made many friends when he participated in a summer pastoral exchange program with the Methodist Church in Brighton, England.

Webb was a member of West Little Rock Rotary, and he was well-known for his perfect attendance and his prolific guest list. He was proud to be a Paul Harris Fellow. Although he lost the ability to see, he never complained about his lights being off. On the occasion of his 95th birthday, he invited many friends and family to join him as he walked across the Big Dam Bridge. His positive attitude, perseverance and kindness were an inspiration to all who knew him.

The family would like to thank his caregivers, Ely Bondoc, Janet Hubbard, Everett Roddy, and the staff at Good Shepherd and Hospice Home Care for the wonderful and loving assistance they provided. Rev. Webb always expressed his gratitude for things big and small, with either a "thank you" or a hearty "Amen!" On Rev. Webb’s 100th birthday, his church home gave him the honor of naming him Pastor Emeritus.

A memorial service was held Monday, 1 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock. Arrangements were under the direction of Ruebel Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Little Rock, 723 Center Street, Little Rock, AR 72201.

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


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