January 28, 2015 Edition

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Sharp ~ Todd Sloan ~ McCormick


Margaret Sue Barry Dr. Kenneth Benson Sylvia Iris Bonner
Herbert F. Brewer Jamie Ann Counce Charline M. Fowler
Mary Ellen Freeman Randall Ludwig Earl O'Neil Nunnally
Billie Sunday Saffell Sandra VanWinkle Thielemier


Hadleigh Jade Dickson

Jeremy and Heather Dickson of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born on Dec. 4, 2014, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed three pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Hadleigh Jade Dickson. She has one brother, Logan, 10.

Grandparents are Ronald and Diane Coleman of Saffell and James and Betty Dickson of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Charles Parson of Sedgwick and Cloyce and Melba Sowell of Poplar Bluff.

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Sharp ~ Todd

Carlton Leonard Todd and Tara Dawn Sharp have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

Carlton is the son of John Todd and the late Kathy Todd, and Tara is the daughter of Cloyce and Snow Ann Burrow.

The wedding will be held at Westridge Church of Christ, 3954 Hwy. 62, Pocahontas, on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Barry Chaffin, minister, will be the officiant. A light reception will follow in the Family Life Center.

Family and friends are invited to attend.

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Sloan ~ McCormick

Lance and Amy Sloan of Paragould have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel Olivia Sloan, to Bryan Anthony McCormick, son of Mark "Tony" and Cathy McCormick of Caraway.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Tom and Mary Evelyn Sloan of Walnut Ridge and Bob and Ruth Goodwin of Jonesboro.

She is a graduate of Greene County Tech High School and Arkansas State University School of Cosmetology.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Jackie Ronnebeck of Metropolis, Ill., John and Pat Ronnebeck of Cairo, Ill., and the late J.T. and Esther McCormick. He is the great-grandson of Ruby Ellet of Herrin, Ill.

He is a graduate of Arkansas Northeastern College and Mississippi State University. He is a meteorologist at KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and is a member of the American Meteorological Society.

The couple will exchange vows on March 28 at 5 p.m. at the Arkansas State University Cooper Alumni Center in Jonesboro.

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Margaret Sue Barry

Margaret Sue Barry, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 24, 2015, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

Born Jan. 5, 1939, in Powhatan, she was the daughter of Leo Jackson and Mary Baldridge Neece. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Barry; and a daughter-in-law, Tammy Baltz Downing.

Survivors include four children, Debbie Cameron and John Downing Jr., both of Imboden, Shenna Simpkins, Jonesboro, and James Downing, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Leon Neece, Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Jason Cameron and Jeff Cameron; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church with Bros. Dale Hughart and Harold Russell officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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Dr. Kenneth Benson

Dr. Kenneth Hennessee Benson, D.D.S., 93, of Dallas, died Dec. 1, 2014.

Born June 8, 1921, he was the son of Clinton and Ressie Benson. He was a native of Walnut Ridge, and grew up working the cotton fields of the family farm. He was a member of Aurora Lodge #423 in Walnut Ridge. He received a B.S. in agriculture from Arkansas State College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and helped prepare troops to go to Europe.

After the war, he married and received a D.D.S. from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, where he practiced for 57 years. He was a longtime member of Highland Park United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn Benson; and a brother, Russell Benson.

Survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Smith and husband Gary.

A celebration of his life was held Dec. 5, 2014, in Dallas. Sparkman-Hillcrest Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to HPUMC, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at www.sparkman-hillcrest.com.

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Sylvia Iris Bonner

Sylvia Iris Bonner, 87, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 21, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 25, 1927, in Valley (Pope County), she was the daughter of Eddie and Nancy Iris Davis Dann. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Bonner; a son, Stanley Bonner; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Eddie Bonner, San Angelo, Texas, Billy Bonner, and Larry Bonner and wife Sandra, all of Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Wilma Knapp and husband George, Poyner, Mo., and Ruth Pinkston and husband Anthony, Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Jim Dann, California, and Dale Dann, Washington; a sister, Mary Davis, Florida; 18 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Revs. Dale Hughart and Chris Pinkston officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

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

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Herbert F. Brewer

Herbert F. Brewer, 96, of Black Rock, passed away Jan. 26, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was a legend, truly 10-feet tall and bullet proof. A man known and loved by many, those who had the privilege of knowing him also have a story to go with that memory.

Born Oct. 5, 1918, in Oregon County, Missouri, he was the son of the late James and Ludia May Alford Brewer. In his life he had succeeded in many ventures. Herb's first job found him at three years old carrying water to cotton pickers, and from there he never slowed down. He was a hard worker and tremendous provider for the six children he and his wife Bobbie reared. He always had a loving heart and helping hand for any child in need of a meal or a roof.

He was known as "the Colonel," a name associated with his years of being an auctioneer. He held many jobs and mastered many talents. Herb was a farmer/rancher, truck owner and driver, rescue fireman, a member of the Hoxie School board, and Hoxie City Marshall. He was a horse trainer, professional bull rider and wagon master. One of his most ingrained talents was that of a horse trader. He could and would trade you out of your boots and socks and make you happy you were walking off with bare feet.

Herbert had the opportunity to dine with governors and congressmen who sought and valued his opinion on controversial political matters. He was a political activist long before taking a stand for what you truly believed in was popular. He at times took an unpopular stand, but always stood for what he believed in. Herb was visited on occasion by the FBI and made national news and history in more than one decade in his life.

In 1976, he had the life changing experience of being the Arkansas Wagon Master/Teamster and driving the Arkansas Wagon in the Bicentennial Wagon Train over 1,700 miles to Pennsylvania. This honor was one of the highlights of his life.

The Colonel was a hero in the eyes of many. If he saw a need in anyone, he was the first one there and the last to leave, even at times risking his life to help someone. He had a magical way with children. There was never a child he didn't love, or one that didn't gravitate to his huge personality.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Woodson Brewer; a grandson, Jeff Brewer; four brothers, Henry J. Trimble, Harry, Russell and Bill Brewer; and a sister, Sylvia Pickrell.

He is survived by his six children, Rena (L.J.) Hogue of Walnut Ridge, Sonny (Lee) Brewer of Dowagiac, Mich., Rick (Jeannie) Brewer of Black Rock, Rob (Marilyn) Brewer of Jonesboro, Johnny (Lesa) Brewer of Portia and Kellie (Jim) Simpson of Smithville; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home, with family and friends officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons, and honorary pallbearers will be the granddaughters.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m.

As a final tribute to this icon of a man, the last leg of the journey to his final resting place will be made in his beloved Arkansas Wagon to Crossroads Cemetery in Portia. Herb's service will not be a traditional funeral service, but a celebration of his life. Therefore, if those attending want to throw on their boots and jeans, this will be one time it is very appropriate. Ride high, dear Colonel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to be made to either the Children's Home in Paragould or the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart.

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


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Jamie Ann Counce

Jamie Ann Counce, 36, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 11, 2015, at her home.

Born Jan. 26, 1978, in Leesburg, Fla., she was a homemaker. She had lived in Randolph County for years, before moving to Lawrence County.

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; a sister, Debra Wallen, Portia; and a niece, Shianne Wallen, Portia.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don House officiating.

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

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Charline M. Fowler

Charline M. Brower Fowler, 94, formerly of Black Rock, died Dec. 25, 2014, at Central Health Park in Ocoee, Fla.

Born Dec. 1, 1920, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Charles W. and Agnes M. Brower. She traveled extensively with her husband of 70 years, Chester C. Fowler, and had lived in Belgium, Canada, Trinidad, New Zealand and throughout the eastern United States. They had lived in Sun City Center, Fla., for 29 years, until his death on April 21, 2013.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas C. Fowler.

Survivors include two sons, James R. Fowler, Chandler, Ariz., and Chester D. Fowler, Howey in the Hills, Fla.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was inurned at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellenton, Fla., on Sunday. The National Cremation and Burial Society of Oviedo, Fla., had charge of arrangements.

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Mary Ellen Freeman

Mary Ellen Freeman, 88, of Walnut Ridge, died Jan. 22, 2015, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

Born Aug. 28, 1926, in Natural Dam, she was the daughter of L.C. and Ida Cline Cox. She had worked at the Hob Nob restaurant and was a member of the Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Freeman; two brothers, Jack Cox and Sonny Cox; and five sisters, Emma Snyder, Lizzie Freer, Orbie Prentice, "Babe" and Lou Taylor.

Survivors include two sons, Gil Freeman and wife Tami, Jonesboro, and Butch Freeman and wife Karen, Walnut Ridge; two grandchildren, Casey Freeman and Jennifer Bergeron; and a great-granddaughter.

Graveside service was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Stranger's Home Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Todd officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Joe Bryan Richardson, Byron Blanchard, Mart Morgan, Larry Medlock, Steve Emmons and Tommy Dulaney. Honorary pallbearers were Shirley Haigwood, Glover Haigwood and James Freeman.

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

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Randall Ludwig

Randall Verley Ludwig, 73, of Black Rock, passed away Sunday, 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 Whitlow; and his stepfather, Earl Whitlow.

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

Funeral was Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were 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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Earl O'Neil Nunnally

Earl O'Neil Nunnally, 92, of Indianapolis, died Jan. 24, 2015.

Born Nov. 11, 1922, in the Lauratown community, he was the son of Hershel V. and Minnie A. Mason Nunnally. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a carpenter, retiring in 1981 after 31 years of service at Allisons. He was a member of Trinity Southern Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Nunnally, whom he married Feb. 21, 1947, in Hoxie; a son, Gary Nunnally; two brothers, David Nunnally and Boyce Nunnally; two sisters, Imogene Counts and Margie Fortenberry; and two half-sisters, Jessie Lawson and Lillie Smithee.

Survivors include a son, Danny O. Nunnally and wife Brenda, Indianapolis; a sister, Mildred Richey, Okeechobee, Fla.; five grandchildren, Tina Henderson, Melissa Smith, Jamie Nunnally, Keith Nunnally and Theresa Nunnally; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Greenwood, Ind., with pastor Doug Rumsey officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

An online guestbook is available at www.forestlawncemetery-fh.com.

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Billie Sunday Saffell

Billie Sunday Saffell, 88, of Saffell, died Jan. 21, 2015, in Batesville.

Born July 8, 1926, in Saffell, he was the son of Hollie and Hattie Saffell.

He was a farmer, sawmill operator and bulldozer operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Avanell Saffell; and a brother, Tommie Saffell.

Survivors include two sons, Wendell Saffell and wife Cathy, Cave City, and Ronald Saffell and wife Becky, Saffell; two daughters, Barbara Wood and husband Mickey, Cotter, and Pamela Kitsmiller and husband Jim, Batesville; three sisters, Lorena Hubbard, Venita Doyle and Lana Johnson, all of Saffell; eight grandchildren, Shelli Wood, Brandon Wood, Wendee Abbott, Sarah Saffell, Michele King, Chris McManners, Brian Kitsmiller and Shannon Kitsmiller; 10 great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, Tracie Thacker.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mount Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell with Bro. R.J. Akers officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Brandon Wood, Sam Jones, Jamie King, Chris McManners, Brian Kitsmiller, Scotty Johnson, Todd Johnson and Gary Crabtree. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Huskey, Jimmy Crabtree, Carroll Huskey and Junior Huskey.

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

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Sandra Delois VanWinkle Thielemier

Sandra Delois "Susie" VanWinkle Thielemier, 51, of Pocahontas, passed away Jan. 21, 2015, at St. Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Sandra was born Sept. 22, 1963, in Pocahontas, to Allen "Blue" and Wava VanWinkle. She was a member of the Skaggs Church of Christ in Pocahontas. Sandra "Susie" worked for 17 years at Mathews Auto Sales in Walnut Ridge.

Sandra was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Thielemier; and her mother, Wava VanWinkle.

Sandra is survived by her father, Allen VanWinkle of Pocahontas; brothers, Lance VanWinkle of Pocahontas, and Michael VanWinkle of Walnut Ridge; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Peter Paul Thielemier and Diane Thielemier of Pocahontas; aunt and uncle, Doris and Gloria Williams of Pocahontas; aunts Betty Travis and Margaret Whiteside, also of Pocahontas. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas with Gerald Fears officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Fears Family Funeral Home.

Prior to death, Sandra requested that friends and family bring 3x5 cards to the cemetery, for the memorial service, with their favorite memories written on them. These cards will be read during the service and will become part of Sandra's lasting legacy.

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


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