March 4, 2015 Edition

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Maxie Ring


Davis ~ Horton


Elsie Mae Bagi Beth McEntire Bess Betty M. Bruce
Jimmy Clem John Frakes Harlon Jones
Melba Justus Maureen Latture Wayne Lee
Doris Matthews Neva Marie Monroe Aurora Moore
Don Pace Richard Judkins Spades Barbara Louise Tyree
Lillie Mae Willfond Donna Carole Winters Jerry Leo Winters


Knox James Maxie

Cody and Shana Maxie of Hoxie have announced the birth of a son, born on Feb. 19, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Knox James Maxie. He has one brother, Zeke, two.

Grandparents are James and Vanessa Gray of Sedgwick, Mark and Sandy Price of Imboden, Dennis and Cindy Roush of Fremont, Mich., and the late Don Maxie.

Great-grandparents are Rex and Ellen Gentry and Glenda Neely, all of Walnut Ridge.

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Shelbi Drew Ring

Andrew Ring and Shea Bobbitt, both of Hoxie, have announced the birth of a daughter, born Feb. 16, 2015, in Newport.

The baby weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces, and has been named Shelbi Drew Ring. She has three older siblings, Slayde, eight, Keldon, six, and Brenlyn, two.

Grandparents are Charles and Rebekah Ring of Dalton and Ray Bobbitt of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Bill Cates of Dalton, Jo Hanvey and Helen Bobbitt, both of Hoxie.


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Davis ~ Horton

Melanie Mandera and Lee Davis, both of Imboden, have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Courtney LeAnn Davis, to Hunter Shelby Horton, son of Terry and Mary Lou Horton of Black Rock.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Larry and Mary Lea McLeod of Imboden and Georgia Davis of Pocahontas and the late Orvil Davis.

A 2008 graduate of Sloan-Hendrix High School, she received her associate of arts degree from Black River Technical College. She works as a sales manager at Kum & Go in Black Rock.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Betty Lou Fry of Hoxie and the late Theo (Shelby) Fry, and the late Larry and Donna Diane Horton. He is the great-grandson of Wilburn Hibbs of Walnut Ridge.

Now employed by Capital Quarries in Pocahontas, he is a 2011 graduate of Black Rock High School and attended BRTC.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, May 2, at 4 p.m. at the James Ranch Event Center near Pocahontas.

All friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and the reception immediately following.

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Elsie Mae Bagi

Elsie Mae Bagi, 92, of Stokesdale, N.C., died Feb. 16, 2015, at Moses H. Cone Health Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.

Born Nov. 11, 1922, in Black Rock, she was the daughter of Monroe and Maggie Guilliams. She was a homemaker and a member of Opposition Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Andrew Bagi, whom she married Sept. 26, 1942; and a brother, Woodrow Guilliams.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Martin and husband John, Madison, N.C.; and a grandson, Johnny Martin.

Funeral was Saturday at 1 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Burial was in Opposition Cemetery, near Ravenden, with John Martin officiating.

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Beth McEntire Bess

Beth Elaine Tyson McEntire Bess, 60, of Hardy, passed away Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at her home, surrounded by family and friends.

Born Nov. 25, 1954, in Walnut Ridge, she worked for KSAR-Hometown Radio Stations for several years in many capacities.

She was active in many civic organizations over the years and served in many leadership roles, including the Sharp County Jaycees/Jaycettes, helped organize the Spring River Area Business & Professional Women's Club, the Spring River Area Chamber of Commerce, Highland Schools PTA and the Sharp County Ladies Investment Club. She was an original member of the Rebel Booster Club and the Cherokee Village Lions Club.

She helped to establish the Spring River Chamber's annual radio auction, assisted with the Black Rock Foothills Festival, Spring River Canoe Races, Sharp County Fair, Hardy Craft Fair, Ash Flat Eaglefest, Izard County Pioneer Day and the Lawrence County, Fulton County and Sharp County Fair beauty pageants.

She was honored for her community leadership in the Spring River Area with the E. Wilson Green award. She also won public speaking competitions on the state and national level through the BPW association. Beth was a member of the Ash Flat Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Greg McEntire; and her father Billy Joe Tyson.

Survivors include her husband Greg Bess; two sons, Jeff (Kara) McEntire, Highland, and Joe Scott (Hanna) McEntire, Salem; two step-daughters, Becca Bess (Tony Sutton), Gaithersburg, Md., and Leah (Ross) Myers, Ashburn, Va.; her mother, Armilda Tyson, Powhatan; four siblings, Bill Lewis (Linda) Tyson, Powhatan, Johnny (Tammy) Tyson, Mountain Home, Mitzi (Steve) Kieffner, Paragould, and Retha (Henry) Taffar, Ravenden; grandchildren include Kenzie and Mallory McEntire, Highland, Braylee Jo McEntire, Salem, Riley and Zachary Sutton, Gaithersburg, Md., and Stella Myers, Ashburn, Va.

Funeral is Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Ash Flat Church of Christ Family Life Center. Burial will be in Agnos Cemetery under the direction of Wortham Funeral Home of Highland.

Pallbearers will be Mark Kieffner, Kris Gill, Ashton Raney, Billy McEntire, Kolby King, Jonathan Harmon, Tony Sutton and Ross Myers. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin King, James Bragg, Jeff Bess, Johnny Tyson, Bill Lewis Tyson, Henry Taffar, Steve Kieffner, Billy Lynn Tyson, Steve McEntire, Clay McEntire, Ray McEntire, Jack McEntire, Jeff Jordan, Colby Jordan, Robert Cissell, Larry Smith, Stacey Horton, Jesse Morris, Dale Maddox, Mark Herring and Jack Hufmaster.

Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the Ash Flat Church of Christ Family Life Center.

A scholarship fund is being established in Beth's name through Centennial Bank of Arkansas. The scholarship will be given annually to a civic-minded graduating senior. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider the scholarship fund or the Children's Home of Paragould.

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Betty M. Bruce

Betty M. Bruce, 87, of Mountain View, formerly of Batesville and Black Rock, died Feb. 28, 2015, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born June 27, 1927, in Batesville, she was the daughter of Joseph Young McPherson and Rita Mashburn McPherson Peters.

She spent most of her life as a nurse, and attended the First United Methodist Church in Mountain View.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard "Buster" Bruce; two sons, Leonard "Pete" Bruce Jr., and Timothy Bruce; two sisters, Wanda Wattenbarger and Jeannie Taylor; a granddaughter, Melissa Smith Brear; and a great-granddaughter, Bethany Brear.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis C. Smith, Black Rock, and Sue Wiles, Mountain Home; a sister-in-law, Jean Insell; three grandchildren, Michelle Wiles Williams, Cathrene Smith Meeks and Kimberly Bruce Will; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville with Bro. David Insell officiating. Burial was in Alderbrook Cemetery at Desha.

Pallbearers were Justin Williams, Casey Williams, Matthew Stewart, Frankey Meeks, Steve Insell and Larry Adams. Honorary pallbearers were Brooke Stewart, Derrick Meeks, Ariel Lindholme, Mallory Williams, Beth Crace, Tiffany Downing, Destiny Barker and Jourdy Bailey.

Memorials may be made to Alderbrook Cemetery, c/o Shorty Coles, 50 Fred Street, Batesville, AR 72501.

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Jimmy Clem

Jimmy Clem, 88, of Cave City, father of Anthony Clem of Portia, died Feb. 24, 2015, at a nursing home in Melbourne. Burial was Friday in Maxville Cemetery at Cave City under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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John Frakes

John Frakes, 83, of Walnut Ridge, died March 2, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 21, 1931, he was the son of Sam and Bulah Polston Frakes, and was a longtime resident of Alicia. He was self-employed and once owned a sawmill. He was of the Southern Baptist belief and was a member of the Alicia Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robbin Burgett; a daughter, Twayna Burgett Barnes; two brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Mozel Freeman Frakes; five biological children, Karen, Trisha, Kristi, Michael John and Timmy; three sons, Tommy Burgett, Scotty Burgett and Brandon Burgett; a brother, Terry Frakes; two sisters, Willene Pilkington and Allene Brown; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at the Alicia Baptist Church. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Harlon Jones

On Feb. 25, 2015, Harlon Wilson Jones, 94, of Georgetown, Texas, died only 27 days after E. Glenda Jones, his wife of almost 71 years, passed away.

Harlon was also preceded in death by his parents, John Jefferson and Margaret Lee Jones of Black Rock; four sisters, Thelma Poe, Clelia Robertson, Mildred Fair and Mabel Flippo; and two brothers, Newton R. Watts and Edgar Jones.

Surviving Harlon are his children, Lynne (Charles) Hawk of Zanesville, Ohio, Warren (Vicki) Jones of Georgetown, Texas, and Larry (Ellen) Jones of Omaha, Neb. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Charles Hawk, Dawn Daily, Laurice Jones, Elissa Jones, Kelly Jones, and Kevin Jones; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

When he was 19 years old, Harlon worked for a time as a hand at the Hidden Valley Dude Ranch near Lake Luzerne, N.Y. He served overseas in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, after having married the hometown love of his life, Glenda Duckworth, in Charleston, S.C. After the war, they moved to New York state, where Harlon worked as a carpenter, building many homes around the Albany area, including the one in which they raised their family in Selkirk. He retired in 1982 from Consolidated Rail where he worked as a brakeman. They eventually relocated to Georgetown, Texas. Harlon always enjoyed people (no one was ever a stranger), and was happiest when he was around family.

A memorial for Harlon and Glenda will be held in Black Rock at a later date.

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Melba Justus

Melba Pauline Simpson Justus, 91, of Imboden, passed from this life to the next March 1, 2015.

Melba was born July 13, 1923, in Annieville, to the late Alfred and Edith Pickett Dent.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 35 years, Huron Hollis "Spec" Justus; and previous husband, George Reese Simpson; a son, Donald Vance Simpson; and a sister, Alene Bratcher.

Pauline served our country behind the scenes, as one of the many women riveting airplanes during World War II. "Rosie the Riveter" was a cultural icon of the 40s. She was a successful housewife integrating into the workplace gradually. She was a farm wife for 35 years, faithfully supporting Spec's roll in feeding our country. She had many admirers because she showed herself friendly to others and confronted need with action. She will forever be a profound influence on anyone that had the privilege of knowing her.

Melba is survived by William Stanley Simpson, James Perry Simpson; a sister, Florine Dixon; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces nephews, cousins, friends and loved ones.

Funeral is Friday at noon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Pallbearers will be Randy Holder, Bryan Meredith, Tim Marbre, Ricky Goff, Jerry Ray Foley and Preston Clark.

Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until time of the service.

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Maureen Latture

Maureen Latture, 97, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 22, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born June 4, 1917, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Latture; and three brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Latture and Roy Latture, both of Walnut Ridge; and two sisters, Evelyn Kurtz, North Carolina, and Freda Butler, Oklahoma.

Services and burial were private. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Wayne Lee

Author, librarian and free thinker, Earl Wayne Lee, passed away at his home in Pittsburg, Kan., on Feb. 19, 2015, at the age of 60, after a year-long struggle with pancreatic cancer.

Wayne was born Nov. 8, 1954, in Rockford, Ill. After several years of changing cities, from Rockford to Little Rock, and then Memphis, his family settled in Calamine, where Wayne attended and, in 1972, graduated from Cave City High School. After high school, he attended Lyon College to study Western Literature, where he wrote columns for the college newspaper. In 1975, he went to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to begin his masters in English literature. It was in the Master's program that he met his future wife, Kathy De Grave.

He graduated from U of A in 1978 with his Master of Arts and he married Kathy. Wayne went on to get his high school teaching certification in 1982, but ultimately decided that his true calling lay in working with books. In 1985, he graduated with his Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

After graduating with his MLS he took his first library job at Phillips University in Enid, Okla., in 1986. In 1987 he took a new job as acquisitions librarian at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. He was an active faculty member at Pitt State for over 25 years, including involvement in the faculty senate and he eventually reached the rank of University Professor. He worked tirelessly to curate the book collection at Pitt State, always seeking to find balance within the collection.

Although he thoroughly enjoyed his work in the library, Wayne's true passion was always writing. Over the course of his career, he wrote many articles on religion and censorship that have appeared in The Humanist, Religious Humanism, Freethought Today, Truth Seeker, The Match!, American Libraries, You Are Being Lied To and Counterpoise. He also wrote a number of books including fiction: "Drakulya" and "Raptured: The Final Daze of the Late, Great Planet Earth", and non-fiction: "Libraries Betrayed,""Libraries in the Age of Mediocrity" and his most recent book from Park Street Press, "From the Bodies of the Gods." He was also well-known for his contributions to the foreword of "The Jungle: the Uncensored Original Edition." Before he died, he had just finished writing a new novel, "The Unkindness of Ravens: An Alternative Romance of the Late War," which will be available in the fall of 2015.

Wayne was well-known for his unique sense of humor, his kindness and his generosity. For all his academic achievement, when asked what he valued most in life, he said it was his family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Early Ray Lee.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Kathy De Grave; and three children, Dr. Nathan De Lee of Cincinnati, Cambria De Lee of Salt Lake City, and Erin De Lee of Pittsburg Kan.; his mother Opal Lee of Strawberry; and his siblings, Brian Lee of Jonesboro, Cara Dickison of Calamine, and Andy Lee of Locust Grove. His wife, mother, siblings and children all miss him dearly.

A memorial service for Wayne will be held at the home of his mother on Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. All friends and family are invited to attend. Wayne was always a defender of the First Amendment. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the Freedom to Read Foundation at by clicking on the Memorials link.


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Doris Matthews

Doris Gay Nunnally Matthews, 83, of Lynn, died March 1, 2015, in Cave City.

Born July 12, 1931, at Eaton, she was the daughter of Lacy and Janie Chappell Nunnally. She was a lifelong resident of Lynn and a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Thomas Gail Matthews; a brother, Wendell Nunnally; and a son-in-law, Randy Scarbrough.

Survivors include five daughters, Regina Scarbrough, Sheridan, Jerrie Clinton and husband Lanny, Rose Bud, Mica Vance and husband Larry, Robin Martin and husband Marty and Kim Nunnally and husband Tony, all of Lynn; two sons, Tony Matthews and Kent Matthews, both of Lynn; a sister, Patricia Brister; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild; and a family friend, Larry Miller.

Burial was Monday in Old Lebanon Cemetery at Eaton with Lanny Clinton presiding.

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Neva Marie Monroe

Neva Marie Monroe, infant daughter of Randy and Amie Monroe of Hoxie, died Feb. 27, 2015, at Harris Hospital in Newport.

She was born Feb. 27, 2015, in Newport.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gary and Geneva Taylor; and great-grandparents, Rosella Hannah, Vestor Taylor, Opal Taylor and Gladys Bruffett.

In addition to her parents, survivors include two sisters, Angel Monroe and Shayla Monroe, of the home; a brother, Taylor Monroe, of the home; grandparents, Paul and Shirley Monroe, Salina, Okla.; grandmother, Elizabeth Cook, Hoxie; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia with Larry Swan officiating.

Pallbearers will be Keith Cook and Robert Cook. Honorary pallbearers will be her uncles: Jeff Cook, Travis Cook, Paul Monroe, J.W. Anderson, Charlie Taylor and Justin Taylor.

Visitation will be Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of the service.

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Aurora Moore

Aurora Moore, 94, of Cave City, died Feb. 25, 2015, at a Batesville hospital.

Born April 24, 1920, at Strawberry, she was the daughter of Redmond and Laura Campbell Hunter. She was a homemaker and a member of the Saffell Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Spencer Moore; a brother, Bruce Hunter; two sisters, Nona Miller and Amy Hunter; and a great-grandson, Andy Wright.

Survivors include two daughters, Shelby Randolph and husband Charles, Strawberry, and Donna Stout and husband Donald, Cave City; six grandchildren, Keith Wright, Scott Wright, Vince Wright, Leah Eckard, Joel Stout and Charity Lovell; 12 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren; and step great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bros. Brandon Wright, Vance Penn and Paul Sowell officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery near Calamine.

Grandsons and great-grandsons served as pallbearers.

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Don Pace

Don Pace, 85, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 25, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Dec. 26, 1929, in Minturn, he was the son of James and Rachel McCord Pace, and was a longtime resident of Lawrence County. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired press operator.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Pace; a brother, Rudolph Pace; and a sister, Glodean Pace.

Survivors include four daughters, Donna Finley and Debra Clark, both of California, Isabel Pace, Walnut Ridge, and Danette Wipfli, Oregon; a brother, Dale Pace, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Maxine Little, Walnut Ridge, and Angie McElrath, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Robert Davis officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Richard Judkins Spades

Richard Judkins Spades of North Little Rock, formerly of Black Rock and Cabot, passed away on Feb. 28, 2015, at age 91.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Ina Ruth Wilson Spades, on Oct. 22, 2011; and his parents, Pearl Iva Judkins and Sebastian Augustine Spades. He was one of nine children, and was preceded in death by seven of his siblings.

Richard was born in Black Rock on Dec. 25, 1923. He attended elementary school and high school at Black Rock, graduating as the Valedictorian Honor Student in May of 1941. As a young teenager, he was a member of Boy Scout Troop 65 in Black Rock.

Richard joined the Army Air Corps in November of 1942 and served in the 8th Air Force in England during World War II as a radio operator and gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He served in the U.S. and in Europe, where he survived a forced-landing plane crash in France. Shortly afterward, Richard's plane was shot down during a bombing mission over Germany, where he spent over two months as a prisoner of war. After World War II ended, he completed his active-duty service and returned to Black Rock and was later awarded the Purple Heart.

Richard married Ina Ruth Wilson on Dec. 23, 1950, in Hoxie. He is survived by their four children.

Richard attended college at Arkansas State University as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. Soon after joining the Army Air Corps, he enrolled in classes at the University of Tulsa as part of his military training. After separating from active duty, he enrolled in college at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he graduated with a math and physics degree. He also completed studies at Johns Hopkins University during the 11 years he and his family lived in Baltimore, Md.

Richard taught math and science for one year at Black Rock High School before joining Commercial Credit Equipment Corporation in Baltimore as a Field Adjustor. He retired from Commercial Credit Equipment Corporation in 1971 as a National Director. After Richard and his family moved back to Arkansas for a short time, he joined Mobile Home Associates in Atlanta.

He and his family lived in Atlanta for three years and then returned to Black Rock, where he founded and owned Spades Realty. He also co-owned and operated the Three Rivers Fish House in Black Rock for two years. Richard then returned to teaching math and science at Black Rock High School from 1982 until 1987.

Richard was a member of the Methodist Church for over 85 years and served in several capacities until his health intervened. He was a member of several veterans' organizations and served as Commander of both the American Legion Post 4550 in Black Rock and the American Ex-Prisoners of War Chapter 1 in Little Rock.

Richard is survived by his sister, Kathryn Callahan of Pocahontas, and his four children: Steven W. Spades, Sherwood; Richard J. Spades, Jr., Little Rock; Samuel W. Spades (Becky), Black Rock; and Julie Ann McCarroll (Billy), Cabot. He is also survived by nine grandchildren: Casey, Jessica, Steven, and Sean Spades (Steven); Candace Petty, Sara Kopp, and Amanda Ball (Samuel); and Nathan and Gregory McCarroll (Julie). Richard is survived by seven great-grandchildren: Colby Morgan (Candace); Erik Harmon and Dakota Grim (Jessica); Xander and Lola Ball (Amanda); Bryson Spades (Sean); and Dane McCarroll (Gregory).

Both the visitation and funeral will be conducted at First United Methodist Church in Cabot. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, followed by the funeral at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Arrangements are under the direction of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home.

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Barbara Louise Tyree

Beloved mother, sister and friend, Barbara Louise Woodson-Tyree, age 65, of Black Rock, passed over at 7:41 p.m., Feb. 21, 2015, with her loving daughters, Dawn, Kelly, and son-in-law Cecil, by her side at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Barbara was born on April 13, 1949, to Wesley and Cora (Tyree) Woodson of Black Rock. She loved adventure and challenge, even as a young girl. She believed in making the most of this life. Barbara graduated from Black Rock High School in 1967, and afterward, moved to Kansas City. Her medical education journey started with her LPN degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center (Kansas City) in 1969, and later, using the bridge option program, she earned her RN degree at Arkansas State University in 1973-1974. She was a dedicated Dermatology RN at University of Arkansas Medical Services, with rotations in other fields.

Barbara was an artist by heart, with many interests in photography. This led her to become certified in retinal angiography in the field of ophthalmology from 1983 to 1990. She owned SJ Designs, Inc., and became a self-taught creative embroidery designer of skydiving attire. All the while, she was an avid skydiver and scuba diver.

In 1994, Barbara participated in the skydiving nationals in Eloy, Ariz. She did a flat base jump out of a hot air balloon, followed by a single jump and tandems with both of her daughters out of a Douglas DC-3, all with a record 66 other skydivers. She was the winner of a national "Got Milk" advertising campaign, with a photo of herself skydiving, smiling, and wearing the iconic milk mustache in People magazine.

Barbara is survived by her cherished daughters, Dawn M. Cranford and husband Cecil, of Beebe, and Kelly P. Kelley of Basehor, Kan.; her grandchildren, Taryn M.E. Stubbs of Beebe, and Kanyon L. Edwards of Basehor, Kan.; her dear siblings – sisters Thelma Jeanette Crosslin and Nancy (Fred) Pickney of Black Rock, sister Anita Sue James of Kansas City, Kan., brother James (Diane) Woodson of Imboden; two sisters-in-law, Sharon Woodson (belated John) of Heber Springs, and Jane Woodson (belated Tom) of Omaha, Neb.; and many nieces and nephews.

Barbara is preceded in death by both her parents, Wesley and Cora (Tyree) Woodson of Black Rock; a brother, John D. Woodson of Heber Springs; a sister, Ella A. (Woodson) Wilson; a brother, Thomas E. Woodson of Omaha, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Claude H. Crosslin of Tampa, Fla.; and a brother-in-law, James A. Wilson Sr. of Basehor, Kan.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date by the family.

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Lillie Mae Willfond

Lillie Mae Willfond, 74, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 27, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 21, 1940, in Marianna, she was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County and was of the Pentecostal belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Willfond; a son, Jerry Willfond; a daughter, Katrina Willfond; her parents, Jake and Mary Jane Bellah Cooper; and two grandsons, Richard Hudson and Mike Willfond.

Survivors include two daughters, Louise Phillips, Walnut Ridge, and Teresa Lawrence, Rector; five sons, Marvin Willfond and Robert Willfond, both of Walnut Ridge, Carl Willfond, Corning, Howard "Bo" Willfond, Alicia, and Daniel Willfond, Little Rock; a sister, Katherine Booker, Walnut Ridge; 21 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Sister Rebecca LaPiro officiating. Burial was in Duty Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rick Sluder, Phillip Vaughn, Jason Jackson, Johnny Cooper, Grant Liles and Eddie Dunavant. Honorary pallbearers were Zachary Willfond and Chandler Cooper.

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Donna Carole Winters

Donna Carole Winters, 70, of Jonesboro, formerly of Lynn, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at St Elizabeth Place, with her family by her side.

Donna and her husband-to-be, Gary Winters, met on the campus of Arkansas State University, and they were married for 48 years. She was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a beloved sister in Christ. Donna was a stay-at-home mother who raised her children in a strong Christian home.

Early in her and Dr. Gary Winters' marriage, they moved around to different locations in Tennessee and California, as he was a public school administrator, executive vice president and taught at a private college.

After several years, their roles moved towards leading others to Christ, and that is when they were called into the ministry. She spent over 34 years being a soul-winner and teacher of three-year-old children throughout the churches they pastored. The love and Christian example she showed throughout her life will be missed, but never forgotten.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Louise Costner Robbins; and two brothers, Richard and Ronnie Robbins.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Gary Winters of Jonesboro; three sons, Wayne Winters (Joy), Nathan Winters (Christie), and Paul Winters (Kyla); one daughter, Kimberly Winters; 12 grandchildren, Zack, Luke, Kela, Liberty, Tyler, Andrew, Zayden, Callianna, Bryzon, Kaylah, Brielle, and Titus Winters; and two sisters, Frances Holloway and Brenda Butcher.

Funeral was Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the Jonesboro Baptist Church, with her husband, Dr. Gary Winters, and her three sons, Pastor Wayne, Nathan and Paul Winters eulogizing a life well lived. Burial was in Smithville Cemetery with Emerson Funeral Home in charge of all arrangements.

Pallbearers were her husband, Dr. Gary Winters, and her three sons, Wayne, Nathan, and Paul Winters.

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Jerry Leo Winters

Jerry Leo Winters, 69, of Walnut Ridge, died March 2, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 27, 1945, he was the son of the late Eddie Winters and Alberta Turnbow. He worked in construction management and was a devout Christian.

Survivors include three sons, Jeremy Winters and wife Natalie, Tampa, Fla., Chris Winters and wife Jerri Jo, Jonesboro, and Warren Durham, Imboden; his fiancee, Pam Kopp, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Terry Winters, St. Louis; a sister, Margaret Walling, Grange; and seven grandchildren, Hailey Winters, Ty and Tristan Winters, Hunter and Jacob Martin and Drake and Nicky Durham.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Smithville Cemetery with Harold Russell officiating. Cox Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Mike Walling, Mitchell Walling, Mark Walling, Johnny Bookout, Clint Berry and David Looney. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Davis, Benson Hart, Lance Shackelford, Robin Berry, Bill Ross, Rick McGlothin, David Clements, Ronald Ring, Steve Oliver, Scott Brady, Jerry Gibbens, Chris Matthews, Michael Covey, Jerry Ray Foley, Harold Foley, Ben Foley and Danny Foley.

Memorials may be made to The Children's Shelter or Arkansas Children's Hospital.

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