March 18, 2015 Edition

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Charles David Duckworth Oscar Gray James Arthur Green
Roy Dale Massey Melvin David Murrell


Elaina Kaitlynn Simms

Eric and Tiffani Simms of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a daughter, born Feb. 27, 2015 at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital.

The baby weighed nine pounds, two ounces, and has been named Elaina Kaitlynn Simms. She has an older brother, Matthew Wayne.

Grandparents are Mike and Daina Witt of Walnut Ridge and Kenny and Melissa Simms of Southhaven, Miss.

Great-grandparents are Bill and Sue Nelson, Charles Fitzgerald, all of Black Rock, Carline Anglin of Walnut Ridge, Mary Simms of Shell Knob, Mo., Jack and Jeannine Whittington and Dawn Greene, all of Crawfordville, Ind.

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Charles David Duckworth

Charles David Duckworth, 65, of Pocahontas, formerly of Black Rock, died March 11, 2015.

Born Feb. 9, 1950, he was retired from the United States Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Duckworth; and a brother, Gary Duckworth.

Survivors include his wife, Pat Duckworth; a son, Michael Duckworth; a stepson, Anthony Cochran; his mother, Velma Duckworth; two sisters, Rebecca Matlick and Linda Carroll; and two grandchildren, Jordan and Hailie Cochran.

A memorial service was held Saturday from 2-3 p.m. at Taylor-Cox Funeral Home in Pocahontas.

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Oscar Gray

Oscar Daniel Gray passed from this life on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Born Oct. 10, 1931, at Light, he had retired from the Army and had been the owner/operator of Gray's Texaco. He had also worked for the Employment Division of the State of Arkansas, and for many years buying and selling property. Oscar began his military service at only 16 years of age, serving 22 years and three foreign tours, including two in Korea during the Korean War.

Oscar was united in marriage to the love of his life, Betty Josephine Caldwell, 64 years ago on Dec. 30, 1950.

He was preceded in death by his mother Della McCrory; two half-sisters, Mary Jane Merriman and Sue Taylor; a half-brother, Lonnie McCrory; and a son-in-law, Terry Rogers.

Oscar was a Christian and was of the Baptist belief. He was a member of White Oak Baptist Church for many years, and then Strawfloor Baptist Church after moving to Jonesboro.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; three daughters, Debby Rogers and Sarah Wright and husband Kenny, all of Hoxie, and Becky Carter and husband Rick of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Jeremy Carter and wife Sarah, Julie Helms and husband Matt, Sabrina Buys and husband Brock, Dustin Blackshear and wife Whitney, and Elizabeth Carter; seven great-grandchildren, Bryce Carter, Baylor Carter, Cameron Buys, Charlie Buys, Ashlynn Grayce Blackshear, Stormie Helms and Sadie Helms; and a brother, Thomas McCrory and wife Faye.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Gethsemane Baptist Church with Bros. Keith Marlin and Derek Collins officiating. Burial with full military honors was in Lawrence Memorial Park. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were Dustin Blackshear, Jeremy Carter, Brock Buys, Tim Colburn, Troy Sheets, Nick Martin, Gary Teel, Bob Rice and Jerry Lee.

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James Arthur Green

James Arthur Green, 73, died March 12, 2015, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Leaffie Russell Green.

Survivors include three brothers, Isaac Green and Joe Green, both of Hoxie, and Chester Green, Walnut Ridge; and six sisters, Jeannit Meadows and Virginia Goza, both of Walnut Ridge, Imogene Fry, Hoxie, Mary Pittman, Brookland, Bertha Krantz, Swifton, and Della Finney, Alicia.

Visitation was Monday from 5-7 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home. Funeral and burial will be at Strangers Home Cemetery at a later date.

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Roy Dale Massey

Roy Dale Massey, 85, of Granbury, Texas, died March 2, 2015, in Granbury.

Born June 29, 1929, in Strawberry, he was the son of James and Virgie Massey. He lived in Dallas for many years, and was retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. After retirement, he lived in Angel Fire, N.M., for several years before moving to Granbury. He was a member of the Jewell P. Lightfoot Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.

He was preceded in death by a brother, J.L. Massey; his in-laws, Carl and Ruth Baker; and two brothers-in-law, Carl Baker Jr. and Rogers Post Baker.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Martha Jean Baker Massey; two daughters, Marilyn Massey and life partner Ron Spears, and Donna Coulter and husband Jim; and a grandson, Christopher Moss.

Funeral was Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at the Bradley United Methodist Church in Bradley, Ark., with Rev. John Braden officiating. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery under the direction of A.O. Smith Funeral Home of Stamps.

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Melvin David Murrell

Melvin David Murrell, 53, of Ravenden, died March 12, 2015.

Born March 2, 1962, in Denver, he was a mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin Dale and Bonnie Marie Thomas Murrell; and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Murrell; two daughters, Janet Murrell and Melinda Murrell, both of Ravenden; a son, Melvin James Murrell, Lacross, Wis.; and a granddaughter, Emilie Murrell.

Visitation was Tuesday from noon ~ 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home in Imboden.

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