March 25, 2015 Edition

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Zada Dickey Trillous Estes Tom Foley
Grant Patrick Guthrie Daniel David Harber Berniece Holder
Michael Don Householder Vergil Edison Melton Bill Oliver
Bill Pickard Hazel Goff Russell Gaines Vance Jr.
Lucy Warner


Cooper Clyde French

Eric and Wendy French of Pocahontas have announced the birth of a son, born March 19, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center.

The baby weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Cooper Clyde French. He has a sister, Harleigh, three.

Grandparents are Terry and Carol Hibbard and Ronnie and Danita Green, all of Jonesboro, and Mike and Becky French of O'Kean.

Great-grandparents are Larry and Ramona Hibbard of Portia, Mary Summers of Mountain Home, John Gann of Ravenden, James and Willene Byrd of Annieville and Jimmy and Gail French of O'Kean.

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Zada Dickey

Zada Jewel Dickey, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died March 22, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 4, 1930, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Everett and Essie Brown Webb. She taught school for 30 years at Walnut Ridge, Stuttgart and Fayetteville, with the majority of her teaching years spent at Walnut Ridge. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, the Lawrence County Library Board, the Lawrence County Cemetery Board and was a Senior Democratic delegate for Lawrence County. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Dickey, whom she married June 13, 1954.

Survivors include two daughters, Edna Clyde White and husband Stephen, Chatham, Ill., and Susan Jackson and husband Mike, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Tom Webb, Memphis; four grandchildren, Samantha McGee, Katie White, Thomas Jackson and Curtis Jackson; and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Monday evening. The funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park with Jake Guenrich officiating.

Pallbearers were Craig Williams, Brad Williams, Dennis Coggins, Billy Ray James, Chris McGee and Curtis Jackson.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Walnut Ridge, the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor's choice.

An online guestbook is available at

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Trillous Estes

Trillous "Terri" Davis Estes, 90, of Richmond, Va., died March 23, 2015.

Born June 22, 1924, in Portia, she was the daughter of Earnest Cornelius Davis and Della Mae Lawhon. She was a member of Chesterfield Baptist Church and a life member of the Eastern Star Lodge #207 in Lawrence County. She worked at DuPont during World War II, supporting the war effort.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman E. Estes Sr.; and a daughter, Cheryl E. Turner.

Survivors include two sons, Gene Estes and wife Trina, and Robert "Bob" Estes and wife Dawn; a daughter, Jane Davis and husband Douglas; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Shirley Osterbind.

Funeral is Friday at 2 p.m. at Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel in Richmond, Va. Burial will be in Dale Memorial Park.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Cure HHT, P.O. Box 321, Monkton, MD 21111.

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Tom Foley

Thomas "Tom" Foley, 89, of Cave City, died March 18, 2015, at a Batesville hospital.

Born July 9, 1925, at Jesup, he was the son of Thomas and Myrtle Smith Foley. He worked at the International Shoe Factory in Batesville for 18 years and retired from the Cave City School District after working in maintenance for 34 years. He was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Foley; a brother, Jack Smith; and a sister, Mildred Anderson.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Foley; a son, Gary Foley, Sidney; three stepdaughters, Tina Beck and Lori Byrd, both of Cave City, and Kathy Sellers, Columbus, Miss.; four grandchildren, Alinna Grammer, Michael Foley, Kelsey Goodman and Kiley Foley; eight great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with Bro. Ron Canard officiating. Burial was in Mount View Cemetery, east of Cave City, under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Byron Bristow, Blake Tacker, Derick Tacker, Garrett McSpadden, Matthew McSpadden and Austin Grammer.

An online guestbook is available at

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Grant Patrick Guthrie

Grant Patrick Guthrie, 31, of Charleston, S.C., died March 13, 2015. His father, Keith Guthrie of Dyersburg, Tenn., is a native of Walnut Ridge. Funeral was Tuesday, March 17, at J. Henry Stuhr Downtown Chapel in Charleston. Memorials may be made to The Michael Houser Music Fund at Athens Academy, P.O. Box 6548, Athens, GA 30604 and/or One80 Place, P.O. Box 20038, Charleston, SC 29413.

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Daniel David Harber

Daniel David Harber, 69, of Decatur, Texas, died March 17, 2015, in Decatur.

Born Jan. 9, 1946, in Hoxie, he was the son of David and Vina Robins Harber.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Jessene Harber, Decatur, Texas; a nephew, James L. Harber Jr., Decatur, Texas; and a niece, Tish Harber DeLeon, San Antonio.

No services will be held. Hawkins Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

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Berniece Holder

Blanche Berniece Holder, 87, of Hoxie, passed from this life Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 7, 1927, she was the daughter of Grant Lincoln Marsh and Ruby Mae Goldman. She served as the postmaster at O'Kean for 33 years and later owned various businesses throughout her life. She was a lifelong resident of O'Kean and was of the Church of Christ belief.

She loved interacting with people of all walks of life. She loved and was so proud of her family and friends. She loved life to the fullest. She was kind and helped many, many people throughout her life. She will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas Ray Haney, Dewey Martin and Bobby J. Holder; two sisters, Vita Marsh and Wilda Ricker; two grandsons, Steve Cook and Cortney Cook; and a great-granddaughter, Mya Davis.

Survivors include three daughters, Sherry Lynch and husband Jerry, Phyl Cook and husband David, and Pharis Davis and husband Cotton; a son, Cameron Martin and wife Robin; two stepdaughters, Sharon Denny and husband Mark, and Suzie Lyles and husband Dale; a sister, MaryEtta Snodgrass; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and several other loved ones and friends.

Graveside service was Friday at 2 p.m. at Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas with Everett Hart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Tony Davis, Matt Davis, Jason Lee, Bo Lynch, Phillip Cook and Cotton Davis. Honorary pallbearers were Toby Lee and Lane Lee.

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Michael Don Householder

Michael Don Householder, 32, of Hoxie, died March 21, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 11, 1982, in Jonesboro, he was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County. He was a mechanic for Downum's Waste Service and attended Cache River Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Jason Rash; grandfathers, Louie Junior Willfond, Denver Rash and Raymond Householder; and a grandmother, Joyce Ann Householder.

Survivors include a daughter, Jadyn Nicole Householder; a son, Corbyn Michael Householder; his parents, Tommy Householder and Darlene Avery (Willfond); his stepmother, Debbie Householder; a sister, Chandra Nicole Rodney; and his grandparents, Niladean Willfond and Wynona Rash.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. at Cache River Pentecostal Church in Sedgwick with Rick Hart officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

An online guestbook is available at

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Vergil Edison Melton

Vergil Edison Melton, 98, of Strawberry, died March 20, 2015, at his home.

Born Dec. 5, 1916, at Dowdy, he was the son of Percey and Cora Latting Melton. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired field salesman for Armco Steel National Supply. He was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Albion, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, W.O. Prince; three brothers, Troy Prince, Roy Prince and Ancel Prince; and a sister, Bertie Olene Melton Coleman.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Rhudene Melton; a daughter, Rebecca Schroeder, Strawberry; a sister, Beatrice Northcutt, Wichita, Kan.; and a granddaughter, Dawn Monice Schroeder.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Bro. Paul Sowell officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Noel Duncan, Stanley Mayland, Peter Ward, A.L. Latting, Henry Clarke and Jimmy Bell.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bill Oliver

Bill Oliver, 80, of Hot Springs, died March 21, 2015.

Born Sept. 13, 1934, he was the son of Arthur and Noma Oliver. He was a graduate of Lynn High School. In 1963, he and his wife moved to Hot Springs, where he managed the retail stores Sterling, Magic Mart and Alco for over 30 years. He and his brothers sang in The Oliver Brothers Quartet, performing gospel music around the Hot Springs area. He was a member of Oaklawn Baptist Church for over 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, Nita Oliver; two daughters, Tammy Thomas and husband Jim, and Lisa McFee and husband Scott; five grandchildren, Mathew Thomas, Daniel Thomas, Elizabeth Honeycutt, Kirbi Holoch and Kori Wheatley; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Oaklawn Baptist Church. A memorial service will be held today at noon at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lynn. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Gross Funeral Home of Hot Springs.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Life Center at Oaklawn Baptist Church.

An online guestbook is available at

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Bill Pickard

William Blaine "Bill" Pickard, 85, of Strawberry, died March 20, 2015 at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born May 30, 1929, in Stockton, Ill., he was the son of Raymond and Lucille Farell Pickard. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea and Panama. He and his wife owned and operated several businesses during their lifetime. He was a member of the VFW at Evening Shade.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Rury Pickard; a brother, Mac Smith; and two sisters, Ruth Cosgrove and Anna Marie Geraci.

Survivors include a son, Steven Pickard, Strawberry; three daughters, Jean Ann Murphy and husband Bill, Denver, Laura Rohr and Diane Schnick and fiancé Ron, all of Strawberry; a brother, Gerald Smith and wife Marjorie, Rockford, Ill.; a sister, Lorraine Doran, Rockford; 11 grandchildren, Teresa Robinson, Shaun Murphy, Melissa Murphy, Jeffery Derrickson, Joshua Derrickson, Paul Short, Karista Love, Kelly McNaughton, Kelsi Hill, Staci McNaughton and C.J. Schnick; 15 great-grandchildren; and close family friends, Barry McNaughton, Strawberry, and Anita Smith, Cave City.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home in Cave City. Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 1-2 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

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Hazel Goff Russell

Hazel Goff Russell, 89, of Poughkeepsie, died March 17, 2015, at Cave City.

Born Jan. 22, 1926, in Smithville, she was the daughter of George and Nissa Peebles Goff. She was a retired teacher, a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ. A 1943 graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, she earned a B.S.E. from Arkansas State College in 1955 and an M.S.E. from Arkansas State University in 1967. She earned 21 hours of postgraduate work at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

She was a teacher in Sharp and Lawrence Counties for 40 years and served as principal of Cave City Elementary School. She was a member of the board of directors of the Sharp Nursing Home, Sharp County Library and the Sharp County Extension Service.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Owen Russell, whom she married Jan. 26, 1946; a sister, Sybil Louise Goff; three brothers, Lloyd N. Goff, Eugene Goff and Millard Golf; a niece, Libby Goff; and two nephews, Wayne Goff and Sean Smith.

Survivors include three sisters-in-law, Margaret Goff, Concord, N.C., Ruby Nell Goff, Jonesboro, and Peggy Goff, Fayetteville; three nieces, Rhonda Byrd, Doris Smith and Judy Higgins; two nephews, Lloyd N. Goff II and Don Goff; seven great-nephews; and three great-nieces.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Troy Henley officiating. Burial was in Evening Shade Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Darrell Parsley, Dean Parsley, Don Goff, Lloyd Goff, Arnell Russell and Ray Higgins.

An online guestbook is available at

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Gaines Vance Jr.

Gaines "G.M." Vance Jr., 87, of St. Charles, Mo., died March 12, 2015, at St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles.

Born May 8, 1927, in Cave City, he was the son of Gaines M. and Vergie Williams Vance. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for American Airlines for 35 years before retiring in 1982. He was a member of Church of Christ and belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Vangards.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Murrell Vance, on April 2, 2013, whom he married April 26, 1949, in West Plains, Mo.; a brother, Glen Vance; and a son-in-law, Harlan Shake.

Survivors include two daughters, Lizabeth Vance Shake and Jacki Vance Gard and husband Gene, all of St. Charles, Mo.; a sister, Tommie Jean Robertson and husband Ray, Black Rock; a sister-in-law, Irene Vance, Walnut Ridge; four grandchildren, Matthew Gard, Nathan Gard, Andrew Gard and James Gard; and four great-grandchildren.

No public funeral is planned. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Burial was to be in Oak Grove Cemetery in St. Charles under the direction of Alternative Funeral and Cremation Services of Saint Peters, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Vance family.

An online guestbook is available at

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Lucy Warner

Lucy Mae Warner, 90, of Hoxie, died March 22, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Oct. 1, 1924, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Dolph and Bessie Gentry Binkley. She was a seamstress at Lawrence Manufacturing for several years and was a member of United Free Will Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Ray Warner, on Feb. 21, 2012, whom she married May 22, 1941; a brother, Jim Binkley; a sister, Melba McIntire; and a grandson, Mark Warner.

Survivors include a daughter, Shirley Heard and husband Bob, Hoxie; a son, Jerry Warner and wife Cindy, Walnut Ridge; two grandsons, Rob Heard and wife Toni, Hoxie, and Scott Heard, Portland, Ore.; a granddaughter, Dana Moore and husband Tracy, Walnut Ridge; three great-grandsons, Drew and Brady Heard, Hoxie, and Jerry Allen Warner, Texas; a great-granddaughter, Malorie Moore, Walnut Ridge; two great-great-grandchildren in Texas; a very special sister-in-law, Irene Binkley, Ravenden; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Glenn Smith and Bro. Warner Allen officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Rob Heard, Scott Heard, Brady Heard, Drew Heard, Tracy Moore and Johnny Constantine. Honorary pallbearers will be Malorie Moore, Martin Allen, Reggie Allen and Herman Shaw.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home.

An online guestbook is available at


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