April 15, 2015 Edition

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Births

Crum

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Freddie Geraldine Altis E.W. Anderson James Arthur Burrow
William Odel Davis Sr. Flora Emogene Fears Georgial Hendrix Freet
Patsy Ruth Graham Bill J. Hatfield Jones
Scott Jones Shirley Ann Kelley Dixie Rose Morris
Earl Thomas Nelson Willis Miles Ponder Jr. Dennis Howard Tackett
Alta Fern Waymon Tom Wright

Births

Channing Michael Crum

Corey and Sara Crum of Walnut Ridge have announced the birth of a son, born March 25, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces, and has been named Channing Michael Crum.

Grandparents are Marlyn and Brenda Tate of Hoxie and Mark and April Crum of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Larry and Nancy Roger of Oak Grove and Bob and Jeannette Crum of Black Rock.

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Obituaries

Freddie Geraldine Altis

Freddie Geraldine Altis, 97, of Walnut Ridge, died April 9, 2015, at Lindley Healthcare in Newport.

Born March 15, 1918, in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Darcus and France Whitmire. She was a housekeeper and a member of Main Street Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Carl Koerbel and Bruce Altis; two brothers, Charles Whitmire and Frank Whitmire; and six sisters, Mini Mullens, Gladys Felts, Kate Arthur, Lucy Harris, Imogene Whitmire and Thelma Whitmire.

Survivors include a son, Carl Koerbel and wife Brenda, Newport; and a grandson, Chris Koerbel.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Rob Combs officiating. Burial was in Calvin Crossing Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Leroy Johnson, Bud Felts, Terry Hutchinson, Blake Hutchinson, Jonny Hutchinson and Marty Hutchinson.

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

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E.W. Anderson

E.W. "Sonny" Anderson, 90, of Walnut Ridge, died April 11, 2015, at the Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

Born Nov. 22, 1924, in Peach Orchard, he was the son of T.T. and Alma Lindley Anderson. He was a farmer and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Marie Rose Anderson; two brothers, Tom Anderson and Rick Anderson; and a sister, Omega Schroeder.

Survivors include two sons, Gordon Thompson and Tony Anderson and wife Teressa, all of Pocahontas; two daughters, Rosemary Palmer and husband Don, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Terry Sue Passalaqua and husband Anthony, Walnut Ridge; a brother, Roger Anderson, Annieville; two sisters, Ruth Ann Smith, Paragould, and Dr. Sandra Anderson Tedder, Fayetteville; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Rickey officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery at Pocahontas.

Pallbearers were Reggie Lewis, Sam Massey, Mark Fender, Jim Prater, Scott Logan and Chris Logan. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Wallin, David James and Billy Ray James.

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

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James Arthur Burrow

James Arthur Burrow, 53, of New Orleans, died April 7, 2015, in New Orleans.

Born March 31, 1962, in Walnut Ridge, he was a truck driver and worked for Riceland Foods.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Estel Roy and Jimmie Wilson Burrow; and a sister, Mary K. Snider.

Survivors include two sons, Joshua Burrow and wife Brittany, Bay, and Ty Lane Burrow, Bossier City, La.; a daughter, Brittany Benson and husband Taylor, Walnut Ridge; two sisters, Doylene Hall and husband Archie, Sedgwick, and Teresa Necaise and husband Neal, Walnut Ridge; two half-brothers, Estel Ray Burrow and Eugene Burrow and wife Diana, all of Manila; and three grandchildren.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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

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William Odel Davis Sr.

William Odel Davis Sr., 81, of Imboden, died April 10, 2015, at his home.

Born Aug. 21, 1933, in Crawfordsville, he was the son of Van and Agnes Clements Davis. He was a Baptist preacher for many years and was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alline Davis; three brothers; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Survivors include two sons, William Odel Davis Jr. and wife Carolyn, and John Davis and wife Jean; three daughters, Virginia Dear Lewis and husband Perry, Beddellia Young and husband John, and Agnes Taylor and husband Leon; three sisters, seven brothers; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church with William Odel Davis Jr., Gerald Cummings and Pastor Jerry Clements officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Grandsons served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were William Odel Davis Jr., John Davis, John Young, Perry Lewis and Leon Taylor.

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

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Flora Emogene Fears

Flora Emogene Fears, 87, of Newport, died April 13, 2015, at Lindley Health and Rehab.

Born June 23, 1927, she was the daughter of Elbert and Delia Martin Gillaspie. She was a lifelong resident of Swifton and a homemaker. She was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer W. Fears; two sons, Earl Gene Fears and Donnie Wayne Fears; a daughter, Helen Joyce Tye; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Carol and Betty Harvey; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge. Burial will be in Strangers Home Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be John Harvey, William Harvey III, William Harvey IV, Donald David Long, Eddie McCall, Steven Haner and Tommy Zemery.

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

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Georgial Hendrix Freet

Georgial Hendrix Freet, 91, died April 7, 2015, in Hot Springs.

Born Oct. 9, 1923, in Minturn, she was the daughter of Frank George Allen and Lillie Lonzo Simms. She was a member of First Pentecostal Church for over 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Otis Hendrix, in 1973, whom she married Aug. 4, 1939; her second husband, Samuel "Bud" Freet; five brothers, Irvin Allen, Jerry Allen, Thaddeus Allen, Carlos Allen and William "Bill" Allen; and three sisters, Wanda Allen, Laura Jean Clark and Glendola Wilson.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Hendrix and wife Norma, and Darrel Hendrix, all of Hot Springs; a stepson, Doug Freet; two sisters, Francis Whaley and husband Robin, and Shelby Bates; two brothers, Earnest Allen and wife Vaudeen, and Tommy Allen and wife Cherrie; four grandchildren, Chris Hendrix, Craig Hendrix, Holly Randall and Heather Hendrix-McAdams; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Thursday at 1 p.m. at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home in Hot Springs. A visitation was held Friday morning at Bryan Funeral Home. Burial was in Linwood Cemetery at Paragould.

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

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Patsy Ruth Graham

Patsy Ruth Graham, 76, of Walnut Ridge, died April 11, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 1, 1938, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Joe and Ruth Caffrey James. She owned, and then managed, Graham's Department Store in Walnut Ridge for many years. She was also the church secretary at Main Street Church of Christ for 22 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Buddy Graham; and a sister, Joann Caldwell.

Survivors include a daughter, Paula Fuller and husband David, Bartlett, Tenn.; a son, Theron Thomas Graham Jr., Walnut Ridge; two brothers, Billy Ray James and wife Edwina, Walnut Ridge, and Joe David James and wife Cindy, Milan, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Laura Fuller, Trey Graham and Caroline Graham; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 19, at 2 p.m. at Main Street Church of Christ in Walnut Ridge. A meal will be provided for friends and family at noon. Fears Family Funeral Home of Pocahontas has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Children's Home in Paragould.

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

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Bill J. Hatfield

Bill J. Hatfield, 70, of Hoxie, died April 8, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born July 17, 1944, in Walnut Ridge, he was a carpenter and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gus and Mable Crossen Hatfield; a sister, Patsy Blackshear; and a brother, Bobby Hatfield.

Survivors include his wife, Lorena Greenwood Hatfield, whom he married June 20, 1992; three daughters, Tammy Reeves and husband Dennis, and Kim Adams and husband Dane, all of Paragould, and Julie Westbrook and husband Mack, Rector; a son, Mark Hatfield, Paragould; a brother, James Hatfield, Batesville, three sisters, Peggy Hinshaw, Ravenden, Kay Thorsby and husband Bill, Louisville, Ky., Jeri Davidson, Swifton, and Sharon Barnhill and husband Gary, Portia; and five grandchildren, Ross Adams, Hannah Eubanks, Alexus Hatfield, Brice Westbrook and Samuel Westbrook.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Hart officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Cody Davidson, Steven Greenwood, Scott Greenwood, Bob Hatfield, Raymond Bradford, Robert Hatfield, Brent Hufstedler and Greg Blackshear. Honorary pallbearers were Denver Schweighauser, Cameron Martin, Jim Ferguson, Denwood Morris and Larry Couch.

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

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Jones

A double memorial service for E. Glenda Jones and her husband, Harlon Wilson Jones, of Georgetown, Texas, will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Oak Forest Cemetery in Black Rock.

Glenda, 89, died Jan. 29, 2015, and Harlon, 94, died Feb. 25, 2015. They were both raised in Black Rock. All are welcome to attend.

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Scott Jones

Scott Jones, 74, of Poughkeepsie, died April 7, 2015, at a Mountain Home hospital.

Born April 3, 1941, at Nelsonville, he was a farmer and served on the Poughkeepsie School Board for 17 years. He was a member of Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as an Adult Sunday School teacher.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff McAdam and Vida Estella Diceston Jones; two brothers, George T. Jones and Waymon Paul Jones; and two sisters, Charlene Maxwell and Jeffie Farmer.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Deanna Parvin Jones; four sons, Allen Jones, Randy Jones, Stacy Jones and Tracy Jones, all of Poughkeepsie; a daughter, Cynthia Duncan, Poughkeepsie; three sisters, Buhton Jones and Robbie Nell Hash, both of Cave City, and Jane Swango, Anderson, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Maxville Missionary Baptist Church, north of Cave City, with Bro. Phillip Lewallen officiating. Burial was in Lebanon Cemetery at Poughkeepsie under the direction of Qualls Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Jared Jones, Philip Duncan, Wyatt Jones, Garrett Duncan, Curt Jones, Tyler Booth, Garrett McSpadden and Caleb Lewallen. Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Jones, Levi Jones and Will Jones.

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

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Shirley Ann Kelley

Shirley Ann Kelley, 75, of Powhatan, died April 6, 2015, at her home.

Born Sept. 17, 1939, at Strawberry, she was a longtime resident of Eaton. She was retired and was of the Baptist belief.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Gene Kelley; a daughter, Robin Bristow; her parents, Otis Clyde and Emma Young Foley; four brothers, William Foley, Leon Foley, Charles Foley and Harold Foley; and a sister, Joyce Hill.

Survivors include two daughters, Diana Goucher and husband Jerry, Harrison, and Carol Ann Perkey and husband Brian, Sidney; two sons, Danny Kelley and wife Renee, Cassville, Mo., and Tony Kelley and wife Lupe, Byron, Ill.; a sister, Mary Root; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Lynn Methodist Church with Jim West and Dan Walker officiating. House-Gregg Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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

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Dixie Rose Morris

Dixie Rose Morris, 86, of Hoxie, died April 7, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Jan. 6, 1929, in Monette, she was the daughter of James and Dora Marie Coward Gross. She was a nurse's assistant and a member of Hoxie First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow W. Morris, whom she married Feb. 19, 1946; three sons, Dicky Morris, Jacky Morris and Danny Morris; a daughter, Betty Francis (Penny); three brothers, Miles Elmer Gross, James Gross and Bart Lee Gross; a sister, Sarah Kathryn Gross Harold; two granddaughters, Cherie Morris and Stephanie Morris; and a stepgrandson, Mark Rodriguez.

Survivors include seven sons, James Morris, South Haven, Mich., Charles Morris, Tommy Morris and Teddy Morris, all of Hoxie, Eldon Morris and Dennis Morris, both of Paragould, and Robert Morris, Walnut Ridge; a daughter, Pamela Rogers, Hoxie; 28 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bros. William Vassar and Patrick Tucker officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jody Matthews, Skyler Stocker, Bobby Macon, Cameron Morris, Robbie Matthews and Eric Morris. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Thomas, Raymond Walker, Jimmy Ferguson, Josh Morris and Ryan Vansack.

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

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Earl Thomas Nelson

Earl Thomas Nelson, 73, of Walnut Ridge, died April 13, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Oct. 21, 1941, he was a lifelong resident of the Walnut Corner community. He was a farmer and a longtime member of Faith of the Apostles Tabernacle in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dena Mae Glasgow Nelson; a daughter, Loretta Jane Smith; his parents, Frankie and Alberta Aust Nelson; his stepfather, William T. Fry; four brothers, Edward Nelson, Henry Nelson, Leland Nelson and Ted Fry; and three sisters, Alice Eaton, Shirlene Webb and Imogene Walker.

Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Nelson and wife Sandy, Randall Nelson and Michael Nelson and wife Sherry; two daughters, Tammy Weaver and husband Clarence, and LaDawn Balentine and husband Carl; four brothers, Ruben Nelson, Bill Nelson, Donnie Nelson and Freddie Fry; six sisters, Marie Russom, Veta Nelson, Jean Tribble, Sharon McDonald, Mary Tate and Shelby Morris; 15 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with pastor David Morse and John Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Laredo Cemetery.

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

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Willis Miles Ponder Jr.

Willis Miles Ponder Jr., 98, of Walnut Ridge, died April 12, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 21, 1916, he was the son of Willis Miles Sr. and Frances Spencer Ponder. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service as an agricultural engineer. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a lifelong blood donor and was a member of the Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mack Francis Ponder.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Cox Ponder; three sons, Willis Miles Ponder III (Rebecca), Ruidoso, N.M., Sam Ponder (Maria DiSilva), Pittsfield, Mass., and David Ponder (Helen), Southhaven, Miss.; a daughter, Paula (Houston) Bishop, Memphis; a daughter-in-law, Harriet Ponder, Walnut Ridge; grandchildren, Willis Miles Ponder IV, Susan Harris, Kris Ponder, Regan Ponder-Rice, Sonya Duncan, Spencer Ponder, Catherine Jones, Cynthia Brasher, Paul Bishop, Brandon Carter, Joseph Ponder, Caleb Ponder and John Ponder; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, near Walnut Ridge, with Frank Casillas and Howard Pankey officiating. Burial was in Austin Cemetery, near Walnut Ridge. Cox Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Miles Ponder IV, Spencer Ponder, Paul Bishop, Joe Ponder, Caleb Ponder, John Ponder and Franklin Everett.

Memorials may be made to Old Walnut Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Harriet Ponder, 1708 Corbett Drive, Walnut Ridge, AR 72476.

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

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Dennis Howard Tackett

Dennis Howard Tackett, 58, of St. Charles, Mo., died April 7, 2015, at Frontier Rehab Center in St. Charles.

Born May 31, 1956, in St. Louis, he was a chef and was of the Catholic belief.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Elois Tackett.

Survivors include his mother, Opal Mae Tackett Pence, St. Charles, Mo.; and a sister, Helen Tackett, St. Charles, Mo.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park.

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

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Alta Fern Waymon

Alta Fern Waymon, 76, of Pocahontas, died April 10, 2015.

Born Oct. 18, 1938, in Pocahontas, she was the daughter of Dewey and Christine Smart Thompson.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest Waymon; two daughters, Denise Peyton and husband Jack, and Karen Glass and husband Bob; a son, Greg Waymon and wife Diane; a sister, Sue Smith and husband Curtis; a brother, Dewrell Thompson and wife Oneita; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. at McNabb Funeral Home with Nelson Henderson officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

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

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Tom Wright

Tom Wright, 74, of Cave City, died April 8, 2015, at a Batesville hospital.

Born Aug. 30, 1940, at Strawberry, he was a retired food broker, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Madge Williams Wright; and an infant sister.

Survivors include a son, Neal Wright, Ipava, Ill.; a brother, Billy Wright, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Barbara Orr, Terrell, Texas; and three grandchildren, Cortney Mills, Bhrea Watson and Neelie Wright.

Funeral was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Kennard Ward officiating. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers were Bob Norman, Mike Wright, Harry Wright, R.A. Wright, Jim Williams and Craig Whitmire. Honorary pallbearers were Dylan Watson, Charleton Mills and Dustin McDaniel.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Academy, P.O. Box 226, Industry, IL 61440.

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

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