April 22, 2015 Edition

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Thelma M. Cresap Wyatt Gerald Ferrell Grace Ellen Heard
Phena Hovis Freddie Jean Oldham Darnell Potter
Leroy Price Mary Joan Rogers Wesley Robert Tribble Jr.
Richard Zeiger


Kenneth "Kenney" Mack Reece

Shann and Kendall Reece of Fayetteville, N.C., have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born on April 17, 2015, at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Fayetteville.

The baby weighed six pounds, 10 ounces, and has been named Kenneth "Kenney" Mack Reece.

Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenney Cannon of Fayetteville, N.C. Marilyn White of Walnut Ridge is the great-grandmother.

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Thelma M. Cresap

Thelma M. Cresap, 91, of Maynard, formerly of Denton, died April 14, 2015, at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas.

Born Nov. 29, 1923, she was the daughter of Harry L. and Ethel King. She was a member of Witts Chapel Baptist Church for over 50 years, and served as adult women Sunday school teacher and substitute pianist. She was a secretary and bookkeeper for Taylor Motor Company in Pocahontas for about 20 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde H. Cresap; a brother, Clifford King; a sister, Helen Veach; and a grandchild.

Survivors include four children, Terry Cresap and wife Janie, Maynard, Dianne Towell and husband Jim, Norwood, Mo., and Lynda Perry and husband Ronnie and Pat Boling and husband Ken, all of Paragould; a sister, Wanda Stutts, Manila; eight grandchildren, Darryl Towell, Deede Hilburn, Dewayne Cresap, Kevin Perry, Stacy Perry, Melanie Ward, Stacy Tate and Jason Boling; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 1 p.m. at Witts Chapel Baptist Church in Maynard. Burial was in Maynard Cemetery under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas.

Memorials may be made to the WMU of Witts Chapel Baptist Church, 12730 Highway 115, Maynard, AR 72444.

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

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Wyatt Gerald Ferrell

Wyatt Gerald Ferrell, 84, of Walnut Ridge, died April 17, 2015, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born May 29, 1930, he was the son of Wyatt and Ruby Connelly Ferrell. He was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge and was a math teacher. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; a daughter, Suzanne Knapp; and two sisters, Bonnie Burns and Betty Anne Ragsdell.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Kuntz Ferrell; a son, Jerry Ferrell, Little Rock; a stepson, Jeff Jacobsen and wife Trish, Massac County, Ill.; a brother, John Ferrell, Englewood, N.J.; a brother-in-law, Mark Kuntz; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Private graveside service was Monday.

Family served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were the Jonesboro Duplicate Bridge Club.

Memorials may be made to the Lawrence County Library, First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge or online at www.gofundme.com/WyattGFerrell.

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

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Grace Ellen Heard

Grace Ellen Heard, 92, of Hoxie, died April 20, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 28, 1922, in the Oak Hill community, she was the daughter of James Leonard and Mattie Elizabeth Lamb. She was the former owner and operator of Heard's Market and was a member of Hoxie First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph N. Heard, whom she married May 17, 1941; twin infant daughters; three brothers, Jack Lamb, Cledith Lamb and Samuel Jackson Lamb; three sisters, Evelyn Rutledge, Ruth Whitmire and Hazel Whitmire; and a grandson, Kyle Heard.

Survivors include sons, Bob Heard and wife Shirley, Hoxie, Joe Heard and wife Barbara, Bryant, Terry Carroll Heard, of the home, and Teddy Harold Heard and wife Dyan, Walnut Ridge; two daughters, Dr. Linda Heard, Hot Springs, and Marsha Heard Moore and husband Morris, Walnut Ridge; four sisters, Esther Floyd, Walnut Ridge, Iva Atkinson, Hoxie, Lillie Mae Whitmire, Jonesboro, and Opal Christian, Rock Falls, Ill.; a brother, Curtis Lamb, Walnut Ridge; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 2 p.m. at Hoxie First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Manning #1 Cemetery under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rob Heard, Shane Heard, Jonathan Heard, Stephen Heard, Ben Moore, Dylan Clark (in honor of Kyle Heard), Drew Heard and Brady Heard. Honorary pallbearers will be Ethan Moore, Colten Bennett and Scott Heard.

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

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

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Phena Hovis

Phena Marie Hovis, 91, of Reyno, died April 11, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born May 27, 1923, in Mount Ida, she was the daughter of William Benjamin and Frankie Pippin Fann. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Reyno.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John Emory Hovis, on Dec. 22, 2002, whom she married Sept. 7, 1940; three sons, Ronald Hovis, Lesley Hovis and David Hovis; two sisters, Eva Thompson and Ruby Skates; three brothers, Lloyd Fann, Maxie Fann and Lehman "Peat" Fann; and two grandchildren, Janetta Edington and Lisa Hovis Hill.

Survivors include seven daughters, Loretta Dismang and husband Rex, Siloam Springs, Janice Edington and husband J.M., Patricia Boyd and husband Cleitus and Meryl Whitledge and husband Barry, all of Corning, Sharon Murphy and husband Gevan, Imboden, Cheryl McCoy and husband Bill, St. Louis, and Stephanie Jones and husband Spike, Biggers; five sons, Larry Doyle Hovis and wife Janice, Roger Hovis and wife Willene, Randy Hovis and Richard Hovis and wife Melinda, all of Reyno, and Patrick Hovis and wife Sue, Ravenden; two brothers, Freeman Fann, Walnut Ridge, and Wayman "Jack" Fann, Malden, Mo.; two sisters, Dorothy Thompson, Collinsville, Ill., and Margie Layman, Troy, Ill.; 35 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Wednesday, April 15, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Reyno with Revs. Roger Hovis and Patrick Hovis officiating. Burial was in Nelson Cemetery at Reyno under the direction of Ermert Funeral Home of Corning.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Nelson Cemetery, P.O. Box 18, Reyno, AR 72462 or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 400 East St., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

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

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Freddie Jean Oldham

Freddie Jean Oldham, 86, of Redding, Calif., died April 17, 2015, in Redding.

Born Oct. 5, 1928, in the Clear Lake community near Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Alvie Daniel and Ella James Howard Oldham. She lived on the family farm and helped with farm life. The family attended Arbor Grove Missionary Baptist Church until they sold the family farm. After moving to Walnut Ridge, they were members of Gethsemane Baptist Church. She moved to Redding in 1992 to live with her sister.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James Carroll Oldham; a brother-in-law, Marvin Smith; and a nephew, Kelly Smith.

Survivors include a sister, Wilma Lee Oldham Smith; a brother, Daniel Oldham and wife Nancy; a nephew, Mark Smith; two nieces, Debbie Clement and Cathy Sanders.

A graveside service will be held at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, Calif., under the direction of Allen Dahl Funeral Service of Redding.

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Darnell Potter

Darnell Potter, 82, of Walnut Ridge, died April 16, 2015, in Jonesboro.

Born Dec. 9, 1932, in Brookfield, Mo., he was the son of Albert Darnell and Lily Neal Potter. He was a graduate of Pocahontas High School and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and Arkansas State University. He operated the bus station in Walnut Ridge for several years, and also worked at Skil Corporation for 19 years. He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Walnut Ridge.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, David Brooks.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Bell Lehr Potter, whom he married Aug. 14, 1959; a son, Mark Potter and wife Laura, The Woodlands, Texas; four daughters, Elizabeth Brooks, Alma, Mona Parker and husband Danny, Jonesboro, Cindy Hollcraft and husband Chip, Annandale, Va., and Lynda Russell and husband Clarke, Richardson, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral mass was Monday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Walnut Ridge with Father Mike Sinkler officiating. Burial was in Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

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

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Leroy Price

Leroy Price, 70, of Strawberry, died April 18, 2015, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Born April 19, 1944, in Walnut Ridge, he was a painter and was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by a son, Roy Price; his parents, Jerry and Elzora McCall Price; two brothers, Jesse Price and Henry Price; two sisters, Margaret Price and Dosha Kiefer; and a great-grandson, Brayden James Price.

Survivors include his wife, Mary McDaniel Price, whom he married Jan. 28, 1964; two sons, Donald Price and wife Patty, Walnut Ridge, and Terry Price and wife Lori, Strawberry; five sisters, Evelyn Murphy, Bernice Williams and Helen Murphy, all of Walnut Ridge, Ruby Murphy, East Alton, Ill., and Stella Riggs, Pocahontas; a brother, Nathan Price, Granite City, Ill.; four grandchildren, Eric Price, Terry Scott Price, Felicia Price and Jordan Price; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at noon at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Casillas officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Jason Forkum, Jimbo Murphy, Ronnie Holt, Allen Williams, Jeremy Batterton and Audey Murphy. Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde Hill and Rick Murphy.

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

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Mary Joan Rogers

Mary Joan Rogers, 64, of Walnut Ridge, died April 17, 2015, at her home.

Born Nov. 10, 1950, she was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Walnut Ridge. She was of the Christian faith.

She was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Dobbs; and her parents, Buford and Jaunita Tribble Hancock.

Survivors include a daughter, Deana Dobbs Smith, Sedgwick; four sisters, Barbara Smith, Walnut Ridge, Snoda Lee, Moultrie, Ga., Kathy Miner, Bentonville, and Bonnie Brand, Pea Ridge; a brother, Paul Hancock, Memphis; three grandchildren, Brittney Smith, Raven Dobbs and Lacey Cobble; and two great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held. The family will be receiving friends at the home.

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

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Wesley Robert "Robby" Tribble Jr.

Wesley Robert "Robby" Tribble Jr., 34, of Augusta, died April 16, 2015, at White County Medical Center in Searcy.

Born Dec. 6, 1980, he was a lifelong resident of Tuckerman and was of the Church of Christ belief.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Richardson Tribble; grandmothers, Oleta Jones and Willedene Richardson; and grandfathers, Howard Jones and Wesley Tribble.

Survivors include a daughter, Ainsley Tribble; his parents, Robert Tribble Sr. and wife Rhonda; three sisters, Robyn Smith, Jennifer Mount and Kelly Maxie; three brothers, Preston Dutton, Derek Dutton and Travis Dutton; a niece, Chloe Smith; and a nephew, Andrew Hill.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Don Cook officiating. Burial will be private.

Pallbearers will be Matt Smith, Sean Kincade, Dustin Mount, Dillon Mount, Greg Jones and Derek Dutton. Honorary pallbearers will be David Swaibaker and Andrew Hill.

Donations can be made at Merchants and Planters Bank in Newport.

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

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Richard Zeiger

Richard Lloyd Zeiger, 76, of Mountain Home, died April 14, 2015, in Mountain Home.

Born May 19, 1938, in Ravenden Springs, he was the son of Edward and Mary Ellen Ogden Zeiger. He was a U.S. Army veteran and worked in tool & dye for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Aurora, Ill. He moved from Montgomery, Ill., to Mountain Home in 1994.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Turpin Zeiger, whom he married July 15, 1961, in Ravenden; a daughter, Tonya Poplawski and husband Dave, Yorkville, Ill.; a son, Kevin Zeiger and wife Gini, Montgomery, Ill.; a brother, Robert Zeiger and wife Louise, Aurora, Ill.; five grandchildren, Brittany Dilling, Bryce Tweedy, Nolan Tweedy, Conner Zeiger and Caden Zeiger; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kirby & Family Funeral Home in Mountain Home with Harold Fite officiating. Burial was in Kirby's Tucker Memorial Cemetery. Military honors were provided by the Ozark VFW Post #3246 Honor Guard.

Pallbearers were Steve Prestidge, Phil Coyne, Waymon Wells, Bryce Tweedy, Nolan Tweedy and Ryan Grossklag.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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

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