April 29, 2015 Edition

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Births

Brown Wilson

Obituaries

Jamie Lynn Ashford Twila Mae Causey Mildred Lucille Connor
Robert Crank Gladys Marie Hancock Robert Botts Kluge Jr.
Harold Henry Knoche Delbert Wayne Layne Terral Edward Manning
Sheri Dianne McArthur Atlas Smith Gary Gene Whitlow

Births

Kipton Garrett Brown

Spencer and Jennifer Brown of Hoxie have announced the birth of their first child, a son, born March 30, 2015, at St Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Kipton Garrett Brown.

Grandparents are Jeff and Keely Huskey of Minturn and Billy and Kim Brown of Hoxie.

Great-grandparents are Bob and Barbara Wilson of Calamine, Ona Lou Huskey of Saffell and the late Jerry Huskey, Frances Forrester of Cherokee Village and the late Larry Forrester and Bill and Betty Brown of Sedgwick.

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Audreigh Ann Wilson

Charles Wilson and Amanda Johnson have announced the birth of a daughter, born April 23, 2015, at St. Bernards Birthcare Center in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed six pounds, 13 ounces, and has been named Audreigh Ann Wilson. She has two siblings, Tara Wilson, seven, and Larry Wayne Mills Jr., one.

Grandparents are Johnny and Tonya Gardner of Jonesboro, Bruce and Jessica Wilson of Newport and Charles Wilson of Walnut Ridge.

Great-grandparents are Doyle Jones of Jonesboro, Linda Greer of Brookland, and Joyce Wilson and Paul and Bonnie Wilson, all of Alicia.

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Obituaries

Jamie Lynn Ashford

Jamie Lynn Ashford, 23, of Ravenden, died April 21, 2015, at her home.

Born Sept. 17, 1991, in Jonesboro, she was the daughter of Larry Bruce Ashford and Lisa Valene Branscum.

She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Eldon Branscum and Larry Ashford; and an aunt, Viola Collins.

Survivors include her mother, Lisa Patterson, Ravenden Springs; her father, Larry Ashford, Pascagoula, Miss.; four sisters, Nikki Ashford, Ravenden, Magen Patterson, Ravenden Springs, Monica Ashford, Walnut Ridge, and Melody Ashford, Pascagoula, Miss.; two brothers, Dustin Ashford, Texas, and Ross Ashford, Walnut Ridge; and her grandmothers, Oneta Branscum, Ravenden Springs, and Sharon Pillow and husband Kenny, Bono.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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

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Twila Mae Causey

Twila Mae Causey, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died April 26, 2015, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born May 18, 1933, at Pollard, she was the daughter of Willis and Pearl Byrd Johnson. She and her husband, Donald, managed the Otasco in Walnut Ridge for 18 years. She was a longtime member of Fellowship Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Donald Causey, whom she married June 1, 1952, in Piggott; four sons, Michael Causey and wife Patty, Jonesboro, Keith Causey and wife Cheryl, Mustang, Okla., Dallas Causey and wife Dianne, Pottsville, and Wayne Causey, of the home; two daughters, Theresa Hooper and husband James, Walnut Ridge, and Rena Cullum and husband Billy, Hoxie; three sisters, Linda Conley, Pollard, Earline Johnson, Piggott, and Adell Snyder, Overland, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home with John Durham and Joel McMasters officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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

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Mildred Lucille Connor

Mildred Lucille Connor, 90, of Clover Bend, died April 26, 2015, at Lawrence Hall Nursing Center.

Born Sept. 7, 1924, in Bono, she was the daughter of James and Della M. Phillips Bryant. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis O. Connor; a daughter, Emma Woods; a granddaughter, Sherry Lane; two sons-in-law, Charles Morgan and Gerald Burgess; three brothers, Jewel Bryant, Leslie Bryant and Delbert Bryant; and four sisters, Merle Brimhall, JoAnn Patrick, Audie Caples and Evenlyn Cloinger.

Survivors include four daughters, Effie Morgan and Lana Brumley, both of Clover Bend, Linda Burgess, Tuckerman, and Brenda Matheson, Walnut Ridge; a son, Terry Connor, Trumann; a brother, J.A. Bryant, Batesville; 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral is Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Roger Brumley officiating. Burial will be in Clover Bend Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tance Connor, Connor Morgan, Zavian Brumley, Draven Winfrey, Dylan Jones and Dustin Woods. Honorary pallbearers will be Darriel Woods, Danny Woods, Chris Lane, Brian Brumley, Donnie Morgan and Shannon Brumley.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m.

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

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Robert Crank

Robert Hughes Crank, 69, of Heber Springs, died April 25, 2015, in Foreman, while visiting his childhood home and gathering with family.

Born June 10, 1945, in Texarkana, he was the son of Marion and Polly Crank. He was raised in Foreman and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1967 and the University of Arkansas Law School in 1971. He began his legal career in the Arkansas Attorney General’s office in 1971 and became Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Pulaski County in 1973.

He moved to Walnut Ridge in 1981 and established a successful private legal practice. In 1987 he became Prosecuting Attorney for Lawrence County, where he retired in 2002 after suffering a disabling stroke. He also served as the Walnut Ridge City Attorney.

After working as a U.S. Congressional Aid and participating in the political campaigns of his father, Marion Crank, he was inspired to a lifetime of public service, which was an important aspect of his professional career. Robert served over 15 years in the Arkansas National Guard in the Judge Advocate Generals Office, achieving the rank of captain after enlisting as a private in 1968. He was an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over a decade after activating the organization in Walnut Ridge. He was also a passionate outdoorsman, fisherman and competitive rifleman.

He was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and an active member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Heber Springs.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Martha Jackson Crank.

Survivors include his wife, Nadi Crank; a son, Chad Crank; a daughter-in-law, Kim Crank; three sisters, Marianne Maynard and husband Neil, Margaret Amps and Elisabeth Carter and husband Dwight; grandchildren, Oliver, Addison, Hannah and John; stepdaughters, Kim Collins, Kaytie Harley and Amber Russell; and stepgrandchildren, Taylor, Joey and Olivia.

Funeral was Monday at 2 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Foreman. Madden Funeral Home of Ashdown had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Francis Episcopal Church at 20 Woodland Cove Dr., Heber Springs, AR 72543.

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

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Gladys Marie Hancock

Gladys Marie Hancock, 88, of Walcott, died April 26, 2015.

She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter; her parents; two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, Jesse Hancock and wife Lisa, Light; a daughter, Euretha Schuetze and husband Rick, El Paso, Ark.; a son-in-law, Larkin "Buster" Penny, Paragould; three grandchildren, Robert Penny, Diannia Morsi and Vanessa Haynes; 11 great-grandchildren; and four brothers.

Graveside service was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Lorado with Rev. Raymond Atwood officiating. Gregg-Langford Bookout Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Light Baptist Church, c/o David Pratt, P.O. Box 1, Light, AR 72439.

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

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Robert Botts Kluge Jr.

Robert Botts Kluge Jr., 72, of Marmaduke, died April 25, 2015, at his home.

Born Jan. 7, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and then retired from the National Guard. He taught school at Greene County Tech and retired from the Rector School District. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gale Kluge; his parents, Robert and Gladine Kluge; and stepmothers, Emily Kluge and Jeanie Kluge.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Counts Kluge; a son, Jim Kluge, Batesville; two daughters, Loria Royer and husband Ronnie, Clearwater, Fla., and Ashley Lewis and husband Jeremy, Ash Flat; a brother, Peter Kluge, Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Melissa Farrell, Houston; nine grandchildren, Thomas, Marshall, Felicia, Robyn, Lorileigh, Thomas, Cullen, Cade and Chloe; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at Mitchell Funeral Home in Paragould with Kim Bridges officiating. Burial was in Greene County Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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

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Harold Henry Knoche

Harold Henry Knoche, 80, of Hoxie, died April 25, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Feb. 6, 1935, in Napolean, Mo., he was the son of August and Olga C. Siefken Knoche. He was a U.S. Army veteran, where he served as an honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He was a builder fabricator and was of the Baptist belief.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Knoche.

Survivors include his wife, Libby Knoche; a son, Douglas Knoche and wife Hillary, Pocahontas; a stepson, Jerry Hampton, Walnut Ridge; a stepdaughter, Anna Lyons and husband Eddie, Bono; four brothers, Fred Knoche, Napoleon, Mo., Ray Knoche, Lexington, Mo., Edwin Knoche and wife Virginia, Independence, Mo., and Elroy Knoche and wife Loreta, Harrisonville, Mo.; two sisters, Berniece Knoche, Kansas City, Mo., and Levera Knoche, Raytown, Mo.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Matt Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Danny Taylor, Mack Mankey, Blaine Kiech, Leon Vandergriff, Dustin Knoche, Dale Johnson and Aron Fisher.

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

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Delbert Wayne Layne

Delbert Wayne Layne, 74, of Orange Beach, Ala., passed away April 21, 2015, at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Fla., following a valiant 10-year battle with cancer.

He leaves his wife of 37 years, Charlotte Wesley Layne; his son, A. Russell "Rusty" Layne and family of Pensacola, Fla.; his stepdaughter, Sabrina Frisk Stanley and family of Birmingham, Ala.; three brothers, Boyd Layne, Dwight Layne and Rayburn Layne of Arkansas; two grandsons, Nicholas Nelson and family, plus Ashton Nelson and family; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Shelia Diane Layne Nelson; his stepson, David Wesley Frisk; his parents, Luther Delbert and Willyne Collier Layne; and his brothers Donald Layne and Bob Layne.

Born and raised in Northeast Arkansas, he was a 1959 graduate of Hoxie High School. He has been a resident of Orange Beach, Ala., since 1983.

Throughout his life, Mr. Layne was a successful entrepreneur. He created many successful businesses, such as a two-way radio business (Layne Communications), a cable advertising business (Cabletime), numerous cable television systems to include Bayside Cable.

He was also a successful property developer to include Island Retreat RV Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., and two mobile home communities in Baldwin County, Ala.

Early in his life he worked as an insurance agent, instructed EMT classes, and was the director of Emergency Medical Services in Jonesboro and served on the Arkansas Governor’s Advisory Council for EMS.

Del Layne was largely a self-taught man. He was immensely interested in airplanes and had a private pilot’s license. His hobbies included tennis and traveling. In his lifetime he traveled the Continental United States and a dozen foreign countries.

He was a member of the former Ono Volunteer Fire Department, Ono Men’s Club, he was past President of the Lei Lani and Ono North POAs, and worked with the Ono Roads & Bridges Committee.

A memorial service was held Friday at 11 a.m. at Orange Beach United Methodist Church. Friends and family joined together in a "Celebration of Life" on Ono Island.

Pine Rest Funeral Home of Foley, Ala., had charge of arrangements.

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Terral Edward Manning

Terral Edward Manning, 65, of Imboden, died April 25, 2015, at UAMS in Little Rock.

Born July 9, 1949, in Walnut Ridge, he was a salesman at Farm Service and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and O. Izeal Cline Manning; two brothers, William Manning and Randy Manning; and a sister, Norma Foshee.

Survivors include his wife, Julia Mae Manning; seven children, Cinnament Davis and husband Todd, Prophetstown, Ill., Jason Manning and wife Crystal, Batesville; Star Delgado, Sterling, Ill., Francesca Casas and husband Luis, Rock Falls, Ill., Tara Conley and husband A.J., Maynard, Greg Austin and wife Dana, Wichita, Kan., and Maegan Foster and husband Les, Germany; a brother, Devoe Manning, Dixon, Ill.; four sisters, Connie VanHorne and husband Bill, Kay Rude and husband Mike, all of Sterling, Ill., Kim King, Oregon, Ill., and Kelli Miller and husband Shannon, Ward; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at Bryan Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will be in Manning #1 Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brody Rude, Brock Rude, Shannon Miller, Max Miller, Casey Lester and Brent Manning. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Manning, Jase Nelson, Logan Austin, Dalton Davis and Logan Davis.

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

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Sheri Dianne McArthur

Sheri Dianne McArthur, 44, of Swifton, died April 23, 2015, at NEA Baptist Hospital, following a short illness.

Born June 11, 1970, in Crossett, she was a homemaker and the co-owner of Wild Bill’s Catfish, where she was known as the hushpuppy maker. She was of the Baptist belief.

Survivors include her husband, Bill McArthur; five sons, Willy McArthur and wife Sherry, Zack McArthur, John McArthur, Alec McArthur and Josh Cochran, all of Swifton; her mother, Judy Carr and husband Charles, Star City; her father, Ronnie Noble and wife Brenda, Tillar; a brother, Randy Noble and wife Jill, Star City; a grandchild, Aiden Cochran; and one grandchild on the way.

Funeral was Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Hope Community Church in Swifton with Sister Johnnie Owens officiating. Burial was in Swifton Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ryan Holland, Jerod Holland, Austin Boyster, Blaise Duncan, Clark Nail and Colby Hensley. Honorary pallbearers were Austin Slagley, Drake Slagley, Wayne Riley and Brandon Wells.

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

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Atlas Smith

Atlas Abraham Mule Devoe "Bo" Smith, 39, of Ravenden, died April 21, 2015, at his home.

Born May 25, 1975, in Pocahontas, he was a deckhand.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jollie "Rockie" Smith III.

Survivors include his mother, Judy Ballard, Pocahontas; a sister, Roxanne Lawrence, Pocahontas; two brothers, Jollie "Rockie" Smith IV, Imboden, and Roscoe Smith, Pocahontas; two stepdaughters, Anna Marie Henderson, Pocahontas, and Michelle Jean Arches, Corning.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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

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Gary Gene Whitlow

Gary Gene Whitlow, 60, of Walnut Ridge, died April 23, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 14, 1954, he was a longtime resident of Strawberry. He served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from Lake Charles State Park. He was of the Baptist belief and was a member of Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Amy Sue Whitlow; his parents, Joseph Pinkney and Dolly Cordelia Honeycutt Whitlow; and a brother, Thomas Whitlow.

Survivors include four daughters, Janet Hendricks, Locie Jones, Glenyis Polston and Mary Barry; two sons, David Polston and Jonathon Collins; a brother, Rickey Whitlow; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church in Saffell with Bros. Stanley Vandergriff and R.J. Akers officiating. Burial was in Jerusalem Cemetery at Strawberry under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Eddie Ray Doyle, Jody Doyle, Brad Maxwell, Kenny Dingman, John Carter and Eddie Witt. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Hendricks, Jimmy Crabtree, Jerry Ray Huskey and Wendell Jones.

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

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