May 13, 2015 Edition

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Betty Sue Amos Johnie Arnold Benny B. Bristow
Jackie Ray Goza Paul Hines Charles Howard
Retta Jean Sellers Thelma Ingle Smith Sweet Avalene Taylor


Grayson DeLane Hubler

Christopher and Laura Hubler of Imboden have announced the birth of a son, born May 4, 2015, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

The baby weighed nine pounds, eight ounces, and has been named Grayson DeLane Hubler. He has an older sister, Chloe Elizabeth Hubler, four.

Grandparents are Tonya Reagan of Pocahontas, Mike and Ann McLeod of Imboden and Melvin Land of Bono.

Great-grandmother is Fern Reagan of Pocahontas.

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Betty Sue Amos

Betty Sue Wells Amos, 81, of Walnut Ridge, died May 11, 2015, in Jonesboro.

Born Nov. 10, 1933, in Lesterville, she was the daughter of Bryce and Georgia Heard Wells. She was a lifelong resident of Walnut Ridge, a homemaker and a member of Life Tabernacle in Walnut Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Charles Amos; a brother, Walter Leroy Wells; and two grandchildren.

Survivors include three sons, James Brown and wife Reba, and Tony Amos and wife Sandy, all of Walnut Ridge, and Richard C. Amos Jr. and wife Theresa, Pocahontas; two daughters, Brenda Manning, Hoxie, and Debbie Songer and husband Harvey, Walcott; four sisters, Ruby Tippit, Walnut Ridge, Joann Couch and husband Larry, Hoxie, and Otella Allison and husband Tim and Rita Gomer, all of Paragould; 13 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Bro. Patrick Hancock officiating. Burial will be in Chesser Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shane Amos, Rusty Amos, Scott Brown, Isaac Lawson, Colton Couch, Hunter Dail and Kaytlyn Lawson.

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Johnie Arnold

Johnie Verlon Arnold, 91, of Vilonia, departed this world May 9, 2015.

Born June 17, 1923, he was a World War II veteran who received four Bronze Stars and the French Medal of Honor. He was at the invasion of Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa and was aboard the flagship USS Bayfield during his service in the Coast Guard. He was very proud of his service to his country.

Upon returning from the war, he met and married Mary Emma Hickman on March 5, 1948. During their marriage, they had four daughters: Charlene Arnold; Janet Robertson (Robb); Linda June Perez; Shelly Andrews (Robby). He has three grandsons, three granddaughters and several foster granddaughters. He also leaves behind a sister, Vetria Rexroad of Wisconsin; a brother, Millard Arnold of Illinois; and two friends he called his daughters, Kyla Hill and Tina Higgins.

He was a devoted father and grandfather. He loved to farm, fish, garden and eat ice cream. He was an active member of Mt. Carmel Church in Vilonia, where he loved to sing bass.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the girls at the Strong Heart Clinic at Arkansas Heart Hospital, and Dr. Rollefson for an extra three years with dad.

Services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Mt Carmel Church in Vilonia. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Thomas Funeral Service of Cabot has charge of arrangements.

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Benny B. Bristow

Benny B. Bristow, 82, of Longview, Texas, died May 8, 2015.

Born Dec. 23, 1932, in Lynn, he was the son of Coy Boatenhammer and Pelham Bristow. He was a graduate of Lynn High School and attended Louisiana Tech and Harding College. While in college, he began his life as a gospel minister. During his 60-year career, he served as minister to congregations in five states and taught Bible courses at Madison Academy in Huntsville, Ala., and Alabama Christian College.

He authored more than 10 books, published many articles and correspondence courses and maintained a daily online teaching and inspirational series. He was also the founder of Camp Deer Run, a youth bible camp in East Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Gwendolyn Helen Shaw Bristow; two daughters, Corretta Lawrence and husband Tony, and Alesa Edgar and husband Bradford; a son, Lorin Bristow and wife Alecia; a sister, Barbara Mize, Lynn; a brother, Burrell Bristow and wife Sue, Lynn; six grandchildren, Mark Lawrence, Micah Lawrence, Grace Edgar, Colin Edgar, Victoria Bristow and Alexandra Bristow; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Rader Funeral Home in Longview, Texas. Burial was in Gardens of Memory in Minden, La.

Memorials may be made to Camp Deer Run, 1227 C.R. 4590, Winnsboro, TX 75494.

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Jackie Ray Goza

Jackie Ray Goza, 72, of Eagle Lake, Fla., died May 3, 2015, at Forsythe Hospice House in Auburndale, Fla.

Born May 1, 1943, in Swifton, he was a truck driver and was of the Assembly of God faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jadie and Myrtle Bonnie Winfrey Goza; and two sisters, Janice Elmendorf and Kay Lucy.

Survivors include his wife, Gail Goza; a son, Jeff Goza, Moscow, Russia; two brothers, Jim Goza, Osceola, and Gene Reed, Martin, Tenn.; a sister, Mildred Goza, Swifton; a stepson, Wayne Goza, Cocoa, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Sharon Smith, Alturas, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Jason Goza, Lily Burke, Liam Burke and Kiya Smith.

Graveside service was Sunday at 2 p.m. at Strangers Home Cemetery at Alicia with John Binkley officiating. Bryan Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Family and friends served as pallbearers.

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Paul Hines

Paul Hines, 70, of Bartlett, Tenn., died May 7, 2015.

Born April 29, 1945, he was a longtime resident of Chicago. He was a Navy Seal and a veteran of the Vietnam War. His honors include the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon Bar and the Fleet Marine Combat Operation Insignia. He was also an engineer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Janet Klein Hines; a sister, Merrlyn Klein; and his father-in-law, Thomas Barker.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Barker Hines; a daughter, Robin Hines Kuhtz, Fort Worth, Texas; and his mother-in-law, Clydola Barker, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park.

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Charles Howard

Charles T. "Charlie" Howard, 82, of Trussville, Ala., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died May 9, 2015.

He was a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He owned and retired from Birmingham Vermeer Equipment Dealership after 35 years of service. He received the top dealership award for 1992, and also owned Howard Rental, LLC.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie Northcutt; and a granddaughter, Jordan Howard.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Howard; two daughters, Carol Kinder and husband Dale, and Rhonda Moore and husband Scott; a son, Steve Howard and wife Donna; a sister, Glenna Howard; five grandchildren, Shane McGhehey, Joshua Howard, Ashton Moore, Hunter Moore and Heath Moore; and a great-grandson.

Funeral was Tuesday at noon at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Burial was in Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Retta Jean Sellers

Retta Jean Sellers, 79, of St. Charles, Mo., died May 7, 2015.

Born Nov. 13, 1935, she was the daughter of Joseph Paul and Bessie Evelyn Randolph Chappell. She was a longtime resident of Overland, Mo. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Lavell "Bo" Sellers; two sisters, Freeda Johnson and Wilene Poteet; and three brothers, Gayle Chappell, Larry Chappel and infant Jamie.

Survivors include a sister, Yvonne Fielden, St. Charles, Mo.; a brother, Eugene Chappell, Eureka Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral was Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Imboden Church of Christ with Stanley Rogers officiating and Warren Smith as song leader. Burial was in Hope Cemetery under the direction of House-Gregg Funeral Home.

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

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Thelma Ingle Smith Sweet

Thelma Ingle Smith Sweet, 92, of Cottonwood, Ariz., died April 14, 2015, in Cottonwood.

Born Aug. 8, 1922, in Alicia, she was the daughter of Frank James Ingle and Aurena (Irene) Belle Fowler. In 1949, she and her first husband moved to Keego Harbor, Mich. She lived in Michigan until the age of 80, when she moved to Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Golie Smith; her second husband, Stanley Sweet; four sons, Ronald Dudley Smith, Golie Dale Smith, Frank DeWayne Smith and James Lyle Smith; and a sister, Eileen "Shorty" Ingle Smith.

Survivors include a daughter, Laurie Gay (Smith); a son-in-law, William "Bill" Bullock; nine grandchildren, Patrick Bullock, Jennifer Bullock, Robert Smith, Jonathan Smith, Ryan Smith, Ronald Smith, Dudley Smith, Frances Smith and Debbie Rister Smith; 15 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday, April 20, at Randolph Memorial Gardens in Pocahontas. McNabb Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

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Avalene Taylor

Avalene Taylor, 95, died May 1, 2015, in Palm Springs, Calif.

Born April 1, 1920, in Strawberry, she was the daughter of Elvin and Virgie Milligan.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy S. Taylor; and a brother, Mitchell Milligan.

Survivors include two daughters, Freda Main and husband Leland, Orange, Calif., and Sandra Kay Samartino and husband Leonard, Morongo Valley, Calif.; two sisters, Mary Aldene Wilson, Fort Worth, Texas, and Birteen Walker-Robins, Strawberry; a brother, Fred Dale Milligan and wife Beverly, Cord; a sister-in-law, Georgie Milligan; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Hovis and Janet Cooper; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Rev. Alan Meinzer officiating. Burial was in Milligan Campground Cemetery.

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