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Bratcher ~ Defries


Paul H. Doty Louise Fisher


Bratcher ~ Defries

Keith Bratcher of Imboden and Ginger Bratcher of Smithville have announced the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Kate Bratcher, to Hayden Tyler Defries, son of Darren and Shelly Defries of Hoxie.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Gerald and Betty Howard of Lynn and Charles and Peggie Bratcher of Imboden.

She is a 2013 graduate of Hoxie High School and is a student at Black River Technical College in Pocahontas. She is employed at Walmart.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Liz Hickman of Clover Bend, Gary and Murl Defries of Hoxie and Willis Simpson of Alabama. He is the great-grandson of Meredia Simpson of Portia.

He is a 2013 Hoxie High School graduate and received a degree from BRTC. He is employed as a machinist at Smith Precision in Paragould.

The couple will exchange vows on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 2:30 p.m. at Arbor Grove Baptist Church in Clover Bend. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony at the Clover Bend School Auditorium.

All family and friends are invited to attend.

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Paul H. Doty

Paul H. Doty, 91, of Jonesboro, died Friday, June 26, 2015, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.

He was born in Otwell to Elmer L. Doty Sr. and Dora Kifer Doty. Paul and his wife, Helen, lived in Walnut Ridge for over 50 years before moving to Jonesboro in 1998. Paul was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro and the First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge.

Paul was a retired farmer and was a founding member of the Northeast Arkansas Seed Company. He served on the Board of Directors of First National Bank of Lawrence County, Lawrence County Memorial Hospital, Tuckerman Grain Dryer, City Water Works of Walnut Ridge, First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge, Farm Service of Walnut Ridge and many other organizations.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Helen Phillips Doty; his parents; two brothers, Elmer L. Doty Jr. and Boyd Doty.

Survivors include his son, Paul Doty Jr. of Jonesboro; a daughter, Susan Dudley of Franklin, Tenn.; a brother, Robert Doty of Memphis; four grandchildren, Emily (Heath) Richey and J. Paul Doty of Walnut Ridge, Sara (Will) Campbell of Nashville, and Claire (Robert) Matthews of Brentwood, Tenn.; and six great-grandchildren, Emma and Riley Richey of Walnut Ridge, Graham and Eva Matthews of Brentwood, Tenn.; and Lillian and Paul Campbell of Nashville, Tenn.

A visitation was held Monday, June 29, from 12:30 until 2 p.m. at Emerson Memorial Chapel in Jonesboro. Private burial was under the direction of Emerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro, 801 S. Main, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401; First United Methodist Church of Walnut Ridge, 214 SW 2nd, Walnut Ridge 72476 or the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House, 1148 E. Matthews, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401.

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

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Louise Fisher

Louise Fisher, 93, of Edwardsville, Ill., formerly of Lawrence County, died Jan. 28, 2015, at St. Louis University Hospital.

Born July 23, 1921, in Arkansas, she was the daughter of John Allen and Mathilda “Mattie” Cook Johnson. She retired from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Ill., where she worked as a nurses and home health care aide. She also cleaned homes and ironed for private families for over 50 years. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Edwardsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth P. Fisher, whom she married May 7, 1936, in Hoxie, on Jan. 11, 1983; three sons, Kenneth Merrill, Kenneth Eugene and Billy Joe; two brothers, J.R. Johnson and Joe Johnson; and three grandchildren, Greg Fisher, Michael Fisher and Mary Ann Byrd.

Survivors include a son, Floyd Allen Fisher and wife Deloris, Edwardsville, Ill.; two brothers, Bobby Earl Johnson, Cottage Hills, Ill., and Van Johnson and wife Jane, Wood River, Ill.; a sister, Pat Coleman, Branson, Mo.; two daughters-in-law, Wally Fisher, East Alton, Ill., and Kay Fisher, Edwardsville, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Mark Allen Fisher, Deborah Fisher, William Eugene Fisher, Marcia Louise Struwing, Janet Browning, Tracy Becker, Brad Fisher, Michelle Graham, Erik Fisher and Tony Fisher; 29 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel United Methodist Church with Rev. Jackie Havis-Shear officiating. Burial was in Valley View Cemetery. Weber & Rodney Funeral Home of Edwardsville had charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Immanuel United Methodist Church.

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

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