July 8, 2015 Edition

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Vanderbush ~ Wilcoxson


Myra Carr Betty Jean Davis Ina Faye Guthrie
Martha Lemmons Viola Belle Meadows Carol Ann Whitmire


Vanderbush ~ Wilcoxson

Shelley Wilcoxson and John Vanderbush were married in a small, family ceremony at the farm of Rick and Marlene (Wilcoxson) Gwaltney in Calico Rock on June 20.

Shelley, a 2004 graduate of WRHS, is the daughter of Carey and JoAnn Wilcoxson, formerly of Walnut Ridge, who now live in Calico Rock.

The couple will reside in Fayetteville, where John has an optometry practice and Shelley is a third-grade teacher.

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Myra Carr

Myra Onema Carr, 80, of Imboden, died June 30, 2015, in Imboden.

Born Jan. 19, 1935, in New Hope, Ala., she was the daughter of Joseph and Cassie Ward Dunn. She was a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, a homemaker and a member of the Imboden Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Carr; a son, Tommy Carr; five sisters and a brother.

Survivors include three daughters, Janie Farris and husband Jackie, Imboden, Sandra Carr, Walnut Ridge, and Nancy Morrison and husband Jamie, Batesville; a daughter-in-law, Diane Carr, Pocahontas; eight grandchildren, Jackie Farris Jr., Lisa Rohrer, Shelley Allen, Devin Carr, Jody Morrison, Colton Morrison, Nicholas Morrison and Destiny Morrison; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 10 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Robert Davis officiating. Private burial was in Austin Cemetery at Walnut Ridge.

Pallbearers were Jamie Morrison, Jackie Farris, Jesse Rohrer, Devin Carr, Ricky Slatton and Robert Needham.

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

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Betty Jean Davis

Betty Jean Davis, formerly of Black Rock, died Saturday, July 4, at Walnut Ridge Nursing and Rehab.

She was born on Aug. 2, 1929, to Pierce and Mary Warner Phillips. She was united in marriage to James Orville Davis on Dec. 31, 1960, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Black Rock.

Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James (Jimmy) Davis; one sister, Verna Wilkerson; and one brother, Barry Gale Phillips.

Survivors include: two daughters, Robyn (Pat) Roby of Black Rock, and Vicki (Darrell) Leipert of Powhatan; four grandchildren, Tamara (Aaron) Richey, Tyler Roby (and fiancee Ashton Alls), Sara Roby and Olivia Leipert; and two great-grandchildren, Easton and Eli Richey.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home with Harold Russell and Blake Shaw officiating. Burial was in Oak Forest Cemetery at Black Rock.

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


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Ina Faye Guthrie

Ina Faye Guthrie, 89, of Strawberry, died July 6, 2015, at a Batesville hospital.

Born Sept. 26, 1925, at Grange, she was the daughter of Lane and Linda Baker Applen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eli Lindsey Methodist Church at Jesup.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dot Guthrie; five brothers, Everett Applen, Warren Applen, Bruce Applen, Harold Applen and an infant brother; and a sister, Ava Baker.

Survivors include a son, Gary Guthrie and wife Karen, Cave City; a daughter, Judy Duncan and husband Noel, Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Shane Duncan, Craig Duncan, Ryan Herndon and Aaron Herndon; six great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Velda Rae Goff, Smithville.

Funeral is today at 10 a.m. at Qualls Funeral Home in Cave City with Craig Duncan officiating. The eulogy will be given by her grandson, Shane Duncan. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery at Strawberry.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Herndon, Aaron Herndon, Oland Duncan, Charles Goff, Phillip Mast and David McNally. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Burrow, Melvin Creekmore, Jimmy Huskey and Darrel Smith.

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

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Martha Lemmons

Martha Bennett Lemmons, 83, of Pocahontas, died July 2, 2015.

Born July 20, 1931, near the Fender community in Randolph County, she was the daughter of Gale and Gladys Wheeless Bennett. She was a lifelong resident of Randolph County and retired from the Department of Human Services after 30 years of service.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dowell Bennett and Carl Bennett.

Survivors include her husband, Joe Lemmons; a daughter, Dana Thompson and husband Stephen, Cabot; three grandchildren, Steven Singleton, Zachary Singleton and Brach Thompson; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was Monday at Randolph Memorial Gardens under the direction of McNabb Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Steven Singleton, Zachary Singleton, Brach Thompson, Kenneth Bennett, Kent Bennett and Blake Bennett.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450 or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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

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Viola Belle Meadows

Viola Belle Callahan Meadows, lifelong resident of Lawrence County, historian, volunteer, Methodist, teacher and caring mother, died July 4, 2015, at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro at 89 years old.

She was born on September 26, 1925, in Lauratown. Her parents, Homer Callahan and Lillie Robins Callahan, preceded her in death, as did three siblings, William Franklin Callahan, Charles Lindburgh (Lindy) Callahan and Rosemary Callahan.

She married Howard W. Meadows in 1957. The two have a son, Matthew Meadows of Dallas, and a daughter, Mary Pyburn and husband, Richard, of San Antonio. Grandchildren are Ariana Hubbell of Washington D.C. and Andrew Pyburn of San Antonio.

A well-studied woman, Viola attended the University of Arkansas where she earned her bachelor's degree in home economics. She later received her master's degree in vocational education through attending classes at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and UofA.

Early in her teaching career, Viola worked at Hoxie School and was one of many instrumental people helping to lay the groundwork that allowed Hoxie School to integrate in 1955. She appears in a PBS documentary, "Hoxie: The First Stand," which details the voluntary desegregation.

Viola's work led her many interesting places as she was named a Fulbright Scholar and chosen to go to India to teach home economics education at both Lady Irwin College in New Delhi and Howard Plested Higher Secondary School in Meerut. She also served as the director of student activities at the American International School in Tokyo, Japan.

Her travels didn't end there as she and the rest of the family accompanied Howard in his Foreign Service career where they spent time in Maridi, Sudan; Sebha, Libya; Gombe, Nigeria; Kano, Nigeria; Kabul, Afghanistan; and Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan.

Upon returning to Lawrence County, she served as a home economics teacher at Black Rock High School from 1974 to 1987. During that time she was named Arkansas Home Economics Teacher of Year and Arkansas Vocational Education Teacher of the Year in 1982. She also served with the Arkansas 4-H Alumni Association in 1982.

As one deeply invested in keeping history alive, Viola worked frequently with the Lawrence County Historical Society and served as president from 1978 to 1981. She also served on the Arkansas Education Association, National Education Association, Adult Higher Education Alliance and American Association of University Women.

Of the Methodist faith, Viola has been a Methodist lay speaker for 40 years and has been a member of First United Methodist Church of Imboden since 1974.

However, perhaps the first thing that comes to mind for many when they think of Viola is the Clover Bend High School, which she started attending in 1939, the first year the high school was open. She graduated in 1943 from Clover Bend and has spent many years since working to keep alive the school to which she accredited much of her life's success.

She was crucial in getting all five buildings that made up Clover Bend School restored and on the National Historic Register since the school consolidated with Hoxie School in 1983. That same year was the formation of the Clover Bend Historical Preservation Association, on which Viola had served for 20 years and remained board president until her dying day. Viola Meadows was and will remain the face of Clover Bend.

Viola has chosen to be cremated and a memorial service will be held in honor of her life's accomplishments. The service will be Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m. in the Clover Bend Auditorium. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 5 p.m. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Memorials can be made to Clover Bend Historical Preservation Association, 3619 Highway 25, Powhatan, AR 72458.


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Carol Ann Whitmire

Carol Ann Whitmire, 52, of Hoxie, died July 2, 2015.

Born Oct. 24, 1962, in Jonesboro, she lived most of her life in Lawrence County and was a graduate of Black Rock High School. She worked at Frolic Footwear and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan David Whitmire; and her stepfather, Robert Walch.

Survivors include a son, Alan David Whitmire II and wife Maya, Walnut Ridge; her mother, Peggy Pickrell Walch, Yukon, Okla.; and her father, Jerry Flippo, Walnut Ridge.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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

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